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... AND WHEN? PEOPLE’S PICKS Woodhaven residents get some say on city spending
Two long-delayed Ozone Park projects still in limbo
BENEATH THE ICE Dorsky Gallery explores climate change effects through art
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The planned reconstruction of several streets, including Albert Road, top, sidewalks, sewers and water mains is still on hold three decades after it was first proposed and eight months after the city said it would happen soon, while a planned strip mall on Cross Bay Boulevard, above, first proposed in 2003 has not yet been built. Both may commence this year.
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City mourns death of Avonte Oquendo With the search over, family and attorney want answers from DOE by Tess McRae Associate Editor
is face was known all over the city. Small for his age with innocent brown eyes and a trace of timidness in his smile, Avonte Oquendo’s story captured the hearts of the most populated city in the country. It had been more than three months since Avonte — a 14-year-old mute autistic boy — ran out of the Riverview School in Long Island City, but the search remained steadfast, until last Thursday when an arm, two legs and a torso were found washed ashore in College Point. Almost everyone feared the worst. The body had the same size 16 jeans and striped polo shirt from Old Navy, the size 5 1/2 Air Jordan sneakers tied tightly to the feet matched as well. Yet Vanessa Fontaine, much like any mother in the same situation, remained unswayed. “When I speak to her, she doesn’t want to watch the news, she doesn’t want to dig further into it,” Fontaine’s lawyer David Perecman said. “She’s just letting the days go by until she gets real evidence from the M.E.” “It isn’t Avonte until it’s Avonte,” she told Perecman. It was Avonte. On Tuesday, police officers showed up at
The shoreline in College Point where the remains of Avonte Oquendo were found on Thursday evening. After DNA tests matched the findings to the boy, the family’s attorney is planning to sue PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER the city for wrongful death. Fontaine’s door and told her the DNA tests proved the remains in the East River were indeed her son’s. “She told me, ‘It’s Avonte, it’s Avonte. They came. It’s Avonte,’” Perecman said on Tuesday. All the hearts of the people who had connected with Fontaine, her son and the
tragedy she was going through simultaneously broke when the medical examiner’s report was released. Fontaine, a woman who maintained a sense of composure, focus and strength throughout the ordeal, finally broke down and mourned for her son. “I will never stop looking,” she had said
in a previous interview. “Never.” She didn’t. In one of the largest search efforts in New York City history, the NYPD and MTA deployed sniffer dogs, went through hours of surveillance footage, blanketed the streets with fliers of Avonte’s face and trekked through a number of subway stations and tunnels because of the boy’s fascination with the transit system. Patrol cars cruised the streets playing a recording of Fontaine calling for her son. “Avonte, this is your mother,” it said. “You are safe. Walk towards the lights.” She k new her son was not one to approach a stranger and hoped that hearing her voice would intrigue him enough to approach any of the dozens of police cars that drove throughout the city. With her two older sons, Fontaine set up a headquarters in Astoria where she could fold fliers, make phone calls and arrange weekly search parties. The cause of death is unknown pending further testing but it wasn’t long after the body was found that rumors circulated. Some said he fell and drowned on his own, others hinted at foul play as he reportedly was found wearing different underwear than he had gone to school in. “I’m not a doctor or a scientist but where he ended up, it seems unlikely that he got continued on page 25
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How To Get Rid of Knee Pain Once and For All... Without Drugs, Shots or Surgery Now, in Howard Beach, NY, one doctor is helping local residents with knee pain live more active, pain-free lives. Living with knee pain can feel like a crippling experience. Let’s face it, your knees aren’t as young as you used to be, and playing with the kids or grandkids isn’t any easier either. Maybe your knee pain keeps you from walking short distances or playing golf like you used to. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your knees hurt and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Robert F. Gucciardo, D.C., owner of Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center. Since we opened seventeen years ago, I’ve seen hundreds of people with knee problems leave the office pain free. If you’re suffering from these conditions, a new breakthrough in medical technology may completely eliminate your pain and help restore normal function to your knees.
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Finally, You Have an Option Other Than Drugs or Surgery New research in a treatment called Class IV Laser Therapy is having a profound effect on patients suffering with knee pain. Unlike the cutting type of laser seen in movies and used in medical procedures, the Class IV therapeutic laser penetrates the surface of the skin with no heating effect or damage. Laser Therapy has been tested for 40 years, had over 2000 papers published on it, and has been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means that there is a good chance cold laser therapy could be your knee pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. Professional athletes like The New York Yankees and team members of the New England Patriots rely upon cold laser therapy to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use the cold laser for one reason only…
It Promotes Rapid Healing of the Injured Tissues. Before the FDA would clear the Class IV laser for human use, they wanted to see proof that it worked. This lead to two landmark studies. The first study showed that patients who had laser therapy had 53 percent better improvement than those who had a placebo. The second study showed patients who used the laser therapy had less pain and more range of motion days after treatment. If the Class IV Laser can help these patients, it can help you too.
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Participatory budgeting tops agenda of first ’14 block association meeting by Domenick Rafter Editor
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association kicked off 2014 on Saturday with new leadership and a full agenda. Topping that list of items was participatory budgeting, the process which members of the public pick capital projects in the community to be funded in the city budget. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), one of the first Council members to conduct participatory budgeting in the city, is opening up the process to a second part of his district. “In past years, I’ve made these decisions on my own,” Ulrich said. “I’ve made those decisions based upon what I think is right, or what I wanted to do or what I wanted to see in the community, but you may have ideas or you may have priorities that aren’t mine and I want to know what they are.” Last year, he held the process in Community District 14, which includes Broad Channel and the Rockaways, and this year he is bringing it to the communities in Community District 9 for the first time, which includes all of the Woodhaven portion of his district, as well as Richmond Hill and Ozone Park north of 103rd Avenue. After a short presentation and explanation from Ulrich’s chief of staff, Rudy S. Giuliani, the
several dozen residents broke up into groups to discuss which projects they’d like to see funded. According to the rules of the city’s participatory budgeting process, only capital projects qualify and they must cost at least $35,000 each and $1 million collectively. Once in groups, residents made a list of the most desired items, including better street lighting on Jamaica Avenue, elevators at the Woodhaven Boulevard J-train station, more public trash cans and pothole repairs on residential streets. There was even a request for maintenance along the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line, which is at the center of a debate over its future development, which many Woodhaven residents have taken a strong stance against. The process opened last month in Ozone Park and will also include Richmond Hill residents. The lists will be combined and whittled down to choices that fit the price tag and qualify, which will be determined during meetings between city agencies and community members who volunteer to be “budget delegates.” The final choices will be put on a ballot and voted on by Ulrich’s constituents living in CB 9. “We’re going to have to get to the vote by April and we’re going to have to squeeze in all the steps,” Giuliani said.
Although projects outside the district or community board area can be considered, only those who live in the councilmanic and community district can vote. That means a small section of Woodhaven — east of Forest Parkway, north of Jamaica Avenue and east of 80th Street south of Jamaica — cannot vote, though they can take part in the project selection process. Those areas of the neighborhood are in the district of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who has not taken part in the participatory budgeting process. WRBA board member Alexander Blenkinsopp said the civic would meet with representatives from Crowley’s office to discuss the possibility of bringing participatory budgeting to her district, which also includes Glendale, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Maspeth. This year, Ulrich is one of three Queens members — 12 citywide — to conduct participatory budgeting, along with Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Last year, Ulrich and former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran conducted it. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) also conducts participatory budgeting in her district and was one of the first four members, along continued on page 22
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Woodhaven residents make a list of priorities during the first participatory budgeting session at last weekend’s block association meeting. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Collapsed building is Rockaway ferry to to be torn down soon continue into May Pol: Progress made at Woodhaven site by Domenick Rafter Editor
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The Rockaway ferry service, due to stop at the end of this month, will continue through May, with the possibility of extending into August and perhaps permanently, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday. The catch? It will cost more. The service, which began after Hurricane Sandy when the A train was disrupted for seven months due to storm damage, was extended three times before because of popular support. According to the city, the ferry has served more than 300,000 riders. Seastreak, which runs ferries from Manhattan to New Jersey, operates the service. The boats depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and terminate at East 34th Street with stops in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Wall Street. The ferry costs $2 per ride, but de Blasio said Tuesday the price will go up to $3.50. Service is extended through the end of May for now. An extension through August is possible if ridership doesn’t drop by 50 percent.
De Blasio also announced the city Economic Development Corporation has released a request for proposals to operate the service permanently. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who has long championed ferry service, even before Sandy, said he is excited about the news. “The fact that they’ve issued the RFP is the big news here,” Goldfeder said. “I think it’s going to come down to city subsidies. I’m optimistic that we’re going to have full service.” He credited Borough President Melinda Katz, who he said has been working with the EDC in the last few weeks to extend service and draft an RFP, as well as the mayor for his support. “I’m proud to have new partners in government who understand the needs of our communities,” Goldfeder added. He believes Seastreak and several other operators will respond to the RFP. A similar ferry service was established in 2009, but ended a few months later due Q to low usage. That ferry cost $6.
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The Woodhaven building that collapsed nine months ago, damaging the neighborhood’s ambulance corps and senior center, could be demolished soon. The vacant two-story structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. partially imploded on April 12 of last year, crushing at least one vehicle. No one was injured. Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said at last weekend’s meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association that the owner of the building has been fined, has paid the fines — over $18,000 total — and is working with a contractor to tear the building down. “I know that the owner of the building paid the fine,” he said. “I know that he hired an architect to work on plans for the building. I know we’ve gotten to that point. It took a long time, but I think he’s working on it. He’s doing something and the Buildings Department did put pressure on him.” The 110-year-old building at the corner of 79th Street and Jamaica Avenue was
issued a vacate order in February 2012, when the DOB noted structural f laws, including bricks missing from the facade. The collapse badly damaged the kitchen area of the adjacent Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, forcing the closure of the ambulance corps building and relocation of the Woodhaven Senior Center, which had just moved into the location a year earlier. The senior center, operated by Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, was merged with the Ozone Park Senior Center for six months. It reopened at a temporary location last October in the American Legion Post #118 hall at 89-02 91 St. Several seniors have complained about the location because of its distance from public transportation and the size of the building, which is much smaller. The corps itself is operating out of its garage only, which was undamaged. The situation is another financial setback for the cash-strapped corps, which pays for its operations partially with the rent from the Q senior center.
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More La Bella Vita patrons cry foul District Attorney taking complaints from paid customers by Domenick Rafter Editor
Several more people have come forward to say that they paid in full for parties at the shuttered La Bella Vita catering hall only to have the owners take their money and run. La Bella Vita, the popular Ozone Park catering hall at 106-09 Rockaway Blvd., abruptly closed last month after nearly three decades in business. After the closure, several people came forward to say they had paid for parties at the hall that were suddenly canceled and their money was not refunded. One of those included a holiday party for the Queens workers of the city Housing Authority. The latest patrons who are complaining they lost money include the general manager of Seapod Pawnbrokers, an Ozone Parkbased chain of pawn shops, who admitted that they had signed a contract with La Bella Vita for a party scheduled Dec. 13. The catering hall blamed a fire for its closu re du r i ng the second week of December, but an FDNY source says the department knows of no reports of a fire at the site. The party was abruptly cancelled, allegedly because of the fire, and left Seapod out thousands of dollars.
The general manager of the pawn shops, who identified himself only as Howie, said he paid $7,700 for the party as well as more than $3,500 for nonrefundable party favors from outside, including a DJ, casino supplies and cigars. “This is blatant fraud,” he alleged. La Bella Vita, under its corporate name Tres Amici, filed for bankruptcy in federal court in May, but continued booking reservations for parties through November. Though the official reason for the closure was the fire, sources said the hall was shuttered due to the bankruptcy. “They wanted to stay open long enough to honor the parties, but were unable to,” said one source close to La Bella Vita’s owner Tony Modica. Helen Vidal said she scheduled a party for this coming May and paid in full. Despite numerous calls to the party organizers, she has not received any calls back. “I have been contacted them leaving several messages and no one has returned my calls,” she said in an email. Deon Looknauth booked a party in November slated for the first weekend of February for his daughter’s first birthday. He paid a $900 deposit, but then the closure happened. He said he drove by and saw the
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sign on the door that said the catering hall was closed due to a fire. He contacted the party planner at the hall, but did not receive a call back until last Wednesday and said if he wanted his money back, he would have to file a claim with bankruptcy court and that they would help him find another place for the party. “I have guests coming from Canada, from Florida,” Looknauth said. “It’s been a very frustrating procedure. Why were they allowed to continue bringing in business after they filed for bankruptcy?” He said he was able to book another place for a party this weekend. Helen Petersen, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, said the DA’s Economic Crimes Bureau would field complaints, but said it would take a review to find out if anything criminal was done or if it was a civil matter. Vidal and Looknauth both said they would cont act t he DA’s of f ice w it h t hei r complaints. Attempts to reach Modica and his lawyer were unsuccessful. An email for Modica is no longer working. Modica also owned a pizzeria next door to the catering hall that closed a few Q years ago.
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‘McPeace’ in Flushing
McDonald’s is not a senior center. It’s a business. And while its parent corporation is a global giant, an individual McDonald’s franchise is a small business. Like the one at Northern and Parsons boulevards in Flushing, where some area seniors have been driving the owner nuts by sitting there all day without ordering much. Often he has had to call the police to try to get them to leave. They threatened a boycott in response. It’s a shame it came to that. Seniors should be respected, as the supporters of the elderly Korean Americans occupying the McDonald’s insist, but that doesn’t mean they should get free rein to do as they please all the time. Everyone else has the right to go to the McDonald’s too, and to sit down to eat a meal. If they can’t do that, they’ll go to another fast-food establishment and put the owner out of business. And all he’s guilty of is trying to operate a successful enterprise
that contributes to the economy and creates entry-level jobs for many people. Enter state Assemblyman Ron Kim, of Korean descent, who brokered a peace between the owner and the elders. They can still sit there most of the day, but not during the eatery’s busiest time, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In return, Kim said, the owner will not call the cops on them. While it’s hard to see how he can promise that — everyone has the right to call the police when needed — Kim’s “McPeace Accord” sounds like a fair deal. He and others will also make it easier for the elders to get to area senior centers. Small business owners face enough as it is in competition, regulations, taxes and dealing with the public. While it’s great these seniors are socializing, rather than staying home alone as too many do, they should understand that there’s a right time and place for that — and it’s not all day every day at one cramped fast-food outlet.
State funds, not higher taxes, for pre-K
f you don’t have to raise taxes, don’t raise taxes. Seems a simple enough dictum, but not for man on a mission Bill de Blasio. The mayor continues to insist that the state should raise taxes on all income above $500,000 earned by city residents, to pay for universal prekindergarten and more afterschool programs — even though Gov. Cuomo pledges to fund pre-K statewide in his new budget plan. De Blasio just won his office with 73 percent of the vote, as he reminded the public in claiming that city residents want not just pre-K but a tax hike on the wealthy to pay for it. His efforts to get Albany lawmakers to agree may or may not be one of the reasons de Blasio failed to meet the City Charter’s Jan. 16 deadline for proposing his first budget plan. One of the new City Council’s first acts
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Avonte’s death Dear Editor: The long search for missing teen Avonte Oquendo has finally ended — tragically and sadly. His death never should have ever happened. The negligence and incompetence of those at his school are totally to blame for this tragedy. All of those people need to be held fully accountable and should be prosecuted for their callous and negligent behavior. Children are supposed to be in school and always be safe there. Many questions remain unanswered as to how and why he was not supervised and was able to run out of the building and not be stopped. The thoughts and prayers of this writer, as well as of all New Yorkers, are with the Oquendo family as they come to grips with this awful tragedy. You are not alone in your grief and anger. John Amato Fresh Meadows
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between all those who are involved in them. This includes students, staff, families, priests, parishioners and members of the larger community. The theme for 2014 is: “Community of faith, knowledge and service.” I applaud Catholic schools for producing students strongly dedicated to their faith, families and communities, by providing an intellectually stimulating environment rich in spirituality, character and moral development. We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 have seen this firsthand with the fine students of Divine Wisdom Academy at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, who have been educated there and have graduated with high honors. We have been involved with the school on their fundraisers. You see, we realize these students are tomorrows leaders. We even sponsor every year an essay contest that is directed to their eighth-grade class and entitled, “The Responsibility of a Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.” We give out
was to give him a pass on the deadline. De Blasio is animated not only by his desire to improve education but by his belief that the government must take strong action to reduce economic inequality, in part by raising taxes on the wealthy. Cuomo, on the other hand, has a centrist stance and wants to reduce a number of taxes, though not those on income. And he faces re-election this year, though most signs so far indicate he’ll win handily. Largely due to Cuomo’s leadership, the state has a $2 billion surplus. Many officials, including de Blasio, would funnel that money into new or expanded programs. Cuomo wants to return it to the taxpayers instead, but says there’s enough to fund pre-K statewide too. That’s the better approach, especially when nearly everyone aside from the wealthiest has yet to recover from the recession.
certificates with cash awards to the three winners, and last June we gave out four awards because they were so exceptional. We have been doing this for many years and have seen these young people turning in quite impressive essays, which I believe is due in part to caring parents and teachers who do their best to see that these young people become the very best they can be. I hope that God helps us to continue to keep our Catholic schools vibrant and thriving for these schools need to stay open for these young people are our nations future. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks
The facts on inequality Dear Editor: Last week Ed Konini asked for a clarification of inequality (“The ‘inequality’ canard,” Letters). He asked if a bank teller should be paid the same salary as a doctor. Obviously not. But the CEO of a bank should not make
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Lousy Republicans Dear Editor: It is my opinion that most historians will rank the 113th Congress as the least productive in history. It will even outdo the one that prompted President Truman’s famous remark about that “good for nothing” 80th Republican Congress! Our Congress is truly not the top banana. In all polls, voters gave the 113th only a 9 percent approval rating. Blame should go equally to both chambers, the Democratic Senate and GOP House. The Senate worked 99 days and the House 117 for the entire year in 2013. In the Senate, Republicans stalled the approval of 93 presidential nominations. The
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logjam broke only after Majority Leader Har r y Reid (D-Nev.) said, “Enough is enough!” Let me briefly focus on the worst chamber, the GOP House of Representatives. These outstanding achievements occurred: 1) The House voted 45 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare to the GOP). 2) They voted to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years. 3) They forced the government to “shut down” for 16 days last October at a cost of $25 billion. 4) They refused to extend benefits to long-time unemployed workers; ‘Takers’ to republicans. 5) Chair man Dar rell Isa (R-Caliph.) and his oversight committee held a series of “witch hunts”: fast and furious, Benghazi, IRS vs. Tea Party. Chairman Issa invited “select” folks to his political circus, which resulted in lots of hearsay talk over many days of long hearings. Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills
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Tobacco deaths rise Dear Editor: With the recent release of the 2014 U.S. surgeon general’s report on smoking and tobacco use, “The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress,” I had anticipated the number deaths attributed to smoking-related diseases to have been reduced from 443,000 Americans who die prematurely. Instead the annual number of premature and preventable deaths increased over 8 percent. No matter how the updated figure of 480,000 Americans dying each year from tobacco-related illnesses is communicated, it does not shake the layman up or cause the impact this startling number of annual deaths should. Efforts to have graphic health warnings on cigarette packages proposed by the FDA have been stalled by Federal District Judge Richard Leon’s ruling in favor of the tobacco industry. It’s time to turn it up a notch with an aggressive marketing plan that perhaps will convey the shock and awe of 480,000 American deaths annually due to tobacco-related illnesses. Imagine the equivalent of more than two Boeing 747 aircraft, each holding 654 passengers, crashing on a daily basis for an entire year without any survivors. A tobacco control effort of this nature could easily be visualized by the layman and have a profound effect. Compare how every media source (including this publication) handles the current method of communicating 480,000 deaths to the way they would be dealing with two jumbo jets crashing daily in the USA for 365 consecutive days. Do you think both houses of Congress and each state legislature would allow the tobacco industry to continue their efforts to maintain the normalization of their deadly products after the uproar that would occur by their constituents? Phil Konigsberg Queens Tobacco Control Coalition Bay Terrace
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more in a day than a bank teller makes in a year. Then he asked if a bus driver should earn as much as a pilot. There was a time when wide-body international captains earned $300,000 or more a year. Now? First-year pilots at US Airways would, theoretically, earn a minimum $21,600 a year (If they were hiring). In 2009 Congress was shocked to learn that the co-pilot on the Cogan Air commuter plane that crashed near Buffalo on Feb. 12 earned only $16,000 a year. (The company later said $23,900.) People who transport garbage earn more! The average salary for an MTA bus operator is $46,000. Is that too high? Is a human life worth less than garbage? Mr. Konini says the Constitution only guarantees equality of opportunity. And he is absolutely right. The average American is not asking for a handout, he wants an even playing field. A chance to earn a decent living and not have to work two or three jobs to provide for his family. According to the U.S. Labor Department, since 1978 CEO pay went up 725 percent, worker pay went up just 5.7 percent! I hope that helps clarify the definition of inequality. Yet unions are to blame for our economy? Mr. Konini continues his letter by asking if anyone with an ounce of integrity can clarify which international law authorizes confiscation of private wealth. Ask the CEOs who’ve kept the American worker from earning a decent living wage while lining their pockets with obscene profits. I can’t speak about international laws but I can speak about the universal laws of compassion and fairness and human dignity. The Pope knows what I’m talking about. The Pope whom Republicans used to hold in high reverence. That is, until he condemned them for their greed. Mr. Konini continues by saying “no amount of government redistribution can overcome the ultimate poverty of spirit.” I’d like to give him a different viewpoint: “No amount of personal wealth and self righteousness can overcome knowing your fellow man is dying of starvation while you light a cigar with a $100 bill.” He ends his letter with a quote by Alexis de Tocqueville. Here is another one he should consider: “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” Robert La Rosa Whitestone
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Still waiting for the ‘Albert Road project’ DDC was due to pick contractors in November, but civics are in the dark by Domenick Rafter Editor
When the city came to residents in the Centreville section of Ozone Park and proposed an overhaul of the neighborhood’s sewer lines, Ed Koch was in his first term as mayor, Blondie was topping the charts and the neighborhood’s current representative on the New York City Council was not even born yet. More than three decades later, the project, referred to locally as “the Albert Road proje c t ” or it s of f icia l d e sig n at ion “HWQ411B,” is still in limbo, even after the city promised work was imminent. Residents and some civic leaders see HWQ411B — the random set of characters uttered as often at civic meetings as Jean Valjean’s prison number in the first act of the musical “Les Miserables” — as nothing more than a running joke played on them. The project is to include reconstruction of nearly 12 miles of street with new asphalt, sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian ramps, storm drains and trees in the Centreville area — a section of Ozone Park bounded by 135th Avenue and Linden Boulevard to the north, Cross Bay Boulevard to the west, Aqueduct Race Track to the east and North Conduit Avenue to the south Almost three miles of water mains and two miles of sewers will also be constructed.
The “Albert Road Project,” which would construct new streets, sidewalks, water mains and sewers in Ozone Park, including along Centreville Street where there are no sidewalks, has been in limbo 34 years. The city says it may start this year, but civic leaders are skeptical. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER
The project is necessary because the section of Ozone Park is lower lying, many of its streets are decaying and new sewers and water mains are needed. A section of Centreville Street between 149th and Pitkin avenues near the Ozone-Howard Little
League fields does not have a sidewalk and pedestrians often walk in the street. A new sidewalk is to be constructed there as part of the project. The entire project is estimated to take three years and cost $45 million — whenever
it starts. At a Community Board 10 meeting last May, the Department of Design and Construction presented plans for a separate project — the “Jewel Streets” plan to raise the streets in the “pit” section of Lindenwood on the Brooklyn border. When they finished, DDC’s representatives got a series of questions on HWQ411B instead. “Penelope didn’t wait this long for Odysseus,” one CB 10 member said at the meeting to laughs. The DDC officials told the board members that they had planned on bidding the project in the fall and starting work in February or March of this year. The bidding never happened and ground will not break next month. Howie Kamph, president of the Ozone Park Civic Association and a member of CB 10, noted that he has been waiting for the project since before his son, now 30 years old, was born. “This goes back to 1980,” he said. “We’re still waiting.” Two months prior to the CB 10 meeting, Kamph received a letter from DDC saying the bid would begin that summer. It didn’t. That wasn’t the first time there was a false start. In 2009, the city Department of continued on page 34
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The lot on Cross Bay Boulevard between 149th Avenue and North Conduit Avenue in Ozone Park has sat vacant, surrounded by a fence, for more than a decade. Back then, a giant sign on the fence at the site, which sits adjacent to the Magnolia Court housing development, advertised a strip mall or commercial center that would be built to suit a potential buyer. That sign is gone now and the fence, now covered in graffiti, is also starting to show its age. But that may soon change, as the developer who owns the site says he expects to start work there this winter. The new owner is Platinum Realty, a Brooklyn-based developer that has built strip malls in Brooklyn and Metro Plaza at 71st Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. It is also constructing a new strip mall at a former gas station site at Rockaway Boulevard and Centreville Street, about a mile away. Dave Koptiev, a representative from Platinum Realty, said they are hoping to break ground on a strip mall on the site once they get final approval from the Department of Buildings, which he hopes will be very soon. “We’re just waiting for our permits, which we expect will come in the next few weeks, and then we can put shovels in the ground,” he said. Koptiev confirmed that a strip mall is to be built on the site, but said there were no tenants yet. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said the piece of land was owned by the Avellino Group until it was sold to Platinum last year and it had been maintained well up until recently.
“Whenever we asked to fix it up, the Avellino Group was pretty quick to fix it,” he said. “I’m a little concerned with how it looks now.” A number of residents have complained about the condition of the site. Addabbo said there had been a number of problems over the years that have hindered development including issues Avellino had with the city Department of Environmental Protection over the condition of the site and zoning issues concerning one of the lots. He added that both the new and former developers were concerned over the flow of traffic to a proposed parking lot there. “Southbound traffic would have to go into Howard Beach in order to make the U-turn to access the strip mall,” Addabbo said. “The owner wanted a left turn lane but we have a ton of traffic concerns over there already.” Howard Kamph, president of the The vacant lot at Cross Bay Boulevard and North Conduit Avenue in Ozone Park has Ozone Park Civic Association, said he been proposed for a strip mall for over a decade. It may finally be built this year. had been in touch with Platinum over PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER the site and was told the work would begin there as soon as the project at Rockaway and Cent- while the lot on Cross Bay and Conduit has been vacant reville was completed. Though the strip mall there has not for decades, but is zoned for commercial use. yet opened, the structure is built. Old neighborhood maps place a small dead-end street, Both strip malls are being built as of right. The site on Jeagers Lane, on the site, but that street has long been Q Rockaway and Centreville was formerly a gas station, demapped by the city.
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A woman who stabbed her boyfriend in Richmond Hill last April has pleaded guilty to the crime. Shirley Forbes, 64, said she fatally stabbed her live-in boyfriend, Lee Burrison, 55, in their apartment at 87-37 112 St. on April 16, 2013. Forbes pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 to one count of firstdegree manslaughter. According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, there has been a history of domestic incidents between Forbes and Burrison for years. Police have been called to their residence multiple times in the past due to domestic disturbances, and an order of protection had been issued on behalf of the victim, Burrison, on Nov. 20, 2012 and was in effect until Nov. 19, 2014, directing the defendant to refrain from assaulting, harassing or committing any other criminal offenses against him. Forbes still lived in the apartment with Burrison despite the order of protection. She initially faced 25 years in prison, but because of her plea she will likely get five years in prison and three years’ post-release supervision, according to Q Brown. — Domenick Rafter
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Rockaway’s new boardwalk will be concrete, above flood level and include letters that will be seen from the sky. But it’s not going to be done for three years, in part because protected shorebirds nest along the stretch. The Parks Department unveiled its plans for the new boardwalk on Jan. 14 in Rockaway. The plan is for an entirely new boardwalk to be built between Beach 19th and Beach 126th streets, including sections east of Beach 86th Street that were not destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. The section west of Beach 86th Street was completely wiped away in the storm. The new boardwalk will be 40 feet wide and above the 100-year flood level, though it will be at different heights along the length. It will be constructed on steel pillars rather than wood ones. Included in the plans will be large letters spelling out Rockaway that will be visible from the air, including by passengers on flights coming into and out of JFK Airport. According to the Parks Department, Phase 1 of the construction will be between Beach 86th and Beach 97th streets, one of the busiest stretches, and will begin this spring. It is slated to be completed by Memorial Day, 2015. Phase 2, which will be built between Beach
The new Rockaway boardwalk will be made of concrete and a constructed in five phases beginning this year and to be completed by 2017. The first phase, seen here between Beach 86th and Beach RENDERING COURTESY NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT 97th streets, is expected to be open in May 2015. 97th and Beach 108th streets, will begin in the summer and finish by July 4, 2015. Phase 3, between Beach 108th and Beach 126th streets, will start construction in the fall and be completed by Memorial Day, 2016. Phases 4 and 5, between Beach 60th and Beach 19th streets, will begin in 2015 and 2016 respectively and be completed by Memorial Day, 2017. Parks says the sections east of Beach 73rd Street — parts of Phases 4 and 5 — can only
be constructed between September and April because the work will disrupt the nesting of the piping plover, a protected shorebird that nests on the eastern end of the peninsula, in the spring and summer. Several Rockaway activists have complained about the Parks Department dragging its feet on rebuilding the boardwalk, especially after it constructed lifeguard shacks last Q spring without much community input.
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A Woodhaven tutor who admitted to sharing child pornography over the internet has been sentenced to one to three years in prison. Robert Edele, 31, worked as a private tutor and holds a New York Teaching Certificate to teach grades one through six. He was sentenced last Thursday after pleading guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child last Sept. 5, Queens Dist r ic t At t o r n e y R ich a r d B r ow n announced. According to the charges, the investigation fou nd that Edele’s computer, that was removed from his apartment in October 2012 when police executed a search warrant, had videos stored on it of boys and girls under the age of 12 depicted in a sexual manner. Edele admitted to downloading and sharing the files on a peer-to-peer network, which allows individuals to exchange files and emails directly with every other computer on the network. As part of his plea deal, Edele will surrender his teaching certificate. He will have to register as a sex offender when his prison senQ tence is completed.
Fourteen months after the neighborhood’s iconic Christmas tree was lost to Mother Nature, Woodhaven finally has a new one. The 40-foot tall tree that stood at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue in front of a Chase bank branch and was decorated and lit every Christmas was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. A new evergreen tree was due to be planted at the same location as the old one last spring, but a different tree was planted on the site instead. It has since been moved to another location. In 2012 and 2013, Woodhaven residents lit an artificial tree at the site during the holidays. The Parks Department had planned on having the new evergreen tree in place for the 2013 holiday season, but that was delayed until af ter the holidays. Ed Wendell, the former president of the Woodhaven Reisdents’ Block Association, posted a picture of the new tree, covered in freshly-fallen snow, Tuesday morning on his blog Project Woodhaven. “May it stand for many, many years — and may it be decorated by many generations of Woodhaven residents,” he wrote. — Domenick Rafter
Mayor de Blasio this week named new heads of the Small Business Services Department and the Health and Hospitals Corporation, saying both would “aggressively implement progressive, community-based reforms” and deepen their agencies’ connection to the people. Maria Torres-Springer, a former executive vice president and chief of staff at the city Economic Development Corp., was named to head SBS. Torres-Springer will establish a new revolving loan fund to help local businesses grow, expand outreach to immigrant-owned businesses and help launch new economic development hubs in poorer communities, according to the Mayor’s Office. Dr. Ramanathan Raju, now CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospital System in Chicago, was named president of the HHC, an appointment subject to approval by the agency’s board. Once in place, Raju will work to raise the standard of care at HHC hospitals, which in Queens are Elmhurst Hospital and Queens Hospital Center, and focus on providing primary and preventative care “at the neighborhood Q level,” the Mayor’s Office said.
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T he ma n wa nted by police in the savage killi ng s of a 21-ye a r- old Jamaica woman and their two toddler daughters was a r rested i n Texas late Monday night a little more than 24 hours after the three were fund stabbed to death in their Jamaica apartment. The NYPD confirmed that Miguel Mejia-Ramos — who was arrested by Texas authorities while using the name Alex Jiminez — surrendered without incident at a highway checkpoint on Interstate An NYPD crime scene investigation team heads up to the apart10 manned by U.S. mar- ment where Deisy Garcia and her two little girls were found shals, Texas state troopers stabbed to death on Sunday night. The girls’ father, Miguel and officers from the Fay- Mejia-Ramos, was arrested in Texas Monday night after being e t t e C ou nt y Sh e r i f f ’s identified as a suspect in the grisly crime. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON Depar tment and the have been driving. Schulenberg Police Department. In a statement issued by his office, FayDeisy Garcia, her 2-year-old daughter Daniela and 1-year-old daughter Yoselin ette County Sheriff Keith Korenek said Mejia lived at 90-20 Sutphin Blvd. above a Texas State Trooper Greg Trojacek was the pharmacy. Their bodies were discovered by first to spot the vehicle. Schulenberg is located about halfway between Houston and a relative just after 8 p.m. on Sunday. Mejia-Ramos is the girls’ father. Garcia’s San Antonio, meaning that Mejia-Ramos Facebook page showed seemingly idyllic had driven more than 1,700 miles in just pictures of her smiling with her daughters. over 24 hours. Texas is holding him on a warrant for But published reports quote members of Garcia’s church as saying Mejia-Ramos minor traffic violations until detectives physically abused her on more than one from the 103rd Precinct can interview him. The statement from Brown’s off ice occasion. The NYPD and the Fayette County Sher- alleges that Mejia-Ramos has admitted to iff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that stabbing all three on Saturday night after detectives from the 103rd Precinct were on spending the evening drinking at a friend’s their way to Texas to begin the extradition home. Brown is alleging that he went through process. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Garcia’s phone and Facebook account and said Wednesday that six counts of first- saw pictures of her with another man, degree murder will be among the charges prompting him to grab a knife. She allegedly awoke and tried to flee before he stabbed that await Mejia-Ramos upon his return. Neighbors were horrified Monday morn- her until the knife broke. He then allegedly went back and stabbed ing, and took little comfort in the belief that the killings were not the work of some both girls. Daniela allegedly was awake when she was killed, and had stab wounds stranger stalking the neighborhood. “Maybe 10 or 20 years ago you could on one arm and one hand aside from those expect this to happen,” Pearl Garcia-Wil- on her chest, back and torso. “I’ve seen a lot in my 23 years as district liam said. “My daughter-in-law walks past here every day coming home from work. attorney but there is nothing that disturbs My son had to come and meet her last night me more than seeing young children — in this case mere babies — as homicide vicbecause she was so scared.” Law enforcement sources believe Mejia- tims,” Brown said. Mejia-Ramos is due in court on Friday. Ramos was headed to his native Mexico. Neither the NYPD nor the office of The NYPD had been tracking his cell phone activity when officials contacted Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Texas authorities to be on the lookout for would comment on the defendant’s immiQ one of two white vans he was believed to gration status.
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Van Bramer is majority leader; Dromm, Ferreras, Miller chair key committees by Domenick Rafter Editor
Despite the brutal race for City Council Speaker that left the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party at odds with Mayor de Blasio and the ultimate winner, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the borough was not left out when key committee chairs and other powerful posts were doled out Wednesday. In fact, it will be a Queens member, second-term Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who will be the new majority leader, the second most powerful job in the body and second-in-com mand to Mark-Viverito. “The opportunity to serve in the second highest position in the Council — with the concomitant strengthened por tfolio and added responsibilities — is one I relish and am truly humbled by,” he said in a statement. Van Bramer, who will also keep his The City Council’s chairmanship of the new majority leader Cultural Affairs and is Jimmy Van Bramer. Libraries Committee,
Key allies of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto: Council members Danny Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards and Eric Ulrich all received committee chairmanships FILE PHOTOS on Wednesday. will also co-chair the speaker’s Budget Negotiating Team and be a key player in budget talks with Mayor de Blasio’s office. He was one of seven Council members representing Queens to back Mark-Viverito for speaker over Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), the choice of Queens Democratic Party chairman, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights). The other six were Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens), whose district is based in Brooklyn, but also includes part of Ridgewood, Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Dromm, a former teacher, will chair the Education Committee, while Ferreras is slated
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Korean truce over McDonald’s seniors Assemblyman announces end to dispute on Flushing seating hours by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
An ongoing dispute between elderly Koreans and a Flushing McDonald’s over seating was resolved Monday after an intervention by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing). Kim, who is a Korean American, held a press conference in the morning across the street from the fast-food eatery on Northern and Parsons boulevards, surrounded by other elected officials and representatives from the Korean community. Over the last week, controversy erupted publicly because a group of seniors have been monopolizing space at the restaurant for some time, nursing a cup of coffee or french fries for hours. At times, paying customers were unable to find seating. The situation had escalated recently and police were called in several times to roust the elderly. Many in the Korean community were offended, saying in their culture seniors are to be respected and to leave them alone. Kim stepped into the fray and arranged a compromise during a weekend session in his office with the McDonald’s owner, Jack Bert, and 12 of the seniors. From now on, seniors will have extended sitting hours, except during high-traffic hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; signs will be posted to communicate the change in Chinese and Korean;
Assemblyman Ron Kim, at podium, with state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Congresswoman Grace Meng, center right; Kwang Kim and Linda Lee of Korean Community Services, left and Byung Uk PHOTO BY RICK MAIMAN Cho, right rear, a Korean-American senior. and Kim will collaborate with area senior centers in offering transportation to and from the restaurant. The assemblyman added that police will not be called in the future and his office will work to resolve any conflicts. Kim said that it is important to work together as a community for unity, especially on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was held on Monday. He called the situation delicate because “we see the
plight of the small business owner trying to make a living and the seniors, who need more places to go.” He called for more resources to provide options for seniors, noting that the six area senior centers are already crowded. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said the compromise “is a peaceful solution to coexist.” State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) called the negotiations “a fair compromise,”
w h i le Cit y C o u n c i l m a n Pe t e r Ko o (D-Flushing) said the dilemma was caused by the restaurant having limited seats, but “we also want to respect our seniors.” Kwang Kim, president of Korean Community Services, offered his organization’s vans to transport seniors to centers. The closest Korean senior center run by KCS is 20 blocks away. Linda Lee, KCS executive director, noted that her organization primarily serves senior citizens. “We believe the real underlying issue that this incident has highlighted is the lack of social services and resources available for our seniors,” Lee said. “We need to create more places where they can go and spend time with their peers and feel a sense of independence and ownership.” She said KCS hopes to open more centers in the future, but for now it will create cafe space at its existing centers for seniors. Kim said the conf lict was never about discrimination or racism. “It was more of a cultural miscommunication,” he said. “It was a small business owner, who has been doing business in Flushing for 20 years, trying to keep his business running while accommodating our local seniors.” Two of the Korean seniors who hang out at McDonald’s spoke through an interpreter. continued on page 32
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Universal prekindergarten will be instituted not just in New York City but across the state if Gov. Cuomo’s budget plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year is approved, and it will be done without the tax increase that Mayor de Blasio insists would be a more reliable and more equitable source of funding. Cuomo formally announced his plan to fund pre-K out of the state budget Tuesday as part of his spending proposal. The move keeps him at odds with de Blasio over the issue, who wants to pay for mandatory pre-K in the city with an income tax hike on earnings above $500,000. De Blasio would increase the rate on city residents’ income above that figure from 3.9 to 4.4 percent to cover it, as well as more afterschool programs. The state must approve any change to the city income tax rate. Cuomo, however, is focusing on reducing taxes, pledging to cut the levies on property, businesses, renters and estates. After the governor delivered his budget address, de Blasio told the media he still wants a tax hike on those making half a million dollars or more. “I have a mandate from the people to pursue this plan,” the mayor said. “I’m going to pursue this plan.” Cuomo also pledged to allow charter schools to offer pre-K for the first time. De Blasio wants to limit charter school growth. Q
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People for Pavilion BUSINESS AS USUAL seek public’s ideas Hi-tech treatments wow First meeting will be held Saturday at Flushing Meadows Park site by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
Three 20-somethings, who were not around for the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, are determined that one of the icons from it — the decaying New York State Pavilion — will survive for generations to come. Sal ma a n K ha n, Mat thew Silva and Christian Doran, all longtime fans of the structure, came together last year and have since formed People for the Pavilion. “We don’t have plans for the pavilion’s future, but we want to bring people together with ideas and act as a conduit to the city, architects and planners,” said Silva, who is making a 70-minute documentary on the three observation towers, the Theaterama and During the fair, the Tent of Tomorrow was a popular attraction the Tent of Tomorrow that com- with a map of the state on the $1 million terrazzo floor. prise the structure. FILE PHOTO This year marks the 50th anniversary of the fair, which opened in April for demolition of the towers and tent to $72 1964. million to reuse the tent and one of the towers. The preservation group is meeting on SaturBut Silva thinks his group can foster creday at 2 p.m. at the Queens Theatre, which is ative uses from the public that could spur the the original Theaterama. All are welcome. To city on with a design competition. “We have RSVP, which is requested but not required, no agenda,” he said. “We just want to save visit nyspavilion.org the building.” Designed by noted architect Philip Johnson Silva, a teacher who lives in East Northat a cost of $12 million, the pavilion featured port, LI, grew up in Astoria and Middle Vilthe circular Tent of Tomorrow, with a $1 mil- lage before his family moved to Long Island. lion terrazzo floor map of the state, and He remained fascinated by the pavilion, was used primarily as performance every time he saw it while driving space during the fair. It also had the along the Long Island Expressway, world’s largest suspension roof, but didn’t really know what it was. made of colored Plexiglas panels. Khan is manager of facility Next to the tent was the Theplanning for the popular High aterama, a cylindrical movie Line elevated park in Manhattan. house decorated with what at the He grew up in Rego Park, moved time was considered controversial to Port Washington and now lives in pop art. Brooklyn. “We are just trying to raise The towers had elevators and snack awareness about the pavilion,” Khan said. bars at the top of the observation decks. “It’s been an obsession with me since I was After the fair closed, the outdoor space was very young.” used for public concerts and briefly for roller The third in the trio is Doran, who lives in skating. When the tent’s panels started to fall Maspeth and works for the Queens Theatre. in the 1970s, the Parks Department said it Silva met him while making his documentaposed a safety risk, removed the remaining ry, which he hopes to unveil in October. Plexiglas and closed the site. The filmmaker plans to start a one-month Preservationists blame the city agency for Kickstarter campaign to raise money to comthe floor’s deterioration, saying the ceiling plete the movie. For more information, concould have been reinforced, preventing decay tact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. from the elements. Coincidentally, the Parks Department is In November, Parks made a presentation to holding two listening sessions for the public the Queens Borough Board about possible about the pavilion, on Sunday at 1 p.m. and actions for the pavilion. They included demol- Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Queens Theatre. ishing, stabilizing or redeveloping the struc- Officials will also discuss recent structural Q tures. The price tags ranged from $25 million studies of the pavilion.
chiropractic patients The sense of calm and trust Joan felt When Dr. Robert Gucciardo f irst opened his chiropractic office, his mission comes from Dr. Gucciardo’s 17 years of was: to empower people to live healthy life- experience. With his highly trained and styles without the use of drugs or surgery, dedicated staff, Dr. Gucciardo makes it a using chiropractic, nutrition, and laser top priority to ensure that patients are aware of which treatment options are best therapy. Case in point: his patient Joan Bachert for them, which will include X-rays and a of Richmond Hill. Two years ago, Joan thorough neuromuscular examination to determine whether laser came into Dr. Gucciartherapy is the r ig ht do’s office for internal choice. pain that stripped her To date, he has seen a away from precious life variety of patients, from moments such as playing high-school athletes to with her grandchildren. retirees, to help relieve Now 30 pounds lightpain associated with carer, pain-free and full of pal tunnel, sprains, knee energy for her family, a and shoulder injuries and jubilant Joan exclaims, even TMJ disorders. The “ I t ’s j u s t c h a n g e d technique’s wide appeal everything!” to patients is not only due Joan found Dr. Gucto its successful results ciardo after receiving but its quick doctor’s visit several positive referrals as well. from her friends and “The beauty of the now, she says she’s passsession is that it’s only a ing on the great advice. “ B e c a u s e o f m y Dr. Robert Gucciardo performs 4- to 7-minute procedure, results, a lot of my quick and painless laser therapy on but the effects are profriends wanted to know a patient’s knee. COURTESY PHOTO found and last for days,” Dr. Gucciardo says. what I was doing,” so To allow patients to receive a thorough Bachert let her friends in on her great discovery. Not only has Joan benefited from and speedy recovery, therapy sessions are her nutrition response-testing program, she scheduled tightly together. Some mild, has also tried the Class IV Laser Therapy, short-term side effects such as temporary the latest in modern technological medicine soreness at the laser site may result due to only currently offered by a handful of increased blood flow to the area. But the long-term side effect? “A happy, healthier doctors. The therapy itself involves the laser pen- you.” etrating the surface of the skin in order to To end your search for relief and stimulate the cells and reduce inflamma- change your life like Joan did, make an tion and scar tissue. Describing the process appointment at Gucciardo Specific Chias simple and pain-free, an incredibly satis- ropractic and Natural Health Center, fied Joan said she was happy to have cho- located at 162-07 91 St. in Howard sen a highly efficient and caring doctor’s Beach. Visit DrGucciardo.com or call office to perform her laser treatment. (718) 845-5902 for more information. Q
WRBA meets continued from page 5 with Ulrich, Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), to do it in 2011. Also during the WRBA meeting, Ulrich and Woodhaven’s other elected officials — Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens), state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) — all spoke about their agendas in Washington and Albany respectively in 2014. Miller said he would be introducing legislation to combat cars with out-of-state plates parking overnight, a common com-
plaint among residents in the area. “I know that a lot of people are going to be upset with me, but we have to do something,” he said. Miller said his bill would ban parking overnight on the street for cars with out-ofstate plates, but he was working on drafting it with some exceptions for residents who own a home in another state and wants to hear from constituents about the idea. The WRBA’s new leadership was introduced at the meeting. Martin Colberg was elected to take over as president of the civic group last month, succeeding Ed Wendell, who had served for three years. “You’ve got big shoes to fill,” Ulrich told Q Colberg.
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Vollies anniversary dinner on Feb. 6 W. Hamilton Beach celebrates 86 years by Domenick Rafter Editor
The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps will celebrate it’s 86th birthday with a dinner dance at Russo’s On The Bay on Feb. 6. The event will also give the vollies, who were badly affected by Hurricane Sandy, a chance to honor a number of people who have helped the department and the community of Hamilton Beach including fire captains from as far away as Mississippi who came to their aid after the storm. ‘We try to honor those individuals who have helped the community or the fire department,” said Mitch Udowitch, the WHBVFD’s treasurer Among those who will be honored: Roger and Holly Gendron of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association; Stephen Sirgiovanni, Lt. Governor, Howard Beach Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Club of Glendale; Dr. Steven Reis, a former WHVBD member; Howard Beach photographer Nick Beneduce and Assemblyman
Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). The fire department lost all but one of its vehicles when Sandy’s storm surge f looded the f irehouse on Davenpor t Court in Hamilton Beach in October 2012, during which several members saved at least two Hamilton Beach residents from rising flood waters. Si nce t hen , t he de pa r t ment h a s received trucks from numerous firehouses across the country. Udowitch said Reis, who will be the first person ever honored by the department who served with them, helped arrange the donations of three f ire tr ucks from departments in Pennsylvania where he currently lives. Last month, the depar t ment pu rchased two new ambulances to add to its f leet, which allowed for the retirement of the ambulance that was the only vehicle to survive Sandy. The dinner dance starts with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $85 per person. They can be purchased by calling Q (718) 843-1716.
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Big Fun at Little Christmas The holiday season may be fading away in the rear-view mirror, but there was still a little Christmas cheer in Woodhaven earlier this month. Crossroads Christian Center hosted a Three Kings Celebration on Jan. 2 at 74 Elderts Lane. Free toys were be given out to children at the event. The kids were also treated to
a showing of the movie “The Veg gie Tales.” Three Kings Day is the celebration of when the three wise men found Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem. It is celebrated on Jan. 6, 12 days after Christmas, and is a popular holiday in Latin American countries and in Hispanic communities in the United States.
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have found Avonte before this happened,” the attorney said. “He would be home right now. He would be wearing his Air Jordans and they wouldn’t have been found in a river.” Funeral ar rangements have yet to be made, though a Manhattan funeral home offered to hold the service free of charge. Fontaine has not spoken publicly since the remains were found and Perecman said she has to take time to feel grief. “I leave Vanessa alone,” he said. “I usually communicate with her through Avonte’s grandmother because she isn’t the kind of person to wear her heart on her sleeve. She’s Q a strong woman.”
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continued from page 2 there on his own,” Perecman said. “To go 11 miles north along a jagged coast line, it doesn’t make much sense to me.” The East River, despite its name, is not a river but a tidal strait with currents that change at least four times a day depending on the tides, meaning there is a possibility that Avonte drifted along the borough’s coast. The separation of his body is also complicated. With shar p rocks and sea life inhabiting the waters, the ligaments binding his limbs together could have very well been weakened. Regardless, Perecman, Fontaine and Avonte’s family are looking to hold someone accountable. According to the attorney, who said he was given footage from five out of the 20 cameras on the first f loor of the school, Avonte was last seen r u n ning outside through a back door that had been unlocked for at least 13 minutes. “I for one am good and angry,” Perecman said on Tuesday. “When you look at the videotapes, at what happened, the sheer chaos that went on in that school and to think they are taking children like this every single day, telling their parents that they’re safe, when indeed they’re not.” He suspects there is more information left to be uncovered as the account from the school safety officer clashes with what the videos show. “She said three times, once emphatically, that she spoke to Avonte, asked him where he was going and saw him walk up the stairs,” Perecman said. “We know this is not true. We can see in the video that this is not true.” Allegedly, there is video of the safety officer sitting at her desk where monitors show a live feed of the hallways, meaning she may have been able to stop Avonte from running away moments after he walked out the door. Other unanswered questions include: why did it take several minutes for Avonte’s
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Mets lovers enjoy a day of fun at the park Queens Baseball Convention draws fans and Amazin’s legend Ron Darling by Christopher Barca Reporter
enerations of baseball enthusiasts stepped right up to meet Mets icon Ron Darling at the first-ever Queens Baseball Convention on Saturday afternoon at McFadden’s bar inside Citi Field. The inaugural gathering of hundreds of Mets fans, organized by a group of bloggers from fan advocacy website MetsPolice.com among others, was a grand slam in the eyes of Darling, fans and organizers alike. The event featured vendors selling a wide array of Mets merchandise ranging from buttons to pictures, face painting and interactive segments with Darling and Mets Hall of Fame legend Ed Kranepool, followed by autograph sessions with both. Darling, also a two-time Emmy winner for his work as a Mets analyst on SNY, signed autographs for over an hour. Afterwards, he spoke highly of the Mets faithful who came to the convention despite the cold temperatures and snow showers. “I think today was so special because I got to meet the people that love the Mets. It’s not easy to come out in the cold,” Darling said. “I’ve come to love the Mets fans. I love what they represent. Mets fans reach out every day and say, ‘We love our team, I don’t care what team is better, our team is our team. “And that dedication is something I really admire,” he continued. “I appreciate that.” The Mets fans also appreciated Darling’s willingness to give autographs to everybody who wanted one. Rosedale native Tim Miller brought his Ron Darling jersey to the event, and was able to add the Mets legend’s signature to his collection. “It’s really cool,” Miller said of Darling’s presence at the convention. “My goal is to get the entire 1986 team’s signatures. I already have Doc [Gooden], Keith Hernandez and-
Darryl Strawberry’s. This is awesome.” Awesome is exactly how Howard Beach residents Pete McNally and his son, Michael, described the event as well. Donning a jersey featuring backwards lettering to highlight the “backwards decision making” of the Mets front office, the elder McNally still would rather be nowhere else on a cold Saturday afternoon. “My whole life, I’ve been a huge Mets fan,” McNally said. “It’s great to see all of the Mets memorabilia and everyone having a great time.” Even though the event, which had been planned since June, appeared to be a hit to the attending fans, convention co-organizer Keith
Blacknick wasn’t convinced the gathering would be successful until he arrived at Citi Field on Saturday. “To be honest, I was really worried,” said Blacknick, better known as Media Goon by MetsPolice readers. “But I think everyone enjoyed it and that’s the whole thing, making sure people had a good time. We’d love for this to become an annual thing.” If the Queens Baseball Convention does return in 2015, Darling said, he would be more than happy to come spend the day with Mets fans once again. “Queens really has a great baseball tradition,” he said. “I told them already that Q every year they invite me, I’ll come.”
Todd Silver of Bethpage, LI arrived at the gathering sporting a T-shirt of former Mets superstar shor tstop Jose Reyes with Hebrew lettering.
Bill Tousius of Flushing is enthusiastic about last month’s free-agent acquisition of former Tigers and Yankees center fielder Cur tis Granderson.
Legendary Mets pitcher Ron Darling autographs a book for a youngster during a signing session at the Queens Baseball Convention. Darling signed items such as bobbleheads, jerseys and posters for about an hour for dozens of eager fans of all ages on Saturday. The 1986 World Series champion said he would attend every such convention in the future.
Lifelong Mets fan and Fresh Meadows native David Hochhauser, left, and his son, second from left, joins his brother Howard Hochhauser, right, and his three sons at the Queens Baseball PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA AND, LOWER LEFT, MICHAEL GANNON Convention at Citi Field.
Memorabilia vendors and diehard Mets fans Andrew “Herm” Hermida, left, and his father Bob Hermida sold the duo’s custom-made buttons and drawings at the event.
Peter McNally and his son Michael of Howard Beach had a blast getting Ron Darling’s autograph and checking out the Mets memorabilia on display. Peter’s jersey sends a message.
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Catholic schools: frequently asked questions The Catholic Elementary Schools and Academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn serve more than 30,000 students in Brooklyn and Queens. Catholic schools and academies offer quality education at every grade level – Pre School, Elementary School (Kindergarten through Grade 8) and High School. Below are some frequently asked questions:
General questions: What is the difference between a school and an academy? A Catholic school is governed by the parish, so the pastor is directly in charge. An academy is governed by a two-tiered board that is comprised of a Board of Directors and a Board of Members. The Board of Directors is composed of lay people who work with the principal, and the Board of Members is composed of clergy and safeguards the Catholic identity of the academy. In some cases the “Board of Members” oversee multiple academies. Every school within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will become an academy by the year 2017. To read more about this process, please refer to Preserving the Vision. What is Preserving the Vision? Preserving the Vision is the name of the strategic planning process that will insure the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The process involves essential goals such as fostering Catholic identity and expanding development.
• Class size and school size • Composition of the faculty and staff • Religious formation programs • Academic programs • Enrichment programs • Remediation programs • Special services • School nutrition program • Transportation services • Tuition • Registration requirements • Uniforms • Early drop-off program • After-school program • Extra-curricular activities and school hours — Sports/Clubs • Facilities (gym, outdoor playground, computer lab, etc.) • Technology • High school and college partnerships • Scholarship assistance/financial aid
What is the Office of the Superintendent — Catholic School Support Services? The Office of the Superintendent is the diocesan office dedicated to providing support services and guidance to Catholic elementary schools/academies within the diocese. The Office of the Superintendent also provides limited services to Catholic high schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Where do I obtain my transcript record if the school I once attended has closed? You should contact the diocesan archives office at email@example.com or (718) 965-7300 ext. 1001. School and Academy Information How can I find out what the schools/academies near me have to offer? The best way to find out specific offerings of the schools/academies near you is to ask them. Although many provide descriptions on their websites, a phone call or a visit is typically the best way to get the most updated and accurate information. The Diocese of Brooklyn website — mybqcatholic school.com/frequently-asked-questions — provides general information regarding schools/academies within the diocese. What should I ask when I visit a school/academy? Visiting a school/academy is the best way to get a sense of it. It gives you the opportunity to speak with the staff and to move through the environment to see if it feels right for your children and your family. In addition to experiencing the school/academy, you can learn about it. Some things you might ask about are:
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Can my child attend a Catholic school/academy even though we are not Catholic? Yes, our Catholic schools/academies welcome children of all faiths, and you will find that some are very diverse. All can benefit from the education provided in our schools/academies. What types of scholarship opportunities are available for Catholic school? Futures in Education offers three scholarship programs for Catholic elementary school students. To learn more about these programs and how to apply, you can visit the continued continued on on page page 00 29
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My child attends Catholic school, but I do not have his/her Terra Nova test Results. How do I obtain them? Parents of each student in grades 3-8 will receive a Home Report from their s cho ol / a c a d e my. I f you h ave not received the information, please call t he school /aca demy t o obt ai n t he results.
Can you provide the New York State test results of a particular school/academy? Although The Office of the Superintendent does publish the aggregated test results for Catholic schools/academies within Brooklyn and Queens, the decision to publish test scores of individual schools is a local decision. If you would like to know the overall test scores for a particular school/academy, you must call to ask if they can provide you with the information.
My child attends Catholic school, but I do not have his/her TACHS test results. How do I obtain this information? If your child took the TACHS test in November, you should receive a Home Report either from your Catholic school/ academy or in the mail from Riverside at the end of January. If you do not receive your TACHS results, you should contact Riverside before March at 1 (866) 618-2247.
My child attends Catholic school, but I do not have his/her New York State test results. How do I obtain this information? Because only the individual school/ academy is provided with its student test results, only the principal at that school/ academy has access to State test results. The schools /academies send student results home once they are released by the state. If you have not received this information, please call the school/academy to obtain the results.
What test scores do my children need to be admitted into Catholic High School? Each high school has its own admissions requirements. To find out more, you should contact the high schools and attend open houses for schools that your child may want to apply to.
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Ave Maria Catholic Academy, 158-20 101 St., Howard Beach, (718) 848-7440 Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, 101-60 92 St., Ozone Park, (718) 845-5068 Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, 45-11 245 St., Douglaston, (718) 631-3153 and 56-10 214 St., Bayside, (718) 225-8795 Holy Child Jesus School, 111-02 86th Ave., Richmond Hill, (718) 849-3988 Holy Family School, 74-15 175 St., Fresh Meadows, (718) 969-2124 Holy Trinity School, 14-45 143 St., Whitestone, (718) 746-1479 Immaculate Conception School, Astoria, 21-63 29 St., Astoria, (718) 728-1969 Immaculate Conception School, Jamaica Estates, 179-14 Dalny Road, Jamaica, (718) 739-5933 Incarnation School, 89-15 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Queens Village, (718) 465-5066 Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Academy, 136-58 41 Ave., Flushing, (718) 961-1403 Most Precious Blood School, 32-52 37 St., Long Island City, (718) 278-4081 Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood, 62-22 61 St., Ridgewood, (718) 821-2221 Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, 125-18 Rockaway Blvd. (Rockaway Campus), South Ozone Park, (718) 641-0212 and 109-55 128 St., (128th Street Campus) South Ozone Park, (718) 641-1316 Our Lady of Fatima School, 25-38 80 St., Jackson Heights, (718) 429-7031 Our Lady of Hope School, 61-21 71 St., Middle Village, (718) 458-3535 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, 92-80 220 St., Queens Village, (718) 464-1480 Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, 70-25 Kessel St., Forest Hills, (718) 793-2086 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, 111-10 115 St., S. Ozone Park, (718) 843-4184 Our Lady of Sorrows School, 35-34 105 St., Corona, (718) 426-5517 Our Lady of the Angelus School, 98-05 63 Drive, Rego Park, (718) 896-7220 Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School, 34-45 202 St., Bayside, (718) 229-4434 Our Lady of the Snows School, 79-33 258 St., Floral Park, (718) 343-1346 Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School, 72-55 Austin St., Forest Hills, (718) 263-2622 Resurrection Ascension School, 85-25 61 Road, Rego Park, (718) 426-4963 Sacred Heart Catholic Adademy, 115-50 221 St., Cambria Heights, (718) 257-0123 Sacred Heart School, 216-01 38 Ave., Bayside, (718) 631-4804 Sacred Heart School, 84-05 78 Ave., East Glendale, (718) 456-6636 St. Adalbert School, 52-17 83 St., Elmhurst, (718) 424-2376 St. Andrew Avellino School, 35-50 158 St., Flushing, (718) 359-7887 St. Bartholomew School, 44-15 Judge St., Elmhurst, (718) 446-7575 St. Camillus School, 185 Beach 99 St., Rockaway Beach, (718) 634-5260 St. Clare Catholic Academy, 137-25 Brookville Boulevard, Rosedale, (718) 528-7174 St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy, 94-01 85 St., Ozone Park, (718) 641-6990 St. Francis de Sales School, 219 Beach 129 St., Belle Harbor, (718) 634-2775 St. Francis of Assisi School, 21-18 46 St., Astoria, (718) 726-9405 St. Gregory the Great School, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose, (718) 343-5053 St. Helen School, 83-09 157 Ave., Howard Beach, (718) 835-4156 St. Joan of Arc School, 35-27 82 St., Jackson Heights, (718) 639-9020 St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 28-46 44 St., Long Island City, (718) 728-0724 St. Kevin Catholic Academy, 45-50 195 St., Flushing, (718) 357-8110 St. Leo School, 104-19 49 Ave., Corona, (718) 592-7050 St. Luke School, 16 - 01 150 Place, W hitestone, (718) 746 -3833 St. Margaret School, 66-10 80 St., Middle Village, (718) 326-0922 St. Mary Gate of Heaven School, 104-06 101 Ave., Ozone Park, (718) 846-0689 St. Matthias School, 58-25 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood, (718) 381-8003 St. Mel School, 154-24 26 Ave., Flushing, (718) 539-8211 St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 80-22 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, (718) 380-1900 St. Pancras School, 68-20 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, (718) 821-6721 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy, 154 Beach 84 St., Rockaway Beach, (718) 474-7079 St. Sebast ian School, 39-76 58 St., Woodside, (718) 429-1982 St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 61-17 Grand Ave., Maspeth, (718) 326-1585 St. Thomas the Apostle School, 87-49 87 St., Woodhaven, (718) 847-3904 Saints Joachim and Anne School, 218-19 105 Ave., Queens Village, (718) 465-2230 Information obtained from the Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Schools website.
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Broader sick leave bill before Council Backed by mayor, new version drops last year’s Quinn-led compromises by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council plan to toss aside the compromise sick leave mandate that was passed last year and enact a new measure that will protect half a million more workers and cover all but the smallest of businesses. Like the law passed last year over then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s veto, the new measure, announced in a press release from the Mayor’s Office, would mandate that businesses provide workers with at least five days of paid sick leave a year. But it would make several changes to the compromise measure, which was passed after former Speaker Christine Quinn led efforts to make it more palatable to the business community. Instead of applying only to companies with 15 or more employees, the new proposal would impact those with five or more. And instead of being phased in over time, with larger firms affected first and smaller ones a year and a half later, as originally planned, all businesses subject to the law would fall under the mandate starting April 1. Exemptions for the manufacturing sector that were in the original legislation also would be removed. People would be allowed to take paid time off to care for grandparents, grandchildren and siblings. The original bill only allowed paid leave for workers to assist spouses, children and parents, as well as themselves. The mandate would no longer be contingent on the economy’s performance. The original version had a clause that would put it on hold if the economy slipped, as measured by the Federal Reserve. Together, the bill’s proponents said, the new measures would ensure paid sick leave for about 500,000 more workers
Businesses with as few as five employees will be subject to the FILE PHOTO new paid sick leave mandate if it becomes law. than the version that was already enacted. “This is going to be one city, where everyone has a shot and rises together,” de Blasio said in a statement announcing the new plan. “What we are putting forward today will fundamentally improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of working New Yorkers — especially families struggling just to get by. Beginning this year, getting sick will no longer mean losing a day’s pay, or potentially a job, in the city of New York. I thank Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Members and the vast coalition that has helped bring us to this moment.” Among the supporters quoted in the press release were Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James,
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Korean truce announced continued from page 20 Byung Uk Cho and Sang-Yong Park said they were happy McDonald’s agreed to listen to their concerns and blamed the dispute on cultural differences. Across the street and up a couple of blocks is a Burger King, but Kim stressed that the seniors won’t forsake McDonald’s to congregate there. “They live on the McDonald’s side of the street and like to go there,” he said. “They have no intention of going to Burger King.” But one Korean-American activist from Flushing says the problem is more widespread. Sunny Hahn, who is associated with the Korean American Association of Queens, did not attend Monday’s press conference, but said by phone that Korean seniors also hang out at Burger King and at several bakery-coffee shops on or near Union Street. “It’s sad; there are not enough facilities for them,” Hahn said. “Even the Korean bakeries can’t handle the situation.” She said that one of the bakeries took out its bathrooms to discourage loiterers. Terence Park, another Korean-American activist from Flushing, told the Chronicle on Monday that the seniors who refused to leave McDonald’s “are not criminals. They are grandmas and g r a n d p a s . We h a v e t o b e m o r e understanding.” Park agrees there is a real need for
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — who had written the original version of the law before Quinn got the compromise measure drawn up — and two members of Congress whose districts include parts of Queens, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens). The release also included a statement from a car wash worker in Queens, Leonardo Hernando, who said that in the nine years he has lived in the United States, he has never had a job that provided paid sick leave, and could not afford to take days off when he was ill because he has four children. Hernando thanked the mayor and City Council for making paid sick leave a priority. The Queens Chamber of Commerce put out a statement that neither supported nor opposed the bill. It said the chamber is committed to working with the city government to fairly address the needs of workers while balancing their rights with the needs of small businesses. The chamber said it hopes to have input on the legislation, as well as other issues such as regulations and fines that impact businesses. The bill was introduced on Wednesday and referred to the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, now chaired by new Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), according to the Speaker’s Office. The panel will hold a hearing on the measure, the office said. Asked twice apiece whether any element of the new bill is negotiable, the Mayor’s Office and Speaker’s Office both declined to answer. De Blasio put out another statement Wednesday, lauding the bill’s introduction and calling it a “critical piece of progressive Q reform.”
Subway station work continues in 2014 Briarwood nearly done; FoHi delayed by Christopher Barca Reporter
The McDonald’s on Monday morning. PHOTO BY RICK MAIMAN
places seniors can go, because they can’t stay at senior centers all day. “They don’t have much money, need a place to hang out and they want it to be a nonreligious facility,” he said, “because they don’t feel comfortable in a religious setting.” He noted that the seniors go to parks in the warm weather, but there are no places to congregate in the winter. “We need to educate senior centers and churches” to do a better job, Park added. “Even my father hung out at McDonald’s in the past. It is part of their Q daily routine.”
The entrance to the Briarwood-Van Wyck F train subway station at Queens Boulevard and Main Street, long closed for construction, may open earlier than expected. That entrance to the station has been closed since 2010 and its reconstruction is part of the ongoing Kew Gardens Interchange Project, a $147 million improvement to area roadways. The entrance was originally scheduled to open for public use last fall, but was pushed back until March after the discovery of lead paint. Now, instead of being delayed, Briarwood Action Network President Aida Vernon says the entrance will open one month ahead of schedule instead. “I have been assured by our community liaison that it is on for February,” Vernon said. “The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of February.” Project com mu nit y liaison Hen r y Chiang, a transportation engineer for
constr uction services firm GreenmanPederson, also said that the subway entrance should open earlier than planned, but that there is no date set in stone just yet. “The current projection is to finish by late February. There is no official date.” Chiang said. “If the weather is mild, it will be late February. If the weather is nasty, then it might be late March.” Once the entrance is completed, construction of an elevator will begin. Vernon says such work will be done “later this year or possibly early next year.” Forest Hills work delayed While Briarwood’s subway work may finish sooner than planned, elevator construction at the 71st Avenue station in Forest Hills has been delayed by at least two more months. Signs attached to the walls surrounding the construction sites inside the station now say that the work won’t be completed until March 31. The previous notices had touted a comQ pletion date of Jan. 31.
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Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients
Giving ’til it hurts Councilman Ruben Wills rolled up his sleeves for a good cause on Jan. 15, donating at a blood drive held at the NYPD’s 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill. They collected 26 pints for the New York Blood Center, which collects donations for hospitals to give to surgical patients, accident and burn victims, and those with life-
threatening illnesses. Donors must be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds, have an ID and must be in good general health. Those wishing to schedule an appointment to donate or simply seeking more information are invited to visit the group’s website at drm.nybloodcenter.org.
Ice Jewelry Buying Service is located on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park.
We Do Custom Work and Jewelry Repair! they treat everything like it’s a one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, watches Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also offers instant cash an unassuming gold buying and cash loan shop on loans for jewelry and eBay selling services. Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offer on her ring Their cash loans program is straightforward and from another area shop, but was looking to get a simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone who better deal. In what may be viewed as poor business has a bill due and a check on the way,” Goldberg acumen, she told her new prospective buyer what said. “But we make sure they have a game plan to her previous offer was. Still, after examining her buy their jewelry back before the end of the term. piece, he offered her $1,600. He did so, as he says, Sometimes these are people’s heirlooms we’re “...because that’s what it was worth.” talking about and we respect that.” The plight of the worker who’s hard-up for cash For those who are less Internet-savvy or just don’t in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying offers a convenient and Edward Goldberg can relate to firsthand, eBay sales service. If what a customer has isn’t an having been laid off from their jobs in jewelry item that Ice Jewelry Buying would purchase, like manufacturing. They understand that people get a handbag or antique furniture, they can help find into situations where they just need a little cash fast a buyer on their eBay store. Elias consults with the to make the bills and Ice Jewelry Buying Service customer to find a target price hopes to help out in the most and let the Internet auctioneers honest way they can. STORE HOURS handle the rest. MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm “For this, I like to think we’re SAT. 10am - 6pm For anyone who has ever doing the community a service,” SUN. by Appointment dealt with the hassle of selling Elias said. “We’re in the business of helping people who are in a tough icejewelrybuyingservice.com and shipping an item on eBay — all the forms involved in setting spot. They can come to our store up a user and paypal account, the 10-15 percent fee and know that we can educate them on what they that Ice Jewelry Buying charges to do all the work is have and we’ll give them what their items are worth. really a bargain deal. When that woman told me her previous offer, it made “At the end of the day, I just want people to feel me wonder how many times this happens — how comfortable doing business with us. People have many people who really need that money get taken this conception of gold buying stores as these slimy advantage of?” places with slimy people, and they’re typically right. Elias opened his Rego Park shop with Goldberg But we want to be different. I don’t think it’s cool to in 2009, and already they’re seeing a lot of repeat see someone buy a ring for $200 and put it in their customers and referrals. This is a sign to them that counter for $800. We don’t do that.” they’re doing something right — the pawn business Ice Jewelr y Buying Ser vice is located at typically deals in one-time transactions but Elias is 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of operation determined to break that mold, building a reputation are Monday-Friday from 11 am to 7:00 pm and on trust. Sat urday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday – pri vate “Everyone around here is buying gold these days; appoinments are available. Call for more information you can go into the barber shop down the road and Q (718) 830-0030. sell your jewelry. The problem with all these places is
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Timoshenko’s killer gets more jail time Bostic gets 25 to life for shooting one day before he murdered cop Mayor de Blasio addresses elected officials, community leaders and parents in Woodside with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in light jacket, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, far PHOTO COURTESY BOROUGH PRESIDENT’S OFFICE right.
De Blasio demands safer city streets Mayor announces initiative to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2024 by Tess McRae
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During one of his first visits to Queens since entering office, Mayor de Blasio announced his “Vision Zero” initiative to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the city to zero within 10 years. The project was announced just days before a study reported Queens having the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the city. “This will be a top-to-bottom effort to take on dangerous streets and dangerous driving,” de Blasio said at a Jan. 15 press conference in Woodside. “We aren’t going to wait and lose a son, a daughter, a parent or a grandparent in another senseless and painful tragedy. Our top responsibility is protecting the health and safety of our people. From tougher enforcement to more safely designed streets and stronger laws, we’ll confront this problem from every side, and it starts today.” The announcement was held near the intersection of Northern Boulevard and 61st Street, the corner where 8-year-old Noshat Nahian was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in the crosswalk while walking to school with his sister in December. De Blasio charged the NYPD, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Taxi & Limousine Commission with developing a comprehensive road map to eliminate deadly crashes. So far in 2014, 11 people have been killed in traffic in the city; seven were pedestrians. “Our job is to save lives,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “We will be just as aggressive in preventing a deadly crash
on our streets as we are in preventing a deadly shooting. Our police are going to enforce the laws on our streets consistently and effectively. This is going to be central to our work to keep New Yorkers safe. We will put the personnel and resources in place to protect New Yorkers.” Under the mayor’s initiative, the working group must report to him by Feb. 15 with concrete plans to dedicate sufficient NYPD resources and personnel to deter dangerous behavior — especially speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians — improve at least 50 dangerous corridors annually, expand the number of 20-mile-per-hour zones across the city and pursue a traffic safety agenda which he said must include a home rule on traffic cameras, so New York City can deploy red light and speed enforcement cameras. Queens elected officials praised de Blasio for his “Vision Zero” project. “My mother was killed by a drunk driver, so I take traffic safety issues very personally,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. “That’s why I am so impressed with the mayor’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan and am optimistic that its goal of reducing the number of traffic deaths to zero will become a welcome reality.” Transportation Alternatives, an activist group, was also happy with the plan. “It’s time to put a stop to this epidemic,” Executive Director Paul Steely White said. “Transportation Alternatives is ready to work with Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bratton, incoming DOT Commissioner Trottenberg and families affected by traffic violence to support this partnership, because all New Yorkers have the right to Q safe streets.”
Less than 24 hours before he murdered Officer Herman Yan, were on patrol in BrookNYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko in 2007, lyn’s 71st Precinct when they pulled over an Dexter Bostic shot a man on a Jamaica street SUV with plates that were reported stolen. Timoshenko, 23, was approaching on the corner and then robbed him of his car keys, passenger side of the SUV when Bostic jewelry and $1,800. Last Wednesday, Bostic, of Far Rockaway, emerged and shot him in the face and throat. got 25 years to life for the street corner Yan, on the driver’s side, was struck in the chest and one arm, but was saved by his bulshooting. Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory letproof vest and was able to return fire while Lasak ordered the sentence to run consecu- radioing for help. Timoshenko was on life support for five tively to the life without parole term Bostic days without regaining consciousness when already is serving for killing Timoshenko. he d ied at K i ngs “Today’s sentence Cou nt y Hospit al ensures that the Center. defendant — a danfamgerous predator who dangerous predator ... ilyTimoshenko’s emigrated to the has been convicted of United States from shooting an unarmed will spend the rest Belarus when he was man and an on-duty of his life in prison 9, and lived on Staten police officer within Island. He had been 24 hours — will and never again see with the NYPD for 18 spend the rest of his months. life in prison and the light of day.” Bostic and Ellis never again see the — DA Richard Brown on Dexter Bostic were arrested on the light of day,” Queens run in Pennsylvania D ist r ict At t or ney four days later, with Richard Brown said the latter being returned to New York wearing in a statement issued by his office. Bostic in July was convicted of second- the slain officer’s handcuffs. The driver of the SUV, Lee Woods, was degree attempted murder, two counts each of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, sec- arrested in Queens. Ellis was acquitted in Timoshenko’s murond-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of fifth-degree criminal der and of wounding Yan, though he was possession of stolen property following a four- given 15 years on related weapons charges. Lasak in July sentenced Ellis to 25 years week trial. According to trial testimony, Carl Field, for his conviction in the attack on Field, then 20, was standing at the intersection of which he will not begin serving until he conSutphin Boulevard and 109th Drive at about 5 cludes his sentence on the weapons charges. Woods, following a mistrial, was convicted p.m. on July 8 when Bostic and Robert Ellis drove up. Field attempted to run but fell when in 2009 and received a life sentence with no he was shot in one leg. Bostic forced the chance for parole. Yan and Timoshenko both were awarded wounded man to surrender his valuables the NYPD’s Medal of Honor and promoted to before fleeing. Q On July 9, Timoshenko and his partner, the rank of detective.
HWQ411B continued from page 10 Transportation warned the project would commence in 2011. That, too, turned out not to be the case. And now Kamph said he hasn’t heard from DDC in months and doesn’t know why it is still on hold. At the core of the problem, according to DDC, is the acquisition of land needed to do the work. More than 600 parcels of land were needed to be acquired by the city in order for the project to be done. In a statement, the agency said that process is almost done and the project may move
forward this year “The property-acquisition process can be complex and time-consuming, particularly when hundreds of parcels are involved,” the DDC statement read. “Fortunately, the project’s design is complete and we are in the final stages of property acquisition. If all goes well, we expect to bid the project in the spring and begin construction in early fall.” But Kamph is skeptical. He noted that many residents have put off work, such as repairs to sidewalks, for years and somet i mes decades because of the project. “I’ve heard this before,” he said. “I’ll Q believe it when I see it.”
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Big East play cruel to struggling Johnnies Frustration mounts as St. John’s falls to yet another conference foe by Christopher Barca Reporter
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69 55 St. John’s defeats Dartmouth on Jan. 18.
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83 84 Providence tops the Red Storm on Jan. 16. the Red Storm settled for a three-pointer that was off the mark. In double overtime, St. John’s led by one point and had possession of the ball, but a defensive stop by the Friars allowed Providence’s Bryce Cotton to drive to the hoop and score with nine seconds left. “We were very disappointed that we lost because we had the game won. We found a way to lose and that’s our fault,” Lavin said. “This is a long season and it’s not over yet.” St. John’s fans and beat writers alike took to Twitter after the game to express their frustration with team’s losing streak. Some fans even called for Lavin to be fired at season’s end. While there is still plenty of basketball left, it’s not farfetched that Lavin might eventually find himself in the hot seat if the Red Storm’s struggles continue. Fresh off the loss to Providence, the Red Storm were able to showcase some of that talent, against overmatched foe Dartmouth, that many experts had believed would carry St. John’s into the NCAA Tournament. It took 21 days, but the Red Stor m finally recorded a win on the strength of guard Phil Greene’s game-high 16 points. Sophomore JaKarr Sampson contributed 13 points of his own while center Orlando Sa nchez s n a g ge d a c a r e e r-h ig h 10 rebounds. The road to righting themselves doesn’t get easier for St. John’s, as they hurtle head first into the teeth of Big East play. The Johnnies square off with a muchimproved Seton Hall team in Queens on Thursday. The Red Storm will then face Butler and Creighton, who decimated fourth-ranked Villanova 96-68 this week, on the road on Q Saturday and Tuesday respectively.
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Mayor de Blasio based his campaign on the inequalities found in what he called the “ tale of two cities,” but the Red Stor m’s season to th is poi nt ca n be described as the tale of two teams. The story changes from game to game, and even half to half. One moment, St. John’s looks like a squad ready to break out of its shell to tell the college basketball world that it’s for real. The next, the Johnnies look completely overmatched and outgunned. Some of the blame for the Red Storm’s failures cer tainly falls on four th-year coach Steve Lavin. He hasn’t been able to fully extract the talent that rests within his team. But at the end of the day, the players themselves have had trouble playing consistently. And that was evident in the Johnnies’ heartbreaking double-overtime 84-83 loss to Providence at home on Jan. 16. The Red Storm eventually broke its five-game losing skid by topping nonconference opponent Dar tmouth 69-55 at home on Jan. 18. However, St. John’s has lost all five of its Big East conference games and its record sits at a 10-8. Against Providence, the Red Storm had a real chance to do what every other team in the Big East has already done, win a conference game. But the inconsistency bug struck again as St. John’s struggled to put Providence away. The Red Storm missed its first nine three-point attempts and didn’t score from beyond the arc until there were three minutes remaining in regulation. The Johnnies also had chances to win the game in regulation and in double overtime. With the game tied, St. John’s had the final possession of the second half, but
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Queens Zoo Celebrates
Year of the Horse
Chinese New Year! February 1 & 2 11am – 4pm
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BENEATH THE ICE
Elizabeth Jordan’s “The Moon Gazing Hare” and “Looking for a Way Out,” inset, are two of the 23 pieces in the new “Thaw” exhibit.
by Tess McRae The effects of climate change have generated debate for some time now but 11 artists sought out the most drastically changing parts of the world to see the transformations for themselves. Their findings were made into art and are now on view at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City. The tiny exhibit features 23 drawings, paintings, photographs, collages, sculptures and videos that address different aspects of Earth’s “natural but forced transformation, hinting at the potential scientific and geopolitical effects in the wake of ongoing natural disasters.” Inspiration for the exhibit came after NASA released satellite images in 2012 that showed the thaw of Earth’s northern icecap was detectable over as short a time span as several days. The agency called the thaw a localized phenomenon that was evident over the entirety of Greenland’s ice cover. The warming responsible for this thaw may shut down the Gulf Stream, the warm current that traverses the Atlantic Ocean and drives the predictable rhythms of most of Earth’s climate, it said. The 11 artists went on fact-finding expeditions around the world, including Cape Breton, Newfoundland and the Gobi Desert in Asia, and presented their visual predictions of what will become of the planet if climate change continues. For a project that required artists to submerse themselves so far into unfamiliar environments, not many of the pieces display the amount of depth one might expect to come out of such a long journey. Many of the pieces are decent and it is obvious that all of the artists possess talent but there wasn’t much exploration and it was difficult to be emotionally moved by much of the exhibit. Continuedononpage page continued 41
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Dorsky Gallery explores climate change effects through art
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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G
Winter Dance Party, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and Sunday to Remember Program, El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2:30-5 p.m. Free, donations welcome. RSVP: (718) 261-7664, LACCQ@aol.com.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
No cost mammograms and clinical breast exams, Care Clinic, New York Community Bank, 156-02 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, Thursday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by American Italian Cancer Foundation and NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. Appointment is necessary, call (877) 628-9090.
“Raising the Temperature: Art in Environmental Reactions,” Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, runs thru March 2. Opening reception, Sunday, Feb. 2, 3-5 p.m. Contact: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org.
THEATER “Survey,” LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, Friday, February 7, 8 p.m. $10. One-act comedy-drama about listening. Contact: (718) 482-5151, lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac. Blue Suede Birthday — The Elvis Bash, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Master performers Scot Bruce & Mike Albert deliver a superb Elvis experience. $40. Box Office: (718) 631-6311. Queens Secret Improv Club, comedy every Wednesday-Saturday, approx. 7:30 p.m. $7, for the best improv in Queens. 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Contact: secrettheatre.org.
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50th Anniversary of The Beatles Coming to America, St. Pancras School, 68-20 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, Friday, Jan. 24, 8-11 p.m. $25, includes food, live tribute performance. Contact: Hank Kraker (718) 866-5471, email@example.com. Musica Reginae, Chamber classics with modern spin, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, presents PUBLIQuartet, with reception/ meet the artists after the concert, Saturday, January 25, 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students (13-21), kids under 12, free with an adult. Con Brio Ensemble, Twilight Concert, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, Sunday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m. $12, $10 students/seniors, TDF vouchers accepted. Contact: Dr. Diana MittlerBattipaglia (718) 459-1277, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCE Ballet Hispanico, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Goldstein Theater at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m.; Sun-
“Raising the Temperature: Art in Environmental Reactions,” at the newly-expanded Queens Museum opens on Feb. 2. day Feb. 9, 3 p.m. $49, $29 at KupferbergPresents. org, or at the box office. Take Root with Teresa Fellion and Teddy Tedholm, Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., $15. Contact: greenspacestudio.org/TakeRoot.html. Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, Sunday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., $10. Contact: greenspacestudio.org/fertileground.html. Green Space, 37-24 24 St., #301, Long Island City, Contact: Marisa Martin (718) 956-3037, marisa@ greenspacestudio.org.
LECTURE Bill Cosby & Frank Savage, speak at York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Discussion of their books and careers as part of Black History Month presentation at York.
AUDITIONS Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill, chorus call, for Mozart‘s “Requiem,” St. John‘s Lutheran Church, 86-20 114 St., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Singers buy their own music, semester dues $60, concert on Apr. 13. All voices welcome. Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals/ auditions, Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact: Franklin Verbsky, (718) 374-1627, fhso.org.
CLASSES Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.
Yoga classes, Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, registration ongoing for winter series (14 classes), Mondays (intermediate/open), 10:20-11:20 a.m.; Wednesdays (beginners/seniors), 10:10-11:10 a.m.; Fridays (intermediate/advanced), 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. $168 CQY members, $210 general public; seniors, $66 CQY members, $119 general public. Register: (718) 268-5011, cgy.org. Defensive Driving Course, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-08 Queens Blvd., sponsored by the National Safety Council. Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Register: (718) 263-7000. Ballroom Dance Classes, Year ‘Round Social Dance Program, Monday & Friday evenings, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call 718) 478-3100.
Financial Literacy, Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35 Ave., Astoria, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Go from artist to creative entrepreneur, learn to prioritize needs over wants and manage cash flow with Tricia Taitt, certified finance & accounting consultant. Free. RSVP required: queenscouncilarts.org/go-from-artist-to-creative entrepreneur/.
KIDS Community Conversations for Kids: Democracy, Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-3 p.m. Contact: Karyn Mooney, (718) 939-0647, email@example.com; queenshistoricalsociety.org. Career in Visual Arts program, Arrow Park & Community Center, 35-30 35 St., Astoria, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m, sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens. Children 8-16, free. All materials provided. Contact: LACCQ (718) 261-7664, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, Flushing, registration for 2013-2014 winter education programs, including teen zoo internship and meeting zoo keepers. Register: (718) 271-7361, queenszoo. com/programs, email@example.com.
Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy. & Northern Blvd., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $25/session. Instruction from award-winning artist. Call (718) 969-1128
Arts & Crafts Class, Ridgewood YMCA, 69-02 64 St., Wednesdays, now-Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m., ages 5-12. $65 Members, $75 nonmembers. Contact: Sarah Feldman (212) 912-2180, labohemianartist@ gmail.com.
Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center, 49-10 Little Neck Pkwy., Monthly Shabbat Morning Experience, Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m., breakfast and Torah discussion. Sisterhood Shabbat, Saturday, Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m., women lead in prayer, D'var Torah, open to men and women. Contact: Lisa Pollack, (718) 224-0404, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Talk with Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Contact: Daniel Zaleski (718) 990-0748, email@example.com.
Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., New Knitting Circle, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. All levels, plus crocheting, bring own knitting equipment, refreshments served. Free. Afternoon Bingo, every Tuesday, January-February, early game, 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m., everyone 18 & over. Call (718) 459-1000.
Mocha Moms of Queens, Mom‘s Night Out, California Pizza Kitchen, Atlas Park Mall, 71-03 80th St., Glendale, Saturday, Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m. Lunar New Year Celebration, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Saturday, Feb. 8, 1-4 p.m. Free, craft activities (some require free) and musical performance at 2 p.m. Contact: (718) 886-3800, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ring in the Year of the Horse at Flushing Town Hall by Jackie Strawbridge
From jazz performances to calligraphy workshops to poetry in a truck, the arts Flushing is most heavily populated venue — recently revamped to appeal to with Asian Americans. In fact, it has the a larger audience — will be offering a largest Chinese population in New York. diverse and exciting program that has For that reason, the Lunar New Year something for everyone in the family, — c e l e b r at e d by regardless of culthe Chinese diaspotural descent. ra to begin the The celebrations lunar calendar — begin on Jan. 31 at will be celebrated in 8 p.m., with a perall of Flushing and formance by the other par ts of Young J o o S ong When: Jan. 31 - March 30, Queens in February Quartet. various days and times. and March. It’s an appropriWhere: Flushing Town Hall, This Lunar New ate kickoff; Young 137-35 Northern Blvd., Year we enter the Joo Song exempliFlushing Year of the Horse. fies the program’s Tickets: Prices vary In Chinese spirit of bringing Flushingtownhall.org a s t r o l o g y, i t ’s toget her diver s e b elieve d to b e a arts and cultures, year of adventure in that she creates and surprise, of music that draws good luck and high energy. on gospel, funk and jazz, and one of her In that ca se, Flushing Town Hall’s motivations as a performer is to inspire a Lunar New Year celebrations, among the love of jazz across the globe. largest in the city, are perfectly suited to The Lunar New Year Print exhibition the season. similarly represents a merging of cultures. qboro contributor
Lunar New Year at Flushing Town Hall
The traditional music group Gamin will perform on Feb. 7 as part of Flushing Town Hall’s COURTESY PHOTO Lunar New Year celebration. From Feb. 10 to March 10, Flushing Town Hall will be displaying contemporary interpretations of New Year prints, or nianhua, a centuries-old form of Chinese folk art
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An artistRun Gallery for artists and art lovers by Mark Lord
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below an ice cap is one of the larger There are exceptions: Blane De St. installations. The piece, entitled â€œUnderstory,â€? is a Croixâ€™s piece â€œEverglade Forest Firesâ€? was fabric-enclosed cocoon that features a a clear standout. The collage involves limited supplies â€” video installation juxtaposing the depth archival ink jet prints, ink on paper mounted of the ocean with the sky. It is beautifully done without being on canvas â€” but the detailed and textured over the top. design is a beautiful Janet Biggs has a portrayal of the sheer more traditional destruction a forest piece entitled â€œFade fire can cause. t o W h i t e .â€? T h e His sculpture When: Thursday to Monday, 12-minute video folâ€œN o m a d i c L a n d 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., lows through the scape,â€? which uses through April 6 icebergs of the Arcnatura l mater ia ls Where: Dorsky Gallery, tic an explorer who from the Gobi Des11-03 45 Ave., only escapes the ice ert, is also a standLong Island City when he boards the out in the galleryâ€™s Tickets: Free. ship he inhabits. collection. V icki Da Silvaâ€™s E l i z a b e t h J o rdorsky.org piece â€œAnthropodanâ€™s piece â€œLookceneâ€? is a bit lacking for a Way Outâ€? luster. The highis a fa nt a s t ic a lly chaot ic miniature sculpture of f ish definition video loop with sound uses a trapped behind a straight pin fence. Her camera with slow shutter speed picking up second piece, "The Moon Grazing Hare," the light used by one of her assistants to spell the word â€œanthropocene,â€?meaning Age is also good. Itty Neuhausâ€™ imagined environment of Man.
Blane De St. Croixâ€™s piece â€œEverglade Forest Firesâ€? is one of a few standouts at the Dorsky Galleryâ€™s â€œThawâ€? exhibit. PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE The cave in the background is lit beautifully but the letters get in the way of it. While â€œThawâ€? may not go as deep as it could have, the exhibit is worth a visit for the works of Neuhaus, Biggs, De St. Croix and
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Shorewalker Walks: Hellgate Ferry Road (Astoria) to Newtown (Elmhurst), Saturday, Feb. 1; Three Lakes, Three Parks, Sunday, Apr. 13. Contact: Christine at (212) 787-1136, chryost@ hotmail.com.
The CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horrace Harding Expy., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kosher/ nonkosher lunch, 11:30 a.m. $2. Bingo 3 times a week. Adults 60+. Contact (718) 225-1144.
The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Regular weekly hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30; Eldercise, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; massage therapy, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thursday of month. Monthly bus trips to Yonkers. Call Karen (718) 456-2000.
Richmond Hill Flea Market, 117-09 Lefferts Blvd., off Jamaica Ave., every Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens, something for everyone. White Elephant Sale, Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Contact: Karyn Mooney, (718) 939-0647, firstname.lastname@example.org; queenshistoricalsociety.org.
MEETINGS Briarwood Action Network, “Operation ID” community meeting, Samaritan Village, 138-02 Queens Blvd., 2nd Floor, Thursday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. Learn to safeguard some of those great new gadgets you got for the holidays at an “Operation ID” community meeting. “Formerly Incarcerated: Know Your Legal Rights,” NAACP Jamaica Branch, The Resurrection Celebration Church, 106-56 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. Criminal justice re-entry workshop for those formerly incarcerated and/or on parole. Mocha Moms of Queens, Support Meeting, Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, LI, Monday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Bayside, Bourbon Street Restaurant, 40-12 Bell Blvd., meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m. Contact: joecorace@ aol.com. American Legion, Continental Post, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. All veterans invited, enjoy camaraderie and support, every first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Call Tom Long, (718) 704-4197. AARP Chapter 1405, Flushing, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., meets Mondays 1 p.m. AARP Chapter 2889, Maspeth, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, noon. Call (718) 672-9890. AARP Chapter 4158, North Flushing, The Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Tuesday, Jan. 14, noon. Speaker from “Hour Children,” new members and guests welcome. Call Carol Stenger, (718) 762-4824.
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Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers: computer training classes, all levels, beginners to advanced, including: 21st Century Technology, teaching use of iPods, smartphones, e-readers, tablet computers, and latest gadgets; and Microsoft Excel (separate class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, chair and mat yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, daily meals and more). Call Hindy at (718) 894-3441 or visit the Center. Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers. Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, activities include: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Dance Aerobics, Mondays at 10 a.m. & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; health education class, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; fire prevention exercises, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; mahjong/canasta, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; Music, Dance & Fitness, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Sculpture, Fridays at 1 p.m; current events, card playing and more. Call (718) 224-7888. The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 12310 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. Call (718) 657-6752. Send a theater, music, art or entertainment item to What’s Happening, email: email@example.com
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Taiwan’s New Year Prints Contest — some are drawn on traditional woodblock, and some use modern media such as digital film. Gamin, one of the most celebrated piri, taepyeongso and saenghwang — all part of the ancient traditional Korean wind instrument family — players will perform traditional and contemporary Korean music on Feb. 7 for members and students. A New York art-scene staple will also be participating in the celebrations this year. The POEMobile, a project of City Lore and Bowery Arts + Science, will present readings by Korean poets, accompanied by projections of texts and translations onto Flushing Town Hall’s garden wall. For those of you who learn by doing, it won’t all be spectator sport. A variety of workshops will teach you how to write calligraphy, make art on traditional Korean hanji paper and decorate Korean dance masks. The calligraphy workshop will be lead by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, an expert on Asian arts and a veteran of the Flushing Town Hall Lunar New Year. Hsing-Lih Chou has also curated this year’s dance sampler, which features demonstrations of dances
from China, Korea, Taiwan, and India, on February 16 at 1 p.m. Malika Granville of Flushing Town Hall says the Lunar New Year program proves that “you don’t need lots of money or a passport to see the world.” She hopes the events and activities will “expand the minds of our audiences by exposing them to artists and musicians that they have never experienced.” In all, the celebrations promise some colorful fun to get you through the winter, and a reminder that when you live in Queens, a world of art and culture is Q always at your doorstep.
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WEST HAMILTON BEACH FIRE DEPT. & AMBULANCE CORPS
86 th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Russo’s On The Bay As our way of saying thank you to those who have supported us in the past, we are pleased to honor:
These three individuals and organizations have assisted and continue to assist the West Hamilton Beach Volunteers, even during the most trying of times, in particular during the Hurricane Sandy crisis.
DR. STEVEN R EIS - Former WHBFD Firefighter A former WHB volunteer firefighter, who later became chief medical offi cer of a volunteer fire department in Pittsburgh, PA. He was instrumental in helping WHB obtain three firetrucks from the Pittsburgh region.
NICK BENEDUCE, Photographer Extraordinaire He is responsible for many of the pictures that adorn our website - is always available and never ever asks for financial compensation, not only from WHB, but various nonprofits in the South Queens community.
HONORABLE Y. PHILLIP GOLDFEDER - New York State Assemblyman This year the assemblyman will join the ranks of all other elected offi cials by being honored as our newest Honorary Fire Commissioner. While many freshman elected offi cials receive very little discretionary funding, he made sure your volunteers had fuel for the emergency equipment.
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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO. 6502/13 CASTLE PEAK 2012-1 LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE BACKED NOTES, SERIES 2012-1, BY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE, Plaintiff, vs. AMIR ALI, SIRAJ U. BUTT, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, JOHN DOE (Said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties, corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises.), Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 91-30 90th Street, Woodhaven, NY 11421 BLOCK 8983 LOT 119 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s)’ attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the 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. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 3rd day of January, 2014. TO: SIRAJ U. BUTT, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. Rudolph E. Greco, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated 10th day of December, 2013 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by AMIR ALI and SIRAJ U. BUTT dated the 14th day of August, 2007, to secure the sum of $372,000.00, and recorded at book CRFN 2007000499058 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, on the 1st day of October, 2007; the maximum aggregate principal balance secured by this mortgage is $427,800.00 which is 115% of the original principal note amount; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment executed the 26th day of September, 2011, and recorded on the 6th day of December, 2011, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 2011000424737; which mortgage was further assigned by assignment executed the 16th day of January, 2013, and recorded on the 28th day of February, 2013, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 2013000084657; which mortgage was further assigned by assignment executed the 22nd day of January, 2013, and recorded on the 28th day of February, 2013, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 201300084658. The property in question is described as follows: 91-30 90th Street, Woodhaven, NY 11421 SEE FOLLOWING LEGAL DESCRIPTION Block: 8983 Lot: 119 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the building and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Fourth Ward of the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Westerly side of 90th Street (formerly Gherardi Avenue) distant 250 feet Southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of said Westerly side of 90th Street, with the Southerly side of 91st Avenue (formerly Fulton Street); RUNNING THENCE Westerly parallel with 91st Avenue and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 feet; THENCE Southerly parallel with 90th Street 16 feet 8 inches; THENCE Easterly parallel with 91st Avenue and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 feet to the Westerly side of 90th Street; THENCE Northerly along the Westerly side of 90th Street, 16 feet 8 inches to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as: 91-30 90th Street, Woodhaven, NY 11421 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or the Foreclosure Relief Hotline 1-800-269-0990 or visit the department’s website at WWW.DFS.NY.GOV. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. §1303 NOTICE 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 has filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: January 3, 2014 Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff(s), 25 Northpointe Parkway, Suite 25, Amherst, NY 14228. The law firm of Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. 294242
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LEGAL NOTICES To Advertise Call 718-205-8000 LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, L.P. has been formed as a Limited Partnership (LP) in NY. The office is located in the County of Queens. The Cert. of LP was filed with the Department of the State of NY on 10/30/2013. The Secretary of the State of NY (“SSNY”) is designated as agent upon whom process against the LP may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him to: c/o the LP, 83-26 Lefferts Blvd., Apt 3E, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. The latest date on which the LP is to dissolve is: 12/31/2093. The name and address of the General Partner is available from the Secretary of State. The purpose of the LP is any lawful act.
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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MAGNUS GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the MAGNUS GROUP LLC, 2623 213th St., Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Proper Care, L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 107-14 Watson Place Jamaica, NY 11433. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MAJOR WORLD ACQUISITION, L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 43-40 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, New York, 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: SAGA VENTURES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 201, Jamaica, New York 11432. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MBH IT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/14/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to Incorp Services, Inc., One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Ste. 805-A, Albany, NY 12210. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of SECURITY SERVICES ONE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/30/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MUJIBUR LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/06/14. 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 Mujibur Rahman, 80-26 166th Street, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SMARTCCT, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 11/07/13. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 3235 154th Street, Flushing, NY, 11354. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
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Affordable Housing for Rent 100 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED UNITS Norman Towers, 90-14 161st Street and 90-11 160st Street, Jamaica, NY Amenities:
Who Should Apply?
Indoor parking*, green terraces, on site laundry facilities. (*additional fees apply)
Transit: E/J/Z/F Q65, Q35, Q25, Q5, More Info: www.NormanTowers.net No application fee. No broker’s fee.
Individuals or households who meet the income and household size requirements listed in the table below may apply. Only qualified applicants will be eligible for apartments. Applicants who live in New York City receive a general preference for apartments.
1. View the Available Units... Unit Size
Preference for a percentage of units goes to: • applicants with mobility impairments (5 Units) • applicants with visual or hearing impairments (2 Units) • residents of Queens Community District 12 (50%) • municipal workers (5%)
2. See Unit Requirements...
Annual Household Earning***
$19,406 - $29,400
$36,960 - $52,920
$45,120 - $94,080
1 person 2 people
$20,023 - $23,520 $20,023 - $26,880
1 person 2 people
$24,275 - $29,400 $24,275 - $33,600
1 person 2 people
$46,698 - $52,920 $46,698 - $60,480
$52,046 - $107,520
2 people 3 people 4 people
$28,938 - $33,600 $28,938 - $37,800 $28,938 - $41,950
2 people 3 people 4 people
$56,058 - $60,480 $56,058 - $68,040 $56,058 - $75,510
* Rent includes heat
1 person(i) 2 people 3-4 people
*** Household earnings includes salary, hourly wages, tips, Social Security, child support, and other income for household members. Income guidelines subject to change.
Apply online or through mail. To apply online, please go to: www.nyc.gov/housingconnect. To request an application by mail, send a postcard to: Norman Towers, 193-04 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Only send one application per development. Do not submit duplicate applications. Do not apply online and also send in a paper application. Applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified.
When is the Deadline?
Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than March 24, 2014. Late applications will not be considered.
What Happens After You Submit an Application?
After the deadline, applications are selected for review through a lottery process. If yours is selected and you appear to qualify, you will be invited to an interview to continue the process of determining your eligibility. Interviews are usually scheduled from 2 to 10 months after the application deadline. You will be asked to bring documents that verify your household size, identity of members of your household, and your household income.
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** Household size includes everyone who will live with you, including parents and children. Subject to occupancy criteria. (i) Priority for 2 bedroom units will be given to households with 2 or more members.
$60,686 - $107,520 $60,686 - $120,960 $60,686 - $134,240
How Do You Apply?
Governor Andrew Cuomo NYSHCR Commissioner/CEO, Darryl C. Towns Mayor Bill de Blasio HPD Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas HDC Acting President Richard M. Froehlich
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This building is being constructed through the Mixed Income Program of the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, with additional funding from New York State Housing and Community Renewal State Low Income Housing Credit Program.
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I HAVE OFTEN WALKED
Anderson gets ambushed King Manor and star by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor
CNN’s Piers Morgan interrogated LeFrak City native and Archbishop Molloy High School alum Kenny Anderson last week about being one of a number of former NBA players who went on Dennis Rodman’s latest ill-advised tour of North Korea. As naive as it may sound, Kenny claimed that he was unaware of what a totalitarian state North Korea is. He added that he felt he owed Rodman a favor for frequently coming through for him in the past. Kenny also made it clear that he realized that he was in over his head the moment he set foot in Pyongyang and tried to stay in his hotel room as much as possible. Morgan lambasted him for shaking hands with Kim Jung-Un and for accepting monetary remuneration for the trip. Anderson smartly asked Piers what he would have done in a similar situation. If he refused to shake the North Korean dictator’s hands he might have met the same fate that Kim’s uncle did. Although he earned millions as an NBA star, Kenny has admitted that he squandered it all and has to do whatever he can to feed his family. I remember Anderson being very arrogant when he played with the then-New Jersey Nets after leaving Georgia Tech after his freshman year. He became a lot more personable with
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maturity. It’s to his immense credit that he earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami’s St. Thomas Aquinas College at age 39. The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team was supposed to be a team capable of getting an invitation to this year’s NCAA Tournament. At the very least, the Johnnies were considered to be one of the dominant teams in the revamped Big East. Alas as the poet Robert Burns once wrote, “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” The Red Storm have been winless in the Big East going into tonight’s game with Seton Hall at Carnesecca Arena. They have managed to beat teams vastly inferior to them including those from two Ivy League colleges, Columbia and Dartmouth. Defeating a bunch of smart kids who don’t get athletic scholarships (Ivy rules prohibit them) is not very impressive. Head coach Steve Lavin had better make sure that his underachieving Johnnies start posting some wins over quality opponents or he could meet the same fate as his predecessor, Norm Roberts. I was saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Queens Tribune photographer Ira Cohen. Even though we worked for competing newspapers, Ira always treated me as a colleague and a friend. He never hesitated telling me about an event or giving me a ride. The US Open will not be as much fun without him. Q
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In the early part of the 20th century there were still many 18th- and 19th-century houses in Queens. Most are gone, but among those that remain is one whose occupants played key roles in our history. King Manor in July 1963 and, inset, Jane Jamaica’s King Manor, which blended Wyatt, an actress and descendent of Rufus Dutch and Georgian Colonial architec- King, after her 1935 marriage. ture, was spared for its historical value, TV actress who starred in several movies despite its high property value fronting and plays, as well as “Father Knows Best” on Jamaica Avenue. Rufus King (1755-1827) was among the from 1954 to 1963. Wyatt even played framers of our Constitution and one of New Spock’s mother on “Star Trek” in 1967. In real life, Wyatt was a blue-blood York’s first two U.S. senators. He later was socialite. She was introduced to Edgar Percy ambassador to the Court of St James’s. His son John Alsop King (1788-1867) Ward by Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of FDR, at also had a career in politics and was New a 1930 party in Hyde Park, NY. Jane marYork’s 20th governor. He lived in the house ried Ward on Nov. 9, 1935 in her great-greatuntil his death. John Alsop King Jr. (1817- grandmother’s embroidered Indian muslin 1900) entered politics too and became a wedding dress. Her great-great-grandmother state senator. He also was president of the was Mrs. Rufus King, who had worn the New-York Historical Society. He produced dress in 1800 in the Court of St. James’s. Wyatt died on Nov. 8, 2000, one day shy five daughters and no sons, however, ending of her 65th wedding anniversary at age 96. the King political dynasty. Her ancestors’ home is a landmark museOne famous descendent of the King family was Jane Wyatt, a film, stage and um and center for community activities. Q
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NEWLY CONSTRUCTED APARTMENTS FOR RENT Rufus King Court Apartments is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 46 affordable housing rental apartments now under construction at 148-19 90th Avenue in the Jamaica section of Queens. This building is being constructed through the Low Income Housing Credit Program (LIHC) and the NYS Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (SLIHC) of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Inclusionary Housing Program of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The size, rent and targeted income distribution for the 46 apartments are as follows: # Apts. Available
Total Annual Income Range*** Minimum - Maximum $24,515 - $30,100
$26,298 - $30,100 $26,298 - $34,400
$29,418 - $36,120
$31,578 - $36,120 $31,578 - $41,280
2 3 4 3 4 5 6
$37,852 $37,852 $37,852 $43,749 $43,749 $43,749 $43,749
$41,280 $46,440 $51,540 $46,440 $51,540 $55,680 $59,820
* Subject to occupancy criteria ** Includes gas for cooking *** Income guidelines subject to change Qualified Applicants will be required to meet income guidelines and additional selection criteria. Households may elect to submit an application by one of two methods: EITHER online OR by mail. To submit your application online now, please visit NYC Housing Connect at www.nyc.gov/housingconnect and select “Apply for Housing.” All online applications must be submitted by March 6, 2014. To request an application by mail, please mail a self-addressed envelope to: Rufus King Court Apartments, P.O. Box 390, Floral Park, New York 11002. All mailed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certified, registered, express, overnight or oversized mail will be accepted) to a post office box number that will be listed on the application, and must be postmarked by March 6, 2014. Applications will be selected by lottery; applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified. Disqualified applications will not be accepted. A general preference will be given to New York City residents. Eligible households that include persons with mobility impairments will receive preference for 5% of the units; eligible persons that include persons with visual and/or hearing impairments will receive preference for 2% of the units. Current and eligible residents of Queens Community Board 12 will receive preference for 50% of the units. Eligible City of New York Municipal Employees will receive a 5% preference of the units.
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HOWARD BEACH/ HAMILTON BEACH Beautiful Mint Colonial, 3 BRs, 2.5 Baths, 2005 New Construction, 1st Fl all ceramic tiles, Granite Counters, Lots of cabinets, New H/W Heater/Boiler, All New Appl, Wood Fls. 2nd Fl Oversized Master BR w/Cathedral Ceilings & Full Master BR, 2 more large BRs, House equipped w/ Sprinklers. Asking $420K
Pristine (One of a kind) Custom Center Hall Colonial, Wrought iron curved staircase, 3/4 BRs, 3½ Baths, Det 2½ Car Gar, Pella windows, Fab island kit, Cherry wood cabinets, Viking stove, Family Rm w/remote gas fireplace, Crown moldings thruout, Wine cellar, Hi-end Spa bath, Cathedral ceilings, Motorized Chandelier & much more!
Mint AAA Colonial, Legal 2 Family being used as 1, 4 BRs possibly 5, REDUCED 2.5 Baths, New Kit, LR w/Parquet Fl, New Baths, Top Fl has Master Suite, Full Fin Bsmnt w/OSE, New Appl, Must See! Asking $559K
HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Mint “All Brick” split-level Colonial on 40x100 lot. 4 large BRs, 3 new REDUCED baths. New HOWARD BEACH/ full DOUGLASTON custom EIK with ROCKWOOD PARK island. Huge FDR. Tiles on 1st fl. & MANOR Corner all brick ranch with hardwood flrs upstairs. Pavers front & Colonial, 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, All back. Pvt.door. In-ground heated pool. side yard, 3 BRs, 1 Bath, Full unfinished bsmnt, New boiler & All redone. 4 years includes windows, updated, EXCLUSIVE (Douglaston Manor Location), Steps to hot water heater, Pvt dvwy. House kit., baths, CAC, boiler & roof.
Memorial Field. Asking 1.099 mil.
needs updating. Asking $498K
OLD HOWARD BEACH GREAT LOCATION!House Beautiful In & Out! Brick home on 49.5x100, 5 BRs, 2½ Baths, New Kit w/Maple Cabinets and SS Appl, Granite Countertop, New Baths, Fireplace in LR, Unique M/D Cape, Huge Wraparound yard, 1 car gar. A Must See! Reduced $579K
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HOWARD BEACH ROCKWOOD PARK HOWARD BEACH All new top to bottom,Hi-Ranch ROCKWOOD PARK on 40x100,4 BRs, 2 Baths, Granite Kitchens, Stainless Steel Hi-Ranch on 40x100, 3 BRs/2full baths over 2 BRs & full bath. LR & kit w/ Appliances, New Baths, New cathedral ceilings. Home totally redone. Roof, CAC, New Pavers. Sliding doors to backyard, 2 car gar, all Only $679K paved dvwy. Only $698K NEW LISTING
OZONE PARK/CENTERVILLE House renovated in 2009. 3 BR, 1.5 baths. Extension added in main & top floors. 9 ft. ceiling on 1st fl. Sky lights, huge den, updated kit. w/ granite top. DR. Updated baths. New brick fronts. Pavers. 2 gas boilers. Updated electric. Asking $449K
HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK All brick custom Colonial on 50x100 lot. Huge custom kit, granite counters, sub-zero refrig. FDR, LR, family room with fireplace plus full bath on main level. 4 BRs, 2 full baths, walk-in closet, 2nd floor. Full fin bsmnt plus laundry & storage room. Pvt dvwy, 2 car gar. Asking$1.1mil
HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK
Beautiful 5 BR Home, 2 Full Baths, Full Fin Bsmnt w/Sep Ent, Deck off 1st Fl, New Appl, 2 Car Gar. $679K
HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Charming cape on 50x100, 4 BRs, 2 Full baths, Full Bsmnt, Brand New IGP, CAC, Upgraded thruout. Only $575K
HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Mint Hi-Ranch, 3/4 BRs, New Kit, 2 New Full Baths, Crown Molding, New Roof, Skylights, Pvt Dvwy, New Cond, Simply Mint! $719K
HOWARD BEACH/ OLD SIDE Mint Raised Ranch on 40x100, 3 BRs, 1 Bath, New H/W Fls, New CAC, Full Bsmnt, 1 Car Gar. Asking $499K
Mint All New Corner Ranch, 3 BRs, 2.5 Baths, Granite & S/S Appl, Lg DR, 2 Fireplaces, Fin Bsmnt, 2 Car Garage & Much More! Asking $489K
HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK ROCKWOOD PARK Large Empire Style Hi-Ranch, Corner high Ranch on 40x100. 5 BR, 2 full baths. Needs TLC. Asking $669K
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• Extra Large L-Shaped Studio, Updated, 2 to choose from! .....$72K • Mint 1 BR Hi-Rise ...............$93K • Beautiful 1BR, renov kitchen/ bath. Closets galore. ..........$97K • Mint 1 BR Co-op ...............$109K • Mint 1 BR Co-op ............... $110K • Mint XL 1 BR, EIK ............. $115K • Mint 1 BR Garden, New Kit & Bath, 1st Fl, Low maint, Dogs Allowed...........REDUCED! $128K • All updated. 1BR. Garden (1st fl.) Dogs OK. ........................... $129K • Hi-Rise 2BR 2 Baths w/Terrace . ......................................... $159K • 3 BR/1 Bath, Garden, conver-ted to 2 BR w/DR ...............$169,900 • Mint 2 BR/2 Bath w/Terrace. All new baths....................$230K
HOWARD BEACH CONDO
• "Elite Condo" - 1st Floor, Spacious 2 BRs, 2 Baths, 27x55 on 41x100 lot, 4/5 BRs, 3 Det Corner 1 Family Colonial, 2 Full Baths, New Boiler, Hot water BRs, 1 Bath, Pvt Dvwy, 1 Car Gar, Low common charges, Modern Kit and baths, Pets welcome! $299K heater, New CAC. Asking $639K Needs TLC. Asking $299K NEW LISTING OUR EXCLUSIVE! CT RA NT CT O A C R T IN NT AC CO TR N IN HOWARD BEACH/ CO IN NEW LISTING
OLD HOWARD HOWAR BEACH Large 2 Family on great block, 6 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Full Basement, Private Driveway. $589K
Mint AAA Hi-Ranch, All redone in HOWARD BEACH/ 2004, 3/4 BRs, All new kit with S/S ROCKWOOD PARK Appl, All new brick/stucco/windows/ Brick Wideline Cape, 50x100, 5 BRs, 2.5 kitchen/baths/pavers front and back, Baths, New Roof/Front Porch/Stairs, New roof, New gas boiler, CAC 200 Brand new fin bsmnt, Lots of upgrades, Amp, Solid wood doors upstairs & Manicured Yard. Asking $589K polished porcelin tiles. Asking $685K
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Expanded Cape on 70x100. 5/6 BRs, 2 baths. Full unfinished basement. Hardwood floors. Garage, 3-car driveway. Ask $699K
Charming 3 BR Colonial on great ROCKWOOD PARK corner lot 100x40. 3 BR, 1.5 Baths. Large sideyard. 7 blocks Cape with 4 BRs & 2 Full Baths, Det 1 Car Gar, IGP, Full Fin Bsmnt w/ to Crossbay Blvd. Short walk to Bus. In-ground sprinklers. Wet Bar, New Full Bath, ALL NEW! Ask $669K $559K
Magnificent custom 5 BR, 3.5 Baths, All stucco, Custom Mediterranean home, 10 foot High Ranch on 55x100 (circ. lot). Top ceilings, 1st & 2nd fls. Radiant heat on all 3 fls, floor features 3BR, 2 full baths. Large 3 Romeo & Juliette Balconies, Full fin bsmnt, EIK, LR, & dining area. Walk-in level w/home movie theater, Wine rm, Sitting area & full bath, Sep ent, 1 car gar, 2 pvt dvwys, 8 ft has family room and walk-in area. Asking $659K French round doors, I/G heated saltwater pool.
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