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Volume 11 Issue No. 44 Nov. 5 - 11, 2010


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WILLS WINS! Ruben Wills thanks supporters outside Rochdale Village’s Key Food Wednesday after his Tuesday night victory in the seven-way special election to replace the late Tom White, Jr. in the 28th City Council District. By Jason Banrey…Page 3

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Wills Wins Race To Replace White BY JASON BANREY

Ruben Wills emerged victorious in a seven way, non-partisan special election on Tuesday, filling the vacant seat once held by the late Councilman Tom White, Jr. Wills was astounded by the voter turnout despite negative campaigning that was directed towards him during the race. “Negative campaigning doesn’t do anything but distract people from the issues,” he said. “I’m happy that God saw fit to give this to us now. [The people’s] vote is what matters.” While he knows his term is only guaranteed for one year before running to extend his tenure in a general election in

2013, he is dedicated to getting the ball rolling on solving the community’s issues. As a former aide to Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Wills believes he has what it takes to economically develop District 28 in an effort to create jobs, lower the crime rate and engage younger residents in the area. Only a couple of hours after his victory was called, Wills began working to secure jobs for residents of the 28th District, working with players involved in the Resorts World video lottery casino at Aqueduct. He said the meeting at Borough Hall involved ensuring that jobs at the casino are distributed to residents in the area. “We don’t want to see 30 to 40 percent of the jobs go to people outside of

the community,” Wills said. “We want to make sure that there are people in the community that are qualified for this opportunity.” Although Wills believes that his opponents’ negative campaigning slightly affected the voter turn out, “in the end the people of District 28 showed who they wanted to represent them.” Wills looks forward to working with candidates that ran against him and organizations in the district that he believes have been doing a fantastic job at providing residents with valuable opportunities. Creating a coalition that will work together to right the wrongs in the district is a concern he strongly focused on during his campaign.

“I campaigned about unifying the people in the community,” Wills said. “Our district is in distress. Hopefully if we put out positivity in the community we can get the right things done.” In the end Wills took just more than 31 percent of the vote in the district defeating Nicole Paultre-Bell, the runner-up, by 626 votes. The final tally left Wills with 3,347 votes, Paultre-Bell with 2,721 votes, Albert Baldeo with 1,512 votes, Allan Jennings with 1,068 votes, Charles Bilal with 925 votes, Harpreet Toor with 728 votes and Martha Taylor Butler with 436 votes. Reach Intern Jason Banrey at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.

United And Strong:

Boro Dems Gain Strength In Senate PRESS Photo by Ira Cohen

Mike Bloomberg and former Mayor Ed Koch had endorsed Donovan. In the closest statewide race, Democratic incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli defeated Republican candidate Harry Wilson 50-47 percent. Nationally, the trend was very different. Losing more than 60 seats, and control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats find themselves with their smallest minority in the body in more than 60 years. Five Democratic seats in New York State flipped to the GOP. Democrats also suffered multiple House losses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Indiana and President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois, where Democrats also lost the Senate seat Obama once held. Democrats did fare much better in the U.S. Senate, however, losing six seats, but keeping firm control of the body. Democratic incumbents were defeated in Arkansas and Wisconsin and besides the

aforementioned seat in Illinois; Democrats lost open Senate seats in Indiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Tea Partybacked Republican candidates lost competitive Senate elections to Democrats in Colorado, Delaware and Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was reelected. Though Reid won, his popularity as Majority Leader among national Democrats has faltered and he may step down as leader, or be challenged. If so, Schumer may be the favorite to replace him as majority leader. Closer to home, all of Queens' Democratic House members were reelected, though U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (DKew Gardens) defeated GOP candidate Bob Turner by a much smaller than usual margin of 59-41 percent. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.


(Utopia Pkwy.) on the northbound side of the Cross Island; by taking Exit 7 (Willets Point Blvd.) from the Clearview Expressway; or by a variety of major local roads. The site is also serviced by the Q16, which connects Downtown Flushing to Fort Totten, and the Q76, which runs from Jamaica to 131st Street in Whitestone. After we move, feel free to stop by and say hello to us in our new home. As always, our door will always be open to the Queens community. Reach Editor Brian M. Rafferty at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 122.


After 10 years at our home at 174-15 Horace Harding Expy. in Fresh Meadows, the PRESS is moving. As of this Friday, Nov. 5, our new office will be located at 150-50 14th Rd., Whitestone, NY, 11357. Our phone number, fax numbers and e-mail addresses will all remain the same, though we may lose a day or two of connection between Friday and Monday. During the transition, try us first by our regular phone number, (718) 3577400. Should the phones temporarily be down, try again later. We don't expect to be disconnected for an extended period. If there is something urgent that needs to get to the editorial department, the best way will be via e-mail at, which can be checked through our mobile devices. The office can easily be accessed by taking Exit 35 (14th Ave.) on the southbound Cross Island; by taking Exit 34

Fall Back! Don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 2:00 a.m.

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tie Addabbo to Senate leaders Malcolm Smith and John Sampson after the state Bucking a national - and to a smaller Inspector General's scathing report on extent statewide - trend, all of Queens' AEG's bid to manage the VLTs at Aqueincumbent Democratic legislators won re- duct earlier this year. Elsewhere in the borough, Assemblyelection. Though the party faced stiff headwinds nationally, Democrats in the man Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) survived a closer-than-exborough fared very well. For pected challenge from the first time in history, Republican Alex there will be no Republican Powietrzynski 54-41 legislators in Albany from percent with 6 percent Queens. going to Independent After two consecutive Joseph Tiraco, while close races for the seat held Assemblywoman Marge by Sen. Frank Padavan (RMarkey (D-Maspeth) Bellerose) for the last 38 defeated florist Anyears, former Councilman thony Nunziato 60-40 Tony Avella threw the percent. Both candiknock-out punch Tuesday, dates received support defeating the borough's from statewide Republast GOP state legislator 53licans, including from 47 percent. Celebrating at State GOP chair Ed Sullivan's in Bayside on election night, Avella was Chelsea Clinton hands out election Cox, who campaigned joined by Sen.-elect Mike handbills for Anthony Weiner in with them in Forest Hills and Middle Village last Gianaris, who gave up his Forest Hills Tuesday evening. month. Assembly seat to run for Assembly members Audrey Pheffer (Dthe post vacated by retiring George Onorato (D-Astoria). They were joined by Rockaway Park), David Weprin (D-Little Sens. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Jose Neck), Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood), Peralta (D-Corona), as well as Assembly- and Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) all won decisive victories. woman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Democrats kept all statewide offices. The rhetoric of the "Queens Coalition" was focused on bringing true reform and In the race for governor, Attorney General transparency to the most dysfunctional state Andrew Cuomo soundly defeated Republegislature in the country. Later in the lican candidate Carl Paladino 62-34 perevening, Avella spoke of bringing "democ- cent. Cuomo won more than 80 percent of racy with a lower-case 'd" back to New York. the vote in New York City. U.S. Sen. The strength of the coalition is bol- Chuck Schumer (D-New York) defeated stered by the re-election of State Sen. Joe his GOP opponent by a 2-1 margin to be reAddabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), who elected to a third term, and U.S. Sen. fended off a challenge from former City Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) won the Councilman Anthony Como in his South right to finish out Hillary Clinton's Senate Central Queens district, 57-43 percent. term, defeating former U.S. Rep. Joe Addabbo won the seat from longtime in- DioGuardi 62-38 percent. Gillibrand will cumbent Republican Serf Maltese in 2008. face voters again for a full term in 2012. The race to succeed Governor-elect The race appeared to tighten in final weeks and Republicans heavily targeted the seat. Cuomo as Attorney General ended in a Como criticized Addabbo's votes on decisive win for Manhattan State Sen. Eric suspending the STAR rebate program and Schneiderman, who defeated Staten Island reinstating the sales tax, and attempted to DA Dan Donovan 55-44 percent. Mayor BY DOMENICK RAFTER

Boro Schools Closing, List May Still Grow BY JESSICA ABLAMSKY

English and math scores, and failing to meet the requirements of No Child Left A dozen schools in Queens could be on Behind. Others received lousy grades from the the Dept. of Education's chopping block - eight large high schools, three primary DOE. "What gets you on our list initially is if schools and one middle school. This is according to a list released by the City on your progress reports you get three Dept. of Education, which may grow as a consecutive Cs, or a D or an F this year," result of the City Dept. of Education's Zarin-Rosenfeld said. Such schools must earn English and recently released progress reports, and after the State Department of Education math scores that are higher than the city releases its new list of persistently low average, or achieve higher than average graduation rates, he achieving schools. said, stressing that not Possible intervenevery school on the list tions for those will be proposed for schools range from inclosure. troducing new pro"We're not going to grams to staff replacecatch people by surment or closure, prise," he said. "We which will be chosen want to catch people based on conversaearly and often to let tions with school adthem know what we're ministrators, teachers thinking." and parents, accordThe DOE has done ing to DOE spokes—DOE spokesman Jack nothing to support man Jack ZarinRosenfeld. Zarin-Rosenfeld schools previously identified as strugSome on the list gling, said James represent a second crack at closure for the DOE, after a judge Vasquez, the Queen High School District last year blocked it from closing 19 schools Representative for the UFT. "In Jamaica High School they have in the city, including three in Queens. Most of the high schools were previ- classes with 47 kids," he said. "A place like ously identified by the state as persis- Richmond Hill [High School] with 22 tently low achieving, which means they trailers tells me that [the DOE is] abdicatmet several requirements, such as low ing its responsibility."

“What gets you on our list initially is if on your progress reports you get three consecutive Cs, or a D or an F this year”

Vasquez contends that after eight years in control of the New York City public school system, all Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein have done to fix struggling schools is close them. Holding schools accountable for success without providing support is not caretaking, it is a business model, he said. DOE officials are upfront about their preference for small schools. "I think generally we believe in small schools," Zarin-Rosenfeld said. "We think they offer a personalized learning environment that some larger schools can't provide." High performing large schools are not in danger, he said.


August Martin HS Beach Channel HS Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship HS Grover Cleveland HS Jamaica HS John Adams HS Newtown HS Richmond Hill HS IS 231, Springfield Gardens PS 30, Jamaica PS 40, Jamaica MS 147, Cambria Heights

Although closures have historically been concentrated at the high school level, the DOE has closed a handful of elementary and middle schools. The process is similar; students in the upper grades are allowed to graduate from their school while kids in the lower grades are reorganized into a new school. "It's a bit more difficult to navigate phasing out elementary schools when you have the zone policies in place," he said. "Given how important choice is, we still have to make sure that parents have a locally zoned school." Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124.

DOE'S DATA "In 2010, only 25 percent of students at PS 40 were on grade level in English language arts, and 37 percent were on grade level in math "At IS 231, in 2009-2010, only 25 percent were on grade level in English language arts (ELA), and only 21 percent of students were on grade level in math "In 2009, graduation rates at August Martin, John Adams, Grover Cleveland and Newtown High School ranged from 49-55 percent, below the city average of 63 percent.


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Charges Filed In Bodega Shooting BY JASON BANREY A 29-year-old man was arraigned this past Sunday, after being picked out of a line up for the “senseless” fatal shooting of a Laurelton bodega clerk who attempted to defend his brother during a robbery. Felix Torres, owner of Lucky Grocery & Deli, and brother of the victim Juan Torres, identified Shawn Forde not only as the alleged thief and killer, but also as “a regular customer who gets great service.”

Forde, of Springfield Gardens, was known to frequent the bodega and has been seen by Rafael Torres, another brother of the victim. “I saw the guy before. It’s incredible to me. You’re killing your own people, people from the same community.” Rafael Torres said. According to the charges, Forde entered the bodega on Merrick Boulevard near 221st Street around 10 p.m. on Oct. 23. He allegedly demanded money from owner Felix Torres, after grabbing him by

the shirt, pressing his head to the counter, and pointing a gun to his head. In an effort to come to his brother’s aid, Juan Torres approached the robber from behind. As he proceeded towards Forde, the gunman allegedly turned and shot Juan Torres in the face, killing him and then fleeing the scene with $80 from the register. Queens DA Richard Brown called the shooting “senseless and tragic.” “This case is yet another example of the mindless gun-related violence that too often takes innocent lives and reck-

lessly endangers public safety.” said Brown. Community merchants in the area have noticed a spur in robberies in recent months and have vowed to not “allow the criminals to put them out of business” or intimidate them. Forde is now being held without bail and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Reach Intern Jason Banrey at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.

State Red Ink Leads To Superfund’s Loss


Already battered by consecutive budget cuts, the state’s premier conservation agency is set to axe an additional 150 employees by Dec. 31, and end its participation in a federal hazardous waste cleanup program, as part of a plan by Gov. David Paterson that would result in nearly 900 layoffs. “In terms of staff cuts we’re concerned – the state is already stretched very thin,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Bonnie Bellow. Also concerned was the former commissioner of the DEC, Pete Grannis, who was fired by Paterson after an unsigned

memo was leaked to the Albany Times Union stating that the many of the DEC programs are already “hanging by a thread.” The DEC, whose mission includes anything outdoors, does everything from enforcing environmental laws to running educational programs for kids. They also assist the U.S. Environmental Protection agency with Superfund, which is the federal government’s program to clean up contaminated sites like Newtown Creek, the four-mile stretch of toxic sludge and raw sewage that was recently declared a Superfund site. Financially responsible parties have already been identified for the waterway,

whose cleanup will proceed as planned, according to the EPA. It is unclear what ending participation in Superfund would look like. Unlike some programs, which are delegated to states, EPA staff runs Superfund. Regardless of DEC staff participation, the state does have some financial obligation for sites. Though about 70 percent are cleaned up at the expense of the responsible parties, when none can be found, federal law required the state to pitch in 10 percent of cleanup costs. In the case of a municipal landfill, that share rises to 50 percent. “At this point, we still fully expect the state to meet those requirements for any

site which has no responsible party,” Bellow said. Many sites are placed on the list after a request by the state, said EPA spokeswoman Mary Mears. “That was the case in both of the New York City sites,” she said, referring to Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal. EPA officials do not know what New York State is planning, she said. Request for comment from the DEC were forwarded to the State Division of the Budget and the Governor’s Office, which did not return calls. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124.

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Editorial It's Great - Now Change It Once again - and for the third time - the voters have spoken. New Yorkers want term limits. We wanted them in the 1990s, we got them for 2001, and then the Council and Mayor conspired to steal them away in 2008 to serve their own purposes. We have spoken. Loudly. Three times. We want our elected officials to serve not more than two terms. And as a matter of fact, we don't want to wait for this to go into effect. As it stands now, the council members who gained from the undemocratic action of the 2008 legislation, and were voted to their first terms in 2009, will be able to keep their seats until 2021. Sorry, that's just not going to cut it. We call upon the mayor to convene a new charter revision commission to place on next year's ballot language that, if passed, would require that the freshmen Council members who were elected to office in 2009 do not get to serve a third term. The people have spoken clearly and consistently. There must be no third term. The people should not be swindled again.

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To The Editor: In describing Albany as “corrupt, corrupting and sending the same jokers back is prolonging the joke on the people,” Queens Tribune Editor Michael Schenkler is on the mark (NYS State Senate: You can Bet They’re Up To No Good, Oct. 28). It is of course an old story, as witnessed by The Brennan Center for Justice a public interest law center at NYU School of Law, which rated The New York State Legislature the worst in the nation, and justifiably so. While Mr. Schenkler believes

there is no simple answer, I respectfully disagree. The answer is term limits. No state elected official should be permitted to serve more than two four-year terms. Furthermore, until that happens, Assembly and Senate rules should be changed to prohibit any member from serving as Speaker or Majority Leader more than two four-year terms. That Sheldon Silver, whose real constituency is the negligent trial lawyers, can serve as Speaker ad nauseam because of the mediocrity that best describes far too many Democratic members of the

Letters Assembly – and I as a lifelong Democrat do not say this lightly – is a disgrace. Benjamin M. Haber, Flushing

IG Report To The Editor: A review of the 316-page Inspector General’s report on the Video Lottery Terminals at Aqueduct show some players overlooked before. Playing minor roles in the scandal were Senators Pedro Espada who attempted to block the investigation, Serphin Maltese and his successor Joseph Addabbo and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer who were said to be looking out for their constituents, and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, Chairman of the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee. More disturbing are the campaign contributions from the AEG consortium to those making decisions on the bidding process. While they gave to Gov. Patterson’s re-election campaign, more than $40,000, was contributed to the democratic Senate campaign committee the money was passed to Sens. Eric Adams, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Shirley Huntley, Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Antoine Thompson. Only Senator Adams had an active role in the selection process. The largest contribution of almost $100,000 was donated to

the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. They said Sharpton was “important to the community aspect of our bid.” The whole question of campaign contributions raises disturbing questions about our legislative process. Norman Silverman, Queens

A Sad Loss To The Editor: We are very sorry to learn about the passing of co-owner Borys Chikivchuk of Cafe 67 in Forest Hills and Cafe Bora Bora in Rego Park. Borys exemplified a dedicated individual, and a loving father and husband who came to America from the Ukraine approximately 12 years ago, with hopes of establishing a great home for his young girl and boy, his wife, and a goal to fulfill the American dream. He was a diligent businessman who worked long hours with his partner, Boris Graver. Customers and friends were always greeted by his warm smile, generosity of spirit and great sense of humor. May his teachings and positive spirit always inspire and safeguard his family and friends. He was well-known, and will be missed by many. We hope the business will continue to serve the community, and owe gratitude to his business partner. Michael Perlman, Forest Hills

FDA Commish Visits York On ‘Day After’

A Personal Perspective By MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE

President Barack Obama may have been nursing his wounds from the beating House Democrats took on Election Day, but his FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, was shining at York College bright and early the morning after. The Commissioner paid a commemorative visit to York College for the 10th anniversary of the partnership between York and the FDA, which houses its North Eastern Regional Laboratory on the college’s 50-acre campus. “ Her speech, “The New FDA in the Global Age,” was followed by a town hall and poster contest with students in the Academic Core Building. “When President Obama goes to put someone in high places he goes to the very top,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks, introducing Hamburg, who served as New York City Health Commissioner under then-mayor David Dinkins. The daughter of two physicians, Hamburg praised the CUNY College and leaders such as former U.S. Rep. the Rev. Floyd Flake and former Queens Borough President Claire

Shulman, who was in the audience, for their foresight in working with York and the FDA to establish the partnership between the two entities. “For the past 10 years you have hosted our scientists and researchers on your campus,” said Hamburg. “There is much more we can do together. This partnership is testament to the foresight of [the people who made it happen]. An essential public health agency affects all our lives in very intimate ways.” Hamburg elucidated the meaning of partnering with York in the era of a shrinking world. “We live in an increasingly globalized world, and there is need for [local and] international collaboration and the sharing of comprehensive support,” she said. Hamburg, who is a graduate of Harvard University Medical School, revealed that under her tenure, tobacco products will now be regulated for the very first time as well. “We will make it an agency that Americans can trust,” she said. “As a public health agency we must balance risks and benefits. We must find meaningful and sustained solutions.” The Commissioner added that

after 10 years at York, the time is now ripe for the agency to expand the partnership with the College. “Centers of excellence in regulatory science are most likely housed in academic settings,” she said. “We will find new ways to develop new approaches.” She further noted that the United States is importing much more of its products – food, medicine, cosmetics and devices from foreign countries – than it did back in 1906, when the first iteration of the FDA was founded under President Theodore Roosevelt. Members of York’s science faculty have long enjoyed a collaborative relationship with the FDA on campus and some FDA scientists have also enjoyed adjunct status at the College. Students are an integral part of the equation. There is an FDA Scholarship program, which allows for York scholars with interest in chemistry and biology to intern at the facility. Some graduates have been hired there and many others have gone on to medical and PhD programs. One former intern, Alonza Cruse, is now district director, FDA, Los Angeles. Hamburg views York’s proxim-

ity to JFK Airport as an opportunity whose time has come for the FDA to exploit. She envisions an even richer relationship with York, given its strong science programs; its world-class faculty doing cuttingedge research with students; and the willingness of College President Marcia V. Keizs and her administration to explore the possibilities. FDA-regulated products, according to Hamburg, are currently being brought in from more than 150 countries from 300,000 foreign facilities. According to the Commissioner, about 80 percent of seafood consumed by Americans comes from outside our borders. She also mentioned that about 80 percent of aspirin used in the United States is imported from China. Because of the dramatic increase in imported consumable goods, the FDA has had to extend its own reach into Asia, Africa, Europe and other nations in the Americas. President Keizs was delighted with the Hamburg presentation and the potential for an expanded partnership. “She was our most significant guest in who we are and who we want to be,” said Keizs. “It is important to the stakes that we are claiming.”


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Are 20-Year-Old Unpacked Boxes A Political Metaphor?

you are now reading – or the one that I am keystroking (they tell me the word typing will age me) — is being written on Sunday, Oct 31 (Happy Halloween!), before election Day, Tues, Nov. 2; and is to be printed Wed Nov. 3, for you to read on Thurs, Nov. 4 – well after Andrew Cuomo has annihilated Carl Paladino and . . . So I can’t talk about the upcoming Election because it will have occurred by the time you read this and I can’t talk about the past election because from where I’m sitting, it hasn’t happened yet. Thus, the black hole, where political pundits merely fill their word count allocation with non-

political thought. And what better time to deviate from deviant politics, then when you’re moving your business after 20 years in the same building — I’ll bet you the experience is worth more than a single column. So, I inherited the Trib from Gary Ackerman – the same guy that was just re-elected (yes, I’m anticipating the obvious) Congressman from t he nor theaster n par t of Queens and bordering Nassau County, in the late 1970’s. The Tribune starterd in 1970 from a desk in the rear of a real estate office on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills and in its third year moved to a store front on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. It soon took an adjoining store and the pair served as home to the paper until 1990 when as par t of a public company, we moved to the building on the service road of the Long Isla nd Expressway just we st of Utopia Parkway, which most of you know as our home. That move occurred 20 years ago – to this very week. Twenty years: a 10-year lease, a 5-year renewal option, and a 5year lease brings us to the end of our present home’s natural life. Sure it’s a great location – in demand by the likes of Ne w York Hospital of Queens, which continues to lease two-thirds of the structure and more property down the

block – and as such we were unable to negotiate what we felt was a good deal with our old landlord. And in this marketplace, bet ter space was available to us on much better terms. And so after a bit of a search – thanx Mike and Ria – we located a great building with just about the same amount of usable space and it’s all on one floor. And so after 20 years we’re headed north to Whitestone and will be living just one block north of the Cross Island Pkwy – again, not so very far from Utopia Pkw y. We’l l be at: 150-50 14th Rd, Whitestone, NY, 11357 – between Clintonville Ave and 150th Place. Phone number remains the same. Our entrance is on the left side as you face the building; but slow down, we’re not there yet. The paper you are now reading is the last one published at the old address and next week’s edition, is scheduled to come from our new address. Right now, Ria is playing with Verizon fiber optics, our telephone and internet provider, painters, movers, carpenters, plumbers, carpet guys, rubbish removal firms, and I hope some divine guidance to ensure all goes well. Moving yourself is not easy. Moving 45 odd people – and they are really odd — is. Thanks to Ria, Maureen and to all who packed and will shortly unpack in a bright new shiny home.



By MICHAEL SCHENKLER Welcome to the annual election black hole issue: I write my column, “Not4Publication,” over the weekend; Election Day is Tuesday; we print Wed; and you read it starting Thursday. So the column

The Trib’s new home: 150-50 14th Rd, Whitestone, NY, 11357 Obviously I’m involved, too. In addition to negotiating the lease and some of the agreements, approving lots and lots of expense items, guiding the packing up and then the unpacking of each department, I’ve gotta get my own stuff together. I have learned quickly – well it’s taken me lots of adult years – that we are all savers and that desk drawers and cabinets merely accumulate stuff you never need or use again. Well, 23 postal bins filled with 20 years of accumulated treasures which this week turned to trash were the first thing out of my office. I should have done more. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are serious packing days but I’m down to less than I threw out – and there is more that will be discarded before I’m done.

Then, there is a decision to be made. Sitting in the closet in my office are three unopened boxes of treasures that I moved from my old office, exactly 20 years ago. I never got around to unpacking them. As time is running out, and with the knowledge that I survived 20 years without them, do I throw them out or go through them first? The problem mounts as we ready for the move. Is it a simple answer or is there something deeper involved here? Hmmm! Give us a week and please stop by and visit – I’m usually there in the mornings. See you in Whitestone – for the next 20 years.

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On The Ballot: Term Limits Move To Overrule City Council By HENRY STERN We participated in a City Hall press conference recently with Ronald Lauder, t he term limit s advocate, and Michael Long, the state Conservative Party chair. The purpose of the Henry event was to express support for Question 1, which was on the ballot Tuesday. The Charter Revision Commission was formed, in part, to revisit the issue of term limits after the City Council unilaterally extended the eligibility of city elected officials, primarily themselves, from two to three four-year terms. This decision by the Council, made after intense lobbying by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, eliminated a section of the Charter that had been added in 1993 as the result of a referendum largely funded by Lauder. In the Republican mayoral primary in 1989, Mr. Lauder had competed with Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nomination to succeed Mayor Koch, who had lost his bid for a fourth term in a primary with David Dinkins. Giuliani won by a margin of 67-33. Lauder spent $13 million on the race, the largest amount ever spent on a mayoral contest up until that time. Lauder ran a series of commercials attacking Giuliani which, while they did

not benefit him, weakened Giuliani for the November conte st against Dinkins, who won the mayoralty by a 52-48 vote margin. With the 1993 referendum slated to take effect in 2001, the City Stern Council Democrats put the term limits issue on the ballot again in 1996, seeking to extend the limit from t wo terms to three. This proposal, basically a compromise between a two-term limit and no limit at all, was rejected by the public by a 54-46 margin, a much closer contest than the 59-41 vote by which term limits had been adopted in 1993. At the time, it was suggested to Council Speaker Peter Vallone that the Council had the legal authority to change term limits on its own, but the Speaker decided that since the original limit had been imposed by a referendum, it was more appropriate for any change to be submitted to the people for approval. Five years later, the original referendum took effect for the 2001 election, and 36 out of the 51 Councilmembers then sit ting were ineligible to seek reelect ion. Among the depar t ing member s was Speaker Vallone, who ran for mayor instead. Vallone lost to Mark Green in the Demo-

cratic primar y and Green lost to Bloomberg in the general election. Vallone was succeeded in his Counci l seat by his son, Peter Vallone, Jr. The younger Vallone was re-elected in 2005, but would have been ineligible to seek a third term in 2009 if the Council had not overruled the referenda and extended term limits for all 59 elected city officials: 3 citywide, 5 borough pre sident s a nd 51 councilmembers. Others newly elected in 2001 included Joel Rivera (Bx), who succeeded his father, Assemblyman Jose Rivera; Helen Foster (Bx) followed her fat her, Rev. Wendel l Foster, into the Council; Erik Martin Dilan (B’klyn), followed his father, Mar t in Malave Dilan; and Yvette Clarke (B’klyn) succeeded her mother, Una Clarke. Term limits do not override patrilineal or matrilineal descent. It is the voters who choose whether to ratify the accession of the heir. Because of gerrymandering, name recognition, obstacles to ballot access, the role of local political clubs in which the parent is usually influential, and years of mailings paid for by the city, the heir has an enormous advantage. The voters decide the outcome in the Democratic primary. No children of retiring incumbents have been defeated while trying to suc-

ceed a parent in the City Council. At Monday’s news conference, Ronald Lauder announced his support for the charter change submit ted by the Char ter Revision Commission, under which the limit would revert to two terms in 2021. While many, including Mayor Bloomberg, found the 11-year delay to be ridiculous, it is still the only proposition before the voters that would nullify the Council’s self-serving action in 2008.

If Que st ion 1 is approved Tuesday, by the voters, efforts will likely to be made by good government forces to advance the effective date of the two-term limit to 2013, which means that no incumbents will be able to profit from the extension they gave themselves any more than they already have. “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” So wrote Voltaire in 1764.

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News Briefs Hip-Hop Pioneers The Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County in conjunction with BulLion Entertainment will host “A Tribute to Ralph McDaniels” on Saturday, Nov 13, 1 p.m., at Queens Library at The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona. The event will feature video presentations from Ralph McDaniels’ groundbreaking hip hop show “Video Music Box” as well as his most recent work as executive producer and host of “The Bridge”. Ralph McDaniels will be interviewed by Mark “DJ Wiz” Eastmond, DJ/ Producer, of the legendary hip- hop group Kid ‘N Play. The day would not be complete without testimonials and guest appearances from those in the music and hip-hop industry that have been a part of the life and career of “Uncle Ralph”. The event will also include a special guest performance by DIOS Music hip-hop recording artists BDS (Alias DUNDEE and Hashim BING). The event is free and open to the public; young people are especially encouraged to attend. Seating is limited; first come, first served. Ralph “Uncle Ralph” McDaniels, hiphop culture pioneer, entrepreneur, and visionary who created “Video Music Box”, the first music video show focused exclusively to an urban market—broadcast on public television. Widely recognized by the music industry as the original tastemaker of the streets, McDaniels is president of Uncle Ralph Productions; he is also an on-air personality at New York’s Hot 97/WQHT and is one of the executive producers of “The Bridge”, which he also hosts. McDaniels the creator of, an interactive video hosting/on-demand Web site where registered users can access his archived collection of hip-hop and R&B videos, never-seenbefore interviews, behind-the scenes footage, and up-and-coming urban artists and filmmakers. McDaniels’ influence in hiphop culture stems from the astounding success of his hip-hop music show and spans over 25 years through the millions of viewers, fans, and consumers who have supported him throughout his endeavors in radio, film, television, and the fashion industry.

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FEMA Non-Profit Aid After tornadoes and storms tore a 14mile path of destruction through Queens, President Barack Obama officially declared parts of the borough a disaster area on Oct. 14. Under the declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency is now distributing federal funding through the administration of a Public Assistance program. According to FEMA the PA program “is oriented to public entities and can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure, which is damaged or destroyed by a disaster.” Eligible applicants include State governments, local governments, any other political subdivision of the State and certain private nonprofit organizations (PNPs). Eligible PNPs include educational, utility, irrigation, emergency, medical, rehabilitation, and temporary or permanent custodial care facilities (including those for the aged and disabled). If a PNP does not fit under this criterion, it must apply to the Small Business Administration for a disaster loan. Although two Applicant Briefings were held for eligible entities it is still not too late to apply. Applications must be filed with the NYC Office of Emergency Management no later than Nov. 12. Entities who meet the State and FEMA application requirements for federal funding will be reimbursed no less than 75 percent for the damages they suffered due to the tornadoes and storms. For more information on how to apply go to

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10 Years Together: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall welcomed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at the 10th Anniversary celebration of the FDA presence at York College, Wednesday, Nov. 3. Marshall hailed the decade-long partnership between the federal agency and York.

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We know your secret. When your boss isn’t looking, you chat on Facebook or catch up on your personal email. Next time you’re bored, click for a cause and help MS 158 in Bayside win up to $100,000. One of 15 finalists in a nationwide con-

test through the online search engine Bing, the school with the most votes will win the grand prize, which MS 158 would use to purchase basic art supplies. The last day to vote is Nov. 7. Bucking the trend that often leaves arts funding on the cutting room floor, MS 158 has five art teachers who cover band, chorus, dance and graphic arts. But in a time of across the board budget cuts, the school is in need of materials that range from crayons and drawing paper to new computer workstations. Also on their wish list are new musical instruments, which would replace old instruments held together by rubber bands and duct tape. So, the next time you need a break from the daily grind, take two minutes and vote for MS 158. We won’t tell. To vote, go to and click on “view finalists.”

Ready For The Worst:

LIC Terror Drill Kills 40, Injures 90

On October 17, a beautiful Sunday morning, the peace and quiet was shattered by an explosion that took the doors and roof off a vehicle, slamming it into a bus near the CitiCorp building in Long Island City. Bodies and body parts were strewn everywhere, mingling with metal and glass debris that blew from the car and bus in the explosion. With smoke coming from the burning vehicle sirens were heard in the distance. Within minutes emergency vehicles swarmed the scene of the suspected terrorist attack in Long Island City, a strategic operations center was established and units were assessing the damage and helping the injured. This was all, thankfully, just a wellcrafted exercise designed to test emergency response to an actual incident. Each of the 80 victims were dressed and madeup to challenge emergency services. EMS, fire fighters and police had to make onthe-spot triage decisions while operating in a life-threatening environment. The four-hour simulation involved more than 800 City agency personnel who responded to the scene at the intersection of 44th Drive and Hunter Road, where the car exploded beside an MTA bus picking up passengers. According to the simulation, 40 people were killed and 90 others injured. Not long after the simulated explosion, as smoke was still coming from the destroyed car, first responders began to ar-

rive on the scene. A second simulated explosion took place shortly after at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, although actual tunnel operations were not disrupted as in the other location. In both cases, mannequins were used to represent fatalities and volunteers wearing make up playing the role of injured survivors. Each movement of this simulated car bomb drill was observed, documented and assessed by dozens of trained observers from the different emergency services participating in the exercise. Following the exercise, which lasted about two hours, Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Bruno was joined by FDNY, American Red Cross, the Medical Examiner, Dept. of Health, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and other agencies to evaluate the response. “We are exercising a plan we hope we never have to use,” Bruno said. “However, it is our responsibility to make sure New York City is prepared for the worst, and by training in an environment that is as real as possible, all of our agencies and partners learn what we already do right, and what we can improve on.” That sentiment was shared by FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. “Our members train and drill every day to make sure they are ready to respond to any incident, including mass casualty incidents like today’s drill,” he said. A full assessment of the simulation and first responder actions will be made in an effort to improve future training.

The remnants of the “car bomb” in Long Island City.

As observers watch, firefighters remove one of the “bodies” from the explosion area.

Photos by Dan Miller

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First responders assess the dead (mannequins) and dying (volunteers).

Police Blotter Compiled By DOMENICK RAFTER

102nd Precinct Three Hit On Wednesday, Oct. 27, at approximately 5:55 p.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting a pedestrian struck at the intersection of 81st Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park. Police later determined that a 2003 Jaguar operated by a 53-year old woman that was traveling northbound on 81st Street turning left to westbound 101st Avenue when the three pedestrians, who were crossing 101st Avenue from south to north, were struck in the intersection. A 26-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy were taken to Jamaica Hospital with head, leg and chest lacerations and were listed in stable condition. The third victim, a 3-year-old girl, was taken to Jamaica Hospital with head and chest trauma and was listed in critical condition. There was no suspected criminality and the investigation was ongoing.

104th Precinct Shot In Car On Thursday, Oct. 28, at approximately 10 a.m., police responded to a report of a person shot in the vicinity of Willoughby Avenue and Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood. Upon arrival, officers discovered two people shot inside of a 1996 Chevy Lumina, with gunshot wounds to their heads.

Leonard Archipolo, 47, of 1812 Stockholm St., Brooklyn was in the driver’s seat and Yomarya Santiago, 23, of 60-58 55th St., Maspeth, was in the passenger seat. EMS also responded to the scene and pronounced both victims dead at the scene. There have been no arrests and the investigation was ongoing.

115th Precinct Hit And Run On Sunday, Oct. 31, at approximately 8:51 p.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting a person struck by an auto at the intersection of 91st Street and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Upon arrival of police it was determined that an unknown vehicle traveling eastbound on 37th Avenue struck a Hispanic man in his 40s and fled the scene. EMS responded to the location and transported the victim to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There were no arrests and the investigation was ongoing.

backroom, where he had them remove their clothes and perform oral sex on him. Afterwards, he left the dry cleaners with their cell phones and clothing and the robbery proceeds. When the police arrested the defendant later that day at his residence, they recovered some of the money, the victims’ clothing and the imitation pistol that the defendant had used in the robbery. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 6 and he is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in state prison, followed by 20 years of post-release supervision. The defendant will also be required to register under the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act as a sex offender.

fendant as Eugene Mazzio, 52, of 84-08 129th St. in Richmond Hill. Mazzio appeared Monday, Nov. 1 before a Supreme Court judge and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act According to the criminal charges, Mazzio entered a Kew Gardens drycleaning establishment located on Metropolitan Avenue on the afternoon of Nov. 23, 2009, and, brandishing what appeared to be a firearm, demanded money from the store’s occupants – two female employees. The two employees complied with the defendant’s request and gave him approximately $500 in cash. The defendant then ordered the two employees into a

Lights On: On Thursday, Oct. 21, Queens Community House participated in the national rally, Lights on After School, by showcasing their afterschool programming and highlighting their participants’ achievements to call attention to the need for more funding to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. This gal was enjoying the program at Jamaica High School.

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Marks Of Excellence:

1920s, and the Grace Episcopal Church at 155-24 By DOMENICK RAFTER The City Landmark Preservation Committee gave Queens some 90th Ave. Built during the Civil War, though the parmuch-welcomed attention last week when it granted protected status ish is the second-oldest Episcopal parish in New York, the church's brown spire was once one of the tallest to notable historic sites in Ridgewood and Jamaica. During what the LPC termed "Queens Day," the commission in the borough. Borough President Helen Marshall, who pushed declared a swath of Ridgewood, the proposed Ridgewood South Historic District, a landmarked area. The portion of the neigh- for the sites to be landmarked, praised the move. "Unique elements of our county's history are borhood landmarked is just north of Myrtle Avenue and west of Forest Avenue and includes two blocks of Catalpa Av- included in this new historic district in Ridgewood enue and Cornelia Street, one block of Woodbine Street and the four structures that would speak volumes if between Onderdonk Avenue and Woodward Avenue, their walls could talk," Marshall said. "Now, 210 blocks and everything in between, including the historic St. and four buildings will be preserved for future generaMatthias Roman Catholic Church on Catalpa Av- tions to admire and enjoy." The LPC said that it would hold a public hearenue, which was built in 1926. The pale brick church recently underwent a massive renovation. ing in the near future on other potential landmark Queens preservationist Michael Perlman, sites in the borough, including the proposed who fought for landmark designation for the Ridgewood Central Historic District, which encomRidgewood Theater earlier in the year, said passes more than a dozen city blocks of neighborhe was "thrilled" to see the section of hood between Forest Avenue and Fresh Point Road Ridgewood designated a landmark, but just north of Myrtle Avenue. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at thought the LPC needed to pay more or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125. tention to the borough elsewhere. "There are parts of other neighborhoods they should be looking at too," he said. The LPC did landmark a handful of historic sites in Jamaica, including the Queens General Courthouse on Sutphin Boulevard, constructed in the late 1930s. "[The courthouse] obviously has significance as one of the finest public buildings in Queens and throughout the city," said Robert Tierney, chairman of the LPC. The limestone courthouse has been featured in a few movies, including "BonThe former Jamaica Savings Bank at 146-21 Jamaica fire of the Vanities" and "Leaving Las VeAvenue. gas," and most recently in the television series "The Good Wife." Built as part of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia laid its cornerstone in 1937. The court is now home to the Queens Supreme Court and Surrogate Court, as well as the County Clerk. The Jamaica Savings Bank building, just a few blocks from the courthouse, was also landmarked. The building, at 146-21 Jamaica Ave. is still in use as a bank, a Capital One branch. Also landmarked were the Jamaica Chamber of The Jamaica Chamber of Com- St. Matthias Roman Catholic Commerce building at 89-31 merce Building at 89-31 161st Church at 58-15 Catalpa Ave. 161st St., designed in the late Street.

The Queens General Courthouse at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd.

The Memorial Hall of Grace Episcopal Church at 155-24 90th Ave.

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Slices Of Borough History Preserved For Future Generations

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Dems Get Ready The Queens County Democratic Organization held a rally at Antun's last week to prepare for the Nov. 2 election.

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Southeast Queens Photos Edited By Harley Benson

Kupferberg Breaks Ground

Last week, Queens College held a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II renovations of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Among the enhancements planned for the arts center are such audience-friendly features as larger lobbies and bathrooms, new exterior and interior lighting, signage and landscaping. Pictured l. to r.: Martin Kupferberg (Max's nephew), Pres of Kepco, Inc.; Councilman Jim Gennaro; Saul Kupferberg (Max's son), VP, sales and marketing, Kepco; QC Pres James Muyskens; Max Kupferberg, Chairman of the board of Kepco; former Councilman Tony Avella; State Sen. Toby Stavisky; Assemblywoman Grace Meng; CUNY Vice Chancellor, Facilities Planning, Construction and Management Iris Weinshall; and former Councilwoman Melinda Katz.

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley gets the crowd going.

Boro President Helen Marshall speaks to the crowd as Joe Crowley stands behind.

Parker Helps Out The staff of the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park held two events recently to help others.

Former BP Claire Shulman (l. to r.), Assemblyman David Weprin, Comptroller John Liu, District Leader Honey Miller and Sen. Toby Stavisky.

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The Institute donated school supplies to Haitian children. Pictured l. to r.: Michael Rosenblut, Pres/CEO, Parker; Assem. Grace Meng; Parker employees, Jean Sanon, Marie Victor, Abner Chouloute, Carol Evans.

Parker residents marked Breast Cancer Awareness month by taking to an improvised indoor track as part of "Wheel for a Cure," a vibrant effort to raise awareness and fund research.

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Famed Cartoonist Reflects From Boro

Beechhurst resident Stan Goldberg, who related the anecdote above. “A little girl’s home was in turmoil on 9/ Goldberg’s artwork has enlivened 11, and nobody in her family greeting cards, gag cartoons, was paying much attention to magazine illustrations and billher all day. So she went up to boards, as well as additional her room, taking all her Archie comic book titles, for more comics, and was able to sleep than 50 years, and his career well that night.” is still going strong. For 70 years, Archie Recently he drew the comic books have brought reArchie wedding stories, liable warmth and wholesome which examine two possible fun to millions of readers futures in which Archie marthrough the adventures of ries Betty or Veronica. The three teens: popular Archie, Stan Goldberg in his pieces have been published sweet Betty, and spoiled Beechhurst home. in hardcover by Abrams Veronica, and their friends Books. IDW is publishing and families. Since 1970, a great many of “The Art of Stan Goldberg,” which featheir stories have been drawn by tures drawings and material from evBY BARBARA ARNSTEIN

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My Search Continues For Perfect Wontons

as I giggled eating this delightful dish. Jade Bamboo at 64-72 Dry Harbor Rd. in Middle Village has Steamed Wontons in Spicy Sesame Sauce that rivals that of Garden of Fantasy. By the time you finish, you’re left with a caramel-colored and textured sauce at the bottom that leaves you wanting either just one more wonton – or maybe a spoon. In my case, it’s a finger running along the bottom. Jade Bamboo is a Chinese restaurant that also makes good sushi. The place itself is small, with seating for only a couple of people who don’t feel like waiting to eat before they get home. It’s typically pretty busy – I’ve been in it three times in the last six weeks, and each time the kitchen has been in constant action. I’ve come to enjoy a handful of other wonton styles over last few years. My favorites are the Szechuan Wontons from New Hong Kong Garden at 195-11 69th Ave. in Fresh Meadows and the Szechuan Spicy Wontons at J.J. Chan’s Garden at 75-21 31st Ave. in Jackson Heights. Hong Kong’s are served slathered in a very light brown, creamy sauce that is nutty and spicy. Sometimes the sauce separates, but typically it is well-emulsified, not breaking down into clumps and oil, as it has on some occasions. At J.J. Chan’s the feel is potsticker, but the sauce is all spice. There’s no way to have them without breaking a sweat. Whenever my family goes there (it’s my grandmother’s favorite), I always get them because I know I’ll only have to share one or two. I’ve searched recipes, trying to recreate the original Garden of Fantasy flavor on my own, but to no avail. For now, Jade Bamboo will become my wonton house of choice. Got any ideas of where I should try next? I’m always open to suggestion. Drop me an e-mail at —Brian M. Rafferty

Go Skating In Glendale Aviator Sports & Events Center, the state-of-the-art modern sports and events facility located in the all new Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, will satisfy the demand for ice time and affordable family fun in Queens this winter by opening an outdoor skating rink and a 25-ft tall, 100-ft ice slide at Cooper Avenue and 81st Street in Glendale, right down the block from the popular Shops at Atlas Park. The Aviator Queens Outdoor Skating Rink will open on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and operate daily until March 15. The hours of operations are 3-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 3-9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Adults can skate for $8 and kids can skate for $6. Skate rental fees are $5 a pair.

Cost for the ice slide is $5. Group and school discounts are available. It will also include a full-service snack bar and a selection of holiday merchandise. For more information, visit or call (718) 758-9800. “There are not enough skating rinks and ice time to satisfy the demand among families in Queens,” said Kevin McCabe, founder & CEO of Aviator Sports and Events Center. “By opening this rink we will provide families from such neighborhoods as Middle Village, Glendale, Forest Hills, Maspeth, Woodhaven, Ridgewood and more a safe and fun family skating experience on a quality ice rink in one of Queens’ most popular shopping districts.”

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It’s a ritual for me; it’s one I’ve been doing for the last five-plus years since Garden of Fantasy on Bell Boulevard closed, and it has often been an exercise in frustration. You see, Garden of Fantasy had these wontons that were out of this world. They were simple: steamed and served in a container that had a soy -based liquid that just barely kissed the wontons from underneath and a spicy sesame paste on top, with a touch of chili oil, topped with a smattering of chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds. When you would dig in to these simply named Szechuan Wontons, you’d get a mix of the two sauces and that perfect combination of sweet, sour, salty and spicy. They were heaven on a plate, and anybody I knew who would go to Garden of Fantasy loved them and treasured them like gold. I had worked on Bell Boulevard, and enjoyed these delights regularly. When I came to the Tribune, I would still make trips to Bayside just for the wontons. And then Garden of Fantasy closed. I have been on the search ever since to find their equal. Whenever I’m in a new neighborhood and I feel like getting lunch, I’ll first check for Chinese restaurants – if Szechuan Wontons (or something with a similar name) are on the menu, I order it. Sometimes I’m lucky, and I get either a decent version or something different and tasty, but with the same name. Other times, I’m not as fortunate. I’ve had peanut sauce, garlic sauce, a glaze, drippy soy and straight chili oil – every possible combination you could imagine under the name Szechuan Wontons. This is a mission. I have searched for more than five years now – not just in New York, but in my travels up and down the East Coast. Last month, I think I found the best reproduction yet. My wife laughed at me

ery aspect of his career. Goldberg’s art for the Marvel and DC comic book companies included drawings for “Patsy Walker,” “Millie the Model” and many other titles. “Once, in the ‘New Yorker’ magazine, they interviewed five well-known fashion designers,” he said, “and one of them said, ’What inspired me most as a young child was reading ‘Millie the Model’”. “Many years ago, when I was working with [comic legend] Stan Lee, he introduced the ‘Marvel way’ of telling a story,” Goldberg said. “The artist and writer would sit down and come up with a plot. He did that with the adventure guys and he did that with me. I would sometimes come in and tell him, ‘I have a great idea for a plot that we could do with Millie.’ He’d say, ’Okay, great, now draw the book’ when nobody would have written a word yet. We had stories where she just happened to get involved with The fast-selling Archie Wedding issue. some spies, and she was jumping out of planes, and traveling around the world.” “One day I was watching a documen- nates between Queens, the Hamptons and tary on television with my family,” he said, Mexico, and spends lots of time with his “and it showed [pop artist] Roy 5-year-old grandson and 8-year-old grandLichtenstein holding up a comic and say- daughter. “When we go out to dinner, I’ll ing that it was an inspiration for his work draw the shape of a face, and I’ll put a – and I recognized it as one of my ‘Millie hairdo over it, and she has to figure out who that person is, sitting at the table.” the Model’ books!” In early October, the artist appeared “I have a teaching video out now, that’s at the New York Comicon at the Jacob available online,” he said. “It shows me drawJavits Center, a huge gathering of fantasy ing a page and explaining why I did this and fans and creators. “The wedding books I didn’t do that, and it speeds up and slows Abrams brought sold out,” he said. “They down to show the process of drawing. It’s could easily have sold another 500. I an hour and a half, and it includes a lot about signed a lot of autographs, participated my lifestyle and where I live.” in some panels and met friends I haven’t “Next month I’m going to Australia, seen in a while.” spending one week in Melbourne and one On Oct. 23, he did a book signing at a in Sydney, because I was invited to speak bookstore called Canio’s in Sag Harbor, about my career to the Australia CartoonLong Island, because he did the cover for ists’ Association”, he said. a book of humorous poetry by Carol “My advice to young artists is, ‘Don’t Sherman called “The Art of Gargling.” limit yourself. Draw anything. Draw evThroughout the year, Goldberg alter- erything.”


Church Has Auction, Money Seminar The Colonial Church of Bayside will host its first annual public auction on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Social Hall of the church. High quality antiques, collectibles, oil paintings, signed and numbered lithographs, furniture, crystal, cut glass, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, porcelain, china, silver, lamps, art glass vases,

collector plates and much more will be auctioned. Some of the featured items include a vintage, mint-condition gold-plated demitasse/espresso six- piece setting bearing a Bavarian maker's mark; set of original, historic Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I newspapers; man's gold

Word "Mankind has always been but one humanity. We still are. It may even be prophesied that we probably always will be. Our great problem is and has been for ages, how to live with each other, with our fellow human beings. Religion in its core is what Jesus and Buddha and Lao Tzu and all the other sages have declared it to be: loving one another." — Kenneth Patton

watch; lady's diamond and gold pendant; late Victorian wooden camp chair with original brocaded seat. Previews of items for sale and registration for bidding will take place Friday evening, Nov. 5, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday morning 9-11 a.m. In addition to the live auction, there will be a separate section in the hall devoted to a silent auction. Next up at Colonial is the "Dollars + Sense = Achieving Financial Health" seminar to be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, which is being offered free to the public. "During these difficult economic times, it's important for people to realize that, regardless of their financial situation, there are hopeful solutions to making your finances work to your advantage," said seminar leader and Certified Financial Planner, Norman Tellier." The subjects to be covered during this informative three-hour session include: Managing & Budgeting Your Money; Getting Out of Debt; Staying Out of Debt; Spending Wisely Now; Saving for the Future; Setting Realistic Financial Goals; Living Within Your Means; Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Life; Eliminate Every Extravagance; and The Pluses and Minuses of Credit Card Use.

Space is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to call the church office at (718) 224-3899 in order to reserve a spot. Refreshments will be available at both events. The church is located at 54-02 217th Street in Bayside, just off Bell Blvd, between the L.I.E. and Northern Blvd.

The Colonial Church of Bayside will hold a public auction this weekend.

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BY BOB HARRIS Jhaleel Oswald is a senior in the Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship H.S. in the Campus Magnet Complex, Cambria Heights. Oswald, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds, is the Strong Safety of the Bulldogs which is composed of students from the four high schools that are located on campus. He is also Captain of the team. He describes his job as “To keep all the players with their different emotions and feelings in check, to stop any opposing runs and intercept the QB.” He plays every snap for his brother Liam, who never played football. His brother is a graduate of Edison H.S. who will be starting Nassau Community College in the spring. As a junior linebacker, Oswald led the PSAL Championship Division with 131 tackles with one interception and a fumble recovery. He is described as having tremendous side-to-side ability. In his freshman year he led the city in sacks and has continued laying strong. He never played football until he joined the Campus Magnet Bulldogs as a freshman. Oswald wants to study accounting

and Entrepreneurship in college and is thinking of Rutgers or Syracuse or Temple. Coach Eric Barnett pushes his players on and off the field. All the players are required to go to designated

rooms on the first floor of the Campus Magnet Complex and do homework, study or receive tutoring after the regular school day ends ever y Tuesday and Thursday, then they go on the field to

practice for a couple of hours. Oswald tutors students in algebra and global history during this team study time, which could be considered his community service for the team and his school.

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Freddy’s Wants You To Be Fabulous

During their grand opening on Oct. 23, the boutique had people coming in Freddy’s Wants You To Be Fabulous from all over to take a look at the prodThe doors to beauty opened two ucts they offer. The store is the first Afriweeks ago in East Elmhurst for the grand can American owned beauty supply store opening of Fabulous Freddy’s Beauty to open in East Elmhurst. Supply Boutique, which hopes to help its The store is a center for minority customers feel and look fabulous both women to come and get their hair prodinside and out. ucts, said Janice Fredericks. Yet, the shop Fabulous Freddy’s Beauty Supply Bou- also sells products for all types of hair, tique is owned by the Fredericks family, and for men. The products bring in custhird generation residents of East tomers of various age groups, and prodElmhurst. Janice Fredericks, owner of the ucts are for sale online. boutique, works alongside her two sisters, The beauty supply store offers a good Candace and Debbie, and parents variety of products, such as hair extenAlfredo and Debbie Sr. Fredericks. sions, professional hair equipment, wigs, natural products and chemicals (such as relaxers). It also carries exclusive products and ethnic hair products. Local hair salons are among the customers that shop at this unique beauty supply store. “We have everything that women need; we have all kinds of products,” said Fredericks. The store itself is well organized and provides a calming atmosphere with soothing music that only The open space greets customers at Fabulous Freddy’s. adds to the very personal

Photos by Angy Altamirano


shopping for beauty products. Fredericks hopes to bring in customers from all over, but mainly would like to help her community and local East Elmhurst residents she’s lived alongside since she was young. Fredericks always wanted to start a new business on her own, and was “into” beauty products. After attending business school, she merged both interests and came up with the business plan she later showed her parents. She started with flea markets, and after seeing the positive feedback from the community, alongside her parents, she looked for a space to open the store. “I wanted to give back to the community and also have a piece of the pie,” Fredericks Owner Janice Fredericks hopes the location will provide said. She hopes the use of the all the African American hair needs for the local commustore’s services will grow, and nity and beyond. that products sell online as well as in the store. Also, already looking into plies to give your hair that extra shine, curl, the future, Fredericks also hopes to open color or protection, just go on down bea second store in Brooklyn. cause you’ll be greeted with smiling faces Fabulous Freddy’s Beauty Supply Bou- willing to help you reach that ultimate look. tique is located at 94-09 Astoria Blvd, or Reach Intern Angy Altamirano at online at, so if or (718) you are looking for any kind of hair sup- 357-7400, Ext. 128.

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What’s Up SATURDAY, NOV. 6 Fall Migration It’s that time of year again; many birds are heading south in preparation for the upcoming winter. Idlewild Park is a part of the Atlantic Flyway and is, therefore, a perfect place to see birds heading south. The Urban Park Rangers is sponsoring this event in our very own park. Come out and learn to spot the many different species that fly over our back yards as they head for warmer climates. Bring your binoculars if you have them. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. at Idlewild Park, Brookville Boulevard at 149th Avenue (near Brookville Park).

Bill Jacobs Ensemble His father and others encouraged Bill’s development. By the time he was in Andrew Jackson High School he was already playing in a local dance band. Bill would meet musician friends of his father such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horn, Milt Hinton, Thomas “Fats” Waller and others. The rest is history! For more information, email Jacqueline Bailey at or call (718) 2623750. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m. at the York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. $20 Adults; $10 Students & Seniors.

Youth & Tennis The Youth and Tennis group meets every Saturday morning at Roy Wilkins Park Saturday. To learn more, call Bill Briggs at (718) 658-6728.

SUNDAY, NOV. 7 Caracumbe Led by percussionist and director Marcos Napa, this New York-based AfroPeruvian ensemble demonstrates, through music and movement, a cultural legacy that has endured for generations. They perform traditional dance and showcase a musical heritage of distinctive African roots found in a Peru mostly known for its Native American and European influences. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. at the Queensborough Public Library, Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

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MONDAY, NOV. 8 Find a Job The Job Information Center, in collaboration with New York Cares, will help you find the most useful websites when job hunting. You must have basic computer skills and bring your resume. Seating limited; preregistration required. Topics: introduction to Internet job searching; job search assessment; job sites and resumes; applying for jobs; practice session. The event will be held Monday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Queensborough Public Library, Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Adult Chess Club Practice your chess skills weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings. The event is held at 6 p.m. every Monday at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800.

Grantseeking Basics Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? New to fundraising? Come and learn how the Foundation Center’s resources can help you become an effective grantseeker. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 2 p.m.

Diversity Visa Lottery Queens Library is making computers available for customers who want to fill out the online application for the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery. Applicants who need help to scan photos can get assistance. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 3 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOV. 9 Introduction to PowerPoint In this two-session workshop, you will learn how to create a slide presentation; add photos, images, and charts, and create handouts. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Desk. Must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Must attend both sessions from 6:00 -7:30 pm. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., at the Queensborough Public Library, Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Job Club Every Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Jamaica Neighborhood Center offers a free service to assist people from Southeast Queens with job-readiness skill sets in writing a professional resume and cover letter; interviewing practices and techniques; applying on-line procedures; elevator pitch and Microsoft Suite 2007. For additional information, contact Lenin Gross, Job Coach, at (718) 739-2060, Ext. 18 or This free event will be held at the Jamaica Neighborhood Center - 161-06 89th Ave.

Camera Club The Southeast Queens Camera Club welcomes photographers, beginners to advanced. Meetings are held the second, third and fourth Tuesday ever month at 7:30 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Family Life Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd.

Intro to Computers In this workshop, customers will learn the basics of using the computer: how to log on and off; use the keyboard and mouse; open and close windows and use toolbars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required in person at Cyber Center Desk. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10 PCs for Older Adults In this 2-session workshop, customers will learn the basics of using the computer; the keyboard and mouse; and the Internet. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Desk. Must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Class runs from 10-11:30 a.m. The event will be held Wednesday,

Nov. 10, 10 a.m. at the Queensborough Public Library, Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. York College Observatory Open Night The York College Observatory is open to the public every second or third Wednesday of the month – rain or shine – at 7:30 p.m. Gather in room 2E01 and then proceed to the 4th floor terrace off the G corridor if it’s clear. For additional information, contact Tim Paglione at or (718) 2622082. The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the York College Academic Core Building (AC 2E01), 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Volunteers for the class follow along using the CPR Anytime Personal Learning Kit, which features an instructional DVD and an inflatable mannequin. All participants are able take home the kit at the end of class and asked to pledge to use the kit to show five of their family members and friends how to perform CPR. This class teaches basic CPR technique and is not a certification course. In Queens, the classes will be held the fourth Thursday of every month at EMS Station 54, 222-15 Merrick Blvd. In addition, please visit for New York Sports Club locations offering free CPR classes starting in January. Please visit or call (718) 999-2413 for more information.

Intro to Computers In this workshop, customers will learn the basics of using the computer: how to log on and off; use the keyboard and mouse; open and close windows and use toolbars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required in person at Cyber Center Desk. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 10 a.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 11 Adult Chess Club Practice your chess skills weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings. The event is held at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800.

Excel En Espanol Three computer classes in Spanish will be held. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk on Nov. 4 starting at 10 a.m. Attendees should have basic computer skills, such as being able to use the keyboard and the mouse, and to open and close applications. These programs are made possible by funding from the Starr Foundation. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 12 Senior Theatre Acting Repertory Calling all older adults: Join our galaxy of STARs to perform theatrical works at the library with a great group of people while brightening your life. Rehearsals are held at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800.

ONGOING CPR Training The FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit will hold regularly scheduled free CPR classes in all five boroughs. The first Tuesday through the fourth Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of every month there will be Borough CPR training sessions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens. Training is free to anyone over the age of 14. The goal of this program is increase the number of people in New York City trained in bystander CPR Each class lasts 1 hour and participants in the class learn basic CPR skills from a member of the

Group Sessions Clergy United for Community Empowerment, Inc. Group Sessions are located at 89-31 161st St., 10th Floor, Jamaica, for the community on various topics such as Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Substance Abuse intervention, Decision Making, Condom Use, High Risk Behaviors leading to HIV, and self – esteem awareness. All group sessions offer light snacks and beverages. Group sessions are open to the public. Round-Trip Metro Card reimbursement is available at the end of each completed session. For further information call (718) 297-0720. All services are free. Please call for next group date.

Infant Mortality Clergy United for Community Empowerment’s Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative program provides the following services free of charge: case management services, parent skills building, crib care, breast feeding education, health education, nutritional information/education, referral for HIV testing, confidential one-on-one counseling, workshops, and women support groups. IMRI provides referrals for Food stamps, GED, GYN, Emergency Baby Formula (qualifications required) and more. Call (718) 297-0720. Located at 89-31 161 St., 10th floor, Jamaica. Services are available Tue.-Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HIV Awareness Clergy United for Community Empowerment provides intervention and curriculumbased prevention education sessions on HIV/ AIDS, to reduce risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. Services are located at 8931 161st St., Jamaica. Call (718) 297-0720 ask about our presentation to adolescents and men/women of color. Services are available Tue.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Laurelton Flea Market A flea market has opened at 221-02 Merrick Blvd. On sale are a wide range of items, including household items, jewelry and clothing. The market is open every Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CPR Class Learn to protect yourself and others at Heron Care Inc. For more information, please call (718) 291-8788. Heron is located at 168-30 89th Ave., Jamaica.

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Send typed announcements for your club or organization’s events at least TWO weeks in advance to “Queens Today” Editor, Queens Tribune, 174-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Send faxes to 357-9417, c/o Regina. IF YOUR ORGANIZATION MEETS ON A REGULAR BASIS, SEND ALL DATES FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

DANCE FUNDRAISER DANCE Saturday, November 6 for the College Point Memorial Day Parade featuring “Risky Business” (acapella group) at the Knights of Columbus. 762-506. $40.

ALUMNI CARDOZO 90 Saturday, November 13 at the Marriott in Melville. 800655-7971. ST. JOHN’S PREP Saturday, November 20 alumni of St. John’s Prep High School/Lewis Avenue are invited to a reunion. 721-7200, ext. 686. INCARNATION SCHOOL Saturday, November 27 Homecoming from 5-11pm at 89-43 Francis Lewis Blvd. 465-5066. ST. CLARE’S SCHOOL Saturday, November 27 Homecoming Celebration from. 528-7174.

DINNER ST. CLARE’S PARISH Saturday, November 13 “The Circus Comes to Town” gala dedication dance and dinner at St. Clare’s in Rosedale. $35. 527-2121.

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EXHIBIT NATIONAL ART LEAGUE Through November 27 80 th Fall Members’ Exhibition at the NAL, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway. 428-1859. NO. IRELAND Through December 23 “Voices Envisioned: Memories Made in Northern Ireland,” at the Queens College Art Center. 997-3770.

MISCELLANEOUS ADOPTION Saturday, November 6 Family Focus Adoption Services meets at 10 at 54-40 L i t t l e N e c k Pa r k way. 2241919 information. SOUP KITCHEN Saturday, November 13 hot lunch 12-2 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens, 147-54 Ash Avenue, Flushing. 353-3860.

EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS ESOL SCHEDULE Sundays 1-4 Basic ESOL at St. George’s Episcopal C h u rc h . Tu e s d a y s a n d Thursdays 8-10 Civics at the Korean Immigrant Services. Mondays at 6:30 Conversation Partner Program at the Kissena Jewish Center. Mondays and Wednesdays Intermediate ESOL Class at St. George’s Episcopal C h u rc h . Tu e s d a y s a n d Thursdays Advanced ESOL class at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Flushing Jewish Communit y Council. 4630343. ART CLASSES The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes for children and adults, day or evening, 7 days a week in Drawing, Watercolor and Oil and Acrylic. 926-9821. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Saturday, November 6 at St. Mel’s in Flushing. 3609720. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, November 6, 20, December 4, 18 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-4367940. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 8865236. KNIT AND CROCHET Saturdays at the Seaside library at 2:30. PET OWNERS Sundays (not on holidays) from 1-4 free workshops on pet behavior at Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 454-5800. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library, 249-01 Northern Blvd. INSTRUCTION & DANCE Mondays and Fridays 7:158:00 dance lessons, dance from 8-11. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $10. ADULT CHESS Mondays at 6 at the Queens Village library. DANCE CLASSES Mondays through Decemb e r 2 7 Ta p f ro m 6 - 7 : 3 0 , Partnering (including aspects of Jazz) 7:30-8:30. $15 per session at the Astoria Center of Israel. 278-2680. COMPUTER CLASS Monday, November 8 Introduction at the Fresh Meadows library. Register. LIC CRAFT CLUB Monday, November 8 at the LIC library at 1. JOB INFO SERVICES Monday, November 8 research information on the internet, preparation and email of resumes and more at the Middle Village library. Register. POTTERY CLASS Monday, November 8 at the Richmond Hill library. Register 849-7150. WIRE SCULPTING Monday, November 8 at the Whitestone library. Register. SEARCH FOR A JOB Monday, November 8 How to S e a rc h t h e I n te r n e t To Find A Job at the Central library at 6:30. BALLROOM DANCING

Monday, November 8 at the Forest Hills library at 6:30. COMPUTER CLASS Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 in English and Spanish at the Arverne library. BEGINNERS PC Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Bellerose librar y. Register. E-MAIL Tuesday, November 9 at the McGoldrick library. Register. COMPUTER BASICS Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Astoria library at 11 and at the Queensboro Hill librar y. Register. COMPUTER CLASS Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Rosedale library at 11. ADULT SCRABBLE Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 at 1 at the Fresh Meadows library. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesdays in November 3:305:30 at the East Flushing library. INTRO POWERPOINT Tuesdays, November 9, 16 at the Central library. Register. ESOL CLASS Tuesday, November 9 at the Briarwood library at 10. COMPUTER BASICS Tuesday, November 9 at the Glen Oaks library. Register. COMPUTER BASICS Tuesday, November 9 at the Queensboro Hill library. 3598332 to register. BEGINNERS COMPUTER Tuesday, November 9 at the South Jamaica library. Register. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesday, November 9 at the Maspeth library at 1. CREATIVE WRITING Tuesday, November 9 creative writing workshop at 2 at the Seaside library. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900. WATERCOLOR CL ASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. POTTERY CLBAS Wednesday, November 10 a t t h e B r i a r wo o d l i b r a r y. Register 658-1680. SCRABBLE/CHESS Thursdays at 4 at the Windsor Park library, 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside. OPEN BRIDGE Thursdays from 8-10pm at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. $12 per player. 2756615 to register. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, November 12, 19 at 10:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. GAMES Fridays, November 12, 19 at 11 at the Rosedale library. COMPUTER COURSE Fridays, November 12, 19 at the Ozone Park library. Register. POTTERY CLASS Saturday, November 13 at the Sunnyside library. Register 784-3033.

ENTERTAINMENT AMAZING MAZE Through Sunday, November 7 a 3-acre corn maze at Queens Count y Farm Museum. $8 adults, $5 children. 347-3276 information and times. BILL JACOBS ENSEMBLE Saturday, November 6 jazz at York College Performing Arts Center in Jamaica. $20. 262-3750. DEEPAVALI Saturday, November 6 12:30 Indian crafts featuring Mehendi. 2:00 folk and contemporary music with live musicians. Jackson Heights library. KUAN YIN Saturday, November 6 Kuan Yin’s Compassion at the Flushing library at 2. FILM SCREENING Saturday, November 6 at 3 Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee’s film screening of “8: The Mormon Proposition” at the LIC library. BROADWAY MUSIC Saturday, November 6 “Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season 19592009” at 3:30 at the Broadway library. CLASSICAL CONCERT Saturday, November 6 at 2 at the Forest Hills library. VIJAY IYER Saturday, November 6 one of today’s most acclaimed young jazz composers and pianist at 7:30 at Flushing Town Hall. Reservations 4637700, ext. 222. Free. WILDLIFE WEEKENDS Saturdays and Sundays, November 6, 7, 13, 14 at the Queens Count y Farm Museum from 11-4. $9. 73-50 L i t t l e N e c k Pa r k way. O n e price event includes birds of prey, frogs, bug and animal shows, hayrides, animal feeding. 347-FARM. CARACUMBE Sunday, November 7 AfroPeruvian ensemble at 3 at the Central library. A FAR CRY Sunday, November 7 selfconducted chamber orchestra performs at Queens College at 2. $36. 793-8080. ORGANIST Sunday, November 7 Dr. David K. Lamb, international concert organist performs at the Communit y Church of Douglaston. 229-2169 tickets. GLENN MOHR CHORALE Sunday, November 7 “Jeanne Jugan: The Hidden Heart” will be performed at Queen of Peace Chapel in Queens Village at 3. 4641800. CONCERT Sunday, November 7 the St. Joan of Arc Virtuosi invites you to its 11 th Annual Concert at 3 in the Upper Church, 82-00 35 th avenue, Jackson Heights. $10. PORTER/GERSHWIN Sunday, November 7 the works of Cole Porter and George Gershwin at 5 at the C o m m u n i t y H o u s e a t th e Church-in-the-Gardens, 15 Borage Place, Forest Hills. $25 includes wine and cheese.

OPEN MIC POETRY Mondays, November 8, December 13 at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. BINGO Tuesdays at 7:15 at American Mart yrs Church, church basement, 216-01 Union Tu r n p i k e , B a y s i d e . 4 6 4 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d a y s a t 7 : 1 5 (doors open 6) at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.$3 admission includes 12 games. CHAMBER MUSIC Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 at LeFrak Concert Hall. 997-3802 tickets. GUNTER STERN Tuesday, November 9 It ’s Broadway, featuring bass baritone Gunter Stern at 2:30 at the Rego Park library. STAR PERFORMANCE Thursday, November 11 Senior Theatre Acting Repertory performs at noon at the Cross Island Y, 238-10 Hillside Avenue, Bellerose. PENNY SOCIAL Friday, November 12 doors open at 7 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 164-02 Goethals Avenue, Jamaica. $5 includes changes, coffee and cake. 380-4710. LIVE JAZZ Fridays through December 24 live jazz at 180-25 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 347262-1169. TSIDII

Saturday, November 13 Tsidii: To the Rising Sun features the music of three legends – Odetta, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. Reservations required. Free. FM POETS Saturday, November 13 the Fresh Meadow Poets meet to discuss and critique their poetry at the Forest Hills library at 10. RALPH MCDANIELS Saturday, November 13 tribute to Ralph McDaniels at 1 at the Langston Hughes. GREAT LYRICISTS Saturday, November 13 Naomi Zeitlin’s tribute to Great Lyricists at 2:30 at the Jackson Heights library. GOLDEN AGE Saturday, November 13 the Golden Age of Radio and Television at the Broadway library at 3:30. MEANDLARRY Saturday, November 13 Adam Pascal and Larry Edoff perform at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. OPEN MIC Sunday, November 14 at 2 at the Central library. 500 YEARS OF GUITAR Sunday, November 14 Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Parish Center presents 500 Years of Music for G u i t a r a t 8 5 - 1 5 1 0 1 st A v enue, Ozone Park. $10 donation at the door. 2pm.

HEALTH REDUCE STRESS Saturday, November 6 Poppenhusen Institute. Tea and talk. 358-0067. BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, November 7 from 9-2:15 at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park, 264-15 77 th Avenue. RECOVERY, INC. Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 anxiet y, fear, obsession, temper and more at 5:45 at the Forest Hills library. ZUMBA Mondays, November 8, 15 at the Lefferts library. Register. FEMALE CANCER Mondays, November 8, 22 “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Flushing. 1-800-ACS-2345. ZUMBA Tu e s d a y m o r n i n g s a n d Wednesday evenings through December 8 at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center. $8 members, $10 others. 428-6363. MS SELF-HELP Tuesday, November 9 Multiple Sclerosis Self-help group to share a common life experience for support, education and mutual aid 12:30 Howard Beach library. ALZHEIMERS Tuesdays, November 9, 23, December 14, 28 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. PARKINSON Wednesdays, November 10, December 8 Parkinson Sup-

port Group at Peninsula Hospital. 734-2876. WELL SPOUSES Wednesdays, November 10, December 8 Well Spouses or Partners of the Chronically Ill and Disabled at St. Charles Rehab Center, 201 IU Willets Road, Albertson. Free. 516-829-8740. PROSTATE CANCER Wednesday, November 10 “Man to Man” program in Flushing. 1-800-ACS-2345. COPD Wednesday, November 11 Jamaica Hospital holds free Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support groups. 206-8410. OA Thursdays at the Howard Beach library at 10:30. MEMORY LOSS Fridays Couples with one partner experiencing memory loss at the Samuel Field Y. 225-6750, ext. 236. CO-DEPENDENTS ANON. Fridays 10-11:45 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral C e n t e r , 8 5 - 1 8 6 1 st R o a d , Rego Park. Women only. ZUMBA Saturdays, November 13, 20, 27 fitness program at the LIC library. Register. BALANCE HORMONES Sunday, November 14 free health workshop sponsored by Thyme Natural Market of Kew Gardens at 3. Find out about new breast cancer controversy of HRT, testing for hormone imbalances, more. 917-816-6661 reservations.

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MEETINGS VFW 4787 Mondays, November 8, 22, December 13, 27 Whitestone VFW Community Post meets; ladies auxiliary meets the 2 nd Monday. 746-0540. CATHOLIC VETS Mondays, November 8, December 13 American Mart yrs Catholic War Veterans Post 1772 meets in Bayside. 468-9351. AMERICAN LEGION Mondays, November 8, December 13 American Legion Post 510 meets at St. Robert Bellamine in Bayside Hills. 428-2895. WATCH Mondays, November 8, December 13 Woman at the Chapel Hall (WATCH) meets at the Communit y Church of

FLEA MARKETS OUTDOOR FLEA Saturdays and Sundays until November 28 St. Nicholas of Tolentine from 9-5 at the intersection of Parsons Blvd. and Union Turnpike, Jamaica. FLEA MARKET Saturday, November 6 from 8-4 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 30-61 87 th Street, Jackson Heights. CRAFT/FLEA Saturday, November 6 from 10-4 at the VFW Flanders Field Post 150 Hall, 51-11 108 th street, Corona. HARVEST FESTIVAL Saturday, November 6 108:30 and Sunday, November 7 12-3:30. Church of the Resurrection Annual Fair, 85-09 118 th Street, Kew Gardens. Dinner Saturday 5:30-8:00. 847-2649 information. THRIFT SHOP Tuesday, November 9 from 9-2 at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, 71-25 Main Street, Flushing. CRAFT FAIR Saturday, November 13 sponsored by the PTA of St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point. FLEA/BAKE SALE Sunday, November 14 St. Josaphat’s Church in Bayside will hold a flea market and Ethnic Polish Bake Sale from 9-4 in the parish hall, 35 th A v e n u e a n d 2 1 0th S t r e e t , Bayside.

REFORM TEMPLE Friday, November 5 Krystallnacht Observance at 8 at the Reform Temple of F o r e s t H i l l s , 7 1 - 1 1 1 1 2 th Street. 261-2900. REGO PARK JC Sunday, November 7 Global Day of Jewish Learning at 9:30. Reservations by We d n e s s d a y. S a t u r d ay Shabbat Services at 9. Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 Yiddish Vinkel. Wednesday evenings at 6:30 Torah Discussion after evening Minyan Service. Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.

race Diner at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and also t h e l a s t Tu e s d ay o f t h e month in the Communit y Room in Panera Bread at Bay Terrace Shopping. COMM. BD. 6 Wednesdays, November 10, December 8 CB6 meets in Forest Hills. 263-9250. UNITED 40S Thursday, November 11 United Forties Civic Association meets at St. Teresa Parish Center, 50-22 45 th Street, Woodside. PARENTS BEREAVEMENT Thursdays, November 11, December 9 St. Adalbert’s bereavement group for the loss of a parent in Elmhurst. 429-2005. QUEENS CENTRAL ROTARY Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Come learn if Rotary is for you. 465-2914; CIVIL AIR PATROL Fridays 6-10 at Vaughn College of Aeronautics, 86-01 23 rd Avenue, East Elmhurst. Academy WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information. ILION AREA BLOCK Fridays, November 12, December 10 Ilion Area Block Association meeting in St. Albans. 454-0947. AMER. LEG. AUX. Saturdays, November 13, December 11 Leonard Unit 422 American Legion Auxiliary meets in Flushing. 4632798.

THEATER IRMA VEP Through December 12 the Greek Cultural Center presents the comedy “The Mystery of Irma Vep” in Astoria. $20 adults, $15 children and seniors. 726-7329. MILKMILK LEMONADE Through November 13 at Good Shepherd, 30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria. $18 adults, $12 students and seniors. 212-352-3101. ONE RIDE Through November 7 new dance musical from the creators of “Swango” at Queens Theatre in the Park. 7600064. DINOSAURS Saturday, November 6 “Dances with Dinosaurs” will be performed at 8 at Queens Theatre in the Park. 7600064. Free tickets; reservations required. SWEET CHARITY Saturdays, November 6, 13, 20 at 8 and Sundays, November 7, 14, 21 at 3. FSF Communit y Theatre Group presents the musical “Sweet Charit y” at the Free Synagogue of Flushing. $16. 2298547. PYGMALION Saturdays, November 6, 13 at 7:30 and Sundays, November 7, 14 at 2:30. The Gingerbread Players of Saint Luke’s Forest Hills presents Pygmalion (“My Fair Lady”). $12. 268-7772. MAME

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SCIENCE FAIR CLINIC Saturday, November 6 at the Central library at 2. MATH HELP Saturdays, November 6, 13 at the Flushing library at 10. CRAFT WITH LEAVES Saturday, November 6 at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. CRAFT KIDS Monday, November 8 at the Flushing library at 3. MATH Monday, November 8 at the Hollis library at 3:30. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Monday, November 8 for 35 year olds at 11:15 at the Glen Oaks library. PLAY-DOH Monday, November 8 Fresh Meadows library at 3:30. FOLK & FAIRYTALES Monday, November 8 at 3:30 Rochdale Village library. YOGA FOR KIDS Monday, November 8 at the Briarwood library. Register. SEWING CLUB Monday, November 8 at the LIC library. Register. INTERNET SAFETY Monday, November 8 for those 11-14. Register Ozone Park library. CROCHET

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SENIORS AARP 4158 Tuesday, November 9 North Flushing AARP chapter 4158 meets at noon at Church on t h e H i l l , 1 6 7 - 0 7 3 5 th A v enue, Flushing. AARP DRIVING Tuesday, November 9 at the Forest Hills library. Register. AARP 3698 Wednesday, November 10 Zion Episcopal Church, 24301 Northern Blvd., Douglaston at 1. Refreshments and social hour at noon. STARS Wednesdays, November 10, 17, 24 at 10:30 at the Hollis library. Friday s, November 12, 19, 26 at 10:30 at the Q u e e n s V i l l a ge l i b ra r y. Come join this theatrical group. PC FOR SENIORS Wednesday, November 10 at the Central library at 10. AESTHETIC REALISM Thursday, November 11 the Bayside Senior Center at 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway at 10:30. AARP 29 Thursdays, November 11, December 9 at Grace House, 155-02 90 th Avenue, Jamaica at noon.

Monday, November 8 at the Rosedale library at 4. TWEEN TIME Monday, November 8 at the Arverne library at 4:15. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Monday, November 8 at the Baisley Park library. Register. WET & WILD Monday, November 8 Edventures at the South Jamaica librar y. Register. VOCABULARY WORKSHOP Tuesday, November 9 So. Ozone Park library. Register. ENGLISH GRAMMAR Tu e s d ay, N ove m b e r 9 a t 3:30 at the Hollis library. BIRDS OF A FEATHER Tuesday, November 9 at the Central library. Register. ARTS & CRAFTS Tuesday, November 9 at the Auburndale library at 4. TWEEN CROCHETING Tuesday, November 9 at the Bayside library. Register. WATERCOLOR Tuesday, November 9 at the Laurelton library. Register. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. BABY CRAWL Wednesday, November 10 at 1:30 Forest Hills library. STAINED GL ASS Wednesday, November 10 at the LIC library. Register. TURKEY CRAFT Wednesday, November 10 at the East Flushing library. Register. HEALTHY BODY Wednesday, November 10 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind at the Jackson Heights library. Register. FOLK & FAIRYTALES Wednesday, November 10 at the Laurelton library at 4. KIDS TIME Wednesday, November 10 at the Seaside library at 4. YOGA WORKSHOP Wednesday, November 10 at t he Lefrak Cit y libra r y. Register. COLORING & CRAFTS Friday, November 12 for those 18-26 months with caregivers at the Queensboro Hill library at 10:30. FOLK & FAIRYTALES Friday, November 12 at the Woodside library at 3. BOOK BUDDIES Friday, November 12 at the Bayside library at 4. IMPROVISATION Friday, November 12 at the Corona library. Register. S TORY T I M E Friday, November 12 Japanese Storytime and Craft at the Briarwood library at 10:30. GAME DAY Friday, November 12 at the Bay Terrace library at 2:30. GAME DAY Friday, November 12 at the Queensboro Hill library at 3. FLASH FRIDAY Friday, November 12 at the Ozone Park library at 3:30. GAME DAY Friday, November 12 at the Queens Village library at 3:30. GAME PLAYERS Friday, November 12 at the Hillcrest library at 4. GAME TIME Friday, November 12 at the

Seaside library at 4. LITTLE RED Saturday, November 13 Little Red: A Fairytale in Rhythm and Rhyme” at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064 tickets. SKIPPY JON JONES Saturday, November 13 Skippy Jon Jones costume character at 1 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. HUDSON RIVER LORE Saturday, November 13 for elementary school children and families at 11 at the Central library. SCIENCE FAIR HOW TO Saturday, November 13 learn correct procedures to do a project at 2 at the Flushing librar y. DAVID GONZALEZ Sunday, November 14 “Stor i e s a re G i f t s ” a n d “ Ta l e s from the Latino World” at F l u s h i n g To w n H a l l . 4 6 3 7700, ext. 222. $6

TEENS WRITING WORKSHOP Saturday, November 6 at the Steinway library. Register. TEEN ADVISORY Monday, November 8 Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 at the Central library. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Monday, November 8 at the Baisley Park library. Register. COLLEGE CLUB 2010 Monday, November 8 at the Pomonok library at 5. Searching for Scholarships. CROCHETING Tuesday, November 9 at the Bayside library. Register. TEEN TUESDAY Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 at 4 at the Seaside library. VOCABULARY BUILDING Tuesday, November 9 at the South Ozone Park librar y. Register. DARK FAIRY TALES Tuesday, November 9 at 4 at the Broadway library. TEEN GAMES Wednesdays, November 10, 17, 24 at the Central library at 4. TEEN GAME DAY Wednesdays, November 10, 17, 24 at the Kew Gardens Hills library at 4. GRAPHIC NOVELS Wednesday, November 10 meet writer/illustrator Neil Numberman at 4 at the East Elmhurst library. POETRY FOR GIRLS Wednesday, November 10 Poetry Club for Girls at 4 at the Langston Hughes library. POETRY Wednesday, November 10 Newspaper Blackout Poetry for Teens at the Steinway library at 4. GAME DAY Fridays, November 12, 19, 26 at the Bay Terrace library at 2:30. WII CHALLENGE Friday, November 12 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 4:30. GAME TIME Fridays, November 12, 19, 26 at the Seaside library at 4.

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Johneisha Williams of Queens Village was one of 12 Mercyhurst College students, trained and certified as peer educators, to deliver a program about alcohol awareness in middle school classrooms recently. Williams is a Junior majoring in Applied Forensic Sciences. All were trained through the BACCHUS Network (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students). They taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade students facts about alcohol and also strategies on dealing with peer pressure. The recent middle school outreach is one of several initiatives at Mercyhurst College funded by a $30,000 CHOICES grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intended to help eliminate high-risk alcohol consumption on college campuses by promoting low-risk choices. The three-year grant runs through June 30, 2011. The peer educators, most of whom are athletes, elected to take their message to middle school students who, they felt, had “the misperception that college life is all about drinking,” said adviser Sarah Heasley. “Their goal was to change that perception.”

The SUV club MOTC, combined with the SUV sister club SoSo Good, had a going back to school give away Aug. 19, in which they gave away free pens, pencils, notebooks, bags, crayons, coloring books and rulers. These groups have been around for more than 10 years and help cook food for the community at various events. By Claude Jones. The following students enrolled at Binghamton University recently received Dr. Dominick A. & Susan G. Artuso Scholarships: Yao Liu of Flushing, Matthew Reifler of Forest Hills and Rebecca A. Olufade of Rosedale. These scholarships are awarded to full-

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World Champ Astoria homeboy Tony Bennet really left his heart in San Francisco, he sang a touching rendition of “God Bless America” on the field during the 7th inning stretch during the opening game of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers. His Giants. who originate in New York from the days before Tony was born, responded to the San Francisco love.

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Terry Chao Fresh Meadows Age: 21 Height: 5’ 5" Weight: 115 lbs Stats: 34-24-32

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Boot Band Baby Christopher Walken Astoria native Christopher Walken has signed on for a new role in indie director Todd Solondz’s new film “Dark Horse. Walken will play alongside Mia Farrow,Jordan Gelber and Selma Blair as the father of a wallflower trying to break out of his family’s doldrums, with Farrow playing his wife. We can only hope the script doesn’t call for a passionate love scene between the two aging stars. Yikes!

A Queens designer who always struggled with having large calves has gained recognition through Oprah for an invention for all the plussized ladies who love fashion but can’t quite pull off that tall-boot look because of their size. Krista Barnett’s Boot Band was featured in the October issue of “O” Magazine. The device attaches to boot zippers to give a little extra width, much the way some pants come with extending waistbands. “I began designing and developing a product that would enable women to walk into any store and purchase boots right off the shelves and bolster self-image and esteem instantaneously,” she said. “No longer will women who have large calves feel excluded from mainstream fashion.” With a 19-inch calf, Barnett now owns a closet full of designer boots, ranging from Christian Louboutin to Prada, Coach, Michael Kors, Nine West, Payless and Juicy Couture. We have always loved the gals from this borough, no matter their shape or size. Now there’s a way to let even the largest of them look sexy and feel better about themselves. We give Barnett a well-deserved, “You go, go girl!”

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Diana Garzon from a modeling page We always knew that opening she was one of a handful of lucky a Hooters in Fresh Meadows gals selected by customers to be would mean that some of the sexi- on the 2011 Hooters Calendar. est gals from Queens would find a Though she doesn’t have a speplace to work between modeling cific month designation, Diana is gigs – and now we know it’s true. featured in the centerfold of the Diana Garzon, 26, of Fresh latest calendar. Meadows has been working at Great wings, beautiful ladies Hooters for just more than a year, and now – a rising star. Just one and she’s already made such an more reason to swing by and check impression on her customers that out the action in Fresh Meadows.

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From Astoria to San Francisco, Tony Bennet is still stealing hearts.

Terry Chao is kind of laid back when it comes to many things, including modeling. “I am pretty new to modeling, and don’t take it too seriously,” she said. “But if an opportunity comes up I will definitely take advantage of it.” “I’ve modeled for a few professional photographers. So far I have done a shoot at Atlantic Beach, on Madison and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing.” “Humor helps; people always like someone who laughs a lot and can dish out a crass joke while still being classy,” she said. “I started on, which is a good place to meet photographers, but it is important to keep in mind your own safety and have a practicality when it comes to using websites when meeting people.” When she’s not at work or school, Terry enjoys a range of what Queens has to offer. “I love going to Jib Lanes and the Oneness Fountain Heart restaurant, which specializes in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. I am vegan, so I am always on the lookout for the next restaurant to try,” she said. “I also love Buddha Bodai in Flushing and Alley Pond Park, which is not a restaurant, fyi.” “Queens is a verdant, rustic and overall peaceful borough, which is ideal when you are sick of the hectic, stressful vibe of the city,” she said. “When I am coming back from the city or any other place for that matter to my home in Queens, I feel at ease and an inexplicable sense of peace that is inherent on both a physical and psychological level. In my mind, it will always be home.” Terry loves to write poetry, exercise, bake and cook. “I enjoy art and fashion and so I love visiting museums and shopping with friends,” she said. “I love nature and being outdoors, hiking, biking, snowboarding, and just frolicking around outside.”

Residents from all over Queens are stepping out of Manhattan’s shadow and onto the small screen – reality TV style. From shows like “Hell’s Kitchen,” to the ever-popular “Project Runway,” Queens is all over the place. The latest contestant, smokin’ hot Elora Perez, made the grade on Si TV’s “Model Latina NYC,” which just wrapped up its third season. One of 15 ladies from around the country chosen for the 13-week modeling competition, Perez won $25,000 and a modeling contract with Q Model Management. We look forward to seeing more of Perez in the future.

Who We Are Edited by: Michael Schenkler. Contributors: Jessica Ablamsky, Sasha Austrie, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Mike Nussbaum, Joe Orovic, Brian Rafferty, Domenick Rafter.

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