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What makes this marriage different? Forest Hills lesbian couple joins the fight for equality in New York by Elizabeth Daley
allowed to file taxes jointly in nine states. The health coverage that Sarah has as Stetefanie Frank had two weddings: One at fanie’s domestic partner and wife is taxed as Terrace on the Park in Flushing Mead- if it were income, and Stefanie, the non-bioows Park with 120 guests, and one in a logical mother of the soon-to-be-born twins, state where it was legal — Connecticut. had to fill out “a Bible’s worth” of paperNow expecting twins, Stefanie and her work, just to ensure that she would not be partner, Sarah Frank, are among a growing stopped from taking the children to a docnumber of gay couples facing legal and tor’s appointment. If one of the women were financial hurdles due to restrictions that to die, under current federal tax code, she both state and federal would be charged to government place upon inherit her spouse’s estate. their relationship. “I am not trying to am just trying to “It’s very stressful to change anything about anytell people we’re married get what everybody one else. I am just trying to and have them question get what everybody else else has.” it,” said Sarah, at the Forhas,” said Sarah, who volest Hills apartment she unteered to be interviewed — Sarah Frank shares with her wife. as part of a recent push by “We are constantly havNew Yorkers United for ing to explain that yes, we are really mar- Marriage to introduce state legislation which ried. We are no different than you.” would permit same-sex marriage. Despite President Obama’s refusal to Gov. Cuomo expressed his support for defend the Defense of Marriage Act, same- marriage equality in a video message on sex marriage is only permitted in five states Monday calling the issue “a matter of fairand in Washington, DC Many more states ness and equality.” offer civil unions or domestic partnerships. “It is not a question of religion or culture New York recognizes same-sex marriages but a question of legal rights and governperformed in other states, but when paying ment policy,” Cuomo added. taxes, married gay couples in New York see State Attorney General Eric Schneidernone of the benefits extended to their het- man recently added his voice to the debate, erosexual counterparts. penning a supportive op-ed with Republi1n 2010, same-sex couples were only can Theodore Olson, the former U.S. soliciEditor
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tor general. The pair wrote that civil unions were an unacceptable solution, inviting and encouraging unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children. “I am going to keep fighting,” said Stefanie. “We think about history and there was a time when black people and white
people couldn’t get married, and now they can, so we’re next.” Despite her optimism and recent gains made in the fight for marriage equality, the Franks have experienced disappointment. In 2009, a marriage equality bill failed continued on page 38
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The battle to keep Engine 294 open Civic leaders, pols vow to fight city plan to shutter Rich. Hill company by Anna Gustafson Editor
ayor Bloomberg’s proposal to close a Richmond Hill fire company is a death sentence in a community with strings of wooden houses and illegal conversions, say irate civic leaders and legislators who vowed to fight the plan. “Everyone’s afraid of the results of these cuts,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association, whose members are served by Engine 294. “This cut is dangerous. This is putting people’s lives at risk.” Engine 294, located at 101-20 Jamaica Ave., is one of 20 fire companies slated for closure because of budget cuts, according to a list released by the city last week. It serves much of southern and central Queens, including Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Forest Hills. Firefighters said they will often go as far as Howard Beach, Brooklyn and Kew Gardens. The company has been shuttered twice before, once under Mayor Koch and again under Mayor Dinkins. During the three years it was closed under Dinkins, there were 22 fire deaths in the area Engine 294 had served, according to firefighters. “We’ve seen the tragedies that occurred when it was closed in the past, and we don’t want to see that again,” said Wendy
Wendy Bowne, left, Simcha Waisman and Ed Wendell are fighting to keep Engine 294 in Richmond Hill open after the city announced last week the company was one of 20 in the city that could be PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON closed because of budget cuts. Bowne, president of the Richmond Hill firefighter at Engine 294, said if the unit closBlock Association. es, it will have a ripple effect on companies Bowne asserted that while the time it throughout the area. takes to get to a fire is important anywhere, “When you take an engine out of the picit is especially crucial in the area served by ture, when we’re not there to help the others Engine 294 because there are “100-year- — that will add time onto their response old wood frame houses riddled with illegal times,” Gonzalez said. conversions.” Gonzalez also Tom Gonzalez, a ** More FDNY budget coverage on page 6 ** said the city is
making a big mistake if it shutters any fire company. “We’re the busiest we’ve ever been here,” he said. “Fire deaths are at an all-time low in the city because we’re doing our job.” Bloomberg said the city would save $55 million this year should the 20 companies close. According to a city report released last week, the average response time for the first fire truck arriving at a scene in the area covered by Engine 294 would go from three minutes and 40 seconds to four minutes and 12 seconds. The report claimed “surrounding companies are able to absorb the workload.” Simcha Waisman, president of the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, scoffed at the city’s estimated response times, arguing it will likely take longer because of traffic congestion, particularly on such major thoroughfares as Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. “I live in a house that’s over 100 years old, and it would go if they don’t respond quickly, “ Waisman said. State Assemblyman Mike Miller (DWoodhaven) and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) echoed the civic leaders’ concerns. “It’s an absurd proposition by the mayor to close any firehouse, let alone this one,” continued on page 34
A-bomb survivor details life of pain Artist tells students of the ‘blinding light’ that changed her world forever by Anna Gustafson Editor
Toshiko Tanaka was only 6 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped about a mile and a half from where she lived in Hiroshima, but she remembers it like it was yesterday — being severely burned and blanketed in darkness under a mushroom cloud, seeing her home completely destroyed and witnessing people running towards her, their skin hanging like suspended liquid from the tips of their fingers.
One of many paintings that Japanese artist Toshiko Tanaka has created depicting what she saw after the atomic bomb dropped.
“On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m., I was six years and 10 months old and on my way to school when I saw a flash of blinding light,” Tanaka told students at the High School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in Ozone Park on Friday. “A huge blast enveloped us, and I covered my face. My right arm, head and neck were severely burned. I had no idea what had happened, and then everything went black. I was under the mushroom cloud, and all I saw was debris, dust and a world of darkness.” Tanaka, now an artist who still lives in Japan, spoke to the students last week as part of the Hibakusha Stories, a program that brings atomic bomb survivors to high schools throughout the city. One of the program’s goals is to inspire students to advocate for nuclear non-proliferation. Tanaka spoke to students through an interpreter, Marie Cochrane. It is estimated that 140,000 people died in the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, and another 60,000 people were killed when an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, though the f igures vary widely. The Japanese government surrendered
to the Allied Powers six days after the second bomb detonated. “I was lucky I was not in the center of where the bomb dropped,” Tanaka said. “Everyone vanished there.” Tanaka has lived with pain since the bomb dropped, which she attributes to the effects of radiation. A number of her family members were affected by radiation, including her brother, who “seemed fine until his 40s, when he was diagnosed with cancer.” Her son has issues with weak chest bones, the cause for which doctors have told her is likely due to her exposure to radiation. “When you’re underneath the mushroom cloud, what felt like sand was blasted into your mouth,” Tanaka said. “I still remember the strange taste in my mouth, and that was the radiation.” When she was able to orient herself after the blast, Tanaka ran home, where she discovered her house had been nearly entirely destroyed. Her mother, who had been at home, somehow survived. “When I got home, I saw a piece of blue sky through a hole in the roof of my house,” Tanaka said. “That blue has been in every piece of art I create. I believe that was the hope God gave to me.”
Toshiko Tanaka, left, spoke to students in Ozone Park last week about living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped there at the end of World War II. Marie Cochrane, right, translated for Tanaka, an artist who still resides in PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON Japan. Soon after she arrived at her home, Tanaka said she and her mother saw other survivors who had been closer to ground zero running toward them. “They had no voices,” she said. “They were unable to scream. They looked like zombies, their arms stretched out. The skin from their shoulders and arms was drooping from their f ingertips.
These people running toward us, after a little while they’d deplete of energy and just die there.” For years, Tanaka said the memories of the day the bomb dropped were too painful to discuss, and she found her only outlet through her art. “I have always carried that traumatic incident with me, and the continued on page 34
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Queens in peril if fire companies close: pol Public advocate says response times would increase significantly by Michael Cusenza Editor
If the city shutters four borough f ire companies, as Mayor Bloomberg proposed earlier this month, the response times of surrounding units would jump significantly, thus endangering communities, according to a report released this week by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. In his executive budget proposal, Bloomberg once again marched 20 FDNY companies — four in Queens, eight in Brooklyn, two on Staten Island and three each in the Bronx and Manhattan — toward the fiscal gallows, claiming a savings of $55 million. Engine Co. 294 in Richmond Hill, Engine Co. 306 in Bayside, Engine Co. 328 in Far Rockaway and Ladder Co. 128 in Long Island City could be out of service come July 1. But de Blasio said the move will have a negative ripple effect on the amount of time it takes the units near the endangered companies to respond to emergencies. He cited the department’s own “Engine and Ladder Company Analysis,” which indicated that post-closure response time for 294’s coverage area would increase by 32 seconds; 306’s would skyrocket by 75 seconds; 328’s would jump 18 seconds; and 128’s would increase by 73 seconds. “The neighborhoods targeted by these cuts will see their safety go up in smoke,” de Blasio said in a prepared statement. “If
the mayor succeeds in cutting these companies, some communities won’t meet the response times needed in places like Fargo, North Dakota, let alone a city where we need to fight fires on the upper floors of big apartment buildings.” The FDNY’s research also shows the four companies on the block as among the least busy in the city. The National Fire Protection Association has stated that firefighters should arrive at a fire scene within four minutes of a dispatcher receiving the call, in order to prevent the blaze from spreading beyond a single room. Civilian death triples and property damage increases more than eight-fold if a fire has time to spread. De Blasio said, based on empirical data, slower response times can lead to crippling consequences: fire damage grows, medical emergencies worsen and the economy can take a hit if a small business is affected by an emergency. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) hammered the Bloomberg administration for relying on “false response times to justify closing fire companies. “The FDNY is not counting the time the 911 caller is spending with the 911 operator, which could be up to two minutes,” added Crowley, chairwoman of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s report indicates that FDNY response times in Queens would be FILE PHOTO greatly impacted should four companies close as the mayor has proposed. Bloomberg has closed seven fire companies since 2003, including Engine Co. 261 in Long Island City. Earlier this year, the city reduced staffing at 60 engine companies from five firefighters to four. According to the FDNY and Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy, the past seven years have been the busiest in the 145-year history of the department. “The mayor has been saying that New Yorkers must do more with less and that is just what New York City firefighters have
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Marriage equality now! conomic concerns aside, the most important issue by far for the state Legislature to address before this session ends is marriage equality. It is the civil rights issue of our time. For far too long, citizens who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered had to live in the shadows. Only in recent years have they been recognized as equal members of society, granted the same legal protections that other minorities already had through anti-discrimination laws. But they are still being denied full equality in nine out of every 10 states, including New York, because they may not marry their partners, unlike everyone else. It’s high time this wanton discrimination, this treatment of some U.S. citizens as separate and unequal, be brought to an end. It almost happened in New York in December 2009, when a marriage equality bill passed the Assembly but was killed in the Senate. Every Republican in the upper chamber voted against it, along with, sadly, enough Democrats to deny its passage. Among those Democrats were three senators from Queens: George Onorato of Astoria, Joe Addabbo Jr. of Howard Beach and Shirley Huntley of Jamaica. Onorato is
out of office, replaced by Mike Gianaris, who will vote yes. But Addabbo and Huntley remain, and neither has announced a change of heart. Both are saying they will do what their constituents want them to do. Leadership, however, sometimes means leading your constituents. We urge both Queens senators to put aside whatever pressure they’re under from backward-thinking residents and religious groups, and to vote in favor of legal and financial equality for all their constituents. It seems almost funny to have to say a lawmaker should vote in favor of equality; at least it would if this weren’t such a serious matter. We have no doubt that future generations will look back in amazement at the fact that LGBT marriage was ever an issue, just as we do today vis-a-vis mixed race marriage — not to mention any of the other civil rights advances made by minorities in recent decades. Only five states allow gay marriage, most in the progressive Northeast: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Iowa, plus Washington, DC. Reactionary citizens in 31 states have voted it down in referenda. Nowhere has the public approved it. And the misnamed Defense of Marriage Act remains federal law, though the Obama admin-
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Save Engine 306 I Dear Editor: In an effort to close its current budget gap, last week the Bloomberg administration announced that it is planning to close the Fire Department’s Engine 306 in Bayside. This firehouse serves the Bayside and Bay Terrace area and is vital to the safety of our community. In addition, the safety repercussions of closing Engine 306 go beyond Bayside and Bay Ter race. If Engine 306 is closed, emergency responders will have to be called in from other areas. This will take assets away from areas such as Flushing, Whitestone, Douglaston and Little Neck and put those areas at additional risk as well. When a f ire emergency occurs every minute counts. Closing Engine 306 will put property and lives in northeast Queens at undue risk. I applaud our local elected officials as they have aggressively fought against the closing of Engine 306. State Sen. Tony Avella, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and Councilman Dan Halloran have moved
istration is no longer defending it in court. Those who oppose marriage equality do it mostly on the basis of religion, which simply has no place in the public arena today. Religion is, as the president once pointed out, something people cling to in order to ease their anxieties. No one should suffer because of that, but the LGBT community continues to do so in 45 states, though a recent poll shows most Americans now support gay marriage. Opponents make slippery slope arguments, claiming that if same-sex couples can marry, the next thing might be unions between more than two people, between siblings, between adults and children — it’s all hogwash. All we’re talking about is equal rights for two loving adults at a time. Gov. Cuomo, who supports marriage equality, did the impossible once already, getting a responsible state budget passed on time. Reports this week say he’s likely doing it again by getting a property tax cap approved. Both are great victories. But the third time’s the charm, and the greatest victory of all would be getting New York to end the discrimination and join the ranks of progressive states on the right side of today’s greatest civil rights battle. Urge your lawmakers to pass marriage equality today.
quickly in a bipartisan manner to fight this travesty. They clearly recognize that our safety is of the utmost importance. The fact that Bloomberg is proposing to close a budget gap by risking the property and lives of the residents of northeast Queens is just one example of the administration’s misguided ideology. While I understand that the city, state and federal governments are each in financial crisis, it seems that the first places the mayor seeks to cut are our schools and our emergency services (police, f ire and EMS). Those should always be the last place we cut. On a national level, our tax dollars continue to build schools, police stations and firehouses in Iraq and Afghanistan while we are closing schools and firehouses here in New York City. It is time that our mayor and our federal government get their priorities straight and ensure that our communities have good schools and our citizens can go to bed at night knowing that they are safe and, in the event of an emergency, a responder is only moments away. Steven Anthony Behar Bayside
Save Engine 306 II Dear Editor: On Sunday, May 22, I attended a rally protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 firehouses throughout New York City. The demonstration took place outside Engine 306 in Bayside. Engine 306 is one of the 20 houses the Bloomberg administration deems unnecessary to protect the members of our community. At the rally several elected off icials, members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and community leaders spoke out against the proposed closing. Speakers included Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, State Sen. Tony Avella, UFOA President Al Hagan and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece. I want to personally thank the speakers for their dedication and support on this issue. However, preventing the closure of Engine 306 and the other 19 firehouses will require increased pressure from local residents and strong representation from elected officials at the city level. There is no denying that the city is facing financial difficulties, but most New
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Hike retail wages now Dear Editor: On Saturday May 21, I attended a Town Hall meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona with hundreds of others to demand that the owner of the highly profitable Queens Center Mall, the Macerich Company, give back to the community by transforming the publicly subsidized mall from a poverty wage center into a responsible development for workers of Queens. Among those participating in the event were elected officials: state Sen. Jose Peralta, Assembly members Francisco Moya and Jeffrion Aubrey, and City Council Members Julissa Fer reras and Daniel Dromm. The meeting was hosted by Make the Road New York, Queens Congregations United for Action, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the Retail Action Project. In exchange for the more than $100 million in tax breaks Macerich receives, a growing coalition is pushing to hold the mall owner accountable to the public by requiring retailers to pay a living wage with benefits, respect workers’ rights to organize a union without threats or intimidation and provide space for community services. The owners of the mall receive tens of millions of dollars in subsidies from our tax dollars and what does the community receive in return? Absolutely nothing. It is past time for retail workers to receive a living wage and be able to unionize without being threatened by their employers. Many people who work at the mall barely make the minimum wage. As everyone knows, it’s not possible to live on such a low salary here in Queens, much less support a family. When we talk about economic development in our community, we should be talking about jobs that provide economic stability, jobs that can support a family and not part-
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Pet owners beware Dear Editor: I’m writing this letter to show that no one is perfect, that serious mistakes can be made, but that the ASPCA mobile van unit took care of the matter quickly and courteously, and that other pet owners be aware of similar situations. Puss Puss was adopted several months ago from a nice animal shelter in Rego Park and seemed the perfect pet, until she began to howl loudly and crouch on the floor with her backside up. This would continue for a few days, stop, then start again. The shelter had told me that she was a very vocal cat, so I let it go. Suddenly, the howling became incessant so that even the neighbors complained. Puss Puss was adopted with a certificate from the ASPCA indicating when she was spayed. The surgical scar and “tattoo” that the ASPCA puts on the pet’s abdomen were visible. But looking at YouTube, I saw female cats in heat with the same symptoms that Puss Puss exhibited; and it suddenly occurred to me that she may never have been fixed. The shelter arranged for the ASPCA mobile van to examine Puss Puss. They said she had the surgical scar from spaying and would need exploratory surgery, but they couldn’t do it on that particular van. I was real angry and reached the main office of the ASPCA mobile van unit; and, when they couldn’t offer quick help, I said some nasty things about their quality of service and hung up. They called me back, asking me not to hang up and said they would handle the matter as quickly as possible. On a rainy, windy March morning, a private pet taxi arranged by the ASPCA took both Puss Puss and me into Manhattan to a specially equipped mobile van for exploratory surgery by one of their vets. Remnants of reproductive organs were found in Puss Puss. Even though the weather was bad with heavy rain and wind and umbrellas turning inside out, the people waiting for their dogs and cats to be fixed and returning hours later were all pleasant even though there was no shelter. (Maybe people in Manhattan have more patience than we in Queens have.) The medical report states that the entire uterus and right ovary were intact and part of the left ovary remained. Puss Puss had never been spayed. My brave cat was returned to me with the surgeon’s report that she would no longer be on the prowl. I want to thank the staff at the ASPCA mobile van unit for their excellent care and saving the life of my pet and caring for her. My sweet cat is comfortable and no longer howling, and, if she could talk would say “Thank you” in meow language. Merrilyn Wittlin Rego Park
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Residents to cops: Bring back horses Say at 102nd Precinct meeting that NYPD should return steeds to area of the Richmond Hill Block Association, asked for more police officers, school safety agents and parks enforcement patrol officers during the meeting. “We need help,” he said. Secreto agreed, though he added that parks off icers are often assigned to the bigger recreation areas, such as Flushing Meadows, Central Park and Prospect Park. Regarding the school safety agents, Secreto said they are assigned mostly to high-needs schools that are targeted by Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, such as Jamaica High School, Murray Bergtraum High School in Manhattan and DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. However, Secreto urged residents to contact Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, if there is a problem at a local school and he assured them that resources would be moved there. Secreto told the audience there is good news with Bloomberg’s decision to provide funding for a July Police Academy class of 1,400 recruits. “We need them,” he said. The PBQS commander said that
Ten years ago, the New York Police Department took mounted officers and their steeds from the newly renovated stables in the 102nd Precinct and transferred them to the police facility in Cunningham Park. The NYPD told residents the move would be temporary and their beloved troop would be back in five months. However, the group known as Troop G has not returned. “Troop G had their own identity in our neighborhood,” Maria Thomson, president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, said at the time of the mounted unit’s departure. “They knew us and we knew them. A real positive element of our community was taken away from us.” Time has passed, but Thomson has not forgotten about the horses. She asked James Secreto, commander of Patrol Borough Queens South, at the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting in Richmond Hill last week for his help in getting Troop G back to her neighborhood. “We still have our stables,” she said. Simcha Waisman, vice president
he hopes Queens South will get more than the 51 police officers it got from the last Academy class of 1,100 that graduated in December. The chief noted that at one time the police department had 41,000 cops but is down to 35,000, and is now also tasked with additional responsibilities, in particular devoting a large amount of resources to counterterrorism efforts. Thomson asked for the return of NYPD’s Operation Impact — a police initiative launched to reduce and prevent serious and violent crimes by deploying police officers to strategically targeted locations in the precinct on a periodic basis. Thomson said that there was a 95 percent reduction in crime when the impact officers were in the precinct. “What a difference they made,” she said. When the program was deployed in the 102nd, the precinct received 51 extra police officers. They patrolled on foot in certain designated areas: Atlantic Avenue from Eldert Lane to 92nd Street and Rockaway Boulevard from 80th Street to Eldert Lane and Jamaica Avenue from Eldert Lane going to 85th Street. The program ran seven days a
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by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor
Police Officer Antwon Trent of the 102nd Precinct was honored with the Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting last week for his arrest of a robbery suspect who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. Trent was patrolling Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven on May 6 at 11 p.m. when he observed an individual who allegedly had an open container of alcohol in public view at the corner of Woodhaven Boule-
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vard and Jamaica Avenue. The city’s open container law prohibits anyone from drinking an alcoholic beverage in any public place. According to Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, Trent detained the individual and found that he had an outstanding warrant. He then placed him under arrest. DeLeon said the suspect allegedly had a knapsack which contained a wallet with a female’s identification and credit cards. The suspect denied the wallet was his and said he had found it. Trent tracked down the owner of the wallet. The inspector said the woman told Trent that she had gone to a pizzeria, where she said she was bumped into by an employee as he let her into the bathroom, but thought nothing of the nudge at the time. DeLeon said that based on the description given to police by the victim, they believe that the man Trent arrested is the individual who stole her wallet from her pocket. He noted Trent was honored with the award because by addressing a quality of life violation he was able to catch an Q alleged robbery suspect.
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Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is urging Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to allocate additional officers to the 106th Precinct to deal with the millions of visitors expected to annually visit the Aqueduct casino that is slated to open by the end of the summer. Ulrich spoke with, and sent a letter to, Kelly last week about what he, and many civic leaders and residents, have said is a need for an increased police presence around Aqueduct because of the incoming casino. More than eight million people are expected to visit the city’s first casino in South Ozone Park annually. “In order to keep our streets safe, we are going to need more cops at the 106th Precinct,” Ulrich said. “My constituents should not have to worry about any rise in crime that might emanate from Aqueduct. We need to do everything we can to guarantee a good quality of life for the neighborhoods surrounding the track.” Assistant Chief James Secreto, commanding off icer of Patrol Borough Queens South, which covers the Aqueduct area, recently told Community Board 10 members that Police Department officials
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A retired NYPD police officer from South Ozone Park has pleaded guilty to promoting child pornography, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Matthew Fanning, 48, admitted to watching a video that featured a 3-year-old girl performing oral sex on an adult male, Brown said. Fanning obtained the video from a f ile-sharing website called Limewire on Oct. 4, 2006, according to the guilty plea. He downloaded another video on May 15, 2007 that depicted a 10-year-old girl having sexual intercourse with an adult male, the DA said.
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Residents dined at Cordon Bleu during the GWDC’s annual dinner dance last week.
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Students slam mayor’s plan to cut programs Hundreds rally at Borough Hall to restore after-school funding Editor
Hundreds of students, parents and legislators rallied on the steps of Queens Borough Hall Tuesday, decr ying cuts in Mayor Bloomberg’s budget proposal they said would devastate afterschool programs that provide academic support and recreational opportunities to thousands of children whose parents work during the day. Bloomberg’s budget, if approved by the City Council, would cut about $23.4 million to
Out of School Time, a city initiative that provides funding to afterschool programs throughout the five boroughs. OST had a $110.7 million budget in 2010. Advocates said that budget cut translates into the elimination of about 16,000 after-school slots, or about 25 percent of the OST system. According to after-school advocates, at least one out of five children receiving services at the 102 after-school OST programs in Queens would not have a slot. “We get a lot of homework help there,” said Sumia Hong, a
Protesters said working parents rely on after-school programs to provide safe places for their children to receive academic support.
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Students welcome lawsuit to keep open the century-old institution by Anna Gustafson Editor
Jamaica High School senior Doreen Mohammed has known for as long as she can remember that she wanted nothing more than to be a doctor. Mohammed, who is graduating second in her class, grew up with her grandfather’s stories of being a doctor in Bangladesh, where he would give free care to his impoverished neighbors who could not afford health care. “He helped so many people, and I was really inspired by that,” Mohammed said. Now, after years of making her way up the academic ladder — spending countless hours on school essays and studying for advanced placement tests, she has landed a full scholarship to Columbia University in the fall. Such an accomplishment is no easy feat for any student, and Doreen, her colleagues and teachers emphasized she and other students faced especially daunting challenges because of limited resources at Jamaica High School, which the city plans to close. The city Panel for Educational Policy voted earlier this year to phase out the centuryold institution beginning next fall, but the United Federation of Teachers, the NAACP and a number of legislators filed a lawsuit last week that aims to stop the closure of Jamaica and 21 other schools throughout the city. This move thrilled students like Doreen, who said Jamaica has prepared them to go
Jamaica High School seniors Courtney Perkins, left, Gerard Henry and Sharmin Piancca said they are pleased a lawsuit has been filed to keep open the school they say has helped them to land PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON acceptance to top-tier colleges and universities. on to top-tier colleges and universities despite the fact that, because of city budget cuts, the school has limited resources, including few AP courses, no music class this year and few opportunities for students to access science labs. “I took all honors courses and whatever AP courses were available,” Mohammed said. “I took AP biology, but we couldn’t do any lab experiments because of budgetary restrictions, but I still got a three on the exam. If I had had lab time, I probably could’ve gotten a four or five.” The highest score students can get on the AP test is a five, and a three still allows students to receive college credit.
“The lawsuit proves we were deprived of a lot,” Doreen said. “We need music to graduate, but we can’t take it because we have no money for a music teacher, so we have to take double period art. The city is depriving us of things others get, and yet they’re calling us failures.” Doreen is not alone when it comes to being successful at Jamaica, which students predominantly credit with support from teachers and family. Gerard Henry, who is graduating eighth in his class, is going to study law at Columbia University this fall. “There are so many students doing well here,” Henr y said. “We’re here with
inadequate supplies. I’m using textbooks older than I am, most of which are coming from Townsend Harris. It’s not right, but what matters is we get help from our teachers.” Nujhat Choudhury, Nuria Nusrat and Tonmoy Kabiraj all arrived at Jamaica High School three years ago from Bangladesh and spoke little English. Now, Choudhury is on her way to study civil engineering at Canada University of Alberta, Nusrat will attend City College to major in math, and Kabiraj is graduating third in his class and plans to attend St. John’s University to become a doctor. Frances Uwechue moved from her home city of Lagos, Nigeria to Springfield Gardens this year, and she said she immediately landed the academic support she needed. She was especially elated to receive a 2090 on her SATs — a score that got her into SUNY Albany, where she plans to study to become a doctor. “The teachers do nothing but good things for you here,” said Sharmin Piancca, of Hollis, who is graduating 11th in her class and will attend Hunter College. “Mr. Eterno stayed after school for three hours a day to help me prepare for AP tests.” James Eterno is a social studies teacher. Courtney Perkins, of Laurelton, said the “unfair” conditions she saw at Jamaica High inspired her to want to study documentary filmmaking. “I’d love to do a documentary on this whole experience,” she said. “I have to show the world what’s happening here.” Q
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Becoming pen pals with famous writers Corona students get a lesson in ‘old time’ communication — letters by Anna Gustafson
lives on paper to such entertainment stars as Nora Ephron, who penned the screenplays They weren’t quite drawing on a cave for “Julie and Julia” and “When Harry Met wall, but students at PS 16 in Corona said Sally,” and her sister Delia Ephron, who they engaged in one of the more archaic wrote the screenplay for “The Sisterhood of forms of communicating this year — they the Traveling Pants.” wrote letters. The pen pals met each other for the “We were able to experience an old-time first time on Friday at PS 16. way of communicating,” said Fabiola “It’s a really great thing to do,” said Radosav, one of the 24 fifth-grade students Nora Ephron, who wrote to the 11-year-old at the school who became pen pals with Fabiola. “Nobody writes me letters anytelevision and film writers this year. more. I get letters from the gas company, The students, writers and actors are all the credit card company. There is no more part of PencilPALS — Performing Artists mail as we know it, so it’s thrilling to get for Literacy in Schools, a collaboration letters from Fabiola.” between the Screen Actors Guild FoundaThe students told their famous countertion and the Writers Guild of America, East parts about everything from their desires to Foundation, which aims to inspire students be astronauts or doctors, and, for Fabiola, to read and write by having them detail their she wrote of the possibility of becoming a writer like Nora Ephron. “I wrote to her about there being a Romanian tradition where parents set up a tray of objects when you’re 1 year old, and I picked up a pencil, which means I’ll be successful at writing,” Fabiola said. Delia Ephron, who wrote to Grace Han, 10, called her endeavors in letter-writing an “adventure.” “It’s a great way to be friends,” said Delia Ephron, who also wrote the screenplays for the movie “Bewitched” and “You’ve Got Mail.” “We wrote about our dogs, what we ate at Thanksgiving. It was a great way to connect.” Yorly Lam, 11, said she Playwright and television writer Jacquelyn Reingold, left, enjoyed foregoing texting and eand Emily Mannan, 10, meet for the first time at PS 16 mailing for letter writing. “When you write e-mails, you after writing to each other for the past year. Editor
PS 16 students Yorly Lam, left, and Derek Kwok meet with Brant Englestein, who has written for PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” write them really fast,” Yorly said. “You’re not really meaning anything in e-mails, but you actually mean something in letters.” Emily Mannan, 10, said she especially enjoyed discussing favorite books with Jacquelyn Reingold, a playwright who has also written for the shows “In Treatment,” and “Law and Order.” “I love the enthusiasm Emily has,” Reingold said. “Not only did she write these fun letters, she sent me these great drawings, such as the view from her window. She also sent me a great short story that she wrote.” That story, Emily explained, was about a girl who follows her dream to become an inventor despite her parents’ insistence that she become a lawyer. Janine Esposito, the class’ teacher, said
writing to their pen pals gave them a “boost of self-confidence.” “They’re getting to send samples of what they wrote to professional writers,” Esposito said. “It was great because some of their pals would give them suggestions for what they would do in their writing, which they would then use.” Brant Englestein, who has written for “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” said he would often think of his pen pal, Derek Kwok, 11, as he traversed the world. “When I went to Prague for work, I was excited to write a letter from there to Derek,” said Englestein, who is now writing for “The Borgias,” a Showtime program about the powerful Italian dynasty of SpanQ ish origin.
Boro parents welcome charter at LIC school Speakers at PEP meeting berated city for plans to lay off teachers by Anna Gustafson Editor
While there was plenty of contention at the city Panel for Educational Policy meeting at Long Island City High School last week, Queens residents were, for once, not the ones angered by the PEP. Borough residents in the past have spent hours berating the city before the panel voted to close Jamaica High School, PS 30 in Rochdale Village and IS 231 in Springfield Gardens, but those from Queens who spoke during the May 18 meeting said they were pleased that the PEP voted to allow a charter to slightly expand in PS 111 in Long Island City. “We welcome the co-location of Voice with PS 111,” said Valarie Lamour, a member of Community Education Council 30, which represents schools in western Queens. “It’ll help our district with overcrowded schools.” The PEP vote will allow Voice, a charter school specializing in music, to permanently site its kindergarten through second-grade classes at PS 111. The city had originally proposed the school be able to expand through fourth grade, but CEC 30 members objected to that idea and the Department of Education ultimately compromised. Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg said the compromise was an “improvement that responds to the needs of both schools and adds new seats to the district.”
Many from Brooklyn, however, were irate at the meeting that the PEP approved the co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate, a charter, at PS 9. Much of the meeting was spent discussing that co-location. Queens teachers at the PEP meeting did raise frustrations with Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to eliminate about 6,000 teaching positions in the city. “Francis Lewis High School is at 200 percent capacity now, and that’s at a 10-year low,” UFT representative Arthur Goldstein said of his school in Fresh Meadows. “You have a $3.2 billion surplus, yet you want to get rid of 8 percent of working teachers.” James Vasquez, the UFT Queens High School representative, criticized schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott over the impending layoffs. “Your mannerisms and way of speaking is so much more respectful,” than his predecessor, Cathie Black, Vasquez said. “But as much as you say you respect us, you’re also saying you’re going to lay off thousands of teachers. If your solution is to do the same things as Chancellors Klein and Black did, what kind of respect is that?” Kenneth Achiron, the UFT representative at Long Island City High School, called for the layoffs to be rescinded. “The mayor’s priorities are misplaced,” he said. “We Q need every single teacher there is here.”
Valarie Lamour, a member of Community Education Council 30, said at the PEP meeting that she welcomes the Voice charter PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON school at PS 111 in Long Island City.
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The layoff of thousands of teachers threatened by Mayor Bloomberg would be disastrous in a school like PS 19 in Corona, where overcrowded classes long ago spilled from the main building into the colorful trailers that dot the school yard, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said this week. Ferreras and de Blasio visited the elementary school, which the councilwoman attended, on Tuesday to collect signatures for a petition blasting the mayor’s proposal to eliminate about 6,000 teaching positions in the city: about 4,100 through layoffs and the rest through attrition. Bloomberg has said the layoffs are necessary because of reductions in state and federal aid. “This is probably one of the most overpopulated schools in the city,” Ferreras said. “I attended this school, and it’s not as if there wasn’t overcrowding then. We need to not only advocate for an expansion of the school but the preservation of teachers.” PS 19 could stand to lose about six teachers, which would be especially burdensome in a school where the average class size already hovers around 30 students, said Maria Quiroz, president of the schools Parents Association. “Imagine if we lose one teacher,” Quiroz
said. “Where will all these students go?” PS 19 has been crowded for more than two decades, and 16 years ago the city installed about 10 portable classrooms outside the main building that were expected to be a temporary solution. Those classrooms, however, remain. According to city statistics, the school has 2,012 students. It was built for 1,305. On the same day de Blasio visited Corona, he launched parentsforteachers.com, a web page featuring written and video testimonials from individuals who oppose Bloomberg’s plan. The web page is part of a multi-pronged approach by de Blasio to stop the layoffs. Another part is the petition he brought with him on Tuesday, which more than 3,000 parents have signed. “You’ve got 1.1 million school children and their parents, and that’s enough political power to reverse this decision if we mobilize parents,” de Blasio said. Ferreras and de Blasio received numerous signatures on Tuesday, including one from the councilwoman’s former bus driver, Felix Rosa, who still brings children to and from PS 19 daily. Eddie Paez, a fifth-grade student at PS 19, said he decided to sign the petition in order to “help teachers so they get what they deserve.” The youngster said he has found many
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Bill to teach cabbies signs of sex traffic Peralta introduces legislation to help victims of sexual slavery by Elizabeth Daley
“The drivers working for my company are honest and hard-working,” said Felix Suero, president of Dominicana, “This bill will help make sure that future drivers stay that way too.” Faith Huckel, founder of Restore, an organization that assists sex-trafficking victims, is hopeful that the legislation will help women exit prostitution. “When you provide services, you actually see women transform their lives,” said Huckel, who runs a safe house for trafficking victims at an undisclosed location in Queens. Women who have been trafficked are also eligible for victim’s visas and may be allowed to stay in the country regardless of their immigration status. “There are some 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any time in human history. Most are traff icked for commercial or sexual exploitation and 80 percent are female,” Huckel said. She said women are often lured from their homes with promises of a good job or a false marriage. Some are kidnapped and others sold by their parents, husbands or boyfriends, and most are afraid to come forward. Though sex trafficking remains a serious issue in the United States, Huckel said that of the 300 arrests made for prostitution in Queens County in 2010, only one of the
Many women are forced into sex work after being traff icked against their will from other countries, and part of that travel is done in the back of New York City cabs. At a press conference on Friday, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) introduced a bill which would require the Taxi and Limousine Commission to develop a program to teach drivers about sex trafficking as a prerequisite for licensure and renewal. The course would help drivers recognize victims of trafficking and educate cabbies of their legal responsibility to alert authorities, lest they be accused of participating in a crime. “Someone aware of this brutal reality is less likely to participate in the continued exploitation of these woman,” said Peralta. He added that many pimps offer a free delivery service, using cars — often with the same company — to transport women to johns gratis. It is Peralta’s hope that by using cab drivers as look-outs, more sex traffickers can be prosecuted and more women saved from sex work and offered asylum. His proposal to combat trafficking has received support from the TLC and from local cab services including Dominicana Radio Dispatch, based in Corona.
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Make yourself over at college So you’re the honor society guy, huh? Or maybe you’re the choir chick, drama queen or football jock. Many high school experiences dictate that certain people belong to certain groups, making it nearly impossible to break into a different crowd or shatter the walls of the tightly knit student council/a capella choir/cheerleading squad. The good news is, whatever your label in high school, it will soon be erased. Making the transition to college is more than just a road to higher education — it’s also a path to discovering your hidden passions and getting a personality makeover. Take a cue from these students and seize the opportunity to reinvent yourself and emerge a totally new person.
anyone know you’re shy if you don’t show it? Psych yourself up and practice becoming an outgoing person. Approach people in your dorm and start a conversation. By being forced into unfamiliar situations, you’re challenging yourself to take risks and experience new things. Never had the chance (or guts) to be on stage? Try joining the drama club or testing your funny bone with the improv group. If public speaking has been your Everest, climb aboard with campus government or a student Toastmasters club. You can also indulge in hobbies you’re already familiar with and get involved with others who share your passion. Maybe you love basketball and played on the team in high school, but were hardly recruited to play at the NCAA level. Less competitive sports put the focus on fun and the love of the game.
Activities 101 College life involves more than just academics — it’s also about organizations, clubs and groups designed to join together students with similar interests. While studying and attending classes are important, it’s the “other stuff ” that will enhance the experience of your next four years. Friendships are formed, hobbies are cultivated and new skills are often mastered. Cathy Carson, assistant manager of the University Activities Office at Michigan State University says campus activities and student organizations act as agents of change. “Most college students are looking for a student life experience to go along with their studies, and they realize the next four or f ive years are about growth and change,” she explains. Carson suggests letting such experiences help you grow; experiencing student life will help you realize your individual potential. So how do you go from being the shy girl in gym class to team captain of the swim club? First, keep in mind that you’ll probably be unknown in your new digs, so how would
Getting involved With so many opportunities to discover your hidden talents and skills, how do you jump in? To make the high school-to-college transition easier, most colleges offer new student orientation week. During this time, students are introduced to college life and the various ways to get involved outside of classes. Most universities offer a student life center as a resource for new students to gather information about different organizations. Another option to test the waters and try something new is to enroll in a special interest class — usually offered for one credit or taken as a pass/fail option. These universityapproved courses count toward your degree. Flip through your school’s course catalogue and you may discover such gems as taekwondo, first aid, ballet or soccer. Taking a beginning dance class for credit, for instance, may be an alternative to trying out for the highly competitive dance team. Let’s say you’ve looked around and checked out the many resources available to create the new you, but haven’t
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Registering for classes. Dealing with the financial aid office. “Practically everywhere you go, you’re asked for it,” confirms Amy Brown, a senior at the University of Denver. So be smart and commit this baby to memory, pronto. It’ll be the smartest 10 minutes you’ll spend before college. 4. Spend quality time with your family and high school friends: “You take it for granted and don’t realize how much you’re going to miss them once you leave for college,” laments Laurie Musgrave, a junior at the University of Notre Dame. “Suddenly, you’re gone and you can’t get them back.” 5. Verify your health coverage: We know, we know — it sounds boring. But did you realize that without health insurance, a “simple” broken leg could cost upward of $5,000 in surgery? That’s close to an entire year’s tuition at some schools. Fortunately, virtually every college offers an affordable student health insurance plan. At the University of Tulsa, for example, full coverage is only $60 per month. 6. Start a regular exercise plan: “In college, you’re doing about 10 or 15 things a day, and if you have that one hour to yourself where you don’t have to think about anything, but you’re still helping your body, it can be a big stress relief,” advises recent University of Nebraska graduate Nick Nyffeler, who kept active in school by playing intramural sports and working out. Added bonus: It’ll help combat the dreaded “freshman 15.” 7. Have your mom or dad teach you how to do laundry: That way, you can avoid the fate of University of Colorado junior Max Geitner, who once washed an entire load of clothing in the wrong temperature water, and ended up having to restretch his shrunken duds by hand. “I knew enough to separate whites from colors, but beyond that, I had no clue,” Max admits. Other good skills to brush up on before college? Cooking, car maintenance and computer operation. 8. Break up with your high school sweetheart: Now, before you start panicking, take a deep breath and repeat the
following: There are exceptions to every rule. Generally speaking, however, most high school relationships don’t survive the college transition. And many been-there, burned-by-that romance veterans say don’t even try. “It limits your experience. You’ll either end up cheating and feeling guilty, growing apart and breaking up anyway, or not being as social because you’re afraid to go out and meet new people,” Brown warns. Her sanity — and perhaps relationship-saving — suggestion? Agree to see other people during the school year, then reunite over the summer and reevaluate your feelings. 9. Hook up with your high school crush: You know that super-hot girl or guy you were always secretly dying to ask to homecoming, but never did? Now’s the time to act — before college permanently separates you. “Chances are good that they’ve always had a crush on you, too, so why not go for it?” says University of Florida senior Hank Woodward. “I did — and it was a great opportunity to say good-bye and bring closure to a situation where there was a lot of tension. I don’t regret it at all.” 10. Take a walking tour around campus: And no, the sole purpose of said excursion is not to scan for hotties — although, stopping to ask a super-cute senior for the time doesn’t hurt. The point is to familiarize yourself with where all the major campus landmarks are located, including the student union, the library and the bookstore, before college begins. Extra credit for the super-motivated: Buy your textbooks a few days early and skim through them to get a jumpQ start on acing each class! — CollegeBound Network collegebound.net/college
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Not to freak you out, but it’s time to start thinking about your first day of college. Unlike high school, when your biggest prepping for the new year concerns were scoring the same lunch period as your friends and buying an outfit hot enough to make your crush drool, preparing for college is significantly more complex. In addition to buying books, arranging course schedules and shopping for dorm supplies, here are 10 more things you simply must do before college. 1. Get in touch with your college roommate(s): Unless you’re one of those lucky souls who managed to score a single dorm room, it’s inevitable you’re going to be meeting up soon anyway. So why not do it early, while you’re preparing for college, and you could potentially save each other lots of time, money and headaches? “There are so many items students want to bring to school — mini-refrigerators, microwaves, TVs — and absolutely no reason to bring two of each,” points out Roger Sorochty, vice president for enrollment and student services at the University of Tulsa. Early communication is also a great icebreaker and a fun way to learn about each other’s interests, pet peeves and habits. Note to shy people: not knowing how to get in touch is no excuse. Most schools send college roommate contacts weeks before college begins. 2. Stock up on the following items: Quarters (for laundry), ear plugs (to block out the snoring of noisy sleepers) and duct tape, “Which is an absolute necessity,” insists Boston College sophomore Haley Mancini, whose classmates use the sticky, silver-coated adhesive for everything from hanging posters and tacking up Christmas lights to making sure TV and microwave towers stick together. 3. Memorize your Social Security number: You know that nine-digit number good ol’ Uncle Sam uses to keep track of your summer earnings? Once you set foot in the collegiate world, it practically becomes your lifeline. Checking grades.
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President Obama erred on Palestinian-Israeli issues by Anthony Weiner When the President spoke last week of the opportunities presented by the Arab Spring, he got a lot right. His calling out of the Arab states was long overdue and dead on. But he got some big things wrong. Why the 1967 borders didn’t work then When the President said that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 lines with mutually agreed upon swaps, he missed an opportunity to put the issue of borders in an important historical context for the world. The borders
of Israel changed because then, like today, the Jewish state came under attack from all sides. The Arabs rejected the 1967 borders with Israel by waging war. Egypt cut off Israel’s only supply route to Asia and amassed troops on its borders with the Sinai. Syria attacked from the Golan Heights. Jordan started shelling Jerusalem. Arab terrorist attacks grew more frequent with 37 attacks in just the first four months of 1967. For anyone to discuss ’67 borders without mentioning this is like discussing our war with Japan without mentioning Pearl Harbor.
U.S. ‘plan,’ Palestinian demand We saw how the ill-fated U.S. demand for a total “settlement” freeze wound up grinding peace talks to a halt when the Palestinians then demanded nothing less before they would even sit at the bargaining table. The call for a 100 percent stop to all building activity did not take into account ongoing construction of buildings in naturally growing areas, as well as several areas like Gilo that are certainly not “settlements.” Soon even Israel’s capital was called a “settlement.” The administration eventually withdrew this condition, but not before the damage was
done. The Palestinians have refused to even start talking unless this impossible and unreasonable condition is met. The President has now repeated the mistake by giving the Palestinians yet another American-created precondition: 1967 borders. We will now certainly hear a new refrain from them — that they won’t talk about any “swaps” until the ’67 borders are returned.
Discussing Israel’s 1967 boundaries without citing the Arab war waged against it that year is wrong. Negotiatiated deal? With whom? The President expressed many important sentiments in the speech that reflected our values as a nation. For example, he rightly called Hamas a terrorist organization. But how is that fact compatible with the demand that Israel make concessions? The sad truth is that it is no longer possible to pretend that there is a “good” and “bad” Palestinian entity. As Hamas and Fatah move closer to formalizing their reconciliation through a power-sharing agreement, the more moderate elements in Fatah are being pushed out. Furthermore, Hamas has still yet to make any progress in moving away from its militant stand against Israel. Even the European Union calls them terrorists, and United States law makes this clear. The merger of Hamas and Fatah must put an end to the myth that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace in the region. A “negotiated settlement” is what we all want, but it’s unrealistic and unfair to demand it of Israel until Hamas is gone. I honor the President for his desire for peace. The Israelis have demonstrated they share the same aspiration. But being correct in our history and realistic in our description of Q today is vital to that goal. Anthony Weiner is U.S. congressman for the 9th District, representing parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
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New system allows for high speed rail service in the Northeast Corridor by Elizabeth Daley Editor
New York City residents spend an average of one full week per year traveling to work — longer than residents of any other major U.S. city, according to Census data. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DQueens and Manhattan) hopes to change that.
On Friday, she announced a $295 million federal rail grant which will help complete the East Side Access project, connecting Long Island Rail Road commuters with subway service on the East Side of Manhattan. The project will also pave the way for high-speed rail service between New York and Washington D.C.,
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and create over 9,200 jobs during its lifespan. Standing over Sunnyside Yards, Maloney explained that the funding was obtained in order to streamline the Harold Interlocking, a system used by the LIRR, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains. The grant will help relieve major delays at the junction, caused as trains wait to travel along one set of tracks. “Florida’s loss, New York’s gain!” said Maloney, who along with collegues, was able to seal the deal when the southern state rejected the grant. Denise Richardson, managing director of the General Contractors Association of New York, applauded the project for the jobs it will generate and for its concept, saying that it will allow for “more efficient use of the space that we have,” since it will take place within the present confines of the Sunnyside Yards. However, modernizing the switching system is extremely costly — the Harold Interlocking project carries a tab of $368 million — and though it paves the way for high speed rail, more funding is still needed in order to complete that 25-year project.
Still, studies show that relieving congestion will be an economic boon to New York City. Business owners will be more likely to locate in areas better served by transportation and the $2.7 billion East Side Access Project, expected to be completed in 2016, will save approximately 160,000 East Side-bound commuters between 30 and 40 minutes per day, according to Maloney. More passengers from
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The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club held a car wash in the Chase Bank parking lot on Cross Bay Boulevard and 157th Avenue on Sunday. Many students from the area helped out with the car wash, which raised money for Kiwanis. Howard Beach Kiwanis members regularly perform charitable services in the neighborhood. The group recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
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pain I’ve always held inside me,” Tanaka said. “The only way I knew to release that was to create my art.” The Queens students said Tanaka’s story inspires them to act, and they hope to raise awareness and money for individuals impacted by a fuel meltdown at three of the six reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11 earthquake. Japanese and international officials have raised serious concerns about the exposure to radiation for the hundreds of thousands of residents living around the plant. “We should create a world with no nuclear power or nuclear weapons,” Tanaka said. Students suggested creating a club dedicated to working on the eradication of nuclear arms. Lisa Anspake, a sophomore from Howard Beach, said she hoped to create a map showing where there are nuclear power plants in the area, including the Indian Point Energy Center, which is located 24 miles north of the city on the Hudson River. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Ocean County, NJ, is the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the U.S. and is expected to close in nine years. It is located about 75 miles from the city. “People don’t know they’re only miles away from a nuclear plant,” Anspake said. “If they knew that, they’d say, ‘Wow, if something like an earthquake happened, we could be impacted.”
Todd Glantz, a social studies teacher, said the 10 students who participated were chosen because they are interested in global affairs and art. “Any times the kids get a chance to make a difference is important,” Glantz said. Daisy Leandro, a freshman from Richmond Hill, said she was thrilled Tanaka came to speak to them. “We have to pay attention to the people who are suffering in the world,” she said. “It’s important to be involved in Q helping the world.”
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Woman struck and killed in Woodside Man charged with manslaughter and drunk driving on Roosevelt Ave. by Elizabeth Daley Editor
A woman crossing Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside on Friday was killed by a drunk driver in broad daylight, according to police. Witnesses said Chien Shunu, 62, had the right of way as she crossed Roosevelt Avenue at the 61st Street intersection, just blocks away from her home. At around 8:30 a.m., Claudius Taylor of East Stroudsburg, Penn. came tearing down the street westbound in a white 2000 Ford Expedition, striking Shunu. “She got thrown 30 feet, and I looked up and I saw that she had the walk signal,” said one witness, who did not want to be identified. “At first, I didn’t think it was a person. I thought it was a bag of laundry or something,” he said. “There’s this gruesome saying in New York that if you want to kill someone use a car,” said the witness who works for city government. Shunu was hit so hard that she was knocked out of her socks. She was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Taylor, who refused to take a breathalyzer test, has been charged with second
degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI. According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Taylor admitted to drinking six or seven alcoholic beverages in the morning prior to the crash. He appeared intoxicated: unsteady on his feet, with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath. The witness said he did not hear Taylor hit the brakes before the crash, and estimated he was traveling between 40 and 45 miles per hour at the time. “When I was a reporter, I didn’t get shaken up visiting crime scenes after the fact,” the witness said, “but there was something about seeing a woman thrown through the air that was unnerving.” Citizens rushed to Shunu’s aid, and when paramedics ar rived at the scene they removed her shirt and performed CPR, but it was too late. “I couldn’t even really look at her at that point,” said the witness, who was so traumatized that he canceled a scheduled meeting. The speed limit on city streets is 30 miles per hour unless posted. If convicted, Taylor faces up to 7 years in prison. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 3 in Queens Criminal Court. Q
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Con Edison customers will no longer have to worry about being socked with a double-digit rate increase this summer, thanks to state legislation quickly passed and signed in response to a federal bureaucratic decision, and the reversal of that decision. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had approved the increases, which would have raised bills 12 percent for residential customers and 17.5 percent for businesses — on top of Con Ed’s own 4 percent hike. The agency had determined that they would help the power-generating companies recoup the property taxes they pay in the city. But the FERC disregarded the property tax cuts the firms already get, so its decision will just produce a windfall of about $525 million for them, according to state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and other lawmakers. They pushed the corrective bill through with the support of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg. “I’m glad this misguided rate hike has been reversed and proud that the state took swift action to save ratepayers mil-
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what will happen to these kids without these programs? These kids could get involved in crimes, guns and drugs.” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilman Mark Weprin (DOakland Gardens), Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Bayside) all said they are f ighting to restore funding to afterschool programs. “These cuts will not only impact children, families and their local communities, it will also place additional burdens on other resources and social services that are already stretched dangerously
lions of dollars,” Gianaris said in a prepared statement after the news was revealed. “Gov. Cuomo deserves thanks for working closely with those of us who were alarmed by the FERC decision to resolve the problem.” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens and Bronx) was one of many other officials who agreed. Crowley had written a letter to the FERC chairman protesting the decision to allow the hikes, which the agency had made back in January. The letter was signed by all the other members of the House representing Queens, except for Rep. Nydia Velazquez (DQueens and Brooklyn). “Families in Queens and the Bronx are struggling to make ends meet, and a spike in electricity prices on top of rising food, housing and gas prices would have made life even more difficult for them,” Crowley said in a press release applauding the reversal. “I salute Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg for their tireless efforts in working with the Legislature to pass this critical electricity relief bill and I am pleased to have been a part of the effort to stop these rate hikes before they were passed on to conQ sumers this summer.”
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Area author leads event on June 5 by Michael Cusenza Editor
Writing as an art form, be it fantasy, personal narrative or poetry, has always been an outlet for Angelica Harris to channel the confluence of emotions born of a childhood marred by domestic violence and sexual abuse. The Glendale author said “art is a way of purging your anger and rage on the page,” and it is in that vein that Harris has organized the f irst-ever Artists Against Domestic Violence fundraiser on June 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at A Place to Dance in Maspeth. Proceeds from the event will
benefit Harris’s nonprofit Excalibur Reading Program. Enthusiasts can meet area artists, including authors, poets, musicians, painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, silk-screen painters and more, and purchase raffle tickets to try to win the artists’ work. “Unfortunately, because many of the arts programs have been taken out of schools, artists don’t get a chance to showcase their work,” Harris said. “It’s important to keep art alive.” For Harris, who has written “The Quest for Excalibur,” “Excalibur and the Holy Grail” and “Excalibur Reclaims Her King,” writing has helped her heal. She said she hopes that forums such as next Sunday’s fundraiser will help raise awareness of abuse and “bring light to it through the arts. “I want to be able to have artists — especially those who have been under domestic violence and sexual abuse — talk about the pain they’ve suffered,” Harris asserted. The Glendale Kiwanis Club member is prepping for the release of her next tome, “Living With Rage: A Quest for Solace,” a memoir. “I’m unleashing my voice on the page to show others that there is a way out of the darkness into the light,” Harris said. For more information on the author or Q the event, visit angelicaharris.com.
to pass the state Senate, dashing the hopes of gay and lesbian couples across New York. State Sens. Shirley Huntley (DJamaica) and Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach) both voted against the bill, along with every Republican in the Senate. The legislation was defeated. Since then, Huntley and Addabbo both said they are willing to discuss the issue to best represent the views of their constituents. In his video address, Cuomo suggested those in favor of gay marriage call state representatives to make their voices heard. He said a marriage equality bill will be introduced in the Senate when he is certain it will obtain enough votes to pass. A bill was introduced in the state Assembly this month. Opposition is mounting and this month, state Sens. Ruben Diaz Sr. (DBronx) and Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) introduced legislation which would void in New York same-sex marriages legalized in other jurisdictions and recognized here since 2008. Opponents believe marriage should be between a man and a woman and claim that extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians would harm society and devalue the institution of marriage. Though many business leaders have suggested that allowing gay marriage could be extremely lucrative to the state by preventing couples like the Franks from taking their wedding business else-
where, Diaz, an ordained minister with a lesbian granddaughter, continues to hold rallies against it. Regardless of what happens, the Franks will be welcoming a baby girl and a baby boy into their home in October and they couldn’t be more thrilled. Sarah is about to finish college and Stefanie teaches special-needs children in Brooklyn. While some of their challenges are unique, Stefanie said most are the typical things that come with marriages, including the in-laws — “My mother isn’t the problem of course. I guess that’s why it’s odd that we are considered so different.” Stefanie said the biggest problem in her relationship (in addition to lack of marital recognition) was diff icult to overcome. “Did she tell you we are in a mixed marriage?” Stefanie asked. “I am a Mets fan and she is a Yankees fan.” It was the first day of the subway series. Aside from these challenges, the Franks are fortunate to have the support of their families. Their nephew recently educated his kindergarten class about gay rights, challenging his teacher when she said that only a man and a woman could get married. At her school recently, Stefanie teared up when a male fellow teacher who has a wife and kids chastised one of his students for insulting another by calling him gay. “‘I could be gay,’” she recalled the teacher saying. “I felt comfortable, like I didn’t have to hide who I Q am,” Stefanie said.
Memorial Day ceremony to be held in Woodhaven
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Woodhaven Post 11, the American Legion, will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. on the Post's front lawn at 89-02 91 St. All those attending the service are welcome to attend a light meal after the event. Cadets from the Franklin K. Lane High School will set up a ÒGarden of Remembrance,” or miniature cemetery markers for post members who have died, on Saturday, May 21. Q For more information, call the post at (718) 846-6116.
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Brookville Lions Club to sponsor a bus ride
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The Brookville Lions Club will sponsor a bus ride to Mount Airy Lodge Casino, Franklin Hill Winery and Crossings Premium Outlet in the Poconos, region in Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 4. The cost is $50. Proceeds benefit the clubs scholarship fund. A $25 cash back and $10 food voucher will be offered at the casino. There will be two departure areas and times that include: St. David’s Church, 117-35 235 St., Cambria Heights, at 7:30 a.m. and Lindenwood Diner, 2870 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn, at 8 a.m. Q Seats are limited. For tickets, contact Lion Paulette Haughton at (718) 712-0338.
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City launches education campaign on policy; enforcement is limited by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
Non-smokers can breathe easier in city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas now that the ban on lighting up at those locations went into effect on Monday. The law was signed by Mayor Bloomberg in February, who said on Monday that the city’s public spaces will be healthier, cleaner and more beautiful. “We all know that smoking is deadly, but secondhand smoke poses a similarly grave danger to public health,” the mayor said. “Lowering the rate of secondhand smoke exposure for New Yorkers is an important step toward making our city healthier.” The ban prohibits smoking at the city’s 1,700 parks and 14 miles of beaches as well as public spaces such as Times Square. There is a $50 fine for breaking the law, but only Parks Department officers will enforce it, not the NYPD. This week, the Department of Health announced it is starting an educational campaign on television, in the subway and in print to inform residents about the ban. “It is our hope that smokers, most of whom want to quit, will use this as an opportunity to make a quit attempt and call 311 for help,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner. Farley indicated that cigarettes kill 7,500 New Yorkers every year and that any measure to discourage smoking and eliminate secondhand smoke is good. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said
Members of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, bottom row, celebrated the smoking ban in city parks on Monday at Little Bay Park in Bayside. In the back row are Janice Melnick, northeast Queens parks administrator; Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, Warren Schreiber, alliance president; AssemblyPHOTO BY LIZ RHOADES woman Grace Meng and Joe Branzettti, president, Friends of Fort Totten Parks. he hopes the ban will result in less litter and “a safer, healthier and more pleasant experience” at city beaches and parks. It has been estimated that cigarette-related litter accounts for 75 percent of all refuse on beaches and 33 percent in parks. In addition, cigarette butts can take up to 10 years to break down and pose a threat to animals such as fish, turtles and birds, who
may ingest them. The filters contain dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, mercury and lead that are lethal to wildlife and can seep into the water. If eaten by a small child, butts can cause nicotine poisoning. The city released results of studies that indicate sitting three feet away from a smoker outdoors can expose people to the
same level of secondhand smoke as if they were sitting indoors. There is no known safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and city officials say smoke-free parks and beaches will help eliminate one major source. Celebrating the smoke-free edict on Monday at Little Bay Park in Bayside were members of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, a civic group that was the first to push for such a ban in 2007. War ren Schreiber, alliance president, said he is proud of his group’s efforts. Schreiber indicated he does not believe the law violates anyone’s rights. “The ban allows everyone to breathe fresh air,” he said. “Smoking is not healthy, clean or natural.” He called parks places to escape and relax in, adding, “A park is an oasis that now provides a clean, healthy environment.” Janice Melnick, the northeast Queens Parks administrator, said she is happy to see the law go into effect, adding, “I hope people are respectful and honor the law.” Smoke-free signs are being posted at all city parks and beaches, and although some people are threatening to light up as a form of civil disobedience, Phil Konigsberg, the alliance first vice president, said he believes peer pressure will win out eventually. The city joins 100 other municipalities in the United States that restrict beach smoking and 500 that ban it in parks, according to the Americans for Non-SmokQ ers Rights Foundation.
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Doc educates CB 13 about childhood obesity Eating more fruits and vegetables and watching less television are key by AnnMarie Costella
is in the midst of a childhood obesity “epidemic,” there are a lot of clues. As a youth, Jacobson said, his mother used to tell Community Board 13 got a lesson in health and nutrition him to go outside and play until dinner was ready, but today from Dr. Marc Jacobson of New Hyde Park at its monthly parents aren’t doing that anymore. They are much happier if meeting on Monday. He was there to educate members about the child is in the house, he said, so they get less activity. the ills of childhood obesity. “Also there are so many more things inside the house that Doctors screen for obesity in youngsters by evaluating the are stimulating to kids,” Jacobson said. “We used to have three body mass index — the ratio of weight to height. The number television channels and there were never any kids programs is then compared to children of the same age and sex to come except on Saturday mornings, but now there are 24 hours of up with a percentile score. cartoons on cable, seven days a A score between 85 and 94 sigweek. There are video games and nifies a weight problem and a grade DVDs.” of between 95 and 100 indicates Youths are also getting a lot more he food manufacturers and obesity. For adults a BMI of 25 sighomework than they used to, accordfood vendors are trying to nals one is overweight and 30 ing to Jacobson, and that also conmarks obesity. tributes to them staying indoors. get customers for life, so A child with a high BMI is likely Some parents think that soccer and to be overweight or obese as an football practice provide enough they are aiming at younger adult, and that can lead to health exercise, but Jacobson says kids only and younger people.” problems such as diabetes, high get about seven minutes of exercise cholesterol, high blood pressure, per game. — Dr. Marc Jacobson fatty liver, certain bone and joint “It’s more of a social activity than conditions and depression. a physical activity,” Jacobson said. “It also causes mechanical problems because the kids put on “That’s the same with gym at school.” weight in a different part of their body that really isn’t built to Another cause of the obesity problem is the fact that food carry that kind of weight, so they get bowed legs,” Jacobson and soda are more readily available. Jacobson also warned explained. “They get something called slipped capital femoral against drinking too much juice. He said four ounces per day is epiphysis, which is a problem in the hip — an orthopedic adequate and added that children would be better off just eating emergency — the hip has to be pinned back together.” an orange and drinking a glass of water, rather than drinking a But those are not the only ill effects. There are social ramifi- big glass of orange juice that is high in sugar and calories. cations as well. Overweight kids usually don’t do as well in There are a number of ways that parents can help their kids sports or have as many friends than their average-weight coun- in the battle of the bulge. The American Academy of Pediatrics terparts. has come up with a method called the 5-2-1-0 plan — five “They are more subject to teasing,” Jacobson said. “They servings of fruit and vegetables per day, two hours or less of have poor self-esteem. They are more likely to be depressed.” TV, one hour of physical activity and zero or nearly zero sugarJacobson said that while nobody is certain why the country sweetened beverages. Assistant Editor
Dr. Marc Jacobson talks childhood health at a CB 13 meeting. PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA
“There are two problems with TV,” Jacobson said. “One, it’s very mesmerizing and it actually lowers our metabolic rate, so we are burning less calories while we are watching TV than while we are sleeping. The other thing is that there are advertisements — and they don’t advertise carrots and lettuce and cucumbers.” They advertise fast food and sugary drinks and cereals and they often use cartoons to do it. Also, just seeing the images of food can stimulate a child’s appetite, according to Jacobson. “The food manufacturers and food vendors are trying to get customers for life, so they are aiming at younger and younger people,” he said. “In fact, in Europe it’s not allowed to advertise Q food to children.”
American Cancer Society’s 3rd Annual Relay For Life of Howard Beach Show us your HOPE! Join Us!
Saturday, June 11th – Sunday, June 12th Opening Ceremony at 6pm Frank M. Charles Memorial Park Relay For Life is an overnight, community event that celebrates cancer survivorship, remembers those we have lost to the disease and raises awareness around cancer prevention in the community. Sign up online! Form an online team and let your friends, coworkers and family know that you are making a difference in the fight against cancer! Be a part of the committee! Help us get everything ready to make the event a success. Volunteer at the event! We need volunteers who will help with the needs at the site itself on the day of the event! Take a lap of victory as a survivor! All cancer survivors are welcome and encouraged to participate in the opening ceremony by walking a lap of victory around the track. $10 registration donation per person. Come enjoy music all night by Music Flex and a special Luau Show by Dance Aloha.
KIDS KARE 2 CHILDREN’S EVENT “Every child has a piggy bank to save for something new, but what if they could realize what just $2 could do”
Saturday June 11th 12:30PM-4PM $2 donation per person for entry Fun, games and activities Kids ‘N Shape Bounces Houses, Inflatable Maze, Yo i iincluding l d Y Gabba G b Gabba Stage Show, Stanford Dance Studio Performance, sand art, character meet & greets, art & crafts & much, much more! Hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, and various other treats will be available to purchase.
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ARTS, CULTURE & LIVING
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enny Vidbel’s grandfather ran away to join the circus; grandma was a showgirl and mom trained lions and bears. It’s no surprise then that at 36, Vidbel finds herself most at home working with animals in the Big Apple Circus ring. “We were born into this business. It would be kind of hard to leave it because nothing else would compare,” said Vidbel, whose sister is a trapeze artist. Taking a break from training a black Arabian horse named Ringmaster at a recent rehersal, Vidbel reflected on the state of circuses in 2011. In the Age of the Internet, where big-budget 3-D films
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The X Bud Roses Troupe from Mongolia perform contortion at the Big Apple Circus. Jenny Vidbel works with one of her performing horses in the ring.
often steal the show when it comes to family entertainment, the circus’s latest production, “Dance On!” still plays to sold-out tents at Cunningham Park. “In this day and age, you sort of separate children from parents when it comes to entertainment,” Vidbel said, “But this is one thing that’s really stayed true: You see everyone from 3 to 80 enjoying the circus.” At last Saturday’s show, even the audience member who got water spat at him by Grandma the clown was good-humored. Acts that required audience participation were particularly successful, and adults and children Continuedonon page continued page 45
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EXHIBITS National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, annual open art exhibition runs from now through May 28. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday and Saturday, from 1:30-4 p.m. Admission is free. KleinReid: Porcelain and Prints will run now through May 28 at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, presents “Behind the Screen,” the core exhibition will be ongoing. “Real Virtuality” will be on view through June 12; “City Glow” will be on view through July 17. Queensborough Community College presents the exhibits: “Through the Eyes of Our Ancestors: African Art from the James and Marjorie L. Wilson Collection,” “I AMazon,” “Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit” and “Transitional Services for New York, Inc.” now through June 30 at QCC Art Gallery, 22205 56 Ave., Bayside. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For information, call (718) 631-6396. An exhibition commemorating the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is now on view in the Barham Rotunda on the third floor of the Queens College Rosenthal Library, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, now through June 30.
“Projectors” in Behind the Screen exhibit will be on view at the Museum of Moving Images. COURTESY PHOTO Douglaston Community Theatre presents the mystery “Design for Murder” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 27 and 28 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at Zion Episcopal Church, 44th Avenue off Douglaston Parkway. Tickets $15 ($13, seniors, students). Call (718) 482-3332 for reservations.
Socrates Sculpture Park, at Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City presents the exhibit Vista, now through Aug. 7, during daylight hours.
American Bolero Dance Company’s “Tablao Flamenco” series ends the season with a finale featuring live Flamenco and other Spanish dance, on Friday, June 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Auditorium Centro Espanol, 41-01 Broadway, 2nd floor, Astoria. Admission is $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $15 for children under 12 years old. For tickets, call (718) 392-8888 or (917) 288-7996 or visit ambolero.com.
Auditions for “West Side Story” for St. Gregory’s Theatre Group will be held on Tuesday, May 31 from 7-9 p.m. in the Oak Room; Wednesday, June 1 from 7-9 p.m. in Gregorian Hall; and Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Oak Room. Gregorian Hall is located at 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose, and the Oak Room is located at 24220 88 Ave., Bellerose.
Learn computers in five-weeks at the Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes will be held now through June 1, Monday and Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. and 3:155:15 p.m. For information, call Dina at (718) 8943441, or visit the center.
Senior Theatre Acting Repertory holds acting rehearsals on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. For information, call the director’s assistant at (718) 776-0529.
THEATRE Parkside Players presents “Into the Woods” on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, at the corner of 71st Road and Union Turnpike, Forest Hills. Tickets are $17, $14 for seniors and children under 12 years. For reservations, call (718) 497-4922. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, presents “No Problemo, Amigo” now through June 19 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25, $22 for students and seniors. For information and tickets, call (718) 7293880 or visit thaliatheatre.org.
The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a course for aspiring and practicing bee keepers. It covers the basics of bee care and honey harvesting. Classes will meet on Wednesdays on June 1 from 7-9 p.m. The course is taught by master beekeeper Walter Blohm. The course fee is $90, $75 for Voelker Orth members. For more information, contact the museum at (718) 359-6227. A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 25-02 80 St., Jackson Heights, on Saturday, June 11 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For information and registration, call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45. New creativity and advanced painting workshop at National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, with Pedro Pacheco, instructor. For advanced students who wish to develop their personal self expression, will meet Fridays, now through June 24 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $500. Contact Pacheco at (646) 546-2296. Also, fundamental and advanced drawing techniques with artist/instructor Eric March, will be held Mondays from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $20 per class. To register, call (718) 361-0628.
Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, offers cooking classes Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. now through June 28 (except May 31), with Chef Marlo Dublin, a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education’s Culinary Arts program and NYU’s Food Studies program. No experience necessary. Cost is $50 per class. Central Queens Y members receive a $10 discount. Space is limited, so register early. To register or for information, contact Lauren Fredston-Hermann at (718) 268-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga classes are now being held at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 76-11 37 Ave., Room 204, Jackson Heights. All levels are welcomed. Classes are held Saturdays, from 10-11 a.m. and Sundays, 9:3010:30 a.m. Classes held during the week include, meditation, ayurvedic, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit language instruction. Minimum donation is $5. For information, call Rashid at (646) 912-1885 or Shree at (646) 417-2252. Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, offers Israeli folk dancing on Mondays from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $9 for members. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, holds dance with instructions every Monday and Friday from 7:15-8 p.m., and a dance social from 8-11 p.m. Admission if $10. Music by Sal Escott. 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. Ongoing Zumba/fitness classes for cancer survivors in Queens by a nurse, Zumba instructor and cancer fitness specialist every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Samuel Field Y & YHMA, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck. Free for the initial class, then $12 per class, $90 per 10 class punch card. For information, call (516) 987-7524 or visit fitnesspcancer.com.
OUTDOORS Bike the greenway on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Kissena Park. Meet at Rose and Oak avenues and bike to Alley Pond Park.
FLEA MARKET Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 157-16 65 Ave., Flushing, will hold a spring yard sale on Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. rain or shine. Furniture, clothing, tools, books, toys and more will be available. First Reformed Church of College Point, 119th Street and 14th Avenue, will hold a flea market on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. Heartshare First Step Preschool, 115-15 101 Ave., Richmond Hill, will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES The Kiwanis Club of Lefferts Liberty will hold a “Not Just” Pasta night at Carosello, Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Cost is $35 for buffet dinner. For reservations, call John Cerulli at (347) 730-9638, Pauline at (718) 843-7838 or Linda at (516) 850-4667. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will hold Saturday dances on May 28 at 8 p.m. Music by Jean and Joe. Cost is $10. The Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, presents Wednesday Nite Rap for singles 45+ on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8.
SPECIAL EVENTS P721, a special education school at 57-12 94 St., Elmhurst, will hold a craft fair on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a barbecue and food court prepared by the culinary arts department; interactive games; and live musical entertainment.
HEALTH Join the Walkers for Wellness Club at New Hope Lutheran Church of Jamaica. Under the guidance of a walking leader, you will walk two to three times each week at a comfortable pace. The club is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. The walking schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, meet at the church, located at 167-24 118 Ave.
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‘Into the Woods’ strikes a chord with live orchestra by Mark Lord qboro contributor
Few musical theater creators can polarize quite like Stephen Sondheim, whose “Into the Woods” is being given an impressive rendering by the Parkside Players in Forest Hills. The show, which initially opened on Broadway in 1987, is a cerebral re-imagining and intertwining of several of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, among them “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” But make no mistake — this is an adult musical all the way.
‘Into the Woods’ When: May 27 and 28 8 p.m. Where: Grace Lutheran Church 103-15 Union Turnpike Forest Hills (718) 497-4922 Tickets: $17; $14 for children 12 and under and seniors
The audience is introduced to most of the characters early on, as they express their individual wishes in song. Throughout the duration of the production, each character will try to fulfil the stated wishes. Themes include growing up, accepting responsibility, morality, and, perhaps most significantly, the consequences of wishes once they have been fulfilled. Sondheim’s lyrics far outshine his music as they push forward book writer James Lapine’s narrative and often express what the various characters are thinking. Director Kevin Schwab has done a beautiful job in casting the show and staging it so that the action is uninterrupted. This is an ensemble piece, so it is difficult to single out individual performances, but among the more memorable are Jerome Amanquiton and Erin Clancy as a baker and his wife, characters which were created to weave the overlapping stories together. In tandem and individually they provide several touching moments.
Alison Schwab turns in one of her more memorable performances as The Witch, while Susan Erenberg as Cinderella and Monica Barczak as Little Red Riding Hood share a lovely moment in “No One Is Alone,” a beautiful paean to faith in mankind. Jimmy O’Neill is effective as both The Narrator and The Mysterious Man, roles which are traditionally played by a single actor. Francesco LoJacono, also playing two roles, The Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince, acts and sings well. He and Jamie Cradehl, as his equally regal brother, Rapunzel’s Prince, are well matched. David Cronin is nicely subdued as Jack (of beanstalk fame) and Shana Aborn as his mother has several fine moments of her own. The orchestra, facing the daunting Sondheim score and playing almost continuously under Musical Director Richard Louis-Pierre, is estimable. But highest honors go to the design team headed by John O’Hare, who created a fluid, intricate detailed set. Simple-looking
Francesco LoJacono as the wolf attempts to entice Monica Barczak, PHOTO COURTESY PARKSIDE PLAYERS who plays Little Red Riding Hood. panels are unhinged and unfolded to instantaneously transform scenes. Set pieces are easily spun around to become something new. Very clever, indeed.
Debbie Erenberg’s sumptuous costumes and Glenn Rivano’s evocative lights complete the look. The production does ParkQ side proud.
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the welcoming environment. “When you perform in this alike sat rapt, marveling at the talent and ingenuity of per- business, everyone and everything is acceptable,” she said. Big Apple history includes tales of people with names like formers from all over the world. In a special effects culture, performers who do all their own tricks are even more amaz- Buckles Woodcock, the last man to perform with elephants. When he and his animals got old, they all retired in Florida. ing and inspiring. Founded in New York City 33 years ago by juggling partVidbel’s goats rode atop several of her white miniature ponies, acrobats from Kenya shimmied up 20-foot poles, ners Paul Binder and Michael Christensen, the one-ring EuroMongolian contortionists gracefully assumed positions that pean-style circus is one of few nonprofit tents. The Big Apple seemed impossible and a Russian performer soared above puts on charity shows and gives away a large portion of its tickets to disadvantaged youth. the audience, hanging upside down However, just because it’s nonprofit from a rope. That was just the tip of doesn’t mean it’s not top notch. The the Big Apple Circus iceberg. performer’s athleticism is truly remarkIt’s no wonder then that Vidbel able. Andrey Mantchev of Bulgaria would be bored with life outside the When: May 26 through 30, hoisted himself straight up into the air Big Top. “If we have one day off, we June 1 through 5, using just one arm balanced upon a will travel 200 miles to see another various times. metal spike. The muscle Mantchev Where: Cunningham Park circus,” she said, adding that the has in his little finger is more than 196-22 Union Turnpike community is small and becomes a Tickets: $15 through $45; most have in their entire upper body. second home. “Our family is no difchildren under 3 free. One of the most memorable acts, ferent than your family. We are just Visit bigapplecircus.org/tickets/ “One Dream Lasso,” was performed here to share our town,” Vidbel said. by the Hebei Wuqiao Acrobatic The town is an encampment of trailers, dressing rooms, electric generators and vending Troupe from China. The act features a type of movement booths, all without plumbing. Cotton candy and popcorn which originated in China during the Han Dynasty. Male and female performers dressed in red fly through the air, jumping are abundant and the smell of hotdogs wafts in the air. There are many crew members including Tentmaster through lassos, culminating their performance in an ambiMichael Leclair, who makes sure the big top doesn’t get tious human pyramid. The music and choreography of the piece is impeccable. blown down during a show. To think that the artistry in Hebei Wuqiao’s act originated “The circus makes you appreciate a lot — like having running water and electricity,” Vidbel said. She speculated that so long ago was amazing, but not surprising to Big Apple people who did not grow up in circus families might find it guest director, Eric Michael Gillett. “Circus has existed in virhard to adjust to the lifestyle, but said she could never leave tually every culture for centuries,” Gillett said. “In each,
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After one of them, Kathy, is found murdered, Det. Dan Carlin appears on the scene to investigate, eventually revealing some hidden secrets of his own, including a shared past with Celia. His reappearance in her life brings her a much-needed spiritual uplift. As the proceedings unfold, a second murder occurs and, as might be expected, pretty nearly everyone is a suspect. The final of six scenes brings everything to a head. Annette Daiell, a longtime member of the DCT Group, offers a solid performance as Celia, gaining in effectiveness as the play progresses. She shares a couple of powerful scenes with Cody Parham, who brings a natural if sullen air to the role of the brooding David. Daiell also shares two scenes with Vincent that offer contrasting emotions; the first is filled with romantic overtones, while the second, much later on, offers a chilling confrontation between the two. The actors play off each other well. As a pair of Celia’s friends, seasoned actress Mary Lynch is animated, playing against type as an obnoxious and jealous judge’s wife, while Barbara Mavro comes across as stiff. Jane Bella Kharkover has a nice turn
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with mention of ad
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(with large blades)
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Serving the Community for 3 Generations
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Wizard Furniture, Inc. • Professional Furniture Repair • Touch-Ups • Refreshing Kitchen Cabinets & Much More FREE ESTIMATES Call 516-837-0886 21 or 917-515-7416
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Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: WRITEABOUTME LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/19/2011. 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 C/O: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Wellhello, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/25/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Julia Kuswardi, 2845 33rd St., #1R, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: General.
Notice is hereby given that a license, number pending for on-premises beer, liquor and/ or wine, will be applied for the undersigned Maria Y Howie Corp. to sell beer, liquor and/ or wine at a bar, under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, at 5419 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood, New York 11385 for on-premises consumption.
NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/13/11, bearing Index Number NC-000375-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Alexander Pulatov. My present name is Aleksandr Pulatov aka Alexander Pulatov. My present address is 104-29 Atlantic Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418. My place of birth is Tajikistan. My date of birth is October 22, 1991.
NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/11/11, bearing Index Number NC-000366-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Sultana Khandakar. My present name is Khandakar Fatehma Sultana aka Khandakar Fatema Sultana aka Fatehma Sultana. My present address is 85-75 144th Street, Briarwood, NY 11435. My place of birth is Bangladesh. My date of birth is August 6, 1992.
NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/18/11, bearing Index Number NC-000305-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Irina Levy. My present name is Irina Yushuvayeva aka Irina Albertouna Yushuvayeva. My present address is 79-42 212th Street, Hollis Hills, NY 11364. My place of birth is Uzbekistan. My date of birth is October 13, 1983.
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INTERBORO BRICK & CONCRETE CORP.
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EXPERIENCED F/T MEDICAL/OFFICE ASSISTANT Must be able to multitask. Computers, phones, medical billing. Excellent Salary. Pleasant working environment. Call Tues-Fri, 11am-4pm
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NOTICE OF FORMATION of Docent Solutions, LLC and filed Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to 73-01 Metropolitan Ave., STE B, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose of LLC: To engage in any lawful act or activity.
35-21 9TH STREET LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 9/15/10. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. General Purposes.
R.E. BASON REALTY LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 2/22/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 75-20 Bell Blvd., Unit #6C, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. General Purposes.
BEST WHEAT ASSETS LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 2/9/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to the LLC, 71-63 Austin St., Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.
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Notice of Formation of D-AHN MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/19/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o The Astoria World Manor, Inc., 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY 11102. 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.
Sharp Photo Shooter, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY SSNY on 03/08/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail any process served against the LLC to 35-30 81 St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372. General Purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 252-25 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/22/10. The name was amended to 73-49 LLC on 01/21/11. 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, 9322 Third Avenue, Suite 502, Brooklyn, New York 11209. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of Target Contracting Group LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Sec’y. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/19/11. Office location: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Incorp Services, Inc., One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Ste. 805-A, Albany, NY 122102822, also the registered agent. Purpose: for any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: BERRICLE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/25/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of SALSA NEW YORK LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/27/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Hyung M Lee (A.K.A.) Kevin Lee), 43-07 39th Place #1L, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ALL SMART REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/11/11. 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, 45-63 Zion Street, Little Neck, New York 11362. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Monse-International Institue of Education LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/4/2011. 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, 162-02 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Fl., Ste. 4, Jamaica, NY 11432. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of COMMUNITY REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/09/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 43-24 220TH Place, Bayside, NY 11361. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Han Shik Lee, M.D., 134 The Dell, Albertson, NY 11507. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: EREBUS CREATIVE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/31/2011. 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, 34-21 78th St., Apt. 5G, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose. p
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LEGAL NOTICES To Advertise Call 718-205-8000 SUMMONS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No.: 26459/10 Date Purchased: 10/20/10 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. The basis of the venue is Plaintiff’s residence. MIRIAM CASTRO, Plaintiff; -againstCHARLES SIMONSON and WILDER PALLEZ, and their wives, if any, whose names are unknown to plaintiff, if said above named defendants be living, and if any of said defendants be dead, then any and all other persons who may claim as heirs-atlaw, next-of-kin, devisees, distributees, legal representatives, and successors in interest of said defendants, their wives or husbands, creditors, mortgagees, lienors, assignees and legal representatives of them and the successors in interest of said heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, devisees, distributees and legal representatives, their wives, husbands, creditors, mortgagees, lienors, assignees and legal representatives of them and if any specifically named defendant or any defendants named as a class be dead, then their heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, devisees, grantees, distributees, husbands, widows, wives, executors, trustees, administrators, assignees, mortgagees, lienors and successors in interest and generally all parties having or claiming to have an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint or any amendment thereto by, through or under any of said specifically named defendants herein or by, through or under any of the other defendants herein named specifically or as a class, all of whom and whose places of residence are unknown to the plaintiff and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained; Defendants. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Verified Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the Verified Complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York): and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Verified Complaint. Dated: Bayside, New York, September 22, 2010 Yours, etc. Alan Kestenbaum, Esq., Weil & Kestenbaum Attorneys for Plaintiff 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 302, Bayside, New York, 11361 718-281-0100 This action is brought pursuant to Article 15 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law of the State of New York to compel the determination of claims to the real property known as 90-23 51st Avenue, Elmhurst, New York, Section 11, Section 1852, Lot 70, County of Queens. Notice of Formation of Fong & Juan LLC, a limited liability company (LLC). Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 4/25/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 90-63 52nd Avenue, 1st Floor, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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CITATION SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent File No. 2010-3083 TO: New York Attorney General Public Administrator of Queens County Heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Gerard B. Bennett a/k/a Gerard Bennett, 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. A petition having been duly filed by Leonard A. Fritz, who is domiciled at 360 Harrison Street, Haworth, New Jersey 07641 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on the 23rd day of June, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Gerard B. Bennett a/k/a Gerard Bennett, lately domiciled at 112-41 72nd Road, Apt. 2F, Forest Hills, New York 11375, admitting to probate a Will dated May 8, 1984, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Gerard B. Bennett a/k/a Gerard Bennett, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Leonard A. Fritz. Dated, Attested and Sealed April 27, 2011 HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate of Queens County MARGARET M. GRIBBON, Chief Clerk By: Jamie R. Dyce, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, Tel: (212) 692-1000 Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Adroit Contracting LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/20/2011. 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 Michael Dimarco, 205-10 48th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Alial LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/08/2011. 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, 8623 247th Street, Bellerose, NY 11426. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
FINE MARKS MANAGEMENT LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/18/2011. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 54-40 Little Neck Pkwy., Apt. 5M, Little Neck, NY 11362, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
ROSEWOOD & ASSOCIATES LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 3/11/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. General Purposes.
Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Celebritea LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/04/2011. 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 the LLC, 4304 64th Street, 2nd Fl., Woodside, NY 11377. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of Venture Design Research Center USA LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/28/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 32-17 College Point Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activities.
SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 8734/09 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA Plaintiff, vs. MARIA FERNANDEZ, ET. AL. Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 80-64 89TH AVENUE A/K /A 8064 89TH AVENUE WOODHAVEN, NY 11421 SBL #: BLOCK 8965, LOT 21 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 26th day of April, 2011, TO: MARIA FERNANDEZ, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. DUANE A. HART of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 15th day of April, 2011 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by MARIA FERNANDEZ dated the 11th day of September, 2006, to secure the sum of $365,600.00 and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000531475 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, on the 20th day of September, 2006. The property in question is described as follows: 80-64 89TH AVENUE A/K/A 8064 89TH AVENUE, WOODHAVEN, NY 11421 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 8965 and Lot 21 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of 89th Avenue (formerly known as Fifth Street), distant 608 feet 4 inches Easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of 89th Avenue with the Easterly side of 80th Street (formerly known as Shaw Avenue); RUNNING THENCE Southerly parallel with 80th Street and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 feet; THENCE Easterly parallel with 89th Avenue, 16 feet 8 inches; THENCE Northerly again parallel with 80th Street, 100 feet to the Southerly side of 89th Avenue; THENCE Westerly along the Southerly side of 89th Avenue, 16 feet 8 inches to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 8064 89th Avenue, Woodhaven, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-2265697) or visit the department’s website at. WWW.BANKING.STATE. NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE: NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: April 26, 2011 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228. The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose.
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Legal Notices NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/17/11, bearing Index Number NC-000395-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Samuel Robert Modone. My present name is Samuel Robert Abdul. My present address is 8425 261 Street, Floral Park, NY 11001. My place of birth is Guyana. My date of birth is April 5, 1961.
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Aging Yanks, hurtin’ Mets by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor
The building at 144-04 South Road in Jamaica, at left in April 1975, was torn down and the lot left vacant. The structure next door remains, at the corner of South Road and Pinegrove Street.
An empty lot is born by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor
In 1910 a group of modest, attached clapboard buildings were erected on South Road between Pinegrove and Inwood streets in Jamaica for the average working man. Each 2 1/2-story structure was 16 feet in width and 75 in length. In the 1930s the bottom floor of No. 144-04 was JJ Hayward’s Candy and Stationery store. In the late 1940s the building was purchased by one Millard Reed. The storefront was converted into a company called B and B Car Service. Originally the business was moderately
successful, but by the early ’70s the car service had become the site of many illegal card games and other sordid activities. Nobody had paid any taxes on what was then a squalid and foul property, and it was ordered by the City of New York to be auctioned off as an abandoned property. It sold for $5,700 at the Hotel Commodore on April 30, 1975. The structure was torn down and today is a empty lot with some vegetation on it. Listed as 1,088 square feet, the parcel was sold on June 17, 2008 for $52,700 — more proof that land is the only way to go longterm, as they’re not making it anymore. Q
Prior to last weekend’s Subway Series, much of the local baseball discussion was on how the aging of the Yankees’ core — Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera — was affecting the team adversely in the standings. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira joined Mets third baseman David Wright for a baseball fan festival held in Madison Square Park and sponsored by Delta Air Lines. Teixeira told me that age is not always a barrier to good performance on the field but admitted that every athlete has to deal with getting older and know when it is time to hang it up. Mets knuckleballer RA Dickey, aided by some brilliant relief work from Mike O’Connor, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez, shut the Yankees down 2-1 in the opening game. But the Bronx Bombers came back with a vengeance, beating up the Mets 73 and 9-3 in successive games to take the series in the Bronx, as is their custom. The Mets have a knack for rejuvenating the Yanks. Of course given the Mets Lilliputian lineup, thanks to the injured Angel Pagan, Ike Davis and David Wright, you can say it’s a miracle they weren’t swept at the Stadium. Wright, who is on the disabled list, was frustrated at not being able to play. “I always circle the dates when we play the Yankees as soon as I see the schedule,” he told me. While David confessed he is worried about what the tests on his balky back will reveal, the good news is that he has not been in discomfort and
has been able to sleep normally. I asked Mets pitcher Chris Capuano, who signed with the team as a free agent last winter and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Duke University, how the Subway Series compared with the intense Duke-University of North Carolina rivalry. “It’s just not there for me yet,” he responded last Friday night. I hope that he pitched better against the Tar Heels than he did versus the Yankees given his poor performance last Saturday in which he yielded four home runs. While the Subway Series always gets the hype, this weekend’s Turnpike Series, the Phillies’ first appearance of 2011 at Citi Field, is far more important to the Mets. Mike Pelfrey, who is always beaten up like a pinata by the Phils, will start one game. Big Pelf needs to finally pitch big against them or he will really hear it from the Flushing faithful. Like a lot of baby boomers, I was saddened by the death of former wrestler Randy Poffo, better known of course as Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Savage, along with Hulk Hogan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Bob “Sgt.” Slaughter, helped make the World Wrestling Federation mainstream pop entertainment in the ’80s. Hogan and Savage were key reasons why NBC used the WWF’s “Main Event” as a stand-in for “Saturday Night Live” 20 years ago. Congratulations to Jets broadcaster and one-time defensive end for the team, Marty Lyons, on being named last week to the College Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding Q career at the University of Alabama.
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