Vol. 41, No. 2 Jan. 13-19, 2011
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The developer seeking to re-imagine the derelict RKO Keith’s theater on Northern Boulevard at Main Street in Flushing released plans for the site this week. By Joseph Orovic…Page 3
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RKO Plan Favors Rentals Over Sales By JOSEPH OROVIC The new $160 million vision for the RKO Keith’s theatre has finally come into view with the revelation of developer Patrick Thompson’s plans for the site, as well as its Board of Standards and Appeals request for a minor modification. The 17-story structure will largely remain unchanged in size and presentation from past owner Boymelgreen’s aesthetic plans. It will just house considerably more residents. The BSA application asks for the modification of the maximum number of apartments from 200 to 357, and adds 131 parking spaces, giving it a total of 360. The plan also increases the floor space for commercial spaces to 17,460 from 10,957. The residential units will also change from condominiums to rentals. It will leave intact the community space, in the form of
the senior center, moving it up to third floor from the second. The plan was generally met with open arms by local elected officials. “The RKO Keith’s site has been an eyesore for too long, and I am glad someone has bought it who has promised to rehabilitate it,” said Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). “Northern Boulevard is the gateway to Flushing, and I don’t want visitors to be greeted by a derelict abandoned movie theater.” The modification must navigate the typical approval process, with a presentation before Community Board 7, which will then offer recommendations. The modification will go before the borough president before finally winding its way back to the BSA in early spring. “It is my hope that through a process of
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“The new building will be very contemporary, and work with and contrast the lobby,” he said. “The goal is to recreate the theatrical character of the theater. The lobby will be on stage at the end of Main Street.” Thompson feels the layout, design and location of the building will suit the market and attract renters. The project is his first foray outside of Manhattan, and he has learned the distinct differences between the boroughs. “The project is more local to Flushing,” he said. “Manhattan is a very dense housing market.” Oh, and the view is nicer than anything you can find in that other borough. “It’s a wonderful sightline with views I can’t replicate in Manhattan,” he said. Thompson hopes that after navigating the approval process, shovels will hit dirt sometime this year and will become a signature building to the community decades after its completion. “It’s going to be a landmark building,” he said. “It’s going to solidify the northern end of Main Street.” Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
Boro Reps Don’t Plan To Beef Up Security By DOMENICK RAFTER In the wake of last weekend’s attempted assassination of a Congresswoman in Tucson, Ariz. that left her injured and six others, including a federal judge, dead, local Congress members are sounding off on the tragedy and questions about security. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), a third-term representative from Southern Arizona, was shot in the head on Saturday while holding a public meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in suburban Tucson. Though she survived and was listed in critical condition, the shooter killed six people, including John Roll, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Arizona, a Giffords staffer, and four constituents, including a 9-year-old girl. Giffords, like most members of Congress, had no security detail at the meeting. She was shot point blank by the gunman at close range. The question of security for members of Congress has arisen in the wake of the shooting. In recent years, members of Congress have received countless threats and some offices, including Giffords’, have been attacked. However, many members of Congress do not want stiffer security to disrupt their ability to meet with constituents one on one. Meetings like Giffords’ “Congress on your Corner” event where she was shot are common events held by most members of Congress. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), who brought water and food to staff in Rep. Giffords’ Washington D.C. office immediately after the shooting, said he “did not feel threatened” and would continue to go meet with constituents as he has in the past. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) said he was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting of Giffords, whom he called “a friend and extraordinary colleague.” He said it should not change any Congress member’s ability to meet with their constituents. “The essential features of our democracy is the dynamic of elected officials listening to
The shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seen here being sworn in last week by House Speaker John Boehner, is not expec ted to change the securit y habits of Queens Congressmen. the issues our neighbors raise and assembling with them freely in open dialogue without fear, intimidation or violence,” Meeks said. “Congresswoman Gifford was doing what she loves best – talking with and earnestly listening to her constituents’ concerns.” Meeks said there will be new measure of security at local offices to protect staff and constituents, who may come to the office or to meetings, but he will continue to be just as accessible to his constituents and he has been. “I love this district and I love meeting with constituents,” he said. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), who has often met with constituents outside her Astoria office, called the shooting “tragic” and reiterated the need for non-violent debate. “The fundamental wisdom that has long distinguished our nation and has led her to greatness resides in our unwavering commitment to settle our differences with ballots, not bullets,” she said. Officials said the preliminary investigations have not shown that the gunman, Jared Loughner, was acting on political motivation. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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By DOMENICK RAFTER Instead, he used his elected office to lobby Former State Assemblyman Anthony state legislators and state agencies on behalf Seminerio, who represented Southwest of his paying clients and occasionally against Queens for more than 30 years before resign- people and organizations, including some of ing in disgrace in 2009, died Jan. 6 in a his own constituents, who refused to pay his North Carolina prison at the age of 75. firm a fee. Seminerio, a Democrat, was elected in According to specific charges, Seminerio 1978 to represent a Richmond Hill-based approached the founder of a Queens-based district in the State Assembly. His 133-vote consulting firm in 1999 for whom he once victory assured him the seat for the next 31 worked and demanded a share of the years. company’s revenue. When the founder reIn later years, he often endorsed Republi- fused, Seminerio sought to dissuade their can candidates like Rudy Giuliani for Mayor, clients from doing business with them and George Pataki for Governor, and Rick Lazio instead hire Marc Consultants. That same and Al D’Amato for U.S. Senate. During his year, Seminerio also pressured Robert time in the Assembly, he represented Glen- Richards, the President of the Jamaica Chamdale, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood ber of Commerce, to pay fees to Marc Conand Woodhaven. He last sultants and threatened faced a Republican oppoto work against vital state nent in 2000 and often got funding to the Chamber the nominations of both the of Commerce in the state Democratic and Republican legislature if they didn’t parties in his reelection pay consulting fees. In campaigns. January 2000, Richards “For over 30 years Anagreed and paid a thony Seminerio repremonthly fee to sented the 38th Assembly Seminerio’s firm for apDistrict with passion and proximately two years. dedication,” said AssemblyMore recently, in man Mike Miller (D2008, Seminerio had atWoodhaven), who suctempted to convince ceeded Seminerio in the Dennis Whalen, a senior Assembly. “We should reNew York State Health member all of the good Department official, to things that he has done for allow Jamaica Hospital, the community. My heart- Disgraced Assemblyman An- w h i c h had paid felt sympathy goes out to thony Seminerio died in prison Seminerio’s firm conhis wife and his children. “ last week. sulting fees, to acquire In 2009, a federal inthe Caritas Hospitals. dictment was handed down on charges of Whalen had mentioned that other state offifraud, after he was accused of using a fake cials supported Parkway Hospital’s bid to consulting agency to collect payments on acquire Caritas. Parkway had refused to pay actions he took as an Assemblyman between Seminerio’s firm any money. Seminerio never 1999 and 2008. According to the charges, disclosed to Whalen that Jamaica had paid Seminerio solicited and received payments him. to a consulting firm he set up called Marc Seminerio had attempted to claim his Consultants from persons and organizations actions were approved in 1996 and therethat had business with the state for nearly a after by the New York Legislative Ethics decade beginning in 1999, and sometimes Committee, but the court rejected the asthreatened anyone who refused to pay to the sertion. firm. Prosecutors discovered that Seminerio In February 2010, a federal judge sendid not perform “any bona fide consulting tenced Seminerio to six years in jail and a $1 services that fall outside the scope of activi- million fine. ties an elected official could readily be exReach Reporter Domenick Rafter at pected to perform on behalf of his or her firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357constituents.” 7400, Ext. 125.
community input and governmental negotiations, that renovation can begin to improve its current abhorrent condition,” said Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing). The change in the number of units reflects a reaction to the fluctuating real estate market. Whereas 200 larger condo units would have been marketable when Boymelgreen originally acquired the building in 2002, economic forces have forced a scaling back of the size of units. The decision to go rental, on the other hand, can be attributed to the difficulty being experienced by the RKO’s neighbors. “A lot of the condo projects in the Flushing market and Queens market are having a hard time,” Thompson said. The design of the building itself remains largely unchanged from Boymelgreen’s original look. The structure, at the northern end of Main Street, will have a glass curtain-style lower façade, with a wavy entrance designed to present the historic lobby of the former theater. The lobby itself, a landmarked and oftromanticized portal into the theater’s heyday, will be fully restored to its previous state, according to architect Jay Valgora of Manhattan-based Studio V Architecure.
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By DOMENICK RAFTER The City Council and Mayor Mike Bloomberg reached a deal late last week to delay the parking meter rate hikes in the outer boroughs and Manhattan north of 86th Street until at least July. “We said ‘no” and we won,” said Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), chairman of the Transportation Committee. Council members from the outer boroughs sought to fight off the planned increase, which would have hiked the cost of a parking meter from 25 cents every 20 minutes to 25 cents for 15 minutes. Local civic groups and business improvement districts worried the parking meter rate increase would keep people away from their commercial strips like Bell Boulevard, Myrtle Avenue, Jamaica Avenue, Austin Street, and 37th Avenue. The DOT estimated that raising the rates citywide would bring in
an extra $2.5 million in revenue for the cashstrapped city budget. The rates will still go up for meters in Manhattan south of 86th Street, from $2 per hour to $3. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) praised the deal. “These types of fiscal gimmicks are shortsighted and do little to address the city’s budget woes in the long run,” he said. Vacca is joining with Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Ridgewood) to introduce legislation that would bar the City from raising parking meter rates by more than 25 percent over a five-year period without special approval from the City Council. They plan to introduce the bill next month. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Contractor Nabs Electricity By DOMENICK RAFTER Tutor-Perini, the general contractor on the Resorts World casino at Aqueduct Racetrack, will award a series of bids to nine local subcontractors totaling more than $32 billion and employing more than 400 people, according to Resorts World. “From the beginning, Resorts World New York has made it clear that hiring locally is a top priority for us,” said Michael Speller, president of Resorts World New York. “The awarding of bid packages to these nine subcontractors speaks to our unwavering commitment to creating jobs in the community and putting local residents back to work. “ One of the subcontractors is Five Star Electric Corp., based in Ozone Park, which has been awarded a bid to handle electrical
needs. Five Star’s headquarters is located less than a half a mile from Aqueduct. “We are very excited to see this project get under way,” said Gary Segal, president of Five Star. “Given the economic hardships that the people of Queens, as well as all of New York, are facing, it is encouraging to see this fast-tracked project that is giving so many people the opportunity to work and provide for their families. There is no doubt that the construction of Resorts World New York will help 2011 start out in a positive direction.” Speller said more bid announcements will be made in the coming weeks, as well as further job opening announcements. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Peer Groups Unfair Contrast: Dromm By JESSICA ABLAMSKY Schools citywide live and die by a tool few outside the Dept. of Education understand. Some local elected officials charge the agency with manipulating progress report data to force large high schools to close, while also robbing students of a chance at a good education. "I think that 65 percent of the progress report is based on the test scores," said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). "These scores are used to prove what they want it to prove." Issued by the DOE once a year, progress reports assign a letter grade to each public school in the City. For schools like Jamaica High School, the D it received on the 200910 report may have sealed its fate for closure. For teachers and principals, making the grade can pay off financially in the form of bonuses. It is totally unfair to compare a school like Jamaica to the DOE's new small schools, said Dromm, a former classroom teacher with 25 years of experience under his belt. "There were no music classes at Jamaica High School," he said of his recent visit to the school. "The class size was 34. There was a lack of computers." A schools' grade is based on an assessment of the school environment, student performance and student progress. While school environment makes up 15 percent of the grade, student performance accounts for 25 percent and student progress 60 percent. Fundamental to the progress report are peer groups. To determine whether a school is effective, the progress report compares it to a group of schools that have similar student populations - called peer schools.
Jamaica High School, which faces possible closure based in part on low progress report grades. "The schools are judged against 40 similar schools," said DOE spokesman Matt Mittenthal. "They are fundamental to how schools are graded in the progress reports." Without peer groups, a school in the South Bronx would be judged solely by test scores against a school in the Upper West Side, where families may be more financially stable. To identify schools with similar populations, the DOE uses four criteria: the average ELA and Math before students entered high school; the percent of special education students; the percent of self-contained special education students; and the percent of students who enter high school two or
more years over age. The criteria used by the DOE "appear to be very reasonable ways to find schools that we would expect to perform similarly," said Eric Hanushek, an education professor at Stanford University. "This methodology permits both the district and parents to dig deeper if any school is falling noticeably behind." While he does not recommend taking small differences too seriously, large differences require an explanation, one of which comes in the form of a complaint commonly lobbed at the DOE: large schools are
being starved of resources. Among Jamaica's peers are the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences, which last year had fewer than 150 students and offers an extended day and a weekend program; the School for Democracy and Leadership with 300 students, whose program highlights include advisory, college prep and internships; and the Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders with 161 students, which offers small student-teacher advisory classes, internships and a youth-led urban agricultural program. A lot of peer schools seem to be "pulled out of a hat," said Councilman Marc Weprin (DOakland Gardens). All but one of Jamaica's peers were located in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan. "Kids only get one chance at an education," Dromm said. "When they starve the school, they starve the students. And that is not fair." Education is more complicated than A, B, C, D or F, said UFT Queens High School District Representative James Vasquez. "Since they have such a dislike of large schools, they have now found a calculated way to declare a school failing," he said. Dromm and Weprin agree that learning is more than filling in little bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. "The Math and ELA aren't a proper way to show that students are learning," Weprin said. "A good teacher is not the teacher who can get her kids to give the right answer on a standardized test." Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.
Maspeth Site Added To Metro Campus of District 28 said the move works on paper, as the numbers add up to a suitable amount of kids roaming the halls and occupying the school. But the devil is inevitably in the details, with the shared spaces, traffic congestion and having a literal fourth institution on the campus adding to the list of concerns. The DOE has policy recommendations in place for such concerns, with a campus governance guide providing principals with best practices when it comes to negotiating several schools in one building. But for parents like Billingham, the tougher pill to swallow is the perceived broken promises of the DOE. "It's more than seats. The whole model for this school was that the classes would flow in small numbers into this school so you could create a culture by which the students would own their school; that they would be as invested as the teachers and the administration," Billingham said. Less than a year into the school's existence, the addition of a co-located school would be tough to negotiate, according to District 28 Community Education Council member and parent Kathryn Thome, who echoed Billingham's concerns. "They're not talking about the investment in the school the kids would make," Billingham said. Koslowitz will send a letter to still-new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black spelling out her apprehensions about the plan, including where within the campus the co-located school will be, the duration of its stay and any other issues that may arise. A public hearing allowing parents to discuss the plan with DOE representatives will be held Feb. 9 at the Metro Campus at 6 p.m. Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
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By JOSEPH OROV IC Life at the Metropolitan Campus High School will be a little more crowded next year, as it will moonlight as a feeder school for Maspeth's upcoming high school during the 2011 academic year. The move has sparked consternation among some Forest Hills residents, who fear the fledgling Metro Campus high school, which just opened in September, will be tested with a co-location too early in its existence. "I am very concerned about the impact that the proposed incubation of the Maspeth High School will have on the Metropolitan Avenue Campus," said Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). "It took 18 years to get the Metropolitan Campus up and running and I will not allow the wonderful progress made this year to be derailed by poor planning and decision making regarding incubation." The Dept. of Education assures it will take all necessary steps to make sure the influx of 175 to 225 students from neighboring District 24 do not interrupt the growth or success of the Metro Campus. The additional students will bring the school to 72 percent of capacity in the second year of its existence. "We want to get this new high school up and running as soon as possible so it can start serving Queens families who need more high quality options," DOE spokesman Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld said of the new Maspeth High School. Parents within the district have expressed concerns about a host of issues, from the use of common areas like the auditorium and gymnasium to the DOE's ability to keep its promise of only staying for a year. Sixth grade parent Deborah Billingham
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No Backing Down The horrifying attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the tragic loss of life associated with the shooting, serves as a stark reminder of the challenges of having an open government. We expect our Congress members to be accessible, to meet with us, to be in their offices, to be on the street and even in our homes. They represent us, and we confer upon them the respect they deserve as our representatives to our Congress. The fact that they do not hide behind a wall of security, but stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us is part of what makes our system great; they are our peers. Even though sometimes we may disagree with their ideals, their morals, their thinking or their actions, we respect their title, their function and their position. The shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a warning to us all about the frailty of our system, but it also serves as a proud reminder to see her colleagues stand up and say they will continue on as they have, not hiding, not scared and not distancing themselves from those they represent.
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Calm Down To The Editor: I’ve heard, read and experienced the pains, agonies and disappointments of the snowstorm and its incapacitating effects. The plows weren’t fast enough, the city didn’t respond adequately… But why are we all in such a rush? The blanket of white provided a welcome respite from the fast-paced grind and pressing demands of our every day lives. I appreciated and stopped to enjoy the padding beauty of the snow. It was an acceptable reason not to report to work. It was extra time with my 2-year-old son. It was a chance to assist neighbors with shoveling, sharing basic staples and bonding over a common condition. I never felt exasperated or trapped. I knew the conditions would quickly pass and the snow would subside as it has. I recognize that basic services must continue as needed. However, I question the overzealous aggression of those lambasting our own City and not simply stopping to enjoy an uncommon and beautiful moment of tranquility. Brian McCaffrey, Glen Oaks
Great Issue To The Editor: Thanks to the Tribune, aspiring city planners in Chicago now know who Carlisle Towery is and what he’s accomplished.
As an alumnus panelist at a career planning event Jan. 8 for students at the University of Chicago, I passed around the Dec. 30 Person of the Year issue – which I received in the mail just a day before – to a group of sophomores and juniors curious about careers in city planning or economic development. “This could be you in 30 years,” was my message. When I was growing up in Kew Gardens in the 1950s, Jamaica was our downtown. I am delighted to see the neighborhood coming back again, thanks in part to what Mr. Towery has done. As I imagine you already know, the Tribune’s influence extends far beyond the borders of Queens. Thanks for an exceptionally valuable issue and for such timely delivery. I’ll be hanging onto the issue for possible future use. John L. Gann, Jr. President, Gann Associates
Disgusting To The Editor: Bloomberg should be impeached and the head of the Sanitation Department, all supervisors and all Sanitation workers who performed so poorly during this storm, fired. If this was a slow down, fire them If this was mismanagement, fire them. Bloomberg bullied and bought his way into a third term and he should be ousted.
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For plows not to be sent to so many areas in the “outer” boroughs for days is criminal – people literally died. Then to blame the EMTs for not doing their jobs… seriously? EMTs, like the rest of us, could not get off the street. Many more people lost pay they could not afford to lose. With unemployment at a record high, I know there are many people who would be willing to do these jobs, do them well and be thankful they had a job. We didn’t see a plow until Wednesday afternoon and then only a few select streets were done – poorly – and they did not even do the two roads that lead to the main streets. Three times we dug out our cars and then sometime between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., they must have come again... Now digging out was all ice. Once a plow went through with the plow up. What is the purpose of these procedures? How could two ends of a block be done and the middle ignored? There were no cars blocking the streets - certainly not Monday morning. On Tuesday, I tried to drive to work. I am five blocks from the service road of the LIE and 2-1/2 blocks from Main Street. The short route was completely impassable; the longer route seemed more promising. I got stuck one block from the LIE service road and it took four hours and many helpful neighbors to get my car back home. Please do not insult the intelligence of the residents of Queens. This was deliberate and disgusting. Susan Scharf, Flushing
Freedom In Jeopardy To The Editor: It is truly a most sad day in Tucson, Ariz. and for the country after the shootings yesterday. Many lives were lost and many injured, which included U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. This horrific carnage by the accused demented perpetrator, Jared Lee Loughner, is sadly indicative of the fact that the psychologically unbalanced can still possess a gun. The other day Giffords recited in the House part of the U.S. Constitution which was the First Amendment and read in part, “Or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the rights of the people to peaceably assemble” Now these people were shot for doing just that. Our political leaders need to meet in such forums with the people without fear of being attacked or killed for their beliefs. Our democracy is truly in jeopardy because of these blatant acts of vio-
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We Need AEDs To The Editor: Last week at JFK airport, a man collapsed from cardiac arrest and two bystanders rushed to save him using CPR. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., especially among people over 40 years old. Defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) is the only known therapy to treat an individual in cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, for every minute that passes without defibrillation, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent. About 250,000 people die each year from cardiac arrest – more than 600 a day. In 2001, one of those 250,000 people was my husband. When he went into cardiac arrest at his health club, there was no AED on site. We must expand the availability of AEDs. The rescue at JFK airport last week highlighted the need for a clear protocol for laypeople to have access to an AED. Those heroes stated that they weren’t sure where the AED was located in the airport. This victim was lucky in that every airport is required to have an AED on site. In other parts of our city, there is no such guarantee that a victim could be similarly rescued. My family, along with thousands of other families, has been directly impacted by sudden cardiac arrest when we lost a loved one due to an AED not being available. We need to call upon our city’s decisionmakers to help improve our access to AEDs across the boroughs and develop a plan so that we can have more laypeople acting as heroes and saving lives. Wendy Mono American Heart Association Volunteer, Forest Hills
One of the primary purposes of the event was to thank former Sen. Padavan for his great track record in providing constituent service. Regardless of a public official’s party affiliation, voters are entitled to constituent services. Taxpayers are paying for district offices and staff to provide this basic function. Can anyone identify any other local elected official who does any less than Padavan? Queens residents face a 10 percent unemployment rate. Many neighborhoods face an increasing numbers of vacant storefronts. There are also restaurants going out of business, the Bayside Diner and Scobee Grill of Little Neck being the most recent. There are dozens of remaining restaurants and catering halls struggling to stay in business that are located within lame duck Padavan’s district and hundreds more all over Queens. Why was the “Salute to Frank Padavan Gala” held in Nassau County at the posh Leonard’s of Great Neck? So much for patronizing and supporting local neighborhood businesses. Would the always politically objective and neutral Queens Tribune or any of your other competitors such as the Queens Courier, Queens Chronicle, Queens Gazette, Queens Examiner or any daily newspaper allow one of its own employees to help organize and host such an event? I don’t recall any newspaper employee doing the same for former Republican Sen. Serf Maltese when he lost in 2008. It is one thing for a newspaper reporter or columnist, including Ms. Richard, to attend the Bayside Historical Society Annual Holiday Party which included a musical tribute to Sen. Frank Padavan. It is clearly another when you are the event organizer and master of ceremonies. Perhaps this is not the best example of journalistic integrity. Larry Penner, Great Neck
Lacking Integrity To The Editor: Was it ethical for a newspaper columnist to host a party for an elected official? “So Long, Frank Padavan” (Queens Tribpix by Harley Benson – Jan. 7). The host and master of ceremonies for the “Salute to Frank Padavan” was Ms. Dee Richard. She used her weekly column “Dishing With Dee” from the Bayside Times Dec. 16 and 23 editions to promote the event. Tickets were $65 each with checks made out to “D. Richard.”
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Guns Are Welcome In Whose America? By MICHAEL SCHENKLER over the seats of the 20 Congress members I don’t blame Sarah Palin. the wanted taken out – including Giffords. It’s Saturday, Jan. 8th – my birthThe graphic map was quickly taken down day – and I’ve been on Facebook trying shortly after the shooting. to keep up with many more friends than While Palin has never advocated vioI really have who are sending me greetlence, the gun-toting right winger used colings and stuff. The FB trend on my feed orful language when speaking of aiming to all of a sudden changes and the shootremove the 20 members who won seats once ing of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords held by her party. (Democrat, Arizona’s 8th District), beNothing should be thought of her use gins to flood my page – with comments of the words “reload,” “targeted districts,” or and links about the tragic incident. “crosshairs” aiming at the selected seats. I quickly find out she is married to Astronaut Mark Kelly; No, Sarah Palin is not responsible. was elected in 2006; she was shot in the head at a superShe, like I, love the richness of language. market event; a young white man, Jared Loughner is being Palin, a believer in the need of Americans to bear arms, held as the shooting suspect; first repor ts were that she show them, wave them, use them and advocate people to was deceased, but soon the news feed talks of surgery; more arm, chooses to use metaphors of hunting, shooting and than a dozen people shot – including a staffer; several are killing. That is her choioce. dead including a child and a Federal judge. Why would anyone imagine words of violence by a I start searching the web and watching TV news to try national figure might incite acts of violence on the party of to distinguish hard news from blog and social media unreli- a fringe element of society? able info – I’ve writ ten Nope; can’t happen. “Sarah Palin has crosshairs on our district; about this before. Well, the story is still But the undercur- people have to realize there are consequences to be told. We hope that rent of the web static is to that.” - Rep Gabrielle Giffords. “Gabby,” the nickname the Repre sentat ive by which Congre ssGiffords was one of 20 members of Congress on a so-called woman Giffords is known, has a speedy and full recovery. hit list of Congressmembers whose seats were being tarWe hope that this tragic event teaches some good to geted by everyone’s favorite former governor of Alaska, someone. Sarah Palin. And Palin’s PAC (Political Action Committee) I just can’t figure out things like this. had por trayed the targeting on their Facebook page by But I don’t blame Sarah Palin. putting rifle sight cross hairs on a map of the United States, MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
The map targeting Rep. Gabby Giffords and 19 other members of Congress with crosshair rifle targets which was taken down from the Palin PAC page.
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Cuomo: Fiscal Disaster Ahead Without Sharp Reductions By HENRY STERN The new Governor Cuomo delivered his first State of the State message. I found the speech credible and constructive. Cuomo seems to be making a conscious effort to get along with the legislature. At the same time, he outlined spending reductions, ethics reforms, independent redistricting and other proposals which have been anathema to the Senate and Assembly in years past. Polit ics require s a certain level of optimism, and with a new goverHenry nor, there is more reason for hope than there has been for many years. The wrenching disappointments of the Spitzer and Paterson administrations are now behind us, the ever-mounting budget deficit is before us. The substance of the message showed clearly the Governor’s awareness of fiscal reality and his w i l lingne ss to make hard choice s. Of cour se, he didn’t get around to specifying those choices precisely; that will presumably come in the budget message next month. What seems clear, today, is that Andrew Cuomo is conscious of how his policy decisions will be perceived not just by New Yorkers, but by people across the nation as well, the potential greater constituency. It was said that in the French Army, every corporal has a field marshal’s baton in his cap. So it is that every governor of New York State dreams of the White
House. So far three have made it, Martin van Buren (1837-41) and the t wo Roose velt s, T heo dore (1901-09) and Franklin (1933-45). Among those who tried and failed in the 20th century are Charles Evans Hughes (1916), Alfred E. Smith (1928), Thomas E. Dewey (1944, 48) and Nelson A. Rockefeller (1960, 64 and 68). George Pataki tested the waters in 2008 and found them frigid, as ever yone knew. Perhaps t he most dramatic non-candidacy occurred on Dec. 21, 1991, when Governor Stern Mario Cuomo, whose staff had chartered two planes to fly him and t he press cor ps to Concord, New Hampshire - where he would have paid a $1000 filing fee and announced his candidacy in the Democratic Presidential primary in front of the State House unexpectedly left the aircraft waiting on the tarmac when he decided not to take flight. That afternoon, Cuomo announced his decision in the New York State Capitol. He said that the Republicans, who then controlled the State Senate, had made it impossible for him to run “for their own purposes.” It was 19 years ago that budget problems obstructed Mario Cuomo’s president ial campaign, and those difficulties have only grown in the years that followed. Although there have been years of unheeded warnings that the days of reckoning were at hand, the national recession of the past two years and the continuing spiral in
health and pension benefits have brought a number of state governments to the brink of insolvency. Some cities and counties have been through bankruptcy, but no state has yet defaulted on its sovereign debt. No government wants to be the first to blow, so fiscal reality has been widely concealed by bookkeeping devices loosely described as Enronian. The budget problems t hat Ne w York State faced in 1992 are dwarfed by the $10 billion deficit the state must deal w ith today. However, New York is not the worst. The California state budget deficit is expected to be $19 billion in the next fiscal year. There is a problem in the governor’s plan to enlist groups of stakeholders to recommend policy changes and service reduct ion. Many of these stakeholders have directly conflicting interests, and it is hard to foresee what they might agree on to suggest to the governor. Cuomo evoked the Berger Commission, ably chaired by Stephen Berger, which recommended hospital closings in 2006. There is enormous local resistance to closing hospitals, or any other state facilitie s. Whether they are medically needed or not, they are job providers, like the upstate prisons and juvies (juvenile detention facilities) which Cuomo specifically targeted in his remarks. We think the Governor jumped the first hurdle nicely, with spirit and good humor, showing his desire to bring people together, which is urgently needed. The next test will be his executive budget,
which is due on Feb. 1, twentysix days from today. The deadline for adopting the budget is April l, but that date is rarely met, and no one seriously expects a $10 billion gap to be closed in two months. We enjoyed the spirit and verve of Andrew Cuomo’s speech: the young lancer laying out the problem and part of his plan (if there be a plan); the Albany veterans, expressing verbal support and encouragement, the infighting necessarily left for another day and a place outside public view. Nonetheless, Cuomo made real progress, speaking bravely about the fiscal chasm. For a Democratic governor, it was an astounding admission of
reality. There were no impractical schemes to tax rich people who, by pressing a but ton, can move their industries and their income outside the state. A great deal will depend on who is chosen to staff the new State Depar tment of Fina ncial Regulation, but it will give Governor Cuomo a piece of the action in a field otherwise likely to be dominated by the new Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, a man who is as ambitious and as enterprising as his two immediate predecessors, the Governors Spitzer and Cuomo. Let the games begin. StarQuest@NYCivic.org
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Former Councilwoman Melinda Katz looks over the kosher offerings at the Forest Hills Stop & Shop, which will now see a change in the way its kosher certification is handled by New York State.
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Something's Not Kosher In Layoffs Keeping kosher has become substantially harder for the borough's chosen people, after 11 of the state's dozen kosher food inspectors were laid off due to budget cuts on Dec. 31. The loss of the inspectors, who performed randomized inspections of establishments peddling kosher goods and dealt fines to violators, leaves already murky waters more difficult to navigate. "The loss of kosher food inspectors in New York State is devastating, particularly for the communities that rely on kosher certification in their religious observances and daily life," said Assemblyman Andy Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), whose district has a large Jewish population. "The lack of oversight in this industry makes these communities vulnerable to the fraud and abuse this division was originally created to fight against." Hevesi, along with Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), called for the refunding of the positions. The budgetary axe has essentially neutered a bit of state oversight that was somewhat toothless already. A 2004 court ruling ended the inspectors' ability to hold kosher food producers to the strictest standards, making "kosher" a lowest-common denominator label. The agency's function then largely switched to enforcement of a disclosure law. The state has promised to merge kosher food inspection into other duties belonging to the state's 85 food safety inspectors. The group will be trained and overseen by the Dept. of Agriculture's Rabbi Luzer Weiss. The state will also maintain its online registry of kosher food products. "With this extended workforce, the Department will be able to consolidate responsibilities and eliminate overlapping services, making more efficient use of taxpayer dollars and saving the State nearly $1 million, all while providing the same level of service," said Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker. Still, the reassurance provided by state inspectors has largely disappeared, leaving consumers to rely on resourcefulness and the greater community to help each other keep kosher. "People who are kosher will have to redouble their efforts to educate themselves," said Met Council Chief Executive William Rapfogel. "If there are issues that relate to questionable kosher symbols, how is the kosher consumer supposed to find recourse?
Who is the appropriate channel to deal with this now? This was function of the agency." The retraining of the food safety inspectors offers solace, but their lack of experience is a cause for concern for some. "The kosher inspectors served a purpose," said Rabbi Chaim Schwartz of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. "They have a unique eye to sniff out fraud in the kosher market." In their stead, a tight-knit network and community members will have to keep themselves and each other informed. According to marketing and kosher guru Menachem Lubinsky, the kosher division will still have some teeth. Consumers uncertain about some purchases can also turn to their Rabbi for guidance. "It's not a completely Wild West scenario," he said. "It may very well be that these inspectors end up doing their jobs in the end." Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at email@example.com, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127. —Joseph Orovic
Car rozza Continues Vets’ Valentines Though she's out of office, former Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza is keeping herself busy with her 15th annual Valentines for Vets. With Dr. Robert Mittman and the Jefferson Democratic Club, Carrozza is collecting donations of cards, candy (sugar-free is a plus) and new clothing, including pajamas, robes, slippers and socks for hospitalized and disabled vets. "I think it's an important time out for all of us to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of our veterans, and it's an opportunity for us all to let them know how grateful we are for their sacrifices and service," she said. Carrozza knows how much the cards mean to veterans, having personally witnessed those from prior years proudly on display. "I think beyond the treats and the dried fruit and the nuts, they really treasure the notes, cards and pictures that the adults and children send," she said. "I think we already have 500 cards that the school children made." For Carrozza, the Valentine's Day drive represents the continuation of a tradition that began before she took office. "This is something that I did long before getting into the legislature, and one of the benefits of course of getting into the legislature is that we were able to do it on a grander scale," she said. "It's just so gratifying to be
able to continue it, and I look forward to be able to do it for many years to come." Also accepting donations is Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Carrozza's successor. "I think it is great that Ann is staying so active in our community and continuing her long tradition of bringing cheer to the brave hospitalized men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country," he said. "It is an honor to participate in such a worthy program as Valentines for Vets." Last year, the gift drive netted two dishwasher sized boxes of cards, gifts and letters. "Of course, this year we are trying to top that," she said. "The contributions don't have to cost anything: a note, a letter. If readers want to share with the veterans their own family stories of service, that is terrific." The deadline to make donations is Friday, Feb. 11. Gifts can be dropped off at Braunstein's office at 213-33 39th Ave., Suite 238; Carrozza's law office at 213-38 40th Ave., or Dr. Robert Mittman's office at 38-21 Bell Blvd. To help distribute gifts, call Carrozza at (718) 224-4746. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 224-4746. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124. —Jessica Ablamsky
Recalling A Simpler Time In Queens Immortalize your family photos of Fresh Meadows. Authors Fred Cantor and Debra Davidson are collecting pictures of Fresh Meadows for an upcoming book, due out in the fall, about the neighborhood from 1948-1979. "The book will have about 200 photographs and we're well on our way," Davidson said. "We've been collecting them from various sources, but we are still looking for more, so we're hoping that people who read this article might look in their trove of their personal photographs will submit them for us to possible use." Bounded to the north by the Long Island Expressway, the south by Union Turnpike, the east by Francis Lewis Boulevard and to the west by Fresh Meadows Lane, the neighborhood is filled with nostalgic residents who the authors hope will be able to, via their book, relive what it was like to grow up in a forgotten time. All proceeds will be donated to the Queens Library Foundation, with 100 percent benefitting the Fresh Meadows Branch. "I actually grew up in the area now that's considered Fresh Meadows. When I grew up it was called Utopia," Davidson said. "Doing the research for this book, depending on the time, different parts of Queens are called
Councilman Dan Halloran took a shovel to the snow on 24th Road in Whitestone last Friday.
different things." In her day, only the housing development was referred to as Fresh Meadows. "Fresh Meadows was built in the late 1940s by the New York Life Insurance Company as a middle income development for returning veterans from WWII," she said. "It's been held really as one of the most outstanding planned communities in the country. It was the very first one that was built with the automobile in mind. The streets are curved to actually slow down auto traffic, to make it a safer place." Davidson fondly remembers the neighborhood, where she lived and her father owned a kosher deli one block from PS 173. While the motivation for the book was a lingering sense of nostalgia, the genesis was very 21st Century - a Fresh Meadows Facebook page. "The site quickly became a nostalgia site," she said. "Quickly, people my age in their 50s started posting memories and photos. From that Fred was inspired to write a book about this. We actually met on Facebook." For Cantor, who lived in the housing development until he was 10, Fresh Meadows occupies a very special place in his memory. "I saw there were a lot of other people who also had very special memories," he said. "You could walk to everything. Back there, from a very young age, I could do a lot of things on my own without my mother." It was Cantor who birthed the idea of a book. After pitching it to Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series, he asked if Davidson, a researcher for CBS Interactive, would be his coauthor. For Cantor, Fresh Meadows was paradise for parents and children alike. "Fresh Meadows was, and still remains, one of those rare examples of a truly selfcontained community," he said. "When I lived there, I could walk to school. I could walk to go bowling. It's not like you had to go any distance to go to a park. You basically had front yards and backyards to play ball in." For parents, the benefits included not needing to drive, and having other parents around all the time. "You didn't really have to monitor your kid that closely," he said. Submit pictures by Feb. 1 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send a photocopy of the photograph to Fred Cantor, 606 Post Road East #484 Westport, CT 06880. In both cases, include your full name, email address and phone number, approximate date of the photo, where it was taken, if possible the identity of the subjects, the circumstances/occasion and anything else interesting or relevant. If a photo is chosen for inclusion, you will be notified by e-mail. Multiple submissions are welcome. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124. —Jessica Ablamsky
Queens CLOSEUP Community House Relax, improve your health with meditation, every Thursday at 10 a.m. with Ronnie at the Queens Community House Kew Gardens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202.
Meetings Moved The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association has moved its’ Winter Town Hall Meetings to the second Saturday of each month. The next meeting is Feb. 12. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are held at the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave. “During the cold, dark winter months many of our residents don’t like going out to evening meetings. On a Saturday afternoon, they can fit our meeting in with their shopping,” said WRBA President Edward Wendell. The monthly meetings were held on a Saturday last year as an experiment and proved very popular. Among the topics expected to be discussed at the next meeting: the Forest Park Carousel, graffiti in the neighborhood, and the proposed rezoning of Woodhaven. For more information on the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, call (718) 296-3735, or visit them online at woodhaven-nyc-org.
Rubenstein Reading Attorney Sanford Rubenstein will read from and discuss his biography “Outrageous Rubenstein” on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21st St., Long Island City. Admission is free. Rubenstein will be giving away copies of his book. Rubenstein’s career has been punctuated by high profile civil rights cases, including that of Abner Louima and Sean Bell, among others. Rev. Al Sharpton wrote the foreword of his book. Rubenstein grew up in the Ravenswood housing projects in Long Island City. He describes his life as going “from the projects to the penthouse.”
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Choral Members The Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its spring 2011 concert season, which will feature Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, one of the most glorious and profound masterworks ever written. Auditions for new members will take place on the following Wednesdays in Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College: Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Queens College, and will begin Jan. 12. The spring performance is on May 14 at 8 p.m. in Colden Center Auditorium, with soloists and orchestra from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. For further information go to
Hall Of Science 1001 Inventions, Through April 24: Uncover 1,000 years of science & technology. The “dark ages” were a golden age! Discover a forgotten history of science and scholarship in this hands-on exhibition. The New York Hall of Science hosts the U.S. premiere of 1001 Inventions, which opens December 4. Free with general admission. 1001 Inventions is sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives. Design Squad Nation Family Day, Jan. 15, noon to 5 p.m.: Engage your creative and inventive side with tabletop design challenges, just like the PBS Kids! show Design Squad Nation! In addition to hands-on activity challenges, you can view clips from upcoming episodes of Design Squad Nation, participate in trivia time with Design Squad hosts, get photos and autographs with the show’s hosts, and cheer on a large scale, design challenge. Best for kids ages 7 – 14. Free with general NYSCI admission. Digital’10: Planet Earth, Through Jan. 30: The digital prints in this exhibition are the result of the 12th annual juried, international competition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. The exhibition’s purpose is to demonstrate how digital technology is enabling new aesthetic imaging possibilities and conceptual statements. For Digital’10, artists and scientists were invited to submit original digital prints that reflect their perceptions of our planet. Free with general NYSCI admission. Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, through Feb. 27: The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small World has become the top forum for showing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. It honors the world’s best photomicrographers who capture vibrant images that represent the intersection of science and art. This year’s winner is Jonas King who took a photo of a mosquito heart magnified 100 times, and using fluorescence technology. King’s image, along with the other winners, will be showcased at NYSCI. Free with general NYSCI admission. The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is open Tuesday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $11, $8 for ages 2-17 and seniors. To learn more go to nysci.org or call (718) 699-0005.
Defensive Dr iving The Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., will host a Defensive Driving Course sponsored by the National Safety Council on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and/or registration, call (718) 263-7000.
JFK Dems The John F. Kennedy Regular Democratic Club, celebrating its 80th Anniversary, will have a Chinese Food Brunch/ Installation of Officers on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills 71-25 Main St. The installing officer is expected to be U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. A crowd of at least 200 is expected to attend and a number of legislators and civic officials will be present. Paul Hines will be installed as president. The leadership of the JFK Club includes District Leader/formerCity Councilman Morton Povman, District Leader/civic leader Charlotte Scheman and State Committeeperson Jeff Gottlieb. The club represents the areas of Kew Gardens Hills (South Flushing), Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Briarwood and Richmond Hill. Call Jeff Gottlieb at (917) 376-4496 for further information.
Twilight Concer t Series Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., presents the Con Brio Ensemble, which will give a Twilight Concert on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. There will be works for violin and piano including; Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata opus 47; selections by Szymanowski and Wieniawski; works for oboe and piano by Mozart, Still, Godard, and Colin. Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors and students
A Benefit Concer t The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, presents Betina Hershey Russo and the Garden Players, who will perform a one-hour concert Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Church-in-the-Gardens to benefit the carol Hershey Memorial Fund which benefits the Garden Players. There will be special guests. Suggested donation is $20, but please come, donate whatever you can, and enjoy the music. There will be a selection of jazz, r&b, originals, and a heavy sprinkling of Beatles songs.
Children’s Photos Tu B’Shevat Shabbat A festive Tu B’Shevat Shabbat service will take place at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th St., on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of Shevat in the Jewish calendar) is when Jews celebrate the renewal of trees and give thanks for the joy and beauty of all of God’s creation. It is a also a day that reminds Jews of their responsibilities for protecting the environment. The service will include music that is reflective of the traditions of the holiday.
Forest Hills Shabbat On Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., Havurat Yisrael will host a Shabbat across Forest Hills. Let’s spend an evening celebrating what unifies all Jews … Shabbat! Everyone is invited… singles, couples, families... all ages. Newcomers at Havurat Yisrael $12 , others $25. To reserve a space call Havurat Yisrael at (718) 2615500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LIRR speeding away from the Kew Gardens station, inside and outside looking at the snow covering familiar streets, younger sister under a big umbrella, the playground without any children, mom rushing along Queens Boulevard, the quietness of Maple Grove Cemetery, the beauty of the neighborhood architecture when the sun is going down. To view these photographs and many others taken by Kew Gardens children, K-6 grade, please join us at the Kew Gardens Children’s Photo Show at the Q Gardens Gallery, 80-61 Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens, (347) 494-5704, qgardensgallery.com. This dynamic group show will be on view Jan. 14 to Feb. 5. A gala opening reception, with a kid-friendly menu, will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 15, 3-7 p.m. Photographs hold an honored place in our homes, family albums, and help to comprise our history. It is a rare opportunity for children to photograph their community and then to have their photos professionally dis-
played in a gallery. The photos say as much about them as about what they photographed, from their own point of view. Ron Marzlock, supporter of the arts and owner of the Q Gardens Gallery, immediately embraced the project because it was “an opportunity for children to look at their community, to capture their special moments photographically and to possibly discover talents that they didn’t know they had.” The mission of the project seems to have been accomplished. In the words of Shana Block, one of the participating photographers, “If you look at things closely they can be beautiful even though you might not have thought so at first. I found it easier to take still life photos over moving objects. Squirrels move too fast! I picked photos that had feeling and an interesting composition. “ Sponsored by a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, Inc, over 40 photos will be enlarged and displayed and … each one has a story to tell.
Folk Influences Musica Reginae will come to the Churchin-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, on Sunday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Experience musical cultures from all over the world. Join Musica Reginae Chamber Artists as they explore dance rhythms from Spain, the gypsy inflections of Romania, the marching bands of America, and folk singers from Czechoslovakia. Program will include Dvorak’s masterful Piano Quintet.
Voelker Or th Buzz The Voelker Orth is home to a thriving bee colony. Now that bee-keeping is legal in NYC, the Museum is offering a foundation course for aspiring and practicing bee-keepers. It covers the basics of bee care and honey harvesting. And, it is a great opportunity to meet other bee-keepers. Class begins Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 7-9 p.m. Additional sessions will meet on Wednesday evenings Feb. 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6, May 4 and June 1. The course is taught by master bee-keeper Walter Blohm. His knowledge draws on his 30 years of experience and his work maintaining 25 hives. The instruction is suitable for individuals who are considering bee-keeping as a hobby, as well as people who have some experience or currently maintain hives. The course fee is $90, $75 for Voelker Orth members. For more information contact the Voelker Orth at (718) 359-6227, vomuseum.org.
12-Step Program Nar-Anon Never Alone is a 12-Step support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use and/or abuse of drugs. There are no dues or fees. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall in Whitestone, 19-12 149th St., every Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. For further information, please contact Norma at (718) 217-0364.
Camera Club The Flushing Camera Club is celebrating its 40th season of serving all of Queens, Long Island and New York City. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month, at 146-01 45th Ave., enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street. Come and spend an evening with us to learn about good photography and to enjoy excellent photography related programs. Validated free parking is available. For more information call (718) 749-0643 or go to flushingcameraclub.org.
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Become a member of the Oratorio Society of Queens and sing with us them. Rehearsals began Monday, Jan. 10, at 7:45 p.m. in The North Studio of the North Presbyterian Church, 25-33 154th Street, Flushing, and are held at the same day and time weekly. OSQ will be rehearsing the Brahms “Liebeslieder Walzer” Op. 52 and “Schicksalslied” along with African-American spirituals and traditional Americana for its Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 22. Anyone interested in participating is asked to review the OSQ audition/listening requirements and times on at queensoratorio.org/auditionlistening.html and then call (718) 279-3006 or send an email to email@example.com to register.
qcchoralsociety.org. To schedule an audition contact James John, Music Director, at (718) 997-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Leaders Decry City’s Abortion Rate Leaders Decry City’s Abortion Rate By Jessica Ablamsky Religious leaders gathered together in Manhattan on Jan. 6 to highlight the “shocking” number of abortions in New York City. In 2009, 39 percent of pregnancies in the City ended in abortion, according to a recent report by the City Dept. of Health. “This New York community is rightly celebrated for its warm welcome to immigrants, for its hospitality, sense of embrace and inclusion, and gritty sensitivity for those in need,” said Manhattan Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan. “But we are
tragically letting down the tiniest, most fragile and vulnerable: the little baby in the womb. We have to do more than shiver over these chilling statistics. I invite all to come together to make abortion rare, a goal even those who work to expand the abortion license tell us they share.” The statistics are evidence of a larger citywide problem, said Erica Sackin, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of New York City. “To focus on just abortion rates is to ignore the larger issue,” she said. “The fact is that New Yorkers aren’t having safe sex.
Percent of pregnancies that resulted in abortion:
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Citywide Bronx Brooklyn Queens Manhattan Staten Island
Protesters from the National Organization for Women seek to ensure that reaction to the elevated abor tion numbers does not include a limit on the prac tice.
39% 46% 37% 37% 36% 30%
Total abortions in New York City by ethnicity, race and marital status: Black 46.7% Hispanic 32.5% White 11.3% Asian/Pacific Islander 6% Married 14%
There are huge disparities, and the issue we need to deal with is the high rate of unintended pregnancies.” The rate of STD transmission in the City is “astronomically” higher than nationally, she said. “We’re living in a city where we don’t
require sex education to be taught in schools,” she said. “It is in fact up to each individual principal, if in fact they teach it, and what they teach.” Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext.
DEP Defends Hydrant Report By JOSEPH OROVIC An audit by City Comptroller John Liu found 38 percent of “high priority” fire hydrants sat in disrepair well past the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s 10-day goal of fixing the broken water spouts. The worst of the lot belonged to our borough, as a high priority hydrant on 116th Street and Liberty Avenue was allowed to remain broken for 368 days. The hydrant serves a commercial strip that sits below the elevated A train in Richmond Hill. “New York City’s firefighters already have a dangerous job, and a malfunctioning fire hydrant represents one less tool that our firefighters have to carry out their duty of protecting lives and property,” Liu said. “Repairs to fire hydrants – especially the ones deemed ‘high priority’ by the City’s Bravest – must be better prioritized and further accelerated.” Hydrants deemed “high priority” are lo-
cated either near a school, hospital, a senior citizens’ residence or are the only hydrant on the block. The DEP responded saying more than 99 percent of its 109,000 hydrants are working every day, and said the period the audit examined was before it set its 10-day goal for repairs. “At times, some fire hydrants can need repairs, often because of reckless driving or normal wear and tear, and DEP fixes them as quickly as possible,” the agency said in a release. “When hydrants are inoperative, DEP works closely with the FDNY to ensure that there is an adequate supply of water to fight fires and keep the public safe. “In the past two years, response times to replace high priority hydrants in Queens have dropped to less than seven days, well below our target goal of 10 days.” Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
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Police are searching for Benedic t o Espino of Rockaway Park who went missing last week from a hospital in Brooklyn. 100th Precinct MISSING MAN: The NYPD is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing man from Rockaway. On Friday, Jan. 7, at approximately 2:40 p.m., Benedicto Espino, 69, of 140 Beach 114th St., Rockaway Park, was last seen leaving the Wyckoff Medical Center located at 374 Stockholm St. in Brooklyn. Espino is described as 5-foot-6, 140 lbs., with brown eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, gray sweatpants and white slippers. Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
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105th Precinct KILLED IN CRASH: On Monday Jan. 10, at approximately 1:05 a.m., police responded to a one-car accident on the Belt Parkway near Springfield Boulevard. Upon arrival the officers found a green 1991 Acura that had veered off the roadway and struck a tree. EMS also responded and pronounced the victim, Andre Stephenson, 31, of Rockville Center, dead at the scene. No criminality was suspected and the accident investigation was continuing. 112th Precinct MOTORCYCLE MISHAP: On Monday Jan. 10, at approximately 1:01 a.m., police responded to an accident on the Long Island Expressway. Upon arrival, responding officers found a motorcyclist, Dwan Gonzales, 44, of 110-02 153 St. Apt. 2R, Jamaica, unconscious and unresponsive at the scene.
EMS also responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. Further investigation revealed the motorcycle, a 2002 Harley Davidson, was traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway and was struck from behind by a white Mercedes Benz that fled the scene. The Mercedes Benz was found a short time later by officers nearby and the driver, Shamel Campbell, 26, of 120 Maryland Ave., Freeport, NY, was taken into custody and charged with being an aggravated unlicensed operator, DWI, and leaving the scene of an accident.
HANGED: On Monday, Jan. 10, at about 2:45 p.m. a woman in her 20s was found hanging from a noose tied to a water pipe in the 71st/Continental Avenue subway station in Forest Hills. EMS pronounced the woman dead at the scene. An investigation was ongoing. 114th Precinct FIRE DEATH: On Wednesday, Jan. 5, at approximately 11:59 a.m., police responded to a report of a residential fire at 14-11 31st Rd. in Astoria. Upon arrival, George Samaritis, 66, who lived at the location, was discovered inside the home unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded and transported Samaritis to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A 23-year-old white woman who sustained a sprained ankle, and a 30-year-old white male who sustained a minor burn to his face, also were transported to Mount Sinai in stable condition. No criminality was suspected at this time. The investigation was ongoing. 115th Precinct SITTER KILLS BABY: On Wednesday Dec. 29, at approximately 1:30 p.m., police responded to a call of an unconscious baby inside of 104-52 39th Ave. in Corona. Upon arrival, responding officers found Addison Reinoso-Xoyatla, 3 months old, of 108-32 42nd Ave., 3rd floor in Corona, unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded to the scene and transported the baby to Elmhurst Hospital where on Wednesday, Jan. 5, she was pronounced dead. On Friday, Jan. 7, the death was ruled a homicide and Ana DeLarosa, 26, of 104-52 39th Ave, 3rd floor, Corona was arrested and charged with seconddegree murder and endangering the welfare of a child,
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Remsen Hall Nabs Chamber Honors includes 11 high-tech teaching and advancedresearch labs and a dazzling science-inspired glass-tile mosaic art installation that spans all three floors of the expansion. The 55,162-piece mosaic, called “Electromagnetic Fall,” was created by artist Carter Hodgkin and is based on atomic particles moving through space. It is organized vertically on the walls of the building. The glass atrium, part of the new addition, allows the mural to be visible to the campus quad, a treelined oasis in the center of the campus. “This recognition from the Chamber of Commerce is the icing on the cake,” said Muyskens. To learn more about the 98th Annual Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards and Reception, go to queenschamber.org or call (718) 898-8500. Reach Intern Angy Altamirano at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.
“Elec tromagnetic Fall,” a glass tile mosaic, is a key element in the aesthetic design of the expansion.
Monserrate Can't Pay Fees By JOSEPH OROV IC Freedom is not free. Especially when it is a high-priced defense attorney that keeps your behind out of jail. That is the lesson disgraced politician Hiram Monserrate learned when the debt collector came knocking. The ousted former-State Senator, who was removed from office by his colleagues, is showing empty pockets when it comes to paying his high-profile attorney Joe Tacopina. Monserrate claims to be unemployed, with only $100 to his name in recent court filings.
But he is hoping to keep Tacopina as his counsel in defending against charges he misused a $109,000 “slush fund” while a councilman. Attempts to reach Monserrate failed. The motion would make Tacopina his courtappointed lawyer, essentially forcing taxpayers to foot Monserrate’s latest attorney fees. Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
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By ANGY ALTAMIRANO The Queens College campus, home to thousands of students from all over the world, thrives with beauty in the middle of Flushing with its great lawn, artistic attributes and – as it will soon be recognized – for one of its newly renovated buildings. On Thursday, Jan. 20, Remsen Hall, a Queens College science building, will be recognized as a winner in the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards competition. About 126 entries were received for the competition by the Queens Chamber, where Remsen Hall – along with 25 other award recipients in the categories of new construction and rehab – was chosen to be acknowledged at the reception. Remsen Hall will be given the award for “Rehabilitation – School and Colleges” at the Chamber’s 98th annual building awards reception held Jan. 20 at Queens Theatre in the Park. Every year, the Queens Chamber honors excellence in building design for the betterment of the community. Alongside Queens College, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and Jacobs Engineering, which administered Remsen’s construction, will be recognized as well. “Remsen’s spectacular addition and renovation provide a cutting-edge teaching and learning environment for our students and faculty in the sciences,” said Queens College President James Muyskens. Remsen Hall opened in 1950 and was the first of Queens College’s newer buildings. In March 2010, Queens College completed the $30 million expansion of Remsen Hall. The expansion included the construction of an addition and partial renovation of the first, second and third floors of the science building. The addition, which measures 26,000 square-feet and took two years to complete,
Hiram Monserrate (l.) with attorney Joe Tacopina (r.).
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CUOMO ESTABLISHES MEDICAID PANEL
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the launch of the State's new Medicaid Redesign Web site to track the progress of reforming New York's costly Medicaid system, and to invite the public's participation in the process. The Web site, governor.ny.gov/ medicaidredesign, includes electronic forms for Medicaid stakeholders and the public to suggest reforms to the system. The site will be an integral component to the reform process, which includes the Medicaid Redesign Team, created last week through Executive Order by Governor Cuomo. The site will also include listings of the team's public hearings and prepared reports. "It is imperative for the public, as well as stakeholders and government officials, to be part of the process of reforming the State's Medicaid system, and this Web site will help make that happen," Cuomo said. "The Web site will be a component to developing our plan to reign in Medicaid costs without compromising care." The Medicaid Redesign Team has been tasked by Governor Cuomo to find ways to reduce costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program for the upcoming 2011-12 Fiscal Year. As part of its work, the Team is seeking ideas from the
public at large, the health care workforce, and experts in health care delivery and insurance, economics, business, consumer rights and other relevant areas. The Medicaid Redesign Team will undertake the most comprehensive examination of New York's Medicaid system since its inception, and it must submit its first report with findings and recommendations to the Governor by March 1, for consideration in the budget process. It will also submit quarterly reports thereafter until the end of 2011-12 fiscal year, when it will disband. The team will consider reform ideas from health care professionals, administrators, stakeholders, and the general public through regional public hearings and the online survey forms. More than $53 billion is spent annually on New York's Medicaid program to provide health care to more than 4.7 million people in need. The program is funded through state, county and federal taxes. In effect, Medicaid is the largest health insurance program in New York State. New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson will serve as the Team's executive
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NS-LIJ HAS NEW SITE FOR AMBULATORY CARE North Shore-LIJ Health System announced the opening of a new 6,000 square-foot ambulatory location in Whitestone to meet the diverse cultural and medical needs of local residents, providing disease - focused outpatient specialty services, advanced medical imaging/testing and convenient access to high-quality physicians. The new North Shore-LIJ Medical Group location, at 150-55 14th Ave., is anchored by cardiology, internal and pulmonary medicine programs as well as other specialty care services. It is a continuation of the health system's already impres- North Shore-LIJ Medical Group at Whitestone sive roster of inpatient and outpa- Opens. North Shore-LIJ officials Dennis Dowling, tient services throughout Queens regional executive director, Susan Somerville, RN, and the New York area. North executive director, North Shore University HosShore-LIJ is scheduled to open ad- pital, Stanle y Katz, MD,senior vice president ditional ambulatory care centers in cardiovascular services and Sotirios Kassapidis, the coming weeks in Queens, Long MD, pulmonary and internal medicine, celebrate Island and Manhattan. the opening of North Shore-LIJ Health System's "The opening of North Shore- new ambulatory location on 14th Avenue. LIJ Medical Group in Whitestone is in keeping with our strategy of locating sicians reached out to the community clinical services in convenient locations in through Greek Orthodox churches and the communities where our patients live local businesses. and work, rather than in our hospitals," In addition to providing comfort, consaid Michael Dowling, president and chief venience and quality under one roof, he executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ said the Whitestone location complements Health System. "We're confident that both the North Shore-LIJ Health System's exphysicians and patients will view the Medi- isting inpatient programs and services in cal Group at Whitestone as a vital re- Queens and is staffed by multilingual clisource for their community." nicians, who are representative of the Mark Solazzo, executive vice president community. "In Whitestone as with all our and chief operating officer at North Shore- facilities, our goal is to offer greater acLIJ, noted that the clinical services being cess to care, meet the specific health needs provided at Whitestone were designed to of all residents of the community and meet the specific health needs of area replicate the high level of quality found in residents, with the overarching goal of our hospitals to those receiving care in an providing a superior patient experience. outpatient setting," Solazzo said. In developing the services specific to Residents looking for an appointment Whitestone an area that serves a large or more information can call North ShoreGreek-American population, Solazzo said LIJ Medical Group at Whitestone at (718) North Shore-LIJ administrators and phy- 559-3300.
director, and the State Budget Director will serve as a non-voting member. The members of the team are as follows: •Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore LIJ Health system. • Dennis Rivera is the former Chair of SEIU Healthcare and is currently the Senior Advisor to the International President of SEIU. • Kenneth E. Raske is the President of the Greater New York Hospital Association. •George Gresham is the President of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. •Dan Sisto is the President of the Healthcare Association of New York State. •Frank Branchini is the President and COO of EmblemHealth. •Eli Feldman is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System as well as the Chairman of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition. •Carol Raphael is the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. •Linda Gibbs is the Deputy Mayor of New York City for Health and Human Services. •Ed Matthews is the CEO of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City as well as the President of the Interagency Council. •Dr. Nirav Shah is the newly nominated Commissioner of Health. •Mike Hogan is the Commissioner for the Office of Mental Health. •James Introne is the Deputy Secretary for Health and the Director of Healthcare Redesign. •Max Chmura is the Acting Commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. •Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez is the newly nominated Commissioner of the Office of
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. •Lara Kassel is a Coordinator at Medicaid Matters New York. •Karen A. Ballard is the President of the New York State Nurses Association. •Stephen J. Acquario serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties. •Dr. Jeffrey A. Sachs is the Co-Chair of the JFK Jr. Institute for Work Education at City University of New York. •Ann F. Monroe is the President of the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. •Steve Berger is the former Chairman for the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century and a board member for the Partnership for New York City. •Dr. William Streck is the Chair of the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. •Elizabeth Swain is the CEO of the Community Health Care Association of New York State. •Senator Kemp Hannon is the former Chairman of the Senate Committees on Health and Housing. Senator Hannon was recommended by the Majority Leader of the Senate. •Senator Tom Duane is the former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, 2009-2010. Senator Duane was recommended by the Minority Leader of the Senate. •Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried serves as the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health. Assemblyman Gottfried was recommended by the Speaker of the Assembly. •Assemblyman Joe Giglio of the 149th Assembly District currently sits on the Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse Task Force. Assemblyman Giglio was recommended by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.
JAMAICA HOSP EXPANDS JOINT REPLACEMENT CARE Severe pain and stiffness in the hip and knee can limit the enjoyment and ease of everyday activities, such as standing, walking, and jogging, and be a significant reason to visit your doctor. Each year, many Americans suffer from hip or knee osteoarthritis, the most common forms of arthritis. According to the CDC, by the year 2030, an estimated 67 million adults, aged 18 years and older, will be diagnosed with arthritis, compared with the 50 million adults diagnosed from 2007 to 2009. Occurring when the cartilage between the thigh and leg bone in the knee wears, collapsing the joint, knee osteoarthritis not only contributes to pain and stiffness but decreases a person's range of motion as well. The same wear-and-tear process of the hip joint results in hip osteoarthritis. "Symptoms of osteoarthritis tend to develop slowly in the beginning but worsen over time," explained Dr. Sean Thompson, Jamaica Hospital's newly added Orthopedic Surgeon, whose specialty is total joint replacement. "Once an individual reaches the point of constant pain, it's usually a clear indication that an evaluation of the hip and joint is needed." To diagnose osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, total joint specialists provide individuals with an evaluation that includes a medical history, physical examination, and
imaging. Since there are various stages of osteoarthritis, early diagnosis offers the greatest variety of treatment options. In most cases, treatment options for knee or hip osteoarthritis include health and behavior modifications, drug therapy, injections, or surgery, specifically arthroscopy and joint replacement. Jamaica Hospital recently expanded its total joint replacement services, staffed by highly-skilled and Board Certified total joint specialists who provide a wide variety of operative and non-operative treatment options to individuals diagnosed with osteoarthritis, including post traumatic, rheumatoid, infectious, and inflammatory joint diseases. Specifically, the service offers therapeutic injections, total knee and hip replacement, total hip resurfacing, computer navigation surgery, hip and knee arthroscopy and rehabilitation medicine. "It is important that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip obtain continuity of treatment from the time they are diagnosed to post-surgical recovery," explained Dr. Thompson. "Our integrated team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and specialized nurses work diligently to provide this kind of care." If you suffer from arthritis of the hip or knee and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sean Thompson, call (718) 206-6923.
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They Live Lives On Unstable Ground By ALIZA MOORJI On a chilly morning, a bundled up Gladys Niclas waits for her 4-year-old daughter, Alourdes, near an overpass bridge on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica. Niclas, a recent refugee from Haiti, asked her friend to pick up her daughter from the South Jamaica Center for Children since she knew would not be on time. She's cautious by waiting at the entrance of the overpass since she is frightened to walk under a bridge, in fear of it collapsing. "Every time I think about [the earthquake], I'm scared that I will get stuck somewhere like here," Niclas said. "I feel like it will just collapse and I will be stuck." Niclas' recent bout of claustrophobia also leads her to take buses instead of trains. Her thought process is interrupted as soon as she hears Alourdes' voice echo through the underpass. She comes running to her mom. As they make their way to the Presentation Roman Catholic Church past the busy shopping area of Jamaica Avenue, Alourdes points out the items The devastation of the Niclas home in she would like, but Niclas Haiti keeps the family hoping for the knows she cannot afford. Arriv- ability to stay in the United States. ing at the church 10 minutes later, Niclas tries to sit quietly in the back pews to pray for an optimistic and promising future. Although Once I pulled it, I was able to go she's Baptist, she finds the church to be outside but my husband and kids a comforting place. were still stuck inside. I told him, "I come here to pray because God is 'I'm not going to leave you! You everywhere," she said. "You need to pray." have to do something.'" It's a typical routine that she goes Finally, a police officer came through every day. But life in Queens over and was able to pull everyone the past year has been anything but typi- out of the rubble. Niclas, her two cal for Niclas and her children. kids and her husband walked to the hospital on their own. They barely slept that night Unforgettable but due to several aftershocks and Real Nightmare fear of a tsunami. Life changed drastically on Jan. 12, "It was very dark. It was a bad 2010, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake day," she explained through tears. "I saw destroyed infrastructure and killed nearly a kid with his head broken in two. His 100,000 people in Haiti. The devastation dad tried to fix the head. You couldn't still troubles many Haitian immigrants like have. There were too many, too many Niclas. She was one of the 3 million people hurt. There was a lady crying people affected that day. The 37-year-old because she lost her four children. It was mother of two was inside her home in very sad. And I said [to myself], thanks Port-au-Prince when she noticed the sea God because I am alive with my two chilhad turned gray. Something did not seem dren and my husband." right. Niclas alerted her family to the troubling discovery, but no one listened. A Renewed Life with Her husband, Allende Sr., came home Uncertainty and Conflicts early from his night shift and was helping his son with his homework. But On Jan. 28, 2010, Niclas and her kids, Niclas continued to look out the window Allende Jr. and Alourdes, arrived in the until the house started violently shak- U.S. on a tourist visa and moved in with ing, as if someone "pushed the earth" her husband's relatives in Jamaica. She below their feet. left behind her husband, Allende Sr., beNiclas' husband quickly grabbed their cause he refuses to live in New York where son while she went looking for Alourdes. wouldn't legally be able to work. Niclas In the process, the ceiling collapsed and said it's hard to raise her children on her a big block fell on her right foot. own, while also struggling to stay with fam"After we were stuck in the house, we ily who is forcing her to move out. pray to God to save us," Niclas said. "My "When you live with someone [else], kids said that too. Then after [the ground] they tell you where to go, what to touch stopped shaking, we tried to go outside. and what not to touch. I don't like that," I tried to pull my foot but it was stuck. Niclas said.
Madoo-Devine added, "Knowing what I know about Haitian culture, if you're not pitching in, then you're resented. You have to carry your weight. In a situation like Gladys', she's not able to financially pitch in so basically, she's frowned upon." Despite an unsteady new life in Queens, Niclas explained that it's just as hard for the children. "My kids are very traumatized because they said if they go back, they will be dead," she said. Allende Jr., 6, who now attends PS 95, was traumatized, according to Madoo-Devine. "Her son really did not speak ver y much initially," Madoo-Devine said. "And we understood that because of the trauma he had experienced. Within a couple of weeks, he was speaking, he was drawing; he was showing me pictures. He was drawing for me what happened to him in the quake. So he was communicating on a whole different level."
Support From Familiar Strangers
She added, "I just want to live in my own house because when you have kids, they break everything," she said. "So sometimes you get in trouble with the person where we live. I want to have my own place but because of money, and work, I don't work, I cannot have my own place." Over the past few months, Niclas' tedious search for a cheap apartment failed because she cannot afford the monthly rent. Lystra Madoo-Devine, director of the Haitian support group at Catholic Charities in Jamaica, understands Niclas' frustration with her living arrangements. "There is tension [between the family] - tremendous tension because 10 months of living there and more mouths to feed and rambunctious and active children will lend one to say eventually, 'you have to move,'" she said. "Gladys is faced with 'Do I stay here with a not so pleasant situation with relatives or do I go back to Haiti where I don't have a home anymore and I won't have the quality of life I had before?'"
Niclas and her children are part of a support group that meets twice a month to discuss any issues they may have. The Haitian support group has played a critical role in her life since the migration. "When you're here, they make you laugh. Even if you are stressed, when you come here, you forget about the stress," she said. "It's like you put the stress outside and come here to enjoy yourself. When you go back out, you take the stress back." Madoo-Devine saw a lot of motivation and will power in Niclas when they first met in February. "I saw a mom who really wanted to succeed and to have the best for her children; a mom who is very protective of her children," Madoo-Devine said.
The Uncertain Future Almost one year after she arrived in the U.S., Niclas does not know how she'll continue to survive because the family's tourist visa will expire Jan. 24. She was denied temporary protective status, like many other Haitian refugees, because she was not here before the earthquake. Her hope is that the American government will protect those who arrived after the earthquake. "We cannot go back to Haiti," she said. "We lost everything. If we go back, what can we do there? And now there is a disease that's killing people. [The government should] give us papers to work because we cannot stay like this."
LEGAL NOTICE FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS In the Matter of a Proceeding under SUMMONS KEVIN MUNIZ KATHERINE MUNIZ DOCKET NO. JONATHAN MUNIZ NA-13357-9/10 Article 10 of the Family Court Act GUILLERMO MUNIZ Respondent SUMMONS CHILD NEGLECT CASE IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NOTICE: PLACEMENT OF YOUR CHILD IN FOSTER CARE MAY RESULT IN YOUR LOSS OF YOUR RIGHTS TO YOUR CHILD. IF YOUR CHILD STAYS IN FOSTER CARE FOR 15 OF THE MOST RECENT 22 MONTHS, THE AGENCY MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO FILE A PETITION TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND TO COMMIT GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD TO THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION. IN SOME CASES, THE AGENCY MAY FILE BEFORE THE END OF THE 15-MONTH PERIOD, IF SEVERE OR REPEATED CHILD ABUSE IS PROVEN BY CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE, THIS FINDING MAY CONSTITUTE THE BASIS TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND TO COMMIT GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD TO THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION. TO: GUILLERMO MUNIZ A Petition under ARTICLE 10 of the FAMILY COURT ACT having been filed with this court, and annexed hereto YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this Court at 151-20 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432, Part 10; On MARCH 2, 2011 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with Article 10 of the FAMILY COURT ACT. ON YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. BY ORDER OF THE COURT HON. JUDGE MARIA ARIAS JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT DATED: OCTOBER 22, 2010 FURTHER NOTICE Family Court Act (statute symbol) 154(c) provides that petitions brought pursuant to Articles, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the Family Court Act, in which an order of protection is sought or in which a violation of an order of protection is alleged, may be served outside the State of New York upon a Respondent who is not a resident of domiciliary of the State of New York. If no other grounds for obtaining personal jurisdiction over the Respondent exist aside from the application of this provision, the exercise of the personal jurisdiction over the respondent is limited to the issue of the request for, or alleged violation of, the order of protection. Where the Respondent has been served with this summons and petition and does not appear, the Family Court may proceed to a hearing with respect to issuance or enforcement of the order of protection.
mons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. VALERIE BRATHWAITE NELSON of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 15 th day of December, 2010 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 HWANG YOUNG KIM, CHANG KYU LEE A/K/A CHANG XYU LEE and HAE SOON YI dated the 17th day of March, 2006, to secure the sum of $600,000.00 and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000199491 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, on the 11th day of April, 2006; which mortgage was duly assigned by an assignment dated the 27th day of July, 2009, and sent for recording in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York. The property in question is described as follows: 46-47 162ND STREET, FLUSHING, NY 11358 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 5461 and Lot 13 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, designated by Lot Number 481 and 482 in Block Number 12 on a Map entitled, “Map of 1255 Lots belonging to William Ziegler situated in the Town of Flushing, Queens County, New York, surveyed November 1889 by G.A. Roullier, C.E. Flushing, L.I.” and filed in the Queens County Clerk’s Office on July 1, 1890 said premises being described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Easterly side of 22nd Street, now known as 162 nd Street, distant 234.18 feet Northerly from the Northeasterly side of 162 nd Street and Labumum Avenue; RUNNING THENCE Easterly 106.32 feet; THENCE Northerly 40.34 feet; THENCE Westerly 101.04 feet to 162 nd Street; THENCE Southerly along 162 nd Street 40 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 46-47 162 nd Street, Flushing, 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
LEGAL NOTICE 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 suchpromises 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 3, 2011 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 LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PATRIOT (2010) LLC. Application for Authority was filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/17/10. The LLC was originally filed with the Secretary of State of Delaware on 11/05/10. 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, 2 Galasso Place,
LEGAL NOTICE Maspeth, New York 11378. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _______________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of LET GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on July 30, 2010. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 15-24 201 ST Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: any lawful purpose ________________________________________________________________ SEVENTY TWO EQUITIES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/26/ 2010. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 80-74 209th St., Queens Village, NY 11427, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________ P&F Sheetmetal Works, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 10/5/2010 as P&F Mechanical, LLC. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 58-33 57 th Dr., Maspeth, NY 11378, which is also the address of the registered agent of the LLC, Douglas Drogalis, upon whom process against the LLC may be served. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________ PROBATE CITATION File No. 2009-5054/B SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of MAXINE PLANKARD SMITH, Deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead, their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, and JEANNE BASSETT PIROUTEK, RAE McHENRY RANDALL, MARY CASTILLO, *JOHN NOEL BRENNAND,* and QUEENS COUNTY PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR *adversely affected by codicil A petition having been duly filed by Edward L. Smith, who is domiciled at 34-20 79 th Street, Jackson Heights, New York 11372 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on February 17 2011, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Maxine Plankard Smith lately domiciled at 342 1 7 8 th S t r e e t , J a c k s o n Heights, New York, admitting to probate a Will dated August 28, 2007, (a Codicil dated August 21, 2009), a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Maxine Plankard Smith deceased, relating to real and personal property,
and directing that (x) Letters testamentary issue to: Edward L. Smith (State any further relief requested) Dated, Attested and Sealed DEC 16 2010 HON. ROBERT L. NAHMAN Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk Edward L. Smith Attorney for Petitioner (212) 4903340 Telephone Number Rockett & Smith LLP, 521 Fifth Avenue-17 th Floor, New York, New York 10175 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.] ________________________________________________________________ At an IAS Term Part 2 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York held in and for the County of Queens at the Supreme Courthouse at 8811 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on the 15 day of December 2010 INDEX NO: 28170/10 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE PRESENT: HON. ALLAN B. WEISS ANA M. CALIO, Plaintiff, -againstSAMUEL BREITER & CO., INC. and WANDA CLEMONS, CITY REGISTER QUEENS COUNTY Defendants. Upon reading and filing the annexed affirmation of Thomas E. Lee dated November 5, 2010, together with all prior papers and proceedings in this action and sufficient cause appearing, LET Defendants named in the above caption show cause before this Court at an IAS Part 2 to be assigned before the Honorable Justice Allan B. Weiss to be held at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on the 23 day of Feb 2011 at 9:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard why an Order pursuant to CPLR 316 should not be entered directing service of the Summons and Complaint herein upon Samuel Breiter & Co., Inc. by publication. LET service of a copy of this Order to Show Cause upon the Defendant, Samuel Breiter & Co., Inc. be made on or before 2/15/11 by publication pursuant to CPLR 316 in the Queens Tribune & Queens Ledger ENTER J.S.C. 12/15/10 ________________________________________________________________
not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff's Attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons exclusive of the date of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any manner other than by personal service 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. Venue is based upon the County in which the premises are situated. Dated: New York, New York October 27, 2010 LEE & KANE, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 2175 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11234 (718) 252-4467 The object of this action is to discharge of record a mortgage between Anna Calio and Samuel Breiter & Co. Inc. dated 9/ 20/89 in the amount of $78,000 and recorded on 9/ 20/89 in Reel 2876, Page 0149 with the NYC Register, Queens County which is a lien on the premises 94-42 134th Avenue, Ozone Park, New York, Block 11494, Lot 28 pursuant to RPAPL 1501(4) ________________________________________________________________
SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS DATE FILED: 11/15/10 INDEX NO. 28170/10 SUMMONS PLAINTIFF DESIGNATES QUEENS COUNTY AS THE PLACE OF TRIAL The basis of venue is County where real property subject matter is located Plaintiff resides at 9442 134th Avenue Ozone Park, New York ANA M. CALIO, Plaintiff, -againstSAMUEL BREITER & CO. INC. and WANDA CLEMONS, CITY REGISTER QUEENS COUNTY Defendants. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer, or if the Complaint is
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: EASTERN REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/03/10. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2110. 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, 37-08 Main Street, Suite 301, Flushing, New York 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation 494 Broadway, LLC art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 6/18/04. Off. Loc. In Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 4211 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation Camp Highlight LLC art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 8/ 23/10. Off. Loc. In Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: PO Box 5173, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 24745/09 AURORA LOAN SERVICES, LLC Plaintiff, vs. HWANG YOUNG KIM, CHANG KYU LEE A/K/A CHANG XYU LEE, HAE SOON YI, ET., AL Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 46-47 162ND STREET FLUSHING, NY 11358 SBL #: BLOCK 5461 LOT 13 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 3rd day of January, 2011, TO: HAE SOON YI, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Sum-
Beacon Parents Celebrate With The Kids
The Beacon Parents Forum Christmas party was held Dec. 20 at Trinity St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Maspeth. Everyone enjoyed a potluck dinner; the children per-
formed amazingly in an impromptu talent show and participated in an exciting raffle of prizes donated by local businesses.
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BID Adopts Families
Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson Councilman Eric Ulrich joined new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black on Monday for a tour of John Adams High School in Ozone Park. Along with Principal Grace Zwillenberg (l.) and other school officials, the Chancellor and Councilman visited various classrooms and learning communities including the College Summit Program, English as a Second Language and the school’s Virtual Enterprise Program.
This Old Bridge
On Dec. 21, the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District held its first Adopt-a-Family corporate breakfast program, at the JFK Corporate Square across from the Air Train Terminal in Downtown Jamaica. Featured-speaker Yvonne Reddick, Community Board 12 District Manager, and Simone Price, the Director of the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District, welcomed arriving guests to the breakfast.
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St. Agnes Santa
The sign on the Queensborough Bridge has been in place for a mighty long time. If it is renamed for former Mayor Ed Koch, who gets the bronze relic? Photo by Walter Karling
Assembly In Israel
Student Council members from Monsignor McClancy and St. Agnes High Schools hosted a Christmas party for the pre-K to 3rd grades of Corpus Christi School. The teens provided various activities for the youngsters including face painting, balloon-making, storytelling, coloring, singing, and playing various games. While McClancy’s band played, Santa and his elves came for a visit and provided treats for all.
New and returning Assembly Members Aravella Simotas, Grace Meng, Mike Den Dekker, Sheldon Silver, Jeff Aubry and Ed Braunstein enjoy a trip to Israel in December organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Corporate sponsors and recipients mingle for the camera: (Back Row) Joe Goldbloom from Councilman Leroy Comrie’s staff; sponsor Eon Parks; Linwood Smith of NYC Comptroller John Liu’s staff; George Taitt, Vice-President of Capital One Bank; Chris Neville; (Middle Row) Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick; Signature Bank Vice-President and Associate Group Director Elizabeth Forgione; Barbara Neville; Dominique Neville; Paradise Neville; Sutphin Boulevard Director Simone Price; (Bottom Row) Janiece Neville; Janaya Neville; and Jalilil Neville. The Nevilles are one of the program’s family recipients.
Recipient Mehki Littles playing with gifted toys with a program sponsor son Bryce Elliott and recipient Shawn Littles. Photos by Walter Karling
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EURO CRAFT DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION LLC, Articles of Org. filed N.Y. Sec. of State (SSNY) 8 th day of October 2010. Office in Queens Co. at 30-72 37 th Street, Astoria, New York 11103. SSNY desig. agt. Upon whom process maybe served. SSNY shall mail copy o f p r o c e s s t o 3 0 - 7 2 3 7 th Street, Astoria, New York 11103. Reg. Agt. Upon whom process may be served: Spiegel & Utrera, P.A., P.C. 1 Maiden Lane, NYC 10038 1 800 576-1100. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS: JONES V JONES SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF QUEENS, INDEX NO. 20747/10; CYNTHIA JONES, Plaintiff, — against- QUENTIN LAVAR JONES, Defendant, Summons and Notice in divorce action, venue based upon Plaintiff’s residence, cause of action is abandonment. You are summoned to appear in this action by serving a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney, Thomas P. McNulty, Esq., 347 5 th Avenue, Suite 310, New York, NY 10016 (212) 344-0272 within 30 days after service is completed and if you fail to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default. To the above named Defendant, this Summons is served upon you by publication by Order of Hon. Thomas D. Raffaele, a justice of this
court, granted on December 6, 2010. The nature of the ancillary relief demanded is: The Plaintiff may resume use of her maiden name, Cynthia McClough, or any other former surname. The Family Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court with respect to any future issues of maintenance and support. The provisions of DRL Section 236 Part B Section 2, and DRL Section 255 shall apply. The Court may grant such other and further relief as it may deem just and proper. The relief sought is a Judgment of Divorce. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation G.W. ACCOUNTING, LLC. Art of Org. filed with SSNY on 08/ 27/2008 Off. Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC 135-30 Roosevelt Ave., Ste 202, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of Connect Global, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on October 29, 2010. Office Located in Queens County. 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 to 41-25 Kissena Boule-
vard, Suite 119, Flushing, NY 11355-3150. ________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County, on the 10 day of December, 2010, bearing Index Number 118310, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11435-3710 in room 357, grants me the right, to assume the name of Joe Chou. My present address is 144-27 35 th Ave., Apt. #4F, Flushing, NY 11354; The date of my birth is March 13, 1953; The place of my birth is Seoul, South Korea; my present name is Hung Chuen Chou a/k/a Hungchuen Chou. ________________________________________________________________ 1059 Manhattan Avenue, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 9/27/10. 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, 60-43 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purposes. ________________________________________________________________ Name: M 309, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. Of State of NY 01/02/2003. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process
to THE LLC, 20-74 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. ________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: LCR 90 HOLDINGS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/18/10. 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 Catherine Romano, 147-19 8 th Avenue, Whitestone, New York 11357. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of Experienced Care Staffing, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/29/10. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Elaine Vinitsky, 7137 147th St., Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of SPARTAN GREEN LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/07/10. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 128-15 26th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. SSNY designated
as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Lowenstein Sandler PC, Attn: Daniel J. Barkin, Esq., 65 Livingston Ave., Roseland, NJ 07068-1791. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order granted by the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County, on the 3 day of December, 2010, bearing Index Number 1171/ 10, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435 grants me the right to, assume the name of Daniel Donghao Bin. My present address is 23-42 29 th Street, 2 nd Floor, Astoria, NY 11105; the date of my birth is January 28, 1987; the place of my birth is China; my present name is Dong Hao Bin a/k/a Donghao Bin. ________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of 3636 MAIN LLC. Arts. of Org. was filed with SSNY on 12/3/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process against may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The L L C , 2 1 5 - 0 6 4 9 th A v e , Bayside, NY 11364. Purpose: all lawful activities. ________________________________________________________________
tary of State of New York (SSNY) on 8/9/2010. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 160-20 79 Ave, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. ________________________________________________________________
Notice of Formation of BH Seven LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization was filed with Secre-
Notice of Formation of Sparklize U LLC, a limited liability company, d/b/a EMMIE’S. Articles of Organization was filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/6/10. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 111-74 42 nd Ave., Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.
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Moving Image's Glorious Reopening By DOMENICK RAFTER Covered in a coat of fresh white paint, matching the fre shly fallen snow, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday with twice the space, new state-of-the-ar t theaters and more exhibitions. The museum, located at 35th Avenue and 37th Street across the street from Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Frank Sinatra High School for the Ar ts, just completed a threeyear $67 million renovation that nearly doubled the size of the space. "The word of the day is 'more,'" said Carl Goodwin, director-designate of the museum. "More space, more programs, more exhibitions." The museum's original façade remains, but its extension is made up of hundreds of blue triangle panels that permit the museum to blend into the blue sky. For architect Thomas Leeser, being inside the museum was like "walking in renderings." "The ideas have become reality," he said. "I don't have to explain anymore. The structure speaks for itself." Rochelle Slovin, the museum's director and founder, called the ne w space a "great launching pad for all of [the museum]'s programs." The building's main entrance on 35th Avenue is decorated with large letters spelling out the museum's name. Inside the lobby,
(clockwise from l.) Pablo Valbuena’s Augmented Sculpture in the “Real Virtualit y” exhibit, famous movie masks in the “Behind The Scenes” exhibit, the museum’s new main entrance, a wall of video greets visitors in the lobby, the blue-lit entrance to the main theater, the stage of the main theater. a wall of video, nearly half the length of the building itself, greets visitors. The museum has expanded its "Behind the Scenes" collection, giving its visitors two
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The puppet used for Linda Blair’s charac ter in “The Exorcist.
The Museum’s new cafeteria overlooking the court yard. which seats 68, will also allow exhibitions for smaller crowds and be able to feature live musical accompaniment. The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and college students, $5 for children between ages 5 and 18, and free for museum members and ch ildren under 5. As part of it s grand reopening, the museum will feature a flur ry of events and exhibit ions in Januar y and February. For more information, go to the museum's website at movingimage.us. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400. Ext. 125.
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tasted of fresh vegetables and herbs. The highlight, though, was the Gnocchi in Veal Sauce, a recipe handed down from Babich’s grandmother. The ragout is infused with such a rich, meaty veal flavor – and chunks – that the gnocchi serve their per fect pur pose, to be the medium for the mouth-watering sauce. Moving on to our main dishes, we went classic nearly all the way. Eggplant For three generations, the Babich family Parmesan is served in a metal baking dish has been preparing delicious, homemade – so soft, so tender – and smothered with dishes on the corner of 10th Avenue and a house-made marinara and a slab of mozClintonville Street. Since 1939, The Clinton zarella. The Chicken Florentine, pieces of Restaurant has been using fresh ingredients to create some of their traditional favorites chicken breast served atop a bed of spinas well as unique treats. We had a chance to ach with mushrooms and that ubiquitous mozzarella, with a thick-cut stop in on a recent Friday night, RESTAURANT piece of prosciutto thrown in for and were not disappointed. good measure, was salty, rich and As we perused our menus, our earthy. friendly server rat tled off some And the steak – yup, an inchof the specials of the night and thick, no-frills Ne w York Strip – co-owner Bobby Babich dropped was served straight off a fire grill, in to say hello. After a quick chat with that crisp char on the outhe worked his way around the side so perfectly paired w ith the well-lit space replete with checkreddish pink interior. ered tablecloths, greeting reguFilled, we managed to save lars and newcomers alike. room for de sser t, wh ich i nClearly, there is a family atmosphere at The Clinton. People stop in cluded a lemon sorbet (in the lemon, of for a drink or just to say hello while others course), per fectly layered t iramisu and a fill the back room for a bir thday celebra- carrot cake that is a cream cheese-lover’s tion. Nobody feels left out, and nobody dream. Whitestone is known for its historic goes hungr y. We star ted our night w ith a few appe- Italian cuisine. The Clinton is clearly the tizers to share. The Caesar salad was a clas- granddaddy of them all. “The community sic done well, light on the dressing, heavier has helped us out a lot,” said co-owner on the Parmesan, with a nice lemon tang Ray Babich. “We’re preparing the food that gets lost or overwhelmed in some res- the way my father and grandfather did. taurants. Of the three soups we tried, the Every thing is fresh; ever y thing is homeLobster Bisque was the clear w inner, w ith made.” Go hungr y; bring a friend. Split a its rich sherry zing and velvety smooth texture. The Pasta Fagioli was rich in beans, couple of dishes. Enjoy! —Br ian M. Rafferty pasta and chicken bits, and the Minestrone THE CLINTON RESTAURANT 9-17 Clintonv ille St., Whitestone (718) 746-4800 CUISINE: Italian HOURS: Sun & Mon noon to 10 pm; Tue-Thu noon to 11 pm; Fr i & Sat noon to midnight PARKING: Street CREDIT CARDS: All Major
floors of more than 1,400 visual mementos like movie props, historic film equipment, movie and TV show memorabilia and even classic arcade and video games. The collect ion on display is only a small part of the museum's more than 100,000-item collection, which will allow items to be replaced by others in the collection, constantly changing what visitors will see. On the museum's thir d floor, a new exh ibit ion cal led Real Vir tualit y pre sent s boundar y-crossing experiments in real-time and ar t dimensions w ith unique works of ar t, some commissioned by the museum. When visitors ascend the stairs into the exhibition, they are greeted by Augmented Sculpture, a work by Spa nish ar t ist Pabla Valbuena, that projects light in different forms onto a three-dimensional object that could almost resemble a model of a Manhat tan skyscraper. On the second floor, the museum's new Video Screening Amphitheater hosts bench seating that doubles as steps toward the "Behind the Scenes" exhibition. Currently showing in the amphitheater is a piece called "Dolls and Dictators," inspired by the museum's collection of licensed film and television merchandise and created by Queens filmmaker and ar t ist Mar tha Coburn. In the rear of the museum will be a courtyard, to be completed in the spring, which will serve as more event space, and also the entrance for school groups. Previous to the renovation, the museum served more than 30,000 students both locally and globally a year, with a waiting list of many more. Now the museum will be able to serve twice that amount. The building has a dedicated entrance for school groups and will include lockers for students and dedicated introduction screening room and media labs that could hold multiple groups at one time. The crown jewel of the new museum is its 267-seat state-of-the-art theater. The theater features stadium seating and will be able to project in any film format; from 16mm to 70mm, and even 3-D digital. The theater also includes a stage for live speeches and an orchestra pit. "[The theater] gives us the opportunity to do so much in this room," Museum Board of Directors Chairman and former NBC CEO Herbert Schlosser said of the new theater. The museum's smaller screening room,
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REHEARSALS Saturdays, starting January 15 10am rehearsals at St. John’s Lutheran church in Richmond Hill for their Spring Concert. 516-2496553. EDUCATOR APPRECIATE Saturday, January 15 through Sunday, January 23 pre-K to grade 12 educators will enjoy special discounts at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. ORATORIO SOCIETY Mondays through April the Oratorio Society of Queens rehearses at the North Presbyterian Church. 279-3006.
DANCE COUNTRY WESTERN Saturday, January 22 San Antones perform. Saturday, February 12 Mary Lamont performs at the Valentine’s Day Dance. The NY Metropolitan Country Music Association. $12. Glendale Memorial Building, 72-02 Myrtle Avenue at 7:30. 7634328. ISRAELI FOLK Mondays 7:30-10:00 at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 18202 Union Turnpike. $10 session. 380-4145. LINE DANCING Mondays 6:30-9:30 at Kowalinski Post 4, 61-57 Maspeth Avenue. $7. Cake and coffee. 565-2259.
BEREAVEMENT New bereavement group forming at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 223 for information. P-FLAG Sundays, January 16, February 20, March 20 PFLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, meet in Forest Hills. 271-6663. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tuesdays the Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets. 917-612-3463. AUBURNDALE Tuesdays, Januar y 18, February 15, March 15 the Auburndale Improvement Association meets at St. Kevin’s Church, 45-21 194 th Street. Enter through parking lot. Meet neighbors and a d d re s s c o m m u n i t y c o n cerns. AMERICAN LEGION Tuesdays, Januar y 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15 Edward McKee Post 131 meets in Whitestone. 7674323. BEREAVEMENT Tu e s d a y, Januar y 18, Wednesday, February 2, Tuesday, Februar y 15 Bereavement Support Group at Holy Family Catholic Church, 175-20 174 th Street, Fresh Meadows t 7:30. 969-2448. WOMANSPACE Wednesdays Womanspace, a discussion group devoted to issues concerning women, meets 1-3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue. New members welcome. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesdays, January 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30 F l u s h i n g C a m e r a C l u b meets at Flushing Hospital at 7:15. 479-0643. TOASTMASTERS Wednesdays, January 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices of Rochdale
To a s t m a s t e r s C l u b i n J a maica. 978-0732. KNIGHTS OF PY THIAS Wednesdays, January 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16 Queensview Lodge 433 meets in Whitestone. 917754-3093. QUEENS CENTRAL ROTARY Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Come learn if Rotary is for you. 465-2914. BEREAVEMENT Thursday, January 20 The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation of Religion and Mental Health will start a bereavement group at Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing. 461-6393. STRONG WOMEN Thursday, January 20 SelfPampering Part 2: Setting Boundaries with the Strong Women’s Group at 2 at the LIC library. ADOPTION MEETING Thursday, January 20 Spence-Chapin International Adoption Meeting at the Forest Hills library at 6. FRIENDS OF RH Thursday, January 20 Friends of the Library meet at 6:15 at the Richmond Hill library. WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information. ST. ALBANS CIVIC Sundays, January 23, February 27, March 27 St. Albans Civic Improvement Association meets at St. Albans Lutheran Church, 200 th Street and 199 th Avenue in the undercroft at 1:30. JEWISH VETS Sundays, January 23, February 27, March 27 Jewish Wa r Ve te ra n s o f t h e U SA Lipsky/Blum Post meet at the Garden Jewish Center. 4634742.
FLEA MARKETS TALKS MYSTERY BOOK Saturday, January 15 Paranormal/Mystery Book Club meets at the LIC library at 3:30. MOVIES & MUSIC Monday, January 17 book discussion focused on titles with strong ties to music and movies. “Love Is A Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” will be discussed at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1766 0 U n i o n Tu r n p i ke , F re s h Meadows. LIC BOOK CLUB Tuesday, Januar y 18 “Cutting for Stone” will be discussed at 10 at the LIC library. LITERARY SOUP Thursday, January 20 book discussion at 6:30 at the Queens Village library. BAY TERRACE BOOK Friday, January 21 at the Bay Terrace library at 10:30. START A BUSINESS Saturday, January 22 Inform a t i o n o n St a r t i n g Yo u r Own Business at 3 at the Sunnyside librar y.
TREASURE SALE Saturday, January 22 9:303:30 and Sunday, January 23 11:30-3:30 Winter Treasure Sale and bake and book sale at Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 th Street, Richmond Hill
RELIGIOUS STORAHTELLING Saturday, January 15 translation and interpretation of Torah by means of original theatrical performance at the Re fo r m Te m p l e o f F o r e st Hills, 71-11 112 th Street from 9-10:30, preceding the Shabbat service. 261-2900. MLK JR. Sunday, January 16 Clergy United for Communit y Empowerment, Inc. presents a celebration service of commemoration for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 5 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 202-03 Hollis Avenue. TU B’SHEVAT Friday, January 21 at 7:30 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 th Street.
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ruary 3, 10, 17, 24 at 3 at the Arverne library. BOOK TALK Thursday, January 20 at the Poppenhusen library at 3:30. For grades 4-6. ARTS & CRAFTS Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 at the Auburndale library. GIRL SCOUTS Thursdays, January 20, February 3 at 4 at the Queens Village library. KIDS CLUB Thursday, January 20 at the Hillcrest library at 4:30. CHESS CLUB Fridays at the Poppenhusen library at 3:30. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays, January 21, 28 at the East Flushing library. Register. GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays at the Hillcrest library at 4. PLANT PROJECT Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11 Intergen-
erational Plant Project at the Hollis librar y. Register. GAMES Friday, January 21 at the Seaside library at 3:45. GAME TIME Fridays at the Windsor Park library at 4. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays, January 21, 28 at the Peninsula library at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18 at the Bayside library at 4. SNOW MOBILES Saturday, January 22 for those 8-12 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000 to register. YOUNG CHEFS Saturday, January 22 for those 7-11 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000 to register. FOOTPRINTS IN SNOW Saturday, January 22 for those 5-6 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register.
TEENS CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. TEEN TUTORING Saturdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Bayside library at 10. SCIENCE FAIR HOW TO Saturday, January 15 at the Ridgewood library at 1. MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Saturday, January 15 at the LIC library. Register. OPEN MIC Sunday, January 16 at the Central library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays, Januar y 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Hillcrest library at 3:30. CHESS & CHECKERS Tuesdays, Januar y 18, 25 at 4 at the LIC library DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Tuesdays, Januar y 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Baisley Park library. Register. SAT SECRETS Tuesday, Januar y 18 SAT Te st - Ta k i n g S e c r e t s w i t h Kaplan at 4 at the Kew Gardens Hills library. LEARN MAGIC Tuesday, January 18 at 4 at the Middle Village library. LAPTOPS Tuesdays, Januar y 18, 22, February 1, 8, 15 learn how to use a laptop at 4:30 at the Hollis library. SAT STRATEGIES Wednesday, January 19 at 4 at the Bay Terrace library with Kaplan. MEET A NOVELIST Wednesday, January 19 meet graphic novelist Neil Numberman at 4 at the Whitestone library. LAPTOPS Wednesdays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 learn how to use a laptop at 4:30 at the Hollis library. CHESS
Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. TEEN GAMES Wednesdays, January 19, 26 at the Central library at 4. GAME DAY Wednesdays, January 19, 26 at the St. Albans library at 4. TEEN GAME DAY Wednesdays, January 19, 26 at the Kew Gardens Hills library at 4:30. HISTORY OF CINEMA Wednesday, January 19 History of Cinema for Young Adults at 4 at the Steinway library. DRAMA POSSE Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 at the Hillcrest library at 3. GIRL SCOUTS Thursdays, January 20, February 3 at the Queens Village library at 4. LAPTOPS Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 learn how to use a laptop at 4:30 at the Hollis library. HAPPY HOUR Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 at the Flushing library at 3. GAME PLAYERS Fridays at the Hillcrest library at 2. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18 at the Bayside library at 4. GAMES Friday, January 21 at 3:45 at the Seaside library. PLANT PROJECT Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11 Intergenerational Plant Project at the Hollis librar y. Register. WII SPORTS Friday, January 21 Wii Sports Challenge at 4:30 at the Lefrak Cit y library. SCOUTING Join Scouting in Queens. 212-651-2897.
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QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. TEEN TUTORING Saturdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Bayside library at 10. ANIMAL CARE Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 23 for those 8-12 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000 to register. STORY TIME Saturday, January 15 story time featuring books that celebrate each person’s uniqueness and show how important it is to be a good friend at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. MLK JR. Saturday, January 15 program at the Central library beginning at 11:30. SCIENCE FAIR HOW TO Saturday, January 15 at the Ridgewood library at 1. MATH HELP Saturdays at the Flushing library at 10. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Central library at 11. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 weekly story times at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 1 7 6 - 6 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i ke , Fresh Meadows. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck lib ra r y. B r i n g n e e d l e s a n d yarn. HOMEWORK HELP Weekdays at the Lefrak Cit y library at 3. Call 592-7677 to confirm. NUTRITION WORKSHOP Tu e s d ay, J a n u a r y 1 8 f o r those 11-14 at the LIC library. Register. Also at the LIC library on Thursday, January 20. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesday s, Januar y 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 3:30 at the Hillcrest library. ACTING WORKSHOP Tuesday, January 18 at the Peninsula library. Register. CHESS & CHECKERS Tuesdays, January 18, 25 at the LIC library at 4. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Tuesday s, Januar y 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Baisley Park library. Register. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. CRAFTS Wednesday, January 19 at the Steinway library. Register. GAME DAY Wednesday, January 19 at the St. Albans library at 4. WINTER CRAFT Wednesday, January 19 at t h e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. KIDS KARAOKE Wednesday, January 19 at 4:30 at the Seaside library. AFTERSCHOOL TIME Thursdays, January 20, Feb-
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Queens Today EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS JIC JOB INFO Saturday, January 15 at the Central library at 11. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, January 15, 29, February 5, 19 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-4367940. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 8865236. PET OWNERS Sundays (not on holidays) from 1-4 free workshops on pet behavior at Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 454-5800. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. ADULT CHESS Mondays and Thursdays at the Queens Village library at 5:30. CREATIVE WRITING Monday, January 17 at the Seaside library at 2. POETRY WRITING Tu e s d a y, J a n u a r y 1 8 a t Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows at 7:30. INTRO EMAIL Tuesdays, Januar y 18, 25 at the Queens Village library. Register. BEGIN COMPUTERS Tuesday, Januar y 18 at the South Jamaica library. Register. CRAFT CLUB Tuesday, Januar y 18 at the LIC library at 1. INTRO MICROSOFT WORD Tuesday, Januar y 18 at the Maspeth library at 1. COMPUTER CLASS
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SENIORS FREE LUNCH Saturdays, January 15, February 19, March 19 at All Saints Church in Richmond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. AARP 4977 Wednesdays, January 19, February 16, March 16 the Corona/E. 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 . 458-7429. STARS Wednesdays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 10:30 at the Hollis library and Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:30 at the Queens Village library. Senior Theater Acting Repertory meets. WOMANSPACE Wednesdays Womanspace, a discussion group devoted to issues concerning women, meets 1-3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue. New members welcome. CLEARVIEW Thursday, January 20 blood pressure check at 9:15 and “Let’s Talk Travel” at 10:15. Friday, January 21 Current Events Discussion at 12:45. Friday, January 28 “The Bucket List” movie at 12:45. Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888.
Tuesdays, Januar y 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Arverne library at 10. COMPUTER CLASS Tuesdays at the Sunnyside library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays at the Windsor Park library at 2. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesdays at the East Flushing library at 3:30. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 200. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900. WATERCOLOR CL ASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. NOOK NIGHT Wednesday, January 19 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows at 7. INTRO EXCEL Thursday, January 20 at the Pomonok library. Register. QUILTING CLASSES
Thursdays 10-2 at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454 or 917817-8653 to register. CHESS CLUB Thursdays at the East Flushing library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Thursdays at the Fresh Meadows library at 6. KNITTING CLUB Fridays at the Maspeth library at 10. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. SCRABBLE Fridays Bananagrams and Scrabble at the Windsor Park library at 2:30. PLANT PROJECT Fridays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11 Intergenerational Plant Project at the Hollis librar y. Register. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Saturday, January 22 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Franklin Square. 516-872-8062. POETS Saturday, January 22 the Fresh Meadows Poets meet to discuss and critique their work at 10 at the Forest Hills library. US CITIZENSHIP Saturdays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12 Pathway to US Citizenship at 2:30 at the Jackson Heights library.
EXHIBIT QUEENS HISTORICAL Tu e s d ay s , S a t u r d ay s a n d Sundays 2:30-4:30 new exhibit “For Love of the Games: A History of Sports in Queens,” with other exhibits, “Unraveling History: Using Textiles to Date the Past,” “Kingsland: From Homestead to House Museum,” “Persistence: A Celebration of Landmarks in Queens – Past, Present, Future,” and “The Civil War’s La sting Memory.” Queens H i s to r i c a l Societ y at Kingsland Homestead, 1443 5 3 7 th a v e n u e , F l u s h i n g . 939-0647, ext. 17. $2 seniors and students, $3 adults. AMER. CIVIL RIGHTS Through Januar y “A Journey I Stone and Wood,” sculptures by Gladys Thompson Roth. February through April “Bindu Masks from the Imperato Collection.” February through June “QCC Art Gallery: 20 Years of Collecting.” May through June “Department of Art and Design’s Juried Student Exhibition.” QCC Art Gallery. 631-6396. NAL STUDENTS Through January 29 National Art League Students’ Art Exhibition at the league, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway.
DINNER SONS OF ITALY Friday, January 28 at Chateau Briand. 1-800-322-6742. Sponsored by the NYS Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. Order Sons of Italy in America.
Monday through Thursday 14 and weekends 1-3. Free. NY REGIONAL AESTHETICS January 29 through June 30 “ E x p re s s : Lo c a l / N ew Yo r k Regional Aesthetics” at the Queens College Art Center. 997-3770. FLUSHING COUNCIL Through September 2011 “Within the Emperor’s Gard e n : ” T h e Te n T h o u s a n d Springs Pavilion.” Through November 14 “Endangered Art/ists: China.” November 19 through January 7 “Korean Painting Exhibition: A Walk Through Nature.” Permanent displays include “Jazz Live!”, “Flushing Town Hall:” Fact or Folklore,” an historical exhibition on Flushing Town Hall and its place in history, “Legends of the Queens Jazz Trail” 463-7700. MANSHENG WANG February 8 through May 22 M a n s h e n g Wa n g : A rt a n d Artlessness at the GodwinTe r n b a c h Museum at Queens College. BAYSIDE HISTORICAL “The Castle,” “Native Bayside/Native Voice,” “If The Hat Fits,” “The Women of Bayside” and “Bayside Life” On the Edge of Modernity” are on display at the Bayside Historical Societ y, 352-1548. Tuesday-Sunday 11-4. $3 donation. LOUIS ARMSTRONG Guided tours at the Corona museum. $8 adults, $6 seniors, students. 478-8274. DOLL MUSEUM Wednesday through Saturdays tours at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454.
ENTERTAINMENT February 5 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. OLDIES DANCE-ORLEANS Saturday, February 12 St. Francis Prep Fathers’ Guild presents the 70s band Orleans (“Still the One”) with contests, dj, food and more. $35. 423-8810, ext. 324.
OPEN MIC POETRY Mondays, February 14, March 14 at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. TANGO BUENOS AIRES Sunday, February 20 at Queensborough Communit y College. 631-6311.
HEALTH CAREGIVER SUPPORT Queens Communit y House at 268-5960, ext. 226. Counseling, support groups, education, respite services, referral services, more. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS 7 days a week. 932-6244. WAITANKUNG Sundays at 2. Waitankung is a great total-body workout. Join these ancient Chinese exercise classes in the Flushing Hospital/Medical Center auditorium on 45 th Avenue between Parsons and Burling. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156 information. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5 a class. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT E ve r y Tu e s d a y We ste r n Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:30-6:30. 784-6173, ext. 431. ZUMBA Wednesdays the Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Cent e r , 1 3 - 0 0 2 0 9 th S t r e e t , bayside, will hold Zumba Fitness classes from 7:30-8:30. $8 members, $10 others. 428-6363. YOGA Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 6701695. $10 class. OA Thursdays at the Howard Beach library at 10:30. OA Fridays 6:30-8:30 at Unit y Center of Flushing, 42-11 1 5 5 th S t r e e t . S a t u r d a y s 10:30-noon at Resurrection Ascension, Feely Hall, 85-18 61 st Road, Rego Park. Beginners meeting except the last Friday of each month, which is a writing meeting. CO-DEPENDENTS ANON. Fridays 10-11:45 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral C e n t e r , 8 5 - 1 8 6 1 st R o a d , Rego Park. Women only. CANCER Sunday, January 23 Hope, Health and Prevention: Cancer and Our Communit y at 4 at the Jackson Heights library. ALZHEIMERS Tuesdays, Januar y 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. WELL SPOUSES Wednesdays, February 9, March 9 Well Spouses or Partners of the Chronically Ill and Disabled meet at 7 at St. Charles Rehab Center, 201 IU Willets Road, Albertson. Donation. 516829-8740. AL-ANON Sundays 7-8:15 pm at Sacred
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MLK JR. Saturday, Januar y 15 TriBoro Intergenerational Services of Jamaica invites all to an afternoon of reflections and entertainment at their annual celebration dedicated to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 2 at the Merrick Park Baptist Church, 120-02 Bishop Curtis G. Norton, Sr. Drive (Marsden Street), Jamaica. 276-5039 information. Free will offering. CON BRIO ENSEMBLE Saturday, January 15 at the Flushing library at 2., ASTRONOMY Saturday, January 15 from 7-9 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. $12 adult, $7 children. LAS POSADAS Saturday, January 15 Radio Jarocho celebrates Las Posadas at 3 at the Elmhurst library. AMERICAN HEARTLAND Saturday, January 15 Claremont Strings presents Music of the American Heartland at 3 at the Jackson Heights library. OPEN MIC Sunday, January 16 at the Central library at 2. MLK JR. Sunday, January 16 Clergy United for Communit y Empowerment, Inc. presents a celebration service of commemoration for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 5 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 202-03 Hollis Avenue. CON BRIO ENSEMBLE Sunday, January 16 at 4:30 at Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills. $12. GUITAR NIGHT Sunday, January 16 International Guitar Night at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064 tickets. MOVIE & TALK Mondays the Friends of Pomonok present a movie and discussion. Bring lunch. 1 at the Pomonok library. BINGO Tuesdays at 7:15 at American Mart yrs Church, church basement, 216-01 Union Tu r n p i k e , B a y s i d e . 4 6 4 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d ay s at 7:15 (doors open 6) at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.$3 admission includes 12 games. CON BRIO ENSEMBLE Saturday, January 22 at 2 at the Langston Hughes library. CONCERTI Sunday, January 23 young virtuosi take the stage to perform a program of concerti with orchestra. All ages. 9973888. GOLDILOCKS Saturday, January 29 Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. BACK TO THE 60S Saturday, January 29 Ron Dante, Sonny Geraci and Dennis Tu fano per form at Queensborough Communit y College. 631-6311. COFFEEHOUSE
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Pictured l. to r.: Vocation Chairman Frederick R. Bedell Jr.; William P. Fitzgerald; Seminarian Christopher Baer; Grand Knight Neal Fenton; (back row) August Randazzo (l.) and Mike Proto. On Dec. 14, St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council No. 5911 presented a Seminarian named Christopher Baer with a check for $500. This will help him with his expenses and the group will continue its donation every year until he finishes his studies for the priesthood. He is now enrolled at the seminary in Douglaston at the Immaculate Conception. Christopher Baer is a graduate of St. John’s University and has lived in Flushing. He had been working in the business world for a time but then decided his vocation in life was to become a priest.
Councilman Mark Weprin recently volunteered with Big Apple Greeters, serving as a New York City tour guide to visitors Lisa Oxborough, a financial advisor, and her husband Andrew, a postman. Lisa and Andrew are from St. Neots, in Cambridgeshire, England. Big Apple Greeter is an organization that has over three hundred volunteer Greeters who each year bring approximately 7,000 visitors to over 100 neighborhoods throughout the City. The organization provides the greeters free of charge. The Greeter for a Day program, launched in 2008, matches New
York elected officials, corporate leaders and celebrities with global visitors to experience New York through the eyes of real New Yorkers. Weprin was motivated to become a Greeter for a Day because of his own experiences traveling abroad. “Everywhere we went, people were so nice,” he said. “New Yorkers have an unfair image that they are not friendly and hospitable,” he added. “I wanted to do my own myth-busting, and Big Apple Greeter seemed like a great way to do my own part.” The young couple, who were in New York City for the first time on Andrew’s birthday, met with Greeter Barbara Tomanelli at their hotel; they then traveled downtown for a walk through lower Manhattan with Weprin. Coming from his office near City Hall, Weprin met the group at the 9/11 Memorial Visitor Preview Site on Vesey Street, where he explained what it was like to be in New York City on and soon after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He then escorted the Oxboroughs across Vesey Street to St. Paul’s Chapel, which opened in 1766 and is the oldest building in continuous use in New York City. The church building played an important role in the aftermath of Sept. 11, serving as the site of a very active relief ministry for rescue workers. Leading the group further south, Weprin explained to the Oxboroughs how the part of Broadway known as the Canyon of Heroes has been the site of many parades, and pointed out sidewalk markers commemorating the many famous people – including Queen Elizabeth II, President John F. Kennedy, the New Yankees, and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, who participated in the parades. Along
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Takiya Roebuck, working with customers, dishes out fashion advice for Macy’s clientele, hoping to make the world a little more chic. “I love it,” Takiya said of her Queens department store gig. “It gives me the opportunity to give my input to people who don’t know a lot about fashion.” And as a model, Takiya is trying to not just recommend the fashion, but set it. From a young age, as the daughter of a fashion designer, Takiya became interested in modeling. The combination of fashion and her knack for dancing drew her towards the limelight. Her first modeling gig – after being scouted by the California based clothing company “I Love Being Black” — helped her modeling career take off. As a model, she believes her dance experience will Takiya Roebuck help her land future Home: Rosedale gigs, while developing Age: 20 a career that will eventually migrate onto Height: 5' 2'’ television. Weight: 118 lbs Look to the stars Stats: 34-25-36 Takiya, we can’t wait NYPhotoByNick to see ya’.
Slight Delay The fuselage of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, the infamous flight that left LaGuardia Airport on Jan 15, 2009 only to end up in the Hudson River after migrating Canada Geese got sucked into the Airbus A320’s engines on takeoff, has spent the last two years in a New Jersey warehouse. Now ‘Sully’ Sullenberger's plane will find a permanent home, but not here in Queens where the flight originated, but rather at the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Flight 1549 will finally arrive in
Flight 1549 takes the highway to New Jersey Charlotte in the spring, almost two and a half years after it left LaGuardia.
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Lancing Foxes Assemblyman Rory Lancman took on the Fox Business News goon squad in a knockdown, drag-out fight last week, and never lost his cool. With New York State’s temporary surcharge (Albany doublespeak for tax) on the wealthy set to expire this year, British blowhard Stuart Varney arRory Lancman keeps a smile on his face as he gued – in his signature paternalistic enters the Fox wolf den. way – that any extension should crash and burn to promote economic growth. Lancman disagreed. When the token female panelist pointed to anecdotal evidence of at least five of her friends, and five hedge funds, moving to Connecticut to escape the state’s taxes, Lancman said, “But, we in government don’t deal in anecdotes, we deal in data,” explaining that New York State raises $4 billion per year on the surcharge, at a time when the state is facing a $10 billion deficit. There Rory goes, trying logic on Fox!
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dehe’s somethin’ funny about the way folks from Queens tawk? Well that’s the least we can take away from a recent tongue-incheek article about Queens native and now-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “accent.” “Mr. Cuomo takes to a bigger political stage, his accent will be on conspicuous display: the nasally vowels, the occasional dropped ‘r’ and perhaps a few signature sounds like ‘kawh-fee’ or ‘ar-unge,’” the paper wrote. Memo to the Times: We’re not sure how people talk in your hoitytoity Manhattan offices, but we don’t hear no stinkin’ accent.
Mario’s Queens kid Andy, you keep tawkin’ tough and refawm Albany, and pretty soon the whole state’ll be imitatin’ you.
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Hall of Fame By the time his career made a pit stop in Queens, Roberto Alomar’s bat had lost some of its pop and his leather some of its flash, but not once did you doubt his skills. In his second year of eligibility Alomar achieved every little leaguer’s dream; he was elected to Roberto the Baseball Hall Alomar of Fame. Though Alomar’s stint with the Mets only produced a batting average of .254 in 2002, in his heyday, he amassed 10 Golden Gloves and 12 All-Star appearances. Congratulations, Mr. Alomar. We’re thinking of even forgiving you for that comment you made about the umpire’s son.
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