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Biz owners, residents feel under attack over water bill spikes, hefty fines PAGE 5 George Russo holds up the lien sale warning he received after the city handed him a $4,000 water bill. Other business owners complain of summonses ranging from $350 for flies to $10K for seating violations, and they say they don’t want to take it anymore.
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elta Airlines loves Queens, and it showed Friday as the airline formally announced plans for the largest expansion of service of any kind at LaGuardia Airport in more than 40 years. Beginning in 2012, Delta will add more than 100 new flights per day out of LaGuardia to 29 new destinations throughout the country. The move, following a swap with US Airways that will shrink Delta’s profile in Washington, DC, will mean 264 flights a day to more than 60 cities in the U.S. “Delta’s new service will offer customers more flights and seats and travel choices than any other carrier in New York, one of the largest and most competitive aviation markets in the world,” Delta CEO Richard Anderson said at a press conference Friday morning at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The airline will offer a total of more than 400 flights out of the region including flights from John F. Kennedy Airport in Jamaica and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The airline intends to make LaGuardia its hub for domestic and business travelers. It will add direct jet service to smaller cities such as Buffalo, Syracuse, Wilmington, NC, and Burlington, Vt. It also will add flights to Cleveland, Miami,
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Charlotte, NC, and Denver, giving Delta service to most of the top 50 business destinations in the country. The Delta Shuttle, which last year added Chicago flights to its regular Boston and Washington, DC, service, still will fly out of LaGuardia’s Marine Air Terminal. At the press conference, in which the Chronicle participated by telephone, Anderson and Delta Senior Vice President Gale Grimmett said they intend to spend more than $100 million on construction at LaGuardia. The airline is planning a 600-foot connector that will link the current Delta terminal, Terminal D, with the current US Airways terminal, Terminal C. Both terminals will be renovated and modernized to give the airline 26 gates. They said phasing in larger planes will allow space for 4 million new seats per year out of LaGuardia with the same number of takeoffs and landings. Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, agreed with Delta’s prediction that the expansion will create hundreds of new jobs at LaGuardia and thousands more indirectly in the transportation, hospitality and food service industries. “More slots equals more flights and more tourists coming through our airport,” Friedman said. “Delta has been a great corporate
Delta Airlines is preparing to spend more than $100 million to expand and modernize its domestic and business flight operations out of LaGuardia Airport. The move, made possible by a swap with FILE PHOTO US Airways, represents the largest expansion at LaGuardia in four decades. partner in our community, involved with many of our borough’s not-for-profits, as volunteers and financially. This deal is long in the making and the chamber is thrilled that it has been consumated.” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall also hailed the news. “It is a good sign for the local economy and the aviation industry that one of our major airlines has an increased presence in New York and is now expanding its opera-
tions at LaGuardia,” she said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We applaud Delta’s efforts to increase their presence in New York City and thereby contribute to our borough’s job growth and economic well-being.” Marshall said she met with Delta officials earlier this year to discuss their plans for massive expansion at JFK Airport, where the airline is spending more than $1.2 billion over the next few years to make Kennedy its hub for international flights. Q
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For boro biz owners, a plethora of problems Operating a business is no cake walk, residents tell Speaker Quinn at forum by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
When Herbert Duarte opened his restaurant, Saffron, in Howard Beach about two and a half years ago, he had no idea he would be flooded with visits from city officials, who ended up slapping him with a $10,000 fine for a violation he says he never committed.
Herber t Duar te said he has felt harassed by city inspectors after opening his restaurant in Howard Beach.
At a round table sponsored by Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) last week in Howard Beach on problems business owners face, Duarte said he has felt consistently harassed by the city since opening his Mediterranean joint that has been well received in the Howard Beach community. Last spring, Fire Department inspectors accused Duarte of having too many people in his establishment for a party, though he said he had 67 seats and is permitted to have up to 75. He hired a lawyer, and the f ine dropped to $1,500 — but Duarte is still incensed, saying he shouldn’t have to pay a penalty for something he didn’t do. “This kind of thing definitely deters people from opening small businesses,” Duarte said at the round table, held last Thursday at Lenny’s Clam Bar in Howard Beach. “The city is attacking small businesses. They think we make a lot of money, but we’re hurting. Because of what they did, I’ve cut the number of seats
to 58, and I’m losing money because of this.” City officials did not respond to a request for comment. Quinn has been traversing the five boroughs in recent weeks to speak with owners before city officials revamp the administrative code in what the speaker said is an effort to make New York friendlier to small businesses. “We’re trying to make it easier for businesses to open and stay open,” Quinn said. Businesses have to deal with too many city agencies — and, subsequently, too much red tape when trying to open and operate, Quinn said. Ultimately, the speaker said she’d like owners to work with a point person in the city, instead of a host of individuals from groups like the fire or health departments. “We want to get to a point where they’ll call you and let you know things like your X, Y or Z license is expiring,” Quinn said. She noted that restaurants seem particularly hard hit when it comes to complying with regulations. For example, the speaker
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, left, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Eric Ulrich speak with business owners at Lenny’s Clam Bar in PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON Howard Beach about the challenges they face. said, the Health Department will fine owners as much as $350 per fly in an establishment. “The Health Department is a goddamned nightmare,” Quinn said, garnering laughter from the crowd.
“They seem out to get restaurants, and I don’t get it,” Quinn continued. “If you get an A, you’re not supposed to be inspected for a year. That doesn’t continued on page 34
Fighting the city over a spike in water bills Residents say they didn’t consume amount the DEP insists they did by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
When Ozone Park resident Annette Bonafede received a water bill last fall, the document that she normally paid little attention to made her stomach sink. The paper before her said she owed about $850 for her water consumption from the end of May through the end of August of 2011 — approximately 10 times as much as she normally owes. “We had no leak, I wasn’t taking showers all day long, so unless someone’s tapping into my water supply, this is impossible,” Bonafede said. “To me this feels like extortion. I’m paying for something I didn’t do.” Originally, Bonafede, a writing tutor, said she was going to “suck it up and pay,” but then discovered she wasn’t the only one who had received a water bill far greater than anything they normally paid. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said about a dozen residents have called his office, complaining that their water bills too spiked for one quarter and then receded to the amount they normally paid. A spokesman for the city Department of Environmental Protection said the increase is likely due to leaks — something that Addabbo and his constituents refuted. “The DEP says there may have been a leak, but it’s too extraordinary that these bills go way above the average for these homeowners who’ve been in their homes for 15, 20 years,” Addabbo said. “We’re still trying to get answers from the DEP. These resi-
Annette Bonafede, of Ozone Park, shows her September water bill that was more than $850 – PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON about 10 times as much as she normally pays. dents, they’re hard-working people — working parents or fixed income residents. Some couldn’t afford this outrageous bill.” Farrell Sklerov, a DEP representative, said there could be a variety of reasons as to why the consumption spiked and noted that a “leak” could also entail a continuously running toilet or a hose left on. And while residents noted that these increases came after the DEP installed new meters, Sklerov said there was no connection between the new units and the spike. He said the city recently installed trans-
mitters — devices that send data from the meter to the DEP — throughout the five boroughs. While doing this, Sklerov said officials also installed new meters at about half of their 835,000 customers’ houses. “The new wireless technology gives us the benefit of looking in depth at customers’ water use and when it goes up and down and on what day that occurs,” Sklerov said. “That gives us an enormous amount of information, such as if there’s a problem with a customer’s account.” Sklerov said the number of complaints the
DEP has received has not gone up since the meters and transmitters were installed. George Russo, an attorney who owns an office building on Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill, said his bill for the March 1 to May 26, 2010 period was $4,022 — far more than the $700 or $800 he typically pays for his building that includes doctors and lawyers. The DEP said this increase occurred because Russo was being undercharged after the new meter was installed and the increase was meant to cover that difference, but Russo said his bills showed a spike in usage. “I’m in here every day, and I was not aware of any leaks, any irregularity,” said Russo, president of the South Queens Boys and Girls Club and owner of Villa Russo, a catering hall located across the street from his office building. Russo appealed the bill twice but was denied by the DEP both times. “They claimed my use was in line with my history, which it certainly wasn’t,” Russo said. Despite Addabbo advocating on behalf of Russo, the DEP insisted he owed the money and Russo said he now has a lien sale warning because of this. “I wasn’t sure if I should pay the bill, which is now, with penalties and interest, about $5,000,” Russo said. “The problem here is it’s the same agency that you have to appeal to that’s giving you the bill. There’s no independent adjudication of your issue. There’s no incentive to help you because they’re the judge and the jury. It seems like Q you can’t fight City Hall.”
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Start on sr. housing around corner Catholic Charities closes on $31M for affordable units Senior Editor
An affordable housing development for seniors in Howard Beach is one step closer to reality now that the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens announced on Tuesday it has closed on $31 million in financing to develop the units. The Howard Beach Senior Apartments will include 96 units of affordable housing for elderly residents and people with developmental disabilities.
It will be located at the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Center at 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. “We believe that everyone deserves an affordable, safe home — housing shouldn’t be a luxury,” said Robert Siebel, chief executive off icer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “By giving seniors and persons with developmental disabilities in Howard Beach access to affordable housing and a wide range of much-needed
The Howard Beach Senior Apartments will include 96 units of affordable FILE PHOTO housing for seniors and disabled residents.
social services, we are preserving the dignity of the people we serve, which is central to our agency’s mission.” The Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Cor poration — the affordable housing division of CCBQ — said the funding it landed for the project includes a $14 million construction loan from JPMorgan Chase and $17.5 million in federal and state low-income housing tax credit equity purchased by Morgan Stanley through Hudson Housing Capital. Grants were also awarded by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation and the state Housing Finance Agency. The city Housing and Preservation Development agency is providing $3.5 million and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is providing a $1.3 million grant. A number of area legislators have also put forward discretionary funds for the housing. Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) allocated $1.5 million and Borough President Helen Marshall and Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park) provided $1 million each.
“We are pleased that the project is underway, and we will soon provide affordable housing to seniors and persons with developmental disabilities in Howard Beach,” said Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, vicar for human services in the Diocese of Brooklyn. “Most notably, during this time of economic uncertainty, this redevelopment project will create new jobs, providing work opportunities to over 200 individuals.” Construction is expected to begin in January 2012 and is slated to be completed by the end of 2014. Studio apartments, which are expected to rent for between $550 to $650, and one-bedroom apartments, for $600 to $1,050, are targeted for seniors over the age of 60 and individuals with developmental disabilities. The approximate qualifying income range for the studio apartments is up to $30,800 and for a onebedroom up to $49,280. Residents living in the area covered by Community Board 10 will be given a preference when it comes to renting units. CB 10 includes Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Q and Richmond Hill.
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At PS 140, does PS stand for Poison School? as the Department of Education’s apparent callousness about the well-being of some students gotten so bad that it’s literally making them sick and not doing all it can to make them well? The students, parents, staffers and teachers at PS 140 in Jamaica would say so. According to a number of sources in the building, the children and adults who have to go there every day have been suffering a variety of maladies that cropped up suddenly two years ago, just after the school underwent a renovation. As usual, many of the sources spoke only on the condition of anonymity because of the city’s power to make their lives miserable. But not all. Caroll Forbes, a paraprofessional who says she was in great condition until suddenly suffering all kinds of symptoms — nausea, fatigue, memory loss, difficulty breathing — quit her job last month because she couldn’t take it anymore. And since she doesn’t have to worry about the kind of retaliation city whistleblowers can suffer, she’s willing to talk. “All I knew was I felt like I was going to die,” Forbes told the Chronicle, adding that “almost all of the teachers” at the
school began complaining of “a cloud” fogging up their minds — all around the same time. Forbes and other members of the school community believe the culprit is one particular product, an asphalt-based sealant, used in the renovation. The company that makes the product, Cop-R-Tite Flashing Mastic, acknowledges in its federally required material safety data sheet that it can cause many of the very symptoms the staffers and students have been suffering from. But, it says, “if inhaled, this substance is considered practically non-toxic to internal organs.” Well, isn’t that just “practically reassuring”? We’re journalists, not chemists, but common sense says you shouldn’t be breathing in asphalt-based chemicals all day, especially if you’re a growing child. Such substances are supposed to settle down and not be problematic once they’ve hardened, but it seems quite a coincidence that so many people — children and adults alike — complained of such similar symptoms, all around the same time. The DOE says it conducted several days of air testing in the school in July 2009 after getting complaints and found nothing significant. It did detect, in one test, some “volatile compounds” — the kind of chemicals you get in petroleum-
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High rollers only Dear Editor: Why was I not permitted on the new 2nd floor of the casino? I was stopped because I did not have a players card, according to the security guard. Since when it is a requirement to have a card to lose money? Like many people I have played in casinos all over the United States and never was told to get a card. Is it some way of tracking players or discrimination to keep certain players out? Do the hookers spotted in the casino have cards? I feel very offended. Ray Hackinson Ozone Park
Obama ends the war Dear Editor: In January 2009, President Obama took office with 142,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. Today, there are zero. Our combat mission in Iraq has ended and the Iraqi people now have full responsibility for the security of their nation. President Obama has kept his word and brought the war in Iraq to a responsible end. Iraq still faces challenges in the coming years, but as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated, “Iraq is equipped to deal with them.” President Obama remains committed to Iraq’s long-term security and also the success of our service members when they return home. While the war has ended, we should pay tribute to the service of our military men and women — especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice or were injured serving their nation, and we honor the sacrifices and commitments made by their families here at home. Now, as thousands of New Yorkers are returning home from Iraq, we must once again reaffirm our commitment and responsibility to support service members and their families by providing quality healthcare, ensuring access to education, offering training to reenter the civilian work force and job placement services, and encouraging companies to hire our troops and put them back to work. The promise to end the war in Iraq was not a political promise, it was and is a promise
based products like asphalt — but said they were in the air due to a paint job done the day before. Could it all be a coincidence? Could the students and staffers at PS 140 be sharing some other mystery malady? Or is there an issue here that the city should pursue further? We recommend further investigation. The DOE faces so many problems — some that it can’t be blamed for and others that are self-created, like the horrible neglect of students at doomed Jamaica High School. Which kind of problem the illnesses at PS 140 constitute is impossible to say until more investigation is done. Mayoral control of the schools, while producing some benefits, seems to have produced many problems too. In 1968, as opposition to the Vietnam War was growing among the press and the public, President Lyndon Johnson famously said that if he had lost newsman Walter Cronkite’s support for the war, “I’ve lost Middle America.” If Mayor Bloomberg loses the support of middle-of-theroad newspapers like this one on mayoral control, as he’s starting to in this strange third term, you know he’s lost the city. Let’s see if that comes to be. One factor will be whether the DOE goes all out in investigating the PS 140 illnesses.
made by our commander in chief to protect our nation. Today we should be proud of our troops and of our president, and stand united in moving forward as one nation. Matthew Silverstein Democratic State Committeeman for the 26th District YDA Veterans & Military Affairs Caucus Chairman Bayside
The GOP vs. everyone Dear Editor: Letters to the Editor by their very nature express the opinion of the writer; some, however, are so far fetched and distorted that they defy basic reasoning. Writer Lenny Rodin appears determined in his Oct. 27 letter, “Biden’s bile,” to set a new benchmark. He is upset with the fact that Vice President Biden used the word “rape” when he stated that not passing President Obama’s jobs bill would reduce the number of police on the street to fight crime. The vice president, referring to less police on the street, specifically said, “Murder will continue to rise. Rape will continue to rise. All crime will continue to rise”; quite obviously. Mr. Rodin does not dispute the fact that
the police force would be gravely reduced by not passing the bill, ergo reduced police enforcement, but claims that would be fine since we could instead take the necessary funds to maintain the force from “non-essential services” and renegotiated health and retirement benefits. This of course is the same-old, same-old Republican goal of disenfranchising the middle class. That is Mr. Rodin’s plan for allaying the obvious rise in all crime if the police force is reduced due to the “just say no” Republicans not passing the president’s jobs plan. All you have to do is destroy “health and retirement” and other such “non-essential services.” Clifton Black Bayside
The holiday’s meaning Dear Editor: Christmas is almost upon us, and I, like so many others, find myself reflecting about Christmases of the past. My memories take me back to a bittersweet time, but one I remember with much fondness. It was 1963 and I was living in a corner house in Queens Village. I was 14 years old and my mother had just passed away in September of that year. My father was 72 years old at the time,
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The low-rise old days Dear Editor: Ron Marzlock’s Dec. 15 I Have Often Walked Column, "The World’s Fair, free pickles and the muralist," reminded me that in the 1930s zoning prohibited the construction in Queens of buildings in excess of six stories in height. As a result there were even very few six-story buildings, Queens consisting for the most part of one- and two-family homes. In 1938, when I was 10 years old and a student at PS 87 in Middle Village, I recall walking up to the third floor of the school, looking out the window north towards Corona and seeing, over the rooftops of the small homes, rising up into the sky, the Trylon and Perisphere — the symbols of the 1939 New York City World’s Fair. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing
CUNY’s crybabies Dear Editor: CUNY students protesting a proposed $350 per year tuition increase could learn about life in the real world by reading “$weet life for subway Candyman ‘D’elightful 55G a yr.” by Kevin Fasick and Don Kaplan, which appeared in the Dec. 3 New York Post. Subway candy vendor Alex “Tracks” McFarland
clears $150 per day while Calvin Green makes $200 per day selling candy, cookies and trail mix bars at $1 each. CUNY crybabies could also consider taking a job at any fast food restaurant or department store, but that might hurt their egos and self esteem. Either way, it would not be hard to quickly clear $350. Perhaps CUNY needs to add a mandatory course on Economics 101 for all students on how real people struggle to earn a living before handing out any diplomas. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI
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No postal job cuts Dear Editor: (An open letter to Frank J. Calabrese, USPS Manager, Consumer and Industry Contact for the Triboro District) I am writing to express my strong opposition to the United States Postal Service’s proposed elimination of some mail operations from the Queens Processing and Distribution Center in College Point — Queens is the 2nd most populous county in New York State. While I understand the USPS must make difficult decisions to confront its current fiscal condition, I urge you to reconsider a decision that would negatively impact the entire Queens community. If the USPS carried out this proposal, 702 jobs would be lost from the Queens community during difficult economic times. Postal service to my constituents and other Queens residents would also be adversely affected. Shifting the mail-processing responsibilities of the Queens Center to outside the borough to Brooklyn would reduce the accessibility to a vital postal facility that tens of thousands of my constituents rely upon for efficient and predictable mail delivery. Moving processing operations would also decrease the high level of customer service that New Yorkers have come to expect from the USPS through the streamlined delivery made possible in good measure by the Queens Distribution Center. Businesses and organizations that send bulk mail would be particularly impacted as collection times would be earlier, while drop off times would be later. Mail would also likely be sorted more slowly and large mailings would no longer have a reliable drop-off location in the same geographic area they are being sent. Instead of forcing Queens residents into accepting an unsatisfactory level of service, there are other options that Congress is considering to ease the financial burdens of the USPS. We must fight instead for measures I support that would allow the USPS to be more flexible in its business practices and pricing structure, and legislation that would relieve the burdens of prefunding retiree health costs. I accept that changes are needed to allow the USPS to continue functioning, but the closing of a viable facility should not be one of them. The large loss of jobs would not only devastate the hard-working postal workers themselves, but would have negative consequences for the local businesses and individuals that are dependent on reliable postal service in Queens. Many postal workers, constituents and businesses have contacted my office and conveyed to me the hardships that service reductions would have on them. I strongly urge you to keep the current functions of the Queens facility in place. Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Gary L. Ackerman U.S. Congressman for the 5th District
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and we had an elderly man who lived with us, John Murphy, who was blind. Dad took care of him. My father told me there were traditions concerning Christmas when a close family member passes away, and that we don’t send out Christmas cards nor do we decorate or put up a tree. This, he said, was for the first year of mourning and was done out of respect for the deceased. Dad told me he would still like to make this a good Christmas for all of us, which included our dog and cat. He said he would not want to disappoint me. I fully understood. I had lost my mother, but my father had lost his wife, whom he loved very much, who was his friend and lover, and who he thought would outlive him because she was 20 years younger than himself. My father bought me a three-speed bike for Christmas. As I look back, I don’t think he could afford to do so because of all the hospitals bills Dad was left with; we did not have medical insurance. I guess he loved me very much, a debt I don’t think I could ever repay. My father was a good cook. In the 1950s he worked as a short-order cook on a construction site in Great Neck where a new school was being built . That Christmas he prepared a good meal for us. I think as I look back that Christmas is not about the stuff we can get, but more importantly it is about sharing and doing things for one another. After dinner I told my father to sit down in the living room and I would clean up and do the dishes. After all this was done I walked into the living room, where my father had fallen asleep. I woke him and asked him if he wanted to go to bed. He asked if I had had a good Christmas, and I told him it was more than I had hoped as I gave him a hug and a kiss on his cheek. He smiled and slowly went to the bed he had shared with my mother and now slept in alone. But I think he knew that he was not totally alone. I also think he had a good Christmas too. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks
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Police report three robberies have occured in the casino at Aqueduct by Stephen Geffon
would be assigned to the precinct on a permanent basis. The brisk temperatures outside did not Precinct Community Affairs Officer Ken deter dozens of residents from coming to Zorn said there were only three recent the 106th Precinct Community Council’s reported robberies that occurred inside the final meeting of the year in Ozone Park last casino. All involved people with no prior week to express their complaints and ask criminal records, he said. One was the theft the police for help with parking problems. of a winning ticket and another being the Before addressing the complaints, Capt. theft of a handbag when the owner momenRobert Sparks, the precinct’s executive tarily turned her head to play the slot officer, reported that major index crimes, machine. including murder, rape, robbery, assault, Sparks said that ,with the casino’s burglary, grand larceny and auto theft, sophisticated video surveillance equipment, dropped 3 percent compared to the same the suspects were identified and arrested. 28-day period last year. Sparks told the audience that he met Sparks also said that a burglar, who the with personnel from the city Department of officer called a career criminal, had been Transportation last week for an onsite arrested by police last week in the eastern inspection to see what they could do to part of the precinct. alleviate traffic congestion in the casino “We are hoping with that arrest to see a area. drop-off in burglaries,” Sparks said. Lindenwood resident Jose Zambrana Several residents at the council meeting told Sparks there were two cars with covers expressed their over them that had own concerns to been parked for Sparks. several months in Leana, an front of 80-65 Ozone Park resiShore Parkway. dent who did not “It’s just an esidents at the 106th give her last name, eyesore,” he said. Community Council meeting had complained at He added that last month’s meetwith the tar ps said they are fed up with ing about her over the cars it neighbors putting was impossible to neighbors using orange out orange traffic see the sidewalk. cones in front of Dardani sugcones to save parking spots. their homes on gested that the cars 88th Street should be parked between 107th in a garage and not Avenue and Sutter on the street. Avenue to save parking spaces. She said Charlie, who did not give his last name, she was happy this month that police had reported that last week car tires were removed the cones and freed up the parking stolen at 129th Avenue and 96th Street in spaces. However, she said that one neigh- Ozone Park. He said that was the third set bor had obtained another traffic cone to of tires that were stolen in the area in save a much-coveted space. recent weeks. Deacon Joseph Wolt of the Zion TaberA resident of 117th Street in South nacle Church in Ozone Park said he was Ozone Park advised the council members concerned about a possible increase in bur- that his wife had recently received a teleglaries and break-ins in the community phone call, purportedly from her bank, askafter the opening of the Resorts World New ing her to verify her Social Security numYork City Casino in South Ozone Park. He ber. She refused and called her bank who asked if the 106th Precinct would be get- advised her that they had not called her and ting additional officers. told her that someone was trying to open Precinct Council President Frank Dard- up a bank account in her name. He advised ani said that elected officials are aware of the audience to be alert should this happen the situation and are pressing Police Com- to them. missioner Ray Kelly for more police offiWolt alerted Sparks to what he called a cers to be assigned to the 106th Precinct. dangerous traffic condition at the Rite Aid Sparks said the 106th Precinct has drug store located at 96th Street and Rockreceived approval for weekend overtime for away Boulevard in Ozone Park. He said police officers, which translates into addi- that motorists not wanting to wait for the tional manpower, since the casino opened. long red light at that intersection are taking He added that there is a detail that works in a short cut through the Rite Aid parking lot. the casino area from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and “It’s illegal; it’s an accident waiting to a second shift from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. happen,” he said. Sparks added that the precinct tracks all “If you could put a cop there for one day activity at the casino and surrounding area they would get the message and your pen so they can document to police headquar- hand would get tired (from writing sumters if additional resources are needed. monses),” said Wolt. The captain said that after the new year Zorn said that although a police officer police manpower for the casino area would could not be assigned there every day, he be reassessed to see if the current overtime said if police observe the violation they Q would be continued or if additional officers will issue a summons.
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We don’t cave to DOE — CEC 27 Council VP says middle school choice no done deal by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Just say no. That was the message parents had for Community Education Council 27 members when it comes to the middle school choice program that the city has proposed to implement in much of southern Queens. “We’re greatly opposed to middle school choice,” Theresa Fonal, the Parent Teacher Association president at PS 146 in Howard Beach, said at the CEC 27 meeting at PS 114 in Belle Harbor on Monday night. “The
PS 146 family wants absolutely no part of this.” Once slated to vote in August on the program that would allow parents and students to request to attend almost any middle school in the district, the council received much negative feedback about the city Department of Education’s proposal and decided to gather more parental input before saying yea or nay. Now, the CEC is expected to vote on middle school choice at its Feb. 27 meeting. “No one up here caves into the DOE,” CEC 27 Vice Presi-
Theresa Fonal, president of the Parent Teacher Association at PS 146 in Howard Beach, reads a statement at the CEC 27 meeting this week in PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON opposition to middle school choice.
dent John Larkin said of the council members. “We’re here to represent you guys. If this district doesn’t want middle school choice, this district won’t get middle school choice.” DOE off icials presented information about the middle school choice plan at the group’s August meeting and said it would provide pupils and parents with more educational options and allow students who believe they are stuck in a bad school to attend another one. District 27 includes schools in Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Broad Channel, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Far Rockaway, and part of Jamaica. As part of the choice program, parents would have to fill out a form ranking the schools they wanted their child to attend, and the city would match students with schools based on those rankings. This, however, has raised the ire of a number of parents who say they are concerned that their children would lose their seats in their zoned school if they tried to get into a different institution but were not accepted. City officials have stressed that students most
106th cop honored for work on graffiti Officer Frank Reina is cop of month by Stephen Geffon
great asset to the precinct, noting that the civic-minded citizen volunteers’ assisPolice Officer Frank Reina of the 106th tance in many aspects of police work is Precinct was honored with the Cop of the especially helpful with the current shortMonth Award at the community council age in police manpower The auxiliary police provide extra meeting last week in Ozone Park for his work as coordinator of the precinct’s aux- “eyes and ears” for the Police Department by performing uniformed foot, vehicle iliary and graffiti units. Capt. Richard Sparks, executive officer and bicycle patrols, Sparks said. They are of the precinct, said Reina is in charge of trained to observe and report conditions 150 officers — the third largest auxiliary requiring the services of the regular police. unit in the city. As the graffiti coordinator, Reina takes Sparks said the auxiliary officers are a and checks out graffiti complaints, and organizes cleanups of the locations. The graffiti unit has cleaned up over 200 locations this year. Information obtained by the unit led to the arrest of 20 graffiti vandals during the year, Sparks said. Graffiti vandalism is a crime punishable by a jail term, monetary fine and/or community service. Officer Reina also received the Cop of the Month Award in November 1998 for his instrumenOfficer Frank Reina, center, was honored by Council tal role in the capture of a group of President Frank Dardani, left, and Capt. Richard robbers responsible for several armed robberies in the Lindenwood PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON Sparks, last week. Q community. Chronicle Contributor
likely would be able to retain a seat in their zoned school. Jill McDade, a parent whose children attend PS 114, said numerous residents were concerned because the city sent students at the Belle Harbor school middle school choice applications. Area legislators, including Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park) told parents they do not need to f ill out those applications, but McDade said she was still concerned that the move was not a fluke and the rankings could be used if middle school choice is passed this year. “I find this to be a deceptive move on the part of the Department of Education,” said McDade, who added she believes middle school choice would not work in District 27 because “we are a geographically isolated community, especially on this side of the bridge.” Larkin said the city should allow students to go to successful middle schools — by ensuring that all institutions are doing well. “Instead of shipping children from one school to another, why can’t we make every middle school work?” Larkin Q asked.
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The Queens Chronicle’s fourth annual Holiday Photo Contest is under way! We want your best shots of lights, miniature villages, menorahs, joyous families, snowy landscapes if snow comes — anything reflecting the season. Take them in Queens, tell us the location and any further details you can, and be creative. The winner will get free passes to a family-friendly performance in or near the city. You’ll also see your photo in all nine of our editions and on qchron.com. E-mail your high-resolution digital photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail prints to Queens Chronicle Photo Contest, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park NY 11374. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan 2. Q Good luck!
Wanted: Operators for Queens carousels Parks Department issues its fourth RFP by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Crossing their f ingers that the fourth time is the charm, city officials are once again trying to find an operator for the carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The city Parks Department announced last week that it issued a fourth request for proposals for the renovation, operation and maintenance of the beloved carousels. The Forest Park carousel, built in 1903 by master woodcarver Daniel Carl Muller, has not operated since Riders take a spin on the historic Forest Park 2008, and the city’s contract with the carousel. FILE PHOTO organization running the Flushing All proposals for the RFP must be subMeadows venue, New York One, is set to mitted no later than Friday, Jan. 27 at 3 expire early next year. “Taking the family on a carousel ride in p.m. Parks officials will hold a meeting a park is a treasured New York City expe- for interested parties on Thursday, Jan. 12 rience,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian at each location. Individuals can meet at Benepe. “We hope to receive proposals 11:30 a.m. at the Forest Park site, which is from companies with strong backgrounds located at the Woodhaven Boulevard in developing, operating and maintaining entrance to the park. The meeting at carousels and amusement venues, so that Flushing Meadows will be at 1 p.m. near the carousels at Forest Park and Flushing the park’s entrance at 111th Street and Meadows Corona Park can continue to 55th Avenue. The RFP can be downloaded at delight New Yorkers for many generations Q nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities. to come.”
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Queens fashion model dead at 43 Jacquelyn Boutureira suffered stroke by Benjamin Kabin Weitzenkorn Chronicle Contributor
Howard Beach native and foot model Jacquelyn Boutureira died last month from a hemorrhagic stroke after being rushed home from a business trip in China. According to printed reports, Boutureira, 43, was discovered unconscious in her hotel room on Nov. 28 before being transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital via a hospital in Hong Kong. On Facebook, Boutureira listed herself as a “technical fit, foot and shoe model” for Jones Apparel Group, a corporation whose brands include Nine West, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit and Dockers. It was also reported that she also modeled for Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. The model and decade-long certified personal trainer’s public profile reveals that she was a woman who loved fitness, beauty, dieting and detox. She was a fan of books with titles such as “Detox for Life,” “Eating for Beauty,” “Anything on Fitness” and “Super Cleanse,” according to her Facebook profile. In her interests section she lists raw foodism, health and fitness.
Boutureira wrote on her Facebook page that “I’m trying my best to be a full time Raw Foodest, any info for me, please send it over.” She also sold skin and nutritional products for Amazon Herb Company through a link on her page. A 1986 alumna of Rockaway Park’s Stella Maris High School, Boutureira went on to become a cosmetologist and spent a year in Hawaii, where she became a personal trainer and met her boyfriend Greg Allent. Hemorrhagic stroke is usually caused by high blood pressure, which can cause stress and breakage in artery walls. High blood pressure is usually linked to obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, high sodium diets, drinking and other markers of an unhealthy lifestyle — nearly the antithesis of exercise and raw foodism. Other causes of hemorrhagic stroke include aneurysms, arteriouvenious malformation and cancer. She leaves behind both parents, Lynn and John Boutureira Jr.; her brothers Joseph, James and John Boutureira 3rd and her sisters Daly and Janinne MugnoQ lo and 11 nieces and nephews.
Resorts World opens two more casinos Residents, pols praise new venues by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Queens residents and legislators flocked to Resorts World New York City Casino last week for the unveiling of two new gambling facilities in South Ozone Park that they said will be an economic engine in the borough. “They’ve created 1,300 jobs here, which is a good thing,” said Rob MacKay, director of public relations at Queens Economic Development Corporation. “It’ll bring tourism to Queens. The Sheraton LaGuardia East in Flushing is already working out deals to bring clients back and forth to the casino.” RWNYC opened its doors to the public to the Fifth Avenue and Crockfords casinos last Friday. The Fifth Avenue establishment, located on the floor above the Times Square venue, features 2,240 video lottery terminals and 270 electronic table games. It will also include a Chinese restaurant, steak house and bar. The Crockfords Casino is for VIP guests by invitation only and will include a private entrance, 64 video lottery terminals, 14 electronic table games and a lounge.
The Central Park event space is located on the third floor. “We’re all very happy with regard to the economic boom to the neighborhood,” said Frank Gulluscio, a community leader in Howard Beach. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder agreed with Gulluscio and emphasized the need for jobs in southern Queens. While some residents have voiced concerns about the traffic congestion and potential crime stemming from the casino, residents and legislators said RWNYC has worked with civic leaders and city officials to deter problems. “They seem to have everything in place,” said Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council. “The head of security is all over the place every time I walk in here.” Woodside resident Regina Weiss tested her luck at the Fifth Avenue Casino on Friday — and while she didn’t win much, she said she enjoys coming to the establishment a couple times a week. “I’m happy because it’s a lot closer to home than Atlantic City,” Weiss said. “Now you can go somewhere to gamble without having to travel for hours. It’s a Q great thing.”
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Company accused of scamming seniors in Queens by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor
South Queens seniors are being cautioned to be wary of so-called workers showing up at their homes and claiming they need to make unsolicited repairs. Arlene Brown, a representative of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone park), told the members of the 106th Precinct Community Council at their meeting last week in Ozone Park that three seniors living on 107th Avenue allegedly had just been scammed out of $1,100 to $1,500 in cash each by employees saying they were from Brooklyn Union Maintenance, a company under investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The number listed for Brooklyn Union Maintenance does not work, and company officials could not be reached for comment. Schneiderman has said he has frozen the company’s assets after he alleged the group scammed seniors for unneccessary and bogus repairs. The attorney general recently secured a temporary restraining order to freeze the assets and filed a lawsuit against the chimney cleaning company, who he alleged was swindling seniors in South Queens and Brooklyn. “Those who prey on vulnerable consumers will be held accountable,” Schneiderman said in a prepared statement. The attorney general said the lawsuit filed is designed to prevent the company from engaging in illegal business practices, injunctive relief, fines, restitution and damages. The company is due back in court on Jan. 25. Schneiderman alleged that Brooklyn Union Maintenance and two other companies completed unlicensed and often unnecessary services that subjected residents to further damage, like carbon monoxide leaks and poisoning. “This scheme exposed seniors to health risks and threatened their source of heat, just as winter weather begins to set in,” Schneiderman said. “Any scam that defrauds consumers will be stopped — especially those that prey on the most vulnerable New Yorkers.” Assistant Attor ney General Lois Booker-Williams said in court papers that the attorney general began investigating the chimney cleaning firm after receiving more than 30 consumer complaints alleging that the company engaged in deceptive, fraudulent and unlawful business practices. Booker-Williams alleged in an affidavit that their investigation revealed that Brooklyn Union Maintenance failed to provide consumers with written contracts for home improvement work costing $500 or more, did not notify consumers of their right to cancel work, and failed to complete contracted services in a safe or professional manner. Additionally, Booker-Williams said the company did not complete work for which payment was received, failed to
give refunds to consumers who were entitled to them; falsely reported that they were licensed and insured, and didn’t obtain a license from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs to perform home improvement contracting in the city. Brown, Ulrich’s aide, urged residents to call their utility provider to find out if the individual at their door is legitimate before letting anyone in their home who says that they want to check your chimney or look for carbon monoxide leaks
in a home. Brown said the individuals generally work in pairs and drive a white van. She added that one individual will do the “inspection” and the other will act as the salesman. The alleged scam is not just limited to Ozone Park; they also include South Ozone Park and Howard Beach, according to Brown. “Please be careful,” Brown said. “They are preying on everyone.” The councilman’s off ice is working
with the attorney general on the residents’ complaints. Schneiderman advised that residents shop around and get written estimates for a project, get references and check them with the city Better Business Bureau, and look into the home improvement contractor’s city Department of Consumer Affairs license. If consumers feel they have been victimized, they are urged to contact the Attorney General’s consumer helpline at Q (800) 771-7755.
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Looking for Lady Luck at Resorts World
The view from the Resorts World Casino New York City’s third floor, which houses a 70,000 square-foot community space. Resorts World New York City President Michael Speller, inset, discusses Friday’s opening of the Fifth Avenue and Crockfords casinos. From the second floor, gamblers have a view of the stage below. PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON
The Wheel of Fortune machines, shown here in the Fifth Avenue Casino, have been “wildly popular,” according to a RWNYC spokesman.
Councilman James Sanders tries his luck at one of the VLTs.
Community Board 6 Chairman Frank Gulluscio, left, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz attend the opening.
A little more than 2,500 video lottery terminals and electronic games are at the Fifth Avenue Casino.
Chefs from Hong Kong have come to work at Genting Palace.
The Fifth Avenue Casino is a little more spacious than its counterpart on the floor below, the Times Square Casino.
A bird’s-eye view of the entrance to the RWNYC facility.
Residents stake out spots in the RW Prime Steakhouse, located in the Fifth Avenue Casino.
Looking for Lady Luck is Woodside resident Regina Weiss.
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Bill legalizes street hails for livery cabs
Up to four years for stealing from mayor by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
John Haggerty, a Republican political operative from Forest Hills Gardens who had been accused of stealing more than $1 million from Mayor Bloomberg’s re-election campaign, was sentenced on Monday to one and onethird to four years in state prison after a jury found him guilty of grand larceny and money laundering, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said. Haggerty, 42, will also have to pay back $750,000 as part of a civil lawsuit the Manhattan DA’s office filed against him, according to the DA. As part of that same suit, the Independence Party, named as a non-criminal defendant, will have to pay $150,000. “Haggerty’s fraudulent and cynical misconduct has now been punished, and his ill-gotten gains forfeited,” Vance said in a prepared statement on Monday. Haggerty, a well-known political player who had once garnered praise from legislators on both sides of the aisle, was convicted in October of grand larceny and money laundering. Prosecutors said while volunteering for the mayor’s 2009 campaign, Hagger-
ty arranged for $1.1 million to be spent on ballot security and poll watching operations during Election Day. Bloomberg’s campaign approved a contribution of $1.1 million of the mayor’s personal funds to the Independence Party to fund those operations. However, prosecutors said Haggerty never recorded any expenditures for ballot security or poll watching. Instead, they said he used about $750,000 to purchase his father’s house in the prestigious Forest Hills Gardens neighborhood. Before Haggerty was sentenced, the judge listened to excerpts of letters sent to him on the defendant’s behalf — including from former Democratic Senate Minority Leader Martin Connor; John Cahill, former chief of staff to Gov. Pataki; and Haggerty’s ex-wife. The sentence is far less than the 12 years for which prosecutors had asked that Haggerty receive. Haggerty is the brother of Bart Haggerty, the chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and a longtime leader in a faction of the Queens Republicans that rivals the borough’s Q official GOP.
No more haggling over fares in cars by Paula Neudorf Associate Editor
Governor Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday that will legalize street hails in the outer boroughs, effectively creating a special outer-borough taxi fleet. The controversial bill has been awaiting Cuomo’s signature or veto since it was passed by the State Legislature in late June. Some Queens politicians argued the establishment of legal street hails in the borough would discourage livery car drivers from making the usual call-in pickups. And yellow cabbies balked at the idea of an outer-borough fleet that will legally be able to make street-hail pickups in Manhattan — albeit only in the underserved areas north of East 96th Street and north of West 110th Street. Yellow cabs alone will be allowed to service the city’s airports. Mayor Bloomberg, who spearheaded the outer-borough taxi effort at the beginning of the year, said in a prepared statement that “the new law will make getting around town easier, safer and less costly for millions of New Yorkers.” Under the law, a three-year street-hail permit will cost $1,500 per driver. Addi-
tional expenses will include upgrading cars to meet the new fleet specifications, which include credit/debit card machines, meters and roof lights, features common to yellow cabs. Getting in a car legally authorized to pick up street hails will guarantee a customer is covered by the driver’s insurance, while meters could make haggling a thing of the past. The city will issue street-hail licenses to 18,000 outer-borough and upperManhattan livery car drivers, 20 percent of whom must drive wheelchair accessible cars, according to the Mayor’s off ice. It also authorizes the sale of 2,000 new yellow cab medallions, all of which will be wheelchair accessible. In total, the new legislation will raise some $1 billion for the city. The bill’s passage is a victory for Bloomberg as well as lawmakers who pushed for the inclusion of its more strident wheelchair accessible provisions. “Finally, our communities will have access to the same safe, dependable street hail service that residents of the Central Business District have,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-ManQ hattan and the Bronx).
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Police Academy rises in Queens Thirty acres in College Point being transformed into NYPD campus by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
he steel is rising as a huge crane lifts beams for the classroom building of the new Police Academy in College Point. On an exclusive tour Tuesday of the 30-acre site in the College Point Corporate Park, the Queens Chronicle got a close-up view of the $656 million Phase 1 project that is expected to be completed in two years. Robin Burns, senior design specialist, and MacKenzie Landers, project administrator, both from the city’s Department of Design and Construction, showed a lighted model to explain the work. Three buildings are being erected in Phase 1: a seven-story academic facility, a two-story physical training building and a central utility structure. Burns said the glass-covered academic building will include classrooms as well as tactical areas featuring an off ice and a subway car for training, while the physical training facility will be connected to it by a second-floor bridge. There will be gyms, a pool, a f ield house, a running track and a dining area. It is estimated that up to 2,000 cadets will be able to train at the
new academy during their sixmonth cycles. Phase 1 will also include parking for up to 900 cars. Burns indicated that his agency does not know if Phase 2 work will begin immediately after the earlier construction is completed. “It depends on the city’s budget at the time,” he said. The second phase, which will incorporate NYPD facilities now located across the city, will feature indoor shooting ranges, a tactical village, a police museum, additional parking for 300 cars and a housing area for visiting officers from out of the area. The academy, now located in Manhattan, is over 40 years old, and was built for a department half the size of the current one. The new site is bounded by College Point Boulevard, Ulmer Street and 28th and 31st avenues. The total cost of the project is around $1 billion. Landers said the project is both on time and on budget. An on-site off ice for the DDC and Turner Construction/STV houses about 50 employees. Outside, 180 workers were on the job. In later months, up to 800 will be working there. Although the project began last year, not much was visible until
The seven-story academic building is changing the landscape in College Point. It will house classrooms and tactical PHOTOS BY LIZ RHOADES facilities. recently because the area, a former landfill and later the city’s largest car impound lot, required a lot of clearing and site preparation. It was also necessary to install a methane gas venting system. Because of the area’s high water table, at least 6,000 piles had to be driven. Concrete and foundation work followed and continued as well as the installation of utilities. “This is an unusually large site for the city,” Landers said. “We’ll Q be here until it’s finished.”
MacKenzie Landers, left, and Robin Burns of the city’s Department of Design and Construction in the on-site office in College Point.
The central utility building is the third facility under construction near College Point Boulevard.
Work is underway on the physical training building, which will connect to the academic facility via a second-story bridge.
This giant crane, which can be seen from the Whitestone Expressway, hoists steel girders for placement on the academic building.
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While aliens from outer space do not pose an imminent threat to the United States, prohibited fruit, flowers, vegetables, nuts and meats brought into this country by international travelers can harbor tiny alien pests that can threaten the U.S. food supply. Despite the risk, some travelers are more than willing to bend the rules to bring in prohibited items. Others simply want to share the foods and plants from foreign countries or delicacies that are hard to find locally. To combat this threat to American agriculture the Beagle Brigade was established. Members of this unit have great noses, sunny dispositions, green jackets and lots of hair. The dogs of the Beagle Brigade have been passively trained to detect prohibited fruit, plants and meat that could contain harmful plant and animal pests and diseases, which can threaten U.S. agriculture and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate. The beagles undergo 10 to 13 weeks of training at the National Detector Dog Training Center in Orlando, Fla. Dogs begin by learning to distinguish five key scents; mango, apple, citrus, pork and beef. At John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Beagle Brigade canine Izzy, a 6-year-old female, and her handler, CBP Officer Meghan Caffery, are among the several CBP teams who patrol in the Federal Inspection Service areas. The JFK Canine Program is headed by Gary Walck, Canine Branch chief. Izzy has been trained to sniff the baggage of international passengers as they proceed
Alien fruits and vegetables, that is through the FIS areas at JFK. When she sniffs prohibited agricultural items in passenger luggage or packages she will sit to alert her handler. She is then given a treat for her efforts. Caffery will check the passenger’s bags, mark the customs declaration if any prohibited items are found and refer them for further agricultural investigation. Passengers who do not declare agricultural items can be fined up to $250 on the spot. Prohibited goods are confiscated without compensation. Izzy loves her work and thinks of it as a big game. To make sure Izzy keeps her sniff ing skills in top shape, training exercises are conducted. A row of luggage filled with non-target and target items is set up. When Izzy smells the target item she will sit to signal her handler. She is rewarded with a treat. The pieces of luggage are then mixed up and Izzy is tested again. Last Monday afternoon the Queens Chronicle watched Izzy in action at the International Arrivals Building at JFK. A flight from Frankfort, Germany had just landed, and as the passengers arrived in the baggage area and picked up their luggage, Caffery and Izzy sprang into action. Swiftly Izzy began sniffing the passengers and their luggage. Spending no more than a second or two on each, Izzy went from bag to bag. Suddenly, Izzy sat down by a large black piece of luggage and put her paw on it, indicating to Caffery that the bag contained an agricultural product. When the bag was opened it was found to contain banned chili
peppers. The owner of the luggage, who gave his name as Eduardo and said he lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., said he purchased the peppers in Norway and was unaware that he could not bring them into the country. The peppers were confiscated. An airport skycap passed Izzy as he was pushing a cart of luggage. Her sense of smell was so keen that she alerted Caffery to the fact that he had a ham sandwich stuffed in his pocket. According to CBP off icials, Izzy can screen about 1,000 pieces of luggage in about 30 minutes. It would take several inspectors an entire shift to process the same number of bags. Caffery joined the CBP in September 2006 and became a canine officer in January 2009, when she was partnered with K-9 Izzy. Izzy’s most unusual agricultural seizure was a 4-foot fig tree, including roots and soil, from the Republic of Georgia in Asia. It was found in a large duffle bag. The tree was seized but the passenger wasn’t f ined because Caffery felt she didn’t have an adequate understanding of English. CBP Supervisor James Armstrong, a 20year CBP veteran, said that during the Christmas season agents find an influx of chestnuts, hams and salami, which are prohibited, being brought in by international passengers. He added that seasonal fruit is also being brought into the country, such as clementines from Spain during their season, and mangos from Egypt. Armstrong said that Dutch plant bulbs, also
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Sickness plagues PS 140 pupils, teachers Many at school complain of nausea and fatigue after renovation work by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Up until two years ago, Caroll Forbes said she was practically the definition of fitness — she taught yoga and tai chi, ate loads of fruits and vegetables and almost never got sick. But then came the nausea, fatigue, memory loss and weight loss. A paraprofessional at PS 140 in Jamaica until last month, Forbes, now 65, didn’t know what was wrong with her. “All I knew was I felt like I was going to die,” she said. “I was so sick with coughing and my throat was so messed up. Something happened to my throat that I couldn’t wear a turtleneck or touch my throat or I start choking like crazy.” Noticing that “almost all of the teachers” at PS 140 were complaining about “a cloud between their brain,” Forbes and other staff realized that their symptoms were nearly the same — and that they began after the school underwent a renovation in the spring of 2009. Almost immediately after school resumed following spring break that year, the teachers and students were hit with bouts of coughing, soar throats, waves of nausea, vomiting and extreme fatigue that caused Forbes to fall asleep immediately after arriving home from work at 4 p.m. and sleeping until her alarm went off the next morning. “I’ve been a dancer, I’ve taught yoga and tai chi, and all of a sudden I can’t walk to the corner without a pain in my chest,” Forbes said. “I go up the stairs and my tongue is hanging out of my mouth.”
Numerous teachers, staff and students have complained that a sealant used during a renovation in PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON 2009 has caused them to have a wide array of serious health problems. Forbes, other staff and parents blame a sealant that was used during the renovation, a product called Cop-R-Tite Flashing Mastic. The product’s Maine-based manufacturer, Advanced Building Products, did not return requests for comment. The city Department of Education did not confirm that this product was used during the renovation, but a spokeswoman said indoor air tests were taken in a classroom and adjacent halway from July 8 through July 15, 2009 and “no volatile compounds were detected.” The following day, on July 16, another round of indoor air tests were conducted. There was a slight detection of
volatile compounds due to, the spokeswoman said, a paint job in the school the previous evening. The spokeswoman said neither the School Construction Authority nor School Health received information about illness at the school. The only report the SCA received was about a chemical odor that dissipated, a DOE official said. According to the material safety data sheet on Cop-R-Tite Flashing Mastic, heating may cause the sealant to release hydrogen sulfide gas. The same data sheet reported that fumes from the hot material “can be unpleasant and may produce nausea and
irritation of the upper respiratory tract.” However, it states that the substance is “considered practically non-toxic to internal organs.” Still, according to the report, signs and symptoms of “over exposure” to hydrogen sulfide includes respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, coughing, confusion, unconsciousness, and a sensation of dryness and pain in the nose, throat and chest — all of which teachers, staff and students have complained about. Forbes’ health problems got so bad that she finally quit her job at the school at the end of November. A teacher at PS 140, who wished to remain nameless for fear of retaliation from the school’s leadership or the city, said her “kids have been passed out on the desk” since the renovation. “Plenty of kids have gone down to the nurse with headaches, vomiting, their throats hurt,” the teacher said. “We’re constantly thirsty; I’ve had children throw up. The number of asthmatics in our school has risen. I myself have gotten asthma after never having had it.” Adrienne Adams, the chairwoman of Community Board 12, said two students, two paraprofessional and two teachers were taken to the hospital on Nov. 17 to be treated for the “inhalation of gas.” “One student was vomiting so badly that she almost passed out, two students were continued on page 34
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Mixed Reactions After Ruler Dies Flushing leaders and residents are concerned for North Korea’s future by Will Sammon Chronicle Contributor
Notable Korean leaders and residents of Queens have expressed both joy and uncertainty after the death of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il on Saturday. “Most South Koreans wished death to him,” Sunny Hahn, a Flushing resident of South Korean descent, said. “I was initially happy, but we will wait and see what comes next.” Kim, 69, was widely considered a second-generation dictator who defied global
condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved. North Korea fell deeper into poverty while he was in power. During his time as leader, Kim’s countr y experienced a famine that killed hundreds of thousands of people in the late 1990s and he continued a nuclear weapons prog ram that included tests in 2006 and 2009. “He was always gung ho about developing and using atomic bombs,” said Terence Park, coalition leader of Our Flushing Political Coalition. “He was despicable and
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“Most South Koreans wished death to him.” — Sunny Hahn on death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il
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Kim came to power after the death of his father and North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung in 1994. He leaves behind an economy less than three percent the size of South Korea’s. “Their economy is terrible. I think they only produce coal for China,” John Park said. “Maybe they produce illegal weapons to other countries.” Kim Jong-un, the deceased leader’s little-known youngest son, was named by North Korea’s official news agency as the “great successor” to his father. The son is believed to be between 27 and 29 years old. Terence Park expressed gratitude that the elderly Kim is gone, but he was uncertain about what kind of effect his son will have as the new ruler of North Korea. “We will see if he is able to control and stabilize the political situation,” Terence Park said. “If he is not able to do that then God knows what will happen. He may be overthrown or used as a puppet, but it is yet to be seen.” Many South Korean Queens residents are hopeful that the change in regime will unite a country that has been in disarray for a long time. Hahn, a Flushing activist, believes that Kim Jong-un’s experience studying in Switzerland, a Western culture, might bring about a difference of ruling power. “I am uneasy about it because I don’t know if it will be for better or worse,” Hahn said. “I hope he did not get so much of his DNA from his grandfather and father.” The New York Times reported Wednesday that analysts said the rush to establish the young Kim’s leadership, while the nation was still grieving over his father’s death, was a signal of his vulnerability. Meanwhile, both South Korea and the United States have made discreet overQ tures to the new regime.
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Another success as toy drive ends Holiday gifts abound for needy children throughout the borough by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
Thanks to our readers, the Queens Chronicle’s 17th annual Holiday Toy Drive has ended with presents overflowing for less fortunate youngsters. Children living in the city’s Metro family homeless shelter in Elmhurst and the Briarwood will have a happy holiday this year as well as youngsters in programs with the River Fund New York, a nonprofit that assists families and is headquartered in Richmond Hill. There are many people to thank for this successful drive that began right before Thanksgiving and ended on Tuesday. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) donated several bags of toys from his drive. Then there’s Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park), who let his district office be used as a drop-off location for toys as did Barosa restaurant and Barosa to Go, located on either side of the Chronicle office. Special thanks to Margery and Jason Garcia of Middle Village, who held a holiday party and asked all their guests to bring toys for our drive. Not only did they comply, but they donated expensive items such as themed Barbie dolls and computer learning toys. They are Jose and Martha Murillo, Joranny
Murillo, Marelo and Yury Garcia, Anyul Sanchez, Adeleida Murillo and family and Maribel and Rolando. Others who came to our Rego Park office with toys included: Dolores Korgbainer of Rego Park, Richard Weyhausen of Flushing, Elaine Brill of Rego Park, the DiCristo family of Maspeth, Fran O’Kane of Middle Village, Ron and Noreen Niles of Woodhaven, Carmella Ceran of Howard Beach, Joan Sorti of Woodhaven, Maureen Muller of Howard Beach, Stacey Honderich of Oakland Gardens, Pat Van Dien of Howard Beach, Tom Eaton of Rego Park, Eileen Buraczewski of Middle Village, Jennifer Nicoletta of Ozone Park, Chris Ward of Woodhaven, Mary Grace Forgione of Ridgewood and Connie Pafundi, Suzanne Rodriguez of Rising Stars Dance Studio in Richmond Hill and Suzanne and about 30 “cast members” from the Disney Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, LI. A special shout-out goes to Santa’s helper, Lisa LiCausi, Chronicle office manager, and her elves, who picked up toys from Ozone Park and helped organize all the donations tor the three organizations. And to all our readers who so generously contributed, a blessed holiday season to you Q and your family.
Cristina Delise and Dave Fischer, who work for Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, display some of the toys they collected from constituents and gave to the Chronicle’s holiday drive. PHOTO BY LIZ RHOADES
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Whether you are craving Italian pastries, cakes or cookies, Pasticceria â€œLa Tor reâ€? in Howard Beach has a wide variety to satisfy any sweet tooth. The shop, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in April, also offers holiday favorites such as str uffoli, homemade gingerbread houses and panettone. â€œItâ€™s the old-fashioned recipes made by hand,â€? said owner Giovanni Malinconico. â€œItâ€™s all my dadâ€™s recipes that he brought here from Italy.â€? Malinconicoâ€™s father, Biagio, opened the bakery in 1986, shortly after immigrating to this country from Naples. Over the years he taught his son the fine art of making Italian pastries. â€œMy dad is the king,â€? Malinconico said. â€œI wish I could be half the man that he is. To see him work is remarkable.â€? Malinconico took over the Giovanni Malinconico, left, with his dad, Biagio, shows off one COURTESY PHOTO business in 1999, but his of the many cakes for sale at their bakery. father, 62, who is retired, still helps out around the holidays, when the shop Howard Beach community. â€œMy New Yearâ€™s resolution is get this quiet is especially busy. La Tor re sells approximately 200 little gem known to the world â€” to get our pounds of struffoli, also called â€œhoney pastries into the hands of people all over the balls,â€? annually at Christmas time. It takes tri-state area and all over the country,â€? MalinMalinconico and his father four hours to conico said. Although he is surrounded by sugary finishing rolling the round sticky-sweet pastries by hand. At La Torre â€” â€œthe goodies every day and must do frequent towerâ€? in Italian â€” the struffoli are baked tastings to ensure quality, Malinconico said not fried, as commonly done elsewhere, he doesnâ€™t crave the pastries. â€œIâ€™ve got a nice big belly from my momâ€™s adding to their light and airy texture, Malpasta and bread,â€? he said. â€œI donâ€™t have a inconico said, and sell for $10 a tray. The bakery is most well known for its sweet tooth. I like bread.â€? In celebration of its anniversary and the cannolis and Italian and American cheesecakes, as well as its rich butter cookies. holidays, La Torre is offering some special And while Malinconico is content with the deals. Customers placing holiday orders of businessâ€™ success and longevity, he wants $50 or more and paying for and picking to raise awareness of the store beyond the them up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day will receive a free tray of struffoli. Other seasonal sales include a homemade gingerbread house for $14.99, a twopound tray of butter cookies for $17.99 and two large holiday cupcakes for $5. Pick up a Perugina-brand panettone for $12.99 or a a two-pound Baloccobrand panettone for $11.99. And for the chocoholic, a 28-count tray of Perugina Baci is $14.99 while a 48-count box of Ferrero Rocher is $14.99. The bakery is open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also deliver your holiday orders on those two days, if you have pre-paid. La Torre is located at 158-12 Cross Bay Blvd. and can be reached at (718) Pasticceria â€œLa Torre,â€? a bakery in Howard Beach, 843-2306. For more information on itâ€™s has many Christmas specials on holiday goodies. many delicious products, go online to Q PHOTO BY JIM BERKOFF latorrebakery.com.
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Councilman all abuzz over fake marijuana by Will Sammon Chronicle Contributor
City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (DLaurelton) is urging retailers to discontinue the sale of K2, or “Spice,” an artificial cannabis substitute that mixes herbs and spices, often with a synthetic compound similar to THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana. Like marijuana, K2 has serious and potentially dangerous physiological effects on the body, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Due to the substance’s long-term presence in the bloodstream, the full effects of sustained
Sanders slams synthetic weed sales use of K2 are not fully understood. Many states around the country have enacted laws to ban the sale and possession of various synthetic cannabinoids, but New York is not among them. Sanders sees other options to discourage its use. “We will fight this the same way we’ve fought all the others: by organizing our community, educating our kids and young adults about the dangers and calling on the businesses in our communities to be good neighbors, and get this garbage off their
shelves,” he said. K2 is widely sold in tobacco shops and bodegas, where it is accessible over the counter and possibly to minors, according to the councilman. “This is just another in a long line of street drug imitators that have attempted to prey on our youth like a pack of wolves,” Sanders said. Robin Parks, a 41-year-old mother of two young teens in Jamaica, is highly concerned that the product could introduce her kids to a life of drugs.
“I am all for making it illegal,” Parks said. “It may be ‘fake,’ but the side effects seem real to me.” The product is often misleadingly packaged as incense or “fake weed,” making it alluring to minors who want to imitate drug behavior, as well as addicts looking for a legal way to fix their longing for cannabis, according to Sanders’ office. “These gimmicks have only one purpose: to act as a conduit sending future drug addicts to the open arms of dealers,” Sanders said. “It’s one more poison attempting to weasel its way into our community and destroy the lives of our Q people.”
Queens Zoo offers 2-day winter camp The wildlife conservation society’s Queens Zoo is hosting an educational camp for children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 29. The Queens Zoo is all outdoors and is a particularly senic place for kids ot learn about animals and nature. Games, crafts and other activities will introduce kids to the world of animals and the environment. Winter camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members:$125; nonmembers: $150. For more information about winter camp or other Queens Zoo education programs, visit queenszoo.com or contact the zoo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Q (718) 271-7361.
Sons of Italy seeking new members The Order Sons of Italy in America, Fiorello LaGuardia Lodge, is looking to expand its members in the Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven areas, though residents from any neighborhood are welcome to attend. The Sons of Italy is the largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the country. Its mission includes the encouragement and study of Italian language and culture in schools and universities, preserving Italian American traditions and culture, and promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy. The Fiorello LaGuardia Lodge meets on the third Thursday of each month at Our Lady of Grace Convent in Howard Beach. For more information, contact Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone at (917) 734-2411 or Anne Romano at (718) 843-2642. Q
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If it hadn’t been for Selma Heraldo’s mother, jazz great Louis Armstrong might never have moved to the modest two-story house in Corona where he lived for almost three decades until his death in 1971. Heraldo, who spent her whole life in the house next door, died there on Dec. 2 at the age of 88. It was Heraldo’s mother, a friend of Armstrong’s wife’s family, who tipped the Armstrongs that the house at 34-56 107 St. was for sale — they bought it in 1943, leading to a lifelong friendship between Heraldo and the jazz legend. When Armstrong’s wife, Lucille Armstrong, passed away in 1983, Heraldo helped look after the house. She eventually became a member of the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s advisory board in 1995, according to Michael Cogswell, the museum’s director. With Heraldo’s passing, a living connection to Armstrong is gone. To her, Armstrong was as much a friend as a great musician. “Selma had her own unique relationship with Louis,” Cogswell said. The stories she would tell were “not about Louis’s innovations as a trumpet player,” Cogswell went on, but about more human moments, like the time Armstrong walked into Heraldo’s house and asked her to make him an egg sandwich, because he was “tired of ... filet mignon.” After it opened to the public in 2003, Heraldo came to the museum almost every day, where she would “enthrall visitors” with her stories. “She was a real character and a real charmer,” Cogswell said. “We all miss her terribly.” Heraldo’s funeral was held on Dec. 9 at the Corona Congregational Church and she was buried at Flushing Cemetery. She died
of congenital heart failure, a condition she learned she had only a few days before her passing, according to Cogswell. Heraldo, who worked for more than 30 years as a phone operator for American Telephone and Telegraph, traveled across North America with Armstrong’s band in the late 1940s and early 1950s, according to the museum. Though many believed she was born in Corona, she was actually born in Baltimore — her mother, Adele, was visiting the city when she went into labor. In recent years, Heraldo spoke about Armstrong around the country. She was a guest at a symposium on the trumpeter held by the Smithsonian Institute in 2000, for example, and attended the Satchmo Summerfest — an annual festival celebrating Louis Armstrong’s birthday in New Orleans, where he was born — three times. Cogswell recalled talking to Heraldo, who in later years probably survived on only a modest monthly pension, about how she could make money by selling her house. Heraldo refused. In fact, she bequeathed her home to the Louis Armstrong House Museum. In an age when rapid development has drastically changed neighborhoods throughout Queens, Heraldo requested that the museum preserve the character of her home. “We’re preservationists,” Cogswell emphasized. “We’re not going to raze it or build a parking lot.” Instead, the museum, which is set to begin building a new visitor’s center across the street next summer, will most likely have its offices in Heraldo’s home, something Cogswell said would be studied further before plans are finalized. Referring to Heraldo’s decision to give the museum her home, Cogswell noted, Q “her generosity is just overwhelming.”
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has established schedules for city bus and subway service as well as the Long Island Rail Road for the Christmas weekend. The Long Island Rail Road is offering extra, early-afternoon service on Friday, Dec. 23, for those customers looking for an early start to the weekend. On Monday, Dec. 26, New York City subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule and the LIRR will operate on a regular weekday schedule. New York City subways and buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, Dec. 23, while the
LIRR will provide its customers with 14 extra trains in the early afternoon. Buses and subways will run on regular Saturday-Sunday schedules for Dec. 24 and Christmas, while the LIRR will run its regular weekend/holiday schedule. To ease travel for holiday drivers, the MTA will suspend all routine maintenance and temporary construction work at all bridges and tunnels beginning at noon on Friday, Dec. 23. It will remain in effect until after the morning rush hour on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Further information on holiday schedules is available on the agency’s Q website at mta.info.
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given oxygen because they were complaining of breathing problems, the teacher was so light-headed that she was swaying,” Adams said. A parent of a fifth-grade student who wanted to remain nameless said her son became “very sick” after the renovation work. “I would drop him off at school and by the time I’d get home, the school would call me and say he was sick and I’d go pick him up,” the parent said. “I’d pick him up and he’d be throwing up or have headaches. He’d be very thirsty.” After being very ill in the beginning of
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happen. We need to make huge changes in how we deal with restaurants.” Calling south Queens’ small businesses the “bread and butter that keeps this city moving forward,” Ulrich said it’s imperative for the city to forge a better relationship with owners. “When it comes to jobs, there’s no Democratic or Republican way — there’s only a right or wrong way,” Ulrich said of his collaboration with Quinn. “We want to make doing business in New York City a little easier.” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DOzone Park), who also attended the forum, said he hopes a law signed by Gov. Cuomo last week, which eliminates MTA payroll taxes for some small businesses and self-employed residents, will create a more “businessfriendly climate here in Queens.” George Russo, an attorney who owns Villa Russo, a catering hall, in Richmond Hill, said the number of tedious regulations business owners are up against are choking them. “Our country was built on entrepreneurial spirit,” Russo said. “There’s the idea that if you have a passion, you can follow your dream and make it your own. I don’t think people realize how difficult that is once you actually open a business.” Russo said he has had to hire a former inspector for the city Health Department to work with him in his catering hall.
“He has to come in and give me an inspection like the Health Department would,” Russo said. “There’s 10,000 rules in the health code, so there’s always something you won’t be aware of.” “It’s such a labyrinth of agencies, rules and regulations that are not easy to follow,” Russo continued. “I’m an attorney, I went to law school, I have secretaries and administrative assistants — and it’s still hard for me to stay on top of the rules.” Essentially, Russo said, it seems as though the number of agencies businesses have to deal with seem less about public health or safety than generating money for the city’s coffers. Mark Weidler, publisher of the Queens Chronicle, also attended Quinn’s meeting, and noted that businesses could fare better, and attract more customers, if the city reverted to its former parking meter policy. Residents, he said, should be able to pay 25 cents for 20 minutes instead of a quarter for 15 minutes. “It’s very anti-business that they put this into effect,” said Weidler. He also noted that his business, along with shops along his block on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, were fined thousands of dollars after Fire Department officials hit them with summonses for having rooftop air conditioners without permits — which neither the merchants nor landlords were Q aware were needed.
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Joseph LoGuirato’s sketched collection of historic structures around the city will run through June 30 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point. Call for hours: (718) 358-0067.
The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health announces a free Women’s Support Group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear or stress and are searching for a venue that can provide understanding, compassion and respect, call to register for the first session on Dec. 8 at (718) 461-6393.
“Long Island City Works,” a photo exhibit by students, will run now through Feb. 29 at the LaGuardia Community College Gallery of Photographic Arts, in the college’s B-building, 3rd floor at 30-20 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meetings are held seven days a week.
Holiday art exhibition runs now-Jan. 7 of paintings by members of the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park. Nar-Anon is a self-help support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to nar-anon.org.
“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 Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 10606 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.
FLEA MARKETS The Kissena Jewish Community Council is offering a weekly flea market at the Kissena Jewish Community Council, 43-43 Bowne St. in Flushing, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MEETINGS You Gotta Believe, a community-based older child adoption agency, is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. To learn more join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.
FOR KIDS The New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park will host a series of “Re-Make the Holidays” events, where the visitors can create holiday cards, ornaments and decorations — all inspired by the do-it-yourself “maker” movement from Dec. 26-30. Cost is $5 to $19. A series of cooking workshops for children begins on Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children ages 5 through 14 will learn to make cookies, pizza and cupcakes over the threeday series. Participants must pre-register. The fee is $10 per child, per session. ($5 for each additional sibling.) To register email Amelia Everett at email@example.com, or call the Church-inthe-Gardens at (718) 268-6704. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is hosting an educational winter camp for children
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ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for members is $125; nonmembers $150. For more information visit queenszoo.com or contact the zoo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 271-7361.
CLASSES 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. Yoga with Lorain at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Drop in and start anytime. Six week series $60 members/ $80 nonmembers. Single class $15 members/ $20 nonmembers. Classes are held on Wednesdays, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., starting Jan. 4. The first class will be complimentary. Call (718) 263-7000 ext. 200. The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost for adults are $75 for four sessions, $65 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Rob at (718) 454-0813. Dance with instructions at the Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission $10. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, offers Italian classes every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. A 10-week course costs $65. Call (718) 478-3100.
Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 2237659. Fee: $25 per class. The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org. A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212.
TOURS The house that Louis Armstrong called home at 34-56 107 Ave., Corona, since 1943 is offering special guided holiday tours now-Dec. 30. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Guided 40minute house tours start every hour on the hour. Admission is $10. Enjoy tours of the decorated farmhouse, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, craft activity for children and mulled cider on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 26, 27 and 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission: Free.
SPECIAL EVENTS Celebrate the season with the Golden Dragon Acrobats at Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Park, from Dec. 27-Dec. 31 with a special New Year’s Eve performance on Saturday, Dec. 31. Performance schedule is as follows: Dec. 27 through 31, Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $32 with a special family 4-pack for $100. Box office number for information and tickets is (718) 760-0064.
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On Christmas Eve, a Jewish-Asian feast Sandler explained he was “born into a Jewish family” For those who don’t celebrate it and even for those but “raised as a Buddhist.” who do, Christmas can sometimes get lonely. On Christmases past, the Which is why Jackson Heights-based food writer Jeff Long Island City native and Orlick and fellow food writer Veronica Chan said they are his father would often visit his throwing “Woks and Lox,” a dinner and party, this grandmother and make latkes. But Christmas Eve. since her death, Sandler said he didn’t typically The event, hosted by Astoria cafe and bar The Queens do anything special on the 25th. Kickshaw, offers a twist on a time-honored tradition for He added that while he and Lim, who is Chimany Jews: eating Chinese food on nese, fit into “some sort of an Christmas Day. The menu for the axis” when it came to the event, however, will feature dishes event, the party is open to all. that combine both Jewish and Asian “Anyone in the world who When: Sat. Dec. 24 elements, conceived by chef Chichi t h i n k s i t ’s s o m e t h i n g t h e y Dinner 5-7 p.m. Post-dinner Wang, whom Orlick and Chan can identify with in any ‘nosh party’ 7-9 p.m. enlisted especially for the night. way is welcome,” he said, Astoria restaurant The Queens Kickshaw and food writers Jeff For the event, Wang will be Where: The Queens Kickshaw noting that the event is Orlick and Veronica Chan present “Woks and Lox” this Christmas cooking an array of dishes, including 40-17 Broadway, Astoria meant to celebrate both Eve, a dinner and party open to all. shiitake ginger matzoh ball soup, culinary experimentation Tickets: $59 dinner and party; potato and scallion wonton pieroand community. (The drink ticket will still be good for one drink, $28 party only gies, and Sichuan peppercorn latkes, In addition to food, the nosh Orlick noted.) indiegogo.com/WoksandLox to name a few. party will include the chance to The event will also include four women playing mahor call the restaurant at While the 20-person dinner is win an array of prizes in a Chinese jongg, a complex Chinese game involving tiles marked (718) 777- 0913 for info almost sold out, there are plenty of auction. “Jews love it, though with characters and symbols. spots open in the post-dinner “nosh apparently, it’s not Chinese at all,” While the women won’t be teaching anyone how to party,” which will also include food. Reservations can be Orlick said. play, Orlick said the sound of tiles being smacked down made at indiegogo.com/WoksandLox. Prizes offered by Louie’s Pizzeria, a variety of tour throughout the game will provide some “live auditory Ben Sandler, who co-owns the Kickshaw with his wife, guide operators, Schmaltz Brewing Co., and others will entertainment.” Jennifer Lim, said that when Orlick and Chan approached be placed in eight boxes. Participants will place drink Like Sandler, Orlick emphasized that anyone is welthem with the idea of hosting a Jewish-Asian fest at their tickets inside jars in front of the boxes, and a raffle come to attend “Woks and Lox,” but he added one venue, they thought it was “brilliant.” Q will choose a winner, who gets the box’s contents. caveat: “You have to like Jews and Asians.” by Paula Neudorf Associate Editor
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Comedy is hard to pull off, and improv is even harder. The spontaneity, the situations and the chemistry between the cast require impeccable precision. “Sh-long Prov: The Short and Long of Improv” is a show featuring improv from two different comedy troupes every Friday at the eGarage, a club in Long Island City. A recent Friday performance racked in the laughs Mr. Rogers Revenge, the first and last group to perform, specializes in longform improv, with story-based skits that border on the absurd. During last Friday’s show, a comedian played a bass-voiced bulldog who ruled over a kingdom out of a children’s fairytale. But before heading back to the kingdom, his bossy master rode on his back. The dog’s pleading that his master refrain was a gut buster, especially because the actors played their roles with dead-seriousness. Showing off how talented the performers are, the last segment combined all the comedians’ diverse skits in one overarching piece. Watching different characters interact was very funny, especially when a male actor playing a prostitute was adopted by the aforementioned dog owner, and got the same piggyback-ride treatment. Both the first and last segments ran 20 minutes each, which felt just right. The second group that performed was Improv Nation. Unlike Mr. Rogers Revenge, Improv Nation produces skits that are more like games than stories, similar to the show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” Undoubtedly the best game was “Scene.” Before the skit, the audience was asked to write down emotions, TV shows, literary genres and movies. A
moderator then called out the audience’s words while comedians performed, and they would adjust accordingly. It led to some hilarious situations, particularly as actors transitioned to new subjects. One moment they were mimicking the harlequin romance tone of “Twilight,” for example, and in the next, putting on the sexy attitudes of characters in an adult movie. There were times when a performer was not familiar with the topic called out and went with his or her own interpretation of the subject. One of the funniest of these was when one comedian, unfamiliar with Steinbeck’s work, spoke in an upperclass English accent after “The Grapes of Wrath” author’s name was called out. Improv Nation’s set ran for a total of 20 minutes, and just like Mr. Rogers Revenge’s, didn’t feel over-long. The games were varied and watching the actors clearly having fun as they performed was hysterical. Finding affordable entertainment in New York isn’t easy. If you’re looking for a good laugh, instead of paying $12 for a mediocre rom-com, head on over to the eGarage for a great night of improv. Note that this show is recommended for mature audiences due Q to language and adult situations.
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During his act, Louis mused on the differences between alcohol and marijuana and his belief that “people who live in New York don’t see New York how it actually is.” Next up, Harrison Greenbaum, taking pride in being the club’s “first official comic,” picked up on the New York theme (“New Yorkers are crazy” was one of his observations). Following one less-than-enthusiastic audience response, Greenbaum quipped, “You guys are not working out.” But he seemed to cherish marking off some of the new club’s special
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moments, pointing out the first applause break and even acknowledging the first heckler. The self-described “slightly effeminate Jew who can do magic tricks” ended his routine with a card trick that proved the highlight of his routine. Victor Varnado followed, peppering his act, much of which centered around his being a black albino, with some mildly off-color language. The single-named Saleem, poking fun at the venue, The Laughing Devil, on Vernon Boulevard, PHOTOS BY LUIS GRONDA complained that he “came opened last Friday. cross-town to perform in an And thus the club’s format alley underneath an air conditioner.” He then launched a series of jokes at was established: the standard lineup on most nights will the expense of President Obama. Hofstetter took the stage next, say- consist of several comics, ing, “It’s great to be doing comedy in each performing for approxiQueens; Queens is an amazing place,” mately 15 minutes. Any Comedian Saleem poked fun at the venue and before engaging in self-deprecating comics looking to test the President Obama during his set. limits of vulgarity should be humor aimed at his bright red hair. The evening was capped by Joe Lar- forewarned: they will be rejected by interested in honing your public speaking skills, you can sign up for the Sunson, who spoke of performing in a the club. Wednesdays will focus on open mic day evening workshops, which will be “comedy hallway” and at a “deadend,” two descriptions that seemed performances. And if you’re contem- taught by the pros and will cover 00 plating a career in comedy or are simply continued on page 40 pretty accurate.
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CITATION File No. 2011-2181/A SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent, To: To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Thelma Birnbaum, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Public Administrator of Queens County, Attorney General of the State of New York A petition having been duly filed by Maria Escobar Hernandez and Melba Feliberty who is/are domiciled at 70-26 175th Street, Fresh Meadows, New York 11365 and 1332 Metropolitan Avenue, Apt. 3G, Bronx, New York, 10462. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on January 26, 2012, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Thelma Birnbaum lately domiciled at 70-26 175th Street, Fresh Meadows, New York 11365, United States admitting to probate a Will dated February 1, 2007 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Thelma Birnbaum, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Maria Escobar Hernandez and Melba Feliberty. Dated Attested and Sealed, November 23, 2011 (Seal), HONORABLE PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, MARGARET M. GRIBBON, Chief Clerk, Barry Seidel, (718) 793-1133, Barry Seidel & Associates, 88-03 69th Avenue, Forest Hills, New York 11375 (Note: This Citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.)
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ONE UP EVENT DESIGN LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/13/11. 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, 161-44 84th Street, Howard Beach, New York 11414. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: FEDERAL RECYCLING L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
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Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Warrick, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/04/2011. 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 Wayne Warrick, 134-45 159th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of formation of KATHRYN M. QUIGLEY LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 217 West 19th St., Apt. 9, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Consulting.
Notice of Formation of 25 HAMPTON LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 108-18 Queens Blvd., Ste. 907, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Latest date on which the LLC may dissolve is 12/31/2099. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of BNL TOP ONE REALTY LLC Art. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/26/2011. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Weining Liang, 1 Stiles Dr., Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: HEMPSPRING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/27/11. The latest date of dissolution is 11/01/2081. 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, 110-64 Queens Boulevard, #353, Forest Hills, New York 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation: Justy L.P. Certificate filed with Sec of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80-18 263rd St., Floral Park, NY 11004. Term: until 12/31/99. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FTJW, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/16/11. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2051. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 53-18 72nd Place, Maspeth, New York 11378. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1258919 for wine and beer, has been applied by SAJNI 026 LLC to sell wine and beer at retail in the restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at SAJNI 026 LLC, 98-10 Queens Blvd., Rego Park 11374 in Queens for on-premises consumption.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: CONSERVATION KIDS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/23/2011. 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 ALISON COOK, 4427 Purves St., Apt. 10A, Long Island City, NY 11101. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
WISTERIA TAXI LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/14/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sophia Konstantinides, 3420 31 St, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
KEY STAR AUTO LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/14/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Noorul Kabir, 139-31 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Reg Agent: Nurul Kabir, 139-31 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NYUS GROUP A, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/10/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 39-15 Main Street, Suite 301, Flushing, NY 11354. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
25-76 99th Street LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/29/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Roy D. McFarlane, 25-76 99th St., East Elmhurst, NY 11369. Purpose: General.
Notice of Formation of GREAT WALL DYNAMIC PHYSICAL THERAPY & ACUPUNCTURE PLLC Art. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/27/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the PLLC, 58-30 Main Street, 2nd Fl., Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
ANGEL8 LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/31/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 75-47 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379. General Purposes.
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Jets and Giants jolted by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor
Itâ€™s debatable which local NFL team let their fans down more last Sunday. The Giants, coming off an emotional Dec. 11 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas, which bolted them into first place at the time, were as flat as a bottle of seltzer that had been left open for two weeks as they lost to the mediocre Washington Redskins 23-10. A few hours later the Jets were pounded 4519 in Philadelphia by an Eagles team that finally played like the Super Bowl contenders the experts thought that they would be before the 2011 season began. The Jets now have a record of 0-9 against the Eagles. The Giants will be the visiting team when they take on the Jets at their mutual home field in the Meadowlands on Christmas Eve. Both clubs are struggling to make it into the post-season and neither has much margin of error. To use reality TV terms, one of the teams will be fired or voted off the island with respect to playoff aspirations at gameâ€™s end. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is always sought out by the media following a game because of his candor. Asked if the inevitable hyperbolic press coverage of the upcoming game will make it easier for him and his teammates to forget about last Sundayâ€™s stinker, he quickly replied, â€œIt shouldnâ€™t, but it probably will help us forget about it.â€? You can bet that the Jets echo Tuckâ€™s sentiment. I ran into Tuck again as I was leaving MetLife and asked him if it will be difficult to
tune out all the nonsensical quotes that always seem to come out of the respective headquarters of rival teams scheduled to meet in a big game â€” and which the sporting press inexorably laps up. â€œIf I were a rookie, I would take it more seriously. Since Iâ€™m a veteran itâ€™s easier to ignore it,â€? he said. These have not been the best of times for boxing. The sport has done little to create interest in fighters who arenâ€™t Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. Itâ€™s not advisable to hold your breath waiting for those two to ever square off in the ring. All too often pugilists whom only die-hard boxing fans have ever heard of wind up headlining cable pay-per-view events. But Showtime deserves credit for having one of the best fights of the year on its main channel as American Andre Ward held off Englandâ€™s Carl Froch in a grueling 12-round fight for the middleweight title last Saturday night. The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame pays tribute to the best in every facet of the business, ranging from sportscasters to engineers to cameramen to executives. Among those honored at a ceremony last week were longtime NBC Sports CEO Dick Ebersol, NFL Films President Steve Sabol, and, posthumously, broadcasting legend Jack Buck. Jackâ€™s son, Joe, the main voice of Fox Sports, gave a moving speech for his dad, who died in 2003. Whitestone native Mike Baxter, who played for the Mets in September, signed a minor league contract with them last week and will Q try to make the team in spring training.
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You couldnâ€™t start the holiday season from the 1930s through the 1970s in Queens without stopping by one of the boroughâ€™s most beloved bakeries â€” Shelleyâ€™s Bake Shop. Irving and Anna Yanover of Jackson Heights opened their first bakery at 6217 Roosevelt Ave. in Woodside in 1929. Their attorney, Julius Oltarsh, suggested the names of three English Shelleyâ€™s Bake Shop covered up part of its sign poets â€” Shelley, Byron and Keats â€” during the legal fight over its name that ended in as possible business names because August 1947. This location had just opened up at they were distinguished but short. 81-04 37 Ave. in Jackson Heights. The Yanovers selected Shelleyâ€™s as the name. Successful, they built another in 1945 for $80,000. Ironically the new Shelleyâ€™s at 36-14 30 Ave. in Astoria in owners sued Yanover, the originator of the 1931; another one at 43-34 Main St. in name, over his use of it. While the case Flushing in 1933; and their biggest and was in litigation, the name, or at least part most famous at 94-06 63 Drive in Rego of it, had to be covered up on Yanoverâ€™s Park in 1940. The lines for their all-butter stores. In August 1947, shortly after he baked goods got so long in the Rego Park opened up another at 81-04 37 Ave. in store they had to take over a neighboring Jackson Heights, Yanover proved his case. shop and break down the wall to expand. It The Yanover-owned Shelleyâ€™s locations was still so busy you had to take a ticket all closed shortly after the death of Anna number from a machine to be served. Yanover in the 1970s. Singerâ€™s lone bakery Yanoverâ€™s secretary/treasurer, Julius at 82-11 Roosevelt Ave. closed in 1990. Singer, had built a Shelleyâ€™s bakery for Shelleyâ€™s brings back good memories himself in 1939, at 82-11 Roosevelt Ave. in this holiday season for all the Queens peoQ Jackson Heights. He sold it at great profit ple who grew up with it.
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