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Residents say casino is new beginning for area In community hard hit by economy, facility at Aqueduct brings hope by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

he operators of the casino at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park hit the jackpot last weekend, when more than 65,000 people flocked to the opening weekend of a facility that many residents say will help revitalize a community especially hard hit by the rough economy. “It will bring people from all over, and that’s going to really help this area,” said Deborah Richardson, a Queens Village resident who waited more than two hours to get to the entrance of the Resorts World Casino New York City. “They’re creating jobs, and those are needed.” Richardson and her husband, Steven, were among thousands of people who stood in lines that snaked around the casino, which is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., for much of the day on Friday As many as 30,000 people attended the opening day festivities — so many that Michael Speller, president of RWNYC and a Forest Hills resident, actually urged residents to return the following week, when he expected the crowds would have dissipated. Despite the request, at least another 35,000 visitors flooded the facility on Saturday and Sunday. “We are thrilled to welcome the public to this extraordinary new entertainment venue, which will permanently employ 1,350 New Yorkers, of which 89 percent are either minority or women,” Speller said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony held before the doors opened to the public at 1 p.m. “With 41,000

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applicants for these 1,350 jobs, Resorts World New York City will work hard with the state and leadership to find more ways to create even more jobs, as many as tens of thousands, on site as soon as possible.” Friday marked the completion of the casino’s first phase of construction, which included 2,485 video lottery terminals and electronic table games in the Times Square Casino, as well as the Bar 360 Lounge and a variety of restaurants, including Queens Burger and Wolfgang Puck. The inside of the casino is, as Richmond Hill South Civic Association President Margaret Finnerty described as, “a whole new world.” “This is jobs, this is development, this is the feeling of a new door that’s opening in our community,” Finnerty said. Set upstairs from a lavish entranceway, where two luxury cars are parked before a giant Resorts World sign and from which a massive chandelier hangs, the Times Square Casino is a nearly blinding barrage of blinking lights from games with names like Three Kings, Valley of the Scarab, 100 Wolves and Thundering Buffalo in rooms crowded with people kissing newly won money. “This place is fantastic,” said Mannie Brown, an Ozone Park resident who was the third person to win money. “I got $53 now, and I’m gonna keep going. I’m hoping to get a thousand or two.” Despite the massive crowds and long waits that had some putting their heads in their hands, and prompted others to turn

Renee Cole, a Lady Gaga impersonator from Brooklyn, stands before Bar 360 in the Times Square Casino. Cole spent about eight hours creating her costume, which was made up of 400 playing PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON cards. away discouraged, residents said it was worth it to be part of what state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) called a “historic” moment. “To witness a dilapidated area become vibrant, it’s a great thing,” said Addabbo, who joined a throng of Queens legislators and Resorts World officials to cut the ribbon on the city’s first casino. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said the casino is “revitalizing this commu-

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Students cheer career program in Ozone Pk. St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy is pilot site for nonprofit’s initiative by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

tanding perfectly still on stage, save for the occasional giggle as flashes from reporters’ cameras temporarily blinded them, students from St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy in Ozone Park were on their best behavior Wednesday morning — after all, their school had been chosen to be the pilot site for a global education initiative. But once representatives from Project Empower, a Manhattan-based nonprofit, finished discussing the program that will connect students with people and resources that will help them land a career the pupils are passionate about, the children were all chatter — and cheers. “This program is really good,” said Tosin Onalaja, an eighth-grade student and president of the student body. “It makes you take life more seriously.” Zachary Graumann, a Project Empower representative and an analyst at UBS Financial Services, and Miss New York, Astoria resident Kaitlin Monte, kicked off the initiative at St. Elizabeth, located at 94-01 85 St. Graumann said the Ozone Park school is the first location for the project that includes a number of programs that connect students with mentors, provide video games that promote careers and encourage students to be civic leaders. The initiative is expected to be replicated in schools

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across the nation, as well as other countries. “We hand selected this school because of their excellent education,” Graumann said. He said his nonprofit aims to get children out of the classroom and into “real world” scenarios that will help them better formulate what they want to do with their lives. “It’s an absolutely unique initiative that will bear much fruit,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano, of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. “It will help our children realize their potential.” Graumann said business and civic leaders were inspired to form the nonprofit because of high unemployment rates among recent high school and college graduates. “They’re unprepared for the world around them,” he said. “We’ve trained our kids for school, not for life, and Project Empower aims to change that. It’s amazing when you get kids into a real world setting, how they can shine.” Monte, who has partnered with Project Empower, noted the organization will also have students pinpoint needs in their communities and implement plans to help address them. “The work they’re doing is going to create a real tangible impact on their community,” said Monte, who also worked with students on Wednesday to design a school anti-bullying policy. “We’re seeing a generation of kids that has always known the Internet, and we’re

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy students, nonprofit officials and Principal William Ferguson, far PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON right, kicked off a program that will help students with their careers. witnessing an entire generation that’s tired of cyber bullying,” Monte said. “They want to see something more positive.” William Ferguson, the principal of St. Elizabeth, said he plans to implement some of the students’ suggestions on an anti-bullying policy, which would be added to the program they already have that teaches students to be more effective communicators and to immediately tell someone if they’re a target of abuse. Ferguson also noted that Project Empower will bring cultural programs to his school.

Ragusa is GOP chairman — judge Ognibene says he may appeal last week’s decision by Anna Gustafson While a Queens judge has ruled that Phil Ragusa is the chairman of the borough’s Republican Party, there appears to be no truce between the two factions that have waged verbal assaults against each other, lobbing criticisms that each side has done nothing but obstruct Queens’ minority party from being able to function without internal strife.

Former Middle Village Councilman Tom Ognibene said he was considering appealing last week’s decision by Queens Supreme Court Justice Phyllis Flug. The ruling came after rival sections of the Queens GOP each nominated a new party leader at the end of September. Ragusa, the outgoing chairman, landed the support of one faction that met at the Reception House in Flushing, while Ognibene was named GOP leader at a

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meeting led by Bart Haggerty, chief of staff for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill. In her decision, Flug said that only Ragusa was eligible to call a meeting for a vote on new leadership. She said notices of the Richmond Hill meeting were “designed to create confusion and to disrupt the internal affairs of the Queens County Republican Party.” Ragusa is now the Republican chairman until 2013. “I personally congratulate Chairman Ragusa, who time and again has demonstrated his integrity, goodwill and willingness to work with everyone to advance the GOP’s principles. Now the hard work begins,” Vince Tabone, counsel to the Queens GOP, said in a prepared statement. But Ognibene slammed the Ragusa section of the party for not supporting Ulrich’s runs for office. “Twice they didn’t support Eric,” he said. “That was disgraceful.” “I got no support from them running for mayor in 2005,” Ognibene continued. “They never raised any money to support the party, and they don’t give money to support the candidates. They’re so interested in maintaining power at all cost. Someone like Eric, who’s legitimately interested in serving his community, is a threat to their leadership.” Ragusa and Tabone did not respond to requests for comment, nor did Ulrich or Q Haggerty.

“We’re excited because there’s a team from NYU coming in after school to talk about Bollywood and teach them Indian dance,” he said. Christine Taveras, the student body’s vicepresident and a Woodhaven resident, called the entire project “life-changing.” Tatiana Ortega, the student body secretary who is also from Woodhaven, said it will prompt students to think more carefully about what they want to do with their lives. “Some kids don’t now what they want to Q be, and this helps them know,” she said.

Addabbo touts heating help With winter coming, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. is reminding New Yorkers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is available for people who may need help paying to heat their homes in the coming months. The federal program assisted 1.3 million families in New York last year with an average benefit of $450. “If you can’t afford to pay your home energy bill, you can face safety risks,” Addabbo said in a statement released by his office. “Some people resort to unsafe methods to keep their homes warm, including the use of stoves and improperly-vented portable heaters, which are f ire and carbon monoxide hazards. We don’t want to see people out on the streets because they can’t afford to pay their heating bills,” Those who participated last year will automatically receive applications in the mail this year. The senator said his constituents can pick up applications at his district offices in Howard Beach and Middle Village. Online applications are available at liheap.ncat.org/profiles/NY.htm; and from the federal government at acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/index. html. Residents also can call the National Energy Assistance referral at 1 (866) Q 674-6327.

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Lessons in history from Rockaway surfers Documentary follows friends who grew up riding peninsula’s waves by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

A California transplant in a “Queens-like” Brooklyn neighborhood, Kryssa Schemmerling had been drawn to Rockaway for years before beginning her documentary on a group of mid-life surfing buddies who once rode the peninsula’s waves before dispersing to fight in Vietnam, embark on careers on Long Island or become a bartender living in a Mexican shack. “I ran across an article in the Village Voice when I first moved to New York, and it showed a picture of a guy surfing at Rockaway Beach,” said Schemmerling, who lives in Windsor Terrace. “I was really intrigued because I didn’t realize people surfed in New York — I’m from California.” Twenty-three years after flipping through that Voice, Schemmerling has written and directed a documentary, “Our Hawaii,” which will be shown this Saturday at the Big Apple Film Festival, that follows a group of surfers as the now 40-, 50- and 60-year-olds revisit the moments they spent immersed in, and cruising atop, the waters off Beach 38 Street, helping to change an area from what the director described as a “forgotten wasteland” to a “surfing haven.”

“I didn’t intend to make a film about older guys, but they had the historical perspective of growing up there,” said Schemmerling, who teaches screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “I was so interested in the history of the neighborhood that I ended up focusing on them.” The cast of characters that Schemmerling focuses on in the 58-minute film are mostly a blue-collar group of guys from Rockaway, though there’s also James Breslin, the son of journalist Jimmy Breslin, who grew up in Forest Hills and is now a realtor in Manhattan, and a man from Bayside who now spends half his year bartending in Mexico and the other half doing the same in the Hamptons. Two of them are firefighters, another two are iron workers, one works for the city Department of Environmental Protection and another is a sanitation worker. “They’re all interesting characters,” Schemmerling said. “The bulk are union guys, born and raised in Rockaway, who got married, had kids and moved away from Rockaway, to Long Beach and Nassau, when it was going downhill in the ‘70s.” While the film’s stars are wave afficionados, the director said she’d like the documentary to be known less as a surfing flick and

“Our Hawaii,” a documentary about a group of friends who grew up surfing off the Rockaway coast, PHOTO COURTESY EVE CUYEN will be shown at the Big Apple Film Festival on Saturday. more as a documentary about the magic of a place, and of the bonds between friends. “On the one hand, it’s about surfing, but on the other, it’s not,” she said. “I don’t want it to be viewed as another surf film. It’s about surfing, but it’s about surfing in relation to a particular place. It’s a portrait of the neighborhood through the eyes of these surfers.”

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No FDNY quotas Dear Editor: Allow me to address some of Elmer Blackburn’s issues in his longwinded diatribe “Unbiased stories on bias,” Letters, Oct. 27). First of all, can someone explain how a written test can be discriminatory? Are there answers to questions that only white males know? Mr. Blackburn should also know that holding the FDNY responsible for the results of a test that is designed and administered by the Department of CityONLINE wide Adminstrative Services is If you missed the most thorough coverage inappropiate. In highlightof the FDNY bias case in ing the racial all of Queens, just run a search for “Garaufis” at makeup of sevthe recently revamped eral city agencies he notes qchron.com to see it all. that the Department of Correction is 64 percent black, which apparently is OK. So much for diversity. In one of Judge Garaufis’ opinions, he claims this alleged discrimination was intentional, which is saying that a group of people sat down and decreed that the FDNY entrance exam be designed to eliminate black and Hispanic test takers. I say the judge should find these people and put them under oath. He has subpoena power and can order the DCAS to produce the employees or their superiors. This can’t happen of course, because there was never a plan to discriminate against anyone. In my 22 years in the FDNY, I worked with 15 members whom the Vulcans claim to represent. None of their sons or daughters have become firefighters. Perhaps they have greater ambitions, or maybe they would rather be correction officers than run into burning buildings — I don’t claim to have the answer. But I predict Garaufis will be overturned on appeal. Quotas are illegal, and that is what he is trying to do. Ed Sullivan Howard Beach

Society in decline Dear Editor: When I was privileged to attend a city high school (Martin Van Buren) in the ’50s

Minorities in particular are notoriously afraid of and sometimes disrespectful to the police. Is this nonsense supposed to make them more inclined to be cooperative when the five-oh rolls up? Lastly, who knows how many cases of all kinds will be put in jeopardy because the arresting officers will have lost their credibility. How many serious criminals who should face serious sanctions will get off scot-free to do it again? We have little doubt that the vast majority of officers are dedicated and honest. We recognize the unique difficulties they face on the job. We haven’t forgotten their heroism on Sept. 11, 2001. And we’re not looking to tear down what remains the world’s best police force. But union agitation against legitimate charges faced by some officers is a disgrace. And the city’s four other district attorneys are between a rock and a hard place, apparently unwilling to launch their own probes because they don’t want to see convictions they’ve won go out the window. It’s one thing to give your spouse a PBA card so that a potential speeding ticket, for instance, is never written. It’s another thing to make existing charges disappear. Such a culture is one that must be forced to change.

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and early ’60s, we were totally unaware of how fortunate we were. There were no metal detectors, no guards, no violence. Male students wore slacks and a shirt and females a skirt and a blouse. Teachers wore suits or dresses, skirts and blouses. A mutual respect was the order of the day. The principal was held in awe, never challenged. Our parents kept track of our progress or lack thereof and acted accordingly. We always felt and were safe outside the home too. Stores placed their newspapers outside, alongside a cigar box with coins to accommodate customers making change on the honor system. No store had a steel shutter for it was never needed. Nor were video cameras. I am sick at heart at the gross detoriation of human nature and morals. If I once again hear about a “single mother” of not one, but two, three, four or more, I will vomit. I truly feel that our benign government has allowed the acceptability of sub-level social mores. Please read “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, who decades ago forecast the very scenario that’s come to be. John J. McGuire Sr. Corona

Thanks, multiculturalism Dear Editor: A little more than a month ago you ran the article entitled “Queens welcomes

newest Americans / 30 children from 16 nations take citizenship oath at Queens Center” (Sept. 29, multiple editions). In the article, the 16 nations were listed. Not one was a European nation. Are white people now at the end of the immigration line? Do quotas now favor all the rest of the teeming world to the exclusion of Europeans? How very sad. A. Fava Forest Hills

A great casino Dear Editor: Congratulations, Mr. Michael Speller of Resorts World Casino. You did a job that mirrors the perfection of each and every casino you have, along with enthusiastic employees who provide Triple-A service to all. The traffic on opening day was backed up for miles, yet it was well worth the wait to see, to experience and a world-class casino. Our politicians should also be commended. I won’t wish you luck, because you are guaranteed success. You have accomplished greatness on your long journey, and it is time for you to bask in the sun of success for a long time. I really hope to meet you one day in the near future. Good Health! Jim Turano Middle Village


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Don’t buy the 1 Percent lie Dear Editor: I question the provenance of recent letters to many media organs taking issue with Occupy Wall Street. If these were simply “false flag” postings by the One Percenters’ public relations minions, I would actually find this reassuring, for this is how things work in the “reality-based community,” after all. Nor is it terribly difficult for a decent advertising copywriter to evoke the g rammar, syntax and even regionalisms of f ictitious middle-class blowhards at the diner. No, more disturbing would be if, somehow, legitimate detractors of OWS somehow “independently” posit such absurdities as: • The imputation of “envy” to those who openly oppose and disdain the “values” of the One Percenters. • Smirking references to protesters owning checking accounts (perhaps we are expected to carry rolled-up wads of bills in our socks?) and — haw haw haw — contemporary technology. (Obviously no one would ever invent anything absent a trickle-up economy.) • A rather bizarre equation of Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Madoff and their ilk with mom-and-pop shopkeepers since, well, they're all “capitalists.” • Attempted linkage between Obama (!)

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Dear Editor: News reports about Occupy Wall Street and interviews with occupiers are reminiscent of the doublespeak of the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Dormouse in “Alice in Wonderland.” “Greed” means anyone with a lot of money must have stolen it, “social justice” requires the wealthy share since they have more than they need, “equality” and “fairness” mean redistribution to each according to his needs. It is not unreasonable to conclude the misguided protesters subscribe to the collectivist ideal of the “greatest good for the greatest number,” which implies the “good” of the majority must be achieved by the suffering of a minority; that the benef it of one man depends on the sacrifice of another. They are oblivious to the self-evident truth that you cannot make the poor prosperous by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity, just as you can’t multiply wealth by dividing it. The “inalienable rights of men” as defined and protected by the Constitution are: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The right of life means that man cannot be deprived of his life or property for the benefit of another man nor of any number of other men. The “pursuit of happiness” means man’s right to live for himself, to choose what constitutes his own private, personal, individual happiness and to work for its achievement, so long as he respects the same right in others. It means that the collective cannot decide what is to be the purpose of a man’s existence nor prescribe his choice of happiness. Henry David Thoreau warned, “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I would run for my life.” If we do not understand, preserve and adhere to the principles that have nurtured the “greatest good,” i.e. the highest standard of living on the planet, we will live not as free men but as serfs. Ed Konecnik Flushing

and a movement which wants to bring him — and his corporate paymasters — down. Obviously this cannot be ascribed to naivete or ignorance; it is clearly the work of an “embedded” professional political operative. Knee-jerk Manicheism doesn’t come naturally to regular folks. Never has. I recall relatives of mine who were shocked (shocked!) to learn that the guys in the Bartles and Jaymes wine cooler commercials were rustic character actors rather than two “real” middle-aged men who fermented wine in a barn. I suggest approaching anti-OWS propaganda — even and maybe especially the dim and semiarticulate — with humor and skepticism. Peter Kropotkin Jackson Heights

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A special service Dear Editor: The Queens South 3 Advocates wish to thank the Chronicle for its report of the then-pending Rev. Brendan Downing Mass for persons with disabilities. Your readers might like to know how the successful day eventually unfolded. Approximately 60 persons, many with disabilities, their caregivers, relatives and friends attended the service and enjoyed the fellowship and refreshments afterward The day was financed by the generosity of Mr. Sean Herran of the Rockaway Irish Boys. Rev. Gutierrez, the pastor of St. Mary, Star of the Sea-St. Gertrude, allowed us to use parish facilities. Reverends White and Bradley concelebrated the Mass, assisted by Deacon Eddy and members of the Edgemere community. Several gracious St. Gertrude parishioners set up the refreshments and served the guests. The afternoon ended in a spirit of camaraderie and good fellowship. After all expenses were paid, the remaining unspent funds were distributed among the food pantries of Peninsula churches St. Mary, Star of the Sea-St. Gertrude, St. Rose of Lima and St. Camillus. Peace to all. John De Riso For the Advocates Howard Beach

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Dear Editor: Have you noticed how much more difficult it has become for Mayor Bloomberg to accomplish his agenda? This is due to his lame-duck status. Democrats occupy the offices of comptroller, public advocate and council speaker, 46 of 51 Council seats and the offices of four out of five borough presidents and district attorneys. Bloomberg’s victory in 2009 was assisted by numerous Democratic elected officials who crossed party lines to endorse him or stayed officially neutral. Others assisted in different ways when actually endorsing fellow Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor, by sitting on their hands and going through the motions by nominally campaigning for him. But yesterday’s old friends of Bloomberg have become strangers, having no incentive to help him govern during his final term. Democrats including former city Comptroller Thompson, current Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are already jockeying for position in the 2013 municipal elections. Bloomberg abandoned the Republican Party, whose ballot line he “rented” for convenience in winning a third term. Bloomberg’s re-election strategy of not spending any significant time campaigning and fundraising for GOP challengers was deliberate. He didn’t want to increase turnout of registered Democrats or offend

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Jack the Cat found at JFK after long search Pet, gravely ill, found after falling through ceiling at Kennedy Airport by Stephen Geffon

Pacifico told the magazine, but his body temperature and blood pressure were improving, Jack the Cat, who captured attention, and and he was showing more interest in eating hearts, across the globe after escaping from food on his own. his crate at Kennedy International Airport The latest note on Jack’s Facebook page, more than two months ago, was found last posted Tuesday, said his veterinarians expect week — but in critical condition. “slow but steady progress,” but that it may be Jack’s 61-day odyssey ended when he fell a couple weeks before he is well enough to fly through the ceiling over the international cus- home to California. toms area at Terminal 8 and into the arms of a “He’s quite the fighter, and he’s hanging in surprised U.S. Custhere,” said Joanne toms and Border Lynch, a spokesProtection superviwoman for the sory officer. Bluepearl Veterie’s not flying in a kennel “It’s not normally nary Partners. under the plane; that just what you see, a cat “If any cat falling from the deserves to live, it’s didn’t work out very well.” ceiling,” said CBP Jack,” Lynch added. spokesperson Dr. Christian — Karen Pascoe, Jack’s owner Anthony Bucci. Eriksson, also of Bucci said the Bluepearl, said officer into whose arms the cat landed handed Monday afternoon that Jack seems slightly Jack over to American Airlines personnel. improved. Airline officials promptly took Jack to the “He seems to be more energetic, especially Bluepearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Forest when you take him out of the cage,” said Hills, where he was listed in critical condition. Eriksson. “Overall he is making a slight “Jack is still critical at this time,” Dr. improvement, small changes in the right direcNicole Pacifico, an internist at Bluepearl, tion.” told People magazine a day after Jack The vet said he is cautiously optimistic arrived. “He has shown some improvement, about Jack’s prognosis. but the biggest issue is some life-threatening “Hopefully he’ll be OK,” he said. skin wounds that are present. He is severely Eriksson said he expects Jack will be in the muscle-wasted and has evidence of fatty hospital for at least another week, though he liver syndrome, which lets us know his mal- cautioned it’s early to say. nourishment was pretty chronic.” American Airlines said it will pay for Jack’s Jack’s prognosis for survival was “50-50,” veterinary bill and medical expenses. Chronicle Contributor

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Veterinarians Jaclyn Francin and Nicole Pacifico take care of Jack at the Bluepearl Veterinary PartPHOTO COURTESY BLUEPEARL VETERINARY PARTNERS ners hospital in Forest Hills. Karen Pascoe, Jack’s owner, told the Queens Chronicle that when her pet was found, “he was tired, dirty, dehydrated and extremely malnourished.” Pascoe said that while the vets are cautiously optimistic about his prognosis, “he could also have some long-term effects as a result of this,” and she worries about his recovery. “I’m obviously really happy that he was found,” said Pascoe.

However, she said she was a bit angry that it took two months to find him, despite the fact that he is believed to have been in Terminal 8 the entire time. Although she has not yet made plans to return with Jack to California, she was clear about one thing. “He’s not flying in a kennel under the plane; that just really didn’t work out very continued on page 26

TSA officers plead MTA, unions talk guilty to JFK theft personnel safety Federal security personnel stole $40,000 from checked luggage Two former officers of the Transportation Safety Administration working at Kennedy International Airport pleaded guilty on Thursday to removing $40,000 from a piece of checked baggage earlier this year. Coumar Persad, 44, of Jackson Heights, and Davon Webb, 31, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and off icial misconduct before Queens Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. Camacho indicated that he would sentence both to six months in jail and five years’ probation when both appear in court again on Jan. 10, 2012. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement issued by his office, said the sentences are warranted. “The defendants admitted their guilt and acknowledged they used their positions of trust — from which they have since been terminated — to unjustly enrich themselves,” Brown said. “Passengers must feel secure when they pass through our airports here in Queens County that they are not being targeted by those who would use their position of authority to steal the pos-

sessions of others.” Brown stated that while working at the American Airlines terminal on Jan. 30 of this year, Persad was X-raying a piece of luggage that appeared to have a bag of U.S. currency inside. He then telephoned Webb, who was working in one of the airline’s baggage belt areas, and told him about the bag. Webb found the luggage, marked it with tape, and then informed Persad that it did indeed contain cash. Persad then entered the baggage handling system area and found the marked bag, which contained approximately $170,000, removed some money and placed it in a box that he took to a nearby bathroom. There he met Webb and the money was divided and concealed in their clothing. But their activity was noticed by another TSA employee who notified a supervisor, who in turn contacted the Port Authority Police. Both men admitted to stealing the money. Investigations carried out at their homes turned up $23,980 in Persad’s home and $16,000 in Webb’s. Persad had spent Q $20.

Criminal incidents increase; brass working with law enforcement by Michael Gannon Associate Editor

City bus and subway unions are alarmed at the rising number of incidents in which their workers are being assaulted by members of the public. Figures provided by the MTA show 74 assaults on bus employees this year through October, up from 63 in 2010. Subway attacks have increased from 19 to 22. The figures do not include things such as spitting or other forms of harassment. Daneek Miller, president of Amalgamated Transit Union 1056, represented bus employees Monday at a meeting with the MTA. He said increased interaction in the name of service has had consequences. “Just what this means becomes clear when incidents occur that put bus operators at risk when an assailant takes a tire iron and smacks the window where the bus operator sits,” Miller said. “When unruly riders decide to act out on moving buses endangering riders, when upset straphangers lash out at bus operators for service delays and crowded buses.” John Samuelsen, president of the Transit Workers Local 100 represents subway workers. He claimed service cuts and the economy

have fueled the situation. He also castigated MTA officials for not taking the crimes more seriously, saying the felony charges prescribed in the law are not often filed. The MTA said it takes safety very seriously in a statement issued Wednesday. “We continue to work closely with the NYPD to ensure that our security decisions are aligned with their policing strategies to keep our employees and customers safe,” according to the statement. Last week, MTA Police Chief Michael Coan spoke to the board about a spike this year in robberies on the Long Island Rail Road through October 2011, driven largely by the theft of cell phones and other electronic devices. There have been 31 robberies through October of this year, as opposed to 12 this time in 2010. “The LIRR is a very safe transportation system, providing up to 80 million rides a year with very little crime,” Coan said. The statistics indicate that customers who carry the latest personal electronic devices are being targeted. I would urge all our customers to remain on alert while using such devices.” He said they have made 15 related arrests Q this year.


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Heat and hot water are city necessities Landlords can face hefty fines for not complying with regulations

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Scouts tour Washington After a year of planning, Boy Scout Troop and Pack 139 from St. Helen’s in Howard Beach took a trip to Washington D.C. last month. Troop 105 from Ozone Park and Pack 230 also joined Scout Master Tom Mercatante, the Howard Beach scouts and

their families on the trip, which the boys paid for through various fundraising efforts. The expedition included a tour of the Capitol building and the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument. The boys and their families also toured the Spy Museum and the Crime and Punishment Museum.

With the fall season officially in gear and freezing cold temperatures in the immediate future, residental building owners are being reminded to provide their tenants with heat and hot water or face hefty fines and even the loss of their property. During “heat season,” which started the first of October and continues to the end of May, residential owners with tenants are required by law to maintain an indoor temperature of at least 68 degrees F between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. when the outdoor temperature falls below 55 degrees. Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. owners must maintain an indoor temperature of 55 degrees when the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees. In addition, hot water must be kept at 120 degrees. Despite these conditions required under the law, some landlords don’t comply. In Queens last year there were 483 heat cases prosecuted in court with Community Board 12 logging the most complaints with 2,869. “Property owners have a legal obligation to provide basic services to their tenants – and the most basic of those services include heat and hot water,” said Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua.

“There is no excuse for putting tenants’ health and safety at risk as a result of failing to provide heat and hot water during winter’s coldest months. With ownership comes responsibility, and the City of New York expects that duty to be followed to the letter of the law.” The HPD says tenants should first notify the building owner, managing agent or superintendent if there is a heat deficiency and, if that doesn’t work, they urge New Yorkers to immediately call 311. The agency also offers assistance to landlords to help them comply with the heat season regulations. On the other hand, the HPD warns that when they are forced to step in and make repairs, such as providing fuel for boilers, the cost incurred becomes a lien against the property, which can be sold by the city at auction, under a new law passed by the City Council earlier this year. “Why risk losing your property for failing to provide legally required basic services?,” Wambua asked. Landlords can face serious fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 per day for heat and hot water violations. For more information, go to Q nyc.gov/hpd.

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Law student who was jailed as ‘spy’ gets red, white and blue welcome by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

Weary from his long trip and ordeal, Ilan Grapel returned to Queens on Saturday into the open arms of his weeping father at JFK Airport. The 28-year-old Hollis Hills man spent nearly five months in an Egyptian jail after being arrested in Cairo in June for sedition and inciting protesters to violence during the anti-government rallies in Tahrir Square. Authorities dropped the charges last week and exchanged him for 25 Egyptians being held in Israel. Grapel was then flown to Israel, where he was met by his mother, Irene Grapel, and Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau), who worked on his release.

Daniel Grapel and his daughter, Michal, await the arrival of Ilan PHOTOS BY PJ SMITH Grapel at JFK Airport on Saturday morning.

Grapel’s father, Daniel Grapel, Grapel, a vegetarian, said he was remained at home with Ilan’s older sister, treated well, although he was held in Michal. “Abba,” the Hebrew word for solitary confinement. “They would give father, as he’s called by his two children, me anything I wanted to eat, but I took was extremely emotional at the airport the fish, not chicken,” he said. and said he only wanted to hug his son. The New Yorker said it was hard to Friends and neighbors arrived early, describe his feelings to be back on bearing red, white and blue mylar balAmerican soil. “All of a sudden the Bill loons in the shapes of stars and the U.S. of Rights becomes something that you flag. One of Grapel’s friends, Josh Kahn, just don’t read in the history books,” had flown in from Florida to welcome Grapel said. him home. During his captivity, he said, his childKahn met Grapel in Israel in 2003 hood memories flashed before his eyes during a study abroad program. After and helped sustain him. “I started to Grapel’s arrest, Kahn started a page on think back to when I was campaigning in Facebook titled Egypt Free Ilan Grapel Bayside, playing basketball in South and had a few thousand followers. He Jamaica and going to high school in the called the spy charges “outrageous.” Bronx,” he said. Michal Grapel described her 6-foot-4Grapel is a graduate of Bronx High inch brother as lanky and wasn’t sur- Ilan Grapel addresses the press about School of Science and Johns Hopkins prised if he’d lost weight while in prison. his 4 1/2-month incarceration in an University. He was an intern with AckerPHOTOS BY PJ SMITH man in 2002 and holds dual citizenship “My mom lost 25 pounds during the Egyptian prison. ordeal,” she said. “She and my brother with Israel, where his father was born. don’t eat when they’re nervous.” Ackerman called his former intern “a pawn” in internaShe wished the family’s beagle, Sophie, could be at the tional politics. He said that Egypt needed a scapegoat and airport. “She’ll be glad to see him,” Ilan’s sister said. Ilan “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” “This has been a very difficult time for the family,” The ordeal began during his summer break from Emory Michal Grapel added. “I think in the future my brother will Law School in Atlanta, when Grapel was volunteering in be more careful. He’s not going anywhere.” Egypt with a nonprofit group that helps settle Sudanese After a three-hour delay in Tel Aviv due to technical refugees. He was living at a youth hostel near Tahrir problems with the plane, Grapel, wearing jeans and a rum- Square, where the protests that would eventually topple the pled golf shirt, smiled when he saw his father, who imme- government were being held. diately embraced him. “The Egyptian government mistakenly picked him up, The returnee remained upbeat, talking briefly to the but they negotiated in good faith,” Ackerman said. continued on page 25 press and downplaying his captivity.

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Thousands flock to casino opening

Resorts World Casino New York City flung its doors open to thousands of eager residents last Friday.

Legislators and casino officials cut the ribbon on the Resorts World Casino New York City on Friday morning. PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON

Felicia Bayanbs, made the trek from Brooklyn with her friend, Mercedes Payamps, to try their luck at the slots.

Renee Cole, a Lady Gaga impersonator from Brooklyn, spent eight hours making her costume, which was made up of about 400 playing cards.

Community Board 6 Chairman Joe Hennessy poses with an Elvis impersonator.

Gamers were greeted by two cars in the casino’s lavish entryway. Mannie Brown, left, of Ozone Park, won $53, while Sherry Winston hoped she would win big.

Kevin Bogle, vice president of human resources at Resorts World, left, and Lawrence Sanz, the executive sous chef, stand in the casino’s food court.

The Times Square Casino opened with 2,485 video lottery terminals and electronic table games.

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happened,” she said. More than 100 supporters gathered at Businesses, community organizations Maspeth Memorial Park at Grand Avenue and friends of the family have posted a and 69th Street for the press conference, $10,000 reward for information leading to which was organized by Councilwoman the arrest of the prime suspect in the Oct. Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), 15 hit-and-run accident that killed Maspeth Maspeth Town Hall, Maspeth Federal Savresident George Gibbons. ings and others. At a press conference on U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (DTuesday to announce the Queens and the Bronx), a reward, off icials handed out long-time friend of the Gibposters of Peter Rodriguez, 36, bons family, said the turnout whose last known address was was typical of the Maspeth in Brooklyn, and whom police neighborhood. at the 104th Precinct have “George made Maspeth a identified as the wanted driver better place to work and live,” in the case. he said. Crowley also had Gibbons, 37, was killed some friendly advice for when the livery cab he was ridRodriquez. ing in was struck head-on by a “If he’s smart, he’ll turn vehicle driving in the wrong himself in,” the congressman Peter Rodriguez direction on a service road to said. “He took such a great life the Long Island Expressway. at such a young age.” Gibbons was a native and lifelong resiBoth he and Councilwoman Crowley, dent of Maspeth, and owned The Gibbons’ chairwoman of the Criminal Justice ComHome tavern on 69th Street. And the com- mittee, said donations to the reward fund munity he loved has been supporting the keep coming. family ever since the accident. “Peter Rodriquez may have left the city,” “We always knew we came from a big Councilwoman Crowley said. “But somefamily,” said Gibbons’ sister, Bernadette, one in the city knows where he is.” on Tuesday at a press conference announcShe said the police will handle all tips, ing the reward. but did not say who would have the final “But we never realized how big until this determination as to who would determine Associate Editor

George Gibbons’ father, George, left, and his five younger siblings pay tribute to the Maspeth native and popular business owner on Tuesday at Maspeth Memorial Park on Tueday. The famiy gathered as public officials and community leaders announced a reward for the arrest of the suspect in the fatal car crash that killed him on Oct. 15. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON AND, LEFT, COURTESY NYPD who would earn the reward. Gibbons was the oldest of six. His father and five brothers and sisters were backed by scores of supporters. His brother, Eamon, held two framed portraits during the press conference — one fairly formal, and the other taken while he was performing as a DJ. Bernadette Gibbons, who spoke for the family, remembered her big brother fondly. “Maybe you knew him,” she said. “Maybe he DJ’d your last party. And a year ago he opened a bar. Even the name — The Gibbons’ Home — even the name

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Fighting diabetes, cancer in costume by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

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ore than 100 residents had a frightfully good time at the first annual Costumes for a Cause at Roma View Catering last Friday. Attendees donned their most inventive costumes, ranging from a priest to Batgirl, for the event, which was held by the Howard Beach Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes and the cancer-fighting Relay for Life. All proceeds from the event went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Howard Beach Relay for Life. “It’s so terrific when a group of people can come together and make a difference,” said Doreen DeCandia, a member of the Howard Beach Walk to Cure Diabetes and the chairwoman for the fundraising committee for Ave Maria Catholic Academy. “Howard Beach has come together like you would not believe.” In recent years, area residents have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for diabetes and canQ cer research.

Ann Marie Famighetti, left, Michelle Soriano, Doreen DeCandia and Joanne Burridge felt like PHOTOS BY PJ SMITH superheroes raising money for diabetes and cancer research.

Artist Theresa Padavona has fun as a dead rag doll.

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Desiree Senerchia pats down her prisoner, Vincent Senerchia.

Joe Mure looks out for his “sinner.”

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Jobless rates hold steady, for Queens and the U.S. by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

PHOTO COURTESY JENNIE STUART

As thousands of people continue flooding area job fairs where prospective applicants far outnumber the positions available, the unemployment rate in Queens stubbornly remains about the same as it has been for months. The borough’s jobless rate for September, figures for which were released last week by the state Labor Department, was 7.7 percent. That was the same as it was the month before, but is four-tenths of a point better than it was a year ago, the most important comparison due to seasonal factors. And it was better than the rates for the city as a whole, 8.7 percent; the state, 8 percent, and the nation, 9.1 percent. All were unchanged from August, and all were four or five-tenths of a percent better than they were in September 2010. Also largely the same were the sectors in which there have been job gains and losses in New York State, with one promising exception, the construction industry. Three thousand, nine hundred new jobs were created in construction over the last year, the Labor Department reported, in contrast with steady

declines seen in that sector since the retrenchment in the housing market and subsequent economic crisis that came to a head three years ago. Job gains in several other sectors were much larger. Educational and health services saw an increase of 40,600 positions, while 30,200 new jobs were created in professional and business services. Leisure and hospitality, under which the 1,350 new jobs at the new Aqueduct Race Track casino fall, saw an increase of 11,200 positions statewide. The biggest declines over the last year were in government, which lost 9,300 jobs, and manufacturing, which saw a decline of Q 2,900 positions.

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Queens NYC NYS U.S.

Sept 2010 Aug. 2011

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Howard Beach Civic Association President Stella De Matteo, Mark Murphy of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office and civic member Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone at the association’s most recent meeting.

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The family that has owned the Atlas Terminals in Glendale for about 90 years is offering the industrial site for sale. “We’ve owned Atlas Terminals since the 1920s but it may be time to sell the property,” said Damon Hemmerdinger, senior vice president for ATCO Properties and Management. “ATCO’s commitment to Queens remains strong,” he said in a prepared statement. “We plan to reinvest the proceeds in Queens, and we will keep our accounting, acquisitions and property management teams in the area. Neither the statement nor the company’s media representatives disclosed an asking price The site is 11.3 acres, located on Cooper Avenue next to The Shops at Atlas Park mall on land formerly owned by Hemmerdinger’s family. It has 21 buildings with about 375,000 square feet of space. The company said the area is zoned for manufacturing, office space, self-storage and some retail use.

Current tenants at the terminals include CF Peters, an international music publisher; the ASPCA; Christopher Hyland, Inc., which sells highend fabrics and home furnishings; and Unicorn Construction. The Shops at Atlas Park opened in 2006. Its current owner, the Macerich real estate company, purchased the property in foreclosure proceedings in February. Last summer the already troubled mall sustained another blow when Borders, a national chain of bookstores, went bankrupt and closed its Atlas Park site. Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, did not read too much into the decision. “It’s probably just a real estate deal,” Friedman said. “Maybe you can read that they feel that the real estate market is packing up and this is a good time to sell. The Hemmerdingers aren’t stupid people, and they’ve owned this land for decades. Plus it’s a tremendous piece of prope r t y t h a t yo u c a n d eve l o p i n t o Q almost anything.”

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Grapel thanked the congressman for his help, noting that he had used Ackerman as a reference before but never thought he would need him to get out of jail. His mother said “we’ve been heartbroken” during the months Grapel was jailed, but was able to talk to him every couple of weeks and tried to put on a good front. Grapel, who served in the Israeli armed forces and was wounded in the 2006 conflict in Lebanon, said his mother’s strength helped him to get through his

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

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The sun is still shinning brightly as it was at our 31st Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsored annual “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2011.” I can hardly believe that it has been more than a week ago. Now we are into beautiful fall weather which we hope will last. Mother Nature recently had other ideas, an ice and snowstorm. I hope every one came out of it well. At least we didn’t lose electric power, but sadly we did lose some trees. As you know, I am president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council and we hold monthly meetings at the Moose Hall located at 87-34 118 St. in Richmond Hill, on the third Tuesday of the month across the street from the precinct. This month the meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. At these meetings many police problems are brought to the attention of our Deputy Inspector DeLeon and his professional police officers, who keep us very safe. This is evident in our precinct since it is listed as the 22nd safest precinct in the city. This is quite a feat, for our precinct is very undermanned. In the last two police academy classes we have received no additional police officers. The fact is we need more officers to protect our four communities — Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, and Ozone Park. They also cover all of Forest Park. This is why I cannot understand why Community Board 9, which covers the same communities, listed our need for more officers as number six on the priority expense budget

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well,” she said. Jack will have a surprise when he returns home. Pascoe adopted another cat, Milly, so Jack’s companion, Barry, would not be lonely as the search for the missing tabby continued. The saga of Jack the Cat’s misadventure began Aug. 25 at JFK, when Pascoe checked Jack and Barry in at the American Airlines baggage center. She was flying with her two cats to San Francisco that week to start a new job in California. But Jack escaped from his kennel and was last seen at the American Airlines baggage claim area.

needs statement after — No. 1, the mounted police returning; No. 2, park enforcement for Forest Park; No. 3, a pruning contract for Forest Park; No. 4, funding universal pre-K programs and No. 5, to fund the Beacon program at Middle School 210. Although these are credible and needed in our communities, none of these programs will be safe and protected if we don’t have enough police officers. The statement made to justify the No. 6 rating for the need for more police officers at the 102nd Precinct should be revised and made a No. 1 priority. This would tell us that we support our police officers and we want more of them. I made this motion for the move from No. 6 to No. 1 at the Community Board 9 meeting, but although many voted for it, it was defeated and voted down. Our communities need and would benefit by more police presence on our residential streets and on our commercial strips. It is our thinking that just because our 102nd Precinct is doing an excellent job in spite of their low man and woman power they should be rewarded. The reward should be assigning many more police officers. This December a new class will be graduating from the police academy so, hopefully, we in the 102nd Precinct and in Queens will get our fair share of these graduates. Remember, shop Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue in this great fall weather. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and may God bless our Q great America.

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U.S. Attorney alleges disability fraud; FBI promising more arrests Associate Editor

Two doctors and seven retired Long Island Rail Road employees are among 11 defendants charged Thursday in connection with an ongoing investigation into more than $1 billion in alleged pension fraud dating back to 1998. And the FBI agent in charge of the case warned LIRR retirees that more arrests are imminent. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said the retirees worked with so-called facilitators to be examined by one of three doctors who, for a fee, would recommend that they be given disability pensions from the national Railroad Retirement Board on top of their LIRR pensions. Yet investigations begun in 2008 allegedly show that the “disabled” workers were able to perform lengthy, vigorous workouts at gyms, shovel heavy show for long periods, play regular rounds of golf, conduct landscaping and other businesses demanding bending down and heavy lifting, and, in one case, go on a 400-mile bicycle tour. Special Agent Diego Rodriguez of the FBI said “untold numbers of others” are known by the bureau to have fraudulently obtained benefits. “This seems like an appropriate time to mention that this is an ongoing investigation,” Rodriguez said in a statement issued by the bureau. He encouraged those who have participated in fraud to contact the agency at (212) 384-1000. “The FBI is in the information business,” Rodriguez said. “For those who choose not to contact us, there’s a good chance we’ll be contacting you.” The FBI called falsifying disability pension applications “a culture” at the LIRR between 1998 and 2008, with a vast majority of employees seeking and receiving disability payments on top of their pensions, most beginning between ages 50 and 55. The complaint states that three doctors,

Support for Barbara Sheehan Barbara Sheehan has set up a post office box in response to the overwhelming number of people who have requested to support her. The address is Barbara Sheehan, PO Box 140423, Howard Beach, NY Q 11414.

Senior Center activities The Howard Beach Senior Center invites seniors 60 and older to become members. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch is served at noon. The center offers exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, as well as billiards, creative writing, crafts, and painting and sketching classes. Other activities include bingo, ballroom and line dancing, Wii bowling and computer classes. Additionally, members of the center take monthly trips to Atlantic City and elsewhere. For additional information, call Q (718) 738-8100.

Peter Ajemian, 62 and Peter Lesniewski, 60, of Long Island and a third doctor who recently died, accounted for 86 percent of all LIRR approved applications prior to 2008, when the investigation began. Other defendants include Marie Rusin, 55, Marie Baran, 64, Joseph Rutigliano, 64, Gregory Noone, 62, Regina Walsh, 63, Sharon Falloon, 56, Gary Satin, 62, Steven Gagliano, 55, and Richard Ehrlinger, 64. All live on Long Island with the exception of Satin, who was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday. “Benefit programs like the RRB’s dis-

ability pension program were designed to be a safety net for the truly disabled, not a feeding trough for the truly dishonest,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. In a statement issued Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, LIRR President Helena Williams said the agency requested a joint investigation by its inspector general and that of the RRB back in August 2008 when it became aware of the high rate of disability applications among its retirees. “The LIRR condemns any fraudulent activity associated with federal disability

pension benefits.” Williams said. “We support their efforts to root out fraud. This important benefit should be reserved only for those disabled members of the railroad community who truly deserve it.” Bill Tebbe, assistant inspector general for the RRB, said in a telephone interview last week that he could not comment on an ongoing investigation Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Attorney’s off ice would comment on Friday as to whether or not they had gotten any calls or visits from retirees seeking to discuss their Q own possible culpability.

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For many people, especially seniors, coping with the death of a loved one can seem impossible and overwhelming, but there is help and hope. There are numerous bereavement support groups in Queens where one can find comfort and assistance. Bereavement, which literally means “to be deprived by death,” can cause a whole range of emotions including: denial, disbelief, confusion, shock, sadness, yearning, anger, humiliation, despair and guilt, according to Mental Health America, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. The intense unpredictability of these emotions, though a normal part of grieving, according to MHA, can make people question their mental stability or how they will cope. Everyone handles the process differently and although the pain never completely goes away, it does ease with time, but that can take months or even years. Outward expressions of mourning such as crying, sadness, anger, lack of interest in usual activities, trouble eating and sleeping, and nightmares are likely to occur, but there are also more serious reactions such as anxiety attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, suicidal thoughts or an obsession with the deceased. About one in five bereaved people will develop clinical depression, according to the American Cancer Society. Sufferers who experience the following for two months or more or try to injure themselves should seek help immediately, according to the ACS

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“They share stories and they find that they have things in common — the depression, the anger, the denial,” Rivera said of the bereavement group members. “They make friendships that carry on after the group is over and they begin to do different activities.” Sights, smells, sounds, anniversaries and holidays can all serve as reminders of the deceased and shared times, re-triggering feelings of sadness and loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. When these setbacks occur, it may be helpful to plan a distraction; focus on pleasant memories of the deceased rather than the the fact that they’re gone; create a memorial in the loved one’s honor; connect with friends or join a support group; and remind oneself that people are capable of feeling a variety of emotions, not just loss and sadness, but joy and happiness as well. In order make progress and move on with one’s life, people must allow themselves to mourn and express their feelings. If they don’t, it may lead to a condition known as “complicated grief,” according to the MHA. Oftentimes sufferers will not believe or accept that their loved one has died, and may even maintain a fantasy relationship with the person as though he or she is always present and watching. They may yearn or search for the deceased. They can experience

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Capricorn Records founder Phil Walden. The Allman Brothers Museum, also known as the Big House, houses all of their recordLocated 75 miles south of Atlanta on I-75, Macon, Ga. likes to ings, concert posters — including many of their New York appearcall itself the “Song & Soul of the South.” It’s a deserved moniker ances, especially those at the Beacon Theatre, where the band given the fact that Macon has long been a center of pop music has had more performances than any other musical act — and rare photos. history and African-American culture. The Allman Brothers Band founder, the Rock ’n roll pioneer Little Richard Pennilate Duane Allman, worked as a dishwasher man is a Macon native. Macon officials and short order cook at the H&H Restauallege that the rhythms for his legendary rant, which is owned by “Mama Louise” songs such as “Tutti-Frutti,” “Long Tall Hudson. Even in the dreaded days of segreSally,” “Lucille” and “Good Golly Miss Molly” gation, everyone in Macon found their way came from hearing the trains roar past him to the H&H to enjoy Mama Louise’s grits, as he worked as a cook in a local restaurant, barbecue ribs, collard greens, peach cobthe Tic Toc Room. bler, and other delicacies. Mama Louise is James Brown, who grew up in Augusta, still running the restaurant and can be Ga., recorded his first national hit, “Please, found there almost every day. Please, Please” at a recording studio in The Tubman Museum, which will be movdowntown Macon. ing to larger quarters next year, showcases But there’s little doubt the soul legend the artwork by black artists. Its highlight is its city is most proud of is the late Otis Redlengthy mural of prominent African-Americans ding, who tragically lost his life in a plane from the 17th century right up until today. crash in Madison, Wisc. at the age of 26. A The Douglass Theatre has just celebrated bronze statue of Otis greets visitors at the its 90th anniversary. In its heyday, the Douentrance to Gateway Park, located on the glass was home to plays and concerts as banks of Ocmulgee River. His daughter, well as talent shows. The Douglass was also Karla, is in charge of the Big O Foundation, A life-size bronze statue of the late which provides funding for musical educa- Otis Redding sits overlooking the the first place where both Little Richard and Otis Redding performed publicly. tion. Big O’s office on Cotton Avenue also Ocmulgee River at Gateway Park. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the serves as a de facto Otis Redding museum where visitors can see videos, listen to his music, and understand Peach State’s answer to Cooperstown. This spacious new building honors the best athletes to come out of Georgia. Among the inductees why he is charter member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Speaking of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Allman of note to New Yorkers are former Knicks guard and current MSG NetBrothers Band was discovered by Macon music impresario and work sportscaster Walt Frazier (who is not referred to by his nickname Chronicle Contributor

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Opinions on decision in two attempted rapes vary, but all condemn the violence by AnnMarie Costella Chronicle Reporter

The attorney for a Springfield Gardens teen who was arrested in connection with two violent attempted rapes says the police have got the wrong man. There have been at least five sex attacks in Southeast Queens over the last month. In addition to proclaiming his client’s innocence, he successfully argued that the youth should be tried in Family Court rather than Criminal Court because of his age. The Queens District Attorney’s Office initially opposed the idea, citing the brutality of the attacks, but later agreed. “The acts may have been violent, but my view is that my client did not have anything to do with the crimes,” said Roger Archibald, the teen’s lawyer. “We are preparing to file a motion to have the case heard in Family Court. This will be vigorously opposed by the DA and the people, and a judge will have to make a decision.” Last Friday, a Queens Criminal Court judge agreed with Archibald’s assessment and the prosecutors conceded, so the case will be tried in Family Court. “After a thorough review of the law and the facts, and after consulting with our colleagues at the corporation counsel, we determined that this case would best be prosecuted in Family Court,” Meris Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Queens DA, said Monday.

Archibald, a Brooklyn-based attorney, said he plans to make a motion to suppress any and all statements that the youth gave to the police, because he says the teen’s parents were not present and the boy did not wave his Miranda rights “intelligently, knowingly and voluntarily,” a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The teen, whom Archibald said has no prior criminal history, is being held on $150,000 bail, but he would not say where the boy is being detained. The defendant allegedly attacked a 40-yearold woman behind a building at 227-13 145 Road in Jamaica on Oct. 9 at around 1:15 a.m., according to the NYPD. He is accused of throwing her to the ground, beating her, pulling her pants down, putting his finger inside her and attempting to have sex with her. The teen allegedly fled when another resident heard the woman’s cries for help and intervened. The victim suffered severe bruising to her eyes, lacerations to the inside of her mouth, a nasal fracture which required surgery, a laceration to her cheek requiring stitches, severe abrasions to both her knees requiring debridement, as well as contusions, and pain and swelling to the rear of her head, according to the Queens DA. He is also charged with approaching a 24year-old woman from behind on Oct. 16 at around 7:15 p.m. in Laurelton, allegedly placing her in a headlock and punching her

In attacks for which a suspect has not yet been arrested, the man on the left is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Rosedale on Oct. 12, while the one in the surveillance video is COURTESY NYPD accused of the same kind of crime involving a Queens Village woman on Oct. 7. repeatedly until she fell to the ground and lost consciousness. In addition, he is accused of scratching at the victim’s legs and trying to remove her girdle. The woman suffered a lacerated lip, lacerations to the inside of her mouth, bruising, swelling and pain to her face and bruising and contusions to the rear of her head, the Queens DA said. “He must be troubled in some way that caused him to do that,” the Rev. Charles Norris of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Jamaica, who has been a leader in the fight against youth crime, said of the boy. “He obviously has major problems that have to be dealt with before he goes to court. Jail

is not going to help him. They need to find out if he is psychologically damaged and do what they can to help him.” Ann Jawin, founder of the Queens-based Center for the Women of New York, said she was “horrified,” when she heard the news of the recent sex attacks, but agreed with Norris that the teen should be tried in Family Court. “I think he is extremely disturbed and deranged, but the law shouldn’t be changed because the crimes are horrific,” she said. “In this case if they think he should be tried in Family Court then they must have good reason. I still think he will still receive severe punishment.” continued on page 38

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The law does allow for 15-year-old defendants to be tried as adults, and crime victims advocate Shawn Williams, a resident of LeFrak City and the mother of three daughters expressed a dissenting point of view. “The punishment should be in accordance with the severity of the crime, and if he beat those women bloody, he should be tried in Criminal Court not Family Court,� she said. Asked whether she thinks, as some community members have stated, that prison time could make the youth more violent than ever, Williams stated “That’s

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the chance we have to take. The law is the law. You do the crime. You do the time. It’s as simple as that.� The teen was initially charged with second-degree assault as a sexually motivated felony, attempted rape and first-degree sexual abuse. Tried in Criminal Court as a juvenile offender, he would have faced two and two-thirds to eight years in prison if convicted. But the sentence may be less in Family Court. “The defendant is accused of prowling the streets and preying on vulnerable women,� Queens DA Richard Brown said in a statement. “The offenses that the defendant is accused of committing are crimes of violence that posed a serious threat to public safety and which warrant Q vigorous prosecution.�

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Court rejects appeal in killing of estranged husband in Forest Hills A former Forest Hills doctor convicted of conspiring to murder her estranged husband in 2009 has lost an appeal before the appellate division of the State Supreme Court. In a 27-page opinion released Oct. 25, a four-judge panel rejected claims by Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova that statements she made to police following her husband’s murder should have been suppressed at trial. Borukhova is serving life in prison along with her cousin Mikhail Mallayev for the 2007 murder of Dr. Daniel Malakov, a 34year-old dentist. Malakov was shot to death in front of the couple’s then-4-year-old child on Oct. 28, 2007, in Annandale Park in Forest Hills. He had agreed to meet Borukhova there to allow her to pick up their daughter for visitation. Malakov had been awarded custody of the girl after a heated custody f ight. Borukhova was convicted of first degree murder and second-degree conspiracy in April of 2009 for agreeing to pay Mallayev nearly $20,000 to kill Malakov. Borukhova’s appeal was based, among other reasons, on a claim that she made some statements to police without benefit of a Miranda warning and that some of her statements were obtained without benefit of legal counsel present. “We conclude that while certain statements made by the defendant should have been suppressed by the hearing court, and

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traveled from Georgia to carry out the murder, out of a lineup. His fingerprints were found on a makeshift silencer discovered in the park, and there was “an unusually large volume” of calls between Mallayev’s and Borukhova’s cell phones between Oct. 22, when Malakov gained custody of the girl, and Oct. 26, including 61 after Malakov took custody on Oct. 22. The appellate court ruled that Miranda warnings are safeguards that apply when someone has a reason to believe that they are in police custody, and whether an innocent person in that situation would believe he is at liberty to leave the presence of the police. It supported the lower court ruling that Borukhova was not in police custody when she made statements to officers at North Shore Hospital. Statements made at the 112th Precinct should have been suppressed as an attorney had called the precinct and asked that Borukhova not be questioned until he arrived. “However, we are satisf ied that the admission into evidence of the statements ... at the precinct constituted harmless error because proof of her guilt, without reference to these statements, was overwhelming, and there is no reasonable possibility that the jury would have acquitted her had it not been for this constitutional error,” the court said. Borukhova also argued that statements by the lawyer appointed to represent their

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Bellerose concerned after many tire thefts At least five residents have found their cars perched on cinder blocks by AnnMarie Costella

happening,” Virone said. “A lot of the body shops don’t have wheels to put on the car, so As Bellerose resident Frank Virone stood they can tow it back to the shop. So, I conin the front yard of his home and his dog ran tacted Infiniti and they told me that they get happily through the grass, the distraught resi- at least one call a day about wheels missing dent chatted on the phone with his car insur- from these vehicles, and they’re coming by ance company trying to figure out what to do with spares.” about his car. Virone, who said his insurVirone woke up Friday ance does not cover theft, and morning to find his gray 2010 did not know if the car had Infiniti G-Coupe sitting on any subsequent damage esticinder blocks with all four mated his financial loss as a tires and rims missing, and he result of the crime to be isn’t the only one. Several approximately $5,000. others in the same neighborJean Whorlow, who lives a hood have experienced simifew houses away from Virone, lar thefts in recent months. had the tires and rims stolen Virone said the previous from her 2008 red Toyota evening at around 10:30 p.m. Camry, which only had about his dog had been barking and 5,000 miles on it, as it sat in he and his family heard some Thieves stole the tires and her driveway in June. Since noises, but they assumed it rims off the car of Bellerose then she has put locks on the was just wind and rain. tires and hopes that will help. resident Frank Virone. “We went to bed and this “In the morning I walked morning, we found the car this way,” Virone the dog and I saw the car ... and the car was said. “I was stunned.” on bricks and all four tires and rims were He had called the police earlier that day stolen,” Whorlow said. “Of course, I was in and they arrived along with the evidence shock, but I called the police and called the unit, whose officers dusted the car for prints, insurance company ... but for three weeks or but because it had rained the night before so, I didn’t have a car.” they found nothing, Virone said. He contactIn the last month there have been two ed the Infiniti car dealership, based in Man- more such thefts, according to Bruno hasset, LI, where he leased the car and the DiFranceshi, president of the North Queens body shop it recommended. Bellerose Civic Association and his wife, “There seems to be a huge rash of this Lucy. The first occurred at 248th street Assistant Editor

Bellerose resident Frank Virone woke up Friday morning to find the tires and rims stolen off his car. PHOTOS BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA Several other people in the area were victims of the same kind of crime. between Union Turnpike and 81st Avenue and that same night it happened again on 249th Street and 83rd Avenue. Two weeks ago on the DiFranceshi’s block, 247th Street between 81st and 82nd avenues, another car was targeted. In one case, the DiFranceshis said the thieves didn’t bother to bring cinder blocks, and instead used the ornamental stones from a victim’s

yard to prop up the car. “I think we need more police presence here,” said Bob Friedrich, president of the nearby Glen Oaks Village co-op complex, adding, “We keep seeing more and more of these types of incidents in Bellerose.” The thefts occurred within the confines of the 105th Precinct. The NYPD did not respond to an email request for more information. Q

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An American in Paris ... and New York, Hollywood, New Orleans ... TRAVEL WITH THE GERSHWINS by Mark Lord Move over, Maroon 5! Some new music makers are in town and their names are spelled G-E-R-S-H-W-I-N! Actually, the men in question have been gone for years, but “’S Wonderful,” billed as a “new” Gershwin musical, takes an interesting approach to presenting the music and lyrics of the famous brothers, George and Ira, considered by many to be the most successful songwriting team in the history of popular music. Running at Queens Theatre in the Park through Sunday, Nov. 13, the “revuesical” incorporates five minimusicals that were inspired by real events in and around the lives of the Gershwins, illustrating their impact on the world. Todd Gershwin, a great-nephew of the brothers and one of several trustees responsible for maintaining their legacy, has been involved with the project since its formative stages. Following a workshop, the show premiered in 2010 at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Since then “it has evolved quite a bit artistically,” said Gershwin. “We had one pianist. Now we have a mini-orchestra of six pieces. It’s a big difference with the band on stage. In our minds, it’s always evolving. We created it to be flexible. If there is reason to tweak it, we’re continued on page 46 always open-minded.”

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club for those 55 and over, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 7111 112 St. Kahan will discuss his years as director of business affairs at the William Morris Agency and his interactions with celebrities such as Diahann Carroll, Peggy Lee, Shelley Berman, Gore Vidal and Bill Cosby. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake.

Fall Members’ Exhibition runs Monday to Dec. 3 at National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. Gallery hours are: Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. “The Allure of Red,” a selection of photographs taken by Greta Jaklitsch, will be on exhibit at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, from now through Nov. 12. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

North Flushing AARP Chapter 4158 meets on Tuesdays, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 at noon at Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing. New members welcome. You Gotta Believe, a community based older child adoption agency, is looking for families (regardless of age, marital status, gender or income) who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. Join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.

“Duality,” an exhibit of stoneware and bronze, continues at Queensborough Community College’s art gallery in Bayside through Feb. 3. Hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

AUDITIONS The Queens Symphonic Band now has openings for all woodwind and brass musicians, rehearsing Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30, at Queensborough Community College in Bayside. Call (646) 662-9373 or email phlzy@aol.com.

CLASSES The Ahn Trio will perform on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens College, Flushing. PHOTO COURTESY KUPFERBERG PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Senior Theatre Acting Repertory holds acting rehearsals on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. For information, call the director’s assistant at (718) 776-0529.

THEATRE The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, begins its winter season with an original play titled: “With Over Two Pieces of Luggage,” written and directed by, and starring, Alexandros Malaos, from now-Dec. 11 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors and children. Call (718) 726-7329 “A Hard Wall at High Speed,” a new play, will be presented Nov. 3-19, Thursdays, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria. Tickets are $18 general, and $12 seniors and students. To purchase tickets visit apacny.org or call (866) 811- 4111. “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” presented by Queens College Department of Drama, from now Nov. 6. Tickets are $12-$14. Tickets are now available for the Theatre by the Bay production of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” to presented on Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at 8 p.m. and on Sundays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors (62 and older) and children 12 and under. For reservations call (718) 428-6363, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Gingerbread Players of Saint Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, presents William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” a romantic comedy, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $12. For reservations call (718) 268-7772.

The musical “Hairspray” is being presented by the FSF Community Theatre Group at 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, on Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16; seniors over 60 and kids 12 and under, $14. Call (718) 229-8547. The next scheduled performances of the Cill Cais Players, one-act comedies — “Uncle Pat” and “The Pot of Broth,” are: Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. at New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City; Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, 35 Avenue and 203 Street, Bayside. Tickets range from $20-$25.

MUSIC The Ahn Trio, a piano trio, will preform on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, Flushing. Tickets are $36. Call (718) 793-8080. St. Joan of Arc Church, upper Church, 82-00 35 Ave., Jackson Heights, will sponsor a Virtuosi Concert on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. featuring: Organ, strings quartet and soprano. Tickets are $10 at the door. “Duo Appassionato” with Gwendolyn Toth and Dongsok Shin performing duets on the King family fortepiano on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Tickets are $25. Call (718) 205-0545 ext. 13

FLEA MARKETS The Bellerose Jewish Center will hold its fall rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 254-04 Union Turnpike in Floral Park.

Studies, discusses his book “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace.” on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets call (718) 268-5011 X 151.

A parenting workshop featuring author, motivational speaker and television host Cathleen Williams will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at 215-32 Jamaica Ave., Queens Village. Register by sending an e-mail to mevans@projectsinglemoms.com or calling (718) 413-4168.

Kristallnacht, the anniversary of the 1938 German pogrom that is often regarded as the begining of the Holocaust, will be marked in Forest Hills with a discussion by Prof. Susan Zuccotti on the roll of the Vatican during the Holocaust, on Monday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Cost is $6.

Calling all aspiring musicians. Are you interested in learning a new instrument? New People’s Church of New York, 46-04 162 St., Flushing, is offering four free beginner lessons on drums, guitar, bass guitar, and vocals for children between the ages of 8-15. Enrollment will be limited and provided on first come, first served basis. Classes held from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays in November and December, finishing with a final perfomrance on Sunday Dec. 25, a total of five dates.

Textured painting with mixed media, a demonstration by artist Robert Cariola, will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston.

Discover many easy and rewarding orchid species to grow in the home on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing.

HEALTH

A points/insurance reduction defensive driving course will be held in the VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost per person is $35. Call Keith on (917) 599-6674 or visit progressive-training-ltd.com to register.

A community-wide blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park, 264-15 77 Ave., between 9 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Humanity Service Incorp., a nonprofit that helps the needy, has a free clinic of mental and medical health services from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. There is also a food pantry that is open during this time. These services are located at 92-17 101 Ave., Ozone Park. For more information, call (718) 845-1901.

MEETINGS

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The Flushing AARP Chapter 1405 holds its meetings at the Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, on Mondays at 1 p.m. The next meetings will be held on Nov. 7 and Nov. 21.

Palestinian Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, in coversation with Prof. Mark Rosenblum, director of Queens College Center for Jewish

Stuart Kahan will speak about his career in the entertainment industry at a meeting of Horizons, a

The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, offers classes in Greek folk dance for adults and teens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The fee is $20 monthly or $150 for the whole year. Bouzouki lessons are also available every Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. Registration is open to beginners as well as advanced players of all ages. Students are recommended to bring their own instruments to class. The fee is $40 to enroll and $60 monthly. For more information call (718) 726-7329. Tango class, no partner necessary, at 7-8 p.m. and tango magic dance 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through April at Buenos Aires Tango Steakhouse, 111-08 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. Cost is $15 a class. For information call (347) 642-4705.

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You should hear how she sings in Queens by Tammy Scileppi Chronicle Contributor

Where were you when you first heard the song “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” on the radio? Remember when the airwaves were filled with “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Whenever I Call You Friend”? These classics are ear candy to Melissa Manchester’s fans, who can catch the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter on her current tour, which includes a stop at Queens Theatre in the Park on Saturday, Nov. 19. Taking a break from the road, Manchester spoke with the Chronicle about her career and why, even after decades of performing, she still loves connecting with live audiences. “When I meet people in the lobby after the shows, it’s really fascinating what it is

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they get, and what they project onto the songs,” Manchester said. “Performing is a deeply spiritual experience for me with the audience, so I never lose the hunger for what I do.” Manchester lives in California with her husband, but the Bronx native hasn’t forgotten her roots. “The whole city is my favorite place to eat, shop, walk and hang out,” she said. “After I play in Queens, I’ll stay in New York to be part of a gala honoring my friend Marvin Hamlisch.” Manchester started her career in New York in the ’70s, when competition from the emerging sounds of disco, punk rock and new wave meant pop singers like her had to work that much harder. Discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow, the songstress sung background with Midler’s Harlettes before going solo. Then, in something of a New York minute, her voice became a staple on AM pop radio. She said she was simply in the right place at the right time. In 1979, listeners were wowed by “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” for which Manchester won a Grammy nomination. She would go on to win a Grammy three years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” her last Top 40 pop hit. Born into a musical family, Manchester attended the Manhattan School of Music

Pop star Melissa Manchester will be performing in Queens on Nov. 19. PHOTO BY RANDEE ST. NICHOLAS

as well as New York University, where she had the chance to be mentored by none other than Kew Garden Hills’ own, Paul Simon. “The very things he taught, which were very simple, I use to this day,” Manchester said. She was also inspired by her father, a bassoon player in the Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra. In addition to songwriting, the performer acted throughout the ’80s and

’90s, both in television (“Frasier,” “Blossom”) and film (starring with Midler, for example, in “For the Boys”). Manchester is now working on a new musical and said she doesn’t take anything for granted, “particularly how the power of a song can change somebody’s life — that’s what keeps you going.” “I’ve also been traveling to support the opening of a new movie, ‘Dirty Girl,’ now playing in New York.” Manchester is behind much of the music in the coming-of-age film, which seeks to capture the essence of the ’80s. She wrote nine of the songs on the soundtrack, including “Rainbird,” which she cowrote with star Mary Steenburgen. “This is out of my usual path, which is to perform in concert or write. It’s a real creative adventure,” she said. Manchester’s next album will be released by Sony in January 2012. The asyet-untitled work includes a live version of “I Know Who I Am,” featured in the Tyler Perry film “For Colored Girls.” In her spare time, she teaches vocal performance at the University of Southern California. Reflecting on her career, Manchester mused: “You never know how things will turn out. You just follow the adventure Q that’s in front of you.”

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Community theater is a collaboration. Putting on a show involves people of all kinds working together, side by side, in various capacities, most often for no pay because, as the famous song suggests, it’s what they do for love. The players devote weeks or even months of their lives memorizing lines, lyrics and dance moves. They spend countless hours, sometimes going home with aching backs following a night of set construction or with a pricked finger, the result of trying to sew too many costumes in too little time. But they don’t give up or give in. That might be even more true of those whose special needs pose particular challenges to the pursuit of their craft. More and more, actors with such disabilities are participating in Queens theater. Take, for instance, Fern Schlesinger, a 22 year old with a mild case of Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism typified by difficulties with social interaction, who is performing in Theatre By the Bay’s current production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” “When I was little I knew I was different,” Schlesinger said in a recent telephone conversation. “I didn’t know why. I played with toys, but by myself. When somebody tells a joke, everyone cracks up, but I don’t because it doesn’t make any sense to me. I have trouble with social cues and very subtle humor.” But that didn’t stop her from winning a role in the show, which runs through Nov. 20 at Bay Terrace Jewish Center. “I just love being on stage so much,” she said. “Once I know everybody, I’m

good. I’ve been getting along with everyone. They seem happy to see me.” A Queens native who lives in Flushing, Schlesinger also has a stutter, which is aggravated when she gets nervous. Luckily, she said, she never suffers from stage fright. And she loves to sing, one thing that makes her stutter disappear. “Whenever I really focus,” she said, “no matter what it is, I end up not stuttering.” Though she had done a limited amount of acting in college, “Annie Get Your Gun” is her first musical and her first community theater experience. Schlesinger has taken theater classes at both Queensborough Community College and Queens College, and has been taking private voice lessons for over a year. Being in a show “is really amazing,” she said. “I really hope to do more. Once I do enough community theater, I hope to perform one day on Broadway. You have no idea how bad I want it.” Sharing the stage with Schlesinger is 25-year-old Joshua Alpert, also making his first on-stage appearance in a community theater production. Diagnosed at birth with a moderate case of Down syndrome, often associated with some impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, Alpert, according to his father, Bob Alpert, a long-time performer on local stages, “is verbal. He understands everything. He doesn’t pronounce clearly but he can make his needs known.” Joshua Alpert, who has attended specialized schools on Long Island, where he lives with his father, got a taste of show continued on page 00 49


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Taking the audience to New York City in 1916, Paris in the ‘30s, Hollywood in the ‘40s, New Orleans in the ‘50s and, according to Todd Gershwin, “somewhere in the world” today, the show, directed by Ray Roderick, is a travelogue through the Gershwin songbook. Among the 40 classics heard are the likes of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Rhapsody In Blue” and, of course, the song that serves as the show’s title, “‘S Wonderful.” Included in the cast of five is Trevor McQueen, whose favorite song to perform in the show is yet another standard, “Swanee.”

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Kimberly Thomas is one of the stars in “’S Wonderful,” made up of five musical vignettes, PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG all of which feature hit songs by George and Ira Gershwin. “It’s about a guy who has been away from home a long time. He’s longing to get back to his roots and see his ma. It’s an homage to wherever your roots are. I ap p l y th e s o n g to mys el f,” McQueen said.

McQueen has been in show business most of his life, having made his debut in an upstate production of “Gypsy” at the age of 5. Roderick was the director and, McQueen said, “I was hooked instantly.”

By the time he was 9, he found himself on Broadway in the revival of “Annie Get Your Gun,” which starred Bernadette Peters. While growing up, McQueen “loved to sing at open mikes,” often interpreting songs by the Gershwins “with different arrangements.” “We don’t have songs like that anymore,” he said. McQueen, who, incidentally, is all of 22, admitted it’s difficult to involve his peers in the music he so clearly loves. “Modern audiences don’t listen to the lyrics and melodies like they used to. What makes the songs fascinating and helped them to endure is that they are universal stories told with such specificity. With pop songs we hear the repetition of musical phrases. We don’t have to listen.” According to Todd Gershwin, “Our goal is to always expose the music to younger generations.” Having his famous name, he said, is “a wonderful opportunity, not a burden. My great uncles wrote this incredible music. I’m proud of it.” And, as a kid, he did get to know Ira Gershwin. “I’d visit him in California where he lived. He shared stories,” he recalled. continued on on page page 48 00 continued

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The new show, which has already toured dozens of cities, including a 17week tour last summer, was “created specifically for the rest of the country outside Broadway to share the music with people who don’t get to Broadway,” he said. “If one day it makes sense to go to Broadway, that’s great,” Todd Gershwin added. That would certainly please McQueen. “It would be a thrill to return in a project on Broadway,” he said. “I would love to see this show have a life and continue to be produced. There’s nothQ ing like this music.”

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business last year as a member of the stage crew for Theatre by the Bay’s production of “Mame,” in which the elder Alpert appeared. “It was a wonderful experience to see how much he enjoyed doing it and how focused he was trying to do a good job,” Alpert’s father said. Seeing his son on stage is especially gratifying for the actor. “I’m enjoying seeing how much Josh is enjoying it. He can actually learn the dance steps better than me,” he said.

Eric Bass during a rehearsal for “Hairspray,” running through Nov. 20. PHOTO BY MARK LORD

Jean Ann Kump strikes a pose backstage. PHOTO BY EMILY JOYCE

found that this is where his heart is. “It’s been a very good experience for him,” Iris Bass said. “With each show he’s improved. This is something he wants to do. He has more confidence in himself. This takes him out of his comfort zone. I see how he’s very proud of himself working in the theater.” He simply said, “I don’t find anything hard,” speaking of rehearsals, but then he conceded, “dancing is a little hard.” But then that’s hard for every hoofer, from the first-time performer to the Rockettes. According to his mother, his “strongest suit is his memory. He has a phenomenal memory.” In Middle Village, actress Jean Ann Kump provides another remarkable

example of overcoming obstacles. Kump has appeared in countless productions, ranging from community theater to OffBroadway. And when she’s cast, it’s usually in a role that lands her center stage. Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!,” Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” the title role in “Mame,” and both title roles in “Victor/Victoria” — these are but a few of the characters she has brought to life. Not bad for someone who is totally deaf in her left ear. “I can’t hear a telephone or anything from that side,” she said. Kump, 54, said she first became aware of the problem about 25 years ago. “It seems it had been occurring since I was young and I didn’t realize it,” she explained. “One day I just realized there was an annoying whirring sound in my head. I constantly hear a white noise. Sometimes it will inhibit memorization or concentration if I let it. It doesn’t seem to affect my pitch.” That’s key, given the parts she gets. “I have to try a little harder; I have to give myself more time to remember things,” she said. And when trying to learn a role, “I play my songs constantly.” A performer since the age of 8 who got her start in community theater about 20 years ago, Kump refuses to let her hearing loss get the best of her. “I’m tolerant of myself,” she explained. “If I beat myself up, I’d give up, and I won’t allow that. It never occurred to me it was a disability until someone mentioned it. And I say, ‘Great! I’ve overQ come it.’”

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ORDER OF PUBLICATION Case No.: JJ023316-04-00 City of Danville, Commonwealth of Virginia VA. CODE ยง 8.01-316 Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Commonwealth of Virginia, in re JAMEKIA ALLIAH HARRIS, DEBRA DEAN HARRIS V. JAHJAH D. BERRYMAN The object of this suit is to: DETERMINE LEGAL AND PHYSICAL CUSTODY OF MINOR CHILD JAMEKIA ALLIAH HARRIS, DATE OF BIRTH 11/15/94 It is ORDERED that the defendant appear at the above-named Court and protect his or her interests on or before 12/15/2011, 2:00PM. Donna C. Hyler, Clerk 09/22/2011

4 Mori Restaurant Group LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/29/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 6338 61st St., Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: General. JEN YOUNG LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 09/13/11. Office Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 14731 41st Ave., Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: DEL RO THERAPUTIC SERVICES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/06/2010. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to NINA DEL ROSARIO, 65-60 79th Street, Middle Village, NY 11379. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

STEPHAN SKORECKY LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 07/28/2011. Office in Queens County. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 112-20 72nd Drive, Suite A17, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Moty Consulting, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/07/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Young Adult, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/5/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Law Office of Daniel Besdin, 165 W. End Ave., Apt. 5D, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 2-26 50th AVENUE (12C) LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/04/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Graubard & Associates, P.C., 65 West 36th Street, Ninth Floor, New York, New York 10018. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE is hereby given that a license, number 1258459, has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer & wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at TM&P Restaurant LLC., 33-20 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11106 for onpremises consumption.

Coney & V LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/6/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: UNION JJHH LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/26/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 58-15 202nd Street, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Glamsmash LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/21/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 19-20 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: General.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 8/12/11, bearing Index Number NC-000689-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Esther Zion. My present name is Etty Summer. My present address is 185-12 80 Road, Jamaica, NY 11432. My place of birth is Israel. My date of birth is November 1, 1952.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: VALPRECHT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/29/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 87-25 57th Road, Apt. 2, Elmhurst, NY 11373. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

ANDREADIS CAPITAL, LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 9/24/2011. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to the LLC, 46-02 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 10/6/2011, bearing Index Number NC-000925-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 8917 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Aesook Choi. My present name is CHRISTINE JOOYOUNG CHOI aka AE SOOK CHOI. My present address is 67-47 #B 223rd Pl., Oakland Gardens, NY. My place of birth is Jeonnam, South Korea. My date of birth is August 2, 1967.

SHUSTER 5-21 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/28/2011. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Law Offices of Arthur J. Israel, 250 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: DYEVO LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/22/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Johnny Chang, 5 Michaels Lane, Glen Head, NY 11545. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Ocean Blue Properties LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 8/3/11. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 3720 Prince St., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 183 DUANE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/18/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 23-01 Borden Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: HELPERCORNER LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/24/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

247 S Conduit Ave LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/28/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 247-22 S Conduit Ave, Rosedale, NY 11422. Purpose: General.

240 UTICA COMPANY LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 9/2/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to Mark N. Axinn, Esq., Brill & Meisel, 845 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. General Purposes. Latest date to dissolve 4/30/2099

Notice of Qualification of Chenega Security & Support Solutions, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/11. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Alaska (AK) on 1/10/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 875 Ave. of the Americas, Ste. 501, NY, NY 10001. Address to be maintained in AK: 3000 C St., Ste. 301, Anchorage, AK 99503, also the principal office address. Arts of Org. filed with the AK Commissioner of Commerce, Community & Economic Development of the State of AK, 333 W. Willoughby Ave., 9th Fl., Juneau, AK 99801. Purpose: any lawful activities.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NEW YORK FOREIGN STUDENT SERVICES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/24/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 136-18 39th Avenue, 5th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Working women conf. set in Flushing Free event offers job search, panels, workshops and fashion show by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

If you’re an unemployed female looking for work, run don’t walk to the 24th annual World of Working Women Conference to be held Friday, Nov. 11 in Flushing. The free event, sponsored by the Center for the Women of New York, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel at 135-20 39 Ave. Participants are asked to bring their resumes. Panel discussions will run from 10:15 a.m. to noon, followed by a career fair until 3 p.m. The workshops will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Charles Gilmore of the Queens Public Library will lead a workshop on how to make a lasting impression with a resume. Darinka Maldonado of the Queens Women’s Business Center will discuss starting a business, while Anna Tringle of Ameriprise Financial will talk about being smart about finances and freeing oneself from debt. A workshop on starting a job search and getting back into the workforce will be led by Eric Shtob from the Consortium for Worker Education, and Lee Bowe of America Works. Victoria Pilotti, an education training

specialist with the Department of Education’s High School Division, will lead a workshop on “Women in Transition.” There will also be CWNY resource tables to give advice and support. The keynote speaker is Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), who was elected in 2009 and focuses on the rights of victims of sexual and domestic violence. Also participating in the day’s program is Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who will take part in a panel discussion. Another panelist is Delyanne Barros, an attorney with a firm that specializes in issues of sexual discrimination. At 3 p.m. there will be a Dress for Success fashion show, followed by a drawing for raffles and door prizes. The CWNY was founded in 1987 as a one-stop resource center for women. It is headquartered at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, where classes and support groups are held. The organization hopes to move to a permanent facility at Fort Totten in Bayside following extensive renovation to an historic building. For information, go to Q cwny.org.

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by Lloyd Carroll

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With the 2011 World Series now history, baseball’s free agency period is about to begin. As you read this, longtime Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is now free to negotiate with every team including his own. Jose has been quite vociferous about the fact that his first choice is to keep working in Flushing. While no one can dictate to the Mets owners how to spend their money, they need to be reminded that their team plays in the biggest market in the United States. While there is no doubt that these have not been boom times for the Wilpon family, customers (let’s empower Mets fans with some financial status) are not going to show up at Citi Field if Mets executives run their team as if they’re the Pittsburgh Pirates or Kansas City Royals. If the Wilpons are acting like paupers because of either their dealings with Bernie Madoff or fear that they will lose their shirts to Madoff trustee Irving Picard (which doesn’t look as likely as it did at the start of 2011), they should sell the Mets. What is also distressful is how many of the Mets beat writers fear criticizing the team’s austerity act. In fact, many have written that it would be wise to dump Reyes and use the savings from not paying him to fix the large number of other problems with their roster, given the team’s “limited” financial resources. I’m not saying the Mets should sign Reyes to a blank contract and let his agents fill in the amount and length, but there is little doubt that

Jose is one of the most exciting and yes, sometimes exasperating, players in the game. It would make good business sense for the Mets to make him a strong, competitive offer. It seemed as if Cardinals third baseman David Freese had more clutch hits in the World Series than his Mets counterpart, David Wright, has had in his entire seven years here. You have to feel for Texas Rangers general manager and Fresh Meadows native Jon Daniels, who twice saw his team a mere strike away from winning Game 6 and the World Series. As a Queens guy, Jon grew up a Mets fan. It’s a shame the Rangers bullpen acted like his beloved childhood team when the pressure was on. Texas closer Neftali Perez did a spot-on impression of Mets reliever Bobby Parnell with his inability to throw strikes, and when he did need to come in over the plate, Cardinals hitters tore the cover off the ball. This past Saturday, Gillette rented Citi Field for an event called the Urbanathlon, a contest that was a hybridization of a traditional road race and obstacle course (think of the cheesy old NBC show “Gladiators”). Gillette used the event to promote its new sweat-preventing Odor Shield deodorant. The only problem was that given the snow and cold, sweat was not exactly the participants’ problem. The Giants looked rusty in the first half against the winless Dolphins Sunday, not surprisingly since they hadn’t played in two weeks. But offense and defense came alive when it counted, resulting in a tighter than Q expected 20-17 win over hapless Miami.

by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Wrong Man” was a film he enjoyed doing, experimenting with a narrative genre he had never attempted before. His narration in the prologue marks the only time he ever spoke in any of his movies. The film, starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles, premiered in New York City on Dec. 22 1956. Fonda played a nightclub musician and family man accused of an armed robbery he did not commit. The Wrong Man House of Elmhurst, 40-24 78 St., at We watch him being humiliated in night in 1956. minute detail by the process of during the shooting. The famous home was justice that is supposed to protect him. In 1956 the American motion picture sold to one Enrique Martinez in the early industry was in financial straits. Warner 1960s. Public records show it has been Bros., competing with television, filmed owned by Phairoda Sawetpibul since 2005. The movie’s on-set technical advisor on the movie on location in Queens and Manhattan, shooting in black and white with a how the New York Police Department works was Retired NYPD Sgt. George newsreel quality to the footage. Several sites were considered in the Groves (1901-1990), who resided on Bronx and Brooklyn, but Hitchcock select- Booth Street in Rego Park. The city has always been a favorite of ed 40-24 78 St. in Elmhurst, near the Jackson Heights border, to be Fonda’s home. Hollywood producers and directors. As The house was built in 1920 and owned by they would put it, “there is a flavor and feel Harold Greenberg, who leased it out to that cannot be reproduced on any artificial Q Warner Bros. and stayed with relatives movie set anywhere.”

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