Vol. 41, No. 3 Jan. 20-26, 2011
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More than 700 schools across the City, including at least 130 in Queens, may contain aging fluorescent lighting units laden with PCBs, the toxin that shut down nearly a dozen classrooms in Staten Island last week. By Jessica Ablamsky…Page 18
Clockwise from top l.: Flushing High School, IS 125 in Woodside, PS 154 in Fresh Meadows and JHS 157 in Rego Park are among the hundreds of schools with aging equipment that may contain PCBs.
Reborn Cosmos Want To Bring Soccer To Boro
Sikhs Cautioned To Expect Search On All Trips
Longtime GOP District Leader Adams Dies
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Pro Soccer League Eyeing Boro Home By JOSEPH OROV IC A perfect fútbol storm appears to be brewing, one which could make Queens the center of the United States' soccer universe. Major League Soccer, the country's leading professional soccer league, has named our borough as the desired location of its next expansion franchise. Alongside the league's overtures to Queens, the storied New York Cosmos soccer club has been rejuvenated and is setting up roots in the borough specifically to meet MLS's desires. "We believe Queens would be an excellent location for a soccer stadium because of several factors: public transportation, demographics, proximity to other sports venues and a geographic balance to our existing team in the New York market, which is west of Manhattan," said MLS spokesman Will Kuhns. Ready to meet the call for the 20th MLS franchise and City's second soccer club, a conglomerate of mostly British soccer gurus bought the rights to the Cosmos franchise for $2 million. They are making a high-profile splash within the soccer universe while also embedding themselves in Queens.
so much to me," Pelé said. "The return of the New York Cosmos will inspire footballers in this country, and embrace people around the world who love this beautiful game as much as I do." The Cosmos, at this point a free radical unaffiliated with any league, announced a partnership with the borough's 60-year-old youth soccer club BW Gottschee, creating The Cosmos Academy. They also acquired the Copa N.Y.C. tournament, which is hosted annually in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Arguably the most difficult step for the Cosmos will be securing a home within the borough. But according to Byrne, the club's Vice Chairman, the Mets' Wilpon family appears willing to help. Rumors of the Wilpons bringing an expansion soccer franchise to the borough have been swirling for years. The Cosmos' resurgence could serve as a means to fulfill that goal. "That's where the partnership is: We'll bring the team and they'll bring the stadium, effectively," Byrne said. "That's the ideal scenario." He added an ideal stadium size would be between 30,000 and 40,000 seats.
Published reports state the league hopes to have a new franchise up and running by 2013. Kuhns was unwilling to commit to a timeline, as much has to happen first. Namely, should MLS go forward with its intentions, it would first require a familiar discussion for borough residents: a new stadium. But plans are far from fruition; definitive ideas like exact location and size of the stadium are not even on the table, according to Kuhns. Those plans are largely sorted out in the early stages of a club's conception - a stage the Cosmos are currently navigating. Its board and preliminary investors include British soccer club Tottenham Hotspur's former Vice Chairman Paul Kemsley and David Beckham's once-manager Terry Byrne. The Cosmos announced their rebirth on Aug. 1, 2010 in dramatic style, with the appearance of former Cosmo and Brazilian soccer legend Pelé at Flushing Meadows Corona Park during halftime of the local Copa N.Y.C. tournament. "As global ambassador for the game, and as Honorary President of the New York Cosmos, it's a great privilege to be able to give back to the future of the sport that gave
The Cosmos appear to be banking on a heavy dose of star power. But whereas their 1970s incarnation put great players on the field, version 2.0 has them lining the front office. The club has locked in U.S. soccer star Cobi Jones as Associate Director of Soccer, drawing the attention of domestic fans. On Tuesday, it announced the hiring of Manchester United great Eric Cantona as its Director of Soccer. But its biggest star may be waiting in the wings in the form of soccer's most recognizable player and Byrne's friend, David Beckham. The England midfielder has an option to buy into an expansion franchise at the end of his contract with MLS club the L.A. Galaxy. Byrne denied Beckham has expressed interest in the Cosmos franchise. But Chairman and CEO Kemsley has not quieted the rumor mill, with his promises of big announcements coming throughout the year. Given the fledgling club's already hefty soccer pedigree, could the borough possibly stop a two-headed Beckham/Wilpon hydra? Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
Sikhs Cautioned Over ‘Random’ Air Searches By JOSEPH OROV IC The skies remain any thing but friendly for the Sikh community months after a national uproar over enhanced pat-downs and full body scanners largely subsided. An alert sent by the Sikh Coalition lays out the procedure members of the community can expect - and tips. But the gist is rather simple: If you wear a turban, be ready to undergo an additional search. "Sikhs should now expect to be secondarily screened 100 percent of the time at American airports, even after passing through so-called Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines," the coalition said. "Although [the
treated differently." Singh and his wife underwent a pat-down recently, when they opted out of an AIT scan in San Francisco International Airport. They nearly missed their flight. According to the Coalition's aler t, turbans fall outside the definition of clothing that fits the "natural contours" of a body. "Your turban must first go through a patdown (either self-administered or administered by a TSA screener) to scan for nonmetallic threat items," the Coalit ion's aler t said. "After this procedure is finished, your turban will now also be subjected to a handheld metal detector wand search to scan for metallic threat items." Even after the pat-down, the additional metal detector screenings can spell trouble. TSA agents test the hands of passengers after a self-pat-down, checking for explosives. The Sikh Coalition recommends all flyers wash their hands before going through security. Tales of screenings from members of the Sikh community involve uniform complaints questioning the balance between maintain-
Transportation Security Administration] publicly asserts on its Web site that such machines can see through 'layers of clothing,' the TSA has made clear in both word and practice that such machines are not powerful enough to see through Sikh turbans." It has become a common source of dismay among the borough's Sikh community, who believe they are being unfairly targeted and degraded by the process. "We have to go through this three-step dance," said Hansdeep Singh, senior staff at torne y of United Sikhs. "We're put in a situation where we can't win. We understand about security, but we don't want to be
grilling of city agencies and the Mayor's administration played a major role in get ting to the bottom of why the city's response was so poor. Bloomberg touted the success of his administration's swift and efficient effort in cleaning up last week's more minor frosting. "Each time we'll get bet ter and bet ter," said Bloomberg. "You can always do a better job." Though not everyone who saw the mayor in Astoria last week was as full of praise for the cit y's clean-up effort, they seemed to agree that it was an improvement. "This time they had a sense of urgency," said Marc Witz, as he waited for the Q69 which never showed Dec. 26. "You can't compare the two storms," said Ashley Meizlik. "But this time the streets were plowed, buses showed up and were on time." Borough residents will be able to share their snow-related concerns and voice their opinions at a public hearing at noon Friday, Jan. 21, in Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. Reach Intern Jason Banrey at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.
Members of the Sikh communit y, which number in the thousands in Queens, are being cautioned that they will be “randomly’ searched at airports 100 percent of the time.
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By JASON BANREY Last week's nine-inch snow storm didn't hold a candle to the paralyzing Dec. 26 blizzard that shut down the city, leaving many areas of Queens inaccessible. Last Wednesday, the day after the City Council's seven and a half hour Blizzard Re s p o n s e H e a r i n g , C o u n c i l m a n Pe t e r Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) met with Mayor Mike Bloomberg in Astoria. Vallone had been one of the first from the Council to yell about the slow or non-existent snow removal from the blizzard, announcing on Facebook the day the storm ended that it was clear no plows had been out in his district. This time around, the snow was cleaned up in a timely ma nner. The meeting was Vallone's first oppor tunity to address Bloomberg face-to-face since the blizzard, and he pointed out the visible black top along Steinway Street. Vallone said it was a remarkable difference from how the Bloomberg administration handled the December blizzard cleanup. "Th is is what we expect," Vallone said. "[The Bloomberg administration] learned from its mistakes." Vallone believes the Cit y Council's swift
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ing one's dignity and national security. Harpreet Singh Toor, former City Council candidate, underwent a pat-down in San Francisco as well, after leaving loose change in his pocket. The ensuing metal detector beeping set off what Singh Toor claimed was a very vocal and public singling out, as TSA agents directed him to a very public pat-down. They did not offer the option of removing the change and giving the metal detector another go. "You feel like it's the intent ional, deliberate dehumanization of the person," he said. The Sikh Coalition's aler t reminds travelers they can always refuse an AIT screening, and administer their own turban patdown. They also recommend any traveler who feels they were subject to profiling or were searched outside of standard procedure to get the officer's name and badge number, then repor t the incident in detail to them or the TSA directly. Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
Condo Sales On Trial By JOSEPH OROVIC The landscape of Flushing’s real estate market, and Sky View Parc in part icular, rests in the hands of a judge. The outcome of a case brought before a federal appeals court in lower Manhat tan on Jan. 10 would allow buyers at the monolithic development on College Point Boulevard to back out of their signed agreements and recoup thousands of dollars in deposits. It could also hollow out what are already arguably lackluster sales figures at what was once considered the crown jewel project of Muss Development. A separate suit filed by nearly 100 buyers at Sky View Parc seeks to negate their contract s for 41 units. And t heir at torney, Adam Leitman Bailey, does not lack confidence. “I have 100 ways to win,” he said. The plaintiffs’ suit against the Sky View’s de facto developer Related Companies claims the company did not follow the protocols of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ISLA). The archaic law was initially writ ten to stymie hollow promises by developers in the Sout hwe st’s de ser t plai ns a nd Flor ida marshe s. Later cour t r ulings threw condo buyers into the same pool of real estate buyers, giving Bailey’s clients grounds for their suit. Related denied any wrongdoing, claiming it followed the let ter of the law. “The allegations are totally without merit and we expect the suit to eventually be dismissed by the cour ts,” said a spokeswoman for Related. “We have met and will continue to meet our contractual obligations to our purchasers.” Bailey disagrees, claiming the project’s developers fell short of several requirements
wit hin the law, i ncluding registering the project with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and giving buyers written disclosure about the project. Sources within the community say the outcome of the suit could set the tone for a struggling condo market brought about by stricter lending standards and a cooling of the once-white hot real estate market. That same downturn has led some to lambaste the suit in published reports as a ploy to get out of real estate investments that have gone sour. Bailey denied the claim outright. “Ask the thousands of New Yorkers [who dealt with new developments that went awry]; ask them how impor tant the disclosure is,” he said. Related believes the suit will have little to no effect on Sky View Parc’s sales. “We expect the closing process to reach its full pace this month, following closing notices which were first sent out in midDecember,” the company’s spokeswoma n said. “The lawsuit will have no impact on the viability of the project, which continues to move forward according to schedule or on the continued sales effort.” The company has brought on lenders familiar with the neighborhood, and is on the verge of receiving approval from Fannie Mae, the spokeswoman added. The company expects to actually increase prices on its units this year. Bailey, however, feels a jury trial will not be necessar y, and filed for a summary judgment which would lead to a quick resolution. “I think we’re going to win on the merit of the law,” he said. Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at email@example.com, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
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Shooting Leads To Call For Gun Bill By DOMENICK RAFTER Gun control has re surfaced as a political issue in the wake of the massacre in Tucson that killed six and left more than a dozen others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), injured. In response to the shooting, Giffords' colleague, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) reintroduced legislation that would close the so-called "fire sale loophole," which allows people whose gun sale licenses have been revoked for breaking federal law to keep their guns for "personal collections," allowing them to sell guns outside of federal oversight. "It's clear that Congress must close troubling loopholes in federal gun control laws that let firearms fall into the hands of convicted felons, fugitives, domestic violence perpetrators and severely emotionally disturbed individuals," said Ackerman. "Every gun sold should require a background check, period." According to Ackerman, gun dealers who have had their licenses revoked and are allowed to keep guns for "personal collections" have been selling their weapons without conducting any FBI background checks or proper record keeping on potential buyers because the seller is no longer considered a licensed dealer. This loophole, he said, has led to thousands of guns being purchased by individuals who never had a background check, with some weapons being used in deadly shootings. The bill would not ban dealers whose licenses have been revoked from owning guns, rather make it a crime for them to sell them or manufacture them for sale. The bill, called Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act, is supported by Mayor Mike Bloomberg. "We need common-sense, effective poli-
cies to close gaps in the background check system and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people," Bloomberg said. "The Firesale Loophole is one of those dangerous gaps. Pharmacists who lose their licenses can't sell prescription drugs to people without prescriptions, yet gun dealers who lose their licenses can sell off their inventor y - w ithout even conducting background checks." Ackerman introduced the bill last July, but it was referred to the Judiciar y Commit tee without any further act ion. At the time, it had 25 cosponsors, all Democrats,
including U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (DAstoria) and Anthony Weiner (D-Kew Gardens). The bill faces a tough climb in the GOP-led House of Representatives. Ackerman's bill is one of a handful of gun control legislation introduced since the Tucson shoot ing on Jan. 8. Also since the shooting, a number of threats made against members of Congress have come to light as well, including a series of harassing phone calls to Ackerman's Bayside office that led to the arrest of a Hicksville man last week. Nassau County Police went to the home of James Guarnaccio, 55, after he made a
series of harassing and threatening phone calls to Ackerman's office between Christmas and New Years, before the Tucson shooting. Police warned him to stop calling or he would be arrested. After police left, Guarnaccio made at least seven more calls to Ackerman's office, threatening law enforcement. He was arrested the next day and taken to Nassau County Medical Center for evaluation, where he was arraigned last weekend on charges of aggravated harassment. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Storied GOP Gal Adams Dies By DOMENICK RAFTER Marguerite "Marge" Adams, the "Granddame of the Queens Republican Party," passed away on Jan. 10 at the age of 92. The Virginia-born Glendale resident served as state committeewoman for three decades, most recently in the 38th Assembly District covering Glendale, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Woodhaven and parts of Ozone Park. "Marge Adams served her community, her country and the Republican Party for a lifetime and her contributions cannot possibly be overstated," said Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa. Her involvement with politics began when she was recommended to fill the State Committeewoman's position in what was then the 30th Assembly District. She was subsequently elected to serve for more than 30 years as State Committeewoman District Leader. During that time she was President of Old
Glory Republican Club, Middle Village Republican Club and the Woman's Republican Club of Queens, as well as a member of the Rego Hills Republican Club. Adams rose to serve as Vice Chairperson of the Queens County Executive Committee with Sheldon Farbus, and most recently, as Vice Chairperson with Senator Serphin Maltese under chairman Phil Ragusa. She also worked for the Board of Elections for 17 years, retiring as Deputy Chief Clerk. Outside of politics, Adams was involved in education. She joined the PS 91 Mother's Club, serving as Secretary, Treasurer and President and later served on the boards of Newtown High School, Richmond Hill High School and the Queensboro Federation of Parents Clubs, where she held the positions of Treasurer and Director. She was appointed to Local School Board 24 and later elected to the position, serving eight years as Secretary and
Zoning Chairwoman. Also active with Girl Scouts, she held the position of District Finance Chairwoman, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the organization. She later became Deputy Commissioner of the Greater Girl Scouts Council. Adams was also active with the Flushing Council, Long Island Federation of Women's Clubs, Past President Association, Glenridge Senior Center, Middle Village Library Association, Steuben Society, and Treasurer and President of the Board of Directors of the Glenridge Senior Center Multi-Service and Advisory Center, Inc. In lieu of flowers, Adams' family asked donations be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave., 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10001 Attn: Donations. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400 Ext. 125
Centenarian Looks Back At Her Years “Unplug yourselves and enjoy everything life has to offer. Because before you know it you'll be old.”
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By JASON BANREY "She took care of me since I was a baby," Farmland dominated Briarwood when Killian's son said. "Now I feel it's time for Beatrice Killian moved into the neighbor- me to take care of her. I can never let her hood in 1944. Leaving the growing metropo- go." lis of Manhat tan, Killian chose the green Their relationship has matured over time pastures of Queens and never left. and Killian could not imagine spending her For almost seven detime with anyone else. cades she witnessed the "I'm for tunate to have evolution of the area, my son," said Killian as she watch ing apar tment smiled, adoringly looking buildings rise above her over at her son. "I couldn't three-stor y home, bringhave a bet ter son, believe ing life and company to it or not." the once rural area she Killian believes there is calls home. no secret to aging grace"The community has fully and stresses that changed," said Killian. today's youth should get "But Queens is still the most of life while they alright." can. Celebrating her 100th "I went along in life like birthday at the beginning - Beatrice Killian e v e r y o n e e l s e , " s a i d of the month, Killian enKillian. "Before I knew it I joyed the festivities with got old." family and friends who Despite suffering from came to celebrate her once-in-a-lifetime mile- minor illnesses, Killian looks forward to getstone. ting out in warmer weather and having a Born to Czech immigrants in 1911, meal at her family favorite Czech restaurant Killian is the eldest surviving child of seven. in Astoria. Raised in the Upper East Side of ManhatAlthough her doctor holds her to a strict tan, Killian became an office administrator, diet, Killian will make the most of her oncetaking in the pleasures of life during a time in-a-while dining experience, enjoying hershe calls the "good ol' days," before having self, devouring what she wishes. her only son, Ed. Killian's advice for the internet generaIn an age when many families seem to t ion: "Unplug yourselve s and enjoy everyfind it easy to part with their aging rela- thing life has to offer. Because before you t ives, put t ing them into nursing home s, know it you'll be old." Killian's son believes he owes it to himself Reach Intern Jason Banrey at and his mother to be there for her now more firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357than ever. 7400, Ext. 128.
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Priority No. 1 The Department of Education has known for at least a year - if not much longer than that - that hundreds of schools across the City have aging infrastructure that, given the right circumstances, can create a toxic environment for school children. And what have they done? They've worked with the EPA to get the federal agency to say that light ballasts that date prior to 1979, that are located in schools, need to be replaced. The EPA says that if the ballasts that contain PCBs are not leaking, they can simply be removed or replaced - at a cost. If they are leaking, they could be exposing our kids to toxins and must be destroyed in special incinerators or placed in specific landfills that can handle the poison that leaks out. And of course, all of this costs money. The DOE has made expansion of classrooms its No. 1 capital cost, unwilling in many cases to fix up a lunchroom or add a gym unless the project involved adding classroom seats. With some of the most crowded schools in the City, we've been thankful for that focus. Now they need to focus on this. This risk of exposure must be eliminated immediately. The solitary incidents in Staten Island are just the beginning. A full inspection of school facilities is underway, and the results could be frightening. We need to be sure our kids are safe. This must be the DOE's top priority.
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Thanking Dee Richard To The Editor: After almost single-handedly arranging the very successful Dec. 29 “Salute To Senator Frank Padavan,” I was amazed to read a diatribe from a Larry Penner, denouncing Dee Richard for her efforts to show the appreciation by hundreds of people for Padavan’s representation of the local community for 38 years. (Penner isn’t even a New York City resident, but lives in Great Neck, Nassau County, yet sees fit to attack Dee for her voluntary work in our area). In his letter, Penner states checks were to be made out to “D. Richard,” implying Dee would somehow personally profit from the event, rather than correctly saying checks were to be written to “D. Richard for 12/ 29/10 Celebration,” to be deposited to the account only for the party expenses. Further, Penner criticizes using what he calls “posh Leonard’s of Great Neck,” in his hometown and appears ignorant of the reality that Leonard’s was selected as it was the only place available, on very short notice, that had both sufficient space for hundreds of guests and ample parking for all cars.
As someone who attended the Dec. 29, 2010 tribute, I think all of us in Northeast Queens owe a debt of gratitude to Dee Richard for her extraordinary work in creating this fitting “Thank You” to Padavan. Frank Skala, East Bayside Homeowners Association, Inc., Bayside
Albany Reform To The Editor: In describing New York State as "A T r o u b l e d S h i p O f S t a t e , " Michael Schenkler is right on the mark, echoing The Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law which has rated the New York State Legislature as the worst in the nation, and justifiably so. (Cuomo Takes The Helm Of A Troubled Ship Of State, Jan. 6-12). If Gov. Cuomo is serious about Albany reform, a good beginning is to recognize the people of this state have for too long been disenfranchised from any meaningful representation in Albany. It is true we elect state senators and assembly persons from our respective districts, but for whatever the reasons the majority have defaulted on their obligations to their
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constituents and act as feudal serfs to the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker, with the result the state is run by just three people, the Governor, Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the Assembly, in what passes as a charade of public service. A case in point is Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, who has held that position ad infinitum and ad nauseam courtesy of his subservient democratic colleagues. In addition to his "full time" job as Assembly Speaker, Silver is also a member of a well known personal injury law firm doing what is unknown and at what salary is also unknown. If Cuomo really wants reform, I challenge him to begin by addressing the following: 1. Rules should be enacted that limit an Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader to two four-year terms. 2. After serving two terms as a state senator, recently indicted Pedro Espada will receive about a $9,000 annual pension for life, apart from whether he is or is not guilty of the crimes charged. A pension based upon such limited service is outrageous and legislation should be enacted that no state elected person should receive a taxpayer pension or any other benefits unless he or she has served a minimum of 10 years in office and benefits should take into account such limited service. 3. State legislators should be considered a full time job, and members should be prohibited from engaging in any other for-pay activities. I am sure they are currently well paid, but if not, increase their pay, but with no other jobs permitted. 4. In the absence of prohibiting other for-pay activities, state legislators - like United States Senators - should be required each year to list all outside paid for activities, the amounts paid and by whom. Benjamin M. Haber, Flushing
School Counselors To The Editor: As a candidate for a masters in School Counseling at Lehman College at the City University of New York, I find it encouraging that the article "Inequality Reigns on Gothic Drive," in the Jan. 6 edition of the Queens Tribune makes the observation that it would be difficult to boost graduation rates at Jamaica High School while cutting the number of guidance counselors. School counselors play an important position in school reform, closing of achievement gaps and students' lives that are often overMarcia Moxam Comrie, Contributing Editor Reporters: Sasha Austrie, Harley Benson, Joseph Orovic, Domenick Rafter, Jessica Ablamsky
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The Right Choice To The Editor: Choice: life is full of choices, both bad and good. America had to make a choice after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April 1968. It was to either to embrace revenge or tolerance; we choose the latter. The same choice was faced by the nation before and during the Civil War, when the country was divided between north and south, brother and father. President Lincoln spoke to unite the country by reminding Americans of their patriotism to one another. So, too, must we remind ourselves of such lessons. To turn away from hate, anger, and especially revenge, whether it be by an act of violence or hurling a loud but false accusation. We are better than this because we are the United States of America. We have come too far and sacrificed too much blood and lives to forsake the warning of President Lincoln: "A house divided cannot stand." I am glad that President Obama subtly was able to bring up the "hate speech" that so many Americans, including myself, initially thought was the source of the gunman's motive for the Jan. 8 shooting. The president confirmed that no link has been made between the angry words from conservative political commentators from either 24-hour cable TV news or radio talk show hosts. However, I love how President Obama, towards the end of his speech, spoke about how we should honor both the victims and heroes of this tragedy by making an America that is civil again. From the ashes of pain will return the beauty of the U.S. democratic rights of freedom of speech and the right to assembly - where everyone can discuss their own ideals without fear of physical or public revenge, especially with social media on the internet. Only by all of us finally coming Alan J. Goldsher Advertising Director Shelly Cookson Corporate & Legal Advertising Account Executives Tony Nicodemo Joanne Naumann Earl Steinman Larry Stewart Shari Strongin
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together, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives, liberals as well as progressives, libertarians, and independents; will the United States of America ever have a shot of living free - free of fear, hate, and violence. Michael Villacres, Queens Village
Lacking Quality To The Editor: The article in your Jan.13 edition, "Lancing Foxes" [on the QConfidential page], was a little surprising to me. Not the intent but rather the "tone." Language such as "goon squad," "blowhard" and "token" are not becoming of quality writers. If one cannot write an article or even have a conversation without resorting to name calling in my opinion is not a knowledgeable individual. The writer could have just mentioned the names of the Fox Business News people involved. Also the "token females'" name. Of course you mention Assemblyman Lancman's name six times. Bernard Solow, Ozone Park
Fair Shoveling To The Editor: I don't understand why the city gives some homeowners summonses if they don't clean their sidewalks after a snow storm and others don't clean and don't get summonses. Do you think that is fair? You know these people are home because you see foot prints in the snow going up and down their stoops. My neighbor down the block is legally blind and her husband has osteoporosis - both are in their 80s. They got summonses because their son did not get a chance to shovel their sidewalk right after a storm. I don't think that's fair when able-bodied people keep their sidewalks unshoveled for days after a storm. What about the city-owned properties that don't get shoveled? The only way they get cleaned after a snowstorm is when the snow melts. I live near two Long Island Rail Road bridges. Both have not been cleaned since the blizzard hit on Dec. 26. They have that snow plus any other snow that has fallen since then. Why doesn't the city or the Long Island Rail Road have to clean these bridges after a snow storm like home owners have to shovel their sidewalks? I don't think that is fair. Charlene L. Stubbs Maspeth, NY Mitch Kronenfeld: Classified Manager Elizabeth Mance: Administrative Assistant Classified Ad Representatives: Nadia Hack, Peggie Henderson, Fran Gordon, Marty Lieberman, Chris Preasha, Lorraine Shaw, Sheila Scholder, Lillian Saar
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Looking Back, Looking Ahead & Just Plain Looking By MICHAEL SCHENKLER One reader criticized me, not for the message of last week’s column targeting Sarah Palin’s Political Action Commit tee webpage, which took down the graphic with rifle crosshairs aimed at Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ district. The reader suggested leaving up the names of the other targeted Member s of Congre ss showed poor judgment on my part. I never gave it a thought. In the crazy world, I still have not trained myself to think of the potential dangers that the crazies and extremists of the world pose for us all. I apologize if I added to the danger for anyone. However, I have a hard time making that connect. And for that I do not apologize. Sure we all should be aware of what is around us. “See something, say something!” And yes the horrors of September 11, 2001 should have made us all realize that our small world is not a safe one and each of us is not immune to the horrors of terrorism or violent insanity. The “cold war” world that my parents gave to me was a lot more peaceful and sane than the world I
tion has achieved, for me the biggest disappointment is our failure to provide children a world more peaceful than we found it. I think that is something to which my critic can relate.
From my generation, a pop poster of the the 60’s and an award winner -“Some Toys Hate War” -- from silversmith/designer Georg Jensen am handing off to my children. And isn’t it a shame that mankind’s advances in science, technology, psychology do not equate w it h advance s towar ds peace and safety? We continue to arm ourselves. We have an out-of-control defense budget (when did they decide to call it defense?). The more advanced our weapons, the more advanced the weapons on the other side — be it terrorists or crazies. This is not a comment to our reader who criticized our column
or a comment on the column itself. It is a stark reality that my generation of peace children must live with. The “Flower Power” generation did not make the world safer. Our protests and left-leaning belief in all of humanity may have made us all feel better. But sadly, when the history books (or the ebook version) are finally written, it will not be a term of love and humanity that will describe the era that replaced the cold war. And of everything my genera-
A LESSON TO BE LEARNED Ford will add more than 7,000 new workers in 2011 and 2012 in the United States. Ford passed Toyota as the No. 2 seller in the United States in 2010 – second behind General Motors. General Motors reported the first three quarters of 2010 as profitable – to a tune of $4.2 billion – and is back trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Last April, the auto industry bailout has repaid to the Federal Government. It appears that the U.S. auto industry is back . . . and successful. Now, this is far from my area of expertise, but American hard work, belt tightening and ingenuity are not a thing of the past. If the American auto industry can do it, so can the rest of the economy. The struggling stores on Main St., the small businesses throughout our borough and the big businesses in the cit y can find their way back to profitabi lit y. T he
American economy – once an example for the world – may not be a thing of the past.
American hard work and ingenuity can, and I believe will prevail. We as a people grew fat and lazy. And our national industry and economy suffered as our personal bad habits grew during times of abundance. The past several years have caused us to refocus. Austerity and motivation has replaced abundance and lazy. From Main Street, Queens to each and ever y Main Street across the nation, people have become aware that it no longer comes easy. And when it’s not-so-easy, Americans can be damned good. Tomorrow can be a new beginning – get to work. MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
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Arizona Shooting: People Who We Believe Are Insane By HENRY STERN So much has been writ ten about the tragic shootings in Arizona that we are reluctant to add to the paper flow. The terrible event has given people the opportunity to expre ss t heir vie ws on hatred (a word which is Henry variously defined), guns (including Glocks with extra ammunition clips), the right (near, far and in bet ween) and mental illne ss (schizophrenia, paranoia, et al.). We believe that the murders in Tucson were more than 90 percent the consequence of the shooter’s insanity, and less than 10 percent due to the political climate. We know he was crazy, but he did fix on this Congresswoman as the object of his twisted rage. We cannot measure the precise components of his delusions, but those who say the crime was primarily the result of Arizona’s loose gun laws and political climate are less accurate, in our judgment, than those who attribute it mainly to the shooter’s schizophrenia The same Founding Fathers who gave us the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments in the Bill of Rights gave us the Second Amendment, and it is hard to conclude from the text that it refers only to orga nized mi lit ias. Perhaps it should, but that is not the way it reads. This is the full text: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary
to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” We believe that the right to bear arms should be subject to reasonable regulation, and we prefer the New York stanStern dard to the Arizona standard, which reflects the views of owners of widely separated homes, some near the border with Mexico, and all a few generations from the Wild West. We approve of what over 500 American mayors are doing to promote arms control, and respect but regret the fact that tens of millions of Americans feel differently, based on their culture, their at titude and their perception of danger. The most important lesson we draw from the Tucson tragedy is relatively simple: There are hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of mentally ill people in this country who are not institutionalized and not taking proper medication. Occasionally, these people do terrible things. The first mass killer, and possibly the role model for the others, was Charles W hitman, who killed 16 people, shooting from a tower at the University of Texas in Austin on Aug. 1, 1966. He was shot by the police. The Virginia Tech murder of 32 students and faculty in April
2007, less than four years ago, was the most deadly instance of this kind. The killer was 23 years old and commit ted suicide after the shootings. The slaughter which caused the most intense reaction took place at Columbine High School on April 20 (Hitler’s bir thday), 1999, where two high school seniors murdered 12 other students and one teacher before shooting themselves. Other similar episodes have received lesser at tention, but the issue of mental health is a factor in all these killings. The question arise s: W hat do you do w it h people who are reasonably believed to be mentally ill, but have not yet done any harm to themselve s or other s? Can t he y, or should they, be locked up because the y pre sent risk factor s? Who measures the risk, and what are the standards for any determination? If we believe that nothing can be done until the ill person acts out his fantasies, we may be condemning innocent strangers or bystanders to death. Should we call those murders the price of living in a free society? These are the questions that should receive the most attention after the tragedy in Arizona. If we are able to find answers, we may save the lives of other people: Congressmembers, judges, children, ordinary Americans who may be doomed by
societ y’s refusal to re spond to strong clues that some people are mentally ill. We believe there are no ready answers, but cer tainly there are things that can be done that are not being done today. For example: Are there any standards of conduct that should be applied to non-criminal behavior where the person involved might, or might not, endanger others? Can people be deprived of their liberty because of a mental defect or tendency that either is, or is not, treatable? Who, if anyone, has an obligation to report
behavior which indicates mental illness? To what authorities should concerned citizens address their observations of the subject’s words, threats or actions? Would they be subject to lawsuits by a person whose conduct they felt was potentially dangerous? You can see why the policy in this area is often to do nothing. Perhaps, with insight, we can do something to protect our citizens from the tragedy we have so recently endured, and from others that are likely to occur in the years ahead. StarQuest@NYCivic.org
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Join the Bayside Business Association, in conjunction with AG Media Corp., Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Adria Hotel and Conference Center, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside, for the annual Taste of Bayside. Held from 6 to 9 p.m., the event will include raffles, a chance to win Darryl Strawberry memorabilia and, of course, some of the best food in Bayside. A chef painstakingly works on a perfectly prepared Participating restau- piece of meat for a previous tasting event. rants include Bourbon Street, Buddy's, Cascarino's, La Botega, for Jewish Heritage Month this May. "I look forward to the day when I can stand Maggie Moos, Papazzio, Strawberry Sports Bar, Tequila Sunrise, That's A Wrap, Three with my colleagues and see this memorial Brothers BBQ, White Castle and more. There unveiled at Arlington National Cemetery," will also be vendors on hand from Brooklyn Weiner said. Although Weber is no longer in contact Brewery, Cigars by Habana Hut and Manhatwith the chaplain who consoled him through tan Beer. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the tough times, he believes this memorial will door. Buy an advance ticket, and get the give his friend a permanent mark in history, second on half price - that's just $60 for a one which future generations of Jews and Americans can acknowledge while visiting night out for two. Purchase tickets at tastequeens.com or by Arlington National Cemetery. "Although we are still experiencing anticalling (718) 261-3517. —Brian Rafferty Semitism today, why should we be different because we're Jewish," said Weber. "I can't wait to visit it." Finding A Place To Reach Intern Jason Banrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357Honor Jewish Vets Most Americans cannot fathom the vio- 7400, Ext. 128. —Jason Banrey lent clash of war or the terrible experiences of combating foreign enemies in unknown territories. One World War II veteran remem- Seniors Show Off Their bers one of history's deadliest conflicts and the appalling treatment he received from Talents With sing-alongs, jokes, poetry, perforboth the belligerent adversary and his fellow mances on the ukulele and harmonica, and soldiers, all because he was Jewish. "Anti-Semitism was terrible during WWII," even hilarious sketch skits, the seniors at the Seymour Weber recalls when asked about his Howard Beach Senior Center showed off experiences during the war. "My command- their talent on Jan. 17, in the center's second talent show in six months. ing officer was an anti-Semite." Some 15 seniors performed in the show At the age of 18, Weber was drafted; he served in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. held in the center on 85th Street in Howard Weber was unsure if he would return to Beach. They included guitarist Jimmy Di Queens in one piece after landing in Belgium Napoli, who wrote two songs for the seniors at the center; Max Stern, 96, who played the to defend Western Europe from the Nazis. Despite the physical and emotional tribu- ukulele; Harold Goldfarb, who, as Al Jolson, lations Weber faced while he was abroad, he sung the classic "You Made Me Love You;" could not have done it without the comfort of and Tom Riviello who left the audience in stitches with his impressions of 20th century his Jewish chaplain. "My [Jewish] chaplain helped me with the icons like Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin, Presistrength to cope," said Weber. "I saw I wasn't dent John F. Kennedy and Transit Workers Union founder Mike Quills. alone." Muriel Stemann, 89, sang her version of In an attempt to establish a memorial that would honor Jewish war chaplains who "It's Been a Long, Long Time." Wearing her served in combat, U.S. Rep. Anthony Wiener original USO pin from 1941 featuring her (D-Kew Gardens) announced legislation he maiden name, Stemann joked that she would believes will bring about a monument at have done her comedy routine, but it would Arlington National Cemetery in Washington offend the audience. "They won't let me tell my jokes," she said D.C. Currently, Chaplains Hill at Arlington with a smile. "They say I'll corrupt everyone." While in the USO, she sang all over the National Cemetery contains memorials honNew York area during World War II. oring Protestant and Catholic chaplains. "They took us to Fort Dix, Fort Tilden, "These chaplains who served their country so honorably deserve this memorial just Fort Hamilton," she said. "We had a ball." The center held its first talent show in like those of other faiths," said Weiner. "With this legislation we're trying to change this." almost a decade last summer. Some of the Military chaplains provide soldiers in the performers at that show performed again. field of duty religious services, offering pas- The center hopes to have the talent shows toral care to individuals who are in need of once every six months as part of its program. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at spiritual advice or support during combat. email@example.com or (718) 357The privately funded memorial will honor 13 Jewish chaplains who were killed while 7400, Ext. 125. —Domenick Rafter serving overseas during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War with a $30,000 plaque and headstone. Howard Beach Wedding Some 23 members of Congress have already co-sponsored the proposed memorial Gets TLC While planning her wedding, Howard and Weiner hopes to have the legislation considered and signed by Congress in time Beach native Heather Hammer Mauro was
surfing the web when she saw something that caught her eye. It was an ad on a Web site, theknot.com, advertising a TV show where four brides go to and critique each other's weddings. She sent an e-mail to TLC and ended up being chosen as a contestant on the show "Four Weddings." "I thought 'Oh, that would be really cool if I could do that,'" she said. "But what were the chances?" Raised in Howard Beach, Mauro went to St. Francis Preparatory School, graduating in 2000, and got her Bachelor's degree at SUNY Potsdam and her Master's at NYITOld Westbury. An occupational therapist, she works with children, her lifelong dream, at a school in Jamaica. She currently lives in Rockaway with her husband, Joseph, whom Mauro said was surprised by her being chosen to be on "Four Weddings" "It was almost surreal to him," she said. Mauro and three other brides competed to win a honeymoon, attending each other's weddings and giving opinions on them. "It was a great experience all around, meeting the crew and the different brides," she explained. "To sum it up in two words: wonderful experience." Mauro said she got to know the other brides, but they didn't become close friends or keep in touch after the show. She critiqued the other weddings fairly, saying what was on her mind. She wasn't worried about what the other girls would say about her wedding, which was held on Oct. 1, at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Mauro was confident that her wedding was good. She said she learned a lot about how other people have weddings while doing the show. While she had more than 350 people at hers, one of the other brides only had about 90 guests. "It didn't feel like a big party," Mauro said of the smaller wedding. "It felt more like a night out for dinner." At the end of the show, when the votes were tallied up, it was Heather's that came out on top. She and her husband won a free honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. From doing the show, Mauro said, she learned that a good wedding is one that makes a bride and a groom happy. "It's your wedding day," she said. "It's going to be great in your eyes no matter what." Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125. —Domenick Rafter
MS 216 Teachers Fret Over Principal Bully A bully roams the halls of MS 216, but this time, the victims are teachers. "They violate our rights left and right," said teacher Rachel Montagano. "The assistant principal has an article that calls [the principal] a bully laminated on her wall. It mentions her too, and she has it on her wall like she's proud of it." Despite the school's "A" rating by the Department of Education, the administration at MS 216 is out of control, according to some teachers and UFT representatives, who claim that Principal Reginald Landeau has created a general feeling of fear among staff. “I have no comment as far as the questions that you’re asking me about,” Landeau said. “Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to comment.” According to the 2009-10 school survey, answered by 75 percent of teachers at the school, 58 percent feel that school leaders discourage open communication on important school issues. "My perspective is that he has an antiunion amicus," said UFT Vice President of Middle Schools Richard Farkas. "Over the
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Heather Hammer Mauro of Howard Beach was one of four brides featured in TLC's "Four Weddings" this month. last number of years he has a pattern of harassing the UFT chapter leaders until they resign. I think we've had three in the last two years." After more than 20 years in the classroom, one teacher at MS 216 is fighting for his job - and New York City teaching license - after being accused of incompetence. Teachers are rated once a year at the end of the year, and earn either a U for unsatisfactory or an S for satisfactory, said Montagano, the school's UFT chapter leader. Sanctions can include denial of overtime, a salary freeze and subsequent U-ratings at any time. "They collect your lesson plans," she said. "It's a tremendous amount of extra work. You have to follow a proscribed lesson plan which other teachers do not. They can force you to attend certain meetings." Despite being rated by Landeau as unsatisfactory, for the last three years the teacher, who asked not to be named, led classes that scored higher on the English Language Arts exam than the school and city averages. When he was rated satisfactory, his statistics were worse. "I'm in danger of losing a house," he said. "I'm in danger of losing healthcare and benefits, and I have medication I take every day." To prepare for an upcoming hearing that could leave him officially out of work, he spent $7,500 in lawyer fees. "If you show up at a union meeting, if you raise your voice against something, you're written up," he said. "You're targeted. I think it's making people very scared." After teaching for seven years at MS 216, Montagano recently received her first Urating. "He hired me to be a staff developer, to train teachers, and now I'm a U-rated teacher," she said. "You can't disagree about anything: the vision, the mission. Anything he says has to be done." Among her lesson plans that were U-rated are those that the administration had already reviewed, and her seating arrangement. "If it looks like it's a U on paper, why don't you tell me what to do to make it better? And they don't. They consistently change the rules for what a satisfactory." Montagano estimates that being U-rated has cost her $20,000 in overtime wages. For untenured teachers, who are easier to fire, the stakes for being U-rated can cost a teacher next year's assignment or even their license. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124. —Jessica Ablamsky
Queens CLOSEUP Congressional Breakfast
histories of each nation and their pavilions will be examined.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, in cooperation with UJAFederation of New York, cordially invites you to attend The 32nd Annual Congressional Breakfast with The New York Congressional Delegation Sunday, Feb. 13, 8:45 a.m., at the UJA-Federation of NY, 130 E. 59th St., 7th Floor, Manhattan. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 7, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 983-4800, Ext. 153.
Arts & Crafts To kick off the New Year, Sky View Center, Flushing, Queens’ newest shopping center, will host a free event featuring art and crafts for all ages sponsored by Preschool of America and the Red Apple Child Development Center on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sky View Center lower lobby. Shoppers can also expect a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Chuck E. Cheese. To celebrate the Center’s first successful holiday season and opening of its newest retailers, including Target, Marshalls, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond and restaurants Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, and Chuck E. Cheese’s, visitors are invited to enjoy a free Saturday filled with fun activities for the whole family. Shoppers are welcomed to stop by the arts and crafts stations for a variety paper making activities, including picture frame decorating and special Chinese New Year activities. Healthy and delicious snacks will be provided by Revolution Foods, a nutrition advocate for schools and programs across the country and activities are sponsored by Preschool of America, a provider of high-quality pre-school education and services throughout the five boroughs.
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.
Fair Problems Join the Queens Historical Society for International Political Problems of the 1939 World’s Fair with Pierre Montiel Sunday, Jan. 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave, Flushing. Join World’s Fair historian Pierre Montiel for a slide lecture covering the turbulence surrounding the International Area of the 1939-40 fair. The beginning of World War II in September 1939 had a profound effect on the foreign exhibits at the fair. Many European nations struggled to keep their exhibits open. The architecture, exhibitions, art, and
Fresh Meadows Camera 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.”
Special Needs Group The Samuel Field Y is pleased to offer Project Child, an after-school program for children ages 5-15 with ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, learning disabilities and high-functioning children on the Autism Spectrum. Project Child operates during the school year and is located in Bayside at the Bay Terrace Center of the Samuel Field Y. Project Child offers high child-to-staff ratios and includes programming specifically designed to meet the needs of children with learning differences and special needs. Homework help and snack are provided daily, as well as educational and recreational activities. Project Child operates from 2:30-6 p.m. daily when school is in session. For more information, including fees and registration, contact Meredith Guberman at (718) 4236111, Ext. 228 or email MGuberman@sfy.org
Tu B’Shevat Seder On Saturday, Jan. 22, Queens Community for Cultural Judaism will hold a cultural Tu B’Shevat Seder with the three traditional types of fruits and four types of wines/grape juices. Find out how and why cultural Jews celebrate Israel’s Arbor Day. We begin at 2 p.m. Visitors are very welcome for $5. Members enter free. At the U.U.C.Q., corner 149th Street and Ash Avenue, Flushing. Call (718) 923-9196.
Economic Forum For the third straight year, York College has planned an economic forum to provide information on money matters to Queens residents and others. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 2D01, the Faculty Dining Room. The “Money Fair and Economic Forum” is comprised of a menu of workshops, including tax filing, financial planning, mortgages/ modifications, buying foreclosure properties and career coaching. Presenters will include York faculty experts as well as Prudential, LaGuardia SBDC Office, Chase Bank and Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica. “I view these annual forums not merely as service to our external community,” said Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, president of York College. “I also embrace this as a moral obligation in a time of dismal economic outlook for residents of our borough.” The tax preparation service will require all W-2, 1099 and other income information and proof of accounts for direct deposit with Social Security card and proof of ID. Workshops will be conducted in both English and Spanish and reservations can be made at: email@example.com or on the
The Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets every Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. They have critiques, Photoshop classes, competitions, and assorted shoots in their own facility. Call Joe at (917) 612-3463 or Richie at (646) 8315962 for information and directions.
a child. Remember, it takes a community to raise a child. For additional details, contact: The Arms of Love Community Outreach, (646) 7702382 or TheArmsOfLoveNY@aol.com.
Harlem On My Mind
The Koelsche Funke New York announced its partnership with two vital charities, the Intrepid’s Fallen Hero Fund and the North Shore/LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, who will receive a portion of the proceeds. We are celebrating Karneval/Mardi Gras with our 50th Grand Masquerade Ball Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. Unlimited German Beer, wine and soda, live music, dancing, raffles and Cash prize for best costume. $30 in advance, $35 at door, $10 under 21 years, 5 and under free. For information and tickets call (631) 793-7711, 631- 953-5223 or email i n f o @ k f n y 1 9 6 1 . o r g KFNY1961@yahoo.com.
Queens Library will host Xoregos Performing Company’s “Harlem On My Mind” at multiple performances in honor of African American History Month. Admission is free. It is suggested for adults and children over age 8. The show will be performed Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m., Queens Library at Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m., Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21st St. The show is a 70-minute celebration of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, when so much of black music and literature began to enrich American culture. It consists of four works that epitomize the literary dynamism of the Harlem Renaissance. These will be interspersed with early songs by Duke Ellington and Fats Waller and Irving Berlin’s “Harlem On My Mind,” which was written for Ethel Waters. Poems by Langston Hughes and other poets of the era will also be featured.
Jew ish Humor
Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in York, Pennsylvania, where he served for 35 years, will speak on Jewish Humor at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th St., on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Temple’s Sisterhood, is open to the general public at no charge.
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.
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CEC 24 Meeting The District 24 Community Education Council will meet Jan. 25, 6 p.m. for its Business Meeting and at 7 p.m. for its Calendar Meeting at IS 73, The Frank Sansivieri School, 70-02 54th Ave., Maspeth. Anyone wishing to speak during the Open Discussion Period must sign the Speakers’ Sheet on the front table, prior to the start of the meeting. You will be allowed up to three minutes. On the agenda for the evening is a series of Guest Speakers (Bonnie Gross, Executive Director of Student Enrollment; Xinpei Qu, Director of Queens Student Enrollment and Claudia Block, Director of Special Education Placement and New School Leader for the Maspeth High School) and vote on rezoning of IS 119 and affected other schools.
Black Histor y Trip The Arms of Love is sponsoring a Black History Month Trip to the great “Blacks in Wax Museum” located in Baltimore on Saturday, Feb. 21. Do not miss this educational opportunity. It is sure to be a life changing experience. The trip includes round-trip transportation and admission to America’s first and only wax museum dedicated to African-American history and culture. The museum houses more than 100 life-size, wax figures in dramatic historical settings. While in Baltimore, travelers will browse Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor and dine at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Two buses are being planned; one to depart Jamaica and a second departing Brooklyn. Tickets are $90 for adults and $75 for children under 15. A $20 non-refundable deposit is due immediately to make your reservation. The balance will be due by Feb. 18. Payment plans are available upon request. If you are unable to go on the trip, please consider making a donation to help sponsor
Senior Dance The Howard Beach Senior Center, located at 156-45 84th St., is featuring “Latin Dance” Lessons and Exercise Program every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Sara will be teaching mambo, salsa, cha-cha, meringue and other Latin dances to interested seniors.
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. 26 and Feb. 2, 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Queens College, and began 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 qcchoralsociety.org. To schedule an audition contact James John, Music Director, at (718) 997-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 Avenue, enter at 45th Ave & 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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New Dem Group Forms In SE Queens By JASON BANREY Young adults, concerned parents and pragmatic politicians filled the Black Spectrum Theatre in Roy Wilkins Park to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, and to complete a dream which began almost four centuries ago. Discussing the political and civic future of the borough's youth, members of the South East Queens County Young Democrats (SEQCYD) celebrated their newly-formed organization. Founded by a group of young political activists, many of whom work with Southeast Queens elected officials, the organization aims to attract youth throughout the area with the intention of inspiring a movement. Speakers evoked the words of Dr. King, in hopes of inspiring a young generation to become involved in civic and social issues in their community. "It starts with us," said Donovan Richards, an executive board member of the SEQCYD and acting Chief of Staff to Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton). "We can relate to the young people more than our elders." At the age of 26, Richards already seems like a seasoned politician and community organizer with a distinct ability to detect the potential of youth and provide them with an opportunity to participate in changing their environment. "We need to change the paradigm in Southeast Queens," said Richards, as he worked his way through the theater's crowd, asking the youth in attendance if they saw themselves becoming active within their districts. "It's important you are involved in the democratic process. This is for you." Richards immediately became involved in
his community when his friend, Darnell Paterson, was fatally shot in South Jamaica in 2003. The life-changing experience was the catalyst for becoming a community activist, serving under Sanders as an intern within a year of seeing his friend in a casket. Since then Richards has worked behind the scenes, eventually emerging as an outspoken challenger before running against Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) in 2008. Although his first attempt to become an elected official failed, he has since held his head high, directing his inspirational rhetoric towards young individuals looking to make a difference. As a branch of the Queens County Young Democrats, the SEQCYD'S mission is to educate, inform and engage a younger generation in the democratic process, with the purpose of supporting the Democratic Party's candidates and ideals. Tai White, press secretary for Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica), attended the
event. White said she believes this organization will have the ability to organize and get the young people of Queens engaged. "Nothing is going to change unless we get
them involved," she said. Reach Intern Jason Banrey at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.
Donovan Richards (2nd from r.) joins with fellow members of the South East Queens County Young Democrats.
Temp Toll Workers Needed By DOMENICK RAFTER Need a job? MTA Bridges and Tunnels is looking to hire Temporary Bridge and Tunnel Officers to work at its seven bridges and two tunnels around the city. The primary role of a BTO is to collect tolls and interact with customers, providing assistance such as travel directions and traffic information. Training is provided for all qualified candidates. The work schedule includes rotating tours with Saturday, Sunday and holiday assignments, as well as mandatory overtime.
To qualify, a person must be at 18 years old; a New York State resident; have a valid New York driver's license, U.S. Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport or Naturalization Certificate; have a high school diploma or GED; no felony convictions; and receive passing grade on basic reading comprehension and mathematics examination. All candidates are first pre-qualified and their names are placed in a pool. They will be called on to fill the temporary slots as they become available. These temporary appoint-
ments are for a maximum of one year, and the salary is $12.85 per hour. Medical benefits are available after 90 days on the job. For more information or to apply for a Temporary BTO position, interested applicants should contact MTA Bridges and Tunnels via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or by visiting the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Web site at mta.info. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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We Can Do Better. We Can’t Tolerate Failing Schools. The City has worked hard to turn around failing schools. And they’ve had a lot of success. But there are some schools that still haven’t improved. At a certain point, the time comes to try something new. We can’t keep failing generations of kids just because we’re not willing to do things differently. That’s why the Department of Education has proposed replacing failing schools with better options—new leadership and new ideas. It’s an approach that has worked in our community, turning around schools like Springfield Gardens and Far Rockaway High Schools. In February, there will be hearings to decide whether other failing schools should continue the way they are, or be replaced with something better. The choice is clear: we can’t keep failing our kids. They deserve better.
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ommitted to the needs of our patients, Flushing Hospital’s Pediatric Department is just one of the many services branching out to better serve you. Over the past 125 years, Flushing Hospital has been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. Even with our recent growth, this is one thing we refuse to change
To ﬁnd out more about pediatric services at Flushing Hospital, please call 718-670-5534 or visit www.ﬂushinghospital.org
The Pediatric Department offers a wide variety of inpatient, outpatient and specialty services, including: • An infant-apnea monitoring program • A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit • An Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with suspected or conﬁrmed developmental delays • An Audiology Center • A Developmental Evaluation Clinic
Throgs Neck History, Memorabilia Sought By JESSICA ABLAMSKY There are a few things many may not have known about the bridge we all love, and sometimes hate. The first vehicle to cross the Throgs Neck Bridge was a bicycle, ridden by an 18-year-old boy. Endangered in New York State, peregrine falcons call the Throgs home, making their nests in the Bronx tower. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Clearview Expressway and Throgs Neck Bridge, the Bayside Historical Society is putting together an exhibit that will chronicle construction of the thoroughfares - and its novel anecdotes. Scheduled to open May 1, 2011, the Bayside Historical Society is asking the community for help in documenting this important piece of Queens history. "BHS is interested in speaking to anyone who worked on the construction of the bridge or the expressway, who remembers opening day, whose house was moved, who participated in protest meetings, who documented the projects in some way, kept scrapbooks, letters from the TBTA, cancelled checks for settlements, receipts, etc.," said Alison McKay, archivist and exhibit coordinator for the Historical Society. "We would also like to hear from those for whom the bridge has special meaning, maybe because of a significant personal event or because it has inspired them in their work or their life: artists, boaters, fishermen, marine biologists, Coast Guard. And from others, such as residents of LeHavre and Cryder's Point, who live with the bridge as part of their aesthetic, as a backdrop to their everyday lives." With assistance from students and teachers from Holy Cross High School, the Bayside Historical Society is recording oral histories for a short documentary that will be part of
The Throgs Neck Bridge turns 50 years old this year. the exhibit. "These people connect the past to the present and, in turn, the present to the future," McKay said. "They can make history come alive for others who were not there, or who were not born yet, or were too young to remember. In doing so, they make a valuable contribution to our understanding of our community and its development." Constructed by famed City mogul Robert Moses, the first route proposed for the Clearview was along Francis Lewis Boulevard and would have affected 860 homes and more than 40 businesses. Due to pressure from the community, an alternative route was approved, which nonetheless "tore through the heart of Bayside" and required moving or razing 400 homes. "Bayside Jewish Center was initially upset," McKay said. "The synagogue was originally located on 206th Street and 35th Avenue, directly in the path of the Clearview Expressway. They were one of several congregations to organize protest meetings, along
with Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Josephat's and others." Eventually realizing that their new parcel on 203rd and 32nd would be larger, the Jewish Center came away from the deal smiling. Most likely pleased were students at Bayside High School. The construction enabled Bayside High to secure land for the Bayside Athletic Field. "One woman whose house was moved was a student at Bayside High School," McKay said. "During the period of time (about a week) her family lived in temporary housing, she was driven to school in a limousine provided by the TBTA." Other residents used the construction site as their own personal playground. "As preservationists, we were surprised to read comments about 'ancient-vintage homes' being moved from 206th Street to along Francis Lewis Boulevard around 45th Drive,"
she said. "These wood-framed houses dated from the 1920s, certainly not very old at all at the time, but they were being moved to a newly developed area with ranch-style brick houses that were no more than five years old. Property owners felt the older homes were 'an eyesore' and reduced the value of their homes." One ongoing mystery is why so many newly constructed homes were moved or demolished. "We find this puzzling, and we're doing more research on this, as to why developers proceeded with plans to build, when it was pretty much known that an expressway to the bridge was being planned for the neighborhood." The Bayside Historical Society is located in Fort Totten Park in Bayside. To participate in the project, call (718) 352-1548 Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.
NYU Grabs Up Great Neck Great Neck Medical Group recently became the NYU Langone Medical Center's newest faculty group practice. The cardiologists and endocrinologist at Great Neck Medical, who have maintained their office in its current location, have each been appointed to the faculty of NYU School of Medicine and granted admitting privileges at NYU Langone Medical Center as part of the new relationship. "We are committed to bringing our services closer to our patients and Great Neck Medical allows us to do just that," said Andrew W. Brotman, senior vice president and vice dean at NYU Langone Medical Center. "Long Island residents will now have access to expert
local care with the added benefit of access to the full breadth of medical and surgical resources of NYU Langone Medical Center if and when they need them. We are delighted that Great Neck Medical Group is now a part of our medical center community." Great Neck Medical provides expert internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology care, including nuclear stress tests, echocardiograms, and stress echocardiograms. For more complex procedures and surgery, patients now have priority access to additional out-patient and inpatient care at NYU Langone, including Cardiac MRI, Cardiac Catheterization, Cardiac CT and PET.
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107th Precinct HELD IN THE TRUNK: Police are looking for a group of suspects wanted in connection with three armed robberies that occurred in Holliswood and Jamaica Estates. On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 10:45 p.m., in the vicinity of Grand Central Parkway and Avon Road in Jamaica Estates, three black men approached a 63-year-old white woman as she entered her vehicle. They dragged her into the trunk of another vehicle, removed her personal proper t y and held her in the vehicle while a black female accomplice used her ATM card to w ithdraw cash from her account. The victim was later released unharmed. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, at around 7:30 p.m., in the vicinity of Kendrick Place and Mayfield Road in Jamaica Estates, two black men approached a 58-year-old Hispanic woman as she exited her vehicle. They forced her back into her vehicle, removed her personal proper ty, and held her in the vehicle while a black woman accomplice used her ATM card to w ithdraw cash from her account. The victim was later left in her vehicle unharmed. On Friday, Jan. 14, at around 11:20 a.m. in the vicinity of Marengo Street and McLaughlin Avenue in Holliswood, two black men approached a 68-year-old white woman and pushed her into her vehicle, at which time she screamed and the two black men fled in a dark-colored sedan. No serious injurie s were repor ted. In all the incidents a firearm was either displayed or threatened. Some of the robbery suspects wore masks. The suspects are in their 20s. A sketch of one of the suspects shows a black man in his 20s, 5-foot-8, of thin build and with a clear complexion. The female suspect is a black woman in her 20s, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6, 120-140 lbs, with long black curly hair. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ Web site at w ww.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by text ing their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
Police are looking for Marat G. Mikhaylich in connec tion with a string of robberies.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ Web site at ww w.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential. Across Queens STRING OF ROBBERIES: The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects wanted for a string of robberies around Queens between Dec. 22 and Jan. 8. The robberies took place Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 2 a.m. at a gas station located at 111-26 Van Wyck Expressway in South Richmond Hill and a 2.05 a.m. at a La Quinta Hotel adjacent to the gas stat ion; Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 11:30 p.m. at the Lucky Food Mart located at 248-27 Union Tpke, Bellerose; Friday, Jan. 7 at 2:20 a.m., at the Bellerose Farm Deli/Grocery located at 253-01 Union Tpke in Bellerose; 3:45 a.m. at the Cour tyard Marriot Hotel located at 145-11 North Conduit Ave, South Ozone Park; 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel located at 138-05 Jamaica Ave in Jamaica; and Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2:55 a.m. at a bodega located at 22401 Union Tpke, in Hollis Hills and at 3:12 a.m., at a Dunkin Donuts located at the Mobil station in the median of the Grand Central Parkway near Exit 20 in Cunningham Park. The suspects are three to five black men, 5-foot-7 to 6-feet, and often wearing black ski masks and black clothing. Anyone with information in regards to these robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ Web site at ww w.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by text ing their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
108th Precinct & 114th Precincts BANK ROBBER: The N YPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for three bank robberies, two of which occurred in Queens. On Thursday, Dec. 9, at around 9:40 a.m., the man entered the Sovereign Bank located at 37-10 Broadway in Astoria, approached a teller and said that he had a gun. He demanded cash and fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money. No firearm was displayed. On Thursday, Dec. 30, at around 3:23 p.m., a man entered the Sovereign Bank located at 24-29 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, approached a teller, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect then fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is also wanted in connection with a third bank robbery in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The suspect is identified as Marat G. Mikhaylich, 35, and is described as 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-5, and 200 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to the wherea b o u t s o f M i k h a y l i c h i s Police are looking for this man, one of up to five susasked to call Crime Stoppers pec ts wanted in connec tion with a string of robbers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). borowide.
Rooted in the Community, Growing to Meet Your Needs Flushing Hospital has been serving the community for over 125 years, and just as the neighborhood has grown, so has our commitment to it. Over the past few years, we’ve taken several steps to ensure that we’re providing the most advanced and comprehensive care. At Flushing, qualiﬁed doctors have been added, allowing new programs and services to bud and existing ones to branch out. Even with our recent growth, we want you to know that our interests are still ﬁrmly rooted in this community.
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Toxic PCBs In Hundreds Of Sites, Dept. Of Ed. Says Risk Not Urgent By JESSICA ABLAMSKY Faced with alarming results from a pilot study that showed elevated levels of a toxic chemical in three New York City public schools, the Dept. of Education has downplayed what some experts have called a public health emergency. At least 740 of the 1,600 public school buildings in New York City may contain PCBs, which were commonly used in a variety of products worldwide between 1950 and 1979. In Queens, nearly 130 schools could still have PCB-laden lighting ballasts and caulking that could potentially expose students and staff to unacceptable amounts of PCBs. On a list submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of schools constructed during that time period are some of the borough’s largest high schools, including Beach Channel, Hillcrest, Flushing and Newtown. “I think there’s every reason for parents to be concerned,” said Professor David Carpenter. “In my judgment, the situation is worse than most of the reports have made it out to be.” The director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, Carpenter has studied the effects of PCBs for 20 years. He recommends every older building be tested immediately because one third could be contaminated with PCBs.
What Are PCBs? Polychlorinated Biphenyls, or PCBs, were used in the middle of the 20th century for a variety of purposes, most commonly as a cooling agent added to oil in power equipment. In the 1980s, transformers laden with PCB oil were phased out due to new federal standards. Some were not upgraded, and fires that were
started in locations where PCB oil was used caused entire buildings to become contaminated and uninhabitable. General Electric is in the middle of a multi-billion-dollar clean-up project of the Hudson River, where fishing in parts has been banned entirely due to PCB contamination. PCB use was prevalent in the power supplies of ballasts for fluorescent lighting fixtures up until 1979. The drums that hold the oil were only intended to last for as long as 15 years. Some of those lighting fixtures are still in use today, more than 30 years later, in New York City schools. If they leak, as they are prone to do over time, they could be exposing City children to high levels of this cancer-causing toxin.
What’s Happening Here? As part of an agreement with the EPA, the City must eventually put into place a citywide management plan for decontaminating schools. The plan will include a public hearing and comment period, but the DOE has not indicated when the citywide management plan will be put into place. Multiple attempts to get the DOE to respond to questions about their PCB plan were fruitless. An email sent to all principals last week by Kathleen Grimm, the DOE’s deputy chancellor of finance and administration, instructed principals to consult with other administrators instead of immediately evacuating rooms or replacing lights, said Ellie Engler, UVT Director of Staff. “We are writing to you to let you know that we have asked our custodial engineers to report instances of leaking ballasts based upon visual inspections,” Grimm said in the email. “Should a report regarding a leaking ballast be received
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PCBs & Health Concerns The DOE’s information on PCBs, that there are no immediate health concerns, is extremely misleading, said Miranda Massie, director of litigation and training for New York Lawyers for Public Health. “What they are saying now is technically true but immediately confusing,” Massie said. “Smoking a cigarette doesn’t pose an immediate threat to a child. Exposure to PCBs is the same thing. It is probably not going to make a child sick next week, but the long term risk to a kid’s health is very, very severe. The city has not been candid with people about this question.” EPA officials say that their regulations are set low enough that even lifetime exposure would not cause negative health effects. Some experts disagree. After 20 years of studying the effect of PCBs on human health, David Carpenter, the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, is one of them. “The most likely way that people may become exposed to PCBs from light ballasts is through breathing PCB-con-
taminated air or touching PCB oil or PCB-contaminated materials after a ballast leak or fire,” according to the EPA. One well documented effect of PCB exposure is of immune system dysfunction, he said. “When you get a cold, it’s more serious,” he said. “That contributes to absenteeism, and that reduces the ability of children to learn.” Exposure to PCBs also increases the risk of chronic health problems later in life, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition to being a cancer-causing agent, the developmental effects of PCBs are even more troubling, according to Harvard School for Public Health professor Robert Herrick. More recent research has shown that high levels of PCBs can interrupt fetal development and reduce IQ. “If there is anything you do not want to have happen in a school, it is exposure to any chemical that reduces IQ,” Carpenter said. “The question is, how much of a problem is it when a child’s IQ is reduced by three or four points?”
for your school, we ask that you review this matter with your Deputy Director of Facilities and your Network Leader before taking any action in regard to rooms or other spaces in your school. Many factors go into this type of decision and sometimes consultations are required with other parties like the School Construction Authority and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.” Any leaking ballasts must be immediately replaced, said Bonnie Bellow, a spokeswoman for the EPA. Often the only way to tell if a ballast is leaking is to take it apart. Grimm’s intention was to have custodians locate only visibly leaking ballasts, instead of taking comprehensive action, Engler said. “I am certainly not advising that parents pull their kids out of school,” Carpenter said. “That is disruptive for the children and would probably do more harm than good. But I think that parents have the right to demand that they have a safe place for their children to be educated. No matter how high they have to go, if parents scream loud enough, then the Mayor will get the message.” It took two years for the Dept. of Education to get the message. After being threatened with a lawsuit by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the New York City School Construction Authority agreed in September 2009 to test schools for PCBs. As part of an agreement with the EPA, the SCA conducted a still-ongoing pilot study of five schools in the City, one in each borough. Results from schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan showed elevated levels of PCBs in the air in various classrooms and common areas in all three schools. PS 183 in Queens will be tested later in the year. Air sampling at PS 309 in Brooklyn indicated levels up to 16 times higher than EPA regulatory limits for classrooms used by children 6-12 years old. Separate from this study, two schools in Staten Island had classrooms shut down two weeks ago as remediation work was done to clear classrooms of what were considered to be high PCB volume. The pilot study was originally intended to identify the presence of PCBs in caulk, but lighting ballasts from aging florescent lights were also found to be a source. “The finding of the PCB in caulk is a fairly new thing, but people have known about the light ballast since the 1980s,” said Harvard School for Public Health professor Robert Herrick. “It isn’t just an anomaly that is found in New York or New England. They were used extensively throughout the world.”
Hearings Planned Calling himself “ver y concerned,” Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said that the City Council will hold hearings on PCBs in city schools “to make sure the buildings are safe and the children are protected.” Decaying caulk should be replaced immediately, said State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). “DOE seems to be stonewalling this issue,” Avella said. “I guess they’re afraid
of the financial issues, but we can’t put money ahead of children’s safety.” Rectifying PCB exposure in schools could require financial assistance from the Federal government, or it could have “devastating consequences” on the education budget, said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman from the DOE, who addressed the schools that have been studied, where PCB levels were too high. “The Department of Education is working with the EPA, the UFT, the Health Department and our school communities to address any potential issues at these two schools and to determine the best path forward,” she said. “We take seriously the issue of PCBs in our schools and understand that parents have concerns, but we should not rush decisions about remediation or the wholesale replacement of thousands and thousands of light fixtures when there is no immediate health risk to students and staff.” Both PCB laden caulk and light ballasts must be addressed, Carpenter said. “You can replace all the lights in the building and still have elevated levels of PCB if you don’t deal with the caulk issue,” Herrick said. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.
PCB Info • As old caulk degrades over time, PCBs are released into the environment. “If you look at the caulking, it’s cracking,” said Professor David Carpenter. “It’s breaking down. In some cases, it’s even falling down.” • Decontamination can be an expensive prospect. “In many of these old buildings, the PCBs have migrated into the masonry,” he said. “It sometimes is not just a matter of the caulk.” • Instead of gradual degradation, lighting ballasts are probably the result of a “catastrophic disaster,” where the ballast starts suddenly leaking oil, allowing PCBs to escape into the environment. • EPA recommends that leaking ballasts should be removed in a well-ventilated area with the aid of protective clothing, including chemically resistant gloves, boots and disposable overalls.
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Celebrate Arts With Bayside Historic By BARBARA ARNSTEIN “A Celebration of the Arts,” an art show at the Officers Club at Fort Tot ten, opened Jan. 16 with a gala wine and cheese reception. First, second and third place awards were presented, as well as two for honorar y mention, and everyone was enter tained by the sweet singing of internationally-acclaimed vocalist Veronica Nunn, accompanied by pianist Charles Blenzig and bass player Sean Conly. The 42 artists whose work w ill be on display unt il the end of January include two pairs of mothers and daughters and a husband and wife. Mina Rabbani’s entries (each
“Pink Blossoms and Green Leaves,” a photo from the exhibit, is available in the Bayside Historical Societ y gift shop as a postcard.
ar tist has two) include a large painting of an exuberant child riding a black carousel horse, while Homa Rabbani entered one with cute white Persian kit tens. Irene Vandian’s emotional por trait “A Grandmother’s Anguish” contrasts with Christina Vandian’s female nude, which features an at tached twig and real scat tered petals, symbolizing the nakedness of trees in winter. “York, England,” which won first prize, include s attached dried flowers to represent tree blossoms, as well as buildings and people carefully cut from paper. It was created by Adam Hardy, who was born and raised in England but is now a resident of Queens. The ar twork of Charles and Rosetta Bentz, who share a studio, includes Charles’ fine depiction of two men at a beach. The inspiration of nature plays a prominent role at the show. Hyekyung Han’s work of art “Spring” features beautifully rendered delicate white blossoms, while Isobel Kaufman’s two painted views of Peconic Bay nicely evoke the great outdoors. Carol Bruder Clarke entered an award-winning painting of Monet-like water lilies titled “Clarke Gardens.” “Pink Blossoms and Green Leaves” is a pret ty photo of a tree and is available in the gift shop on a postcard or card. Ronnie Zamir’s “Capri” is a colorful, cheerful painting of that isle, and Greta Jaklitsch’s photo of boats in a harbor shows expert composition. Charlene McLaughlin-Eisenkraft’s clever photo “Kiss” looks like two tulips reaching out to smooch, while Rita Valenti’s photo of fireworks captures the moment when a “chrysanthemum burst” lives up to its name. The portraits include Joseph Liot ta’s expert drawing of Golda Meir, while his other entr y is an exper tly rendered, digitally cre-
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depiction of the lady herself. The Officers Club is the home of the Bayside Historical Society and is located at 208 Tot ten Ave., where the ar t w ill be displayed until the end of Januar y. It is a historic bui lding worth visit ing any t ime. For more information, contact the Bayside Historical Society at (718) 352-1548 or go to baysidehistorical.org.
They’re Still The One, And Coming To Boro known for their songs “Dance With Me,” By REGINA VOGEL “You’re still the one who can scratch my “Love Takes Time,” “Let There Be Music” itch/Still the one and I wouldn’t switch/ and “Still the One.” With the except ion of We’re still having fun . . . and you’re still the four years, the group has been continuously performing for 39 years. one.” The annual Oldies Dance and Concer t If you found yourself singing along, you will be held Saturday, Feb. should get a group of 12, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 friends together, or just a.m. Before and after the someone special, and concer t, DJ Johnny Dee head to St. Francis Prep will play songs from the 60s in Fresh Meadows for the to the 80s in back of the school’s annual oldies dance floor. In addition to dance, featuring 70s music and dancing, prizes pop/rock band Orleans. are awarded to the winners Ever y year since of the Disco Fever Dance 1978, the Fathers’ Guild Contest, NY Twist and Hula at St. Francis holds a Hoop Conte st, Spor t s dance in their cafeteria as Trivia Challenge, Television a fundraiser to keep tuTrivia Contest, Simon Says ition costs down. Guild Contest and Name That parent John Finocchio started this event and is O r l e a n s , f r o m t h e i r c l a s s i c Tune Contest. Hero sa ndstill active in the Guild. “Waking and Dreaming” al- wiches, salads, snacks, coffee a nd desser t are proPast per formers include bum. Shirley Alston Reeves, the Tokens, the Drift- vided, along w ith a cash bar. The Guild perers, the Crystals, Randy and the Rainbows, mits additional food (but no alcohol) to be the Rascals, Trammps, Bobby Rydell, Rober t brought in from the outside. Tickets are $35 Klein, Peter Noone (from Herman’s Hermits) for the food, concer t, DJ, dancing and conand tribute bands such as Big Shot (Billy Joel) tests. Call (718) 423-8810, Ext. 324 or e-mail and Strawberry Fields (Beatles). Orleans, formed in 1972, found its core email@example.com for more inforaudience touring the clubs and college cir- mation. Check out Orleans’ official Web site cuit in the same era as Bonnie Rait t, Tom at orleansonline.com for free downloads and Waits and Hall and Oates. Orleans is best more information about the group.
Dante Brings All-Stars To Queensboro PAC Celebrated producer, singer, songwriter and author Ron Dante will be among three powerhouse talents to light-up the stage when the cur tain rises on Back to the 60’s!, at the Queensborough Per forming Ar t s Center Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. Ron Dante is renowned for creating and managing many of the biggest pop stars in the music industr y, including Cher, Barr y Manilow and Ray Charles, to name just a few. He was also the lead vocalist for such iconic tunes as “Sugar, Sugar,” voted “Song of the Year” in 1969. Appearing with Ron are Sonny Geraci of “The Outsiders” (and “Climax”) who turnedout four Top 40 hits and is be st known for “Time Won’t Let Me,” “Precious & Few” and “Bend Me, Shape Me.” Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams also had many hits, includi ng t he char t-toppi ng “Ki nd of a Drag” in 1967, as well as “Don’t You Care,” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Susan.” Join-
ing this exclusive group is the band Bo Donaldson & The Hey woo ds, who w ill bring down the house with their gold disc record, “Billy Don’t Be A Hero,” as well as “Who Do You Think You Are,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and more. These timeless songs will be featured along with tributes to Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Beatles. “It is impossible to overestimate the profound influence that Ron Dante has had on t he m u s i c a n d e n t e r t a i n m e n t wo r l d , whether it’s Grammy-award winning singles, Broadway productions or famous commercial jingles,” said Susan Agin, Artistic Director of QPAC, which is celebrating its 45th Anniversar y this year. “We are thrilled and honored to bring all of these fantast ic performers to Queensborough – it promises to be an unforget table evening!” For more information about this event and other upcoming shows, call the QPAC Box Office at (718) 631-6311; tickets are available online at visitqpac.org.
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thick and tasty homemade brew, a rare treat in a city where so many delis favor a can opener to fresh ingredients. My next dish, Stuffed Cabbage, was the most surprisingly delicious entrée I sampled. For years, my Irish relatives have been unsucce ssfully tr ying to breathe life into this wallflower vegetable. Buddy’s does it by wrapping tender cabbage slices around a beef and rice filling and serving it with a light, sweet raisin sauce and French Fries that are It takes as many as four Hevoid of oil they’re practically brew words to describe someRESTAURANT so weightless. thing that is amazing or great: A trip to a Kosher deli is inchaval al ha zman. In English, complete w ithout tr ying the hot it just takes one word: Buddy’s. Corned Beef and Pastrami sandBuddy’s Kosher Delicatessen w ich. I or dered mi ne on r ye Restaurant has been delighting bread, which balanced the tender Queens re sidents with hear t y and perfectly salted meat, but you Jewish staples since 1950. While can also have it served in a knish. the front of the establishment And though I haven’t enjoyed a resemble s an ordinar y deli, the knish in years, Buddy’s Spinach back dining room is a love letKnish, with its thin dough wrap, ter to a bygone era, with color ful murals that feature vintage adver tisement s for shared lit tle in common w ith the overlyhonest law yers, $5 hot knishes, $4 used fried, oily knishes of my childhood flea suits and a tribute to the New York Giants market trips. I ended my lunch with a slice of Sweet Potato Pie, a thick puddi ng-like (the baseball team, of course). It was difficult to choose just one soup desser t with just a hint of cinnamon and from the extensive list that includes brown sugar. And for anyone who doesn’t appreciChicken Soup w ith Matzoball, Split Pea, Cabbage Soup and traditional Chicken ate the culinary skill it takes to produce a Noodle. I ordered a Mushroom Barley perfectly tangy, crisp-as-ice pickle, head Soup and was struck by how many siz- over to Buddy’s and see what you’ve been able, meaty mushrooms I found in the missing. BUDDY’S KOSHER DELI 215-01 73rd Ave., Bayside PHONE: (718) 631-2110 CUISINE: Traditional Kosher Favorites HOURS: Open seven days 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. CREDIT CARDS: All major D E L I V ER Y: Ye s ( M i n i m u m o r d e r $15)
ated por trait of a geisha. Hernani DeSilva’s artistic achievement, “All American,” includes a realistically painted baseball bat, hat, flag and bag of peanuts. Joseph LoGuirato intricately penciled the girders and cables of the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan Bridge on gesso wood panels. One unusual entry includes all the lyrics of “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” as well as a
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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.
FLEA MARKETS 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 THRIFT SHOPS Saturdays 11-4 at Bargain Boutique Thrift Shop, Queens Baptist Church, 93th 23 217 Street, Queens Village.465-2504.
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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.
MISCELLANEOUS EDUCATOR APPRECIATE Through Sunday, January 23 pre-K to grade 12 educators will enjoy special discounts at Barnes & Noble, 1 7 6 - 6 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i k e , Fresh Meadows. ORATORIO SOCIETY Mondays through April the Oratorio Society of Queens rehearses at the North Presbyterian Church. 279-3006. CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM Saturday, January 29 CUNY Citizenship Program at 8 at the Langston Hughes library. FREE TAX PREP Saturdays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Langston Hughes library at 11. 651-1100.
EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS AWARENESS One-on-one discussion on Awareness Building (Get Back to Work ASAP) with the C Network in Forest Hills. 263-3501. 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. 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. INTRO EMAIL Tuesday, Januar y 25 at the Queens Village library. Register. COMPUTER: EMAIL Monday, January 24 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. ENGLISH CONVERSATION Monday, January 24 English Conversation Group at 5 at the Bellerose library. CRAFT CLUB Mondays, January 24 and February 28 Craft Club at the LIC library at 6. INTRO EXCEL Monday, January 24 at the Maspeth library at 6. BALLROOM DANCE Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14 S t a n d a r d Ballroom Dance and Waltz Class at the Flushing library. Register. BALLROOM DANCE Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 Ballroom Dancing with Jing Chen at the Forest Hills library at 6:30. COMPUTER CLASS Tuesdays, Januar y 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. USING THE INTERNET Tuesday, Januar y 25 at the Maspeth library at 1. DESKTOP VS LAPTOP Tuesday and Thursday, Janu-
ary 25, 27 at the Kew Gardens Hills library. Register. 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. 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. POWERPOINT Thursday, January 27 introduction to PowerPoint at the Pomonok library. Register. WRITER’S WORKSHOP Thursdays, January 27 and February 10, 24 at the Bayside library. Register. INTRO TO TAROT Thursday, January 27 at the Seaside library at 6:30. 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 28, February 4, 11 Intergenerational Plant Project at the Hollis librar y. Register. COMPUTER CLASS Friday, January 28 learn how to use the computer at the Middle Village librar y. Register. INTRO FACEBOOK Saturday, January 29 at the LIC library at 10. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, January 29, February 5, 19 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-436-7940.
RELIGIOUS TU B’SHEVAT Friday, January 21 at 7:30 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 th Street. COMMUNITY CAFÉ Saturday, January 22 the Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. will hold a Communit y Café, a neighborhood conversation about Life in Southeast Queens from 9-noon at the Deliverance Baptist Church, 227-11 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights. RSVP required 347-824-2301.
ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING 101 Saturdays, January 29, February 26 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000. Explore and understand the phenomenon of Global Warming.
ENTERTAINMENT CHINESE NEW YEAR Saturday, February 12 starting at noon at the Flushing library. KRIK KRAK Saturday, February 12 at the Cambria Heights library at 3. OPEN MIC Sunday, February 13 at the Central library at 2. FILM SCREENING Monday, February 14 “The Drummer” will be shown at the Fresh Meadows library at 2. FAMILY GAME NIGHT Monday, February 14 at the South Jamaica library at 6. OPEN MIC POETRY Mondays, February 14, March 14 at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows.
INKSPOTS Saturday, February 19 Bill Godwin’s Ink Spots: A Concert of Hits That Span the Decades at the Central library at 2. TANGO BUENOS AIRES Sunday, February 20 at Queensborough Communit y College. 631-6311. OPEN MIC Thursday, February 24 at the East Elmhurst library at 6. PHAT LITERATURE Saturday, February 26 starting at 10 at the Langston Hughes library. CHARLES MOORE Saturday, February 26 Charles Moore Dance Theater: Across the African Diaspora at the Flushing library at 2.
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. CANCER Sunday, January 23 Hope, Health and Prevention: Cancer and Our Communit y at 4 at the Jackson Heights library. ZUMBA Monday, January 24 zumba exercise class at the Lefrak Cit y library at 6. 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. ALZHEIMERS Tuesdays, Januar y 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. 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. CAREGIVERS WORKSHOP Wednesday, January 26 topics include understanding the emotional dynamics of aging, preventing caregiver burnout and more at the Pomonok library at 1. 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.
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. 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.
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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. MOVIE & TALK Mondays the Friends of Pomonok present a movie and discussion. Bring lunch. 1 at the Pomonok library. POETRY CLUB Monday, January 24 at 2 at the Auburndale library. NEW YEAR Monday, January 24 celebrate the new year with actor David Mills and author Andrew Jackson at the East Elmhurst library at 7. 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. OPEN MIC Thursday, January 27 at 6 at the East Elmhurst library. GOLDILOCKS Saturday, January 29 Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. PEKING OPERA Saturday, January 29 at the Flushing library at 2. JOHNNY MERCER Saturday, January 29 tribute to Johnny Mercer featuring Diane Hoffman at 3 at the Bayside library. BACK TO THE 60S Saturday, January 29 Ron Dante, Sonny Geraci and Dennis Tu fano per form at Queensborough Communit y College. 631-6311. STAMP SHOW Sundays, January 30, February 27, March 27 at the Ramada Inn, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside. Free. 104:30. BOWLING Sunday, January 30 Clergy United for Communit y Empowerment, Inc. sponsors a Family That “Plays” To get her…Bowling Extravaganza at JIB Lanes in Flushing. 297-0720. FOLK INFLUENCES Sunday, January 30 musical cultures from around the world at Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills at 5. $20. COFFEEHOUSE Saturday, February 5 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. MARACATU NY Sunday, February 6 concert at the Central library at 3. 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. LANGSTON HUGHES Saturday, February 12 annual Langston Hughes celebration starting at 11 at the Langston Hughes library.
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Queens Today TALKS COMMUNITY CAFÉ Saturday, January 22 the Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. will hold a Communit y Café, a neighborhood conversation about Life in Southeast Queens from 9-noon at the Deliverance Baptist Church, 227-11 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights. RSVP required 347-824-2301. 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. FOREST HILLS Monday, January 24 “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pe e l S o c i e t y ” w i l l b e d i s cussed at the Forest Hills library at 3. ELIZABETH MORA MASS Monday, January 24 author talk at the Jackson Heights library at 6. PHILOSOPHY CLUB Monday, January 24 at the Seaside library at 6:30. EAST FLUSHING Thursday, January 27 book talk at the East Flushing library at 10:30.
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BEREAVEMENT New bereavement group forming at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 223 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. VFW 4787 Mondays, January 24, February 14, 28, March 14, 28 Whitestone VFW Community Post meets. 746-0540. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tuesdays the Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets. 917-612-3463. 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. LA LECHE LEAGUE Thursday, January 27 and Thursday, February 24 at the Forest Hills library at 5:30. ADVANCED TOASTMASTER Thursdays, January 27, February 24, March 17, 31 learn the art and science of public speaking in Queens. 5256830. QUEENS CENTRAL ROTARY Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Come learn if Rotary is for you. 465-2914. WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information.
FRESH MEADOWS Thursday, January 27 “The Stormchasers” will be discussed at the Fresh Meadows library at 2:30.
KILLING KOMPANY Friday, February 4 “Murder by Marriage” at Riccardo’s in Astoria. 1-888-SHOOTEM for information.
TEENS CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. TEEN TUTORING Saturdays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Bayside library at 10. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. TEEN TUTORING Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 at the Bayside library at 3:30. COLLEGE BOUND Monday, January 24 at the Central library at 4. Topics include f inancial aid, SAT, etc. TEEN MANGA CLUB Mondays, January 24, 31 at the Peninsula library at 4. LAPTOPS Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14 at the Hollis library at 4:30. TEEN CHESS CLUB Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 at the Bayside library at 6. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays, Januar y 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Hillcrest library at 3:30. CHESS & CHECKERS Tuesday, January 25 at 4 at the LIC library DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Tuesdays, Januar y 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Baisley Park library. Register. LAPTOPS Tuesdays, Januar y 25, February 1, 8, 15 learn how to use a laptop at 4:30 at the Hollis library. TEEN TUESDAYS Tuesday, Januar y 25 at the Hillcrest library at 4. TEEN KARAOKE Tuesday, Januar y 25 at the Seaside library at 4:30. LAPTOPS Wednesdays, January 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 Wednesday, January 26 at the Central library at 4. GAME DAY Wednesday, January 26 at the St. Albans library at 4. TEEN GAME DAY Wednesday, January 26 at the Kew Gardens Hills library at 4:30. DRAMA POSSE Thursdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 at the Hillcrest library at 3. LAPTOPS Thursdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 learn how to use a laptop at 4:30 at the Hollis library. ANNE FRANK Thursday, January 27 Anne Frank Remembered at the Steinway library at 4:30. TAROT Thursday, January 27 at the Seaside library at 6:30.
HAPPY HOUR Fridays, January 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 28, February 4, 11, 18 at the Bayside library at 4. WII SPORTS CHALLENGE Friday, January 28 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 4:30. PLANT PROJECT Fridays, January 28, February 4, 11 Intergenerational Plant Project at the Hollis librar y. Register.
SINGLES SINGLES SOCIAL & DANCE Sundays, January 30, February 13, 27 singles social and dance from 2-6. $10. Over 45. Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. 459-1000.
PARENTS REPORT CARDS Saturday, January 22 Avoid Report Card Surprise, a parenting workshop from Sylvan Learning Center at the Bayside library at 2:30.
ONGOING AUXILIARY OFF. The 105 th Precinct Community Council invites all interested in becoming an Auxiliary Police Officer to contact 776-9268. BARBERSHOP Wednesdays t h e Q u een s chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Societ y meets at the school hall, 175-20 74 th Avenue, Flushing. 381-8689. COMMUNITY SINGERS Mondays through May the Communit y Singers of Queens, Inc. rehearses at Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165 th Street, Flushing. New members welcome. 658-1021. FOOD PANTRY Fridays Grace Episcopal Church, 14-15 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, from 1011. 767-6305. FH VAC The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs volunteers. They will sponsor you for a NYS EMT course at no cost to you once you qualif y. 793-2055. Monetary donations also needed PO Box 750617, Forest Hills 11375. FH SYMPHONY Wednesdays the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will rehearse at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 374-1627.
QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. 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. TEEN TUTORING Saturdays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Bayside library at 10. MATH HELP Saturdays at the Flushing library at 10. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays, January 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 k e , Fresh Meadows. ANIMAL CARE Sunday, January 23 for those 8-12 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000 to register. 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. AFTERSCHOOL TIME Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 28 at the Arverne library for those 7 and over. CRAFT KIDS Mondays, January 24, 31 at the Flushing library at 3. TEEN TUTORING Mondays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 at the Bayside library at 3:30. SEASONAL CRAFT Monday, January 24 at the Fresh Meadows library at 3:30. COMPOSTING HEROES Monday, January 24 author Reba Linker will conduct a special composting workshop at 4 at the Forest Hills librar y. LITTLE TOT TIME Mondays, January 24, 31 at the Hillcrest library at 4. READ TO A DOG Monday, January 24 at the Sunnyside library at 4. BOOK CLUB Monday, January 24 Harold and the Purple Crayon at 5 at the Far Rockaway library. HOMEWORK HELP Weekdays at the Lefrak Cit y library at 3. Call 592-7677 to confirm. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 3:30 at the Hillcrest library. CHESS & CHECKERS Tuesday, January 25 at the LIC library at 4. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Tuesdays, January 25, Feb-
ruary 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Baisley Park library. Register. CHINESE NEW YEAR Tuesday, Januar y 25 at the Queensboro Hill library at 3:30. BOOK TALK Tuesday, Januar y 25 at the Queens Village library at 4. BOOK CLUB Tuesday, Januar y 25 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Tr u t h a t 4 : 3 0 a t t h e F a r Rockaway library. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. WII TOURNAMENT Wednesday, January 26 at t h e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. AFTERSCHOOL TIME Thursday, January 27 at the Arverne library at 3. ARTS & CRAFTS Thursdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 at the Auburndale library. JIGSAW PUZZLE Thursday, January 27 at the Cambria Heights library for those in grades 1-3 at 3:30. WINTER CRAFT Thursday, January 27 for those 3-12 at the Pomonok library at 3:30. SOCK DOLL WORKSHOP Thursday, January 27 at the Queens Village library. Reg-
ister. CRAFT TIME Friday, January 28 at the Maspeth library at 3:30. CHESS CLUB Fridays at the Poppen-husen library at 3:30. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. ARTS & CRAFTS Friday, January 28 at the East Flushing library. Register. GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays at the Hillcrest library at 4. PLANT PROJECT Fridays, January 28, February 4, 11 Intergenerational Plant Project at the Hollis library. Register. GAME TIME Fridays at the Windsor Park library at 4. ARTS & CRAFTS Friday, January 28 at the Peninsula library at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18 at the Bayside library at 4. SNOWPEOPLE Saturday, January 29 parents and 3-4 year olds participate at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000.
SENIORS AARP 1405 Monday, January 24 Flushing AARP Chapter 1405 meets at the Bowne Street Communit y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. New members welcome. STARS Wednesdays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23 a t 10:30 at the Hollis library and Fridays, January 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 Friday, January 28 “The Bucket List” movie at 12:45. Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888. FREE LUNCH Saturdays, January 29, February 26, March 26 at Church of the Resurrection in Kew Gardens. 847-2649 reservations. AARP 29 Thursdays, February 10, March 10 AARP Chapter 29 meets at Grace House, 15502 90 th Avenue, Jamaica at noon. AARP 4977 Wednesdays, February 16, March 16 the Corona/E. Elmhurst AARP 4977 meets at 1:30 at Corona Congregational Church hall, 102-18 34 th avenue. 458-7429. FREE LUNCH Saturdays, February 19 at All Saints Church in Rich-
mond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. ALLEN COMMUNITY Keyboard lessons, Spanish, crocheting and knitting, art lessons, computer classes for beginners and advanced, Allen Singers, Drama Club, Hair Care, Aerobic, Beginners Bridge, Advanced Bridge, Creative Design, storytelling and rap sessions. Allen Communit y Senior Center, 166-01 Linden Blvd., Jamaica. 658-0980. ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT Every other Wednesday Alzheimer Support Group meets at the Elmhurst Senior Center. 478-7171, ext. 27 ART CLASSES Thursdays free craft classes, general arts and crafts, at the Middle Village Adult Center. Call 969-1128. BAYSIDE CENTER Tuesdays line dancing 9:30 and Thursdays 10:00. Fridays ballroom instruction at 10:15, ballroom and social dancing 1-3. Bayside Center for classes in movie, ping pong, bridge instruction, healthy lifest yle, card games, Wii bowling, painting, ESL, computer, exercise, dance, wellness workshops, etc. Lunch at 11:30. 225-1144. BEN. ROSENTHAL Wednesdays and Fridays dancing from 1-4. Line dancing, bingo, sing-a-Long, ballroom dancing, computers, Alert & Alive Discussion Group, Israel Today Discussion, Social Action, News & Views. Daily hot Kosher lunch from 11:30-12:30. $1.75 contribution. Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center, 45-25 Kissing Blvd. Flushing. 886-5777.
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 162nd 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. ________________________________________________________________ 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. Of-
LEGAL NOTICE fice 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. ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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 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) ________________________________________________________________ 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 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. ________________________________________________________________ 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. ________________________________________________________________ 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 Boulevard, Suite 119, Flushing, NY 11355-3150. ________________________________________________________________ 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 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.
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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-
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More than 100 toys were collected and presented to FreeMat, a local organization through NY Hospital of Queens that collects toys for families of veterans overseas from the local area. Queens Assembly Members Rory Lancman and David Weprin presented Yeshiva University High School For Girls students Rachel Shapiro, Ayelet Abelow, and Helene Sonenberg with New York State Assembly citations commending them on being named Regional Semifinalists Pictured l. to r.: Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., in the national Siemens CompetiState Senator Elect Tony Avella, President Paul tion in Science, Math and TechnolVallone, State Committee Member John Dorsa, ogy. This annual competition Vice Chair of CB 7 Chuck Apelian, and Clinton awards high school students who show extraordinary talent in sciClub Singers. ence research. The Yeshiva UniOn Friday, Dec. 17, the Clinton Demo- versity High School For Girls is located in cratic Club held its Holiday Party at the law Holliswood, Queens. “We are enormously proud of these stufirm of Vallone & Vallone located at 25-59 Francis Lewis Blvd. In attendance were the dents, and we need more young leaders like now famous Clinton Club Singers perform- them who are passionate about the sciences ing Christmas Classics for the members, to lead our country and economy forward Club President Paul Vallone as well as State with innovative new technologies,” said AsSen.-Elect Tony Avella, State Committee- semblyman Lancman. “I am happy to present these joint proclaman Joseph Dorsa, City Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. and former Speaker of mations with Assemblyman Lancman recognizing the hard work and accomplishments the NYC Council Peter F. Vallone.
Councilman Dan Halloran spoke at the opening of the Little Bay Dog Run in Little Bay Park. The dog run gives neighborhood dog owners a place to exercise their dogs off-leash with other dogs in a safe environment. Halloran’s Great Dane puppy, Esme, shown here to Halloran’s left, gave the dog run two paws up. these young women have achieved in science. I wish them continued success,” said Assemblyman Weprin. The following area students recently achieved high honors or honors for the Fall Term at The Loomis Chaffee School:
Sophomore Sakirat Akadri of Jamaica achieved High Honor Roll; Junior Kevin Caba of Ridgewood achieved Honor Roll; Sophomore Gregory Duverg of Long Island City achieved Honor Roll; and Senior Bianca Polycarpe of Fresh Meadows achieved Honor Roll.
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Touring PS 12
Mets Blood Drive
The New York Mets recently hosted a blood drive at the Caesar’s Club at Citi Field. Each donor, in addition to helping save a life, was given a pair of tickets for a spring Mets home game.
Spiritual Power During a tour of PS 12 in Woodside, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer met with Principal Patricia Perry and elementary school students and teachers participating in Symphony Space’s Curriculum Arts Project Program. Here Van Bramer joins a fourth grade American History class learning about the hammer dulcimer and the role of music in early American society from Artist Linda Russell.
Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson
The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College recently acquired the gamelan – an ensemble of close to 40 ornate musical instruments from Indonesia considered to have great spiritual power.
Ackerman’s Swearing In
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Assembly Members Rory Lancman, Cathy Nolan and David Weprin joined Queens Borough President Helen Marshall at the Queens Jewish Community Council’s legislative breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills on Sunday, Jan. 16.
Gates Of Prayer
Rabbi Albert Thaler and Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing donated a new ambulance to Magen David Adom, Israel’s ambulance corps. Pictured l. to r.: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilman Peter Koo, Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Deputy BP Barry Grodenchik.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman hosted his annual swearing-in party at the Capitol, bringing a busload of constituents to Washingon DC (top l.) to see him sworn in by new Speaker of the House John Boehner (bottom l.). Walking the halls of Congress a few friendly Queens faces were found as Ackerman joined up with U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (above) and said hello to U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks in the hall (below). Photos by Ira Cohen
Train To Nowhere The MTA may feel a bit of a chill soon, as a Manhattan lawyer is suing the agency on behalf of riders who spent the better part of Dec. 26’s blizzard stuck on the infamous A train to nowhere. The attorney, Aymen Aboushi, claims the agency An image of the stuck passengers taken created a hostile and unby a rider’s cell phone. sanitary environment. “The MTA, once they were stuck, didn’t afford them any water, any supplies, any food,” he told WCBS. “There was no heating and you have to keep in mind that this train was above ground. It’s not like they had to dig deep in the tunnel to get to it.” Hopefully the suit will at least give the riders enough to buy blankets.
Now Boarding: Pressed Suits Airports used to only have small concession stands, now they have liquor stores, restaurants – and even dry cleaners. Taeyoung Kim of Elmhurst opened JFK’s first dry cleaners, in the middle of the arrivals hall of Terminal 4. Kim says JFK isn’t the only place with a dry cleaner. They also exist in Zurich and South Korea. He expects 80 percent of his customers to be workers at the airport. The other 20 percent, passengers who decided to have a cup of coffee while flying through turbulence, or need to freshen up their business suits after an overzealous pat down from an unkempt TSA agent.
Models Of Queens
You fail to plow our streets during a snowstorm, you end up the butt of a joke on Saturday Night Live. Both Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Dept. of Sanitation were roasted in the opening segment of SNL two weeks ago. Hizzoner, played by Fred Armisten, reminded New Yorkers that Sanitation workers have other responsibilities before plowing the roads, including playing cards, napping, downloading internet porn and lunch. SNL even poked fun on how our Fred Armisen as Mayor Mike own borough is seemingly forgotten by the Manhattan-centric city government. “However long it takes. However much it costs,” Armisen’s Bloomberg promised, “we’ll clean New York City of snow…Then, God willing, we’ll start on Queens.”
For the last four years, this gal from China has called Flushing home. An international traveler, Lise Liu has been to France, Canada and other countries, but enjoys her life settled in the heart of our borough. She has been modeling for about two years. “I was at a party where I met a guy, he’s a male model,” she said. “He introduced me to a photo workshop,” and she’s been working in front of the camera ever since. Though Lise is an English student putting herself through college, and works at a hotel in Flushing, she sees a future for herself either as a fulltime model or perhaps working as a translator or tour guide. Remember, this gal loves to travel. But for now, she’s quite happy where she is. “I like Queens,” she said. “It’s a really cool place. Where I live is Chinatown; it’s familiar and it’s easy to get all the stuff I miss like Chinese TV and Chinese food and supermarkets.” Lise sees herself sticking with the modeling for a while. “I really enjoy taking a photo,” she said. “I like to see the different sides of me.” In her downtime, which doesn’t come often, Lise might swing by DIY Karaoke on Prince Street or just chill out at home watching a movie. She admitted an odd collection – though she’ll be the first to say that it’s not really a hobby. If she gets mail from somebody and it has a nice stamp, she’ll save the stamp. Her collection is slowly growing - as is our interest in her. You can check her out on Model Mayhem: www.Modelmayhem.com/1868362.
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A Novel Solution
Lise Liu Home: Flushing Age: 28 Height: 5’ 6" Weight: 110 lbs Stats: 34-26-35
Confidentially, New York . . .
Are creditors harassing you? Are you looking for debt relief? A Queens man may have a solution for you. Syed Omair Ali, 25, first e-mailed the FBI in May about a terrorist plot aimed at Times Square. After a team of agents followed dead end leads and the government expended $1 million officials began to ask the tough questions. Ali broke down and told officials he was trying to get out of paying a debt owed to his acquaintances. He pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. He faces up to five years in prison and maybe made to pay restitution. We assume he still owes the debt. Syed Omair Ali leaves the courthouse.
Dissing Our Gal
She can annoy us for another 20 years, Piers.
British comedian Piers Morgan has yet to debut his new show on CNN, Piers Morgan Tonight, but he’s already making headlines by banning our borough’s beloved Madonna. Apparently, Morgan has yet to recover from a mid-90s “bread throwing incident.” “Lady Gaga is half her age, twice as good-looking, twice as talented, and twice as hot. I mean, why would I bother with Madonna, seriously?” he asked on Access Hollywood. Calling the Material Girl a 20year irritant, he will only consider lifting the ban after an on-air apology. Don’t count on it, Piers.
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