Vol. 43, No. 8 Feb. 21-27, 2013
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The Special Election for Council District 31 was too close to call Tuesday night, with Pesach Osina and Donovan Richards separated by just 26 votes. By Natalia Kozikowska ... Page 3.
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Queens This Week Permanent President Picked For QCC
Career Center Move Draws Criticism For nearly a year, the Queens Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation office, located at LeFrak City Plaza, 59-17 Junction Blvd. in Corona, has operated with a month-to-month lease. The State’s Office of General Services has proposed to move the office to Hunter’s Point, a proposal that has been met with criticism from across the Borough. According to its website, ACCES-VR provides vocational counseling and rehabilitation services that result in successful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their employers. The Queens office employs approximately 50 people who service customers from the Rockaways and South Jamaica to Flushing and Kew Gardens. The main concern of the employees, according to John Nardozzi, the district office’s manager, is the location in Hunter’s Point, which is in an extreme corner of the Borough, while the current office is centrally located. “We are in a central location,” he
APEC Raises Funds For School Visits While Alley Pond Environmental Center has had a string of bad luck, the organization is not down for the count. After Superstorm Sandy caused large amounts of damage to Alley Pond Park, APEC was hit with another financial loss when the ongoing school bus strike limited the amount of schools that could visit the center. Instead of declaring the season as a loss, the Douglaston environmental organization put together a petition to raise money and take their center to the schools instead. In order to reach the many schools, APEC put together an online fundraiser through wedid.it, hoping to reach the
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Queensborough Community College has been given a permanent president after spending more than two years with an interim one. Luckily for school, those two presidents are one and the same. The City University of New York’s board of trustees voted to give Dr. Diane Call the position after acting as the school’s temporary president since July 1, 2010. The new position is the latest step of a career with QCC and the CUNY system that has lasted longer than 30 years. Before she became the interim president, Call served as provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, vice president for finance and administration and assistant dean for instructional support services. The board expressed their satisfaction with Call’s experience and commitment to the college in a statement. “Dr. Diane B. Call brings to Queensborough Community College extensive academic and administrative experience, a proven commitment to students, faculty and alumni and an exemplary record of advancing the college’s mission of offering students a quality, affordable education,” the board of trustees said. “My focus as president will be to encourage a strong and engaged faculty, to enhance our student-centered learning environment and to create additional community partnerships,” Call said in a statement. “A key objective is to provide an academic environment that strengthens students’ commitment and makes it possible for them to graduate and complete their goals in a timely manner.” Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Joe Marvilli
said. “Queens is a large borough and the bulk of our consumers are in the Rockaways, Jamaica and Flushing, so you want to be in a central location.” Jemma Marie-Hanson, a regional coordinator for the New York State Public Employees Federation, sent a letter to OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito outlining the problems with the proposed site in Hunter’s Point. Marie-Hanson’s letter mentions transportation as one of the major concerns. The LeFrak City office is served by three direct MTA train lines, nine direct bus lines, the Long Island Rail Road, two major highways and Queens Boulevard. The new location in Hunter’s Point is only accessible via the G train (which is a Brooklyn-based train) and the 7 train. The 7 line stop at Hunter’s Point, MarieHanson said, is not wheelchair accessible and has a total of 80 stairs to climb. The closest wheelchair accessible station is in Queens Plaza, two stops from Court Square, the nearest stop to the proposed site. Another issue Marie-Hanson brought up in the letter to Destito is security. Currently, the building’s management has a private security firm for which all persons arriving must pass, show ID and verify their appointment before proceeding to the ACCES-VR office. The proposed location is a stand-alone building, meaning the district office would have to provide its own security. MarieHanson surmises that management and stuff would need to be present on a daily basis to open and close the office and that both staff and consumers alike could be made to wait on the street for the building to open. Lastly, Marie-Hanson said the site itself poses many environmental concerns. The new location is in close proximity to Newtown Creek, which was designated a Federal Superfund Cleanup site in 2010. According to MarieHanson, 19 waste transfer stations line the creek and 23 combined sewer outflows disgorge their contents into the water system. Nardozzi said that the proposed move has been in the works for some time but nothing has happened yet. A call to the Office of General Services seeking comment was not returned. -Jason Pafundi
Members of the Student Council at Pan American International High School in Elmhurst, pictured here with advisors Mailine Santiago and Assistant Principal Anthony Riccardo, have coordinated a number of ac tivities for the student body, including a winter coat drive for vic tims of Superstorm Sandy. goal of $500 by Feb. 12. The money would be used to supply heating pads, heating lamps and heating rocks to animals that need the warmth to survive the winter months, particularly the coldblooded reptiles. On the busiest days, up to 20 animals could be in transit. The fundraiser was particularly needed as the center had already undergone a sizeable financial hit from the bus strike that started on Jan. 16, causing them to lose $4,000 in class visit fees last month. They took another $1,500 hit during Feb. 9 when they had to remain closed and pay for their trails and parking lot to be cleared due to this month’s snowstorm. Fortunately for APEC, their fundraiser petition not only matched their goal but exceeded it, creating a total pledge fund result of $825. The goal was reached on Feb. 1, far ahead of their self-imposed deadline. That amount was obtained from 19 total donators. While the minimum donation amount started at five dollars, many contributors (called believers by wedid.it) exceeded that amount. Five people pledged between $10 and $24 and received a digital photo thank you note of the center’s animals. Four people gave between $25 and $49 and obtained the digital photo along with a three-month family membership to APEC. One individual donated between $50 and $74, getting the photo and a six-month membership. Another person contributed an amount between $75 and $99, gaining the photo and a one-year membership. The largest donation group came from five people who donated between $100 and $150. Each of them received a free, 30-minute private hands-on animal demonstration for themselves and their families. Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at email@example.com. -Joe Marvilli
Book Drive For Rockaway Schools PS 108 in South Ozone Park will host a book drive early next month that will aim to help schools that have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. The school will be collecting books from March 4-8. On Monday and Wednesday of that week, the drive will be from 3:15 until 4:30 p.m. so that parents who may be working earlier in the day may also donate books. On the other three days, books will be collected from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. during normal school hours. Melissa Levine, a second grade teacher at the school who will help run the drive, said that the reason that they are doing this is to help out people who are still recovering from the storm and to give young students like the ones in her class a chance to do community service. “It’s good for those kids because it shows that other kids are thinking about you.” Levine said. “You can do community service at any age.” She added that several students in the school wrote letters to get the word out about the drive and they have gotten a tremendous response from it so far, with people offering posters and flyers to spread the word. Five schools in the Rockaways have expressed interest in getting some of the books from the drive, Levine said. The schools include; PS 43, PS 104, PS 105, PS 183 and PS 197. She added that it will not be known how many books each school will get until after the drive is over. PS 108 is located at 108-10 109th Ave. in South Ozone Park. For more information, call the school at (718)558-2700. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Luis Gronda
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Queens Deadline BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSK A The morning after the special election for the 31st District Council seat, two candidates held their heads up high and declared victory. But the race to fill State Sen. James Sanders’ (D-Laurelton) vacant Council seat is still too close to call, with the heavily favored Donovan Richards just 26 votes ahead of Pesach Osina, a Jewish Orthodox candidate. The Board of Elections ceased counting just after midnight on Feb. 20, with a mere 2.63 percent of votes unread. According to Valerie Vazquez, a spokesperson for the BOE, paper and absentee ballots also need to be counted and it will take at least one week before any official winner is announced. Vazquez explained that during the counting process, a single USB flash drive from a ballot scanner could not be read. This flash drive will be taken to be read on a different computer so its votes can be counted. As it stands, Richards had 2,513 votes (30.05 percent) and Osina has 2,487 (29.73 percent). But this did not stop both candidates from proclaiming their victory. The morning of the news, Richards tweeted, “Happy to announce I am the Councilman!” and “Pesach Osina ran a hell of a campaign.” The former chief of staff to Sanders also hinted to his Twitter followers that the BOE is missing votes from locations like P.S. 52 in Jamaica, Ocean Village, St. Claire’s in Rosedale and PS 270 in Laurelton – predominately African American neighborhoods. The tweet
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Two Candidates Declare Victory
Both Donovan Richards and Pesach Osina (pic tured with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder) declared vic tor y in the special elec tion for Council Distric t 31. Richards led Osina by just 26 votes. was not confirmed by Vazquez. Richards was unable to be reached for comment as of press time but he declared victory at his campaign party in Laurelton. Osina, a former staffer for Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park), who held his campaign party in his Far Rockaway office, similarly declared himself the winner to a group of supporters, whom were mostly Jewish Orthodox. “While we are still uncertain of the total numbers, when every vote is counted, we will be victorious,” he said. He went on to thank his opponents for all they have done and said he was “looking forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.” Osina has been a relatively low-key candidate with limited media contact. Still, in the weeks before the election,
locals expressed concern that the votes for Black candidates would be split and Osina might be able to pull out a win. On Feb. 5 at the first candidate’s forum for the seat, the outspoken Rev. Charles Norris of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Jamaica asked each of the can-
didates if they would be willing to drop out of the race so a Black candidate would win. “You have one white person from Far Rockaway that’s in the race. Jews vote in a block,” he said. “They will knock every one of you out. Which one of you thinks you are best to run to beat the Jew that’s running in Far Rockaway?” he continued to ask. None of the six candidates in attendance offered to drop out of the race and all but one, Saywalah Kesselly, said they would be running again in the November primaries. More than 8,300 of the 84,000 registered voters in District 31 came out for the election and votes are still being counted. A 2012 report shows that the district has more than a 65 percent African American population and just slightly fewer than 12 percent of white constituents. Reporters Luis Gronda and Joe Marvilli contributed to this report. Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or email@example.com.
Election Results Donovan Richards ......................................................... 2,513 (30.05 percent) Pesach Osina ................................................................ 2,487 (29.73 percent) Jacques Leandre ............................................................ 1,160 (13.87 percent) Michael Duncan .................................................................. 962 (11.5 percent) Selvena Brooks ................................................................... 817 (9.77 percent) Marie Adam-Ovide ............................................................... 159 (1.9 percent) Saywallah Kesselly .............................................................. 152 (1.82 percent) Allan Jennings .................................................................... 114 (1.36 percent) Editor’s Note: Results provided by the Board of Elections, but are not official until the remaining paper ballots have been counted.
Community Boards Discuss USTA Expansion By LUIS GRONDA Several Queens Community Boards have sounded off on the proposed expansion of the United States Tennis Association’s Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Community Boards 6 and 9 both hosted a presentation by the USTA last week and its plan to acquire 0.68 acres of land in the park, where it hosts the U.S Open every summer. The USTA hopes to buy the small sliver of land, in part, so that it could build a brand-new Grandstand stadium on the southwest corner of the property. The plan also includes renovating Louie Armstrong Stadium, which USTA officials say is in need of a modernization, and shifting down a section where some of the smaller courts are located, to allow more walking space for people while attending matches. “What we want to do is use this opportunity to improve the site, make it a world-class facility and make sure it continues to have a positive economic impact for Queens and the City,” said Gordon Smith, USTA’s executive director and chief operating officer. Opponents of the plan were concerned over the amount of trees that
could be lost as a result of the project, as well as the green space it would take up. “Somewhere along the line, they’re going to have to put a moratorium on building in Flushing Meadows Park,” said Maria Thomson, a member of Community Board 9 and executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District. “They’re eating up the park. Enough is enough.” Ed Westley, a member of Community Board 3, said he is concerned about the number of extra people the expansion would bring to the area, arguing that the transportation options may not be able to handle the extra thousands of people that would go to the games while the tournament is being played. He added that the amount of time needed for the construction would also be a problem. “We know that that’s going to affect us,” he said. “It’s not something that’s going to be easily done and turned over.” Another concern was the number of trees that would be lost while construction is taking place. Westley said that some of the trees are types that are considered in danger and would be difficult to replace. As many as 422 trees could be lost, according to the USTA’s presentation on their plan.
In response to that, Joshua Laird, assistant commissioner for Planning and Natural Resources for the City Parks Dept., said that trees lost in the project would be replaced, either by planting several smaller trees to take place of a large one, or it could be transplanted in a way that would not kill the tree. Sarah Nikolic, who lives in Rego Park, said that the potential long-term damage to the park and its land outweighs short-term benefits, such as the construction jobs, that it would bring to that part of the Borough. “The construction jobs, which we realize are important to a lot of people here and in our community, would come and then be gone, but the park won’t be able to come back,” she said. In contrast, people who support the USTA’s plan say that it will boost the Borough’s economy and help bring jobs to the area as well. “The visiting teams and their families stay at hotels in Corona, Flushing, East Elmhurst and elsewhere, they dine at local restaurants, they shop at local businesses,” said Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, who was speaking about
the economic impact youth teams have on the area throughout the year. Andrew Eichenholz, a Forest Hills resident who goes to Townsend Harris High School, was one of a few young adults and children to attend both meetings in support of the USTA. Like Eichenholz, they all said that the USTA gives them a chance to use the courts year-round and play their tournament games there as well. “I’m forever grateful to the USTA because, thanks to them, I’ve had the ability to take tennis lessons for most of my life,” he said, adding that he has also served as a ball boy at the U.S Open in 2010. Joseph Hennessey, Chairman of Community Board 6 said that while the USTA probably needs to renovate the stadiums and area that encompass the tennis center, he would like to see more money made from the tournament go back into Flushing Meadows Park and Queens. “If they’re getting all this money from USTA, the city should be pushing some of that money back into the Borough of Queens so that we can maintain that park,” Hennessey said. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Queens Reps Get Green Grades BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSK A On Feb. 20, the New York League of Conservation Voters unveiled its 2012 Environmental Scorecard for the New York Congressional delegation. Of the 29 U.S. Representatives assessed, 13 had a score of 85 or higher, two of which represent Queens County. New York’s House average, 65 percent, was significantly higher than the historically low national average at 42 percent. Alex Taurel, deputy director at NYLC, blames Republicans for the low national score. “Indeed, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues its war on the environment, public health and clean energy throughout 2012, cementing its record as the most anti-environmental house in our nation’s history,” Taurel argued. He said the score was even more appalling when one considers the current climate crisis. “Most of the country experienced extreme heat waves and severe drought throughout the summer of 2012, while the Arctic sea ice reached its lowest extent on record,” he said. “Hurricane Sandy brought even more devastation and destruction and was followed by the news that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States.” The National Environmental Scorecard grades members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues on a scale 0-100 – 100
U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Joseph Crowley received high marks from the New York League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard, while former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner received the lowest score in the State. being the highest. To obtain results, NYLC hired seven national environmental groups that made up a panel of 20 experts. Together, they compiled a list of the most pressing environmental legislation and awarded points for representatives who voted in favor. A missed vote docked the score. Queens’ representatives scored comparatively lower than others in areas across New York. In Brooklyn, the Bronx and upstate, three members of Congress had a score of 85 and higher. However, Queens Congress members did have better scores than elected officials from Staten Island, Manhattan, Nassau County and Suffolk County. Of the 29 council members assessed,
five had a score under 15. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, who represented New York’s 9th Congressional District, which encompassed parts of Middle Village and the Rockaways, had a three percent score – the lowest of all representatives. By contrast, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) had a score of 97 percent, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowely (DJackson Heights) had a score of 91 percent and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) had a score of 77 percent. “In the face of unprecedented attacks on laws protecting water, air, and land, environmental allies like Steve Israel (DNassau), Carolyn Maloney, and Maurice Hinchey (D-Hudson Valley) stood up for our values and put New Yorkers first,”
said Marcia Bystryn, president of NYLCV, in a statement. “While Americans were seeing the historic impacts of extreme weather right outside their window, members like Tom Reed (R- Geneva) and former members Ann Marie Buerkle (RSyracuse) and Bob Turner continued to ignore the reality of climate change.” NYLC also rated U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who scored a 93, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who also scored a 93. Both scored significantly higher than the national Senate average of 53 percent. To see the entire scorecard, visit www. scorecard.lcv.org. Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or email@example.com.
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By LUIS GRONDA A section of Cross Bay Boulevard is about to get a much needed clean-up. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and The Doe Fund, a Manhattanbased nonprofit organization that provides work to people who are homeless or have been in jail, have teamed up to clean the Broad Channel section of Cross Bay Boulevard that still has garbage and debris leftover from Hurricane Sandy. At a press conference to announce the initiative on Feb. 15, Ulrich said that the Doe Fundâ€™s workers would do the clean-up of a 1.5-mile stretch between the foot of the Joe Addabbo Bridge and the American Legion Hall. Ulrich added that he called George
Itâ€™s equally important for our residents that are recovering themselves that we will recover and become the beautiful and lovely place that we were.
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McDonald, the president of The Doe Fund, and told him about the garbage that has accumulated on that Boulevard and asked for his assistance. â€œIt is situated between a beautiful national park and an amazing estuary and yet it looks like a dumping ground,â€? he said. â€œWe need your help.â€? McDonald, who is also one of a growing field of candidates for Mayor of New York City, said that the men who will work on the land are part of the Doe Fundâ€™s â€œReady, Able and Willingâ€? program, one of the organizationâ€™s bestknown programs. They will have nine men, cleaning up that section of Broad Channel until the job is complete. Two community leaders representing that area of Queens have also voiced their support for the project created by the councilman and the nonprofit. Dolores Orr, Chairwoman of Community Board 14, who attended the Friday afternoon press conference, said that this work will be especially important for the residents of Broad Channel and the Rockaways, who are still picking up the pieces that were destroyed by Sandy. â€œItâ€™s equally important for our residents that are recovering themselves that we will recover and become the beautiful and lovely place that we were,â€? she said. Dan Mundy, president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, said in a statement provided by Ulrichâ€™s office, that he is elated about the project.
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Broad Channel To Be Cleaned Up
Councilman Eric Ulrich announced a partnership with the Doe Fund last week, which will provide clean-up for the Broad Channel area of Cross Bay Boulevard.
â€œIt is a scenic woodland area that is enjoyed by bird enthusiasts, bikers, and hikers. Unfortunately, since the storm the amount of garbage, litter and debris has piled up and created a real eyesore. It is very encouraging to know that due
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to the councilmanâ€™s efforts and the DOE Fund, that this area will be beautiful again,â€? he said. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When Does It Stop? The ongoing discussions surrounding the proposals for the USTA expansion and the Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park have created a great divide among those in favor of the proposals and those opposed. But what each side should consider is the importance of having open parkland available to the residents of Queens. The land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park should be cherished as valuable space where Borough residents can enjoy the outdoors. Regardless of whether the USTA or MLS have their proposals approved, we must start to consider drawing a line when it comes to developments in one of Queens’ best-known landmarks. Without an agreement to end these development proposals, we are ensuring a future where kids have no parkland where they can play and communities have no space for events. Instead of seeking out how to use the parkland to make a buck, it is time for our elected officials to start finding ways to preserve Flushing Meadows Corona Park and – hopefully – restore it to the beautiful piece of land that housed two World’s Fairs.
In Your Opinion: A Good Idea To The Editor: When I was a kid, I grew up with images of Hopalong Cassidy shooting umpteen bullets at bad guys from his sixshooter while riding on his white horse, Topper, at a full run. Paladin was called to town to wipe out bad guys because he was the guy with the gun in the ad, Have Gun Will Travel. Wyatt Earp shot all the bad guys when they deserved it and so did Steve McQueen and several others. Television was filled with westerns and good guys always triumphed over the bad guys. Law was dictated by the barrel of a gun. But as a kid, those were my heroes. I had strap-on pistols and hid behind trees and couches in my living room. I shot my parents and friends who I pretended to be the bad guys who needed killing until mom called me for dinner. You can’t tell me that a kid watching violent movies and video games is not desensitized by all the killing and gore they see. They imagine themselves as the good guys wiping out the enemy like I did. As I grew older, my cowboy heroes were replaced by Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, and Bob Cousy. I got rid of my toy guns and picked up a baseball glove instead. The guns were for kids. The baseball glove was for the
new man I was going to be as my body grew bigger and stronger. But my reality of the Old West was a myth and I didn’t know it. Wyatt Earp made people check their guns outside of town and so did Deadwood. Shoot outs were rare, and nothing like the shows depicted. But, sadly, we are all victims of the American western shoot-em-up myths that filled the television and movie screens and still do. Shoot outs are exciting and sell tickets. Talking down the bad buys is boring. In colonial times, most people didn’t own guns. Those who did were required to register their names with the local constables so they could be recruited for a militia if necessary. Eventually, the Revolutionary War made call-up necessary. Those that had guns used them primarily for hunting for food, and to run off marauding Indians occasionally. They didn’t use them against each other. Nothing in the Constitution says the government cannot require all weapons to be registered. No rights are taken away by registration. Even the NRA said all registration was a good idea and testified to such after the Columbine incident. Now, they distance themselves from those statements. Far-right Supreme Court justice and hunter, Antonin Scalia, has even said that certain restric-
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tions can be put on gun owners, registration being one of them. The Heller v Washington DC decision allowed homeowners to have guns, even pistols, to protect themselves in the home. It was not a complete freedom to do whatever you want with guns under the Second Amendment as many tout today. The case for registering all guns is strong, based on history and legal precedent. When the Second Amendment was written there were no rapid-fire weapons, there weren’t even any premade bullets. It took a good 30-seconds to reload between shots. The word militia meant a local militia, not the way it has come to be interpreted by the rightleaning Court to mean an individual as well as militia. Guns are made to kill. It makes sense to register them and to be able to track them for our own safety sake. It makes sense to limit gun styles, bullet magazine capacity, and the ability to convert them to rapid fire weapons. Military weapons should be limited to the military. It makes sense to limit gun ownership to mentally stable individuals. Police officers should be able to pull up gun registration on their car computer just the way they can pull up your driver’s license when you get stopped. Hopefully, the recent Connecticut massacre of children and teachers will finally bring that day closer at hand. Tyler Cassell, Flushing
Helping Others To The Editor: It is now Lent and it is time for Christians to reflect on how we sometimes stray from the teachings of our Lord. It is also a time to remember what Jesus did for us and how he sacrificed for us so we might be saved. It is a time where we think of giving certain things up. I think though it should not only be a time of giving up material things but should be a time where we give of ourselves in helping those in need. Now I think we should take this a step further by volunteering for a faith based organization. One such organization is the Knights of Columbus, open to all Catholic men 18 years old and up. The Knights of Columbus, where I serve as Grand Knight, is dedicated and committed to service to the church, the community and those in need as we did for the victims of hurricane Sandy. Our principles are summed up in four words: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.
We are also a family-oriented organization. You can go to the internet and type in kofc.org, and they can lead you to the council nearest your home, or you can go to your parish for information on the Knights of Columbus. We have more than 1.7 million members and more than 15,000 councils worldwide. In just New York State alone we have over 550 councils. I have found being a Knight a most rewarding experience that has helped me give a little back for all the Lord has given me in my life. Added to that, it has afforded me an opportunity to help those in need. So please check us out and you will be glad you did. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village
Wacky Weather To The Editor: As we move towards the middle and end of winter, the predictions for above normal snowfall and colder than normal temperatures for our region was once again totally wrong! These expert forecasters don’t know what they are talking about. There is no accurate way to predict what the weather for an entire season will be 2-3 months ahead of time. Yet, Accuweather did precisely that, putting out a long range forecast in October for the upcoming winter. What a bunch of overhyped garbage! Every time that they predict a major storm will strike New York City, they are always wrong! Either the storm blows out to sea, passes too far east of our area, or heads west of us, giving us mild temperatures and rain. When will these experts ever get it right? Never! The Wizard of Oz could do a better job predicting the weather than these overpaid, blundering clowns. John Amato, Fresh Meadows
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BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA While it is recognized by three countries across the world, Black History Month is greatly embraced League Baseball when he signed in Queens. The Borough has been with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. home to some of the most influen- In addition to his impact to the Civil tial Black leaders and legends, es- Rights Movement, Robinson had an pecially in the fields of music and incredible baseball career. In his 10 sports, making it an area rich with seasons in MLB, he played in six World Series. history and culture. Jazz’s ver y own MLB’s first Black founding father, Louis catcher and three-time National League Most Armstrong, lived in Corona for a good portion Valuable Player, Roy of his life. Although he Campanella, is also from St. Albans . was bor n in New Orleans, the composer, Campanella was intrumpeter and vocalist ducted to the Hall of Fame as a Brooklyn lived at 34-56 107th St., in North Corona with his Dodger in 1969. wife Lucille. His former Malcolm X, the controversial Muslim minhome has since been tur ned to the Louis ister and civil rights acArmstrong House Mutivist, had a home in Bob Beamon Queens. In June of seum and is open to the public. 1964, the Nation of IsThe neighborhood of lam sued to reclaim the proper ty in the BorSt. Albans is home to several jazz legends inough, which they cluding Count Basie claimed to own. The lawsuit was successful and John Coltrane . Basie is best known for and Malcolm X was orhis hits “One O’clock dered to leave. The night before the schedJump” and “Jumpin’ At The Woodside.” uled hearing to postColtrane helped pioneer pone the date of eviction, the home was the use of modes in jazz. He also organized burned down. Malcolm Russell Simmons at least 50 recording X and his family survived and no one was sessions during his career in the 1950s and 1960s. charged with a crime. St. Albans is also home to some Founder of Def Jam Records, of the world’s most famous athletes. Russell Simmons, was raised in Jackie Robinson, who broke the Hollis. Simmons has done incredibly color barr ier in spor ts, lived in well for himself, having also created Addisleigh Park. He was the first Af- clothing br ands Phat Far m, rican-Amer ican player in Major Argyleculture and American Clas-
sics. In 2011, he was the third richest figure in hip-hop with a net-worth of about $340 million. His brother, Joseph Ward Simmon s, known as Rev. Run, was also raised in the Hollis home. Rounding out the Forbes’ five wealthiest hip-hop artists, Cur tis Jackson, more commonly referred to as 50 Cent, was born and raised in South Jamaica. The famous rapper has come a long way since his days in the pover ty-stricken area Louis Armstrong lived in North Corona selling dr ugs. Last year, with his wife Lucille. His home is now the Jackson earned $100 million Louis Armstrong House Museum. on the sale of his Vitaminwater stake Hall of Fame in 1983. The first Black person to ever rein 2007. Onika Tanya Maraj, better known ceive the Nobel Peace Prize for his by her stage name, Nicki Minaj, is work at the United Nations, Ralph a Tr inidadian-bor n rapper and Bunche, lived in the Kew Gardens singer-songwriter. When she was neighborhood of Queens from 1953 just five years old, she moved to Ja- up until his death in 1971. The politimaica. She released three mix tapes cal scientist, academic and diplomat between 2007 and 2009 and signed received the 1950 Nobel Peace to Young Money Entertainment. She Prize for his late 1940s mediation in is one of three women signed to the Palestine. In 1963, he was also relabel. On Nov. 19, 2012, the hip-hop warded the Medal of Freedom by star even returned to her old school, President John F. Kennedy. There is PS45, to surprise students with free an elementary school named after him in Springfield Gardens. Thanksgiving turkeys. Rafer Alston, a professional Civil Rights activist Roy Wilkins basketball player that played for six moved to Queens Village after movNational Basketball Association ing from Minnesota to Kansas. teams, grew up in Jamaica and at- Wilkins was instrumental in the Civil tended Benjamin Cardozo High Rights Movement and famous for his School in Bayside. Alston stood out leadership in the National Associafor his untr aditional basketball tion for the Advancement of Colored moves, which made him particularly People, succeeding Walter White as good at getting past defenders dur- the head. He also helped organize ing a game. Alston served as an in- Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on spiration for the AND1 Mixtape tour, Washington. Today, a park in Queens a 1999 videotape of his extreme Village is named in his honor. Son of jazz musician Olu Dara, moves. The video attracted attention from basketball fans across multi-platinum rapper Nasir bin Olu America. Dara Jones, better known as Nas, The inspirational Robert “Bob” relocated from Crown Heights, Beamon, a former track and field Brooklyn to the Queensbr idge athlete best known for his world Houses in Long Island City when he record in the long jump at the Mexico was a young child. Nas released his Olympics in 1968, was also born in first album, “Illmatic,” in 1994 and South Jamaica. Beamon attended received universal acclaim from the Jamaica High School where he was enter tainment industry. It is frediscovered by Larr y Ellis, a re- quently referred to as one of the nowned track coach. Beamon’s greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Reach Repor ter Natalia record in 1968 remained the world record for nearly 23 years before it Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. or was broken in 1991 by Mike Powell. 123 He was inducted into the Olympic email@example.com.
Celebrate Black History Month in New York City Events Calendar Resorts World Casino Exhibition NOW through FEB. 28 Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park is culminating a month-long celebration of Black History Month with an exhibit displaying photographic work from the archives of The Daily News. Visitors will have the chance to see a series of classic and recent photographs of notable African-American figures. FRIDAY, FEB. 22 York Colleg e Celebrates
The York College Performing Arts Center will feature the band 23rd Son with special guest Camille Thurman. The event will also feature Catarina dos Santos. For additional information, contact Sean White at (718) 262-2555. The event is free and will be held at the performing arts center from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. York College Performing Arts Center is located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. SATURDAY, FEB. 23 United African Dance Troupe The United African Dance Troupe, in association with the Jamaica Per-
for ming Arts Center, will present their 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration. The event will be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center located at153-10 Jamaica Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $10 for children under 12. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 A Salute to African Americans in the Military From 6 to 9 p.m., the Surrogate’s Court Building, located at 31 Chambers St., Manhattan, will have a reception to salute all African Americans in the military. The event is presented by the Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs.
Reservations are necessary. Call (212) 788-8609 to RSVP. THURSDAY, FEB. 28 “When Harlem Saved A King” Sylvia’s Restaurant, located at 328 Lenox Ave., in Manhattan, will be exclusively screening the trailer for “When Harlem Saved a King,” a documentary chronicling the 1958 stabbing of the Rev. Martin Luther King in a Harlem department store. The screening will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required. To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 281-0809.
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Colin Powell City College of New York Former U.S. Secretary of State Former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
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Walter Mosley City College of New York Award-Winning Author Founder, City College Publishing Certificate Program
Iyanla Vanzant Medgar Evers College CUNY Law School Best-selling Author, Inspirational Speaker
Shirley Chisholm Brooklyn College Former Congresswoman and Candidate for Democratic Presidential Nomination In Memoriam Helen Marshall Queens College Queens Borough President, Former New York City Council Member and New York State Assembly Member
Bert Mitchell Baruch College Founder, Chairman & CEO Mitchell & Titus LLP
Ayodele Oti Macaulay Honors College at City College of New York Truman Scholar 2011
Lowell Hawthorne Bronx Community College President and CEO Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill
Philip Berry Borough of Manhattan Community College Queens College Vice Chairperson, CUNY Board of Trustees President, Philip Berry Associates LLC. Robert T. Johnson City College of New York District Attorney, Bronx County; Former Acting Justice of New York State Supreme Court
Ruby Dee Hunter College Award-Winning Stage, Film Actress and Screenwriter
Funlayo Easter Wood Bronx Community College CUNY B.A., City College of New York M.A. Fulbright-Hays Scholar 2011, Harvard University
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By JOE MA RV ILLI While pigs are illegal as pets in New York City, that may soon change if State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has anything to say about it. The Senator held a rally on Feb. 19 at Little Bay Park in Whitestone, asking the Dept. of Health to change its regulations and allow certain species of pigs to be used as pets or therapy animals. Avella was made aware of this issue when Danielle Forgione told him about the City’s attempts to dispose of the family pig, Petey. Forgione, who lives in Whitestone, got Petey last April as an emotional support animal to help her family’s grief over the loss of her brother, Peter Paz, who died in motorcycle accident. Since her six-year old son suffered from severe allergies, including animal fur, a traditional pet like a dog or cat was not an option. Instead, they went with a pig, which has a different type of hair and does not cause her child any allergic reactions. “This was the perfect pet for us. He’s been wonderful,” she said. “He played with the kids. He’s very gentle. He’s a great addition to our family” Last November, the Forgiones received a notice from the Dept. of Health, telling them that having a pig as a pet is illegal and must be disposed of; otherwise the department would do it for them. On top of that, the Clearview
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Avella Holds Rally For City Pigs ferent issues, mentioning what he believes to be a lackadaisical approach to cracking down on illegal construction. “I can’t get the City to do as much enforcement on those serious construction sites as they are doing against one family with a very small pet,” he said. “The City should be consistent in the level of enforcement it does across the board.” Also on hand was Nadine Darsanlal, a disabled Navy veteran from College Point who got her pet pig, Wilbur, nearly two years ago. She uses Wilbur as a therapy pet and hopes he can be helpful in that role to nearby schools, nursing homes and hospitals. While the Dept. of Health has Nadine Darsanlal, a retired Navy veteran, with her pet pig, Wilbur. Darsanlal has not perused any legal action been threatened with legal ac tion by the Cit y Dept. of Health if she does not get yet, they have threatened her rid of her pig. with it. Gardens co-op board decided to try to move out of the City of New York While he is calling on the Dept. of and evict the family because of Petey. over this issue when they have a family Health to review and change its regulaAs a result, the Forgiones had no choice pet that the kids enjoy,” Avella said. “I tions in regards to certain species of pet but to accept a stipulation in court. think it’s time the City recognized that pigs, Avella also said he is considering They are now trying to sell their home whatever policy it may have started creating legislation to resolve the proband leave the City so they can keep decades ago may longer be appropri- lem. Petey. ate.” Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at “It only points out how ridiculous Avella also criticized the City for its (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at this is that this family is going to have different levels of enforcement on dif- email@example.com.
2298 H.Z. LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/3/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 6941 Ingram Street Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Omni Specialties Services LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/29/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 29-16 120 th St., Linden Hill, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Fresh Meadow Mechanical Plumbing, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/ 18/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Company, 80
State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: General. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: THE BENNINGTON, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/14/13. 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, c/o Ciampa Organization, 136-26 37 th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11354. 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 46 th Avenue, Flushing, Queens County, New York on Friday, March 15, 2013, at 10:00A.M. for the purpose of electing Trustees, approving the renewal of its policy of indemnifi-
cation insurance for its Trustees, Officers, and Employees and the transaction of other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. Dated: January 31, 2013 JOAN H. CORBISIERO, Secretary ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Murphy Art Conservation, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/19/12. Office loc: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 2 1 - 3 8 3 1 st S t , # B - 1 G , Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 11/30/12, bearing Index Number NC000819-12/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) Awawu (Middle) Abeni (Last) Sanni My
present name is (First) Awawu (Middle) Abeni (Last) Soyinka aka Awawu Abeni Sanni My present address is 23-13 Regina Ave., Far Rockaway, NY 11691 My place of birth is Nigeria My date of birth is December 05, 1971 ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12/5/12, bearing Index Number NC000855-12/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) Zuleika (Last) Primo My present name is (First) Zeluki (Middle) Lauren (Last) Adams aka Zuleika L. Adams, aka Zuleika Adams My present address is 19607 120 th Avenue, Saint Albans, NY 11412-3707 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is October 12, 1993 ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 1/23/13, bear-
ing Index Number NC001048-12/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) Oluseyi (Middle) Adeniran (Last) Obadina My present name is (First) Solomon (Middle) Oluwaseyi Adeniran (Last) Obadina aka Solomon Oluwaseyi Ade Obadina, aka Oluseyi Adeniran Obadina, aka Oluseyi A Obadina My present address is 45-37 Oceania Street, Bayside, NY 11361 My place of birth is Nigeria My date of birth is August 02, 1979 ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 11 day of January 2013, bearing Index No. 969/12, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 8917 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. grants me the right to assume the name Franco Testa. My present a d d r e s s i s 5 2 4 6 6 9 th
Street, Maspeth, NY 11378; The date of my birth is August 26, 1980; My present name is Franco Junior Pannone aka Franco Pannone a/k/a Franco Jr Pannone. ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on Feb 11, 2013, bearing Index Number NC-001092-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 8917 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Dominique (Middle) Nicole (Last) McKoy-McAlister My present name is (First) Dominique (Middle) Nicole (Last) McKoy aka Dominique Nicole McAlister, aka Dominique McKoy-McAlister, aka Dominique N McKoyMcAlister, aka McAlister Dominique McKoy My present address is 11610 227 th Street, Cambria Heights, NY 11411-1723 My place of birth is Mineola, NY My date of birth is August 27, 1993
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Money Requested For Safer Trains By LUIS GRONDA A Forest Hills elected official is looking for an allocation of money that would upgrade aging engines on locomotives that run though the City. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (DForest Hills) is asking Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to set aside $17 million to upgrade engines on 10 Long Island Rail Road Trains that the company leases out for transporting garbage through New York City and Long Island. According to a release on the legislation, Hevesi wrote in a letter to Silver that the engines are in dire need of an
upgrade in order to be compatible with The Federal Clean Air Act of 1970 and to become more eco friendly. “Transitioning from truck to rail for waste and freight transport is an admirable goal. However, we need to ensure that while doing this, locomotives meet contemporary engine emissions standards that don’t cause severe environmental degradation for the communities that surround the rail lines,” the Assemblyman said in a statement. If the money is approved, the engines would be upgraded from tier 0, which were manufactured between 1973 and
1992 and have since been discontinued to tier 3, which would emit cleaner, safer exhaust while transporting waste. Mary Parisen, president of Civics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions, is pleased with Hevesi’s request for the new engines saying that with more waste traveling by train, the amount of pollution the old engines are omitting needs to be addressed as trains riding through places like Fresh Pond Terminal in Glendale can often disturb residents. “You can’t do something like that without addressing quality of life is-
sues,” Parisen said. She added that what Hevesi is asking for should not be unaffordable to New York State, calling it a “drop in the bucket.” Parisen and her group tried, unsuccessfully, last year to prevent Brookhaven Rail Terminal from buying 232 extra acres of land because they said it would lead to more trains going through Fresh Pond Terminal and causing more pollution. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Closes For Expansion By JOE MA RV ILLI Queens Librar y at Ke w Gardens Hills is preparing to undergo a major renovation, re sulting in it s temporary closing for two years. The librar y wi ll close at the end of its business day on Feb. 22 to make way for an expansion that will be complete in 2015. Librar y patrons from Kew Gardens Hills will not be left without a branch t hough, as a temporar y location will open in the middle of March at 71-34 Main St. in the neighborhood, just a couple of blocks away from the librar y’s location at 72-33 Vleigh Place. Over the course of its renovation,
Kew Gardens Hills Librar y w ill add 3,000 square feet of space to its 8,200 square feet structure, increasing the area available for adults, teens and children as well as adding an expanded meeting room. In terms of technological improvements, the librar y will double the quantity of public-use computers available; have fast radio-frequency identification-powered self-check-out and 24/ 7 self-check in. The building’s new design, created by WORK Architects, will include an energy-saving green roof, new energyefficient heating, ventilating, air conditioning and light-fixtures, all helping its eligibility for LEED Silver cer tification.
The glass for the frontage will be energy-efficient as well. The building will be fully handicap accessible. WORK Architects was selected by the Dept. of Design and Construction, which is overseeing the development. The design and construction of the library will cost $7.415 million. The shor t-term bra nch will offer a limited selection of books, movies and other librar y materials as well as reference services and limited computer access. Its location was selected due to its availability and proximity to the renovation. “Retail space is very expensive and
hard to find in that neighborhood, as it is a very busy, vibrant area,” Communications Director Joanne King said. “71-34 Main Street offered the best possibilities.” A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in March with an exact date forthcoming. The same is true of the temporary librar y opening date. “Queens Librar y at Kew Gardens Hills serves so many people who have a diverse range of educational needs,” Thomas Galante, President and CEO of Queens Librar y, said. Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at email@example.com.
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100th & 103rd Precinct INVESTIGATION: On Feb. 16 at about 8:40 a.m., police responded to 149 Bayside Ave., within the confines of the 100th Precinct, for a body recovered from the beach area. The body was identified as Marisha Cheong, 24, who was reported missing from her residence in Jamaica, within the 103rd Precinct, on Dec. 19. The medical examiner will determine cause of death. 103rd Precinct ASSAULT: The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance identify- This suspec t is wanted in connec tion ing a suspect wanted in connection to an assault in the 103rd Precinc t. to an assault. On Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m., police re- Jamaica with trauma about the body. sponded to a 911 call of a male stabbed EMS responded and transported the inside the Jamaica Center subway sta- victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he tion at Parsons Boulevard and Archer was pronounced dead on arrival. Avenue. Upon arrival, officers discovUpon further investigation, police ered three individuals stabbed. One vic- determined that a dark-colored sedan tim was stabbed in the leg and two in the traveling northbound on Rockaway torso. All three were transported to Ja- Boulevard struck the victim as he was maica Hospital in stable condition. crossing west to east. The suspect’s veThe suspect is described as teenaged hicle fled the location before police arHispanic male. rived to the scene. The investigation was Anyone with information is asked to ongoing. call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their 115th Precinct tips by visiting nypdcrimestoppers.com GRAND LARCENY: The NYPD is or texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) asking the public’s assistance identifythen enter TIPS577. ing the following suspect wanted for All calls are strictly confidential. grand larcent, in transit. On Feb. 5 at 11:30 p.m., the victim, a 36-year-old female, was on the 7 train 105th Precinct in the vicinity of 111th Street, when the INVESTIGATION: On Feb. 17 at suspect grabbed the victim’s iPhone out 7:41 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of her hand and fled the train. There of an unconscious female at 245-07 were no reported injuries. 135th Ave., Rosedale. Upon arrival, The suspect is described as an Hisofficers discovered a Aeisha Sarooqui, panic male, 18-20 years old, 5-foot-9 15, of 75-32 Parsons Blvd., unconscious with a stocky build. and unresponsive. There were no obviAnyone with information is asked to ous signs of trauma. The investigation is call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS ongoing. (8477). The public can also submit their tips by visiting nypdcrimestoppers.com 107th Precinct or texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) FATAL FIRE: On Feb. 19 at 4:50 then enter TIPS577. a.m. at 182-30 Wexford Terrace, in All calls are strictly confidential. Jamaica Estates, police responded to a call of a residential fire. Upon extinQueens Distr ict Attor ney guishment of the fire, responding officGANG MEMBERS SENTENCED: ers observed the victim, Henry Schwan, Queens DA Richard Brown announced 62, of the above address, unconscious that two members of the Crips street and unresponsive. EMS responded and gang have been sentenced to 50 years in pronounced him dead at the scene. prison for the fatal shooting of a 13Another victim was removed to New year-old student and the wounding of a York Hospital Queens and is listed in 17-year-old car wash employee, innostable condition. cent bystanders struck by gunfire durThe cause of the fire is yet to be ing an October 2009 altercation bedetermined, but the fire is not consid- tween the Crips and the Bloods. ered to be suspicious in nature at this Gregory Calas, 21, of St. Albans, was time. The investigation is ongoing. convicted of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder, first113th Precinct degree assault, second-degree assault and FATAL ACCIDENT: On Feb. 15 at two counts of criminal possession of a 12:28 a.m. at the intersection of weapon. Nnonso Ekwegbalu, 19, of Rockaway Boulevard and 137th Avenue, Springfield Garden, whose case was heard police responded to a call of a pedestrian by a separate jury, was convicted of firststruck. degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, Upon arrival, police observed the second-degree assault and one count of victim, identified as Carlos Carlo, 65, of criminal possession of a weapon.
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Celebrating The Lunar New Year
Queens officials helped to celebrate the 2013 Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing on Feb. 16 (above), as other revelers joined in to march down Main Street for the festivities (right). Photos by Ira Cohen.
Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (left), with Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizer Mike Benn. Goldfeder was recently named deputy grand marshal for this year’s parade, which will be held March 2 in the Rockaways.
Campaign Kickoff Former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Austin Shafran, addresses the crowd at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center on Feb. 19. Shafran kicked off his campaign for City Council in the 19th District with the event. Photo by Ira Cohen.
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Corrao Goes From Classroom To Comedy ing to be a comedian someday. Now, about eight years into her comedy career, some of those same students are star t i ng to be fami liar face s when Corrao is on stage. “Now they’re old enough to come to shows,” she said. “They follow me. It’s kind of weird.” When she started to take the career more seriously, Corrao star ted to appear at The Improv in Miami. The club took her under its wing and helped her develop her rout ine. Now, Corrao has travelled all over the countr y and was even featured on Nick Jr.’s “NickMom Night Out” comedy show.
Spain Just Around The Corner Mejillones al Whiskey, mussels in a whiskey cream sauce. The restaurant used New Zealand mussels, which are some of the best. For those wanting to know the difference, New Zealand mussels have a green shell, as opposed to the Prince Edward Island black mussels, and are usually larger. For entrees, we shared their most If you’re like me, someone who yearns to travel the world in search of popular dish, Paella Valenciana con great food and places to visit, look no Langosta, which is a traditional Spanfur ther for your traditional Mediter- ish dish combining a saffron yellow ranean Spanish food than Marbella rice over lobster, shrimp, bay scallops, chicken, and chorizo, served Restaurant in Bayside. T h i s c o z y r e s t a u r a n t RESTAURANT on a hot skillet which Paulino split and served out for us to wisps you halfway across our enjoy. As we were digging world just to bring you the in to all the delicious colors finest Spanish cuisine. and flavors in front of us the Upon entering, I was next dish arrived, one of greeted by Servando Cid, their specials, Lamb shank who has been in charge of Osobuco in a Rioja Wine his restaurant for more than Demi Glaze. Talk about fall 35 years. The mastermind off the bone good. The meat behind the restaurant’s slid right off with little effort, great menu is executive chef Esteban Barroso, an originator of the and the flavor of the Rioja sauce paired tapas restaurant, which is slowly grow- perfectly with this braised lamb shank. ing more popular in the Borough. This dish was accompanied with boiled Since Esteban is from Madrid, he red potatoes, steamed carrots and likes to think of himself as an innova- string beans, which were seasoned ever tor bringing his style of cooking to so nicely, not take away from the flavor of the lamb. our lit tle place in the world. For dessert, I decided to order their Our waiter, Paulino, who always had a smile on his face, explained homemade hot pecan pie (which I’m a some of their most popular dishes to sucker for), though I would have liked me and my guest. We started out with t o t r y t h e i r s i g n a t u r e C r e p e s a glass of their homemade Sangria, “Marbella” which is a dish for two, but which delicately coated my pallet as my guest was full from the delicious our first course arrived. In Spanish Mediterranean cuisine we had just entapas tradition, I decided to share ev- joyed. From great at tent ive service, to a ery thing I ordered with my guest. The first dish to arrive at our table was an wonderful array of food, Servando and avocado seafood salad, a half sliced his crew really know how to cater to avocado stuffed with a ceviche style his guests. Willing to accommodate seafood salad, full of lobster and anyone who steps in their door with shrimp and bay scallops. The flavors or without a reservation. Their calling of this dish were a perfect way to start is to go above and beyond for their out our meal, a great star ter from guest’s satisfaction. - Er ic Jordan their specials of the day. Next was the Marbella Restaurant 220-33 Nor ther n Blvd., Bayside (718) 423-1000 w w w.marbella-restaurant.com Cuisine: Spanish Credit Card: Yes, all major. Deliver y: Yes
A single mother, Corrao said her act a tough guy to impress in terms of comis not centered around that fact, al- edy. Corrao took part in the club’s Shethough it is a par t of her routine. The Devil Festival last year, an event featuring female comedians comedian is hesitant to from around the coundefine her act, however. t r y. I n J a n u a r y, s he “Don’t ask me what made her second apkind of comedy I do,” pearance as a featured she warned. “Basically, performer. Next week, I make fun of stuff. I’m she will headline her a terrible person.” own show at the club. While she was born Having been born on Long Island, her in Ne w York, Cor rao parents moved to said she was expecting Florida not long after. to see some family next Regardless, Corrao week. said she still had a Long “I’ll probably have a Island accent until she lot of cousins at this was 8 or 9 years old. show,” she said. “Hope“My dad was always fully they won’t embartr ying to get me and rass me. And hopefully my brothers to lose our Lisa Corrao I don’t embarrass accents,” she said. “’You’ll never meet a doctor or a NASA them.” Corrao’s show on Feb. 28 begins at scientist with that accent,’ he’d tell us. Really, dad, that’s what you thought 8 p.m. For tickets and information, visit the Laughing Devil’s website at we’d do with our lives?” Set for her third appearance at the ww w.laughingdevil.com. Reach Managing Editor Steven J. Laughing Devil next week, Corrao said she is grateful to have caught the eye of Ferrari at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 122 or owner Steve Hoffstetter, who she called firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Bob Lasky
By STEV EN J. FERRA RI It started as something she considered a “really cool hobby” while she taught sixth graders in South Florida, but even then, Lisa Corrao knew she wanted to make people laugh. “The first time I was on stage, I was like, ‘I never want to do anything else,’” she said. On Feb. 28, Corrao will headline at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City, her third appearance at the club. Proud of the fact that she has always been considered a funny person, Corrao would tell her students that she was go-
Sky View Partners with Botanical Garden By JOE MARV ILLI While Queens Botanical Garden is usually focused on what is happening and growing out of the ground, they have recently formed a new relationship with the sky. Sky View Center, that is. The environmental nonprofit has formed a community par tnership w ith the Flushing-based retail developer for four holiday-themed events throughout the year. This new collaboration follows Sky View Center’s continuous goal to integrate itself into the Flushing community since the retail shopping space was created in 2010. The mall plans to bring new activities to its patrons through the use of various par tnerships similar to the one established the Queens Botanical Garden. “Suppor t ing t he local communit y has always been incredibly impor tant to us, which is one of the reasons we make such an effort to par tner with established organizations like the Queens Botanical Garden,” Michael Dana, president of Onex Real Estate Partners which owns Sky View Center, said. “We want to provide unique experiences that appeal to a range of people.” Queens Botanical Garden was equally enthusiastic about its new par tnership. “I would sum this up as a win-winwin. Everyone benefits; QBG, Sky View and the public who visit Sky View to enjoy the programming,” Darcy Hec-
tor, director of marketing and development, said. “We always seek to educate and inspire, however to be able to do so off-site in a new environment allows us to fur ther integrate our selves in the Flushing community and meet the many visitors that come to shop and dine at Sky View Center.” The first such experience occurred on Feb. 10 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Taking place at Sky View Center and hosted by the Botanical Garden, the fun-for-all-ages festivity featured a special Compost cookie bake, which includes a mix of ingredients such as chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pretzels and potato chips. Additionally, live jazz music was supplied by Marsha Heydt and the Project of Love. The band’s appearance was organized by CenterStage: The Queens Center, a not her nonprofit partnered with the mall. “The place was quite filled with people enjoying the music and working on the craft project,” Hector said. The three other holiday events will take place on May 12, where Mother’s Day cards will be made with pressed flowers, June 16, which will see the creation of origami wallets for Father’s Day, and Oct. 27, during which either green haired monsters or origami pumpkins will be assembled for Halloween. Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at email@example.com.
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Send announcements for your club or organization’s events at least TWO weeks in advance to “Queens Today” Editor, Queens Tribune, 150-50 14 Road, Whitestone NY 11357. Send faxes to 357-9417, c/o Regina or email to queenstoday@ queenstribune.com Yearly schedules and advanced notices welcome!
DANCE ISRAELI FOLK Mondays 7:15-9:45 at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 182-02 Union Turnpike. $10 session. 380-4145. LINE DANCING Mondays 6:30-9:30 at Kowalinski Post 4, 61-57 Maspeth Avenue. $7. Cake and coffee. 5652259.
ENVIRONMENT FOOD WASTE DROPOFF Saturdays 10:30-noon at the Sunnyside library and 1-3 at the Broadway librar y. GARDENING CLUB Saturdays help with our vegetable and shade garden at the Steinway library at 4.
FLEA MARKETS THRIFT SHOP Saturdays 12-4 at the Queens Baptist Church, 9 3 - 2 3 2 1 7 th S t r e e t , Queens Village. 4652504.
EXHIBIT NAL Through March 2 Small and Big Works exhibition at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway. Free SHANGAA February through May Shangaa: Art of Tanzania at Queensborough CC. 631-6396. DOLL MUSEUM Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12:30-4:30 the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 2763454. “”Love Connects Us All” and international doll collection. $2.50 youth, $3.50 seniors, $5 adults. 917-817-8653.
ENTERTAINMENT WORLD CASINO 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Free admission. LUNAR NEW YEAR Saturday, February 23 starting at 10 at the Flushing library. LATIN AMERICAN LOVE Saturday, February 23 Love Songs from Latin America at 3 at the Jackson Heights library. SNOWFLAKES Saturday, February 23 Science of Snowflakes includes a nature hike and live animal demonstration. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 2294000. $24 adults. NU URBAN CAFÉ Saturdays live jazz, r&b, open mic 8-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 917817-8653. BEAUTY OF BALLET Sunday, February 24 School of American Ballet at 1 and 3 at Queens Theatre in the Park. 7600064. SALSA Mondays Resorts World Casino holds Monday Night Salsa events. Lessons 7:30. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone ark. 215-2828. Free. BINGO Tuesdays 7:15 American Mart yrs C h u rc h in Bayside. 464-4582. Tuesdays 7:15 (doors open 6) Rego Park Jewish Center. 459-1000. $3 admission includes 12 games. AFR-AMER/JEWISH Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 African-American and Jewish Poetry: From Images of Despair to Images of Hope at 5:30 at the Langston Hughes library. SCRABBLE CLUB Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 East Flushing library at 3:30. SCRABBLE Tuesdays Fresh Meadows library at 2. CHESS Tuesdays 4 Rosedale library. SCRABBLE CLUB Wednesday, February 27 Forest Hills library at 2. SOUTH ASIA ON FILM Wednesdays through April 25 at 4:30 at the G o d w i n - Te r n b a c h M u seum at Queens College. 997-4747 for titles and other info. OPEN MIC Thursday, February 28 East Elmhurst library at 6. FILM & TALK Friday, March 1 “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Friday, April 5 “The Other Boleyn Girl.”
Book discussion and film screening at 1 at the Flushing library. AFRO TANGO Fridays through March 17 Fridays through Sunday Afro Tango at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. 729-3880. NU URBAN CAFÉ Fridays live jazz and r&b 9-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 917-817-8653. GAME DAY Fridays 4:30 Woodhaven librar y. GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays 2 Hillcrest library. MUSICA REGINAE Saturday, March 2 New Music Composers’ Forum featuring composers and artists from NYC at Church in the Gardens. 894-2178. BEL AIRES Sunday, March 3 Bel Aires perform tunes from the 50s-80s at the Central library at 3. FH SYMPHONY Sunday, March 3 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 374-1627.
MISCELLANEOUS IMMIGRATE SERVICE Saturdays 10-1 at Council Member Leroy Comrie’s district office. 776-3700 to schedule appointment. REHEARSALS Saturdays, Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill begins rehearsals at St. John’s in Richmond Hill. www.richmondhillny.com/ Art sSMC. FH VAC The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs volunteers. 7932055.
PARENTS PARENT WORKSHOP Mondays, February 25, March 1 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 11:15. PSYCHOLOGICAL CTR Family and child therapy, parent management training and more. 5700500 sliding scale. KIDS KORNER Weekdays Central Queens YM-YWHA in Forest Hills. For K-6. 2685011, ext. 203. ANIBIC Association for Neurologically Impaired Brain Injured Children, Inc. sponsors programs for those through adulthood. 423-9550.
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Queens Today EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS POWERPOINT Saturday, February 23 Central library at 9:30. CITIZENSHIP Saturday, February 23 Pathway to US Citizenship at the Forest Hills library at 3. TANGO WORKSHOP Saturdays in February and March at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. 729-3880. METRIX LEARNING Monday, February 25 Central library. Register. 990-8625. BUSINESS BASICS Monday, February 25 LIC library at 6. BROADWAY CRAFT Mondays, February 25, March 1 Broadway library at 12:30. ENGLISH CONVER. Mondays, February 25 English Conversation Class at the Douglaston library. Register. BEGIN BUSINESS Mondays, February 25 Jackson Heights library at 6. COMPUTER/INTERNET Mondays, February 25 basics at 10:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. BALLROOM DANCING Mondays, February 25 Forest Hills library at 6:30. MAC MONDAYS Mondays, February 25 at the Central library. 9908625. EVENING CRAFT Mondays, February 25 at the Fresh Meadows library at 6. BRIDGE Mondays e x c e p t h o l i days 12-4 at Pride of Judea in Douglaston. Lesson & play $10. Partners arranged. 423-6200. ADULT CHESS Mondays and Thursdays Queens Village library at 5:30. SMALL BUSINESS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 C e n t r a l l i b r a r y. 9 9 0 8625. MICROSOFT EXCEL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 LIC library at 10. BEGIN EXCEL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Flushing library. Register. BEGIN COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Baisley Park library at 11. COMPUTER BASICS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Queens Village librar y. Register. DOWNLOAD E-BOOKS Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Flushing library. Register. INTRO FACEBOOK Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 McGoldrick library. Register. GET YOUR YARNS OUT!
Tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, c r o c h e t e r s , needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2637000, ext. 200. COMPUTER CAMP Wednesday, February 27 Far Rockaway library at 11. INTRO COMPUTERS Wednesday, February 27 Hollis library. 465-7355. WORD FOR RESUME Wednesday, February 27 Central librar y. Register. COMPUTER CLASS Wednesday, February 27 Woodside library at 5:45. WATERCOLOR Wednesdays all techniques and subjects at the National Art League.9691128. MOCK INTERVIEWS Thursday, February 28 Central library at 9. LEARN CHINESE Thursday, February 28
North Forest Park library at 6. COMPUTER QUICK TIP Thursday, February 28 C e n t r a l l i b r a r y. 9 9 0 8625. METRIX LEARNING Friday, March 1 Central l i b ra r y. R e g i st e r 9 9 0 8625. INTRO COMPUTERS Friday, March 1 Hillcrest library. Register. ACING INTERVIEWS Friday, March 1 LIC library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays Fresh Meadows library at 11. CHESS CLUB Fridays at 3:30 at the Auburndale library and 4 at the Woodside library. COMPUTER BASICS Saturday, March 2 LIC library at 10. SOCIAL MEDIA Saturday, March 2 Social Media for Beginners at the Far Rockaway library. Register.
HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS Alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, martial issues, d e p re s s i o n , a n x i e t y, phobia, etc. Woodside Clinic. 779-1234. DOMESTIC VIOL. 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline. 657-0424. PSYCHOLOGICAL CTR Individual and group counseling, family and couple therapy and more. 570-0500 sliding scale. WAITANKUNG Sundays 2-5. Total-body workout. Flushing Hospital/Medical Center. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156. SCHIZO. ANON. Sundays in Rego Park. 896-3400. SHAPE UP NYC Monday, February 25 stretch and tone at the LIC library at 6:30. First come basis. BREAST CANCER Monday, February 25 begins an 8 week Breast Cancer Program at Adelphi Universit y. 516877-4314. GROUP NUTRITION Mondays at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays 11-12 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5. ALZHEIMERS Tu e s d a y , F e b r u a r y 2 6 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT
Tu e s d a y s We st e r n Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:156:30. 784-6173, ext. 409. Also, 3:30-4:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. SHAPE UP NYC Wednesday, February 27 aerobics for adults at the Central library at 4. First come. NUTRITION TALK Wednesday, February 27 Corona library at 5:30. GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, February 27 Woodside library. Register. OA Wednesdays Overeaters Anonymous Howard Beach library at 11. MASSAGE THERAPY Wednesdays and Fridays half and one hour massages at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. SHAPE UP NYC Thursday, February 28 body sculpt fitness at the Lefrak Cit y librar y at 5:30. First come. MS Thursday, February 28 National Multiple Sclerosis Societ y Support Group meets Howard Beach library at 1:15. MEDITATION CLUB Thursday, February 28 Bellerose library at 5:30. SHAPE UP NYC Friday, March 1 Dance Fitness for Adults at the Richmond Hill library at 5.
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Queens Today MEETINGS GARDENING CLUB Saturdays in the Steinway library courtyard at 4. JEWISH VETS Sundays, February 24, March 24 Jewish War Ve t e r a n s o f t h e U S A Lipsky/Blum Post meet at the Kissena Jewish Center in Flushing. 4634 7 4 2 . Ko re a n Wa r Ve t Soccer Team also meets. KNITTING CIRCLE Mondays, February 25, March 11, 25 6-8 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. $5. 229-4000 to register. NY CARES Monday, February 25 New York Cares meets to recruit new volunteers at the Forest Hills library at 3. HIKING CLUB Mondays, February 25, March 25 Hiking Club and Trail Crew meets at 7 at Alley Pone Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays, February 25 Douglaston library at 3. ORATORIO SOCIETY Mondays at 7:45 at Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing. 279-3006. Auditions required. COMMUNITY SINGERS M o n d ay s C o m m u n i t y Singers start rehearsals for their spring concert at 8 at Messiah Lutheran in Flushing. 658-1021. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Windsor Park library at 2. CDEC 26 Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 CDEC 26 meets at MS67, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. Business meeting at 7, public meeting at 8. GLEE CLUB Tuesdays Bayside Men’s Glee Club rehearses at 7:30 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40 th Avenue, Bayside. 9616852. MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tuesday evenings Forest Hills Jewish Center 89:30. 263-7000. FM CAMERA Tuesdays Fresh Meadows Camera Club. 917-6123463. FH VAC Wednesdays, February 27, March 27 Forest H i l l s Vo l u n t e e r A m b u lance Corp. 793-2055. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesday, February 27 South Ozone Park library at 1. FH SYMPHONY Wednesdays the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the For-
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est Hills Jewish Center. 516-785-2532. TOASTMASTERS Thursday, February 28 Advance for Excellence Toastmasters Club at the Briarwood library at 5:45. KIWANIS CLUB Thursdays, February 28, March 14, 28 Kiwanis Club of Jamaica meets. 527-3678. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. 461-3193.
THEATER OUR TOWN March 1-9 “Our Town” at Queensborough Comm u n i t y C o l l e ge . 6 3 1 6311. MARISOL May 3-11 “Marisol” is an apocalyptic urban fantasy which urges societ y to ‘wake up.’ Queensborough Communit y College. 631-6311. KILLING KOMPANY The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888-SHOOT-EM for information.
TALKS STEINWAY Monday, February 25 “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” discussed at 6:30 at the Steinway library. FRESH MEADOWS Wednesday, February 27 “ Wa s h i n g t o n S q u a r e ” discussed at the Fresh Meadows library at 2:30. EAST FLUSHING Thursday, February 28 book club meets at 11 at the East Flushing library. ST. ALBANS Thursday, February 28 “ T h e Twe l ve Tr i b e s o f Hattie” discussed at 6:30 at the St. Albans library.
THEATER OUR TOWN March 1-9 “Our Town” at Queensborough Comm u n i t y C o l l e ge . 6 3 1 6311. MARISOL May 3-11 “Marisol” is an apocalyptic urban fantasy which urges societ y to ‘wake up.’ Queensborough Communit y College. 631-6311. KILLING KOMPANY The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888-SHOOT-EM for information.
LUNAR NEW YEAR Saturday, February 23 starting at 10 at the Flushing library. ANIME Saturday, February 23 Final Fantasy with the Anime Anthropologist at the Flushing library at 2. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. TEEN ZONE Mondays, February 25 Queens Village library 4. KNIT & CROCHET Monday, February 25 Douglaston library 3. SCRABBLE CLUB Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 East Flushing library 3:30. CHESS FOR ALL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Rosedale library 4. POETRY Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 African-American and Jewish Poetry: From Images of Despair to Images of Hope at the Langston Hughes library 5:30. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Rochdale Village library 5. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesday, February 27 South Ozone Park library 1. GRAPHIC NOVEL Wednesday, February 27 make your own graphic novel at the Queens Village library at 4. ONLINE TEST PREP Wednesday, February 27 online test prep. LIC lib ra r y. R e g i st e r 7 5 2 3700. TEEN ZONE Wednesday, February 27 Queens Village library 4. COMPUTER CLASS Wednesday, February 27 Woodside library 5:45. TEEN SPACE Thursday, February 28 scrapbooking at the Windsor Park library at 4. GIRLS MET Thursday, February 28 Attraction or Distraction for girls 11-21 to talk about their teen years Rosedale library 3:45. FLUSHING ANIME Thursday, February 28 Anime Club Flushing library 4. CHESS CLUB Thursdays Rochdale Village library 4:30. TEEN MOVIES Friday, March 1 Central library 3:30. WII GAME DAY Friday, March 1 Poppenhusen library 4. CHESS CLUB Friday, March 1 Woodside library 4. GAME DAY Friday, March 1 Woodhaven library 4:30.
YOUTH QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and preschool programs and more. Contact local branches. LUNAR NEW YEAR Saturday, February 23 starting at 10 Flushing library. ANIMAL CARE Saturday, February 23 for those 8-12. $21. Animal Care Trainee. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. PET SHOW Saturday, February 23 for those 5-6. $21. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000 to register. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. MATH HELP Saturdays for grades 48 Flushing library at 10. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays Central library at 11. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. FAMILY STORY TIME Monday, February 25 preK-2 at the Auburndale library at 4. ROBOTICS Monday, February 25 Robotics for Families Forest Hills library. Register. KIDS JEWELRY Monday, February 25 Far Rockaway library at 4. WORD OF WEEK Monday, February 25 McGoldrick library 5. GAME NIGHT Monday, February 25 Richmond Hill library 5. CRAFT KIDS Mondays Flushing library at 3. BEGIN CHESS Mondays at 3:30 Windsor Park library. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays Douglaston library at 4. CHESS FOR ALL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Rosedale library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. BOARD GAME Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Far Rockaway library at 4. ORIGAMI FUN Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 McGoldrick library. Register. CHESS FOR ALL Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 Rosedale library 4. POETRY Tu e s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 6 African-American and Jewish Poetry: From Images of Despair to Images
of Hope Langston Hughes library 5:30. MATH GAMES Tu e s d a y , F e b r u a r y 2 6 McGoldrick library 5. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays at 5 Rochdale Village library. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesday, February 27 Auburndale library ages 5-12 at 4. PRESCHOOL STORY Wednesday, February 27 Maspeth library 12:30. COLORING TIME Wednesday, February 27 Far Rockaway library 4. BUGS AS PETS Wednesday, February 27 North Hills library 3. FAMILY STORY TIME Wednesday, February 27 Astoria library 3:30. LANYARD MANIA Wednesday, February 27 Briarwood library 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 Queens Village library and 4:30 Poppenhusen library. GAME DAY Wednesdays Howard Beach library at 5. CRAFTERNOONS Wednesdays at the Ridgewood library. Register. YOUNG LEADERS Wednesdays and Fridays Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton at the Laurelton library at 3:30. READING COMPREHEN Thursday, February 28 McGoldrick library at 5. MAKE A MAGNET Thursday, February 28 make your own magnet at the Far Rockaway library at 4. BLACK HISTORY Thursday, February 28 Richmond Hill library at 4. Black History activities. GAME ON Thursdays at the Central library at 3:30. GAMES Friday, March 1 video and board games Rochdale Village library 4:30. BOOK BUDDIES Friday, March 1 Douglaston librar y. Register. Also Fresh Meadows library 4. BOARD GAMES Friday, March 1 Windsor Park library 4. CHESS CLUB Friday, March 1 Woodside library 4. KIDS ACTIVITIES Fridays at 3:30 Briarwood library. CRAFT TIME Fridays at 3 at the Ozone Park library. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 Queens Village library.
SENIORS SOUTH ASIAN Alternate Saturdays Selfhelp BR-PS Senior Center in Flushing. Ind i a n - st y l e activities, lunch. 886-5777. ALZHEIMERS Adult Day Care MondayThursday 9-4 in Flushing. 358-3541. AARP TAX HELP Mondays, February 25, March 1 Pomonok library at 11:30. AARP 1405 Mondays, February 25 Flushing AARP Chapter 1405 meets at the Bowne St r e e t Communit y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. Identity Fraud discussed DRIVING SAFETY Monday, February 25 AARP defensive driving course at the Windsor Park library. 468-8300 to register. MEN’S CLUB Mondays 10-noon Men’s club for those over 65 at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills. 423-0732. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Mondays Lunch, lesson and congenial play. Pride of Judea. 423-6200. ATRIA FH Tu e s d a y , F e b r u a r y 2 6 Mardi Gras music celebration with a Louisiana dinner starting at 3:15. RSVP. Atria Forest Hills, 112-50 72nd Avenue. 2615300. BASIC COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y , F e b r u a r y 2 6 class for seniors at 10 at the South Ozone Park library. CAREGIVERS Tu e s d a y s C a r e g i ve r s Support group at 3:304:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 2 6 th A v e n u e , B a y s i d e . 631-1886. AARP TAX HELP Wednesday, February 27 Windsor Park library at 1. NUTRITION CLASS Wednesdays through March 27 Nutrition and Health classes for seniors 2-4. 657-6500, ext. 1581. STARS Wednesdays Senior Theatre Acting Repertory at the Hollis library at 11:15. BRIDGE Wednesdays Reform Temple of Fore st Hills. 261-2900. TAX HELP Friday, March 1 Pomonok library at 11:30. STARS Fridays Senior Theater Acting Repertory at the Queens Village library at 11.
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Where's The Party? On Feb. 19, while most candidates in the special election for Council District 31 held Election Night gatherings at their respective offices, with what could be considered lowkey affairs, Donovan Richards went a different way. Richards, who at press time led the close contest by just 26 votes, held his party at Clippers II, a bar on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton. The profile photo on the bar's Facebook page (pictured at right) featured an advertisement for "Freaky Flirty Thursday," a weekly event at the establishment. Perhaps it's for the best that elections are held on Tuesdays and not Thursdays. Otherwise, Southeast Queens may have had an entirely different issue to talk about after the election.
Donovan Richards (left) and Clippers II's Facebook profile (above)
Former State Sen. Shirley Huntley
Designer labels, spa treatments and lavish clothing – and that was just for her dog. Earlier last week, reports surfaced that the former State Sen. Shirley Huntley, who pled guilty to embezzling close to $90,000, used tax payer money from a sham nonprofit to go on shopping sprees for her pet poodle. While on a shopping spree at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, the embattled legislator helped herself to taxpayer’s dollars, showering herself and her dog with lavish presents.
Rhino Removal A Queens man was busted last week for his alleged involvement in a Rhino smuggling ring. Qing Wang, a Queens resident, was among the three men arrested for their alleged involvement in the ring. According to a release from the U.S Department of Justice, Wang had a role in smuggling libation cups carved from rhinoceros horns from Hong Kong to New York. Wang would purchase the cups in the United States and send them to Zhifei Li, another person who was ar-
rested for being in the ring, in Hong Kong. According to the release, there is a tradition in China that drinking from a cup made out of the horns would bring good health and is highly coveted by people who collect the cups. The population of Rhinoceros has steadily decreased since the 1970s because of the demand and premium that are placed on its horn. The species is considered endangered and are protected under the U.S. and international law. Rhinos everywhere are safer now...
Bella Mia, a not yet 2-year-old Maltese, came away with the top award at the fifth annual New York Pet Fashion Show held in the Penn Top Ballroom at the Hotel Pennsylvania on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Bella Mia won "NYPFS Best Dressed in Show 2013," wearing a beautiful green and purple "Roaring 20s" themed gown by Chattanooga, Tenn., doggie fashion couture designer, Linda Higgins, who also was a big winner as she was awarded NYPFS Fashion Designer
of the Year 2013. Bella Mia, who was born in South Korea, is a New Yorker now, living in Little Neck with her proud owners, Roseann and Walter Bolasny. The posing puppy is in high demand for doggie couture fashion, but her greatest accomplishment is helping ill people in hospitals, as she is a licensed therapy and service dog. Bella Mia is a proud graduate of The Good Dog Foundation, class of 2012, and she promises to continue to help people across the world.
Photos and text by John Scandalios
Flag On The Plane When a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried to board a flight this week, it looked like all of his muscles were working fine after a grueling football season. All of them, except for maybe his brain. NFL lineman Da’Quan Bowers was stopped at LaGuardia Airport for attempting to bring a .40-caliber handgun onto the plane in his carry-on bag on Feb. 18. Needless to say, he was stopped by police and flagged for holding. As a result, Bowers was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years, if convicted. Bowers said he had legally bought the weapon in Florida, but
conceded that he didn’t have a license to carry it in New York. We think the problem was less about the fact that he didn’t have a New York gun permit and more about the fact that he tried to bring a gun onto an airplane. That sort of thing tends to annoy the TSA!
Help Wanted Last week, the Queens Tribune and Press of Southeast Queens advertised for an open reporter position here. Despite a stated preference for "local candidates" in the job ad, resumes quickly began to come in from all over the country, but two emails in particular caught the eye of our hiring manager. Over the weekend, we received two resumes from reporters from MuscatDaily, a daily newspaper in the Sultantate of Oman's capital city. We imagine the daily commute to Queens from the Southwest Asian nation may be a bit rough. And you thought the Van Wyck was bad...
Who We Are @ QConf QConf is edited by: Steven J. Ferrari. Contributors: Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Mike Nussbaum, Mike Schenkler, John Scandalios. Email: Conf@QueensTribune.com.
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SUMMONS NYCTL, 2011A TRUST AND THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, AS COLLATERAL AGENT AND CUSTODIAN FOR NYCTL 2011-1 TRUST, Plaintiffs, -against- JOSEPH ALESSANDRO; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; CITY OF NEW YORK PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE# 100”, the last 100 names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiffs, the persons or parties intended being the owners, tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, and if any of the aforesaid individual captioned defendants, if any, be dead, their respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by, or through any of the aforesaid individual captioned defendants, if any, if they be dead, whether by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, including any right, title or interest in and to the real property described in the complaint herein, all of who and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the plaintiffs, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action, to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with the summons, to serve notice of appearance, on the plaintiffs’ attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the date of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York), and in case of failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Plaintiffs designate Queens County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the subject property. 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 an-
swer on the attorney for the tax lien holder who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lost 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 the tax lien holder will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (TAX LIEN HOLDER) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: July 25, 2012 LEVY & LEVY Attorneys for Plaintiffs 12 Tulip Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 (516) 487-6655 BY: JOSHUA LEVY, ESQ. File No. 1633832 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Robert J. McDonald a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County dated Jan. 8, 2013 and filed with the complaint and other papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office, Jamaica, NY. The object of the action is to foreclose a tax lien and to recover the amount of the tax lien and all of the interest, penalties, additions and expenses to real property k/ a Block 3538, Lot 22. Dated: Jan. 25, 2013. LEVY & LEVY, Attys. For Pltf. #82279 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 nonprofit 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 1-877BANK-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. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of KOKUM LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Sect’y of State NY (SSNY) on 09/18/2012. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 29-24 Newtown Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: Small Business Consulting ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license (serial #1268711) for wine and beer has been applied for by the undersigned to sell wine and beer on-premises at a tavern under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 124-20 Liberty Ave., 2nd Floor, S. Richmond Hill, NY. Hooka Paradise Restaurant & Lounge Inc. dba Sammy’s Sports Bar. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 18531 MERRICK BOULEVARD LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/17/12. 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, 139-21 Springfield Boulevard, Springfield Gardens, New York 11413. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ ZAMBALA MANAGEMENT LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/6/12. 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, 132-35 41 st Rd., Apt. 6F, Flushing, NY 11355. General Purposes. ___________________________________ FIRST N.E.S. REALTY, LLC App. for Auth. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/19/ 2012. LLC was organized in DE on 4/19/2012.Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to c/o Elizabeth Sadik, 103-19 68 th Rd., Forest Hills, NY 11375. Required office at 3500 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Org. filed with SSDE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of M&M Tax Services LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/ 27/12. Office loc: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 93 05 97 Ave, Ozone Park, NY, 11416. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ 57-38 VAN DOREN LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/ 4/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The L L C , 5 9 - 0 5 5 5 th D r . , Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purposes. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of Volonakis, Bedevian & Loucas, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/ 24/2012. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 5-44 47 th Ave, 3rd Flr, LIC, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ ALPHA ARSENAL LLC, a foreign LLC, filed with the SSNY on 12/10/12. 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, 10420 Queens Blvd., Ste. 1B, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes. ___________________________________ HASNY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/11/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is desig-
nated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 69 Horatio St., Apt. 2F, NY, NY 10014. General Purposes. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 15618 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/28/12. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2018. 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, 156-18 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach, New York 11414. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: 24-27 Steinway Street LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/ 27/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: THE LLC, 24-27 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ SOLE DI CAPRI LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/ 24/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Amparo Proano, 108-75 51 st Ave., Queens, NY 11368. General Purposes. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of Orr & Orr Contracting LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/23/12. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: PO Box 6224, Long Island City, NY 11106. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: DMG EXPRESS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/ 23/13. 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, 24-25 21st Street, Astoria, New York 11102. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ WERBA REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/ 21/12. 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, 66-45 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purposes. ___________________________________ HH & FF, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 01/03/ 2013. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to THE LLC 86-33 62nd AVENUE, REGO PARK NY 11374. General Purposes. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Szul Management, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/7/13. Office loc: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to St,#2R, 43-28 42 N D Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ 4 J’s Associates, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/5/ 08. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: General. ___________________________________ JOTRUX GROUP, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/7/12. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 164-01 Jamaica Ave Jamaica, NY 11432. ___________________________________ HLI Logistics, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/ 24/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: General.
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