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p to half the teachers at nine schools in Queens could be replaced if the reforms touted by Mayor Bloomberg in his State of the City last week are implemented, angering borough students, educators and legislators who said the move was an attack on institutions pouring their all into working with large immigrant populations. Speaking from Morris High School in the Bronx last Thursday, Bloomberg said he aims to bypass the union and replace teachers at 33 struggling schools citywide — a move the mayor said will land the city close to $60 million in education aid that the state had recently withheld because the city and the teacher’s union could not reach a deal on new teacher evaluations. The United Federation of Teachers has retaliated, with President Michael Mulgrew threatening legal action if the city tries to overhaul the schools before negotiating with the union. The 33 schools, including the nine in Queens, are in a federal improvement program because of such issues as low graduation rates and test scores, which mandated the city to implement one of four federally required programs at each institution. Last spring, the city announced it would use models that would not close the schools or replace teachers, but instead bring in educational organizations that would work with the schools’ communities to improve graduation rates, test scores and morale. Now, however, Bloomberg said he has the
Mayor Bloomberg speaks about education reform at his State of the City last week. Many dispute PHOTO BY EDWARD REED/NYC that he’s living up to the slogan used as a backdrop. legal authority to instead use the “turnaround” model — which the city had originally wanted to implement last year, but to which the union would not agree. Additionally, the schools could be renamed. “Under a school turnaround program already authorized by federal and state law, and consistent with a provision of the existing
union contract, the city can form schoolbased committees to evaluate teachers on merit and replace up to 50 percent of the faculty,” Bloomberg said. “Under this process, the best teachers stay; the least effective go.” The nine schools in Queens that could be impacted are: Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens Vocational and Techni-
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Potential bidders get glimpse at carousel City leads tour, hopes to find operator for the Forest Park merry-go-round by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Individuals interested in operating the Forest Park carousel got a glimpse into the merry-goround from 1903 during a walkthrough last week — as well as news that the city would allow them to run an amusement venue near the structure. City Parks Department off icials opened the doors to the Forest Park carousel last Thursday morning for those considering running it and another one at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In addition to manning the carousels and snack bars on site, operators also have the option of setting up an entertainment area on the hillside around the Forest Park merry-go-round, Parks officials told the potential bidders. “It’s a very iconic place, and it’s a shame it’s stopped running,” Central Amusement International President Valerio Ferrari said of the Woodhaven carousel, which has been closed since 2008. The structure holds some of the last surviving creations of master wood-carver Daniel Carl Muller,
including 49 sculpted horses, a lion, a tiger, a deer and two chariots. There is also a carousel band organ. Ferrari’s company owns Coney Island’s Luna Park and Scream Zone. At the end of December, the Parks Department issued its fourth request for proposals for the renovation, operation and maintenance of the Forest Park carousel. While the Woodhaven merry-go-round hasn’t spun for several years, the Flushing Meadows site is still in operation. All proposals for the RFP must be submitted no later than Friday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Evan George, of the Parks Department, said the city will narrow down proposals and hold interviews on Feb. 13. Sal Napolitano, who has operated carousels for the past 40 years, including the one at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, may once again submit a bid. Despite his experience with merry-gorounds — he began his work with them as a summer employee at the Central Park Carousel in 1970 — the city rejected Napolitano’s
offer to operate the two facilities. “It’s such a treasure,” Napolitano said of the Forest Park site. He didn’t say whether he’s definitely submitting a bid, and noted that he doesn’t appreciate that the city would allow an operator to serve alcohol. “I don’t like the idea of serving beer and wine around children,” he said. “I also don’t like that they’re not requiring the operator to restore the organ.” Area residents who have long been advocating for the city to f ind an operator for the Forest Park site, as well as for it to be landmarked, said they feel cautiously optimistic about its future. “It’s historic,” said Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association President Ed Wendell, who joined last week’s tour. “It’s such a rarity, and it’s a real magical place inside.” Allan Smith, of Woodhaven, said he has loved the carousel at Forest Park since he went there as a boy in the 1930s. “There were barn doors that opened up to the carousel, and you could get ice cream and soda,” Smith said. “They did a
City Parks Department officials led a tour of the Forest Park carousel last week for individuals interested in running the beloved merry-go-round. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON
pony ride by the carousel for 30 years.” The carousel Smith rode as a boy is not the one currently at Forest Park. The structure now in Woodhaven was originally operated in Dracut, Mass. and didn’t
On Liberty, a struggle to survive Shop owners say city is unfairly doling out tickets by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Like many shops in the city, businesses along Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill have been hurting financially — but not just because of a rough economy. According to store owners and civic leaders, the city Department of Sanitation has been doling out tickets at about $100 a pop to businesses for violations that aren’t actually the shops’ fault. For example, Patni Madhu, who owns Kalish Pharmacy in Ozone Park, said the city does not conduct enough trash pickups
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in the neighborhood, leaving almost all of the nearby bins filled to capacity for days on end, prompting passersby to toss their garbage on the sidewalk. While businesses try to pick up as much of this trash as they can, they can’t always immediately do so before the city comes and hits them with fines, store owners said. Madhu also noted that he and other owners participate in a city program for which the Department of Sanitation gives businesses green plastic bags for stray trash because shops are not allowed to use black bags for the litter. “But we haven’t gotten the green bags for the last 10 days, so what are we supposed to do?” Madhu said on Monday. “They’re picking up garbage two to three times a week at maximum, and then they fine us for not picking up the trash. I pay $20,000 a year in taxes. They’re not letting people do their business.” A Sanitation spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the department would deliver additional bags to Kalish and noted that businesses must call when they’re running low on the liners. Vishnu Mahadeo, president of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, also criticized the city, saying there are far too few garbage cans along Liberty Avenue. “We have 900 businesses along the avenue and no garbage receptacles,” he said. Mahadeo and members of his organization recently met with Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who said he would
work with the Department of Sanitation to reach some kind of compromise with the business community. “Many businessmen who left said they were leaving because of the tickets,” Mahadeo said. “Those who are surviving are getting tickets. We need to fix this problem.” The DOS said that, along with funding from Council members, it is “conducting an ongoing campaign to enhance cleanliness along Liberty Avenue.” “Maintaining a neighborhood clean is a team effort,” the department said in an emailed statement. “A department truck may empty the corner basket, leaving the area spotless, but it only takes one inconsiderate litterbug to turn what had been a clean corner into an unsightly mess.” A city official stressed that litter baskets are designed only for light refuse, such as candy wrappers and fruit skins. Mukesh Patel, who owns Ram Stationary in Ozone Park, called Liberty Avenue “a killer.” Along with the trash problem, he noted that the city made Liberty Avenue a one-way eastbound street between Crossbay Boulevard and 93rd Street in 2010, which was meant to curb accidents, but has drastically reduced the number of customers at the mom-and-pop shops along the street. “Business has gone down 70 percent,” Patel said. “With the trash, we try to do the best thing that we can, but they make it hard for us to do that. They’re not concerned about us, but we are supposed to be conQ cerned about them?”
come to Queens until the 1970s. A different carousel, constructed by the same man who built the merry-go-round now at Forest Park, William Dentzel, operated in Woodhaven until it burnt down Q on Dec. 11, 1966.
Father, son die of CO A father and son died after being accidentally poisoned by carbon monoxide in their Ozone Park home last weekend, according to investigators. Kuo-Kung Chen, 66, and Aaron Chen, 29, were found by their respective daughter and sister, Marian Chen, on Saturday evening at their house near 101st Avenue and 90th Street, police said. Chen had reportedly become concerned when her father did not come to meet her on Friday night, as he said he would. A third person in the house, believed by police to be the landlord, was taken to the hospital in serious condition, officials said. Investigators believe a portable heater to be responsible for the poisoning. No criminality is suspected, and police said the investigation is ongoing. Following the deaths, the FDNY released a statement urging residents to make sure they own a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. “Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer for a good reason — it can take a life quickly, and without warning,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. Another carbon monoxide incident in the Bronx on Jan. 16 sent 12 patients to the hospital, though there were no Q deaths. —Anna Gustafson
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The mother of murder victim Diane Sharma, left, with Diane’s brother as they come out of a neighbor’s house. Sharma’s father, Mazuras Ali, cries while holding a family friend.
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Child, 9, watched as mom was fatally stabbed by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor
A young mother of three was brutally murdered over the weekend, as at least one of her children reportedly watched. The killer is believed to be her estranged husband, who had allegedly attacked her before, according to the Daily News and the victim’s father. On Sunday, Jan. 15 at approximately 12:40 a.m. police responded to a call of an assault inside a home at 101-41 117 St. in South Richmond Hill, according to the NYPD.
When officers arrived, they found Diane Sharma, 32, with multiple stab wounds to her body. EMS responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene, police said. “He’s a brutal monster.” Sharma’s father, Mazuras Ali, 56, said of her killer. Sharma’s 9-year-old daughter allegedly watched in terror as her stepfather, plunged a knife into her mother’s neck and chest, the paper said. “He told [the child], if you scream, I’m going to hurt you,” Ali recounted.
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Cuomo’s budget one giant leap for NY ith all the partisan handwringing that dominates so much of what goes on in Washington, DC, it’s refreshing that New York finally has a governor who is leading the state in a fiscally prudent way. Party labels do not matter when it comes to how Gov. Cuomo governs. His past reputation as a liberal Democrat doesn’t matter — just ask the teachers and other unionized employees going berserk over his, as well as the mayor’s, insistence on increased accountability and decreased benefits. The governor is trying to remake New York State, formerly known as the nation’s legislative laughingstock and a place where it’s extremely hard to do business, largely due to its massive tax burden, into a state that’s friendly to the entrepreneur and all the jobs he creates. Wouldn’t it be nice to read one day that people are moving to New York from other states, rather than read more about everyone leaving for more business-friendly places from North Carolina to Arizona? Cuomo’s new budget plan, proposed on Monday, contains many elements that are necessary to put the Empire State back on top. To highlight just a few, the governor would: • cut actual spending by about $225 million, or 0.2 percent, for a total outlay around $132 billion. Most “cuts” in government spending you hear about are just cuts in the planned rate of increase. Not this
time. This time it’s for real, for the second year in a row; • tie increased school aid to new teacher performance requirements rather than just keep blindly spending more on education; • create a health benefits exchange program that would cut premiums by 22 percent for small businesses, which are getting socked by massive hikes and the pending loss of Blue Cross/Blue Shield; • fund $15 billion worth of infrastructure projects, including replacing the decrepit Tappan Zee Bridge; • create a sixth pension tier for public employees that will raise the retirement age to 65, hike workers’ contributions and offer a 401(k)style defined contribution plan — saving the city about $30 billion and the state and other local governments $83 billion over 30 years; • impose a $199,000 cap on state reimbursement for the compensation of nonprofit groups’ executives; • and, on a local note, start a toll discount program for residents of the Rockaways and Broad Channel who use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge — the only intra-borough tolled crossing in the city. Cuomo has crafted a fine plan; now the harder work begins as he tries to get the Legislature on board. Ironically, that will be easier to do in the Republican-majority Senate than in the Democratic-controlled Assembly. That reflects Cuomo’s centrism. So does the support his plan deserves, not just from this page, but from the public at large.
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What FDNY bias? Dear Editor: I agree with your Jan. 12 editorial “Reverse discrimination forced on FDNY.” What I would like to see are those questions on the entrance test that Judge Garaufis considers to be biased against black applicants to the FDNY. Only with public knowledge and awareness of those questions will we, the public, the taxpayers, be able to judge for ourselves the merits of this situation. David Rivkin Jamaica
Blame bad parents Dear Editor: Now that there are outcries for classroom teachers to be graded depending on the ability of their students to do well on “standardized tests,” shouldn’t the parents of these students be graded as well!? After all, they have (for better or worse) molded their children before they even entered a classroom! Further, they have their children for a much greater amount of time than does the classroom teacher. Would we be remiss in saying that too many of today’s parents appear to have relinquished much of their parental responsibilities, and are angry that their children’s classroom teachers are not able to make respectable learners out of their poorly prepared kids? Irene Shlakman Howard Beach
GOP immorality redux Dear Editor: Pope Lenny I in his Jan. 12 encyclical “Who’s immoral?” (Letters) charged me with greater arrogance than Barack Obama. He denounced me for acting as a god. In his encyclical he said that I thought him to be immoral. This makes no sense. He wrote, ‘I am not a Republican ...” So why would I call a non-Republican immoral? This should make his mother very happy! Let’s review the intent of my Jan. 5 letter “Never vote GOP.” When I referred to the Grand Old Party as being morally wrong, I used the American Heritage dictionary’s defin-
ition of morality, “the quality of right or wrong being in accord with standards of conduct.” Since I am a strong believer in one of the founding principals of our Republic separation of church and state, at no time was my letter referring to religion. Pope Lenny I was trying to deflect your attention away from my GOP charges. Here are 10 examples of where I was going with my opposition to the GOP, where the point is morally wrong. 1. Our Constitution calls for promoting the general welfare. The only welfare Republicans promote is corporate welfare. 2. Democratic presidents created: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The GOP calls them big government socialism. 3. Some in the GOP called Obama the food stamp president, a code for class warfare. 4. The GOP ‘front runner’ candidate called for the auto industry and the city of Detroit to file for bankruptcy. 5. GOP leaders fought President Obama’s call to extend the payroll tax cut holiday, and unemployment benefits. 6. GOP senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said, ‘My top priority is to see that Obama is a one-term president!” His top priority should have been country first.
Slow ’em down e fully support the request of a group of Rego Park residents to lower the speed limit to 20 mph on certain narrow residential streets, many with sharp curves, here in the Chronicle’s own backyard. We hope the city will too. We’re sick of seeing people barrel down streets so narrow that when cars are parked on both sides opposing traffic has to inch by. The worst offenders, as anyone who lives or works here can tell you, are the drivers of ambulettes (full-size vans) that routinely hit 50 mph on streets like 62nd Drive, where it’s just insane to go that fast. Which brings us to the other necessity from the city once this is approved: enforcement. Please.
7. When a reporter asked GOP house speaker John Boehner why he avoided compromise, he stated it was a sign of weakness. 8. Our educational system, once first in the world, now ranks below 15th! GOP governors have helped to bring this about by cutting funds and firing teachers. 9. At a GOP debate, a gay marine, while asking candidates a question, was booed. 10. When President Obama signed his healthcare reform into law over GOP objections, it made some of the worst insurance abuses a thing of the past. That’s morally right. Hey, folks! I am no god — I’m just a loyal liberal democrat who cares for 50 million poverty-stricken citizens who are hurting and crying out for help. Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills
GOP = all that’s wrong Dear Editor: “Mandate” may be one of the most intentionally, or unconsciously, abused directives. There are mandates and then there are mandates. In the 2010 election the House of Representatives was decimated with the influx of the
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clueless freshmen and gained a Republican majority. The Democratic-majority Senate was sadly diluted and many Republican governors were voted into office. They enjoy referring to the election as a mandate. In a distorted way, they are right. The vote was indeed precipitated by a mandate; a mandate unfulfilled. In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama, despite an unfortunate choice of middle name and, in the minds of some, color, was elected president by an overwhelming majority with a mandate based primarily on his stated dynamic goals during the presidential campaign. He had a mandate. What he did not have was the killer instinct necessary to deal with a ruthless, single-minded pack of wolves admittedly determined to take back the presidency regardless of the damage incurred upon their country. After two years witnessing his naive attempt at diplomacy, the enthusiasm wore thin. Come 2010, the radical anti-government, anti-middle class, anti-Obama zealots swept into office. Well, now the no-show voters realize what that cost them. All across the country the wakeup call is deafening. Recalls are running rampant and one hopes, although still disappointed with President Obama’s civilized approach, voters will opt for intelligence, honesty and integrity. And one hopes the last few years have proven to our president that you cannot pet a mad dog. Nicholas Zizelis Bayside
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Rich. Hill man gets 10 years for murder Stabbed man with kitchen knife — DA A Richmond Hill man was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for stabbing his roommate’s friend in the heart following a verbal misunderstanding, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Luis Zeledon, 27, who lived on 123rd Street, pleaded guilty last November to first-degree manslaughter. He had been held in jail since his arrest in January 2010. According to the DA, Zeledon and his girlfriend had gone to bed after hanging out with Zeledon’s roommate, Marlon Montalvan, and Montalvan’s friend, Andy Herrera, 28, on Jan. 19, 2010 when Zeledon thought he heard his roommate say something disparaging about him. After exiting the bedroom, Zeledon began verbally arguing with his roommate in the kitchen and picked up two large knives by the sink and used one to cut Montalvan on the forearm, Brown said. Herrera came to the aid of his friend and used the chair in which he had been sitting as a shield against Zeledon, Brown said. While Herrera was trying to defend his friend, Zeledon stabbed the 28-year-old
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ported by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his New York Uprising movement. Past Republican State Senate majority leaders cut deals with past Democratic Assembly speakers to preserve the status quo. Remember when the city sent 6 GOP Senators to Albany? With the loses of Serf Maltese (2008) and Frank Padavan (2010) from Queens, only GOP Sens. Marty Golden (Brooklyn) and Andrew Lanza (Staten Island) remain. City Democrats hold 22 of the other 24 Senate seats. This makes it even more challenging for Skelos. In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting bill allowing his party to rig the drawing of district boundaries in its favor; hence “gerrymandering.” Real reform would mean removing the redistricting power from the politicians. Perhaps allow the League of Women Voters or some other impartial group to redraw the boundaries. There is still time for political redemption. If incumbent lawmakers don’t deliver between now and November, the way to obtain real change is to fire them. Perhaps it is time to give a new generation of elected officials a chance. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI
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An imam who planned to execute a massive terrorist attack at JFK International Airport was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Brooklyn last week. Kareem Ibrahim, the leader of a Shiite Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago, “abandoned the true tenets of his religion and plotted to commit a terrorist attack he hoped would rival Sept. 11,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a prepared statement. Ibrahim and his co-conspirators had planned to explode fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline underneath the airport, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. U.S. District Court Judge Dora Irizarry, who sentenced Ibrahim, hailed the outcome as an example of how American courts and security work. “This case shows the government at its best in terms of protecting the security of this country,” Irizarry said. A federal jury convicted Ibrahim of multiple terrorism offenses after a fourweek trial that ended last May. The jury found that the imam had provided operational support to the group planning to attack JFK. During cross-examination, Ibrahim
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Spinning in circles: Trying to find carousel operator by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
ity officials opened the doors last week to the carousel in Forest Park that has been shuttered since 2008, giving those interested in operating the site, and members of the public, a peek into the merry-go-round that contains some of the last remaining works of renowned wood-carver Daniel Carl Muller. The city Parks Department led the tour of the 1903 structure last Thursday for potential operators, who must reply by Jan. 27 to the cityâ€™s fourth request for proposal since 2008. A number of area residents who have long wanted to see the carousel running again also attended the event. Civic leaders have Q been advocating for the carousel to be landmarked too.
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Woodhaven residents Allan Smith, left, and Ed Wendell said they hope to soon see an operator for the carousel.
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Rash of burglaries tops talk at 106th meeting Residents also air concerns over abandoned home, speeding cars by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor
There was standing room only at last week’s meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park, as residents packed the police station’s gathering room to voice their complaints about such issues as a recent rash of burglaries, an abandoned home and cars racing through stop signs. Before addressing the complaints, Capt. Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, advised the audience that police had arrested a thief who had allegedly stolen a resident’s Apple iPhone. Pascale said they had tracked down the perpetrator based on the iPhone’s GPS tracking software. The captain urged the smart phone owners to never turn off their devices, in case of theft. Most have GPS tracking, he noted, which the police can use to locate the stolen equipment and arrest the perpetrator. He also asked the audience members to record the serial numbers of the electronics they purchase and list them with the police, who can then contact the owner if a device is stolen and recovered. Several residents at the council meeting expressed their own concerns to Pascale. Belinda, a South Ozone Park resident who did not want to give her last name, asked the police for help in stopping a rash of burglaries that has occurred in the last six months near her home around 131st Street and Linden Boulevard. She said some of the nine
break-ins were made through windows and back doors. Pascale responded by citing police investigative procedure, adding that the NYPD uses modern technology such as DNA evidence to catch crooks, just like on television’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” In a familiar refrain from the brass, he added that homeowners and businesses’ video surveillance cameras also aid police in their investigations. And he noted that police also check the records of pawn shops in the area to see if any of the burglars have sold their stolen loot. “There’s a lot of work that goes into a burglary investigation; we take it very seriously,” Pascale told the audience. To help the police, Pascale asked residents to call 911 if they see a suspicious person or vehicle on their block. Community Affairs Off icer Brenda Bratcher added that residents can request a free crime prevention survey of their home by Officer Harriet Smyer-Young. Bratcher can be reached at (718) 845-2228. One resident, who did not give her name, said she recently noticed a man pretending to be talking on the phone, when he was actually watching from a distance which of her neighbors answered the door when the Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on them. “You could be on to something,” Pascale said.
Capt. Thomas Pascale, standing left, and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder speak with residents at the PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON 106th Community Council meeting last week. The captain added that it was a situation in which she should call 911 so police could investigate. “When you see something, say something,” said Lindenwood Alliance co-President Christina Gold, who was at the meeting. Joseph Napoleone, of Richmond Hill, said that a vacate order had been posted on an abandoned house near 108th Street and Liberty Avenue, but that the door was wide open, people were going in and out, and the electricity was still on. Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said the board is on the case. “It is being worked on, and it will get closed up,” she assured Napoleone. South Ozone Park Civic Association West
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Church ban causes stir in City Council Two Queens pols debate ban on renting schools to religious groups by Kevin Korber Chronicle Contributor
A decision by the United States Supreme Court is causing controversy in Queens and throughout the city over the definition of the separation between church and state. The court recently refused to hear an appeal by Bronx Household of Faith over the Department of Education’s controversial decision to ban churches from renting public schools for services. Starting Feb. 12, schools may no longer be rented for such purposes. The Supreme Court’s Dec. 5 decision
upheld a previous ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals which was in favor of the DOE. The Appeals Court wrote that the policy “imposes no restraint on the free expression of any point of view. The exclusion applies only to the conduct of a certain type of activity—the conduct of religious services—and not to the free expression of religious views associated with it.” Until 2001, religious groups could hold services in schools after school hours as long as they reimbursed the school for maintenance costs. However, when the Supreme Court ruled that a Connecticut church with a
similar arrangement was violating the First Amendment, the DOE put its ban in place. The ban has largely impacted small churches who use spaces like schools to hold services. Robert G. Hall, elder of the Bronx Household of Faith, said that losing school spaces would hurt his church and others like it in the long run. “Our congregation is only around 100 people. Most churches like ours, some of which have vocational ministers, don’t have the money to keep up a storefront, and most just don’t have that large attendance at services,” Hall said.
He also believes that the DOE’s argument against groups like his is illogical: “The DOE says that our services would impact children and confuse them about religion, but this is only based on a few parent complaints. To institute this policy under the guise of protecting children is disrespectful to both children and the parents who should be teaching their kids about these things.” The DOE’s ruling has received strong support from Mayor Bloomberg, but other city officials are not as happy about the decision. City Councilman Fernando Cabrera (DBronx) led a demonstration with religious leaders at Bloomberg’s State of the City address in opposition to the court’s refusal to hear the appeal.
“We have a separation of church and state in this country, and holding religious services in a government-owned building violates that.”
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Reactions among Queens lawmakers over the controversy were split. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who sits on the council’s Education Committee, supported the DOE, saying that the agency had a right to deny religious organizations access to public schools. “We have a separation of church and state in this country, and holding religious services in a government-owned building violates that,” Dromm said. However, Councilman Ruben Wills (DJamaica), who co-sponsored a resolution with Cabrera supporting the religious organizations, felt that allowing schools to be rented for religious services would not have a negative impact on the community. “These organizations are active in helping our community, and the city is going to punish them? It’s ridiculous that the DOE is acting so quick to enforce this regulation,” Wills said. He added that the DOE “hasn’t entirely defined what ‘worship’ is, which is absolutely necessary for a rule like this.” “The DOE is in a deficit; it makes no sense for them to ban any group from paying Q to use their space,” Wills added.
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Hundreds enjoy a program of song, dance and comedy acts by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor
Sarah Benitez and Abe Rosen dance the tango during the Howard Beach Senior Center’s talent PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON show this week. Christine Titone read her original poetry, followed by a duet of Jimmy Di Napoli and his son Jimmy Di Napoli Jr., singing “My Way.” Di Napoli Jr. also performed a solo of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” as his two young nieces delighted the audience by dancing to the tune. Gil Yablon was back on stage again singing “I Have But One Heart,” and “Isle of Capri” a cappella in both English and Yiddish.
Muriel Stemann took the crowd down memory lane by recounting stories about her family. Nancy Thompson, who celebrated her 90th birthday, treated the audience to “You Belong to Me,” followed by Abe Rosen and Sarah Benitez cutting up the rug with a tango demonstration. Anita Lombardo wowed the seniors with her belly dancing performance. But don’t be jealous, join in — she also teaches a belly dancing class at the center on
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Taking their cue from NBC’s reality show “America’s Got Talent,” members of the Howard Beach Senior Center showcased their own version of the reality show on Monday afternoon: “Howard Beach Seniors Have Talent.” And talent do they have. More than 250 delighted and enthusiastic audience members were treated to an afternoon of upbeat entertainment as some 20 contestants sang, danced, told jokes and more. Jimmy Di Napoli kicked things off strumming his 1960s Gibson guitar and singing a tune he penned about the senior center, followed by Gil Yablon putting the crowd in stitches with his candy routine Master of Ceremonies Sandy Gussin introduced Lindenwood resident and selfdescribed “Roaring 20s Girl” Tessie Costa, 92, who belted out two songs of the era — Cab Calloway’s “St. James Infirmary Blues” and “Minnie the Moocher.” Tom Riviello’s rendition of Dean Martin’s “Innamorata” drew sustained applause from the audience. And the center’s tai chi class put on a performance that left the crowd spellbound. Tony Uliano performed a harmonica solo of “Oh My Darling, Clementine,” Joe Mossa and Cathy Manizione treated the crowd to a cha-cha demonstration while Ann Doody offered up her take on “I Feel Pretty.”
Friday afternoons. After the dancing, Carl Vecchio saing “Return to Sorrento.” Max Stern, 98, who has lived in Howard Beach since 1968 and has been coming to the center for the past eight years, played his banjo and invited the audience to sing along to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” Stern also entertained with his jokes, followed by Sylvia Shapiro, who read her original poetry. Center Director Mark Frey sang “Let It Be Me,” accompanying himself on the guitar. Di Napoli, who has been performing since 1963 and has been with the T-Birds and the Jimmy and the Misfits band, closed the show with his original “Have You Ever?” The consensus of the audience was that all the performers were winners. Ellie Greenberg, who has lived in Lindenwood for 45 years, remarked that, “they got up there without any trepidation; they were just unbelievable.” Lorraine Cohen, a 35-year resident of Lindenwood who attended the show with her friends, said they all enjoyed it. “Wonderful and truly remarkable,” said Howard Beach resident Abe Rosen as his dancing partner, Sarah Benitez, agreed, adding that every year the show gets better and better. In addition to talent shows, the center offers seniors a wide variety of activities including movies, a book club, computer and exercise classes and even a Wii Bowling Q league.
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Howard Beach seniors show off their moves
Cathy Manizione and Joe Mossa dance the cha-cha at the Howard Beach Senior Center’s talent show. PHOTOS BY STEPHEN GEFFON Tony Uliano performs a rendition of “Oh My Darling, Clementine” on the harmonica.
Members of the center’s tai chi class perform during the talent show.
Senior Center Director Mark Frey sings “Let It Be Me.”
Jimmy DiNapoli Jr. strums the guitar as his two nieces, Bella and Alexa, dance.
Max Stern, a 98-year-old who has lived in Howard Beach since 1968, plays the banjo.
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Assemblyman: state prefers open bids for projects like convention ctr.
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Hevesi questions ‘sole bid’ for Genting
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NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION Grades K-7 Democratic Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, left, has some questions for Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding the process for selecting Genting Americas to build a massive convention center in Queens at FILE PHOTOS Aqueduct Race Track.
by Michael Gannon Associate Editor
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), like others, is waiting to see how Gov. Cuomo’s plan to build the nation’s largest convention center in Queens will unfold. But speaking at a meeting of Community Board 5 on Jan. 11, Hevesi said he is troubled by the process Cuomo chose, limiting the development to Genting Americas, which operates the recently opened casino nearby at Aqueduct Race Track. “The city doesn’t give out sole-bid contracts and the state doesn’t either, usually,” he said. “Why did we do it here? Why Genting? Did the governor get a deal?” He did not address the legality of the move. Cuomo’s office did not return calls. Hevesi also questions whether or not the governor, a fellow Democrat, did his homework before throwing the weight of his off ice behind a convention center as a panacea for the state’s economic ills. “Convention centers nationally are not making the money that they did a few years ago,” he said. “There’s been a drop-off.” In his State of the State address on Jan. 4, the governor said he wants to “build the biggest convention center in the nation, period” at Aqueduct to replace the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. He also wants to amend the state constitution to allow full casino gambling which already exists in neighboring states and tribal casinos throughout New York. Genting, which operates the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct, has proposed spending $4 billion for a four-millionsquare-foot convention center that would include 3,000 hotel rooms. In response to a question from the audience, Hevesi agreed that traffic also could become an issue in the Kew Gardens-Forest Hills area, with Queens Boulevard likely to feel at least residual effects from increased traffic to and from a convention center or
an expanded casino. He also acknowledged a convention center would force the question of whether or not to restore train service — and if so to what extent — along the old Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach line to the fore. The assemblyman said it might be a prudent enterprise, but that it could cost $800 million or more. He also cited efforts to turn the line into a greenway linking Ozone Park and Rego Park and noted that some residents along the rail line want it kept exactly as it is. Fielding questions about redistricting, Hevesi said a proposal to create a new Senate district is the Senate Republicans’ plan to retain their majority in that house in the wake of the new law that counts prisoners housed upstate in the population figures for the prisoners’ home areas. The resulting population shifts mean larger numbers for New York City and smaller ones for upstate in terms of everything from representation to allocations of state spending [see “GOP wants new Senate seat,” Jan. 12, at qchron.com] Though the assemblyman is far from the only one tying the effort to the prisoner recalculation, Hevesi said the move makes perfect sense — from a GOP viewpoint. “The prisoner recount hurt them upstate and helped us,” he said. Hevesi also said he supports an independent redistricting commission. “But I don’t know how this will play out,” he said, given the Legislature’s taste for gerrymandering its districts for political advantage. He said Forest Hills, which he represents, is a prime example of how communities are divided by the practice. “Forest Hills has four state senators, this small neighborhood,” he said, referring to Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Shirley Huntley (DQ Jamaica).
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Just say no to gerrymandering
TWU contract Students’ political maps ‘untangle’ borough’s lines at a impasse by Anna Gustafson
which neighborhoods will fall within which Assembly, Senate and Congressional disSenior Editor And the winner is ... districts that are not tricts. While Gov. Cuomo and some legislators say they support an independent redisgerrymandered. The 2012 New York Redistricting Project tricting commission, a team of politicians is unveiled this week the winning Congression- once again creating the maps — which are al and state Senate maps drawn by students expected to be unveiled in the upcoming who wanted to voice what they hope happens weeks and will have to be approved by the at the legislative level — specifically, that Legislature and the governor. When the maps are drawn solely by legispolitical lines will be untangled so incumbents will not be unfairly favored and groups lators with no input from the public, “you end up with these gerrymandered districts with similar interests could stay together. Students throughout the state submitted that thwart political competition,” said maps they created as part of the project’s ini- Costas Panagopoulos, director of the New tiative to get the public more involved, and York Redistricting Project and a Fordham aware, of the redistricting process — which University political science professor. “It’s happens once every 10 years and determines important to remind people that even though this is a slightly complicated process, it’s not so impossible for ordinary people to think about.” So, while there is no independent redistricting commission, Panagopoulos said he hopes legislators will heed input from the public, including the project’s winning maps. A team of students from the University of Buffalo Law School created the winning Congressional map, and the project picked a British student’s state Senate map. “When we looked at Queens, and all of New York City, we realStudents said they untangled the city’s current Congressional ly had to untangle the spaghetti,” districts, left, to create a new political map, right. said Andrew Dean, a law student COURTESY DRAWING at the University of Buffalo.
‘Strip search’ apology The Department of Homeland Security has apologized for some actions taken by security screeners at Kennedy Airport last November when three elderly women alleged they were subjected to humiliating strip searches at security checkpoints because they were wearing medical devices. But state Sen. Mike Gianaris (DAstoria), who pressed for a federal investigation back in December, isn’t overly impressed. “I don’t consider this closed, and I’m not satisfied,” Gianaris said in a phone interview Wednesday. “It’s a positive step that they admitted something went wrong that was obvious to the rest of us.” In a letter to Gianaris, DHS Assistant Secretary Betsy Markey said a transportation safety officer did violate procedure by asking to examine a colostomy bag one of the women was wearing, and apologized for that action. “However, again, at no point was the passenger asked to remove any articles of clothing during screening,” she wrote. “The explanation they throw out does not explain how three women who had never met reported similar problems at the same location, and what motivation they may have had to make this up,” Gianaris said. “You can’t fix a problem Q until you admit you have one.”
Dean said he and his colleagues worked to ensure many Asian voters would not be split up in Queens, and they created the city’s second Hispanic-majority district in the Bronx. “We really focused on keeping together communities of interest, compliance with the Voting Rights Act, maintaining political competitiveness, and contiguity,” Dean said. “We tried to draw communities where people had a geographical and cultural sense of identity.” To create the maps, students used a computer program called District Builder, which was made by Michael McDonald, a professor at George Mason University, and Micah Altman, a professor at Harvard. The program allows students — and any member of the public — access data on demographics for free. To build a map, visit the project’s web site at redistrictny.org. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who has been a proponent of the project, said it shows that members of the general public can, contrary to what he said “defenders of the status quo” argue, submit “excellent proposals within a pretty short time frame.” Gianaris has sponsored a bill, supported by a number of his Queens colleagues, that would permanently create an independent redistricting commission. “I’d like to see fairness in this process,” Gianaris said. “We have a process that’s controlled by the majorities, and they want Q to damage the minorities.”
New Yorkers want casinos, says poll City voters say to go ‘all-in’ in survey by Will Sammon Chronicle Contributor
Before Gov. Cuomo proposed to build the country’s largest convention center in South Ozone Park earlier this month, a Quinnipiac University survey said 65 percent of city voters supported Las Vegasstyle casinos in New York. The poll, released late last month, reported a 4 percent increase from the same question it posed in September, when it asked if voters supported or opposed the creation of casinos here in the state, similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. In addition, the survey found that 65 percent of voters said such casinos, like the one Genting Americas would like to build at Aqueduct Race Track, would be good for the economy. “Our communities could certainly use those monies for our local economy, education, senior centers and other local programs,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) on Tuesday. “We benefit by the thousands of jobs.” Addabbo also said that he does not put much credence in polls and prefers to receive input directly from constituents and community boards. Though he was not surprised by the survey’s results, he said
they were premature, as did others. “When people have a lack of information, their first instinct is to not approve something,” said Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton. She also said she needs further details to assess the pros and cons of Cuomo’s proposal. Quinnipiac’s poll also revealed that 55 percent of city voters thought that the creation of these casinos would lead to an increase in gambling addiction. “We take any concerns seriously, we provide training to our employees and remain committed to working with the state to ensure that those who play beyond their limits have access to the information and assistance they need,” said Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Genting Americas, which operates the Resorts World Casino New York City racino next to the proposed convention site. The center would be entirely funded by Genting, not taxpayer dollars, according to the company and Addabbo. The survey also found that the city is split on the issue of hydrofracking. Fortyfour percent of New Yorkers favor the natural gas drilling procedure, while 45 percent oppose it because of environmental Q concerns.
Despite no progress to report, the MTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 plan to continue contract talks after failing to reach an agreement before their contract expired on Jan. 15. TWU spokesman Jim Gannon said that it was hard to reach an accord in time because Joseph Lhota was not confirmed as the new MTA chairman until Jan. 9. Lhota’s five-year offer, which has been rejected by the union, calls for pay to remain the same for the next three years, and to increase by 2 percent in the fourth and fifth years. Among one of its most controversial demands, the MTA wants to establish a new class of part-time bus drivers, according to Gannon. “We want full-time employees because we have full-time families,” he said. The MTA said there was nothing new with regard to the contract discussions, but did say talks would continue. A spokesman declined to comment further. The TWU does not intend to strike at any point, according to Gannon. In December 2005, transit workers struck for three days. The walkout left millions of commuters stranded and was illegal under the state’s Taylor Law, which bans public employee Q strikes. — Will Sammon
Forum on Social Security and Medicare on Jan. 24 The Howard Beach Senior Center will hold a seminar on changes to Social Security and Medicare on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. All residents age 60 and over are welcome to attend. The center is located at 156-45 84th Street, and the entrance is on 85th Street. For more information, call (718) Q 738-8100.
Relay for Life to hold first meeting of year on Jan. 26 The Howard Beach chapter of the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay for Life will hold its f irst meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Our Lady of Grace Convent, located at 158-08 101st Street in Howard Beach. Visit relayforlife.org/howardbeachny or email HowardBeachrelay@ Q aol.com for more information.
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Airport Friends turn up the heat Say city, FAA deliberately ignoring safety considerations of trash site by Michael Gannon Associate Editor
The Friends of LaGuardia Airport turned up the heat on the city and Federal Aviation Administration during a conference call on Jan. 12, saying they have internal documents proving that the city exerted political pressure on the Port Authority to allow a garbage transfer facility to be built within 2,200 feet of the end of a runway at LaGuardia Airport. Attorney Randy Mastro said that pressure led the Port Authority, a tenant of the city, to relent to city plans to construct the transfer station at 120-15 31 Ave. in College Point. The station is just across a channel from the end of Runway 13/31. “And when the Port Authority dropped its objections, the [Federal Aviation Administration] did too,” Mastro said. An email from the Chronicle requesting copies of the documents, sent to Mastro’s office at his invitation, was not answered. Critics say the 3,500 tons of trash per day brought to the site will attract birds and rats seeking to eat garbage, thus increasing the chance for birds striking planes. Mastro and others said barges taking the garbage out of the station will come within 500 feet of a runway where there has been in increase in bird activity and bird strikes in recent years. Simultaneous bird strikes in January 2009 destroyed both engines of a US Airways flight on takeoff at LaGuardia resulting
Friends of LaGuardia Airport is in federal court seeking to stop construction of this trash transfer station in College Point, located 2,200 feet from the end of Runway 13/31 at the airport. They say PHOTO BY STEVE MALECKI federal officials violated their own guidelines in granting approval. in the “Miracle on the Hudson” river landing. All 155 people on board survived. During the conference call, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board, a former FAA attorney and experts in air traff ic control and aviation bird strikes, said construction should be halted and the transfer station moved. Barry Yurtis, an air traffic control expert,
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system, the safety zone shrinks to 1,700 feet. “The Port Authority itself was initially and correctly opposed to building this garbage facility but then inexplicably reversed course and dropped its opposition,” said Ken Paskar of Friends of LaGuardia Airport. Russell DeFusco, who investigated birdaircraft strikes while serving in the U.S. Air Force, said the FAA violated its own regulations by allowing a specif ically banned structure. “There is absolutely no doubt that the facility will attract hazardous birds and should have been denied its construction permit without any reservation,” he said. “Simply put, a known hazard should never be constructed then mitigated when it could have been avoided altogether by choosing an appropriate alternate site. “I fear a terrible precedence has been set,” DeFusco said. Jim Hall, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for seven years and a consultant for the opposition, said bird strikes are a threat to people in the air and on the ground. But he also said the FAA is now touting a study saying there would be fewer birds in the area than if no trash station is built. “In that case I expect to see them approved at every airport in the country,” Hall said. “It’s positively Orwellian.” Mayor Bloomberg’s off ice did not respond to multiple phone calls seeking Q comment.
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have potentially hundreds of teachers in Queens that will be affected.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) did not come out against the turnaround process, but he too advocated against completely renaming schools. “I believe that since these schools, and their names, have played an integral role in the character and history of our communities, any new name should take into consideration and incorporate the school’s current name,” said Addabbo, whose district includes Grover Cleveland, Richmond Hill and John Adams. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (DAstoria), a Bryant High School graduate who said many of her constituents who are students attend her alma mater, as well as Long Island City High School, called the mayor’s plan “not a prudent thing to do.” “A lot of the teachers at Bryant are Bryant alumni, and they returned to Bryant to teach because they love the school,” Simotas said. The assemblywoman advocated against using one model for all 33 schools, saying each facility has different needs. “You have to look school by school,” Simotas said. “For example, Bryant has so many immigrant students, and it’s not fair to compare our school to another school without that demographic.” The union has vowed to f ight Bloomberg’s plan, and sent a letter to the 33 schools last Friday, arguing the city cannot legally implement the turnaround
model without the union’s consent. “Our UFT lawyers have carefully examined the laws and regulations the mayor is invoking, and we do not see any grounds for the view that the DOE has the legal authority to take such unilateral action,” Mulgrew wrote in the letter. “For 10 years now, the policies of Mayor Bloomberg and of Chancellors Joel Klein, Cathie Black and Dennis Walcott have failed the public schools and students of New York City, with a particularly heavy toll falling on those with the greatest needs,” Mulgrew’s letter continued. “Your schools have been on the front lines of these failures. Over the last two years, you were told that … you would receive additional funds, resources and supports to help you improve. Those promises have proven hollow, as the mayor and the Department of Education have done next to nothing to fix your schools.” The teachers who are let go from the 33 schools would be placed in the city’s absent teacher reserve pool — which principals said would end up potentially costing the city hundreds of millions of dollars because it would have to pay for those teachers, as well as the new teachers who would replace them. “The mayor has an obsession with going after teachers,” said James Eterno, a teacher at Jamaica High School, which the city is in the process of phasing out. “His plan isn’t cost effective. It’s dumb Q on so many levels.”
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Two weeks after Calvin Ogletree, 25, the older brother of Dallas Cowboys player Kevin Ogletree, was shot and critically wounded, he remains in critical condition and no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing, according to the NYPD. On Friday, Jan. 6, at about 3 p.m. police responded to a call of shots fired outside Ogletree’s business, Calli Exotic Car Rental at 20002 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans, and found him with a bullet wound to the head. Ogletree was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in critical condition, according to the police. A spokesman for the hospital said he was not registered as a patient there and could not comment on his condition. Patients can stay at a hospital, but just choose not to register. Ogletree was targeted by gunmen on bicycles, according to published reports. The motive for the crime remains a mystery to the family. Vivian McMillan, the president of the community council for the 113th Precinct, where the incident occurred, said Friday that police have a person of interest in connection with the crime, but have not apprehended him yet. “I was really shocked to hear about it,” said McMillan, who lives about eight blocks away from where the shooting took place. “My prayers go out to him and his family. We have
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103rd Avenue. He said that recently a 10-year-old girl was recently hit by a car there, and that she remains in a coma. Charles agreed that the corner does need a crossing guard. Shifting to another major community issue, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DHoward Beach) spoke about the proposed convention center at Aqueduct. “The proposal to build the largest convention center in the nation at Aqueduct is an ambitious plan that must be undertaken responsibly and appropriately, with real community involvement and partici-
got to get these guns off the streets. For a young man to be sitting in the hospital like that is just uncalled for.” The famed football wide receiver reportedly was at his wounded brother’s bedside in the days after the shooting occurred. Rich Dalrymple, a spokesman for the Dallas Cowboys, said the team does not wish to comment on the crime. The phone line at Ogletree’s business has been disconnected. Crime victims advocate Shawn Williams of LeFrak City said she saw a man whom she later recognized from news reports as Ogletree’s uncle, Mark Ross, outside the hospital talking on his cell phone about the incident on Saturday, Jan. 7 at around 5 p.m. Williams said that “it looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.” She said she gave him her business card and asked him to call her if he needed any help regarding the crime. “This violence can happen to anyone and everyone, and it can happen at any time,” Williams said. “It’s really sad.” City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said Friday that he had spoken with staff at the hospital about Ogletree’s condition on Monday, but he had not been able to contact the family yet. “They said he was in critical condition, and they weren’t sure how long he would be able to hold on,” Comrie said, “but Q they are working on him.”
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The Queens Chronicle’s Fourth Annual Holiday Photo Contest proved one thing for sure — a lack of snow may be great for drivers, pedestrians and those who work outdoors, but it makes photographing December magic a bit more challenging! Still, we had some inspired entries we’re glad to share with you here. Keep an eye out in late spring for our announcement of our Fourth Annual Summer in the Borough Contest; and a few months later we’ll see if snow will provide a pretty backdrop for take five of our holiday competition. Don’t you shutterbugs miss out on either one! — Peter C. Mastrosimone
THE WINNER — ALL SMILES: Even without wintry precipitation coming down, Charlene Stubbs of Maspeth found a snow-like white backdrop for this charming shot of her holiday-happy daughter, Carly Stubb-Delgado, in front of a neighbor’s decorated home. Now they’ll get to see an entertaining show like “My Sinatra,” or maybe a circus, courtesy of the Chronicle. Congratulations!
GIFT OF GRATITUDE: Helina Cheung of Bayside has been praying for the return of U.S. forces from overseas and could think of no better gift for them and their families than President Obama’s announcement of the pullout from Iraq. Her message will get worldwide reach once these shots are posted on qchron.com.
IN DARKNESS, LIGHT: Frank Deak achieved a dreamy, surreal effect with his artistic black-and-white photo of a highly decorated house on 90th Street in Elmhurst, to our enjoyment.
COZY KITTY: If you like cats, you know how much they love to find a new lair, like Baby Doll did on Christmas morning at Barbara Rueckher’s home in Glendale. And if you don’t like cats ... coal in your stocking!
SKYROCKETS AT NIGHT: Steve Fisher of Middle Village, a past winner of our contests, found that indeed that banner does yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave, even as fireworks opened the nation’s 236th year.
ON THE NICE LIST: The visit with Santa is always a highlight of Christmas, as Ethan Daniel Abreu of Ozone Park found out. His mother, Christy Mastoras, took the shot — as well as another one of their dog, Zeus, meeting the man in the big red suit.
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Avella says trash fines may be illegal Questions legality of Sanitation policy on when garbage goes out by Liz Rhoades
“I believe this policy is not only unenforceable, but should be void because it was not properly established State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) doesn’t think fines under the city’s rule-making procedures,” Avella said. given by the Department of Sanitation for putting out He was alerted to the situation by several constituents garbage too early are legal and that residents should con- who contacted his office complaining about hefty fines test them. issued by the DOS for leaving garbage outside homes earDuring a press conference in his Bayside office Friday, lier than allowed. “People are getting $100 fines that can Avella charged the DOS with illegally issuing fines regarding go up to $300,” Avella said. “One disabled homeowner is its policy of when to place garbage on worried she’ll get a ticket because the curb the day before the scheduled her caregiver leaves at 2 p.m. and collection. The DOS policy, as spelled puts out the garbage then.” out in its “A Summary of Sanitation The legislator believes the DOS he city never got Rules and Regulations” is that residential ignored all the CAPA requirements that regulation units may place receptacles for collection in establishing and implementing this on the sidewalk no earlier than 5 p.m. the de facto rule, resulting in “an uninapproved. Someone day before the scheduled pickup and no formed public and the issuance of earlier than 4 p.m. from Oct. 1 to April 1. signif icant f ines against many dropped the ball.” But Avella believes that the policy alleged violators.” — State Sen. Tony Avella on the violates the City Administrative ProceHe has seen an uptick in comDepartment of Sanitation policy dure Act, which requires that any proplaints over the last month and regarding when homeowners posed rule be published and the public blames it on the Bloomberg adminiscan put out garbage. be given time to comment. Once a rule tration for pressuring city agencies is adopted, it must then be published in to come up with revenue-generating the Compilation of City Rules and in initiatives. “It’s just another way for the City Record. the city to collect more money,” Avella said. To become an official rule also requires a public hearing He wants the DOS to stop enforcement of the policy and and a vote by the City Council. take steps to make it a formal rule. He also wants excep“You can’t give a ticket for a policy, just a regulation,” tions to be made for the disabled and elderly homeowners Avella said. “The city never got that regulation approved. and to create separate times for commercial and residential Someone dropped the ball.” garbage cans to be placed on the curb. The senator and his staff have researched the topic and His final request may be even harder to implement. say the policy may go back decades. He knows for sure it’s Avella is asking the DOS to immediately refund all fines been in effect since the Koch administration as Avella paid to the city by anyone who received a summons since worked for the Mayor’s Office at that time. Koch was first the policy was originally enforced. elected in 1977. Kathy Dawkins, spokeswoman for the DOS, said in Managing Editor
State Sen. Tony Avella holds a Department of Sanitation rules book that includes information regarding when to put garbage out PHOTO BY LIZ RHOADES he says has not been approved by the city. 2006 after hearing concerns from residents and members of the City Council, including then-Councilman Avella, the agency agreed to change the long-standing time to put out garbage from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. and no earlier than 4 p.m. from October to April. “It was also agreed that the department would amend its Digest of Codes to reflect this change, which has been beneficial to the public by preventing waste from being stored at curbside,” Dawkins said. She did not address the legality of the policy, and Avella said Friday he had just recently written to the DOS about Q his concerns and is waiting for a response.
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Pharmacist Joseph LaSala, at his Middle Village store, touts mom-and-pop drugstores for offering personal ser vice and no delays in filling prescriptions. PHOTO BY PAT GATT drug- store are personal service and no delays in filling prescriptions. Mike Somma, who owns Artis Drugs in Middle Village, says eventually consumers will pay one way or the other for the change. “It won’t be an enormous amount, maybe 5 percent,” Somma said. “But it’s great to have choices.” He believes eventually his store will get more business out of the legislation, acknowledging, nevertheless, that mail-order companies order drugs in bulk so that they can keep the prices down. As a service to his customers, Somma offers free delivery, which he says is expensive, and added that a lot of his time is spent hand-holding concerned customers. “The legislation is especially good for the elderly,” he said. Somma, who fills over 300 prescriptions a day, still hasn’t gotten details on reimbursement rates. Heastie’s office said drugstores will be notified of those by the state once the amendment is approved. Melissa Mackey, a spokeswoman for Medco, which is the largest mail-order drug dispenser in the country, said her firm is guided by the requirements of the laws and regulations applicable to the mail-order business — and that includes the measure signed into law by the governor. “The new law affects insurance contracts issued, renewed, modified, altered or amended on or after the effective date,” Mackey said, noting that the bill was signed based on an agreement between Cuomo and the Legislature to amend the law. The National Community Pharmacists Association praised the passage, noting that the requirement to use mail-order pharmacies has caused more than $5 billion to leave the state every year. The group’s CEO, B. Douglas Hoey, does not believe that the law will result in higher costs. “Community pharmacies dispense lower-cost, generic drugs about 20 percent more often than most mail-order facilities, which often profit from brand-name manufacturer rebates and other hidden incentives,” Hoey said. “And in some instances, health plans that incent or require use of mail-order pharmacies end up paying more for their prescription drugs ...” Q
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Simple tips for getting fit in the new year by Laura Garrett, RD For many people controlling weight starts with getting control of impulse eating. Often, in order to change behaviors, people must first acknowledge the patterns of behavior that lead them to eat impulsively. It starts with a list. One of the biggest culprits is going to the grocery store without a list. Supermarkets set up their aisles for impulse buying and quick hunger fixes. Breaking the behavior chain that leads to bad decisions often starts with changing routines. For example:
• Eat a piece of fruit before shopping. • Create a shopping list template — keep copies in the car and add additional items as needed. • Stick to the shopping list. • Use coupons only for items on the list. Learn how to lunch. Workday lunches can be another opportunity for impulse eating to take hold. If you’re one of those workers who waits until 11:30 a.m. (after hunger has already set in) to decide where to go out for lunch or what to order in, you may find yourself often resorting to high-fat, high-calorie options like fast food. Here are some suggestions to make better choices: • Have fruit at 10 a.m. • Pack a brown-bag lunch the night before. This will also save money. • Pack or purchase lunches on sliced bread. Rolls can have twice the calories of sliced bread. • Salads are great, but measure the salad dressing or use vinegar.
Start today by becoming aware of those behaviors that lead you astray from your weight management goals. For more information about health and wellness, visit Q livesowell.com. Laura Garrett is a registered dietician and a certified diabetes educator. —NAPS
Make mealtime meaningful. Sometimes, simple things can make a difference at mealtime. For instance: • Choose carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic scale, such as fruits, veggies and whole grains. • Take a supplement containing a white bean extract before eating a carb-rich meal. • Count to 10 before grabbing something to eat. • Make the slogan “The kitchen closes at 9 p.m.” a mind-set. Breaking the behavioral chain that leads to unhealthful food decisions often starts with changing unconscious behaviors PHOTO COURTESY FEATURETTES and habits.
Today is a good day to begin. Making positive behavior changes to avoid impulse eating is an essential factor in health and weight management.
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Healthy resolutions for the year ahead As the calendar turns to a new year, the focus of men and women often shifts as well. After the hectic holiday season has come and gone, many people re-dedicate themselves to their personal health and well-being. That renewed dedication might be thanks to all those big holiday meals or it might just be a result of the new calendar year being symbolic of a fresh start. Regardless of the reasons behind this renewed vigor, the opportunities to make the next 12 months a healthier 12 months abound. While losing weight might the most popular resolution, there are a host of other health-related resolutions individuals can make to improve their lives over the year.
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Resolve to reduce stress. Stress is a major part of most adults’ lives, and that’s especially so after the hectic holiday season when men and women are pulled in so many different directions. Work is a common cause of stress, but family and personal finances, especially nowadays, are big sources of stress as well. This year, resolve to reduce stress in all aspects of life. At the office, analyze ways in which you can manage time more effectively, including how to best prioritize work projects so you don’t always feel as if you’re up against a wall. Outside the office, recognize the importance of maintaining a personal life and its relation to reducing stress. Spending time with friends and family can relax you and
Resolve to exercise more. Much like changing a diet, exercising more is often seen as a means to weight loss. While that’s a positive side effect of daily exercise, the goal should not be to lose weight. Instead, the goal of daily exercise is to get healthier. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, exercise helps lower the risk of heart disease and hypertension by 40 percent while lowering the risk of depression by 30 percent. In addition, men and women with a family history of diabetes should know that regular exercise lowers their risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. So while exercise is a great means to losing weight, it’s even better at helping reduce the risk
Resolve to eat better. Losing weight and adopting a healthier diet are not necessarily the same thing. While a healthier diet might help you lose weight, the goal of adopting a healthier diet is to improve overall health. A healthy diet can strengthen the body’s immune system, making it easier to fight colds and the flu and other ailments. A healthy diet can also help in the battle against any preexisting conditions. For example, replacing salt with healthier and flavorful herbs can help reduce high blood pressure, and many people cannot even taste the difference once they start eating.
for serious disease. When incorporating exercise into a daily routine, start slowly and gradually work your way up to more vigorous exercise regimens. Going full speed from the outset is a dangerous way to increase the risk of injury, which could actually restrict your ability to exercise for some time. Resolve to quit smoking. To nonsmokers, keep up the good work. For smokers, perhaps some statistics are enough to get you on the path toward quitting smoking: • More than 150,000 Americans were projected to succumb to lung cancer in 2011, according to the National Cancer Institute. • The Canadian Cancer Society estimated that 20,000 Canadians would lose their lives to lung cancer in 2011. • More than 6 percent of all deaths in the United Kingdom in 2011 were related to lung cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. If those statistics aren’t enough to get men and women serious about quitting smoking, consider the negative effect secondhand smoke has on your loved ones. The American Cancer Society notes that roughly 3,000 nonsmoking adults experience lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke in the U.S. each year. When making a resolution this year, smokers’ top priority should be to quit smoking.
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Coping with cold weather and heart disease Give the health dangers of cold weather the cold shoulder — even if you have a heart condition — with these hints from the American Heart Association: • Avoid sudden exer tion, such as liftinga heavy shovelful of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts can strain the heart. • Watch out for accidental hypothermia — body temperature below 95° Fahrenheit. Symptoms include lack of coordination, mental confusion, slowed reactions, shivering and sleepiness. Those with heart disease are at special risk. High winds, snow and rain can steal body heat. Wind removes the layer of heated air from around the body. At 30 degrees Fahrenheit in a 30-mile wind, the cooling effect is equal to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Dampness, too, causes the body to lose heat faster. To keep warm, wear layers of clothing to trap the heat. Also, wear a hat or head scarf. Heat can be lost through your head. Ears are especially prone to frostbite. Keep your hands and feet warm, too, as they tend to lose heat rapidly. • Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol gives an initial feeling of warmth, because blood vessels in the skin expand, but that actually draws heat away from vital organs. • Take precautions to avoid flu and pneumonia. They pose even greater dangers for people who have a heart condition
than for healthy people. Pneumonia is a lung infection that keeps your body from using oxygen as eff iciently as it should. Your heart has to work harder to pump oxygenated blood through the body. Your doctor may suggest you get a yearly influenza vaccine and a one-time pneumococcal vaccine. • As much as possible, avoid anyone with a cold or the flu. • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after using the bathroom and before eating. • Keep your hands away from your face. • Insist that all caregivers wash their hands thoroughly before approaching you. • Always read the labels on all overthe-counter (OTC) medications, especially if you have blood pressure of 120/80 mm Hg or higher. Look for warnings to those with high blood pressure and to those who take blood pressure medications. Consult your doctor before taking any over-the- counter medications or supplements. • Be aware that the use of decongestants may raise blood pressure or interfere with the effectiveness of some prescribed blood pressure medications. • Check the sodium content of any OTCs. Some are high in sodium, which can raise blood pressure. People with high blood pressure should have under
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At the dawn of a new calendar year, many people decide itÕs time to turn over a new leaf and shed those extra pounds that accumulated over the previous 12 months. The resolve to lose weight is perhaps never stronger than at the beginning of a calendar year, when the holiday season has passed but those added inches on the waistline remain. Though it’s noble to want to lose weight and improve health, regardless of what time of year it is, there are precautions men and women should take before beginning a new exercise regimen. Visit your physician. It’s best to get a full physical before beginning an exercise regimen. A full physical can reveal if you have any health problems that might limit what you should and shouldn’t be doing at the gym. If anything tur ns up, your physician can develop a plan of attack for you to address the issue. If nothing tur ns up, then your doctor will probably give you the green light to go forward with few, if any, limitations. Conduct a self-assess- A personal trainer can help men and women acclimate ment. Once you’ve visited themselves to a new exercise regimen. the doctor and received the go-ahead to start working out, do an hon- recover between workout sessions. Freest self-assessment to see where you are quency of sessions can increase as your in terms of fitness. Walk a mile and time body gets acclimated, but at first allow a yourself. Do as many push-ups and sit- day or two between sessions so your ups as possible, but be careful to stretch body can recover. Listen to your body. Exercising after f irst and not push yourself. This selfassessment should not be demanding. a long hiatus from routine exercise won’t Instead, the goal is to gauge where you be easy, and your body is likely going to are and how your body feels when doing tell you that through certain aches and pains, if not nausea, dizziness or shortsome simple exercises. Establish your goals. The goal of ness of breath. If any of these symptoms most people beginning a new exercise appear, take a break. This could be your regimen is to lose weight. However, there body telling you that you’re asking too are other incentives as well. For example, much and you need to take your foot off some people might be starting to train for the gas pedal for a little while. Consider hiring a personal trainer. a marathon or another sporting event. Whatever the reason, know why you’re Many people are overwhelmed when getting started, as such goals can help entering a gym after a long time away. If you monitor your progress as the year you find yourself intimidated or simply don’t know where to begin, hire a pergoes on. Start slowly. Caution should reign sonal trainer. Many charge by-the-sessupreme when beginning an exercise reg- sion, so you can learn which machines to imen. Diving into the deep end at the use and how to use them after a session onset increases the risk of injury, which or two and then continue working out on could limit activity for months to come. your own. If joining a gym as a new First get your body acclimated to exer- member, the gym might offer a couple of cise, then gradually challenge yourself as complementary personal training sessions. If so, take full advantage of this you see fit. Leave time to recover. Though it offer. When beginning a new exercise regimight feel rejuvenating to get back to exercising, it’s important for everyone, men, don’t forget to let caution reign but especially those who are just starting, until your body has adjusted to this Q to allow themselves some time to recov- healthy lifestyle. — Metro Creative Connection er. Allow your muscles and joints to
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by Zuly Lowry The simple questions to ask: Who, what, where, when and why? Who? When contemplating a procedure that involves your most intimate possession (a.k.a. your own body), you would want the most well trained person performing it, wouldn’t you? There is a tremendous amount of advertisement misrepresenting the art of plastic surgery. In the United States the American Board of Medical Specialties set-up and determine all board certifications. For example, you can be board certified in internal medicine, gynecology, orthopedics, and plastic surgery. But, there is no board certification in cosmetic surgery. Buyer beware. Plastic surgeons may train up to 14 plus years. Many physicians who are licensed to practice medicine are legally able to take a weekend course, call themselves an aesthetic surgeon and practice the same procedures that a board certified plastic surgeon trained for more than one decade to perform. Many doctors choose to perform Botox with minimal training. Board certified plastic surgeons are able to dissect and re-construct every aspect of the face. Most times, they have superior knowledge of how and where to inject and will more than likely achieve better results. If done improperly, you could end up with facial droops and eye drops. What doctor would you want to perform your procedure? The answer seems simple. What? You know what you want; but do you
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New technology in emergency dentistry Amazing new technology has emerged in today’s dental offices. Not so long ago, if you had a broken tooth, the chances were pretty good that your tooth could not be saved. And if it could be saved, you would be forced to face the embarrassment of walking around toothless for weeks while you endured multiple grueling visits to the dentist’s office for painful root canals to be completed and posts to be inserted. Then, to literally add insult to injury, you would have to toothlessly wait for weeks for your new tooth to be made while you tried not to smile in public. None of this torture is necessary today thanks to groundbreaking technology in the world of dentistry. State-of-the-art computer-guided imagery, laser technology and a myriad of new materials and dentistry tools are transforming the lives and experiences of dental patients. In one instance, just two days before Christmas, a middle-aged woman was horrified to realize she had broken one of her front teeth while biting into her food. Afraid that she would be toothless, in pain, and that she might not be able to get an appointment with a dentist on the holiday weekend, she frantically called Dr. Walter Salbolboro at Forest Park Dental. Amazingly, she was
know the best way to achieve it? You should be educated as to what procedure you want and listen to the surgeon’s suggestions. Then, research some more. In aesthetic medicine there are many ways to get desired results. You need to be a careful listener to you doctor’s thoughts or ideas. When? Timing is everything. You need to find out how long the procedure will take, what type of anesthesia is used and what the recovery period will look like. There have been many issues with anesthesia and sedation and it is far safer now than ever before. Where? In planning your next vacation, would you fly an airline that wasn’t approved by the FAA? Probably not. Many procedures can safely be done in an office setting, such as injections and fillers. Most often other procedures are required to be performed in centers that have passed some form of accreditation (JCAHO, AAAASF, AAA). Look into your options carefully. Each of these accrediting agencies has a website that discusses its individual standards. Research them and inform yourself of their expected protocols. Be a smart consumer. Why? Why do we do what we do? Be sure that you are considering a procedure for yourself. Ensure that your decisions come from your heart and not from others. Zuly Lowry is an independent Plastic Surgery Consultant and can be reached at (212) 363Q 0167 if you have any additional questions.
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Inside the world of tattoos by Dr. Norman Goldstein
white sun barrier, that life guards apply to their noses, would if you covered tattoos with it. The optimal solution would be an absorbent lotion to protect skin, with or without tattoos, from damage due to solar radiation exposure. During the following two years I formulated the original sunscreen PreSun to fill this need. Through years of group practice, an increasing percentage of tattooed women visited the office. One wore a bandana that prompted my interest in tattoo removal. The tattoo she hid was large and deep. It covered her forehead completely. Excision, grafting, acids, cautery, salts, cryotherapy and dermabrasion were removal techniques available then. Of these, deep dermabrasion was the preferable option. The procedure healed very well enabling her to fulfill career goals without a bandana. Progressive photos of the surgery are among 12,000 tattoo images in my library. With the array of lasers available today, past removal techniques are rarely used, as are most primitive tattooing methods. “Moder n” tattooing began in the 1880s with the advent of the electric tattoo needle which sped up the process for full body tattoos. Tattooed ladies joined tattooed men as circus oddities. One of the few tattooed women in high society was bor n in Brooklyn and became the mother of Sir Winston Churchill. Moving back through history,
Patients often ask “How does a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn become an international expert on tattoos, their history and removal?” Like many New Yorkers, I had seen an occasional tattoo while growing up and wondered about the origin of the art, but not until performing medical service in the military did I see tattoos through a professional eye. When ser vicemen came into the Dermatology Clinic for examinations, I’d ask them about their tattoos. Mother, God and Country dominated the imagery for GI’s at that time. Their tattoos were a subject of conversation rather than the reason for an office visit. Then, when patients from tropical stations began presenting a variety of uncomfortable reactions in their tattoos — which various treatments did not help — I began searching to find the cause and cure for the 27 soldiers, sailors and marines who were affected. This study took three years of research. Simply stated, commercial yellow pigment, when mixed with red, triggers allergic reactions in some tattoos exposed to sunlight. One solution for the servicemen’s troublesome tattoos was to use a physical sun block. The late, great comedian Henny Youngman might have joked: If your tattoo itches in the sunshine when your shirt’s off — don’t take your shirt off! But wearing a shirt at the beach defeats the purpose of showing off tattoos, just like using the thick
Capt. Cook’s final voyage to the Sandwich Islands in 1769 was documented in his Journal noting that both sexes “mark their bodies.” The tattoo implement in use was a humerus bone of an albatross laced to a stick. In the year 325, Eskimo women had facial tattoos made by pulling blackened sinew between their layers of skin. Contemporaneously, Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire, and forbade facial tattooing. The “painted men” of Iberia were tattooed, and called Picts by Roman Legionnaires. For a thousand years before Christ, the Aztecs, Chinese and Japanese were tattooing. In archaic Greece, men were tattooed as a sign of nobility or bravery. Later Grecian tattoos were limited to slaves and criminals. There is no evidence of tattoos among Hebrews even before the Mosaic Law prohibited it. Libyan males from the same period were found with tattooed symbols of sun worship. Egyptian mummies from 2000 BC showed tattoos on women but not men. It is postulated that the earliest tattoos date to the Ice Age. Throughout the world and over 10,000 years, the form of body decoration called tattoo has been termed “permanent.” It is our generation of scientists who have removed the term “permanently” from the history defining tattoos. Laser technology developed by
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How to get your family to eat more whole grain foods Most people want to make healthy eating decisions, but there are lots of messages vying for attention in supermarkets. This is especially true when it comes to following the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation to choose products with whole grain as the first ingredient. According to Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of “The Doctors,” shoppers can find nutritional cues on the front of food boxes, but also should read the Nutrition Fact panels on their sides. When it comes to whole grain, look for the words “whole grain” as the first ingredient in the ingredient list. Ingredient lists detail ingredients in order of prevalence. If the first ingredient has the word “whole” or “whole grain” followed by a grain like wheat or oats, it means the food contains more whole grain than any other single ingredient. “One of the best ways to boost whole grain intake is to examine the products your family already loves, and look for the ones that have a whole grain at the top of the ingredient list,” said Stork. For example, when it comes to breakfast, more than 50 cereals with the white check, like Cheerios and Kix, now have more whole grain than any other single ingredient — with the same great taste. These cereals also list the
grams of whole grain per serving on the side of their boxes. Whole grain is an important part of a healthy diet. In connection with healthier lifestyles, a diet rich in whole grain has been linked to healthier body weights, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
One of the best ways to boost whole grain intake is to examine the products your family already loves, and look for the ones that have a whole grain at the top of the ingredient list. — Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician and host of “The Doctors”
According to the Dietary Guidelines, more than 95 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of whole grain.
Dr. Stork recommends these tips for finding whole grain and stocking your pantry with the right food: • Start early. The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. When choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which has more whole grain than any other single ingredient. • Make simple swaps. Choose whole grain versions of foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack. • Don’t judge a food by its cover. The front of food packages provides good nutritional cues, but remember to read the ingredients and check nutrition labels and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging. For more about adding whole grain to your diet visit: WholeGrain Q Nation.com. — StatePoint Media
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Are Muslims under fire here in Queens? Discrimination issues highlighted by New Year’s Day firebomb attack by Kevin Korber Chronicle Contributor
Queens is known for its diversity, but a recent incident is bringing back questions about discrimination in the borough. Ray Laizer Lengend of Queens Village was arrested in connection with firebomb attacks on four buildings in Jamaica, two of which were mosques. According to a statement issued by the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Lengend allegedly said that he wanted to “take out as many Muslims and Arabs as possible.” Imam Maan Al-Sahlani, who leads the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center at 89-89 Van Wyck Expy., said that the attack on his center was a shock. “We’ve been in the community for 20 years, and we’ve never had any problems with anyone in the community. People in the neighborhood have been very supportive, especially now,” Al-Sahlani said. He also said that, while Lengend’s comments were disturbing, they did not hint at any underlying discrimination in the neighborhood. “He was clearly very sick,” Al-Sahlani said. While it is believed that Lengend, who is currently being held at Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, carried out his attack for personal reasons, his violent language against Muslims comes after a year when a number of public figures made controversial statements towards the Islamic community. In June, Rose Marie Poveromo of the United Community Civic Association made controversial statements at a town hall meeting in
Astoria that some Islamic leaders interpreted as discriminatory. Poveromo later apologized for the offending remarks. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who was present at the meeting, also issued an apology after coming under fire for not speaking out against Poveromo’s statements. In August, Bob Turner, who was running for Anthony Weiner’s seat in Congress, ran a series of attack ads that focused on his opponent’s support of Park51, or the “Ground Zero Mosque.” A spokesman for now-Congressman Turner’s campaign said that the ads ran because “the congressman did not think that it was an appropriate site for the mosque and he wasn’t afraid to publicly say so.” However, the spokesman declined to say whether or not Turner felt his ads promoted discrimination of any kind. Most recently, NYPD surveillance of religious groups was brought up during the press conference reporting Lengend’s arrest. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who spoke at that press conference, declined to answer any questions about NYPD surveillance programs. Cyrus McGoldrick of the New York chapter of the Center for American-Islamic Relations has been critical of the surveillance programs and other parts of the NYPD’s counterterrorism program, saying that they encourage discrimination. He also criticized the Mayor’s Office for defending what he calls “the warrantless and comprehensive religious profiling of the NYPD.” According to some Muslim advocacy groups, Islamophobia is on the rise in Queens and nationwide, and there are a
number of reasons why. “Islamophobia is caused more by ignorance than anything else,” said Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center. “People who don’t know a lot about Islam or Muslims, and that ignorance can turn into fear, which can turn into violence or hate.” McGoldrick agreed, saying that discrimination is a “uniquely dangerous problem” that “not only threatens our employment and relationships, but also the safety of our families.” However, he added that ignorance isn’t a problem for Muslims exclusively. “The problem with all intolerance is ignorance. Studies show that people with negative views on Muslims also have negative views on Jews, African-Americans, Latinos and immigrants,” McGoldrick said. “A Time Magazine study showed that of the slight majority of Americans who had a negative view of Islam in August 2010, almost all of them admitted to not personally knowing a Muslim,” he said. “It’s this ignorance that is being manipulated by war-mongering politicians and the media into fear and hatred of the unknown ‘other.’” He said that some politicians, including Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, have been “complicit in growing Islamophobia either through their actions or lack of action.” Goldrick also noted that some politicians have been working to discourage discrimination in their communities. Both Al-Sahlani and Ali have praised the NYPD’s treatment of the case, and Ali said that having a good, trusting relationship with
Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center says that Queens Muslims must educate others about Islam in order to help fight discrimination. PHOTO BY KEVIN KORBER the NYPD was essential. However, McGoldrick had a harsher assessment of the NYPD, saying that Kelly and others have not listened to Muslim leaders’ issues about unwarranted surveillance and ethnic profiling. In light of incidents like the New Year’s Day attack, Ali said that the most important thing that the Muslim community can do is continue to be active. “Now is not the time for us to become insular. We have to continue to be active, to work with the communities we live in. That’s the best way to educate people about who we realQ ly are.”
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by Nathalie Alonso ractals — irregular shapes that can be broken down into parts closely resembling the whole — are everywhere in nature: Clouds, mountain ranges, coastlines and broccoli are just a few examples. This mathematical phenomenon can now also be found at the Crossing Art gallery, on the ground floor of the Queens Crossing mall in Flushing, where artistic renderings of fractals are on display until Feb. 14. The exhibition, called “Fractal Unity,” opened last Saturday. It highlights fractal-like properties in the works of three New York-based multimedia artists — Hyungsub Shin, Hong Seon Jang and Buhm Hong — all of whom are originally from Korea and also happen to be good friends. The gallery conceived the concept for the exhibition and approached the artists after noticing the recurrence of fractals in their work. “The thing that struck us as we got to know each of the artists was not just this sense of growth by division, this kind of brachial growth, but also the mathematical nature of fractals,” said Patrick Regan, the gallery’s director.
Math and nature inspire a new art show in Flushing A cotton mop by artist Hyungsub Shin, part of the show "Fractal Unity" at Crossing Art gallery.
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EXHIBITS The exhibit, “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” has been extended through March 4 at the Museum of Moving Image at 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. The work of the internationally renowned puppeteer, filmmaker and television pioneer is explored in this Smithsonian traveling exhibition which features more than 120 artifacts, including drawings, storyboards, props, video material and 15 iconic original puppets of such characters as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Bert and Ernie. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m. and weekends to 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $6 for children 3-18. Enchanted Earth 2.0 Photo Exhibit by Barbara E. Leven now through Jan. 31 at the Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Joseph LoGuirato’s sketched collection of historic structures around the city will run through June 30 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point. Call for hours: (718) 358-0067. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, announces that “Video<>Object,” will remain on view through March 18. It explores the relationships between video-art and narcissism. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), and by appointment. For further information contact David Dorsky at (718) 937-6317 or via email: email@example.com. “Long Island City Works,” a photo exhibit by students, will run now through Feb. 29 at the LaGuardia Community College Gallery of Photographic Arts, in the college’s B-building, 3rd floor at 30-20 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Duality,” an exhibit of stoneware and bronze, continues at Queensborough Community College’s art gallery in Bayside through Feb. 3. Hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
THEATRE “Advance Man,” episode one of The Honeycomb Trilogy, now through Jan. 29 at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors. Call (718) 392-0722. “Jackson Heights 3 AM” will be presented at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Park Jan. 27Feb. 5, Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (718) 760-0064. “Tango 5 Senses” will be presented on Jan. 27 through March 18 at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30, students and seniors $27, Fridays only $25. Call (718) 729-3880 or visit thaliatheatre.org.
AUDITIONS The Oratorio Society of Queens is holding auditions Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the FSG Hall at Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing. OSQ rehearses every Monday
“Jackson Heights 3AM” will be presented at the Queens Theatre in the Park Jan. 27-Feb. 5. evening from 7:45 to 10 p.m. To reserve for auditions, call (718) 279-3006.
Council, 43-43 Bowne St. in Flushing, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.
The Flushing AARP Chapter No. 1405 will hold its next meeting at the Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave. on Monday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m.
FILM Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave. in Astoria, presents a retrospective of David Cronenberg’s films, including all his features, plus some rarely screened short films and a conversation with the director, Jan. 21-Feb. 12. Call for details. (718) 777-6800. Costs $12 for adults.
MUSIC Musica Reginae Productions presents Tomorrow’s Artists Today featuring two young pianists, Shulin Guo and Tim Zhang, who will perform the works of Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Brahms and more on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. at The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. Tickets are $20 adults/ $15 seniors/ $10 students/ kids under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. For tickets call (718) 894-2178. Congregation Machane Chodosh, 67-29 108 St., Forest Hills, will feature a concert by Yoel Sharabi on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for nonmembers and $28 at the door. Call (718) 793-5656.
You Gotta Believe, a community-based older child adoption agency, is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. To learn more join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.
CLASSES A class on how to look at modern art will run seven Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. from Jan. 24 to March 6 at the Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. The cost is $45.50 members, $56 nonmembers. Call (718) 268-5011, ext. 151. Tai Chi classes sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation of NYC will run six more weeks, through Feb. 24, for people with arthritis or limited mobility, Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Cost is $25. Register at (718) 463- 7700 x222 or flushingtownhall.org. Dance with instructions at the Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission $10.
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church indoor flea market at 150-75 Goethals Ave., Jamaica on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Future dates are Feb. 12 and March 11.
The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost for adults are $75 for four sessions, $65 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Rob at (718) 454-0813.
The Kissena Jewish Community Council is offering a weekly flea market at the Kissena Jewish Community
The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, offers classes in Greek folk dance for adults and
St. Pancras, 68-20 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, will hold an indoor flea market on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 12:30-4 p.m.
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teens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The fee is $20 monthly or $150 for the whole year. Bouzouki lessons are also available every Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. Registration is open to beginners as well as advanced players of all ages. Students are recommended to bring their own instruments to class. The fee is $40 to enroll and $60 monthly. For more information, call (718) 726-7329. Italian Charities of America at 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, offers Italian classes for adults and children beginning this month. Adult classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Children’s classes are on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon. The course is for 14 weeks. Price: adult — $80, children — $75 for first child, $50 for second and third child. Call (718) 478-3100. Yoga with Lorain at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Drop in and start anytime. Six week series $60 members/ $80 nonmembers. Single class $15 members/ $20 nonmembers. Classes are held on Wednesdays, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. The first class will be complimentary. Call (718) 263-7000 ext. 200. Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 223-7659. Fee: $25 per class. The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org. A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212. Upcoming free defensive driving class on Saturday, Feb. 4 for Melrose Credit Union members, $20 nonmembers at Melrose Credit Union, 139-30 Queens Blvd., Briarwood, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To pre-register, call Donnece at (718) 523-1300.
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Keeping jazz alive at the Proper Cafe including Harold Ousley and Max Roach. The current crop of musicians who play Inside the Proper Cafe on Linden Boule- at the Proper is notable as well; trumvard in St. Albans, drummer Butch Bate- peter James “Ajax” Baynard, a regular man taps a slithery rhythm on his hi-hat on Wednesday nights, played trumpet in cymbal while Michael Benjamin’s fingers the Crown Heights Affair, a popular funk run up and down his upright bass. Saxo- band in the 1970s. phonists, trumpeters and flautists follow The shows are open to musicians for an the lead of band direcentry fee of $2, but tor Hank Wentz, playmany of the regular ing jazz standards performers stress that with improvised twists. CJO’s jazz nights are When: Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m. At any other place, not the same as reguWhere: The Proper Cafe this would be a spelar open mics. 217-01 Linden Blvd., cial occasion, but at “These are profesSt. Albans the Proper, they call it sionals,” said drumTickets: $10, $7 for members Wednesday. mer Freddy Dugard. (718) 341-2233 That night every “We come here, play creativejazzorg.com week, residents from together and somearound Queens come times we find gigs.” to the Proper for a night of live jazz with The shows “always bring a good some of the best performers in the city. crowd,” said Danny Berry, one of the The night is curated by the Creative Proper Cafe’s owners. “The neighborJazz Organization, which has been hood has changed a lot over the years, putting on shows in Queens for over 35 but it’s good that people will still come years. The CJO’s jazz night was original- out to an event like this.” ly held in Carmichael’s Diner on Guy R. CJO President Reuben Bankhead sees Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica. The CJO the jazz nights at the Proper as a cheaprelocated to the Proper after er, better alternative to Manhattan’s Carmichael’s closed. jazz clubs. In years past, the CJO’s jazz night has “Where else in New York can you see hosted some of jazz’s biggest names, some of the best jazz players in the world by Kevin Korber
Henry Bollin, left, Jeff Sheloff and Charles Barlett are among the regulars who can be PHOTO BY BENJAMIN MAYS PRINCE found playing at the Proper Cafe on Wednesday nights. for $10? You go to Manhattan, it’ll cost you $50 just to park your car,” he said. Bankhead hopes the CJO’s efforts have helped encourage more jazz performances in a borough that was home to Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne. “Jazz in Queens seemed to have died for a while, but we’ve been going strong and now there are more jazz shows popping up. I’d like to think we had some-
thing to do with that,” he said. The CJO has also been active in encouraging young people to take up jazz: the organization runs music education events at Count Basie Middle School in Jamaica, and it has given a $1,000-per-year college scholarship to two young musicians. “We need to do what we can to help keep jazz alive in Queens,” Bankhead Q said.
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Unusual upbringing a comedian’s fodder white supremacists, homeland security disasters and unexpected miracles,” Did you hear the one about the nun according to Queens Theatre. and the Franciscan brother who fell in love Born on Long Island in 1969, Fugelsang and had a comedian? said he “grew up at Shea Stadium,” and Though it sound likes a punchline, those “spent some of the best times of my life are actually the extreme circumstances on the 7 train,” accompanying his grandthrough which actor, writer and stand-up father, a big baseball fan, to many a game. veteran John Fugelsang happened to He has a lot of friends and family memcome into this world. bers in Astoria, which he called “a magic Fugelsang’s unusual background, in place between Long Island and the city.” fact, forms the basis of his one-man show, He is also quite familiar with the “Guilt: A Love Story,” which he brings to Queens Theatre, having performed a play Queens Theatre for one performance only reading there last month. on Saturday, Jan. 28, “This is a terrific at 8 p.m. facility,” he said. “I Fugelsang, speakwant all my friends ing over the phone to know about this When: Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. while waiting for a theater. I am so Where: Queens Theatre, Flushing flight out of Minhonored to take this Meadows Corona Park nesota on his way to piece there.” New York, Chicago Tickets: $40 His Queens Theand the other loca(718) 760-0064 atre performance tions that constantly queenstheatre.org marks the kick-off a beckon in his life-onnational tour, though the-road existence, exhe said he looks forplained that through the show he tells the ward to spending more time at home. The remarkable relationship that existed comedian splits his time between Greenbetween his parents. wich Village and California. “My dad carried a torch for my mom for Adding to his desire to be close to home 10 long years and then got her,” he said. is the impending arrival of his first child in Described by Queens Theatre as a a couple of months. “comedy-drama-suspense-romance,” the A multi-talented performer, Fugelsang show, according to Fugelsang, is a “reboot” considers himself “an actor who does a lot of his stand-up memoir “All the Wrong of other things for stage time. I like writReasons,” for which he received a Drama ing. With stand-up, you get to work all League nomination for Distinguished Per- your skills.” formance during its off-Broadway run. He took his first improv class at the While focusing on the admittedly age of 9. twisted journey his parents took as they “Improvisation does what therapy broke their religious vows and eventually promises,” he observed. “I’ll never be married, the show touches on a wide able to afford the therapy I need.” range of issues, among them “celebrity continued on page 00 45 by Mark Lord
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Like a fractal, any portion of “Hide and Seek” is analogous to the whole. A motor spins the tangles of metal while a projector casts the likeness of the sculptures on the surrounding walls, giving the work an added dimension. Hong also contributed a video installation to the exhibition, in addition to a series of drawings titled “Something Forgotten,” that depict chimerical figures similar to those hanging from the pipes in “Hide and Seek” — one resembles a sea horse and another a bird. Using white pen and silver pigment on black paper, Hong formed the images with countless, distinguishable individual dots, the effect of which is reminiscent of constellations in the night sky. “I try to figure out the shape of my memories,” Hong said of the drawings. Regan and Boobis, who curate most of Crossing Art’s exhibitions themselves, stress that the processes that went into creating each of the works in “Fractal Unity” are crucial to understanding and appreciating the finished pieces. The work that perhaps draws most attention to the
One of the most captivating pieces in the show — and the work that inspired the exhibition, according to Assistant Director Maria Boobis — is Hong’s “Hide and Seek,” a duo of mobile-like, kinetic sculptures made out of copper pipes that the artist said represents a map of his mind. Whimsical figures cut from a two-way mirror hang from the sculpture, and, as the work’s title suggests, seem like the product of a childhood reverie. “I always focus on the space,” explained Hong at the exhibit’s press preview on Jan. 12. “My main question is how my imagination and memories involve space in the process of perception.”
When: Through Feb. 14. Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Crossing Art, Queens Crossing mall, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing Tickets: Free (212) 359-4333 crossingart.com
artist’s method is Jang’s “Landscape,” a site-specific installation that consists of orange glue drizzled over clear fishing lines affixed to two walls, giving the impression that the drippings are suspended in the air. “Every single one of these works speaks of a sense of meticulousness,” Regan said. “For two days, [Jang] was here dripping glue … It’s very meditative, almost like he’s performing a ritual.” In his artist’s statement, Jang explains his affinity for working with found objects and products used in everyday life. “In giving these everyday materials new meanings and aesthetic possibilities, I strive to actively practice the concepts of the Eastern philosophies of the circulatory life system and the continuous flow of connections,” he writes. Two of the artist’s older and less abstract works, titled “Forest” and “Black Forest #2,” are also on view at Crossing Art. They consist of pieces of tape affixed to a black background — the layers of tape form the images of trees in a wood. Like Jang, Shin also makes use of everyday objects in his art. His
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Different parts of “Hide and Seek” by Buhm Hong — on view at Crossing Art — resemble the whole, a quality unique to geometric shapes known PHOTO COURTESY BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM AND ART CENTER as fractals. works capture an amazing property inherent to fractals — though oddly shaped, fractals produce repetitive similarities, pointing to a kind of order even amidst chaos. In Shin’s “Uprooted” series, which features cotton mops whose heads have been tied to resemble tree tops with progressively smaller branches, the artist mimics a naturally-occurring fractal. Shin also created one of the
more conspicuous — and at first glance, incongruous — objects in the exhibition: a four-foot long replica of a head of Indian corn made with real kernels. “It doesn’t seem to fit in with the ‘fractalness,’ but you’re dealing with math, with the kernel as a unit of information,” explains Regan. “The kernel cannot change, but the sum of Q information can.”
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SPECIAL EVENTS A homebuyer fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 12:30-5 p.m. at PS 69, 77-02 37 Ave., Jackson Heights, where you will have an opportunity to meet with local lenders, developers and industry professionals. A scrapbooking and card making session will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens at 147-54 Ash Ave., Flushing, on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Your choice of 4-12 scrapbook pages (Christmas themed) or 10 cards with envelopes (Valentine or UU themed... all occasion). Use of all tools, stamps and materials. RSVP at email@example.com or call (717) 723-0973. Meet Art Shamsky, 1969 World Series Outfielder, at a luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 22 at noon at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for children. Reserve by calling (718) 263-7000.
SUPPORT GROUPS Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings call: 1-(212) COCAINE. Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meetings are held seven days a week. Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park. The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health announces a free Womenâ€™s Support Group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear or stress and are searching for a venue that can provide understanding, compassion and respect, call to register at (718) 461-6393.
Nar-Anon is a self-help support group for anyone affected by a loved oneâ€™s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to nar-anon.org. Schizophrenics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.
SENIOR ACTIVITIES The Woodhaven Senior Center, 87-04 88 Ave., announces free exercise classes at the center. Stay Well on Monday includes stress reduction; yoga on Thursday includes meditation time. The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The center offers a variety of activities and exercise classes including Wii sports, billiards, bingo, computer classes and monthly bus trips. For information, call Karen at (718) 456-2000.
The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 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, ceramic, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752. United Hindu Senior Center, 118-09 Sutter Ave., South Ozone Park, offers free vegetarian lunch, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. In addition, we provide transportation for many seniors via bus. For more information, call (718) 323-8900. A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, for area seniors. The Howard Beach Senior Center invites seniors aged 60 and older to become members. The center offers exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, billiards, creative writing, crafts, weekly dances with a DJ, painting and sketching classes, bingo, ballroom and line dancing, Wii bowling and computer classes. The center also takes many trips, including a monthly excursion to Atlantic City. It is located at 156-45 84th St., use the 85th St. entrance, open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. For more information, call (718) 738-8100, or visit their new website at howardbeachseniorcenter.org. The Samuel Field YWHA, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time to teach a class in the older adult services or computer department. Applicants should have some experience either teaching or working in their field of interest, but those with a specific hobby they would like to share are welcome to apply. To volunteer, call (718) 225-6750, ext. 233. Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. For more information, call (718) 224-7888. The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, offers a full Monday through Friday schedule from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include hot lunches served daily to seniors 60 and over at noon, monthly theme parties, health nutrition and education classes, blood pressure screening, chair yoga and group dancing to live music twice a week.
VOLUNTEERS The Louis Armstrong House, the longtime home of the great musician Louis Armstrong, is a national historic landmark located on 107 St. in Corona. It is now open to the public as a historic house museum and needs volunteers to assist in the Welcome Center. For information, contact Deslyn Dyer at (718) 478-8274 or on the web: satchmo.net.
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Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 85-22 JAMAICA AVE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/30/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 23-15 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
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SUPREME COURT QUEENS COUNTY MATTER OF DOROTHY WALKER AN INCAPACITATED PERSON PURSUANT TO AN ORDER OF THIS COURT DATED DECEMBER 6, 2011 BY HONORABLE LAWRENCE CULLEN, A JUSTICE OF THIS COURT AN APPLICATION TO SELL PREMISES, 119-22 SMITH STREET, JAMAICA, N.Y. BEING A PLOT 60 x 105 WILL BE MADE ON THE 24 DAY OF JANUARY AT 9:30 A.M. AT I.A.S. PART 25G OF THE SUPREME COURT AT 88-11 SUTPHIN BLVD., JAMAICA, N.Y. 11435 SAID PROPERTY IS PRESENTLY UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE AS IS, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE COURT, FOR THE PRICE OF $301,000.00, CONTACT CHRISTINE MOONEY, ESQ., AT 265 SUNRISE HIGHWAY, SUITE 1119, ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. 11570 AND (516) 816 6169.
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday February 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Barosa Inc., to continue to maintain and operate an enclosed sidewalk café at 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd. in the Borough of Queens, for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004.
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO: 11 CVD 04781 PAULINE C. PORRETTO, Plaintiff, vs. EUGENIO G. HERNANDEZ, Defendant. NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: EUGENIO G. HERNANDEZ, Defendant TAKE NOTICE that pleadings seeking relief against you have been filed in the above entitled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: Absolute Divorce. You are required to make defense to such pleadings no later than the 5th day of 2012 said date being forty (40) days from the first publication of this notice; and upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. THIS the 29th day of December, 2011. Carol B. Andres, Attorney for Plaintiff NC Bar No: 17323, 120 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-258-1580
NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO.:11 CVD 3094 CHRISTINE ANN FUSCO, Plaintiff, vs. VINCENT MATTHEW FUSCO, Defendant. TO: VINCENT MATTHEW FUSCO, Defendant, 90-38 214th Street, Queens Village, NY 11428 TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Plaintiff is seeking an absolute divorce. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than the 21st day of February, 2012, said date being forty (40) days from the first publication of this notice, and upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This 9th day of January, 2012. Stephen M. Bennett, Attorney for Plaintiff CALDWELL HELDER HELMS & ROBISON, P.A., P.O. Drawer 99, Monroe, North Carolina 28111-0099, Telephone: (704) 289-4577
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: FEDERAL RECYCLING L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of formation of KATHRYN M. QUIGLEY LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 217 West 19th St., Apt. 9, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Consulting.
File No.: 2011-185/B CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Bradford Benjamin, Robert Benjamin, Taffy Benjamin, Miriam Price, Barbara Gordon, Judith Buchalter, Patricia Freeman, Michael Brooks, Audrey Guttin, Richard Brooks, Marjorie Brooks, Attorney General of the State of New York, the unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of ADRIENNE BROOKS, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of ADRIENNE BROOKS, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 119-19 Graham Court, Flushing, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of ADRIENNE BROOKS, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 23rd day of February, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $26,905.59 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 5.5% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim from Bradford Benjamin in the amount of $9,295.00 should not be rejected; and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 23rd day of December, 2011, HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County; Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court; GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374. This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FTJW, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/16/11. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2051. 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, 53-18 72nd Place, Maspeth, New York 11378. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NYUS GROUP A, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/10/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 39-15 Main Street, Suite 301, Flushing, NY 11354. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
File No.: 2010-4680/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Gyula Andor Fendt, Attorney General of the State of New York, The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of JULIUS LISKA, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of JULIUS LISKA, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 82-45 Grenfell Street, Kew Gardens, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of JULIUS LISKA, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 1 day of March, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $8,101.65 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 3rd day of January, 2012, HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County; Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court; GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374. This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-atlaw appear for you. Accounting Citation PROBATE CITATION File No. 2011-619 SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: To the Heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Martha McDaniels a/k/a Marti McDaniels, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, and to Carl Baden, Karol Buchanen, Nicole Kaler and the Public Administrator of Queens County A petition having been duly filed by Regina Mercedes Walker, Executor, who is domiciled at 203 Dupont Ave., Hopatcong, NJ 07843 (Mailing address: PO Box 563, Hopatcong, NJ 07843. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on the 2nd day of February, 2012, at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Martha McDaniels, lately domiciled at 39-35 51st St., #3B, Woodside, NY 11377, admitting to probate a Will dated July 19, 2007, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Martha McDaniels, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Regina Mercedes Walker. Dated, Attested and Sealed, November 30, 2011 Hon. Peter J. Kelly, Surrogate; Margaret M. Gribbon, Chief Clerk; Erica Bell, ESQ., Attorney for Petitioner, 212-967-5710 11 Park Place, Suite 606, New York, NY 10007 NOTE This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.
SQ page 51 CITATION File No.: 2009-3873/D THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Barbara Prunchak, Robert Prunchak, Barry S. Seidel, NYC Human Resources Administration Department of Social Services, Attorney General of the State of New York, The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of ANNA KRUK, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of ANNA KRUK, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 101-55 97 Street, Ozone Park, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of ANNA KRUK, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 8th day of March, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $9,918.45 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim from Barry S. Seidel for services as Guardian ad Litem should not be paid in an amount to be determined by the court; and why the claim from NYC Human Resources Administration Department of Social Services in the amount of $310,298.21 should not be paid to the extent of the net residuary estate, Dated, Attested and Sealed 10th day of January, 2012 HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation CITATION File No. 2010-4927 SURROGATE’S COURT, Queens COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of EDWARD BASTA, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors In interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, Public Administrator of the Queens County A petition having been duly filed by Monica Honich, who is domiciled at 151-14 11th Avenue, Whitestone, New York 11357 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on February 9, 2012 , at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Edward Basta, aka Edward W. Basta lately domiciled at 151-36 11th Avenue, Whitestone, New York 11357, United States, admitting to probate a Will dated August 18, 2010 (and Codicil(s), if any, dated, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Edward Basta deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Monica Honich Dated, Attested and Sealed, December 7, 2011 Hon. Peter J. Kelly, Surrogate; Margaret Gribbon, Chief Clerk; Carol M. Adams, Attorney, Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, 60 Cuttermill Road, Suite 507, Great Neck, New York 11021, (516) 466-4422 NOTE This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.
LEGAL NOTICES To Advertise Call 718-205-8000 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 20595/11 Date of filing: September 1, 2011 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. TD BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO COMMERCE BANK, N.A, Plaintiff(s), -against- KONSTANTINOS EVIRPIOTIS, 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 of her, 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, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, and “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #10”, the last 10 names being fictitious and unknown to the Plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the persons or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the verified complaint, Defendant(s). 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. If the United States of America is named as a Defendant in this action, it only, shall have Sixty (60) days to answer the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $245,000.00 and interest, recorded in the office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on August 7, 2006, in CRFN: 2006000444976, covering premises known as 106-08 27th Avenue, in Flushing, New York (Block 1665, and Lot 4). 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. TO the defendant, Konstantinos Evirpiotis, the Foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. James A. Rios of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and filed on December 14, 2011, with the complaint in the County of Queens, State of New York. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU D0 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 THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Mineola, New York, December 23, 2011 Cohn & Roth, By: William M. Roth, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 100 E. Old Country Road, Mineola, New York 11501, (516) 747-3030 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working 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 877BANKNYS (877_226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.state.ny.us The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK-COUNTY OF QUEENS INDEX# 11772/2011 FILED: 5/13/2011 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premise is situated. DUETSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE INDYMAC INDX MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-AR5, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-AR5 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATES MARCH 1, 2005, Plaintiff, against MAURICIO ZAPATA, CARMEN M. RODRIGUEZ, if she be living and if she be dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint herein, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR QUICKEN LOANS, INC., UNITED STATES INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, HERITAGE ASSET MANAGEMENT, EQUITABLE ASCENT FINANCIAL, LLC, WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF NEW YORK STATE, CAPITAL ONE BANK, NYS DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, NYC PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NYC ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NYC TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU and “JOHN DOE” and “JANE DOE”, the last two names being fictitious, said parties intended being tenants or occupants, if any, having or claiming an interest in, or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to serve upon plaintiff’s attorneys an answer to the Complaint in this action within twenty (20) days after the service of the 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. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may appear within (60) days of service hereof. In case of failure to answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on 10/1/2004 in CRFN: 2004000615862 covering premises known as 89-15 86th St., Woodhaven, NY 11421. 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. To the above named defendants: the foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. David Elliot, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, filed 5/13/2011 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a mortgage. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York. Block: 8968 Lot: 50 said premises known as 89-15 86th St., Woodhaven, NY 11421. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THERE IS DUE AND OWING TO PLAINTIFF THE SUM OF $267,862.72 WITH INTEREST THEREON AT 2.652% PER ANNUM FROM 7/1/2010, WHICH DOES NOT INCLUDE INTEREST, LATE CHARGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, ESCROW ADVANCES, ETC. UNLESS YOU DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF IS DISPUTED, THE DEBTOR JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH VERIFICATION OR JUDGMENT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU BY THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR. IF APPLICABLE, UPON YOUR WRITTEN REQUEST, WITHIN SAID THIRTY (30) DAY PERIOD. THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR IF DEFFERENT FROM THE CURRENT CREDITOR. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE FROM THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/CREDITOR AND THIS NOTICE/DISCLOUSE IS FOR COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. 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 the process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877 Bank-NYS or visit the Department’s website at www. banking.state.ny.us 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 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 completed all such promised services. Section 1303 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The Law Offices Of Jordan S. Katz, P.C., Attorneys for the Plaintiff, 395 N. Service Rd., Suite 401, Melville, NY 11747 (631)454-8059 Our file #: JSK 15102.
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SQ page 52 Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 75 Street LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/14/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 90-10 75 Street, Woodhaven, NY 11424. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 25 HAMPTON LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 108-18 Queens Blvd., Ste. 907, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Latest date on which the LLC may dissolve is 12/31/2099. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PURVIS FUNDING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/14/11. 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, c/o Criterion Group LLC, 35-11 36th Street, Astoria, New York 11106. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of THE WARRIORS PEST MANAGEMENT L.L.C., a domestic or foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State on AUGUST 30, 2011. NY Office location: Queens County. Secretary of State is designated as agent upon who process against the LLC may be served. Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC service upon him/her to C/O 215-14 46th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
LEGAL NOTICE The Gohar Family LLC filed Articles of Organization to be an LLC on September 23, 2011. On October 20, 2011, the Articles were amended to change the name to Seven Starr Realty I LLC. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process may be served. The address of the LLC is 175 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375 in Queens County. The purpose of the LLC is real estate investment and management.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: ROTANA LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/16/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Rowshan A. Taufique, 148-52 87th Road, Jamaica, NY 11435. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
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Legal Notices Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: GID INDUSTRIES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/29/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Trevor Desmond, 5828A 47th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
GILDAN MEDIA, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/13/11. 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, 66-31 Wetherole St., Rego Park, NY 11374. General Purposes.
AJF PROPERTIES LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/09/2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 51-46 65 St., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 8305 3RD AVE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/30/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 23-15 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose. We Court Your Legal Advertising. For Legal Notice Rates & Information, Call 718-205-8000
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Queens rock history to go to highest bidder
A 1964 poster touting appearances by the Beatles, Joan Baez and other icons at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium is one of 700 items up for grabs in a rock auction that IMAGES COURTESY RR AUCTION begins today.
From now until Jan. 26, rock ’n’ roll fans will have the opportunity to bid on iconic pieces of 1960s and ’70s New York City history that are being auctioned online by RR Auction, a New Hampshire-based company. Some 700 pieces of music ephemera are up for grabs, including a rare cardboard poster promoting the 1964 Forest Hills Music Festival, where Joan Baez introduced Bob Dylan. The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis and others are listed as performers at the summer fest. Two iconic items from Forest Hills’ own, the Ramones, will also be up for auction: one of Joey Ramone’s guitars and a stage-worn leather jacket owned by Marky Ramone. Bobby Livingston, a spokesman for RR Auction, predicted the guitar could sell for anywhere between $70,000 and $80,000. The jacket, which inspired generations of punks, is a great nostalgic piece, he said. “It’s so reminiscent. It just takes you right to the Ramones, and it was used in that great period from ’78 to ’83.” Livingston believes the jacket will sell for somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000. Among the other items up for grabs are artifacts linked to Jimi Hendrix, the Sex Pistols, Janis Joplin and others. For more, visit Q rrauction.com. — Paula Neudorf and Ben K. Weitzenkorn
The Howard Beach Senior Center invites seniors 60 and older to become members. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch is served at noon. The center offers exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, as well as billiards, creative writing, crafts, and painting and sketching classes. Other activities include bingo, ballroom and line dancing, Wii bowling and computer classes. Additionally, members of the center take monthly trips to Atlantic City and elsewhere. For information, call (718) 738-8100. Q
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Reversal of fortune Chronicle Contributor
It’s funny how perceptions can rapidly change in the NFL. On Dec. 18 the conventional wisdom was that Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was certain to be dismissed at the end of the season after the team’s loss to the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. At the time the Jets seemed New York’s better bet to make it to the Super Bowl. When the Giants handily beat the Jets on Christmas Eve, the two teams’ fortunes reversed. The Jets would go on to lose their final game to the Miami Dolphins and begin an off-season of finger-pointing. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer submitted his resignation (read: was fired) while anonymous sources criticized QB Mark Sanchez’s work ethic. The Giants went one to defeat the Dallas Cowboys on New Year’s Day to become NFC East champs. To punctuate that the accomplishment was not a fluke, Big Blue beat the Atlanta Falcons (who are owned by Flushing native Arthur Blank) at home, and more impressively, the defending Super Bowl titleholders, the Green Bay Packers, on the frozen tundra of storied Lambeau Field in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Giants travel to San Francisco to meet the 49ers on Sunday to determine which NFC team will go to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Feb. 6. The upset of the Packers last Sunday made a lot of folks happy besides the Giants and their fans. The 49ers now get to play at home, saving their players a trip to freezing Wiscon-
sin and allowing the team’s owners to reap the enormous revenues of a home playoff game. You better believe that sportscasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, as well as the entire Fox Sports team would rather spend next Sunday in temperate and exciting San Francisco than in frigid and sleepy Green Bay. I spent last week in the Phoenix area, and as luck would have it, the Islanders and the Nets played there while I was in the Valley of the Sun. I witnessed one of sports’ greatest rarities — the Nets winning a game, and on the road no less. The stars lined up just right as the Nets, a team never known for good outside shooting, hit an incredible 15 three-point shots, while point guard Deron Williams had a career game with 35 points and 14 assists. The Nets were lucky that the Phoenix Suns were without their star point guard, Steve Nash, and playing their third game in as many nights. The Islanders were not as fortunate as they lost to the Coyotes 5-1. The team’s only goal came on a power play. As their head coach Jack Capuano has frequently stated, they have to find a way to score when their opponents have five players on the ice. Forest Hills native Ian Eagle showed why he is arguably the hardest-working sportscaster. Last Friday he was in Phoenix working the Nets game; on Saturday afternoon he was in Tucson for the Arizona-Oregon game that was broadcast on CBS; right after that he flew on a red-eye to Philadelphia to take a limo to Baltimore to call an NFL playoff game on radio. Q
I HAVE OFTEN WALKED
Cary Grant’s grant to St. John’s Hospital by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor
On March 12, 1968 Cary Grant, who was going through a nasty divorce, ran into some bad luck. While he was being driven to Kennedy Airport to return to Los Angeles for court proceedings, a tire assembly broke off a truck and hit his limousine. The film icon suffered a broken nose and broken ribs and was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Elmhurst. The trial went on without him, and on March 20 he was ordered to pay $4,500 a month to his fourth wife, Dyan Cannon. On March 21 the divorce was made final. During his stay at St. John’s, Grant found out from Sister Thomas Francis Cushing, the executive director, that the hospital was in great financial difficulty. Because of the great care he had received, Grant offered to pose for a photo with anybody in the hospital for $5 and donate the money. He posed with 451 people. In 2009, St. John’s was in financial difficulty again. Without a benefactor the hospital closed and was sold at auction on Oct. 16, 2009 to Guttman Realty for $13.5 million. It is unclear what will become of the 275,000-square-foot building. If only Grant, who died in 1986, had been there to help, who knows what might have been. Q
Joined by Sister Thomas Francis Cushing and staffers, Cary Grant leaves St. John’s Hospital. Corrections The Jan. 12 I Have Often Walked column contained some errors. The firm that developed Fresh Meadows was misidentified. It was New York Life Insurance. The Horn and Hardart restaurant’s location, business model and successors were incorrect. It was at 61-09 190 St., was not an automat but used servers, became a bagel shop and diner and is now Hooters. The H&H at 61-40 188 St. was a retail store and is now Qdoba. We regret the errors.
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