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DE BLASIO’S VISION Queens Tribune Photo by Luis Gronda
Mayor Bill de Blasio chose Queens for his first State of the City address, outlining his vision for his first year during a speech at LaGuardia Community College. By Luis Gronda … Page 14.
Katz Pushes For Pavilion Repairs
Queens Student Competes On ‘Jeopardy!’
JFK Unveils Beatles Plaque For 50th Anniversary
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BP Katz Tours Pavilion Site
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
Borough President Melinda Katz took a tour of the New York State Pavilion, joining community leaders and elected officials to find a solution for the decaying structure. The tour was the latest step in a process that started in November. This year’s 50th anniversary of the historic site’s construction led to renewed discussions and calls for an overhaul and repair from People for the Pavilion. With many options available, Katz and others took a tour, even entering the Tent of Tomorrow, to see what can be done. The Borough President was joined by Deputy BP Leroy Comrie, Assembly members Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth), Councilman Rory Lancman and representatives for U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Katz said that demolition of the site is something no one wants to see happen. “I, for one, get annoyed when I see it in movies as something that it’s not being used anymore. We need to make sure it’s a useful part of our history,” she said. “I think this is the generation that we can make something happen.” Katz added that the significance of the Pavilion as one of the remaining structures from the 1964 World’s Fair makes it relevant to Queens’ history and culture. “I think that’s an important aspect
roof of the Tent of Tomorrow was made of plastic and had fallen apart over time. As a result, the cables and steel structures have rusted and would need to be replaced. The Parks Dept. also outlined the cost for several proposals on what to do about the Pavilion. The cheapest proposal would be to demolish the entire structure, at a cost of $14,264,661. Demolishing the Tent of Tomorrow while leaving the towers up would cost $10,613,075. The restoration plan would bring the Pavilion back to how it was in 1964, with the price tag of $52,117,080. Although there are not Photo by JoE MARVILLI assemblymembers Margaret Markey and yet many details, a concepMichael simanowitz, Borough President tual plan by Perkins+Will Melinda Katz, Councilman Rory lancman architects is also being floatand Parks administrator Janice Melnick ed around, which would imtour the Tent of Tomorrow at the state prove and modernize aspect of the Pavilion, for the cost Pavilion. of $72,691,555. of our Borough,” she said. “No matTo figure out which opter how old someone is, either they or tions to aim towards, the Borough their parents have a story about the President’s office will create a Pavilion Pavilion.” task force dedicated to finding fundWalking into the Tent of Tomor- ing and deciding what to do with the row, the Parks Dept.’s Flushing Mead- site. ows Corona Park Administrator, JanReach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357ice Melnick, talked to Katz about the 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstrichallenges renovation would face. The bune.com, or @Joey788.
MTA Discusses 7 Train Shutdowns BY TRIshA sAkhuJA Staff Writer While the MTA works on three infrastructure improvement projects on the 7 subway line each weekend, starting at the end of February through July, it has agreed to recompense customers traveling to and from Queens and Manhattan with an advertising campaign to promote the many restaurants and cultural institutions in Long Island City. Representatives from the MTA and elected officials discussed the weekend shutdowns, between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square, with nine more closures expected during the latter part of the year, behind closed doors last Thursday. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said even though the meeting was a nice gesture, it proved to be insufficient. “It’s one thing to have a sit around the table and talk to people who listen to our concerns and it’s another thing to have action on those concerns,” he said. Among the suggestions put forth by elected officials, Gianaris said the two most notable included direct shuttle bus service to and from Queens and
Manhattan or subsidizing the costs of the East River Ferry service during the shutdowns. “When they are cutting the service they do provide and they are not using substitutions, like a bus service, which they also provide, they’ve got to do something,” Gianaris said. According to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz, the meeting was productive, expressing the need for this type of work and understanding the community’s concerns. “This work is so crucial because we are doing three different projects at one time,” he said. Ortiz said neither of the suggestions are plausible alternatives. He said the MTA believes it would be much quicker to use the Queensbound shuttle bus service to the N or Q train and then take the E train into the City, to avoid heavy Midtown traffic with the shuttle bus service. In order to provide subsidies to the cost of the East River Ferry service, Ortiz said elected officials would have to approve that through the City’s Economic Development Corporation.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said “they [MTA officials] should get on the phone with the ferry service operators and administration officials to find a solution to the problem.” “Let’s be blunt, if they did what they should do, which is a shuttle bus service, then there is not even a need for subsidizing the ferry,” he added. Ortiz said the MTA can in fact provide proper customer outreach, which they are fully committed to doing, in terms of informing customers about the weekend shutdowns. He said the MTA will develop a marketing campaign that would advertise LIC at subway stations across Queens and Manhattan, through the use of posters, brochures and newlyprinted double-sided Metrocards. “An advertising campaign making people aware of the great restaurants and cultural institutions is great, but it’s not that helpful if people can’t get there,” Van Bramer said. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.
Avella Files Lawsuit Against Willets Point BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer In the latest move in the ongoing Willets Point saga, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has filed a lawsuit to prevent the development of the megamall by Citi Field. The Senator’s complaint alleges that the project was approved without going through the State Legislature, as the site the mall will be on qualifies as parkland. According to the City Club of New York, a partner in the lawsuit, the “public trust” doctrine protects all parkland throughout the State against any form of transfer or introduction of non-park uses without consent of the Legislature. The lawsuit is asking the New York County Supreme Court to declare that the shopping mall project is illegal and to prevent further steps toward its construction without compliance with applicable law and without imposing appropriate zoning regulations on the site. The complaint also said that the project had moved forward without customary public review. Although the acres of parkland have been occupied by Shea Stadium since 1964 and then by Citi Field’s parking lot starting in 2009, the complaint argues that it does not allow the City to further transform the parkland without State approval. “Basically, one of the main points is the City is violating State law. It is a huge amount of parkland,” Avella said. “If you give it away for commercial uses, I think it’s disgraceful you can do it without State approval.” Besides City Club, the Senator has also partnered with New York City Park Advocates, Paul Graziano, a historic preservationist and co-founder of SaveFMCP.org, and civic leader Ben Haber as plaintiffs in the case. John Low-Beer, Lorna Goodman and Meredith Feinman will represent the plaintiffs. Avella said he was hopeful the new administration would bring a different angle to the issue. “I have high hopes for the new administration. Hopefully, the lawsuit will bring the new mayor’s attention to this issue,” he said. “Hopefully, the new mayor will take a fresh look at this whole project.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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Scott Stringer Talks First Month In Office
BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has only been in office for a month but said he has hit the ground running. Last week, the Comptroller stopped by the Queens Tribune office to speak with the editorial staff about his recent progress and to weigh in on some of the Borough’s biggest fiscal stories of the year. Stringer noted that the majority of jobs at his office have already been filled, including all eight Deputy Comptroller positions – seven of which were filled by women. His relatively quick appointments, he said, have made for an easy and smooth transition. “For us, the last 30 days have been about filling the capacity of the office. We can do bigger things,” Stringer said. “The transition was very important for us and it seems to be going very well.” In addition to hiring staffers, Stringer said he has been busy with auditing City-funded agencies, most notably the Queens Library. The nonprofit and its CEO, Thomas Galante, have been in hot water after media reports alleged that taxpayer money was used to fund Galante’s $391,594 salary and $140,000 in lavish office renovations, which included a private outdoor smoking area.
In light of the scandal, Stringer, who gave the library notice of the audit last Tuesday, said he will be making sure New Yorkers are getting the best bang for their buck by auditing all three of the City’s library systems, which operate in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. “I think there have been some serious issues raised and some allegations that I think need to be addressed. We’re going to look at the financials, we’re going to look at performance and we will evaluate all the systems,” he said. “Eighty-six percent of their revenue comes from City money so I expect them to cooperate with the City audit by the City Comptroller.” Although the cash-strapped library has laid off more than 100 employees over the last five years, Stringer was hesitant to comment on Galante’s sixfigure salary, noting the sensitivity of the pending audit. “I’m concerned about the issues raised but I don’t want to speak specifically to some of these issues because I don’t want to prejudice the audit that’s going on,” he said. “But I wouldn’t be doing this audit if I didn’t think there were some issues raised.” Stringer also briefly spoke about the City’s decision to audit the New York City Housing Authority, following a series of reports that claimed the agency’s administrators were sitting on millions of government dollars while
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repair requests continue to pile up. “I want people to get the sense that I am going to be an activist comptroller working very hard for the people of the City,” he said. “It [the audit] was one of the first things I was working on as comptroller.” “I want to be a constructive voice on the issues that matter so looking at the New York City Public Housing Authority, for example, I think that’s in our reach because we can make good, sound audits that will help the City Council and the Mayor make informed policy decisions,” he added. In addition to his City audits, Stringer said he spent the first month as Comptroller focusing on insuring his office is held to “the highest of ethical standards.” “First and foremost, we’re banning
placement agents. Those are the middle men who have been part of previous comptroller scandals,” he said. “Basically, they get paid a large fee to bring business to the pension fund and I made it clear, I don’t need a middleman for us to talk to the businesses.” “Second, we are also going to implement a risk management process within our fund. Right now, we do not have professional risk management protocol to look at our assets allocation and see if the decisions we’re making are balancing the market,” he continued. “We are also setting up an audit committee so that I can continually look at way to make the pension fund more transparent.” Although Stringer does admit there have been obstacles, he believes his office is handling them with stride and said he is excited to see what the future holds. “The challenge for us is can we build the capacity of this office to meet the work that we want to do. It’s a new job, it’s a big city, but I think we’re doing very well on the issues I care about,” he said. “Part of this job is getting out into the community and learning what people have to say and I’m going to be doing more of that in coming year – getting out to the neighborhood and talking to real New Yorkers.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska.
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Woodhaven Blvd. Has Most Pedestrian Fatalities By Luis Gronda Staff Writer Woodhaven Boulevard finds itself among the most dangerous roads for pedestrians, according to a report released last week. The major thoroughfare, which runs from Ozone Park to the Queens Center Mall, had eight pedestrian fatalities between 2010 and 2012, the most for any major street in the Borough. The report was released by the TriState Transportation Campaign, a non-profit advocacy group that petitions for better transportation safety throughout New York and surrounding states. The group released its annual report on pedestrian safety and listed fatalities for each borough in New York City and town in New York State, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. The report said 38 pedestrian fatalities occurred in Queens in 2012, three more than the previous year. A total of 115 fatalities occurred in Queens during the three years measured by the group’s report. Along with Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens Boulevard, often called the “Boulevard of Death,” had five pedestrian deaths during that time period. Two other major thoroughfares, Northern Boulevard and Union
Turnpike, also had five fatalities. Those two streets, along with Woodhaven Boulevard, were also on last year’s report released by the same group. Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association, said the report is very concerning for him and many residents who walk on Woodhaven to get from one side of the avenue to the other. “It’s definitely not the best thing to have a title for,” he said. Colberg added that some safety measure must be taken in order to make it safer for pedestrians. Among the problems in that area he discussed included the amount of time a Photo by luis gronda pedestrian is allotted to cross the lane. According to a video Woodhaven Boulevard had eight pedestrian fatalities between 2010 posted by Project Woodhaven, and 2012, the most of any intersection in Queens. a neighborhood advocacy group organized by former WRBA crosswalks and it takes more time to cars driving by and he has brought president Ed Wendell, residents are cross. The ice build up was probably this up to the Dept. of Transportation in the past. given 38 seconds to cross the 10-lane three inches thick.” In addition to the allotted time to Both Colberg and Miller also said a intersection. Colberg said more time needs to cross the street, Assemblyman Mike sign identifying that pedestrians have be given to people crossing the street Miller (D-Woodhaven) said cars mak- died in that area in the past could also so that they are able to make it safe- ing the left turn from Woodhaven be helpful to alert pedestrians of the onto Jamaica Avenue are also danger- dangerous street, a sign that is in place ly. “It’s really not that time to cross,” ous for pedestrians because cars often on Queens Boulevard. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357he said, adding that the weather can speed when making that turn. Miller add more time to people crossing the said there needs to be time set aside 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstristreet. “Everything was iced up on the for pedestrians to cross without any bune.com, or @luisgronda.
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In Our OpInIOn
Thoughtful Over Black History
Willets Fiasco Needs To End
To The Editor: ebruary is Black History month. It’s good to set aside a particular time for celebration, provided that isolated time is not a “be all and end all” and doesn’t give people a subconscious greenlight to forget about our debt of gratitude for the contributions of Black Americans during the other 11 months. There are people who will exploit the commemoration for their own political gain and, in effect, be cynically trying to co-opt the legacy that they say they are honoring. Our acknowledgement must be nonpartisan and all-embracing. Great men and women are not cloistered behind racial walls. Let’s break the perhaps incriminating habit of highlighting only Black Americans who excelled in sports, entertainment or social activism. Ignoring mathematicians, engineers and scholars whose transcendent brilliance serves and does all humanity credit smacks of a racism that may not be as venal but is still patronizing. And let’s all have the guts
Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the legacy project of a retail and entertainment center at Willets Point almost two years ago, we have been troubled with many of the details. Several of the decisions have been questionable at best, leaving many in the Borough wondering if anyone other than developers and their friends would benefit from the proposal. With the lawsuit filed against the development this week, clearly we are not alone in our concern. Since the City Council approved plans for a development at Willets Point in 2008, the project has been completely revamped and looks almost nothing like what got the green light more than five years ago. Affordable housing has been greatly reduced, the scope has expanded to create a megamall next to Citi Field that could do irreparable harm to local small businesses – and potentially to some of the malls not far from the site. This is, of course, on top of the questionable nature of the plan’s approval. The most agreeable part of the plan at Willets Point is that the land underneath the Iron Triangle needs to be remediated for future generations. Beyond that, we would not be upset to see the whole proposal go back to the drawing board to give Queens something it actually needs: affordable housing, more green space and not another megamall.
In YOur OpInIOn Cut Back On Spending
To The Editor, any people think that the federal government should help the poor. The federal government is supposed to be limited by what it can do by the U.S. Constitution. Because it has overstepped its authority, we have a national debt of $17 trillion. It also has caused additional taxation, regulations and inflation. It has caused businesses to leave
our country, prices to rise and regulations that are unattainable for most small businesses. This has led to more people being poor, so now many think that we need more government to help the people that it hurt by its actions. We need the federal government to cut spending! This will cause lower prices, less inflation and businesses will be able to remain in this
country, which will lead to more employment. The poor should be helped and this can be done through local help by philanthropic and religious organizations. By getting the federal government back to its constitutional limits, there will be less poor and we will all have a better quality of life. Janet McCarthy, Flushing
Ralph Kiner Will Be Missed
To The Editor: t is sad to read of the passing of Ralph Kiner, a true legend and who was most revered in baseball. Ralph Kiner and his Kiner’s Korner was a main staple for many Mets fans in his post game show on WOR. But he was more than that in his career as
a major baseball player and as a broadcaster. He was a true role model, and he was a man that loved our national pastime and believed you didn’t need drugs to compete successfully. Kiner hit 369 home runs in his 10-year career. It is a shame some players in the age of steroids didn’t fol-
low his example and who have disgraced the game by cheating, thinking this was the right road to greatness. Well, Ralph Kiner didn’t think so and that is what made him great and will truly be missed. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village
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To The Editor: n your Jan. 16 Tribune letters, Mr. La Rosa was right on. The Obsrublican Party has blocked and/or sabotaged every proposal, initiative or request put forward by the Democratic Party regardless of the damage incurred by our country. This they have done in their rabid desire to recapture the Presidency as they have the House of Representatives and the majority in the Supreme Court. Point in fact, by defunding the Benghazi embassy security; it was made impossible to protect it against the infamous attack to come. This allowed them to shift the blame to the democratically-selected U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary
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to judge people on their merits. Condemnation or praise should be expressed without fear or favor when it is prompted by behavior, regardless of race. It is not racist to criticize people unless that criticism was conceived and driven by racist impulse. Divine and diabolical conduct is an individual phenomenon and crosses all races without boundary. No person or group deserves a pass. Let the path of every person’s life speak for itself. Genuine brotherhood will only be achieved when behaving in its spirit becomes firstnature. Maybe it’s unrealistic, but we should strive to no longer make even mental notes of a person’s race. What matters is what they do and the kind of person they are. No excuses and no exceptions, for better or for worse. Circling dates on a calendar is a memory aid but the calendar must be enshrined in our hearts and reflected in all our transactions. A thoughtful Black History Month to all your readers! Ron Isaac, Fresh Meadows
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qUEEnS ThiS WEEk Rego Park Masbia Pantry Streamlines Food Distribution
By Luis Gronda Staff Writer
A Rego Park food pantry is giving people the choice to decide what food they want for their families. Last week, the Rego Park Masbia food pantry, located at 98-08 Queens Blvd., introduced a new system that allows residents to choose what they take home as opposed to just giving them a pile of food. It is a points system determined by food’s weight. You get 36 points in total to spend on whatever food you would like. The choices are divided up into three categories: fruits and vegetables, grains and protein and meat. Each category has about three or four different options to choose from. For fruits and vegetables, you get 18 points to spend on carrots, onions, potatoes and apple sauce. Six points are allotted for rice, spaghetti, penne pasta and rotini pasta. Finally, you get 12 points to spend on either beans or canned salmon. Potatoes cost the most points, 10 in total, with both beans and onions costing four points. Beau Heyen, chief development officer of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, said there are several reasons for switching to the new method. One is to cut down on the lines at their food pantries including its Rego Park location. Heyen said the old system would cause lines going out the door, forcing people to wait outside in the cold or the heat. A bigger reason for the switch is the farm bill, which was passed by the U.S Senate and the House of Representatives two weeks ago. The bill, which reforms programs within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, will bring more cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Heyen said that while there are some benefits to the bill, including bringing more attention to kosher and halal food, the bill could force more people to go to food pantries if there are less food stamps available. The switch to this method is preparing for that possibility. “Our hope is that our new model will allow individuals and families to not only get the food they need but to also get food they will use, resulting in less waste and increasing the number of people we can help,” Heyen said. Yvonne Samuels, a St. Albans resident, approved of their new system, saying it prevents people from taking food they may not necessarily need every week. “This is quite helpful,” she said. Samuels added she is on a fixed income and needs to go to food pantries
like the Masbia location to feed her household. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
Community Board 7 Approves Hotel Variances
By joE MarViLLi Staff Writer
A $70 million hotel development that Community Board 7 tabled in November was back on the agenda for last Monday’s meeting, this time with better results. Two variances for a development called C.A. Plaza Hotel Indigo were voted on at the board meeting on Feb. 10, the leftover items from the original discussion late last year. The development, a 14-story office and a 12-story hotel with a spa in the middle, would fill out a vacant 38,000-square-foot site at 36-18 Main St. The two remaining items, to allow for reduced parking and to changing the building’s use from medical space to office space, were approved after the hotel made changes to alleviate traffic. Traffic was the big argument against allowing the variances at the November meeting. CB7 chair Gene Kelty had a problem with the hotel’s parking garage entrance being on Prince Street, about 50 feet away from the intersection of Northern Boulevard. He said that Prince Street is already congested and that a line of cars would build up from people waiting to turn into or out of the hotel. After an hour of arguing, Richard Lobel, a lawyer representing the development, offered to table variances until this month’s meeting, taking the time to review the parking and traffic situations. The situation eventually spilled out into a hallway screaming match between two board members. This month, the process was much calmer, as the development made the changes necessary to prevent a massive traffic jam. First off, the hotel increased its setback, AKA the distance from the curb, from 10 feet to 22 feet, giving additional breathing room for cars entering and leaving the hotel. The internal traffic between the hotel drop-off circle and the parking garage had also been adjusted to let vehicles flow easier in and out of the site. “We wanted to make sure traffic can circulate,” Lobel said. The development also said that it would push the Dept. of Transportation for a traffic light at 36th Avenue, to make sure that there was not gridlock by Prince Street and Northern Boulevard. The light would have to be timed with the light on Northern Boulevard so cars could pass right through. “Not only would we be happy to do that, we’d appreciate the community
Glen Oaks Library Wins Competition American-Architect’s Building of the Year 2013 award went to the Glen Oaks Library, which was designed by Marble Fairbanks. The project won the Public Choice award, gaining about one-fifth of all votes cast. it also won the Editor’s Choice award. The library was also the first winner of the publication’s “50x50” Building of the Week feature, where one building from each state was selected as an example of great architecture. “queens Library is proud to bring such a distinctive building to the Glen Oaks community. The building is a jewel, but it is the knowledge and information inside that is the real treasure,” Joanne king, director of communications at queens Library, said. board’s support on that,” Lobel said. While some of members of the board were still concerned about the potential traffic, the changes and promises made by the development appeased most of the board. The variances were approved by a vote of 27 to 2. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Dual Language Program To Start At IS 230
By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer
After a lot of pushing from Jackson Heights parents, IS 230 will see a new dual language program, starting in September 2015. The immediate need for a dual language program at IS 230 comes after a proposed rezoning set forth by the Dept. of Education’s Office of Portfolio Management. The rezoning would work to equalize utilization across IS 230 and IS 145 and alleviate overcrowding at IS 145. Since IS 230, located at 73-10 34th Ave., will see a new annex building, Q297, slated to open in September, students who would originally go to IS 145 will have the ability to go to IS 230 once Community District Education Council 30 votes on the rezoning plan in April. According to many parents at a recent town hall meeting at IS 145, the proposed rezoning for the two middle schools comes with many concerns, including the lack of a dual language program at IS 230. Issac Carmignani, co-president of CEC 30, said students who would have originally continued learning dual lan-
guages from elementary school after starting at their zoned middle school, IS 145, will now continue to practice and learn dual languages at IS 230. “Most of them don’t mind going from IS 145 to IS 230, but that dual language piece is real important to them,” he said. Carmignani said starting a dual language program at IS 230 is beneficial because “it provides continuity for them.” Although the languages for the new program at IS 230 have not been decided yet, Carmignani said the school’s administration has a year to hire and plan the logistics of the program. He said IS 230’s Principal Sharon Terry will work tirelessly to replicate what IS 145 has successfully been doing for more than 12 years, which consists of a Spanish/English program. Carmignani said most parents he has spoken to about the dual language program are happy with it, but some aren’t. Marisa Bassi, Parent Teacher Association president at PS 89, voiced her concerns about a new dual language program starting at IS 230, by saying an experienced group of teachers is hard to find and even harder to duplicate. “I’m sad to say that my other son Christian, now in 4th grade and also in the Dual Language program at PS89Q, will not be able to attend IS 145 and will be forced to go to a sub par program at IS 230 that is seven to eight blocks farther than IS 145 would be,” she said. A DOE spokesperson said they are “aware of the interest to open a Spanish dual language program at IS 230 and will be supporting the school community with the planning process.” Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.
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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME CO U R T CO U N T Y O F QUEENS STATE OF NEW YORK MORTGAGE AGENCY, Plaintiff, -against- Racquel 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 ________________________ 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. ________________________ 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. ________________________ 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 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 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 LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: NATURAL 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. ________________________ 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. ________________________ 47-40 11th Street Realty LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/27/13. Effective Date: 1/1/14.Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 166-25 Powell’s Cove Blvd, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: General. ________________________ Notice of formation of [EVELYN ENTERPRISES LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on [6/5/2013]. Office located in [QUEENS]. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC [41-15 45 STREET, APT 6C, SUNNYSIDE, NY 11104]. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of JiaShi Real Estate, LLC Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 1/8/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 136-40 39th Ave, Ste 508,NY11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of SFA REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/15/2013. 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, 8326 Lefferts Blvd, Apt. 3-E, Kew Gardens NY 11415. Purpose: any lawful act. ________________________ QUADRAT ARCHITECTURE LLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/12/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25-54 12 Street, Apt. 4C, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of ARCHITECTURE. ________________________ NOTICE OF MEETING: Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the members of FLUSHING CEMETERY ASSOCIATION will be held at the office of the Cemetery, 163-06 46th Avenue, Flushing, Queens County,
New York on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 9:00A.M. for the purpose of electing Trustees, approving the renewal of its policy of indemnification insurance for its Trustees, Officers, and Employees and the transaction of other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. Dated: January 24, 2014 JOAN H. CORBISIERO, Secretary ________________________ Probate Citation SURROGATE’S COURT, COLUMBIA COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BY THE GRACE OF GOD FREE AND INDEPENDENT File Number: 2013-24096 TO: THOMAS MCQUADE, believed to be the son of Terrence McQuade, deceased son of Margaret McQuade; predeceased sister of the decedent herein VERONICA W. THOMAS, after due diligence shown, his post office address being unknown to the petitioner. A petition having been duly filed by Theodore Guterman, II, who is domiciled at 35 County Route 24, East Chatham, New York, 12060. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surroate’s Court, Columbia County, at the Courthouse, 621 Route 23B, Claverack, New York, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 9:15 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of VERONICA W. THOMAS, lately domiciled at 83 Snydertown Road, Town of Taghkanic, in the County of Columbia, State of New York, United States, admitting to probate a Will dated July 1, 2010, as the Will of VERONICA W. THOMAS, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and Granting Letters Testamentary upon the estate of the decedent to THEODORE GUTERMAN, II HON. RICHARD M. KOWEEK Surrogate Teresa F. Slemp, Chief Clerk Dated, Attested and Sealed: January 10, 2014 Attorney Theodore Guterman, III 21 North 7th Street Hudson, NY 12534 Tele. No. (518) 828-5400 NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear, it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. SURROGATE’S COURT STATE OF NEW YORK : COUNTY OF COLUMBIA NOTICE File No. 2013-24096 In the matter VERONICA W. THOMAS, deceased To: THOMAS MCQUADE, believed to be the son of Terrance McQuade, deceased son of Margaret McQuade; pre-deceased sister of the decedent herein, Veronica W. Thomas: The above referenced Citation which is served upon you by publica-
tion, relates to a proceeding in the Surrogate’s Court of Columbia County, New York seeking to probate the Last Will & Testament of Veronica W. Thomas, deceased. The relief sought is the probate of decedent’s Last Will & Testament. Dated: January 27, 2014 GUTERMAN SHALLO & ALFORD, PLLC Attorneys for Petitioner 21 North Seventh Street Hudson, New York 12534 (518) 828-5400 ________________________ Michelle Ridgely Vintage Couture Tailoring LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/13/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 95-22 63rd Road #103, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FIVE BOROUGHS PERFECT HOMES LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/01/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 130-18 158th Street, Jamaica New York 11434. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Qualification of Schlegel Holdings, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/2/14. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in DE on 12/26/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Century Fasteners Corp., 50-20 Ireland St., Elmhurst, NY 11373, principal business address. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JAN 22 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001212-13/ 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) Vidya (Last) Saith Jones My present name is (First) Vidiyavati Devi (Last) Saith aka Vidya S Jones aka Vidya Saith Jones My present address is 97-24 107th St.,
Ozone Park, NY 11416 My place of birth is Trinidad & Tobago My date of birth is February 11, 1946 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on DEC 18 2013 bearing Index Number NC-001144-13/ 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) Ellin (Last) Zhou My present name is (First) Ellin (Last) Hwangbo (infant) My present address is 56-40 East Hampton Boulevard, Bayside, NY 11364 My place of birth is Los Angeles, CA My date of birth is May 18, 2007 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JAN 22 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001147-13/ 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) Sandy (Last) Ice My present name is (First) Fred (Last) Jones (Seniority) Jr aka Sandy Ice My present address is 135-11 116th Avenue, 2 Fl., South Ozone Park, NY 11420-2210 My place of birth is Manhattan, NY My date of birth is November 08, 1951 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on FEB 03 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001250-13/ 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) Hanan (Middle) Michael (Last) Kruh My present name is (First) Jeffrey (Middle) Michael (Last) Kruh aka Jeffrey M Kruh My present address is 76-47 265 Street, New Hyde Park, NY 11040 My place of birth is Bronx, NY My date of birth is April 24, 1948 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on JAN 22, 2014, bearing Index Number 1193/13, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the Queens County Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York grants infant ALEX YOUGHISTIR a/k/a ALEX YOUGHISTIR LAKHAN the right to assume the name of ALEX LAKHAN ROBERTS. Said infant presently resides at 9324 213th Street, Queens Village, New York; his date of birth is March 16, 2001; the place of his birth is Georgetown, Guyana.
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Council Overrides Veto On Koo Bill BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The new City Council continued to override some of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s last vetoes, this time passing a bill concerning hitand-runs. On Feb. 4, 2014, the City Council unanimously overturned Bloomberg’s veto of Intro. The 1055-A is an act where the NYPD will have to report information concerning vehicle collisions in scenarios where a driver leaves the scene. The legislation, which took effect
immediately upon enactment, requires the police department to submit to the City Council and to post online a quarterly report on the number of hit-andruns where a critical injury occurred, where the driver of a vehicle left the scene without reporting, and on the number of cases closed, categorized by whether an arrest was made or not. The information would be broken up by police precinct and by cross street. Additionally, the NYPD would also have to tell the City Council what steps it took to investigate these hit-and-run incidents. “This piece of legislation will in-
crease transparency and accountability, ensuring that the NYPD is using all the tools it has at its disposal to investigate hit-and-run accidents,” Koo said. “Although we cannot reverse the emotional and physical pain caused by hit-and-run accidents, we hope to send a clear message to every resident of New York City that the government is taking this issue seriously.” Bloomberg vetoed the act last December, saying in a letter that it would further drain police resources away from their daily functions and that the Council is “crossing the line from
oversight into administration.” The legislation came about in May when Koo, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan) and former councilman Leroy Comrie met at the site of a hit-and-run in Flushing where Dante Dominguez was killed by a black SUV. “This is an appeal to use every major opportunity, method and piece of technology to try and solve a crime that didn’t have to happen,” Comrie said at that conference. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Water Main Upgrades Coming To Queens More than six miles of water mains have been installed across three neighborhoods in Queens, the Depts. of Environmental Protection and Design and Construction announced last week. The $15 million infrastructure upgrade will bring cleaner drinking water and improved water pressure to Elmhurst, Rego Park and Fresh Meadows. The renovations began in 2012, when more than six miles of new water mains were installed. As part of
this project, 20-inch diameter mains will be installed along Queens Boulevard. It will improve water pressure for firefighters and providing water to the nearby neighborhoods. “By investing in our infrastructure, we are ensuring the public has access to a reliable supply of healthy drinking water, that our firefighters have the water pressure they need to fight fires and that there is adequate supply to allow for the continued growth of neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs,” Carter Strick-
land, DEP Commissioner, said. The City’s drinking water is collected from reservoirs upstate and brought to Queens through a water tunnel that begins in the Bronx. In addition to improving the water pressure, the project will also minimize disruption to its customers during future maintenance work, the agencies say. “The new water mains - more than six miles in all - will give residents of Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows and Rego Park improved water service for de-
cades to come. We strongly support DEP’s infrastructure renewal program by providing cost-effective engineering, design and construction management for water main upgrades in Queens and throughout our City,” DDC Deputy Commissioner Eric Macfarlane said. According to the DEP, it has invested more than $1.7 billion to upgrade water mains in NYC, with more than $400 million dedicated to improving the distribution system in Queens.
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Queens Native Competes On ‘Jeopardy!’ BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Earlier this week, Hollis Hills native and Townsend Harris High School alum Laurie Beckoff appeared on the trivia show “Jeopardy!,” competing in the show’s annual College Championship tournament. Beckoff, the only contestant hailing from New York, faced-off against 14 college students across the nation for a $100,000 prize and an automatic spot on the show’s Tournament of the Champions. “I take pride in being able to represent Queens,” the University of Chicago sophomore said. “I was the only contestant from New York and I was glad to represent my Borough and my hometown – it’s exciting.” For Beckoff, it has always been a lifelong goal to appear on the show – and she has had plenty of practice. Every evening, Beckoff and her family tune in to “Jeopardy!” to play along with contestants while eating dinner. “Everyone I know from home who has come to my house for dinner on a weeknight knows it’s tradition,” she said. “I’ve spent my entire life watching the show.” Though Beckoff has qualified to audition for “Teen Jeopardy!” three times previously, she never advanced further than the audition round until
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Hollis Hills teen, Laurie Beckoff, appeared on “Jeopardy!’s” College Championship show this week – making her the only contestant from New York. November, when she got the fateful call from the “Jeopardy!” staff. “I was really speechless,” she said. “When my phone rang and they said they were from ‘Jeopardy!’ [and] my heart started to beat faster. I was in complete shock when they asked me to be on the show.” In order to audition for “Jeopardy!,” she explained, one has to pass a 50-question test online. Individuals
who pass the test are then selected at random for auditions. Those selected from the audition round must take yet another 50-question test, followed by practice games and interviews. Preparing for the show after being selected was no easy feat either. The teen said she spent her entire winter break preparing by browsing “Jeopardy!” archive questions and working on her reflexes.
“One of the hardest things was working on my timing,” Beckoff said. “It’s very strategic. If you hit the button too early, you’re locked out. If you’re not quite fast enough, someone gets in before you. The buzzer definitely makes a huge difference.” Though she admits being on the show was “a little nerve-wracking” at times, the ambitious teen said she had a lot of fun and is thrilled to have met her nightly virtual dinner guest, Alex Trebek. “It was unreal to get there and see the set I’ve been seeing my whole life – meeting Alex Trebek and seeing how the show works,” she said. “I also got to meet a lot of impressive people with diverse interests and specialties and it was just really fascinating.” Although the teen said she will likely be “hiding under the couch” when the show airs, Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), said he could not be more excited to see his former intern on television. “I got my DVR set for tomorrow night to watch her on ‘Jeopardy!,’ Weprin said. “I bet you she knocked them dead out there because she has a unique combination of brains and personality. I think she’s going to do very well.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska
House Weekend SAT. & SUN., FEBRUARY 22ND & 23RD, 2014 / 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM At Coe Hall & Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park No parking fee
CAMELLIA HOUSE FREE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
10:00am – 4:00pm. Live music with The Good Old Days Barbershop Quartet and keyboardist all day! Camellia Plant Sale provided by Martin Viette Nurseries 11:00am & 1:00pm Vincent Simeone talks about camellias 12:00pm & 3:00pm Henry B. Joyce talks about the Camellia House
COE HALL WEEKEND ACTIVITIES 10:00am – 4:00pm / $10 entrance fee / Members and children under 12 are free Ukelele music with Josh Kekoa Cho, Watercolor Workshop for children, Bingo, and make your own greenhouse craft. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Storytelling with Jonathan Kruk & Andrea Sadler featuring Mad Hatter's Tea with Tales, Silly Skits and the Queen of Hearts. How to paint camellias - watercolor demonstrations with Roberta Erlagen 2:30pm - Vincent A. Simeone: “The Amazing Story of Camellias: Past, Present and Future” Periwinkles Café at the Hay Barn 11:00am–4:00pm. “Camellia Weekend Afternoon Tea” served at 12pm & 2pm. Call Pat (516) 922-5700 for reservations and more information
INFORMATION: (516) 922-8678 or (516) 922-8682 or email: email@example.com Planting Fields Foundation • Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, New York 11771
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POLICE BLOTTER 103rd Precinct RobbeRy – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the following suspect wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred within the confines of the 103rd Precinct. At 5:35 a.m. on Jan. 29, a suspect emerged from a dark-colored SUV and entered Mario’s 99 Cent Store, located at 108-10 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., donned a ski mask and brandished a firearm. The suspect ordered the store’s employee to the ground, where he removed his wallet, containing $500, as well as $50 from the counter and fled the location. There were no reported injuries at the time. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit www. nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.
105th Precinct RobbeRy PatteRn – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying suspects wanted in connection to three robberies within the 105th and 113th Precincts in Queens. The first incident occurred at 5 p.m. Jan. 29. The suspects, one armed with a firearm, entered the Mejia Deli, 113-27 Farmers Blvd., within the confines of the 113th Precinct. While one suspect held the clerks back with the threat of a firearm, the other suspect jumped behind the counter and removed an undetermined amount of cash from the register, as well as the clerk’s wallet. There were no reported injuries. The second incident occurred at 7:25 p.m. Feb. 1. Three suspects, all armed with firearms, entered a salon
These individuals are wanted in connection with a robbery pattern within the 105th and 113th Precincts.
This individual is wanted in connection to a robbery within the confines of the 103rd Precinct.
located at 220-06 Hempstead Ave., within the confines of the 105th Precinct, and forced the clerks to the rear of the store. The suspects then removed money, cell phones and hair products before fleeing the store. There were no reported injuries. The third incident occurred at 10:25 p.m. Feb. 2. Two suspects, both armed with firearms, entered the Farmer’s Deli Grocery, located at 114-25 Farmer’s Blvd., within the confines of the 113th Precinct, and demanded money. The clerk complied, and the suspects fled with an undetermined amount of money. There were no reported injuries. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit www. nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.
106th Precinct RobbeRy – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying two suspects wanted for a robbery within the confines of the 106th Precinct. At 4:10 a.m. Feb. 2, the victim, a 25-year-old male, picked up the suspects in his livery cab at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Fulton Street. The suspects requested to go to 133rd Street and Linden Blvd. When they reached the destination, while the victim was making change, the male suspect reached into the victim’s pocket, removed an undetermined amount of money and fled the taxi. The first suspect is described as a light-skinned Black male, 20-25 years old, wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. The second suspect is described as a Black female, 20-25 years old, with a thin build. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit www. nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – COUNT Y OF QUEENS INDEX# 17472/2012 FILED: 8/21/2012 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premise is situated. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff against CARMEN MANZANO A/K/A CARMEN T. MANZANO, CARMEN ARBOLEDA, if he be living and if he be dead, if, the respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint, LUIS R. PULGARON, if he be living and if he be dead, if, the respective heirsat-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE BANK, FSB, NYC ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NYC CRIMINAL COURT and “JOHN DOE” and “JANE DOE , “ the last two names being fictitious and said parties intended being tenants, or occupants, if any, having or claiming an interest in, or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant(s) TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOU CASE IS PENDING FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not serviced with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may appear within (60) days of service thereof and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a mortgage that was recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on April 13, 2010 in Liber Document No. 2010000122267. Plaintiff is the holder and the owner of the aforesaid NOTE and MORTGAGE, covering premises known as 8625 91st Street, Woodhaven, NY 11421. (Block 8871 Lot 1). The relief sought within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt described above. To the above named Defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Beanice D. Siegal, J.S.C. , a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, filed along with the supporting papers in the office of the Clerk of the Count y of QUEENS on 12/30/2013. This is an action to foreclose on a mortgage. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens and City and State of New York (Block 8871 Lot 1). Said premises known as 8625 91st Street, Woodhaven, NY 11421. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMA-
TION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. By reason of the default in the payment of the monthly installment of principal and interest, among other things, as hereinafter set forth, Plaintiff, the holder and owner of the aforementioned note and mortgage, or their agents have elected and hereby accelerate the mortgage and declare the entire mortgage indebtedness immediately due and payable. The following amounts are now due and owing on said mortgage, no part of any of which has been paid although duly demanded: By virtue thereof, plaintiff has heretofore elected and by these presents hereby elects to accelerate the entire unpaid principal balance of $360,000.00 to be immediately due and payable under the mortgage herein foreclosed, with accrued interest at 7% per annum from August 1, 2009. Plaintiff is also entitled to a reasonable attorneys’ fees in the amount of $1,300.00, plus costs and disbursements, for which demand is hereby made UNLESS YOU DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER YOUR RECEIPT HEREOF THAT THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, IS DISPUTED, THE DEBTOR JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH VERIFICATION OR JUDGMENT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU BY THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR. IF APPLICABLE, UPON YOUR WRITTEN REQUEST, WITHIN SAID THIRTY (30) DAY PERIOD, THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE FROM THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTC Y COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PL AINTIFF/ CREDITOR AND THIS NOTICE/DISCLOSURE IS FOR COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES
OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid, there are government agencies, and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by New York state Banking Department at 1-877-Bank-NYS or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.state.ny.us FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. Section 1303 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving the copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you may lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING AN ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Kozeny, McCubbin & Katz, LLP. Attorneys for the Plaintiff, 395 N. Service Road, Suite 401, Melville, NY 11747 Our File 19364 _______________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNT Y OF QUEENS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS GRANTOR TRUSTEE OF THE PROTIUM MASTER GRANTOR TRUST, Plaintiff(S), Against LEWEY FIELDS; et al, Defendant(s)
Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered 11/22/2013, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY in Courtroom #25 on 3/14/2014 at 10:00 am premises known as 105-32 192nd Street, St. Albans, NY 11412 ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being beginning at a point on the westerly side of 102nd street, Formerly Clarendon Street, Distant 24.26 Feet Northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of old Northwesterly side 109th Avenue (formerly Slgsworth Avenue, before the widening) with the westerly side 192nd Street, said point being 7.81 feet northerly from the new northwesterly side of 109th Avenue. Block 10885 Lot 3 Approximate amount of lien $528,650.08 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment Index # 34627/2009 Guy R. Vitacco, Jr., Esq., Referee SHELDON MAY & ASSOCIATES Attorneys at Law, 255 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Dated: 1/28/2014 File Number: 24854 MNH ________________________ TESTAVERDE LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/13/14. Office location: QueensCounty. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Paul Testaverde, 40-42 National St., 2nd Fl., Corona, NY 11368.General Purpose. ________________________ Purvi Patel & Associates, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/9/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Purvi Patel, 269 - 15 81st Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Purpose: General. ________________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNT Y OF QUEENS ONEWEST BANK, FSB, Plaintiff -against- BERTHA MAE ABNEY A/K/A BERTHA M. ABNEY, ET AL., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated DECEMBER 18, 2013 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction QUEENS COUNTY SUPREME COURT, 88-11 SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, JAMAICA, NEW YORK, IN COURTROOM #25 on March 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM premises known as 122-30 192 STREET, SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY 11413. ALL
that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of QUEENS, City and State of New York. Block 12707 Lot 35 Approximate amount of lien $283,777.34 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment Index # 5039-2012 DAVID LOUIS COHEN, ESQ., REFEREE STEIN, WIENER AND ROTH, L.L.P., ATTORNEYS FOR THE PLAINTIFF ONE OLD COUNTRY ROAD, SUITE 113 CARLE PLACE, NY 11514 DATED: February 06, 2014 FILE # INDY FF 57650 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that license #1276129 has been applied by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 3725 32nd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 for on-premises consumption. MIST NY LLC d/b/a MIST ________________________ Notice of formation of STEPHEN B. IRWIN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 4, 2013. Office located in Queens County, SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the PLLC to 59-14 146th St., Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on FEB 03 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001276-13/ 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) Jabbar (Last) Bride My present name is (First) Jesse (Middle) Lionel (Last) Bride aka Jesse L Bride aka Jesse Bride My present address is 204-18 45 Rd, Bayside, NY 11361 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is April 03, 1972 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JAN 22 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001216-13/ 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) Daniel (Last) Alarcon My present name is (First) Daniel (Last) Alarcon-Acuna (infant) My present address is 6116 134th Street, 1st Fl., Flushing, NY 11367-1018 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is April 17, 2011
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STATE OF THE CITY
Mayor Outlines Vision During Speech
BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer
In his first State of the City address since being elected, Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out several key initiatives he hopes to pass in the future. Among the plans the Mayor discussed at LaGuardia Community College on Monday include free universal Pre-K, living wage expansion and asking Albany to let NYC set its own rate for the minimum wage. This was the second consecutive State of the City Address held outside of Manhattan, with Bloomberg’s final address held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. De Blasio began the address discussing income inequality, one issue prominently featured during his campaign. He said access to affordable housing, good paying jobs and affordable health care is becoming scarce because of the shrinking middle class. “We understand that allowing the income gap to stretch further isn’t simply a threat to those at the bottom – but to every New Yorker,” he said. “And we also know this: New Yorkers’ personal commitment to tackling inequality knows no boundaries of geography or income.”
His first mention of paid sick leave drew a loud applause from the audience. De Blasio and the City Council agreed last month to expand the initiative to give paid sick leave to 500,000 more New Yorkers. He citied the example of Queens resident Kathy Delahoz, who refused medical treatment after being in a car accident. Instead of the treatment, she went back to work because she did not want to lose a day of pay. “Under the expanded Paid Sick Leave legislation, New Yorkers like Kathy won’t lose pay just because they put their health, or the health of their kids, first,” the Mayor said. Universal Pre-K, a focus for the new Mayor, also drew loud cheers from the crowd. He said he wants to raise taxes for those earning higher wages and put the program into effect this September. “For those making between $500,000 and a million dollars a year, that means an average of about 970 bucks. But to the young minds that we help shape, the pre-teen lives that we keep safe, the generation of working New Yorkers that we put on a path to success; it will be priceless,” de Blasio said.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Comptroller Scott Stringer watch Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City speech.
The Mayor also announced for the first time that he will ask New York State to allow the City is take control of its minimum wage rate. This is part of de Blasio’s plan to raise wages for low-income workers in the City. Following the speech, State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) said he would not allow de Blasio’s Pre-K plan to come to a vote on the Senate floor. Supporters of the plan, including Councilman Daniel Dromm (DJackson Heights), released statements criticizing the senator’s comment. “New York City needs a dedicated source of funding for universal prekindergarten. For Dean Skelos to say he will prevent a vote on this issue is very short sighted. Study after study has shown that children who receive early childhood education perform demonstrably better later in life than
those who don’t receive it,” Dromm said. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R- Ozone Park), while agreeing with the majority of the Mayor’s plans, does not see eye-to-eye regarding Pre-K and paid sick leave. Regarding paid sick leave, he said it would not create jobs for the City’s small businesses. “In order to thrive, I don’t think imposing unfunded mandates on them is going to be particularly helpful,” he said. “It’s going to be disincentive for them to hire additional employees or retain the employees they already have.” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was complementary of the Mayor’s address in a statement sent out following the speech. “His speech focused on the need to make sure our city continues to have a growing and vibrant middle class. Since the start of the Great Recession more than five years ago, the size of our middle class has been squeezed thanks to spiraling costs on one hand and stagnant wage growth on the other,” she said. “To his great credit, Mayor de Blasio has focused on five major points to address this crisis by improving education, increasing affordable housing, easing access to health care, expanding sick leave and living wage laws and promoting immigrants’ rights.” Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) echoed Katz’s sentiments, highlighting the Mayor’s Pre-K and income inequality initiative. “It is critical that we lay the foundation for our children to succeed by ensuring universal pre-kindergarten becomes a reality and every middle school student has access to after school programs. For far too long, we have avoided dealing with our inequality gap head-on,” he said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
Morton Hillman, 1926-2014
Morton Hillman, a veteran of the music industry and former member of the New York State Assembly, passed away peacefully Feb. 3, in Delray Beach, Fla. Born in 1926, he grew up in Norwood and Cincinnati, Ohio. As a musician playing cornet and trumpet, he served in the USO during World War Two. He later became a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as a trumpet player. His vocal group, the “C-notes,” made an appearance on the Arthur Godfrey show, placing second to Steve and Eydie Gormé. As advertising director of “Record World Magazine,” he was known throughout the music and entertainment industry. Settling in the Beechhurst/Whit-
estone section of Queens in the early 1960s, he continued his activities as a community leader and activist. In 1986, he was elected to the New York State Assembly to serve three terms for the 26th Assembly District, and later was appointed to the Bi-State Commission on Long Island Sound. Retiring to Delray Beach, Fla., he is survived by his wife Ruth, his children, Lois and William, his grandchildren, Oren, Eitan, and Sharon, and his greatgranddaughter Madeline. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor can be made to the Jewish War Veterans, The American Diabetes Association or the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Vallone Calls For Tracking Program
“Cemeteries are places of great significance to religions and families across the world, and often times reFollowing the discovery of autis- flect the history and religious identity tic teenager Avonte Oquendo’s re- of their communities,” Meng said. mains in Queens, U.S. Sen. Charles “Disturbingly, however, those who promulgate hate and intolSchumer proposed new erance increasingly do so legislation called “Avonte’s through the desecration of Law,” which would expand cemeteries which is why this an existing Dept. of Justice legislation is necessary. Hate program that grants money crimes must not be tolerated to provide tracking systems anywhere in our society, and for those suffering from Althat includes the desecration zheimer’s disease. The exof cemeteries.” pansion would provide adMeng’s legislation is exditional funds to provide pected to be referred to the optional tracking devices for Councilman House Foreign Affairs Comchildren with autism. Councilman Paul Vallone paul vallone mittee. (D-Bayside) wants to take this idea a step further, and is drafting a bill that goes beyond Avonte’s Law to include parents who have children with any disability. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D“There are 183,000, or 17 percent, Ozone Park) recently urged of students with disabilities the Metropolitan Transporin New York public schools, tation Authority to immeand there is no reason that diately expand their realthe option for a tracking time bus tracker, the MTA device should not be availBus Time App, to cover all able to parents with children Queens bus routes. MTA Bus whose disabilities do not fall Time allows travelers to lounder the autism spectrum,” cate their next approaching Vallone said. “I want to crebus via smart phone, web or ate this program so that text message through a GPS hopefully no parent has to tracking system serviced by deal with this type of tragedy assemblyman the MTA. ever again.” phil goldfeder “Waiting for a bus in Vallone’s bill would require the Mayor to designate an Queens should not be a guessing agency to create, fund, and maintain game,” Goldfeder said. “I applaud a Disability Tracking Assistance Pro- the MTA for using technology to betgram (DTAP) for minors with special ter their services for customers and I needs. Parents and Legal Guardians of strongly urge them to include all New special needs children would decide to Yorkers in their latest advances and use such a monitor, and the exact sys- implement the real-time bus locator tem of employing the devices would app for Queens residents as soon as be at the discretion of the city agency. possible.” Goldfeder has sent a letter to MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast, urging him to implement the Bus Time App for all Queens’ commuters. Bringing the Bus Time App to Queens will encourage ridership and improve the overall experience of public transit U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flush- by reducing travel uncertainty, which ing) recently introduced the Protect often leads to more Queens residents depending on vehicles as a Cemeteries Act, a bill that means for transportation, would make the desecration Goldfeder noted in his letter. of cemeteries a violation of According to the U.S. religious freedom. Census, New Yorkers have The measure would shown to have one of the amend the International Relongest commute times ligious Freedom Act of 1998 throughout the country, to include the vandalizing of with nearly half traveling cemeteries as one of many from outer-boroughs, ininfringements on the right cluding Queens. Improving to freedom of religion. bus service in Queens with Although the bill apu.s. Rep. the Bus Time App will allow plies to cemeteries across grace Meng residents to regain control the globe, it would have a over their commutes and significant impact on many residents of Queens. The Borough is keep more vehicles off our congested home to many immigrants who have roadways. According to the MTA, GPS trackfamily members and ancestors buried ers have been installed in 1,034 buses in distant lands.
Goldfeder Pushes For Bus Time
Meng Introduces Cemetery Desecration Bill
Placard Shredded state sen. tony avella (d-Bayside) last week again rejected his state-issued parking placard, following a tradition started in his days as a councilman. “as elected officials we are counted on to set an example for our constituencies and rejecting unfair and unwarranted privileges is a clear opportunity for us to do that,” he said. “We should have to experience the same parking dilemmas that every citizen of this City and state face on a day-to-day basis.” and nearly 3,365 computer databases can be found at bus stops throughout Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx. The MTA has previously stated they are considering the Bus Time App for Queens, but have not set any start dates.
year in cuts to SNAP will result in the loss of $90-130 per month for 190,000 City households. In its first year alone, these cuts translate to 70 to 100 million fewer meals in New York City, increasing New York City’s meal gap to as much as 411 million meals.
Maloney Opposes SNAP Cuts
Richards Happy With Resiliency Improvements
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DAstoria) recently released the following statement on her vote against the Agricultural Act of 2014, that cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by $8 billion over 10 years. “There are hungry families in New York and throughout the country who are relying on SNAP to put food on the table. We saw what happened after the last round of cuts to this vital program. The shelves at our local food banks were bare, and more New Yorkers went hungry,” Maloney said. “Some have said that this bill only represents a one percent cut, but when there are already so many struggling to get by on meager benefits, that’s one percent too much. We have to continue working to eradicate food insecurity in all of its forms. This bill is a step backward.” According to the Food Bank of New York City, the $800 million per
In early August, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) responded to Rockaway residents who were tired of waiting years for essential repairs. Richards brought the Dept. of Design and Construction out to update residents of the area surrounding Bay 32nd Street in Far Rockaway, a community that regularly experiences heavy flooding. The overall improvement plan was explained in detail, and temporary fixes were promised in the following weeks. Although there were no improvements for some time, Councilman Richards has stayed on the issue and recently announced that the improvements have begun. “These improvements are essential to the resiliency of Rockaway,” Richards said. “We have to ensure that we are prepared for emergency situations and no community feels left behind.”
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Medicare Advantage At Risk For Seniors, Disabled
Nearly 15 million seniors and people with disabilities are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in this country. That number adds up to almost one third of the total Medicare population. Some provisions in the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), if implemented, could jeopardize Medicare Advantage benefits for each and every one of those 15 million Americans. While Medicare Advantage benefits have already been reduced, they now face additional cuts, as much as $200 billion dollars over the next 10 years. Seniors and the disabled are expected to bear the brunt of these cuts, reducing the benefits they receive. “Medicare Advantage has allowed us to provide far better overall care to our patients,” says Dr. Donald Rebhun, HealthCare Partners medical director. “And that level of care is at risk if these additional cuts go through.” According to the Coalition for Medicare Choices, Medicare Advantage is a health benefits program available to individuals who are 65 or older or those with permanent disabilities. The coverage is provided through private health plans rather
than the government and is required to meet or exceed the standards set by the original Medicare program. In addition to hospital and physician coverage, Medicare Advantage plans often include other benefits such as prescription drug, vision, hearing, dental, fitness, mental health and management of chronic illness. The proposed cuts could mean higher out-of-pocket costs, limited choice of doctors, fewer plans managing chronic conditions and fewer plans offering dental/vision coverage and enhanced wellness/fitness services. Data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey shows that Medicare Advantage plans continue to be a vital source of coverage for lowincome and minority beneficiaries. For example, 31 percent of AfricanAmerican Medicare beneficiaries and 38 percent of Hispanic beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, and 41 percent of Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage plans had annual incomes of less than $20,000. These programs are particularly critical to the well-being of thousands of low-income individuals who may not qualify for Medicaid and would
therefore lack access to chronic disease management services. Because of these cuts, out-of-pocket costs for seniors and individuals with disabilities could also rise and premium-free comprehensive drug coverage would be in jeopardy. “Thanks to the funding we receive from our risk-based contracts, we have developed creative and innovative programs and services that have delivered better clinical outcomes. These cuts will directly impact the
care we can provide to our patients,” says Rebhun. If you or a loved one has a Medicare Advantage plan, take time to research the funding cuts and reimbursement changes. Make your voice heard and tell your federal and state representatives to stop further cuts and continue to protect your benefits. To reach your representatives, visit ProtectMyMA.com/ Today. BrandPoint
New Alzheimer’s Services New services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers will soon be available to Borough residents. The New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently announced plans to open a new office in Queens, as part of a $348,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The grant will also allow the chapter to expand its satellite office in Brooklyn, according to a press release. The Brooklyn satellite office employs a full-time care consultant and provides social services, information and referrals. With the grant, new programs will be made available at the office. The association plans to replicate the Brooklyn model in Queens, where
residents will be able to receive face-toface counseling, without having to travel outside the Borough. Both satellite offices will offer support groups, workshops and educational programs. “Alzheimer’s experts from the Chapter routinely travel from our headquarters in midtown Manhattan to community centers, hospitals and diagnostic centers throughout the five boroughs to offer an array of free programs in English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish,” Chapter President Lou-Ellen Barkan said. “We currently offer 56 support groups in Brooklyn and Queens, but without additional direct, in-borough services we simply cannot keep up with the need.” For information, call (800) 2723900 or visit www.alz.org/nyc.
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Now, more of your NYHQ doctors are IN â€Ś
Whitestone Village For the past year, New York Hospital Queens has provided access to a higher level of primary and specialty care services at our new medical practice right here at Whitestone Primary Care in Whitestone Village. We appreciate the trust and hospitality shown to our staff and patients in this community and want to let you know that our team of on-site physicians is growing. Now practicing right here in Whitestone Village, you will find Justin A. Classie, M.D., a specialist in sports medicine and general orthopaedics, Urologist Farshad Shafizadeh, M.D., and Cardiologist Gregory Pontone, M.D. They join Family Practice Specialist Ambrose Pipia, M.D., Internist Domenick Acquista, M.D., and Cardiologist Katherine Heretis, M.D. More NYHQ-affiliated physicians will join them throughout 2014.
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Honoring Queens’ New Voice
They Love Queens, Yeah Yeah Yeah
During a breakfast with the Queens Chamber of Commerce this week, Queens Tribune Publisher Michael Nussbaum presented Borough President Melinda Katz with a framed cover from the Nov. 7, 2013 issue of the paper, which reported on Katz’s election. Photo by Luis Gronda.
Giving To Our Veterans
Members of the United War Veterans Council gathered on Feb. 10 to accept cards and gifts donated by the office of the Borough President. The UWVC will distribute the items to veterans at the Saint Albans Veterans Hospital as part of its Valentine’s Day Caravan, which collects and delivers thousands of donated cards and gifts to veterans and their families. Photo by Joe Marvilli.
Beatles cover band Liverpool performed at a plaque presentation ceremony at John F. Kennedy Airport last week, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival. For more, see the story on page 20. Photo by Joe Marvilli.
Queens DA Richard Brown recently held a legislative breakfast. Pictured are former Councilman Archie Spigner, State Sen. Malcolm Smith, Councilman Donovan Richards, Assemblymen Ron Kim and Michael Simanowitz, Councilman Mark Weprin, Sen. Michael Gianaris, Queens DA Richard Brown, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, Councilman Paul Vallone, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz.
Flushing Celebrates Lunar New Year With Parade
The Year of the Horse was celebrated on Saturday during the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade. At left, Mayor Bill de Blasio led a delegation of elected officials, including Councilman Paul Vallone, Assembly members Ron Kim and Nily Rozic, Councilman Peter Koo, Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley and Grace Meng, Councilman Mark Weprin and Comptroller Scott Stringer. Pictured on the right, former Comptroller John Liu greets parade-goers as the parade marched down Main Street, Flushing. Photos by Steven J. Ferrari.
Dining & Entertainment
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JFK Marker Celebrates Beatles’ Arrival BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens loves them, yeah, yeah, yeah! On Feb. 7, 1964, four lads from Liverpool flew into John F. Kennedy airport on Pan Am Flight 101 for an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Their names were John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, also known as The Beatles. The band’s arrival marked the beginning of Beatlemania in the United States and was honored last week with a commemorative marker in the terminal where they arrived 50 years ago. “The Beatles stepped off a Pan Am plane from London for their first U.S. tour, ushering in a new era of rock‘n’roll and a sweeping transformation of American culture,” the plaque partially read. The occasion was marked by speeches, special guests and a performance by a Beatles cover band called Liverpool. The group played “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Please Please Me,” “She Loves You,” plus a few more songs. As they played through the early Beatles classics, fans danced and held up signs to show that Beatlemania still runs deep for many. There was more than one type of
director Patrick Foye, who also talked about the momentous event. “JFK airport once again lived up to its reputation as the gateway to America, welcoming four young lads from England off Pam Am Flight 101, ushering in a transformation of rock’n’roll and American culture,” Photo by Joe Marvilli he said. “They’ve reKen Dashow, State Sen. James Sanders, Livermained at the top of the pool Lord Mayor Gary Millar, Port Authority charts for 50 years and deputy executive dir. Deborah Gramiccioni and they’re still guaranteed Assemblywoman Margaret Markey revealed the to raise a smile.” plaque honoring the Beatles’ arrival at JFK. Deputy executive Liverpool representation at the event director Deborah Gramiccioni added though, as Councillor Gary Millar, the that the Beatles’ music is universal, Lord Mayor of the city itself, was on spanning generations and having an hand to celebrate his town’s most famous impact on music fans everywhere. “To be a music fan is to be a Beatles citizens. Deputy Mayor Wendy Simon of Liverpool was in attendance as well. “I’m just looking around at this beautiful restoration, the grandeur of this building. Can I just say, you’ve taken me back 50 years,” Millar said. “I actually feel like I’m with the Beatles at the moment.” The Lord Mayor gave a plaque from BY JOE MARVILLI Liverpool to Port Authority executive Staff Writer
Lavin Hits 200 Wins
Steve Lavin often speaks of coach- row, now winners in six of their last ing icons he respects. There is St. seven games. John’s legend Lou Carnesecca. And “I’ve never come off my position of his current assistant Gene Keady, who liking this team,” said Lavin. “They’re Lavin calls “Mr. Miyagi.” an enjoyable bunch to coach on a D’Angelo Harrison’s three-pointer daily basis.” with a little over two minutes remainEven for a coach that has made the ing, gave St. John’s a 65-63 lead, that NCAA tournament eight times, this they would keep, in what St. John’s team stands out. Creighton head coach Greg “I’m as proud of this group McDermott called “a great as any I’ve coached in terms college basketball game.” of…resiliency, gumption, fight It was the 10th win against back, character,” he said. a ranked opponent for the There was his first season Johnnies in the Lavin era. at UCLA, 1996-97, when the St. John’s was coming off Bruins made the Elite Eight. a 2010 season where they Several times his Bruins beat finished 13th in the Big East the top-ranked team in the when Lavin was brought in St. John’s head country. There was his first to replace Norm Roberts. It coach Steve season in Queens, when the was an impressive hire. A Red Storm won 21 games Lavin coach who won 145 games and made the tournament in seven years at UCLA, and made five for the first time in nine years. sweet sixteen appearances left his job “It’s significant because this parat ESPN to come to Utopia Parkway. ticular group has worked so hard from Although he wants to win every the halftime of that Georgetown game game, Lavin feels that the reason to forward,” he said. be coaching is “to see growth and Lavin believes that “sports is a development in young people.” metaphor for life.” Maybe it was this There were tough times. Critics in attitude that kept Lavin strong when Westwood said he was getting by on he was diagnosed with cancer, which talented players and that his Xs and limited him to four games on the Os were lacking. A number of Red bench in 2011-12. Since returning, Storm fans were ready to read last Lavin has added 32 wins. rites for a team that had lost five in a -David Russell
fan,” she said. “In one of their most popular songs, the Beatles ask us to ‘Come Together.’ They remind us that we are all part of a universal family and that there is far more that united us, then divides us.” While neither Paul McCartney nor Ringo Starr attended the ceremony, Millar said they were both supportive of the commemoration. The only person related to the Beatles who attended was John Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird. Ken Dashow of 104.3 concluded the speeches by perfectly summing up why the Beatles have continued to have such an impact throughout the last 50 years. “Their music will always be cool. The message ‘All You Need Is Love’ will always be cool,” he said. “They changed the game.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Set Director Returns To College For Shoot Lederman joined “The Leftovers” team due to the high quality of the pilot script and the chance to work with An alumnus from Queens College Lindelof. “It’s really exciting to take his written returned to the school as the production designer for a new HBO show filming word and turn it into live action and bring what I think is a rich and exciting on campus last Tuesday. Diane Lederman came back to the story to life,” she said. According to Lederman, Queens college where she graduated in 1985 as a member of the production team College was selected for a scene that for a new Warner Bros./HBO series takes place in a psychiatrist’s office. Location manager Damian called “The Leftovers.” CreResnick thought the colated by Damon Lindelof, lege would fit well for the best known for “Lost,” the scene and Lederman readshow revolves around The ily agreed. Rapture and those left beAlthough much has hind in the community of changed at Queens College Mapleton, according to since she graduated, LedIMDB.com. erman said she got emoWhile taking a break tional when she stepped from a shoot in Queens on campus to find the best Hall, L ederman sp oke about coming back to the Photo by Joe Marvilli filming location. “When I first walked in school where she studied Diane Lederman the doors, I got very teary. film as a production designer, a promotion that came after her When we were looking for the office, work on the pilot of the show as a set we walked the whole campus and it did bring back a lot of memories,” she decorator. “It has been what I’ve been working said. “It’s changed a lot but some of towards for most of my career. When I the old buildings are still the same and studied film here, I was just entranced I’m still walking the paths I walked 29 years ago.” with the medium itself,” she said. The show will mostly be filmed in New Raised in Forest Hills, Lederman discovered in her first year on the job York, with a scene in the woods to take as a production assistant that her place place in Forest Park. Lederman is signed was in the art department. She has on for the whole season, due to start airworked as a set dresser, set decorator, ing this summer, and said she hopes there art director and production designer, will be many seasons to come. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, to name a few. She had previously served as set director on “Lee Daniels’ Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788. The Butler.”
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Winter Olympics See Eventful First Week
When you live in New York City,
EVERYTHING’S NEARBY. EVEN
THE BEST SKIING.
Jamie Anderson won the gold medal in the Ladies’ Slopestyle competition last week. By Luis Gronda Staff Writer The Winter Olympics haThe Winter Olympics have been ongoing since last weekend and already there has been a ton of action. As of press time, Norway leads the overall medal count for the games with 11, including four gold medals. The Norwegians dominated the Cross-Country event, winning six of their medals and three gold medals. Canada is second in the overall medal count with nine in total. They have taken four gold medals so far, with three of them coming in the freestyle skiing competition. Justine DufourLaPointe won gold in the ladies’ moguls and Alex Bilodeau finished first overall in the men’s moguls. The Netherlands is third overall with eight total medals. All of their medals, including the three gold medals, were earned in last week’s speed skating event. Sven Kramer took the gold in the men’s 5,000-meter race and Irene Wust got the gold in the ladies’ 3,000meter race. For the United States, the Olympics have been a mix of good and bad so far. While they do have seven total medals, there have been some disappointing performances as well during the games’ first week. The U.S. took home both of their gold medals in the snowboarding competition, with Sage Kotsenburg surprisingly winning gold in the Men’s Slopestyle, the first gold for the USA in this year’s games. Jamie Anderson is the only other gold medal winner so far, finishing first place in the Ladies’ Slopestyle competition. After winning gold in both the
Torino and Vancouver winter games, snowboarder Shaun White, nicknamed the “flying tomato,” finished fourth overall during the Men’s half pipe finals. In addition to the half pipe, White was originally scheduled to be in the slopestyle event, but dropped out to focus on the half pipe. White fell twice during his run and was unable to garner enough points to earn a medal. Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov won gold in that event. Events to watch out for during this upcoming week include men’s ice hockey getting underway on Thursday. Team USA will begin play on the 13th against Slovakia. They figure to face a tough challenge from the get-go as the United States was drawn into the group featuring Russia, who is looking to win the gold in their home country. With players like Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk, it should be a competitive preliminary round match up between the two countries. For Team USA, Jonathan Quick was named the starting goalie for the Americans against Slovakia and could be the starter for the rest of the tournament depending on his play. Quick’s Olympic prospects were originally in jeopardy after he missed the first month of the NHL season after straining his groin muscle. The U.S. women’s hockey team has already played their three preliminary round games and has advanced to the next round. They lost to Canada 3-2 on Wednesday in a highly physical game. Their largest victory was a 9-0 blowout against Switzerland. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune. com, or @luisgronda.
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La Voz dE TrEs
Flushing Town Hall will host a concert by New York-based world jazz trio, La Voz de Tres, at 8 p.m. Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, keyboardist Mike Eckroth and sevenstring guitarist Jason Ennis blend the infectious rhythms and nuanced songwriting traditions of Latin America, original compositions and choice picks from the Great American Songbook in an improvisational texture. Tickets are $15 for the general public and are $10 for students and members. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.
“LoVE Is Good”
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts will present a performance by Broadway singer Christine Andreas and her husband, pianist Martin Silvestri. Taking place at 8 p.m. in LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, the two will entertain the crowd with couple’s antics, a touch of humor and romantic ballads. Tickets cost between $38 and $59. Call (718) 544-2996 for information.
TWo oF HEarTs CoNCErT Resorts World Casino will host the “2 of Hearts Concert” featuring Brenda K. Star, Tito Puente Jr., Coro, and DJ Nicky G. Vic Latino will MC the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
The East Coast edition of the independent video game festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image for its second year, running through Feb. 16. The festival features talks and panels headlined by a diverse
group of gamemakers, academics, artists and journalists. For info, visit movingimage.us.
satuRDay 2/15 CarIbbEaN LEGENds
“Caribbean Legends of Love” Live in Concert at Resorts World Casino, featuring Lovindeer and Pluto Shervington. Music by Angels Caribbean Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $50.
FIddLE sErmoN, by PETEr sCHumaN
Come hear strings pop and words echo in the Chapel of No Religion, installed at the Queens Museum. Peter Schumann has done fiddle sermons for at least 20 years as part of Bread and Puppet Theater’s summertime performance series at their farm in northern Vermont. The sermons, which always merge philosophy and news, are delivered while Schumann vigorously accompanies himself on a fiddle. Each performance will be accompanied by bread-making, and bread-serving, by the artist, as he has done since 1963. The admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ events#ixzz2sf6sPvGr.
Queens Botanical Garden will host the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The results will be added to those submitted from around the world. To register, email sromar@ queensbotanical.org.
Jamaica Performing Arts Center will present “Amazing Grace From the Auction to White House” as part of its celebration of Black History Month. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m., with a second showing Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20. For information, visit www.jcal.org.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Flushing Town
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Queens Theatre’s acclaimed Aquila Theatre will stage one of William Shakespeare’s funniest and most charming plays, “Twelfth Night.” Set in the mystical world of Illyria, this is a tale of identical twins and mistaken identity that also explores themes of love and its ef fect on human behavior. The show will start at 2 p.m. and will repeat on Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets range between $49 and $25. For tickets, call (718) 760-0064. Hall will show demonstrations of dance in its gallery at 1 p.m. Free tickets will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis, starting at 11 a.m. at the venue’s box office. Tickets are limited to two per person. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.
Everywhere,” will appear at the New York Hall of Science. He will discuss his book in the Science Technology Library at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Kaufman’s photographs reveal the hidden numbers unintentionally created by architectural details, shadows, light and natural elements. This event is free with admission to the Hall of Science. Call (718) 699-0005 for information.
sHorT FILm FEsT
Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City will present the Laughing Devil Short Film Fest, dedicated to promoting the art of short film, at 8 p.m. Cost is $10. The viewings will be interspersed with Q&As with the filmmakers. For information, visit www.laughingdevil.com.
Welcome the Year of the Horse with this Flushing Town Hall workshop. Taking place at 3 p.m., the class will teach attendees basic calligraphy in order to write their New Year’s wishes on Chinese silk fans. Tickets are $10 for the general audience and $8 for members and students. To learn more, call (718) 463-7700.
Elliott Kaufman, the author of the photography book, “Numbers
WEDNEsDay 2/19 ToddLEr sTory TImE
Forest Hills library will host Toddler Story time, which allows kids ages 18-35 months and their parents or other adult caregivers to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement games. Space is limited; preregistration is required. The library is located at 108-19 71st Ave. Call (718) 268-7934 to register.
NETWorkING EVENT mICHaEL boLToN
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center will host a concert by singersongwriter Michael Bolton. Starting at 8 p.m., the performance will feature many of the Grammy-winner’s hits, such as “When A Man Loves A Woman,” “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and “How Can We Be Lovers.” Tickets cost between $55 and $65. To purchase tickets or for information, call the box office at (718) 631-6311.
tuEsDay 2/18 WINE TasTING
Omega Wines, located at 23-18 31st St., Astoria, will host a free tasting of Greek wines and Ouzos for National Drink Wine Day. The tasting runs from 6-9 p.m. For information, visit www.omegawineandspirits.com.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Card Exchange and Networking Meeting. Special guests will include the Myrtle Avenue BID, the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council and AXA Equitable Business Solutions. All who are looking to network are welcome to attend. It will take place at Atlas Park Community Room on the 3rd floor in Market Plaza at 80-00 Cooper Avenue in Glendale. It will begin at 7 pm. Email pattig213@aol. com to RSVP.
d.b. rIELLy aT WINEGasm Award-winning singer/ songwriter D.B. Rielly will perform a wideranging collection of Americana music, spanning several genres including Roots, Blues and Country. D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions” from 9 p.m. till 11 p.m., located at 31-86 37th St. in Astoria. The cover charge is free.
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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court of City of New York, Queens County on FEB 03 2014, bearing Index Number 1268-13, copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, in room number 357, grants me the right to: Assume the name of Jungyong Shin. My present address is 160-15 Powell Cove Blvd., #B303, Whitestone, NY 11357; My present name is James Shin ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on the day of FEB 03 2014 bearing the Index Number N 1273/2013, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Room 357, grants Ronald John Coloma a/k/a Ronald J. Coloma a/k/a Ronald Coloma the right to assume the name Ronald John Bertini. His present name is Ronald John Coloma a/k/a Ronald J. Coloma a/k/a Ronald Coloma. The date of birth is October 26, 1961. The place of birth is New
York City, New York. His present address is 156-14 71 Avenue, Apt. A, Flushing, New York 11367 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on JAN 22 2014, bearing Index Number 1197/13 copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right, effective on JAN 22 2014, to assume the name of Jawad Ieahyia Rahman The petitioner and the infant’s present address is 25-15 35th Avenue, Long Island City, New York; the date of infant’s birth is July 24, 2002; the place of infant’s birth is Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens, New York. Infant’s present name is Amrit Jawad Singh and was previously known as Amritpal Singh ________________________ THE LOST TRIBE EXPEDITIONS, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/21/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC maybe served. SSNY shall mail process to The
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Suite 2, Flushing, New York 11358-1049. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on FEB 03 2014, bearing Index Number 1289-13 copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY grants me the right, to assume the name Wei Cao. My present address is 14235 Booth Memorial Ave., 1 Fl., Flushing, NY 11355; the date of birth is November 14, 1978; the place of birth is China; My present name is Mei Zhen Cao ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on FEB 03 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001288-13/ 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) Elizabeth (Last) Placencio My present name is (First) Elizabeth (Last) Gonzalez-Placencio aka Elizabeth Gonzalez aka
E Gonzalez-Placencio My present address is 95-22 78 Street, Ozone Park, NY 11416 My place of birth is Kings, NY My date of birth is March 01, 1983 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JAN 22 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001206-13/ 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) Mahir (Last) Sikder My present name is (First) Mahir (Last) Nln aka No Name Given Mahir, aka Mahir (infant) My present address is 6612 102nd Street, Apt. #1B, Rego Park, NY 11374-4524 My place of birth is Bangladesh My date of birth is September 04, 2005; Assume the name of (First) Subah (Last) Sikder My present name is (First)
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EDUCATION HSE/TASC PREP Fridays, February 14, 21, 28 Baisley Park and Lic library. register. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays Fresh Meadows library at 11. HS EQUIVALENCY Saturdays, Februar y 15, 22, March 1 classes at the cambria Heights library at 10. MATH 4 ADULTS Tuesdays, Februar y 18, 25, March 4 Lic library from 2-4.4 TECHNOLOGIST IS IN Tuesdays, February 18, 25 30 minute consultation at the Pomonok library. register. SMALL BUSINESS Tuesday, February 18, 25 central library. register. JOB SKILLS Tuesday, February 18 central library. register. CHESS Tuesdays rosedale library at 4. HS EQUIVALENCY Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 5 B a i s l ey Pa r k l i b ra r y a t 10. BEGIN A BUSINESS We d n e s d ays , F e b r u a r y 19, 25 Flushing library at 10:30. DRAWING CLASS Wednesdays, February 19, 26, March 5 Lic library at 4. JOB READINESS Wednesdays, February 19, 26 Lic library at 3. INTERVIEW SKILLS Wednesday, February 19 central library. register. SKILLS IDENTIFICATION Wednesday, February 19 Flushing library. register. EXAM PREP: WRITING Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 Lic library. MATH 4 ADULTS Thursdays, February 20, 27, March 6 Lic library 2-4. DIY BUSINESS CARDS Thursday, Februar y 20 central library. register.
ENTERTAINMENT TWELFTH NIGHT Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 14-16 Queens theatre in the Park. 7600064. TALENT SHOW Friday, February 14 east elmhurst library at 4. Kids K-12 perform. CHINESE MUSICALS S a t u r d ay, F e b r u a r y 1 5 Flushing library at 1:30. CHINESE CONCERT S a t u r d ay, F e b r u a r y 1 5 Flushing library at 5. STAMP SHOW Sunday, February 16 104:30 Adria Hotel, northern Blvd., Bayside. Free admission and parking.
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645-7659. CHINESE LANTERN Sunday, February 16 Flushing library at 2. MICHAEL BOLTON M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 1 7 Queensborough community college. 631-6311. NOW YOU SEE ME Tuesday, February 18 film at the douglaston library at 2:30. DESPICABLE ME 2 Wednesday, February 19 family film at the Glen oaks library at 2. REMEMBER TITANS Wednesday, February 19 central library at 6. BLUES GUITAR Wednesday, February 19 Briarwood library at 3. NIGHTCLUB SONGS We d n e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 19 Auburndale library at 3:30. KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Thursday, February 20 film central library at noon. SINGING IN RAIN Thursday, Februar y 20 classic film at the Glendale library at noon. MUSICAL FAVORITES Thursday, Februar y 20 Windsor Park library at 2. FAMILY GAME DAY Thursday, February 20 Bay terrace library at 3:30. MONSTER UNIVERSITY Thursday, February 20 film at the Briarwood library at 4. FORK OVER KNIVES Thursday, Februar y 20 film about processed films and more at the central library at 6. THE HELP Wednesday, February 26 film at the central library at 6. OPEN MIC Thursday, Februar y 27 east elmhurst library at 6.
MEETINGS KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, February 14, 28 Queens Village library at 1:30. P-FLAG Sunday, February 16 PFLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays meet in Forest Hills. 271-6663. AMER. LEGION Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 1 8 American Legion McKee Post 131 at 8 at 10-20 clintonville Street, Whitestone. 767-4323. BEREAVEMENT Tuesday, February 18 Bereavement Support Group at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows. 7:30. 969-2448. SE QUEENS CAMERA Tuesdays, February 18, 25 roy Wilkins Family center. 347-528-7178.
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QUEENS FOCUS Flushing House will present “Presidents Day Interactive Performance,” a free historical celebration featuring performances by a professional Lincoln impersonator. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Flushing House rooftop atrium, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing. Music, appetizers and refreshments will be available. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling (718) 762-3198, Ext. 3014. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the Pratt Institute in Manhattan. They include: Bayside: Shun Deng, Anna Hong, Elizabeth Pagan. Bellerose: Jozef Berisha. Flushing: Teresa Smith, Dongwoo Suk. Fresh Meadows: Ji Hae Kim. Oakland Gardens: Cynthia Wong. Whitestone: Erica Ventura. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Hofstra University in Hempstead. They include: Bayside: Matthew Robles. Beechhurst: Jaclyn Castoro. Bellerose: Ariana Ali, Navpreet Kaur, Lovedeep Singh, Arthur Sonnick. College Point: Justin Morales. Douglaston: Bobby Chrisafis, Alexa Cohen. Floral Park: Avipreet Kaur, Soifiat Oussein, Navjot Samra. Flushing: Sarah Caze, Ariana Drauch, Anna Maria Musso, Andres Olavarria. Fresh Meadows: Jonathan Kung, Mary Rooney, Joanne Sassone, Gloria Yu. Glen Oaks: Melanie Giancola. Little Neck: Rebecca Hublall, Jin Lim. Oakland Gardens: Diana Nguyen, Sandy Yi. Queens Village: Hillary Alexandre, Gabrielle Cabrera, Guiberly Cadeau, Jessica Johnson, Semanta Prashad, Ashley Singh. Whitestone: Michelle Cannizzo, Stephen Foley, Thomas Georgiades, Anthony Macchiarulo. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Cornell University in Ithaca. They include: Bayside: Ivy Chen, Annie Fan, Ying Yu. Floral Park: Jonathan Park. Flushing: Jiali Yu. Fresh Meadows: Colin Huang, Stern Huang. Glen Oaks: Venkatesa Chandrasekaran. Little Neck: Deborah Seok. Whitestone: Michelle Lee. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of New Haven in
Connecticut. They include: Bayside: John Paul Koulotouros, Maria Panepinto. College Point: Christopher Sang. Flushing: Tori Watson. Queens Village: Desiree McPherson, Moire Thomas-Waters. Whitestone: Alexandra Leavey, Louis Rizzo, Joseph Totino. Daniel Ly of Flushing received a scholarship to attend Berkeley College. He is a student at Bayside High School. Mary Grace Donohoe of Fresh Meadows was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
Daniel Boccio of Douglaston was named to the Dean’s List for the winter 2013 term at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
St. Andrew Avellino Parish recently celebrated its 17th annual Multicultural Sunday, with prayers being said in seven different languages.
Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Albany. They include: Bayside: Samantha Chorny, Joanna Landers, Brandon Picarello, Daniel Randell, Gabrielle Radow, Melody Tien, Yingjun Wu. Bellerose: Samantha Dobies, Sarah Dobies, Melissa Grandison, Phillip Waknin. College Point: Dmitriy Gounko, Young Kim, Keith Traut. Douglaston: Alex Ng. Floral Park: Abraham Panicker, Jay Patel. Flushing: Richard Weiner, Wein Lin, Wei Lin, Wilson Tong, Tal Cohen, Stephanie Lee, Amy Su, Carla Roman, Kevin Kim, Tal Porat, Yalun Wu. Glen Oaks: Kristin Meo, Nilani Ekanayake. Little Neck: Brian Fu, Richard Lee. Oakland Gardens: Kevin Ng, Anusha Khurshid. Queens Village: Abir Bose, Nadege Willis, Oluwaseun Olukanni, Cassandra Ehioghiren, Angela Lin, Marisa Depasquale. Whitestone: Antonio Iacobelli, Su Thet, Dakota-James KirschnerRooney, Jennifer Roman, Kalliopi Manolopoulos.
2013 semester at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Rhode Island. They include: Bayside: Jessica Dullahan, Dylan Laube. College Point: Sabrina Brotons. Whitestone: Christina DeVito. Jie Li of Flushing was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Andrew Mancini of Bellerose was named to the Dean’s List for the fall
Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. They include: Bayside: Tina Marie Bergelt, Robert Klein, Eric Stimitz, Daniel Wagner. Floral Park: Jennifer Demaria. Whitestone: Angelo Acquista, Rebecca Warne.
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Comrie Ready To Run?
While State Sen. Malcolm Smith's attorney is asking for his court date to be pushed back until after voters go to the polls, it looks like a prominent Democrat may be stepping up to challenge him in a primary. Sources tell QConf that after being courted by State Democratic leaders, Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie may be ready to agree to run against Smith in the 14th Senate District. Comrie, who likely would not side with the Independent Democratic Conference - the way Smith did - is seen as a strong candidate who could easily unseat Smith. After 12 years as a City Councilman, serving as chair of the City's Land Use Committee and as Majority Leader, Comrie decided to run for Borough President. When Melinda Katz began to gain traction, Comrie was seen as the best option to be
Katz's second-in-command. Less than two months into the Deputy Borough President's job, it sounds like Comrie is getting ready to start making trips to Albany. State Democrats have soured on the embattled Smith, who is facing fraud charges connected to an attempt to run for Mayor as a Republican last year. Despite the threat of jail time, Smith has continued to act as if he had not been arrested, annoying many who have been following the situation. Comrie is also considered to be an ethical choice for the position, as well, since he does not go out of his way to fundraise. Officials believe he is more interested in taking care of his constituents than going out to raise money. If Comrie cannot be convinced to go up against Smith, attorney Clyde Vanel is waiting in the wings.
Kudos to Astoria's Studio Square, which handily won a competition for Ultimate Sports Bar, sponsored in part by ESPN. Studio Square beat out 7th Avenue's The Irish Pub with 83 percent of the vote.
Into The Great Wide Open As we celebrate Black History Month and honor legends who have fought for civil rights, Public Advocate Letitia James reminds us not to limit ourselves to just the month of February. “I tend not to do Black History Month,” James said. “I tend not to celebrate it because I really don’t want to be limited to 28 days of the month. I celebrate the contributions of my African ancestry everyday of my life, 365 days.” State Sen. Jose Peralta’s (DEast Elmhurst) annual African American Heritage Month celebration took place at the Langston Hughes Library on Feb. 6, where he honored significant individuals who are changing the face of the African American community and beyond.
It is there James spoke eloquently about the many tribulations the African American community has overcome to see equal rights today and reminded everyone of the amount of work there is left to do. She said she uses this month only as a benchmark to see how much progress the African American community has made because the rest of the year is left to do more work. “As we look into the horizon, I know I am the first African American woman who was elected Citywide, if I don’t do anything with this position, it will be nothing more than a historical footnote,” James said. “You have given me this position to raise issues and to focus on those that have been ignored.”
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Biden: LGA Third-World Clearly, Vice President Joe Biden believes LaGuardia Airport needs an upgrade. The second in-command compared the Queens airport to a “third-world country,” while speaking at an event in Pennsylvania last week. Biden was discussing the country’s infrastructure when LaGuardia came to mind. “’If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2:00 in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said ‘where do you think you are,’ they’d say, ‘this must be America, it’s a modern airport,’” he said. “But if I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, ‘I must be in some third-world country.’ I’m not joking.” Although we at QConf would hold off comparing LaGuardia to a third-world country, it is fair to say that it should be in better condition than it is. Obviously we – and the vice president – are not the only ones. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that he would assume responsibility for renovation both LaGuardia and JFK airports. Hopefully, Biden will then consider the airport part of the industrialized first world.
Lee Ann Westover has described her first professional experience with music as a trial by fire, an environment that she not only survived, but thrived in. “I started going out swing dancing and came in contact with a vibrant music scene. It was the late 90s, right before swing became very hot. On a whim, I decided to join a friend's band as a backup singer. Swing's popularity started to grow exponentially, so we were able to start touring nationally within the first year I was in New York,” she said. “I learned a lot and I learned it fast!” Now, more than a decade later, Westover has entrenched herself in Queens’ music scene. Based in Long Island City, the singer-songwriter performs with three bands and has also released some solo music. Her main project is The Lascivious Biddies, a three-woman band that has been together for 13 years. The group, which includes Deidre Rodman Struck and Saskia Lane, blends together jazz, pop and cabaret. “We are very close and have had the time to build a strong, close relationship that translates to a solid and electric creative relationship. It's incredibly satisfying to sing harmony with the girls,” Westover said. “Over the last few years, the other two gals have had children, so it's also been a natural transition from our original cabaret-pop vibe into family music with the Itty Biddes.” Besides those two bands, Westover also plays early 20th century roots music with
fellow ukulele player Emily Eagen, as Battle Annies. The two musicians have more in common than just their music project though. They both work in the Weill Music Institute program. “Working with Musical Connections has been a lifechanging experience for me. We travel around the City, writing music with people who really live on the fringes - in shelters and prisons, as well as in hospital settings,” Westover said. “I've felt so lucky to have been able to bring music into people’s lives when they really need it.” Westover is not just a great collaborator though. She also records music on her own, having released a self-titled, five-song EP in 2009. “I thought it would be fun to publish some of the recordings I had been putting together at home, just as a snapshot in time of what I was up to musically,” Westover said. “It was a fun project, but I am definitely overdue for another one!” Westover can often be seen performing at LIC Bar, which is located just blocks from her home. She has been living in Long Island City for 17 years and said she enjoys everything the neighborhood, and Queens as a whole, has to offer. “I am really very proud to live in one of the most diverse communities on Earth, and I never get tired of exploring its neighborhoods,” she said. The Lascivious Biddies have a concert coming up on March 13 at the SoHo Grand Club Room and the Itty Biddies will play at South Bronx NeON on April 3.
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