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CUNY to establish environmental institute at Jamaica Bay

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, at podium, joined National Parks Director Jonathan Jarvis, left, Mayor Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan on Monday in the Rockaways, to announce the creation of the CUNY Science and Resilience Institute, which will be housed in a campus that is likely to be built on the peninsula and will focus its research on Jamaica Bay.

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Stop and frisk ruled unconstitutional District court strikes down current police tactic as a violation of rights by Tess McRae Reporter


n Monday a federal U.S. District Court judge ruled that stop and frisk, the controversial practice that allows police officers to stop and search any individual they deem suspicious, unconstitutional as it stands. “… the City is liable for the violation of plaintiffs’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights,” Judge Shira Scheindlin, who presided over the cases challenging the practice, wrote. “The idea of universal suspicion without individual evidence is what Americans find abhorrent and what black men in America must constantly fight. It is pervasive in policing policies — like stop and frisk, and … neighborhood watch — regardless of the collateral damage done to the majority of innocents. It’s like burning a house down to rid it of mice.” The two cases at issue accused the NYPD of violating David Floyd’s and Jaenean Ligon’s Fourth and 14th Amendment rights. As a result, Scheindlin designated Peter Zimroth, a former attorney for New York City, to be the federal monitor of the NYPD and oversee stop-and-frisk procedures. In addition, 5 percent of officers will have to wear body cameras temporarily so that stopand-frisk procedures can be observed; a

The recent court decision says that stop and frisk is unconstitutional because the NYPD uses racial profiling as a basis for stopping individuals. It is expected that the city will appeal the PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE decision. community-based policing policy must be drafted and amendments must be made to the current stop-and-frisk practices to ensure racial profiling is not being utilized. The decision was not a surprising one as many elected officials, including Mayor Bloomberg, said months ago that Scheindlin would probably strike the policy down. “Judge Scheindlin recognized what the NAACP has been saying for years: The

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racial profiling tactic of stop and frisk has no place in our enlightened society,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous wrote in response. “We hope that Mayor Bloomberg and Comissioner Kelly will heed this decision and end their crude and abusive policy. We will continue to stand up with the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who marched with us last June and fight for the protections of the Community Safety Act.”

The act comprises a pair of police oversight bills the mayor recently vetoed and the Council plans to override. The use of stop and frisk has become a heated discussion for many campaigns as it is alleged that the NYPD forces officers to fulfill a quota which has led to the disproportionate stopping of black and Latino men more than any other ethnic groups, despite the mayor having signed an antiracial profiling bill into law several years ago. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which has studied stop-and-frisk data in depth, reports that black and Latino New Yorkers make up nine out of 10 police stops, yet 94 percent do not uncover any criminal activity. “The ruling issued by Judge Scheindlin only confirms what so many New Yorkers already know, that the way stop, question and frisk has been implemented is a violation of people’s constitutional rights,” Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said. “Not only have the police been targeting minority and LGBT communities, ignoring the fact that more weapons and contraband are confiscated when they stop white suspects, but the way they have treated residents when they are stopped has been demeaning and abusive.” continued on page 38



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Science and Resilience Institute will focus research on sustainability by Domenick Rafter Editor

Plans are in the works for a state-of-theart research and learning center dedicated to the environment and sustainability, and the city says the Rockaways will likely play host to the institution. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urba n Development Sh au n Donova n announced the creation of the new Science and Resilience Institute, which will be operated by the City University of New York, at Riis Landing in the Rockaways on Monday morning at a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg, National Parks Director Jonathan Jarvis, City Parks Commissioner Veronica W hite, Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), Acting CUNY Chancellor Bill Kelly and Peter Madonia, chief operating officer of the Rockefeller Foundation, who will be providing some of the funding for the new institution. As part of the general management plan signed in 2011 between the Department of the Interior — which operates Gateway National Recreation Area, the parkland that includes much of Jamaica Bay — and the city, the new institute will be established first at Brooklyn College, but will move into a facility that is planned as of now to be built in the Rockaways in the coming years.

City Parks Commissioner Veronica White, left, National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Rep. Greg Meeks at Monday’s announcement of CUNY’s PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER new Science and Resilience Institute to be built near Jamaica Bay. “The institute will focus its research on protecting and preserving urban ecosystems f rom development and f rom the effects of climate change and thereby making urban areas more resilient as well,” Bloomberg said. “The institute will work

in partnership with other schools, nonprofit organizations, government partners and city agencies and will serve as a coordinating body for the research fieldwork taking place around Jamaica Bay and providing lab spaces for students and researchers.”

The cost and time frame of the construction of the brick and mortars institute is still unknown, according to Parks Commissioner Veronica White, and a committee is being formed to scout a location and identify the price tag. For decades, Jamaica Bay was notorious for its pollution and for a time seemed hopeless. But in the past few decades, starting with the creation of Gateway in 1972, the bay has seen a natural renaissance. Jewell said the institute will serve as a tool for resiliency and sustainable environments nationwide and the once-polluted Jamaica Bay will be at the center of that. “Connecting the community of New York to these green spaces that are a public transit ride away is going to change lives,” she said. “You just don’t get assets like this close to a population center. It’s going to become a great laboratory. Jamaica Bay is going to be a perfect place for the whole country to learn about resilience and science and how these natural ecosystems combined with man-made ecosystems interact.” Though CUNY will operate the institute, it will be as leader of a consortium of other institutions of learning and research including Columbia University’s Earth Institute and its Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Cornell University, NASA continued on page 19

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Take ‘A’ train to reach the games Subway stop at Resorts World opens by Domenick Rafter Editor

Resorts World Casino NYC President Edward Farrell greets the audience at Tuesday’s official opening of the casino’s subway station.

to the station at the edge of the Resorts World parking field, only steps from a gate at Pitkin Avenue, where residents of the nearby community can access the subway. Many commuters in the area of Ozone Park adjacent to the station take buses to Rockaway Boulevard to access the subway. “We applaud Resorts World for providing the skybridge for its patrons and for delivering an elevator-equipped, accessible access point to the city’s subway system here in our community,” said Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton. The station was originally due to open more than a year ago, but took longer than expected because of the amount of work that had to be done at the decaying stop, which opened as a subway stop in 1956, but existed for decades before as part of the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line. There are plans to expand the station to serve Rockaway-bound trains, but those have not gotten

A Manhattan-bound A train arrives Tuesday at the Aqueduct Racetrack station in Ozone Park, which now is a full-time station connected to Resorts World PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER Casino New York City via an enclosed skybridge. far yet. In the meantime, patrons com ing f rom Man hat t an and Brooklyn can access the casino by getting off at Aqueduct-North Conduit and walking or hopping on a Manhattan-bound train.

Farrell said there are plans to rename the station after Resorts World since the MTA changed its policy last month to allow naming rights to stations, but those plans Q are still in the early stages.

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Twenty months after opening for business, Resorts World Casino New York City has opened its link to the New York City subway. The enclosed skybridge that was built in 2011 also opened for business this week, directly connecting the casino to the Aqueduct Racetrack station on the A line.

The stop was inaugurated with a celebration on a rainy Tuesday morning in which many patrons utilized the new skybridge to escape the elements. The celebration included performances by the Knicks City Dancers and rapper Doug E. Fresh at the casino’s main stage at Bar 360. “More than 12 million people visit Resorts World each year,” said Edward Farrell, the casino’s president, said at the celebration. “Now many of them can come directly by train.” The station predates the casino, but was renovated in the last few years. It has only one platform, serving Manhattan-bound trains, and only operated on race days until this month. It is only about 1,000 feet nor th of the full-time Aqueduct-North Conduit station, which has access to the racetrack parking lot next door to the casino. Resorts World invested $15 million into the station and the skybridge. There are two stairs leading

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10 yrs. for fatal hit-and-run A Brooklyn man who struck and killed a special education student outside Joh n Adams High School in 2005 and then f led the country for seven years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bartolo Paula, 56, of Brooklyn hit 15-year-old Jeffrey Javier with his vehicle on Oct. 26, 2005, while making a left turn onto Rockaway Boulevard from 101st Street. According to the charges, Paula was stopped at a red light and made the left when the light turned green, striking Javier in the crosswalk. After hitting Javier, Paula kept d r ivi ng. A w it ness followed the defendant for several blocks, took down his license plate number and turned it over to police, who later interviewed Paula. After agreeing to sur render to police the next day, Paula instead fled to the Dominican Republic and ultimately to Spain, where he was found and extradited from in December. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on June 19. Javier, who suffered a fractured skull and other injuries, later died at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Q

Boardwalk to be rebuilt this winter City says plans will be out in Sept. by Domenick Rafter Editor

Plans for the reconstruction of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, will be out in September, Parks Commissioner Veronica White said Monday, “We’ve hosted several meetings out in the communities in the various parts of the Rockaways to discuss what we need going forward, and what the community has made clear to us and what the mayor has made clear to me is that we rebuild the boardwalk,” White said at a press conference at Riis Landing to announce CUNY’s planned institute at Jamaica Bay. “In addition we will build some kind of protection for the communities while we do that. We will be coming back to the community with the design in September, discussing that in the fall and hoping for construction to start on the new boardwalk by the end of the year.” Much of the boardwalk west of Beach 85th Street was washed away in Sandy and small “boardwalk islands” around

concession stands were rebuilt in time for this summer. In the meantime, the Army Corps of Engineers is moving for ward with rebuilding much of the beach that was washed away in the storm, including protective dunes. “We just started phase one, which is to repair the existing project out in the Rockaways, so the sand being pumped now is part of that project,” Col. Paul Owen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District, said at Monday’s press conference. Residents in the Rockaways have held a number of rallies demanding the boardwalk reconstruction be prioritized along with the construction of new dunes to protect the community from future storms. Some, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), said they would like to see jetties built along the beach west of Arverne as well. The jetties have been credited with lessening the impact of Sandy’s storm surge on the eastern half of the Rockaway Peninsula. Q

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The wrong decision on stop and frisk


e were disappointed, but not surprised, to see that U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin determined that the Police Department’s aggressive use of stop and frisk is unconstitutional. Scheindlin clearly had determined that before hearing the first word of testimony in the case that resulted in her anti-police, anti-city, antipeace ruling on Monday. Scheindlin found that the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk to search people deemed suspicious, primarily in an effort to get guns off the street, violates the rights of citizens in two ways. First, it violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. Second, it violates the 14th Amendment dictum of equal protection under the law by targeting black and Latino citizens far more often than whites. There’s no question that more blacks and Latinos are searched than whites are. There’s also no question that blacks and Latinos are disproportionately involved in violent crime. Together they comprise more than 90 percent of homicide suspects in the city, as well as more than 90 percent of victims. Naturally more searches occur in the neighborhoods where more minorities live.

But the historic reductions in crime the city has achieved over the last 20 years have disproportionately benefited blacks and Latinos. The murder rate has been cut by 80 percent since its record high in 1990, down to levels not seen since the mid-’50s. That’s something to celebrate. Instead many voice fear of the police. Their concerns shouldn’t simply be dismissed, but let’s get real: How could you be more afraid of the people who have sworn to serve and protect the public than the people who have made a career of preying on the public? Yes, there is the occasional bad police shooting, but those are rare, and, just like all homicides here, much more rare than they used to be. Comptroller John Liu recently claimed that New York’s minorities live in a “police state” because of stop and frisk. Nonsense. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner likened the situation to that of 1938 Germany at the dawn of the Holocaust. Disgusting. (But what about Anthony Weiner isn’t?) That’s not to say that no change is needed. Maybe the Police Department should stop sending its newest officers into the worst neighborhoods. Certainly it should redouble its efforts to connect with the minority communities whose residents largely distrust the police. And it’s already

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They’re illegal aliens Dear Editor: I thought the story on the front page of your Aug. 1 Western Queens edition was deplorable, as it showed protesters trying to influence the government to pass the legislation creating a path to citizenship for about 11 million (or more) immigrants living in the United States illegally (“The elephant in the room / Inside and out: two views on immigration”). Doesn’t anyone understand what the word “illegal” means? It’s “contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.” How can illegal aliens demand anything? What about foreigners who want to become American citizens and do everything required of them to become citizens legally? Why would anyone want to go through the process of applying for citizenship when they can come here illegally and get the same benefits? Most of these 11 million illegal aliens (if not all) are receiving free benefits paid for by the tax dollars of American citizens. They receive free food, free prescriptions, free doctor and hospital visits, free eyeglasses, free hearing aids, etc. And all of it is paid for with my tax dollars and the tax dollars of all American citizens. I am 84 years old and worked at the same job for over 40 years and always paid taxes and I continue to pay taxes. These illegal aliens are receiving free benefits paid for with my tax dollars and since they are undocumented, most do © Copyright 2013 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.

reduced the number of frisks officers conduct. But we worry that the restrictions Scheindlin ordered on the NYPD — and those the City Council plans to enact over Mayor Bloomberg’s veto — might result in a resurgence of violent crime. One thing the critics of stop and frisk never acknowledge is its deterrent effect. You’re a lot less inclined to go walking around with a gun if you know one wrong move could result in a frisk by a sharp-eyed cop. That deterrent will disappear if stop and frisk is largely ended. And that’s what the result of Scheindlin’s decision and the Council’s so-called Community Safety Act would be. Not reform of stop and frisk but its effective elimination. The new deterrent will be against police officers who will have second thoughts about confronting suspects knowing that a judicially imposed outside monitor, a legislatively imposed inspector general, and who knows who else will be looking over their shoulder hoping to find the least little mistake that could lead to yet more restrictions on the NYPD’s crime-fighting capability. We hope the pending overregulation of New York’s Finest doesn’t result in more violent crime, but logic and reason say that’s a very real possibility. Be careful out there.


not pay income taxes. What are they giving to this country? Nothing! And yet they are taking everything they can — for free. And they have the audacity to make demands and expect to receive more benefits than American citizens. I have to pay for my food, prescriptions and doctor/hospital visits. I was told recently that I needed a hearing aid and it would cost $4,000. And yet, an illegal alien can get a hearing aid and pay nothing for it. My taxes will be used to pay for that hearing aid. Where is the justice in that? Something must be done about this travesty of justice, as this country is suffering from its financial position. What would happen if 10 million more aliens wanted to come here illegally? Should we also allow them to do so and automatically make them legal American citizens? When is it going to stop? Illegal aliens want to change this country to be like their own and yet they do not want to stay in their own countries. The politicians know what is going on but are afraid to say or do anything about it. Such a shame. Andrea Farmer Jackson Heights

Another test mess Dear Editor: Someone needs to explain the history and purpose of instituting the former literacy curriculum, which did not produce desired goals for students who were subjected to a sub-par plan and a waste of capital? What was gained, aside from distress and anxiety of all concerned, waiting for test results based on what is now deemed a less than desired outcome? Eventually a replacement was in order. It was always the expectation that children would absorb and retain their acquired knowledge from a variety of subject areas for which they would receive a well-rounded education, which should be the goal. But wait, meeting benchmarks on standardized tests is a higher priority, and now a new, improved, tougher curriculum will supposedly fix everything and produce greater outcomes on standardized tests. Will children receive the well-rounded education they so deserve or will they once again become robots programmed to meet the testing standards? As we know, the new actual “Common Core curriculum” was not available prior to testing.

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And the other one Dear Editor: Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the city’s policy of stop and frisk is racial discrimination and unconstitutional. Well, I believe like Mayor Bloomberg that to stop this policy will make us all unsafe. And I applaud the NYPD and its Finest under Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for keeping us safe. But there are those who wish to handcuff our diligent police officers from doing their job by taking away stop and frisk, a vital tool which saves lives. As Bloomberg has stated, the Supreme Court has found this policy constitutional. It has taken 8,000 guns off the street over the past decade and some 80,000 other weapons. Our mayor also pointed out that as recently as 1990 the City of New York had more than six murders a day. Now we have an average of one per day. If murder rates had stayed the same, in a period of 11 years more than 7,300 who are alive today would not be alive. Now, as far as Judge Scheindlin’s accusations that the policy is racist, let me point out that many of our police officers are from minority groups themselves, and 97 percent of shooting victims are also black or Hispanic. I believe with a change in policy more young innocent children will be killed. More guns will enter our communities and the criminals will rule our streets. When that happens, those who can will sell their homes and move out of New York for a safer place to live. That will be a sad day indeed when the middle class moves out. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

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Dear Editor: I write to support overriding the mayor’s veto of two important pieces of legislation important to our community and city — the bills known as the Community Safety Act. I joined a rally of concerned Council members, justice advocates and residents July 18 to make clear my support and help push back against the tremendous pressure being put on courageous Council members who put their constituents, justice and public safety first. When race or ethnicity is the determining factor to question or arrest an individual, society sends the wrong message. In knocking on thousands of doors in, and campaigning throughout, Council District 27, covering all or part of Addisleigh Park, Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, Queens Village and St. Albans, I found that young people of color made clear the devastating impact that profiling inflicts on them. The practice should be illegal. No New Yorker should be singled out because of his or her ethnicity; these bad contacts only widen the divide of distrust between police and the communities they serve. The then-New York attorney general’s 2001 report confirmed that the NYPD applied “stop and frisk” tactics more aggressively and broadly to African Americans and Latinos than to whites. The police commissioner must be held accountable to the law’s reporting requirements and its ban on profiling. As a community and labor activist, president of Amalgamated Transportation Union Local No. 1056, which represents drivers and


mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit’s Queens Bus Division, co-chairman of the MTA Labor Coalition of 29 unions and more than 60,000 workers, and a longtime southeast Queens resident, who has worked with our community’s young people including as a co-founder of Brothers Unlimited, which assists families in need, and as a mentor with United Black Men of Queens and Life Camp, I know our community needs this reform. That’s why I support the Community Safety Act and advocate overriding the mayor’s veto. I. Daneek Miller Rosedale The writer is a candidate for City Council in the 27th District.

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Time Warner vs. CBS Dear Editor: Time Warner Cable and CBS act like two kids fighting in a playground, each yelling: “He started it.” Both are shooting themselves in the foot with audiences and advertisers. They’re also violating two federal laws: 1. Must Carry, enacted during cable TV’s early days, requires all cable systems to carry all local stations in their viewing areas. TV station owners demanded this bill to ensure that broadcasters didn’t bypass them. 2. The Federal Communications Act, updated in 1996, requires all TV stations to “serve the public’s interest, convenience and necessity,” or risk losing their licenses for free use of public air waves. Cutting off viewers to extort retransmission consent fees from cable operators hardly meets this criteria. The Federal Communications Commission’s interim chairwoman, Mignon Clyburn, threatens to end the blackout. If she doesn’t, TWC owes subscribers a refund. CBS owes viewers an apology and advertisers a rebate. Enough already. Just end this nonsense. Richard Reif Flushing


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The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects who are wanted in connection with a Richmond Hill robbery. On July 29 at approximately 11:10 p.m., a 59 - y e a r- o l d H i s p a n i c m a n w a s approached by two black men in their 20s at Jamaica Avenue and 134th Street. The two men demanded money from the victim, who handed over a small amount of cash. The suspects demanded more money but when the victim said he did not have any more, one of the robbers punched him in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head. The suspects then f led with the money and the victim’s cell phone. The victim was removed to Jamaica Ho s pit a l Me d ic a l C e n t e r i n s t a ble condition. Police say both suspects are between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall. One suspect was wearing a black skull cap, a black T-shirt and black pants, while the other was wearing dark pants and a button-down shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call Cr ime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS

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A would-be terrorist who came to Queens from Bangladesh specifically to wage violent jihad against the United States will spend more time in prison than he has spent on Earth so far, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced Aug. 9. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 22, most recently of Jamaica, was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Judge Carol Amon. Nafis had pleaded guilty last February to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Nafis had said he wanted to “destroy America” in the name of al-Qaeda and tried to recruit people into a terrorist cell, according to the government. One of his contacts was an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When Nafis sought bomb-making material so he could blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan, an undercover FBI agent provided him with fake explosives. Nafis loaded the material into a van, and he and the agent drove to the bank on Oct. 17, 2012. Nafis attached a detonator to the false bomb on the way. They parked the van and went to a hotel, where Nafis made a video statement declaring jihad and repeatedly tried to detonate the material using a cell phone. He was then arrested. In court Nafis apologized and said he was ashamed to have believed in radical Islam. Q

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Abuse victims’ shelter now allows pets too Victims of domestic violence may bring one or two small pets, including cats, with them to a shelter run by the Urban Resource Institute, the social service group recently announced. Up to 40 percent of abuse victims decline to leave home because they fear their pets may be harmed if they do, the URI says, citing an academic study. The group says its PALS program, for People and Animals Living Safely, is the first of its kind in the city. It said it is working on accommodating dogs too. Those in need may call the URI’s domestic violence hotline at 1 (888) 279-2211 or 1 (888) 252-2890 or visit for information. Q

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Last week, Community Board 5 received a letter from Samaritan Village, a nonprofit agency that intends to turn a vacant building on Cooper Avenue in Glendale into a homeless shelter. One week later, residents, elected officials and community leaders are furious about the proposal. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Glen Powdy, a Glendale resident said. “We don’t need a shelter here. How many homeless people do you see running round this neck of the woods?” The property, located at 78-16 Cooper Ave., was rumored to become a candidate for a homeless shelter for about a year now when it was falsely assumed that CB 5 received a proposal. Now that a proposal has been submitted, members of the community are urging city agencies to deny the request. “This cannot be allowed to happen,” said Craig Caruana, a Middle Village resident and Republican candidate running against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village. “Had I been a Council member at the time, I would have fought it. I would have done the leg work and found an alternate location for this shelter, a location where there is a homeless population that can use it.” Crowley would not respond directly to Caruana’s jab as she said that she was too busy working for her district to comment on the campaign, but she did say that she is working to ensure that Samaritan Village does not move in. “It is not economically feasible,” Crowley said. “The property is in need of serious

repair and is in desperate need of renovation that would take well over a year so it would not make sense for the city to go into a contract with a nonprofit for this property.” Crowley added that the building, which is zoned M-1, is only designated to be used for industrial purposes. While that is true, there have been shelters in the past that were granted permission to build on manufacturing-zoned ground. CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said the building would be better suited for multiple industrial businesses and could even boost the local economy. “We identified the site as a perfect industrial business site,” he said. “We took a visit with [Economic Development Corp.] and it is perfect for industry work. We need jobs in this area. We have more people in this district now than we have ever had and we have a lot of skilled workers who could benefit from what the building has to offer.” The property, which was once a knitting factory and manufacturing facility for airplane parts, has all the utilities needed to run an industrial business already installed, something Arcuri said the city should take into account when reviewing Samaritan Village’s proposal. The nonprofit, which has a series of homeless shelters around the city, could not be reached for comment but Arcuri said the community board is awaiting a response from the prospective buyer. “They are talking about an emergency need for housing but this site wouldn’t help with that,” Arcuri said. “It’s surrounded by Brownfield and would take a while to make Q it livable.”

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Despite much lower scores on the Common Core exams, city students performed equally or better than students statewide in every demographic in math and all except Asian and Hispanic stuCHARTS COURTESY NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION dents in English.

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cores for the new, more rigorous New York State Common Core tests were released last week. As expected, the results were not good and they gave ammunition to those who have been critical of the Bloomberg administration’s education policies. However, New York City actually fared pretty well when compared to schools in other cities in the state and the gap between scores in the city and statewide averages closed considerably, and the mayor is lauding those results as a new benchmark for improvement. As a whole, statewide See more on scores were not ver y PAGES 34 and 35 impressive. Just 31 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 in the state were at or above proficiency in math — a drop of more than 20 percent — while that number was 31.1 percent for English. In city schools, those numbers were 29.6 percent and 26.4 percent, respectively. Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, said he was disappointed by the scores, and added that the blame should not be placed on teachers and administrators. “It’s disheartening to hear this news; the DOE has spent millions on testing and school report cards only to find out now that they didn’t really live up to the public standard touted by the mayor,” he said. “I believe our principals and teachers did and do a great job. They followed the rules and did what they were told, it’s not their fault.” Arthur Goldstein, the United Federation of Teachers’ chapter leader at Francis Lewis High School said the biggest issue he had with Common Core is that it was implemented without being tested to see if it works. “The thing you need to look at is if there is any validity to the structure of Common Core,” Goldstein said. “You’d think people running education systems believe in science, and that means experimenting and see if it works. There

is no research, no practice, nothing to suggest there’s any validity to Common Core. Something like this needed to be phased in gradually to see if it can work.” He believes the system is set up to fail and allow blame to be placed on the teachers. “There is this assumption that education in America is in crisis,” he said, “and nothing that they do about it has been proven to work.” Mayor Bloomberg and the DOE argue the results, which were expected to come in much lower, set a new baseline. “Our administration has consistently raised the bar for our students — and given time and support, they have consistently risen to the occasion,” Bloomberg said. “We are confident that they will rise to this challenge — and it’s encouraging that our students are out-performing their peers in the other cities around the state.” “We have known for over a year that a higher bar would initially mean lower scores,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said last Wednesday. “But this change is impor tant, and students, teachers, and schools will not be penalized by the transition. With an unprecedented amount of support being provided, I have full confidence that schools will effectively take on this challenge and students will reach this higher bar, as they have many times before.” Proficiency levels in math ranged from 35.2 for city fourth-graders to 25 percent for seventh-graders, while in English, the range was from 28.7 percent for fifth-graders to 23.3 percent for sixth-graders. Math proficiency was at or above statewide standards among all races, most notably among white students, 50.1 percent in the city versus 38.1 percent statewide. Math scores were better among city students for English language learners, former ELL students and students with disabilities. City students also outperformed state standards in English proficiency on all levels except Hispanic students, who performed 1.1 points lower in the city than statewide: 16.6 percent proficiency versus 17.7 percent, and

Asian students, who performed 2.3 percent lower than statewide averages — 48.1 percent to 50.4 percent. In math, charter schools outperformed traditional schools in the city by five points, but traditional schools scored slightly higher in the English exams, outperforming charter schools by 1.3 points. Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, called the results “bracing” and acknowledged more has to be done to improve scores. “Despite better relative performance in math and English when compared to host districts, the hard reality is most charter schools are challenged by low proficiency rates,” he said in a statement. “Fortunately, charters are known for being flexible and accountable for performance, because we all have a lot of work to do.” The results for students with disabilities, which were already low under the old testing system, are even lower now. Only 8.4 percent of students with disabilities were proficient in math and 5.7 percent in English. Though both are higher than the state average, the low numbers concern teachers like Mary Arevalo, who teaches students with disabilities at JHS 157 in Rego Park. Arevalo said teachers were completely unprepared to instruct their students for the new tests. “The readings are so difficult and there has been no dialogue or narrative on how to teach kids in eighth grade reading at a third-grade reading level,” she said. Arevalo added that students have been getting frustrated with the work and it is creating a situation where students give up. She suggested that the only real solution is to have parents step in. “Parents are going to have to be proactive,” she said. “There’s going to have to be a lot more work at home.” But that is difficult for many students who need the extra help because the lower scores tend to come from schools serving poorer

students whose parents work long hours, or from students with disabilities and English-language barriers, whose parents may not have proficiency in English. Goldstein said that the true problem with education stems from poverty and that is the issue where resources should be allocated. “I have students whose parents work 200 hours a week in a Chinese restaurant,” he said. “Even at Francis Lewis, we have issues with students in poverty. If you really want to reform education, that’s the problem that needs to be solved.” Goldstein questions such goals as starting to make students college-ready as early as the third grade, noting that some people don’t go to college and instead take trade jobs in industries like construction. The DOE said the test scores will not be a factor in teacher evaluation scores for next year, nor will the scores affect student promotions or school progress reports. Fedkowskyj said he isn’t opposed to testing, but feels the state exams as is are “out of control.” “The weight of a single test has changed the way our teachers teach and that is of paramount concern to parents, our system should allow teachers to use their background and training without concerns of a weighted test score,” he explained. “The emphasis on actual learning is now playing second fiddle and teaching to the test has become a seductive way to approach this goal. Parents would agree that the city and state need to find other means of educational assessments and give our educators an opportunity to actually teach without the abuse of a weighted test score.” The DOE is planning on doubling its investment in teacher development for Common Core to over $100 million and schools will receive an additional $10 million to support targeted, small-group tutoring after school. More than one million new books and resources will be given to hundreds of schools and more than 15,000 teachers are receiving profesQ sional development this summer.

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Fresh Meadows ‘scammer’ arrested AG Schneiderman says Curatolo claimed to be a victim of Sandy by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy. Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in announcing the ar rest said his office will do everything possible to crack down on anyone who uses a national emergency li ke Sa ndy for personal gai n. “Today’s arrest shows that scammers who trade on tragedy will be exposed and punished,” Schneiderman added. Curatolo, who lists herself on the internet as founder, president, CEO and service provider of Service International Inc., is a singer. She also serves as a vice president of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens. In 2004, Borough President Helen Marshall named Curatolo as one of 10 citizens of distinction. She was cited for serving on the borough president’s Advisory Council

for Persons with Disabilities, a board member of the Queens Independent Living Center and as a past recipient of the borough president’s Award for People with Disabilities. Her Facebook page describes her as a piano and vocal teacher who attended Francis Lewis High School. According to the attor ney general’s complaint, which was f iled in Queens Criminal Court, Curatolo falsely represented herself as a Sandy evacuee in order to get free hotel rooms and other benefits. She told officials that her residence on 159th Street was uninhabitable due to Sandy, but Schneiderman’s investigation revealed that the damage to the house predated the storm, going at least back to the summer of 2011. Sandy occurred at the end of last October. The investigation also showed that Curatolo made a similar claim for damage to the roof after Hurricane Irene in 2012. According to Schneiderman, the investigation also revealed that although Curatolo told multiple agencies that she was rendered homeless due to the uninhabitable conditions in her home, she actually owns a second residence next door, at 59-17 159 St. Records show that during the investigation, undercover officers observed Curatolo

going to both residences to pick up her mail and utility records show that services continued to be supplied to her at 59-13 159 St., the attorney general said. Due to her alleged scam, she was provided with free accommodations at hotels in Queens and Brooklyn. She stayed at the Qualit y In n in Long Island Cit y, the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in East Elmhurst and most recently at the Holiday In n Express in Brooklyn, where she was still residing at the time of her ar rest. Her housing costs, for more than 269 days, totaled $83,500. She also received additional benefits of $250 for the purchase of food allegedly lost in Sandy and an American Red Cross debit card for $100 per week for food, for a total of $3,590. Authorities say instead of using the money for food she spent it at such locations as Best Buy, Dress Barn, Ma rshalls, Fabco Shoes a nd O pt ical Boutique. In addition, Curatolo allegedly made a fraudulent auto insurance claim, reporting that her car was a total loss due to water damage from the hurricane. An insurance company inspection determined that the car showed no signs of water damage. Attempts to reach Curatolo were unsucc e s sf u l. He r home phone h a s b e e n

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While all the attention as of late has been on the mayoral and city comptroller races, due mostly to certain candidates running, there’s a much quieter campaign happening for the second highest-ranking job in the city — public advocate. According to the New York City Charter, the public advocate serves as the ombudsman between City Hall and the public. And that job description long ago caught the eye of Staten Island-bred professor Cathy Guerriero. When she was 22, Guerriero told a professor that she wanted to run the city. The professor told her “good luck” and suggested she run for office. It was then that Guerriero found the Cathy Guerriero, a college professor and Statoffice she wanted to hold — public advocate. en Island native, has called the public advo“I planned for 20 years to run in this cate’s job, the position she is running for, “the race,” she said. “I think this job is fantastic. job she has ever wanted. The idea that you can be the voice, the PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE counterpoint, the voices not heard is fantasOn labor contracts, she said there are givetic. It’s a fighter’s job.” Guerriero was a star athlete at Wagner Col- backs to real estate interests and other tax lege, where she graduated and later received an abatements that could be ended to prevent M.A. in public administration from New York cuts to union workers. “There are clearly monied interests in New University and a Ph.D. in educational administration, also from NYU. She worked for a York City that would be the Peters,” she said, in a “robbing Peter to pay Paul” reference. decade for Cardinal Edward Egan and “If the working man is going to play coordinated Pope Benedict XVI’s visit with their contracts, everyone is to New York City. She now teaches going to have to pay, Mayor Bloomeducation at Columbia University berg is sounding the alarm on a fisand at NYU. cal crisis of his own making. I Guerriero was raised in Staten think the drama of ‘where are you Island and her father worked two going to find money?’ just fits his union jobs, as a teacher and a longnarrative. It fits the narrative of what shoreman. Now retired, he takes 2013 he said, which is ‘I’m not going to pay home two pensions, which Guerriero these contracts.’” said he worked for and earned. On education, Guerriero does not agree “I exist in the zeitgeist of a New York City body politic that is furious for being excised with mayoral control and would like to see the system become less test-centric and wants from their own lives,” she said. Guerriero is not shy about her pro-labor more focus on art, music and athletics. “The narrow frame of their jobs as teachbeliefs and her Catholicism, which is exempliers is teaching to the test,” she said, which fied by the crucifix she wears around her neck. As public advocate, Guerriero said she she blamed on the federal government. would put together a think tank of 50 unpaid “Children come at life in the classroom with research assistants, graduate and Ph.D. stu- multiple intelligences and we’re only dealing dents and law students to work in her office. with one or two pockets of their intelligences, Thirty of them will craft studies on issues to but the other parts play into their ability to succeed in the classroom.” “bring the noise to the next mayor with data.” She said that without art, music, dance or Ten of the think tank staff members will populate the office and be on the phones to other examples of what she called “periphtake in complaints, and another 10 will be law- ery” pieces, children won’t succeed. “That plays into their ability to not do well yers who will help the office bring cases to on the math test,” she added. “You’re not court. “I will go directly to institutions of higher playing into all parts of the child.” On small business, she criticized the mayeducation and ask for them,” she said. “You get coauthorship, credit, you get extraordinary or’s overuse of fines. “If the deli’s dirty, fine them,” she said. experience.” Guerriero also laid out her positions on a “But if you fine them 10 times from 10 differnumber of issues facing New York City in the ent agencies, then you’re not going to get a continued on page 34 next term.

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continued from page 5 Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York Sea Grant, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University and the Wildlife Conservation Society. The city has committed $3 million toward the institute, which is already getting off the ground. Its first undertaking will be a program called “Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change: Global Input for Local Solutions,” a symposium that will take place Oct. 17 and 18 at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. The symposium will bring global and local expertise together to examine what urban resilience means and ways to achieve it. Kelly said the institute will work on a wide variety of research topics. “The institute that we are here to inaugurate will focus on issues such as water quality, wetlands restoration and climate change to help us improve the resiliency of this remarkable ecosystem,” he said. “We expect that our work will reach beyond our shores.” For Jamaica Bay’s environmental experts like Don Riepe, northeast chapter president of the American Littoral Society and a Broad Channel resident, news of the institute was met with optimism about the once-forgotten bay’s future.

“It’s a shot in the arm,” Riepe said. “I’m hoping that they can pull it all together and that we can be a part of it. These education and restoration projects are projects we’ve been doing for years.” The project was in the works even before Hurricane Sandy and Jewell said the storm gave researchers another case study. “We saw a green infrastructure actually make a difference and we saw a great infrastructure that didn’t work so well,” she said. Madonia said the Rockefeller Foundation became interested in the project especially in the wake of Sandy. “New York isn’t alone,” he said. “Of the 25 most densely populated counties in the country, 23 are on coastlines, so New York as a laboratory became very important to us in finding global solutions.” Dan Mundy Jr. of Jamaica Bay Eco Watchers said he was concerned that Sandy would derail the plans, and is thankful to see the school moving forward despite the storm. “We want to rebuild in a smarter way,” he said. “We are very encouraged by this.” Mundy added that key to making the institute work will be transportation. “The key is going to be the permanent establishment of a ferry to Manhattan,” he said. “We’re going to need to Q bring people in from the city.”

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Conservancy formed for bay and beaches Bloomberg LP founder will lead it by Domenick Rafter Editor

While city and federal officials gathered at Riis Landing in the Rockaways on Monday to announce the creation of a new institute at Jamaica Bay, they also announced the formation of a conservancy to fund maintenance and programs at the parkland around the bay as well as Rockaway Beach. The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy is a public-private partnership established by the city and federal government and the Rockefeller Foundation and is similar to conservancies for Central Park and Prospect Park. Mayor Bloomberg said the conservancy will help raise funds for the parkland covered by a 2011 agreement between the city and federal government, which includes areas managed by Gateway National Recreation Area such as Charles Park, Hamilton Park and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. “The organization will help raise funds for the parkland covered by the agreement, collaborate with the community on pro-

gramming and help promote the parkland as a destination,” said Mayor Bloomberg at the announcement of the conservancy’s creation Monday. The conservancy will also include Rockaway Beach, Parks Commissioner Veronica White confirmed Monday. Tom Secunda, one of the founders of Bloomberg LP, will lead the conservancy, whose board will include former Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who now works at The Trust for Public Land. Dan Mundy Jr. of Jamaica Bay Eco Watchers said the conservancy will reinvigorate the bay. “We see an opportunity here,” he said. “A park that has phenomenal natural resources and doesn’t have funding will now have a foundation.” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who oversees the federal department that manages much of Jamaica Bay, encouraged New Yorkers Monday to help the conservancy’s mission. “Having this green space around New York is rare,” she said. “So treasure it.” Q

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The fight to avoid voter suppression U.S. senator slams Supreme Court for Voting Rights Act decision by Tess McRae Reporter

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) met with Queens community leaders and elected officials on Friday to urge congressional leaders to pass bipartisan legislation this year to restore the Voting Rights Act. This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court made a controversial amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by striking down Section 5, which determines which states and localities must get federal approval before they change their voting rights laws. “This was a terrible blow to our nation’s commitment to voting rights,” Gillibrand said in the Queens Borough Hall conference room. “Voting rights are one of the most sacred rights we have as Americans and there is no doubt that this decision has jeopardized it.” The Voting Rights Act was written into law at a time when racial tensions and segregation were resulting in unfair requirements of minority voters, as a way to even the playing field. In the June 5-4 decision, the judges ruled that requiring certain states to seek approval before changing a voting law is unconstitutional and no longer needed. “This is not some esoteric decision from some faraway place,” Gillibrand argued. “It has implications right here in Queens. Yes, New York City has come a very long way

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, center, speaks out on amendments to the Voting Rights Act with Borough President Helen Marshall, left, Mazeda Uddin of the Alliance of South Asian American PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE Labor, center right, and New York State NAACP President Hazel Dukes. since the 1960s, but challenges still remain.” Gillibrand said that from 1990 to 2005, the city had to withdraw four dozen proposed changes to its voting procedure after the Justice Department demanded more details. “There is a common misconception that Section 5 only caters to minorities in the

South, but we have used this to provide fully translated Chinese ballots in New York City,” said Jerry Vattamala, a staff attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. “Section 5 has been crucial for Asian Americans to protect their right to vote. We are a nation of laws and laws need to be followed.”

To counter the court’s decision, Gillibrand is backing the Common Sense Act that she says will ensure equal access and crack down on alleged voter suppression. It will also make registration more accessible by authorizing automatic, same-day online voter registration. “Martin Luther King often spoke about the fierce urgency of now,” Gillibrand said. “Now is the time to protect voting rights battles that we have already won and to press forward for new protections. Instead of putting new burdens on voters, our bill looks to protect. Instead of looking for votes to throw away, our bill guarantees that every vote will count.” Gillibrand and Vattamala were joined with Borough President Helen Marshall, New York State NAACP President Hazel Dukes, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), and Mazeda Uddin of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor, who all echoed the senator’s urgency. “We are here to protect the rights of all Americans regardless of when they got here or how they got here; we want them to be part of this great nation,” Dukes said. “Section 5 will guarantee that the votes of Americans are protected. Racial discrimination has no place in our democracy or in our voting process, so senator, we got your back.” Q

Campaign finances: no breaks from pack Quinn, Vallone, Stringer, Squadron ahead; James receives financial boost by Michael Gannon

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Campaign finance forms for city elections released on Aug. 9 are the first of the campaign season to reflect the addition of public matching funds to candidates’ coffers. And the reports show that citywide races are still up for grabs among major candidates. The following figures do not include those who have suspended their campaigns, or have reported little or no campaign fundraising or spending. Among Democratic contenders for mayor, fading frontrunner and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) still leads all comers with more than $8.6 million left in the bank. She received more than $3.3 million in matching funds. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been plummeting in the polls, and published reports have said his fundraising ability has been crippled by scandal and possibly the influence of national Democratic leaders. Yet he still sat second to Quinn as of Aug. 9 with more than $6.1 million remaining on hand.

Weiner has received more than $1.4 million in public money, funds he would not have received had he not run for some type of city office this year. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, with an injection of nearly $2.2 million in matching funds, has been charging hard in the polls. He has a shade over $4 million in cash reserves. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson has more than $3.4 million on hand, including more than $1.4 million in public dollars. Comptroller John Liu has raised nearly $3.4 million for his campaign, but was denied any matching funds in a decision that likely has doomed a campaign already stuck in single digits in the polls. He now h a s $1.3 m i l l ion remaining. On the Republican side, an infusion of more than $1.4 million represents the bulk of former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota’s remaining $1.7 million war chest. The other major Republican player, John Catsimatidis, has eschewed matching funds. His filing lists less than $133,000

on hand and more than $4 million in liabilities. But refusing public money grants the supermarket tycoon virtually limitless ability to fund his campaign from his personal wealth. Fellow GOP candidate George McDonald has $33,000 on hand and reported liabilities of more than $486,000.

2013 Independence candidate and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. has $327,000 cash on hand. Jack Hidary, a tech entrepreneur who is funding his own campaign, reported nearly $390,000 in the bank. In the Democratic primary for comptroller, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has $4.6 million in the bank, including $1.46 million in public funds. His opponent, disgraced former

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is sitting on more than $1.1 million. Spitzer too is largely self-funding his own campaign. On the GOP side of the ledger, John Burnett, who has spent his career in the financial industry, lists a bank balance of $30,625, and liabilities of nearly $28,000. Three of the four major candidates to replace de Blasio as public advocate — all of them Democrats — are tightly bunched following public funding. State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) has $1.6 million in the bank, having received $1.4 million in city funding. He is being followed closely by former Deputy Public Advocate and former Congressional candidate Reshma Saujani at $1.3 million, an amount bolstered by more than $907,000 in matching funds. Councilwoman Letitia James has just under $999,000 cash on hand, helped greatly by nearly $778,000 in matching funds. Fellow Democrat Catherine Guerriero received no matching funds, though records on the Campaign Finance Board’s website

states her campaign filed a matching claim of $77,332. Her campaign is reporting a balance of $30,489, with more than $113,000 i n liabilities. In the race for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) already has been the race’s 800-pound gorilla when it came to fundraising. And that was before he received nearly $644,000 in matching funds. His campaign reported a bank balance of more than $1 million on Aug. 9. Melinda Katz, who served Forest Hills in the Council and the state Senate, has the Queens Democratic Party endorsement, as well as a hefty $742,000 balance on hand, than ks largely to more than $480,000 in public financing. Matching funds in the amount of $274,260 might have allowed state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to stay in up to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. Avella terminated his campaign late Wednesday afternoon, saying he feels he can best serve the city as Q a senator.

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Back-to-school sales and more by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC

Our summer is flying by. It seems like just yesterday our students were all excited as they headed for summer vacation. Well, here they are now heading back to school. On that note, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s annual “Back to School Sales Days” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24. Along with the sales there will be music by Plastic Soul, face painting and free giveaways including American flags — all beginning at 1 p.m. Your WBID will also be distributing quarters to all parking cars along our Jamaica Avenue with a flyer stating “Thank you for shopping our WBID Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.” These activities are all courtesy of your business owners who care enough to contribute to the WBID to make these activities possible. So next Saturday shop, enjoy the music, the clowns, the free giveaways and face painting. We also will be distributing our store and business listing flyers so you know where many stores are located. Last week, due to the vicious attack against one of our own, the WBID had our security officers paying special attention to the elevated train stations. There will be more of these random WBID patrols in the future. Although they are on the avenue only, they pay special attention to the train stairways

and open stores. So please keep vigilant and if you see something say something. The GWDC/WBID staff and I attended the 30th anniversary of the “National Night Out Against Crime” held at Buddy Memorial. It was a very enjoyable evening sponsored by the 102nd Precinct President Lachman Budai and the 102nd Precinct Community Council members. The food was great. That evening I had the pleasure of meeting the new Chief of Queens South, Assistant Chief Kevin Ward, whom we welcome to the 102nd Precinct. Chief Ward replaces our Assistant Chief James Secreto, who will be missed. Now mark your calendars for Aug. 24, also for Oct. 20 for our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsored “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2013” from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This is Woodhaven’s big day! The GWDC is again offering low-cost home improvement loans at 2.5 and 5 percent and available for one- to four-family homes. Call our office at (718) 805-0202 for more information. Email The WBID number is (718) 805-0760. Our website is We are now forming a Facebook page. Fly our American flag proudly above all others and wear your American flag lapel pins. May God bless our leaders, our Armed Forces and disabled veterans and may God Q bless America.


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Caruana opens headquarters City Council candidate Craig Caruana celebrated the opening of his new campaign headquarters on Saturday. Caruana, right, was joined by supporter mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, left. Also present were Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Queens Conservative Party Chair Tom Long and others in front of his

new of fice at 64-01 Myr tle Ave. in Glendale. “I’m running to represent this neighborhood in the City Council because, like all of you, I’m tired of being shortchanged,” Caruana said. The Republican is running against current Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).


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Congressman says SE Queens can’t afford to sit out primary day by Michael Gannon

poll, is trailing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and in a statistical tie with Council Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamai- Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan). Meeks said if Southeast Queens wants ca) regularly hosts community, religious and party leaders at a buffet breakfast to help Thompson to be elected, Southeast Queens them keep tabs on what is going on in must act and act decisively. “We fell 35,000 votes short last time Washington, and to keep tabs on his district. when he was outspent by what — $100 But at York College on Monday, he million?” Meeks said with accurate was up front with the fact that this recall. one was going to be different, with “When we had the opportunity mayoral candidate Bill Thompson for the first African American and comptroller candidate Scott mayor, there was a lot of exciteStringer — both of whom Meeks ment,” he said. “Maybe there wasn’t has endorsed — invited to speak. as much excitement for the second.” “This one is political,” Meeks 2013 The congressman said Thompson said. “It’s being paid for by Friends of would be an inclusive leader, bringing an Greg Meeks, so I can say what I want.” Meeks offered a brief but blunt civics les- end to what critics have called Bloomberg’s son, tying in Mayor David Dinkins’ election Manhattan-centric practices. He also cited Thompson’s qualifications, in 1989 with Thompson’s narrow loss to Bloomberg four years ago as a means of ral- including his term as head of the old Board lying community leaders and by extension, of Education and eight years as comptroller. “It’s been 20 years since we have had a the voters to support Thompson in the Sept. Democrat in City Hall,” Meeks said in regard 10 primary. He also indirectly addressed recent polls to Thompson. “This is an important election that show Thompson running disappoint- ... We want to make sure people have the opportunity to have their voices heard.” ingly low among African-American voters. Thompson discussed his family history Thompson, in the most recent Quinnipiac Editor


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Latimer House set to be reimagined Wants more programs for the public by Laura A. Shepard Chronicle Contributor

Flushing’s Lewis Latimer House is rarely open to the public, as the house lacks funding and does not have an executive director. However, the city’s Historic House Trust hopes to turn things around by implementing a pilot program to rejuvenate it through community involvement over the next few years.

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Howard Beach model dies Gia Allemand, a model and former contestant on the television show “The Bachelor” who grew up in Howard Beach, died Wednesday at a New Orleans hospital in an apparent suicide, published reports said. Her family released a statement Wednesday that read: “On behalf of the family, we kindly ask for privacy at this time.” Allemand was born Gina Maria Allemand on Dec. 20, 1983 and was raised in Howard Beach. She was a child model, appearing in ads for Johnson & Johnson and Gerber, and later appeared in Maxim magazine. She later was a contestant on the 14th season of “The Bachelor” in 2010 and was the second-to-last girl to be eliminated. She also appeared on the show “Bachelor Pad.” According to multiple published reporters, Allemand was taken to a hospital in New Orleans on Monday and was taken off life support on Wednesday. She was living in New Orleans with her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, who plays for the NBA’s Q New Orleans Pelicans. — Domenick Rafter

Lewis Latimer worked with Thomas Edison and other prominent 19th century inventors to make stable electric lightbulbs. Latimer’s house sits beside Levitts Park, as a monument to his legacy as a self-educated draftsman, inventor, painter, poet and community activist. He was also the son of fugitive slaves, who were prominent in the abolitionist movement. The house, which is the sole African- American museum in Flushing, is only open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. with tours available by appointment. Admission is $3 per child and $4 per adult. The Queen Anne-style house was built on Holly Avenue in the late 1880s and Lewis Latimer lived in it from 1903 until his death in 1928. The Latimer family continued living there until 1963. When the house was threatened with demolition, a coalition was created to save it and the house was moved to its present location on 137th Street in 1988. The house reopened to the public in 2000 and has had mild success in drawing community members and school tours to the house, according to Al Rankin, the temporary director and board chairman of the Latimer Fund, which runs the house on a daily basis. “It’s been a struggle,” Rankin said. The house used to have an executive director, who ran programs and generated funding, but the last executive director quit

because she could not get grants to cover her salary. The Historic House Trust, which runs 23 house museums in New York City, took control of the house in 2008. They oversee major rehabilitations to the house. “They do about as good a job as they probably can do with the resources they have,” Rankin said. He would like to have a new executive director to put on more programs and keep the house open five days a week. Rankin said he envisions students coming in to do research and a yearly arts and crafts fair for children to present creative designs. The Latimer Fund is also charged with creating funds for a new executive director. Vivian Warfield, the last executive director, who left in 2008 after working at the house for two years, was recommended by Borough President Helen Marshall and had previously worked in the Department of Cultural Affairs under Mayor David Dinkins. Rankin said Warfield created a video about the house and Latimer’s life, set up a youth academy group to encourage children to consider careers in science and worked with interns from Flushing High School. Since 2008, the house has barely been open. “We’re hoping to keep this house alive in the community,” Rankin said. The Latimer House participates in Open House New York every October and in Flushing’s Historic Holiday House Tour in December. “Because he was an artist and his kids were too, we want to keep that going and make it a cultural place,” caretaker Joel Holub said. Paintings by Latimer and his daughters hang above a piano in continued on page 36

Life cut short by hit and run Jackson Heights man loved soccer and family by Josey Bartlett Editor

Early Monday morning the driver of a black sedan struck and killed a Jackson Heights man just five blocks from his home, according to police and family. The driver who hit Agustin Campoverde, also known as Manuel, fled the scene. “How could a person just leave another human being just laying there?” his brother Nicolas Campoverde said in Spanish hours before the funeral on Wednesday. “How could they do to somebody what they would never want done to them? I wish they would of put themselves in Manuel’s shoes.” Manuel ty pically worked Monday through Friday but last weekend he was called by another construction company for extra work. When the young man, who turned 25 on Aug. 6, was done he grabbed his sister and brother-in-law and headed to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to play soccer. Campoverde loved soccer and working out, his brother said. As the group of three headed home around 10 p.m. a few of Campoverde’s friends called to hang out and eat. He didn’t drink heavily, but had the occasion-

al drink with family and friends, Nicolas said. His sister called Manuel at 11 p.m., which was the last his family heard from him. Nicolas said Campoverde had no children of his own but spent lots of time with his nieces and nephews. “He was generous, good, kind, friendly and pleasant,” Nicolas said. “He was just starting to live his life.” At 1:50 a.m. police found Manuel lying in the roadway at 34th Avenue and Junction Boulevard. Campoverde was walking in the eastbound lane of 34th Avenue when the car, traveling eastbound, struck him, police said. He was unresponsive but still alive when emergency responders rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital, Nicolas said. At 3 a.m. the hospital called Manuel’s sister and by about 6 a.m. the whole family knew either from other family members or from the news that Manuel had passed away earlier that morning. Manuel was the sixth child of 10 — five boys and five girls. He had moved to New York from Ecuador about three years ago. One witness described the suspect as having a light complexion, but police have

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De Blasio calls for aid to small business Mayoral candidate says city hasn’t done enough for immigrant owners by Tess McRae


The rains of August A drenching summer downpour turned Rockaway Boulevard into a river last Thursday evening. The sudden flash flood inundated Rockaway Boulevard between 101st and 102nd streets in front of John Adams High School around 6 p.m., at the height of rush hour, shortly after a thunderstorm blew through the neighborhood. Traffic on Rockaway Boulevard eastbound

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“This is an issue I have worked on for years as public advocate,” he said. “You can see Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill immediately that immigrant-owned businesses de Blasio stood in front of Haveli, an Indian are a large part of the fabric of the community cuisine restaurant located at 116-33 Queens but also a growing boost to our economy.” The candidate added that large government Blvd. in Forest Hills, on Friday to lay out his proposed changes to the city’s approach to subsidies for big companies need to be redirected into a loan fund for small businesses small immigrant businesses. “The bottom line is, we have a lot tobe looking to expand. De Blasio said that by definition, immiproud of as New Yorkers but we need to make sure our economy works for everyone,” said de grant-owned small businesses are in neighborBlasio, who toured small businesses throughout hoods all over the five boroughs, including areas where there is a need for job creation the city last week. “We need to make sure at the grassroots level. that there is opportunity for everyone.” Strengthening the line of comThe current front runner — now munication between immigrantwith a 6 percent lead on City Counowned small businesses and city cil Speaker Ch ristine Quin n agencies is just one of the ways (D-Manhattan) according to a de Blasio is looking to end the Quinnipiac University poll released “tale of two cities” he said has this week — laid out five steps that caused a great divide between need to be taken to better improve the 2013 socioeconomic classes. relationship between city agencies and The candidate went on to criticize the immigrant business owners. “My office did a study a few years back city’s inspection procedures, a practice that and found that a vast majority of immigrant- many of the Democratic candidates have called owned small businesses have not had a posi- unfair to outerborough small businesses. “In some areas in the Bloomberg administrative experience with the city government,” he said. “All they knew is that someone would tion there has been great development in offershow up to inspect their businesses and then ing services in a number of languages but it has been a very mixed bag,” de Blasio said. “A lot of usually fine them.” De Blasio’s plan includes placing economic fines could have been avoided if we informed development hubs in at least 12 immigrant and owners in a language that they understand.” After speaking with reporters, the public low-income neighborhoods where business owners can access city services more conve- advocate sat down with Indian community niently, better access to credit and entrepre- leaders to enjoy lunch provided by Haveli and neurship training, and make more opportuni- discuss in further detail the issues that are ties for small businesses to apply for city con- affecting immigrant-owned small businesses, Q specifically in the Indian community. tracts and regulation of inspection fines. Reporter

De Blasio talks shop with small business owners and leaders of the Indian community about his plan to improve relations between the city and immigrant business owners. The mayoral PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE candidate promises to make city agency services readily available.

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William Lin, 18 months, and his mom, Ella from Jericho, LI try out an order of fish balls.

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How dangerous are e-cigarettes, if at all? by Peter C. Mastrosimone

that the exposure is actively chosen, and even comparing to the levels that are considered unacceptable to people who are not benefiting from the exposure The growing use of electronic cigarettes is sparkand do not want it, the exposures would not generate ing serious debate among health professionals, reguconcern or call for remedial action.� lators, users and the public. The study cited other evidence that e-cigarettes E-cigarettes, which contain nicotene but not are not harmful, but did say that exposure to two tobacco, are battery-powered devices that use heat to chemicals used in them, propylene glycol and glycerproduce a vapor and smoking sensation designed to in, warrants further study because “the magnitude of be similar to regular cigarettes. the exposure is novel.� But are they an effective smoking substitute and The study was funded by the CASAA. cessation device? Are they just the opposite, a gateOn the other end of the spectrum is the American way product that leads to real smoking? Is the vapor Cancer Society, which contends that e-cigarettes they emit harmful to second-hand inhalers? These are some of the questions that have been the The components of a typical electronic cigarette: A: the LED light cover; B: the may be harmful on their own or could lead to the use focus of recent studies and news reports on e-cigarettes. battery (also houses circuitry; C: the atomizer (heating element); and D: the of traditional cigarettes. “There is no scientific evidence that e-cigarettes The city, which has aggressively regulated the use cartridge (mouthpiece). PHOTO BY HORSTEN / WIKIPEDIA are a safe substitute for traditional cigarettes or an and sale of traditional cigarettes, and has more legiseffective smoking cessation tool,� Russ Sciandra, the lation in the pipeline, has no regulation against the warnings from a group called the Consumer Advocates for use of e-cigarettes in places like bars and restaurants where Smoke-Free Alternatives Association are correct. The ACS New York State director of advocacy said in a recent regular smoking is banned. CASAA says the bills “would effectively outlaw e-ciga- web post on the topic. “In fact, they may entice young people into trying traditional cigarettes. We also have questions A notice on NYC311, a city website, reads in full: rettes by regulating them into extinction.� “There is no regulation in the City that prohibits the use They would do that by redefining “tobacco products� to about the safety of these devices. In lab tests, the FDA of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by patrons in food ser- include e-cigarettes and related components, parts and found some samples contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals. Using e-cigarettes can be like trading one deadly vice establishments or individuals in other private business- accessories, the group said. es. It is up to individual establishments to set rules about How dangerous e-cigarettes are is up for debate, howev- behavior for another.� In the middle, perhaps, is The Clinical Advisor, a magawhether e-cigarettes may be used on their premises. Howev- er. While some studies have noted that the vapor contains er, food establishment workers are prohibited from smoking harmful chemicals, a new analysis by Drexel University zine and website geared toward nurse practitioners and physician assistants. any substance in food service establishments. E-cigarettes says the concerns are overblown. “Although e-cigarette vapor is likely less toxic than cigamay not be sold to minors under the age of 18 anywhere in According to the Drexel study, the exposures to chemiNew York State.� cals from e-cigarette vapor “fall well below the threshold rette smoke, calling it safe is a stretch,� a report posted to That could change, however, under two pieces of legisla- for concern for compounds with known toxicity. That is, the site on July 16 said. Q The author’s suggestion? More research. tion that have been sitting in the City Council — if the even ignoring the benefits of e-cigarette use and the fact Editor-in-Chief

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Women must work harder than men to lose weight It’s widely assumed that men and women lose weight differently. Diet product advertisements tend to suggest that all men have to do is give up sugary drinks or bread and the pounds will fall off. Women, however, do not see such immediate results. But is there any truth to the assumption that women have a harder time losing weight? That depends on whom you ask. In his book, “The Complete Guide to Walking,” Mark Fenton quotes a study that found women who tried to lose weight by cutting their caloric intake by 500 calories per day didn’t lose as much weight as women who dieted away 250 calories and walked away 250 calories. That’s because the walking toned and built muscles. Muscles, it seems, are the key to more efficient weight loss. Men tend to have more muscle mass than women, who have a greater percentage of body fat and about half the amount of muscle mass than a man of the same size. The higher fat percentage plays a role in pregnancy and nursing, and tends to be concentrated for women in the hips and thighs. Experts say it is more difficult to lose fat from these areas than the stomach, an area where men tend to gain weight. Information found in the study, “Sex Differences in Exercise Metabolism and the Role of 17-Beta Estradiol,” by Mark Tarnopolsky, as published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, suggests that the estrogen in a woman’s body predisposes her to store and retain fat more readily than a man. Women also oxidize more

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Losing weight can be a life-changing event. For some men and women, the desire to lose weight is largely cosmetic, while others must lose weight for medical reasons. Regardless of the reason behind a person’s desire to lose weight, setting and achieving such a goal is an accomplishment to be proud of. As diff icult as losing weight can be, men and women often find it even more difficult to keep that weight off once it’s gone. But maintaining a healthy weight does not have to be so difficult, especially when people can apply the same effort and discipline to keeping weight off that they did to losing weight. The following are a few additional tips to help men and women maintain a healthy weight. • Exercise daily. Exercise plays a significant role in many people’s weight-loss efforts, and men and women should continue to emphasize exercise as they work to maintain their weight loss. An exercise regimen that helped you lose weight can be just as effective as you work to keep that weight off. Aerobic and Continuing to eat healthy after losing strength-training exercise can help men weight is a great way to keep weight off. and women maintain a healthy weight while reducing their risk for various dis- healthy diets. Such support can be just as eases, including heart disease. Strength- valuable as you work to maintain your training exercise can be especially impor- weight loss. If you worked out on the tant for men and women as they age, as buddy system on your way to losing such exercise helps maintain bone health weight, continue to do so. If your family and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. adopted a healthy diet to help make things • C o n t i nu e t o easier on you during monitor eating yo u r we i g h t - l o s s habits. Once the efforts, continue to we i g h t h a s b e e n e a t s u c h h e a l t hy on’t beat yourself up lost, that does not foods as a family, if you gain some of mean you can return which can only pay to your pre-weight dividends for everythe weight back; but loss diet. After those one in the long run. excess pounds have • Expect some if you do, assess how disappeared, continsetbacks, but it happened and work ue to watch what don’t accept them. you eat, avoiding Just as there were to address any issues foods that are high setbacks on your in fat and sugar. In road to losing that might have led addition, continue weight, there will to control your be setbacks as you to that weight gain. food portions to try to maintain that avoid overindulgweight loss. Such ing. Portion control can go a long way setbacks are to be expected, but they’re toward helping men and women keep much easier to accept when you’re weight off, and how much you eat should already at a healthy weight than they be considered nearly as important as were when you were overweight. But what you’re eating. when you accept setbacks and don’t • Enlist the help of others. Many peo- work to avoid more, all that hard work ple enlist the help of family and friends as losing weight could end up being for they attempt to lose weight. Immediate naught. Don’t beat yourself up if you family members, in particular, tend to play gain some of the weight back; but if you a significant role in such efforts, acting as do, assess how it happened and work to a daily support system and even, on occa- address any issues that might have led to Q sion, serving as the “food police” when that weight gain. men and women veer off course of their — Metro Creative Connection

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Parents react to test scores They want needs of individual students to be met by Victoria Zunitch Chronicle Contributor

The sharp decline in 2013 math and reading test results for New York City schools has been described by the Department of Education and Mayor Bloomberg as a catalyst that will inspire better school and student performance. Queens parents, however, are far less enthusiastic. All the parents interviewed are i n favor of bet t er schools and higher standards, each w it h a per sonal list of desires. But there is no general buy-in to the idea that this year’s low scores will help or even that the Common Core [math and English l a n g u a ge a r t s c u r r ic u lu m used for the tests in grades 3 through 8] and the emphasis on st a nd a rd i zed test i ng is t he k i nd of “ h ig he r st a n dards” they are looking for. “The standards are making things worse,” said Nicole Atostini, a Little Neck parent who pulled her child out of a city universal prekindergarten

class this past school year. “I think that if they were a little more involved in the learning process, the kids would do a lot better.” A t o s t i n i o b s e r ve d t h a t while some children began pre-K without being able to write their own names, others were able to w r ite si mple word s a nd sent ences. She expected each child would be brought to a new level. Instead, teachers told her that the standards call for pre-K to be a year of play, not academics, and so they stringently avoided correcting or guiding children when they made errors and did not teach handwriting, reading or writing. Given that kindergarten now requires children to make use of those skills, she’s wonder ing when and how they will be acquired. “You go from playing all day long to sitting down with the books in kindergarten,” she said. “And if you don’t lear n any thing in between, how does that transfer?”

As a result, the parents in Atostini’s neighborhood, who thought their neighborhood had good schools, are instead paying for pre-K t utors to teach what their children will need for k indergar ten, she said. The recent test results confirmed for her the decision she made to pull her child out of the city program and go with a private tutor. A few parents seem to be projecting their wish lists onto the tests and the Com mon Core, with one hoping the pressure on schools to perfor m better would result in more individual attention to each child. That may not happen, as increased class size has often been promoted by such Common Core supporters as Mayor Bloomberg as both necessary and possibly even desirable. One Forest Hills parent of a young child who has yet to enter the school system sees the test results as a political rather than an educational situation.

“Moreover, I feel like the test scores are being used to scare us into accepting Mayor Bloomberg’s reform agenda,” he said. “I think the new tests are just an example of moving the goalposts. They made the test harder and fewer people passed.” “Why exactly is this a surprise to anyone? ” asked the father, who did not want to be identified because his wife is a teacher. She, however, is not a teacher in a grade that currently has standardized tests. Several private-school parents saw the tests as confirmation of some of their reasons for staying out of the public school system. But one w ished her pr ivate school pla c e d mor e e mph a sis on standards and testing, albeit not necessarily the cur rent state tests. “This is too much. But having no standards is not good, either,” she said. And one parent remarked that for families, the most important news will be their Q own child’s test score.

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The candidates to replace Bloomberg responded quickly to the test scores on Wednesday, with City Comptroller John Liu, a Democratic candidate, releasing a statement Tuesday, even before the results were made public. In a statement, Liu accused the Bloomberg administration of “cooking the books” on test scores for the last 12 years and creating a culture in which students graduate having learned little. “Pointing to rising high-school graduation rates, the mayor claimed that highstakes testing was leading to greater student achievement and teacher accountability,” he said. “He excoriated teachers and others who pointed out the f laws in his analysis. In fact, the regime of teaching to the tests pushed kids out the schoolhouse door, even if their diplomas were worthless and their skills did not permit them to succeed in college or jobs.” Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who ran against Bloomberg in 2009 and is running again in this year’s Democratic primary, said the city Department of Education did not prepare teachers or students for the new tests.

“We’ve been told for years that things were getting better, things were improving in the city of New York because our students were learning more,” Thompson said today. “Well, unfortunately, our students haven’t been learning. The current administration has forced teachers to implement new standards without giving them the curriculum or the tools they need to do it successfully.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, another Democratic mayoral candidate, called the scores “a wake-up call.” “We can’t keep working at the margins and focusing on a handf ul of niche schools,” he said in a statement. “We need a game-changer to raise outcomes for kids across the board. Comprehensive early education is the only way to achieve it.” De Blasio is advocating for universal m a nd at or y pr e -k i nd e rga r t e n t o b e implemented. At an education event last Thursday morning, Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner didn’t entirely blame the Bloomberg administration for the test scores, but said they’re not anything to celebrate. “The days of the mayor dislocating his shoulder patting himself on the back

should be over,” he said, adding that the “constant emphasis on testing in schools has created nothing but trouble.” Democratic candidate and former Councilman Sal Albanese agreed that the city should invest in children’s education earlier. “We all know the definition of insanity,” he said on the social media network Twitter. “In this case, it’s expecting test scores to improve without investing in all of our kids from birth.” Meanwhile, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota said students were being challenged on a greater level and low test scores should be expected. “The release of today’s Common Core m at h a nd Eng l ish t e st score s w i l l undoubtedly solicit var ying opinions about their meaning and eff icacy in assessing student’s learning,” he said in a statement. “But it’s important to look at the entire picture, rather than isolated facts. Test scores are lower, but for the first time, students were tested on new, more demanding material. Our objective must be to set the highest standards possible, while giving our educators and students the resources they need to help Q them achieve their goals.”

Avella pulls out of BP race State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president. The move leaves only Melinda Katz, who has the Democratic Party’s endorsement, and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who has the larger war chest, with more than $1 million on hand. “This was certainly not an easy decision and I am eternally grateful for the over whelming amount of suppor t I received f rom people throughout Queens,” Avella said in a statement issued by his campaign shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday. “Queens is my home borough, and I will never stop fighting and a dvocat i ng for a l l reside nt s of Queens,” Avella added. “Yet at this time, I believe I can best serve the people of Queens by remaining a state senator.” He cited a great deal of unfinished business in Albany, ranging from women’s rights to hydrofracking. The winner of the Katz-Vallone pr i m a r y on Se pt . 10 w i l l fa c e Republica n Tony A rcabascio i n Q November.

Guerriero continued from page 18 clean deli, you’re going to get an outof-work deli owner.” Guerriero called stop and frisk a “tool,” that has been implemented badly. “These cops are doing more with less and we’re putting younger cops out of the academy in neighborhoods where they’re less-trained,” she said. “And that’s often a powder keg.” She also opposes the Community Safet y Act, meant to rein in the practice. The City Charter puts the public advocate next in line to assume the mayoralty if the incumbent mayor should vacate the office for any reason. Guerriero said she would be ready to assume the job if need be, but only for the interim until a special election is held, which she vowed not to run in. But she did say she is interested in one day running for mayor in her own right. Despite her lack of political experience, a Marist poll last month had Guerriero in a statistical tie with Brook ly n Cou ncilwoman Letitia James for first place, which if no one gets 40 percent on Sept. 10, would put her into a runoff. The Democratic candidate is almost certain to win the general election in November, since no Q Republican is on the ballot.

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Astoria school places 40% better than average on Common Core by Josey Bartlett Editor

The state released results for the new and tougher New York State Common Core test last week and PS 122 in Astoria rose to the top. The tests were harder this year and as expected students did not score as well as they had in the past. Statewide just 31 percent of third- through eighth-graders tested at or above proficiency in math — a drop of more than 20 percent — and 31.1 percent for English. In city schools, those numbers were 29.6 percent a nd 26.4 percent, respectively. The new results will set a baseline for future students to strive toward. However, children at PS 122, a prekindergarten through eighth-grade school, scored 40 percent above those averages with 71 percent at or above proficient in math and 69.7 percent in English. “One doesn’t do this alone,” Principal Pamela Sabel said. “It takes families. It takes the community.” In addition to teamwork, Sabel gives credit to a curriculum that is closely paired with the Common Core and rigorous professional development. “But this is just the baseline,” she said. “There is more work to be done.” In recent years standardized testing has

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. congratulates PS 122 Principal Pamela Sabel, parents, students and staff for the school’s high scores on the rigorous New York State Common Core tests. PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT

become a larger part of public schools — a point of contention for some. “There’s too much pressure on test scores,” said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who visited PS 122 on Tuesday to congratulate students and staff. Vallone

and his father, who as a youngster was recognized by the school for having “100 percent teeth,” both attended PS 122. “There’s too much testing,” parent Angie Migias said. The students prepared for the test by

reviewing old exams and lots of homework, Migias said. But despite emphasis on the Common Core, PS 122 hasn’t forgotten other programs such as music and gym. The school partners with The Little Orchestra Society to teach music composition to first- and second-graders and, for its older students, there’s Project Citizen where students travel to City Hall to advocate for issues that matter to them. “I like gym class because it’s lots of exercise and it’s fun to play,” said fourthgrader Sophia, adding her favorite game involves tag with lots of colorful Nerf balls. Her brothers Andrea, a seventh-grader, and Anastasi, a second-grader, attend PS 122’s Gifted & Talented program. In the spring the Department of Education withdrew its plan to downsize the highly rated G&T curriculum, after years of town halls and opposition letters from politicians, parents and staff. “It is ironic that the city wanted to make major changes at this school a few months ago, and now these kids have blown away the city averages,” Vallone said. “These scores are a testament to the hard work of the teachers, students and parents, and they prove that the programs at PS 122 need to be mirrored in schools Q across the city.”

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In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, watches and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also offers instant cash loans for jewelry and eBay selling services.

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


continued from page 24 one room, which has a table filled with vintage lamps with novelty lightbulbs and a table for children to do art projects. Christina Cipriani teaches a summer art class at the house, where small groups of children make plexiglass picture frames and sun catchers every Monday and Friday. Holub deals with many of the issues old wooden houses are prone to, such as leaks, paint-loss and rot with stop-gap measures. He is awaiting a new roof this fall, which will be funded by a capital program grant, and hopes that he can look forward to a leak-free house. According to Frank Vagnone, the executive director of the Historic House Trust, the Latimer House just received a $100,000 grant from the New York Community Trust, to launch a pilot program called the “Anarchists Guide to Historic House Museums.” He said that most historic houses are having a hard time because of lagging interest and relevance, a diminished volunteer base, and reduced funding for brick and mortar preservation. The pilot program would revamp the house’s programming to meet the needs and interests of the surrounding communities and younger generations by making the house more interactive and incorporating technology and social media. “It’s time to move to the next level as a

historic house museum,” he said. For example, Vagnone envisions museums where visitors can sit on seats and pull records off a shelf and play them. He also advocates lively and creative exhibits that incorporate academics, actors and dancers. “We need to go out to the community and find out what’s important to them,” Vagnone said. “We can’t force history on them.” The Historic House Trust is also planning to start a program for children with autism and physical disabilities. The pilot program is in its infancy, as the Historic House Trust is still assembling a 10-person team, conducting demographic research, compiling ideas and contacting community organizations. They are also hiring interns to implement the programs, according to Vagnone. “I don’t want these places to close,” Vagnone said. “Let’s formulate a new business model to keep them from closing so that they’re here for our grandkids, and so that they can understand the reasons we love them.” Vagnone underscored the significance of the Latimer House, as one of the few sites in the city dedicated to preserving an AfricanAmerican legacy. “What he did surpassed race,” Vagnone s a id . “ W h at he d id i m p a c t e d a l l communities.” For information on the Latimer House Q call (718) 961-8585.

Two city employees arrested Two city workers were indicted Tuesday on charges that they choked their domest ic pa r t ners. Both i ncidents occurred over the course of one day. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendants as Sanitation worker Napoleon Robinson, 52, of South Ozone Park, and firefighter Steven Clarke, 39, of Far Rockaway. Robinson is expected to be arraigned this week on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree strangulation for allegedly placing his hands around the neck of his girlfriend and choking her in

front of their home at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, Clarke was arraigned Monday on a criminal complaint charging him with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree harassment for allegedly pushing his wife to the f loor inside their Far Rockaway home around midnight on Monday and choking her as well. Clarke, who faces up to one year in jail if convicted, was ordered released on his own recognizance Q and is to return to court on Sept. 6.


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(D-Brooklyn) at 1 percent with 7 percent undecided. De Blasio polls ahead in all matchups for a Democratic runoff, beating Quinn 54 to 38 percent and Thompson 50 to 41. He would bury Weiner, 72 to 22. Among those polled who are critical of the NYPD’s stop-and frisk policy, 34 percent back de Blasio, with 24 supporting Thompson and 22 percent for Quinn. T hompson, who had been dow n around 25 percent of the African-American vote in some polls, was up to 39 perQ cent in the Quinnipiac survey.

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Dunton Presbyterian Church is hosting the second of a series of events celebrating Reverend Des Brown’s 20th Anniversary as the church’s pastor. On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m., the church will sponsor “An Evening of Gospel Greats Music” at the Virgil Grissom Middle School 226, located at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for people 18 years and under. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (718) 322-6534. On Saturday, Oct. 26, there will be a gala banquet in honor of Rev. Brown at Arianna Waterfalls Catering Hall, located at 79 Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead, L.I. Tickets are $90. For tickets and information, call Q (718) 322-6534.

New York state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.(D-Howard Beach), along with local elder law attorneys Brady & Marshak, will again co-sponsor an indoor summer concert of swing music on Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., at St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall at 84th Street and 157th Avenue in Howard Beach. Admission is free. Everyone is invited to come out for our annual Arnie Mig Memorial Concert and enjoy the music of the Big Band Era. Returning again this year, Frank Pedulla will lead The New Swing Orchestra in a concert to honor Mig, who for many years brought the swing music of the famous big bands to our community. For more information call Sen. Addabbo’s Q district office at (718)-738-1111.

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continued from page 2 Other elected officials including mayoral candidates John Liu, Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson, as well as Anthony Weiner, gave similar responses. Still, there were those who are deeply disappointed in the results. “The NYPD already has 10 monitors and is the most diverse and best-trained police force in the country,” Councilman and borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said. “It is important to note that the judge is not saying that stop and frisk should be ended though, and as we move forward, we can agree that when it’s done constitutionally, it is a necessary tool.” Vallone, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, added that the judge’s decision gives even less of a reason to vote the CSA into law. The act will be voted on again on Aug. 22. Not surprisingly, Mayor Blooomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were not happy with the judge’s decision. “Every day Commissioner Kelly and I wake up determined to keep New Yorkers safe and save lives,” Bloomberg said at a press conference on Monday. “Our crime strategies and tools — including stop, question, frisk — have made New York City the safest big city in America and I’m happy to say we’re on pace for another record low number of shootings and homi-

cides this year because our police officers follow the law and follow the crime.” “What I find most disturbing and offensive about this decision is the notion that the NYPD engages in racial profiling,” Kelly said. “We do not engage in racial profiling. It is prohibited by law, it is prohibited by our own regulations. We train our officers that they need reasonable suspicion to make a stop and I can assure you that race is never a reason to conduct a stop.” Bloomberg and Kelly have maintained their arguments for years and the city plans to appeal the ruling. With the new monitor, a deeper investigation into stopand-frisk procedures could very well reveal Bloomberg and Kelly’s assurances to be true but the two said they will not stand for it. Bloomberg’s office would not comment on why he will not tolerate further investigations into policing, even if it might be discovered that racial profiling is not used, leading some to believe that he is trying to hide something. “New Yorkers want change and leadership committed to policing that helps keep all communities safe, reduces guns, violence, and respects our fundamental rights — Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk policy has failed to accomplish these objectives,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-BrookQ lyn), a prime sponsor of the CSA.

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David Gryczkowski, 5, gets ready to build a sand castle in Rockaway, where the beach beckons to the young and young at heart alike.


he lifeguards, swimmers, surfers, sun worshipers, joggers and sand castle architects have all made their way back to Rockaway Beach less than 10 months after Hurricane Sandy, and, judging from most accounts, they’re having one heck of a good time. In fact, Domenic Boero, manager of Ripper’s, said the concession stand at Beach 86th Street, now in its third season, has been busier than ever. “We lost everything but the skeleton of the place,” he said. “The majority of the place was halfway covered with sand.” But, ironically, thanks to an “awareness of the area due to the storm, generally, we have had twice as many people as last season,” he said. Because so much of the beach was lost to erosion, “a lot of people have been condensed here.” And, he added, “The locals are definitely happy to have the weight and pressure of the storm off their minds. It’s good for their mindset.” by Mark Lord

It would be hard to get more local than Al Manning, who has lived right off the beach for the past 45 years. On a recent overcast day, he was on an outing with his two young grandchildren at Rockaway Skate Park, a small reconstructed playground on Shore Front Parkway at 91st Street. His two charges, Shane DeCarolis, 6, and his sister, Kaylee, 4, are “basically here every day,” their Pop-Pop said. “A lot of kids enjoy this park,” he said, with their skateboards, scooters and bikes. Pointing out the major beach construction site adjoining the park, Manning recalled that when Sandy hit, “The sand was down the block, with nothing holding the water back at one point.” The ocean and the bay met that day. But things are looking up. “It’s actually been a good summer,” Manning said. “We’ve had massive crowds. Even cloudy days do not stop people.” Continuedononpage page continued 42

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homemade garlic Parmesan bread, fresh caprese salad. Young Discoverers — Watching Weather, Saturday, Aug. 24 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 8-12, $24; learn what causes the weather and how it affects us, who studies the weather and instruments they use, hands-on learning, snack included. Preregistration required. Contact: (718) 229-4000 or


“Queens Surface” photography exhibition, through Aug. 28, weekdays, Flushing Queens Library, 41-17 Main St. Free. Information: Michelle Cheikin,, (917) 669-0877.



Douglaston Community Theatre, comedy, “The Second Time Around,” Monday, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 20, 7:30 p.m., Zion Episcopal Church Hall, Church Street, 1 block north of Northern Boulevard, off Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. Call Marilyn Welsher, (516) 623-3692. The Queens College Choral Society, Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Queens College music building, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., room 246, Wednesdays, Aug. 21, Sept 4, 6-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 28, Sept. 11, 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45 p.m. beginning Aug. 28. Call (718) 997-3818. The Bayside Glee Club, a male chorus, fall rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Church, 214-33 40 Ave., Bayside. Men who love singing are invited to join. Call (718) 961-6852. The Community Singers of Queens, rehearsals for winter concert in December, Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165 St., Flushing, Monday, Sept. 9, 8 p.m. Call (718) 658-1021.


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Summer Sunrise Yoga, Wednesdays in August, 6-7:15 a.m., BambooMoves, 107-40 Queens Blvd., Suite 206, Forest Hills. Donation $5. Information: Melissa Seigel (347) 684-0451. Free hour-long yoga classes at: Astoria Park, 21 Hoyt Ave. N, Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.; Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Rd., Long Island City, Sunday, Sept. 8 5:30 p.m. Call the Yoga Room at (718) 274-0255.

The operetta “Sanitation or Off the Grid” will be performed on Aug. 25 at Travers Park. New City ‘s 2013 Street Theater tour of “Sanitation or Off the Grid,” an operetta, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2 p.m., Travers Park, 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets, Jackson Heights. Free.

FILM Movies at Cunningham Park, 193rd street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, Thursdays, starting at 8 p.m.: Aug. 15, “North by Northwest;” Aug. 22, “Les Miserables;” Aug. 29, “Kinky Boots.” Free.

The First String Players, uproarious comedy “Play On!” Saturday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 18, 2 p.m., $10, Our Lady of Mercy, 70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills, Juno Street entrance. Contact: (718) 268-6143;

The Chain NYC Film Festival through Aug. 18 at the Chain Theatre, 21-28 45 Road, Long Island City. Cost $10. Contact (646) 580-6003 or visit

The 1st annual UNFringed festival, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, through Aug. 24. Information:, (718) 392-0722,

Movie night in Astoria Park, great lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, Monday, Aug. 19, “Annie”; Monday, Aug. 26, “Juno,” both at 8:30 p.m. Free. Contact: (718) 728-7820 or



Peter and Will Anderson Sextet in concert, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 St., Corona, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m. Advance tickets, $18 include a historic house tour pass good for six months; purchase online at louisarmstronghouse. org, $20 at door.

The Ridgewood Youthmarket, an urban farmstand supplied by local farmers and operated by youths to provide fresh healthy foods to the community, intersection of Myrtle and Cypress avenues, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. until November 23.


2013 Waterfront Concert Series, Astoria Park Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, Thursday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. “The Lightyears.” Contact: (718) 728-7820 or

AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 69-60 Grand Ave., Maspeth.

Chinese flute recital, Mr. Yuyan Xu and His Students, Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Saturday, Aug. 24, 1 p.m. Free.

2013 Bay Terrace Community Alliance, Meet the Candidates Night, 13-00 209 St., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Over 30 candidates running for mayor,


comptroller, public advocate and city council member for the 19th Council District invited. Visit Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts: hiking club monthly meetings, Mondays, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Adults only. Membership Required. Contact: (718) 229-4000 or

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FOR KIDS Play4Autisim, programs for kids on the Autism Spectrum: “Kidz Into Action” street hockey program, Fridays in August, Juniper Valley Park, Juniper Boulevard between Lutheran Avenue, 71st Street and Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village. Martial arts class, Tiger Schulman’s Martial Arts, 73-25 Woodhaven Blvd., Glendale, Thursdays to Aug. 22, martial arts gear available for $50. Small registration free for both programs. Contact: Grey Vasicek,, (718) 894-3400. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts: Wet and Wild, Saturday, Aug. 17, ages 3-4; Saturday, Aug. 24, ages 5-7; 1:30-3 p.m., $18, enjoy the water at APEC, water tables, sea shell and fish games, live sand and water animals, wet and wild craft, snack. Young Chefs—Lunch Italian Style, Saturday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon, ages 8-12, $24, Italian music,

Coed mixed-level line dancing for adults, Cambria Heights Community Church, 116-02 220 St., Saturdays, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, 21, 9:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. $10 per session. Call (646) 229-0242. Queens Arts Fund information session, about grants available for artists and nonprofits, Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35 Ave., entrance on 37th Street, Astoria. Contact Katie Tuff,, (347) 505-3019. Free. About Boating Safety class, qualified instructors from Flotilla 12-01 of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, held at Fort Totten, Totten Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside, Sundays, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m. $65. Pre-registration a must. Call Mike Kaff (917) 952-7014, Ralph Traub (347) 336-5866. Maspeth Town Hall Community Center, 53-37 72 St., offers toddler playgroups in September, children 3 and under. Call (718) 335-6049.

SPECIAL EVENTS Demonstrations of crafts from the 1800s, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16, 17, noon-4 p.m., King Manor, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. king Festival de La Flores, Sunday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., the children’s playground at 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, hosts Colombian floral artists and their works on Aug. 16 and 17 and Aug. 20 to 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 18, Myrtle Avenue Festival sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale, Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Forest Avenue, noon-6 p.m. Call (718) 444-6028.

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Kupferberg presenting some heavy hitters by Tess McRae reporter

The arts center at Queens College underwent a major renovation two years ago and now the shiny new Kupferberg Center for the Arts is trying to become a cultural staple for the borough. “I was approached by the president of the college and he said that he wanted me to create a vision statement and figure out how Queens College and the Kupferburg Center can be the best art facility in Queens,” said Jeff Rosenstock, the executive director of Kupferburg Center. “He didn’t say the best in the world or the best in the city, he wanted the best arts center for our borough.” Last year, Rosenstock and Kupferberg Artistic Director Leon Denmark embarked on a journey they hoped would bring them closer to the vision statement by creating Kupferburg Presents, a series of performances and acts by A-list performers. The 2012-13 season was packed with some heavy hitters including funnymen Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld and Aziz Ansari. This year, Broadway sensation Audra McDonald, who has several Tonys under her belt, will open the Kupferburg Presents series in

Audra McDonald, left, and the Brazilian group Bale Folclorico da Bahia will perform later COURTESY PHOTOS this year at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. October. Bale Folclorico da Bahia and the Boston Pops will perform this year as well. But Rosenstock, Denmark and the rest of the Queens College team understand that it isn’t only about the big-name acts. “Not every event we put on is a Kupferberg Presents event,” Denmark said. “We are using these big-name acts to bring attention to the smaller student and faculty shows that people may not have otherwise looked at.”

“We want to have the audience thinking, ‘What else do you have here?’” Rosenstock said. “If we draw 1,800 or 1,900 people at Audra McDonald’s show and then we have a concert performance of ‘South Pacific,’ we can go back to the database of the people who came to see Audra and reach out to them. Some people may say ‘I’m only here for Audra’ and that’s OK, but there are other people who may think, ‘You know, the

parking was pretty good, it was convenient, they were nice to me, it’s a warm and friendly atmosphere, it’s Saturday night, let’s go check it out.’ But what’s going to get them here first is Audra.” In college towns, there is often a bubble separating students from the neighborhood. Friday and Saturday nights may be spent downtown at a nearby bar but there is still a disconnect between the town and gown communities. But at a school like Queens College, the disconnect is near impossible to maintain as it is sandwiched between apartment buildings, the Long Island Expressway and a high school. Rosenstock and Denmark said they are committed to keeping the college and community integrated through the arts. “We want to have major artists on the college campus and that’s the uniqueness of Queens real estate because the big Colden Theater is not in downtown Flushing, it’s right here on campus, so we intend to take advantage of that situation by having A-list performers that the students enjoy too,” Denmark said. “We want to integrate it so that students feel like they are part of a Q major arts institution too.”

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It’s August. It’s Queens. Rockaway’s calling! continued from from page page 00 39 continued “It’s New York City, but it’s its own entity, suburbia within the city,” he said. The beach is enjoyable year-round. In the summer, it’s crowded. In the winter, it’s solitude. The beach is an awesome thing.” Much newer to the area is Claudia Gaimaro, 30, a professional photographer who has been living on Beach 92nd Street for the past five months. “I used to come here as a kid,” she recalled while out for a spin on the boardwalk with her bicycle. Gaimaro grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but found herself lured to Rockaway, which she called “a nice community,” adding, “When I was a kid, it was nice. Now, it is so much nicer.” These days Gaimaro finds herself at the beach “pretty of ten,” accompanied most days by her soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter. “I love the beach,” she said. “Everyone’s doing a good job to keep it clean.” Of course, it’s not only area residents who’ve been taking advantage of the summer’s beach weather. One day last week, martial arts instructor Pedro Vaca, a resident of Ozone Park and owner of Eagle Taekwondo Academy in Richmond Hill, brought along 17 members of the school’s summer day camp, all of whom were having fun at one of several beachside playgrounds. It’s become a weekly destination for the group. “It’s safe,” Vaca said. “I can bring the kids here and do all the activities. The setup is beautiful. It’s easy access. Families and children can come to have a great time.”

“It’s a clean beach,” said one of the camp’s counselors, 13-year-old Dinesh of Richmond Hill. “I like the waves. The waves are crazy. We surf the waves. It feels epic, like you’re alive. You’re doing something new. Other people should come. It’s a great experience. The water feels great.” Equally enthusiastic was camper Edward, 12, who said, “The sand feels very soft. The waves are big. The waves sound beautiful.” One of the youngest visitors to the beach that day was David Gryczkowski, 5, who was building castles in the sand under the watchful eye of his mother, Anna. They came down from Ridgewood with friend Marta Samborska, who said a day at the beach “is relaxing and different from sitting at home all day long,” adding, “Nobody bothers us.” While most visitors had nothing but positive things to say, Owen Reilly, 49, from Middle Village, wanted to “tell Mayor Bloomberg to spend some money here. They cleaned the neighborhood, but look at the boardwalk,” which has a long way to go before it’s back to its former splendor. “The beach looks good,” Reilly conceded, saying, “They did over here, but they gotta do all the way down.” Reilly, who was joined by his girlfriend, Lucia Galicia, and her three sisters, all of whom live in the Bronx, said he has been coming to Rockaway “since I was born. It’s close. It’s good. It’s like the last free beach.” Also less than thrilled with

Pete Endall, left, Fred Barouch, Shirley Aroyo and Fran Endall, Pete’s wife, get some sun on the boardwalk. PHOTOS BY MARK LORD “This is our life,” Aroyo said. the recovery time was Shirley Aroyo, who has lived in the area for 48 years. “It’s terrible. Rockaway seems to be forgotten for everything,” Aroyo said, adding, “The little they did brought a little life back to Rockaway.” While repairs haven’t happened fast enough for some, both Cesar Franco and David Sookdeo, of the Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps, hired by the Parks Department in April for a six-month period specifically to help clean up the area, are proud of the work that has been accomplished. “In the beginning, there were feet of sand over to the next

block,” Sookdeo said. “To see it cleaned this quickly is amazing. They really got everything up and running in time for the season. I think it’s amazing what the city did. The people are happy to be back.” Sookdeo has discovered that as he’s been working, “people wanted you to hear their stories. Everyone had a different story as to how they survived.” He continued, “We have a few young ladies, about 90 years old, who have been here since the 1930s. They’re here every day. It puts a smile on their face. It’s an allaround great experience to talk with residents.” Franco, who lives in Elmhurst,

said, “I didn’t experience the devastation first-hand. A lot of people have come to see it.” He met one couple who returned from Arizona just to see what happened to their old neighborhood. “A lot of people are happy, amazed by the amount of work that was done. They’re amazed they can go to the beach,” he said. Proudly pointing to the playground where the young campers were playing, Sookdeo said, “We did that entire park there.” From the nearby bench on the boardwalk where she meets up every day with three friends, Aroyo said, “This is our life. We have a place to sit outdoors and enjoy the breeze.” Q

Smiles are infectious at Rockaway Beach, whether you’re taking a ride on the slide like these kids from Richmond Hill’s Eagle Taekwondo Academy day camp, left, tooling around on a bicycle like Claudia Gaimaro or enjoying some ice cream like day camper Maria Tiwari. While reconstruction continues, there’s been no let up in the good times.

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diva, the ingenue, the juvenile, the overworked stage manager, the harried director What do you get when a novice director and, adding to the mounting near-opening tries to put seasoned veterans through their problems for “Murder Most Foul,” the ditzy paces in a purposely repetitive community playwright herself, armed with constant lasttheater comedy? minute rewrites. That’s not a setup for a joke. In the case of The time is the present. From the moment the First String Players’ current attraction, the curtain parts (as it does frequently, nearly “Play On!,” what you get is a laugh-filled every time the director asks his cast to take it afternoon or evening in from the top), the the theater. audience is privy to the At last Sunday’s goings-on in the promatinee, the second duction of a play. When: 8 p.m. Aug. 17; 2 p.m. Aug 18 show in a run that Anyone who has Where: Our Lady of Mercy, will conclude this ever performed in the70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills weekend, it wa s ater will recognize the (Juno St. entrance) appropriate that the tell-tale signs of immiTickets: $10. (718) 268-6143 audience was comnent disaster; so, too, posed largely of local would anyone with half theater folks. That added to the fun of the a brain: a cast that can’t get through more show, a little-known venture by Rick Abbot than a minute or two of a scene without about community theater actors staging a someone messing up; a set that isn’t nearly new murder mystery. finished; wigs that don’t fit; a sound techniThink of it as life imitating art imitating life, cian who keeps missing his cues. except things went far more smoothly for the Undertaking his first directorial assignactors in this production than they do for the ment, Steve Morisi is to be congratulated hapless cast in the play-within-the-play. for assembling a fine cast, most of whom All the recognizable types are on hand: the must play dual roles, and eliciting knowing qboro contributor

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The Whitestone School for Child Developmen, free tours of the school and speech screenings by licensed speech therapists, Aug. 21, 22, 28, 29, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Schedule an appointment at (718) 746-6555. St. Josaphat’s leisure club trip to Aqueduct Casino, $25, Thursday, Aug. 29. Contact: Joy, (917) 921-7631. Meets at the church, 34-32 210 St., Bayside. International Poetry Festival, Saturday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m., Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Poetry readings in Bengali, Catalan, English, Italian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Sicilian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Yiddish; music and dance presentations; art contest for children ages 5-13.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horrace Harding Expy., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Both kosher and nonkosher lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a $2 contribution. Bingo 3 times a week. Adults 60+. Much more. Contact (718) 225-1144. Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers: computer training classes, all levels, beginners to advanced, including: 21st Century Technology, teaching use of iPods, smartphones, e-readers, tablet computers, and other latest gadgets; and Microsoft Excel (separate class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, chair and mat yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, daily meals and more). Call Hindy at (718) 894-3441 or visit the Center.

Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free. The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30; free computer classes, Mondays at 12:30 p.m.; Eldercise, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; massage therapy, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thursday of month. Call Karen (718) 456-2000. The Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center, 34-30 137 St., Flushing, offers ballroom dancing, Mondays, Wednesdays through Fridays at 10:30 a.m. to noon; tai chi, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. to noon; English as a second language, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. to noon; Ping Pong, exercise and mahjong, Mondays though Fridays. Call (718) 961-3660. Computer classes are being held at Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. For seniors 60 plus. Call John at (718) 559-4329 to register. The Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; topical club, Mondays through Fridays at 12:30 p.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness and “You Be the Judge,” Fridays at 10:45 a.m. Plus music appreciation, current events discussions, card playing and more. Call (718) 224-7888. Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 20811 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. Call (718) 224-7888. The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 12310 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. Call (718) 657-6752.

SUPPORT GROUPS Bereavement groups for the loss of a spouse, facilitated by a licensed social worker. Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Call Pamela Leff: (718) 268-5011 ext. 621. Gay and Jewish siblings of Gay and Jewish Victims of Domestic Homicide/Violence meets in Forest Hills. All are welcome. Call (917) 561-4252.

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conceived as female, are here played by men. One, Rich Weyhausen, a familiar face around these parts and a Queens Chronicle employee, plays the no-nonsense director, who serves as the straight man amid a group of disparate individuals. Nearly stealing the show is his frequent costar, Nick DeCesare, who plays an amateur actor playing the very smug Lord Dudley, who is rarely if ever found without a cigarette dangling from its foot-long holder. DeCesare’s acerbic delivery and malleable facial expressions are delightful. Two other veteran performers have a field day with their respective roles: Mary Lynch, who plays DeCesare’s increasingly impatient diva of a wife, and Fred Kaminski, whose wisecracking character brings to life a villainous man of science. Kaminski makes a convincing drunk and proves adept at physical stage business. Stef Morisi scores laughs aplenty as an actress whose tongue trips frequently over her words, particularly when dealing with the many line changes she is handed. Andrew Benjamin, a late addition to the cast (and a Chronicle contributor), fits in seamlessly and proves game as the requisite juvenile actor.

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Katira Campos fills the bill as a young actress who not only has to leave rehearsal by a certain time because of a biology test in school the next day but who seems incapable of making an entrance on cue. Michelle Ricciardi employs a Betty Boop voice as the stage manager who’s in over her head; while Liam MacLarty, his head topped with a crop of impossibly curly hair, has good timing as the stage technician with bad timing, in the second case of gender-blind casting; and Hayley Adkisson, all gangly arms and legs, is just over-the-top enough as the playwright. There are many funny elements in the production, including the playwright’s final costume, which earns laughs all its own. Q

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Let’s assume that it’s a given that Alex Rodriguez purchased and used illegal performance enhancement drugs from sleazy Anthony Bosch and his disgraced Miamibased company, Biogenesis. The way the New York tabloid media, particularly Daily News national baseball writer Bill “Hang ’Em High� Madden, covered the story, not only was A-Rod guilty but he should be treated like an al-Qaeda operative or North Korean spy. The public, however, may be getting wary of A-Rod overkill. A caller to Richard Neer’s Sunday morning WFAN show complained about how too many in the press were seemingly equating A-Rod with the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson. I would like to write a few words on Alex’s behalf. He had already signed his megabucks contract with the Yankees that would pay him handsomely until he was 42 and all he had to do was just show up. He could have done what Oliver Perez and Jason Bay did during their tenure as Mets and collect a hefty paycheck while performing abysmally. Sure, he would have gotten booed (something quite familiar to him already), but he would have gotten a fraction of the grief he’s getting now because he wanted to ensure, in his

by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Did you ever wonder what would happen if a plane crash-landed onto the Grand Central Parkway? It happened 76 years ago, when Joseph A. Enright, 24, of 428 Bleecker St., Brooklyn took off from Flushing Airport and his plane’s motor failed. The western half of the parkway, running from the Triborough Bridge to the Kew Gar- Joseph A. Enright, second from left and inset, and his dens Interchange, was crashed plane on the Grand Central Parkway on April 17, only a year old when 1937. In the background is the elevated Flushing IRT subway Enright turned a sec- line on Roosevelt Avenue. t io n of it i nt o a n impromptu runway. Sved were unhurt. If such a thing were to At 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 1937, Enright happen today, we might not be so lucky. made a hard landing onto the parkway, hit- Enright was flying a small, light plane. ting the rear of a Ford driven by Dr. AlexanEnright faded into obscurity after the der Sved of Manhattan. Despite the damage incident, and it has largely been forgotten. Q to both the plane and the car, Enright and He and Sved both died in 1969.

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Manhattan Electric Global USA, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/23/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 150-10 71st Ave., #6-C, Flushing, NY 113672122. Purpose: General.

M A RQUEE TA LENT MANAGEMENT LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/20/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, P.O. Box 750578, Forest Hills, NY 1113750578. General Purposes.

NY WATER HOLDING LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/17/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 144-17 156th St., Jamaica, NY 11434. General Purposes.

SECURITY FENCE OF NEW YORK LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/6/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 56-10 Nurge Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purposes.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: TREASURED PUPS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/23/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

M.C.A. INTERNATIONAL CONSULTING, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/29/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 59-55 47TH Ave., 3F, Woodside, NY 11377. General Purposes.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: STREET PAWS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/12/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 144-16 Jewel Ave., Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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168 J, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/19/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 73-14 178th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. General Purposes.

563/65 MYRTLE AVENUE LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 7/23/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Bartolomew Tesoriero, 138-03 Whitelow St., Ozone Park, NY 11417. General Purposes.

Notice of Qualification of BRICKMAN 48TH AVE LIC LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/15/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/28/13. Princ. office of LLC: 30-02 48th Ave., Long Island, NY 11101. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Brickman Associates, Attn: Steven H. Klein, 712 Fifth Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of 2 UP LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/22/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon her is C/O the LLC 136-20 38th Avenue, Ste. 11G, Flushing NY 11354. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. Street address of Principal business location is: 7-15 119 Street, College Point, NY 11355.

Notice of formation of 71-37 66th Drive LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/2013. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 71-35 66th Drive, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: any lawful act.

CAD LEE LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/2/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kwong L. Lee, Manager, 45-24 216th St., Bayside, NY 11361. General Purposes.

21 LINDEN PLACE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/3/2013. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 10702 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ASTORIA OWNERS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/02/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 43 West 47th Street, Suite 203, New York, New York 10036. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Christian Culture Daycare Learning Center, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/23/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 147-12 231 St., Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. Purpose: General.

Notice of Qualification of 3JS MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/26/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/25/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Urban American Mgmt., Attn: Jana Schmidt, Esq., 590 56th St., West New York, NJ 07093. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State for the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

BEACHWALK LLC App. for Auth. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/12/2013. LLC was organized in CT on 6/7/2013. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to 18 Nawthorne Rd., Old Greenwich, CT 06870, which is also the principal business location as well as the required office in CT. Cert. of Org. filed with SSCT, State Capitol, Rm 104, Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

DAC LEE LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/2/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kwong L. Lee, Manager, 45-24 216th St., Bayside, NY 11361. General Purposes.

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SQ page 52 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 9834/2012 Date of Filing: 5/9/2012 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon County in which premises are situated. SUMMONS Tax Lien Foreclosure Block: 10161; Lot: 30 a/k/a 104-52 164th Street NYCTL 2011-A TRUST and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON as Collateral Agent and Custodian, Plaintiffs, -against- THE HOLY TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST INC., ADMINISTRATOR OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, COMMISSIONER OF LABOR – NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, TANYA WARTERS, CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, “John Doe No. 1” through “John Doe No. 100” inclusive, the names of the last 100 defendants being unknown to plaintiff, it being intended to designate fee owners, tenants or occupants of the tax lien premises and/or persons or parties having or claiming an interest in or a lien upon the subject property, if the aforesaid individual defendants are living, and if any or all of said individual defendants be dead, their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, committees, devisees, legatees, and the assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest of them, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by, through, or against the said defendants named as a class, of any right, title, or interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint herein, Defendants. To the above named Defendants: You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) 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 complaint. Notice of Nature of Action and Relief Sought. The Object of the above entitled action is to foreclose a Tax Lien in the original Tax Lien Principal Balance of $150,823.04 with interest as described in a certain Tax Lien Certificate dated November 16, 2011 and recorded in the Office of the City Register for the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, on November 23, 2011 in City Register File Number (“CRFN”) 2011000408634 upon premises described as follows: ADDRESS: 104-52 164th Street BLOCK: 10161 LOT: 30 COUNTY: Queens The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Tax Lien described above. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the county where the Property being foreclosed upon is located. 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 Plaintiff who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you may 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 complaint and protect your property. Sending a payment to the Plaintiff will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: May 7, 2012 New York, New York THE LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS P.MALONE, PLLC By: Thomas P. Malone, Esq., Attorneys for Plaintiffs, 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 1540, New York, New York 10165, Ph: (212) 867-0500 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is being served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Court dated July 2, 2013 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office

GREEN MOUNTAIN BUILDERS, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 08/06/2013. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, C/O Matthew Moss, 4823 42nd Street, #6-L, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Managed by one or more managers.

Notice of Formation of DARALIZ REALTY LLC, a domestic or foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/08/2013. NY Office location: Queens County, SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC service upon him/ her to the LLC, 183-79 Liberty Avenue, St. Albans, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of FX HOLDING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/9/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: F&T Group, 136-20 38th Ave., 12th Fl., Flushing, NY 11354, Attn: Earle Tockman, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Jireh 1 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/20/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 13511 221st St Suite 1, Laurelton, NY 11413. Purpose: General.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ECOGROWTH HOLDING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/24/2013. Office location: New York 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, 401 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10013. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

GANZO MOVING, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/1/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Alfredo Tepale, 108-47 42nd Ave., 1st Fl., Corona, NY 11368. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of Kedar Capital Management, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/21/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity.

The NYC Board of Standards and Appeals has scheduled a public hearing on the following application: Variance (§72-21) to permit a Use Group 6 bank in a residential zone, contrary to ZR 22-00. R4/ R5B zoning district. Address: 27-24 College Point Boulevard, northwest corner of the intersection of College Point Boulevard and 28th Avenue, Block 4292, Lot 12, Borough of Queens. Applicant: Akerman Senterfitt LLP, for Bacele Realty, owner. Community Board No.: #7Q This application, Cal. No.: 279-12-BZ, has been calendared for Public Hearing *Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 10:00 A.M. session, in Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, Borough of Manhattan. Interested persons or associations may appear at the hearing to present testimony regarding this application.



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Making the most of what they have Ridgewood Youth Council showcases students’ work and performances by Tess McRae Reporter

The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council has had a good year so far, and to celebrate that, elected officials and members of the community were invited to take in student performances last Thursday at the group’s headquarters at 59-03 Summerfield St. “I love the City Council members that comprise the Queens County delegation,” said GRYC President Bob Monahan. “They prioritized the capital budget we put in for to purchase this building and now we have $1.66 million to buy this building.” Monahan said the money allotted will save the GRYC more than $180,000 a year in rent. The extra funds will go directly back to the scores of programs and opportunities the group provides children from preschool to high school. “We are all basically friends here and now with this happy news, I want to show you what we got,” Monahan said. A video highlighting programs such as sign language, step team, cheerleading, science, beauty shop, bowling, martial arts, homework help and internships was played. In attendance were City Council members Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Diana Reyna (D-Brooklyn, Queens); Assembly

Preschoolers perform the Pledge of Allegiance with camp counselors at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council headquarters on Summerfield Street. The organization offers a number of proPHOTO BY TESS MCRAE grams throughout the year for kids of all ages. members Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven); and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D- Howard Beach). “I’ve been the chair of the Public Safety Committee for the last 12 years and I’ve worked to help bring down crime 35 percent in that time but it’s not just about working

with the police force, it’s about programs like this that keeps kids out of harms way and teaches them not to go out and cause trouble,” Vallone said. The event opened with preschoolers signing the Pledge of Allegiance which was met with an eruption from the crowd. The children

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from the GRYC summer camp at PS 128 also used sign language to perform the song “I’ll be There” by Bruno Mars. The show-stealer was probably the three step performances. Step, a dance that relies on stomping, clapping and slapping for rhythms, is one of the more popular programs offered by the GRYC. The Service League, which works to improve the Ridgewood community, also announced that the teens in the program are developing a day care facility for the young parents who are participating in the GRYC internship program. Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri is assisting with designs along with other architects and the group has opened registries at Babies “R” Us. “At least five or six of the young people in our internship program are parents and these kids are working to create a space for them,” Monahan said. “It is a small way for them to change their environment for the better. “It is always a joy to start your day to see how our tax dollars are really being spent on programs who cater to children with integrity and purpose like the programs we saw today,” said Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav. “We work hand in hand with these groups every day to make sure the funding is Q there and we make our money stretch.”


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Large Hi-Ranch, Amazing Location! 55x100 irregular lot, 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Hardwood Flrs under rugs. $659K TR


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Mint AAA, 4 BR Colonial, 2 Full LINDENWOOD Baths, Finished Bsmnt, New Kit w/ SS Appliances, Porcelain Floors, Legal 2 Family, 6/6, 5 Full Baths, Cemented Backyard w/multi car Fin Bsmnt Update Kitchen & Baths, driveway. $599K H/W Floors, Only $629K OUR E X CLUSIV

OLD HOWARD BEACH GREAT LOCATION! House Beautiful In & Out! Brick home on 49.5x100, 5 BRs, 2½ Baths, New Kit w/Maple Cabinets and SS HOWARD BEACH/ Appl, Granite Countertop, ROCKWOOD PARK Charming cape on 50x100, New Baths, Fireplace in LR, 4 BRs, 2 Full baths, Full Unique M/D Cape, Huge Wraparound yard, 1 car gar. Basement, Brand New IGP, CAC, A Must See! Asking $649K Upgraded thruout. Only $595K





OLD SIDE Charming 1 Family Colonial Mint Raised Ranch on 40x100, on 40x100, New Kitchen w/ Ultra mint 4 BR Colonial, House redone Stainless Steel Appliances and 3 BRs, 1 Bath, New Hardwood Flrs, New Centrail Air, Full 4 years ago, 4 new full baths, New New Cabinets, Full Bsmnt, LR w/ LAJJA P. Unfinished Bsmnt, 1 Car kit, fireplace, In-ground heated pool, Fireplace, New Bathrooms, MARFATIA Garage. Asking $549K Broker/Owner stucco & pavers front & back. 3 BRs, 2 Full Baths. $449K


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718-848-4700 Fax: 718-848-4865

JOHN DIBS Broker/owner


OPEN HOUSE Sun., Aug. 18th 12 - 2 pm 86-32 155th Ave. Unit #0148

HOWARD BEACH 2 BR Co-op Unit, New Kit W/Granite Counters, New Hardwood Flooring, Stainless Steel Appliances, Washer/ Dryer In Unit, Updated Bath, New Elec. Ceiling Fans, Unit Set Back And Faces Courtyard, Super Mint Condition.

Call Carolyn Defalco 917-208-9176


HOWARD BEACH Diamond Condition Post Hi Ranch, 4 BRs, 3 Baths, Totally Renovated, Family Room W/Fireplace. Absolutely Gorgeous!

3 BRs. Master BR Suite W/full bath/Steam RM, Dressing RM, Walk-in His & Her Closets, 2.5 Baths. Full Bsmt, New Electrical Panel, Hot Water Heater & more!!! COME AND SEE IT!!

Call Carolyn For More Info 917-208-9176

Contact Glenda (646) 325-3627


HOWARD BEACH Huge 3 BR Corner Unit with Master Bath & Regular Bath, New Kit. & Lots of Closet Space, Close To Major Highways & Buses. Close To A Train & Walking Distance To Resorts World Casino.

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JAMAICA 1 Family Brick. Buy This House and Stop Paying Rent. 3.5% Down Payment. Mortgage Would Be Less Than Rent.

BROOKLYN RICHMOND HILL Front Store and 2 Family Above, 5/5, Balcony On Each Apt, Pvt Dwy.

Call Seenarine Singh 347-289-1314

For More Information Call Pedro Or Cecilia At 646-552-4422




Lovely Det. Hi Ranch, Newly Paved Dvwy, Hardwood Flr. Throughout, CAC, Sky Light, Updated Baths, New Kit W/Granite, Oversized Yard

Beautiful Studios, 1 BR, 2 BR & 3 BR Co-ops Starting At $115,000.

Call Gladys Martinez For More Information 917-443-0097

Call Paul Deo For More Info 718-848-4700


For More Info Contact Paul Deo 718-848-4700

2 Family Brick, 7 BRs, Two Car Garage, Near Everything!

WAKEFIELD Super Mint Condition 1 Fam. Brick Det, 3 BRs, 2 Baths, Pvt. Dvwy, Full Fin Bsmt.

For More Info Contact Carolyn Defalco 917-208-9176

Go To www.Topqueensrealtor.Com or Call Valerie Shalomoff At 646-533-8142

2 Family, 4 BRs, 3 ½ Baths, Full Bsmt, 1 Parking Space, Low Taxes!

Call Anthony Fernandez For More Info 718-848-4700

ARVERNE Enjoy 15 Year Tax Abatement. Diamond Condition, 2 Family Home, Right by the Ocean, Professionally Landscaped & Maintained Development, Children’s Playgound. Excellent Rental Income, Walking Distance To All Major Conveniences.

For More Info Call Rene Rose 718-848-4700

OPEN HOUSE Sat., Aug. 17th 11 am - 1 pm 95-12 160 Ave.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN Brownstone 3 Family, 6/5, Fin. Bsmt, Great Income, Close To All Shopping and Transportation

Call Pedro or Cecilia At 646-552-4422

ADDESLEIGH PARK This Spectacular Det. 1 Fam. Home is Totally Reno. in Desirable Addesleigh Park Area W/Attractive New Brick Front. It Features LR, DR New Kit W/Granite Countertop, Stainless Steel Appliances, 6 BRs, 3 Baths. Hardwood Flrs, Fin. Bsmt, Pvt Dvwy & Gar. Conveniently Located Close To Transportation and All Amenities. Call Ali Rashid 646-981-3829



One of a Kind Oversized Lot Property, 1 Family Home, Brand New 2 Water Heaters, 1 Boiler With 12 Zones. All New Electrical Panels, Pool Has 3 New Pumps

Charming Five BR/Two Bath Colonial Featuring Private Drive

Call Valerie Shalomoff for more info 646-533-8142

Call Maryann 917-838-2624 or Theresa 347-531-9060

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