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The Buoncoras’ stolen dog requires medication for a condition.

Douglaston and Little Neck. The woman who first raised her concerns during public participation identified herself as being from Douglaston, Skala said. CB 11 member Victor Mimoni defended the aged trees, replying to Skala saying "large trees serve a public function," and that zoning rightly limits what one can do on their own property, using the example of distilleries and fountains. District Manger Susan Seinfeld said that in 2007 CB 11 made a push for legislation in line with Mimoni, but that it was not voted on by the Council by the end of that year, and the bill died. She believes the Community Board may push for another such bill. Reach Reporter Lori Gross at lgross@queenstribune.com, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124. —Lori Gross

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Family Fr iend Taken In Car Break-In Rockaway Soldier On New Year's Eve Elisa Buoncora's car window was smashed, and her family's dog Reports From Afar was stolen. The dognapper also broke into another car parked in front of the Buoncora's, on 188th Street and Horace Harding, near the AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7. The Buoncoras, especially their 9-yearold daughter, were devastated. The family is offering a $4,000 reward for the return of their one-year old Havanese puppy, who they say they have taken to Disney World and stays with them constantly. The Buoncoras say their car was only parked for a few minutes. "My husband saw somebody on the corner who made him feel kind of weird with a hood, poofy jacket on, African-American, stocky. He didn't get to see his features," said Buoncora. Her husband brushed his gut feeling away as paranoia, but now believes the man her husband saw lingering around the theater was the one who perpetrated the thefts. "When we came out window was fully broken. It was a brand new car. I wish they'd stolen the car, or something expensive inside instead of the dog." Buoncora said that when she reported the theft to the theater, they indicated that they had heard of other breakins in the immediate area. The Buoncoras spent New Year's Eve in the police station. They say they've been putting up fliers non-stop since the incident. "We've been eating on the go. My poor daughter," said Buoncora. "This person obviously stole the dog deliberately, because it's an expensive dog. I doubt he took it because he loves animals." The Buoncoras are offering their reward with no questions asked. The puppy is seven to eight pounds, mostly beige, with a little bit of black in her tail, white on her belly and chest, a small streak of black on both floppy ears, and tear stains under her eyes. To return the Buoncoras' dog and claim the reward, call (718) 685-4164. Reach Reporter Lori Gross at lgross@queenstribune.com, or call (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124. —Lori Gross

Arbor Rights Debated At CB11 The dominion of property owners over elderly trees living on their lawn was debated during last Monday's Community Board 11, as a push for legislation may be forthcoming. "I have a one-and-a-half foot pear tree, and when it dies I'm going to cut it up and burn it! So there," said East Bayside Homeowners Association President and board member Frank Skala. Skala believes the passage of legislation regulating which trees are not to be chopped is "an intrusion in people's private decisions" and property, and reflects an elitist attitude held mostly by people from

For Far Rockaway native Lt. Col. Wade S. Carmichael, serving in the United States military just seemed normal “I guess it was kind of natural to go into the military,” said Carmichael, who had a brother who served in the Marines and a father who served in the Navy during the Korean War. He is the first officer in his family’s military history. Carmichael, who graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1984, enjoyed growing up so close to the beach because it kept his active and athletic. “I always enjoyed going to the beach by Beach 17 th Street and Seagirt Boulevard,” Carmichael said, “I liked to play on the beach, take a swim in the ocean, do those sporty things.” The Farleigh Dickinson University graduate is on a nine-month tour of duty in the Farah Province of Afghanistan, a rural region located in the Southwest corner of the country along the border with Iran. This is his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, but Carmichael is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Carmichael’s job is to assist in the reconstruction and development of government buildings, infrastructure and economic development. The Farah province, where he is stationed, is very rural and home to an agrarian economy. Carmichael is assisting in building irrigation systems for crops, roads, and projects to get fresh drinking water to people and livestock. Carmichael performed similar duties in Iraq, where he said reconstruction and development was easier because the country already had most of the infrastructure in place from before the war. Afghanistan, on the other hand, had been ravaged by decades of war dating back to the Soviet invasion in 1979, and whatever infrastructure did exist was destroyed by Taliban insurgents. Carmichael said despite all the negative reports coming out of Afghanistan, he wanted people to know that a lot of good things are happening there. “We got a lot of feedback from locals,” he said. “There are benefits in seeing how people react in a friendly manner, seeing kids go to school and knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life. It’s very beneficial. I’m glad that I can do those things.” Carmichael lives in Fort Bragg, N.C., with his wife and two children. However, his mother, Lillie Toney, still lives in Far Rockaway, and the Lt. Col. said he is looking forward to coming back from his tour of duty and returning to Far Rockaway to see her. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext.125. —Domenick Rafter

witnesses the darker side of parenthood on a daily basis. As the Administrative Director of Forestdale’s Fathering Initiative, the 46-year-old deals with the sort of rigors atypical of sitcom dads. The program strives to help non-custodial fathers reconnect with their children while also teaching them how to become a provider and role model. Leach has overseen the program for the last three years, and changed its modus operandi from the start. “When I first came in, we were basically hand-feeding a lot of men a lot of things. Older fathers were getting a stipend for completing the program,” he said. “It became a lot of hand holding. I wiped all of that out. Men have to learn how to survive on their own.” Now, as the program tries to expand, it is reaching out to Lt. Col. Wade S. Carmichael speaks with kids in younger fathers under 24 years of age, hoping to help them overAfghanistan. come the fears associated with being a combined young father and young adult. Woodhaven vs. “We know they don’t have any academic Ever yone Else skills for the most part,” Leach said. “Most of Woodhaven has decided to declare war on the guys think, ‘Just hand me a job and put the ongoing problem of vehicles with out-of- me to work and I’ll make $100,000,’ which state license plates parked on neighborhood we know is not really realistic.” The program strips down the beginning streets. In response to complaints from neighbor- phase of job-hunts, helping the fathers with hood residents, the Woodhaven Residents' education, work experience, job readiness, Block Association announced a new pro- interview skills, resume writing, phone gram at their first town hall forum meeting of skills, and – the ultimate hurdle – testthe year Jan. 9 aimed at targeting those who taking. “That’s a real phobia for our young fapark their vehicles with out-of-state registrations on Woodhaven streets, already notori- thers,” he said. “They freak out. They won’t ous for the difficult parking, for extended even show up.” The young fathers will also be placed in periods of time. The WRBA said if an automobile with 20-hour-per-week internships, with a $100 license plates from outside New York has stipend for each week. Leach hopes to work been parked on their street for more than a in conjunction with a carpenter’s trade, conmonth, residents should call their office at struction agency and culinary program, to (718) 296-3735. After gathering informa- get work experience under the participants’ tion from the caller, the WRBA announced it belts. There is a particular level of confidence will contact the appropriate agency from the vehicle's state to inform them of the vehicle's instilled in these men, a pride that’s hard to whereabouts and to ask them to investigate break through. “If your reputation is the only thing you whether the vehicle is appropriately regiscan control, that becomes very sacred to tered. Woodhaven is just one of several Queens you,” he said. “It’s definitely a fear of failure neighborhoods where complaints have arisen because they’ve already had so much failure over cars parked for long periods of time in their lives. They feel, ‘Whatever level I’m with out-of-state plates. The most common at, I have to maintain that level.’” Leach spoke of “men” and their duties states where the plates are from include Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vir- often when describing the program, but ginia and more recently, Texas, Tennessee absent of the typical machismo often associated with the ideals. According to Leach, the and Utah. Often these cars are from residents in the ultimate goal is to reincorporate a sense of neighborhood who are looking to avoid high responsibility and pride into the minds of insurance rates and other regulations in New men seeking help from the Fathering InitiaYork. Instead, they will attempt to skirt around tive. “Dads are usually the ones that stamp the laws by registering their vehicle in a state where they have family members living or approval of what goes on in the household [...] It’s very important for dad to have his act they may have previously lived themselves. "Parking has historically been hard to together,” he said. Each year the program helps about 250 find in Woodhaven," said WRBA Director Vance Barbour. "If these vehicles' owners are such men, and about 80 percent complete the dodging local and state regulations, and skip- program and move on. Some have grouped ping out on paying fees to New York State together to form an alumni group of almost like the rest of the community pays, we owe 600. Past fathers have now moved on to it to our residents to call it to the attention of fully rekindling relationships with not the proper authorities." Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at o n l y t h e i r c h i l d r e n , b u t a l s o t h e i r drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 357- children’s mothers. And some take the time to call in and thank Leach and his 7400, Ext. 125. —Domenick Rafter staff for what they do. “You can’t put a price on that or measure the value of that,” he said. Program Teaches Men Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at To Be Fathers jorovic@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357The day-to-day difficulties of fatherhood 7400, Ext. 127. –Joseph Orovic have become banal to many, but Scott Leach


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Queens Haitians Hold Their Breath By BRIAN M. RAFFERTY With lines of communication down across Haiti and thousands of expatriate s sit t ing on pins and needles in Queens and in the rest of New York City, elected officials a nd community groups are doing what they can to pitch in and help following Tuesday’s catastrophic ear thquake. For Elsie Saint Louis Accilien, the last few days have been unbearable. As executive director of Haitian-Americans United for Progress in Cambria Heights, she said her office has had to field hundreds of calls from local residents unable to get in touch

with friends and family back in their homeland. As a Haitian who just came back from the annual New Years and Haitian Independence celebration, Accilien is clearly distraught. “We are not hearing much from the island,” Accilien said. “We have been receiving calls and giving out whatever information we have. We need to make sure that we are giving proper direction and information to the community.” Accilien echoed Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who on Tue sday stoo d wit h the Hait ian Community of Crown Heights to encour-

Report Says Principal Sought Sex From Boys have breakfast in Cedeno’s office, where he touched them inappropriately. Another student told investigators Cedeno offered to perform oral sex on him more than a dozen times in the three years he had known the principal. When the teen refused, Cedeno would remind the student of favors he had done for him, such as stopping a teacher from punishing him and even buying the teen a cell phone. The investigation also uncovered that Cedeno would call and talk to students off hours, including one call after 9:30 p.m. that lasted more than 90 minutes. According to the report, Cedeno denied soliciting sex from students when interviewed by investigators in September, but at the time he had no explanation for the sexually explicit text messages he sent to students. One teacher at the school, who asked to remain unidentified, said she was not surprised by the accusations in the repor t. “There were rumors about this going around for years,” said the teacher. “We were all waiting for our suspicions to be confirmed.” Cedeno had been principal at the school since June 2006 and was hired as a math teacher for the Department of Education in 2003. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or at (718) 357-7400, Ext.125.

to her agency, which will act as a clearing house to help share the information. HAUP’s phone number is (718) 527-3776. “We pray and hope that this has been the bulk of it, that we can star t looking toward recover y,” Accilien said. HAUP serves about 15,000 clients a year, providing educational, cultural and networking opportunities to give Haitian immigrants – and newcomers from other countries – help they need to adjust to life in the United States. In the meantime, local officials are stepping up to the plate to try to ar range aid. Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) will accept material donations at his new District Office, 234-26 Merrick Blvd., Laurelton. He will accept non-perishable food items, medical equipment and any other necessar y supplie s to be sent to Hait i once the line s of delivery can be re-e stablished. In the meantime, the U.S. State Dept. has set up a hotline for anybody seeking information about family in Haiti: (888) 4074747. People can also call 311 in New York City to find out other ways to help aid in the relief effort. Reach Editor Brian M. Rafferty at brafferty@queenstribune.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122. Photo/American Red Cross

By DOMENICK RAFTER The principal of an Ozone Park high school is accused of inappropriately touching or soliciting sex from at least four male students, according to a repor t by Richard Condon, the special commissioner of investigat ion for the New York City Depar tment of Education Quintin Cedeno, 33, principal of the High School for Constr uction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, located at 9406 104th St. in Ozone Park, is also accused in the report of making inappropriate comments, spoken, by e-mail or by text message, to those students and at least four other male students. In a statement, the Depar tment of Education said the principal, who had been reassigned in October when the investigation began, was fired on Jan 6. The report was filed after an inve st igation that began in October when the school’s guidance counselor, Billieannette Lunsford, filed a sexual harassment complaint against Cedeno. The complaint came after a 15-yearold student had told Lunsford that the principal had offered to perform oral sex on him. Lunsford said that she also was told by a 16year-old student that Cedeno had been sending inappropriate text messages to students. Cedeno was immediately reassigned when the investigation was opened. The repor t claims several students who played on the school’s basketball team would

age that donations of cash be at the top of the list for those looking to aid Haiti. “The proper thing is for people to donate to the international agencies that already have the infrastructure in place,” Accilien said. The mayor’s primary sugge stion was the American Red Cross. As of Wednesday afternoon, the effects of the 7.0 magnitude ear thquake were still being measured. The death toll was expected to far exceed 100,000. Massive parts of the nation’s infrastructure – from government offices to schools, hospitals, churches and roads, were completely destroyed. There were more homes collapsed than left standing in the capital of Port-au-Prince. “The damage is phenomenal,” Accilien said. “Ever ything, ever y piece of infrastructure, has been damaged.” Accilien sounded hopeful when describing the fate of the millions on the island – including the estimated 45,000 Americans thought to be present during the quake. “Just because the lines of communication are down doesn’t mean that people are not there,” Accilien said. She asks that as people find out through other sources about villages, towns or even streets where people have news – good or bad – to pass it along

A Haitian woman in Port-au-Prince reac ts to the devastation around her.

Plum Lulus At Stake Senate To Get Report As Council Sets Up

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The process itself has not gone smoothly, By JOSEPH OROV IC The special committee formed to decide as some have decried the committee’s insisState Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s (D-Corona) tence on holding executive meetings behind closed door. fate will release its findings “It’s a reminder of what Thursday. women go through when they Published reports by variare trying to seek justice in the ous daily newspapers say the courts when they’ve been committee will deem the freshabused,” said Marcia Pappas, man Senator unfit to hold ofpresident of the State’s National fice, after being convicted of a Organization for Women. “So misdemeanor assault charge many times, those in power will for a Dec. 19, 2008 incident make decisions in back rooms involving his girlfriend Karla and the victims are not allowed Giraldo. to know what’s going on.” The committee’s 50-plusThe committee’s report will page report will recommend include an online portion, with disciplinary action against full transcripts of all meetings Monserrate in either the form and many of the documents of censure or expulsion, which Hiram Monserrate and filings the committee took the full Senate will vote upon. According to the Daily News, the Senator into consideration. Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at will preempt any effort by the committee to expel him by filing an injunction in federal court after jorovic@queenstribune.com, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127. the committee makes its recommendations.

By BRIAN M. RAFFERTY Though the ink may have dried on the signed oaths of office that the new Council members from Queens took on Jan. 1, the pen is still in the inkwell with no official list yet made to name the chairmen and members of the various Council committees. The chairmen of the committees, which cover a range of aspects of City life from public safety to education and land use, receive a stipend for their work – often considered political payout for loyalty to the Speaker. With Speaker Christine Quinn swept back into her seat by a 48-1 vote last week, it is up to her to name the committee chairmanships. A spokesman said Wednesday that the names should be released in the next few days, but could not be more specific. Some Council members have already spilled the beans, leaking to various sources their own committees and others that they have heard. So far, it seems Queens has continued to keep a hold on some key slots, though one of the biggest plums –

former Councilwoman David Weprin’s Finance Committee – seems to have gone to Brooklyn’s Domenic Recchia. If the buzz is correct, it appears Queens has held on to the Land Use Committee. Previously chaired by Melinda Katz (DForest Hills), the committee will now sit with Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans). Other expected Queens leadership roles are as follows: newcomer Mark Weprin (DOakland Gardens) gets the Zoning and Franchise subcommittee previously held by Tony Avella (D-Bayside); fellow newbie Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) gets the Immigration committee; Liz Crowley (D-Glendale) lands the Fire and Criminal Justice Services committee; Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) keeps control of the Environment committee, Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) will head up the Women’s Issues committee; and Peter Vallone Jr. retains his Public Safety committee chairmanship. Reach Editor Brian M. Rafferty at brafferty@queenstribune.com or (718) 357-740, Ext. 122.

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Mt. Sinai Seeks New Hospital Beds

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$75 million for the $200 million project. Once the funds are collected, the addition will take three years to design and build. Through outreach initiatives, like presentations at community board meetings, Schwab said the hospital is trying to raise awareness about the current situation in this particular region of the borough.

"We certainly want to make sure the community is simply aware of what the state of healthcare is in Western Queens," she said. "We're encouraged by the support we have seen so far." Reach Reporter Kaitlyn Kilmetis at kkilmetis@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.

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hospital beds per 1,000 residents. In Queens, there are 1.6 beds per 1,000 residents and 1.06 beds per 1,000 residents in Western Queens. "Queens healthcare today is in crisis with the close of three hospitals in the past year," Schwab said. "Particularly, Western Queens has been hard hit." In light of the closing of St. Joseph, Parkway, St. John's and Mary Immaculate hospitals, Mount Sinai has seen a 15 percent increase in emergency room visits and an 8 percent increase in EMS transports. Schwab said the hospital is struggling with outdated facilities and a lack of space "We face a lot of challenges in the facility at Mount Sinai Queens, and at this point we need to grow beyond our current facility to accommodate the increased patient load," she said. In order to remedy the deficit that already exists, and will undoubtedly rise with steady population growth and development in the area, Mount Sinai Queens is looking to build a new nine-story building on a plot of land adjacent to its current facility. The new building proposal will add an additional 73 beds, 10,600 additional square feet of emergency department, five new operating rooms and a new ambulance drop-off. Schwab said in order to construct the expansion the Mount Sinai Hospital is looking to expand. hospital will need to raise

By KAITLYN KILMETIS Astoria's Mount Sinai Hospital is reaching out to the Queens community with its plea for a $200 million expansion. At the Community Board 2 meeting last week, Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab discussed the current healthcare problems in Queens and described the need for a new building at Mount Sinai. Schwab began by noting that over the past three years with the close of four borough hospitals, there has been a loss more than 1,000 hospital beds. She added how in Queens, especially Western Queens, the ratio of beds per 1,000 residents is significantly lower than the state average. In New York State there are 3.3

More than a dozen families were displaced from their Kew Gardens apartments when a blaze broke out in this building on 129th Street Monday afternoon.


Onorato To Retire, Gianaris Wants In By KAITLYN KILMETIS After nearly 27 years in office, State Sen. George Onorato (D-Astoria) announced this week he will not run for re-election and endorsed Assemblyman Mike Gianaris (DAstoria) to fill his vacant seat. The sudden shake up in Western Queens politics gave way to speculation about who may make a run for Gianaris' open Assembly position. On Monday, Jan. 11, Onorato released a statement about, what he dubbed, a "bittersweet decision." The veteran politician expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve the 12th Senate district and said upon retirement he will enjoy spending time with his family and act as a full-time constituent of the district. Onorato ended the statement by lending his support to Gianaris. "I have known and worked with Mike for many years now, and I know that he will always keep the best interests of the people of Western Queens in the forefront of his efforts in the Senate," he said. "I wish him every success, and support him unequivocally, as he takes this next step in his already bright and distinguished legislative career." The same day, Gianaris released an official statement launching his bid for State Senate. In the past month, Gianaris has hinted at a run for Senate at a number of gay marriage demonstrations after Onorato voted against the bill legalizing same-sex marriage this December. After Onorato's "no" vote, across the community many leaders advocated ousting the Senator from power, charging that his stance on number of issues was outdated and no longer representative of his constituents. Western Queens for Marriage Equality's Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, who was consider-

ing a run for Onorato's seat, expressed support for Gianaris and credits Onorato's step down to efforts by gay marriage supporters. "We can all be proud that we are getting a new Senator; it came in large part because of the movement we created - because thousands of us stood up and demanded better government," Frei-Pearson said. "Our voices were heard. In Mike Gianaris, the people of Senate District 12 will soon have a Senator who truly represents all of us." There was no mention of the gay marriage issue in Gianaris' release and the content focused largely on the state of the economy. "New York is at a crossroads," Gianaris said. "We face both a fiscal crisis and a crisis of confidence in state government. I'm running for the State Senate so that I can continue my work to reform state government and help New York turn its economy around." Gianaris also boasted endorsements from U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and Councilman James Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). In terms of Gianaris' Assembly seat, things are still up in the air with no official candidates emerging thus far. Democrat Aravella Simotas, an Astoria attorney and one-time aide to Council Members Peter Vallone Jr. and Peter Vallone Sr., released a statement through the Parkside Group, a Manhattan-based political consultancy firm, but did not formally announce her candidacy. "Since Assemblyman Gianaris is not seeking re-election, I am exploring a candidacy for the Assembly in consultation with my family and community leaders," Simotas said. Costa Constantinides, the president of

the Queens County Young Democrats, said he is the process of consulting friends, family, community leaders in order to decide if he will run. "It's something that I am strongly considering," Constantinides said. "I am opening an exploratory committee to look into it."

On the Republican side, Tom Dooley and Robert Hornak are rumored to be considering a bid for the position. Neither returned a phone call for comment. Reach Reporter Kaitlyn Kilmetis at kkilmetis@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.

Queens Rep Lands Page In Congress By LORI GROSS U.S. Rep. Gar y Ackerman (D-Bayside) nominated 16-year-old Matt Weiss from Old Westbury to be a part of the highly select ive House Page program. House members have a chance to nominate a young person for the program only once every four to seven years. “I’ve always been interested in politics. When the oppor tunity came, I thought it was too good to turn down,” Weiss said. Ackerman said of Weiss, “Matt is a bright, responsible and highly-motivated student whose outstanding talents and abilities make him extremely wor thy of this great opportunity. From a great pool of applicants, Mat t really shined. He has an exceptional interest in history and politics and has attained many personal achievements such as academic success and athletic accomplishments. He has also served his community by volunteering for local organizations and par ticipat ing in extra-curricular activities. I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset to the House Page program and I know it will be a rewarding experience for him. I am pleased to have

him join me in Washington.” Weiss had to send in two personal essays and a transcript to the Page program, which take s place during the spring semester. He will live in a dorm located near the Capitol Building with about 60 other high school student s selected from around the countr y. The program has its own school in session at the Library of Congress, which begins every morning at 6:45 a.m., and is dismissed between 9 a.m. and noon, depending when Congress is in session. The program is divided by pages for Democrats and for Republicans separately, according to Weiss. He will be serving the Democrats. “If I have to associate myself with a party, I would be with the Democratic party,” he said. Weiss explained his work will be mostly “menial,” like delivering flags and other items, and giving tours around the Capitol to visitors. He said he is looking forward to seeing what “government is actually like from the inside.” Reach Reporter Lori Gross at lgross@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124.

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Helping Haiti As a borough comprised of direct or second-generation immigrants, many of us are in constant contact with our loved ones back home. Our families extend across the waters to a slew of homelands with which we identify. This commonality so many of us share makes the tragedy in Haiti this week hit us all so much harder. The devastation is so dramatic and widespread that we find ourselves drawn to empathize with the plight of our Haitian American brothers and sisters. Whether we share ancestry or not, we cannot help but be moved by the scenes of this natural disaster. The fact that Haiti is already the most economically depressed nation in the Western Hemisphere makes the tragedy that much more upsetting. The hearts of all of us at the Queens Tribune – and throughout the borough – go out to those who have been touched by this calamity. We encourage all to do what they can to aid in what will surely be a rebuilding effort of monumental proportions. You can donate online at nyc.gov, by phone at (212) 788-7794 or by sending checks with Haiti Earthquake Relief written in the memo made out to Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10007.

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Do It, Already To The Editor: Doomsday Budget. Suspended payments to hospitals and school districts. A $3.2 billion budget gap. It certainly looks like our State government is struggling with the most difficult economic times in many years. The Queens Chamber of Commerce seeks to find solutions. If a decision had been reached on the winning bidder for the re-development of Aqueduct Racetrack, New York State government would not have sacrificed nearly $350 million in 2009 or leave another $200 million check on the table. The Queens Chamber of Commerce, representing over 1,500 businesses and organizations doing business in our borough urges Albany to reach a decision now. In fact, it is a demand that all New Yorkers should be making. For almost a decade, discussions have been held regarding the installation of Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) at Aqueduct Racetrack. In that time, eight other racetracks across New York State have installed VLT’s adding thousands of jobs to local economies and millions of dollars into New York State coffers. In 2008, we thought progress was being made when a bidder was selected, but alas, that bidder defaulted and the selection process came to a grinding halt. Now, several groups have

re-introduced proposals that could make Aqueduct not only a revenue generating, job creating venue, but a destination point in our borough. Located only a mile from JFK International Airport, plans include restaurants, meeting space, entertainment venues and retail shops that all would add employment opportunities to our borough’s workforce and procurement prospects for Queen’s businesses. It is time to select a vendor to rebuild an under-achieving, outdated racetrack. Let us learn from our mistakes and select a vendor with close ties to the Queen’s community. Select a vendor who has an established presence and a demonstrated record of success hiring Queen’s workers and sub-contractors. Both SL Green/Hardrock and the Aqueduct Entertainment Group meet those criteria. The other bidders have either retreated back to Vegas or have already been given the opportunity and couldn’t produce. Both SL Green and AEG have laid out proposals that go far beyond slots-in-a-box, and include the type of economic generating businesses this borough needs and a destination point this borough sorely lacks. So let’s start 2010 on the right track. Don’t gamble with our children’s futures or our senior’s health. The smart money says pick a vendor with a winning record. Start collecting the nearly $1 mil-

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lion a day that VLT’s will generate in new revenue. Collect the $200 million that will help towards balancing a budget that is waiting to be paid from the winning bidder. The results will be a win for Queens and for New York State. Jack Friedman, Executive VP Queens Chamber of Commerce

Unfair Insult To The Editor: I have been an avid reader of the Queens Tribune for years. It is an excellent newspaper. Recently, I read an article entitled, “Alt Therapy Ideas Abound in Boro” written by Kaitlyn Kilmetis. Ms. Kilmetis’ article was very useful for families seeking alternate forms of therapy for their children. Nevertheless, at the same time, she proceeded to unfairly/ unjustly insult rehabilitation therapists and psychologists in her statement, “...therapy no longer means monotonous rehabilitation exercises or humdrum sessions with a psychologist.” I sent Ms. Kilmetis an e-mail for her to address this statement and apologize for trying to undermine the work that rehabilitation therapists and psychologists do in helping the public. Will you please address this issue in a timely fashion? David Amsterdam

Shor t Memor y To The Editor: Upon opening the cover page [of the Person of the Year edition] I was appalled to see Brian McLaughlin’s face. Of all the local politicians pictures available, how could you possibly choose one of the most despicable and dishonest people to have ever represented Queens residents to appear with John Liu - at the very beginning of his new term! You people sure have a very short memory. Eileen Abramson

Keep The Schools To The Editor: After his third term was secured, Mayor Bloomberg’s Department of Education proposed closing 20 schools, including Jamaica High School. Meetings and a public hearing about closing JHS have been held between local elected officials, community and school leaders, and members of the DOE. At these, every community and school leader opposed the closing, and instead wanted the school given the ability and opportunity

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to improve. Every non-DOE person also wanted local students given a zoned preference for any new school. Despite this opposition, the DOE is determined to close the school and not provide a zoning preference. In support of closing, DOE officials claim the school is underperforming and place emphasis on the less than fifty percent of students graduating in four years. In opposition to closing, community and school leaders have presented facts that show the DOE has failed to properly support efforts made to improve school performance. They also showed that in many important categories, JHS has outperformed comparable high schools. In particular, students who enter JHS not performing at grade level graduate at rates substantially higher than other High Schools. Hearing both sides, a reasonable person would have doubts about closing. Unfortunately, the procedures for closing schools are not reasonable and the Mayor and Chancellor can ignore opposing views. This pervades the public sessions as people believe closure is a done deal merely awaiting the stamp of approval by the Panel for Education Policy. Adding to this negative sense are the proposed replacement schools, which are primarily led by teachers with little administrative experience. None of these schools emphasize Math, Science, and Computer programs which is incomprehensible given their importance in today’s economy. None offer students the opportunities currently available at Jamaica High School and none should replace JHS. Regarding the zoning preference for local students, all students have a right to attend a quality high school, however, it is equally important to provide the high school with the best chance to become a quality school. A zoned preference would best enable any new school to accomplish its goals. Local students at a local school bring with them social attachments and civic obligations that benefit their performance and the health of the school and community. In fact, three of the four leaders of the proposed schools indicated that schools would be enriched and would work best if attended by local students. Perhaps these benefits stem from students not having to travel long distances to a school in a neighborhood they have no ties with. Finally, since the surrounding community has suffered from an alleged underperforming high school, they should be the first to benefit from an alleged better school.

Chancellor Klein should withdraw the proposal, or the members of the Panel on Education Policy should reject the proposal, or a zoned preference should be implemented at the new schools. Rob Caloras, President CDEC 26

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Support Ford To The Editor: Our New York Congressional delegation has failed miserably in protecting our state from the failed policies of the Marxist-AlinskyObama administration. They have saddled us with mandates costing us millions, they have refused to solve the illegal immigration problem, thus virtually bankrupting our own healthcare providers and they have refused to take any positive stand concerning the treatment of captured combatants as common criminals, contrary to the Geneva Conventions. It should be remembered that FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. in 1940, wrote this in his diary: “... we have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started... and an enormous debt to boot !” Perhaps its time to let the citizens of New York State decide who will be their party’s representatives, not the political lobbyists and bosses. Therefore I support former Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr. in his bid to enter the Democratic Primary for Senator this coming fall. David Rivkin, Jamaica

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The State of the State: A Real Sad Story By MICHAEL SCHENKLER

Follow me on Twitter @QueensTribune I sat the other day with a member of the State Legislature. This one, I think, was one of the good guys.

My discussion with him went very much the way my discussion with many of the Assembly members and State Senators go. We wind up talking about the job they are doing and the member points to some legislative initiatives, a batch of member items funding local groups, and some pretty progressive votes on some relatively easy issues to assert he (or she) is doing a good job..

I wind up talking State Budget and deficit, ethics, reapportionment, power of leadership, the culture of corruption and the best interests of the people of New York. Like most of the good ones, after slight protestations that there is indeed a wor thy record to be discussed and reviewed, last week’s guest moved pretty quickly to saying, “You’re right.” “I agree!” Yes, he was one of the good one s. There are probably many good ones – but . . . Collect ively, the good ones allow the corrupt system to continue. “What do you want me to do?” he asked. “I’m just one member and if I stood up and said what you are saying – the truth – I’d be ostracized and punished.” “I would be in disfavor of the Speaker; nothing in my District would be funded; and I’d probably be exiled to an office in some basement hallway.” Yup! All true! He is absolutely right! But it doesn’t change the facts or address the culture of corruption that permeates almost every

phase of legislative life in Albany. You’ve read it here before and at least right now, I’m not going to enumerate the list of Albany ethical woes and the steps needed to correct them. Nor am I going to provide the complete list of legislators and former legislators – starting with Joe Bruno, Anthony Semenerio, Brian McLaughlin and Hiram Monseratte, who have crossed the line of ethical behavior. The list is very long and I fear includes many members who have yet to be accused or caught. But it seems that few can spend a lot of time in Albany before the sense of entitlement and culture of corruption causes them to become intoxicated w it h power. And t hen, whether it’s money, power or sex, moral and ethical standards do not apply and behavior is no longer bound by the codes that apply to others. Those who have chosen public service as a career wind up with their hands out while they are screwing the public and others in Albany. And if they don’t partake, they

are mum. They look the other way while their colleagues rape, pillage and steal. Well, maybe they just play the system. But it is clearly wrong, clearly unethical and what goes on should be illegal if it is not. And every one of them knows the stor y. Off the record, quietly, a number of them acknowledge it. Most of them call for reform but only get the oppor tunit y to vote for cosmetic change, which leadership controls. And year after year, the self perpetuating body won’t change the rules to make the playing field even close to level. The campaign contributions, the gerrymandering, the use of State resources, the sycophantic and corrupt relations with lobbyists are business as usual and the incumbent legislature will not make a change. Newcomers, through fear or consumption of the spoils, quickly become the incumbents who are the problem. And the good guys (and gals) remain silent. Sure the ineffective Governor,

out of desperation, seeking a message that will resonate, has proposed some substantial ethical changes. As a member for years and as minority leader of the State Senate, he never pointed the finger. Now he needs an issue and knows damn well any change requires the vote of the legislature and the real issues will never reach the floor. His reform calls appear to be as empty as most of the stuff that has marked his administration. But that is the standard for Albany. I said to my legislative guest, “I’ve considered opposing all incumbent State Legislators this year – a call to throw the bums out.” And he shook his head and said, “there are some very good people there -- people who care.” And I shook my head and said, “and they allow some ver y bad things to go on in Albany.” And thus, my friends and readers, we have the State of New York State -- a real sad story without a happy ending. Anyone have a solution? MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com

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Albany’s Disappointing Year: Fiscal Problems, Senate Squabble By HENRY STERN Last Tuesday, the legislature met in joint session to hear Governor Paterson’s State of the State addre ss. As had been leaked, the governor made a series of reform proposals, dealing with ethics, conflicts of interest, public Henry finance and term limits for legislators. He spoke at length on economic development proposals. His economic agenda in particular did not generate an enthusiastic response from lawmakers. The ideas sounded stale even if they were new; there was little about relieving the burdens of taxation or improving the state’s infrastructure. He emphasized increasing programs for minorit y and women business contractor s, which has been an area of manipulation for some time. We had urged the governor to make bold proposals, and to lead even if others would not follow. On the issue of ethics, he did just that. The reforms he advanced would be a great step forward in leveling the playing field in a way that would promote honest government. Unfor tunately, we do not expect any significant reforms to emerge from the rogues’ gallery in the state Senate or the dutiful members of the Assembly. A number of one-house bills may emerge. These are bills that are passed by either the Senate or the Assembly but are considered dead on arrival

in the other. One of their purposes is to allow legislators to be recorded as voting for reform, while secure in the knowledge that no reform legislation will be passed by both houses, which is a necessit y before it can go to the governor for his signature or veto. Stern The financial crisis caused by the multi-billion dollar state deficit is, as has been said, the 800-pound gorilla in the room, which no one is quite ready to deal with. The state’s economic picture, although it appears to have stabilized, has not improved enough to provide sufficient tax revenues to close the budget gap. The remedies for the deficit are the same as those traditionally available: reduce expenditure s, increase ta xe s, bor row money, and receive a larger federal subsidy cloaked as a stimulus package. The problem, of course, is that hardly anyone in Albany wants to lay off any employees, taxes are now the highest in the nation (and any increase will drive out the people on whom the burden would be increased), the law prohibits straight borrowing (so it would have to be done through a subterfuge), and we cannot now predict what the Obama administration will offer to local government, particularly in vie w of increasing Congressional resistance. A financial shortfall does not usually have an instant immediate impact, like Katrina or a tsunami

or 9/11. It is more like a slow garroting of the beleaguered city, state or private corporation leading to higher interest rates followed by i nabilit y to bor row money, increasing delay in paying bills, closing of satellite facilities, failing to follow costly new mandates because of lack of resources, freezing salaries or deferring wage increases, postponing capital construction, scaling back appropriations for cultural institutions now largely suppor ted by the cit y, weeding out underperforming managers and employees, t ightening the award of disabilit y pensions, and reducing consultants contracts, particularly at the Department of Education. Not all of this would be bad. Some budget cuts are in fact beneficial, except to the person being cut. But for agencies and taxpayers, these budget reduction exercises would be salutary, at least in par t. Some should have been implemented earlier with the cooperation or initiative of the agencies involved. The state fiscal year begins on April 1, which is the legal deadline for the adoption of a budget which must by law be ‘balanced,’ which really means it can’t be as far out of balance as the spenders would like it to be. The adoption of the state budget will be more difficult than usual this year because 1) at this point, expenses far exceed revenue s, 2) this is an elect ion year, with the Republicans appearing to rally from their low point

last Spring, 3) the Senate is so closely divided that all 32 Democratic votes are required to take any action, 4) if Senator Monserrate is expelled, the Democrats lose their majority until a successor is elected to replace him. That is the reason that even those Senate Democrats who have publicly demanded Monserrate’s removal may not insist on a vote on the matter, leaving it to Senator Sampson to bot tle up a motion to expel the convicted girlfriend-dragger. We are anxious to see what, if anything, the Legislature will do

to prevent its reputation, already low, from sinking fur ther. It is somewhat like last winter, when people wondered whether, if ever, the market would stop falling. One unintended consequence of their ethical lapses is to make Governor Paterson look better. Notice how Attorney General Cuomo has remained aloof from both the fina ncial and t he et h ical issue s embroiling the Legislature. If we were in his position, we might do the same thing, but at some point he will be called on, and we look forward to his entering the arena. StarQuest@NYCivic.org

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Queens CLOSEUP WRBA Meeting The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday Feb. 13, from 1-3 p.m. at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, as part of its mission to keep residents informed and have them participate in the civil process. Bring a friend or neighbor, all are welcome.

Computer Classes The Howard Beach Senior Center, located at 156-45 84th St. in Howard Beach is conducting computer classes for beginners, intermediate and more advanced seniors. The classes will be held for six weeks at once a week. Anyone who is interested, please call Rosalie at (718) 738-8100.

Scarf Collection The Howard Beach Senior Center is collecting knitted or crocheted scarves for our troops overseas. We will be doing this yearround. The color of the scarves should be camouflage, black or dark green and 38-40 inches long and 7 ½ wide. Please bring your finished product to the Howard Beach Senior Center. Any questions, please call Rosalie at (718) 738-8100.

Financial Lecture

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Save the date! If your New Year’s resolution is to get your personal finances under control during this recession, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is pleased to bring an important free program to his constitu-

ents presented by CUNY’s award-winning entrepreneur, Joyce Moy, soon after 2010 arrives. Her financial lecture will be held at Christ Lutheran Hall, 85-15 101st Ave., Ozone Park, Saturday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Moy will cover two major topics dealing with personal finances, followed by a Q & A with the audience: Joyce Moy is currently the Executive Director of the Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) of the City University of New York (CUNY). AAARI’s mission is to provide research and education to the general public on issues of concern to Asian Americans and the world’s Asian communities. In addition, she teaches small business management at CUNY. For more information, please contact Senator Addabbo’s Howard Beach district office at (718) 738-1111.

Entitlement Counseling The Howard Beach Senior Center, located at 156-45 84th St. in Howard Beach is offering entitlement counseling for seniors living in Community Board 9 and 10. This counseling is for seniors over the age of 60 living in community board 9 and 10, who need assistance in Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, SNAP (formerly food stamps), housing, etc. If interested, call Elaine at (718) 738-8100 for further information.

CPR Training The FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit will hold regularly scheduled free CPR classes in all 5 boroughs starting on Jan. 5. The first

Tuesday through the fourth Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of every month there will be Borough CPR training sessions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens. Training is free to anyone over the age of 14. The goal of this program is increase the number of people in New York City trained in bystander CPR Each class lasts 1 hour and participants in the class learn basic CPR skills from a member of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Volunteers for the class follow along using the CPR Anytime Personal Learning Kit, which features an instructional DVD and an inflatable mannequin. All participants are able take home the kit at the end of class and asked to pledge to use the kit to show five of their family members and friends how to perform CPR. This class teaches basic CPR technique and is not a certification course. In Queens, the classes will be held the fourth Thursday of every month at EMS Station 54, 222-15 Merrick Blvd. In addition, please visit www.nyc.gov/cprtogo for New York Sports Club locations offering free CPR classes starting in January. Please visit www.fdnyfoundation.org or call (718) 999-2413 for more information.

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Notice of Formation: K & Z REALTY IN QUEENS, LLC, Art. of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/ 2009. Office Loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 201-09 NORTHERN BLVD., 2 nd FL. #3B BAYSIDE, NY 11365 Purpose: Any lawful activity. _______________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 16153/09 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MASTR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST2007WMC 1 MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-WMC1 Plaintiff, vs. LAMIN BREWER, Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 137-11 168TH STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11434 SBL #: BLOCK 12574 LOT 34 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within

30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 23rd day of December, 2009, Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: LAMIN BREWER, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. LEE A. MAYERSOHN of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 18th day of December, 2009 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by LAMIN BREWER dated the 31st day of October, 2006, to secure the sum of$368,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000643786 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 20th day of November, 2006; which

mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 10th day of June, 2009, and sent for recording in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County; The property in question is described as follows: 137-11 168TH STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11434 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land1 with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Fourth Ward, Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Easterly side of 168th Place, 50 feet wide formerly known as Pemberton Street, distant 79.32 feet Southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of 137th Avenue, 80 feet wide with the Easterly side of 168th Place; RUNNING THENCE Easterly at right angles to the Easterly side of 168th Place, 100.025 feet; RUNNING THENCE Southerly parallel with the Easterly side of 168th Place. 39.66 feet; RUNNING THENCE Westerly at right angles to the Easterly side of 168th Place, 100.025 feet to the Easterly side of 168th Place; RUNNING THENCE Northerly along the Easterly side of 168th Place, 39.66 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK

STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home.

mets.com/citifieldjobs to apply and fill out an online questionnaire. The ideal candidate should have experience in food or retail services and must be available to work a flexible schedule including days, nights and weekends. Part-time seasonal employment is available from April to October and based on the Mets schedule of home games at Citi Field and other special events. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess an engaging personality and excellent guest service skills. Available ARAMARK positions include: cashiers, counterworkers, food service helpers, cooks, porters, cleaners, catering attendants, runners, guest attendants and supervisors. Mets positions include: fan greeters, host and hostesses, security and security supervisors, parking and parking supervisors.

Sing For Queens Become a member of the Oratorio Society of Queens, which will be rehearsing Mozart’s Requiem and Americana for its Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 16. Rehearsals are every Monday night, 7:45 pm, in the studio of the North Presbyterian Church, 25-33 154th St., Flushing. Anyone interested in singing should call (718) 2793006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org.

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LEGAL NOTICE There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: December

LEGAL NOTICE 23, 2009, Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of ROOM12 RECORDS LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 8/12/2009. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: ROOM12 RECORDS LLC, 34-21 77st #400, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _______________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of ST. VICTORS, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on December 29, 2009 Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY Shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to the LLC business address located at 220-21 99 th Avenue Queens Village, NY. 11429. The purpose: shall be for any lawful purpose.


Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . . PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE ...PEOPLE . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE.. PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE . . .PEOPLE... On Sunday, Dec. 28, the Temple Tikvah Traveling Mitzvah Choir under the direction of Cantor Guy Bonne performed at the Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. The Choir is made up of children from Temple Tikvah’s Religious School. This was the Choir’s first of many uplifting and entertaining engagements at local Queens and Nassau locations. Temple Tikvah, A Center for Reform Judaism in New Hyde Park, was formed by the recent consolidation of Temple Emanuel of New Hyde Park and Temple Israel of Jamaica. Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership. Aman Kapoor from Richmond Hill and serving with 4th Finance Detachment

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LEGAL NOTICE (Middle) Thomas (Last) Faello (infant) My present address is 59-37 60 th Street, Maspeth, NY 11378 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is February 27, 2006 _______________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 11/24/09, bearing Index Number NC-001084-09/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Zoya (Last) Niyazov My present name is (First) Zoya (Last) Gali aka Zulaiho Z. Galibov aka Zulaiho Zoya Galibov aka Zulaiho Galibov My present address is 102-17 64 th Road, Apt 2C, Forest Hills, NY 11375 My place of birth is Russia My date of birth is February 10,1970 _______________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12/18/09, bearing Index Number NC-001186-09/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Neville (Middle) Mohamed (Last) Khan My present name is (First) Mohamed (Last) Beg aka Mohamed Khanbeg, aka Mohamed Beg Khan My present address is 91-42 Hollis Court Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11428 My place of birth is Guyana My date of birth is December 15, 1944; Assume the name of (First) Bibi (Middle) Shazena (Last) Khan My present name is (First) Bibi (Middle) Amrool (Last) Beg aka Bibi A.N. Beg, aka Bibi Amrool Nesha My present

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tors, successors-in-interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through ANN LAWS A/K/A ANNIE LAWS, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and all creditors thereof and the respective husbands, or widowers of hers, if any, all of whose names and addresses are unknown to plaintiff; JOANNE MCCLARY; ISAIAH MCCLARY; The heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors, creditors, successors-in-interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through SYLVIA KATZMAN, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and all creditors thereof, and the respective husbands, or widowers of hers, if any, all of whose names and addresses are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES; NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and “JOHN DOE #1” THROUGH “JOHN DOE #100”, the names of the last 100 defendants being fictitious, the true names of said defendants being unknown to plaintiff, it being intended to designate fee owners, tenants or occupants of the liened premises and/or persons or parties having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the

liened premises, if the aforesaid individual defendants are living, and if any or all of said individual defendants be dead, their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, committees, devisees, legatees, and the assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest of them, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by, through, or against the said defendants named as a class, of any right, title or interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint herein, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above-entitled foreclosure action, and to serve a copy of your answer on the plaintiffs attorney within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal service within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Queens County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the premises. Dated: August 4, 2009 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an Order of Honorable Bernice D. Siegal, a Justice of the Supreme Court, dated December 21, 2009, and filed with supporting papers in the

Queens County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a tax lien covering the property known as 122-18 Benton Street, Queens, New York and being a parcel of land designated as Block 12704 and Lot 0036. The relief sought is the sale of the subject property at public auction in satisfaction of the tax lien. In case of your failure to appear, judgment may be taken against you in the sum of $11,322.66, together with interest, costs, disbursements and attorneys fees of this action, and directing the public sale of the property. Richard M. Beers, Jr. PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP Office and Post Office Address 1400 First Federal Plaza Rochester, New York 14614 Tel. No. (585) 2382000 _______________________________________________________________________

NOTICE OF FORMATIO N OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PNK REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/28/ 09, office location Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 45-48 51 st Street, Woodside, New York 11377. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _______________________________________________________________________ STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT QUEENS COUNTY NYCTL 2008-A TRUST AND THE BANK OF NEW YORK, SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 8308-09 AS COLLATERAL AGENT AND CUSTODIAN, Plaintiffs, vs. The heirs-atlaw, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors, credi-

J.J. CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/1/09. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 137-50 75th Rd., Flushing, NY 11367, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12/23/09, bearing Index Number NC-501035-07/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Ace (Middle) LC (Last) Frazier My present name is (First) Elisa (Middle) Christine (Last) Frazier aka Lisa Christine Frazier My present address is 162-11 89 Avenue, 5F, Jamaica, NY 11432 My place of birth is Not collected in old system My date of birth is March 21, 1968 _______________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 10/21/09, bearing Index Number NC-000971-09/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Bianca (Middle) Rocio (Last) Mazza My present name is (First) Rocio (Last) Quiroz My present address is 653 Fairview Ave. 2R, Ridgewood, NY 11385 My place of birth is Peru My date of birth is December 07, 1975 _______________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12/22/09, bearing Index Number NC-001196-09/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Christopher (Middle) Thomas (Last) Faello Sanchez My present name is (First) Christopher

is promoted to the rank of Private; Kristen Perkins from Ozone Park and serving with 442d Military Police Co is promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant; Patricia Schuett from Woodhaven ) and serving with 222d Chemical Company is promoted to the rank of Sergeant; Noel Polanco from Richmond Hill and serving with Detachment 1, 1156th Engineer Company Vertical is promoted to the rank of Specialist; and Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard. For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.state.us or www1800goguard.com.

Army Reserve Pvt. Kendrick J. Arias, brother of Bianca Arias of Richmond Hill, has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. The course of instruction included basic combat training and advanced individual training (AIT). The basic trainee received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history and traditions. During AIT, Pvt. Arias completed the Combat Engineer Course to perform basic combat construction and rigging operations; operate light and heavy engineer wheeled and armor tracked vehicles while participating in combat mobility, counter mobility, and survivability operations; assist in assembly and maintenance of military standard float and fixed bridges; prepare, install, and prime firing systems for demolition and explosives; arm, disarm, and install anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, locate mines by visual means or with mine detector; and recognize and neutralize land mines, firing devices and booby traps. Pvt. Arias is a 2009 graduate of Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park.


Groups Spilt $400K In Immigrant Aid By KAITLYN KILMETIS This week, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development announced two Queens organizations, Make the Road New York and the MinKwon Center for Community Action, will receive financial support to better serve the low-wage immigrant worker community across the borough. In response to a slew of challenges faced by the low-wage immigrant worker community in light of the economy, the DYCD designated $1.2 million of their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Community Services Block Grant funds to aid low-wage immigrant workers across the city.

The money will be used to increase the workers’ employability skills, deepen their understanding of their fundamental rights as workers and educate workers about on-thejob safety principles and rules and regulations. The new programs will run through Sept. 30. The $1.2 million will be divided equally, in $200,000 increments, among the six areas of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island where the DYCD determined had the greatest concentration of low-wage immigrant workers. In Queens, it was determined Jackson Heights, Woodside and Flushing were most in need. Make the Road NY will serve Woodside and Jackson Heights while the MinKwon Center will service Flushing. Make the Road NY Executive Director Ana Maria Archila said the organization will provide a wide range of services to the low-

wage immigrant workers who live and work in the two designated areas. The grant will cover expenses for vocational and job readiness training, English language instruction, the search for new employment opportunities and legal assistance. MRNY staff will also work to provide technical assistance to other community-based organizations in the area to ensure their services reach the low-wage immigrant population. Steven Choi, the executive director of the MinKwon Center, said he believes his organization won the grant after a long history of providing services and advocacy, through free legal services and representation, for the low-wage immigrant worker community. He said the MinKwon Center is excited to enhance its work through this grant with free legal and benefit consultations to workers, access to services and available benefits, intensive outreach and education efforts and

provide a wide array of supportive services such as ESL classes, job training and job readiness. Like Make the Road NY, Choi said the MinKwon Center will work with several community partners to ensure they reach as many workers as possible and provide as much high-quality services as they can. A spokesman for DYCD said these two organizations were chosen largely based on the appropriateness of each proposed facility, their demonstrated level of organizational capability to provide services beginning in early January, the demonstrated quantity and quality of successful relevant experience and the quality of the proposed approach to providing services to low-wage immigrant workers. Reach Reporter Kaitlyn Kilmetis at kkilmetis@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.

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By K AITLYN KILMETIS Mayor Mike Bloomberg continues his push to get New York City connected through NotifyNYC. Representatives from the City program attended Queens Community Board meetings this month to encourage attendees to sign up for the free system, which puts a wealth of city information at its users’ fingertips. Officially launched in May 2009, Notify NYC is one stop shop for all information about emergency events and important city services that operates under the slogan “What you need to know, when you

need to know it.” The service reports citywide news, specific to the area one registers under, including power outages, oil spills, car accidents, traffic build ups and emergencies via phone call, email, text message or Twitter update. Additionally, since the start of 2010 Notify NYC has expanded its services to offer information about public school delays, closings and early dismissals. The program, a partnership between the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, receives

reports from a collection of city agencies in order to provide the public comprehensive access to the both emergency and non-emergency notifications. Those who register can sign up to receive alerts across up to five NYC zip codes. Also, users can list up to three phone lines for voice messages and two different email addresses. In order to register for Notify NYC, visit nyc.gov/notifynyc or call 311. Reach Reporter Kaitlyn Kilmetis at kkilmetis@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.


Boards Buzz With Upstate Gas Woes By DOMENICK RAFTER In recent months, a host of community boards in Queens have discussed and weighed in on the possibility of expanding natural gas drilling into the Marcellus Shale. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is warning that gas drilling in Upstate New York near the New York City watershed could lead to toxins seeping into the city's water supply. In response, the Bloomberg administration is asking the state to ban drilling in the energy-rich Marcellus Shale formation that covers a large swath of land across Southern New York along the Pennsylvania border. "Based on the latest science and available technology, as well as the data and limited analysis presented by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, highvolume hydrofracking and horizontal drilling pose unacceptable threats to the unfiltered fresh water supply of 9 million New Yorkers," said acting DEP Commissioner Steven Lawitts. The DEP's warning comes on the heels of a similar warning from the Environmental Protection Agency. "We have concerns regarding potential impacts to human health and the environment that we believe warrant further scientific and regulatory analysis," wrote John Filippelli, chief of the Strategic Planning and Programs Branch of the EPA. "EPA has serious reservations about whether gas drilling in the New York City watershed is consistent with the vision of high-quality unfiltered water supply." The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recommended drilling in September, playing down any effects it would have on the water supply. Supporters say drilling would pump over $1 billion of badly-

needed money into the state's economy, but opponents say steps that would need to be taken to ensure the safety of the water supply would cost far more than the state would make, and the bill would be passed on to consumers. "To combat any contamination of the water supply, we'd have to build a filtration system up there that could be costly," said State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Officials estimate a water filtration system would cost $10 billion to build and over $100 million a year to maintain, wiping out any financial benefit the drilling may bring to the state. Addabbo and other officials warn that would mean a hike in water bills, perhaps as much as 30 percent, to pay for the filtration system. "We don't need this at this point," Addabbo said. The Marcellus Shale formation begins around the Catskills and spreads to the west of the Appalachian Mountain chain in Central and Western New York, Central and Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, all of West Virginia, and parts of Western Maryland and Virginia. The watershed for the city's water supply falls in the extreme eastern extent of the shale formation. Other states that have permitted drilling, including Pennsylvania and Texas, have both reported contamination in their drinking water. The DEP warns that the 3,000 to 6,000 wells will lead to millions of truck trips to transport millions of tons of fracking chemicals and waste that can contaminate the water supply. The DEP also warns the chemicals used as part of the drilling process that are injected into subsurface rock formations, can travel along underground fissures to ground water and ultimately streams that feed reservoirs. The

resulting wastewater, that currently cannot be treated, can easily seep into the water supply. The DEP is also worried that drilling can damage the infrastructure, especially the tunnels, that are used to transport the city's water from reservoirs upstate to the city. U.S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-Corning), whose district in the Southern Tier section of Upstate New York includes the most energy-rich portions of the Marcellus Shale formation, joined New York City officials in expressing concern about the drilling. Massa said drilling in the formation is a great asset to combating energy prices, but the risks could outweigh the benefits. "I strongly support the reality that it is universally better to burn domestically pro-

duced natural gas than imported foreign crude oil," said Massa. "But if the method by which you obtain that natural gas here in our backyard destroys your ability to put a water well into the ground, then you've just shot yourself in the foot." Addabbo said the state has halted the progress of leases, which he said was being given too easily and haphazardly, and a stringent process for awarding leases will allow the state to conduct a more throughout investigation into the effects of drilling and how to combat them before awarding the leases. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext.125.

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Central Parkway when he was struck by a 102nd Precinct ASSAULT SUSPECT SOUGHT: The 2002 Buick, also traveling westbound on the NYPD is seeking the public's assistance in Grand Central Parkway, and then struck by identifying an individual wanted for ques- a 2002 Dodge, traveling westbound on the Grand Central. Both vehicles retioning for an assault that took mained at the scene and there is place on Nov. 26, 2009 at apno criminality suspected. proximately 4:55 a.m. inside of Medina Hall located at 76-15 114th Precinct 101st Ave. in Ozone Park. MAN SHOT: On Friday, Jan. The suspect, armed with a 9, at approximately 11:35 p.m., silver handgun, shot a 31-yearpolice responded to a report of a old black man in the leg. The man shot in the vicinity of 35-44 victim was taken to Jamaica 11th St. in Ravenswood. Upon Hospital in stable condition. The arrival, the police discovered 62suspect then fled the location in year-old Jaroslaw Bielawski of 186 a silver Infinity with an unknown Java St, Apt IR, Brooklyn, shot Florida license plate. Anyone with information in Police are looking once inside of a car. The victim was transported to regards to this incident is asked f o r t h i s m a n i n to call Crime Stoppers at (800) connec tion with Cornell Medical Center in Man577 TIPS (8477). The public can a n O z o n e P a r k hattan where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:41 a.m. Two also submit their tips by logging shooting. black men were seen fleeing onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting southbound on 11th Street in a car. An their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering investigation was ongoing. TIP577. FROM THE DA: MURDERER SENTENCED: A St. 103rd Precinct CAB DRIVERS ROBBED: The NYPD Albans man was sentenced to 18 years in is requesting the public's assistance in iden- prison for fatally shooting a Queens architifying the suspects wanted in connection tect, and also to 15 years for the attempted with the robbery of four livery car drivers murder of an acquaintance during a robbery. The two incidents happened in Auin Jamaica. On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 at 1:48 a.m., gust and October 2006, respectively, and a 39-year-old male Asian driver was dis- the sentences are to run concurrently with a patched to 177-18 106th Ave. in Jamaica life without parole federal prison sentence to pick up a fare. Upon arrival two African that the defendant is presently serving for a American men entered the vehicle, dis- February 2006 Virginia murder of his played a stun gun and demanded money. cousin's girlfriend. All three shooting inciThe suspects fled with an undetermined dents occurred when the defendant was just 16 years old. amount money. The defendant is identified as 20-year-old On Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at 12:55 a.m., a 34-year-old Hispanic male driver was Gary Johnson, formerly of 90-32 80th St., St dispatched to 177-18 106th St. in Jamaica to Albans. Johnson entered guilty pleas to firstpick up a fare. Upon arrival an African degree manslaughter and second-degree atAmerican male in his 30s displayed a knife tempted murder last September before and announced a robbery. The suspect fled Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Hanophy, who last week imposed prison with money. On Sunday, Jan. 3, at 10:05 p.m. a 29- sentences of 18 years and 15 years, respecyear-old Indian man was dispatched to tively, for the crimes. In pleading guilty in Queens Supreme 177-20 106th St., in Jamaica to pick up a fare. Upon arrival the suspect, an African Court, Johnson admitted that he shot 31American male in his 20s displayed a knife year-old architect David Munn, of 146-09 and demanded money. The suspect fled 120th Ave. in South Jamaica, approximately three to four times in front of 113-01 155th with money. On Monday, Jan 4, at 11:10 p.m., an Street, South Jamaica, on Aug 31, 2006, African American male was dispatched to fatally striking him once in the chest and once 177-20 106 St in Jamaica to pick up a fare. in the arm as he turned to run away. Johnson Upon arrival the suspect, an African Ameri- also admitted that during a robbery following can male in his 20s, entered the vehicle, a dice game on Oct. 15, 2006, he shot 20displayed a knife, and announced a robbery. year-old Orrie Ennis once in the stomach, The victim exited the cab and fled and the causing serious physical injury. suspect fled with no money. There were no injuries to report in any of the above listed robberies. 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By JOSEPH OROVIC The annals of medicine have gone from home remedies to quack doctors, and now Occupational Therapist Anita LiuChen has patients squeezing balls of putty. Quack she is not, as the ball of putty she pulled, squished and twisted represented a breed of hands-on, yet technologically-advanced therapy. Liu-Chen, among several other therapists, was on hand to show off the latest wares and techniques at New York Hospital Queens’ Center for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Fresh Meadows. The new techniques provide a boon for ailing seniors, as well as the general populace. “The whole purpose is to get their dayto-day life done,” Liu-Chen said. An array of devices sat before her, ranging from makeshift clothespins to an array of buckles and even a button-buttoner, all meant to mimic the rigors of daily life and train patients to function on their own. Though she sees patients of all ages, a majority of the over-50 crowd comes to Liu-Chen after suffering a stroke or falling, and take varying amounts of time to recover. “Sometimes you can get a 90-year-old and boom, they’re right back up,” she said. Just down the hall, Vestibular Thera-

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On Jan. 19, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, along with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and New York State Attorney General’s office, will host a Senior Fraud Workshop to provide seniors with a basic understanding of financial literacy, how to recognize risk factors for financial exploitation and learn about who can help them if they are exploited. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be led by a panel of experts covering financial management and senior fraud. In September Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, released a report estimating that in

Queens, more than 61,000 seniors each year have been hit by consumer fraud – losing more than $21 million in personal savings. In response to the alarming report, Gillibrand is pursuing a full crack down on fraud against seniors, including: increased penalties for people who commit fraud against seniors; new measures to protect Social Security and veterans benefits from debt collectors; broad efforts to stop abusive mail, telemarketing and internet fraud against seniors; and a national grant program for states to protect seniors from misleading financial advisors claiming to specialize in seniors.


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VOTING MACHINES EXPECTED BY SEPT.

BY DOMENICK RAFTER After years of discussion, debate and delays, the new voting machines are almost here. The New York City Board of Elections voted Jan. 5 on a vendor for the city’s new electronic voting machines that will bring the city up to code with the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the federal legislation mandating new voting machines in every state passed in the wake of the controversial 2000 Presidential election. The board selected Election Systems and Software to provide and maintain new optical scanning voting machines in all five boroughs. “We are very excited about this opportunity to bring the best possible voting experience to the people of New York City,” said Aldo Tesi, President and CEO of ES&S, which operates election services in three countries, 47 states, and major cities like Los Angeles and Detroit. “We’ve worked for eight years to understand the needs and wishes of New York voters and have tailored our equipment to meet them. We look forward to working with the Board of Elections to introduce this proven, state-or-the-art technology and ultimately to enhance the way

including the special election for the 23rd Congressional seat in the Adirondacks in November, in which the victor, Democrat Bill Owens, defeated his opponent, Conservative Doug Hoffman by only 3,500 votes. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), chair of the Senate Elections Committee, said states that rushed to comply with the deadlines set in the Help America Vote Act were “regretting” it because of problems with their new voting machines. “We had a process that was much more stringent,” said Addabbo, defending the delay. “These machines have been tested harder and subjected to more requirements than any system in the nation, and the voters of the State of New York should feel confident that they will produce accurate and reliable results.” Addabbo warned, however, that the cost of compliance could be a problem. “We understand we are mandated to do this, but the financial timing is horrible,” he said. “Any shortfall of federal dollars now falls on local board of elections budget, which in New York City has been decimated” ES&S plans to work with the BOE on a campaign to educate voters on how to correctly use the new maThough it may be hard to teach chines. Voters will an old dog new tricks, we all might have to relearn how to vote. fill out a ballot re-

the city conducts its elections.” New York has lagged nearly every other state in the nation in compliance with the law, missing a 2006 deadline to institute the new machines. The new machines were instituted in more than 40 of the state’s 62 counties last year and used in last fall’s primary and general elections,

sembling a standardized test form, filling in ovals with a dark pen. The voter then inserts that ballot into machine, called the DS200, which electronically records the vote, notifies the voter if they have voted correctly and stores the hard copy. ES&S will supply between 5,000-7,000 of the DS200 optical scanning devices for use in New York City polling stations in all five boroughs. The contract between the city and ES&S will include all services and maintenance of the machines. When they are completed, ES&S will deliver the machines to the New York State Board of Elections, which will work with the company to run a series of compliance tests to ensure proper functioning and accuracy throughout the year. The machines are then delivered to New York City, where they will undergo even more testing before being used for the first time in this September’s primary elections. ES&S was also chosen by the Nassau County Board of Elections to manage new voting machines in that county as well. Addabbo assured the new voting machines are ready for use and problems that arose over their use in last fall’s elections Upstate, such as privacy concerns while votes were being cast are being resolved and fears over the accuracy of the count are being addressed. “For the first time ever, there will be a paper trail,” Addabbo said. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.


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Count Us In:

With Funds, Congress Seats At Stake, Accurate Queens Census Count Critical sponse rate in 2000 was low. These areas include neighborhoods with large immigrant and minority populations, like Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Flushing and areas with a sizeable population of young and new residents who migrate to New York City from elsewhere in the countr y, like Astoria and Ridgewood. These communities will be the prime focus for local Census workers. These areas are places where officials say the federal subsidies that would come with an accurate population count are desperately needed and have been lacking in the past decade.

By DOMENICK RAFTER The Constitution mandates, in Article 1, Section 2, that every 10 years, the entire population of the United States is counted in order to fairly allocate representation in the House of Representatives. The first national Census took place in 1790 and every 10 years since in the first year of the new decade, the population is counted again. In 2010, the United States will conduct its 23rd national Census. For decades the Census has had a notorious reputation for low response rates. On Jan. 4 in Times Square the federal government kicked off a promotional tour aimed at raising awareness about the Census. The federal government has allocated over $340 million to promote and execute a nationwide tour and ad blitz aimed to maximize participation in the Census.

Why It Matters

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Troubles In Queens The borough of Queens, which was second only to Brooklyn in population statewide in 2000, is projected to see its population grow, but well below the 14 percent growth it saw between the 1990 and 2000 Census. A 2008 estimation by the United States Census Bureau put the borough’s population at 2,293,007, only about 65,000 more than the 2000 population of 2,229,377. The population of the county grew by over a quarter million people between 1990 and 2000, the largest increase in population in the borough since the 1950s. Still, not everyone in the borough was counted in 2000. In November, Borough President Helen Marshall, announcing the appointment of a “Complete Count Committee” to count every resident of the borough, noted that the response rate for the Census questionnaire was 54 percent in Queens, well below the national average of 64 percent. One reason for the low turnout is fear of intimidation or deportation among immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, who fear they will be discovered if they respond to the Census. There is also a wide misconception among immigrant populations that they cannot be counted in the Census. Last year, two Republican U.S. Senators, David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah) proposed legislation to only count citizens and legal residents in the Census. The amendment was killed by the Democratic majority in early November. Such a law would hurt states with high non-citizen populations, like New York, and places like Queens, where there may be as many as a million residents, nearly half the population of the borough, who aren’t U.S. natives. Marshall said her committee will push the message to immigrants that they can and should be counted in the Census and the Immigration and Naturalization Service would not be able to use Census information to track down undocumented immigrants and have them deported.

Language Concerns Another major reason for problems with the Census in Queens is the lan-

Immigrants in Queens are wary of being counted, but are essential to the proper allocation of government resources. guage barrier. The borough’s reputation as a gateway for immigrants from all over the world has made it a melting pot of languages. While the Census Bureau prints questionnaires in some of the common foreign languages spoken in the borough, like Spanish and Chinese, Queens is home to large populations of immigrants who speak less common languages like Punjabi and Tagalog, in which the Census bureau does not print questionnaires. New York Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez’ office confirmed that a “large number” of the $2 million in resources allocated by the state legislature would be put to work in our borough. She said an “unprecedented amount” of people will be hired who are from communities where language barriers have been a problem and are fluent in these languages, and also where the Census response rate has historically been low. Every neighborhood and every community will have someone from within the community working on the Census. The Census Department has pinpointed “hard to count” areas in the borough, which are areas where the re-

Even though New Yor k State’s population has almost certainly grown since 2000, it has been estimated the state stands to lose at least one seat in the House, according to Census estimates, as a result of other states, like Texas, having grown at a much faster pace. States in the South and West, like Georgia, Florida, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, are expected to add seats. Texas is projected to add as many as four new seats to the House of Representatives. Most of the states projected to lose seats are in the North and in the Rust Belt. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey are all expected to join New York in losing seats. These numbers also play a factor in the Presidential election. For each seat gained, a state gains an electoral vote in the Electoral College, increasing their importance in Presidential elections. States like Ohio and Pennsylvania, long battlegrounds in national elections may find their relevance decreased to states like Nevada, Arizona and Florida, which are growing battlegrounds in Presidential elections. A loss in representation and population may also mean a loss in federal subsidies, which New York State desperately needs. The fact that New York stands to lose both representation in Congress, federal tax dollars and a vote in the Electoral College, make this year’s Census particularly important. In November, Gov. David Paterson signed an executive order creating a committee meant to raise awareness about the upcoming Census and maximize the participation of New Yo r k e r s . Fo r e ve r y N e w Yo r k e r counted in the 2000 Census, the federal government spends nearly $2,000 a year, providing the state with over $38.2 billion in federal program funding based on population numbers from Census data.

However, only about six out of 10 New York residents statewide returned a Census questionnaire in the 2000 Census. As a result, nearly a quarter million New Yorkers were not counted, and the state lost hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for crucial public services. “It is critically important for the future of New York that we assure a complete and accurate count of New York’s population in the 2010 Census,” Paterson said. “Federal estimates suggest that more than 202,000 New Yorkers were not counted in the 2000 Census – we can and must do better.” The State legislature allocated $2 million in resources to getting an accurate count in the Census. The State Senate launched a website, called “Count Me In,” meant to raise awareness of the coming Census. “It cannot be overemphasized how critical the 2010 Census is to our State’s well-being. We must make sure our community’s population is accurately counted,” said Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx) one of the chairs of the NY Senate Census 2010 Complete Count Committee. “The Senate is working hand-in-hand with our neighborhood leaders to ensure that everyone understands the importance of participating in this year’s Census. New York State’s residents deser ve to receive their fair share of federal funding and we cannot unless everyone takes part in the Census.”

Help Is Out There The Gover nor’s commission is chaired by Secretary Cortes-Vazquez, who said the state government has ordered every state agency to come up with a way to incorporate Census awareness into their daily activities. For example, the Department of Motor Vehicles will make Census forms available for pick up at all their state offices. The U.S. Census Web site, 2010.Census.gov, has infor mational pages in 58 languages, including some as uncommon as Marshallese, a language spoken in the small archipelago of the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific, Ilocano, a language native to rural parts of the Northern Philippines, and even Dinka, spoken by an estimated 2 to 3 million people worldwide and native to the southern part of the African country of Sudan. Census forms will be mailed out to every household in the country in March, and the Census Bureau has declared April 1 as National Census Day, when people are implored to return their Census forms. Census workers will go door-to-door between April and July to visit any homes that did not return a Census form and get an accurate count. By law, the information gathered will need to be delivered to the President in December for reapportionment. Final delivery to the states to begin redistricting would be in March 2011, so that House districts can be redrawn and reallocated in time for the 2012 elections. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125


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Food Ambassadors Sought In Queens By KA ITLYN KILMETIS In late 2008, Jeff Orlick set out to create a local group to celebrate both ethnic cuisine and the vibrant communities of We stern Queens. A lit tle more than a year later, t he Jackson Heights Food Group is branching out to accommodate Foodies across the City with the creation of its Ambassador Program. Orlick said he started the gatherings after moving to the area and observing a void in the neighborhood’s social scene. “I noticed people wanted to go to all great restaurant s but had trouble get t ing their Manhat tan and Brooklyn friends to come all the way to Queens,” he said. Other community members sympathized with this sentiment. Steadily growing each month, the group, which star ted out with six members in October 2008, has swelled to more than 30 members at each event. Orlick said he is not surprised by the number of Queens locals who have taken interest in the group. “I said to my friend earlier on we’d have to start rent ing our restaurants because the hole is there in the neighborhood,” he said. “I knew if people found out about it they would go.” Orlick said the monthly meeting is centered more around great company, a wide range of delectable dishes is merely an added bonus.

“It’s about meeting people, the food is secondar y,” he said. In order to deal with the group’s influx of people, at tendees from all over the tristate area and to cater to a more culinary crowd, Orlick has created the Ambassador Program. “I’d like the Jackson Heights Food Group to be more of a neighborhood group, so I made the Ambassador Program specifically for the food,” he said. “It can be any where in the city, at any time. It’s a real explorat ion of the cuisine and the culture.” The Ambassador Program will host a number of intimate meals across the city where a n Ambassador, one familiar w it h a cer tain t ype of cuisine, wi ll or der for the group, explain the dishes and share insight about the culture the meal hails from wit h at tendees. The Ambassador Program will serve as a way to further the reach of the JHFG’s mission and allow other Foodies to share their expertise and take leadership roles. Orlick is currently accepting applications for Ambassadors. So far, he has received applications from potential Ambassadors well-versed in Korean, Filipino and French food. The Ambassador Wish List on his site includes Ecuadorian, Jewish and Russian. The Ambassador Program will hold its first meeting on Jan. 20. Orlick said he looks forward to the launch

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Bravest Take To The Ring For Charity By DOMENICK RAFTER The New York Fire Depar tment Bravest Boxing Team will take some t ime off from fighting fires to challenge local amateur boxers this Saturday in their annual "Smoker" event at Christ the King High School. The Jan. 16 event, which has been done twice before at the Catholic high school located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village, has brought out more than 1,000 people in previous years and will raise money for t wo charit ies impor tant to the FDN Y and Bravest Boxing Team. The Wounded Warrior Project, seeks to help wounded soldiers who have been hur t serving their countr y get assistance the y need. To date, the FDN Y has raised over $40,000 for the Wounded Warriors Project. The second charity, Ring 8, is an association that helps retired and injured boxers with medical examinations, optical assistance and death benefits. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and there will be at least a dozen bouts, beginning at 8 p.m., between firefighters on the Bravest Boxing Team and local amateur boxers from all over the New York City area. "The event is a good chance for our local

amateurs to tune up for the [Ne w York] Golden Gloves," said Brave st Boxing Team coach Bob McGuire. The New York Golden Gloves is one of the most prestigious amateur boxing tournaments in the United States. McGuire said the event is expected to be at tended by some famous amateurs who came from the New York area, like Long Island-native Gerr y Cooney and Bronx-native Iran Barkley. The Brave st Boxi ng Team consist s of FDNY fighters between 24 and 34 years of age from all over the city. They train on their own time, three times a week, and have competed all over the world fighting boxers from the NYPD, Los Angele s Police Depar tment a nd Dublin Fire Brigade i n Dublin, Ireland. They will compete in the upcoming World Police a nd Fire Game s, to be held in New York in 2011.The a nnual "Smoker" event is just one of eight to 10 events the boxers do for charity throughout the year. Tickets are $20 and available at the door. For more information, call (646) 872-1122. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400 Ext. 125

Ayers Takes Jamaica Stage On Saturday, Jan. 16, trailblazing music legend Roy Ayers will light up the stage with his sensational “Roy Ayers 40th Anniversary Concer t,” at the historic Black Spectrum Theatre, located at Roy Wilkins Park, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica. In addition, hilarious comedian Gil-T brings his sidesplit t ing humor to the event playing the late iconic comedian and TV star Redd Foxx, One of the most visible and winning jazz vibraphonists of the 1960s, then an R&B bandleader in the 1970s and ’80s, Ayers became one of the prophets of acid jazz, a man decades ahead of his time. A tune like 1972’s “Move to Groove” by the Roy Ayers Ubiquity has a crackling backbeat that serves as the prototype for the shuffling hip-hop groove that became ubiquitous on acid jazz records; and his relaxed 1976 song “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” has been fre-

quently sampled. Yet Ayers’ own playing has always been rooted in hard bop: crisp, lyrical, and rhy thmically resilient. Brooklyn born comedian Gil-T, has been half of The Most Brothers Comedy Team for over 20 years. The team has opened for En Vogue at T he Taj Mahal and T he Comedy Stop at The Tropicana in Atla ntic Cit y and Las Vegas. The y currently headline at The Borgata in Atlantic City and The Riviera Comedy in Las Vegas. “We are ver y excited and honored to bring Roy Ayers back to the Black Spectrum Theatre w ith Gil-T,” said Carl Clay, Black Spectrum Theatre’s founder and executive pro ducer. “It’s going to be a spectacular evening.” Tickets are $25. For tickets and information call (718) 723-1800. Tickets are also available at the theater and online at blackspectrum.com.

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NAPLÈ made spaghetti and seafood; and fagottini, 29-02 Francis Lew is Blvd. which is a fresh pasta filled with gorgonzola (718) 358-0070 cheese and walnuts, served with smoked proCUISINE: Italian sciutto and sage in a cream sauce. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Those who know me understand that adCREDIT CA RDS: Yes venturous isn't the correct adjective to dePARKING: Off-site lot scribe my palate. For my entrée, I delved into New York City is inundated with res- the lasagna Emiliana, with meat and béchamel taurants touting authentic, fresh, Italian sauce and parmesan cheese. Lasagna is my cuisine. Some fall far shor t of their hype absolute favorite food in the whole wide and others have no choice but to world, and Zampitelli's lasagna was flourish. more than I could have asked for. Naplè, a wood burning oven RESTAURANT The texture was thick and creamy. ristorante, espouses no hype or There was only one problem; I false bravado. There is no need didn't have a lifetime supply. to; the food speaks for itself. My date, who also loses all Naplè is flooded in warm light sense of adventure when it comes with poinset t ias donning each to food exploration, tried the potable for the holiday season. tato gnocchi. Owner and executive chef Michael His words: "It was quite tasty. Zampitelli readily greets his cusIt was very cheesy." And we are tomers at the door, his accent pepver y chee sy people, pun i npered with a hint of Naples. tended. Though the restaurant opened a mere three With fat tened bellie s, we'd decided to months ago it has a steady following. call it the end, arrivederci. But Zampitelli Here, the treatment is uniform. wasn't through. Quat tro stagioni, made its Freshly made pizza bread arrives within way to the table. 10 minutes of gue sts sitt ing. There are no "It's authentic Italian pizza," Zampitelli said. bells or whistles. It is simple. The bread is The wood oven left its imprint on the drizzled with olive oil, rosemary, and a thin-crust creation, made with tomato sauce, pinch of salt. The browned edge of the bread mozzarel la chee se, zucchini, ar t ichoke is infused with the essence of the oven. hear ts, and parma ham and mushrooms. I There are a host of cold and hot appetiz- always thought that there could never be a ers, but my guest and I settled on the classic rival of the New York City pizza, but I adcaprese. The dish is comprised of beefsteak mit I was wrong. tomato layered with buffalo mozzarella and With doggie bags in hand we rose to parma prosciutto; balsamic vinegar was make our exit, but again, Zampitelli wasn't drizzled on sparingly and basil leaves pro- through. We forgot de ssert. Out of the vided garnish. Simply put, it was per fect. myriad of options we settled on the chocoThen, it came to the hard part - choos- late truffle, with a zabaione cream center ing an entrée. surrounded by chocolate gelato and caraThe menu is rife with selections such as melized hazelnuts dusted with cocoa powveal ravioli accompanied with butter and der. One word come s to mind just thinkmushroom sauce; linguine with clams infused ing about Naplè - scrumptious. with garlic and extra virgin olive oil; home—Sasha Austrie

of the Ambassadors program and 2010’s monthly gatherings. He encourages Queens residents looking for a good meal and the chance to mingle with some fellow food enthusiasts to join the group. “It’s totally open to everyone,” Orlick said. “I never want to turn anyone away. All you have to do to join the group is want to go. You don’t e ven need re ser vat ions. Just come.” The Jackson Heights Food Jackson Heights Food Group gathers at a monthly Group will meet on Saturday, Jan. outing. 16, at Louie’s, 81-34 Baxter Ave., Elmhurst, at 6:15 p.m. and ShangriLa Ex- iwantmorefood.com/the-jackson-heightspress, 72-24 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson food-group. Heights, at 7:30 p.m. For more information Reach Reporter Kaitlyn Kilmetis at about the Jackson Heights Food Group and kkilmetis@queenstribune.com, or (718) the Ambassador Program, v i s i t 357-7400, Ext. 128.


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LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 15325/09 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, vs. S.K. ANWAR A/K/A SK ANWAR, Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 106-61 RUSCOE STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11433 SBL #: BLOCK: 10335 LOT: 62 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 23rd day of December, 2009, Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: S.K. ANWAR A/K/A SK ANWAR, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. MARGUERITE A. GRAYS of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 8 th day of December, 2009 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by S.K. ANWAR A/K/A SK ANWAR dated the 1st day of March, 2007, to secure the sum of $460,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2007000134447 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of QUEENS, on the 13th day of March, 2007;Said mortgage is to be assigned by an Assignment to be recorded in the Office of the Clerk of QUEENS County. The property in question is described as follows: 106-61 RUSCOE STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11433 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 10335 and Lot 62 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Fourth Ward, Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Northeasterly side of Ruscoe Street, distant 243.69 feet Southeasterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Northeasterly side of Ruscoe Street with the Southerly side

of 106th Road, as said street and road are laid out on a certain map entitled “Hillside Gardens, Jamaica, 4th Ward, Borough of Queens, New York City”, Erlandson & Crowell, C.E. & C.S., March 1919, and filed in the Queens County Clerk’s Office on August 19, 1919, as Map No. 3740 and from said point of beginning; RUNNING THENCE Southeasterly along said side of Ruscoe Street, 16.64 feet to the Northerly side of 107th Avenue, as shown on said map; THENCE Easterly along said side of 101h Avenue, 68.40 feet; THENCE Northerly at right angles to 101h Avenue, 78.66 feet; THENCE Southwesterly at right angles to Ruscoe Street, 102.90 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. TOGETHER with a right of way, upon and over the strip of land 4 feet 6 inches wide to a depth of80 feet Northeast from the Northeasterly side of Ruscoe Street, adjoining lot of land hereby mortgaged to the Northwest. SUBJECT to a similar right of way upon and over the Northwest 4 feet 6 inches to a depth as aforesaid of the lot of land mortgage. Said 2 strips of land shall constitute and be a private right of way and driveway 9 feet wide to a depth of 80 feet from said side of Ruscoe Street for ingress and egress to and from the lot of land hereby mortgaged and the lot of land and joining on the Northwest and Ruscoe Street for the uses and benefit in common of said respective premises and of all owners and occupants thereof. Premises known as 106-61 Ruscoe Street, Jamaica, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people

who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: December 23, 2009 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of P.S. I Own You, LLC a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 8/11/ 09. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to THE LLC 6412 Wetherole Street, Apt. 1D, Rego Park 11374. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _______________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 11/10/09, bearing Index Number NC-001056-09QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Josee (Middle) Roland (Last) Herbert My present name is (First) Marie (Middle) Josee (Last) Herbert aka Josee Roland, aka Marie Vosee Herbert, aka Marie Herbert My present address is 147-24 257 th Street, Rosedale, NY 11422 My place of birth is Haiti My date of birth is February 16, 1955

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PARENTS OPEN HOUSE K-8 Thursday, January 21 at 6 and Tuesday, February 9 at 9. Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights. 803-0060.

SINGLES SINGLES 45+ Wednesdays, January 20, 27, February 3 the Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y in Flushing holds a Wednesday Night Rap. 7:30, $7. 225-6750, ext. 243.

TALKS POMONOK Saturday, January 16 Urban Fiction Book Discussion Group meets to discuss “Pleasure” at 3 at the Pomonok library. INTL. TRADE Thursday, January 21 International trade and Ocean Shipping at 6 at the Flushing library. HAITIAN AUTHOR Saturday, January 23 Carl Roc and Jean-Elie Barjon read their poetry at 3 at the Central library.

THEATER AUDITION January 19, 20 at 7:30 The Andrean Players will hold auditions for “Cinderella.” 19-30 plus other roles and stage crew, construction, costumes, etc. St. Andrew Avellino, Flushing. 4603072 KILLING KOMPANY Friday, January 29 Murder by the Biggest Loser at Riccardo’s in Astoria. 7217777. The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows.

DINNER LIVING THE DREAM Saturday, January 16 TriBoro Intergenerational Services, Inc. of Jamaica presents the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Songs, dance, speakers and luncheon in St. Albans. $40. 481-7927.

TEENS CHESS Saturdays, January 16, 23 at 2 at the Flushing library. TEEN TUTORING Saturdays, January 16, 23 at 10 at the Bayside library. DR. KING TRIBUTE Saturday, January 16 at the Central library starting at 11:30. OPEN MIC Sunday, January 17 at 2 at the Central library. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Monday, January 18 at the Baisley Park library. Register. TEEN GAMING Tuesday, January 19 at the Fresh Meadows library at 3. WII PARTY Tuesday, January 19 at the Auburndale library at 3:30. TEEN TUTORING Tuesday, January 19 at the Bayside library at 3:30. MANGA & ANIME Tuesday, January 19 at 4 at the Central library. CHESS CLUB Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30 at the Maspeth library. TEEN TUESDAY Tuesday, January 19 at the Hillcrest library at 4:30. YU-GI-OH CLUB Tuesday, January 19 at the Flushing library at 4:30. BLACK HERITAGE Wednesday, January 20 at the Langston Hughes library at 1. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. GAME DAY Wednesday, January 20 at 4 at the Howard Beach library. TEEN GAMING Wednesday, January 20 at the Fresh Meadows library at 3. GAMES FOR TEENS Wednesday, January 20 at the Central library at 4. GAME DAY Wednesday, January 20 at 3 at the St. Albans library. WII TOURNAMENT Wednesday, January 20 at the Queens Village library. Register. COLLEGE $$$$$ Wednesday, January 20 Finding Funds for College at 2 at the Whitestone library. Register. TEEN GAMING Thursday, January 21 at the Fresh Meadows library at 3. TEEN ZINE Thursday, January 21 at the Central library at 4. TEEN ADVISORY Thursday, January 21 at 4 at the Hollis library. 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 2nd S t r e e t a n d Northern Blvd., Flushing at 7:30. CROCHETING Thursday, January 21 at the Baisley Park library at 4. WII SPORTS Friday, January 22 at the Maspeth library at 3:30. BOARD & CARD GAMES Friday, January 22 at the Seaside library at 3:30. MAKE A BRACELET Friday, January 22 at the Elmhurst library at 4. First come, first served; limited supplies.

BOOK BUDDIES Friday, January 22 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays at 3:30 at the Auburndale library. BOY SCOUTS Fridays troop meets at Saint Barnabas. 843-7028. GAME DAY Friday, January 22 at the Bay Terrace library at 2:30. STORY SHARERS Friday, January 22 at 4 at the Central library. GAME PLAYERS Friday, January 22 at the Hillcrest library at 4. KABBALAT SHABBAT Friday, January 22 Hillcrest Jewish Center holds a Kabbalat Shabbat for high school seniors. $10. 4906841. FIND COLLEGE $$$$$ Saturday, January 23 Finding Funds for College at the Whitestone library. Register. SCRAPBOOKING Saturday, January 23 at the Ozone Park library. Register.

SENIORS BAYSIDE CENTER Tuesdays line dancing 9:30 and Thursdays 10:00. Fridays ballroom instruction at 10:15, ballroom and social dancing 1-3. Bayside Center for classes in movie, ping pong, bridge instruction, wellness workshops, etc. Lunch at 11:30. 225-1144. ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT Every other Wednesday Alzheimer Support Group meets at the Elmhurst Senior Center. 478-7171, ext. 27 AARP WORKSEARCH Looking for a job and over 50? Call the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. 886-5777. FREE LUNCH Saturdays, January 16, February 20, March 20 at All Saints Church in Richmond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. AARP 1405 Mondays, January 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15 Flushing AARP 1405 meets at the Bowne Street Communit y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. AARP 2889 Wednesday, January 20 AARP chapter 2889 meets at the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, 54-05 Seabury street, Elmhurst at 12:30. AARP 4977 Wednesdays, January 20, February 17, March 17 Corona/East Elmhurst AARP 4977 meets at 1:30 at Corona Congregational Church h a l l , 1 0 2 - 1 8 3 4th a v e n u e , Corona. 458-7429. MEMORY LOSS Fridays couples with one partner experiencing memory loss are invited to “Heart 2 Heart” from 11:301:30 at the Samuel Field Y. 225-6750, ext. 236 to register. STARS Friday, January 22 at 10:30 at the Queens Village library. Senior Theatre Acting Repertory is rehearsing for their next season.


YOUTH reading and discussion of his book, “Hey Dad! Let’s Have a Catch” At 10 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. AUBURNDALE CHESS Fridays at the Auburndale library at 3:30. GAME DAY! Friday, January 22 at the Queens Village library at 3:30. STORY SHARERS Friday, January 22 at the Central library at 4. GAME PLAYERS Friday, January 22 at the Hillcrest library at 4. BOARD & CARD GAMES Friday, January 22 at the Seaside library at 3:30. YOUTH LOUNGE Friday, January 22 at 4 at the LIC library. PICK A CARD! Friday, January 22 card games at 4 at the Elmhurst library. KITCHEN CHEMISTRY Friday, January 22 at the

St. Albans library at 4. BOARD GAMES Friday, January 22 at 4 at the Rego Park library. S TORY T I M E Saturday, January 23 at the Elmhurst library at 10:30. SNOWPEOPLE Sundays, January 23, 30 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. WINTER STORY & CRAFT Saturday, January 23 at the East Flushing librar y. Register. SCRAPBOOKING Saturday, January 23 at t h e O z o n e Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. S TORY T I M E Saturday, January 23 at the Pomonok library at 11. PICTURE BOOK TIME Saturday, January 23 at 11:30 at the Queens Village library. SATURDAY SCIENCE LAB Saturday, January 23 at noon at the Central library.

MEETINGS WELL OF HOPE Non-profit organization meets to raise funds to build water wells. 212-848-8071. FROM THE SCRIPT Saturday, January 16 theater group performs original scripts at 10:30 at the Forest Hills library. FRIENDS OF LIBRARY Saturday, January 16 the Friends of Queens Library at Pomonok meet at 10:30 at the library. PFLAG Sundays, January 17, February 21, March 21 PFLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, meet in Forest Hills. 271-6663. Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 th street at 2. LOST MIRACLES Mondays, January 18, February 15, March 15 St. Adalbert’s bereavement support group, for the loss of a newborn or miscarriage, in Elmhurst. 429-2005. 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 the last Tuesday of the month n the Communit y Room in Panera Bread at Bay Terrace Shopping. 102 ND PRECINCT Tu e s d ay, J a n u a r y 19 t he 1 0 2 n d Po l i c e C o m m u n i t y Council meets at 8 at Moose Hall, 118 th Street, south of Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill. AUBURNDALE Tuesdays, Januar y 19, February 16, March 16 the Auburndale Improvement Association meets at the Reception House, 167-17 Northern Blvd at 7:30. TALK OF THE TOWN Tuesdays, Januar y 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16 learn the art of public speaking in St. Albans. 527-5889. AMERICAN LEGION

Tuesdays, January 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16 Edward McKee Post 131 meets in Whitestone. 7674323. SOUTHEAST CAMERA Tuesdays, January 19, 26, February 9, 16, 23 Southeast Queens Camera Club at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica. 516-328-3776. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesdays, January 20, February 3, 17, March 3, 17 Flushing Camera Club meets at Flushing Hospital. 441-6210. KNIGHTS OF PY THIAS Wednesdays, January 20, February 3, 17, Queensview Lodge 433 meets in Whitestone. 746-4428. TOASTMASTERS Wednesdays, January 20, February 3, 17, March 3, 17 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices of Ro c h d a l e To a s t m a ste r s Club in Jamaica. 978-0732. BIRD WATCHING CLUB Wednesdays, January 20, February 17, at 8 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Thursdays, January 21, February 18, March 18 Women’s Republican Club in Glendale. 526-3987. CIVIL AIR PATROL Fridays 6-10 at Vaughn College of Aeronautics, 860 1 2 3 rd A v e n u e , E a s t Elmhurst. Academy WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 4613193 for information. JEWISH VETS Sunday, January 24 the Jewish War Veterans, Post 250, meet at 9:30 at the Rego Park Jewish Center. 297-7711. JEWISH VETS Sundays, January 24, February 28, March 28 Jewi s h Wa r Ve te ra n s o f th e USA Lipsky/Blum Post meet at Garden Jewish Center. 463-4742.

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QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. BOY SCOUTS Saturdays 1-3 at St. Paul’s Church. 271-4309. ANIMAL CARE Saturday, January 16 and again on Sunday, January 24 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. FAMILY STORY TIME Saturday, January 16 at the Flushing library at 11. DR. KING TRIBUTE Saturday, January 16 at the Central library from 11:304:00. TEEN TUTORING Saturdays, January 16, 23 at 10 at the Bayside library. S TORY T I M E Saturdays, January 16, 23 at 4 at the Ozone Park library. CHESS CLUB Saturdays, January 16, 23 at the Flushing library at 2. MATH HELP Saturdays, January 16, 23 at 10 at the Flushing library. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. MOVING IMAGE Monday, January 18 the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria will be opened with screenings of “Kirikou and the Sorceress” and workshops. 784-0077. MOVIE MAKING Monday, January 18 learn the movie making process at the Woodhaven library. Register. S TORY TIMES Tuesdays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 7 weekly story times at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 1766 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i ke , F re s h Meadows. GAME-O-RAMA Tuesday, January 19 at the Flushing library at 3:30. S TORY T I M E Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30 at the Lefferts library,. AFTERSCHOOL STORY Tuesdays, January 19, 26 at the Lefferts library at 3:30. EVERY DAY = HOLIDAY Tuesday-Friday, January 1922 games, fun activities to celebrate the silliest holidays at the Corona library at 4. TEEN TUTORING Tuesday, January 19 at the Bayside library at 3:30. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. LIBRARY INFO Wednesday, January 20 how the library works at 4 at the Seaside library. GAME TIME Wednesday, January 20 at the Queensboro Hill library at 4. ONE MINUTE JOKES Thursday, January 21 at the Bay Terrace at 3:30. WINTER CRAFTS Thursday, January 21 at the Queens Village library at 4. CRAFT Thursday, January 21 at the Hillcrest library at 4:30. READING & SIGNING Thursday, January 21 author Harold Theurer, Jr. highlights the importance of a parent-child bond through a

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LEGAL NOTICE PROBATE CITATION File No. 2009-3608 SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Hilda Robinson, John Henry Robinson and Vernon Staunton if living and if dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if they died subsequent to the decedent herein, to their executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose name and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law; next of kin and distributees of Etta Hebbons, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained. ATTORNEY GENERAL N.Y. STATE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR QUEENS COUNTY A petition having been duly filed by Ruth Dumas who is domiciled at 172-05 108th Avenue, Jamaica, N.Y. 11433. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on 22nd day of October, 2009 at 9:30 .M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Etta. M. Hebbons, a/k/a Etta Hebbons lately domiciled at 172-05 108th Avenue, Jamaica, N.Y. 11433 admitting to probate a Will dated December 6, 2000 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Etta M. Hebbons deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [x] Letters Testamentary issue to: Etta M Hebbons (State any further relief requested) HON. ROBERT L. NAHMAN Surrogate Alicermarie E. Rice Chief Clerk SEP 09 2009 (Seal) Thomas J. Adams, Esq. Attorney for Petitioner 718847-4572 Telephone Number 114-06 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, N.Y. 11418 Address of Attorney [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] _______________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of COASTAL LIGHT LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/11/ 2009. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 29 Beach 220th Street, Breezy Point, NY 11697. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of LE CHAVEZ LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secy. Of State of the State of NY (SSNY) on 10/02/2009. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of pro-

LEGAL NOTICE cess. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to the LLC 150-13 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CRITERION PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/26/09. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Criterion Group, LLC, 35-11 36 th Street, 3 rd Floor, Long Island City, New York 11106. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 128-02 HOLDING, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/20/04. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2103. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 128-02 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11419. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Main Northern Holding LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY on 10/1/ 09. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 135-22 Northern Blvd., Flushing NY 11354. General Purposes. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of Goodhome LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 8/13/ 2009. Office located in New York. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to THE LLC 2377 24TH Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of Tristan & Lucian Enterprise, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/18/ 09. Office location: Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to c/o THE LLC, 154-02 33 rd Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ AJPW, LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY on 11/18/09. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any

LEGAL NOTICE process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 603 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purposes. ________________________________________________________________________ REP ASSOCIATES NY LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY on 12/1/ 09. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/ her to The LLC, 39-15 Main St., Ste. 318, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: JMS2 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/16/09. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 94-04 40th Drive, East Elmhurst, New York 11369. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF Queens Index No. 23802/09 Date Summons Filed: Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is Plaintiff’s residence. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Plaintiff resides at 37-33 College Point Blvd. Apt. 3FC, Flushing, NY 11354. JEAN C. BARBIER, Plaintiff, -againstNANCY BARBIER A/K/A NANCY ATAGRACIA ALFONSO, Defendant. ACTION FOR DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below. Dated: August 10, 2009 Annie Ma, Esq. Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 39 Broadway, Suite 1850 New York, NY 10006 212-267-1650 NOTICE: The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL Section 170 subd. (2) – the abandonment of the Plaintiff by the Defendant for a period of more than one year. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties in this action. The nature of any ancillary or additional relief demanded is: That either party may resume the use of a prior surname. That the Defendant may resume use of her maiden name, Alfonso. That the Court grant such other and further relief

LEGAL NOTICE as the Court may deem just and proper. The parties have divided up the marital property, and no claim will be made by either party under equitable distribution. Notice Under DRL Section 177: The Defendant is advised that she may no longer be covered by the Plaintiff’s health insurance plan upon the entry of a judgment of divorce and that the Defendant may be responsible for her own health insurance coverage. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of L&M Watermill Ventures LLC, a limited liability company. Art. of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) 10/27/2009. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to THE LLC, 26-15 Ulmer St., College Point, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of JELB GRAND CONCOURSE, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/ 24/09. Office location: Queens County. Princ. Office of LLC: 42-09 235 th St., Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. Of its princ. Office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of NORTHERN QUEENS MANAGEMENT, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/09. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 61-36 75th Pl., Middle Village, NY 11379. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/ o Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP, Attn: Ayman Soliman, Esq., 1111 Marcus Ave., Ste. 107, Lake Success, NY 11042. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________________________________________________________ FABRIC STORAGE SERVICES, LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY on 11/23/09. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 56-02 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purposes. Latest date to dissolve 12/31/2059 ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of GORDRESS LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York on September 31, 2009. Office located in Queens County. The Secretary of State of the State of New York has been designated for service of process. The Secretary of State of the State of New York shall mail

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copy of any process served against GORDRESS LLC to George & Deborah Lawrence at 248-28 Rushmore Avenue, Little Neck, NY 11362. Purpose: for any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of Blister Buster LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/22/2009. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to THE LLC (2510 35 th Ave., Astoria, NY 11106). Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT QUEENS COUNTY SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 5927-09 NYCTL 2008-A TRUST AND THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, AS COLLATERAL AGENT AND CUSTODIAN, Plaintiffs, vs. GEORGE FOX; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; LVNY FUNDING LLC A/P/O SEARS; LVNV FUNDING LLC; CACV OF COLORADO, LLC; CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; ENERBAN7K USA; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD and NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above-entitled foreclosure action, and to serve a copy of your answer on the plaintiffs’ attorney within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal service within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Queens County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the premises. Dated: September 16, 2009 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an Order of Honorable Bernice D. Seigal,, a Justice of the Supreme Court, dated December 11, 2009, and filed with supporting papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a tax lien covering the property known as 76-47 173rd Street, of Flushing, New York and being a parcel of land approximately designated as Block 7010 and Lot 54. The relief sought is the sale of the subject property at public auction in satisfaction of the tax lien debt. In case of your failure to appear, judgment may be taken against you in the sum of

$21,842.92, together with interest, costs, disbursements and attorneys fees of this action, and directing the public sale of the property. Richard M. Beers, Jr. PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP Office and Post Office Address 1400 First Federal Plaza Rochester, New York 14614 Tel. No. (585) 238-2000 ______________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of EH Services, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/30/09. Office location: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kim Finkelstein, 34-35 41 st St., Apt. 1R, Long Island City, NY 11101, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________________________________________________________ Svs Luna 35-64 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/1/09. Ofc location Queens Cty. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Salvatore Coscia, 35-64 76th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of KLR EMPLOYMENT AGENCY LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/ 17/2009. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Karlene Davis, 21942 141st Ave, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ “Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1235304 for liquor, wine and beer has been applied for by the undersigned* to sell liquor, wine and beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at GT and Mobay Cuisine Restaurant LLC, 114-45 Lefferts Blvd. South Ozone Park, NY 11420 in the county of Queens for on premises consumption. *GT and Mobay Cuisine Restaurant LLC.” ______________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of EUREKA MIGRATION LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/ 09/2009. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 4630 Center Blvd Apt 709, LIC, NY 11109. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ 76 TH STREET ENTERPRISES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/23/ 09. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Melvyn Kreines & Associates PC, 500 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 1 1 5 3 0 . P u r p o s e : Any lawful purpose.


Models Of Queens

Meet Melissa Melissa Bascom Home: Jamaica Age: 19 Height: 5’ 7" Weight: 135 lbs Stats: 34-28-38

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At the urgings of many of her peers, Melissa Bascom decided to enter the modeling world. Her interest piqued into the world of fashion and glamour, but at 5-foot-7, she thought her height would be a deterrent. “I love the runway,” she said “I love to do fashion.” Melissa said she tried to align herself with an agency, but height was a disqualifying factor. It didn’t sully her view; rather, she was emboldened. Since starting her career, Melissa has participated in two fashion shows with another coming in March. She sees her walk as her saving grace. “I have a walk that is out of this world,” she said. She said her added confidence came from watching this season of America’s Next Top Model, where Tyra Banks casts models who were under the industry standard 5-foot-8. Melissa said she’d try her hand at the new season. When not strutting down fashion runways, Melissa said her free time is spent with her boyfriend, friends, and shopping on Jamaica Avenue and area malls. Melissa isn't entirely focused on a career in modeling. She is currently enrolled at York College with a major in social work and a minor in creative writing. She works at the Rochdale Library. With that said, her passion

At his innauguration on the steps of City Hall, Comptroller John Liu, wife Jenny and son Joey holding up the Queens Tribune naming John Man of the Year.

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lies in hair. Melissa said at 40, she wants to open her own hair salon. “I want to make sure that I’m financially stable,” she said.

Bay In Blue – And Orange

Sundiata Gaines in his University of Georgia days

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Big Time Jamaica native Sundiata Gaines was given an unexpected opportunity to fulfill his lifelong NBA dreams. The Archbishop Molloy stand out guard, who played four years at the University of Georgia, signed a 10-day contract last week with the Utah Jazz. The next day, he was able to prove his prowess on the court with five assists, a steal and three points in his 21 minutes of play time. Quite an achievement for Gaines, who was not drafted out of college and was never invited to participate in an NBA summer-league or fall camp. Rather than give up on the dream after these major disappointments, the 6-foot-1 Gaines played professionally in Italy after college and joined the D-League last fall. Although his road to the NBA was unorthodox, we congratulate this Queens guy for finally making it to the big show.

Jason Bay may have suited up in Mets blue and orange, but it appears as though somebody else still thinks of him as a free agent. Bay stopped in at his new Citi Field home last week to show off his new number 44, which we should get used to in left field for the next four seasons. But at the press conference introducing him to the media, Rod Gilbert, the Hockey Hall of Fame New York Ranger, presented Bay with a second option – a New York Rangers Hockey jersey. It seems Gilbert and Bay are both Canadian, and Gilbert passed up a career in baseball in order to play hockey. For Bay, the story went the other way – he turned his back on hockey in order to play baseball. Tempting as the Rangers jersey may have been, Bay opted to keep his Mets shirt on. It’s good to know that if he doesn’t work out at Citi Field, he can still stay in a New York sports team.

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Some things were meant to stay private. QConf stumbled across pictures of Councilman Mark Weprin through Facebook. We think the seasoned politician may not have heard that there are privacy settings. My, how serendipity led us to a trove of photo treasures. For instance, we’ve learned that Weprin was kind of a hot sporto at SUNY Albany in 1982. We can totally imagine his comparatively bookish brother David Weprin calling out in distress, “Mom! Mark snapped all my floppy disks in half!” Mark Weprin with a beer and a babe in college.

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James Sanders & Ann Coulter

Confidentially, New York . . .

The controversial body scanners in forefront of airport security since the failed underwear bombing, may be coming to JFK and LaGuardia, and are finding some strange opposition and support. Liberal Councilman James Sanders, who hadn’t previously been a fan of the scanners that civil rights activists like the ACLU argue show a little too much and overstep the bounds of privacy, came out in support of their placement at JFK. In opposition is reliably and outspokenly conservative pundit Ann Coulter. Yes, Coulter, who is “not a big fan of the first amendment” is siding with the ACLU. She told Bill O’Reilly that she thinks they would be pointless because terrorists would find other places on their bodies to hide the bombs. Use your imagination. More interestingly, Coulter fears the naked images of bodies that will appear in the scanners will find their way to Page Six of the New York Post. The Post promised they would never post such pictures of Coulter, since they value their readers’ business.


LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 09/02/2009, bearing Index Number NC-000766/09/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Syquan (Middle) La Love (Last) Clemmons My present name is (First) Syquan (Middle) La Love (Last) Gill aka Syquan L. Clemmons My present address is 90-71 198 th Street, Hollis, NY 11423 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is February 14, 1976 ________________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 9930/09 US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST2006- 11 Plaintiff, vs. CARLOS H. LEMA, Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 109-16 34TH AVENUE, CORONA, NY 11368 SBL #: BLOCK 1753-LOT 8 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 7th day of January, 2010, Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: CARLOS H. LEMA, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. BERNICE D. SIEGAL of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 20th day of December, 2009 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by CARLOS H. LEMA dated the 17th day of February, 2006, to secure the sum of $466,000.00, and recorded

at Instrument No. 2006000139527 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 13th day of March, 2006; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 12th day of September, 2009, and recorded on the 23rd day of September, 2008, in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County at Instrument No. 2008000375611; The property in question is described as follows: 109-16 34TH AVENUE, CORONA, NY 11368 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 1753 and Lot 8 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, known and designated on a certain map entitled “Map No.4 of Lots of Louona Park, Property of Edmund L. Baylies, Corona2nd Ward, Borough of Queens, City of New York, surveyed April 1903 by George W. Huviland, Jr. C.S.”, and filed in the Queens County Clerk’s Office on February 26, 1904 as and by the lot number 1193, block 28, which said lot is bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of34th Avenue, formerly Hayes Avenue, distant 123.50 feet Easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of34th Avenue with the Easterly side of l09th Street, formerly Lent Street; RUNNING THENCE Southerly parallel with 109th 116.76 feet to lot no. 1191 on said map; THENCE Easterly on a line along lot no. 1191, 20 feet; THENCE Northerly parallel with l09th Street, 111.88 feet to the Southerly side of 34th Avenue; THENCE Westerly along the Southerly side of 34th Avenue, 20.58 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 109-16 34th Avenue, Corona, New York ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, known and designated on a certain map entitled “Map No.4 of Lots of Louona Park, Property of Edmund L. Baylies, Corona2nd Ward, Borough of Queens, City of New York, surveyed April 1903 by George W. Huviland, Jr. C.S.”, and filed in the Queens County Clerk’s Office on February 26, 1904 as and by the lot number 1193, block 28, which said lot is bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of34th Avenue, formerly Hayes Avenue, distant 123.50 feet Easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of 34th Avenue with the Easterly side of l09th Street, formerly Lent Street; RUNNING THENCE Southerly parallel with 109th 116.76 feet to lot no. 1191 on said map; THENCE Easterly on a line

along lot no. 1191, 20 feet; THENCE Northerly parallel with l09th Street, 111.88 feet to the Southerly side of 34th Avenue; THENCE Westerly along the Southerly side of 34th Avenue, 20.58 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 109-16 34th Avenue, Corona, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage

company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: January 7, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ________________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 8622/09 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006-HE3 Plaintiff, vs. LAKSHMI COOMASARU, DR. MARK PRUZANSKY, Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 102-26 62ND ROAD, FOREST HILLS, NY 11375 SBL #: BLOCK 2122 LOT 22 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 7th day of January, 2010, Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: LAKSHMI COOMASARU, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. JOSEPH G. GOLIA of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 23rd day of December 2009 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by LAKSHMI COOMASARU dated the 17th day of November, 2005, to secure the sum of $511,200.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2005000709228 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of QUEENS, on the 27th day

of December, 2005; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 24th day of March, 2009, and sent for recording in the Office of the Queens County Clerk. The property in question is described as follows: 102-26 62ND ROAD, FOREST HILLS, NY 11375 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and improvements thereon erected situate, lying and being in the Second Ward, Borough of Queens, City of New York. County of Queens. and State of New York, known and designated on a certain map entitled. “Annadale Park belonging to Frederick Morgenthaler, situate in the Second Ward of the Borough of Queens”. Homer L. Bartlett, C.E. and C.S., May 20th 1908 and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on August 20th, 1910, as and by Lot number 338 and more particularly bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of 62nd (Tredwell Street, Titan Street) Road distant 339.92 feet Westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the said southerly side of 62nd Road and the Westerly side of Yellowstone Boulevard (105th Street. Rehan Place); THENCE Southerly at right angles to the Southerly side of 62nd Road and part of the distance through a party wall 95 feet; THENCE Westerly parallel with the southerly side of 62nd Road 19.83 feet; THENCE Northerly again at right angles to the southerly side of 62nd Road and part of the distance through a party wall 95 feet to the southerly side of 62nd Road; and THENCE Easterly along the southerly side of 62nd Road 19.83 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND AS-

SISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the tollfree helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: January 7, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose.

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