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Volume 14 Issue No. 5 Feb. 1-7, 2013


Huntley Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement See Page 3

State Sen. Malcolm Smith receives criticism from Rev. Charles Norris during a town hall meeting to explain Smith’s move to the Independent Democratic Conference. By Natalia Kozikowska ‌ Page 3.

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Former Councilwoman Passes Away After a long battle with an illness, former Councilwoman Juanita Watkins passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the age of 79. Watkins had a distinguished career during her time in public service, including being in the City Council from 1982 until the 90s. She represented the 31st District, which encompasses Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, JFK Airport, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens and parts of Cambria Heights and South Ozone Park, serving the maximum three terms. In addition to her Council duties, Watkins was also a member of the Queens County Committee Chair. She also served as Commissioner of the New York City Civil Service Commission. On Jan. 29 the New York State Senate adopted a resolution, honoring Watkins' life. The resolution listed many accomplishments that she is credited for having a major role in, including getting the JFK Sheraton Hotel built and getting New York City declared a disaster area eligible for federal funding after severe f looding in 1999. The resolution was sponsored by State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). Watkins is survived by her niece and goddaughters.

Domestic Abuse Charge Filed Against NYPD Captain An Internal Affairs captain was arrested on Jan. 18 for allegedly beating his girlfriend unconscious. Queens Village resident Aaron Wright, 38, commanding officer of IAB's Group 22, was charged with three counts each of assault and criminal mischief and two counts of harassment for attacking 46th Precinct Domestic Violence Unit Sgt. Nicole McFarlane in front of her Queens home at 1:43 a.m. The incident occurred after McFarlane pulled up in her 2006

Nissan Altima. Wright kicked the driver side door twice, then hit her with his right fist hard enough to knock her unconscious. She was woken by a uniformed cop and treated at Jamaica Hospital. While McFarlane initially said a stranger attacked her, she later admitted that it was her boyfriend after investigators found a discrepancy in her initial account.

Comrie To Host Black History Celebration Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) will present a Celebration of Black History from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center, 22205 56th Ave., Bayside. Donald Clark will be the master of ceremonies for the event, with special guest speaker, radio personality Bob Slade. The event will also feature performances by James "Ajax" Baynard of the Crown Heights Affair, The Kerrie Edge School of the Arts, Joe's Music School, PS 176 Youth Ensemble, St. Albans Baptist Praise Dancers, Crystal Smith, Brother Al Smith, Randolph Smith and Ada Pepper. For information or for tickets to this free event, call (718) 776-3700 or visit

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Senator Smith Stands Firm on Move to IDC BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA

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On Jan. 30, State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) addressed an overflowed room of constituents in an effort to justify his decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference — a coalition designed to prevent the Senate Democratic caucus from taking power, even after winning the majority of Senate seats in the November elections. Last month, a spokesperson for Smith, Hank Sheinkopf, told The Press of Southeast Queens that the Senator joined the IDC for the sake of “bipartisanship,” but during the town hall meeting, Smith provided an alternate explanation, claiming his move was a necessary measure to ensure productiveness for his new district. “Being in the majority, there is a lot you can do,” Smith said. “One of the things I have been fortunate to get the appointment to, and that’s a result of me being part of this coalition government and being in the leadership, is that I am co-chair of the Sandy Task Force for Recovery in the State Senate, which gives me a table discussion.” Smith also cited his involvement with the new legislation that increases penalties for illegal gun possession, claiming his move to the IDC was instrumental in his involvement. “By being a part of this coalition, five Independent Democrats sat in the office with the Governor and we crafted the legislation that was passed,” Smith said. “I would not

State Sen. Malcolm Smith addresses constituents during a Town Hall meeting on Jan. 30. have been in that room. Southeast Queens would not have had a representative at that table with the Governor and Larry Schwartz, his staff people, crafting that bill on a yellow pad if I was not part of this coalition government.” The Senator, who is rumored to be considering a run on the Republican ticket for this year’s mayoral race, also reassured a crowd of nearly 200 locals gathered at the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Home in Cambria Heights, that although he has left the Democrats to work with the IDC, he was “born a Democrat and will always be a Democrat.” “I’m here to tell you they [the press] are liars. Malcolm is not a Republican,” he said. “Malcolm is a

Democrat, born and bred and has made a decision that over time you will recognize was a decision that was one of the best and for the best for our community.” But when asked about his plans for the mayoral race, Smith dodged the question, adding that his responsibilities holding three chair positions are his primary focus. “Now, I said that I was going to have all questions asked, I didn’t say I was going to answer all the questions,” he said. “Let me just say this, while I can appreciate the question, what’s important to me right now is being able to fulfill those three chairmanships that somebody has already asked me, ‘How can you do all three of those by yourself?’”

While a majority of the crowd seemed receptive and supportive of Smith, Rev. Charles Norris, who called the Senator a “traitor” in December, was eager to give a statement at the town hall meeting. When Smith allowed Norris to speak for a few moments before the end of the meeting, the Reverend wasted no time accusing the Senator of falsely reporting that he had given the Church United of Empowerment $5,000. “I have a list of member items that you have put in,” Norris said. “There is one item on here that says Church United of Empowerment for $5,000, but that must be a mistake because you never gave us any money.” The reverend went on to criticize Smith, arguing he did a disservice to the community by selecting such a small venue for the town hall meeting. As Norris proceeded to attack Smith’s move to the IDC, the Senator interrupted him. “Reverand Norris, I’m not going to sit here and entertain you. You want to talk to me privately about who I am? That’s fine,” Smith said. The Senator even jokingly told Norris the two could “meet outside.” Although Norris was unable to finish, as the Senator had dismissed the meeting, he did distribute the statement in which he called Smith a “bad senator” in every sense of the word and compared him to Benedict Arnold. Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

Huntley Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA On Jan. 30, former State Sen. Shirley Huntley of Jamaica pled guilty to embezzling more than $87,000 of taxpayer money from a bogus nonprofit to go on shopping sprees and pay off her credit card bill. During her appearance in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, the Queens Democrat admitted under oath that she had misused taxpayer money from the sham nonprofit she founded, Parents Information Network Inc. Parents Information Network Inc., which was founded by Huntley in 2005, was supposed to help parents find their voices at their local schools, but it was revealed that no such services were provided. Instead, prosecutors found that in

a three-year period, she wrote more nonprofit agency, Parents Workshop than $21,000 in checks to herself Inc. In the State corruption case, the from the agency, wrote close to former State Senator will $25,000 in checks to othlikely plead guilty to tamers who returned the pering with physical evimoney to her in cash and dence – a felony. She is made more than $34,000 similarly accused of misin ATM withdrawals, acusing taxpayer money for cording to reports. the Parent Workshop, As part of her plea deal, and then helping falsifyHuntley agreed to pay the ing documents to cover state the full amount she her tracks. stole — $87,700. She now The charges in the faces up to two years in State case extend to prison for conspiracy to members of her office commit mail fraud. No and her family. It is alsentence date has been Shirley Huntley leged that Patricia Savscheduled. age, Huntley’s aide, The embattled ex-legislator still faces State corruption David Dantt, her former aide and charges in connection to a related Lynn Smith, her niece were offic-

ers of the charity. After her indictment in August 2012, Huntley was stripped of her positions and committee rankings in State Senate. She was the head Democrat on the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Sally Butler, Huntley’s lawyer, could not be reached by press time. Huntley served as a State senator of the 31st District for six years and lost a primary re-election bid to then City Councilman James Sanders (DJamaica.) Sanders, who now serves as senator for District 10, defeated Huntley 57 to 40 percent in the September primary. Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

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ShebaUSA Welcome Funds From Local Pols BY MEGAN MONTALVO

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After more than a decade of working towards their goal of aiding new immigrants in the adaptation to American life, the volunteers of ShebaUSA celebrated a small milestone last week at the group’s annual dinner at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights. On Jan. 28, more than three dozen members of the nonprofit community organization came together to reflect upon 2012 - a year that brought them more members, workshops and funds, despite facing tough fiscal restraints. “Everyone you see here is a volunteer,” said Tamanna Yasmin, lead founder of ShebaUSA. “Our organization helps so many people, especially women, feel like they have somewhere they belong. By holding this dinner, we are also hoping to raise awareness for what we do while celebrating how far we have come.” Though ShebaUSA first launched in 1997, Yasmin said that it was not until 2009 that the grassroots community service began to really lift itself off the ground. “It was tough getting started with no full-time employees and a small space with old computers,” she said. “Even now, we still need help with

paying the rent. It’s a lot of Sheba is at the forefront,” work, but it’s very rewardCrowley said. “Although ing.” we’re not yet done growSince its inception, ing as a country, we are ShebaUSA has provided free working in Washington to ESL classes, health seminars strengthen our legislation and orientation sessions for on immigration reform. It new immigrants who are takes an awful lot of bravseeking to learn more about ery to leave your home land the United States. and make a new way in Over the past year, America, and that’s why I Yasmin has added a few have here a check for more initiatives, which in$1,000 for Sheba.” clude free tax preparation After bursting into apclasses, youth programs and plause, Yasmin graciously a bakery project that helps accepted the teach women how to use Congressman’s check and basic cooking skills to get a Tamanna Yasmin, lead founder of ShebaUSA, accepts a continued the ceremonies check for $1,000 from U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley at ShebaUSA’s with a lavish display of trajob at local eateries. “So many women enjoy annual dinner last week. ditional South Asian food, this project,” Yasmin said. expressing her gratitude for “A large portion of them are from comed speeches from local elected the support of those in attendance. South Asian backgrounds, and by officials, including U.S. Rep. Joe “My name ‘Tamanna’ means speteaching them to hone in on basic Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and cial hope,” Yasmin said. “Within the skills they already have, such as bak- Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. next few years, it is my special hope ing and cooking, we are not only Albans) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jack- that we will be able to expand providing a fun atmosphere where son Heights). ShebaUSA from Jackson Heights into people can make friends, but we are Though both Councilmen were all five boroughs.” also helping to prepare them for the lauded by Sheba for having contribFor more information on work place.” uted to the organization’s cause on ShebaUSA or to make a donation, As Yasmin continued throughout previous occasions, it was the Con- contact Yasmin at (718) 507-7773. the evening with a slide show presen- gressman who Yasmin welcomed as Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at tation about the organization’s goals, the “guest of honor.” (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or the group of volunteers also wel“On the issue of immigration,

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Residents Sound Off on QHC Housing Proposal BY LUIS GRONDA

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Community residents continued to express their dismay at a public meeting on Wednesday for a plan that would redevelop a vacant building at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica. The proposal would turn the currently empty ‘T Building’ into 251 affordable apartments that would house people who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and/or a mental illness and are patients of Queens Hospital Center or Elmhurst Hospital Center. Some apartments would also be available to veterans and residents of the neighborhood. The redevelopment plan was put forward by QHC and Comunilife, a Manhattanbased non profit health and housing provider. Wednesday night’s meeting was organized by Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and attended by a number of elected officials and community leaders including State Senators Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (DHillcrest). The hearing was the first face-to-face dialogue between residents and representatives of the hos-

pital and Comunilife on the matter that was first made public a month ago. Community leaders and residents expressed many concerns about the proposed housing project, including how people living inside the complex would be taken care of, the safety of the residents that live close to the building Jamaica residents line up to express their displeaand if bringing a large living sure on a plan to redevelop the vacant “T Builddevelopment to the area ing” on Parsons Blvd. would negatively affect property values of residents’ homes. at the complex, including two secuJudy Henry, principal of Queens rity guards stationed at the front desk Gateway to Health Sciences Second- 24 hours a day/seven days a week and ary School in Jamaica Estates, ex- security cameras installed inside and pressed concerns to the representa- outside of the building. But many resitives of Comunilife and the hospital dents countered that, saying that saying that, in the wake of the school while they may be able to enforce shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, security measures inside the building, how can they alleviate fear from par- they cannot do so once they leave ents that their kids will be safe from their room and are out in public. any danger the people living in the Ed Leahy, a member of the apartments could pose. Hillcrest Estates Civic Association, “My job is the safety of those chil- said that while he has always been an dren, but I must also allow them to live advocate for people with mental disfreely within the community,” she abilities, the area is oversaturated with said, adding that there have been past large institutions and it does not need incidents of patients from the hospi- another one coming into the area. tal trying to enter the school. “We have a huge college campus, Their response to that is that they St John’s University, three different would have security measures in place high schools, a hospital, three nurs-

ing homes and two drug treatment centers. Enough is enough, we don’t have the infrastructure,” he said, which drew a thunderous applause from many residents in attendance. Although many residents expressed their opposition to the proposed redevelopment, there were also those who supported the plan. Cassandra Cox, who has lived in a complex sponsored by Comunilife in the Bronx for the past three-and-ahalf years, said that she has been well taken care of since she moved there and pleaded with Jamaica residents to be open to the possibility of the group home. “We do have a mental health issues, but we can be a good part of your community,” said Cox, who suffers from depression and anxiety. “We ask you to look into your hearts and give us that opportunity.” Comunilife and QHC reps repeatedly said to the audience that they are still in the infant stages of this process and nothing is set in stone yet. They also announced that there will be another public meeting in the future to listen to residents’ concerns and questions. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 127 or

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No one is denying the good that State Sen. Malcolm Smith has done for Southeast Queens since he joined the State Senate in 2000. Smith has been an outspoken advocate for his district, including his most recent roles in crafting legislation to increase penalties for illegal gun possession and as co-chair of the Superstorm Sandy Task Force for Recovery. His insistence this week, however, that he is a "born and bred" Democrat is confusing. While Smith told a crowded town hall meeting that he was not or never would be a Republican, his actions in recent months challenge his own words. While he challenges that the media "got it wrong" in reporting on his break with Democrats and his membership in the Independent Democratic Conference, the fact remains that he also met with Republican leadership in the City to discuss a 2013 run for Mayor on the Republican ticket, a topic he avoided at his town hall. Regardless of his political affiliation, we hope that Smith continues to provide for his constituents – including transparency in his plans for the future and his associations.

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Nurturing Mediocrity

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have stigmatized entrepreneurship and the term individualist as being something synonymous with "sociopath" or "selfish." Admonitions such as "be the best that you can be" or "the sky's the limit" no longer apply since incomes are capped and too much affluence and prosper-

Letters ity is punished. This policy is based on the misconception that being rich or being poor is a fixed state. Social mobility is the process of people continually moving up and down on this scale. The gap is not a hierarchical order of authority but an expansive playing field. Those at the top are expanding the reach of possibility and if we limit and penalize their efforts, we shrink the playing field and nurture mediocrity. Theft does not suddenly become moral when renamed "taxation" or described as a "fair share." We have grown up accepting this moral schism that says theft is OK when it is done "officially". George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, observed "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Americans have elected and are now governed by people obsessed with redistributing wealth and micromanaging our lives. It is inevitable that the government's quixotic spending to effectuate equal outcomes for all must be funded

by unconditional unrestricted taxation; in other words, to each according to his needs, from each according to his ability. Ed Konecnik Flushing

Immigration To The Editor: When immigrants come into our country illegally, they are breaking our laws. They should not become citizens! Our tax dollars also pay for their education, hospitalization, etc. This is another reason why the federal government is in debt. My relatives came to this country legally and they had a sponsor who took care of them if they could not support themselves. They asked for no government handouts, learned English and assimilated into the culture. Janet McCarthy Flushing


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Death Of A Beloved Community Servant

A Personal Perspective BY MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE

Juanita Watkins died last week. It was not unexpected given how long she had been out of commission; but it was sad news nonetheless. In her heyday as a political player, the Hon. Juanita E. Watkins was one of the most beloved elected officials in our community. She was also an ardent supporter of this publication. She understood the import of supporting the hyperlocal media that tell our stories. When the paper launched in May of 2000 and I had the additional job of securing advertisements, I could always count on her when things looked dismal. But she was also supportive in other ways. She was one of the first people to agree to have the paper distributed in her office. She always engendered good will. Born in New York City in 1934 to the late Ena Floretta

and Ashton Watkins, Juanita Watkins was the first member of her family to graduate from college. She took advantage of New York's outstanding public higher education options earning her undergraduate degree at SUNY New Paltz, followed later by a graduate degree from a private institution, Teacher's College at Columbia University. She was always proud of her service as an educator in our New York City public school system. But Ms. Watkins was also an admired figure in the Council for her level-headedness and in her district for her kindness and humility. Even the young interns in her office admired her. I know. I have one as a colleague now. Councilman Archie Spigner, a Watkins colleague of many years, shared his experience with Watkins at the City Council. "She was intelligent, hardworking and sincere," Spigner said. "She was com-

mitted to making things better for those she represented and she was a good friend. She was productive and she was respected by her colleagues. But she was also respectful of those who came [to testify] before the Council." According to Spigner, Watkins always prepared for her committee meetings and she represented not only the interests of the people of her 31st Council District, which includes Laurelton and Far Rockaway, but also the people of New York in general. "She was well-grounded; but she had no doubts about her role," said Spigner. “She stood up and spoke out on many issues." Indeed, Ms. Watkins was so important to our City that Mayor Bloomberg ordered flags flown at half staff in her honor following her death. She fought especially hard for children, the elderly, the poor and women's rights. It was under her leadership that the Subcommittee on Women

spearheaded the research and writing of a report, "Incarcerated Mothers and the Maintenance of Family Ties." It served as the catalyst for policy changes at the City and State levels of New York. It reportedly precipitated "better outcomes" for mothers who find themselves going through the criminal justice system and their children. Juanita Watkins has been taken from our community, first by a protracted illness and now by death, but she will long be remembered for the advocacy she did, the policies she helped enact in the City Council and the projects she fought for in her district and beyond. She proved that you could be a strong woman and still be gracious. Someone like Juanita Watkins did not deserve the suffering she endured for the last years of her life and so rather than mourn her death, it's better to celebrate her life. It was a life worthy of celebration, certainly. May she rest in peace.

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Police Blotter Compiled by STEVEN J. FERRARI two new incidents that match the pattern. Robbery Pattern On Jan. 20 at approximately 8 The NYPD is asking the public’s p.m., the two suspects entered Merrick assistance in apprehending two sus- Mobile Gas Station, 228-20 Merrick pects wanted in regards to 15 com- Blvd., Jamaica, within the confines of mercial gunpoint robberies in Queens. the 105th precinct, with both susIn each incident, two masked sus- pects displaying firearms and depects entered commercial locations, manding cash. The suspect removed displayed firearms and removed prop- cash from the register and both fled erty. In each incident, there were no the location. No injuries were reported at this incident. reported injuries. The final incident occurred on Jan. NYPD released information about 13 related incidents in December and 20 at 8:40 p.m., within the confines of January, occurring within the con- the 107th Precinct. The suspects enfines of the 103rd, 105th, 107th, tered Hillside Mobile Gas Station, 165108th and 113th Precincts. Last 01 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, with both week, police released details about suspects again displaying handguns and demanding money from the register. The victim, an employee, complied and the suspects produced a black plastic bag and removed cash from the register before fleeing the location. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577TIPS (8477). The public One of the two suspects wanted in connection to a can also submit their tips Borough-wide robbery pattern in Queens. by visiting

Borough-Wide or texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) then enter TIPS577. All calls are strictly confidential.

108th Precinct Homicide The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance identifying two suspects wanted in connection with the Oct. 20 attack of Louis Rispoli in Two suspects are wanted in connection to an Oct. Sunnyside. 20 attack on a Sunnyside man. According to police reports, Rispoli was struck in the Anyone with information is asked head with an unknown object by the suspects. EMS responded and re- to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577moved Rispoli to Elmhurst General TIPS (8477). The public can also Hospital, where he was held in seri- submit their tips by visiting ous condition until Oct. 25, when he or texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) then died. A $22,000 reward has been of- enter TIPS577. All calls are strictly confidential. fered in the case: $10,000 from the NYPD for an arrest and conviction; $2,000 from Crime Stoppers for an arrest and indictment; and $10,000 YOU DON'T HAVE from the Mayor’s office for an arrest TO REVEAL YOUR and conviction. IDENTITY TO HELP The suspects are described as a SOLVE A CRIME. white male in his 20s and an Hispanic male in his 30s.

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Borough Beat

Assemblymembers Kim and Rozic Sworn In BY JOE MARVILLI Although their terms started a month ago, Queens’ new State Assemblymembers used last weekend as their official local swearing-in ceremonies. Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), the new representative of the 40th Assembly District, held an inauguration ceremony on Jan. 26 and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (DHillcrest), representing the 25th District, held hers on Jan. 27. Kim held his event in Queens Library’s Flushing branch. The celebration kicked off with a “dragon dance” performance with percussion and dancers costumed as Chinese dragons. Midway through the program, a second cultural performance was held by the Multi-Cultural Peace Mission Choir. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was on hand as well to offer praise to Kim for being the first Korean-American elected official in New York State’s legislature. “He broke the glass ceiling. This is what America’s all about: when we achieve milestones,” Schumer said. “For Ron Kim, the best is yet to come.”

Queens’ new Assemblymembers, Ron Kim and Nily Rozic, held local swearing-in ceremonies over the weekend. Photos by Ira Cohen and Joe Marvilli. Among those who spoke were Comptroller John Liu and those who made up what Kim later referred to as the “Iron Rectangle,” the four elected officials who cover Flushing. In addition to Kim, the other parts of this team are U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing). After taking the oath, Kim gave a speech that touched on the milestone he achieved and the lesson he learned from his father about working hard. “The American Dream still is there. You just have to work very hard at it,” the Assemblyman said. “I’m going to work

every day, every night and every weekend to represent this community to the best of my ability.” One day later, Rozic held her inauguration ceremony at her alma mater, Townsend Harris High School. Schumer was once again on hand to give a similarly praising speech in honor of Rozic’s achievements, which the Senator said mirrored his early political career. The new Assemblywoman’s former boss, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), talked about the great job Rozic did as his former chief of staff.

“It’s no exaggeration that Nily deserves credit for virtually everything I’ve done in my six years in the Assembly,” he said. “There’s no one more committed than Nily to doing what we always refer to without irony in our office as ‘the people’s work.’ There’s no one who works harder or cares more.” Kavanagh’s remarks were followed by two cultural performances, first by the South Asian Youth Action Dance Group and then by New York University’s Rhythmic Impulse, a percussionist troupe. When Rozic went up to the podium after taking the oath, she touched on her future goals and her accomplishment as the first Argentinian/Israeli in the Assembly as well as the first assemblywoman to represent District 25. “I am so fortunate to be representing you,” she said. “This opportunity is not lost on me, and I will work to ensure that New York continues its tradition as a leader and that our quality of life in Queens is the template for the rest of our State.” Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at

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D31 Candidate Challenges Six of His Opponents BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA

pleased and angry with Leandre, claiming his move was a cheap way to knock opponents off the ballot and an attempt to drain their campaign funds and time to rally supporters. “With respect to Jacques challenging the petition, I’m totally disappointed by it,” said Selvena Brooks. “I think it is a tactic to make people spend the money that they’ve raised and to spend additional time tied up in court and he tried to take away the ability to make the playing field leveled out when he does something like that.” Brooks also released a bold statement in response to the lawsuits in which she asked Leandre to “withdraw his challenges today, stop wasting the Court's and the Board of ElecJacques Leandre tions' time and resources, and accept that in a democracy, one ac- and also waste their time that they tually has to earn elective office.” should be out talking to people about Earnest Flowers similarly ex- how we can better campaign and also pressed that he felt as though taking away resources.” Leandre’s decision to file six sepaCandidate Michael Duncan, rate lawsuits was a ploy to distract Sanders’ former chief of staff, echhis opponents. While he acknowl- oed similar sentiments as Brooks and edges that such measures are appro- Flowers. priate in certain circumstances, he “I think it is complete nonsense did not feel they were justified in and it is frivolous,” Duncan said. “It’s these cases. just a tactic to have us [candidates] “For the simple fact that you are filing against so many candidates it kind of reveals itself as to being a ploy,” Flowers said. “It’s a tactic that is used. Sometimes its used by individuals legitimately, but Leandre filing against everyone – it’s blatant he is trying to knock people off by a technicality Donovan Richards Michael Duncan

Jacques Leandre, one of nine candidates in the crowded race to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman James Sanders, is suing six of his opponents, questioning the validity of their signature petitions with the state court. The Laurelton-based attorney also initially urged the New York City Board of Elections to reexamine the petitions of candidates in next month’s special, non-partisan District 31 election, but the board dismissed all cases on Wednesday, Jan. 30, after Leandre’s attorney incorrectly filed the objections. Although the BOE has thrown out the cases, the six accused candidates are still scheduled to appear in front of the state court on Monday, Feb. 4. All but one of Leandre’s opponents must prove that they have legitimately collected the minimum requirement of 450 signatures on their petitions. “At this point, all we are doing is expressing our electoral rights, which is to verify and authenticate signatures,” Leandre told The Press of Southeast Queens. “There are very strict rules and laws in regards to obtaining the requisite amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot. At this point, we’ve just made note of some of the signatures we felt needed to be reviewed by the Board of Elections as well of the state court.” Those questionable signatures, Leandre said, belonged to candidates Donovan Richards, Selvena Brooks, Michael Duncan, Marie Adam-Ovide, Earnest Flowers and Allan Jennings. Saywalah Kesselly is the only opponent Leandre has not filed a lawsuit against. Although it is not uncommon for candidates to challenge collected signatures, because the District 31 race is a special election slated for Feb. 19 and is less than a month away, Leandre noted it was only necessary to file a lawsuit with the state court to preserve his right to proceed. “Since this is a special election, before the board makes [made] a determination, we have to file a suit with a court,” he said. “If indeed the signatures that were obtained by the other candidates are verified and are authentic, the Board of Elections will make a determination and if it is further litigated, the courts will make a determination.” To no surprise, the acSelvena Brooks cused candidates are dis-

Marie Adam-Ovide

Earnest Flowers

spend more time addressing this instead of campaigning. The situation is, I think he is desperate and he is trying to give himself an advantage to win this. His claims are bogus.” Community Board 8 district manger Marie Adam-Ovide, who is of Haitian decent, said that she believed Leandre, who is also of Haitian decent, filed the lawsuit against her because he was threatened that she would take away his votes. “Considering that he is of Haitian decent and he does know that I am of Haitian decent and am an immigrant here, he fears that I will take away some of his votes in the Haitian community. I believe he sees me as a threat” AdamOvide said. But Leandre refutes all of his opponent’s claims, noting that his challenge is simply a part of the democratic process. “There is nothing cheap about the law. There is nothing cheap about following the rules,” We have to understand that the position we are running for is not the student council seat, it’s for the City council seat,” he said. “I welcome all the candidates in the race, provided the Board of Elections, as well as the state court see them fit and they met all the rules and regulations to get on the ballot. I followed the rules, everybody else should as well.” Leandre’s simultaneous lawsuits have sparked an unholy union between the six candidates, AdamOvide revealed. “I’ve been walking around and talking to people who signed my petition and let them know that Mr. Leandre is questioning their right as a registered voter to sign my petition and throw me off the ballot and after doing that I thought I should also inform the other candidates,” AdamOvide said. “I decided to reach out to Mr. Duncan and Mr. Flowers to tell them to do the same.” At the suggestion of Duncan, the three held a press conference in Laurelton on Jan. 28 to speak to locals about the pending cases and present a “united front.” This is not the first time Leandre has challenged petitions. In 2009 he ran for the 31st District council seat and pulled a similar move, challenging Michael Duncan. Ultimately, both Duncan and Leandre lost to now State Sen. Sanders. Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

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Rockaway Relief

Hogan Award Queens DA Richard Brown (right), with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, pictured at the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York's annual winter conference. Brown was presented with the Association's highest honor: The Frank S. Hogan Award. Holder, who grew up in East Elmhurst, delivered the keynote address.

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The Queens Tourism Council and Applebee's recently donated $1,500 to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to support the nonprofit's efforts to revitalize the Rockaways after Superstorm Sandy. Pictured (from left) are Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corp.; Sharon Valzer, area director for Applebee's parent company, Apple Metro; and Jeanne DuPont, president of RWA.

President's Award Amy Hsu (left), a staff member of Parker Jewish Institute's Adult Day Health Care Program, received The President's Award, a newly-established accolade which recognizes exceptional staff for their distinguished service. Hsu is pictured with Michael Rosenblut, Parker president and CEO.

Councilman James Gennaro celebrated the opening of Queens Hospital's new Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside HHC board member Anna Kril, HHC Executive Vice President Antonio Martin, Director of Psychiatry Martin Maurer MD, Councilman Leroy Comrie and Queens Health Network Dean and Medical Director Jasmin Moshirpur MD.

Groundbreaking Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (left of center) joined officials of the Bluestone Organization and supporters at a groundbreaking ceremony for the 161st Street Apartments in Jamaica. The mixedincome project will be developed under the City's New Housing Marketplace Plan, a multi-billion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for a half-million New Yorkers. Photo provided by the Office of the Borough President.

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BY MEGAN MONTALVO At a time when the weather is cold and so are the people, The Laughing Devil Comedy Club still knows how to soothe spirits and put on one “hell” of a hot show. On Jan. 26, my colleague, PRESS Reporter Natalia Kozikowska, and I took out some time from our hectic schedules to visit the Long Island City locale and enjoy some laughs together. What we found there, among other things, was great food, fun and the kind of show that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Though I must admit that finding our way to the unassuming storefront was anything but easy - considering the 7 train was in a weekend shutdown, once we made our way to the entrance, all of our frustration (and icy extremities) seemed to melt away. Upon being escorted by the Club's gracious host to table 7, which was ironic given our aforementioned frustration with the subway line of the same name, Natalia and I settled in and braced ourselves for what was marked as our first official live comedy show. As our emcee, Adam Newman, took to the stage and started things off with a joke that provided a hilarious alternative approach to the Heimlich maneuver, which somehow involved sticking your finger up the opposite end of a choking victim, it became clear to the audience that within our small quarters, nothing was going to be off limits. Following Newman's crude, yet equally hilarious, approach to comedy was the night's first performer, Adam Sank - a wonderfully funny,

openly gay Manhattan comedian who has had a number of appearances on Vh-1 and Season Six of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." "As someone who is gay, I sometimes find myself in awkward flirting situations with straight men," Sank said as he began his set. "For example, I have a neighbor who is very attractive, but he's married. I call his wife 'The Obstacle.'" Despite making numerous advances, Sank explained that what makes his flirtations even more awkward is the couple's baby. "I call the baby 'Obstacle Two,' because he [the neighbor] is always carrying him around in one of those hanging papoose things, like a dangling cock block," Sank continued. "I feel like one of these days, I'm going to tell him, 'You know, I have one of those things [a papoose] too, except mine is leather, and I'll make the same face as the baby.'" Although bondage and deviant sex jokes may not have been for everyone in attendance, it was undoubtedly clear that Sank's comedic timing and delivery had everyone laughing, especially as the set went on to span the funny gamut of everything from fashion jokes to inappropriate parent behavior and coping as the only gay person working in his office. "At work, it's like I'm in some sort of gay petting zoo, and they all can't help but to pet my rainbow colored feathers," Sank chuckled. As the evening's lineup continued, bringing with it some additional highlights - including performances by the Club's general manager, Scott Sharp, and fellow NYC-based comedian Chris Lamberth - and some very unfortunate lowlights, such as the

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Lord, Sank Bring Laughs To LIC

Comedians Leighann Lord and Adam Sank were featured performers at The Laughing Devil in Long Island City last weekend. unexpected and awkward impromptu set by Lucas Connolly, who can only be described as a comic who has the energy and jokes of an 8-year-old, Sank's comedy was only outmatched by the show's headlining act, Leighann Lord. Lord, who is best remembered for her engaging appearances on HBO, Comedy Central and the Lifetime channel, kept the audience on the edge of their seats with her meek, yet sharp approach to adult humor. "Can I, can I tell you guys something?" Lord asked the audience with an infectious giggle. "I'm nervous because I'm starting to get to that awkward age when they say that older women should be treated like fine wine - uh, dusty and left on the self? No thank you." As she continued her delightfully entertaining set, Lord seamlessly crossed between all topics, offering

something for everyone - from pop culture, current events and sex to politics, exercise and life in her hometown of South Jamaica. "They say walking is a great exercise. No it's not," Lord explained. "I'm from South Jamaica; in my neighborhood, you start off walking and end up running." Although Lord's set took up a big chunk of the night, Natalia and I could not help but to want more. Fortunately for us, as well as all of our fellow lovers of laughter, Lord will be performing at the Laughing Devil through next month on Feb. 3, 14 and 15. For tickets, visit or call the club directly at (347) 913-3845. The club is located at 47-38 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101. Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or

Kevin Livingston, Chante Present Written In Pain BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Community activist and founder of 100 Suits for 100 Men, Kevin Livingston, will present a special event, "Written in Pain," to help shed light on the growing epidemic of domestic violence in Southeast Queens. This year marks the fourth year Livingston has held the event. "Written in Pain" will feature a variety of talents, including poets Miss Buzzy Body, Ivy Locket, Jusmee, Eve the Poet MC, Livingston himself and comedian Del Harrison of

the Mo'Nique Show. "There will be poetry, there will be some comedy and vocalists, but the main purpose of the show is to highlight, with entertainment, domestic violence," Livingston said. "Domestic violence is very heavy in Southeast Queens and through this platform we are looking to not only expose it, but talk to experiences." Having found himself as a victim of an abusive marriage years ago, Livingston began an initiative to confront the problem of domestic violence among couples.

"It's important to the community, but it is also important to me," he said. "I was in a domestic violence situation in my marriage. My experiences with my marriage propelled me to start this particular series three years ago. There are people out there that are going through the same situation, and I use my talent, which is entertainment through poetry, to bring the spotlight on this very ugly epidemic.” "My greatest joy is laughter through tears," Livingston said. "We really want to have an even balance of comedy and seriousness, but we

want to make sure this is a soul rattling experience for the people and that is the main reason we also added comedy." Tickets to the event are $10 per person. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Kevin Livingston at (347) 472-2519. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Southern Flair Restaurant located at 169-47 137th Ave., Jamaica. A discounted menu will be offered for participants. Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

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Catholic Academy Leader Expands On Success BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA

Kevin Coyne, principal at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, took a failing school in the rough neighborhood of South Ozone Park and transformed its image. The Diocese was so impressed with his success they asked him to duplicate it, expanding the school with an additional campus. Coyne, who has been principal at OLCA for four years, credits much of the school’s achievements to an individualistic approach of teaching – something that may have been missing in its previous years. “Our first mission is to see that every child is an individual of creation of God and have that manifest. Sometimes, a child’s needs are different,” he said. “There needs to be person-

to-person relationship.” In addition to bringing in individualized education programs, Coyne explained that hiring an entirely new staff was instrumental in turning it around. “I made very significant staffing changes for a lot of different reasons,” he said. “We really started from scratch. That changes the culture of the school very quickly. They are not trapped by preconceived notions of the students or of their ability.” This 2012-13 school year marks OLCA’s first year with two campuses. Its new campus, located at 109-55 128th St. in South Ozone Park, shares the same principles as its predecessor, located at 125-18 Rockaway Blvd., also in South Ozone Park. “Our approach is, we make sure both

campuses have the highest academic standards, the highest safety standards and that each child needs are met on an individual level,” Coyne said. Part of that approach, Coyne said, was to ensure both locations included a strict non-violence policy. “Our bullying policy covers not just physical violence, which basically never happens here, but exclusion, and also cyber bullying or any kind of name calling,” he said. Another important aspect in OLCA’s success was maintaining a strong religious foundation. “Of course we have a crucifix in every classroom and a statue of Mary in every classroom,” Coyne said. “Of course we go to mass and pray together and we learn religion. In my opinion, you are not in a Catholic

school unless students have the faith of Christ. If it’s not there, then we are failing in our mission.” Coyne admits turning the school around was not an easy process, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve his community and its diverse students. “I really feel like God put me here and I’m just trying to do the best I can with the gifts he gave me,” he said. Both OLCA campuses are now accepting registration for grades nursery through 8th grade. For more information about enrollment, call (718) 641-0212 to schedule an appointment and personal tour. You may also visit Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

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The Mary Louis Academy Robotics Team


The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates is the only all-girls school with a robotics team in New York and one of only two all-girls teams in New York City. The team was formed in 2009 by Kathy Rutherford, a 1979 TMLA graduate who presently works as an electrical and biomedical engineer. Hopeful of the possibilities for the girls at TMLA, she generously provided the seed money to jump-start the program. The robotics team has come a long way since its inception in 2009. This year, the team has close to 40 members.

“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Vinod Lala, a science teacher who also serves as the program’s mentor. “Every year we learn new things and incorporate new things and get new tools.” The team has competed in three USFIRST Robotics Competitions, even garnering one national first place win in the New York City Regional Competition their rookie year. The girls even traveled to Atlanta for the global championship. Lala, who has been with TMLA robotics team since the beginning, does not think that having an all-girls team is a disadvantage and is proud to have a group of such dedicated girls represent the schools in a per-

ceived male-dominated field. “Other schools, they may have coed teams but usually the boys wind up taking over. All the girls have a chance to learn the skills to build and design and control and program the robots,” he said. The skills learned from the program, Lala said, often come in handy at home, especially when fathers at home are feeling a little lazy. “They’ve told me stories about how they will be at home and see that something is broken and their father hasn’t gotten around to fixing it but then they decide to take initiative and take the skills they’ve learned from us to fix household stuff,” he said. The robotics team not only helps

the students learn engineering skills, but has helped some of its members come out of their shells. “A lot of the times, the girls join because their friends join. For them, there is a social aspect to it,” Lala said. “But I’ve also had students who are really smart but really quiet but when they are with the team they open up and become more vocal. They become more comfortable talking to other people and some of them go from being complete wallflowers to being the spokesperson for the team – talking to reporters from TV, from newspapers and from the internet.” Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

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People Carmela Morales of Jamaica was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Morales is a sophomore studying literary and cultural studies. Michael Brandon Crawley of Hollis has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. Crawley is a candidate for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Swetha Paduri of Queens Village received a Master of Public Health degree in public health during winter 2012 commencement ceremonies at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Azal Khomer of Jamaica, a student at Jamaica High School, and Dorah Labatte of Queens Village have been selected to represent New York as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The students will join a group of 250 students from across the country to participate in a week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Khomer was

chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. Shamel Doniagn of Jamaica, a pastry student at Monroe College, was selected to compete in the U.S. Pastry Competition to be held during the International restaurant and Food Service show at the Javits Center on March 4. Donigan, who has an AAS in Culinary, a BBA, and is an MBA candidate, has competed numerous times for Monroe Culinary, was a member of the Confectionery team for two years, and was anchor on the team that won the Marc Sarrazin cup in 2011. He is also assistant coach of the college’s ACF Junior Culinary team that will compete for the New York State Championship this year. Haniyyah Bashir of Rosedale and Atiya Jordan of St. Albans were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Wells College in Aurora. Andrew Tejada of Springfield Gardens earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and

was named to the Provost’s List for the fall 2012 semester at SUNY Oneonta. Md. Ali of Jamaica was named to the Dean’s List and earned Honor Roll for the fall 2012 semester at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Ali is a member of the Class of 2015. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at SUNY Geneseo. They include: Jamaica: Danielle Williamson. Queens Village: Jenny Soudachanh. Rosedale: Brittany Brown. Amanda Alford and Lisa Powell, both of Jamaica, were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semes-

ter at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Local students were recipients of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence during the fall 2012 semester at Colgate University in Hamilton. They include: Jamaica: Samuel Dabakarov. Queens Village: Jessica Benmen. Rebecca Jean-Paul of Cambria Heights and Stacey Toriola of Jamaica were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Nima Feizi of Hollis received a Masters of Business Administration during fall 2012 commencement ceremonies at SUNY New Paltz.

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Moore Trades Hip-Hop For Helping BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA If the name Larry “Love” sounds familiar, you may be flashing back to 1985, when the father of cutting and mixing hip-hop music, Grandmaster Flash, released his chart topping “Larry’s Theme Song.” Those “moves so sweet” the legendary Grandmaster Flash was rapping about referred to a dancer born in South Jamaica and raised in Springfield Gardens, Larry “Love” Moore. After the 1970s, a decade dominated by disco music, Moore was captivated by a new style of music – hiphop, and began to incorporate the genre into his dance moves. He began his career as a dancer for a group called “The Dance Masters of Queens.” After eventually expanding his notoriety as a dancer, he caught the attention of industry big shots like Grandmaster Flash and Run D.M.C., who would pave the way for him. “Hip-hop was not just music, it was a culture,” Moore said. “It was the graffiti, the break dancing, the

Larry “Love” Moore boom box – it was all of that. I was a dancer, and then I went into the music industry; I created a whole era of dance music – dancing to the beat.” Already at an advantage because he had an “in,” Moore tried his hand at being a hip-hop DJ and rapping himself. “One week I was a disco DJ and the very next day, it was all hip-hop. We were doing all of it for fun,” he said. “Hip-hop, rapping – we were just having a good time. Once the media and everybody got into it, and it started picking up.” Moore, who spun under the name DJ Chico, and then under the name Larry Love, had a successful run at

DJing for more than three years, even landing a gig with radio station 103.5 WKTU. When he was getting ready to hang up his hat as a rapper and DJ, Moore decided he wanted to do something entirely different – he wanted to give back to the community of Southeast Queens. Slowly, Moore began to shift his focuses and goals in life, working to become a community activist to help his struggling hometown of Springfield Gardens get back on its feet. In March 2009, around the same time the Southeast Queens community lost five major healthcare facilities and hospitals, Moore founded and ran a program called South Side Queens House Calls – a program that hired seven different physicians and made house calls for residents who were homebound. “I knew something had to be done,” he said. “We brought back the tradition of healthcare where the doctors visited the patients in the comfort and luxury in their own homes. There are a lot of homeowners in the community,

and they were stuck at home and never left. Sometimes we don’t even know when they pass.” For four years, SSQ House Calls helped dozens of locals throughout his neighborhood but eventually, Moore was forced to shut it down in November 2012 due to lack of funds. Despite having to close SSQ House Calls, Moore never lost sight of the importance of his helping his community. He has joined in the efforts to protest the proposed hot sheet motel slated in Springfield Gardens, helped protest the closure of August Martin High School with actor Russell Simmons, participated in the neighborhood’s gun buy back program and been involved with local elections. “I think its God,” Moore said. “I’m doing this now because I have done so much bad, I need to make up for it. I’ve been doing this without receiving a dime for 20 years. Everything I do is for the community. It’s like God is not finished with me yet.” Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or

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FLEA MARKETS FLEA MARKET Sunday, February 10 flea market plus Ethnic Polish Bake Sale 9-4 at St. Josaphat’s, 35 th Avenue and 2 1 0 th Street, Bayside.


TEENS BUKHARIAN LOUNGE Central Queens Y in Forest Hills. 268-5011, ext. 202. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 Douglaston library 3. TEEN ZONE Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 Queens Village library 4. LAPTOPS Mondays-Thursdays Hollis library at 3. SCRABBLE CLUB Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 East Flushing library 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19 Hillcrest library 4. CHESS FOR ALL Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 Rosedale library 4. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 Rochdale Village library 5. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesdays, February 6, 12, 26 South Ozone Park library 1. MAGIC TRICKS Wednesday, February 6 Briarwood library. Register. TEEN ZONE Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Queens Village library 4. WII GAMING Wednesday, February 6 Queens Village library 4. ECO WORKSHOP Wednesday, February 6 recycled can creation Pomonok library 4:30. YEAR OF SNAKE Wednesday, February 6 Hillcrest library 5. COMPUTER CLASS Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Woodside library 5:45. GAME DAY Wednesdays Howard Beach library at 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 Queens Village library. DRUM WORKSHOP Thursday, February 7 Rochdale Village library at 3:30. PRACTICE SAT Thursday, February 7 f re e p ra c t i c e SAT te st . 800-273-8439 to register. Briarwood library. GIRLS MET Thursdays, February 7, 28 Attraction or Distraction for girls 11-21 to talk about their teen years at the Rosedale library 3:45. FLUSHING ANIME Thursdays, February 7,

14, 21, 28 Anime Club Flushing library 4. OWN JEWELRY Thursday, February 7 design and create your own jewelry. Rosedale librar y. Register. GREEN VIDEOS Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 Astoria library 4:30. DRAMA POSSE Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 Hillcrest library 4:30. COLLEGE RESEARCH Thursday, February 7 College Research Club at the Cambria Heights library 5:30. CHESS CLUB Thursdays Rochdale Village library 4:30. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, February 8, 22 Langston Hughes library at 5. CHESS CLUB Friday, February 8 Auburndale library 3:30. TEEN MOVIES Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 Central library 3:30. FUN WII Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Hollis library 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 Douglaston library. Register. HAPPY HOUR Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Flushing library 4. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, February 8, 15 Fresh Meadows library 4. WII GAME DAY Fridays, February 8, 15 Poppenhusen library 4. TEEN ZONE Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Q u e e n s V i l l a g e l i brary 4. VALENTINE CRAFT Friday, February 8 Whitestone library 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays, February 8, 15 Woodside library 4. CROCHET & KNIT Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Langston Hughes library 4:30. GREEN VIDEO Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Steinway library 4:30.

TALKS WINDSOR PARK Monday February 4 “The Shoemaker’s Wife” discussed at 2 at the Windsor Park library. WINDSOR PARK Thursday, February 7 “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” discussed at 5:30 at the Windsor Park library.

QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and preschool programs and more. Contact local branches. THE MITTEN Saturday, February 2 he ar the story of “T he Mitten” 10:30. $18. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. ACID RAIN Saturday, February 2 for 8-12 year olds. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. MATH HELP Saturdays for grades 48 Flushing library at 10. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays Central library at 11. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. GROUNDHOG DAY Sunday, February 3 for those 5-9. $18. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. FAMILY STORY TIME Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 preK-2 at the Auburndale library at 4. CRADLE OF AVIATION Monday, February 4 Woodside library 3. JEWELRY MAKING Mondays, February 4, 11 Far Rockaway library 4. STORIES OF COURAGE Monday, February 4 Dream Big: Stories of Courage and Bravery Richmond Hill library 4. WORD OF WEEK Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 McGoldrick library 5. GAME NIGHT Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 Richmond Hill library 5. CRAFT KIDS Mondays Flushing library at 3. BEGIN CHESS Mondays at 3:30 Windsor Park library. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays Douglaston library at 4. CHESS FOR ALL Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 19, 26 Rosedale library at 4. CRAFT Y TUESDAYS Tuesday, February 5, 19 Forest Hills library 3:30. MOSAIC CRAFT Tuesday, February 5 Far Rockaway library 4. ORIGAMI FUN Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 5 Fresh Meadows librar y. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 ,

12, 19 Hillcrest library 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 Windsor Park library. Register. WRITING WORKSHOP Tuesdays, February 5, 12 Langston Hughes library 4:30. MATH GAMES Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 26 McGoldrick library 5. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays at 5 Rochdale Village library. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Auburndale library ages 5-12 at 4. PRESCHOOL STORY Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Maspeth library 12:30. SIGN, READ & PLAY Wednesday, February 6 Douglaston library 1:30. VALENTINE CRAFT Wednesday, February 6 Fresh Meadows library 3:30. CRAFTIVITIES Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 East Flushing library. Register. COLORING TIME Wednesdays, February 6, 20, 27 Far Rockaway library 4. VALENTINE CARD Wednesdays, February 6, 13 Briarwood library 4:30. YEAR OF THE SNAKE Wednesday, February 6 Hillcre st librar y. Register. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 Queens Village library and 4:30 Poppenhusen library. GAME DAY Wednesdays Howard Beach library at 5. CRAFTERNOONS Wednesdays at the Ridgewood library. Register. YOUNG LEADERS Wednesdays and Fridays Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton at the Laurelton library at 3:30. PRE-SCHOOL STORY Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 Bellerose library. Register. LEGO BLOCKS Thursday, February 7 Far Rockaway library 4. ZUMBA FOR KIDS Thursday, February 7, 21 Lefrak Cit y library. Register. PAPER LANTERN Thursday, February 7 Richmond Hill library 4. DRAMA POSSE Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 Hillcrest library 4:30. VALENTINE CRAFT

Thursday, February 7 McGoldrick library and W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. GAME ON Thursdays at the Central library at 3:30. VALENTINE JEWELRY Friday, February 8 for those 8-13 Langston Hughes library 4. CHINESE CRAFT Friday, February 8 Chin e s e N e w Ye a r C ra f t McGoldrick library at 5. PRESCHOOL CRAFTS Friday, February 8 Sunnyside library. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, February 8, 22, March 1 Douglaston lib ra r y. Re g i s te r . A l s o Fresh Meadows library 4. WII GAME Friday, February 8 Poppenhusen library 4. BOARD GAMES Fridays, February 8, 15, March 1 Windsor Park library 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays, February 8, 15, March 1 Woodside library 4. CROCHET & KNIT Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Langston Hughes library 4:30. GAMES Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 video and board games Rochdale Village library 4:30. GAME DAY Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Woodhaven library 4:30. CHESS FOR KIDS Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Windsor Park library. Register. KIDS ACTIVITIES Fridays at 3:30 Briarwood library. CRAFT TIME Fridays at 3 at the Ozone Park library. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 Queens Village library. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays Briarwood library at 4. East Flushing Register. Ozone Park at 3. GAME DAY Fridays Windsor Park at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30 and W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. YOUNG CHEFS Saturday, February 9 for those 7-12. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. PET SHOW Saturday, February 9 for those 3-4. $21. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register.

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ALZHEIMERS Caregivers Support Group for Alzheimer’s caregivers and other services at Queens Communit y House, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. 2685960, ext. 226. ALZHEIMERS Adult Day Care MondayThursday 9-4 in Flushing. 358-3541. ATRIA FH Sunday, February 3 Be M y Va l e n t i n e C o n c e r t followed by dinner, starting 2:15. RSVP needed. Wednesday, February 6 Chinese N e w Ye a r C e l e b ra t i o n a t 3 . R S V P. S u n d a y , February 10 Musical Delight with Julliard students at 2:15. Atria Fore s t H i l l s , 1 1 2 - 5 0 7 2 nd Avenue. 261-5300. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Mondays, February 4, 11 Queens Village librar y. 776-6800. AARP TAX HELP Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 1 Pomonok library at 11:30. AARP 1405 Mondays, February 4, 25 Flushing AARP Chapter 1405 meets at the Bowne S t re e t Communit y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. Identit y Fraud discussed on the 25 th. BASIC COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 class for seniors at 10 at the South Ozone Park library. CAREGIVERS Tu e s d a y s C a r e g i ve r s Support group at 3:304:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 2 6 th A v e n u e , B a y s i d e . 631-1886. AARP TAX HELP Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Windsor Park library at 1. NUTRITION CLASS Wednesdays through March 27 Nutrition and Health classes for seniors 2-4. 657-6500, ext. 1581. TAX HELP Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 Pomonok library at 11:30. VALENTINE DANCE Saturday, February 9 Rockaway Center’s Valentine Dance, 123-10 143 rd Street, South Ozone Park. 657-6752. 10-2 luncheon and dance. $10. COMPUTER BASICS Monday, February 11 Computer Basics. Tuesday, February 19 Email and the Internet classes Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center. 559-4329 to register.

GARDENING CLUB Saturdays in the Steinway library courtyard at 4. QUEENS ACADEMY Mondays, February 4, March 4, April 1 Central Queens Academy Charter School at 55-30 Junction Blvd., Elmhurst at 7. 212-437-8351 to attend. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 Douglaston library at 3. ORATORIO SOCIETY Mondays at 7:45 at Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing. 279-3006. Auditions required. COMMUNITY SINGERS Mondays Communit y Singers start rehearsals for their spring concert at 8 at Messiah Lutheran in Flushing. 658-1021. TALK OF THE TOWN Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 19, March 5, 19 learn the art of public speaking in St. Albans at 7:15. 6407092. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 Windsor Park library at 2. GLEE CLUB Tuesdays Bayside Men’s Glee Club rehearses at 7:30 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40 th Avenue, Bayside. 9616852. MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tuesday evenings Forest Hills Jewish Center 89:30. 263-7000. FM CAMERA Tuesdays Fresh Meadows Camera Club. 917-6123463. BEREAVEMENT Wednesdays, February 6, March 6, April 3 Bereavement Support Group at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows at 7:30. 969-2448. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 South Ozone Park library at 1. FH SYMPHONY Wednesdays the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 516-785-2532. KNIT & CROCHET CLUB Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 F r e s h M e a d o w s l i brary at 11. KNITTING CLUB Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Maspeth library at 11. CHESS CLUB Fridays, February 8, 15 Woodside library at 4. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. 461-3193.

FOOD WASTE DROPOFF Saturdays 10:30-noon at the Sunnyside library and 1-3 at the Broadway library. GARDENING CLUB Saturdays help with our vegetable and shade garden at the Steinway library at 4.

HEALTH WAITANKUNG Sundays 2-5. Total-body workout. Flushing Hospital/Medical Center. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156. SHAPE UP NYC Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 stretch and tone at the LIC library at 6:30. First come basis. MEDITATION Mondays, February 4, 11 Transforming the Heart Through Meditation at the Flushing library at 6. GROUP NUTRITION Mondays at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays 11-12 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT Tu e s d a y s We ste r n Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:156:30. 784-6173, ext. 409. Also, 3:30-4:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. SHAPE UP NYC Wednesdays, February 6. 13, 20, 27 aerobics for adults at the Central library at 4. First come. NUTRITION TALK Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 at the Corona library at 5:30. GENTLE YOGA Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Woodside library. Register. OA Wednesdays Howard Beach library at 11. MASSAGE THERAPY Wednesdays and Fridays half and one hour massages at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. BRAIN GAMES Thursday, February 7 Healthy Living Body and Mind: Brain Games at the Sunnyside library at 1. SHAPE UP NYC Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 body sculpt fitness at the Lefrak Cit y library at 5:30. First come. SHAPE UP NYC Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 Dance Fitness for Adults at the Richmond Hill library at 5.

EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS INTRO COMPUTERS Saturday, February 2 Central library. Register. SOCIAL MEDIA Saturday, February 2 Fa r Ro c k a wa y l i b r a r y. Register. 327-2549. INTRO INTERNET Saturday, February 2 Central library. Register. CITIZENSHIP Saturday, February 2, 9, 16, 23 Pathway to US Citizenship at the Forest Hills library at 3. TANGO WORKSHOP Saturdays in February and March at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. 729-3880. BROADWAY CRAFT Mondays, February 4, 25, March 1 Broadway library at 12:30. METRIX LEARNING Mondays, February 4, 1 1 , 1 8 C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. Register. 990-8625. ENGLISH CONVER. Mondays, February 4, 11 English Conversation Class at the Douglaston library. Register. BEGIN BUSINESS Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 Jackson Heights library at 6. POWERPOINT Monday, February 4 Central library at 9:30. COMPUTER/INTERNET Mondays, February 4, 11basics at 10:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. BALLROOM DANCING Monday, February 4 Forest Hills library at 6:30. MAC MONDAYS Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 at the Central library. 990-8625. EVENING CRAFT Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 at the Fresh Meadows library at 6. CRIMINAL RECORD Tuesday, February 5 Job Searching with a Criminal Record Far Rockaway library at 2. SMALL BUSINESS Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19, 26 C e n t r a l l i brary. 990-8625. BEGIN COMPUTERS Tuesdays, February 5, 12 Flushing library. Register. MICROSOFT EXCEL Tu e s d ay s , F e b r u a r y 5 , 12, 19 LIC library at 10. BOOT CAMP Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 5 McGoldrick library. BEGIN COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 5 Glen Oaks library. ENGLISH CONVER. Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 5 Laurelton library. FAMILY HISTORY Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 5 Writing About Your Family History at 6 at the Flushing library.

COMPUTER BASICS Wednesday, February 6 Woodside library at 10:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Wednesday, February 6 Pomonok library. Register. BOOT CAMP Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 27 Far Rockaway library at 11. INTRO COMPUTERS Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 27 Hollis library. 465-7355. COMPUTER BASICS Wednesdays, February 6, 20 Windsor Park library at 11:30. COMPUTER CLASS Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Woodside library at 5:45. WORD FOR RESUMES Wednesday, February 6 Central librar y. Register. MOCK INTERVIEWS Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 C e n t r a l l i brary at 9. ONLINE APPLICATION Thursday, February 7 Central librar y. Register. WORD FOR RESUMES Thursday, February 7 Flushing library. Register. LEARN CHINESE Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 North Forest Park library at 6. COMPUTER QUICK TIP

Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 C e n t r a l l i brary. 990-8625. INTRO WORD Fridays, February 8, 22 Hillcrest library at 11. INTRO INTERNET Friday, February 8 MO: Central librar y. Register. METRIX LEARNING Fridays, February 8, 15 C e n t r a l l i b r a r y. 9 9 0 8625. FLOWER ARRANGE. Friday, February 8 flower arrangements at 1:30 at the Windsor Park library. Limited space. ACING INTERVIEWS Friday, February 8 LIC library. Register. CHESS CLUB Fridays, February 8, 15 Woodside library at 4. METRIX LEARNING Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 Central lib ra r y. Re g i st e r 9 9 0 8625. Saturday, February 2 LIC library. Register 752-2700. CROCHET & KNIT Fridays, February 8, 15, 22 learn how to crochet or knit at the Langston Hughes library at 4:30. WINTER WATERCOLOR Starting Friday, February 8 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000 to register. $125.

ENTERTAINMENT AFRICAN-AMER. Saturday, February 2 African-American Works in MoMA’s Collection at 2 at the Central library. TRUMPET Saturday, February 2 Music from the Mind of the Trumpet at 2 at the Flushing library. FLAMENCO Saturday, February 2 Art of Flamenco: A Dance and History. Forest Hills library. Register. GROUNDHOG DAY Saturday, February 2 film “Groundhog Day” shown at noon at the Ridgewood librar y. LOCAL ARTISTS Saturday, February 2 Local artists’ exhibit at 3 Cambria Heights library. NU URBAN CAFÉ Saturdays live jazz, r&b, open mic 8-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd. 917-817-8653. KAISSA Sunday, February 3 blend of African, reggae, jazz, r&b, makossa and Brazilian music at the Central library at 3. WA FOO Monday, February 4 WaFoo: Modern Improvisational Music of Japan at

the Flushing library at 6. SCRABBLE CLUB Wednesdays, February 6, 20, 27 Forest Hills library at 2. LATIN AMERICA MUSIC Wednesday, February 6 Richmond Hill library at 4. PEKING OPERA Wednesday, February 6 Revolutionary Peking Opera in History at the Flushing library at 6:30. SOUTH ASIA ON FILM Wednesdays through April 25 at 4:30 at Queens College. 9974747 for titles. OPEN MIC Thursday, February 7 Flushing library at 6:30. PEKING OPERA Thursday, February 7 NY Chinese Opera Societ y Flushing library at 6. DINO ROSI Friday, February 8 From Italy With Love: A Concert Middle Village library at 2. AFRO TANGO Fridays through March 17 Fridays through Sunday Afro Tango at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. 729-3880. NU URBAN CAFÉ Fridays live jazz and r&b 9-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 917-817-8653.

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What’s Up FEB. 2 Time Redeemed Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, will host “Time Redeemed: Reentry, Family & Faith,” a discussion on incarceration and community, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will feature a panel of people, including Glenn Martin, vice president of development and public affairs, The Fortune Society; the Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, founder, Strategic Destiny LLC; Michelle Burrell, staff attorney, Brooklyn Defender Service, Family Defense Practice; Wanda Chambers, parent advocate, Brooklyn Defender Service, Family Defense Practice and Dr. Carl Mazza, director of Lehman College, Masters of Social Work Program. Moderated by Donald Garner. For information, email

forum for candidates who will participate in the special election for Council District 31 on Feb. 19. The free event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Springfield Community Church, 17706 129th Ave.

Small Business Workshop The Central Branch of the Queens Library will hold a small business workshop at 7 p.m. Learn how to develop a business idea into a business plan in the Tuesday evening small business workshops. Participants will learn about creating a demand for a product or service; setting goals, objectives, budgets, and timelines; identifying resources and networks; and getting ready to open your “doors.” For information, visit the Job Information Center or call (718) 9908625.

African American Works At FEB. 6 Town Hall Meeting MoMA Explore the MoMA Collection’s work created by African-American artists, including Elizabeth Catlett, Kara Walker, Jacob Lawrence and others during a discussion at the Central Branch of the Queens Library, 8911 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, at 2 p.m.

Jazz At St. Albans Saint Albans Congregational Church will host Riza Printup for its Jazz at St. Albans series at 5 p.m. Riza is a fixture in Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, recently performing with Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. She also performs extensively with the Fiery String Sistahs. The church is located at 17217 Linden Blvd.

FEB. 3 Sunday Concerts The Central Branch of the Queens Library will feature Kaissa at 3 p.m. Known for her blend of African, reggae, jazz, R&B, makossa and Brazilian fusion, she will perform contemporary African/world music with Cameroonian roots sung in Douala, one of Cameroon’s many languages.

FEB. 4 Stay Well Learn how special exercises and relaxation techniques can make a difference in your life at this free event at the Central Branch of the Queens Library at 10 a.m.

FEB. 5 Candidates Forum The Queens Chapter of the National Action Network will hold a

State Sen. Malcolm Smith will hold a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Harvest Room at the Jamaica Market, 90-40 160th St. Smith will discuss things that have happened in Albany over the past few months and how they will affect his constituents. For information, call Smith’s office at (718) 454-0162.

FEB. 7 Candidates Night The Federated Blocks of Laurelton will host a candidates night for the special election for the Council District 31 seat from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saint Luke Cathedral, 133-24 233rd St. For information, call (718) 5251152.

ONGOING Lincoln Park Basketball Association The Lincoln Park Basketball Association is starting its winter/spring basketball program. Boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15 are welcome. The registration fee is $50. It includes insurance, weekly training sessions and a t-shirt. Full payment must be made by Feb. 9, with no exceptions. Parents or guardians must bring proof of their child’s age. Birth certificates, passports or school records are all valid forms of ID. All participants must remember to bring sneakers and shorts to the gym. Coaches are needed as well. The basketball clinic will take place at the Queens Transition Center on 142-10 Linden Blvd. in South Ozone Park. The entrance for the program is in the school yard in the rear of the school.

The clinic lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is ongoing until March 23.

Mobile CPR Program FDNY EMS instructors will come out to your site to conduct the CPR training using your facilities. The Be 911 Compressions Only CPR Program is brought to you free of charge by FDNY and NYC Service. The goal of the program is to train as many people as possible in basic CPR skills. In addition, participants will be briefly educated on the automated external defibrillator (AED) used to try and revive a person suffering from cardiac arrest. Though this program does not certify any participants, the FDNY and NYC Service believe increasing the knowledge of how to save a life is far more beneficial. The program welcomes all ages, as long as the individual can demonstrate competency in retaining the required skills. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Classes may be approximately 20 minutes depending on the size of the group. For group registration of 10 or more participants or further information, contact the FDNY’s CPR Training Unit at Telephone Number (718) 281-3888.

Group Sessions Clergy United for Community Empowerment, Inc. Group Sessions are located at 172-17 Linden Blvd. Second Floor, St. Albans, 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 172-17 Linden Blvd. Second Floor, St. Albans. Services are available Tue.-Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HIV Awareness Clergy United for Community Empowerment provides intervention and curriculum-based prevention education sessions on HIV/AIDS, to reduce risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. Services are located at 172-17 Linden Blvd. Second Floor, St. Albans. Call (718) 297-0720 to ask about our presentation to adolescents and men/ women of color. Services are available Tue.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Merrick Flea Market A flea market has opened at 22102 Merrick Blvd. On sale are a wide range of items, including household items, jewelry and clothing. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

PAL Volunteers The Police Athletic League (PAL) is looking for volunteers to continue its mission of serving New York City’s young people by donating their time and talents to help serve Queens youngsters at PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone and Far Rockaway Beacon in Arverne-Far Rockaway, PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica and PS 214 in Flushing. PAL Centers in Queens offer a wide range of opportunities for volunteers of all talents. PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone and Far Rockaway Beacon are looking for people to participate in a center clean-up day. Volunteers are needed to tutor and mentor young people during the After School Program’s daily homework help sessions. In addition, individuals can also donate their time assisting the many special events held at PAL’s Centers throughout the year. PAL is also seeking professionals to give career advice and talk about their own careers to young people, as well as guest speakers who can share information on a specific hobby of interest to the youngsters. To become a volunteer with the Police Athletic League or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit Volunteers will go through an application process that includes an interview, screening and an orientation. For more information, please contact PAL’s Volunteer Coordinator, Alexandria Sumpter-Delves, at (212) 4779450, Ext. 390 or

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