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Concerns Over Beverage Ban Mount In light of the recent sugary beverage ban proposal made by Mayor Bloomberg, many New Yorkers have all but kept quiet about the issue. While debate continues, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (DElmhurst) took the conversation to the streets of Elmhurst. On July 19, representatives from New Yorkers for Beverage Choices joined Ferreras as she marched down Junction Boulevard to speak with local business owners. As she made stops at a local pizzeria, deli, convenience store and coffee shop, each owner gave accounts of how their business would be they will be affected by the ban. “We sell a lot of drinks that are 18 and 20 ounces,” said Abel Ahuatl, owner of Metro Star Coffee Shop, located at 3211 Junction Blvd. “If I don’t sell those drinks, I’m going to lose a lot of business and cut back on employees.” Ferreras noted that while the proposal has caused much confusion amongst local small business owners, it could also potentially create an unhealthy rivalry between business owners. If passed, the proposed ban would be implemented in March 2013 and would place a cap on sugary drinks sold at a maximum size of 16 ounces for establishments containing a Dept. of Health letter grade, including restaurants, delis and movie theaters. Drinks sold at grocery and convenience stores would be exempt from the ban. As an alternative to combat obesity, Ferreras asked that Bloomberg pursue other avenues of change, such as the allocation of more funding to the redevelopment of public parks. “There’s no one that wants to combat obesity in our community than I do,” said Ferreras. “The good intentions may be there, but I think we need to look at the full impact of this. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Walk About To Raise Awareness Walking is more than just a method of transportation. It can be used to observe a new neighborhood, as a means of aerobic exercise and of course, the occasional public rally. On July 28, walking will be used to raise awareness of individuals with developmental disabilities in the fourth annual “Queens Walk About.” Held by Independence Residences, Inc. (IRI), the walk about will take place at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. In 1984, IRI was founded to serve adults with visual impairment, mental retardation, mental illness and emotional

disturbances. Since then, the Woodhaven-based nonprofit agency has provided residential and community support services throughout all five boroughs and Nassau County. “We thought the walk would be a great way to bring awareness to the abilities and capabilities of people with disabilities,” said Ray DeNatale, spokesman at IRI. After researching the history of walk abouts, DeNatale says IRI found the long standing significance that is held in Australia, where natives use them to self-ref lect and become one with nature. The Queens Walk About is open to the public. Opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) being honored as this year’s Grand Marshal. IRI Partners Municipal Credit Union and Emblem will provide blood pressure screenings and the Luis Danvers Foundation will offer bone marrow swabbing. “We hope the walk will show the public that individuals with developmental disabilities are active and contributing members of their community,” said DeNatale. “We hope to raise over $15,000 to help turn the dreams of the people we support into reality.” For more information on the walk about, donations and registration, visit

Businesses Receive Repair Grants Grants have been awarded to small businesses in Howard Beach, Beach Channel and the Rockaways to compensate for damages incurred during Tropical Storm Irene last year. Up to $20,000 will be provided through the Business Flood Recovery Grant Program for businesses and organizations that sustained direct, flood-related damage. The Empire State Development Corporation will administer the money. The Business Flood Recovery Grant funding will attempt to help offset the costs of storm-related repairs and restoration of structures not covered by insurance or other public recovery programs. Roughly 1,000 applications were received for the grants and all awards are pending public hearings and final approval by the Public Authorities Control Board, which is expected to meet July 26. Vinivi Real Ventures Inc. in Howard Beach was awarded, as well as Broad Channel Volunteers Inc. and Broad Channel Athletic Club in Broad Channel. Beach 124th Street Apartments Inc. in Belle Harbor will also receive a grant, pending approval.


Court Ruling Upholds Halt Of Turnaround Plan BY VERONICA LEWIN After six months of turmoil, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Dept. of Education may have to turn their backs on the turnaround plan – at least for now. State Supreme Court Judge Joan Lobis upheld an arbitrator’s decision on Tuesday that halted on the DOE’s plan to fire nearly 4,000 teachers in 24 “turnaround” high schools throughout the City. Tuesday’s ruling saved seven Queens high schools – Flushing,

Newtown, Long Island City, William Cullen Bryant, August Martin, John Adams and Richmond Hill – from having to close down and reopen under new names with half of the original staff in September. The United Federation of Teachers, who called the turnaround plan a political move, celebrated this week’s ruling. “We had a lot of faith that what we were saying was true and they agreed,” said James Vasquez, UFT district representative for Queens high schools.

The city plans to continue to fight. “The Mayor and Chancellor will not allow failing schools to deprive our students of the highquality education they deserve,” Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said in a statement. “Although we will, of course, comply with the judge’s ruling, we strongly disagree with it – and we will be appealing.” While the city can appeal the judge’s decision, the Appellate Division in New York City does not hold hearings during the sum-

mer months. This means that even if a hearing is scheduled for September, it is too late to impact staffing for the 2012-13 school year. After UFT and the DOE failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations in January, Bloomberg announced his plan to close 33 Persistently Low Achieving schools in the city as a way to secure nearly $60 million in federal School Improvement Grant money. In order to be eligible for the funds, Bloomberg and the DOE had to

implement one of several federally approved school improvement plans. After strong opposition from elected officials and communities across the city, the number of schools at risk was cut to 26 and then 24. Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood was given a last-minute save before the Panel for Educational Policy approved the plan on April 26. Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or

Green Spaces On The Way For Jamaica Station President Carlisle Towery. Constructing three open spaces in Jamaica is a part of the Atlantic Avenue Extension project, also known as “Airport Village.” Under the plan, the neighborhood surrounding Atlantic Avenue will be revamped to create a mixed-use business district steps away from the Long Island Railroad Jamaica Station, the AirTrain and the E,J,Z subway lines. When the project is completed, commuters and residents will have access to new retailers, parks and housing. “They are nice pieces of property in a place that has a huge deficit in open space,” Towery said.

signage – and, a much-needed park, which my office was delighted to support with a $3 million funding allocation.” On behalf of the GJCD, the New York City Economic Development Corp. is currently accepting applications from potential

developers for the Atlantic Avenue Extension project. According to the NYCEDC, construction is expected to begin next year. Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or

MTA Restores Bus Services BY WAYNE DEAN DOYLE Eastern Queens and surrounding areas have been given a welcome boost with the announcement of the MTA's decision to restore bus routes Q76 and Q79. The Q79 travels from 40th Ave in Little Neck to Floral Park, encompassing Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Bellerose and New Hyde Park. The Q79 provided transportation for 50,000 passengers per year and costs $800,000 to run. Officials such as Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) welcomed the news. "I thank the MTA for recognizing the need to restore the vital service that the Q79 provided for my constituents in Little Neck, many of whom rely on bus service to travel to work or school," Braunstein said.

Assemblymember David Weprin (D-Little Neck) also conveyed his delight. "Bus service on Little Neck Parkway has been sorely missed since the Q79 was cut. The residents of Eastern Queens can finally breathe a sigh of relief." The Q76 service serves Jamaica, Hollis, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Auburndale, Fresh Meadows, College Point, Whitestone and Beechhurst. "The restoration to these bus lines will help those who rely on public transportation. When these lines were cut, many families had a hard time getting to work or getting their children to day care and after school programs," said Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans). Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or

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The plan will also attempt to address the traffic problems the Jamaica Station, an area filled area faces. Located just off of the with concrete and asphalt, will congested Van Wyck Expresssoon be seeing some green, way, the area currently experithanks to a funding allocation. ences frequent traffic jams. Borough President Helen “It’s a really hazardous interMarshall restored $3 million to section,” Towery said. the Greater Jamaica DevelopThe Atlantic Avenue Extenment Corp. to create three open sion project will extend Atlanspaces for the community – a tic Avenue to meet 95th Avplayground, a landscaping park enue, creating one-way streets and a park intended for outdoor on both 94th and 95th Avactivities. The money for the enues. Changing the thoroughparks was lost in recent funding fares to one-way streets is excuts, according to GJDC. pected to ease traffic flow for “We really appreciate her leaddrivers entering and exiting Jaership in restoring those funds maica Station. and really ensuring we have a Towery estimates the entire community benefit, not just a trafproject will cost around $20 milfic improvement,” said GJDC lion. Money for this project has come from the federal and city governments and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. During her tenure, Marshall has tried to maintain and create open spaces in the borough. “The new Atlantic Avenue Gateway will be an attractive and appropriate entrance into this community,” Marshall said in a statement. “It will not only improve traffic flow and access to mass transit and the Van Wyck ExpressThis rendering, provided by the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., shows how the way, but also create completed Atlantic Avenue Extension project will look. new lighting and BY VERONICA LEWIN

Soul Food ‘Perfection’ Returns To SEQ BY VERONICA LEWIN For those who have been feeling the void Premo’s Perfection left when it closed, Chef Dexter “Premo” Sanders has brought his pizzazz back to Southeast Queens. Sanders, known in the community as “Chef Premo,” opened his restaurant Southern Flair late last month. The eatery, located at 169-77 137th Ave., is four times the size of his previous location on Farmers Boulevard. Sanders said he changed the name of Premo’s Perfection to Southern Flair to give diners a better idea of the type of cuisine he serves. “I changed the name to Southern Flair because the type of food that I’m doing is southern food with a little flair to it,” he said. The spacious new location features a stage for live performances. In upcoming weeks, Sanders said his restaurant will soon host regular jazz nights, open mic nights and comedy performances.

Sanders moved to St. Albans from South Jamaica when he was 4 years old. He graduated from the New York Restaurant School – now known as the Art Institute of New York City – in 1991. After graduating, he worked for various hotels before deciding he wanted to branch out on his own. “I got tired of working 16 long hours for someone else. I’d rather do it Chef Dexter “Premo” Sanders. for myself,” he said. In addition to owning SouthWhile the menu contains soul food classics such as collard ern Flair, Sanders works as a pergreens and fish and grits, Sand- sonal chef in the area. Some of his ers also serves other entrees in- clients from Southeast Queens including salmon with lobster sauce clude ESPN Analyst Stephen A. and crispy garlic shrimp. Sand- Smith, FUBU Founder Daymond ers’ red velvet waffles – topped John, U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (Dwith powdered sugar and choco- Jamaica) and Councilman Leroy late whipped cream – have be- Comrie (D-St. Albans). Sanders also dabbled in the come a hit with diners. He said many of his guests have requested music industry as a manager and their traditional chicken and director. While he enjoyed the waffles to be served with red vel- world of entertainment, cooking is his passion. vet waffles.

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Southern Flair is located within Rochdale Village, a community boasting shops, eateries and housing for roughly 20,000 people. Rochdale Village offers free parking for up to two hours, a perk Sanders said influenced his decision to move his restaurant from Farmers Boulevard. “A majority of people aren’t going to come if they don’t have parking,” he said. Though the restaurant has been open for only a month, Sanders said it has been well received by the community. From 1:30 to 8 p.m., he said the place is packed with patrons. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southern Flair hosts a senior day where older diners receive 10 percent off of their bill. Beginning the third Sunday in August, Southern Flair will host Gospel Sundays. Different churches will be featured at the restaurant and entertain diners while they eat. At the end of the day, 10 percent of the proceeds

will be donated to the featured church. Sanders said giving back to the community is something that is important to him. During the holiday months, he hosts Thanksgiving meal giveaways and holiday toy drives. Sanders stressed that people from all corners of the borough are welcome to try Southern Flair. He said his greatest reward is making people happy through his cooking. “People telling me the food is delicious, that inspires me to want to come to work everyday and work long hours,” he said. Sanders plans to open a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C., where he lived for a brief period of time. He said Premo’s Perfection will soon be making a return as a food truck in midtown Manhattan. Southern Flair is open seven days a week. For more information, call (718) 528-0300. Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or

Community Leaders React To Month of Violence BY VERONICA LEWIN

lence comes from within our outside of our community, it must all be condemned and fought against with equal vigor. We’re standing up to take back this community.” In the early morning hours of July 7, 63 shots were fired into a double-parked Jeep Grand Cherokee on 144th Avenue and 185th Street, killing three out of the four passengers. Police say an AK-47 was used in the attack. According to police, the Jeep was followed by two gunmen at least 11 miles from a nightclub in Brooklyn. Elected officials called on Queens District Attorney Richard Brown earlier this month to host a gun buy back program to take guns off the streets before crimes are committed. “Getting guns off the street and reducing crime has always been, and remains, a top priority of my office,” Brown said in a statement. “Gun buy back programs are just one of many strategies that we utilize to keep guns off of the street. We have used gun buy backs in the past and we

will use them again when we deem them appropriate.” The public can turn in guns anytime at their local precinct and receive $100, no questions asked. Bishop-Goldsmith said the community needs to get involved to achieve real solutions in the fight against violence. She said people must parent and educate

their children about right and wrong before crimes are committed. “We’ve got to help our own because no one else is going to do it for us,” Bishop-Goldsmith said. “Next thing you know we’ll have body bags coming in and out of the community.” Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or

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After a violent month in Southeast Queens and the city, people in the community are speaking up to decry the violence. “I can’t say nobody’s really doing anything, but I can say nobody’s doing enough,” said Mothers Against Guns President Liz Bishop-Goldsmith. She said the community needs more resources to help those who are trying to help improve Southeast Queens. She said the programs need to start in the schools to teach conflict resolution to young students before it is too late. “We’ve got to start from the ground up. Teach them how to be able to diffuse conflict or how to handle it,” Bishop-Goldsmith said. “There has to be some other way of handling conflict other than taking a life or destroying their own,” Bishop-Goldsmith said. A Rally For Peace was held last Friday to speak out against

the spike in violence Southeast Queens has experienced. Love Ignites Freedom through Education Executive Director Erica Ford joined a concerned community in Jamaica Friday evening in an attempt to end gun violence. “Youth violence is pervading the everyday lives of our families and communities resulting in injury and death, retaliatory violence, and community instability, said U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica). “Today, as a community we plan to come together to focus on additional ways we can address the needs of young people who may be disenfranchised and disconnected from an economic mainstream.” On July 13, 18-year-old Shawn Plummer was shot dead in broad daylight in Far Rockaway. This incident prompted Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) to hold a “Stop The Madness” rally in Far Rockaway on July 21. “Whenever a member of our community is killed it is a tragedy,” Sanders said. “Whether the vio-

On July 22, Occupy Queens protestors welcomed a performance from mock baseball team, the Tax Dodgers, at the Travers Park 78th St. Play Street in Jackson Heights. Donned in genuine league look-a-like costumes representing the one percent and corporate loopholes, the team encouraged boos and jeers of solidarity from the crowd.

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Abandon The Ban As his final term begins to wind down, Mayor Mike Bloomberg continues to attempt some drastic measures as a means to ensure his legacy, but things don’t seem to be going so well for him lately. This week, his plan to improve City schools – the much-written about “Turnaround” plan – was officially nixed by the courts. His “Stop-andFrisk” proposals have taken a beating from civic groups and editorial boards. And now comes his proposed ban on sales of sugary drinks over 16 ounces within the City limits. Without even taking into account the negative effect this ban is likely to have on City businesses, the soda ban is a bad idea. Healthy living is something that everyone should strive to meet. But living a healthy lifestyle is a choice that we must make on our own. The government should not be trying to mandate what we can or can’t eat. If the mayor is concerned with the well-being of his constituents, perhaps he should try to focus on making City parks more available and more alluring to kids. Make physical education a more prominent aspect of City schools. Give us more opportunities to enjoy physical activity and get ourselves in better shape. Giving us these opportunities would go a long way toward increasing our health. Taking things away is not the answer.

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airplanes is very real and growing because bird populations around our airports are on the rise. The senator recently paved the way to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cull Canada Geese near JFK Airport.

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This move has drawn a public outcry from animal rights groups across the countr y. Sen. Gillibrand has taken a first step in addressing this major public safety issue, but there is a way to reduce bird strikes in our area without culling geese. Right now, the City is constructing a major garbage transfer station in College Point, just 2,206 feet from the end of Runway 13/31 at LaGuardia Airport. The airport, which already has some of the highest number of bird strike incidents in the country, is about to become a less safe place. Bird strikes are sure to skyrocket once the city opens the North Shore Marine Transfer Station, which will process 3,500 tons of trash a day. The trash will then be taken on a barge, coming even closer to the runway. The danger is so pressing that Community Board 4 unanimously voted to oppose the transfer station because it is a danger to air travelers and Queens families on the ground. Captain Sullenberger, who famously saved 155 lives in the Miracle on the Hudson, also opposes the facility and lent his voice to an ongoing radio cam-

paign to the stop the transfer station on safety ground. Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall – the country’s foremost accident investigator – is also strongly opposed to the facility. Leading bird strike experts agree that culling geese is nothing more than a band aid approach to solving a very complicated problem. This is a major public safety issue that demands a comprehensive solution that protects the airways above New York City. The consensus among bird experts is that a critical component to preventing bird strikes is stopping the construction of the garbage station near LaGuardia Airport. While I am both grateful and thankful to Senator Gillibrand for her leadership on this issue, I call on her to join her constituents, her colleagues in Congress, the State Legislature, Community Boards, Chamber of Commerce, the aviation community and bird strike experts in taking strong and immediate action to stop the building of the North Shore Marine Transfer Station Ken Paskar, President of Friends of LaGuardia Airport

Faithful Servant Bids Adieu To St. Alban

A Personal Perspective BY MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE Rhonda Leefoon Candice Lolier Barbara Townsend


After about 35 years of serving the members of the Episcopal Church of St. Alban The Martyr Church in St. Albans, the Rev. Canon Bernard O.D. Young, recently held his last sermon and was feted at a brunch at Antun’s in Queens Village. When I first met him, Bernard Young was better known as “Father Young” and it was under that title that he officiated my wedding 22 years ago this Saturday (yes, Canon, it’s been that long). My husband had grown up in that church, but I am a member only by extension. I have always loved the members of this lovely parish and enjoyed their fellowship all these years. Canon Young always had an open heart for his members and time for their concerns. And you couldn’t ask for a more thoughtful spiritual leader. I well recall

The Rev. Canon Bernard O.D. Young, his wife, Debbie Young (in hat) surrounded by his son, Carl, daughter-in-law, TinaMarie, grandchildren Christian and Sarah-Ann and church members. when Leroy and I were getting married, Father Young stopped by his office out of the blue one day with an envelope. “Take this,” he told Leroy. “It’s our (his and his wife, Debbie) wedding gift to you and Marcia. I was thinking you would probably prefer it now to help out with the wedding rather than getting it at the wedding.” I am sure Canon Young has

forgotten that kind gesture by now, but I never will. He has been there for us all these years. He married us, christened our children, blessed our house when we bought it and presided over Leroy’s inauguration at the church 10-and-a-half years ago. We could have had it anywhere, but we wanted to take it to the church and share that moment with the church family that had nurtured him since he was a baby. Despite all the fancy titles his leadership has precipitated in the diocese’s hierarchy — Deacon, Archdeacon, Canon — most of us are still most comfortable calling Canon Young by the appellation we first knew him by, “Father Young” because under that title, he seems most at home with his church family. Born and reared in the South American nation of Guyana, he has never forgotten his roots. They inform who he is as a per-

son and as a leader. It has always been reassuring to know that Canon Young will be there in times of gladness, sadness or just as a listening ear. During his protracted tenure (and he’s still a young man), he has even officiated weddings for some of the children he christened and, sadly, has buried some of their parents and grandparents. I have loved Father Young as a spiritual brother since I first met him and will continue to love him long after he has taken his official leave from this parish. I admire his intellect, and the poetry of his sermons, letters and speech, his sense of humor, his integrity and most of all, the love he has for his flock and his Savior. Thanks, Father Young, for your friendship and support of our family. May you and Debbie have a long and happy retirement. I think it is safe for all of us to say from the Bible, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

Some Candidates Just Can’t Avoid Being Ugly By MICHAEL SCHENKLER I don’t get to set the rules in political campaigns – although at times I’d like to. I do, however, get to comment on the campaigns and when they break the rules I’d like to set. While I’d like to see most of the political dialogue on the issues, I believe it is fair to look at a candidate’s past, comment on their record and ethics and share with the public whatever may be relevant in the candidate’s background.

SOME DIRT IS FAIR Now don’t get me wrong, I believe a candidate’s past is fair game. Their friends’, family acquaintances’ and consultants’ pasts are not. Character assassination is just plain ugly. Declare yourself running for public office, you’re fair game. If you’re not a candidate, and a campaign star ts slamming you personally, look for the ugly candidates and the ugly consultants behind it. That’s just my way of watch-

A QUICK LOOK BACK Now, some background: In this column on May 17, I did a quick round-up of potential forthcoming races. In regard to the 16th Senatorial District I wrote: “And in north-central Queens, sit t ing Sen. Toby Stav isky has been redistricted into a seat with incumbent Sen. Tony Avella, but has chosen to run in a neighboring seat which has no incumbent. She faces a challenge from businessman/at torney John Messer. Messer, who is married to a Chinese woman and has commit ted $500,000 of his own money to the race, is expected to be very competitive in this district that is half Asian.” Two weeks later in a column titled “Elected Officials Can Get Ugly,” I explained without naming Sen. Toby Stavisky, that as a result of my column suggesting that she faces a tough race which she could lose, she showed another side of herself. At a public event, she was approached by my friend and colleague who had known her for decades. She turned her back on him. This was followed by the same rude behavior towards his wife, who had worked with has and known Toby for years. If someone doesn’t like what I write, they can send a letter to the editor. They can call me. They can if they wish write me off. But as I wrote in May: “When elected officials display hissy fits in public, conducting themselves with an air of entitlement and a holier-than-thou attitude, they not only alienate the public and the press, they bring disgrace on the office they hold. “Turn your back on someone in public, and the people should turn their backs on you.. MESSER V. STAVISKY Perhaps the hot test race of the season – this primary season – will be the aggressive effort of at torne y/busi ne ssma n John Messer to unseat Toby Stavisky, whose family has owned the 16th Senatorial Distr ict since Gar y

Ackerman vacated it to go to Congress in 1983 – nearly thirty years ago. Now there will be fireworks in this one – but again, I’m going to yell when people who are not the candidate get smeared, sullied and spat upon by candidates and consultants who are just plain rotten. ACCEPTABLE DIRT First, let’s look at acceptable sullying. Last Tuesday afternoon, the campaign of John Messer sent out a press advisory with the headline: “Senator Toby Ann Stavisky Designating Petitions Fraught with Irregularities and Fraud including Signature of Deceased Mother” Not only did it detail a number of egregious wrongdoings in the Stavisky petition operation, it attached to the online release, images of 51 Affitdavits of what it described as “petition fraud”: “A petition expert has examined the petitions,” the release explained, “and has pointed out the illegal and fraudulent practices. At present, it has been determined that, at a minimum, ten of the petition carriers for Senator Stavisky have participated in the fraud and blata nt forger y by signi ng the names of registered Democratic voters to the designating petitions to place Senator Stavisky on the ballot.” It pointed to the forgery of the signatures of two elderly registered voters having Alzheimer’s and living in a care facility far from their former residences. But as a longtime watcher of the pet ition process, it was the affidavit of Jesus Palomino swearing that his mother Ana Rita Palomino could not have signed Toby Stavisky’s on June 14, 2012, as indicated . She “passed away on February 5 2011.” Images of the petition and affidavit were included. There were as of last week, 51 challenges identified on the release and the Messer campaign is as of this writing, preparing its presentation to the Board of Elections a nd/or cour t claimi ng Toby Stavisky’s petitions are “permeated with fraud. It is unlikely that Stavisky will be knocked off the ballot – in judgment calls, the Board of Elections usually sides with the Democratic County organization, which is usu-

John Messer launches his campaign against Toby Stavisky, this past Sunday. ally with the incumbent, as it is in this case. Courts are usually loath to overturn such calls. AND JUST PLAIN UGLY But to me, the most telling thing about the Messer petition challenge was the vile response which came from Stavisky’s campaign. As printed in the Times/Ledger newspaper, a spokesperson for Stavisky said: “No one knows the facts here, but if anyone did anything illegal they should be arrested and prosecuted just like John Me sser’s co-worker a nd John Messer’s polit ical ally, who were prosecuted for identity theft and rape, respectively.” John Messer’s political ally referred to is a friend of mine and, while he did have a run in with the law more than five years ago, he pled guilty to misdemeanor charges and not “rape” as the Stavisky campaign has falsly accused. And his problems are just not relevent in this campaign and neither are former co-workers of Messer. They

are the ugly static that is used to distract from the fair issues raised by the Messer campaign. My friend who was slandered by the Stavisky campaign, today is a productive member of society who received treatment for a drinking problem, and has since voluntarily lectured to groups on the dangers of alcohol. He is working for the Messer campaign and is not a candidate. In a place where Bill Clinton is still number one – or damned close — and Anthony Weiner may just be the comeback kid, casting false aspersions at campaign staff, workers or consultants is just plain ugly and stupid. Certainly, I shouldn’t have to remind Stavisky’s political consultant, her son Evan of the Parkside Group, that especially in Queens County, one should never play the “guilt by association” card. Me, I want to see campaigns about candidates and issues and not ugliness. Shame on those who don’t.

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Voters appear to be less and less influenced by negative campaigns; however, negative campaigns don’t seem to be going away. As a matter of fact, what used to be called “negative research” and today is “oppo” or “opposition research” is a growing “profession” within the political consulting arena. Yup, truth be told, big boy (and girl) campaigns nationwide employ or retain opposition research professionals to get the dirt on their opponents and often on themselves so they know what their opponents may find. But at the end of the day, it is the candidate who decides if they want to conduct the campaign in the gutter. The tone of a campaign is set by a blending of morality, ethics and personality of the candidate and their consultants. When it gets real ugly, you can be pretty sure ugly people are behind it.

ing the playing field as the game of politics unfolds. If they start attacking people around the candidate, the attackers are usually just plain no good.

Queens Employees Of Con Edison Make Their Voices Heard The struggle between 1,400 Queens union workers and Consolidated Edison is causing concern throughout Queens, after the company put forward the recommendation that employees should increase their contributions for health-care plans from 17 percent for the first year of the contract to 24 percent by the fourth year. The company locked out workers at the beginning of July after failing to reach an agreement on health care and pension costs with the union. The two have been in a standoff for more than three weeks during one of New York’s hottest summers. Con Edison recently stated that the United Workers Union Association Local 1-2 has refused proposals from the company to end the dispute. Allan Drury, a spokesman for Con Edison, said the workers were compensated fairly. “Union workers from Queens Local 1-2 make good wages and get a lot of overtime. They receive solid benefits and have a pension and a 401-k.They deserve every bit of that,” Drury said. John Melia, a spokesman for Local 1-2, called the company’s statement “lies of the highest form,” and refuted the claim that the union was delaying the situation’s end. “Negotiations are going nowhere, they are offering absolutely nothing for our workers and that’s a fact,” Melia said. He stated that Local 1-2 are some of the most highly skilled and safest workers in the world, “the men and women of Local 1-2 have been dedicated and effective first responders during the city’s toughest times.” Melia spoke of their members being out there in freezing cold, sweltering heat and the worst of natural disasters. Members of Local 1-2 worked tirelessly to restore gas and electric to the City after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,

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Con Edison workers rally in Union Square. 2001, Melia said. That work, he noted, resulted in many workers contracting illnesses related to the destruction at Ground Zero. “The men and women of Local 1-2 put their lives on the line 24/7 to keep NYC powered, to keep the City’s economic engine running, to immediately respond when the power system breaks down,” Melia said. “Our struggle with Con Edison is a last ditch struggle for a dignified middle class life. Like most New Yorkers, our members have endured these tough economic times.” A Local 1-2 worker from Queens, who wanted to remain anonymous, highlighted other aspects and implications the lockout is having on his family. “Look at the price of living and inflation. Overtime is also not part of our pay and should never be talked about like it is, when you work overtime it’s to get ahead and pay bills. What people are also forgetting is that is more time away from my family, that’s not a perk,” he said. Kevin Burke, the CEO of Con Edison who has remained out of the limelight during the lockout, earned $29 million in the last three years, plus benefits. When the issue of earnings was raised with Drury, he said the incentive portion of executive compensation is paid by shareholders, not ratepayers. “The executive officers’ target cash compensation, target

long-term incentive, and target total direct compensation was below the median for executives in the company’s peer group,” Drury said. Officials Speak Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent out a statement this week urging both parties to come to some sort of agreement soon. “This lockout has gone on long enough. Elected state and city officials are rightfully con-

cerned,” Cuomo said. “I urge both parties to strongly encourage an expeditious resolution, and to emphasize that both Con Ed and the union will be held accountable by the people of the state if their failure to settle the dispute contributes to service disruptions or impacts safety.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said, “Con Ed needs to answer basic questions on service, brownouts and inspections during this lockout. Enough is enough — the longer New Yorkers are forced to wait on a fair contract with Con Ed’s workers, the more our quality of life and public safety are put at risk.” “I urge you (Con Edison) to move swiftly to negotiate a fair contract with your workers so they can get back to work and we can ensure the safety and satisfaction of all New Yorkers,” concluded de Blasio. In response, Drury said, “The Public Advocate would be better served addressing his letter to the union leadership, which forced the work stoppage by refusing to provide us with adequate notification of a strike so

Local 1-2 President Harry Farrell addressing the rally. that we can operate the system safely and reliably for 9 million New Yorkers.” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has also expressed her concerns with the lockout. “Con Ed’s attack on their 8,500 members is an attack on all working families. I stand with our utility workers, Local 1-2, and demand an immediate end to this lockout.” Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or wdoyle@

Local workers display a united front during a rally in Union Square earlier this month, protesting what they consider unfair treatment from Con Edison management.

Police Blotter Compiled by STEVEN J. FERRARI

Queens Robbery Pattern The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following individual wanted in connection with five robberies in Queens. The suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 6-foot, 170 lbs. The suspect displays a handgun and demands money from his victims. The five robberies include: • July 3 at 2:50 p.m., in front of 110-02 Guy Brewer Blvd. • July 9 at 10:15 p.m. inside a Howard Johnson’s, 153-95 Rockaway Blvd. • July 10 at 11:45 p.m. inside a Subway, 252-18 Rockaway Blvd. • July 15 at 6:10 p.m. inside Cambria Car Wash, 208-15 Linden Blvd. • July 17 at 1:30 p.m. inside C Town, 195-09 Jamaica Ave. The public can submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

103rd Precinct Fatal Accident At approximately 3:18 a.m. on July 22, NYPD responded to a 911 call of a vehicle accident on Atlantic Avenue, near the intersection of the Van Wyck Expressway. Upon arrival, officers determined that a 2008 black Mercedes Benz SUV, occupied by eight individuals, was traveling eastbound on Atlantic when the vehicle struck a concrete station just east of the Van Wyck. The collision caused the vehicle to flip and roll over, subsequently coming to a rest on the passenger side and igniting in flames. FDNY and EMS personnel responded. Upon extinguishment of the fire, five victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Three additional victims were removed from the scene and trans-

ported to Jamaica Hospital, where they are listed in stable condition. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. There is unknown criminality suspected at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

110th Precinct Ongoing Investigation At approximately 11:20 p.m. on July 21, NYPD responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male in front of 127-40 Willets Point Blvd., Flushing. Upon arrival, officers observed a 39-year-old Hispanic male unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded to the location and pronounced the male dead on the scene. There were no apparent signs of trauma and no visible signs of injury.

113th Precinct Accident Investigation At approximately 10:08 p.m.

July 21, in front of 119-50 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NYPD responded to a 911 call of a bike injury. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim, Dave Thomas, 33, who had been injured while riding his ATV on the sidewalk. EMS also responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A preliminary investigation determined that the male was driving an ATV on the sidewalk, southbound on Merrick Boulevard, when he struck a metal pole.

Rape Arrest On July 17 at approximately 11 p.m., plain-clothed officers assigned to the Anti-Crime Team observed a gray 2005 Hyundai Accent fail to stop while traveling on 114th Drive at the intersection of Newburg Street. The driver ignored officers’ demands to pull over and fled, before abandoning the vehicle in the vicinity of Ovid Place and Dormans Road.

The officers pursued the suspect through the rear yards of several residences before he was apprehended on Keeseville Avenue. The suspect was found to be in possession of a loaded .25 caliber firearm. Upon further investigation, the suspect, Emmanuel Elmore, 25, was found to be wanted for a rape in Jamaica on April 20. It was also determined that the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen on July 8. Elmore was charged with rape, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, reckless endangerment, fleeing from an officer in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property (vehicle), grand larceny of an auto, aggravated unlicensed operator, unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to stop at a Stop sign.

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Citi Shore Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, one of the stars of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” made an appearance at Citi Field for a photo shoot.

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Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder honored Fay Gross with a New York State Assembly proclamation on her retirement from the Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater senior program, and for well over 20 years of faithful and devoted service to the community.

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Mets mascot Mr. Met traded in his baseball bat for a lightsaber when he met the team of Stormtroopers during Star Wars night.

Borough Beat

Jimmy Meng Charged With Wire Fraud BY ROSS BARKAN Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of Congressional candidate Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested Tuesday and charged with federal wire fraud after he allegedly accepted $80,000 that he claimed he would use to bribe prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The 68-year-old Meng allegedly claimed he would use the bribe to reduce the prison sentence of an individual charged with state tax crimes. Federal investigators used the individual as a cooperating witness to record his conversations with Meng, in which they discussed the charged bribe scheme. According to the complaint, the investigation uncovered no evidence that Meng had any contact with the Manhattan DA’s office, but instead planned to keep the money for himself. If convicted of wire fraud, Meng faces up to 20 years in prison.

“As alleged in the complaint, Jimmy Meng sought to be a power broker in the halls of justice,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. Meng allegedly met with the witness several times between December 2011 and July 2012. The FBI recorded telephone calls and meetings where Meng discussed the charged bribe scheme. Jimmy Meng was an assemblyman in the Flushing seat now held by his daughter, though he served only one term in 2005 and 2006. Meng cited concerns about his health when he chose not to run for a second term. Grace Meng, Jimmy Meng’s daughter who just last month won a four-way Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District seat, released a comment late Tuesday afternoon, stressing she had no knowledge of the situation before the arrest. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or

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Local Musicians Teach At Central Library BY VERONICA LEWIN A group of local artists are giving back to the community in the form of drum lessons. The Jamaica Drum Jam has partnered with the Queens Library to produce a familyfriendly music program at the Central Library branch in Jamaica. The first two events on July 14 and July 21 had groups of more than 40 people who played percussions instruments and even took turns playing drum solos. The next two events will be on July 28 and Aug. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. The program features lectures about the historical and cultural influences of Latin percussion, American jazz, R&B and rock music, as well as drum circles where both beginner and experienced drummers can learn different rhythms and play together.

Finnegan and longtime music instructor B rett Vasquez. These musicians are assisted by volunteers from the community who help set up the instruments, answer questions and help organize the events. The Jamaica Drum Jam program Julie Sriken (l.) and Geraldo Flores at the Jabegan as a casual maica Drum Jam. conversation over The goal of Jamaica Drum pulled pork sandwiches. LongJam is to foster good will and in- time residents of Jamaica, Jim teraction among the residents of Vasquez and Julie Sriken, were Jamaica and to promote the sitting over lunch one day discussstudy of drumming among Ja- ing their desire to bring a positive maica residents. social experience to the neighborThe volunteers include hood where they grew up. As founder Jim Vasquez, Afro-Latin teenagers, they had first met in percussionist Geraldo Flores, band class in 1989 at Robert A. Fender Music Foundation board Van Wyck Middle School 217 member Mike Veny, Afro-Brazil- where they were taught by instrucian percussionist Brendan tor Dennis Bobe.

While Vasquez became a musician and drum technician who worked throughout the five boroughs, Sriken started working in social services after years of musical study. They believed that combining their common background in music with the goals of social service and social improvement would be a rewarding project for themselves and for the community of Jamaica. “It just seemed to be the most natural way to take my love of organizing positive social events and his wealth of talent and musical connections,” Sriken said. The idea of bringing a musical access program to Jamaica was especially important to Vasquez who had first-hand experience with the devastating loss of music programs in school. Brett Vasquez had f irst learned to play drums the same way his cousin Jim did. Jim’s fa-

ther taught both cousins to play drums when they were children. “We used to just sit beside my father with a drum pad and drum sticks and practice together,” Jim said. Brett was so intrigued by his music lessons that he studied music in college, where he learned to play other instruments. He is now a school music instructor in Floral Park. “Learning to play drums together was a great bonding experience,” Jim said, “I hope that the families who attend our workshop will enjoy it as much as we do.” Sriken hopes to be able to hold more sessions at the library in upcoming months. The Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. For more information about the Jamaica Drum Jam program, call number. Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or

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People Air Force Senior Airman Christopher H. Tinsley has graduated from the Air Force Airman Leadership School at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D>, and received the John L. Levitow Award, the highest honor presented to a graduate who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence as a class leader and scholar. Tinsley is the son of David and Karen Tinsley of Woodhaven and is a 2008 graduate of Hillcrest High School, Jamaica. Johnny R. Marquez of Queens Village was awarded a $17,600 merit scholarship to recognize past academic achievement and potential for success from SUNY Oswego. Marquez is a 2012 graduate of Flushing High School. Kelly Escobar of Hollis was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa.

Benjamin Chu of Queens Village was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Domonique Moody of Jamaica and Noble Abraham of Queens Village were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. Crystal Washington of St. Albans was named to the President’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Local students received degrees during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Rochester Institute of Technology. They include: Jamaica: Utshob Alam, Bachelor of Science degree in economics; Grace Denny, Bachelor of Science in business administration – accounting; Asif Dipon, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in computer science.

Queens Village: April Bourne, advanced graduate certificate in strategic training. James Small and LaRon Blake, both of St. Albans, were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at SUNY Cortland. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class R i c a r d o R. Narainsingh graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Narainsingh is the son of Lalsingh and Lana Narainsingh of Jamaica and is a 2007 graduate of Information Technology High School in Long Island City. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class St ev e J . R i ch a r d s, a 19 9 6

graduate of Richmond Hill High School, and fellow sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise formed a Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions committee. CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentoring program geared toward assisting sailors in making positive decisions in all areas of their lives. Navy Seaman recruit Rainessa E. Clarke, a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills High School, and fellow sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise formed a Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions committee. CSADD is a peerto-peer mentoring program geared toward assisting sailors in making positive decisions in all areas of their lives. Anthony Lin and Jolijt Tamanaha, both of Forest Hills, were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Sabrina Murillo of Forest Hills received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in professional photographic illustration – advertising photography during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Rochester Institute of Technology. Megan McHale of Rego Park received a bachelor’s degree in marketing during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pa. Sherry Cheung of Forest Hills and Andrew Nici of Rego Park were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Cornell University in Ithaca. They include: Forest Hills: Jaclyn Terran. Kew Gardens: Crystal Grant. Rego Park: Michael Hammer.


Muslim Hoops League Continues Expansion BY ROSS BARKAN The basketball league Muhammad Iqbal founded catalogs field goal percentages, shows video highlights and maintains power rankings, ESPNstyle, throughout the season. If players curse even once, they receive a technical foul. Professional athletes, usually of the foul-mouthed variety, may not fit in so well. Yet scores of people are try-

symbol of their faith. For the championship game, a local imam led prayers, and Iqbal wants the league to stress Islamic values like “brotherhood, loyalty and family.” “I felt that a lot of Muslim youth weren’t being productive,” said the 21-year-old Iqbal, who grew up in Jamaica. “I love basketball. It’s the perfect platform for them to meet new people, network. People can help each other out.” Iqbal poked around at local mosques looking for players. He had visions for a league beyond simple pick-up basketball at a random local park: he wanted referees, statistics, a website, even sponsorships. His parents were at first skeptical of his vision and he was just beginning his studies at St. John’s University. School would have to be balanced with his ambitions. But Iqbal wanted a place where people in his community could come together, play basketball and forge new bonds. Convincing the children of

ing to squeeze into the Crescent Basketball League, a Queens-based amateur hoops league that recently wrapped up its fourth season. With five age divisions, it is open to virtually anyone of any skill level. First founded as a way to engage the Muslim youth of Queens, the league welcomes players of all races, faith and creeds, but stays grounded in its Islamic routes. The crescent moon, for some Muslims, is a

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league from Floral Park, said he used his high school basketball experience to mentor players who had not played much basketball before. “One of the main things I’ve got out the league is a sense of brotherhood,” Chaudhary, a starter for the championship Hornets team, said. “I’ve met so many great people that I’ve made friends with for life.” Iqbal’s goal is to raise enough money for the league so he can waive registration fees and make it completely free. He wants to expand beyond the 13 teams to accommodate long waiting lists of potential players. For now, registration is ongoing for the fifth season and there are softball and flag football Crescent spin offs underway. All games are held at the Queens High School of Teaching in Bellerose. For more information, visit Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or

Queens Zoo Becomes Wi-Fi Hot Spot and other mobile Internet devices will be now able to use the The Wildlife Conservation Wi-Fi service to find the answers Society’s Queens Zoo, New and information about animals York City Parks & Recreation, and also allow guests to share and AT&T have collaborated to photos with their friends, look offer free Wi-Fi service at the up animal facts and more. Queens Zoo “So often, our visitors are Guests with smart phones amazed by the animals they see here at the Queens Zoo and want to learn more about them,” Dr. Scott Silver, director and curator of animals, said. “Our mission is to connect people to wildlife. WiFi allows us to enhance that connection.” The initiative is one of 26 locations Queens elected officials at the announcement where AT&T is funding free Wi-Fi as part of the Wi-Fi Hot Spot at the Queens Zoo. of a partnership with BY WAYNE DEAN DOYLE

the Bloomberg administration. The program kicked off with an event on July 19 at the zoo, attended by elected officials including Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblymen David Weprin and Francisco Moya and Councilmen Mark Weprin and Dan Halloran. “AT&T is always looking for new ways to connect people around New York and help them enjoy all that the city has to offer,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president, AT&T New York. “Through this partnership, we are able to offer Zoo visitors a truly interactive and shared experience – from learning about the animals to connecting with their friends and family.” Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or email wdoyle@queens

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Boca Juniors is an Argentinean steakhouse, named for one of the most successful football teams, not only in Argentina, but around the world. It’s said that the owners have a close relationship with the team and its colorful interior certainly proves that. Steak. We’re talking steak, churrasco and entrana, (sirloin and skirt) bife de chorzio and de lomo (shell steak and filet mignon) and dozens of other main courses, like pork ribs, chicken marsala and eight different choices of seafood, including apricot salmon. Even though I was dining solo, I was not alone; my lovely host (and co-owner) Patricia stopped by and kept me company from time to time and even forced me to have dessert… a cold and creamy spe-

cialty called a Don Pedro (two scoops of chocolate ice cream, covered in walnuts and laced with rum), which led to more conversation with a slight buzz. She gave me the story of the restaurant’s seven-year history and how everything here is made fresh daily, even my dessert. Over at another table, Sal, from Middle Village, was celebrating a milestone, his 91st birthday. He was more animated than most teenagers I know. In a vigorous conversation he told me he’d worked for the Board of Education as a school teacher, served in World War II and settled in Middle Village under the GI Bill. He told me that he’d been to Salerno’s and Gottlieb’s and all the rest, but that Boca Junior’s was now his favorite. Along with the staff and the food, I assured Sal that he had made my night. He paid me the same compliment, and as we shook hands, he made me promise to join him next year for the celebration of number 92. So who am I to argue? In 30 years or so, maybe I’ll return to Boca’s and do the same thing! -T.J. Eisenhauer

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immigrants, or even immigrants themselves, to embrace athletics was sometimes a difficult task. Iqbal played basketball and cricket while at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, using his experiences as a student-athlete to convince players to make his idea a reality. Crescent Basketball grew from a cash-strapped eight-team affair to a 13-team league looking to expand even further. The second-season finals were televised by NY1, making Iqbal into a local celebrity. Local pharmacies sponsored this past season and were able to treat the two teams that reached the championship to a free dinner. Breakdowns of individual games, videos, message boards and in depth statistical profiles set the league apart. “Basketball can serve as the universal language,” Iqbal said, pointing out that the league now has players hailing from 20 different countries and speaking 15 different languages. Saffi Chaudhary, a point guard in the


Church Offers Support For Older Guardians BY VERONICA LEWIN For the past 11 years, one Southeast Queens church has been guiding older adults through a second stint of parenting. The Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, led by Pastor Victor Hall, started a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. Group fa-

cilitator Mary Covington said grandparents may choose to be parents again when their children die, have drug problems or abandon their parental duties altogether. Older adults, who planned on enjoying themselves during the Golden Years, are now faced with a new challenge. “Rather than having their grandchildren enter the system,

they decided to care for the grandchild,” Covington said. The support group helps grandparents who may feel alone seek advice from their peers. The church has a certified social worker help grandparents fill out forms to get any resources available. If needed, the social worker will also accompany grandparents to school meetings for their grandchildren. Two par-

Clergy Conference: NYC Comptroller John Liu hosted his first Queens Clergy Conference for Queens ministers on July 17 at York College. Guest speakers from the Internal Revenue Service and Dept. of Finance offered advice on church tax matters, including how to find resources for church expansions. From left: Liu; Assistant Commissioner, External Affairs, NYC Department of Finance; Brenda E. Stuart-Luke, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, IRS, and Sandra E. Bispham, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Tax Consultant, IRS.

ent coordinators from Southeast Queens schools assist with the support group. Covington, who worked in the City school system for more than 30 years, saw a need for the support group when she noticed grandparents were replacing parents at parentteacher conferences. The support group received funding from elected officials to get started. Covington said the most common gripe with grandparents is a lack of money to support additions to the family The Dept. of Aging provides emergency funding when grandparents first take over parental responsibilities, but many grandparents struggle later on. Covington said a lot of people in the support group rely on their pensions and did not anticipate having to split their fixed income with children. In order to help the grandparents stay positive, the church plans frequent outings where they can take a break from being parents. Once a month, the group votes on the outing, which can be a trip to a theatre or a restaurant. “They

come back refreshed with a different outlook and willingness to continue to rear their grandchildren,” Covington said. Twice a year, the church does the parenting and takes the grandchildren out on a field trip. Though the group meets at the church, Covington stressed anyone from the community is welcome to join. The group weekly at the church, located at 111-10 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. For more information, contact (718) 297-2301. Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or

Word Grandchildren are the crowning glory of grandparents. - Proverbs 17:6

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Chess Challenge

Queens Students Compete In Citywide Challenge BY VERONICA LEWIN Instead of lounging in front of the television, students from all across the city challenged each other in a chess showdown. Around 200 students representing each borough participated in a four-round, Game 30 chess tournament as part of the Chess-in-theSchools summer program on July 20. Each of the K-12 student players had an allotted 30 minutes of move- time on their clock. Each game of chess can last up to one hour. Both individual and team

winners received awards at the end of the tournament. Last week’s chess tournament was one of four held this summer in Manhattan. Two more tournaments will be held July 27 and Aug. 3. The Chess-in-the-Schools summer chess program offers inner-city school students an alternative and productive option to combat what the organization calls ‘Summer-Slide’ by staying mentally engaged and to learn and play chess as a way to promote learning and critical think-

ing in a safe environment. Students participate in mini tournaments as well as academic lessons such as geography and history of U.S. Presidents, arts and crafts, and chess instructions throughout the month-long program. According to the website, Chess-in-the-Schools teaches chess to students in elementary and middle schools as part of their academic school day. The organization has taught more than 400,000 students to play chess since 1986. The Tournament Program

offers more than 25 chess tournaments throughout the academic year, where students showcase their skills in front of their teachers, peers and family members. According to Chessin-the-Schools, each tournament attracts 250 to 500 elementary through high school students. Playing chess can help students develop their focus and concentration, deal with winning and losing in a safe environment, experience the dynamics of teamwork and boost self-esteem. Each Summer Chess Chal-

lenge is held at the East Side Community High School, located at 420 East 12th St. in Manhattan. The tournament is open to groups and individual students. Registration forms are due the Wednesday before each event by 5 p.m. and must include each student’s name, school, and section. All students can register on or by emailing tournaments@chess Reach Deputy Editor Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or


Send typed announcements for your club or organization’s events at least TWO weeks in advance to “Queens Today” Editor, Queens Tribune, 150-50 14 Road, Whitestone NY 11357. Send faxes to 357-9417, IF YOUR ORGANIZATION MEETS ON A REGULAR BASIS, SEND ALL DATES FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

SINGLES SINGLES SOCIAL Sunday, August 5 2-6 at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. $10. Refreshments, music. 4591000.

TALKS STEINWAY Monday, July 30 “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” discussed at 6:30 at the Steinway library. CONSUMER DEFRENSE Thursday, August 2 consumer defense talk at 6 at the Hollis library. SEASIDE Friday, August 3 “Librarian on the Beach” at 2 at the Seaside library. GROUP DISCUSSION Friday, August 3 “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” Flushing library at 1.

CORNER CAFÉ Weekdays 10-2 at SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., building 4, Queens Village. STAY WELL Mondays at the Central library at 10 and Wednesdays at 10:15 at the East Elmhurst library. Learn how special exercise and relaxation techniques make a difference in your life. CAREGIVERS Tuesdays Caregivers Support group at 3:30-4:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. WII GAMING Thursday, August 2 at the Fresh Meadows library at 2.

HEALTH FAIR Saturday, July 28 11-5 at the New Covenant Church of Christ (Baptist), 206-14 100 th Avenue, Queens Village. Blood pressure screenings, diabetes, arthritis, info, more. CHAIR YOGA Saturday, July 28 a t t h e Sunnyside library at 2. WAITANKUNG Sundays at 2. Total-body workout. Flushing Hospital/ Medical Center. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156. ZUMBA Mondays, July 30, August 6 at the Seaside librar y. Register. ZUMBA Monday, July 30 at the East Elmhurst library and the L a n g sto n H u g h e s l i b r a r y. Register. INTRO YOGA Mondays, July 30, August 6, 13 at the Laurelton library. Register. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT Tuesdays Western Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:30-6:30. 7846173, ext. 431. Also, 3:304:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 : th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. Va r i o u s s e r v i c e s a t t h e Queens Communit y House, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. 268-5960, ext. 226. AUTISM Tuesdays Qualit y Services for the Autism Communit y holds workshops for families and friends of autistic children and adults. 7-AUTISM, ext. 1219. DAY TOP Tuesdays support for family and friends of those affected by substance abuse. 1-8002Daytop. CHAIR YOGA Wednesday, August 1 introduction to chair yoga at the Hillcrest library. Register. OA Wednesdays Overeaters Anonymous at the Howard Beach library at 11. ZUMBA Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $10 class. ZUMBA Thursdays, August 2, 9 at the Rochdale Village library and Woodside library. Register. ZUMBA Thursday, August 2 at the Peninsula library at 6. DISABILITIES


Friday, August 3 Disabilities and Your Rights at 2 at the LIC library. FEARLESS FRIDAYS Friday, August 3 at the Pomonok library at 4:30. 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.

MISCELLANEOUS FARMERS MARKET Fridays 8:30-4:00 at Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, Flushing. GREEN MARKET Through November 18 Douglaston Greenmarket at the LIRR station, 235 th and 4 1 st Avenue. BATTLE OF BANDS Entries through August 31 for Resorts World Casino’s Battle of The Bands. MEET THE LIBRARIANS Wednesday, August 1 meet the Steinway librarians at 3 so they can answer questions and more. TATTOO PARLOR Friday, August 3 temporary tattoos Seaside library at 10.

POWERPOINT Saturday, July 28 a t t h e Central library. Register. MICROSOFT WORD Saturday, July 28 a t t h e Central library. Register. URBAN CHICKENING Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 at the Steinway library. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, July 28, August 4, 18, 25 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-748-8290. KNIT & CROCHET Saturdays, July 28, August 4 Peninsula library at 10. METRIX LEARNING Saturday, July 28 at the LIC library at 4. Monday, July 30 at 1 at the Central library. Friday, August 3 at the Central library at 1. Learn about free online training through Metrix Learning, including certifications in Office, Quickbooks, Adobe. KNIT & CROCHET Monday, July 30 at the Douglaston library at 4. Bring your own needles and yarn. ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER Monday, July 30 assistance at 1 Far Rockaway library. COMPUTER BOOT CAMP Monday, July 30 at the Far Rockaway library. 327-2549 register. BALLROOM DANCING Mondays, July 30, August 6

MEETINGS SUNNYSIDE WRITERS Mondays, July 30, August 6 at the Sunnyside library at 6:30. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesdays, August 1, 15, 29 Flushing Camera Club at Flushing Hospital. 4790643. BEREAVEMENT Wednesdays, August 1, September 5 Bereavement Support Group at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows at 7:30. 969-2448. TOASTMASTERS Wednesdays, August 1, 15, September 5, 19 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices of Rochdale Toastmasters Club in Jamaica. 978-0732. SEASIDE WRITING Wednesday, August 1 at the Seaside library at 3. MEN’S PRIDE GROUP Thursdays, August 2, 16, September 6, 20 Queens Pride House Men’s group 79. 429-5309. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29 learn how to communicate effective 10-12:15 at the Elmhurst Hospital Conference Room A-1-15. 424-9754.

FLEA MARKETS RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, July 28 9-5 and Sunday, July 29 10-4 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, J a m a i c a A v e n u e a n d 8 8th Street, Woodhaven. SUMMER RUMMAGE Thursday, August 2 Bellerose Jewish Center 9-4 at the Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Turnpike, Floral Park. FLEA MARKET Thursday, August 2 at the Windsor Park library at 11. Rain date August 9. FLEA MARKET Thursdays-Sundays MFM flea market at 221-01 Merrick Blvd., Springfield Gardens. THRIFT SHOPS Saturdays at Trinit y United Methodist Church, 86-02 108 th Street, Richmond Hill. 347-251-8583. Saturdays 11-4 at Bargain Boutique Thrift Shop, Queens Baptist Church, 93-23 217 th Street, Queens Village.465-2504. First and Third Wednesdays through June at Grace Church, 14-15 Clintonville Street, Whitestone. 7676305.

Forest Hills library at 6:30. JOB SEARCH Monday, July 30 Job Search Open Lab at the Arverne library at 5:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, July 30 at the Central library at 9:30. COMPUTER BASICS Monday, July 30 at the Glen Oaks library. Register. RESUMES & COVER Monday, July 30 Microsoft Word for resumes and cover letters at the Central library. Register. BASIC COMPUTER Tu e s d a y, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Rosedale library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTER Tu e s d a y, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Arverne library at 10:45. ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTERS Tuesday, July 31 assistance at the Far Rockaway library. 327-2549 register. SMALL BUSINESS WORK. Tuesday, July 31 small business workshops at the Central library. 990-5148 register. INTRO EMAIL Tu e s d a y, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Queens Village library. Register. INTRO COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Ozone Park library. Register. CHESS CLUB Tu e s d a y, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Woodhaven library at 2. CREATE EMAIL Tuesday, July 31 at the Central library. Register. MEDITATION Tuesdays 7:30 at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 4160 Kissena Blvd. 961-0030. INTRO COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y eve n i n g s a t t h e Central library. Register. OPEN LAB Tuesdays 2-5 at the LIC library. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 2. PRACTICE LABS Tuesdays Arverne library at 10:30. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tu e s d a y s a f t e r ev e n i n g Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2637000, ext. 200. ORIGAMI WORKSHOP Tuesdays at the Seaside library at 4. LEARN & CREATE Wednesday, August 1 summer garden discovery and planting. Wednesday, August 8 Art and storybooks. Wednesday, August 15 Honey bees and honey harvest program. 2-3:30 at

Vo e l ke r - O r t h M u s e u m i n Flushing. $4. 359-6227. SWING DANCE Wednesday, August 1 West Coast Swing Dance at the Flushing library. Register. COMMUNICATION SKILL Wednesday, August 1 at the Central library at 10. SOCIAL NETWORK Wednesday, August 1 at the Central library. 990-5176. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesday, August 1 at 1 at the South Ozone Park library. FREE E-BOOKS Wednesday, August 1 at the Douglaston library. Register. TABLE TENNIS Wednesday, August 1 at the Seaside library at 4. HOME BUDGET Wednesday, August 1 making a home budget in Excel at the Central library. Register. BASIC COMPUTER Wednesday, August 1 at the Woodside library at 10:30. WATERCOLOR Wednesdays all techniques and subjects at the National Art League.969-1128. MOCK INTERVIEW Thursday, August 2 at the Central library. Register. E-BOOKS Thursday, August 2 at the Central library. Register. INTRO COMPUTERS Thursday, August 2 Ozone Park library. Register. CUSTOMER TRAINING Thursday, August 2 at the Central library. Register. LEARN CHINESE Thursday, August 2 North Forest Park library. Register. EVENING CRAFTS Thursday, August 2 at the Fresh Meadows library at 6. INTRO INTERNET Thursday, August 2 at the Central library. Register. BASIC COMPUTER Thursday, August 2 at the Rosedale library at 6:15. INTRO COMPUTERS Friday, August 3 at the Central library. Register. INTRO WORD Friday, August 3 at the Flushing library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Friday, August 3 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30 and at the Peninsula library at 12:30. SOCIAL MEDIA Saturday, August 4 at the Far Rockaway library. Register. PHOTOGRAPHY Saturday, August 4 at the Langston Hughes library at 11. BEGINNERS EXCEL Saturday, August 4 at the Central library. Register.

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Queens Today YOUTH SUMMER READING Contact local libraries. QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs and more. Contact local branches. TENNIS PROGRAM Tu e s d a y s a n d T h u r s d a y s through August at Pomonok Park. 347-4178156. SCIENCE PLAYGROUND Through December 31 at the Hall of Science. 6990005. DOWN BY THE BAY Saturday, July 28 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. ANIMAL CARE Sunday, July 29 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. For ages 8-12. MOVIEMAKERS CLUB Monday, July 30 at the Woodhaven library at 4:30. HARRY POTTER BOOKS Monday, July 30 at the Woodhaven library at 2. Ages 8-15. KIDS CAN COOK Monday, July 30 at the



Broadway library. Register. PJ STORY TIME Monday, July 30 at the East Elmhurst library at 6. READ TO A DOG Monday, July 30 at the North Hills library. Register. BABY & ME Monday, July 30 at the Bayside library at 10:30. READ TO ME Monday, July 30 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. ANT FARM IN CIT Y Monday, July 30 at the Steinway library. Register. DINOSAUR STORY TIME Monday, July 30 at the Seaside library at 1:30. READER BOYS Monday, July 30 at the St. Albans library at 2. MAKE & TAKE CRAFT Monday, July 30 at the Central library at 3. BOOK CIRCLE Monday, July 30 at the Ridgewood library at 3. WII GAMES Monday, July 30 at 3 at the Windsor Park library. CHESS CLUB Monday, July 30 at the


Bayside library at 6. PJ STORY TIME Monday, July 30 at the Central library at 7. EXPLORERS Starting Monday, July 30 APEC Explorers at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000, CRAFT KIDS Mondays at the Flushing library at 3. COOKING CLUB Tuesdays, July 31 at t he Pomonok library at 3. Ages 6 and up. SCAVENGER HUNT Tuesday, July 31 at the Windsor Park library. Register. EXPLORING PLANTS Tu e s d ay, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Astoria library at 1:30. STORY & CRAFT Tuesday, July 31 at the Central library at 2. MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Tuesday, July 31 at the Seaside library at 2. ARTS & CRAFTS Tu e s d ay, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e North Hills library. Register. READ TO ME Tu e s d ay, J u l y 3 1 a t t h e Cambria Heights library at 2:30. Pre-school-K.

WORLD CASINO 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Free admission. GOLDEN DRAGON Through August 4 the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0686, ext. 105. POW WOW Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27, 28, 29 Queens Count y Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. $10 adults, $5 children. 347FARM. ICE THEATRE Saturday, July 28 ice dancing ensemble at 7 at World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free. JAMAICA DRUM JAM Saturday, July 28 a t t h e Central library at noon. Register. BLUES Saturday, July 28 Eddie Lee Isaacs and His Blues Guitar at 2 at the Broadway library. ROCK & ROLL Saturday, July 28 a t t h e

Flushing library at 2. GERSHWIN Saturday, July 28 Forest Hills library at 2 and 4. CHICAGO BLUES Saturday, July 28 Cambria Heights library at 3. SALT WATER FISHING Sunday, July 29 at the World Fair Marina, Pier 1 at 11. 760-3141. FAMILY STAGE Sunday, July 29 SummerStage Kids Queens at Springfield Park at 4. CONCERT & FILM Sunday, July 29 Taj Weekes and Adowa at Springfield Park at 7. PLANET MUSIC Sunday, July 29 Haitian Beats. Dance lessons at 1, concert at 2 at Flushing Town Hall. 463-7700, ext. 222. LIVE JAZZ & R&B Sundays, July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26 live jazz and r&b 6-10 at Déjà vu, 180-25 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. FOREST PARK Sunday, July 29 Q u e e n s Symphony Orchestra presents “La Traviata” at 5. Forest Park Bandshell.

TEENS MOVIE MONDAYS Monday, July 30 at the Flushing library at 2. HARRY POTTER BOOK Mondays, July 30, August 6 Woodhaven library at 2. MOVIEMAKERS CLUB Monday, July 30 at the Woodhaven library at 4:40. CHESS CLUB Monday, July 30 at 6 at the Bayside library. BOOK TALK Monday, July 30 “Who Moved My Cheese” for teens Hollis library at 3:30. SHSAT MATH PREP Monday, July 30 McGoldrick library. EFFECTIVE TEENS Mondays, July 30, August 6 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Pomonok library at 3. YU-GI-OH! Mondays, July 30, August 6 at the Seaside library at 2. NH GAZETTE Mondays, July 30, August 6 North Hills Gazette newsletter at the North Hills library. Register. TEEN TUESDAYS Tuesday, July 31 at the Bay Terrace library at 3.


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Brains & Beauty A self-professed workaholic with a real zest for business, Magarita Dominguez is a sexy, creative and focused ball of fire who sees the sky as the limit. Of course Magarita loves all the usual antics someone in her mid-20s loves, but as she explains, her body is her profession, so staying in shape is her main objective. Dominguez has been modeling on and off for 10 years and also obtained her degree in communications after being awarded a full scholarship from Fordham University. “I guess I had the brains, but I also have the looks so the two go well together in this line of work,” she said. Margarita loves to shop and hang out in Astoria, where she enjoys a little shopping and lounging within the abundance of local restaurants. “I am keeping busy with my event planning company, modeling and working out, but for now I am really pleased with the way things are going for me, I have so much more to offer.”

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It’s a Diehl,“Handle Kidd! it like a man, take re-

Jason is he Kidding?

Not long after he signed with the New York Knicks, point guard Jason Kidd made headlines when he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a telephone pole on his way to his home in the Hamptons and was arrested for drunk driving. Kidd got a taste of what playing in New York really means – lots of press scrutiny. Thankfully, he didn’t have to go through it alone. New York Giant David Diehl, who was arrested on the same charge last month after leaving an Astoria bar, had some words of advice for the baller.

Giftalicious Goodies

Douglaston can you handle this? Little Neck can you handle this? Giftalicious, the Douglaston retail store, which evokes Beyonce’s hit song “Bootylicious,” was the site of Councilman Dan Halloran’s inaugural LIRR community meeting. Amongst tiny trinkets and dainty doilies, the councilman addressed pressing public concerns. Hey Dan, did you pick up a last minute anniversary present on the way out?

sponsibility, and make sure you help others move forward and make sure they don’t make the same mistake,” Diehl said. Sage words from a wise, experienced man.

Nelly, Joe Jonas, Gloria Estefan and John Rich were scheduled to mentor four contestants from our area as they compete in CW-11's "The Next" being filmed at The Paramount Theater in Huntington, LI.

The L.I. Paramount Rocks Not very far from Queens, stands the almost year-old Paramount Theater in Huntington. Long Island’s hottest live venue was the site, where at press time, Wednesday evening July 25, throngs of music fans from Metro New York were lining up to see the filming of “The Next,” CW 11’s “American Idol” type offering. Judges Gloria Estefan, John

Rich, Nelly and Joe Jonas were scheduled to be on hand for the shoot. Each music icon had 72 hours to groom one contestant. All four then battle it out head-to-head and in the end, one winner is chosen to represent the area in the live finals where the winner is rewarded with a recording contract from Atlantic Records.

What’s In A Name? Since vehement opposition from Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. wasn’t enough to stop the Queensboro Bridge from being named after Mayor Ed Koch, the outgoing Councilman is trying to

Confidentially, New York . . .

make sure landmarks aren’t named after politicians – unless they’re dead. No, he's not threatening to kill anyone. Vallone said his legislation would ban City landmarks from being named after living politicians because city property should not be used for political gain. The Daily News found this interesting since it’s nearly impossible to throw out garbage in Astoria without seeing “Sponsored by Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr.” on a receptacle. Will the bill apply to city trash cans, too?

Presley Party Elvis has not left the building. On July 17, an Elvis Presley impersonator swiveled his sexy hips for a pool party for singles at the Samuel Field Y at Bay Terrace. The party was for people aged 60 and over and featured Brian Weldon, an Elvis impersonator from Long Island. Everyone was all shook up.

What’s Up energy grooves and ferocious JULY 28 Participants will be Walkers For Wellness Club backbeat. given basic instruction and will Looking for a fun way to improve your health? Join the Walkers for Wellness Club at New Hope Lutheran Church of Jamaica. Under the guidance of a Walking Leader, you will walk two to three times each week at a comfortable pace with others along routes throughout Southeast Queens. The club is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. The walking schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Walkers meet at New Hope Lutheran Church, located at 167-24 118th Ave. T-shirts and pedometers will be provided. Contact Thurkessa Brown at (917) 553-1089 for more information.

Capoeira The Eastern Queens Alliance invites you to learn the basics of this exciting Martial Arts for from ancient Brazil with Eric Fungo. He will focus on some of the basic Capoeira movements, including “escapes” and “attack.” Capoeira helps you develop core strength, tone muscles, improve reflexes, flexibility and agility. No poor experience necessary. For additional information or directions, call (347) 824-2301 or email This free event will be held at Idlewild Cricket Field in Idlewild Park Preserve, 223rd Street and 148th Avenue, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Health and Info Fair

Jamaica Drum Jam Mike Veny is a drum circle aficionado known for his high-

Bro Masai Health Fair The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and World Afrikan Diaspora Union are pleased to present the Bro Masai Health Fair. Come and get fit and healthy, and get rid of your cancer, diabetes and hypertension. Learn how to prepare healthy meals for you and your family. Find out where to get low-cost organic food and where to find fitness and nutrition programs for kids! The day will also feature well-known holistic health practitioners and fitness trainers. This free event will be held at Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., from noon to 7 p.m.

Jazz Party in the Park The Margert Community Corporation in conjunction with Councilman James Sanders Jr. are pleased to present the next in the Garvey-Tubman Music Series a “Live Jazz Party in the Park.” Don’t miss this fabulous day of jazz that will feature jazz legends Bobbi Humphrey and Lonnie Liston Smith with special guests U4ouria and Aziza and The JazzSoetry Experience. For additional information, contact Councilman Sanders’ office at (718) 527-4356. This free event will be held at Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard at 143rd Avenue, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Power of the Trinity Live global-soul music sets the backdrop for SummerStage’s world premiere of The Power of the Trinity, a theatrical concert about Ethiopia’s last monarch, Emperor Haile Selassie and his unbreakable determination to save the kingdom from foreign invasion. Written by: Roland Wolf / Adapted and Directed By: Alfred Preisser / Original Music Composition by Tomas Doncker.

JULY 29 SummerStage Kids SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Queens Family Day, an exciting event to inspire and engage children of all ages and their families. Experience a variety of performances featuring reggae inspired music, African soul and rhythm, bubbly and melodic soul. This free event will be held at Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard at 145th Road, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Africa United A screening driven to provoke social discussion through his poignant poetry and lyrics, Taj Weekes formed Taj Weekes and Adowa in order to unite social consciousness with an unforgettable reggae groove. This free event will be held at Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard at 145th Road, from 7 to 9 p.m.

JULY 30 Stay Well Learn how special exercises and relaxation techniques can make a difference in your life. This free event will be held at Queens Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., at 10 a.m.

Randolph Mathews If you are into world music, urban folk or jazz you’ll understand that Randolph Matthews operates in his own parallel world where his music is an evolving journey, drawing on the greats of yesteryear in soul and African rhythms. This free event will be held at Rochdale Park, Guy R. Brewer Boulevard at 134th Avenue, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Film Screening As part of A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park series, “Akeelah and the Bee” will be screened. Written and directed by Doug Atchison. This free event will be held at Cambria/Cabbell Park, Francis

Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue, at 8:14 p.m.

JULY 31 Walkers For Wellness Club See July 28 listing. At 7 p.m.

Small Business Workshop Do you have an idea for a business? Learn the ins and outs of starting and managing your own successful small business. In this workshop you will learn about developing business plans, creating a demand for your product or service, setting goals and objectives, budgeting and timelines, and identifying resources and networks. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call (718) 990-5148 or (718) 990-5176. This free event will be held at Queens Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., at 7 p.m.

AUG. 1 Communication Skills Being able to communicate well is a critical 21st century skill, helping not only in getting good jobs but also in moving up a career path. In this workshop you will learn how to define and understand the communication process, be a better communicator, understand non-verbal forms of communication, become an active listener, identify and overcome barriers to communication, and leverage communication skills to build lasting relationships. This free event will be held at Queens Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., at 10 a.m.

Film Screening The movie “Hitch” will be presented by A Better Jamaica’s “Family Movies in the Park”. This free event will be held at Baisley Pond Park, Foch Boulevard at Long Street, at 8:12 p.m.

AUG. 2 Walkers For Wellness Club See July 28 listing. At 7 p.m.

Mock Interviews It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Mock inter-

views let you make mistakes before they count. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. Space is limited. To schedule an appointment, call (718) 990-5148 or (718) 9905176. This free event will be held at Queens Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., at 9 a.m.

Film Screening A Better Jamaica’s “Family Movies in the Park” is presenting the movie “West Side Story, this classic musical set among the tenements of New York City finds star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony caught in the midst of a turf war between rival street gangs. Written by Ernest Lehman, Arthur Laurents, and others. Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. This free event will be held at Saint Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard at Sayres Avenue, at 8:11 p.m.

AUG. 3 Outreach and Assistance Are you a young woman between 17-24 years of age and need assistance in applying for housing, completing college applications, financial aid or just need assistance and don’t know where to turn? The Daughters of Isis Foundation is available for support. For additional information, visit, or contact Simone Williams at (347) 731-1721 or This free event will be held at Young Queens Loft, 148-14 Liberty Ave., 2nd Floor, from 10 a.m. to 6 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 89-31 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.

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The Queens Chapter of the National Action Network is pleased to present a health and information fair that will feature screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, health coaching and nutrition. A salad bar as well as water and juice will be available for purchase. For additional information, e-mail queenschapter or call (888) 372-2226. This free event will be held at Springfield Community Church, 177-06 129th Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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