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City snow removal damaged the façade of a Forest Hills café. By Luis Gronda … Page 3.

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City Snow Response Damages Café Entrance By Luis Gronda Staff Writer With snow shutting down the City last week, one Forest Hills restaurant took more than just a financial hit. A Dept. of Sanitation truck jumped the sidewalk on Austin Street last Thursday night, slamming into Exo Café on Austin Street, damaging much of the exterior of the establishment and sending one innocent bystander to the hospital. Peter Kambitsis, the manager of the restaurant, said much of the awning, as well as the door, were destroyed, and a few of the windows were broken as well as a result of the accident. “It was like chaos, it looked like a bomb hit,” he said, describing the scene that night. According to Kambitsis, because the door was demolished, they could not lock up the restaurant overnight. The manager said he stayed at the café overnight to guard against any potential intruders and until a door could be installed. The restaurant suffered financial damage from the accident as well.

the streets are passable and many Kambitsis said they inof the bus stops have been cleaned curred about $30,000 in damoff, which is important for comages and lost about $4,000 in muters who travel by bus. business. “We’re all learning to cope Much of the exterior has with the snow we’ve been getbeen already replaced, but the ting,” he said. potential business they could Warren Schreiber, president have gotten that night and the of the Bay Terrace Community next day was lost. Alliance, said while the City has It happened the night begenerally done a good job of fore Valentine’s Day and the clearing the snow, one complaint eatery had about 100 table he had was much of the snow has reservations for that romantic accumulated around the Munievening. Meters, making it difficult to pay While some cancelled their the fee to park. reservations for other restau“You have to do some sort of rants, they managed to reopen the café the afternoon after the Forest Hills’ exo Café suffered about $30,000 acrobatics to put money in the accident, reopening at 2 p.m. in damage after a Dept. of sanitation plow meter,” Schreiber said. Another hassle caused by the “Do you know how many truck slammed into the restaurant last week. snow, Schreiber said, is there is women would have been mad if there was no Valentine’s Day din- snow, eschewing its other services like not as much parking available because of the snow, forcing drivers to finagle garbage pick up. ner?” Kambitsis said. Two heads of civic organizations in their way into a spot. The incident was one event that Both Bordoni and Schreiber said occurred during the seemingly never- the Borough said the City’s response ending snow the City has been getting to the snow has been good for the they have not noticed much garbage bag accumulation in recent weeks. most part. this winter. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357Adrian Bordoni, Executive DirecThe snowstorms have forced the City, and its Sanitation Dept., to fo- tor of Woodside on the Move and a 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstricus all their resources on cleaning the Maspeth resident, said the majority of bune.com, or @luisgronda.

Vincent Tabone Asks For Court Date Delay By JoE MarViLLi Staff Writer

volunteer breached a duty of honest services allegedly owed to the Republican Party county committees and Another accused member of the members. The second is whether a pofederal corruption scandal plaguing litical party volunteer violated the New State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) York Penal Code prohibition on bribis asking for a reprieve until after this ery for appointment or nomination for public office, by comyear’s election cycle. municating with people Former Queens Repubwho are seeking a Wilsonlican Vice Chairman VinPakula Authorization. That cent Tabone has asked for approval is given by a pohis federal corruption trial litical party to a candidate to be pushed back until affor public office, allowing ter the November elections, him or her to run under claiming that key GOP that party line, despite the campaign strategies would fact that the candidate does be exposed if it proceeded any earlier. While the pros- Vincent Tabone not belong to said party. “Our number one issue ecution is looking for a trial start date around June 2, Tabone’s for asking the trial to be delayed is it’s lawyer, Deborah Misir, wants it de- a complex set of issues that has never been tried before in the U.S.,” Misir layed for at least six months. Smith had made a similar request said. “My client was not an elected oftwo weeks ago, asking that the trial be ficial. He was a volunteer of the party. pushed back until at least October, so In all the cases related to honest serhe can get through the Primary in his vices, the federal government said it’s going to come in and try the volunteer mainly Democratic district. Misir sent a letter on Feb. 14 to the as being disloyal to his party. This is Hon. Kenneth Karas to argue her case shocking for anyone who follows for the continuance of trial. Besides law.” If Tabone is tried regarding these saying that campaign policies would be revealed, she said that the complexity questions to his honest services with and uniqueness of the case means that the Republican Party, members of the the defense should have more time to Queens GOP would have to testify on prepare for the case. Two legal issues what Tabone did for them. As a result, of first impression are in question in they would have to discuss their campaign plans, without the same reperthis scenario, according to Misir. The first is whether a political party cussions for the Democratic Party.

“If we have to find out what would constitute honest services, they would ask what was your strategy in the election cycle,” Misir said. “It gives the other side an unfair advantage. You cannot use the courts to advance one party’s political interest over another. The courts have to be fair-balanced.” Tabone has been accused of taking a $25,000 bribe as part of Smith’s failed plan to get his name on the GOP ballot for mayor. In light of the indictment,

Tabone resigned as vice chairman of the Queens GOP. Misir also said that she has requested that her client be tried separately from Smith and former councilman Dan Halloran, rather than being packaged as one conspiracy. “Each conspiracy should be tried separately,” she said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.

Mayor Reveals ‘Vision Zero’ Plan Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the specifics of his plan aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities throughout the City. The Mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan will greatly overhaul street signs and traffic enforcement as well as increase the use of speed and red light cameras in the five Boroughs. De Blasio said the plan will hopefully protect children and adults alike from future traffic-related deaths. “We refuse to accept the loss of children, parents and neighbors as inevitable. We are focusing the full weight of city government to prevent fatalities on our streets. This will add up to much more than changing intersections or issuing violations. It’s about each of us taking greater responsibility every time we get behind the wheel or

step out on the street,” he said. Some highlights of the plan include increased enforcement of speeding violations by the NYPD, decreasing the citywide speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25, making safety enhancements at 50 locations each year and implementing more neighborhood “slow zones.” “A life lost is a life lost—and it is our job to protect New Yorkers, whether it is from violent crime or from a fatal collision on our streets. We are going to use every tool we have—and push to get the additional tools we need—to prevent the needless loss of life,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. De Blasio said “Vision Zero” has the City Council’s support, but reducing the citywide speed limit will require Albany’s approval.


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Architects Present Visions for Bike Path By Luis Gronda Staff Writer Visions of the proposed QueensWay were brought to light last week. The Emerging New York Architects committee announced the winners of its 2014 design ideas competition, which focused on gathering renderings of the proposed 3.5-mile bike path. Out of 120 entries to the contest, the committee has selected the best five. That includes one by Hyuntek Yoon, a Long Island City-based architectural

designer, who was the lone Queens representative out of the designs selected. Park advocates have been campaigning to convert the vacant stretch of land in southern and central Queens into a bike path, similar to that of the

High Line in Manhattan. A Long Island Rail Road train formerly ran on the tracks until the 1960s. Part of the project’s central focus was to design a street entry into the elevated bike path. James Yankopoulos, who was one of the competition coordinators, said their main goal was to find designs that show an entranceway in Ozone Park to the elevated path. He said if a QueensWay was to be created at that site, residents need to be able to get in and out of the path without disturbing its

Two of the designs shown above were among the five selected by the Emerging New York Architects Committee. The bigger picture is the winning entry submitted by Carrie Wilbert from France.

neighbors and the surrounding area. “The entrance is crucial to the design,” Yankopoulos said. He added that more modest submissions were selected as the ones to be honored, compared to more complex designs that some sent in, because the committee were looking for renderings that were more realistic. As for Yoon, he said he was honored to be the only local resident selected, but he does feel he could have been placed higher. “It is great honor for me because I am only winner from New York. I think I understand neighborhoods much better than other entries, so it is little sorry not to receive the first prize. But still I am very happy to have this,” he said in an email. According to Yoon, his project, titled “Upside-Down Bridge,” “opens up the visual and physical corridors between two urban fabrics, and at the same time, creates a smooth transition from the ground to the railway.” A Kitchen Garden next to the design would also bring urban farming to his vision, he said. The first-place winner was a project called “The Queensway Steps,” submitted by Carrie Wilbert from France. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.

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Meng Starts Political Action Committee BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer

Meng said she was seeing a trend of younger people looking to get involved in politics. The new PAC will give her U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flush- the chance to help those young candiing) has started her own Political Ac- dates nationwide in need of assistance getting started. tion Committee. “They may not come from families The Congresswoman made the announcement on Feb. 7, a few months with long institutions of politics,” she after the PAC’s statement of organiza- said. “They want to serve their country tion was registered with the Federal and I thought they could benefit from the extra boost.” Elections Commission. The Meng said she plans to mission of the PAC, known help these people by using as @TheTable or At the Tathe PAC to connect candible!, is to empower young dates with revenue streams people from traditionally and vice versa. The PAC will under-served communities, look at candidates throughaccording to Meng. out the country. It will be Meng said that she wants involved in both primary and to help people get the mongeneral elections at the federey they need so they can run al level, although Meng said a successful campaign on Grace Meng that many of the competitive a federal level, similarly to how she received assistance in her run races are not until November. “We’re just in the beginning steps for Congress. “I thought this was a more strategic of getting our feet off the ground. I and organized way to figure out how to meet people who want to be helpful in be helpful too. I remember when I was a political way and they give me their running for office, there were many resources to help,” she said. On its statement of organization, PACs throughout the country. They were particularly helpful in my cam- @TheTable is listed as registered on paign,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out Nov. 25, 2013 and being based at 49how to help young people who are may- 04 43rd Ave., Woodside, which is also be running for office for the first time, the address of the dentist practice of women, candidates who come from her husband, Wayne Kye. Based out of immigrant communities and really just that office is the committee’s treasurer, Sammy Kye, Meng’s brother-intrying to do what I can to be helpful.”

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The Congresswoman added that she plans to be very engaged with the committee, helping out with candidate selections and the like, though the PAC has yet to come up with a protocol on how to do so. “I’m definitely going to be involved. We’ll do our best to carefully select candidates,” she said. While she would not name names, Meng mentioned that some candidates have already reached out to her and her PAC. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.

Braunstein Gives Valentines To Vets Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and his staff delivered thousands of Valentine’s Day donations to the hospitalized men and women at the St. Albans Community Living Center of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System and the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans. Braunstein also met with veterans like James Remias, a Vietnam vet (right).


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No Trial Delay Needed

News surfaced this week that the attorneys of both State Sen. Malcolm Smith and Vincent Tabone, former Queens Republican vice chair, have asked for a delay in their trials. Smith wants to be able to run for re-election without worry of a trial on the side. Tabone’s attorney said that Republican strategies would be compromised if the case went to trial, possibly hurting others up for election. We hope these requests are laughed out of the courtroom. While the main players in last year’s alleged scheme to put Malcolm Smith on the ballot for Mayor as a Republican have declared their innocence, the truth should be revealed as soon as possible. If that means that certain individuals are damaged during the upcoming election season – Smith’s State Senate seat will be up for reelection, likely facing a primary challenge – then so be it. Voters deserve to know what their representatives had up their sleeves. They are guaranteed a right to due process, not a process to dupe voters. Pushing their trials back after this election season is nothing but an attempt to gum up the election process. And what good does it do for any district who votes for a candidate, only to find months after the election that candidate is going to jail? It has been close to a year since the arrests of Smith, Tabone, Dan Halloran and others. Let’s not delay the trial any longer. It’s time these individuals faced the charges against them. Let the voters go to the polls, knowing they are voting for a qualified individual.

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To The Editor: t is heartening to see the growing media attention to traffic calming efforts in Queens in the wake of Mayor De Blasio’s announcement of the Vision Zero initiative to end traffic deaths in New York City. In Astoria, a new coalition of organizations, including churches, schools, resident associations, and our group, the Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee, is calling for common sense safety solutions on 21st Street—a multi-lane

highway used by trucks traveling between Queensboro and Triboro bridges that cuts right through a densely populated residential area with many children and senior citizens. Over the past year, I’ve heard so many concerns, from seniors and mothers with small children who don’t have enough time to cross the street, to businesses asking for repaving so their employees don’t slip on ice that forms in deep potholes right outside their door. There are far too many intersections that don’t even have a

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crosswalk, forcing pedestrians to walk another full block or jaywalk just to get across the street! The 21st Street community has thrown its full weight behind the growing Coalition for Traffic Calming on 21st Street, which now counts 22 nonprofit organizations, 20 businesses, and over 1,400 individuals among its supporters. Thankfully, our newly elected City Councilmember, Costa Constantinides, has made this project a priority, calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a traffic study. At a recent press conference, he was joined by other elected officials to call for urgent DOT action. We trust that these officials will continue to do everything in their power to turn 21st Street into a safe, welcoming street for all. Steve Scofield, Astoria Chair, Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee

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City Takes Easy Way Out It is irresponsible to group all of New York City’s public school students into a single designation when it comes to a weather-related need to close schools. In New York City, the public schools are either all open or they are all closed. Despite the fact that a massive storm like the one we experienced today dumped differing amounts of snow at different times – as well as ice in some areas and rain in others – the city’s schools were treated as a single unit, indivisible. But you know what? They do have divisions – by district, by age range and by need. The two arguments made by the mayor and his chancellor are that schools have to remain open so that kids can get a hot lunch and so that parents who are unable to arrange coverage for their kids if schools are closed don’t have to lose pay by taking a day off from work. As a concept, that makes sense, but what is the reality of the situation and how does that reality shift when seen through the eyes of district, age and need? The districts are certainly not created equal from a socio-economic standpoint, and younger kids generally tend to be within walking distance of their schools whereas older ones can spend more than an hour on public transit each way. On a day like Feb. 13, when people were told to stay home – when people were told to use mass transit rather than drive – students still took their typical routes to school aboard a transit system sustaining delays and anticipating greater volume. The mayor and his chancellor say the needs of the few for meals and accommodation outweigh the safety of the masses. We are a city with more than a million school-aged children, yet we treat them all the same, even when there’s a foot of snow in the Bronx and just a few inches in Staten Island. That seems to be the easy way out, honestly. Why not take the time to create a way of handling the meal and accommodation needs of those who need them and not putting the remainder – in some districts the vast majority – of students in jeopardy where their trails to schools are hidden by growing mountains of snow at intersections that remain unsafe from one storm to the next? Why not track, contact and aid those who need it, and allow the rest of our children the safety of not having to walk blocks to the subway on a day when the mayor is telling everybody to stay inside? Why not create a system that is not one-size-fits-all and avoid having kids taken to the hospital after dangerous roads cause a school bus accident in Brooklyn? We are a city of millions, of five boroughs, of divergent needs and of one constant – the safety of our children. Our current system is failing and it is only a matter of time before we are forced to react to tragedy as a result of not taking the proactive step now for a smarter weather response for our children’s schools. Brian Rafferty, Former Member, Community Education Council, District 24 (Editor’s Note: The letter writer is a former editor of the Queens Tribune.)

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qUEENS thiS wEEk NYPD Security Cameras Coming To Forest Park

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Many areas in and surrounding Forest Park will now be watched by security cameras, something residents have called for in recent years. Police cameras will now be placed around the park, serving as a potential crime deterrent, according to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), who funded the cameras, in part. Seven locations will get the cameras, including Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street, near the Glendale entrance to Forest Park, the Forest Park Bandshell and Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard. Several assaults occurred at the park last year, including one in August, where a woman was tasered and raped while jogging. Miller said it will help the local police catch criminals because their actions would be caught on camera, like a car break-in for example. “The cameras can get a clear picture of the perpetrator and anything that’s going on in the area,” he said. Miller and State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D- Howard Beach) allocated $250,000 for the cameras last year. The Assemblyman said it has to be approved by the Ways and Means Committee of the State Assembly and the New York State Dormitory Authority before the cameras can be placed at those locations. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.

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the Glendale entrance to Forest Park will be one area that will get security cameras in the future.

CB5 Approves Bike Lanes In Ridgewood, Glendale

BY LuiS GRoNda Staff Writer

It is all systems go to bring bike lanes to parts of Community Board 5. Phase one of the proposal was approved with a 29-5 vote by CB5 at their monthly meeting last week. The green light means bike lanes will be installed in parts of Ridgewood and Glendale, with more lanes for the rest of CB5 to be voted on at a later date. The approved lanes will run on several major streets, including Onderdonk and Woodward Avenues and Himrod Street. The new bike lanes will

Ron Kim Talks Cleanup Efforts Assemblyman Ron kim (D-Flushing) stopped by the queensboro hill/Flushing Civic Association’s meeting at St. Ann’s Church in Flushing on Feb. 18 to discuss his spring cleanup initiative for downtown Flushing. the program is meant to keep the sidewalks and streets of the neighborhood clean, increasing its visual appeal and improving quality of life. kim (pictured above alongside the civic’s president, Don Capalbi) also took time to answer questions from the crowd, which ranged from traffic fatalities to quality of life issues for youth and seniors to the problems with two-year terms for State legislators.

connect to the already-existing bike paths in Brooklyn, giving bicyclists a more direct route between the two boroughs in the future. The next phase of the project will look at proposed bike lanes in Maspeth and Middle Village, which could bring more lanes to areas such as Grand Avenue, Fresh Pond Road and the streets adjacent to Juniper Valley Park. Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5, said approving the lanes will benefit both bicyclists and drivers. “Hopefully, it will make conditions safer for bicyclists and motorists,” he said. “To have something designated for bicyclists will make drivers more aware of where they are.” Giordano said they, along with the Depts. Of Transportation and City Planning, are still looking at phase two of the project. Part of the problem with that phase is figuring out if it is feasible to put a lane on the portion of Eliot Avenue that runs down Mount Olivet Cemetery. The district manager said the road would probably be too narrow to create a bike lane there because it would endanger bicyclists. One possible way to get around that, Giordano said, is to create a bike lane on 69th Street off of Eliot Avenue down to Metropolitan Avenue and back to Eliot and Fresh Pond Road. There is no timetable to approve the second phase of the project, he said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.

Book Explores Kew Gardens History

BY LuiS GRoNda Staff Writer

A book telling the story of Kew Gardens’ past and present will hit bookshelves later this month. “Images of America: Kew Gardens” is the culmination of two years worth

of work done by Queens historian Carl Ballenas, who has authored two other books in that series, which covered Richmond Hill and Jamaica. Ballenas, along with students from the honor society of the Immaculate Conception School, culled through thousands of photos and researched for many hours to tell a comprehensive history of the central Queens neighborhood, adjacent to Forest Hills. Ballenas said Kew Gardens has changed immensely over the years, mainly due to the development of the neighborhood. Many people moved into the neighborhood as other areas closer to Manhattan became too expensive to live in. “It’s definitely grown up from its beginning,” he said. The book has a photo of the first ever apartment complex building in Kew Gardens on Metropolitan Avenue. The children in his class played a large role in putting the book together, Ballenas said. Each of his students was given about three pages to work on for the book. They were in charge of doing the research and helping their teacher write what would be the caption for each photo in the book. Ballenas said this gave them a “terrific opportunity” to learn about the roots of their neighborhood. “You have to find your roots, you have to know where you come from,” he said. “You’re creating children who will appreciate their history.” The infamous murder of Kitty Genovese is also mentioned in the book. Ballenas said they were very careful with what they wrote regarding the incident because there are conflicting reports about what occurred that night, including how many witnesses there were to the murder. “It was a black eye for Kew Gardens and its still hanging over the area today,” he said. In light of a new book that goes indepth about the incident, Ballenas said it offers people a chance reevaluate the facts of the murder and get a new perspective about what happened that night. As for his book, Ballenas said his goal was to tell the story of Kew Gardens’ past and present as accurately as possible. Ballenas said there are no future books on the horizon for himself but he is not ruling out compiling another book in the future. “Images of America: Kew Gardens” will be available on Feb. 24 at the cost of $21.99. You can purchase the book online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.

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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 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. ________________________ 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 ________________________ 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, 83-

26 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. ________________________ 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 publication, 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. ________________________ 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. ________________________ 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. ________________________ 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 OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: BOWNE CHEMISTS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/29/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Andrew Vagenas, 161-19 29th Avenue, Suite 2, Flushing, New York 11358-1049. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ 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. ________________________ 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 LLC, 3409 41st St., Apt. 3B, Long Island City, NY 11101. General Purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on FEB 03 2014 bearing Index Number NC-001220-13/ 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) Jimmy (Middle) Nandkishore (Last) Persaud My present name is (First) Nandkishore (Last) Persaud My present address is 102-07 97th Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11416-1717 My place of birth is Guyana My date of birth is August 20, 1975 ________________________ Best Chef, LLC, Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/23/2013. Office in Queens County, SSNY designated Agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 175-20 Wexford Terrace, Ste. 12R, Jamaica, New York 11432. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on FEB 03 2014 bearing Index Number 1246-13/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, in room 357 grants him the right, effective on FEB 03 2014, to assume the name of John Ping. His present address is 146-23 Jasmine Ave., Flushing, NY 11355, the date of his birth is September 22nd, 2002; the place of his birth is Queens, State of New York; His present name is Weipeng Kenneth Ping ________________________ Notice of formation of JD REALT Y MANAGEMENT LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on December 05, 2013. Office location in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 37-20 Prince Street, Suite 3E Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose.


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Corona Health Clinic Will Remain Open By Trisha sakhuja Staff Reporter After months of back and forth, the doors to the last-remaining immunization walk-in clinic in Queens will remain open, despite plans to shut it down by the end of the month. The push to close the Corona Health Center came after a series of cuts made by the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene last year, but elected officials and District Council 37, the largest public employee union in the City, stood behind the community by pressuring the City to keep the clinic open. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2015, the clinic will remain open because the new budget restores $4.1 million in FY 2014 funding and $4.8 million in FY 2015 funding cut in the previous administration’s November modification plan. A DOH spokesperson confirmed immunization services at the Corona Health Center will not be ending at the end of the month, which provides free and low-cost vaccinations for children over four-years-old, teens and adults, including Flu, Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella and more. Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436 United Federation of Nurses and Epidemiologists, said they are happy

to hear their efforts to keep both the Corona and Tremont health clinic in the Bronx have been worthwhile. “We are aware that in the budget that Mayor Bill de Blasio put out, that he has every intention of keeping those clinics open and restoring the staffing level,” she said. Since the 2015 budget goes into effect July 1, Arroyo said they need to inquire what the DOH’s budget will look like from February until the last day of June. “We are now asking for information

are required to have certain shots before attending school, need to have access to these services,” he said. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) also applauded de Blasio for stepping up and delivering for this growing community. “It administered nearly 33,000 vaccines last year to close to 16,000 clients, though it was open only twice a week” he said. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.

Vallone Honored For Animal Protection By Trisha sakhuja Staff Reporter Former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has been named one of America’s Top 10 Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2013, his final year in the City Council, he successfully initiated and passed a registry of animal abusers, one of the first in the nation. The impetus for this City registry came after Astoria bodybuilder Milan Rysa threw his own dog out an apartment window, an act of cruelty for which Rysa was convicted, Vallone said he wanted to ensure something like this

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to find out exactly what is happening, but this is good news for the Bronx and Queens,” she said. “We had always made it very clear that our members did not lose their jobs. This was truly about the community because we were concerned about how it would affect the children and the families.” Councilman Daniel Dromm (DJackson Heights) said it was not right for former Mayor Bloomberg to try to close down the Borough’s only City run clinic in Queens. “Residents, including children who

“There was no concern could never happen again. from either side of City Vallone said he has Hall to take care of animals, grown up learning to love like they do for humans,” and respect animals because he said. “Redefining the of his mother. He said he is roles of government agenso happy that the bill is one cies when it comes to takhe is the most proud of. ing care of animals should “I can’t think of a betbe a priority.” ter way to end a 12-year Since the Dept. of Health run than with an award like and Mental Hygiene is rethis,” he said. Due to a lot of opposition Peter Vallone Jr. sponsible for the animal abuse registry, Vallone said surrounding the bill, Vallone said it took him five years to pass one of his biggest recommendations is the animal abuse registry bill, but look- to create a new agency to do the job ing to the future, he said he is very opti- and take away the responsibility from the health department. mistic that a lot more will get done.


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Courtyard Installation Set For MoMA PS1 By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer A circular tower of organic bricks made from corn stalks and living root structures will be seen at MoMA PS1’s courtyard in Long Island City. As part of the 15th edition of the Young Architects, the contemporary art museum selected David Benjamin’s firm The Living as the winner for this summer’s temporary courtyard installation. Using biological technologies combined with computation and engineer-

ing to create new building materials, the winning project, Hy-Fi, opens in late June. The circular structure will consist of 100 percent organic material, which will grow out of nothing but earth and it returns to nothing but earth – with almost no waste, no energy needs and no carbon emissions. Pedro Gadanho, curator in MoMA’s department of architecture and design, said this year’s YAP project “bears no small feat.” “It is the first sizeable structure to claim near-zero carbon emissions

in its construction process and, beyond recycling, it presents itself as being 100 percent compostable,” he said. “At MoMA PS1, The Living’s project will be showcased as a sensuous, primeval background for the Warm-Up sessions. The ideas and research behind it, however, will live on to fulfill ever new uses and purposes.” The tower of organic and reflective bricks is arranged in a way to bounce light down on the towers and the ground. Hy-Fi is calibrated to create a cool micro-climate in the summer by

drawing in cool air at the bottom and pushing out hot air at the top. According to The Living, which works with new technologies and urban challenges to create corresponding living, breathing design and ecosystems, the structure offers shade, light, color, views and a future-oriented experience that is designed to be refreshing and thought-provoking for the summer’s Warm Up music summer series. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.

Jackson Heights Church Awarded Grant By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer St. Joan of Arc church in Jackson Heights was chosen as one of 13 sacred sites to receive a Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge grant of $25,000. Ann Friedman, director of the sacred sites program of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said the grant will go towards restoring the tower masonry at the back of the church and roof drainage repairs. “We are thrilled to work with the church that is in the thriving community of Jackson Heights,” she said.

Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said religious institutions are worth saving for their beauty and history alone. “Maintaining them also allows congregations to provide social service, educational and cultural programs to the wider community,” she said. “That’s why the Landmarks Conservancy has been proud to help restore hundreds of religious buildings throughout the State for more than 25 years.” Founded in 1920, architects Lehman and Murphy designed a Gothicrevival church, but only the ground floor of this plan was completed. In

1941, architect W. A. Schlusing designed an Italianatestyle church, and the building was completed in 1950. The church’s restoration project will start in the spring. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune. com, or @Tsakhuja13. St. Joan of Arc Church in Jackson Heights received a grant to restore its tower masonry.


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POLICE BLOTTER 106th Precinct RobbeRy – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying two suspects wanted for a robbery. At 4:10 a.m. on 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 wanted to go to 133rd Street and Linden Boulevard. When they reached the destination and the victim was making change for the suspects, 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, last seen 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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AssAult – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with an assault that occurred within the confines of the 108th Precinct. At 3:20 p.m. on Dec. 24 inside the Queens Plaza E subway train station, a male and a female suspect both pushed, kicked and shoved a 51-yearold female victim, and the female suspect struck the victim in the face with her purse, causing bruising and swelling to the victim’s face. 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.

the expressway when it left the roadway, turned on its side and struck a tree. The investigation is ongoing.

113th Precinct HomiCide ARRest – On Feb. 17, police arrested a suspect in connection to the first homicide of 2014, which occurred just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. According to NYPD reports, police responded to a 911 call of a male stabbed on 113th Avenue in Jamaica, where they observed the victim, Julio Mora, 22, with stab wounds to the chest. Mora was pronounced dead at the scene. Earlier this week, police arrested Sheldon Smith, 26, of Jamaica, in regards to the incident. Smith was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. HomiCide ARRest – On Feb. 11, police arrested a suspect in regards to a homicide that occurred on Jan. 3 within the confines of the 113th Precinct. According to NYPD reports, police responded to a report of multiple people shot in the vicinity of 134th Avenue and Farmers Boulevard in Jamaica at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 3. Three individuals were sent to the hospital to be treated for injuries while a fourth, identified as Jamal Green, 42, of Jamaica, was pronounced dead at the scene. On Feb. 11, police arrested Jamal Scott, 35, of Jamaica, and charged him with second degree murder, four counts of second-degree attempted murder, four counts of felony assault, attempted felony assault and five counts of criminal possession of a weapon – loaded firearm.

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PubliC lewdness – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying and locating the following sus109th Precinct pect wanted in connection with a pubCollision investigAtion – lic lewdness incident that occurred At 12:57 a.m. Feb. 18, police respond- within the confines of the 115th Preed to a 911 call of a motor vehicle ac- cinct. cident on the Long Island At 4:40 p.m. on Feb. 2 Expressway, between on the northbound 7 train exits 25 and 24 (Utopia in the vicinity of the JuncParkway and Kissena tion Boulevard/Roosevelt Boulevard). Upon arrivAvenue station, the male al, officers observed two suspect exposed himself adult occupants of a late to a 27-year-old female model Audi sedan, unvictim and subsequently conscious and unresponfled the train. sive in the front driver Anyone with inforand passenger seats. mation should call the EMS also responded NYPD’s Crime Stopto the location and propers Hotline at (800) nounced the male opera- This suspect is want- 577-TIPS, visit www. tor and female passenger ed in connection to nypdcrimestoppers.com a public lew dne ss or text tips to 274637 dead at the scene. Further investigation incident within the (CRIMES), then enter revealed the vehicle was confines of the 115th TIP577. All calls are contraveling westbound on Precinct. fidential.


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Notice of Formation of NTM Properties, LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/21/11. 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 20841 15th Dr., Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – COUNTY 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 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, MORTGAGE ELEC TRONIC 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 County 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 INFORMATION 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 BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/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 is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on FEB 13 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000064-14/ 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) Dmitry (Last) Nes My

present name is (First) Dmitry (Last) Nesvizhsky My present address is 224-14B 67th Avenue, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364 My place of birth is Minsk, Belarus My date of birth is June 04, 1982; Assume the name of (First) Deana (Middle) Teplitsky (Last) Nes My present name is (First) Diana (Last) Teplitsky aka Diana Nesvizhsky My present address is 224-14B 67th Avenue, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364 My place of birth is Tbilisi, Georgia My date of birth is April 20, 1987 ________________________ 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 ________________________ PROBATE CITATION File No. 2012/1603A SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Sebastian Serag if living and if dead, to his heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if he died subsequent to the decedent herein, to his executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose name and places of residence

are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Andres Serag, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained. A petition having been duly filed by Rosario Aguirre who is domiciled at 7 Stratford Circle, Edison, NJ 08830, YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 8811 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica , New York, on April 3, 2014, at 9:30 o’cIock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Andres Serag lately domiciled at 97-15 109th Street, Richmond Hills, NY, United States admitting to probate a Will dated August 5, 2010, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Andres Serag deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Rosario Aguirre. Dated, Attested and Sealed: February 3, 2014. HON. Peter J. Kelly Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon Chief Clerk. Attorney Ellen A. Victor. Victor, Law Firm, PC, 666 Old Country Road, Suite 810, Garden City,New York 11530 (516) 223-4800[NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] ________________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME CO U R T CO U N T Y O F QUEENS, WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RMAC REMIC TRUST, SERIES 2009-2, Plaintiff, vs. GLENDA PASCAL; TAIIS PASCAL, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on December 16, 2013, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, Courtroom 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY on March 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., premises known as 104-68 125th Street, Richmond Hill, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block 9578 and Lot 39. Approximate amount of judgment is $637,978.19 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 16597/07. Arthur Terranova, Esq, Referee Knuckles, Komosinski & Elliott, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Ste. 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Attorneys for Plaintiff


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LaGCC Celebrates

Black History Month

Through Art

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer LaGuardia Community College is celebrating Black History Month through a faculty and student art exhibition, through March 7. The artwork reflect the show’s universal theme, “Advancing the Dream: Social Justice in the 21st Century,” in divergent interpretations and forms. Arthur Simms, arts program coordinator, said the exhibition is the first of its kind at the college and serves as one part of the month-long series of events for LaGuardia’s annual Black History Month celebration. Simms said the month-long celebration “speaks of we as a people coming together to ensure no one is left behind.”

The photographer Cindy Bencosme said the photos reflect the essence of the City and its people.

“This notion has been played out throughout history in the form of African American struggle for civil and economic rights,” he said. “In honor of the courage of our forefather and foremothers, we have this celebration.” The exhibition consists of paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos and drawings that speak to the general theme, Simms said. “It tries to touch the entire spectrum of what contemporary art can be,” he said. Forty-four artists, including students and faculty, took part in the exhibition. Simms said they have all come together around this universal theme to show divergent interpretations of the social justice in the 21st century through art. “It is not an easy undertaking because art is such a personal and selfindulgent endeavor,” he said. As for the artwork presented at the exhibition, Simms said often times people bring themselves in what they are creating. “When you ask an artist to create something, you will get something back, and there are some really good things at the show,” he said. “There is no right

way or wrong way, its just the artist’s way.” Overall, Simms said the exhibition shows “the strength of what LaGuardians can do.” Even though this is the first art exhibition of its kind at the college, Simms said it could become an annual part of the Black History Month celebration. “It’s a really good experience,” he said. “It also gives students a chance to exhibit their work. It shows possibilities of articulating an idea.” The exhibition is being held at the Skylight Gallery and the Presidential Gallery on the fifth floor of the Ebuilding at LaGuardia College, located at 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@ queenstribune.com, or @ Tsakhuja13.

The Importance Of Black History Month By JOHN R. DURSO and ROGER CLAYMAN Nearly a century ago, in 1926, Dr. Carter Woodson launched the first Black History Month celebration to recognize the contributions of African Americans to every aspect of our society, which had been largely ignored in history books and public education up to that point. Celebrating the talents and success of Black Americans and their contributions to politics, science, music, religion and many other fields of endeavor, he believed, contributes greatly to self-respect in the Black community and builds positive relations within our diverse culture. Black History Month has special significance for the American labor movement as well. Our movement was born out of a struggle for economic justice, as was the history of the Civil Rights movement. Unions champion the rights of those who lack a voice in our society and thus

played a critical role in the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s. The first Black vice-president of the AFL-CIO, A. Philip Randolph, the founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, along with Bayard Rustin, who helped organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, joined with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in planning the 1963 March on Washington at the height of the civil rights movement. A flier for the march carried the following message: “Discrimination and economic deprivation plague the nation and rob all people, Negro and white, of dignity and self-respect. As long as Black workers are disenfranchised, ill housed and denied education and are economically depressed, the fight of white workers for a decent life will fail.” Dr. King pointed out that Blacks are mostly a working people and they continue to need what labor needs. Dr. King was assassinated on April

4, 1968 in Memphis while supporting the strike of mostly African American sanitation workers, members of AFSCME Local 1733. Bayard Rustin observed that Black Americans were up against a powerful combination of corporate elites and Southern conservatives who would resist any change in the economic or racial structure of this country, which would challenge their resources or status. Conservatives did in fact seize every opportunity to block progress in matters of economic security and at the same time conspired to create a white backlash against efforts to overturn the impact of discrimination. Studies by the Economic Policy Institute show that we are a long way from achieving the goals Randolph, Rustin and Dr. King sought to achieve in the 1960s. Nearly one in five Black workers was unemployed in 2013, and the Black unemployment rate is 2-to2.5 times the rate for white workers. The Black poverty rate is nearly three

times the rate for white Americans. According to the BLS in 2010, Black men made 75 percent of the earnings of white men; Black women made 69 percent of the earnings of white men. In spite of these shortcomings, I remain optimistic that we will one day attain the Dream that Dr. King voiced over fifty years ago. History teaches that the fight for economic justice is a significant aspect of the African American experience in our country. History teaches that progress can continue if we nurture the coalition of those who fight for economic and racial equality. After all, that coalition helped elect an African American President of the United States! John R. Durso is president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and president of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW Roger Clayman is the executive director of Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.


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LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

INDEX NO.: 14030/13. File Date: 2/4/2014. SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 149-49 WELLER LANE, ROSEDALE, NY 11422. (BL #: 13676 – 30). Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. STATE OF NEW YORK. SUPREME COURT: COUNT Y OF QUEENS. HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -against- LYNCOLN DYCE, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, 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 otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. LEND-MOR MORTGAGE BANKERS CORP., ALLIANCE LAUNDRY SYSTEMS, LLC, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, DWAYNE GORDON, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE

PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $ 328,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Queens on February 21, 2004, at CRFN Number 2004000264427, covering premises known as 149-49 Weller Lane, Rosedale, NY 11422 – BL #: 13676 – 30. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant LYNCOLN DYCE, the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. TIMOTHY J. DUFFICY of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and dated January 24, 2014. Dated: New Rochelle, N.Y. January 31, 2014. McCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, P.C. /s/_____________________ By: Jonathan Pollack, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street, Ste. 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 p. 914636-8900 f. 914-636-8901 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE

TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-2265697 or visit the Department’s website at www.dfs.ny.gov. 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. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – COUNT Y OF QUEENS INDEX# 4459/13 FILED: 12/18/2013 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. WILMINGTON TRUST, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO CITIBANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR BEAR STEARS ALT-A TRUST 2006-6, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2006-6, Plaintiff, against VERLYN BARKER, her 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 herein, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR ALLIANCE MORTGAGE BANKING CORPORATION, CITIBANK(SOUTH DAKOTA) N.A., NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION

AND FINANCE AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, 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 PROTEC T 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 which was duly recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on August 24, 2006, under CRFN: 2006000481927 and the Recording Tax was duly paid covering premises known as 111-47 Whittoff Street, Queens Village, NY 11429. (Block 11139 Lot 76). 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. Bernice D. Siegal, 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 County of Queens on 1/21/2014. 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 at the Borough of Queens, County of Queens and State of New York. BLOCK 11139 LOT 76. Said premises known as 111-47 Whittoff Street, Queens Village, NY 11429. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION 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 $372,000.00 with interest from June 13, 2006 to be immediately due and payable under the mortgage herein foreclosed. 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 THIRT Y (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 BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/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. Stiene & Associates, P.C., Attorneys for the Plaintiff, 187 East Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Our File 201203006


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Plenty For Children To Do Indoors

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer

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he last couple of months have been tough on adults and their children. With snow storms nearly every week and the weather frequently falling below freezing, options are severely limited for kids to find fun activities to do. Do not let the winter of never-ending snow get you down, though. While kids could stay at home on the computer or playing video games, many businesses are offering entertaining options that should keep your child amused and out of the house. Although soccer is a summer pastime, Soccer Friends offers classes all year-around for children looking to play the world’s most popular sport. With different levels of play offered for infants and toddlers through preteens, the classes will include warmup techniques, skill clinics, games and lessons on sportsmanship. The organization’s winter season is three months, from January to March, and it uses three locations in central Queens, specifically Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, for its training. “We pride ourselves on small groups, small classes for all age groups. That

guarantees individual attention,” Sean Peckett, president of Soccer Friends USA, said. “We’re trying to create a program that introduces kids to the sport. Our main objective is for them to enjoy it.” The organization just started its own Soccer Afternoons Club as well, for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Besides including all the sports education found in their usual classes, the program will offer free pick-up service for any child who attends PS 101 or Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. Children who want to get involved with competitive soccer can be guided to Soccer Friends’ partner, Manhattan Soccer Club. For more on the soccer programs, call (347) 756-2988. Does your child love chocolate? Then Chocolate Works would make for an ideal indoor destination. Besides the swathes of delicious truffles and treats that he or she will get to enjoy, the store also offers parties and workshops for future chocolatiers. Chocolate Works regularly holds workshops where they can use the substance as their creative medium. The class will show them how to mold and design different shapes and patterns in a way that lets their imagination and tastes come together. If the kid has a

winter birthday, then Chocolate Works would be a great spot for their party. Its main party package includes a slice of pizza, drinks, a private factory/store tour, one chocolate-molded, decorated item and one chocolate-covered Oreo, pretzel or graham cracker that each child can make themselves. “We have a chocolate car wash.

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Whether it is going to The Crayon Box preschool (top), designing treats at Chocolate Works (top left) or joining Soccer Friends USA (above), there are many activities for kids to do in the winter.


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Cooking With Kids Can Benefit Food Choices For many parents of young children, introducing healthy foods can be a struggle. A recent national survey reported that parents believe that the media has a negative influence on their children’s eating habits. The Pampered Chef®, in partnership with the Family Resiliency Center, has found that cooking together helps create family traditions and teaches children to make healthier selections. “Involving children in the mealtime process can have a positive impact on their food choices,” explains Dr. Barbara Fiese, professor and director of the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois. “Children who learn cooking skills and help with grocery shopping are more likely to enjoy nutritious foods, like fruits and vegetables.” The Pampered Chef, the largest direct seller of kitchen tools, is committed to helping these families come together around the table each night. Through its partnership with the Family Resiliency Center, they have developed tips that make it easier to include kids in the mealtime process. • Reduce screen time. Cut down on children’s exposure to food advertising by limiting screen time, including game and entertainment websites that promote unhealthy foods. • Start the conversation. Talk to children before and during grocery shopping about what are healthy foods and why you are buying them. Help

older children read and understand food labels. • Involve everyone. Kids as young as 2 can help with mealtime preparations, such as cleaning counters and tables and helping with napkins and utensils. Older children can mix and measure ingredients and read recipes. • Make it fun. Use your time in the kitchen together to talk about how foods look, smell and feel. Children learn best when they can utilize all their senses. • Create memories. Share family stories about learning to cook, while spending time together in the kitchen. - NAPS

Some tips to introduce healthy eating habits to kids include limiting exposure to unhealthy foods, teaching them to read food labels and involving them in the cooking process.

Fun Indoor Activities For Kids

(continued from page 17) can make their own chocolate mold. They get to taste the chocolate. They get to learn about chocolate. It’s a learning experience as well.” While Chocolate Works has multiple branches, the Manhasset location can be found at 346 Plandom Road. Call (516) 627-2340 or email Manhasset@ ChocolateWorks.com for more information. Besides places that are just pure fun, there are many educational choices out there for your children as well. Whether it is a full daycare experience or offering help on a specific subject, these facilities should catch the eye of anyone looking for new ways to improve their child’s learning experience.

For younger children, The Crayon Box Preschool is there to provide education, exercise and a chance to make new friends. A daily schedule contains opportunities for reading, writing, napping, puzzles, table games, outdoor activities and time in the gymnasium. The center provides both breakfast and snack during the day, though parents have to provide lunch. The Crayon Box, located at 44-10 192nd St., Flushing, is for children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years old. To take a tour, call Ms. Virginia at (718) 888-9341. Another educational center that would be ideal for young people looking to improve their arithmetic is The Mathnasium of Forest Hills. This facility

is dedicated to increasing your child’s skills by clearing up math concepts and building a positive attitude and confidence towards the subject. The center breaks its programming into four levels: early education, elementary school, middle school and high school. Besides covering all of the topics a child would learn in school at that age, the program also prepares them for what they will encounter when they reach the next level. The Forest Hills Mathnasium is located at 108-14 72nd Ave. For more information, call (718) 544-6284 or email foresthillsny@mathnasium.com. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@ queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.

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Keep Your Kids Active This Winter

(BPT) - As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they’re cooped up inside. It’s tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it’s important that kids stay active to keep their minds and

bodies healthy. With a little creativity, you can keep your kids moving and prevent the winter blues. Here are some ideas: Take out some throwback games After hours of being indoors, kids will quickly get bored of their own games and toys. Take this opportunity to teach

Parents and kids can work together on indoor cooking or special projects.

them games from your childhood. Create an indoor hopscotch court with some tape or break out that old board game from the attic. Make up new rules to refresh the games and make them original to your family. Record the game ideas in a notebook or binder so your kids can easily pick out a fun activity on the next snow day. Cook together Cooking is a great activity because the whole family can get involved. Assign everyone a job, like peeling, mixing or measuring. Kids can even practice their reading skills by reading the recipe aloud from a cookbook. Cooking with children also encourages them to try new foods because they’ve had a hand in making the finished product. Tackle that big project You may have spring cleaning plans, but get a head start on that big cleanout project this winter. Get the whole family involved in reorganizing the garage or painting the guest room. Go through old boxes or pictures with your kids and share family memories along the way. Give your kids different tasks and let them be “in charge” of different parts of the project. Once the project is complete, you will all feel satisfied that you worked together and checked a big to-do off the list. Go on an indoor adventure Sometimes the cabin fever is too much to bear and you have to get out of the house. As long as the weather

Games and toys can keep kids entertained. allows for safe travel, bundle up the kids and hop in the car in search of an indoor adventure. Find an indoor pool at a local recreation center. Take a trip to an indoor ice skating or roller skating rink. You can also start a bowling tournament with other families from school or the neighborhood. After the chilly trip outside to the car, you’ll all be longing for your warm house in no time. Once you get home, relax together with a nutritious snack and pair it with a fun beverage, like Mott’s new Juice Drinks. These naturally sweetened juice drinks contain 40 percent less sugar than fullstrength juice and are available in three flavors, Fruit Punch Rush, Wild Grape Surge and Strawberry Boom, to suit any palate.


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Winter Scarf Donation

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Honorary Grand Marshals

Councilman Peter Koo joined Han Yang Supermarket to donate 300 scarves to three senior centers in Flushing on the morning of Feb. 18. The councilman’s first stop was the Queens Nan Shan Senior Citizen Center. Photo by Joe Marvilli.

Remembering the Sixties

Parade Organizer Mike Benn (from left), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz were recently announced as Honorary Grand Marshals for this upcoming Queens St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway Beach.

Caribbean Valentine’s Day

The Edward R. Miller VFW Post # 7336 with the Ladies & Men’s Auxiliary units held their first 60’s Love Fest at the American Legion Hall 1815 of Glendale, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landing in Queens. Attending the event were members of the American Legion 1815, Frank Kowalinski Post #4 of Maspeth, Haspel Stabb VFW 551 of Middle Village, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #118 with the Auxiliary unit and the Miller post members.

Fresh Air Fighter Dragon Dance

The VNSNY CHOICE Queens Adult Day Center in Woodside hosted a special Valentine’s Day event for their older adults to celebrate love in the golden years. As many of the adults who attend the center are of Caribbean descent, VNSNY CHOICE staff made a special effort to promote culture and bring a slice of their homeland into the center.

Going South For Spring Training

LaTonja Richardson (left) recently accepted her Brooklyn Outreach Partner of the Year award from Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund. LaTonja has worked diligently to reach out to children and families in Jamaica.

Councilman Daniel Dromm takes part in the Lunar New Year parade in Elmhurst over weekend, taking part in the traditional lion dance during the festivities. Photo by Walter Karling.

Mr. Met packed his bags last week, as the team prepared to travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for spring training. The 2014 season opens up at home March 31 against the Nationals, with a ceremony honoring the late Mets announcer Ralph Kiner. Photo by Bruce Adler.


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legislative update

Crowley, Gillibrand Praise Kosher Amendment

Goldfeder Pushes Tax Credit Opportunities

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DHoward Beach) is urging all residents U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to take advantage of the many New (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Joseph CrowYork State tax credit opportunities ley (D-Jackson Heights) recently and claim tax breaks that could potenapplauded the enactment of their amendment to ensure that kosher and tially help individual households save thousands of dollars. halal food pantries receive “Too many working faman adequate supply of food ilies miss out on savings befor hungry families as part cause they fail to claim severof the Emergency Food Asal federal and state tax credits sistance Program. that are available to them,” Included in the Federal Goldfeder said. “These tax Agriculture Reform and credits are important to keep Risk Management Act, also our communities affordable known as the FARM Bill, and are intended to provide signed by President Barack our families with muchObama earlier this month, needed tax relief.” the Gillibrand-Crowley Programs that households amendment requires the may qualify for include, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to Empire State Child Credit, a u.s. Rep. target, label and track distribution of kosher and ha- Joseph Crowley refundable tax credit worth up to $330 per child for ages lal food to make certain that 4-16; the Child and Dependent Care appropriate meals are directed toward Credit, a tax credit for working parthe food banks that need them most. “No one should ever have to choose ents who pay for child care based on between deeply-held religious beliefs sliding scale depending on income and the number of depenand putting food on the dents; the federal Child Tax table,” Crowley said. “Yet, Credit, a partially refundable oversights in current law tax credit of up to $1,000 have meant that many food per child; the Real Property banks in New York and Tax Credit, a refundable tax elsewhere have struggled credit worth up to $375 for to meet the demand from eligible homeowners and families with religious direnters; and the New York etary restrictions, making it City Tax Credit, a refunddifficult for these families to able tax credit of up to $125 get the food they need.” for qualifying taxpayers. Gillibrand noted that Additionally, tax prepamany families that observe u.s. sen. Kirsten ration assistance is available kosher are at risk of hunger gillibrand for the elderly through the and malnutrition. “We must take steps to help the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) neediest observant families and chil- program, which helps people age 60 and dren get access to nutritious food dur- older with their tax returns at no cost. To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, call ing these difficult times,” she said. David Frankel, CEO and executive (800) 906-9887 or visit www.irs.gov/Indirector of the Metropolitan Council dividuals/Find-a-Location-for-Free-Taxof Jewish Poverty, thanked Crowley Prep. For information or questions on and Gillibrand for working to get the New York State taxes, visit www.tax. amendment through. “Through their advocacy and lead- ny.gov or call Goldfeder’s office at ership on the Kosher/Halal amend- (718) 945-9550 or email GoldfederP@ ment, Senator Gillibrand and Con- assembly.state.ny.us. gressman Crowley made great strides toward eliminating that inconceivable hardship for millions of Americans,” Frankel said. “More than one-half million Jewish New Yorkers struggle with food insecurity each and every day. To address this growing crisis, Met Council has developed the nation’s largest kosher food pantry, each month providing food packages for 15,000 households — regardless of their religious affiliation.” In 2012 and again in 2013, Gillibrand and Crowley introduced similar language in the form of a bill in both chambers of Congress.

Braunstein, Stavisky Support East Sea Bill

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) recently introduced Senate bill S6570, which would require all new textbooks used in New York State to refer to the body of water that separates the Japanese archipelago from the Asian mainland as the East Sea as well as the Sea of Japan. Korean advocates have long lob-

bied for the change, noting that the name is unjust because it was established in a 1929 publication of the “Limits of the Oceans and the Seas,” by the International Hydrographic Organization, released while Korea was under Japanese occupation. The Japanese government has stated that the name is valid because it is the standard term of reference used by foreign governments. Stavisky asked the City Dept. of Education to begin using books that included both names in 2012, but the DOE did not respond to her request. “It is often said that history is written by the victors. In this case, the widely known name for a body of water is a constant reminder for Koreans worldwide of an era of oppression, occupation and violence,” Stavisky said. “Understanding the historical and political implications of this conflict and acknowledging the East Sea as well as the Sea of Japan is an important lesson for New York students as they learn to be conscientious global citizens.” Braunstein noted that calling the body of water simply the Sea of Japan was unfair to the City’s Korean students. “This bill would ensure that future generations of New Yorkers are accurately educated on this issue,” he said. “The bill will also take into account the sensitivities of Koreans regarding

Japan’s actions during the Japanese Imperial Period.”

Meng Receives Perfect Grade From Humane Society

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) recently received a 100+ percent rating from the Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s leading animal rights organization. Meng was awarded the top score in the group’s annual Humane Scorecard, used to rate members of Congress on animal welfare issues. She was one of only 25 members of Congress to receive the score, which was calculated b the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the lobbying arm of the Humane Society. “I am honored to be awarded the highest rating possible from one of the nation’s top and most respected animal rights organizations,” Meng said. “Working to pass laws to prohibit barbaric practices against animals is critical and I will continue to be a strong advocate for this important cause.” Meng earned extra points for leading a letter to her colleagues in Congress that called for a ban on shark finning. Meng also fought for the new law that bans shark finning sales in New York State.


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LEISURE

Play Samples Taste Of Hollywood Nights By Steven J. Ferrari Editor-in-Chief The 1980s are remembered as a decade of decadence, as successful yuppies indulged in booze, drugs and other vices. The indulgence was not limited to New York City, as stories about 1980s Hollywood have reached legendary status. Those legends can be attributed, in part, to “Hurlyburly,” a 1984 Broadway show originally directed by Mike Nichols. The show has gone through a number of variations over the years, as a feature film in 1998 (starring Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey) and a revised twoact version Off-Broadway in 2005, with Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale. The Variations Theatre Group has revived David Rabe’s two-act version of the play for a series of performances at the Chain Theatre in Long Island City. The production, which runs just about three hours, does a wonderful job capturing the caustic and bombastic feel of the 1980s and nights fueled by drugs and alcohol. The play’s story focuses on a group of friends caught up in their own problems while trying to navigate Hollywood. Roommates and casting directors Eddie (Kirk Gostkowski) and Mickey (Deven Anderson) fight over women; aspiring actor Phil (Brandon Scott Hughes) looks for his big break while he debates

divorcing or reconciling with his wife. Much like people who were successful in the 1980s, it is very difficult to like any of the main characters in the show, but not because the actors do a bad job. Quite the opposite, actually. The characters are unlikeable because they lack moral character, looking out for themselves with little concern for the other people in their lives. While Eddie, Mickey and Phil take up much of the show’s stage time, Rachel Cora’s Donna and Jacklyn Collier’s Bonnie stole the show during their moments under the spotlight. The presentation of the theater also added to the feel of the show. The stage at the Chain is immersed in a small room, with a row of chairs on either side and two at the back. As the characters went off on their tangents, or continued their arguments, the actors walked in front of almost everyone on either side, adding to the feeling of being in Eddie and Mickey’s living room. “Hurlyburly” had its debut show Wednesday night, with shows running through March 1. Tickets cost $18. For information or to buy a ticket, visit www.variationstheatregroup.com or call (866) 811-4111. Reach Steven J. Ferrari at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122, email sferrari@ queenstribune.com or on Twitter @ stevenferrari.

St. John’s Takes Down Hoyas The Red Storm’s first meeting with Georgetown marked the nadir of its season, but the rematch proved to be arguably the most impressive win of the season, beating the Hoyas 82-60. “When a team beats you, as Georgetown did earlier this season, you want to come back and beat them,” head coach Steve Lavin said “We did a good job playing as a group,” said D’Angelo Harrison, who scored 24 points in the win. “We were hungry for this win, came out with a lot of energy and sustained it for 40 minutes.” Rysheed Jordan played his best game for the Red Storm, scoring 24 points, including the first seven of the game. “Any time you have a freshman point guard, there’s going to be a transition from high school to college,” Lavin said. Georgetown cut the lead to seven in the second half, and it was 67-57 when Jabril Trawick fouled out. Trawick and St. John’s big man Chris Obekpa were called for a double technical, but it was Trawick’s fifth of the game. “When he went out, the ball deflated on them,” Sir’ Dominic Pointer said. St. John’s ended the game on a 15-3 run. Georgetown did not hit a field goal for the last 6:56.

The shellacking of Georgetown marked the Red Storm’s first win over the Hoyas since January 3, 2011. Harrison spoke about the significance of finally defeating one of the Johnnies biggest rivals. “This group has never beat Georgetown before so we’re going to celebrate it probably for the next hour and then we’re going to flush it,” he said. St. John’s moved to 7-6 in the Big East after the win, after starting 0-5. For Steve Lavin, early criticism didn’t mean much. The coach compared his years at UCLA, both in terms of media criticism to Green Beret training. He also had to deal with coaching in the shadow of John Wooden. “It was like the young Cardinal trying to lead mass with the Pope behind your back,” he said. Now the tournament is within reach, but the team is staying grounded. “We talk about staying hungry and humble. Don’t get caught up in the fantasy of the future, don’t dwell on the past,” Lavin said. Still, that doesn’t mean the coach thinks his team has peaked, as he said “I still think our best basketball is ahead of us.” -David russell

Christina Elise Perry and Kirk Gostkowski star in “Hurlyburly.”

Queens College Is ‘Freedom High’ For Staged Readings By JOe MarviLLi Staff Writer Early next week, Queens College will celebrate Black History Month by being transformed into “Freedom High.” The college will hold a new, free production of “Freedom High,” with staged readings on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. in the Goldstein Theatre at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Not only will the performance have a multiracial cast of eight students from the school, but it will also feature six Equity actors, professionals that the students can learn from. “They’re talking to each other, getting life advice. It’s a very different relationship than teacher-student. They’re learning just by example, just by having lunch together,” Susan Einhorn, a Queens College professor and the show’s director, said. “It’s like an internship but better. In this instance, they’re up there with them. They’re equal in a sense. There’s no safe place for the students to be watching from.” Cassandra Price, Rina Dutta, Alexa Politis, Aaron Orlov, Tony Scheer, Gael Seraphin, George Pedraza and Steven Wody are the eight students who will join the Equity actors for a staged reading of the story by Adam Kraar. “Freedom High” is about the impact of the deaths of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and QC student Andrew Goodman in June 1964. Their deaths happened during Freedom Summer, an effort by hundreds of Black and white volunteers from all over the country to help African Americans register to vote in

the segregated South. The three men were kidnapped and murdered outside Philadelphia, Miss. The case wound up drawing national attention and played a large role in the Civil Rights Movement. This story is told from the perspective of Jessica Kuplevsky, a white woman who signed up to register Black voters without understanding the dangers she might confront. “The college has a long history connected to the Civil Rights Movement. And it’s the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer,” Einhorn said. Given the anniversary, the show was revived for these two performances at Queens College, plus a third one on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Theater for the New City in Manhattan. It originally premiered at Queens College in 2007, with subsequent shows at Queens Theatre in the Park. With hundreds of high school and college students and faculty set to see the staged reading, Einhorn said she hopes “Freedom High” will let the audience reflect on how civil rights have grown in the past 50 years, as well as what still needs to be done. “It’s a very moving story. When the play was first done and written, Obama was not president. The play was about just getting people registered,” she said. “For me, it heightens everything. It shows we’ve come a long way. On the other hand, the reality’s also of how we haven’t come a long way. There’s still racism, there’s still inequalities in many ways. It’s a very interesting time to reexamine the story.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.


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Another week at the Sochi Winter Olympics brought more medals for the United States, but they are in a close race to win the overall medal count. As of press time, the USA has 21 medals overall, including seven gold. The latest of those came on Wednesday morning, when Ted Ligety took the gold in the Men’s Giant Slalom, the first American male to win that event in the winter games. Other highlights include the mixed pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who won the gold in the ice dancing competition, also the first ever gold for America. The pair danced to the classical music song “Sheherazade” and finished about four and a half points ahead of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada, who won gold in the Vancouver games. Davis and White have been training together since 1997 in Michigan and their work culminated in a gold medal last week. Americans swept the medals during the Men’s Ski Slopestyle, a new sport added to the games similar to what you would see at the X Games. Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nicholas

Goepper won the three medals with Christensen winning the gold. Kenworthy has gained some attention during the games for attempting to rescue stray dogs from Sochi. Kenworthy is still in Russia trying to bring four puppies and their mother to the U.S from Sochi. A Russian pest control company was reportedly hired before the Olympic games to exterminate the dogs before action got underway and athletes like Kenworthy have been working to save some of the dogs. The U.S. men’s hockey team will have played their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic by the time this paper prints, but their game against Russia was one of the most exciting events at the Olympics so far. In a nail-biting game, the USA defeated Russia 3-2 in a shootout. The game was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than one goal. Special teams played a huge factor in deciding the game, with the USA scoring both of their goals in regulation on the power play. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski tallied the goals for the Americans while Pavel Datsyuk scored twice for the Russians, including one on the power play. Team USA forward T.J. Oshie became a star back home after scoring on four out of six attempts during the shootout. His slow and careful style was able to beat Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovski, including the game-winning goal right through his legs. If the Americans beat the Czechs, they will face the winner of CanadaLatvia in the semifinals. In what will surely is a disappointing result, Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in their quarterfinal match. Expectations were high for the Russian team who were looking to win the gold on their home soil. Finland will face Sweden in the other semi final matchup. The gold medal game will be on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune. com, or @luisgronda. Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal for Team USA in the ice dancing competition.


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FRIDay 2/21 thE Jazz aGE

Vocalist Barbara Rosene and her musicians will transport Flushing Town Hall back to the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Starting at 8 p.m., “The Jazz Age & The Charleston - 1920s Speakeasy Music” will explore the era of Prohibition and speakeasy clubs, when “The Charleston” dance craze spread across America. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for members and students. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.

exhibiting raw physicality mixed with human vulnerability. The evening will feature two premiere works; Hinge accompanied by original music played lived on stage in collaboration with MuSE, Multicultural Sonic Evolution, and Womb, a dance/video work in collaboration with artist Rodney Zagury. Admission is $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 students. For more information, call the LPAC Box Office at (718) 482-5151, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. The Little Theater is located at 31-10 Thomson Ave.

sUNDay 2/23

livE from thE PoEmoBilE

QuEEns CounCil on thE arts PrEsEnts “a niGht with DanCErs”

To see an evening with Queens-based dancers and choreographers who will be performing works-in-progress, check out 3rd Space’s event, starting at 7 p.m. Artists and the culturally curious are invited to participate in an evening of movement and discussion, to help workshop works-in-progress and gain unique insight into the artistic process. Dancers are especially encouraged to join for a unique networking and community building opportunity. Admission is $5. The QCA is located at 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria. For more information, visit www.licpartnership.org/ events/queens-council-onthe-arts.

satURDay 2/22

BEGin. aGain. valEriE GrEEn DanCE EntroPy Valerie Green’s work is bold, rich in texture and visually theatrical, which intertwines an extreme exploration of human behavior, while

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Flushing Town Hall with performances by Korean poets and traditional musicians and dancers. At 6:30 p.m., the readings will start and will be accompanied by projections from the POEMobile of original Korean poems with English translations, onto Flushing Town Hall’s garden wall. The event is free. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK

sUNay 2/23

thE BEauty of BallEt Queens Theatre will host the world-famous School of American Ballet to introduce children to the dance style. A member of the school’s faculty and advanced male and female students will illustrate how talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. The free event will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call the box office at (718) 760-0064 to reserve your seats.

per family. Advance registration is recommended. For more information, visit nysci.org/little-makers or call (718) 699-0005.

music, promising listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.” For information, visit www.dbrielly.com.

Early animatED Cartoons

tUEsDay 2/25

The Voelker Orth Museum will present a family-friendly program consisting of several cartoons from the silent era, from 2:30-4 p.m. Tom Stathes will dim the parlor lights and invite the audience to share in the glow of the fantastic animated world of yesteryear. Suggested donation is $5. For information, visit www.vomuseum. org.

oPEration sPy GaDGEts From periscopes to invisible ink, design and make spy gadgets at the New York Hall of Science as part of its Little Makers series. The workshop will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is an $8 materials fee

moNDay 2/24

musiC PErformanCE

Musician D.B. Rielly will perform from 9-11 p.m. at Sweet Afton, 30-09 34th St., Astoria. Rielly will perform a collection of Americana

School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center will present a Mardi Gras celebration from 6-10 p.m. at Roma View Catering, 160-05 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach. Clorinda Antonucci and Nick Mascia will be crowned Queen and King. Tickets cost $75. For information, email ssndec@aol.com or call (718) 738-0588.

tHURsDay 2/27

livE musiC thursDays

shE-DEvils

A showcase of the funniest people in the world without a Y chromosome, presented by the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets include two glasses of wine, champagne or soft drink. For information, visit www.laughingdevil.com.

marDi Gras CElEBration

E.l. DoCtorow

National Book Award-winning author E.L. Doctorow will read from his work during a literary event at LeFrak Concert Hall at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Starting at 7 p.m., the author of “The Book of Daniel” will also be interviewed Leonard Lopate.

WEDNEsDay 2/26

miD-wintEr tastE

Come try food from more than 30 local restaurants at Resorts World Casino. It will feature guest appearances by celebrity chef Todd English, Miss USA Erin Brady and more. The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It costs $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. To buy tickets, log onto rwnewyork.com/ mid-winter taste or call 1-888-888-8801.

Visit the Rest-au-Rant for some live music and fun. A very special appearance by one of RaRbar’s favorites, an Astoria local, Aaron LaVigne, will perform his original tunes! If you like to support local artists, this is an awesome guy to start with. Admission is free. The bar is located at 30-01 35th Ave., LIC. For more information, visit www.rarbarlic.com

DEvil sCiEnCE thEatEr 3K

Cult films, alcohol and comedians at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City. Each Thursday at 10:30 p.m., the club encourages patrons to talk at a theater and heckle at a comedy club. Cost is $6. For information, visit www. laughingdevil.com.

Got EvEnts?

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VALENTINE CRAFT Fr i d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 1 Woodside library at 5:30. HSE/TASC PREP Fridays, February 21, 28 Baisley Park and Lic library. register. CHESS CLUB Fridays at 3:30 at the Auburndale library and 4 at the Woodside library. HS EQUIVALENCY Saturdays, Februar y 22, March 1 classes at the cambria Heights library at 10. JOB SEARCH M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 4 ridgewood library. register. BALLROOM DANCING Monday, February 24 Forest Hills library at 6:30. KNITTING 101 Mondays, Februar y 24, March 3, 10, 17 central library at 4:30. ADULT CHESS Mondays and Thursdays Queens Village library at 5:30. MATH 4 ADULTS Tuesdays, Februar y 25, March 4 Lic library from 2-4.4 TECHNOLOGIST IS IN Tuesday, February 25 30 m i n u te c o n s u l t a t i o n a t the Pomonok library. register. SMALL BUSINESS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 central library. register. RESUMES/COVER LTR Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 central library. register. CHESS Tuesdays rosedale library at 4. SMALL BUSINESS Tuesdays Small Business Workshop at the central library. register. 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 Wednesday, February 26 Flushing library at 10:30. JOBMAP Wednesday, February 26 Flushing library. register. DRAWING CLASS Wednesdays, February 26, March 5 Lic library at 4. JOB READINESS We d n e s d ays , F e b r u a r y 26, March 5 Lic library at 3. PERSONAL BRANDING We d n e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 26 Flushing library. register. EXAM PREP: WRITING Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 Lic library. MATH 4 ADULTS Thursdays, February 27, March 6 Lic library 2-4. MAKE A HANDBAG Thursday, Februar y 27 Lic library. register.

DRIVER SAFETY Friday, February 21 Glen oaks. register. DEFENSIVE DRIVING M o n d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 4 Windsor Park library. register. TAX PREP HELP Mondays, Februar y 24 through March 31 Pomonok library at 11:30. SNAP OUTREACH Thursday, Februar y 27 benefits programs at the central library at 11.

Yearly schedules and advanced notices welcome!

HEALTH CAREGIVERS do you provide care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who is sick, frail or disabled? 268-5960, ext. 226. SHAPE UP NYC Fridays, Februar y 21, 28 Briarwood library at 11:30. CALYPSO CARDIO Fridays, February 21, 28 Laurelton library at 6:30. DANCE FITNESS Saturdays, Februar y 22, March 1 Lic library at 3. DANCE FITNESS M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 4 north Forest Park library at 11:30. ZUMBA Monday, February 24 corona library. register. CHAIR YOGA M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 4 Broadway library. register. TALK TO YOUR DR. M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 4 Flushing library at 6. ZUMBA Monday, February 24 east elmhurst library. register. ZUMBA Mondays through June 23 (except holidays) Lic library at 7. TOTAL BODY Tuesday, February 25 Briarwood library at 5:30 and ridgewood library at 6. ALZHEIMERS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. WORKOUTS Wednesdays South Jamaica library at 5:30. INTRO GENTLE YOGA Wednesdays, February 26, March 5 Woodside library at 5:30. CHI GONG CLASS Wednesdays, February 26, March 5 Lic library at 6. CHANGE HEALTH CARE Thursday, February 27 McGoldrick library at 1:30. MEDITATION Thursday, Februar y 27 Glen oaks librar y at 5:30.

COMPUTERS BEGIN COMPUTERS Fridays, February 21, 28 Auburndale library. register. INTER. COMPUTER Fridays, February 21, 28 Lic and Poppenhusen library. register. INTRO WORD Friday, February 21 Hillcrest library. register. POWERPOINT S a tu r d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 2 central library. register. INTER. EXCEL Sunday, February 23 central library. register. INTRO E-MAIL M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 4 central library. register. MAC MONDAYS M o n d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 4 central library register. INTER. COMPUTER Mondays, Februar y 24, March 3, 10 Lic library at 6:30. INTRO EMAIL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Queens Village librar y. register. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesday, February 25 Sunnyside library. register. COMPUTER BASICS Tuesdays, Februar y 25, March 4 Lic library at 3. BEGIN EXCEL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Flushing library. register. INTRO EXCEL Wednesday, February 26 Po m o n o k l i b ra r y. re g ister. BEGIN WORD Wednesday, February 26 central library. register. WORD 2010 We d n e s d ays , F e b r u a r y 26, March 5 Lic library. register. BEGIN COMPUTERS Thursday, Februar y 27 rosedale library at 11. MS OFFICE SUITE Thursday, Februar y 27 Poppenhusen at 12. INTER. WORD Thursday, Februar y 27 central library. register. BEGIN COMPUTERS Thursday, Februar y 27 ozone Park library. register.

TEENS & KIDS OLYMPIC PARTY Friday, February 21 Pomonok library at 2:30. MULAN 2 Friday, February 21 movie at the South Hollis library at 4. TEEN CHESS Fridays, February 21, 28 learn chess at the Laurelton library at 3. TEENS GOT TALENT Fridays, February 21, 28 rosedale library at 3:30. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Fridays, February 21, 28 Flushing library at 4. GAME DAY Fridays, February 21, 28 Queens Village library at 3:30. PROJECT ART Friday, Februar y 21 corona library. register. TEAM SCIENCE Fridays, February 21, 28 corona library at 6. AFR.-AMER STORIES Friday, February 21 richmond Hill library at 3:30 and tuesday, Februar y 25 South Jamaica library at 4. FUN FRIDAYS Fridays, February 21, 28 central library at 4. Ages 6-12. COMPUTER SKILLS M o n d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 4 rochdale Village library at 4 for Grades 1-6.

ENTERTAINMENT SINATRA Friday, February 21 Whitestone library at 2:30. DIVAS OF JAZZ Fr i d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 1 Queens Village library at 3:30. MULAN II Friday, February 21 film at 4 at the South Hollis library. 60s ROCK & POP S a t u r d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 2 Flushing library at 1:30. RESISTANCE S a t u r d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 2 play at Flushing library at 5:30. EL DOCTOROW Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 reading at LeFrak concert Hall. 793-8080. SINATRA, DARIN, DAVIS We d n e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 26 Bay terrace library at 1:30. THE HELP Wednesday, February 26 film central library at 6. OPEN MIC Thursday, Februar y 27 east elmhurst library at 6. GLORY Thursday, Februar y 27 film at the central library at 6. LILIES OF FIELD Thursday, February 27 film central library at noon.

BOOK CLUB Monday, February 24 corona library at 5. Grades 3 and up. GAME DAY Monday, February 24 McGoldrick library at 5:30. TODDLER CRAFTS M o n d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 4 Steinway library at 11. CHESS CLUB Monday February 24 Bayside library at 6. SINGING & STORYTIME Monday, February 24 Glen oaks library at 11:15. COMPUTER SKILLS Mondays, Februar y 24

MEETINGS JEWISH VETS Sunday, February 23 Jewish War Veterans of the USA Lipsky/Blum Post at Kissena Jewish center, Flushing. 463-4742. Korean War Vet Soccer team also meets. NY CARES Monday, February 24 new York care recruits volunteers at the Forest Hills library at 3. KNIT & CROCHET M o n d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 4 douglaston library at 4. DOMINO CLUB Monday, February 24 Glen oaks library at 1. QUILTING CLUB Mondays Alley Pond environmental center 2:30. $5. 229-4000. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d ay, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Windsor Park library at 2. NEEDLEWORK Tuesdays, Februar y 25, March 4 Bayside library at 4. SE QUEENS CAMERA Tuesday, February 25 roy Wilkins Family center. 347528-7178. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Steinway library at 5. CDEC 26 Tuesday, February 25 at MS67. Business meeting at 7, public meeting at 8. RH QUILTERS Tuesdays noon at the richmond Hill library. CHESS CLUB Tuesdays Lic library at 4, Windsor Park library at 5:30 and Howard Beach library at 4. FH VAC Wednesday, February 26 Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance corp. 793-2055. CHESS CLUB Thursdays, February 27, March 6 US chess Federation-rated chess club at the east Flushing library at 4:30. JAMAICA KIWANIS Thursday, Februar y 27 Kiwanis club of Jamaica. 527-3678.

through March 31 rochdale Village library at 4. Grades 1-6. YOUNG MEN Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Young Men’s empowerment Group (14-19) at the Laurelton librar y at 3:30. READING PRACTICE Tuesday, February 25 corona library at 4. K and up. PROJECT ART Tuesday, February 25 ages 8-12 at the Lic librar y. register. WII GAMING Tuesdays, Februar y 25, March 4 Astoria library at 4:30. over 10. TEEN DRAMA CLUB Tuesdays, Februar y 25, March 4 central library. register. TEEN DEBATING Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Flushing library at 4:30. TOYS & TOTS Tuesday, February 25 McGoldrick library at 11:15. PATRIOTIC CRAFTS Tuesday, February 25 Hillcrest library at 4:30. Ages 6-14. READING SKILLS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 5 Langston Hughes library at 4:30. Ages 6-12. TEAM SCIENCE Wednesday, February 26 corona library at 6. Grades 2 and up. TEEN JEWELRY Wednesday, February 26 richmond Hill library at 3:30. ENVIRON. TEENS Wednesday, February 26 Woodside library at 4. FASHION MAVENS Thursday, Februar y 27 central library at 4:30 (1318). TEEN CHESS Thursday, February 27 US chess Federation-rated club at the east Flushing library at 4:30. ARTS & CRAFTS Thursday, Februar y 27 Auburndale library at 4:30. Ages 5-12. TUTORING Thursday, Februar y 27 pre-K to grade 5 at the Auburndale library at 4:30. DECORATIONS CLUB Thursday, Februar y 27 Poppenhusen library at 4. DRAMA POSSE Thursday, Februar y 27 Hillcrest library at 4:30. Ages 8-14. ANIMALS ALIVE Thursday, Februar y 27 Windsor Park librar y at 3:45. BEAUTIFUL CREATURE Thursday, Februar y 27 teen film at the Glendale library at 4. FAMILY STORYTIME Thursday, February 27 Bay terrace at 11:30.


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QUEENS FOCUS Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Brockport. They include: Bellerose Manor: Grant Pastori. College Point: Dami Ho. Whitestone: Jon Pezzino. Claire Tuffey of Douglaston and Muhammad Siddiqui of Queens Village were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C. Brittany Wong of Flushing was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University at Albany. Daniela Porcelli of Bayside was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Navy Midshipman Joyce Kim of Flushing recently selected the USS Germantown as her first ship assignment. Local students received degrees during fall 2013 commencement ceremonies at Hofstra University in Hempstead. They include: Bayside: Danielle Gibbs, advanced certificate in educational leadership. Bellerose: Alia Ishak, Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. Douglaston: Mujda Hachil, Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies; Diana Santanello, Master’s degree in health administration. Flushing: Michael Galati, Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in accounting; Hong Hong, Master of Business Administration degree in marketing; Maria Katsanos, Master’s

degree in elementary education; Minna Loketch, Master of Science degree in school-community psychology. Glen Oaks: Reshma Peetanu, Master of Science degree in computer science. Little Neck: Xuan Lu, Master of Business Administration degree in marketing; Daniela Popa, Master’s degree in health administration. Oakland Gardens: Jeffrey Fu, Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Queens Village: Ayokunnumi Alabi, Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. Whitestone: Samantha Bergman, Master’s degree in elementary special education. Local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Fairfield University in Connecticut. They include: Beechhurst: Jillian Delaney. Bellerose: Kelly Mulligan. Whitestone: Samantha Viscovich, Nicholas Ziangas. Local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Fredonia. They include: Bayside: Evan Zimmern. Bellerose: Matthew Miskovsky. Flushing: Jialin Chen, Sarah Schlesinger. Alexis Chamoff of Flushing was named to the Honor’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Delhi. Alexandra Katechis of Bayside was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. Local students were named to the

Thinking Seniors Atria Kew Gardens recently held a resident appreciation event to honor local seniors. Pictured (from left) are resident host ambassador Ethel Leiman, ballroom dancercise instructor Ernie Feder and resident council president Evelyn Cutler.

Wishing Good Health Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) recently celebrated Lunar New Year with residents at the Self Help Scheuer House in Flushing. Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Buffalo State. They include: Bayside: Britni Mignon, James Toback. Flushing: Karla Salamea, Samantha Hoggard. Oakland Gardens: Tyler Kaufman. Queens Village: Ashleigh-Ann Sutherland, Felecia Malcolm. The Alley Pond Environmental Center Board of Directors have announced a wine tasting fundraiser to benefit APEC, 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 3 at Pappazzio Restaurant, 39-38 Bell Blvd., Bayside. Tickets cost $65 and must be purchased in advance. For information or to register, call (718) 229-4000. New York Army National Guard recently announced the promotion of members in recognition of their capacity for additional responsibility and leadership. German Saavedra of Oakland Gardens, serving with the Company B, 642nd Support Battalion, is promoted to specialist. Georgios Boubaris of Whitestone, serving with the Company C, 1-69th Infantry, is promoted to sergeant. Cameo Flores of College Point, serving with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 369th Sustainment Brigade, is promoted to sergeant. Leslie Farrell of Flushing, serving with the Medical Command, is promoted to major. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Delaware. They include: Bayside: Rachel Belesi, Melissa Buchner, Kaitlin Magee, Eden Sung. Bellerose: Chelsea Barry. Douglaston: Julia Anastos, Lauren Gross.

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Late night television is in a transition state this month, as Jimmy Fallon took over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno on Monday. The former Late Night host is being replaced by fellow SNL alum Seth Meyer, who invited Queens' own U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley to take part in a test show earlier this week. Since Fallon took the Roots with him as his house band, maybe Crowley, notorious for his musical proclivities, was auditioning for a new gig?

One Great Severance In case there was not enough evidence that Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante has a cushy gig, more revelations this week have revealed just how much more he can screw over the City’s taxpayers. It has recently come to light that making the Galante problem go away is not as easy as simply firing him - not unless the City wants to pay out the nose to get rid of him. The CEO’s employment contract guarantees him a $2 million severance package if he is dismissed. This is just the latest revelations of the ridiculous

contract that has given Galante a $391,594 salary to run the taxpayer-funded library system which has gone under massive budget cuts in the last five years, with more than 100 employees being laid off. But what does that matter? Galante needed $140,000 worth of office renovations. That is exactly where the taxpayer money should have gone. At least that’s what Galante seems to think. So here’s some advice from QConf. If you have the chance to lead a nonprofit, you should take it. You’ll get more perks than you could have ever dreamed of!

Saving a Quiet Threat? We must save the beautiful mute swans! Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the white, elegant swans you see at local ponds throughout Queens? State Sen. Tony Avella, advocate for animal rights, is making sure the Dept. of Environmental Conservation does not eradicate all 2,200 wild mute swans in the state by 2025. The State wants to declare the swans a “prohibited invasive species,” but Avella is out to the rescue. He filed a bill on Feb. 10, which requires DEC to demonstrate that actual damage to the environment or other species have been caused by the mute swan population across the State.

“I was horrified to learn that our State wildlife agency would make such an extreme, unfounded proposal, and do not believe that the DEC has provided evidence to justify the elimination of these beautiful swans,” Avella said. According to Friends of Animals, an animal rights organization rallying support to stop the plan since it was announced in December, DEC tries to justify the eradication by claiming that the swans can cause a variety of problems in spite of their small numbers, which equal to about one half of one percent of all waterfowl in New York. No one wants to see the mute swans go; after all, they are mute. How much damage can they do?

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Talks With A Side of Fries Following the McDonald’s controversy in Flushing last month, there is more trouble cooking at another Queens fast food establishment. Staffers from Assemblyman David Weprin’s office recently visited the Richmond Hill Burger King at Liberty Avenue and 120th Street, to attempt to discuss seniors who like to keep away from the cold weather. The Assemblyman is hoping to make a deal, similar to the “McCompromise” Assemblyman Ron Kim made at the Flushing McDonalds, with the southern Queens Burger King that would allow the seniors to stay inside the location when it is not busy. At the Community Board 9 meeting last week, a Weprin staffer said two of his aids visited the location, attempting to discuss the situation. The restaurant’s manager was not available to speak when they visited, according to the staffer. We certainly hope this can be resolved before it becomes a Whopper of a situation like what occurred in Flushing. We’re sure both parties would like to have it their way, but we see no reason why another McResolution can’t be reached.

Aram Bajakian’s career as a musician has been one of experimentation. Having played in multiple groups and with a few music legends, the guitarist’s distinctive playing style stands out no matter what genre he is exploring. Part Hendrix, part jazz-rock fusion, his technique can range from absolute chaos to catchy riffs to beautiful, icy notes. While music has always been an essential part of his life, Bajakian named Led Zeppelin and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as two different sounds that inspired him during his formative years. “All my life, there was music. There was no first. But I loved Jimmy Page. I had a picture of him on my desk when I was in 5th grade,” he said. “And I’ll never forget hearing the overture for ‘Don Giovanni’ the first time. That is punk rock.” Fast-forwarding to the present day, Bajakian decided to look back to his interactions with blues music for his new album, “there were also flowers in hell,” which was released on Feb. 1. The instrumental record opens with “Texas Cannonball,” a homage to blues guitarist Freddie King. According to Bajakian’s artistic statement on the album, it was motivated by thinking back to his youth, when he listened to his uncle play the blues on a 1940s Steel guitar and going to see blues masters like B.B. King and Clarence Gatemouth Brown. While he had set out to make a blues record, bassist Shahzad Ismaily’s and Jerome Jennings’ unique styles transformed it into something else:

a melding of dense, chaotic sounds and moments of fragile beauty. “They have a different energy. It’s beautiful. Obviously, I chose to play with them because of their musicality, but what’s more important is the energy and presence of each member,” Bajakian said. “They really honor the music and where it’s going. It’s spiritual.” Besides his solo work, Bajakian played on “Abraxas: Book of Angels Volume 19,” an album of John Zorn compositions by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz. He is also a member of Kef, a chamber string trio playing fresh arrangements of traditional Armenian songs. “Well, Kef has no drums. So that’s a big difference. And we’re playing punked-out Armenian dance songs. So you think you would need drums, but in fact that’s what makes the group great,” he said. “It has the exact opposite of what you’d expect.” Bajakian has drawn the attention of well-known artists like Zorn, Lou Reed and Diana Krall, all of whom he has performed with. While these gigs are special, it comes as part of Bajakian’s goal to continuously play music. “I take every gig I can get. All the memories of playing are great. There’s no favorite because if you really love playing music, it’s all a joy,” he said. “That being said, playing in Taormina, Sicily with Lou Reed while Mount Etna is erupting in the background was pretty awesome.” For more information about all of Bajakian’s projects and shows, visit his website at http://arambajakian.com.


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