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Vol. 44, No. 4 Jan. 23-29, 2014


Tribune Photo by Trisha Sakhuja

A protest for better treatment of airport personnel led to the arrest of a number of elected officials for civil disobedience this week. By Trisha Sakhuja ‌ Page 14

Council Names New Committee Leadership

Queens Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

J. Cole Coming To Queens College Monday Night


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NOTICE OF FORMATION of KISSENA PROPERTIES LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY(SSNY) on 0930-2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him is C/O the LLC 136-20 38th Avenue, Ste 11G, Flushing NY 11354. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act of activity. Street address of Principal business location is: 42-07 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11355. ________________________ 62-22 FLUSHING AVE LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/24/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 71-36 Edsall Ave., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purpose. ________________________ JIAHE REALTY, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/20/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Xiao Ya Wang, 14938 34th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ ADVANCED XL ANALYTICS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/22/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Michael Rosenblum, 3006 29th St. Apt. 5L, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of KPRH IV REALTY, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/04/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 20 Franklin Pl., Woodmere, NY 11598. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Abrams Fensterman, Attn: Greg Stoller, Esq., 1111 Marcus Ave., Ste. 107, Lake Success, NY 11042. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of TCW INNOVATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/28/2013. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may

be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 33-55 157th St. Flushing NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act. ________________________ At IAS Part 4, Court Room 66 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of Queens, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, December 6, 2013 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No.: 22216/13 Assigned Justice: HON. MARGUERITE A . GR AYS ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE SEEKING: a) INJUNCTION UNDER BCL § 1115; b) RECEIVER UNDER BCL §§ 1008(a), 1113, AND 1203; c) DISSOLUTION UNDER BCL §1104-a; d) JUDICIAL SUPERVISION UNDER BCL §1008(a); e) DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY UNDER BCL §1111(c), AND f) BOOKS AND RECORDS UNDER BCL §§ 624 and 1104-a(c) Petitioner’s Address: 10 West Broadway, Apt. 7J, Long Beach, New York Venus Basis: Situs of Transaction and Respondents’ Principal Place of Business In the Matter of the Application of Patrick Quadrozzi, Petitioner, for the Judicial Dissolution of BAY 32ND PLACE DEVELOPM E N T CO R P. , B E AC H CHANNEL DRIVE LAND ENTERPRISES, INC., AMSTEL RECYCLING AND CONCRETE CORP., QUALITY ASSURANCE CONCRETE CORP., QUALIT Y CONCRETE OF NEW YORK, INC., QUADROZZI ENTERPRISES INC., GOWANUS INDUSTRIAL PARK, INC., MASPETH CONCRETE LOADING CORP., QUEENS CONCRETE DELIVERY & LEASING CORP., and RED HOOK CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1104-a, and for the Judicial Supervision Pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1008(a) of the Winding Up of the Affairs of QUADROZZI EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP., ATLANTIC CONCRETE CORP., QUADROZZI REALTY CORP., EDGEWATER CONCRETE LOADING CORP., HARLEM CONCRETE LOADING CORP., MANHATTAN WEST CONCRETE LOADING CORP., MASPETH TRUCK DEPOT CORP., and QUADROZZI ACQUISITION CORPORATION, dissolved corporations, Respondents, and THE E S TAT E O F J O H N QUADROZZI, THERESA (TESS) QUADROZZI, BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN QUADROZZI, JOHN QUADROZZI, JR., CATHERINE QUADROZZI, THERESA QUADROZZI, (JR.), REGINA QUADROZZI,

AND JULIANNA FORTNEY, CROPSEY AVENUE LAND ENTERPRISES, LLC, FAE HOLDINGS 390783R, LLC, CONCRETE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LLC, SOUTH RED HOOK WORKS CORP., QUADROZZI NUT R A X C O R P. , a n d QUADROZZI STUDIOS, INC.,Additional Respondents. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE UPON review and consideration of: (i) the Verified Petition for Judicial Dissolution, dated December 5, 2013 (the “Petition”), and the accompanying exhibits; (ii) the Memorandum of Law dated December, 2013; and (iii) upon all other papers and proceedings heretofore had and filed herein, LET the Respondents and the Additional Respondents show cause at Part CMP, Room 25 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of Queens, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, to be held on the 30th day of January, 2014 at 2:15, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, (the “Hearing Date”) why an Order should not be made and entered, as follows: (1) pursuant to New York Business Corporation Law (“BCL”) §1115, a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining and restraining the Estate of John Quadrozzi, Theresa (Tess) Quadrozzi, both individually and as Executrix of the Estate of John Quadrozzi, John Quadrozzi, Jr., Catherine Quadrozzi, Theresa Quadrozzi, (Jr.), Regina Quadrozzi, and Julianna Fortney (collectively, the “Majority”) and BAY 32ND PL ACE DE VELOPMENT CORP., BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE LAND ENTERPRISES, INC., AMSTEL RECYCLING AND CONCRETE CORP., QUALIT Y ASSUR ANCE CONCRETE CORP., QUALITY CONCRETE OF NEW YORK, INC., QUADROZZI ENTERPRISES INC., GOWANUS INDUSTRIAL PARK, INC., MASPETH CONCRETE LOADING CORP., QUEENS CONCRETE DELIVERY & L E A S I N G CO R P. , R E D HOOK CONCRETE LOADING CORP., (collectively, the “Active Corporations”), QUADROZZI EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP., ATLANTIC C O N C R E T E C O R P. , Q U A D R O Z Z I R E A LT Y CORP. (including its wholly owned subsidiary Cropsey Avenue Land Services LLC, and, to the extent it holds any interest in 1705 Hart Place, Brooklyn, New York a/k/a 3068 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, New York [the “Cropsey Property”], FAE Holdings 390783R, LLC), EDGEWATER CONCRETE

LOADING CORP., HARLEM CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., MANHATTAN WEST CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., MASPETH TRUCK DEPOT C O R P. , QUADROZZI ACQUISITION CORPORATION (collectively, the “Inactive Corporations,” and along with the Active Corporations, collectively, the “Corporations”), and CONCRETE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LLC, SOUTH RED HOOK WORKS CORP., QUADROZZI NUTR AX CORP., and QUADROZZI STUDIOS, INC., (collectively, the “Diversion Corporations”), together with all of their respective employees, agents, attorneys, servants, and all persons acting on their behalf, at their request, or with their knowledge, without the express written consent of the Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court, from: a) utilizing the funds of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations to pay counsel fees for the Majority or the Diversion Corporations incurred in the defense of the instant Petition; b) transacting any business or exercising any corporate powers and/or authority on behalf of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations without the express written consent of Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court; c) collecting or receiving any assets, debts, or property of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations and from paying out or otherwise transferring or delivering any assets or property of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations; and/or d) selling, transferring, leasing, assigning, encumbering, dissipating, or otherwise diverting any assets of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations including but not limited to the Cropsey Property, unless the proceeds of the sale of the Cropsey Property are deposited into the attorney escrow account of the Petitioner’s counsel; (2) pursuant to BCL § 1104-a, dissolving the Active Corporations; (3) pursuant to BCL § 1008(a), subjecting the Inactive Corporations to this Court’s judicial supervision of the winding up of their affairs; (4) pursuant to BCL §§ 1008(a), 1113, and 1203, appointing ___________ as a temporary/interim receiver to manage the affairs of the Corporations pendente lite and pending the dissolution of the Active Corporations and the judicial supervision of the Inactive Corpora¬tions; (5) pursuant to BCL § 624 and 1104-a(c), directing the

Respondents and the Additional Respondents to immediately make available to Petitioner: a) for inspection and copying, all of the books and records of the Corporations and the Diversion Corporations for the last three years, including all minutes of shareholder meetings and current annual balance sheets and profit and loss statements and; b) for inspection, all of the real properties, buildings, and/or equipment pertaining thereto, owned and/or leased by the Corporations and the Diversion Corporations; (6) pursuant to BCL § 1111(c), ordering the distribution of property of all the Corporations, according to the respective rights of the shareholders; and (7) granting to Petitioner such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper. SUFFICIENT CAUSE APPEARING, it is hereby ORDERED that, pursuant to New York Business Corporation Law §1115, pending hearing and determination of the Verified Petition for Judicial Dissolution, dated December 5, 2013, the Estate of John Quadrozzi, Theresa (Tess) Quadrozzi, both individually and as Executrix of the Estate of John Quadrozzi, John Quadrozzi, Jr., Catherine Quadrozzi, Theresa Quadrozzi, (Jr.), Regina Quadrozzi, and Julianna Fortney (collectively, the “Majority”) and BAY 32ND PL ACE DE VELOPMENT CORP., BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE LAND ENTERPRISES, INC., AMSTEL RECYCLING AND CONCRETE CORP., QUALIT Y ASSUR ANCE CONCRETE CORP., QUALITY CONCRETE OF NEW YORK, INC., QUADROZZI ENTERPRISES INC., GOWANUS INDUSTRIAL PARK, INC., MASPETH CONCRETE LOADING CORP., QUEENS CONCRETE DELIVERY & L E A S I N G CO R P. , R E D HOOK CONCRETE LOADING CORP., (collectively, the “Active Corporations”), QUADROZZI EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP., ATLANTIC C O N C R E T E C O R P. , Q U A D RO Z Z I R E A LT Y CORP. (including its wholly owned subsidiary Cropsey Avenue Land Services LLC, and, to the extent it holds any interest in 1705 Hart Place, Brooklyn, New York a/k/a 3068 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, New York [the “Cropsey Property”], FAE Holdings 390783R, LLC), EDGEWATER CONCRETE LOADING CORP., HARLEM CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., MANHATTAN WEST CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., MASPETH TRUCK DEPOT C O R P. , QUADROZZI ACQUISI-

TION CORPORATION (collectively, the “Inactive Corporations,” and along with the Active Corporations, collectively, the “Corporations”), and CONCRETE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LLC, SOUTH RED HOOK WORKS CORP., QUADROZZI NUT R A X C O R P. , a n d QUADROZZI STUDIOS, INC., (collectively, the “Diversion Corporations”), together with all of their respective employees, agents, attorneys, servants, and all persons acting on their behalf, at their request, or with their knowledge, are immediately restrained and enjoined, without the express written consent of the Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court, from: a) utilizing the funds of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations to pay counsel fees for the Majority or the Diversion Corporations incurred in the defense of the instant Petition; b) selling, transferring, leasing, assigning, encumbering, dissipating, or otherwise diverting any assets of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations, other than in the ordinary course of business, including but not limited to the Cropsey Property, unless the proceeds of the sale of the Cropsey Property are deposited into the attorney escrow account of the Petitioner’s counsel; and it is further, ORDERED that a copy of this Order be published in the Queens Tribune Press, a newspaper with a general circulation that includes Queens county, once a week on each of the three (3) weeks immediately preceding the return date of this Order to Show Cause, and that a copy of this Order also be served upon: a) the Department of Taxation and Finance (Office of Counsel, W. A. Harriman Campus Building, Albany, NY 12227); and b) the Office of the Attorney General (The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224-0341) by mail, at least twenty (20) days before the return date of this Order to Show Cause; and it is further ORDERED that personal service of a copy of this Amended Order together with a copy of the Order to Show Cause and all papers which these Orders are based, shall be made upon Respondents and the Additional Respondents on or before January 10, 2014. The within action shall be adjourned from January 14, 2014 to January 30, 2014. /s/ Marguerite A. Grays, JSC You Can E-Mail Your Legal Copy to: • Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 3

Queens DeaDline

Queens Wins With Committee Chairs By Steven J. Ferrari Editor-in-Chief The most strident supporters of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were rewarded on Wednesday with key committee chair positions, with several Queens council members coming up as big winners. Members of the Council’s Progressive Caucus publicly backed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice for Council Speaker, with Queens members breaking away from the Queens County Democratic organization, who supported Dan Garodnik (D-Manhattan). The biggest winner from Queens is likely Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who was named Majority Leader for the City Council, while also serving as chair of the Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee. “It has always been my goal to play a meaningful leadership role in this new, Progressive Council,” Van Bramer said. “The opportunity to serve in the second highest position

The Queens delegation was given prominent leadership positions in the City Council, including Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (left) as Majority leader, Julissa Ferreras (middle) as the Finance Chair and Daniel Dromm (right) as the education Chair.

in the Council is one I relish and am truly humbled by.” Van Bramer was also appointed to co-chair a newly-created budget negotiating team, which is meant to ensure that critical City programs, projects and organizations are funded in the budget process. “I look forward to working with all my colleagues to ensure the adoption

of budgets that reflect our progressive agenda,” he said. Two other vocal supporters of Mark-Viverito, Julissa Ferreras (DEast Elmhurst) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), were named to key chair positions. Ferreras will head the Finance Committee while Dromm will lead Education. Ferreras, who noted that she will be

Community Protests 7 Train Repairs By triSha SakhuJa Staff Writer On Jan. 17, business owners, cultural and community leaders who frequently use No. 7 train called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to stop disrupting the lives of Queens residents by conducting service on the train line for 22 continuous weekends. These disruptions will begin Feb. 28 and are projected to continue through July, Kevin Ortiz, MTA spokesperson, said. As a result, the disruptions threaten

to cripple businesses and cultural groups throughout Queens, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said. It also negatively impacts the lives of thousands of riders who count on the 7 Line to get to work, school and vital medical appointments over the weekend. “We are sick and tired of the MTA shoving these disruptions down our throats and telling us they are good for us,” Van Bramer said. “Enough is enough. We will not continue to allow the MTA to interrupt our way of life.” Van Bramer proposed alternatives to the repairs during the rally, which

Missing Teen Identified By triSha SakhuJa Staff Writer The remains found along a beach by College Point have been identified as the missing teen Avonte Oquendo, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. On Jan. 16, the New York Police Department’s harbor unit discovered an arm and a leg along the East River near Powell Cove Boulevard and Endeavor Place in College Point, by a 14-year-old girl who was at the water’s edge trying to take a photograph. David Perecman, the family’s attorney, said more recently a skull and teeth were also found by the shore. Perecman said the family has had a very difficult time throughout this whole process.

“The way it’s coming in, it’s so slow and painful. It’s really quite hard for them to deal with it,” he said. Oquendo, 14, was last seen on Oct. 4, running out of the Center Boulevard School on 51st Street in Long Island City and since then a massive search including hundreds volunteers and police personnel looking for clues has undergo to find the autistic teen. “Apparently, the sneakers on his feet and the socks managed to protect his feet enough that they were be able to get a footprint and that will help since his mom was able to provide the baby’s footprint from birth and that doesn’t change,” Perecman said. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.

includes a decrease in the frequency of construction and service disruptions, to utilize MTA’s Fastrack Program on the 7 line, increase the N train frequency and have M trains run on weekends, and provide a shuttle bus service directly from Hunters Point, Long Island City to Grand Central. Ortiz responded to Van Bramer’s proposals, saying “The most important point that I want to make is that all this work is absolutely vital and necessary to the line.” The three major projects the MTA will conduct over the course of the 22-weekends include installation of the communications-based train control, fixing the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy inside the Steinway-tube, which connects the No. 7 train to Manhattan. Lastly, Ortiz said they will work to replace old track panels, which pose safety concerns and cause delays. Ortiz said construction on the 7 train cannot happen overnight as a part of the Fastrack program because the level of work involved can not be done within an eight-hour cycle. “It’s impossible,” he said. “We need at least 50 hours of continuous operation.” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said it is simply unacceptable for the MTA to shutdown such a vital transportation link for 22 straight weekends. “The Number 7 line is one of the busiest subway lines in the City and its Flushing-Main Street station is the busiest subway stop in Queens,” she said. “We should be talking about adding trains to the line, not about cutting service along it.”

the first woman and the first minority to chair the Finance Committee, said she was humbled by the opportunity. “This momentous appointment marks an exciting milestone not only for myself and my colleagues in government, but for all New Yorkers, all people of color and all young girls who never before thought that they can grow up and shatter glass ceilings,” she said. Dromm, a former teacher, said he looked forward to addressing education issues Citywide. “Education has always been my passion and is what got me involved in politics in the first place,” Dromm said. “I look forward to working with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to address education issues such as ensuring universal pre-kindergarten for all preschoolers, reducing class size, improving teacher morale, ensuring teachers have a role in the decision making process and fighting to create a safe and supportive environment for all students but especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.” Other Queens Council members to receive prominent committee chair positions include Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), who will chair the Environmental Protection committee. I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), a former labor leader, will head the Civil Service & Labor Committee. Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who cut a deal to support Mark-Viverito, was named the chair of the Veterans Committee. One committee that will not see any representation from Queens is the Rules, Privileges and Elections committee. The committee, headed by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), is charged with setting committee assignments and council member privileges. Mark-Viverito is also a member of the committee. The committee chair positions come with extra income, known as lulus. Of the 14 members of the Queens delegation, 13 were rewarded with committee or subcommittee chairs. Freshman Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) was one of four members City-wide shut out of a leadership position. While Mark-Viverito’s supporters were given vital positions, Queens council members who sided with the Queens County leader, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, spoke graciously of the roles they are set to play in the new Council. Mark Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), himself a candidate for speaker, was re-appointed chair of the subcommittee on zoning and franchises. “I look forward to continuing to work with labor, business groups and community leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable City,” he said. Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) was named chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, while Karen Koslowitz was named head of the State and Federal Legislation Committee.

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Mayor Announces Vision Zero Initiative

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer When it comes to traffic fatalities in the City, there is only one number that Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to see: zero. On Jan. 15, de Blasio outlined his plan for the Vision Zero Initiative, a strategy with a goal of reducing traffic fatalities in the City to zero within 10 years. He announced the interagency group that would be charged with fulfilling that goal. The NYPD, the Dept. of Transportation, the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Taxi and Limousine Commission are responsible for developing a comprehensive traffic safety plan. Although 2014 is less than a month old, 11 New Yorkers have been killed in traffic incidents, seven of them pedestrians. According to the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, being struck by a car is the leading cause of injury-related death for children younger than 14, and the second leading cause of injury-related death for senior citizens. De Blasio made the announcement in Woodside near the intersection of Northern Boulevard and 61st Street, where eight-year-old Noshat Nahian was hit and killed by a truck on Dec. 20. “We aren’t going to wait and lose a son, a daughter, a parent or a grand-

State Sen. Michael Gianaris speaks at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Initiative press conference. The initiative’s goal is to reduce traffic fatalities in the City to zero within 10 years. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and other Queens elected officials also showed up in support of the policy.

parent in another senseless and painful tragedy. Our top responsibility is protecting the health and safety of our people,� de Blasio said. The interagency group will report to de Blasio by Feb. 15 with tangible strategies to improve at least 50 dangerous corridors and intersections annually, to expand the number of 20 miles per hour zones, to pursue a traffic safety legislative agenda and to dedicate sufficient police resources and personnel to deter dangerous be-

havior, like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians. While these ideas are still being formulated, de Blasio also announced some immediate measures the City is taking to curb dangerous driving. Speed cameras recently installed on New York City streets will now issue tickets to enforce the law on dangerous roads. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the NYPD is increasing the number of highway officers. He has already increased it by

10 percent, with the eventual goal of increasing the staff by 50 percent to a total of 270 personnel. Steve Scofield, the Queens Activist Committee co-chair at Transportation Alternatives, praised the Vision Zero Initiative for its thoroughness and its effort to transform traffic safety in the City. He added though that he would like to see engineering solutions to dangerous streets, lower speed limits and a greater focus on publicity and educational campaigns. “As long as Mayor de Blasio follows through on his initial concentration on Vision Zero, I think he will be successful,� he said. “There exists an overwhelming consensus among New Yorkers that our street culture is in need of transformation, especially in light of the recent spate of tragic fatalities. If our elected officials and residents can successfully rally around Vision Zero, our city at large stands to become a safer, more vibrant place to live, work and commute.� State Sen. Michael Gianaris (DAstoria), who was also at the press conference, called for the passage of his legislation that would make it a felony for individuals who drive with a suspended licenses and kill or injure someone in the process. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

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Queens College To Renovate TV Studio BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens College is set to upgrade its television studio for the first time in 50 years. The institution will completely renovate its 3,250-square-foot television production studio, marking the first major change at the site since it was constructed in 1960. With a price tag between $1.5 and $1.7 million, work is due to begin this summer. Once it is completed, the new studio will have state-of-the-art digital equipment and facilities available for students and faculty alike. The work will completely gut the media space, removing the tiered floor and asbestos in designated areas. The main production studio, prop area, green room, master control room, engineering room, server room and audio productions suite will all be given makeovers. New flooring, painting, lighting, an acoustical ceiling and a new handicap lift will be installed. The audio and TV studios will include soundproofing, with an acoustic board, rated doors, windows and associated seals and sound dampening. All electrical equipment and systems, such as light fixtures, theatrical lighting panel boards, receptacles and connections will be replaced to fit with the requirements of modern equipment. The construction will also make the

studio more environmentally-friendly, by adding LCD lighting and efficient air conditioning units. “At the end of the day, we’re going to reduce the energy usage of the facility,” Dave Gosine, director of Facilities Design, Construction and Management, said. The renovations will interfere with

day-to-day operations at King Hall, the building that the studio is located in. Gosine added that the college will try to do the work during breaks to not bother the students or faculty. “We have to shut it down to do the renovation. We’re hoping we can do the renovation in the summer time or over the

winter break,” he said. “If we need swing space, we’ll look to see if we can use facilities at Queensborough or LaGuardia.” Queens College plans to have the studio completed by the end of 2015. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

Assembly Passes Religious Garb Bill BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A piece of legislation meant to protect the rights of religious individuals is on its way to becoming law. On Jan. 14, the New York State Assembly passed the Religious Garb bill, which would prohibit workplace discrimination against attire worn for a religious purpose. The legislation is being sponsored by Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and co-sponsored by William Scarborough (D-Jamaica). Weprin put together the bill in response to complaints from religious communities that feel their religious garb or facial grooming has led to discriminatory practices. The memo for the bill listed the case of a Sikh MTA worker as an example. The employee objected to being told to remove his turban and wear the MTA hat. When

the MTA responded that he could wear the turban if he attached an MTA badge to the front of it, he said this was unacceptable as it would not be religiously proper. The bill would seek to prevent these incidents from occurring. Besides protecting the rights of uniformed employees by amending the civil-rights law, executive law and labor law, the bill would apply to all New Yorkers, protecting them from discrimination for wearing any sort of religiously motivated or mandated garb as long as it does not pose a hazard to that person or to the public. The legislation received wide support in the Assembly, passing by a vote of 133-1. The sole vote against the act was by Assemblyman Al Graf (RHolbrook). The bill is being sponsored by State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica) in the Senate, although it has not yet come to a vote. Weprin’s communications di-

rector, Celia Dosamantes, said that the bill does have bi-partisan support and that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like to sign the bill, so it has a good chance of becoming law by late February. “It is an unacceptable that workers have faced discrimination for wearing their religious attire or facial hair because it is an infringement on their civil liberties,” Weprin said. “Let us be a state that continues to promote diversity, leadership and service in our communities and businesses.” Religious leaders throughout the City backed the potential law. “We urge all of our state law makers to support the Religious Garb bill so that New York State can continue to lead the way for religious and racial tolerance,” Gurdev Kang, president of the Sikh Cultural Society, said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.



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It has been a common problem for straphangers that rely on the 7 train to get around the Borough to have problems travelling this time of year. Track repairs and upgrades have historically disrupted weekend commutes for millions of residents, and many businesses that rely on the 7 train to bring them customers feel a financial burden. This year, the MTA has announced that the 7 train would experience disruptions for 22 weekends starting at the end of February, adding up to about half the year where the train would not be running at full power. The MTA has, in years past, promised that these disruptions would ease as time went on, but time does not seem to be on the agency’s side. While subway riders have options when other lines are shut down for repairs, there are precious few options when the 7 train goes down. Because the City has frequently ignored the public transportation needs for Queens, its residents and its business owners are hurt too often by ill-advised plans. This is one of the most important ways that Mayor Bill de Blasio can prove his worth as an outer-borough Mayor. Work with our elected officials who represent areas along the 7 train to develop a plan that will allow for these repairs without damaging these small businesses.


Property Tax Assistance Available For Homeowners By AsseMBlyWOMAn nIly ROzIc For too many New Yorkers, the economic recovery is an abstraction. Even with recent declarations that the great recession is long gone, I find that Queens homeowners are facing many financial hardships. Property taxes remain a huge burden for many families. We must support all struggling to support their families as our economy recovers. Last year, I partnered with City and State agencies to bring much-needed tax relief to local homeowners. Through the STAR (School Tax Relief) exemption program, many were able to save on average $700 each year on their property taxes. To register for the program or see if you qualify for STAR, please contact my office.

Property taxes are calculated by a perplexing formula. We must ensure that property owners are not overcharged in their tax assessment. To explain, property taxes are calculated by determining the property’s market value, its assessed value, its transitional values, and then applying exemptions--resulting in the annual property tax. Sounds complicated, right? This process often leaves neighbors confused and frustrated. There is a solution: I am partnering with the Department of Finance to assist homeowners who disagree with their assessed property value and would like to challenge the calculation with the New York City Tax Commission. My office will be hosting a special tax assessment workshop in

February. Please contact my office if you would like to participate. All homeowners are welcome. I am committed to making sure that government supports the community as we overcome economic challenges together. Although the deadline is not until March 2014, I urge homeowners to file as soon as possible. My office is available to help! If you have any questions, please contact me and my dedicated staff at (718) 820-0241 or rozicn@assembly. Assemblywoman Nily Rozic represents the 25th Assembly District, encompassing the neighborhoods of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside Hills and Douglaston.

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To The Editor: ational Catholic School week is being celebrated from Sunday Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 all across the country. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” I would like to say that I applaud what Catholic Schools do for the youth of our country. These schools produce students strongly dedicated to their faith, families and communities by providing an intellectually stimulating environment rich in spirituality, character and moral development. The teachers in these schools I am told are dedicated

District Manager Should Stay To The Editor, Recent articles have described the ill-treatment of Mary Ann Carey, District Manager for Community Board 9. She has given many years of dedicated service to the community. Great numbers of community members have benefited from her leadership. Despite her effectiveness, she is obviously being forced out of her position. When our community was faced with problems, be it small or huge, she was always available


To The Editor: he Independent Budget Office revealed recently that 80 percent of special-needs kindergartners in New York City’s charter schools leave those schools before they reach third grade. Why? Because the charter schools throw them out. Those publicly-funded private schools don’t want to take a chance with data that might make their businesses a harder sell to potential customers. Where do these kids end up? In public schools, where they contribute positively as Maureen Coppola Advertising Director

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to hear our concerns and help us resolve issues. Her assistance has been invaluable on numerous occasions. No matter if it was a speeding problem on our residential street, or inappropriate development, or graffiti, we could count on her able assist. No person with such a long record of community service should be treated in such an insulting manner. I hope that she will be spared the political hatchet. William Herbert, Kew Gardens

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to their profession and see this not just a job but an opportunity to enlighten the minds of children and seek to make them the very best they can be. You see these children are the leaders of tomorrow and need what Catholic Schools offer. In closing, let me say that I hope God helps us to continue to keep our fine Catholic Schools vibrant and thriving for these schools need to stay open for these children are our nation’s future. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village Editor’s Note: For more on Catholic Schools Week, see our special section on pages 15-16.

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members of the school family and where the responsibility for nurturing all kids without exception is cheerfully accepted. No kid is viewed as a liability there. People who live the life of educators know that. Public schools have double the percentage of special-needs kids that charter schools have and this does nobody any harm. It is a pleasure and a challenge to serve. That’s what drives true educators, not entrepreneurs masquerading as them. Ron Isaac, Fresh Meadows

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, FRIZSU ENTERTAINMENT, LLC; Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/13/2013; Office Location: 105-50 Van Wyck Expy. Jamaica, NY 11419, Queens Count y; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served; SSNY shall mail copy of process to105-50 Van Wyck Expy, Jamaica, NY 11419; Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of Stephen Strober, D.D.S., PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/2/13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 70-31 108th St., Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: practice dentistry. ________________________ DIVING INDIAN FILMS LLC, a foreign LLC, filed with the SSNY on 4/19/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2141 34thAve., Apt. 7D, Long Island City, NY 11106. General Purposes. ________________________ Notice of Qualification of 3706 81ST STREET, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/13/13. Office location: Queens Count y. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o A & E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Douglas F. Eisenberg at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ LUX ET VERITAS LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/21/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Edward Torres CPA, 7050 Austin St., Ste. 101, Forest Hills, NY 11375-4746. General Purpose. ________________________ CSN11 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on

12/10/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 39-46 65th Place, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of Qualification of 32-06 47TH STREET, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/13/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o A & E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Douglas F. Eisenberg at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ RHIZOME MANAGEMENT L.P.filed an App. for Authority with the Department of State of NY on 3/27/2013. Jurisdiction: DE, and the date of its formation is 3/25/2013. Office location in NYS: Queens. The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of such process is: 104-29 37th Road, Corona NY 11368 The address in its jurisdiction if required or the office address: 615 So. DuPont Hwy, Dover DE 19901. A copy of the Articles of Organization may be obtained from DE Sec’ty of State, 401 Federal St. #4, Dover DE 19901. The list of names and addresses of all general partners is available from the Secretary of State. The purpose of the LP is any lawful act. ________________________ 872 ATL ANTIC HOLDING, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/20/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Rafael Sondon, 130-24 Liberty Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11419. General Purpose. ________________________ SM TRADING MANAGEMENT LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/15/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the

LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 73 25 173rd St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. General Purposes. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: 44-05 FLB MANAGEMENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/03/13. 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, 44-05 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Bayside, New York 11361. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 6015 MAIN ST LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 60-15 Main St Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful act. ________________________ Samdavid & Harry LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. Agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave Ste 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General. ________________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS MorEquit y, Inc., Plaintiff, against Lorna A. Gilbert a/k/a Lorna Gilbert; William A. Gilbert, III a/k/a William A. Gilbert a/k/a William Gilbert; et al, Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 10/3/2013 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the Queens County Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11435, in Courtroom #25 on 01/31/2014 at 10:00AM, premises known as 115-45 198th Street, Saint Albans, NY 11412 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens and State of NY, Block 11039 Lot 21. Approximate amount of judgment $222,511.36 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 21469/2012. Wyatt N. Gibbons, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney for secured party State of New York Mortgage

Agency 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Suite One, Rochester, NY 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: December 17, 2013 1074606 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 01/23/2014 ________________________ Lockhart–Estrada Hardwood Flooring LLC a domestic LLC filed with SSNY on 07/01/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Lockhart-Estrada Hardwood Flooring LLC 90-05 161 Street Apt 3A Jamaica, NY 11432 ________________________ S A L - F R A N C O R E A LT Y MGMT LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/30/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Salvatore Salamone & Rosa Salamone, 17-12 147th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Nevrikos Taxi LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/4/13. Office:Queens Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 3321 21st St. Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: any lawful activity ________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1275685 for beer and wine has been applied for by COFFEED Corp. doing business as LIC Landing by COFFEED to sell beer and wine at retail in a cafe under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 52-10 Center Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101 for on premises consumption. ________________________ JM KOON CONSULTING, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 12/4/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 176-09 69th Ave., Fresh Meadow, NY 11365. General Purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: MetroMaids NYC LLC Articles of Organization were filed with NY Sec. Of State (SSNY) 09/12/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 4705 Center Blvd Apt 315 Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of MRJ3 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with

Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/26/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 60-05 246 Place, Douglaston, NY 11362. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of Silver Needle Tea, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/04/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 25-59 46th Street, Astoria NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Lam 8436 Realty LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 84-36 164th St, Jamaica, NY 11432. General Purposes. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on NOV 25 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000915-13/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Davon (Middle) Sharif (Last) Morris My present name is (First) Davon (Middle) Sharif (Last) McKay aka Davon Sharif McKay My present address is 99-15 201st Street, Hollis, NY 11423-3414 My place of birth is Manhattan, NY My date of birth is April 21, 1988 ________________________ Notice of Formation of KE DIOMATARIS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/17/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Konstantinos Diomataris, 41-11 54th St., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: NATUR AL INGREDIENTS RESOURCES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/21/13. 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, 130 55 127 Street, Queens, New York 11420. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Best Chef, LLC, Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/23/2013. Office in Queens County, SSNY designated Agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 175-20 Wexford Terrace, Ste. 12R, Jamaica, New York 11432. ________________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS STATE OF NEW YORK MORTGAGE AGENCY, Plaintiff, -againstRacquel Clarke; et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated 5/29/2013 and entered thereafter. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Courtroom 25, Jamaica, NY 11435 in the County of Queens on February 21, 2014 at 10:00AM, premises known as 186-09 Jamaica Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being at Hollis, Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block: 9908 Lot 15. Approximate amount of judgment is $228,854.06 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 6402/12. Guy R. Vitacco, Esq., Referee Schiller & Knapp, LLP 950 New Loudon Road Latham, NY 12110 Attorneys for Plaintiff 1074730 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 02/13/2014 ________________________ PUBLIC NOTICE in accordance with the New York State and Federal laws, it is the policy of the Highland Care Center, 91-31 175th Street, Jamaica, NY to admit and treat all patients without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or source of payment. ________________________ Dee Global Ventures LLC, Article of Organization filed NY Secretary of State (SSNY) 12/23/13. Office in Queens Co., SSNY designated Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process. The LLC address is 155-62 116th Road, Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: No Service Co.

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Queens Village native and attorney Munir Avery announced that he is running for the seat to replace embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith.

Avery Seeks To Replace Embattled State Sen. Smith BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer

Forest Hills attorney and Queens Village native Munir Avery announced that he has thrown his hat in the race to replace embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), who is still awaiting trial on corruption charges. Avery joins challenger Clyde Vanel, a Cambria Heights attorney who finished second to Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) in last year’s race to replace a term-limited Leroy Comrie. Despite facing up to 25 years in prison on charges that he tried to rig the mayoral election, Smith also announced that he will be running for reelection. As a long-time Southeast Queens resident, Avery, a Democrat, said he always knew he wanted to run for office, representing the district he calls home. “I’m running because I was born and raised in the district. I love Southeast Queens and the people here,” he said. “It is one of the most diverse districts in the world – nearly every faith and ethnicity is represented here. When I visit the churches, the mosques, the synagogues and the temples, they all tell me we need a person with integrity who will provide honest, respectful representation. I am that person.” Though this is the first time Avery is running for office, he is no stranger to the political landscape. He currently serves as counsel to Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and is vice president of the Adlai Stevenson Regular Democratic Club. Avery has also worked as director of constituent affairs for former councilwoman Diana Reyna and served as a representative for the 103rd Precinct under Queens DA Richard Brown – experiences he said he believes make him qualified to fill the seat. “I have worked in legislative offices

doing constituent services for quite some time and know how to help our constituents navigate the system to make sure they get the services they need,” he said. In running for the District 14 Senate seat, Avery said he hopes that Democrats will regain control of the chamber. Although he did not mention the Senator by name, in August, Smith joined forces with the Independent Democratic Conference – a coalition designed to prevent the Senate Democratic caucus from taking power, even after winning the majority of Senate seats in last year’s elections. “I would love to see the Democrats take over the chamber,” Avery said. “I would love to see the Democrats have their chairmanships and have their seats so we can start pushing a progressive agenda – women’s equality, universal pre-k, campaign finance reform.” When asked about his thoughts on Smith’s decision to run for reelection in light of his scandal, Avery refrained from criticism. “I believe that all people are innocent until proven guilty. He is still a public servant,” he said. “He has served for many years and all Americans should get involved and run and be a part of the system. That’s what makes America great and that’s what makes our democracy strong.” If elected, Avery said that he will be primarily focused on bringing more resources into his community – especially for the youth. “We need to make sure our schools are getting their fair share of funding. We need to end co-locations and the focus on testing. We need to start focusing on creating well-rounded, productive members of society and empowering young men and women to achieve their dream,” he said. “We need our children to have universal pre-k education. Our young people need jobs. We need more services for our young people and we need to get them involved.” Citing his experience as an elder law attorney, Avery said he also believes there are not enough resources available for senior citizens in the district. “There are many seniors who are being abused and neglected, so I would like to see more funding for case workers, social workers and home health aides so that we could be more proactive about going out and finding the seniors that need assistance,” he said. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or or @nkozikowska.

Vallone Commits To Participatory Budgeting


Although the residents of Council District 19 voted Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Whitestone) in to office partially as a break from the past,

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CB8 and other civic groups are against the renewal of Cheap Shots’ liquor license, due to complaints in the community.

there is one program that connects the newly elected official to his predecessor: participatory budgeting. Vallone announced this month that his office would continue to take part in participatory budgeting, a process where community members decide how to spend a chunk of a councilmember’s discretionary funds. Although he will not get it up and running for this fiscal year, the councilman said he plans to have it in action for the second half of 2014. The policy has a short history in the area, as the previous councilman, the embattled Dan Halloran, started using the program in 2012. “I am absolutely committed to bringing back participatory budgeting to my district,” Vallone said in a statement. “In the interest of ensuring an effective and well-planned participatory budgeting process that engages a wide range of residents of this district, my office will work with members of the Participatory Budgeting NYC Steering Committee in the coming months to make sure we can hit the ground running.” Although Vallone has yet to work out the details of his participatory budgeting, Sondra Youdelman, executive director of Community Voices Heard, was happy to hear the news. “We are excited to learn of councilmember Vallone’s commitment to lead a full and robust PB process in his district starting this summer for the following fiscal year,” Youdelman said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

Community Leaders Rail Against Cheap Shots


After many complaints from nearby residents, the Fresh Meadows com-

munity has come out against Cheap Shots bar. Cheap Shots, located at 149-05 Union Tpke., is due for its liquor license renewal, but may have a tough battle ahead to convince the State of New York Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control to approve it. Community Board 8, several civic associations and Councilman Rory Lancman (DFresh Meadows) have written letters condemning the behavior of some of the bar’s patrons. District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide sent a letter on behalf of CB8 to Michael Jones, the deputy CEO of the New York State Liquor Authority. According to the letter, the board had received complaints from the Kew Garden Hills Civic Association, Parkway Village Equities Corporation and nearby residents about unreasonable noise throughout the night, fighting in the streets, public drunkenness and public urination. The board’s letter was preceded by several correspondences to the community board’s liquor license committee from Lancman and civic leaders, complaining about Cheap Shots and its patrons. Lancman’s letter said that according to Special Operations Lieutenant Eric Robinson of the 107th Precinct, police made four arrests at Cheap Shots, one for robbery, two for gambling and another for underage alcohol consumption. Lancman also called the bar “a magnet for criminal activity and a danger to neighboring residents.” Douglas Sherman, the Board President of Parkway Village Equities Corporation, said in his letter that last year, two shooting victims left the bar and entered Parkway Village, banging on doors in pursuit of medical attention. Representatives of Cheap Shots did not return requests for comment. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788. â&#x20AC;˘ Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 9

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Former Councilman Gennaro Joins The State DEC BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Just like he hinted at in November, former councilman James Gennaro has gotten a new job dedicated to improving the City’s resilience and environment. On Jan. 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Gennaro had been appointed as the deputy commissioner for New York City Sustainability and Resiliency at the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The former elected official’s new job will center on making New York City more resilient and able to meet chal-

lenges associated with climate change, including stronger weather patterns like Superstorm Sandy. Gennaro will also work to help the five boroughs continue to rebuild and recover after the 2012 storm. He was the chairman of the Environmental Committee during his time in the Council and a good portion of his legislation had to do with improving the health of the City’s air and water. “In a post-Sandy age, everyone’s looking at wetlands now as something we need to protect the main land,” he said. “They play a role in our City’s ecology with regard to fish and shellfish and the overall health of the water.

They’re also critical defense mechanisms for the main land. They absorb a lot of energy from coastal waters.” As part of this job, Gennaro will also serve as the DEC’s liaison to the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies, also known as NYS RISE. Cuomo erected the program in November to provide scientific information to legislators and stakeholders on how to create detailed plans on protecting communities from extreme weather. “This year, the State is reimagining New York for a new climate reality, building back better and more resilient after the major storms from

the last few years,” Cuomo said. “I am pleased to have Mr. Gennaro join our team at DEC where he will bring his many years of environmental experience to help protect and prepare New York City for extreme weather.” The DEC commissioner, Joe Martens, was also pleased to have Gennaro on board. “Jim’s demonstrated passion for improving the environment and his leading role in shaping environmental policies to protect New Yorkers make him a natural fit for DEC,” he said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788

Rockaway Ferry Extended until May 2014 BY LuIs GROndA Staff Writer The Rockaway Ferry has been given yet another extension and it could possibly be running on a permanent basis. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that the Rockaway Ferry would continue to run until May, with another option to extend it to August. A Request for Proposal has also been sent out, looking for a permanent operator to the service. The Mayor said in a statement that

he is committed to rebuilding the Rockaways. “From accelerating rebuilding programs to today’s ferry extension, we are going to keep our focus on communities hit hard by Sandy to ensure no one is left behind,” de Blasio said. A horde of Queens elected officials chimed in their approval of the announcement, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “I applaud the decision of Mayor de Blasio to extend ferry service in the Rockaways. Affordable and fast trans-

portation is vital to the growth and future of the peninsula,” she said. While residents of the Rockaways, as well for those who live in Brooklyn and Manhattan, will continue to get ferry service, it will come with a price. The fee for the ferry will increase from $2.00 to $3.50 as a result of the extension. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DOzone Park) said he does not think the bigger fare will deter residents from taking the ferry because it is still cheaper than the $6 it costs to take the express bus.

“It’s still a good deal in my book,” he said. Goldfeder added that there is potential concern if the price tag for the boat rises more in the future but that is a conversation that will be had if it occurs. Since its inception in Nov. 2012, the ferry has carried more than 200,000 passengers from the Queens peninsula to lower Manhattan. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda. • Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 11

Queens Pride Celebrates 21 Years By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee will celebrate its 21st Winter Pride event for those who have significantly provided to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community in Queens on Jan. 25 at the Astoria World Manor. More than 350 people will gather to honor NYC Pride, the organizers of the Manhattan Pride Parade and Cathy Renna, a Queens native, who has played a critical role in media related to nearly every issue affecting LGBTQ populations. Among those in attendance will be Edie Windsor, the woman whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last spring, leading to federal recognition of same sex marriages. She will be on hand to present Renna with her award on behalf of the Pride Committee. Chris Calvert, co-chair of Queens Pride, said they are excited to have Windsor at the event. “Edie’s victory was a victory for LGBT people in Queens, across the country and around the world,” he said. “She is the embodiment of the impact one person can have, standing up for what is right and fighting for

Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

what you believe in. We look forward to celebrating with her.” Renna, who works for Target Cue LLC, is the founder of Renna Communications, where she brought her public relations skills to more than 50 different organizations including the Matthew Shephard Foundation,

Family Equality Council, the Point Foundation, ACT-UP, the New York LGBT Center, Senior Action and many more. Through her media relations abilities, Renna has touched every aspect of the LGBTQ community from marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” to being the force behind creating more visibility for older LGBT people, homeless LGBT youth and transgender youth. “It is a thrill to be honored by Queens Pride, especially because I was born in Astoria, raised in Whitestone and now live in Middle Village,” she said. “It feels great to be a ‘local girl that’s done good.’ I have always seen my work as the kind of activism that tells the stories of our diverse communities – often one we would never see otherwise – and this award is wonderful validation of that work and an inspiration to do more.” Andrew Ronan, chair of the Winter Pride organizing committee, said media is often dominated by negative stereotypes and homophobic rhetoric. “Cathy has been an incomparable force in countering that negativity and bringing awareness to many issues that are important to the LGBTQ community,” he said. “In publicizing the stories of LGBTQ seniors, youth and other diverse populations, Cathy

has amplified Queen’s Pride’s Mission to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community. In the words of our founder, ‘we are here, we are queer, and you know who we are.’” The second recipient of the honors that night will be NYC Pride, which is an organization within Heritage of Pride, Inc. They work toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. They accomplish this goal by producing pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate the diverse LGBTQ community. “From its founding to the present day, Queens Pride has been and continues to be more than just a strong partner to NYC Pride during our march to equality,” David Schneider, Stonewall 50 Committee Director of Heritage of Pride, Inc./NYC Pride, said. “We are honored beyond measure to be celebrated by our compatriots at this year’s Winter Pride.” Queens Pride will celebrate the 22nd Queens Pride Parade and Festival on June 1 in Jackson Heights. For more information or to purchase tickets to this weekend’s Winter Pride, visit or contact Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.

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103rd Precinct Triple Homicide â&#x20AC;&#x201C; At 7:07 p.m. on Jan. 19, police responded to a 911 call of three unconscious females inside of an apartment at 90-20 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. Upon arrival, officers discovered three female victims in a bedroom, each with multiple stab wounds. The first victim, identified as Deisy Garcia, 21, was stabbed multiple times in the torso. The second victim, identified as Daniela Mejia, 2, was also stabbed multiple times in the torso. The third victim, Yaslin Mejia, 1, was stabbed multiple times in the chest. EMS also responded to the location and pronounced all three victims dead at the scene. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

104th Precinct FaTal collision â&#x20AC;&#x201C; At 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 18, police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck in the vicinity of Grand Avenue and 69th Place. Upon arrival, police observed the victim, identified as Angela Hurtado, 68, of Elmhurst, lying on the ground with head and body trauma. EMS also responded and transported Hurtado to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A further investigation determined that the victim was crossing Grand Avenue when she was allegedly struck by a black 2002 Mitsubishi Montero, operated by Abel Tinoco, 28, of Richmond Hill, who was making a left turn onto Grand Avenue. The driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and was taken into custody without incident. He was later charged with aggravated unlicensed operation.

Brooklyn, unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to the chest. EMS responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

115th Precinct Forcible ToucHing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The NYPD is asking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance identifying and locating the following suspect wanted for a forcible touching incident that occurred within the confines of the 115th Precinct. At 8:05 a.m. Jan. 16 on a Manhattan- This suspect is bound 7 train at wanted for a forcthe 74th Street ible touching inRoosevelt Av- cident within the enue station, a conf ines of the male touched 115th Precinct. a 16-year-old female over her clothing in her groin and buttocks area, then fled on foot. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries as a result of the incident. The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, between 30-35 years, approximately 5-foot-9, last seen wearing a tan baseball cap, black hooded sweatshirt, a red turtleneck and sunglasses. Anyone with information should call the NYPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

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The Angels of Harmony kick off St. Albans Presbyterian Church’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with vocal performances. The event was hosted by the Queens Community Parent-Teacher Student Association and was meant to encourage parental involvement and reading and writing for students.

Parents and Students Embrace MLK’s Legacy BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On Jan. 20, dozens of parents and their children gathered at the St. Albans Presbyterian Church to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy at the fourth annual Dream to R.E.A.D. event. The celebration, hosted by the Queens Community Parent-Teacher Student Association, sought to stress the importance of parental involvement and encourage children to read and write – all while learning about King and his historic relevance in the Civil Rights Movement. Students from a variety of neighborhood schools celebrated the day by reading together and hearing a few words of encouragement from three authors, Guishyloh Boursiquot, DaeQuan Morrison and Tina Anderson Crayton – all of whom were published before they even entered junior high school. Parents, like James Tatum, took advantage of the day off from work to spend the day with their children and show their support. “This is all about making sure she continues reading and increasing her vocabulary. I think it’s extremely important,” said Tatum, who attended the event with his daughter Janilla. “I am the PTA president at her school, PS 37. I am also president of the father’s club. Parental involvement in a child’s education is most important thing that you can do because they need that guidance and enlightenment.” In his experience as PTA president, Tatum said, far too many fathers are not involved with their children’s edu-

cation. This is why he believes it is especially important for dads to attend events like these in the community. “The most important thing is that we as males need to have more of an influence on our children,” he said. “I’m sad to say that there are a lot of males that are not involved with their families and a lot of women need to be mom and dad.” In addition to encouraging his daughter to continue reading, Tatum said he was looking forward to sharing King’s legacy with his daughter. “He was a man that was for all the people, but he loved children. Children are our legacy and he stressed that,” he said. “I heard a lot of speeches growing up, when I was her [Janilla’s] age and I love telling her the stories.” Following a musical performance by the Angels of Harmony, author and curator for History MEETS Hip Hop, Syreeta Gates, gave her keynote address in which she shared her success story, encouraging students to pursue their dreams much like she did. “It feels amazing to be able to share my story,” she said. “My grandmother always said, to whom much is given, much is required. If I have the opportunity to share what I’ve learned in my 25 short years with a host of young people, that’s always phenomenal.” “It’s necessary to bring things like this in the community, especially when people from the community put on the event,” Gates added. “It’s necessary that young people use platforms like this to demonstrate their talents. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or or @nkozikowska

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Workers Arrested After Rallying For Paid Holiday By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer Thirty-two federal, State and City elected leaders, clergy and airport workers were arrested on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, after protesting to bring dignity, fairness and economic justice to the contracted employees. One thousand people marched in unison towards the bridge to LaGuardia Airport with banners that read “MLK: Our Day.” Together they chanted, “The workers united will never be defeated,” and “We want change and we don’t mean pennies.” The march, organized by 32BJ Service Employees International Union, which represents building service employees, blocked traffic at 94th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, after the workers asked the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in December to make the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday for contracted passenger service workers at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark International airports. According to the union, the airlines have repeatedly refused to correct the situation. 32BJ SEIU is asking the Port Authority to step in and put systematic solutions in place. The protesters are among the 12,000 workers at New York City-area airports who are employed by contractors and earn poverty wages without affordable health care benefits or paid sick days. Included among the many elected officials who were arrested after participating in civil disobedience, the few to represent Queens were Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica). “In New York City, it is impossible to raise a family, put food on the table and send your child to college on a minimum wage salary,” Van Bramer later said in a written statement.

“My act of civil disobedience on the 94th Street Bridge outside of LaGuardia airport was out of solidarity with airport workers who are being treated unfairly.” U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan) was also one of the elected officials to participate in the civil disobedience and was later arrested by the police. “What we have to do is make certain that there is a livable wage for people to be able to send their kids to a decent school,” he said. “No one should be one paycheck away to homelessness. It’s not how we treat each other; it’s how we treat our lesser brothers and sisters.” Before Rangel was arrested, he said, “I am ready to be put in jail today so that everyone will know that we are going to fight for decent wages [and] we are going to fight for sick days and pensions.” Andrew Lloyd, a cabin cleaner contracted by Airway Cleaners, said he makes $8 per hour only because of the New York State’s minimum wage. “I find it nonsense that I have a full time job, but I have to seek public assistance,” he said. “I have to work overtime just to support my family. I have no sick days. I have no paid vacation days.” Derick Swaby, an employee for PrimeFlight Airline Services at Newark Airport, said he started working for the company for merely $7.25 per hour, but this year he said he makes $8.25 per hour, which is solely due to the State’s increase in minimum wage and not his company. “It’s 46 years after the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King; we are still struggling to get decent wages,” he said. “Today is an important day in a workers’ life and we don’t even get paid for today.” Public Advocate Letita James stepped up to the podium loudly chanting, “No Justice, No Peace.” “Dr. King would have been out here demanding fair wages,” she said. “Dr.

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Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was one of several council members to rally to make MLK Day a paid holiday for airport workers in the New York City-area.

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Thousands of people marched chanting “We want change and we don’t mean pennies” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

King would have been here today demanding that we have a paid holiday. Dr. King was against income inequality. Dr. King died marching for sanitation workers. Dr. King died because he believed that we should not have a country where people are living with poverty wages.” She said they urge the Port Authority to do what is right because too many airport workers are living on food stamps and public assistance. SEIU’s president, Hector Figueroa,

who started the march after speaking, said the work of Dr. King is not finished 50 years later because workers in the airport living in this economy are still earning poverty wages. “We stand together to say enough is enough,” he said. “We are living people and we deserve better.” The Port Authority was unable to comment in time for press. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.

Queens Republicans Protest Gov. Cuomo’s Comments By Luis Gronda Staff Writer A group of Queens Republicans gathered on Tuesday to condemn comments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which they called “hate speech.” The Queens Village Republican Club called on Gov. Cuomo to apologize and retract statements he made earlier this week about Republicans not belonging in New York. The Governor has come under fire for saying during a radio interview that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon and anti-gay” do not belong in New York because “that’s not who New Yorkers are.” A group of Queens Republicans said, at a press conference at Queens Borough Hall on Tuesday, the Governor should apologize for the comments. Phil Orenstein, a member of the Queens Village Republican Club, was among the ones to express their disapproval of the comments. “We say no to Governor Cuomo. We will not leave New York State. We were born here, we raised our family here and we’ll continue to live in New York State with our opinions and freely express them,” he said. Joe Concannon echoed Orenstein’s sentiment, saying he represents all citizens of New York. “We don’t need a Governor going out and being derisive and using lan-

guage which just doesn’t belong in the public lexicon,” Concannon said. “This isn’t something that he should be doing as the Governor of our state.” The Queens GOP also sent out a statement, expressing their disapproval over the controversial comments. “It’s shocking, to say the least, that the Governor thinks he can tell New Yorkers how they should think. That he would actually outline a litmus test for what beliefs he finds acceptable for people in New York to hold,” GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa said. Following several published reports about his comments, the Governor’s office issued a statement saying Cuomo’s words were misconstrued and he was not saying that Republicans should leave New York. “It is clear that the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic),” the statement read in part. When asked to respond to the statement, Orenstein said they are just trying to save face in light of the backlash and they will push for an apology from the Governor. He added that they plan on taking a trip to Albany in the near future to protest the comments further. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda. • Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 15

Catholic Schools Week Praises The Parish BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer

Even though National Catholic Schools Week is a nationwide event, it is meant to be a commemoration of the individual parishes and communities that impact the lives of students every day. According to some faculty members who work at Catholic schools in Queens, the week-long celebration allows students, teachers, parents, staff and community members to come together in a celebration of the day-to-day achievements of religious education. Running from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 this year, Catholic Schools Week is not just a week of fun but a week of thankfulness for the experiences everyone in the parish can share. “I think Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to celebrate the fact that we as a parish have such a vibrant and committed Catholic school,” Forest Hills’ Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School principal Anne Zuschlag said. As the annual festivities in support of Catholic schools, the week-

long event is a time for Masses, open houses and reflections on what makes a Catholic education special. Many of students are asked during the week to think about the sacrifices made by their parents, their teachers and the support staff each and every day. “One of the things we talk to the students about regularly is sacrifice. It’s not easy for all the parents to send their children to Catholic school,” Zuschlag said. According to the National Catholic Educational Association, the 2014 theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” “Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged,” the association said. Given the emphasis on community and service, the National Catholic Educational Association is asking institutions to mark Catholic Schools Week by pledging 40 hours of service to their neighborhoods. Service plays a key role in the Catholic faith, as Ephesians 5:21 asks people to “be subject

to one another in the reverence of Christ.” “It’s a celebration of who we are and what we do every day. Faith and knowledge are a daily occurrence here,” Barbara DeMaio, principal of Most Precious Blood School in Astoria, said. “As far as service goes, we have service projects that are available on a daily basis. We honor random acts of kindness Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish constantly.” will reflect on the sacrifice made by Zuschlag said that Our parents and faculty as part of CathLady Queen of Martyrs will olic Schools Week. put forward this focus on service by honoring those in the students and faculty to remember community who work in public ser- the struggle Catholics had to gain a vice, such as crossing guards, the foothold in a Protestant-heavy City maintenance staff, civil servants, as well as to fight to make sure today’s schools remain open. sanitation workers and more. “Those sacrifices those immi“We will be celebrating people in our community who are of service to grants made years and years ago us,” she said. “[Students] also need to start Catholic schools in New York City are really remarkable,” to recognize the service in others.” This year’s Catholic Schools she said. “They offer an opportuWeek is also notable because it is nity for choice in a country that’s the 40th year that the celebration based on choice. As more and more of these schools close, we has been held. According to Zuschlag, Catholic start to lose that choice.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357schools were not as prominent in the City’s past as they are today. 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenThe 40th anniversary is chance for, or @Joey788.

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Queens Catholic Schools Celebrate Community BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Every year, Catholic Schools Week is marked by days of events and activities to celebrate the Catholic school system and the individual schools. This year will be no different for the many institutes located in Queens. There are more than 50 elementary schools and academies in Queens that are part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which covers the Catholic parishes found within the two boroughs. Many if not all of them have plans for Catholic Schools Week. While it may be as simple as a Mass or a dress-down day for some, many schools go above and beyond to celebrate their community. Both Most Precious Blood School in Astoria and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs are going to have events during each day of the week that incorporate a different segment of their parish. The celebrations will start on Sunday and run until Friday. For MPB, the week will kick off with an open house on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a carnival sponsored by eighthgrade students that afternoon. Those events are not just for mem-

bers of the school, but for the surrounding community as well. On Monday, Jan. 27, the students will have a pajama day, along with a special surprise. Tuesday will be a day for honoring language and literacy through a book sale. On Wednesday, parents will be invited spend time in their children’s classroom for Family Day. “We really want to honor their choice in choosing a Catholic education,” assistant principal Donna Flynn said. Thursday is dedicated to teambuilding. Each class will wear a different color and take part in activities. Flynn said that the colors are meant to show that while the students of MPB are all different, they are all on the same team. Friday will be a staff appreciation day for the non-teaching staff. Flynn added that Catholic Schools Week overlaps with another celebration for the school, as MPB’s Early Childhood Center has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “That’s a huge honor. We’re celebrating that throughout the whole year,” Flynn said. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs’ week of events will follow a routine, as it gives the students some-

thing to look forward to each year. The school will dedicate each day to different people, recognizing their role in the community. For student day, there will be a schoolwide game and the children will dress in their pajamas. Parents will be given breakfast and will spend time in the classroom with their children another day during the week. There will also be a Culture Day, during which parents will make ethnic food and children will dress in clothing native to their culture. Teachers will be thanked and celebrated during a Mass. “We recognize the teachers at that celebration and thank them for their service. Many of them have been here for more than 20 years,” principal Anne Zuschlag said. In Woodside, the St. Sebastian parish will have a talk by guest speakers on religious vocation, a ceremony honoring Catholic war veterans, a breakfast for the school’s volunteers and a Nintendo Wii gaming event. “It’s generally a time when we honor people in the community who support the school, our parents, our parents association the students, our alumni, the priests from the parish,” principal JoAnn Dolan said. “We name a distinguished graduate. It’s also a time

for people to come into the school and see what we’re all about.” Many other schools in Queens have their own traditions and celebrations for students to enjoy during Catholic Schools Week. Ave Maria Catholic Academy will celebrate students with a Sundae on a Tuesday for Jan. 28. The school will follow that with a pep rally student-faculty volleyball game from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29. Divine Mercy Catholic Academy is holding a talent show and pasta dinner at the end of the week on Jan. 31. Holy Trinity School will have a mass and open house on Sunday and a student appreciation day on Thursday. Students may all wear their gym uniforms and there will be an optional McDonald’s lunch. Immaculate Conception School will have an open house each day for most of the week. On Tuesday, it will hold its annual science fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Friday, it will hold a sports and game night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Maspeth will show its students appreciation by giving them the best gift of all, a half day. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788. • Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 17

legislative update

Meng, Nadler Hail Diesel Engine Upgrades U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan/ Brooklyn) recently touted the House of Representative’s passage of $20 million for the Diesel Emission Reduction Act grants. The money will be used to replace or retrofit old diesel engines, including those in locomotives and school buses, in order to reduce the harmful diesel emissions they generate. The funds were incorporated into the Omnibus Appropriations Bill after Meng and Nadler called for $30 million to be allocated to the program. President Barack Obama has only requested $6 million. “The approval of $20 million for DERA grants is a victory for our environment across America,” Meng said. “They will continue to greatly improve air quality, help combat asthma rates in children and increase cleaner diesel technologies in our communities.” Nadler said the funds appropriated was a step in the right direction. “Many diesel engines are decades old and can be found in our school buses and locomotives, which run almost every day,” he said. “Taking advantage of cleaner technologies will improve our air quality and reduce the disastrous consequences of the pollution unnecessarily created by antiquated diesel engines.” Under past DERA grants, the New York City Economic Development Corporation received funds to upgrade two locomotives. The Representatives are hopeful that more money can be allocated in the future to New York State to help with retrofitting additional engines.

Meng and Nadler urged the DERA funding to be allocated in a letter they sent last April to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and related Agencies, the panel that decides funding levels for environmental programs. The $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations package passed the House by a vote of 359 to 67. Its approval avoids a government shutdown by funding federal agencies through September.

Moya Fights For Living Wage

Assemblyman Francisco Moya (DJackson Heights) is calling on the Port Authority to guarantee area airport workers a living wage and health benefits. Approximately 12,000 workers in New York City-area airports are paid at or near the minimum wage. Thousands of security guards, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and ID checkers make poverty wages and are afforded no benefits. “It is unacceptable for full-time employees in New York State to live at the poverty line,” Moya said. “In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated supporting better wages and working conditions for sanitation workers in Memphis. Just days before he died, he said, ‘it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.’ Fortysix years later and his words can unfortunately still resonate with airport workers right here in Queens. For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, let’s truly honor his memory by requiring airlines that lease space at area airports to award contracts to private contractors that provide living wages,

Blue Ribbon Winners local officials gathered at ps46Q to celebrate the school’s 2013 National Blue Ribbon award, a distinction given by the u.s. dept. of education to schools where students perform at high levels or where student achievement has dramatically improved. pictured (from left) are Councilman Mark Weprin, assemblywoman Nily Rozic, state sen. toby stavisky, ps46Q principal Marsha goldberg, assistant principal Karalazarides stamo and u.s. Rep. grace Meng.

Celebrating MLK

Councilman daniel dromm was the keynote speaker at elmhurst Hospital’s annual event honoring the life and legacy of dr. Martin luther King Jr. pictured (from left) are atiya Butler, eHC director of external affairs; Regina green, eHC labor caucus; Wayne Zimmerman, eHC COO; dromm, Olivia Crum, eHC joint labor management co-chair; priscilla Carrow, eHC joint labor management assistant co-chair; Barbara Jackson, democratic district leader; Carlos Cortes, eHC community advisory board chair; and deborah diggs, dancer. benefits, and paid holidays.” Several airports around the country, including those in San Francisco and Los Angeles, require living wages for their employees.

Goldfeder, Rozic Want Transit Improvements

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D, WF-Fresh Meadows) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) called on the MTA to invest in Queens Public transit infrastructure and dedicate funding to improve transit option for every Queens community. “I commend the MTA on their efforts to quickly restore our transit system in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, however, they must commit new capital funding to give every Queens resident affordable and accessible transportation,” Goldfeder said. “Projects like the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line and increased bus service will provide every resident in Queens with an alternative to our currently congested system.” Rozic added that transit options must grow with the surrounding neighborhoods. “Now more than ever, we need innovative solutions to serve all parts of the city and particularly two-fare zone communities who have been undeserved for far too long,” she said. “With over 758,000 residents commuting more than an hour each way, we must repair an obvious inequity between outlying neighborhoods of Queens.” The MTA recently outlined their current fiscal outlook and laid out prior-

ities before the Assembly Corporations & Authorities committee hearing exploring their five year capital plan. The plan funds maintenance and expansion of the transit system--and has set aside $370 million annually for its capital program starting this fiscal year. “Expanding opportunities for commuters and residents in transit deserts must be made a priority” Rozic said. “I look forward to working with the MTA and my colleagues in government to improve our mass transit in Queens.” “We can’t keep kicking the can down the road,” Goldfeder said. “A small investment today will pay dividends in the future and provide a transit system that will allow our communities and economy to grow.”

Gianaris Hails Aluminaire House Decision

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) issued a statement this week on the ruling from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the proposed Aluminaire House. “Today we stand as a united community to express our satisfaction that our voices were heard. I joined my neighbors in opposing the Aluminaire House from the start and testified against it before the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it would be inconsistent with the unique beauty of this part of our neighborhood,” he said. “Victories like this one cannot be understated as we seek to preserve the character of our neighborhoods as more and more people flock to western Queens.”

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Queens Chamber Announces Building Awards Winners

On Jan. 16, the Queens Chamber of Commerce honored a number of developers and local organizations at the annual Building Awards and Reception, held at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel. At left, Gerald Caliendo of Caliendo Architects, with Chamber President Al Pennisi. Above middle, Chamber Executive Director Jack Friedman and Al Pennisi with Raymond Irrera (center) of Raymond Irrera and Associates Architects. At right, Emily Lin of Lin and Associates Architects with Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie. Caliendo, Irrera and Lin were three of the architects honored with lifetime achievement awards. Photos by Joe Marvilli.


Young Queens Lawyers Gather

Convention Wisdom

Law students, young lawyers and Queens County Bar Association members gathered at an event last week. Pictured (from left) are Steven Ben Gordon, QCBA membership co-chair; Kyle Mitchell, MYS Bar Association representative; Joseph DeFelice, QCBA president; and Katarzyna Wilinska, Young Lawyers Committee co-chair. Photo by Walter Karling.

Taiwan-American Gathering

The first Queens Baseball Convention took place over the weekend at McFadden’s at Citi Field. The event included panels, signings and Q&A sessions. Above, former Met Ron Darling signs an autograph for a fan. Below, Mr. Met poses with attendees during a break in the convention program. Photos by Luis Gronda.

Officials gather at a recent dinner for the Taiwan American Association. Pictured (from left) are U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, Yen Chao, representing Assemblyman David Weprin; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, State Sen. Toby Stavisky, TAANY President Oliver Hsu, Paul Chang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Yorl; Assemblyman Ron Kim and Councilman Peter Koo.

Kick-Off Talk U.S. Rep. Steve Israel had a New Year’s brunch with local leaders, including Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, Councilman Paul Vallone and Bay Terrace Community Alliance leader Warren Schreiber. The brunch served as a kickoff for Israel’s 2014 Congressional campaign. â&#x20AC;˘ Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 19

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J. Cole To Perform At Queens College BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Although Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the official performers for Super Bowl XLVIII, Queens College will get its own musical guest as J. Cole will hold a concert at the school. With the divisional playoffs decided, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are gearing up to visit MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Home to the New York Giants and Jets, the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 has New York abuzz, with celebrations and events being held at bars and venues across the City. In Queens, rapper and St. John’s University graduate J. Cole will appear at Queens College on Jan. 27 as part of the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz. One of six events to be held and broadcast live by VH1, the concert will take place in Colden Auditorium from 11 p.m. to midnight. The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. Besides the headliner, attendees will also hear from the show’s hosts, Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler.

hold concerts in ever y “VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz other borough in the City, with J. Cole is going to be a fun as well as one show in night with a Grammy nominatNew Jersey. R&B and soul ed artist, nationally televised musician Janelle Monáe on VH1,” Ninell Silberberg, will play in The Bronx on associate director of marketing Jan. 28, rock band Fall at the Kupferberg Center, said. Out Boy will perform in “It will give students another Brooklyn on Jan. 29, TLC reason to be proud to be part will appear in Manhattan of the QC community.” on Jan. 30, the Goo Goo R ais e d in Fayette vi l le, Dolls will play in Staten IsNorth Carolina, J. Cole first land on Jan. 31 and singerreceived recognition as a hip songwriter Gavin DeGraw hop artist with his mixtape will perform in New Jersey “The Come Up.” Soon after, he on Feb. 1. got in touch with Jay-Z, who The concerts will also signed him to his Roc Nation music label. From there, he re- Hip hop artist J. Cole, a graduate of St. John’s Uni- be streamed live in the leased his debut album, “Cole versity, will perform at Queens College on Jan. 27 VH1 App, made available World: The Sideline Story,” in as part of VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz concert series. on-demand in the app and at the Sept. 2011. The album’s release was part of a 2013, Cole released his second album, day after each live concert. Tickets for the concert cost $37.50. successful year for J. Cole. Its lead “Born Sinner.” single, “Work Out,” peaked at 13 on When it comes to awards, J. Cole was To purchase tickets, visit http://kupferthe Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit nominated for Best New Artist in 2012, three on the U.S. Hot Rap losing to Bon Iver and is up for Best blitz or call (718) 793-8080. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Songs chart. The record itself went to Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Power Ext. 125,, the top of the Billboard 200 and has Trip” this year. been certified gold since then. In June The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz will also or @Joey788.

LaGCC Students Explore Homelessness Through Theater BY TRIshA sAkhuJA Staff Writer Eight students from LaGuardia Community College who volunteered for six weeks at several of the City’s homeless shelters will display their experience through theater. The students experienced homelessness on a first-hand basis, which resulted in a theater project titled, “Unpacking Home.” The play, which is comprised of poetry, scenes, song and dance, will

take place on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Mainstage Theater. Admission to the play is free of charge. The students from the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center have collaborated with LaGuardia’s Humanities Department, Kingsborough Community College’s theater program and the Artists Strive to End Poverty organization to put on this theatrical experience. Stefanie Sertich, a theater professor for the Humanities Department, said the students who have written and acted

Work From Grover Cleveland To Be Featured At MoMA Student work from a Ridgewood high school will be featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kids from Grover Cleveland High School are working on a database that will be placed in the American wing at the popular art museum in Manhattan. The project is part of the school’s academy of information technology, which prepares students for techrelated careers like programming, database administration and digital networking. Andrew Woodbridge, a teacher at Grover Cleveland and coordinator of the program, said the students will improve on a number of areas as a

result of the project, including their interviewing and interaction skills. “The end result is these students are going to be proficient at building databases, making presentations, interviewing and eventually working with clients once they go into the business world,” he said. The students have interviewed with officials and toured the museum itself to help them plan for the database and determine what should go into it. “They worked on the project in groups and it taught them how to depend on one another to develop what is really a very sophisticated project,” Woodbridge said.

in the play realize that they can make a change through their voices, bodies and stories. Sertich said the students started the process with a full 24-hour immersion process where they stayed together in lower Manhattan and witnessed what it is like to sit outside on the street and panhandle for half-an-hour. It is there Sertich said they asked themselves “what does ‘home’ mean and what happens if you lose that ‘home’?” “We decided that the topic would be homelessness because it is becoming more prevalent and the focus is on homeless youth, and little did we know that some of our students have been homeless themselves,” Sertich said. She said the play can be categorized as non-traditional theater because at times, the audience will come on the stage with the students. “The audience has a reaction to our work, it’s interactive,” Sertich said. She said she has seen the students change through the play’s planning process because they feel validated through their work on stage. “They seem more passionate towards everybody,” she said. “It’s unique because what they are learning is that theater is not just a form of entertainment, it can promote change in the world.” Mone’t Fuentes, 24, a second-year theater student at LaGCC, who has personally experienced homelessness before, said feeling invisible and having

no voice during their 24-hour immersion on the streets of Manhattan helped her peers embody their characters. “We were able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and it was an unbelievable experience,” she said. From a facilitator and director’s point of view, Sertich said homelessness is not the sole issue; it is a symptom of larger issues in American society. “It comes from financial crisis, or drug addiction or gay youth or mental illness,” she said. She said the play also touches upon the stereotypes of homelessness, while also bringing visibility to homeless people. “It’s more about how we as a community see these invisible people,” she said. “It’s so easy to just assume that they are drunk and that they chose this. And really what we have come to find is that it’s so much more complicated than that.” Sertich said the students have been invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts during the America College Theater Festival on Jan. 30 in Massachusetts. To continue their project and to bring their show to other schools and festivals, the students have started an campaign, called “Unpacking Home.” To make a donation, visit unpacking-home. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune. com, or @Tsakhuja13.

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Bass virtuoso Alex Blake will perform at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. A master of the classical upright bass and the electric bass, Blake’s classical fingerpicking and strumming of melodic patterns are a must-see for any music fan. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and members. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.

A FuLLish DECk

The Secret Theatre & Queens Secret Improv Club presents “A Fullish Deck.” It’s a fun night with a roster of house-formed and veteran indie improv teams from all over the subway map! Six improv comedy sets featuring two shows every hour between 7:30-10:30. Tickets are just $7 for the whole night, one show or all six! Current teams are: Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers, Petting Zoo (musical improv), Sister Sex Wolf, Funkle Todd, Mercury, and Goose.

same time and Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (718) 760-0064.

DAtE niGht tErrArium CLAss At LuLuDi

Looking for a fun date night? Come enjoy soft music, wine and nibbles while you and your date together create a one-ofa-kind living world. Luludi Frames, located at 23-07 24th Ave., Astoria, will supply one large terrarium, soil, plants, sand, moss, crystals/ pebbles/rocks, instructions, care cards and a gift box. You supply your imagination. The class is limited to eight people. Tickets are $80 per couple.

Queens Theatre will present “La Ratonera,” AKA “The Mousetrap,” in Spanish at 8 p.m. This Agatha Christie play takes place in a guest house where eight characters are trapped because of the snow storm outside. All of those individuals were involved in a recent London crime, meaning that each of them can be a suspect or a victim. The show will also occur on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the

MONDay 1/27 J. CoLE

As part of VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz, Grammynominated rapper J. Cole will perform at Colden Auditorium. Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, the hiphop star’s appearance is one of six events the channel is broadcasting live throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. The doors open at 9:30 p.m. with the show kicking of f at 11 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (718) 793-8080.

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CityRib, a restaurant in Jamaica, will host York College night at the establishment. The York College music department will provide live music for the event. It will begin at 9 p.m. Ten percent off on food with a valid college ID. CityRib is located at 89-04 Parsons Blvd.

FunDrAisEr For CoLin FLooD Connolly’s Bar and Restaurant in Maspeth will host a fundraiser for Colin Flood, an 8-yearold boy diagnosed with leukemia. A friend of the Flood family will guest bartend that night and all proceedings from the night will be donated to the family. It will begin at 9 p.m. Connolly’s is located at 7117 Grand Ave. in Maspeth.

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The Bayside Historical Society will present a Queens sewing social from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Fort Totten Castle. As this is an open sew, bring something you are working on and join in the camaraderie of community sewing. Some sewing machines will be available but please bring your own if possible. A pressing station and cutting station will be available at the Castle. For Show and Tell, bring a completed project to share with the group. It costs $10 for meetup members with a RSVP on the Queens Sewing Social event page, $8 for Bayside Historical Society members and $12 for non-members.

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Elvis Presley impersonators Scot Bruce and Mike Albert will appear at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center to perform a concert of hits from the entirety of The King’s career. Bruce embod-

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ies Elvis’ from his early days through his Hollywood fame. Albert covers Presley’s later years, with his reverent voice and famous jumpsuits. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through www. html or by calling the box office at (718) 631-6311.

If you are a poet or are a fan of poetry, come down to Forest Hills Library on Jan. 25. A group of poets from around the Borough will congregate to discuss and critique their work. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The library is located at 108-19 71st Ave.

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FLEA mArkEt AnD CrAFt FAir

The St. Joan of Arc Church in Jackson Heights invites you to join its Queens Flea Market and Craft Fair from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Msgr. Boylan Auditorium.


“thE LEGo moviE” hAnDs-on EvEnt

Barnes and Noble will hold a hands-on learning event at noon, in support of “The Lego Movie.” Activities, fun and surprises are in store for all who attend. Advance registration is recommended. Barnes and Noble is located at 176-60 Union Tpke., Fresh Meadows. For more information, call (718) 380-4340.

Little Makers at the New York Hall of Science will hold this workshop on creating your very own bubble-blowing tool. Running from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the event will cost $8 per family with paid general admission and $5 per family for members. Advance registration is recom-

mended. To do so, call (718) 699-0005 or visit http://

LunAr nEw YEAr CELEBrAtion

Celebrate this popular Chinese holiday with costumed folk dances, Lion Dance and traditional paper cutting and calligraphy, from 1-4 p.m. at Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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Queens Centers for Progress will host the annual Evening of Fine Food at 6:30 p.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The group will hand out “Chef of the Year” awards to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to community. For information, visit www.

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Fleetwood Macked, a Fleetwood Mac cover band, will perform a number of hits by the classic rock band live and on stage next to Bar 360 in the casino. It will begin at 8 p.m. The Casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.

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COMPUTERS INTER. POWERPT. Friday, January 24 central library. register. INTRO INTERNET Friday, January 24 Hillcrest library. register. BEGIN COMPUTERS Fridays, Januar y 24, 31 Auburndale library. register. BEGIN POWERPOINT Saturday, January 25 central library. register. INTER. POWERPOINT Saturday, January 25 central library. register. INTER. EXCEL Sunday, January 26 central library. register. INTRO EMAIL Monday, January 27 central library. register. DIGITAL MEDIA/E-READ Monday, January 27 Lefferts library. eBooks, Kindles and nooks. 6pm. DOWNLOAD E-BOOKS Tuesday, January 28 Flushing library. register. BEGIN EXCEL Tuesday, January 28 Flushing library. register. TECHNOLOGIST IS IN Tuesday, January 28 personal instruction on devices. Pomonok librar y. register. BEGIN INTERNET Tu e s d ay, J a n u a r y 2 8 Queens Village librar y. register. BEGINNERS Tuesdays Laurelton and ro s e d a l e l i b r a r y. re g ister INTRO POWERPOINT Wednesday, Januar y 29 Po m o n o k l i b ra r y. re g ister. BEGIN COMPUTERS Wednesday, Januar y 29 Windsor Park librar y at 11:30. INTRO EMAIL Wednesday, Januar y 29 central library. register. MASTERING EXCEL Thursday, January 30 central library. register. BEGIN COMPUTERS T h u r s d a y, J a n u a r y 3 0 ozone Park library.

TEENS & KIDS QUEENS LIBRARIES check local libraries for toddler, pre-school, youth and teen programs. TEENS TUTORED Weekdays at the central library. register. HW HELP contact Laurelton, McGoldrick, Bayside and Auburndale libraries. TEEN CHESS Friday, January 24 Laurelton library at 3. CRAFTS Fridays ozone Park library at 3, Briarwood and east Flushing at 4, Pomonok library at 4:30. STORYTIME Fridays Hollis library at 11:15. BOARD/VIDEO GAMES Fridays rochdale Village at 4. Grades 1-6. BOARD GAME Fridays Windsor Park at 4. Ages 5-12. GAME DAY Fridays 5:30 McGoldrick library. MATH HELP S a t u r d a y, J a n u a r y 2 5 Flushing library at 10. SAT PREP S a t u r d a y, J a n u a r y 2 5 Fresh Meadows librar y. register. FAMILY STORYTIME M o n d ay, J a n u a r y 2 7 Woodhaven library at 4:30. Ages 6-12. FAMILY STORYTIME Monday, January 27 Auburndale library at 3:30. Pre-K to 2. COMPUTER SKILLS Monday, January 27 rochdale Village library at 4. Grades 1-6. THE CLUB M o n d ay, J a n u a r y 2 7 Woodhaven library at 4:30. Ages 6-12. GAME DAY M o n d ay, J a n u a r y 2 7 McGoldrick librar y at 5:30. TEEN WII M o n d ay, J a n u a r y 2 7 Queens Village library at 3:30. BALLET LESSONS Monday, January 27 ballet techniques for those 3-7 at the ridgewood library at 4. MANDARIN CHINESE Mondays January 27, February 3, 10 richmond Hill library at 5:30. ONLINE UNIVERSITY Tuesday, January 28 digital Age education: Attend top Universities for Free online at the Middle Village library at 2:30. GAME DAY Tuesday, January 28 McGoldrick library at 5:30. YOUNG MEN Tuesday, January 28 Laurelton library. Ages 14-19. 3:30. DRAMA CLUB

Tuesday, January 28 central library. Grades 7-12. register. TOYS & TOTS Tuesday, January 28 preschoolers 2-5 McGoldrick library at 11:15. BINGO Tuesday, January 28 Pomonok library at 4:30. MAMMALS Tuesday January 28 Maspeth library at 3:30. Thursday, January 30 rochdale Village library at 4. Saturday, February 1 Lefferts library at 3. STRAW CRAFTS Wednesday, Januar y 29 K - 6 F l u s h i n g l i b ra r y a t 4. LUNAR NEW YEAR Thursday, January 30 6-12 stories, craft, more central library at 4. FASHION MAVENS T h u r s d a y, J a n u a r y 3 0 central library.4:30. Ages 13-18. ARTS & CRAFTS T h u r s d a y, J a n u a r y 3 0 4:30 at the Auburndale library. DRAMA POSSE Thursday, January 30 Hillcrest library at 4:30. CREATIVE WRITING Thursday, January 30 Auburndale library at 5. Ages 8-12. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Thursday, January 30 Glen oaks library at 1:30. Ages 3-5.

TALKS STEINWAY M o n d ay, J a n u a r y 2 7 “Astray” discussed at 6:30. BOOK LOVERS Thursday, January 30 selections and recommendations at 5:30 at the Hollis library.

WEEKLY MEETINGS GARDENING CLUB Saturdays in the Steinway library courtyard at 4. ORATORIO SOCIETY M o n d ay s te m p l e B e t h Sholom in Flushing. 279-3006. Auditions required. COMMUNITY SINGERS Mondays community Singers at Messiah Lutheran in Flushing. 658-1021. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesdays at the east Flushing library at 3:30. MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tuesday evenings Forest Hills Jewish center 8-9:30. 263-7000. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica estates meets at noon. 461-3193. • Jan. 23-29, 2014 Tribune Page 25

QUEENS FOCUS Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oneonta. They include: Astoria: Victoria Sperazza. Corona: Christian Abreu. Glendale: Maxine Bell. Woodside: Paula Rebancos. The New York Army National Guard recently announced the reenlistment of members in recognition of their commitment to serve. Staff Sergeant Jerry Antonatos of Astoria has reenlisted to continue service with the 4th Finance Detachment. Sergeant Jeanette Torres of Ridgewood has reenlisted to continue service with the 719th Transportation Company. Staff Sergeant William Elias of Glendale has reenlisted to continue service with the 7th Finance Detachment. James Boonamnuaysuk of Astoria and Tashi Namgyal of East Elmhurst were named to the President’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oswego. Local students were named to the Deans’ List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oswego. They include: Astoria: Emily Santos. Corona: Brian Senajor. East Elmhurst: Matthew Brady. Glendale: Patricia Vasili. Long Island City: Runelvi De La Rosa.

Maspeth: Stephanie Leung. Guy Cerrito of Middle Village has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. They include: Glendale: Michaela Gallagher. Maspeth: Aleksandra Swiech. Sunnyside: Anthony Pascual. Theresa Graham of Jackson Heights was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Ridgewood Democratic Club will host its annual membership brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at 6070 Putnam Ave., Ridgewood. Guest speakers will be U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley and Councilman Antonio Reynoso. Dues renewal is $20 and includes brunch. For information, call (347) 432-3511. Community Education Council 24 will hold a business meeting and calendar meeting starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at PS/IS 113, 78-23 87th St., Glendale. Latin American Cultural Center of Queens will host an ESL and U.S. Citizenship Test preparation courses closing ceremony from 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at ARROW Community Center, 35-30 35th St., Astoria. The event will include an artistic presentation by Mariachi Mexico Lindo. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (718) 261-7664 or email Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 will host a Super Bowl party at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at 19-12 149th St., Whitestone. Food, water and soft drinks will be provided. Veterans must RSVP by Jan. 28 to vvachapter32@ or eravet24@aol. com.

Library Upgrade Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley demonstrated the newly-installed self-service check-in and check-out equipment at the Queens Library branch in Glendale. Crowley committed more than $2.5 million for upgrades to the project.

The Community Education Council District 24 Special Education Committee will hold an information session 7-9 p.m. Jan. 29 at IS73, 70-02 54th Ave., Maspeth. Guest speaker will be UFT liaison Emma Mendez Camacho.

New Officers The Northeast Queens Republican Club recently met to install new officers. Pictured (from left) are Oliver Tan, NEQRC board member and Republican State Committee member; Joan Vogt, NEQRC board member and State Committee member; President Kevin Ryan, Anne Marie Devlin, NEQRC board member and State Committee member; former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner and Councilman Eric Ulrich. Local students were named to the Provost’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oneonta. They include: Bayside: Megan Byrnes. Flushing: Matthew Frankel, Egzone Sulejmani. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oneonta. They include: Bayside: Megan Byrnes, Mary Mahowald, Michelle Radow, Julia Rosa, Jianan Wang. College Point: Cynthia Restrepo. Floral Park: Lisa Stein. Flushing: Claire Anderson, Matthew Frankel, Joseph Prio, Egzone Sulejmani. Fresh Meadows: Gia Nigoghossain. Glen Oaks: Christine Garcia. Oakland Gardens: Gil Fire, Jason Kreisler. Whitestone: Angela Amedeo, Derek Casanas, Thomas Pagan. Air National Guard Airman Timothy D. Atchison graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Atchison is the son of Luann Atchison of Fresh Meadows and is a 2011 graduate of Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows. Local students were named to the President’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oswego. They include: Bellerose: Alison Sito. Flushing: Trisha-emilia Reyes.

Queens Village: Maya Siegel. Local students were named to the Deans’ List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oswego. They include: Bellerose: Tania Leyva, James Rogers. Flushing: Julian Marzocchi. Little Neck: Gabrielle Prusak. Whitestone: Danielle Decesare. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. They include: Bayside: Jacquelyn Bilik, Andrew Candela, James Maguire. Flushing: John Esposito. The Queens Library branch in Whitestone, 151-10 14th Road, will close at the end of business on Jan. 24 for one week to allow for installation of self-service RFID check-in and check-out. North Shore-LIJ Health System recently announced the appointment of Laura S. Peabody, JD, as its new senior vice president of legal affairs and chief legal officer, and Andrew Schulz, JD, as vice president and general counsel. Community District Education Council 26 will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in room B44A of MS67, 51-60 Marathon Pkwy., Little Neck. Queens Community Cultural Judaism will sponsor a screening of the best Israeli documentary film of 2012, “The Gatekeepers,” 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the UUCQ building on Ash Avenue. A $5 donation will be accepted, with a coffee and cake social. For information, call (718) 380-5362.


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Actors oF QUEENs

Brian Murphy

QConf is edited by: Steven J. Ferrari

Embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith is reaching out to his supporters for help, but not in his ongoing legal and public perception battles. With new challengers popping up each week, Smith sent out a campaign email last week with the subject, "Please Help..." As the first filing for the 2014 Senate race approached, Smith put out some last-minute plead to help him reach his goal of $30,000. "As you know, I have worked very hard and will continue with your help to improve our community, city and state," the email read. Just one day after his cam-

paign asked for financial help, the Senator sent out an email promoting his appearance in a documentary on gun control. Done by a UK filmmaker, a clip of an interview with Smith appears in the trailer for "2nd Amendment." Smith used the email to promote his work towards ending gun violence, and show off a picture of himself with documentarian James Dann. Regardless of Smith's guilt or innocence, he certainly has not stopped putting his name out there We wonder how often Smith will send out self-congratulatory emails as his trial for fraud charges approaches.

Welcome to the Family

We welcomed a new member to the Tribune and PRESS family as 2013 came to an end, as Elizabeth Mance gave birth to a son, Tyler, on Dec. 31.

Life After 5Pointz

Months after a war of words led to white-washed walls and hurt feelings, it looks like the artists who worked at the graffiti Mecca of 5Pointz have found a new place to paint. A number of the artists who had their work displayed on the side of the Long Island City building have moved their brushes to Great Neck. The new showcase,

titled “Wall Works,” can be seen at the Gold Coast Art Center. The work of 5Pointz curator Jonathan Cohen and artists Kid Lew, John Paul O'Grodnick, Veronique Barrillot, Shiro and others will show off their work until March 2. Proceeds for the show will go towards the art center and its youth program.

Contributors: Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Michael Nussbaum, Trisha Sakhuja, Michael Schenkler.

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Slow Start For Bill It looks like the City budget process will get started a little later than usual this year. With Mayor Bill de Blasio slow to name his full staff, it has pushed back an important process, called "putting the City’s budget together." At a recent Community Board 8 meeting, Councilman Rory Lancman said the Mayor asked the City Council if he could let him present his first City budget later than usual while his transition to the new job continues. The Councilman said his colleagues within the City Council agreed to his request to give him more time to put his team together. “I think he’s going to be presenting it in February so that will kind of potentially bump the schedule, although the City will still have to have its budget in place,” Lancman said. He added that meetings that the Community Board would be involved in would probably be pushed back as well. You might want to quicken the pace a little, Mr. Mayor. Getting the City’s budget late could have ripple effects in Queens and the rest of the City.

When every person reaches their late teenage years, they have to make a choice. Do they take the safe path for a career with security and a path forward? Or do they follow their dreams in the hopes of succeeding? For Brian Murphy, he took a chance and decided to become an actor. He did not do this for fame or fortune, but because he loves the work. “I have fallen in love with the process. Being in a room working on a great script, collaborating with others, searching through the text like a detective to put the puzzle together,” Murphy said. “The opportunity to take a piece of my heart and give it to the world seems like a worthy pursuit.” Murphy, having recently moved to Sunnyside from Brooklyn, is an up-andcomer who has started to break into a few notable roles in the last couple of years. He just wrapped up his appearance in the film “A Good Marriage,” will soon be shooting on the movie “Back In The Day” and is starring in the Off-Broadway play, “The Clearing.” “A Good Marriage,” based on the novella by Stephen King, gave Murphy the chance to work with Tony Award-winning actress Joan Allen and the star of “Without a Trace,” Anthony LaPaglia. “Each had worked on some of my favorite plays so it was exciting to talk to them about what those processes were like,” Murphy said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.” For “Back in the Day,”

Murphy was cast as a boxer, a role that fits him perfectly as he is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing tournament competitor, having taken part in 2012 and 2011. “They asked me if I could box, I told them about my experience and shadow boxed in the audition. I got the call by week’s end and was in a gym in the Bronx rehearsing the fight choreography the next week,” he said. While the original shoot dates have been pushed back, Murphy said he is looking forward to the role. The other project he said he is excited about is his starring role in “The Clearing.” He said he was drawn in by the characters of Jake Jeppson’s play and thinks the audience will be moved by this tale of two brothers who witnessed a tragic accident that kept it a secret. “This secret keeps them stuck. The beauty of the play is how they struggle to move forward. I think audiences will leave the theater and be moved to reach out to their parents, siblings or someone in their life that they love or lost,” he said “The Clearing” will run until Feb. 9 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, located at 423 West 46th St. After that show closes, Murphy will be taking an acting workshop with Larry Moss, as well as shooting a short film he wrote about a man who loses the love of his life to addiction. He also hopes to put together an evening of short plays with his friends, called “Shorts: A Happening.”

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