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Volume 11 Issue No. 36 Sept. 10 - 16, 2010





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Albert Baldeo Charles Bilal Martha Butler Allan Jennings

Steven Jones Vishnu Mahadeo Lynn Nunes Elaine Nunes

The late Councilman Council Thomas White Jr.

Nicole Paultre-Bell Hettie Powell Harpreet Singh Toor Ruben Wills

At least 12 contenders have initiated the procedure for replacing Councilman Thomas White Jr., who died two weeks ago. By PRESS Staff…Page 3

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A little more than a week has passed since Councilman Thomas White, Jr. passed away, but the race for his seat has already morphed into an all-out scramble for signatures and campaign funds before the Nov. 2 nonpartisan special election. The number of potential candidates quickly reached double digits and counting. That crowded field of successors is only matched by a slew of rumors that the race itself has caused a tear in Southeast Queens’ usually tight political fabric. Sean Bell’s widow, Nicole Paultre-Bell, entered the race, and has sparked tales of a rift between Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) and U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), as each legislator backs a different candidate. According to sources close to the situation, Cook adamantly supports Ruben Wills, the congressman’s potential opponent in a 2008 primary who was removed by the courts. Meeks was willing to grant Wills his blessing to run for White’s seat if he kowtowed to the Congressman, a source said. Wills did not. “[Meeks] didn’t have a problem with Ruben running,” the source said. “They just felt he should have come to the table and spoken with Meeks.” According to the source, the Congressman also made a failed attempt at political horse-trading. Meeks’ camp sought out a state-level committee position for a former member of the Congressman’s staff who is currently part of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo’s campaign team, the source said. Cook responded, “Hell no. We are not

going to negotiate that,” according to the cision after the Sept. 14 primary. Another candidate petitioning for a source. Cook’s rebuke drove Meeks to find an- ballot line in the special election is Lynn’s sister Elaine Nunes. The other candidate, “somePRESS obtained her petibody with name recognitions, which list her as a tion,” the source said. candidate with the same Enter Paultre-Bell’s South Richmond Hill adcandidacy. dress as her brother. The As Cook and Meeks petition identifies her ineach support their respecdependent party line as tive candidate, one source “Working Harder for said, “There could be probQueens.” It includes three lems because they are on of Nunes’ neighbors as complete opposite sides.” the committee to fill vaBut some contend the cancies, in accordance rumors of growing animosity are greatly over- The fight to fill the seat left with election law. The petition leaves a blown, with one source vacant by Thomas White’s likening the situation to a death has potential candidates door open for Lynn Nunes’ entry into the race, should familial dispute and not a lining up. he lose to Huntley. If Elaine falling out. “Are they political enemies? No,” the were to drop out of the race, the committee source said. “They talk every day. It’s not to fill vacancies could name Lynn as her a traditional political fight.” The source replacement. Nunes did not return requests for comcharacterized the dispute as a professional disagreement, saying the two merely sup- ment after the PRESS obtained his sister’s ported opposing candidates in the race petition. According to the CFB, 10 candidates and were willing to back the election’s have filed to receive matching funds. CFB eventual winner. The race also presents the curious case spokesman Joseph Ferris said the final of Lynn Nunes, who filed for matching list of candidates may be more than 10, funds with the Campaign Finance Board but any future candidates would not be despite currently running a Democratic able to qualify for matching funds as the primary challenge against State Sen. Sept. 7 deadline has passed. The CFB’s list includes Albert Baldeo, Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica). Days before the CFB’s filings were re- Charles Bilal, Martha Butler, Vishnu leased, Nunes was asked if he would run Mahadeo, Lynn Nunes and his sister Elaine, Paultre-Bell, Hettie Powell, for the 28th Councilmanic District. “I haven’t even given that any thought, Harpreet Singh Toor and Wills. Other canbut I haven’t ruled out the idea,” he re- didates who have stepped forward include sponded. He added he would make a de- former councilman Allan Jennings and

former candidate Stephen Jones. Candidates have until Sept. 13 to file the 899 required signatures to get on the Nov. 2 ballot. Whoever replaces White, they have big shoes to fill. Local politicians chimed in about what kind of person should fill his seat and on what issues they should focus. State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) spoke to White about his successor just days before he died. District 28 needs, “someone humble and concerned about the community,” Smith said. Also speaking to White before he died was State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica.), according to statements she made at White’s funeral. Although the two did not talk about politics, Huntley said the district needs someone familiar with government who relates well to people. “It’s a tireless job,” she said. “They just have to be on point and understand the community they are serving.” Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), whose district borders the 28th, agreed, adding, “They need to communicate effectively their opinions, and be able to articulate the concerns, wants and desires of their communities.” White was an outspoken advocate for expanding children’s programs, senior programs and public transportation, said Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park). “I think it’s important to note that whomever is elected to fill his seat can never truly replace him,” he said. “There will never be another Tom White.” Reach the PRESS at or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122.

Senior Week Festivities Carry On


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Local elected officials with the committee that organized Senior Week.

SENIOR WEEK FESTIVITIES All events are free of charge, but require an RSVP FRIDAY, SEPT. 10 Senior Appreciation Dinner Cruise Sponsored by Councilman James Sanders (718) 527-4356 SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 Health Fair Sponsored by Greater Queens Chapter of the Links (718) 291-8900 Annual Street Festival Sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Titus (718) 322-4958 MONDAY, SEPT. 13 Annual Luncheon Sponsored by State Sen. President Malcolm Smith (718) 528-4290 Oldies But Goodies Annual Luncheon Sponsored by State Sen. Shirley Huntley (718) 523-3069 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 Fitness Day

he said. “We just enjoy taking seniors down there. Everything is free. This is a way of saying, ‘Seniors, we appreciate you.’ In conjunction with Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), HealthCare Partners, IPA will host a gospel fest.

Sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Titus (718) 322-4958 THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 Afternoon At the Movies Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (718) 725-6000 Atlantic City Bus Trip Sponsored by Assemblyman Scarborough (718) 723-5412


Senior Information Fair Sponsored by Councilman James Gennaro (718) 217-4969 FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 Gospelfest Sponsored by Councilman Leroy Comrie (718) 776-3700 SATURDAY, SEPT. 18 Councilman Tom White Banner Day This will be a day of remembrance of White’s service and dedication to our community. (718) 528-5712

“I’m just proud to be part of Senior Week,” Comrie said. “I will work hard to continue to do things for seniors all the time.” Reach Reporter Sasha Austrie at, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 123.

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For the eighth time, seniors are once again indulging in a week that strictly belongs to them. Senior Week was kicked off on Sept. 3. As in years past, festivities include an Atlantic City trip, an afternoon at the movies and a luncheon. Even though late-Councilman Tom White will no longer be a participant in Senior Week’s events, his legacy will continue. The week will culminate on Sept. 18, with White’s Annual Banner Day. It is now a day of remembrance. State Sen. Malcolm Smith said the weeklong event was initiated because seniors were not being appreciated. Elected offi-

cials devised a week to give seniors their due. “This is the event that we all look forward to,” Smith said. “This is our thank you.” The festivities begin on Sept. 10 with a dinner hosted by Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton). The following day, Sept. 11, the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links will host their annual health fair. “It is a wonderful opportunity to see how you are doing,” said Pat Thomas, Greater Queens Chapter of the Links’ president. Following the health fair, community residents are encouraged to attend Greater Bethel Community Development Corporation’s annual “Giving Back to the Community” event. Dr. Maria Hubbard said Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond has donated millions of dollars in products to be distributed to the community. To receive products, call (718) 523-4357 to register. You may also volunteer, in which case call (718) 350-9949. Assemblyman William Scarborough (DJamaica) will host his annual Atlantic City trip. “It just makes me feel wonderful to see how seniors look forward to these events,”

NAACP Calls For Barfield’s Ouster


The NAACP is demanding the Department of Education oust a family district advocate because of incendiary and derogatory language. “I want them to deal with this man without having a big fight,” said Leroy Gadsden, Jamaica Branch NAACP president. Ron Barfield, a family district advocate

since October 2007, was recorded on May 27 at a parent association executive board meeting at PS 134, using the “N word” on a number of occasions. The purpose of the meeting was to craft bylaws per Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s regulations. “First of all, I was taken aback, shocked, hurt and disappointed,” Gadsden said. “Our silence gives consent to this kind of language.” In July, the DOE referred the case to the special commissioner of investigation. Gadsden said the NAACP is giving the DOE until the end of this week to terminate Barfield. He added that if the DOE does not end Barfield’s career, the NAACP is prepared to bring other witnesses for-

ward that would highlight Barfield’s previous behavior and use of derogatory language. Gadsden said reassigning Barfield would only move the problem to somebody else’s backyard. “He cannot function anywhere,” he said. Margie Feinberg, DOE spokeswoman, said there is still an open ongoing investigation. “He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation,” she said. Feinberg said there was no timeline for the investigation’s conclusion. Gadsen said though Barfield is black, it

does not soften the sting of using the word. “His color doesn’t give him immunity or a ticket for him to use that hateful word,” he said. “It is a triple blow because he is person of color, a person in power.” Though two former Parent Association members of PS 134 identified Barfield’s voice on the recording, there was little outrage. Gadsden said if Barfield was a white man, the response would be different. “Nobody has a right to insult people,” he said. Reach Reporter Sasha Austrie at, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 123.

Ceremony and Smiles at Yorkfest

Jamaica Branch NAACP President Leroy Gadsen has called for the removal of family district advocate Ron Barfield for his insensitive use of the N-word.

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Join the York College community Saturday, Sept. 11, for the Fifth Annual Yorkfest Celebration at the campus at Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, which will begin this year with a ceremony remembering the lives lost on Sept. 11. York’s president, Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, preceded by the playing of “Taps” by a National Guard Reservist from the Jamaica Armory, will open the formal program at 12:30 p.m. with remarks, a wreathlaying at the college’s flagpole on the Plaza and the call for a moment of silence to honor the day. YorkFest features hours of free music


on the Plaza of the Academic Core Building, headlined by Jamaica’s own R&B sensation Thr3e. The popular York College Big Band starts the show, followed by Harmony Music Makers, a much admired steel band. There will be rides, activities and ice cream for the kids. Refreshments will also be available. YorkFest is a celebration of York College spirit, welcoming the relationship between the students, faculty and staff of York and the surrounding community. Meet students and faculty and get to know York. Each of the school’s de-

partments will be represented. Stop at the Admissions booth for college information, or reconnect at the Alumni Association table. Find the red-shirted members of Cardinal Crew, a new student leadership group, and ask them about York. “It’s about relationships,” said Keizs. “Since its inception, York and the surrounding community have been natural allies and this is our annual opportunity to celebrate our shared history and future.” For further information contact Marcia Moxam Comrie at (718) 262-3865 or Robert Heisler at (718) 262-2842.

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Silvercrest Celebrates History, Future

ing the communities we enjoy today.” Silvercrest Senior Housing, Queens’ new affordable housing community for seniors, features 80 apartments on almost two acres of previously undeveloped land. The $16 million project is open to very low-income seniors over 62 years of age. The project received $14.2 million in federal support from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), $1.8 million from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the land was donated by The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Silvercrest Senior Housing apartments will feature a wide array of convenient amenities, including a refrigerator and stove, heating and air conditioning, laundry facilities, secured parking, library/ computer room, arts and crafts room, wellness/ fitness room, community multi-purpose room and over 4,700 square feet of outdoor recreational space. The building is also designed for handicap accessibility with emergency pull cords in each unit. New York State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows); State Sen. Frank Padavan (RU.S. Rep. Greg Meeks cuts the ribbon at Silvercrest Senior Bellerose), Deputy Queens Housing. Borough President Barry In a sluggish real estate market, there is one place in Queens that is sure to not have a problem operating at full occupancy. Silvercrest Senior Housing is a newly developed senior housing facility that is operated by The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and extends the center’s mission of “Giving Quality to Life” for the elderly in Queens. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks commemorated the Grand Opening of Silvercrest Senior Housing as the keynote speaker for the ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday, July 9. “This is an important resource for the elderly,” said Meeks. “Silvercrest Senior Housing is an example for many other cities throughout our nation with growing senior populations. Queens has taken significant steps to ensure the safety, comfort and health of their seniors – individuals who have invested their lives in build-


Grodenchik, Teresa Bainton, New York HUD Director; Multi-Family Housing HUB; and other officials joined Meeks in recognizing the project’s role in elevating the quality of life and wellbeing of Queens seniors. “HUD and HPD were critical to the success of this project,” said Cosmo LaCosta, president of Silvercrest Senior Housing. “In today’s economic environment, projects financed by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development are only possible when local funders get involved too. Silvercrest Senior Housing is a great example of that collaboration. Also, here in Queens, the boost in the local economy generated by this development is a godsend.” “Now we have a fuller continuum of services between New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (SCNR), and Silvercrest Senior Housing, to be able to meet the health and well-being needs of our Queens community,” said Dr. George Heinrich, Chairman of the Boards of NYHQ and SCNR. Silvercrest is a 320-bed skilled nursing facility in Briarwood. It is a state-of-the-art post-acute care center of excellence that exists to serve the community especially those who need special supports and programs to enhance their capacity for life. Silvercrest has an environment that nurtures individuals while never forgetting their aspirations for independence.

The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation opened in 1989 under the sponsorship of Booth Memorial Medical Center and The Salvation Army as Booth Silvercrest. The name “Silvercrest” comes from the silver crest worn on the uniforms of Salvationists. In 1996, the facility changed its name from Booth Silvercrest to Silvercrest Extended Care Facility and in 1997 opened its Short Term Rehabilitation Center for both in-patients and out-patients. Today, 20 years of service later, a more mature and sophisticated institution sees to the complex needs of a widening population as The Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Sponsored by The New York Hospital Queens, Silvercrest is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and enjoys access to all the resources of this, the largest and finest of New York medical systems. The Silvercrest Senior Housing received support from numerous elected officials and other not-for-profit service organizations and began construction in December 2008. More recently, the company has applied for the integration of an adult day care program within the senior housing building to meet the social and medical needs of other seniors in the surrounding neighborhoods of Queens. The vision for The Silvercrest Center and Silvercrest Senior Housing is to meet the multifaceted long term care needs of the aging population of Queens.





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PRESS of Southeast Queens Endorsements EVERY VOTE COUNTS

OF SOUTHEAST QUEENS 174-15 Horace Harding Expwy. Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 (voice) (718) 357-7400 fax (718) 357-9417 email The PRESS of Southeast Queens Associate Publisher

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The PRESS endorses Kathleen Rice for Attorney General.

Though this Tuesday’s primary is six weeks prior to the General Election, in many of our local races this is the place where November’s victory will be decided. A large percentage of November’s races have either no or minimal Republican contest, save a handful. The message could not be clearer. As we enter a year where redistricting is at stake, we support the New York Uprising tenet that redistricting be done in an independent, fair and sensible way with clear and contiguous districts. In most State Legislative contests on the Primary ballot, the votes cast this Tuesday will determine who will represent us in Albany next year when this important step is taken. In short, this Tuesday’s vote counts for quite a lot. Be sure to go to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

ATTORNEY GENERAL In a competitive field this newspaper finds difficulty in the transition from an Albany elected official to Attorney General, an office that needs to scrutinize the failing peers in the legislature. Eric Schneiderman’s use of his Albany staff and the hit and run explicitly eliminates him in our eyes. While Richard Brodsky represents the Albany independence that we admire, after assessing all of the candidates our preference is Kathleen Rice, an established prosecutor.

33RD ASSEMBLY & 10TH SENATE This newspaper has supported the New York Uprising since its inception. We have encouraged all who care about true reform to take the pledge to stick to its guidelines, key among them being non-partisan redistricting. If candidates have not signed the pledge, we cannot and will not endorse them. In the 33rd Assembly District, both incumbent Barbara Clark and challenger Clyde Vanel have failed to sign the New York Uprising pledge. We reject them both. This newspaper has spent a decade railing against the most dysfunctional legislature in the United States. This redistricting is the opportunity to right most of the wrongs of the past. It will be the conduct of this legislature over the next few moments in history in the act of redrawing district lines by which we will judge the members. Shirley Huntley, who did sign the pledge and has shown us she is prepared to rethink the issues that matter to the community, has been most efficient at bringing home the bacon for the people of Southeast Queens. She is a most important part of the delivery of services to the community. The PRESS of Southeast Queens endorses Shirley Huntley.

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Wrong Info To The Editor: A notice was e-mailed to me from the Department of Health regarding the pesticide spraying to kill mosquitoes in an effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus. Unfortunately, the notice had an error in terms of location of the spraying. It described Bell Boulevard as being the eastern boundary of the spraying when in fact it was the western boundary. A friend also noticed that the community identified as the target for the spraying was Oakland Gardens, when the zip codes mentioned were also

Bayside zip codes. I believe that this e-mail was sent to hundreds of people in the area. We are advised to take proper precautions in these e-mails to make sure that we close our windows and take in pets and children’s toys before the spray trucks come around at night. Many people may have been misled by the error in the e-mail and ignored the advice to take precautions. With so many people these days suffering from respiratory issues, including asthma and allergies, this could be problematic. Spraying pesticides is serious

business. The Health Department’s efforts to notify affected communities is inadequate, at best. Why doesn’t this agency post notices up on utility poles in areas to be sprayed, just like when road work or tree care is about to be done? Why can’t this agency traverse neighborhoods about to be sprayed with a loud speaker system warning residents. Henry Euler, Fresh Meadows

Kudos, Tribune To The Editor: I was watching NY1 Friday at

6:30 a.m. and lo and behold I saw a segment titled “Queens in the Papers.” The Queens Tribune was displayed first and the anchor showed the Queens Tribune’s front page with its title, “Flushing Commons: APPROVED!” Then the anchor woman turned the page with a brief review about the story and also showed other stories in the paper. Well, I must say that is really great for us readers of the Tribune. Let me therefore say, Kudos to the Tribune for a job well done. Fred Bedell, Jr., Glen Oaks

Please Pastor, Don’t Hurt Us

A Personal Perspective BY MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our shores, a lot of people have responded in a lot of ways – some positive and some, well, not so much. But a pastor’s plan to burn the Koran, Islam’s holy book, is the most potentially dangerous plan we’ve heard so far. Pastor Terr y Jones of Gainesville, Fla., plans to gather all the Korans he can get his hands on and send them up in f lames. Well, of all the hairbrained schemes, this one certainly takes the cake. In terms of nuttiness quotient, this far outdoes the American civilian who earlier this year went solo to Pakistan to try to capture Osama bin Laden. I don’t know what kind of Christian pastor this Terry Jones guy considers himself to be, with this stupid act of retaliation on the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the aborted

attack heading for the nation’s capitol. But this plan is clearly not Christian. And it is most certainly not American. There has been so much controversy surrounding the Ground Zero-area mosque proposal that some of us may be losing perspective. But we still have to remember that in America, we don’t burn other people’s religious icons. How would this pastor like seeing the Holy Bible burnt? Not very much, you can bet. He may know the Ten Commandments by rote, but he is not living the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. He will be hurt and offended if Muslims start burning Bibles. But his plan here is surely going to “set it off.” His Koran bonfire will fuel the fires of hate against us and endanger our troops and civilians abroad and citizens at home. Jones is not taking the New York City subway and he’s probably not going to be here working in any of our skyscrapers. His town

will be safe because chances are nobody is interested in attacking anything in Gainesville, Fla.. But New York City, Washington, DC and the commercial airline industry are always going to be enticing targets to extremists and we should not be providing the fuel. And speaking of extremists, how does this pastor think his actions make him better than the extremists who would bomb us in retaliation? One religious extremist is no better than another. And yes, anyone can burn any document under the First Amendment, but just because you have a protected right to burn books doesn’t mean you should. The Muslim world will be incensed the same way the Christians will be when Bibles are gathered and torched. I hope that common sense will prevail and this man can be dissuaded from this act of lunacy and insensitivity. Even the president of the United States has weighed in on the matter, promising it will be “a recruitment bo-

nanza for al Qaeda.” And no, the president does not exaggerate. This act will be an open invitation. One small act of stupidity in Gainesville, Fla. will reverberate around the world. We would have to step up our vigilance here in New York. Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Center, says he is still praying about his plan; but has given no indication he will concede to cooler heads. Well while he’s praying about his plan, let us also pray he comes to his senses. He’s even had the nerve to say that he won’t be responsible for any deaths that may occur as a result of his church’s actions. Clearly the man is delusional. Somebody should probably lock him in the rectory until the anniversary has passed. Clearly, he is not an appropriate church leader at this time. His job should be to pray for forgiveness and reconciliation between the two worlds and cultures. Instead, he wants to start the fire. Shame on him!

10th Senate District The PRESS of Southeast Queens asked all of the borough’s primary candidates to participate in our Voter Guide by providing a bio, photo and responses to six questions pertinent to the office they seek. We also asked if they support former Mayor Ed Koch’s NYUprising. Their responses have, in some cases, been trimmed to fit limited space.

State Senate Candidate Questions 1. How can we fix the state budget? The state financial situation? 2. What new initiative(s) would you back to create jobs in Queens? 3. Do you feel a constitutional convention is needed for NY, and for what purpose? 4. Besides the budget and jobs, what is the most important issue facing your district, and how to you propose to solve it? 5. Is there any way to prevent a repeat of last summer’s fiasco which shut the Senate down for months? What do you propose? 6. Is there an ethical problem in Albany? If so, how should it be addressed? SHIRLEY HUNTLEY tion and bringing in new forms of indusState Senator Shirley Huntley was try that are technology-based, promote elected to the State Senate representing diversity, and increase job training proSoutheast Queens in 2006, after defeat- grams would serve to prepare our popuing a longtime incumbent. lace to be ready for new market indusNew York Uprising: Yes. tries. 1) Our fiscal situation can be rem3) If the residents of this great state edied by taking aggressive felt a constitutional convention steps to decrease unemploywas needed and a referendum ment, ensuring our state agenwas put forth I would not be opcies and authorities are acposed to the will of the people. countable in regard to service I feel that reforming Albany and and fiscal budgets, and supensuring respectable and honest porting our small businesses individuals are representing the through tax abatements and many districts of New York State business credits, helping to will help repair the image of our spur the economy. Shirley Huntley capitol and state government. 2) I have worked on many 4) Foreclosures have been a new initiatives in Albany by supporting major issue in Queens. I have held sevlegislation that would bring living-wage eral forums on foreclosures in Queens, jobs for my district and all of Queens to informing homeowners of illicit and illeJFK Airport and the Kew Gardens Inter- gal scams and how to avoid companies change. I also believe investing in educa- that promote predatory lending. I voted

2) I fully support projects like the Aqueduct Racino, a project that will create hundreds to thousands of new jobs and I will work to make sure that those jobs are good-paying jobs with meaningful benefits. 3) I absolutely do feel a constitutional convention is needed in New York State in order to approve the many reforms that are urgently needed in the State Legislature. The convention should be held to address the need for term limits, public financing of elections, and improvements to the budget process. 4) It is unacceptable that three area hospitals have closed in the last four years. Budget cuts should never be made at the expense of our health care. I will work to make sure our community gets the funding it deserves for hospital creation, expansion, and the maintenance of health care services provided by community and senior centers. 5) We must do everything we can to prevent a repeat of last summer’s chaos from ever happening again. The culture in AlLYNN NUNES bany needs serious reform. We Lynn grew up in Richmond need elected officials who are Hill. He currently owns and opLynn Nunes truly committed to serving the erates a real estate company on needs of their constituents. I Jamaica Avenue in Richmond strive to be a voice for change and reform Hill. in the State Senate. New York Uprising: Yes. 6) I believe there is a serious ethics prob1) We should first look at those programs that have proven to be ineffective lem in Albany. Too many of our elected when the legislature proposes cuts in the officials have become entrenched and bebudget and not make cuts to critical ser- holden to special interests. It is precisely vices unnecessarily. I also believe there because of these ethics issues that I am should be a longer-term financial plan; for advocating for public financing of eleca period of several years that would allow tions, term limits, and greater transparfor transparency and long-term planning. ency. for legislation that would allow renters in foreclosed properties to stay in their homes for an increased length of time. I also implemented the successful Operation: Protect Your Home program, which saved hundreds of families faced with foreclosure from losing their homes. 5) The events that occurred last summer were the result of a lack of leadership of the current Minority Conference. I believe that our elected officials must simply respect the will of our voters and not try to upend the electoral process. 6) In every group there may be one or two “bad apples.” However, for those who repeatedly violate the public’s trust, there should be ramifications that will ensure confidence in our state government. I supported and voted for ethics legislation created by the Majority Conference. Through legislation, accountability, and a demand for personal and public responsibility, the ethical issues in Albany will be properly answered and resolved.

33rd Assembly District Assembly Candidate Questions 1. How can we fix the state budget? The state financial situation? 2. What new initiative(s) would you back to create jobs in Queens? 3. Do you feel a constitutional convention is needed for NY, and for what purpose? 4. What can be done to add hospital beds and primary care providers to the borough? 5. Besides the budget and jobs, what is the most important issue facing your district, and how to you propose to solve it? 6. Is there an ethical problem in Albany? If so, how should it be addressed?

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because some provisions usurp our legisBARBARA CLARK Barbara Clark has represented the lative authority and seem to go beyond communities of the 33rd Assembly Dis- what even the Citizens Budget Commistrict in the New York State Legislature sion proposes. for twenty-three years. Clark serves as 2) The new initiative I am working on House Assistant Majority Whip. to generate jobs is to secure funding and approval of a community New York Uprising: No. college in Southern Queens, with 1) We will only fix the state’s a particular emphasis on providlong term budget woes by re-ading degree programs and training dressing the issue of increasing revenue for the state, by taxing in “green technology” skills and those with ample means. In development. 3) One constitutional issue I terms of the state’s financial condition, the State should adopt would like to see addressed some of the proposals of the Barbara Clarke would be the amendment of the Citizens Budget Commission, in constitution to extend the term terms of limiting the ability of quasi-pub- of office from two years to four years for lic entities to bond and borrow indepen- the Senate and the Assembly. 4) This is difficult to answer until we dently. I stop short of adopting Ed Koch’s New York Uprising reform pledge see how the new “landscape” under health

care reform will impact on hospitalized come taxes since New Yorkers pay the care. Electronic records and coordination second highest in the nation. 2) I will work hard to create jobs in of treatment from all providers may provide savings for New York to revisit the Queens by working to attract new busiissue of building new public hospitals nesses to locate in my district by providwhich would incorporate the new tech- ing them with tax credits and incentives. 3) Never again should we alnologies in treatment and medilow what happened in Albany cal billing. for the past two summers. With 5) The most important isa constitutional convention, we sues aside from budget and jobs can address fundamental is to secure the funding awarded changes to address redistricting, under the Campaign for Fiscal corruption, dysfunction and irEquity for New York Schools. responsible behavior. Restoration of the $5.5 billion 4. First, I will work to make in education funds awarded by Clyde Vanel sure the existing hospitals are propthe State’s highest court, along with reforms proposed and also funded erly running and funded. I would also work by Race to the Top ($696 Million) may to support and clinics and other health care finally enable us to make real and lasting providers in Queens. 5) Our educational system in our disimprovements in closing the achievetrict has been grossly inadequate. Our ment gap for students of color. 6) Greater transparency in the bud- graduation rate is abysmal, test scores are getary and legislative process would cure too low and we are not preparing our many of the perceived ethical concerns. youth for the workplace. I will work towards a commitment to rigorous standards and assessments and preparing and CLYDE VANEL Clyde Vanel is an attorney and com- supporting good teachers and principals. 6) It is more likely that a public offimunity activist. cial in Albany will leave office because of New York Uprising: No. 1) I would work to help control and corruption or ethical violations than from limit spending by Albany and reduce the losing an election. There must be sweepsize of government. Additionally, I would ing ethics reform which promotes accommit to not increasing personal in- countability and transparency.

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Why Two Houses, Rating Legislators, Gracie Mansion, Why 51 Councilmembers? New York Baseball Cubans, Unfunded Healthcare Mandates, Hell in a Handbasket?

By HENRY STERN Question: Since one man (person), one vote eliminated a legislative body representing geographic areas like counties, why do we need 2 houses, their cost and their incompetence in NY? - Robert E. Adamski Answer: Bicameral legislatures are the norm in the United States, the Federal government and 49 states have two houses. The only state with a unicameral legislature is Nebraska, which abolished its House of Repre sentat ives in a 1934 referendum at the urging of Senator George W. Norris, a progressive Republican. Many bo dy par t s come in pairs, like eyes, ears, lungs, kidneys, breasts and testicles, not to mention arms and legs. In addition to providing balance, they facilitate survival if one of the pair is injured or destroyed. [In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.] With regard to legislatures, it is possible for one house to correct the blunders of the other, or to pass bills without fear that they will actually become law. Bicameralism gives every citizen two legislators to elect, so if one is a dope or a crook, a voter can go to the other for assistance or information. It gives young politicians more offices to run for and acquire experience and recognition. The expense is moderate compared with wasteful spending in government agencies. Two house s are simi lar to having a doctor or lawyer to give a second opinion on a matter. It makes briber y more difficult and expensive by slowing the wheels of government. It saves the state from some foolish and expensive legislation. It all goes back to England, motherland of the Founding Fathers and home of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, which were originally quite different, as the names indicate. In the United States, the houses have become increasingly similar, except that Senates are always smaller in membership, with larger districts. The smallest bicameral legislature is Alaska, with 20 senators and 40 representatives; the largest is New Hampshire, whose General Court consists of 24 senators and 400 representatives. Question: Is there some organization which ranks our Albany Legislators and Agency staff on such categories as effective leadership, intelligence, honesty, civic-mindedness? Obviously, this is subjective and libel lawsuit tricky, but I would love to see them squirm when they get rated this way. -

Caroline from Oyster Bay Answer: Legislators are rated based on their votes on particular issues by advocacy organizations, e.g. Environmental Advocates of New York, League of Humane Voters, The Business Council of New York State. They give the legislators percentage scores. One man’s advocates are another man’s lobbyists. Citizens Union publishe s some rol l-cal l votes, but does not give out grades. There is little reason to fear libel lawsuits, since elected officials are public figures. Some ratings reflect genuine differences of opinion on the issues. Intelligence is measurable, but the most intelligent may be the most evil, since they are smart enough to terrify or manipulate their colleagues. Honesty is hard to measure. Does a legislator keep his word, or is he a chronic liar. Does he stay bought, or does he require fresh incentives? Does he vote his own opinions, follow instructions or do whatever he believes will help him politically? Is he independent? Is he literate? Is he numerate? How does he measure up with regard to the seven deadly sins (envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath) or the seven cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, courage or fortitude, restrai nt or tempera nce, fait h, hope and charity) [source: good old Wikipedia]. In order to squirm, Caroline, one must posse ss a sense of shame. It is not clear how many legislators have that particular sensibility or sensitivity. Question: The city has an essentially unfunded liability for the future health care benefits of retired municipal employees of approximately $70 billion, growing at $4b/year. Will the city: 1. Raise taxes $4b per year plus an extra amount to cover amor tization of the unfunded liability? 2. Cut spending $4b+ (7% of the budget, more of “discretionary” spending)? 3. Walk away from promises to municipal workers? 4. Dump the obligation on the Federal government? After all, t hey can just pr int t he money(?!) - Anonymous Answer: None of the above. The city will muddle along as usual until it has fiscal obligations that it is unable to pay. Then it will beg for a lifeline. Question: Why does the city need so many councilmembers? If we cut the number by a third and then increased the size of

the area covered by the remaining councilmembers, the city would save a lot of money. - LG Answer: The reason why it is sensible to keep all 51 Council seats is that each councilmember repre sent s so ma ny people roughly 160,000 per member. Many places in the United States with smaller populations than 160,000 have Cit y Councils of their own, such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota (pop. 157,935), Santa Rosa, California (pop. 157,468), and Boulder, Colorado (pop. 100,160). Brooklyn, which has 16 councilmembers to represent over 2.5 million people, would be the fourth largest city in the nation (after only NYC, LA, and Chicago) if it were independent. Question: Where did Gracie Mansion gets its name and what is its history? - Ken Stewart Answer: Gracie Mansion is named for the Scottish-born shipping magnate Archibald Gracie, who was a busi ness par tner of Alexander Hamilton and a friend of John Jay. In 1798, Gracie bought a large tract of land on Hoorn’s Hook near the East River, and the following year he built the two-story wooden Federalist mansion on the crest of a hill. Gracie primarily used the house as his countr y residence, enter taining guests there such as future President John Quincy Adams and future French king Louis Phillippe, until he was forced to sell it in 1823 to pay off debts. At one point, the city took the house for back taxes. Various occupants resided in the house, until 1896, when the Cit y of Ne w York acquired the property and made it part of what is now Carl Schurz Park. As part of the park, the house served in numerous capacities, including an ice-cream stand, classroom space and even public restrooms. From 1924 until 1936, it served as the Museum of the City of New York, and from 1936 until 1942 it was shown as a historical house. In 1942, Robert Moses convinced Fiorello La Guardia to turn the house into the official mayoral residence. It is where he lived during his entire third term. Question: How did the New York Cubans get their name and how did their playing days end? - Charles Millard Answer: The New York Cubans were a Negro Leagues baseball team that played from 1935 until 1950, except for two seasons (1937-1938). The team was an outgrowth of the All Cubans, a Hispanic All-Star team that began travelling to the United States in 1899 to compete against Negro League ballclubs, and eventually

evolved into a full-fledged Negro League team called the Cuban Stars. The Cuban Stars franchise splintered into two teams in 1918, both of which ended up going under by 1930, but one of its owners, Alex Pompez, resurrected the team as the New York Cubans in 1935. Somewhat misleadingly, the Cubans were not exclusively players of Cuban origin (just as the Cleveland Indians are not Native Americans), though the team, along with the Indianapolis Clowns, had the most Hispanic players of any Negro League team and featured many of the best Latino players of the day. Among the great Cubans were slugger Tetelo Vargas, the “Father of Dominican Baseball”, who once hit home runs in seven consecutive at-bats; Puerto Rica n shor tstop Pedro Anibal “Perucho” Cepeda, father of Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda; Minnie Minoso, who would go on to be a nine-time All-Star in the Majors; and “El Maestro” Martin Dihigo, arguably t he greate st player in Negro League s history. Dihigo, who was actually Cuban, won 256 games as a pitcher (with a .653 winning percentage) while batting .303 lifetime. When Satchel Paige was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971, Paige, who was not known for his modesty, exclaimed, “I’m not the best, Martin Dihigo is!” In 1947, the year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues, the Cubans defeated the Cleveland Buckeyes to win their first and only Negro League World Series title. The following year, the Cubans became a farm team for the New York Gia nts a nd moved to the Polo Grounds, but by then time was running out on the Negro Leagues. In

Henry Stern 1950, the Cubans folded under mounting financial difficulties and the exodus of black and Latino ballplayers to the majors. Earlier this year, the New York Mets honored the Cubans by wearing their jerseys for a game in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Question: From where does the phrase “going to hell in a handbasket” come? - KL Answer: According to the Oxford English Dictionar y, the first use of this peculiar phrase comes from I. Winslow Ayer’s 1865 work The Great North-Western Conspiracy in All Its Startling Details: “Thousands of our best men were prisoners in Camp Douglas, and if once at liberty would ‘send abolitionists to hell in a hand basket.’” Variations of the phrase predate this reference, such as “head in a handbasket” (Samuel Sewall’s Diary, 1714) and “going to heaven in a wheelbarrow” (Gods Bounty on Proverbs, 1618), but “going to hell in a handbasket” doe s not seem to have entered common parlance until the 1920s. T he durabi lit y of t he phrase, which has no substantive difference in meaning from simply “going to hell”, is likely owing to its alliteration.

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Police Blotter Compiled By DOMENICK RAFTER

100th Precinct Motorcycle Death On Thursday, Aug. 19, at 9:41 p.m., at the corner of Cross Bay Boulevard and North Channel Bridge in Broad Channel, police responded to a call of a vehicle accident. Upon arrival, police observed the victim, a 61-year-old white man, with severe trauma about the body. The victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital by EMS and was pronounced dead on arrival. Upon further investigation, police determined that the victim, operating a motorcycle, was traveling northbound on Cross Bay Boulevard, when it struck the rear of an SUV, also traveling northbound. There was no criminality suspected at this time. The investigation was ongoing.

Missing Person The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating a man reported missing in Rockaway. On Monday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m., Kwasi Williams, 29, of 163 Beach 122nd St., Rockaway Park, was last seen leaving his residence. He is described as a black man, 5-foot-11, 230 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by log-

ging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

101st Precinct Burglars Sought The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects wanted in regards to seven burglaries that occurred around Far Rockaway. The suspects are described as two white or Hispanic men, one wearing light color shorts and light color top and other wearing multi-color pants and a hooded sweatshirt. From July 6 to Aug. 15 the men entered homes on Mott Avenue and Cornaga Avenue, making off with undisclosed amounts of cash and property. Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at or by texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

105th Precinct Missing Man The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following man missing from Queens Village.

Delvin Garcia, 18, of 90-28 216th St., Queens Village, was last seen on Thursday, Sept. 2, at approximately 9:30 a.m. leaving his residence. He described as 5foot-3, 100 lbs. with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a grey Tshirt, camouflage shorts and black shoes. Garcia has a fascination with the New York City Subway system and has been found in the past riding trains in Manhattan and Queens. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this missing person is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers Web site at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

113th Precinct Arrest In Murder On Saturday, July 31, at 2:20 a.m. at 111-24 202nd St. in St. Albans, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered Lajeunesse Robinson, 19, of 116-34 221st St., Cambria Heights, shot once in the right thigh and another victim, a 17-yearold black man, shot once in the abdomen. Both victims were transported by EMS to Jamaica Hospital where Robinson was pronounced dead on arrival. On Friday, Sept. 3, police arrested Tareef Armstead, of 209-55 112th Ave., St. Albans

and charged him with murder, attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment.

Killed Crossing On Saturday, Sept. 4, at approximately 9:28 a.m., at the intersection of Merrick Boulevard and 115th Avenue in St. Albans, police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered the victim, a 58-year-old black man, unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead on arrival. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was crossing over Merrick Boulevard, from the west side to the east side, when he was struck by a white 1999 Infinity SUV, driven by a 35-year-old black woman who was traveling south bound on Merrick Boulevard at the intersection of 115th Avenue. There was no criminality suspected at this time and the investigation was ongoing.

Woman Killed On Monday Sept. 6, at 3:31 a.m. police responded to a 911 call of a woman shot at 119-23 202nd St. in St. Albans. Upon arrival, police observed Chanel French, 21, of 3335 Lake Crest Rd., Virginia Beach, Va., who was shot in the twice in the torso and once in the left leg. EMS responded and transported the victim to Franklin General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Borough Beat Caught In the Middle:

Repeating Fifth Grade Due To Test Overhaul BY JESSICA ABLAMSKY

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In danger of having to repeat the fifth grade based on her score on the standardized English Language Arts exam, Christina LaForge spent her summer doing what few kids would wish – going to school. The LaForges rejoiced when Christina’s promotion letter came in midAugust from PS 162, only to find out days later that she was being held back for missing the newly raised ELA standard by seven points. Understandably upset, Christina’s mother Elise LaForge is seeking to have the decision reversed, including a potential lawsuit. As of press time, Christina was attending fifth grade at PS 46. Christina’s unfortunate experience highlights several ongoing issues in education today: the effect of high-stakes testing on increasingly younger students, the move to link teacher hiring practices to those tests and the way the City and State Departments of Education do business. Students statewide took the ELA on April 26 and 27. Nearly three months later, the State DOE raised proficiency standards, including 16 points on the ELA for the fifth grade. Although the City DOE knew for “some time,” principals were not informed of the

imminent change until early May, in a memo from the City DOE, said Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for the City DOE. A special education student, Christina works hard for her grades, including extra instruction. Had LaForge been notified, she would have known automatically that her daughter would have needed more help to pass. Normally, the City DOE receives final test results for the ELA and Math in June, before summer school assignments are handed out. Instead, the City DOE was forced to guess where the state would set its new standards and assign summer school accordingly. “In some grades and subjects we were quite close, and in others we were not,” Mittenthal said. The ELA standards changed more than the City DOE expected, according to a City DOE official who did not want to be named. Still, nearly twice as many kids were assigned to summer school as compared to the year before. Although students were responsible for passing the test, the State DOE tried to protect schools from the consequences of lower proficiency, according to a press release from the agency. To avoid more schools being labeled In

Elise LaForge with her daughter Christina who, despite having attended summer school, will still have to repeat fifth grade because of a mid-summer change in testing standards. Need of Improvement, officials asked the U.S. Dept. of Education to allow schools and districts to get credit for making adequate yearly improvement if they would have made it without the proficiency hike. “Should we be relying on these test scores to be the be all end all?,” asked James Vasquez, Queens High School District Representative for the UFT. Even in high school, one test does not determine a child’s fate, he said. “It isn’t a fair system,” said Mary Vaccaro, UFT District 26 Representative. “It’s a shame to put this pressure on

children that are in fifth grade.” For a special education student like Christina, a high-stakes test might not be the best way to assess mastery of the curriculum, she said. When a child does not meet ELA or Math standards, the superintendent of the district has the final say on promotion. The decision can include a look at the student’s portfolio of work from the entire school year. As a high performing district, the 26th, where Christina is assigned, has little experience with that, Vaccaro said. The move to link teacher hiring practices to student performance, including standardized tests, is mandated in 201112. The initiative is being piloted in some school in the City this year. Most teachers will do the right thing in the classroom, Vaccaro said. But, with jobs on the line, some could be tempted to let the rest of the curriculum suffer at the expense of preparation in subjects that are tested. Negotiations between the UFT and the City DOE are ongoing, and UFT officials are working to prevent that outcome, she said. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124.







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More Than Laughs:

Boro Comedy Scene Keeps ‘Em Laughing other comedy venues and Trent likes it that way. “We like to be a little bit different here,” she said. A new wave of popular entertainment is something Similarly, Song Gonzalez saw a lack of artistic outof a well-kept Queens secret: The best comedy shows lets in Astoria. She decided to rectify it by creating a are happening here. place where comedy and music were the main focus, Stand up comedy is now moving in to take a perma- opening Waltz-Astoria in 2005. nent place in the borough’s landscape. Traditional comPedro Gonzalez, Song’s husband, is in charge of edy rooms in Manhattan leave some comedians longing booking the shows at Waltz for the last two years. “There for another way to share their voice, and alternatives was definitely a need to bring culture back to Astoria,” have been popping up all over Queens, offering new he said. ways for comics to work on their material and generally Waltz is not only a coffee shop and music venue, it have a place to call home. also holds open mics and comedy contests to keep fresh It is not just the comedy clubs and faces coming in and help new covenues, but the comedians themselves medians establish themselves. have flocked to this borough as well. This October, for their fifth anniThese people and places have develversary, they will hold a Comic oped a community and support sysSuperstar NYC contest. “Some of tem to keep comedy moving forward. the best talent is in Astoria,” Gonzalez said. Mezzo Mezzo, a Greek restauThe Clubs rant also in Astoria, has comedy The performance spaces for comnights every Wednesday proedy buck the tradition of older clubs. duced by comedians Dan They lean towards close-knit commuFrigolette and Adam Chisnall. nities and homegrown shows. Some Hosted in a smaller venue upcomedians operate rooms themselves stairs from the regular restaurant, while alternative comedy spaces are they described their show as grass making story telling and sketch comroots and are proud of the family edy a popular form of expression. of comedians they have develThe Creek and the Cave in Long oped. “You can get small audiIsland City has been a Queens restauences that are into it that acturant and performance space for the ally want to be here,” Frigolette last nine years, opening its doors in said. “You get to that place where 2001 and having regular music, theyou are not even telling jokes anyater and comedy shows since its inmore, you are just telling your ception. Things changed after current life.” owner Rebecca Trent took over in Having started out slow and 2006. “I like the fact that these people Dan Frigolette performs at Mezzo steadily building, word of mouth were basically every day. The thing Mezzo on Ditmars Boulevard at a show has helped fuel the show’s growth. “This environment is that they think about the very most is he produces. comforting and warm,” he said. how to make people laugh,” she said. Trent saw a potential to create a home for comedi- “I am kind of jealous.” ans to work out their material, experiment and socialize with others in their field. Her gamble worked. The Comedians “Now it’s starting to pick up momentum and people The mix of comedians in our borough is as eclectic are starting to pay attention to this place,” she said of as its venues. From the newly-minted to the constantly the borough. working, Queens has been a haven for comedians not The Creek and the Cave is more non-traditional than only because of its proximity to Manhattan but also because of its easy access to bridges and tunnels, airports and trains. Recently, newly-established comedy professionals and those just starting to break into the business have flocked here because of the cheaper rents, larger spaces and close-knit comedy family. “I think New York is a good place for breeding your career. Guys come from other places where there are no comedy clubs,” says Chris Monty, a working comedian living in Forest Hills. “They don’t have much opportunity there to get better. Here there are places for them to work.” Monty also appreciates the easier parking in Queens, so he is able to drive to gigs. Astoria native Ted Alexandro has his own ideas about the explosion of comedians in Queens, particularly in Astoria and Long Island City. With rents on the rise in Manhattan and Brooklyn, comedians were priced out of those areas and needed a cheap place to stay, he explained. Word spread. Alexandro is a well-known comedian who travels the world performing, but has come to appreciate the new Comedian Chris Monty performs. alternative spaces he has close to home. “I do a mix of

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the traditional clubs and the smaller rooms that the comedians are running,” he said. “These new shows are free, and things that are going on at places like The Creek and The Cave can be more interesting and experimental. It’s not the typical comedy club experience and I think the clubs missed the boat and that is how these things spring up.” With so much influx of comedians into these neighborhoods, how do comics moving to the city find out about them? “Word of mouth,” said Dan Allen, who has his own comedy show with elements of story telling and experimental comedy. “Comedians all over the country have heard that Astoria has a strong comedy community.” Tom Sibley, a newcomer who recently moved to Long Island City, started his comedy career in Queens. “The first time I ever did stand up was at Mezzo,” he said. He is becoming a regular performer at The Creek and The Cave as well. “This is where it’s at right now and with cheap rent, accessibility, the place seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime chance.” Reach Intern Rebecca Sesny at or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.

A comedian performs at Mezzo Mezzo’s one year anniversary with DJ K Lon in the background.

Dan Allen, an Astoria comedian who produces his own shows.

Ted Alexandro performing at Sacapuntas, a comedy show produced by fellow comedian Dan Allen.

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Photo by Juliet Kaye


Father Empowerment

Southeast Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson

Breaking Barriers

A Fathers Empowerment Forum focusing on Fathers, Families and Finances was held at The Greater Allen AME Cathedral to bring valuable resources and information on the rights and responsibilities of the non-custodial father. A community forum discussion was held with panelists (l. to r.): Tre Carr, GAC Father Support Program; Jaime Nelsen, Fortune Society Family Services Counselor; Jane McGrady, Queens Family Court; Assemblyman William Scarborough; Frances Pardus-Abbaddessa, Deputy Commissioner NYC HRA, Office of Child Support Enforcement; and Dr. Sidney Hankerson, Columbia University Dept. of Psychiatry.

New Jerusalem Party

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Photo by Juliet Kaye

Photos by Ira Cohen

Former Mayor David Dinkins was in Denise Williams performed for the honorees and guests. attendance.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron was on hand at the U.S. Open Tuesday to receive a “Breaking the Barriers” award for the impact he has made in diversity and inclusion.

The New Jerusalem Baptist Church held its annual Block Party Aug. 28. Face painting, BBQ food, free books and CDs from the Bookstore and blow up childrens’ rides brought parishioners, families and neighbors out. Assemblyman William Scarborough (c.) joined Rev. Carlene Thorbes (5th l.), Joyce Levy, Manager of Timothy Bookstore, Rose Wats o n , V P o f G o s p e l C h o i r, a n d B r o t h e r A l f r e d S m i t h , C h e f extraordinaire and congregants in front of Timothy’s Bookstore table.

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Hicks’ Teenage Dream Comes True BY SASHA AUSTRIE

PRESS Photo by Sasha Austrie

Since her teenage years, Renee Hicks had the urge to ease the pain of others. “As early as 14, when I first got my working papers, I started working for a neighborhood program,” she said. “It was there that I saw the need. I found out this is something I wanted to do.” Hicks transformed a 14-year-old’s passion into a 25-year career at Safe Space. For the last 91 years, Safe Space has

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A teenage dream has grown into a lifelong passion for Renee Hicks, as she is now helping underprivileged and abused children.

been a shield for abused children and those who have lost their way. Recently, Safe Space, formerly the Queens Borough Society of Cruelty to Children, has decided to put its focus squarely on Southeast Queens and the surrounding community. With Safe Space honing in on Jamaica, Hicks’ home base, the company moved its entire operation there. Hicks, vice president of programming for Safe Space, worked as a supervisor at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families before coming on board. She said what piqued her interest in Safe Space was “a reputation of working with children and families.” She said her position is best suited for someone that is caring as well as knowledgeable of community needs. “I see the needs of people of people in the community, people that need to be employed peoples,” she said. “I see the needs of single parents […] trying to protect their teenagers. My commitment stems from my faith in God.” Hicks oversees the gamut of Safe Space’s operations, which includes the education unit, community health and Youth Services Drop in Center in Jamaica and Far Rockaway. “It’s always been an agency on the cutting edge,” she said. What kept her at Safe Space is the organization’s ever-

evolving nature and its refusal to be confined to a proverbial box. Her teenage passion has not subsided; it has simply blossomed. “I always knew I wanted to do direct

services,” she said. “I always wanted to alleviate pain and suffering,” Reach Reporter Sasha Austrie at, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 123.

Dunton Honored:

Sen. Malcolm Smith honored Rufus Dunton as his August Constituent of the Month. “Mr. Dunton is a devout community volunteer and it seemed only fitting that I honor him” said Smith. Dunton has been employed by the New York City Transit Authority for more than 20 years. When he is not working as a bus and train operator he is operating in his passion of sports while lending his hand to the community. Dunton currently donates his time to various teams and organizations such as the Transit Workers for Children; Assistant Head Coach Varsity Football, Campus Magnet High School; Athletic Director, M.S. 147 Q Mentoring Program; Head Football / Basketball Coach, Springfield Rifles Youth Football / Basketball.


Jamaica Walking Tour Planned For Sept. 11 a 4,000 seat ‘Wonder Palace’ built in the 1920s – and a visit to Prospect Cemetery, a hidden and serene 350-year old burial ground right in the heart of Jamaica Center. The walk concludes with refreshments and a private tour of the newly-restored Chapel of the Sisters. The tour is led by renowned guide and Queens Historian Jack Eichenbaum. Along the way, Eichenbaum weaves the story of Jamaica Center’s evolution – from farmlands and pioneers to its current incarnation as a transportation, government and retail hub. Brimming with architectural landmarks Queens Historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a group on last spanning 350-years, visitors will gain new insight to year’s Downtown Jamaica tour. Queens’ rich past while exExperience Jamaica as never before. A free two-hour walking tour through Jamaica gives visitors unique and unparalleled insights into New York City’s living history. Stops along the route include access to the breathtaking and meticulously restored former Loew’s Valencia Theater –

Restaurant Review

Beefy Argentine Joy Puerta Madero Steakhouse 158-15 Horace Harding Expy., Fresh Meadows (718) 661-4262 CUISINE: Argentinean & Greek HOURS: Tue-Sun 12-11 p.m. PARKING: Street RESERVATIONS: Accepted CREDIT CARDS: All Major

zation providing services and programs that help make Jamaica Center a clean, safe and vibrant place to shop, work, live and visit. To learn more about the Jamaica Center BID or for directions, visit The tours will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 9, both from 1-3 p.m. Meet at King Manor Museum’s front porch in Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Street. Space is limited. To RSVP, call (718) 526-2422 or email For more information, visit

The Astoria Performing Arts Center announced its Tenth Anniversary Season featuring the four-time 2010 Innovative Theatre Award Nominated play “MilkMilkLemonade” by Joshua Conkel, and Galt MacDermot’s musical, “The Human Comedy,” as the mainstage productions. Both works explore the idea of “home” from a uniquely American perspective. As Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik put it, “Both are coming-of-age stories set in ‘traditional’ rural communities. In ‘MilkMilkLemonade,’ that community threatens the protagonist, as the play hilariously takes gender roles and life on a farm and turns them on their head.” Based on the classic novel by William Saroyan, “The Human Comedy” celebrates the idea of home as the primary component for a happy life, as the young protagonist is forced to become the man of his family in the absence of his father and older brother. The two pieces juxtaposed together create an interesting contrast on similar themes. Reflecting on the past nine years and anticipating the upcoming year, “I’m looking forward to celebrating APAC’s 10-year anniversary throughout the entire season,” said Executive Director Taryn Drongowski. “Reaching this milestone is incredibly gratifying. We haven’t just reached the 10-year mark, we’ve managed to grow each and every year. It’s a credit to everyone who has supported us, and certainly to everyone who has ever worked with us. She added; “As excited as I am about APAC’s artistic achievements, I am also proud of the unique friendship that we’ve developed with the Astoria community. We’re entering our tenth season with more ambition and energy than ever before, and we are looking forward to many, many more.” The season kicks off Oct. 28 with “MilkMilkLemonade,” directed by José Zayas. The play, which runs through Nov. 13, is a comedy about gay children, a parasitic twin, an antagonistic grandmother, a depressed chicken and our growing bodies. “MilkMilkLemonade” ran last fall in New York, in a co-production by The Management and Horse Trade Theater Group, directed by Isaac Butler. That production was nominated for four NY In-

novative Theatre Awards, was voted Best Off-Off Broadway Show for 2009 by New York Press and received 4 stars from Time Out New York. Wojtunik explained the significance of MilkMilkLemonade as the opening show of the season: “For 10 years APAC has been almost exclusively devoted to producing revivals. Our 10-year anniversary is the perfect time to bring new work to the Astoria community,” he said. “MilkMilkLemonade” premiered OffOff Broadway last fall to tremendous industry buzz and a criminally short soldout run. APAC is honored to offer audiences a new look at the critically-acclaimed play. In May, APAC will produce the musical “The Human Comedy,” with music by Galt MacDermot, the composer of “Hair,” libretto by William Dumaresq, from the story by William Saroyan. The production will be directed by Wojtunik, reuniting the IT Award nominated team from “Children of Eden”: Christine O’Grady as choreographer, Michael P. Kramer as set designer, and Hunter Kaczorowski as costume designer. The coming-of-age tale focuses on young Homer Macauley, a telegram messenger who is exposed to the sorrows and joys experienced by his family and the residents of his small California town during World War II. Homer’s mother Kate is struggling to support her children following the death of her husband, his older brother Marcus is in the Army, his teenaged sister Bess daydreams about romance, and his younger brother Ulysses divides his attention between the passing trains and an unrequited desire to know why his father had to die. An ode to “home,” “The Human Comedy” is one of the most enjoyable and moving musicals to have fallen into relative obscurity. Wendy Macleod’s new play, “The Groaning Board,” will be presented Dec. 9 as part of The 15/20s: Staged Readings of New Works series, which begins Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. with Doctoring by Nastaran Ahmadi. To learn more about the upcoming season, go to or call (718) 7065750.

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Don’t be fooled by the exterior. Though it is easily the nicest shop on the strip, Puerta Madero Steakhouse is by no means impressive from the outside. Venture in. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. With small tables layered with maroon and white tablecloths, and funky, modern blue lighting lining the walls, the overall effect is surprisingly elegant. Don’t be surprised if you forget where you are. After being quickly seated by the friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, my guest and I perused the menu, an eclectic mix of Italian and Argentinean dishes. Always up for an adventure, on the advice of our server we chose several traditional Argentinean dishes. As we waited for our food, we enjoyed a basket of warm, crusty Italian bread with Encortido, an Argentinean appetizer that consists of cannellini bean, scallions and garlic in olive oil. At first bite the Encortido is surprisingly sweet, followed by a hint of onion. You’ll discover what happened to the garlic after you swallow. A surprisingly strong aftertaste awaits you, which is fine with this garlic lover. While doing some serious damage to the breadbasket, the offer of Sangria was happily accepted, and we chose the white. A mix of white wine, peach, pineapple, brandy and 7-Up with chunks of apple and orange; the mellow flavor belies the alcohol. On your next trip, make sure to order a pitcher, but don’t forget the designated driver. It’s too good to sip. To our delight, the first course came quickly – an exotic looking appetizer

known as Matambre: sliced veal served cold, stuffed with boiled eggs, spinach and peppers in a light garlic sauce, topped by a Russian salad. This was the only way anyone has ever gotten me to eat, and enjoy, peas and celery. We both went back for seconds. The second dish, Clams Polipo, finds clams cooked in tomato sauce, with garlic, oregano and fresh herbs. Not normally a clam lover, I nonetheless enjoyed these. A stinging aftertaste of something I could not identify was quickly squelched by a sip of Sangria, yet another plus in its column. Oh Sangria, how I love thee. Our first main course was the Canneloni, a crepe stuffed with spinach, ricotta and mushrooms in a creamy tomato sauce. Give the dish time to grow on you. I was unimpressed after the first nibble, and my guest did not think he would finish it, only to devour it after the third bite. It’s a hearty meal disguised in a delicate exterior, whose highlight, the tomato sauce, begs to be sopped up with your extra bread. After you lick your plate clean, don’t be surprised if the chef cheers. If anyone has their recipe, please, let me know. The grand finale, black angus skirt steak, lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection, is served with chimichurri sauce: olive oil seasoned with parsley, pepper, garlic, oregano and vinegar. This must be eaten to be believed. A mouthful of bloody rare steak with yummy, yummy chimichurri is my new definition of heaven. Planning a party? I wish I were, because the private room can accommodate 7080 people, and cost is negotiable. With prices that range from $8.95 for an appetizer to $39.90 for the special mixed grill of ribs, steak, sweetbread and sausage, Puerto Madero is one of those neighborhood restaurants that a couple might refer to as “our place.” Make it yours. – Jessica Ablamsky

periencing the vibrant energy of Jamaica today. Eichenbaum is a native of Queens with fond memories of the borough stretching over seven decades. He holds a Ph.D in Geography from the University of Michigan and uses that discipline to interpret the city. Eichenbaum leads many educational walking tours throughout the City – especially in Queens. The Jamaica Center walking tours are sponsored by the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID). In operation for more than 30 years, the Jamaica Center BID is a non-profit organi-

People Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Trevor M. Cameron has earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach Ala., with a 3.79 grade point average. While on active duty, military members are encouraged to further their education through off-duty programs. Students earned degrees at resident college or university campuses, extended or distance learning campuses, and online graduate programs. Many educational programs for servicemembers are subsidized or paid in full through tuition assistance or veterans benefits, G.I. Bill, and Montgomery G.I. Bill educational funded programs. Cameron is a battalion maintenance officer and headquarters detachment commander assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 479th Chemical Battalion at Fort Tilden, N.Y. The warrant officer three has served in the military for 26 years. He is the husband of Paulette B. Cameron. Cameron graduated in 1981 from West Indies College High School, Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2003 from American Military University, Manassas, Va.

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Army Pfc. Kevin J. Siciliano has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and head-

quarters and fire support elements. The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents. In addition, students assist in initiating requests for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire, and aerial delivered munitions, and emplace, maintain, and assist in the operation of laser range finders, target designation, and night observation devices. Siciliano is the son of Maritza E. Siciliano of Jamaica, N.Y. The private is a 2006 graduate of Satellite Academy, Manhattan. The Queens Library Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Monday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-10 p.m. at Water’s Edge, on the East River at 44th Drive, Long Island City. Being honored as 2010 Children’s Champions are Eileen A. Auld, New York State Community Relations Director, Citi; John Lomio, President, JMK Construction Group; and Mary Ann Mattone, Community Leader and Past President of the Queens Library Board of Trustees. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Futures Fund, an endowment ensuring availability of library materials, educational and intellectual development resources for the children of Queens. Auld joined Citi in 2003 and has served as New York State Director for Community

Relations for Citi’s Global Consumer since 2007. She is the point person for all franchise-wide community relations activity within the State. Auld works closely with Citi’s businesses to leverage Citi’s financial and human capital in addressing community needs. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Long Island City Business Improvement District, Treasurer of the NYPD’s Police Management Institute, a board member of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC, the Neighborhood Opportunities Fund and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Community Action Board. She was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the N.Y.C. Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment Advisory Council. Prior to joining Citibank, Auld was Assistant Commissioner, Community Affairs of the NYPD. Lomio is president of JMK Construction. He has more than 25 years experience in the construction industry. Growing up in a family operated construction business has given Lomio exposure to all facets of the construction world. He is particularly expert at all aspects of interior finish work. Lomio has led JMK Construction Management’s involvement with installation of RFID-powered self-service technology at Queens Library over the last five years. Lomio is a benefactor to several worthy not-for-profit organizations, including Bronx Lebanon Hospital, among others. Mary Ann Mattone is a trustee of Queens Library, past president of the Board and current chair of the Administrative Committee, and a member of the Queens

Library Foundation’s Board of Directors. This continues a distinguished career in community service and volunteerism dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers. She was honored by the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall for her efforts; April 7, 2010 was Mary Ann Mattone Day in Queens. Mrs. Mattone is a registered nurse and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She co-authored many scientific articles in the field of psychiatric research. Among her philanthropic interests are the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Queens Botanical Garden; she was appointed by Mayor Giuliani to the Cultural Advisory Board of the City of New York. She also serves the Foundation of York College and the Italian Cultural Center of St. John’s University and she is a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, among many other charitable endeavors. Current major sponsors are the Ficalora Family Foundation; TD Bank; Citi; HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; JMK Construction Group. The Gala Committee is Dominick Ciampa of the Ciampa Organization; Carol Conslato, Consolidated Edison; Pat Edwards, Citi; Dan Hulbert, JMK Construction Group; Eugene A. Petracca, Jr., Petracca & Sons, Inc.; Patricia A. Thomas, Thomas Coaching Company. Tickets for the event are $350 per person. For more information on the event, including corporate packages/ sponsorship opportunities, please phone (718) 480-4273 or visit


Bethesda’s Evening of Gospel Tunes Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a gospel concert next month. The concert promises to be an evening of good gospel singing, with The Brown Boyz of Freeport, Evangelist Ella Mae Puckett & New Gospelettes of Jamaica and the Sunset Jubilee Singers of Jamaica.

“If you love good singing, good gospel singing, [people] should come,” said Catherine Davis. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2, at 179-09 Jamaica Ave. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $15 for children under 12. Davis has been a member of Bethesda for 25 years.

Word “A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.” —Mohandas Gandhi

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“I came from Virginia and I was looking for a church,” she said. “The people were so friendly.” Bethesda has roots entrenched in the community for decades. It has hosted a soup kitchen since 1984. Lunch is served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and on Wednesday, the food pantry is open from 7:30 10 a.m. Reach Reporter Sasha Austrie at, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123.

Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church promises an evening of “good gospel singing” on Oct. 2.

Notebook Football Fundraising

Bulldogs Tackle Upcoming Season BY SASHA AUSTRIE

ers because there are not enough helmets, which cost $250 each, to go around. Though the team is ill-equipped, Barnett contends that his boys are ready for the season. Last year’s record of 7-2 has given them a top 10 ranking in the city. The team has won the mythical Queens championship. In fact, they have not lost to any team in the borough in years.

Barnett said the focus is not squarely on football, but preparing his players for life. “It is not about winning football games, but we have to win football games so they can be recognized,” he said. “We use this as a vehicle.” Reach Reporter Sasha Austrie at, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 123.

South Africa On Broadway Safe Space, an agency that serves atrisk children and families in Queens, will present a free community concert, Safe Space and Broadway Light Up Jamaica Avenue, at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., on Monday, Sept. 13. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Professional performers from Broadway in South Africa, a nonprofit that uses the arts to impact at-risk youth, have been teaching and rehearsing the performance with 30 youth from across Safe Space’s programs since August. The show is infused with the themes of Safe Space’s programs — hope, community, optimism, and positive futures. The stars and Safe Space youth have created an inspirational fusion of songs and dance expressing selfempowerment, love of life, and unity. “It was an incredible experience work-

ing with these amazing kids from Safe Space!” said former Mamma Mia! star Frankie James Grande, who will perform on Sept. 13. “They’re all naturally gifted, extremely enthusiastic, and have such a positive outlook on life. I’m always inspired by people who rise above the challenges they’ve been given, and these kids are the epitome of that.” Safe Space, which offers a wide array of services focusing on building strong families, fostering both mental and physical health, reducing community and family violence, and providing schoolbased enrichment, moved to its brand new Headquarters in the heart of downtown Jamaica in July. The agency celebrates this move with this special, one-hour concert that is expected to attract hundreds of people, including elected officials and civic leaders.

The event will also feature the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Other elected officials who confirmed their attendance are City Comptroller John Liu, a Flushing native; City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, whose district includes Jamaica; Council Member Annabel Palma, who chairs the General Welfare Committee; Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, who chairs the Cultural Affairs Committee; and Council Member James Sanders Jr. “This event is a celebration of our longterm commitment to Queens and our strategy to provide comprehensive services to children and families,” said Christine Molnar, Safe Space President and CEO. “It will be a terrific show, and I am so excited to see our children performing with the stars from Broadway in South Africa.”

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With shadows edging ever closer to centerfield, a sea of mismatched jerseys zigzagged across Campus Magnet High School Complex’s field. Though this is merely a practice, the uncoordinated uniforms may mirror the first game, which is slated for next week and the rest of the upcoming season. A lack of funding has the team operating without enough helmets or jerseys to outfit the entire team. The assortment makes it appear as though several teams have taken the field. “They are going to play Saturday and they don’t have any jerseys,” said Paulette Robinson, a parent of a former football player. “They do not have enough helmets. My child may not be playing, but other people’s children are.” To turn things around for the Bulldogs, Youth Academic and Athletic Outreach has taken up the banner of fundraising for the team. Georgette Thomas, a fundraising coordinator for the organization, said the group is hosting a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Roy Wilkins Park. The group is seeking donations from the community and businesses in the area to help fund the barbecue. For information call Georgette Thomas at (347) 239-7255 or e-mail “It will help them with their equipment and food,” Thomas said, adding the funds may lower the cost of participating.

One jersey costs a child about $85. But players need two – one for home and another for away games. Including the barbecue, other fundraising efforts include a holiday cookbook, Modell’s Team Week, a raff le with prizes of up to $150 and Shop for A Cause at every Macy’s store on Oct. 16. Eric Barnett, head coach of the Bulldogs, said he may have to cut some play-

What’s Up SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 Youth & Tennis The Youth and Tennis group meets every Saturday morning at Roy Wilkins Park Saturday. To learn more, call Bill Briggs at (718) 658-6728.

Seido Karate Japanese system Seido Karate emphasizes building of spirit, mind and body, using hand, elbow, and foot techniques. Adults can learn how to defend themselves in a safe and friendly atmosphere every Tuesday and Saturday until Oct. 30 at the Jamaica YMCA, 89-25 Parsons Blvd. All levels are welcome. The fee to participate is $120.

Family Fun Day Join JCAL for an event-packed family fun day as they announce the new and exciting changes they have in store for the fall. Welcome the return of DJ Ezye. Enjoy JCAL workshop previews, on-site workshop registration, one-day-only discounts, arts and crafts, face painting, balloons, games and more. Bring the whole family to this open house event. For additional information, visit, or contact the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at (718) 6587400, Ext. 123 This free event will be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. from noon to 5 p.m.

Free Walking Tour

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Come on out for a free guided tour and discover Jamaica Center’s rich past and hidden gems. One of the earliest settlements in New York, Jamaica boasts churches and cemeteries centuries old. Stops include the private entrance to what was arguably New York’s grandest theater in the 1920s and, nearly unchanged, still resplendent today. The tour ends with a visit to 350-year old Prospect Cemetery and it’s meticulously restored Chapel of the Sisters. RSVP required as space is limited. For more information, visit, call (718) 5262422, or send an e-mail to Tours are rain or shine. This free event will be held at the King Manor Museum - Rufus King Park at 153 Street and Jamaica Avenue, 1 – 3 p.m.

The instructor was featured on “America’s Got Talent.” The class will be held every Saturday until Oct. 30 at the Jamaica YMCA, 89-25 Parsons Blvd. at 2:30 p.m. The fee to participate is $110.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12 YeraSon Orquesta Charanga YeraSon Orquesta Charanga electrifies with old-school Cuban music with a distinctly modern New York twist. This Cuban Charanga orchestra interprets authentic Cuban son, mambo, cha cha cha, cumbia and merengue with inimitable drive and swing. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 3 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 13 Adult Chess Club Practice your chess skills weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings. The event is held at 6 p.m. every Monday at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800.

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

Townhall Meeting on Flooding Tired of flooding? Then come to the townhall meeting being hosted by Councilman James Sanders Jr. Special invited guests include representatives from the Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Red Cross. For more information, call (718) 527-4356. This free event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Gardens, 216-02 137th Ave. at 7 p.m.

Classical Ballet


Studying ballet is one of the most effective and elegant ways of improving posture, grace, flexibility, and strength. No experience needed for these classes. Students are taught at the barre and must be 6-15 years old.. Learning ballet is a good foundation for all other dance styles. The class will be held every Saturday until Oct. 30 at the Jamaica YMCA, 89-25 Parsons Blvd. at 11:30 a.m. The fee to participate is $110.

The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves like merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dance, flamenco, tango and samba which creates a mind blowing, one-of-akind fitness program. Zumba not only has long-term benefits, but will allow all to experience, in an hour, calorie-burning, body-energizing and awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life. This class will be held every Monday until Oct. 25 at the Jamaica YMCA, 89-25 Parsons Blvd. at 7:40 p.m. The fee to participate is $100.

Belly Dancing Kids between 6 and 15 years old will learn basic and traditional belly dancing movements. Movements will be built into a choreographed routine. The class is a great way to build self-confidence, balance and coordination. No prior belly dance experience required.

Anti-Violence Forum This Mothers Against Guns forum’s purpose is to bring together those who want to stop the gun violence, illegal drug

and gang activity in our communities. We believe you share our concerns, and invite you to help us find solutions to these problems. There are thousands, if not millions of anti-violence organizations across this country (and still forming) but unless, and until, we all come together and sit at one table, we will accomplish nothing. Together, we can make a difference, and we The forum will be held at 10 a.m. at the Rochdale Village Community Center, 16965 137th Ave.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 Seido Karate Japanese system Seido Karate emphasizes building of spirit, mind and body, using hand, elbow, and foot techniques. Adults can learn how to defend themselves in a safe and friendly atmosphere every Tuesday and Saturday until Oct. 30 at the Jamaica YMCA, 89-25 Parsons Blvd. All levels are welcome. The fee to participate is $120.

Career Summer Series Take the Career Exploration Inventory, a self-scored, easy-to-use guide to choosing a career based on your interests and experiences. A Job Information Center librarian will be present to assist and answer questions. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 10 a.m.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 Men’s Soccer Come have some recreational fun in a non-competitive and friendly environment. A great way to stay active and meet people who enjoy the sport. Soccer is played in Jamaica YMCA’s main gymnasium at 89-25 Parsons Blvd. every Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., until October 27. All levels are welcome. Rough play will not be tolerated. The fee to participate is $50.

Sewing 101 Learn how to be creative without spending a lot of money. Joining sewing 101, a class that will teach you the basics of how to sew from threading, stitching and setting a sewing machine for different features. Step by step, the instructor will guide you in learning how to also read a pattern, cutting and piecing. No sewing experience necessary. The class is open to anyone 13 and older. Homework may be re-

quired to complete a project. The class will be held every Wednesday at the Jamaica YMCA, 89-25 Parsons Blvd., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $150.

Intro to the Internet In this single session workshop, customers will learn the basics of searching and browsing the Web. Preregistration is required in person at Cyber Center Desk. Participants must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. When: Wednesday, September 15th - 10:00 am This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 10 a.m.

York Observatory Open Night The York College Observatory is open to the public. Gather in room 2E01 and then proceed to the 4th floor terrace off the G corridor if it’s clear. For additional information, contact Tim Paglione at or (718) 2622082. When: Wednesday, September 15th 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm This free event will be held at the York College Academic Core Building 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. The observatory will be open every second or third Wednesday of the month, rain or shine, at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 Adult Chess Club Practice your chess skills weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings. The event is held at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800.

Plastic Alternatives What does BPA-free mean anyway? Come hear from the staff of the National Children’s Study about safer alternatives to plastics. We’ll help crack the code on consumer product labels and explain how to navigate terms like BPA, phthalates, etc. This free event will be held at the Queensborough Public Library’s Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 Senior Theatre Acting Repertory Calling all older adults: Join our galaxy of STARs to perform theatrical works at the library with a great group of people while brightening your life. Rehearsals are held at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800.

Soaring Singles Mingle The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York Singles Ministry invites you to join them for fun, fellowship, and spiritual renewal at their first singles ministry conference. Friday’s activities will include a Soaring Singles Mingle. For more information, contact: Minister Val Gittens, (718) 749-4432; or the church office, (718) 206-4600. When: Friday, September 17th - 7:00 pm This event will be held at the Shekinah Youth Chapel - 111-54 Merrick Blvd. at 7 p.m. Admission is $75, which includes two-day registration, meals and workshops.

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

ALUMNI SPRINGFIELD GDNS 73-78 September 25 part y cruise in Freeport. 845-323-3119. BAYSIDE 90 September 25 at Arnos Ristorante. 800-655-7971. NEW TOWN 85 September 25 Newtown HS at Astoria Manor. MATER CHRISTI 65, 70, 75, 80 Saturday, Oc tober 2 at St. John’s Prep, formerly Mater Christi. 721-7200, ext. 686. OUR LADY OF VICTORY Saturday, Oc tober 9 class of 1970 reunion. CARDOZO 84-85 November 6 at the Marriott in Melville. 800-655-7971. CARDOZO 90 November 13 at the Marriott in Melville. 800655-7971.

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ENVIRONMENT GRAFFITI CLEANUP Saturday, September 11 in front of the Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48 th street and Skillman Avenue at 10. 646-298-8669. NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY Saturday, September 25 join Alley Pond Environmental Center for a festival to commemorate our local estuary – Little Neck Bay – and meet members of your neighborhood historic, health service, recreational, civic association, school groups and government organizations. Hike, listen to music, more. 11-3 at 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Free. 229-4000.

DINNER EMERALD SOCIETY Saturday, September 18 4 8 th A n n i v e r s a r y D i n n e r Dance at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. 815-6697. EMANUEL UNITED Saturday, September 25 full course Hungarian Goulash dinner and entertainment at Emanuel Church in Woodhaven. $15 adults, $7.50 children. 849-1153. JEWISH WOMEN Oc tober 14 gala journal luncheon at the Swan Club. $60. National Council of Jewish Women. 516-487-1199.

ENTERTAINMENT MODERN DANCE Saturdays, September 11, 18, 25 Queens Museum of Art presents Beginner and Intermediate Modern Dance in Mandarin Chinese at noon at the Flushing library. OLDIES R&R Saturday, September 11 Oldies Rock and Roll, dooWop and Pop Concert with the Vic Vincent Group at 2 at the Flushing library. YERASON Sunday, September 12 oldschool Cuban music with a distinctly modern NY twist at the Central library at 3. ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE Sunday, September 12 30 th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show at the Queens Count y Farm Museum from 11-4. $5. 73-50 Little Neck Parkway. 347-FARM. COUNTRY WESTERN Sunday, September 12 2-4 Country Music Jamboree featuring the Stoney Creek Band and dance lesson at B o w n e P a r k , 3 2 nd A v e n u e and 157 th Street, Flushing. ARMENIAN FESTIVAL Sunday, September 12 on Oceania Street, LIE in Bayside. BROADWAY Monday, September 13 Safe Space and Broadway Light Up Jamaica Avenue will be presented at the Jamaica Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue. Professional members of Broadway in South Africa will join children from Safe Space to give a free communit y concert at 7. 347-441-2099. SAM COOKE… Monday, September 13 tribute to Sam Cooke, the Drifters and Ray Charles at 6:30 at the St. Albans library. EID Monday, September 13 celebration of Eid with Turkish music and food at 6 at the Broadway library. OPEN MIC POETRY Mondays, September 13, Oc tober 11, November 8, December 13 at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. BINGO Tuesdays at 7:15 at American Mart yrs Church, church basement, 216-01 Union Tu r n p i ke , B a y s i d e . 4 6 4 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d a y s a t 7 : 1 5 (doors open 6) at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.$3 admission includes 12 games. POPULAR MELODIES Wednesday, September 15 Popular Melodies from Classic American Movies and Pop Songs at 3 at the Bellerose library. AMER. SONGBOOK Thursday, September 16 The Great American Songbook with Naomi Zeitlin at 3 at the MitchellLinden library. SINATRA TRIBUTE Thursday, September 16 with Jerry Cardone at 6 at the North Forest Park library. MUSICA ARGENTINA Friday, September 17 at 3:30 at the Woodside library.

AMAZING MAZE September 18 through Sunday, November 7 a 3-acre corn maze at Queens Count y Farm Museum. $8 adults, $5 children. 347-3276 information and times. POWER OF POETRY Saturday, September 18 Juanita Torrence-Thompson and Sonia Sanchez read at 2 at the Langston Hughes library. EID ANANDA MELA Sunday, September 19 Eid entertainment at 2:30 at the Central library. STAMP SHOW Sundays, September 19, Oc tober 31, November 21, December 26 Bayside Stamp Show at the Ramada Hotel, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside 10-4:30. 645-7659. CONCERT FOR LEROY Sunday, September 19 A Concert for Leroy, a tribute to the memory of Vincent Leroy Manifold, at Queen of Peace Chapel, 110-30 221 st Street, Queens Village at 3. Reception follows.

EXHIBIT QUEENS HISTORICAL Tu e s d a y s , S a t u r d a y s a n d Sundays 2:30-4:30 new exhibit “For Love of the Games: A History of Sports in Queens,” with other exhibits, “Unraveling History: Using Textiles to Date t he Past,” “Kingsland: From Homestead to House Museum,” Queens Historical Societ y at Kingsland Homestead, 144-35 37 th Avenue, Flushing. 939-0647, ext. 17. $2 seniors and students, $3 adults. NOGUCHI REINSTALLED Through Oc tober 24, 2010 the Noguchi Museum has completed a major renovation project. Wednesdays through Fridays 10-5, weekends 11-6. $10, students and seniors $5. 32-37 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

RELIGIOUS REFORM TEMPLE Friday, September 10 Rabbi Perelmuter will lead a study session followed by a Shofar Service at 10:30. Sunday, September 12 Open House 9-noon. Re form Temple of F o r e s t H i l l s , 7 1 - 1 1 1 1 2 th Street. 261-2900. HORIZONS Thursday, September 16 Horizons, for those 55 and over, meet for a special program on the High Holidays at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 th Street at noon. $3. 261-2900. TEMPLE TIKVAH Saturday, September 18 Family Communit y Yom Kippur Service. All welcome at 2. Yizkor Service at 5:30. Temple Tikvah, 3315 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park. 516-746-1120. CONCERT FOR LEROY Sunday, September 19 A Concert for Leroy at Queen of Peace Chapel, 110-30 221 st Street, Queens Village at 3. Reception follows.

EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS WOMEN & WORK Free job training program for women at Queens College. 997-4899. DRAWING CLASS Star ting Oc tober 4 National Art League will hold drawing fundamentals and advanced techniques 1-4 in Douglaston. 361-0628. FRESH MEADOWS POETS Saturdays, September 11, 25 at 10 poets meet to discuss and critique their poetry at the Forest Hills library. MANDARIN DANCE Saturday, September 11 Queens Museum of Art presents Beginner and Intermediate Modern Dance in Mandarin Chinese. Register Flushing. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 8865236. KNIT AND CROCHET Saturdays at the Seaside library at 2:30. PET OWNERS Sundays (not on holidays) from 1-4 free workshops on pet behavior at Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 454-5800. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library, 249-01 Northern Blvd. INSTRUCTION & DANCE Mondays and Fridays 7:158:00 dance lessons, dance from 8-11. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $10. ADULT CHESS Mondays at 6 at the Queens Village library. OPEN MIC Monday, September 13 Open Mic Poetry at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. BALLROOM DANCE Mondays, September 13, 20, 27 at the Forest Hills library at 6:30. COMPUTER CLASS Mondays, September 13, 20, 27 at the Lefferts library. Register. SEARCH INTERNET Monday, September 13 How to Search the Internet to Find a Job at the Central library. Register. LI CRAFT CLUB Mondays, September 13, 27 LI Craft Club at 1 at the LIC library. RESUME WRITING Monday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15 at 10 at the Arverne library. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, September 13 at the Fresh Meadows library. Register. POETRY WRITING Mondays, September 13, 20, 27 at the Woodhaven library. Register. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 200. OPEN BRIDGE Tuesdays at 8 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. Call 2637000 for fees. CAREER POTENTIAL

Tuesday, September 14 Discover Your Career Potential at 10 at the Central library. COMPUTER BASICS Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 , 21, 28 and Fridays, September 17, 24 at the Astoria librar y. Register. RESUME WRITING Tuesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 16 at 10 at the Far Rockaway library. ADULT SCRABBLE Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 , 21, 28 at 1 at the Fresh Meadows library. MICROSOFT WORD Tuesday, September 14 at the Steinway library. Register. COMPUTER BASICS Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 , 21, 28 at the Glen Oaks librar y. Register. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900. WATERCOLOR CLASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. ZUMBA Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center. 281-0912. NOOK NIGHT Wednesday, September 15 Nook Night at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows at 7. SCRABBLE/CHESS Thursdays at 4 at the Windsor Park library, 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside. QUILTING CLASSES Thursdays 10-2 at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 917-817-8653 to register. KNIT/CROCHET Thursdays at 6 and Fridays at 10:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. FABRIC BEADED JEWELRY Thursday, September 16 at 6 at the Woodhaven library. QUILTERS Thursdays at 1:30 at the East Elmhurst library. ADULT CHESS Thursdays at 6 t the Queens Village library. OPEN BRIDGE Thursdays from 8-10pm at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. $12 per player. 2756615 to register. LIFE COACHING Thursday, September 16 Discover the Life You Want: A Life-Coaching Seminar for adults at 6 at the Laurelton library. MANDARIN CHINESE Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 learn to speak Mandarin Chinese at the Flushing library. Register. US CITIZENSHIP Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge at 5:30 at the Lefferts librar y. PL AYWRIGHT WORKSHOP Thursday, September 16 Playwright’s Workshop at

7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1766 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i ke , Fre s h Meadows. ARTIFACTS & RELICS Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 Artifacts & Relics: Poetry as a Medium for Telling and Preserving Personal History at 6:30 at the Langston Hughes library. COMPUTER CLASS Fridays, September 17, 24 at the Ozone Park library. Register. QUILTERS EXHIBIT Friday, September 17 East Elmhurst Quilters Exhibit and Demonstration at 10:30 at the East Elmhurst library. FABRIC BEADED JEWELRY Saturday, September 18 at the Jackson Heights library at 2:30. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, September 18, Oc tober 2, 16, 30 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-4367940.

FLEA MARKETS OUTDOOR FLEA Saturdays and Sundays until November 28 St. Nicholas of Tolentine from 9-5 at the intersection of Parsons Blvd. and Union Turnpike, Jamaica. WEEKLY FLEA Sundays 9-4 at Our Lady of the Angelus Church, school field, 98-05 63 rd Drive, Rego Park. BOOK SALE Saturday, September 11 to raise funds for the Auburndale library, sponsored by the NorthEast Flushing Civic Association, 26 th Avenue off Francis Lewis Blvd., between 168 and 169 th Streets from 10-4. Rain date September 25. FLEA MARKET Saturday, September 11 St. John Vianney Parish from 94 in the Parish Center, 35 th Avenue and Union Street, Flushing. FALL SALE Saturday, September 18 from 10-2 at the Ladies Guild of Steinway Reformed Church, Ditmars Blvd. and 41 st Street, Astoria.

MISCELLANEOUS FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays 10-4 at the NY Hall of Science, 111 th Street and 48 th A v e n u e . F r i d a y s a n d Saturdays 8:30-4:00 at 160 th Street, off Jamaica Avenue. Fridays 8:30-4:00 at the Queens Botanical Garden, Dahlia Avenue. SOUP KITCHEN Saturday, September 11 12-2 at the Unitarian Universalist. 353-3860. COMMUNITY SINGERS Mondays starting September 13 Communit y Singers of Queens, Inc. rehearses at Messiah Lutheran Church. 658-1021. ORATORIO SOCIETY Mondays starting September 13 the rehearses at the North Presbyterian Church. 279-3006.

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HEALTH OVERCOMING ANGER Monday, September 13 Overcoming Anger: A Workshop for Adults at 6:30 at the Laurelton library. LEARN CPR Monday, September 13 at 7 at the South Ozone Park library. Help save a life and learn CPR. CANCER ACTION Monday, September 13 Baisley Park Cancer Action Council at the library at 6. MEDITATION Mondays, September 13, 20 Beginners Meditation at 6 at the Flushing library. ZUMBA Monday, September 13 Latin dance fitness program at the Queensboro Hill librar y. Register. FEMALE CANCER Mondays, September 13, 27 “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Flushing. 1-800-ACS-2345. ALZHEIMERS Tuesdays, September 14, 28 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. MS SELF-HELP Tuesdays, September 14, 28 Multiple Sclerosis Self-help group to share a common life experience for support, education and mutual aid 12:30 at the Howard Beach library. COPD Wednesdays, September 15, Oc tober 20 Jamaica Hospital holds free Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


help save a life and learn CPR at 3 at the Elmhurst library. WOMEN & HEART Thursdays, September 16, Oc tober 21, November 18 National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in Forest Hills. 830-1511. SHARP Saturdays, September 18, Oc tober 16 Selfhelp Alzheimers Resource Program (SHARP). 631-1886.

MEETINGS AMER. LEG. AUX. Saturdays, September 11, Oc tober 9, November 13, December 11 Leonard Unit 422 American Legion Auxiliary meets in Flushing. 4632798. QUEENS TOASTMASTERS Mondays, September 13, 27 Queens Toastmasters Club meets. 525-6830. COMMUNITY FORUM Monday, September 13 Jamaica Estates Association will hold an Important Community Forum – What You Can Do About Unruly Students and Illegal Rentals – at 7:15 at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike. VFW 4787 Mondays, September 13, 27, Oc tober 11, 25 Whitestone VFW Community Post meets; ladies auxiliary meets the 2 nd Monday. 746-0540. CATHOLIC VETS Mondays, September 13, Oc tober 11, November 8, December 13 American Mart yrs Catholic War Veterans Post 1772 meets in Bayside. 468-9351. AMERICAN LEGION Mondays, September 13, Oc tober 11, November 8, December 13 American Legion Post 510 meets at St. Robert Bellamine in Bayside Hills. 428-2895. WATCH Mondays, September 13, Oc tober 11, November 8, December 13 Woman at the Chapel Hall (WATCH) meets at the Communit y Church of Little Neck. 229-2534. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tuesdays the Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets. 917-612-3463. ADVANCED WRITERS Tuesdays at 6:30 at the Terrace Diner at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and also t h e l a s t Tu e s d ay o f t h e month in the Communit y Room in Panera Bread at Bay Terrace Shopping. LIONS CLUB Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 , Oc tober 12, November 9, December 14 Ravenswood Lions Club meets at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 2101 21 st Avenue, Astoria at 6:30. FH CIVIC Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 , Oc tober 12, November 9, December 14 Forest Hills Communit y and Civic Association meets. 997-7014. COMM. BD. 9 Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 ,

Oc tober 12, November 9, December 14 CB9 meets. 286-2686. TELEPHONE PION. Tu e s d a y s , S e p t e m b e r 1 4 , Oc tober 12, November 9, D e c e m b e r 1 4 Te l e p h o n e Pioneers of America meet in College Point. 463-4535. TOASTMASTERS Wednesday, September 15 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices of Rochdale To a s t m a s t e r s C l u b i n J a maica. 978-0732. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesdays, September 15, 29 Flushing Camera Club meets at Flushing Hospital. 441-6210. KNIGHTS OF PY THIAS Wednesdays, September 15, O c to b e r 6, 20 Queensview Lodge 433 meets in Whitestone. 7464428. COMM. BD. 6 Thursday, September 16 at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road at 7:45. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Thursdays, September 16, Oc tober 21, November 18, December 16 Women’s Republican Club meets in Glendale. 526-3987. HORIZONS Thursday, September 16 Horizons, for those 55 and over, meet for a special program on the High Holidays at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 th Street at noon. $3. 261-2900. QUEENS CENTRAL ROTARY Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Come learn if Rotary is for you. 465-2914; CIVIL AIR PATROL Fridays 6-10 at Vaughn College of Aeronautics, 86-01 23 rd Avenue, East Elmhurst. Academy WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information. P-FLAG Sundays, September 19, Oc tober 17, November 21, December 19 P-FLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, meet in Forest Hills. 271-6663.

THEATER KILLING KOMPANY Saturday, Oc tober 2 “ The Oktoberfest Murders!” at Riccardo’s in Astoria. The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888SHOOT-EM for information

QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. ALLEY POND Alley Pond Environmental center in Douglaston presents Sunny Bunnies for

TEENS FLUSHING FLYERS Saturday and Sunday, September 11, 12 at 8 and Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14 at 5 the Flushing YMCA Flyers will hold tryouts for swim teams for those 6-18. YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd. 9616880, ext. 131. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. PRINCETON REVIEW Saturday, September 11 practice SAT test at the Fresh Meadows library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. BOOK CLIQUE Monday, September 13 at 4:30 at the Queens Village library. CHESS CLUB Mondays, September 20, 27 at 5:30 at the South Hollis library. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. TEEN GAMING Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29 at 3 at the Fresh Meadows library. GAME DAY Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29 at 4 at the Howard Beach library. COKE OR PEPSI? Wednesday, September 15 Fun program at 4 at the Steinway library. TEEN WII TOURNAMENT Wednesday, September 15 at the Queens Village library. Register. B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH Thursdays for high school s t u d e n t s a t Te m p l e B e t h S h o l o m , 1 7 2 nd S t r e e t a n d Northern Blvd., Flushing at 7:30. WII PLAY Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 at the Bayside library. Register. TEEN GAMING Thursdays, September 16, 23 at 3 at the Fresh Meadows library. CREATIVE WRITING Thursday, September 16, 23, 30 Creative Writing and Dance Workshop at the Hollis librar y. Register. GIRL SCOUTS Thursdays, September 16,2 3, 30 at 4 at the Queens Village library. GAME DAY Fridays, September 17, 24 at 2:30 at the Bay Terrace library. GAME PLAYERS Fridays at the Hillcrest library at 2. TEEN GAMING Fridays, September 14, 21, 28 at 3 at the Fresh Meadows library.

those 3-4, Wee Sprouts for those 18-23 months, Toddler Time for those 24-35 months and Fledglings for those 3-4 September through December. Call 229-4000 for exact schedule. FLUSHING FLYERS Saturday and Sunday, September 11, 12 at 8 and Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14 at 5 the Flushing YMCA Flyers will hold tryouts for swim teams for those 6-18. YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd. 9616880, ext. 131. TODD PARR Saturday, September 11 Wo r l d of To d d Parr Storytime at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 weekly story times at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 1 7 6 - 6 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i k e , Fresh Meadows. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays, September 11, 18, 25 at the Central library at noon. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays o: at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck lib ra r y. B r i n g n e e d l e s a n d

yarn. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. STORIES & CRAFTS Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29 at 10:30 at the Bay Terrace library. WII PLAY Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 at the Bayside library. Register. LITTLE KIDS CRAFTS Thursday, September 16 at 3 at the Howard Beach library for those 3-7. GIRL SCOUTS Thursday, September 16, 23, 30 at 4 at the Queens Village library. FLASH FRIDAY Fridays, September 17, 24 for those up to grade 7 at 3:30 at the Ozone Park library. COLORING & CRAFTS Fridays, September 17, 24 for those 18-36 months at 10:30 at the Queensboro Hill library. CRAFTERNOONS Fridays, September 17, 24 a t t h e R i d gewo o d l i b ra r y. Register. GAME DAY Fridays, September 17, 24 for those in grades 1-6 at 3:30 at the Queens Village library.

TALKS GLENDALE BOOK Saturday, September 11 “To Kill A Mockingbird” will be discussed at 11 at the Glendale librar y. PREVENT FORECLOSURE Monday, September 13 at 6 at the Rochdale Village library. LUCILLE ARMSTRONG Monday, September 13 “The Lucille Armstrong Story: A Lady With A Vision” will be discussed at 6:30 at the East Elmhurst library. SEASIDE BOOK Monday, September 13 “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will be discussed at 6:30 at the Peninsula library. WINDSOR PARK Monday, September 13 “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societ y” will be discussed at 2 at the Queens Village library. HOMEOWNERSHIP Monday, September 13 The Basics of Homeownership: What You Need to Know To Get Started will be discussed at 5:30 at the Woodside library. WHITESTONE BOOK Tu e s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 1 4 “The assistant” will be discussed at 1 at the Whitestone library. HANDWRITING ANALYSIS Tuesday, September 14 at 2 at the Astoria library. Also on Saturday, September 18 at 2 at the Far Rockaway library. HILLCREST BOOK Tu e s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 1 4 “ Tortilla Curtain: A Novel” will be discussed at 2 at the Hillcrest library. PREVENT FORECLOSURE

Wednesday, September 15 at 1 at the Cambria Heights library. LIFE IN FLUSHING Wednesday, September 15 Whitestone native and historian Jason D. Antos talks at 6 at the Flushing library. WINDSOR PARK Thursday, September 16 “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” will be discussed at 6 at the Queens Village library. BELLEROSE Thursday, September 16 “The Septembers of Shiraz” will be discussed at 10 at the Bellerose library. LITERARY SOUP Thursday, September 16 “When the Spirits Dance Mambo” will be discussed at 6:30 at the Queens Village library. NY WORLD’S FAIR Saturday, September 18 Ron Marzlock discusses the two World’s Fairs in Flushing Meadows at 3:30 at the Broadway library.

PARENTS MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOICE Thursday, September 16 Middle School Choice for parents at 6:30 at the Whitestone library. HOLISTIC MOMS Friday, September 17 mothers meet to discuss the benefits of holistic foods and lifest yle at 10:30 at the Forest Hills library. FREE SCHOOL HELP Free school help for students of all ages, parents and teachers.

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CLEARVIEW Monday, September 13 Music Appreciation at 12:30. Thursday, September 16 blood pressure check at 9:15 and “Let’s Laugh” at 10. Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888. AARP 1405 Monday, September 13 AARP at Bowne Street Communit y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. AARP 4158 Tu e s d a y, S e p te m b e r 1 4 AARP at noon at Church on t h e H i l l , 1 6 7 - 0 7 3 5 th A v enue, Flushing. STARS Wednesday, September 15 at 10:30 at the Hollis library. Friday, September 17 at 10:30 at the Queens Village libra r y. Come join to perform theatrical works. POMONOK SENIORS Thursdays, September 16/ 23 Driver’s Safet y Course. Register 591-3377. Friday, September 24 Health and Wellness Fair from 10-2. Free flu vaccination, blood pressure and glucose screening. Pomonok Senior Center, 6709 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. 591-3377. AARP DRIVER SAFETY Friday, September 17 one day Defensive Driving Class. 641-3911 to register for the Bellerose library.

support groups. 206-8410. NAMI Wednesday, September 15 National Alliance on Mental Illness meets at 6 for a support group for families and at 7:30 for “Moving Ahead with the Help of Case Management.” Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, 76 th Avenue and 266 th Street, Glen Oaks. 347-7284. LEARN CPR Thursday, September 16


Models Of Queens Phoebe Forbes Home: Queens Village Age: 19 Height: 5’ 7" Weight: 105 Stats: 33-23-34 Photos: Steve Azzara

Making It!

Brooklyn Decker and her guy who lost in Queens, Andy Roddick. In the first upset of this year’s U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, American Andy Roddick continued his recent spat of losing to players in the “Never heard of him” category. As the ninth-seeded player in the tournament, it would be unlikely he’d lose to… Janko Tipsarevic? Who? After the match, Roddick said he achieved his goal of keeping unforced errors at a minimum – while apparently forgetting he also needs to actually win. Roddick could have easily blamed the stench of Flushing Bay, or Willets Point’s constant din of car shops. We’re glad he took the high road and said his Serbian opponent simply played better. But our gut tells us he just wanted to leave early and spend more time with his girlfriend, supermodel Brooklyn Decker. [Editor’s note: The opportunity to include a photo of Decker may have been the writer’s true motivation in writing this piece. As you can see, it worked.]



And you thought the City was dangerous! Parvin Hajihossini got more than she bargained for at an upstate bed-and-breakfast when she became breakfast. The Queens resident was bit in the face by a monkey. The capuchin in question is the pet of artist Allen Hirsch, whose self-portrait has graced the cover of TIME magazine and is best known for painting the inaugural portrait of President Bill Clinton. Shortly after the incident, both the monkey and its owner left the country, and may be on the lam, according to multiple sources. Health officials in Green County want the primate’s head on a platter. Literally. Testing the monkey for rabies would require a chuck of

Tired of waiting for a PATH train forever? Manhattan resident Darius McCollum may have found a rather unique, though criminal, way of getting across the Hudson – steal a bus. According to Queens DA Richard Brown, McCollum allegedly stole a Trailways bus from a depot in Hoboken, N.J. sometime early in the morning on Aug. 31. The bus company reported the bus stolen and through the magic of GPS, the bus was found on the Van Wyck Expressway, with McCollum at the wheel. Police arrested him after pulling him over at Hoover Avenue in Kew Gardens shortly before 9 a.m. Brown said McCollum has been

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Phoebe Forbes was having a great summer. She worked with children in a day camp, taking a break from her studies at SUNY Oswego and… well… being a model. “I just started this year, really working with photographers,” Phoebe said. “I always wanted to model but never really committed myself until recently.” In the short time she’s been working, Phoebe has gotten “a lot of offers from different photographers,” and is working on building her portfolio. An International Marketing and Languages major studying Spanish and French, Phoebe knows that her future lies outside of the world of cameras and posing, but she still has a dream. “My goal is to be a Guess model,” she said. “I’ll do a lot of print ads and see where it goes from there.” Her summer job was a far cry from the runway, working at a day camp and loving every minute of it. “I really like working with kids,” she said. “I am so tired of retail jobs, those brain-dead jobs. At least with kids you get to be more active, you get to play with them. I love being around kids.” In her free time – which doesn’t occur often – this Mary Louis Academy grad enjoys going to clubs in Astoria and hanging with friends in Manhattan. Once back at school, she still plans to come down for weekend photo shoots, but also knows that focusing on her studies is important. “I want to live in Europe and work for an international company,” she said. The languages she’s learning will help open doors. “I’m very hard working and I’m very determined to make it,” she said.

Ya know, you turn on the radio expecting one thing, and instead you get something completely different. That’s what the listeners of WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show got when Christopher Walken subbed for Lopate last Monday. The Astoria-raised actor welcomed a handful of guests during his two-hour stint at the mic, including fellow Astoria-native and Queens resident Lidia Bastianich and her mother, Erminia Motika. The two revealed a little-known tie, as both Bastianiches worked in Walken’s parents’ bakery. Despite all the culinary prowess, the actor admitted he’s not the world’s best chef. “If I had a cooking show, it would be three acts,” Walken said. “Buy the chicken, cook the chicken, eat the chicken.”

Yeah, this critter may look cute, but don’t let it kiss you. his brain tissue. Next time, Hajihossini, stay home.

Lap Dances Scandals, the Long Island City strip club that’s a favorite for bachelor parties, fears new zoning changes will force the topless bar to close its doors. TC Queens Entertainment, which owns a series of topless bars in the borough including Scandals, filed an appeal to the State Supreme Court after a lower court ruled the city’s zoning changes that could force Scandals out of the neighborhood, were constitutional. Scandals argues that the city is using zoning in an effort to gradually rid the city of topless bars. “This would absolutely shutter them,” said Joan Toro, a lawyer for Scandals. “If people want to get lap dances, they should be able to get lap dances.”

charged with second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle. If convicted, he faces up to fifteen years in prison. On second thought, you’re probably better off just waiting for the train.

Confidentially, New York . . .

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We urge you to Re-Elect State Senator Shirley Huntley Democratic Primary, this Tuesday, Sept 14 (polls open 6am - 9pm) s Communications Workers of America (CWA) s U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Local 1180 s New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) s Bridge & Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association (BTOBA)

s Democratic District Leader Lew Simon

s U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks

s Democratic District Leader Howard Pollack

s U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley

s Democratic District Leader Archie Spigner

s Rev. Al Sharpton

s Democratic District Leader Dora Young

s Rev. Floyd Flake

s Democratic District Leader Elmer Blackburne

s Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson s Democratic District Leader Jacqueline Boyce

s Public Employees Federation (PEF)

s Senate President Pro Tem Malcolm Smith s Democratic District Leader Taj Rajkumar

s United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

s Senator Jeff Klein

s Democratic District Leader John McRae

s District Council 37 (DC37)

s Senator Eric Adams

s Democratic District Leader Yvonne Reddick


s Senator Carl Kruger

s Democratic District Leader Henry McKoy

s SEIU 1199

s Borough President Helen Marshall


s Assemblymember William Scarborough

s Planned Parenthood

s Assemblymember Barbara Clark

s NYS Supreme Court Officers Association

s Assemblymember Vivian Cook

s Transport Workers Union (TWU)

s Assemblymember Michele Titus

s Local 1182

s Assemblymember Michael Miller

s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

s Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer

s Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056

s Assemblymember Michael Gianaris

s Local 1500

s Councilmember Thomas White, Jr.

s Working Families Party

s Councilmember Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.

s Local 259

s Councilmember Karen Koslowitz

s Mason Tenders Dist. Council of Greater NY

s Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley


s Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio

s Teamsters Local 237 s Local 891 - School Custodians PLEASE VOTE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14 RE-ELECT SHIRLEY HUNTLEY

Shirley Huntley, She Delivers!


Queens Press Vol 11 No 36  

SEQ newspaper