Vol. 43, No. 15 April 11-17, 2013
State Senate District 14
Council District 19
With the arrests of Councilman Dan Halloran and State Sen. Malcolm Smith, some communities are concerned over what this means for their funding. By Natalia Kozikowska … Page 18
Beacon In Jeopardy Once Again
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Beacon Program In Jeopardy Again
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By JOE MA RV ILLI MS 158’s Beacon Program is in danger of being left on the budget cutting room floor this year, causing parents, administrators and officials to fight for funding once again. Organized by State Committeeman Ted Teng, a group of elected officials and community leaders were given a tour around the school by Program Director Martenia Miller to show them various aspects of the after-school course. Beacons are school-based community centers that offer children tutoring, high school/college prep, exercise and extracurricular activities. This particular program, located at 46-35 Oceania St., Bayside, is the only one currently based in Community Board 11. “Generally, [the funding] is supposed to be $400,000. The last two or three years, they’ve cut it to $346,000. That’s the proposed budget for this year,” Miller said. “Last year, they let us know June 25. It would be nice to know before then, but I’m going ahead and preparing as if we will get the funding.” The first stop on Miller’s tour was the Chamber Orchestra, a classical instrument band that gives further lessons to kids with prior experience. After playing some music, instructor Jennifer Schecter talked about how this experience only existed due to Beacon. “We’re really lucky to have the Beacon program and have the funding and just be able to give them this opportunity,” she said. In a different classroom, children were busy studying and doing their homework. Once they were done though, they used some computers in the room to study further or work on
Children in the Beacon Program at MS 158 play chess in the school cafeteria. The program’s funding is not guaranteed for next year. creative projects. Two kids created superheroes to save the Beacon program. They were called Champion for Children and Fundraiser. Other kids did their homework in the cafeteria with the help teacher assistants. Once their work is done, they were allowed to play games like chess or ping pong in the cafeteria or they could head over to the gym. Among the children and teachers was Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, a non-profit that teaches young girls how to computer program and prepare for New York’s technology-heavy job market. The eight-week summer program launched its first sea-
son in the summer of 2012. “I just recruited a bunch of girls here today,” Saujani said. “Having afterschool programs offering subjects like computer science are so important, especially if they’re not getting it during the day.” Miller mentioned that she needed to get refunded to save the summer program as well, which runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beacon includes adult programs, such as volleyball, a basketball league and a meeting area for the fisherman’s club. After the tour, both officials and community leaders vowed to fight for the program in this year’s budget. State
Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said that he contacted Speaker Christie Quinn’s (D-Manhattan) office to make sure he and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (DHillcrest) had input into the discretionary funding for the district, since Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was stripped of his ability to control funding due to his arrest and the charges filed against him. “The one thing that concerns us greatly is outside people allocating money to this district,” Avella said. Rozic added, “We cannot balance budgets on the back of our students.” “This is a necessity,” CB11 chair Jerry Iannece said. “It has to be in the budget every year.” “We can’t forget where we come from,” Teng said. “It’s a privilege for me to come back and try to help out a place that helped me out tremendously.” Also on hand in support of the program were representatives for Comptroller John Liu, Assemblymen Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), District Leader and District 19 candidate Austin Shafran, Steve Behar from Education Committee of CB 11 and District 25 Community Education Council President Kim D’Angelo. The last word was given to Anna, a child who attends the Beacon program. In her letter to the elected officials, she said “Beacon is a very useful place for everyone. Children can do their homework faster because they can focus on their work. Beacon helps kids get a place to stay.” Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at email@example.com.
Immigration Reform At Top Of To-Do List By TRISHA SAKHUJA On April 3, community leaders and elected officials assembled at a town hall meeting to discuss proposals to reform the United States immigration laws. Approximately 200 community members came to discuss the debate taking place in Washington surrounding the immigration system and the role individuals can play in ensuring the passage of fair immigration reform. The meeting convened in the auditorium of PS 19Q, located at 98-02 Roosevelt Ave. The key speakers at the town hall included U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), Jose Tejada, executive director of Dominico-American Society of Queens; Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation and Julio Hernandez, a member of the Dominico-American Society of Queens. Aside from the key panelists, members of the community spoke about their personal experiences of working ille-
gally and struggling after a member of their family is deported back to their homeland. A young girl came close to tears as she pleaded to see her father come back to the U.S. and reunite with her family. “Tonight’s event shows that the need for immigration reform stretches far beyond individual ethnic groups and immigrant communities and is really an issue that affects us all,” Crowley said. “I was glad to have the opportunity to discuss the important issue with such a wide variety of passionate advocates, and I look forward to continuing this dialogue with the community as we work to finally address our nation’s broken immigration system.” The topics highlighted during the debate included the key representatives in Congress driving this debate, the immigration principles, what the reform means to immigrants, how to prevent being victimized by immigration fraud and how individuals can join the
fight to ensure immigrant justice. Meng spoke to the crowd about her parents immigrating to the U.S. in the early 1970s with only $200 in their pockets. “According to data, 30 percent of the immigrant families are more likely to start their own business and are capable of starting up to four million jobs a year,” Meng said. In a statement issued by the Hispanic Federation, Meng stated, “Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue, but the discussion our nation is finally having about this critical issue is very encouraging. As a daughter of immigrants, I look forward to tackling this vital issue so that millions can continue to achieve the American dream.” “We are gathering today to push for a new comprehensive immigration reform law that will help immigrant families by granting legal permanent status to the undocumented, so they can work
legally and reunite with their families, while helping generate increased economic activity in states that are in financial crisis,” Tejada said. “Do not pay anyone who says they will help you with your immigration process,” said Hernandez. He overtly explained to the community that immigration reform is still underway and they should learn English to avoid any immigration scams. “A central principal in any immigration reform bill must be a broad and generous legalization program that reaches even the most marginalized and vulnerable of immigrant workers by bringing them out of the shadows and onto a clear path to citizenship,” said Valeria Treves, executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment in a earlier statement issued by the Hispanic Federation. Reach Reporter Trisha Sakhuja at (718-357-4000), Ext. 128, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Poppenhusen, Ambulances Top Budget Votes By JOE MA RV ILLI erations and services during power failThe Participatory Budgeting votes ures or disruptions. have all been counted for City Council Coming in second in District 19 with D i s t r i c t s 1 9 a n d 2 3 , w i t h t h e 383 votes, a percentage of 32.74, is the Poppenhusen Institute and the Glen MacNeil Park Rehabilitation. The upOaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps top- grades, which include installing and reping the list of projects to support. placing benches in the College Point More than one thousand residents in park, would cost $100,000 in funds. each district came out to vote for various Police cameras in high crime areas of the projects that participatory budgeting 109th and 111th precincts got 30.77 may fund. The process alpercent of the vote. They lows citizens to have an would cost $35,000. input into what they would “I was deComing right behind the like to see be repaired, cameras with 30.26 perrenovated, added or cre- lighted with cent of the vote is the ated in their home neigh- how the process rehabilitation of kayak borhoods. and canoe launch sites went… We’re Garnering a majority of and Little Bay and MacNeil definitely going the vote with 52.48 perParks. This project would cent of the 1,170 ballots to do it again use $150,000 of the availcast in District 19, the struc- next year.” able funds. tural restoration of the The next three entries -Councilman Poppenhusen Institute was that made it are dedicated Mark Weprin the top pick. The project to helping out the children hopes to dedicate of the community. Win$250,000 to upgrading the deteriorat- ning 29.66 percent of the vote is four to ing conditions at the landmarked insti- six SMART boards or tables to be installed tute. Seven out of the district’s 18 projects at PS 32, PS 129, PS 130, PS 159, PS received approval from the community. 184, PS 193 and the Bell Academy, which Over in District 23, six projects made would cost $245,000. With 26.75 percent the cut out of the 13 on the ballot. of the vote and $150,000, the other Coming in first with 53.2 percent of the children’s project will be the installation of 1,116 votes cast is the emergency equip- accessible playground equipment and ment for the Glen Oaks Volunteer Am- safety surfacing for special needs children bulance Corps. The $40,000 would in- at Fort Totten and Crocheron Playgrounds. stall emergency power generators at the The final victorious project will be the corps headquarters to sustain their op- renovation of PS 98’s art room for
$65,000. The project would remove dangerous millwork and large equipment from the room and will install new furniture, a sink, a drying rack and art storage. The Queens Country Farm Museum was ranked second in District 23, with 47.9 percent of the vote. The $35,000 would be used to complete the exterior roof and shingle replacement of the Brooder House, one of the farm’s historic buildings. Getting 39.9 percent of the vote is Martin Van Buren High School for a technology upgrade that would install 20 871N SMART boards to their classrooms for the cost of $129,000. The safety cameras project, which would cost $100,000, received 39.5 percent of the vote. While the cameras would be used from crime prevention, the NYPD would determine the locations in the district. Two options for Cunningham Park were chosen by the community as well. The picnic area received 38 percent of the vote. Costing $375,000, the project would prevent the erosion of the slope of the pathway that is being refurbished, since debris can collect in the path and further damage it. The final approved project, for $300,000, is a music stage in the park. Receiving 37.8 percent of the vote, it would create an accessible performance stage for both art and music events. District 23 Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) praised the process after the all the votes were tallied. “I was delighted with how the pro-
cess went. We have so many people praising the system and the ability to be actively involved their tax dollars are spent,” he said. “We’re definitely going to do it again next year.” Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) will also hold a Participatory Budget Vote for his district, but plans to set aside his $1 million for participatory budgeting on Broad Channel and the Rockaways. A final ballot and vote has not yet come together as they are waiting for the City to develop its master plan for the storm-ravaged neighborhood first. While the choices are taken under heavy advisement, none of them are binding. Rather, they will be taken into consideration by Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s (D-Manhattan) office and the Queens Delegation. The situation this year is particularly noteworthy due to the fact that District 19’s councilman, Dan Halloran (RWhitestone), was arrested last week and is currently facing federal charges. Despite the allegations, Halloran sent out a statement about the PBs. “I thank my hard-working staff and all the constituents who put so much time and effort into this process over the past several months,” he said. “I especially congratulate the winners and encourage even more participation next year, in every district.” Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at email@example.com.
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Disabled Athlete To Run In Marathon By LUIS GRONDA For William Reilly, a disability has not stopped him from accomplishing his goals in life. Reilly was born with a severe case cerebral palsy, a disorder that causes disability in human development, particularly in muscle tone. He is confined to a wheelchair with his arms and legs having little-to-no function. Despite the obstacles he has to overcome in his daily life, Reilly, a Kew Gardens resident, has a found a hobby that keeps him active and gets his adrenaline flowing: competitive running. He has participated in several local races, as well as well-known runs like the Boston Marathon, which he is set to compete in for the third time on April 15. Reilly has also competed in the New York Marathon more than 20 times over the course of his life. While some might question how Reilly would be able to compete in races, he sees the process as quite simple:he pushes with his feet forward on a specially-designed wheelchair used for racing. Between one and three guides accompany Reilly while he is in the race. They do not push his wheelchair at any point during the race, only making sure that he does not veer off in another direction. Reillyâ€™s racing style has earned him the nickname â€œBackwards Bill.â€? Speaking through Harold Chayefsky, one of his guides who helped interpret his speech during an interview
with the Queens Tribune, Reilly said that he got into racing back in 1978, when a friend dared him to enter the Riverdale Ramble, a race held annually in the Bronx. He accepted the challenge and ever since, he has become more interested in racing, which he described as a â€œslow obsessionâ€? with racing. Reilly is able to compete in the races through Achilles International, a nonprofit organization that helps disabled athletes. He trains for the races every Tuesday and Saturday morning with one of the guides. They usually run about five to six miles depending on the day and the weather. Reilly said that, in addition to getting the daily exercise that he wants, he also likes serving as a role model for other disabled people who may want to be an athlete. He hopes to one day start a program for disabled teenagers between the ages of 15 and 21 that would get them involved in running just like he did. The Kew Gardens resident also said that being involved in running helps him in his social life, as he has met many people over the years because of his hobby. â€œIt adds a lot to my life,â€? Reilly said about running. â€œIt feels good, it makes you feel better.â€? Chayefsky, who has been one of Reillyâ€™s guides for the past four years,
William Reilly of Kew Gardens (inset) has competed in a number of marathons, despite suffering from cerebral palsy. said that he has gotten very close with Reilly over the years and he considers him one of his best friends. Wendy Furtado, another one of Reillyâ€™s guides, called working with Reilly on a daily basis an amazing experience that has taught her that no matter what your situation is, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. â€œItâ€™s very inspiring, it makes me want
to do more,â€? she said. As the Boston Marathon nears, Reilly said that he is excited about participating and confident that he can beat his best time, which is 6 hours and 19 minutes. He said that he also intends to enter this yearâ€™s New York City Marathon as well. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More Participation Last week, two City Council Districts in Queens took part in the participatory budgeting process, with a third vote on the horizon in the storm-ravaged Rockaways. The process gave constituents in these two districts a voice in what is important to their communities and what they believe should be a financial priority. One of the districts that took part is represented by Councilman Dan Halloran, who was arrested last week on bribery and fraud charges. When questioned about the significance of the arrest, Council Speaker Christine Quinn stressed that the results of the Participatory Budget process were non-binding and the results would be reviewed before any money is allocated. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding Councilman Halloran, giving a voice to residents of the Borough is something in which we wish more Council members would take part. All too often, Council member item allocations are rife with back-room deals and do not take in to account what matters to the communities they represent. Participatory Budgeting changes that, while also providing accountability and transparency for where and why money is being allocated. In the wake of Halloran and State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s arrests, it is imperative that Queens residents – and residents throughout the City – have more of a voice in where this money goes. Members of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center have said that they expected the process to double in size this year and the two Council members who took part in the process last week – Halloran and Mark Weprin – touted the high level of participation of their constituents. The Participatory Budget process is expected to continue in the coming years. Hopefully, other members of the Council see the benefits of the process and join in. Not doing so would be a disservice to their district, to the City and to the residents they were elected to serve.
In Your Opinion: Voting Issues To The Editor: As a civic leader in eastern Queens, I made it my business to vote in the Participatory Budgeting Process that my Councilman, Mark Weprin was sponsoring. Last week I traveled to the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck, where the Councilman’s staff was working the tables and providing ballots for those who wished to vote. When I asked for a ballot I was told I must first fill out a short form and provide photo ID. I thought this was odd since Councilman Weprin and so many other NYC legislators are so strongly opposed to a photo ID requirement for voting in real elections. If it’s not OK to ask for photo ID when voting for President or
Governor, why is it OK to do so with Participatory Budgeting? Nevertheless, I presented my driver’s license and filled out the ballot access form, which asked for my name, address, telephone number and date of birth. As someone who has been victimized by identity theft in the past, I refused to write down my date of birth. There are three pieces of information I do not readily provide: date of birth, social security number and mother’s maiden name. I asked why it was necessary to write down my date of birth since they could easily check it on my driver’s license. I was told it was necessary to prove that I was over 16, which is the minimum age for participatory budget voting. Since I was born prior to 1960,
Disturbing Trend To The Editor: I found it quite disturbing to read about the elected officials who were arrested for alleged misconduct and bribery. Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested in a plot for the mayoral race who engaged in a scheme with various Republicans, such as Councilman Dan Halloran and others. Dan Halloran was an Eagle Scout and was taught to be trustworthy. Yet what happened? I myself was a Boy Scout and believe in the values the Boy Scouts taught me. These men and women in State and City government have forgotten why they were elected and that is to serve and protect the people who put them in office. We need to elect those people that are dedicated to those principles and values that best serve the people. If I was elected to office, I would know why I was there and that is to serve the people. I would be dedicated to my fellow citizens who put their trust in me. Too bad there are a few politicians who don’t think like that . Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village
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I think it was obvious that I was over 16. I wondered to myself, “Whatever happened to critical thinking skills?” I asked the Weprin staff member to call the Councilman’s office and get permission to give me a ballot so I could vote for funding of specific community projects that would help our local schools and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The Weprin staffer in charge of the Participatory Budget project for the Councilman said that if I refused to write down my date of birth, I could not vote. Was I the only disenfranchised voter? Later that day, I learned that two other people had also been disenfranchised because they also refused to provide their date of birth. I wonder how many others were disenfranchised? And I wonder still, why the voting process for participatory budgeting was so much more rigorous then the one put in place for voting in real elections for Mayor, Governor or President. I can’t help but now think that the Participatory Budgeting was being used as a way for Councilmembers to harvest voter data information for their use in upcoming elections. How else to explain being denied the right to vote and the photo ID requirement? Bob Friedrich, Glen Oaks
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Serious Question To The Editor: Here is the answer for anyone who asks, what “same sex parents” would say when their child asks who their biological parent is? Answer? The same thing any parents would tell their adopted child. Here is a question for all you homophobes: if it were your child who was gay and wanted to raise a family with their partner, would you deny them or disown them? Robert La Rosa , Whitestone
Only One Law Dear Editor There is only one law that effectively prevents killing and that is ”Thou shall not kill.” That law adopted by all governments says that you will be punished if you kill. This law completely covers all the other laws that try to refine it. If you kill someone or many people, the punishment is the same. It applies completely to: killing with a gun, killing with a knife (a man in China stabbed 22 children with a knife), killing with a car, killing with poison, killing with a bat, killing by choking, killing by suffocating, killing by drowning, etc. All the other laws passed are for the benefit of the politicians that wrote them as when something bad happens people say “there ought to be a law” so some politician will write such a law to appease the voters and get their votes and that’s it. When some person decides to kill, no law is going to stop them. All those laws are nonsense as if the ‘thou shall not kill” does not stop someone from killing, nothing else will. John Procida, Flushing
Correction The Queens Tribune incorrectly identified Councilman Dan Halloran in a photo caption on page 3 of the April 4 edition. The caption should have read, “City Councilman Dan Halloran ignores reporters as he walks to his car after his appearance in court on April 2.” We apologize for the error.
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Queens This Week CB 10 Says No To Project At Charles Park Community members have voiced their objections to a proposal to put canoe and kayak stations and food concession stands at Frank Charles Park in Howard Beach. During a meeting last week, Community Board 10 requested that the National Park Service remove Charles Park from consideration for the project. NPS and the City Parks Dept. put out three Requests For Proposals last month looking for at least one concessionaire to operate the proposed canoeing, kayaking and mobile food stations. A number of board members expressed frustration with the park’s upkeep in recent years, stressing that the park had deteriorated before being hit by Superstorm Sandy in October. The park’s recovery from the storm, CB10 members said, has been slower than expected. “That hurricane was in October and the flag had not been replaced in that park, the debris from that hurricane is still lying all over that park,” said Betty Braton, chairwoman of CB 10. Braton added that there should have been more dialogue with the local community who live near the park about the RFP and how it will benefit the residents overall. Lauren Standke, a Parks Dept. representative who attended the CB 10 meeting, said that they did reach out to local civic groups and tried to attend as many meetings as possible to let people know about the RFP. She added that the project does not necessarily have to be at Charles Park, but it is among the sites that are being considered. The winner of the bid can chose another location within the Jamaica Bay area if they feel that is the best option. NPS
did not have a representative at the meeting. After more discussion, CB 10 made a motion to ask both agencies to remove Charles Park from consideration for this project until more is done to repair the area. “That park is in deplorable condition and it has been for years,” Braton said. “If they want this, they have to clean our park first,” said CB 10 member Rose Mary Ciulla-Frisone. Dorothy McCloskey, who runs the civic group Friends of Charles Park, said that a project like that should be done in a larger area that can accommodate more people, which she says does not apply to Charles Park because of the lack of parking in the area as well as the size of the park. When contacted by the Queens Tribune, Daphne Yun, a public affairs specialist at Gateway National Parks Service, said that NPS has done a lot to take care of the park both before and after Sandy, spending $400,000 fixing and replacing items at the park over the last five years. “We’re sorry that some people feel that Gateway has not done enough to take care of Frank Charles Park. Gateway has worked hard over the years to build bridges in the community and will continue to try to,” Yun said in an email. “We feel that the park [service] has done the best we can at Frank Charles Park, however, more can always be done.” She added that they are doing work at the park, including repairs to the electrical service, plumbing for the splash park and replacing two solar trash compactors. Yun also said that they have not received the board’s request yet, but when they do, they will discuss it with CB 10. Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Luis Gronda
Members of the Bayside Anglers work to clean up Little Neck Bay in previous events. The group will gather this weekend for its 19th annual clean-up day. Photos provided by the Bayside Anglers.
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Charles Park in Howard Beach was under consideration for concession stands. However, members of Communit y Board 10 have requested that the park be removed from a list of candidates until it has seen adequate repairs.
As spring rolls in, the time has come to get the shoreline ready for the summer. The Bayside Anglers will return this Sunday with their 19th Waterfront Day shore clean-up. With the cooperation of the NYC Parks Department and Partnership for Parks, Bayside Anglers Group will head over to Little Neck Bay on April 14 to tidy and clear out all of the floating debris that has built up and washed ashore over the winter months. The clean-up is one of the main events for the Bayside Anglers, a non-profit devoted to the promotion of environmentally-sound recreational fishing practices. The program will cover a three-mile stretch of the shoreline in Bayside, with other community groups and the general public pitching in as well. The volunteers, who had to register by April 1, will arrive at 9 a.m. at three different registration locations. They will sign in at the Joe Michaels Mile bike path, the Bayside Marina or at Little Bay Park. Once they are signed in, the clean-up will begin. It has been suggested that all volunteers bring their own basic tools, such as heavy gloves/work gloves, paper grabbers/EZ Reachers and more. Members of the Bayside Anglers have
said they are expecting a very large turnout and do not want to run out of supplies. Additionally, the group is encouraging all volunteers to wear boots or similar footwear with traction to prevent them from slipping on rocks. If an injury does occur, first aid kits are available at the sign-in booths. Once the clean-up concludes at noon, those who helped out will be rewarded with refreshments and food, as well as a chance to win raffle prizes. The Bayside Anglers have been holding the clean-up every April since 1994, the same year the organization was founded. In 1996, the event was so successful that it earned first prize in a national waterfront clean-up contest sponsored by Berkley Co., a tackle manufacturer. In addition to their general meetings held on the first Tuesday of every month at M.S. 158 Marie Currie Middle School, the group also holds events such as an annual Family Fishing Festival, a summer BBQ, a snapper derby and more. For more information about the Bayside Anglers Group,please call (917) 733-0950 or email email@example.com. Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Joe Marvilli
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – COUNTY OF QUEENS INDEX# 19310/ 2012 FILED: 2/13/2013 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premise is situated. DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR GSAMP TRUST 2005WMC3, POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF DECEMBER, 1 2005, Plaintiff against LIGIA CASTRO, and any unknown heirs at law of LIGIA CASTRO, next of kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendants who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in and to the subject premises, BANK OF AMERICA, NA, ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12, “ the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to Plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendant(s) TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOU CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT
STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not serviced with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may appear within (60) days of service thereof and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a mortgage which was duly recorded in Document 2005000618271 in the office of the Clerk of the County of QUEENS where the property is located on November 4, 2005. Said mortgage was ultimately assigned by written agreement therefore to DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR GSAMP TRUST 2005WMC3, POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF DECEMBER, 1 2005 by assignment of mortgage which was dated August 24, 2012, covering premises known as 30-07 95 th Street, East Elmhurst, NY 11369 (Block: 1393 Lot: 51). The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt described above. To the above named Defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Denis J. Butler, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, filed along with the supporting papers in the office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on 2/5/2013. This is an action to fore-
close on a mortgage. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens and City and State of New York. BLOCK: 1393 LOT: 51 said premises known as 30-07 95 th Street, East Elmhurst, NY 11369. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. By reason of the default in the payment of the monthly installment of principal and interest, among other things, as hereinafter set forth, Plaintiff, the holder and owner of the aforementioned note and mortgage, or their agents have elected and hereby accelerate the mortgage and declare the entire mortgage indebtedness immediately due and payable. The following amounts are now due and owing on said mortgage, no part of any of which has been paid although duly demanded: By virtue thereof, plaintiff has heretofore elected and by these presents hereby elects to accelerate the entire unpaid principal balance of $648,277.33 to be immediately due and payable under the mortgage herein foreclosed, plus interest at the rate calculated in accordance with the provisions of the note from November 1, 2009, together with unpaid late charges in the amount of $2,693.23 that have accrued prior to this action as of August 6, 2012. Presently there is no partial payment held in suspense. Plaintiff is also entitled to recover escrow advances made to protect plaintiff’s mortgage and a reasonable amount for attorneys’ fees to be determined by the Court. UNLESS YOU DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER YOUR RECEIPT HEREOF THAT THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, IS DISPUTED, THE DEBTOR JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH VERIFICATION OR JUDGMENT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU BY THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR. IF APPLICABLE, UPON YOUR WRITTEN REQUEST, WITHIN SAID THIRTY (30) DAY PE-
RIOD, THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE FROM THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/CREDITOR AND THIS NOTICE/DISCLOSURE IS FOR COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid, there are government agencies, and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by New York state Banking Department at 1877-Bank-NYS or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.state.ny.us FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money
from you until they have completed all such promised services. Section 1303 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving the copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you may lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING AN ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 301, Armonk, NY 10504 ___________________________________ Notice of Formation Modern Dental Services PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 2/2/2013. Off. Loc.: Queens Cnty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o the LLC, 140-31 Cherry Ave., Apt. 1B, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: all lawful activities. ___________________________________ CORE ALLIANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY PLLC, a domestic PLLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/16/13. Office location: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 148-09 Northern Blvd., #1K, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Physical Therapy ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of JELAKI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/7/12. Off. loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 269-29V Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11005. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ WW Brooklyn Realty LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on
12/7/12. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 147 Greenway North, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes. __________________________________ Notice of formation of Spartan Demolition Company LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on May 18 th , 2012. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 121-07 234 th St Rosedale, NY 11422. Purpose: any lawful purpose. __________________________________ Notice of Formation of Five Ten Realty, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/ 13/13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 29-27 41st Ave., Ste. 606, Long Island City, NY 11101, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. __________________________________ Notice of Formation of Front Apartments, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/ 11/13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Werber Management, 40-52 75th St., Elmhurst, NY 11373, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. __________________________________ Notice of Formation of Lush & Lavish LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/3/12. Office loc: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 229-19 Merrick Blvd #182, Laurelton, NY 11413. Purpose: any lawful activity. __________________________________ Ruben Robenov, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/2/10. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 105-55 62nd Dr. / #4B, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.
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CB 9 Concerned Over Soil Project By LUIS GRONDA In what can only be described as a heated and lively discussion, members of Community Board 9 grilled representatives from the company hired to remove contaminated soil in Ozone Park. Representatives from Endzone, a subcompany of Ozone Industries Inc., attended Tuesday night’s CB 9 meeting to present the scope of the work they will be doing in Ozone Park. The project calls for Endzone to dig up and take out contaminated soil with trichloroethylene, or TCE, from bays beneath a closed industrial site between 99th and 100th streets just off of 101st Avenue. The contamination was first found in 2003 and there have been several delays to start the project until this year. David Austin, one of four Endzone representatives who attended Tuesday night’s meeting, announced that they received the necessary approvals from both the Dept. of Environmental Conservation and Dept. of Health, who are both overseeing the removal, and they expect to begin work at the site in the middle of May. Removal is expected to take three-to-four months. During that time, Austin said, the most intense work of the project should last about six weeks. They will dig the soil about four feet beneath the ground and move it to an off-site location yet to be determined. Several CB 9 members raised con-
cerns about the project, including whether the chemical has spread further than the area where they are working and if it has gotten into the groundwater. Regarding the groundwater, Austin said that it has not gotten into the water because all of the contaminated soil is located within the four feet that they are digging and the groundwater is 30 feet underground. As for the possibility that it has spread, Etienne David Adorno and Dr. Vincent Evangelista were especially worried about this and pressed the Endzone representatives if that was the case or not. “Have they been testing the surrounding area to make sure it hasn’t spread, that’s all I want to know,” Adorno said. In response, Austin said that they did testing in the area as much as the DEC study allowed them to and they are just following the plan that the city agency set forth for them. Dr. Evangelista supported what Adorno’s questioning, saying that there are several businesses located near the site and they are concerned about the possibility that the TCE has spread further. The doctor has his office located about two blocks from the work site. An audience member, Tony DeSola, Vice President of LMB Consultants Inc., another business located near the project, voiced his opinion while the discussion was ongoing, saying that it was a cover up and the chemical has spread further.
He passed out a photo that shows the alleged spread of the TCE. Because he did that during a portion of the meeting that only board members were permitted to speak, DeSola and Jim Cocovillo, the CB 9 chair who was running his first meeting, got into a shouting match, which Cocovillo demanded that he leave the meeting. It eventually settled down and DeSola remained at the meeting. After more discussion, Cocovillo said that the board needs to get DEC to come to a meeting and speak about their investigation of the entire area as they are in charge of the project. A DEC spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment about their concerns by press time. Member Removed Community Board 9 also voted to kick out Kew Gardens resident Albert Cohen Tuesday night because of attendance reasons. Cohen had missed six meetings prior to Tuesday. Cocovillo said that he had been notified after his third absence about his attendance and to start showing up to meetings. Cohen was also absent Tuesday night when the board voted to remove him. A woman answering the phone at Cohen’s law office in Forest Hills said that he was unavailable to speak about this matter on Wednesday morning and would only say that he missed the meetings for medical reasons.
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Nawang Sherpa of Long Island City, a student at Wagner Secondary School, is deep in thought before his next move in Chess-in-the-Schools’ Queens Chess Day tournament, held at PS 150Q. Sherpa competed along with 400 other students and ranked in the top 25 percent.
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SAFE Act, Budget Top Forum Issues By TRISHA SAKHUJA Community members attended a lively discussion at a town hall meeting organized by joined forces, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) on April 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City. "Holding a public forum to address the needs of our community is an essential part of the democratic process and an important civic duty," Simotas said. "Learning more about the issues our neighbors face helps us to better represent them and having representatives from so many agencies allows us to solve some problems right here and now." Simotas was accompanied by State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D- Astoria) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), along with representatives from a collection of agencies, including the City Depts. of Education, Transportation, Sanitation, Housing Preservation and Development, Federal Aviation Administration, Port Authority, LaGuardia Airport, Homelesss Services, Small Business Services, Environmental Protections, Consumer Affairs, Corrections, State Comptroller, Taxi and Limousine Commission, Mount Sinai Hospital, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Community Board 1 and Con Edison. One of the controversial topics that night was the discussion of the newly signed New York Secure Ammunition
and Firearms Enforcement don't want this change because (SAFE) Act of 2013, passed the gifted program is so sucby the New York State legcessful." islature. Some residents The safety and the run-down spoke up against the "new condition of the Astoria definition of assault weapHeights playground is another ons" saying "their purpose matter of concern for the comis only for hunting, target munity. A resident said, him shooting and self defense." and his son almost got hit with Simotas replied by exa bottle that was thrown topressing the concern of wards them. He says the park is removing illegal weapons not safe because of the constant from the streets and from smoking and fighting he sees. mentally ill people because "We are closely working we cannot afford another with the 114th Precinct to send tragedy. out more park enforcement "We needed to address officers," said Norman Chan, the issue, and it is not a park and recreation manager state issue, it is a national for Queens. "We have a spotissue. What do you need an light on the park and concerned assault weapon for?" she for its safety." asked the constituents. Gianaris responded to the "We need to ensure the Trade Fair meat workers locksafety of all of us." out questions and concerns, by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas addresses members of Another much talked saying, "Everyone should make the communit y during a town hall meeting on April 11. about topic was the proenough to provide a decent posed budget cuts by the living for their family and I you must rest assure because we will support the workers." Department of Education (DOE). "The DOE plans to restructure our stand by your side," Simotas said in When asked about the increased school by adding more general educa- response to Anil's case. "There is a rea- number of film production taking place tion classes, which will phase out the son we shouldn't phase out the gifted on Long Island City, Simotas responded gifted and talented program," said Anil, program." by saying, "When film productions take "It is imperative the gifted academy place here, our small businesses grow, a student from the gifted middle school program at PS 122 known as "The stays because we know this proposal will which in turn creates a lot of jobs." compromise all aspects of general eduAcademy." Reach Reporter Trisha Sakhuja at "If you were able to articulate such a cation," said Anastasia Cunningham, a (718-357-4000), Ext. 128, or at well-drafted case to the community, then mother of two children at PS 122. "We firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 10/4/12, bearing Index Number NC000656-12/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) Alexandr (Last) Nektalov My present name is (First) Aleksandr (Middle) Yuryevich (Last) Nektalov aka Alexandr Nektalov, aka Alexander Yurevich Nektalov My present address is 102-47 63 rd Dr., Forest Hills, NY 11375 My place of birth is Uzbekistan My date of birth is April 28,1993 _____________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 1926 ASSETS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/12/ 05. 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, 71-63 Austin Street, Queens, New York 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _____________________________ Notice of Formation of Willoughby Vernon, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/4/ 13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 221-10 Jamaica Ave., 3rd Fl., Queens Village, NY 11428, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. ____________________________ SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS NYCTL 2010-A TRUST, and THE BANK OF NEW YORK, as Collateral Agent and Custodian for the NYCTL 2010-A TRUST, Plaintiff against KYUNG KWON, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated February 26, 2013, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., in Courtroom #25, Jamaica, NY on the 10th day of May, 2013 at 10:00 AM premises lying and being in the Borough of Queens and State of New York. In the Condominium
known as The Towers Condominium together with an undivided .0124% percent interest in the Common Elements. This Unit is also designated as Tax Lot 1021 in Block 4977. Said premises known as 136-75 37TH AVENUE, UNIT 3E, FLUSHING, NY Approximate amount of lien $ 7,152.71 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index Number 19841/11. WILLIAM F. MACKEY, JR., Referee. Seyfarth Shaw LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 620 Eighth Avenue, 32nd Floor New York, NY 10018-1405 (* QUEENS TRI - *) _____________________________ PARDALIS & NOHAVICKA LLP Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/13/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLP upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLP 35-10 Broadway 2 nd FL. Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any lawful activity. _____________________________ Notice of Formation of SSS Supply Chain Services LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/23/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 5008 66 th St. Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful activity. _____________________________ Notice is hereby given [#pending] that license to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a bar. Under the alcoholic beverage control law at: VINNY’S PITZ STOP/BAR D/B/A VINCENT TITONE 241 21 BRADDOCK AVE. BELLEROSE NY 11426 _____________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12/11/12, bearing Index Number NC-000898-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 8917 Sutphin Boulevard, Ja-
maica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Tyrone (Middle) Alexander (Last) Thompson-El My present name is (First) Tyrone (Middle) Alexander (Last) Thompson aka Tyrone A Thompson aka Tyrone Thompson My present address is 227-22 113 th Ave., Queens Village, NY 11429-2713 My place of birth is Queens, New York My date of birth is December 07, 1977 _____________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 03 2013, bearing Index Number NC-000305-13/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) Vauhini (Middle) Premana (Last) Khan My present name is (First) Vauhini (Middle) Premana (Last) Seepersaud-Khan aka Vauhini P SeepersadKhan, aka Vauhini P Seepersad, aka Vauhini Premana Seepersaud, aka Vauhini P SeepersaudKhan My present address is 133-11 122 nd St., South Ozone Park, NY 11420 My place of birth is Guyana My date of birth is June 04, 1984 _____________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAR 13 2013, bearing Index Number NC-000010-13/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Riley (Middle) Kerri Chanise (Last) Colon My present name is (First) Chanise (Middle) Kerri (Last) Colon aka Chanise K Colon My present address is 11724 232 nd S t . , C a m b r i a Heights, NY 11411 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is August 20, 1987
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105th Precinct ARREST: At 6 a.m. on April 5, members of the 105th Precinct AntiCrime Team and Field Intelligence Officers executed a search warrant for a residence located at 104-23 210th St., Queens Village. After the NYPD Emergency Service Unit entered the premises, a total of 10 firearms, a large knife with a brass knuckle handle, narcotics and marijuana were recovered inside. Police arrested six individuals including: Aaron Lyttle, 25; Malika Evans, 19; Lashonda Mitchell, 23; and Michelle Evans, 51, all of the above address; Shaniqua Harris, 22, of Queens Village; and Aneesaa Gray, 20, of Rosedale. All six were charged with 10 counts of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, 10 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, 10 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon: three or more firearms; three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, one count of unlawful activity: dangerous weapon, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of seventhdegree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Queens DA ROBBERY CHARGES: Queens DA Richard Brown announced that Ravinder Dharamshot, 32 of Queens Village, and Umair Farooq, 23, of Oakland Gardens, have been charged with participating in the robberies of two gas stations and a deli in Queens and then leading police on a dangerous car chase to avoid arrest. The defendants were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, second-degree robbery and possessing an imitation pistol. Dharamshot is additionally charged with
first-degree reckless endangerment. They face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. According to the charges, Dharamshot and Farooq robbed a Gulf gas station located at 241-15 Hillside Ave. at approximately 5:40 a.m. on March 16, and took approximately $800. They also allegedly robbed an Exxon gas station located at 137-21 Liberty Avenue at approximately 4 a.m. on March 19, and took approximately $500. Finally, they are accused of robbing a deli, the Braddock Super Bazaar, located at 237-08 Braddock Avenue at approximately 3:20 a.m. on March 23 and taking approximately $200. Also, on April 3, between approximately 5:07 a.m. and 5:37 a.m., at the intersection of Utopia Parkway and Cross Island Parkway, a police officer saw the defendant Dharamshot operating a blue Mercury Villager minivan which matched the description of a vehicle used in multiple commercial robberies. Dharamshot then allegedly began driving at a high rate of speed, pulled into a driveway and exited his vehicle. When the police officer exited his vehicle to approach the defendant he allegedly jumped back into the minivan, put the car in reverse and nearly struck two police cars. Finally, Dharamshot is accused of then driving through the streets through several stop signs and red lights, driving onto the Clearview Expressway in the opposite direction of traffic, causing other vehicles to swerve out of the way to avoid being struck by the defendant’s vehicle. It is alleged that the defendant then exited the Clearview Expressway and drove up onto a sidewalk for an entire block, almost striking pedestrians, before finally crashing into a police car at Colden Street and Elder Avenue, causing injuries to two police officers. Farooq, who was allegedly a passenger in the minivan, was apprehended shortly after the crash. Dharamshot allegedly fled the scene and was arrested later that day. The investigation was conducted by the NYPD’s Queens Robbery Squad.
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Flushing Facility Focuses On Adult Care By JOE MARVILLI The New Hope Adult Day Care Center in Flushing will hold an open house on April 11, giving seniors an opportunity to check out the services available at the retirement community. The open house taking place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. is also a soft opening for the facility itself, which will have staff members on hand to accept registrants from that day forward. Located at 3323 Union Street, the Flushing center is set apart from many other adult care programs because it is directly affiliated with a skilled nursing and long-term care facility, Union Plaza Care Center. “Our model is less like a senior center and more like an adult day care is supposed to be,” community outreach Bonnie Nogin said. “We can handle a population that requires more care.” The name New Hope come from the message of giving their members something new to look forward to every day and a reason to be hopeful for tomorrow. The center offers daily activities that promote a sense of well-being,
in a physical, mental and spiritual sense. Social programs include games, outside trips, holiday festivals, karaoke, parties and live entertainment. Adult education classes and lectures are offered as well. There are also creative classes, such as cooking, arts and craft, art therapy and more. “Adult education can be anything from English as a Second Language, to poetry to ballroom dancing,” Nogin said. “It addresses all of the levels of functioning, cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual. It actually enhances the lives of our registrants; maintaining their optimal level of well-being.” In terms of exercise, the center offers Tai Chi, Yoga and dance classes to keep their members energized and active. Weekly salon visits are available for both men and women on site for a relaxing time. Massage therapy by a licensed technician and acupuncture treatments are available on site, along with nutritional counseling and blood pressure monitoring. For those looking to stay con-
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nected with their community, inter-generational programs and religious/spiritual visits are included at New Hope as well. “It keeps them connected to the community. Having visits from the Young Women’s Christian Association and the local schools and churches lets people stay connected,” Nogin said. The New Hope Adult Day Care Center offers “They may not be able daily activities that promote a sense of wellto get around to particibeing for older adults. pate. But when you The open house will include Kobring it to them, they can stay conrean and Chinese delicacies, givenected.” While the inter-generational vis- aways and professional dancers. Loits are good for the seniors, they also cal officials, church leaders and civic offer an education experience for leaders will be on hand during the open house to welcome the center to the children. “I think it’s crucial for children to the community as well. New Hope accepts most long be exposed to our elderly and see them as a vital part of our society,” term care insurance programs. In Nogin added. “It’s important to learn addition to qualified therapists, a from them and hear about our his- social worker/case manager is available to answer any and all questions tory.” Hope’s daily lunches are pre- you may have and assist with any pared by on-site chefs, who make relevant documentation that is reauthentic Korean cuisine as well as quired. For more information, please many other dishes that appeal to all call (718) 661-6899. residents. Multi-lingual services and Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at programs are an essential part of the (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at facility as well. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Staying Active To Stay Healthy By WILLIAM GILLESPIE, M.D. Getting older doesn’t mean you should slow down or stop exercising. By staying active, you can help prevent disease, maintain physical strength and improve your mental agility. Just be sure that you consult your doctor before starting an exercise regimen. If exercise hasn’t been part of your daily routine, you can start out slowly by going for regular walks with friends. Walking at a brisk pace is ideal for most people, regardless of age, because it is easier on your bones and joints than jogging and other high-impact activities. Take your dog for daily walks – an exercise that not only helps you to combat obesity, but your canine, too! According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, nearly half of all canines are overweight or obese.
“Find exercises you like and stick to a routine. You’ll feel stronger and more energetic. If the outdoor life is not for you, try an exercise class for seniors.” - Dr. William Gillespie
Walking also strengthens your heart, reducing your risk for stroke, heart attack and coronary artery disease. In addition, it helps burn calories, which allows you to maintain a healthy weight. What is a healthy weight? From a medical point of view, it’s a proper weight for your body that minimizes your risk for disease. It’s not about being thin necessarily. There are many good guides to judge body mass index, activity and waist size – all good indicators of healthy weight. Of course, moderate exercise can both help attain a healthy weight and maintain it. To prevent bone loss and build muscle, you may want to consider lifting light weights. Weightlifting can also prove to be an excellent activity for muscular and cardiovascular endurance. Although you may not be lifting at your maximum capacity, lifting lighter weights may be an overall safer training method when done properly. Gardening activities also help to build muscle and burn calories. By digging dirt, pulling weeds and hauling bags of mulch, you can burn around 300 calories, depending on your body weight, for every hour spent planting your favorite flowers and vegetables. As in all activities
Consider using the warm-up period before more intense activities to do your stretching exercises. Don’t underestimate the importance of balance. Exercises like standing on one foot or walking on a curb help prevent falls – the leading cause of injury death for adults 65 years of age or older. Remember to always have a strong support nearby Staying active helps to prevent disease, main- that you can grasp if you tain physical strength and improve your mental lose your balance when performing these exeragility. cises. you partake in, be mindful of your Most importantly, find exercises physical limits, including health is- you like and stick to a routine. You’ll sues such as arthritis when garden- feel stronger and more energetic. If ing. Choose tools and activities that the outdoor life is not for you, try an you can handle. exercise class for seniors. You can Stretching exercises are also a meet new people and maintain an vital component in any exercise rou- independent, healthy you. tine. Not only does stretching inWilliam Gillespie, M.D., is Chief crease your flexibility, which can Medical Officer of EmblemHealth. promote ease of movement and re- EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care duce risk of injury, it can also im- in Cambria Heights provides prove posture and bone mineral den- wellness information, health care sity, which can prevent developing solutions and support to osteoporosis – a bone disease that EmblemHealth members and to the leads to an increased risk of fracture. people of Queens.
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Boomers: Credit Profiles Important Maintaining a good credit profile is important at all stages of life, even for baby boomers who may have paid off their mortgages and do not anticipate the need for more bigticket loans. But it’s important to remember credit scores are used for more than just borrowing money, and you never know when an opportunity or emergency might pop up where credit is needed. To be sure, maintaining good credit can benefit everyone from vacation home shoppers to those seeking college tuition loans, and it can help you acquire financing in the event that you would rather use credit than cash. Once a credit history is established, keep these tips in mind: Keep credit accounts active. As children leave the household and retirement looms on the horizon, many baby boomers seek to simplify their finances. What you might not realize is that closing old credit accounts with a positive credit history could negatively affect your credit score, especially if this process is done all at once. Keep the older accounts open, and use them for small purchases. Encourage financial independence. It’s a common trend for the baby boomer generation to assist their children and grandchildren financially, even helping purchase
Keeping track of your credit score is still important for older adults. large-ticket items like tuition, homes and vehicles. Co-signing for a loan affects these generous baby boomers’ credit accounts as well as their children’s, and the behavior of either can affect the credit scores of both. Before co-signing, consider the length of the loan’s terms and have confidence that payment obligations will always be met. Know how to protect your score, even in disasters. Natural disasters can happen at any time, and in
any location. Baby boomers who are affected by a natural disaster can ask lenders to flag their accounts while they get their lives sorted out after the disaster. When lenders flag an account in this manner, the account is no longer used when your credit score is calculated. This can have both positive and negative effects. -If you flag an account that has always been paid on time and managed wisely, then that account is likely normally hav-
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ing a positive impact to your score. When it’s flagged for a natural disaster then you lose that positive impact, and potentially risk lowering your credit score while it remains flagged. On the other hand, if the account has blemishes, those negative elements will be ignored while the account is flagged, temporarily boosting your score. Review your credit files and your score. By checking to make sure your credit files are accurate and knowing your credit scores, you can make changes to your credit habits, improve your scores, or continue down the path of being a good credit manager. Every boomer should get a copy of his or her credit report annually from each of the national credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) at www.annualcreditreport.com and review them to be sure they are complete and accurate. To test your knowledge about credit scores and find ways to make improvements in your credit history, visit www.CreditScoreQuiz.org, which was created by VantageScore Solutions along with its partner, Consumer Federation of America. The online quiz is also available in Spanish at www.creditscorequiz.org/ Espanol.
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Future of Programs Murky minority community, this money is like the life-blood for them.” Wills also noted that if funding were to be taken away or frozen, programs that help the community with social issues, like J-CAP, may not be able to thrive, adversely impacting the district. “If they drive and die than a lot of the social concerns in our communities will just become more prevalent,” he asserted. Yvonne Reddick, District Manager of Community Board 12, pointed out that during these troubling economic times, it is already difficult for groups to obtain funding, but the news of Smith’s arrest presents yet another obstacle in the already difficult process. “Anyone that has a program that is funded – it doesn’t matter if it’s the State or the City, is concerned because programs have been cut as is,” Reddick said. “I think people with programs from different resources are always concerned and even more so now.” A similar conflict presents itself in Northeast Queens due to the arrest of Councilman Dan Halloran (RWhitestone), who is allegedly the middle man in the same corruption scheme Smith was nabbed for. The charges against Halloran allege that he promised a cooperating witness posing as a wealthy real estate developer that he would secure money in exchange for his help to get Smith on the Republican ticket for mayor.
“Council Member Halloran’s arrest should not impede the participatory budgeting process and his constituents should not be punished – especially when participatory budgeting is a proven method for injecting transparency, accountability, and democracy into the budget process, and can ward off the risk of corruption that plagues the member item system,” the statement read. Quinn’s office did not respond for comment although several reports indicate that she still defends the member item process and does not want to see affected groups “become the victim of an alleged criminal’s activities.”
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BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA The evening before his arrest on Tuesday morning, The Queens Tribune spoke to State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) about his success in securing $200,000 in funding for the substance abuse program in St. Albans, J-CAP. “Whatever kind of program helps people rehabilitate themselves and become productive citizens as opposed to being a burden to society is worthwhile to be supportive of,” an upbeat Smith said. “J- CAP has a tremendous record for doing that.” But now, with Smith facing up to 45 years behind bars for an alleged corruption scheme to rig the upcoming mayoral election, the future of JCAP and other programs anticipating funds from the Senator may be foggy. Although these programs have been already been signed off on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it is entirely possible that J-CAP and other organizations and groups relying on this money are subject to review, a political insider explained. “Anything is possible. Stranger things have happened,” the insider said. Influential Southeast Queens leader and former Congressman Rev. Floyd Flake echoed similar sentiments, claiming that the groups which were allocated money by Smith may experience a few bumps in the road. “It might be difficult for some of them,” Flake said. “Their future is going to be a question we won’t have an answer to until we get back to Albany.” This holds especially true for programs and nonprofit organizations that were allocated and promised funding that have not yet been approved. Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), whose district falls within Smith’s senatorial district, similarly noted that valuable programs rely on government funding to operate. “I don’t believe that these groups should be penalized because these groups are the ones that do the work on the ground and they have done nothing wrong,” Wills said. “The people have done nothing wrong, the participants that benefit from these groups have done nothing wrong and funding should stay in tact.” Wills explained that it was more than probable the money allocated by Smith to these programs will be frozen until the agencies validate the integrity of the funding. Still, he hopes that no group will fall victim as a result of the alleged criminality. “I hope that they continue to get the funding,” Wills said. “A lot of these smaller organizations that could be hurt fall within the minority community. For several organizations in the
Discretionary Concerns After the bribery allegations surfaced last week and Smith and Halloran appeared in court in White Plains, both were stripped of the ability to allocate funds by the City Council and State Senate. Community Board 11 Distr ict Manager Susan Seinfeld said that in the days following Halloran’s arrest, community groups and residents within his district have approached her with their concerns. “The community was concerned about what would happen to discretionary money,” Seinfeld said. “There are a bunch of nonprofits that have gotten discretionar y money from [Halloran’s] offices that count on it.” While many have questioned the use of discretionary funds, Seinfeld looked at the benefits. “Unfor tunately, discretionar y money can be abused, but when done right, it could really help the kind and local, great community groups,” she continued. “Some of the places that have gotten money are really great places but if they don’t get City Council discretionar y money, they really have to rely more
After the arrests last week of State Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran, community members are concerned that allocations to local groups could be in jeopardy. on fundraising because there is no other money that they are getting.” Prior to Halloran’s arrest, the Councilman also secured $1 million for his district to take part in participatory budgeting – a nonbinding process which allows community members to cast votes and recommend how they would like to see taxpayer money spent. For the past eight months, dozens of his constituents put in hundreds of volunteer hours to propose and develop capital projects. Just last weekend, more than 1,170 residents from Halloran’s district cast their votes in the experimental process. The future of these par ticular member items, however, lies in the hands of City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, as well as Chairman of the Queens City Council Delegation and Borough President candidate, Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans). In response to the questions on how participatory budgeting will proceed in light of Halloran’s arrest, Community Voices Heard, the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center and the Participator y Budgeting Project released a statement.
But the feelings are mixed in the City’s political landscape. New York City Public Advocate and a political opponent of Quinn’s, Bill de Blasio, called for the outright ban on the spending system. “Time after time, the discretionary funding system has led to bribery, political blackmail and a boatload of big legal bills paid for by taxpayers,” de Blasio said in a statement. “New York doesn’t need an appropriations process that aids and abets corruption and political gamesmanship in order to invest in our City’s priorities and worthwhile projects.” Despite the growing concer n among public leaders, it is still too early to determine whether the alleged crimes of Smith and Halloran will have an adverse effect on the organizations and programs in their communities. Neither Smith nor Halloran have stepped down or resigned following their arrests and both of them have fervently denied any wrongdoing. The future of these programs will depend on a number of factors, particularly a conviction and the actions of key players like Quinn, Comrie and the potential replacements for Smith’s and Halloran’s seats. Dan Andrews, a spokesperson for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, agreed that “the dust is still kind of settling” but it is Marshall’s hope that valuable organizations will not suffer as a consequence. “The Borough President Marshall hopes that any innocent organization is not punished in any way in regard to allocated funding and that will hopefully be the case,” he said. “Certainly, it is our hope that no organization will loose funding because of who funded the money.” Reach Repor ter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska @queenspress.com
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Mother OF THE Year The Queens Tribune and its advertisers are pleased to once again present our “Mother of the Year” contest. Our Mother’s Day issue will feature winning entries plus thoughts from the children of Queens. This is our small way of paying tribute to the moms out there who help make Queens a better place to live. The contest rules are simple. Just submit 250 (typewritten when possible, otherwise legible) words or less as to why your mom is special. You or your mom must be a Queens resident. Entries must be received by Friday, May 3, 2013. Enclose a photo of mom, Mother's Day Prizes Include: with her kids if possible (sorry they can't be returned). Mail entries to “Mother of the Year” Queens Tribune, 15050 14th Rd., Whitestone, NY 11357, or email them to email@example.com Entries will be judged in three age groups: A) 8 and under; B) 9-12 and C) 13 - adult. Judging will be based on content, creativity and sensitivity. We are open-minded about this contest and even mother-inlaw entries will be accepted. Don't Delay: get your entry in today and pay tribute to your special "MOM" (and get Mother's Day gifts too!)
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Brandeis Association Heads To Washington D.C.
The Brandeis Association of Queens County sponsored the admission of several attorneys before the United States Supreme Court. Justice Jeremy S. Weinstein, administrative judge civil matters 11th Judicial District, moved the attorneys’ admission before the full panel of Supreme Court Justices and after Chief Justice John Roberts granted the motion, the newly-admitted attorneys remained to hear oral arguments. Pictured are Justice Weinstein, Justice Bernice Siegal, Brandeis chair; Neda Malamed, Brandeis president; Justice Lee Mayersohn, Judge Leonard Livote, along with the inductees.
The Cos Comes To QC On April 2, Capital One Bank reopened its Rockaway Park branch, which was closed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Pictured (from left) are State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich, branch manager Ursuline Francis-Bruno, Robert Walsh, Rich Schnapper, Liz Smith-Bruno and Jeanne Johnson.
Entertainment legend Bill Cosby performed an exclusive show at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College on April 6 as part of the college’s “Best of the Best” series. More than 2,000 people filled the auditorium as “The Cos” spun stories about parenting and relationships in his signature style.
On April 4, the Appellate Division, Second Department, sat in regular session at St. John’s University School of Law’s Belson Moot Court room. Pictured (from left) are Dean Michael Simons, Hon. Ruth Balkin, Associate Justice; Hon. Reinaldo Rivera, Associate Justice; Hon. Randall Eng, Presiding Justice; Hon. Daniel Angiolillo, associate justice; and Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, associate justice.
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Bayside Author Releases Debut Novel By JOE MA RV ILLI Although Queens-born author Mat t Thomas has been writing since he was 10 years old, he had never released a full-length novel. Until now, that is. T h o m a s’ d e b u t , “A Breach in Death,” was released last month through Boxfire Press, an independent publisher based in Washington D.C. The book tells the story of Arc, a new Grim Reaper whose first day on the job does not go smoothly. Throughout the tale, which takes place in Astoria and Manhat tan, Arc and his fellow reaper/guide to the underworld, Lucy, learn that something has upset the balance between life and death in a way that threatens ever yone. The idea for this piece of literature came from his time in graduate school at Syracuse University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English. He took a f i c t i o n w o rk s h o p w i t h Ro b e r t O’Connor, the author of “Buffalo Sol-
diers,” who asked him to write two polished shor t stories. Thomas decided to write a third one as well, which was the genesis for “A Breach in Death.” “I always thought that a realistic take on the Grim Reaper my th would be an interesting angle, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it,” he said. “I star ted thinking, how would one get assigned that job? How would a new Grim Reaper react to being thrown into such an unear thly situation?” That writing exercise became a shor t stor y called “The Saints That Burnt Crosses,” which was published in 2005. Thomas was not done with that stor yline though. As t ime went on, he star ted writing chapters and scenarios to expand the plot into a full-length tale. He found a match with Boxfire Press, who was looking to switch from publishing shor t stories to focusing on novels. This transition to a full-length novel
SculptureCenter Readies LIC Move By TRISHA SAKHUJA The Long Island City SculptureCenter is set for expansion, which includes a new 2,000-squarefoot addition to the existing structure. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (DSunnyside) joined Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and New York Cit y Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin on April 2 at the sculpture center to break ground on the newly announced renovations and expansion. With the help of Van Bramer, the City Council secured $125,000 in funding for Long Island City’s cultural space. The ‘Building SculptureCenter Campaign’ will grant $4.5 million in building funds and $1.5 million in working capital and term endowments, which sets the center in a position to play a defining role in the neighborhood. “Culture is an anchor and the SculptureCenter has done a tremendous job at working with the LIC communit y and helping the art s flourish in Queens,” Van Bramer tweeted. The addit ions include a one-story entrance lobby with a bookshop, coatroom, seating area and restrooms. An elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries will be constructed, as well as an enclosed court yard for outdoor exhibitions. The electrical and mechanical systems will see an upgrade, and the office and storage
spaces will also see improvements. “The ar t s and culture of Long Island City is one of the key assets and it’s the reason why we have lots of visitors,” Dan Miner, senior vice president of the Long Island Cit y Par tnership, said. “The expansion of the Sculpture Center is a good thing because it brings more focus to LIC and its involvement w it h the major, inter nat ional art inst itutions.” The project manager, architect Andrew Berman, who has designed award winning projects for institutions like Center for Architecture, The New York Public Librar y and MoM A PS1, wants to create a stronger presence through the introduction of using new mat e r ials i ncludi ng ply wo o d a nd cor ten steel. Since the relocation of the contemporar y art museum from New York City to a former trolley repair shop in LIC in 2002, it has emerged as a dynamic space offering a series of public program and events that has featured more than 650 artists, countless number of performance s, film screenings and concerts. The center plans to remain open throughout construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. Reach Reporter Trisha Sakhuja at (718-357-4000), Ext. 128, or at email@example.com.
was a long time coming for Thomas. He wrote his first story as a child, about two brothers running into an escaped convict during a vacation to Mount Rushmore. After finishing college, he worked as a writer and submit ted ar ticles for various magazines, websites and newspapers. “It didn’t necessarily influence my style, but it did have a tremendous impact on the way I approach each piece,” Thomas said. “It’s made my writing cleaner, more disciplined.” From there, the author had a few short stories published, such as “Crossover” and “Happiness, USA,” both of which were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. “Shor t stories require a tempo and rhythm that ca n maintain the reader’s interest while offering a sense of completion in a ver y narrow space,” he said. “Novels are a different animal. I
need to outline and plot.” Many of Thomas’ works have had a fantastical or science-fiction theme, an interest that came from years of reading classic literature and graphic novels. “I look at ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ with as much revere as I do “Of Mice and Men,” so I wanted my own stories to reflect that influence,” he said. “Each piece I write is character driven but usually built within a world that allows for the fantastic.” “A Breach in Death” is cur rently available at major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. “I’m ver y proud of it, and I want to share it with readers who love character-driven genre fiction as much as I do,” Thomas said. Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodhaven Native Hits Broadway formers each get a few moments to shine By ELYSE TREV ERS Did Anton Chekhov really create a alone. Though perhaps more famous, character named Spike in one of his Weaver is weaker than the other two. plays? No - but Christopher Durang did, Comedy doe s not seem to be her forte, and Billy Magnussen, who grew up in even when she plays an over-emoting Woodhaven until the age of 10, plays affected actress. With his unerring humor t he par t i n t he comedy, and deftness, Durang makes “ Va n y a a n d S o n i a a n d us laugh at truths. In a brilM a s h a a n d S p i k e .” A s liant rant delivered by Hyde Spike, the boy-toy of Masha Pierce, Vanya mourns for the (played by Sigourney past as he worries about the Weaver), he often cavorts on future. Nielsen is wonder ful stage, unhesitatingly stripas the droopy and sorrowful ping down to his underwear. Sonia. The young man highlights Magnussen manages to the malaise of the others, hold his own opposite far who occasionally bemoan more experienced actors. He their situation in life. Vanya (played by David Billy Magnussen is extremely physical, hugging or pinching other charHyde Pierce) and Sonia (the hysterical Kristine Nielsen) play a middle- acters suddenly and playfully. Masha has aged brother and his adopted sister who had five husbands and Spike, an aspirlive in an idyllic house in Bucks County, ing actor, is her latest boyfriend. He is Pa. The house is owned and suppor ted like a rambunctious puppy dog. “ It helps to have a passing knowledge by their successful actress sister, Masha. The three are the offspring of two col- of Chekhov and other classic works, lege professors who were community e sp ecial ly when t he housekeepe r, theater actors with a penchant for Cassandra, (the riotous Shallot Grant) Chekhov, hence the names of their chil- gives dire prophesies about the future. dren. Masha comes for a visit and an- However, one does not need to know nounces that she has been advised by any thing about t he genre of drama to her assistant to sell the house. Then she appreciate Durang’s themes. He mocks tells Vanya and Sonia that they are all theater and actors and Chekhov. Most going to a costume par ty given by a importantly, he mocks our penchant for neighbor in a nearby house once owned technology and the intimacy and priby Dorot hy Parker. Masha is goi ng vacy we have given up. These are some dressed as Disney’s Snow White and has heav y themes, but Vanya and Sonia and brought ‘suppor ting’ costume s, which Masha and Spike make us laugh and laugh and laugh. leads to some wonderful visual humor. “Vanya and Sonia a nd Masha and Hyde Pierce and Nielsen have worked together for so long that they Spike” is at the Golden Theatre. For visit play off each other very well. Yet Durang i n f o r m a t i o n , ensures that his two talented comic per- ww w.vanyasoniamashaspike.com.
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Queens Today SECTION EDITOR: REGINA VOGEL
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!
ALUMNI IMMACULATE CONC. April 27 Immaculate Conception School in Astoria will host a reunion for all graduates. email@example.com
DANCE ST. JOSAPHAT Sunday, April 14 St. Josaphat’s Easter/ Swieconka Dance 2-6 in Bayside. $35 includes cocktail hour, dinner and music. 746-5138 tickets. IMMAC. CONCEPTION Friday, April 19 Annual Spring Dinner Dance at Leonard’s of Great Neck. 739-0880.
ENVIRONMENT HOME HYDROPONICS Monday, April 15 Sunnyside library at 6. SEEDLING SWAP Thursday, April 18 seedling swap and giveaway at the Woodside library at 4. GREEN FILM FEST Saturday, April 20 Earth Week Green Film Festival at the Broadway, Woodside and Steinway libraries. Contact library. POWER FUTURE Saturday, April 20 “Clean Energy.” Jackson Heights library at 3.
FLEA MARKETS SPRING RUMMAGE Saturday, April 13 All Saints Episcopal Church, 43-12 4 6th Street, Sunnyside 10-3. FLEA & BAKE Sunday, April 21 flea market plus ethnic Polish bake sale 9-4 at St. J o s a p h a t , 3 5th A v e n u e and 2 1 0 th Street, Bayside.
EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS BEGINNERS WORD Saturdays, April 13, 20 Central library. Register. BEGINNERS EXCEL Saturdays, April 13, 20 C e n t r a l l i b r a r y. 9 9 0 8625. GOOGLE ACCOUNTS Saturday, April 13 Getting More From Google Accounts at the Far Rockaway library at 2. GENEALOGY Saturday, April 13 Rochdale Village library at 3. BALLROOM DANCING Monday, April 15 Forest Hills library at 6:30. INTER. EXCEL Monday, April 15 Central library. 990-8625. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, April 15 intro to computers and the Internet at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. JOB READINESS Monday, April 15 Oneon-One Job Readiness ad Computer Assistance at the South Jamaica library. 739-4088. JEWELRY MAKING Monday, April 15 Art Deco-Inspired at the Baisley Park library. Register. MAC MONDAY Monday, April 15 iMovie discussed at the Central library. Register. BALLROOM DANCING Monday, April 15 Forest Hills library at 6:30. BEGINNERS WORD Tuesday, April 16 Flushing library at 10. INTRO ACCESS Tuesday, April 16 LIC library. Register. BASIC COMPUTER Tu e s d a y, April 16 McGoldrick library at 11. BEGIN COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y, April 16 Bellerose library. Register. BEGIN POWERPOINT Tuesday, April 16 LIC library at noon. FEDERAL JOBS Tuesday, April 16 Federal Job Searching at the F a r Ro c k aw a y l i b r a r y. 327-2549. BEADING 101 Tu e s d a y, April 16 Queens Village librar y. Register. BALLROOM DANCE Tuesday, April 16 Richmond Hill library at 3. INTRO WORD Tuesday, April 16 Central library. 990-0769 INTRO EMAIL Wednesday, April 17 Central library. Register. JOB SKILLS Wednesday, April 17 Job Skills: How Well Do Yo u K n ow Yo u r
Strengths. Central library. 990-8625. BEGIN EXCEL Wednesday, April 17 Pomonok library. Register. BEGIN INTERNET Wednesday, April 17 Windsor Park library at 11:30. BEADING 101 Wednesday, April 17 Briarwood library at 2. JEWELRY MAKING Wednesday, April 17 Art Deco at the Bellerose librar y. Register. SCULPTURE Wednesday, April 17 Carved, Constructed and Cast Sculpture: A Crafts Workshop for the Family from MoMA at the Howard Beach library at 4. COMPUTER CLASS Wednesday, April 17 Woodside library at 5:45. One-on-one instruction. CHILDCARE PROVIDER Wednesday, April 17 professional development workshop at the Central library at 6:30. ONLINE JOB APPLI. Wednesday, April 17 online job applications at the Central library. Register. MOCK INTERVIEWS Thursday, April 18 Central librar y. Register. ANDROID PHONES Thursday, April 18 Central librar y. Register. INTRO EMAIL Thursday, April 18 LIC library at 11. CODEACADEMY LAB Thursday, April 18 online learning platform you can use to teach yourself computer languages at the Central librar y. Register. GREETING CARDS Thursday, April 18 Far Rockaway library at 1:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Thursday, April 18 Ozone Park library. Register4. LEARN CHINESE Thursdays North Forest Park library at 6. BEGIN POWERPOINT Friday, April 19 Central library. 990-8625. BEGIN COMPUTERS Friday, April 19 Auburndale librar y. Register. ACE THE INTERVIEW Friday, April 19 LIC library. 752-3700. CHESS CLUB Fridays at 3:30 at the Auburndale library and 4 at the Woodside library. JOB SEARCH Saturday, April 20 Job Search Strategies Far Rockaway library at 2.
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Queens Today ENTERTAINMENT MUSICAL CABARET April 13-28 “One More, With Feeling,” A Musical Cabaret” at Colonial Church of Bayside. $18. 347-358-8102. RUSSIAN FESTIVAL Saturday, April 13 finger puppets at 10:30, violin duet at 1, music, song and dance at 2:30. Flushing library. IMMIGRANT VOICES Saturday, April 13 “Vanishing Son” at 8 at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. WOMEN IN JAZZ Saturday, April 13 Flushing Town Hall. 463-7700, ext. 222. EDDIE LEE ISAACS Saturday, April 13 Eddie Lee Isaacs and His Blues Guitar at the Fresh Meadows library at 3. TIN PAN ALLEY Saturday, April 13 Ladies of Tin Pan Alley Sunnyside library at 3. NU URBAN CAFÉ Saturdays live jazz, r&b, open mic 8-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 917817-8653. CHARLOTTE’S WEB Sunday, April 14 at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. CHARO Sunday, April 14 Queensborough Communit y College. 6316311. SACRED MUSIC Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert at St. John’s Lutheran in Richmond Hill. $15, $12 advance. Children free. Reception follows. INSEKTA DANCE Sunday, April 14 Flushing Town Hall. 463-7700, ext. 222. SALSA ORCHESTRA Monday, April 15 Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra at the York College Foundation Benefit Concert. 212-838-2660, ext. 13 TIN PAN ALLEY Wednesday, April 17 Ladies of Tin Pan Alley Flushing library at 3. FILM PREMIERE Wednesday, April 17 “Every Day Is a Holiday” shown and discussed at the Flushing library at 6. 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. BAGEL BINGO Thursday, April 18 St. Josaphat’s Leisure Club will hold a Bagel Bingo. Doors open 12:30. 35 th Avenue and 2 1 0 th
Street, Bayside. ARGO Thursday, April 18 a t the Sunnyside library at 1:30. FILM & TALK Thursday, April 18 “Let’s Make A Movie” shown and discussed at 4 Douglaston library. FAHRENHEIT 451 Friday, April 19 The Big Read holds special events and activities for Fahrenheit 451 Flushing library starting at 11 with screening and discussion at 2. BROADWAY TUNES Friday, April 19 Windsor Park library at 1:30. CHAMBER MUSIC Fridays, April 19, May 3, 10 10-noon at Queens College. 997-3800. KOREA MEETS GREECE Friday, April 19 Flushing Town Hall. 463-7700, ext. 222. NU URBAN CAFÉ Fridays live jazz and r&b 9-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 917-817-8653. BOOK FAIR Saturday, April 20 Spring Book Fair at the Farmers Market Harvest Room, 90-40 1 6 0 th Street, Jamaica. 11-5. Guests, featured authors, panels, networking, poetry, more. 591-4525. DANZA FIESTA Saturday, April 20 a t the Flushing library at 2. RUSSIAN MUSIC Saturday, April 20 Forest Hills library at 2:30. BIG BAND SOUNDS Saturday, April 20 Jackson Heights library at 3 with a clip from the film “Looking at Jazz: America’s Art Form.” CARMEN MCRAE Saturday, April 20 a t the Langston Hughes library at 3:30. SPRING FEST Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 Children’s Spring Festival at Queens Count y Farm Museum. HAITIAN FILM Sunday, April 21 “Kaleb” will be shown Central library at 2:30. STAMP SHOW Sundays, April 21, May 19, June 16 Ramada Hotel in Bayside 10-4:30. Free admission and parking. 645-7659. RICH LITTLE Sunday, April 21 Queensborough Communit y College. 6316311. FLAMENCO Sunday, April 21 Roots of Flamenco at 4 at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. 729-3880.
MISCELLANEOUS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Experienced in community outreach, social media, public relations and assisting in various activities with seniors at the Jackson Adult Center. 657-6692. IMMIGRATIONSERVICE 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.
HEALTH SHAPE UP NYC Monday, April 15 stretch and tone LIC library at 6:30. INTERNET HEALTH Monday, April 15 Health Information from the Internet at the Langston Hughes library at 10. CHAIR YOGA Monday, April 15 Broadway library. Register. RECOVERY INC. Monday, April 15 Recovery Inc is a safe, free and confidential place to get help for issues involving anxiet y, fear, obsessions, temper, stress. Forest Hills library at 5:45. ZUMBA Monday, April 15 Rosedale library. Register. CHAIR YOGA Tuesday, April 16 Jackson Heights library. Register. SHAPE UP AEROBICS Wednesday, April 17 C e n t r a l l i b ra r y. F i r st come, first served at 4. ZUMBA Wednesday, April 17 Lefferts library. Register. GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, April 17 Woodside library. Register. SHAPE UP NYC BODY Thursday, April 18 Body Sculpt Fitness at the Lefrak Cit y librar y at 5:30. SHAPE UP NYC DANCE Friday, April 19 Richmond Hill library at 5. MEN’S HEALTH Saturday, April 20 10 th Annual Men’s Health Day. 8-9 breakfa st, 9-1 prostate screenings. Central library.
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Notice is hereby given that license #1268685 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 7813 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 for on-premises consumption. DA GEAN MICHAEL LOUNGE INC d/b/a HOYSE BEBEEE __________________________________ SMTJ ASSOCIATES, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/11/ 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity. __________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF EVERYDAY AMORE LLC. Arts. of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/21/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 4024 College Point Blvd Ste B209 Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act. __________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 9735/ 2012 Date Summons Filed: May 8, 2012 Plaintiff designates queens County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is Plaintiff’s residence. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Plaintiff resides at 106-16 76 th STREET, #1 ST FLOOR, OZONE PARK, NY 11417. AFIQUL ISLAM KHAN, Plaintiff, againstSHARMIN CHOWDHURY, Defendant. ACTION FOR DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within twenty(20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day 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 your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below. Dated: May 8, 2012 Ashok K. Karmaker, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff 143-08 Hillside Avenue Jamaica,
NY 11435 (212) 714-3599 NOTICE: The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL Section 170 subd. (7) – the relationship between the Plaintiff and Defendant has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties in this action. The nature of any ancillary or additional relief demanded is: That the Defendant shall have custody of the child of the marriage, SAFFAT ZUMAR KHAN, born on February 2, 2008. That the Plaintiff shall have reasonable rights of visitation with the child away from the custodial residence. That the Family Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court with respect to any future issues of maintenance, child support, custody and visitation. That the parties do not require maintenance and no claim will be made by either party for maintenance. That the Plaintiff shall pay to the Defendant Two Hundred Eighty Five Dollars ($285.00) per month on the first day of each month for child support. That the parties do not require payment of counsel and experts’ fees and expenses. That both parties may resume the use of any prior surname. That the Court grant such other and further relief as the Court may deem fit and proper. The parties have divided up the marital property, and no claim will be made by either party under equitable distribution. Notice of Automatic Orders pursuant to DRL Sec. 236(B)(2) and Notice Concerning Continuation of Health Care Coverage pursuant to DRL Sec. 255(1) accompany this summons. ________________________________ PROBATE CITATION File No. 2012-5147 SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: The heirs-at-law, next-of-kin and distributees of JOSEPH McARDLE, deceased, if living, and if any ofthem be dead, to their heirs-at-law, next-ofkin, distributees, legatees executors, administrators, assignees and successors-
in-interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by RITA M. McARDLE, who is domiciled at 600 West 239 th Street, Bronx, New York 10463. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on the 2nd day of May, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. of that day, WHY a decree should not be made in the Estate of JOSEPH McARDLE, lately domiciled at 71-02 34 th Avenue, Jackson Heights, New York 11372 admitting to probate a Will dated June 4, 2012 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of JOSEPH McARDLE, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [x] Letters Testamentary issue to: RITA M. McARDLE [X] Letters of Trusteeship issue to: GALINA DATSKOVSKY MAR 15 2013 (Seal) HON. PETER J. KELLY, SURROGATE MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk Stanley D. Friedman, Esq., McAloon & Friedman, P.C. Attorney for Petitioner (212) 732-8700 123 William Street, 25 th Floor, New York, New York 10038 Address of Attorney [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear, it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] _____________________________ 33-40 & 33-42 104 STREET, LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 06/28/2007. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to T h e L L C , 3 7 - 5 1 7 6 th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. _____________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 63RD ROAD REALTY, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/01/ 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 Martha
Molnar, 1421 Pond Hill Road, Castleton, Vermont 05735. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _____________________________ Notice of Formation of 150 EP Commercial, LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/7/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 144-21 Jewel Ave., Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful activities. __________________________________ Notice of Formation of 184-19 Aberdeen Road LLC. Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/12. Off. loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 18425 Aberdeen Road, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of 18 DARTMOUTH HOLDING, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/5/12.
Off. loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 20 Goodwood Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: WINDHAM PLUMBING, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/31/ 13. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2050. 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 Richard Delciello, 46-16 27th Street, Long Island City, New York 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. __________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 0305 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of
New York (SSNY) on 02/ 26/13. 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, 7525 153rd Street, #541, Flushing, New York 11367. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _____________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAR 04 2013, bearing Index Number NC-001170-12/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) Andrew (Middle) Taquan (Last) McClain My present name is (First) Taquan (Middle) Shaborn (Last) McClain aka Taquan McClain My present address is 210-36 Nashville Blvd, Cambria Heights, NY 11411 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is November 20, 1994
Queens Today MEETINGS GARDENING CLUB Saturdays in the Steinway library courtyard at 4. 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 CLUB Monday, April 15 Douglaston library at 4. EVENING CRAFTERS Monday, April 15 Fresh Meadows library at 6. TALK OF THE TOWN Tuesdays, April 16, May 7, 21 learn the art of public speaking in St. Albans at 7:15. 6407092. AMER. LEGION Tuesdays, April 16, May 21, June 18 at 8 the American Legion McKee Post 131 meets at 10-20 Clintonville Street, Whitestone. 767-4323. BEREAVEMENT Tuesdays, April 16, May 21, June 18 Bereave-
ment Support Group at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows at 7:30. 9692448. KNIT & CROCHET CLUB Tu e s d a y, April 16 Windsor Park library at 2. CHESS CLUB Tuesday, April 16 at 4 at the Howard Beach library. GLEE CLUB Tuesdays Bayside Men’s Glee Club rehearses at 7:30 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40í: 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. KNIT & CROCHET CLUB Wednesday, April 17 South Ozone Park library at 1. FH SYMPHONY Wednesdays the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 516-785-2532. EMOTIONS ANON.
Wednesdays 7:30 Victoria Congregational Church, 148 th Street and 87 th Avenue, Briarwood. Support group for a variet y of troubling emotions.. WRITING CLUB Thursday, April 18 Peninsula library at 2. FDR DEMOCRATS Thursdays, April 18, May 16 FDR Democrats meet at the Chabad Center in Bayside at 7:30. 4608285. KNIT & CROCHET CLUB Friday, April 19 Fresh Meadows library at 11. CROCHET CLUB Friday, April 19 LIC library at 11:30. CHESS CLUB Friday, April 19 Woodside library at 4. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. 461-3193. P-FLAG Sundays, April 21, May 19, June 16 P-Flag, a support5 group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays meet in Forest Hills. 2716663.
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Queens Today TEENS COLLEGE FAIR Saturday, April 13 Langston Hughes library starting at 10. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. TEEN ZONE Monday and Wednesday, April 15, 17 Queens Village library at 4. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesday, April 16 East Flushing library at 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesday, April 16 East Elmhurst library at 4. SISTER TO SISTER Tuesday, April 16 weekly discussion group at the Pomonok library at 4:30. SPRING READING Tu e s d a y, April 16 Arverne library at 5. KNIT & CROCHET Tu e s d a y, April 16 Rochdale Village library at 5. CRAFTS WORKSHOP Wednesday, April 17 Carved, Constructed and Cast Sculpture at the Howard Beach library t 4. WII GAMING Wednesday, April 17 Queens Village library at 4. ORIGAMI Wednesday, April 17 Flying Machines Origami Pomonok library at 4:30. COMPUTER CLASS Wednesday, April 17 Woodside library t 5:45. ORIGAMI Thursday, April 18 Briarwood library t 4. ANIME CLUB Thursday, April 18 Flushing library at 4. POEM IN POCKET Thursday, April 18 Hollis library at 4. TEEN ADVISORY Thursday, April 18 Cambria Heights library at 5:30. MANGA DRAWING Thursdays South Ozone Park library at 4. CHESS CLUB Thursdays Rochdale Village library 4:30. MAGIC TRICKS Friday, April 19 Douglaston library. Register. HAPPY HOUR Friday, April 19 Flushing library at 4. WII GAME DAY Friday, April 19 Poppenhusen library at 4. CHESS CLUB Friday, April 19 Woodside library at 4. WII GAMES Friday, April 19 McGoldrick library at 6. WORLD OF WARCRAFT Saturday, April 20 Flushing library at 2.
YOUTH TLC READING Monday, April 15 early literacy program at the Auburndale library at 11:30. S TORY T I M E Monday, April 15 Hollis library at 11:30. FAMILY STORY TIME Monday, April 15 Auburndale library at 4. EBOOK STORY TIME Monday, April 15 Central library at 4. EARTH DAY Monday, April 15 McGoldrick library at 5. ECO CRAFTS Monday, April 15 Sunnyside library at 4. BUGS AS PETS Tu e s d a y , April 16 Mitchell-Linden library at 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesday, April 16 East Elmhurst library at 4 and Windsor Park. Register. ORIGAMI MATH Tuesday, April 16 Lefrak Cit y library at 4:30. HEALTH & SCIENCE Tu e s d a y , April 16 McGoldrick library at 5. TIMELESS TALES Wednesday, April 17 Central librar y. Register. ECO CRAFTS Wednesday, April 17 Broadway library at noon. S TORY T I M E Wednesday, April 17 Maspeth library at 12:30. PRESCHOOL CRAFT Wednesday, April 17 W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. ECO CRAFTS Wednesday, April 17 Steinway library at 2. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesday, April 17 Auburndale library at 4. BOOST SCIENCE Wednesday, April 17 Central library 4:30. WRITE A POEM Wednesday, April 17 McGoldrick library at 5. FAMILY STORY TIME Thursday, April 18 Bay Terrace library at 11:30. S TORY T I M E Thursday, April 18 East Elmhurst library at 11:30. S TORY T I M E Thursday, April 18 Hollis library at 11:30. ECO CRAFTS Thursday, April 18 Woodside library at 11:30 and 12:30. STUFF A TEDDY Thursday, April 18 Arverne library at 3. KIDS CRAFT TIME Thursday, April 18 Howard Beach library at 3:30. POEM IN POCKET Thursday, April 18 Hollis library at 4. READ TO A DOG
Thursday, April 18 North Hills library at 4. PLANTS & ANIMALS Thursday, April 18 Poppenhusen library at 4. CRAFTS Thursday, April 18 Steinway library at a4 for those 4-6. BOOST MATH Thursday, April 18 Central library 4:30. COMETS Thursday, April 18 Corona library at 4:30. ZUMBA KIDS Thursday, April 18 Forest Hills library. Register. ECO CRAFTS Thursday, April 18 for those 6-12 at the Broadway library at 5. NATURE KIDS Thursday, April 18 Steinway library at 5. TERRIFIC KIDS Thursday, April 18 Cambria Heights library at 5:15. MANGA DRAWING Thursdays South Ozone Park library at 4. PRESCHOOL CRAFTS Friday, April 19 Sunnyside library. Register. SPRING CRAFT Friday, April 19 Bellerose librar y. Register. SHSAT PREP Friday, April 19 LIC library at 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Friday, April 19 Douglaston library. Register. BOOST MATH EXAM Friday, April 19 Central library at 4. COMETS Friday, April 19 Flushing library at 4.
TALKS GODDESSES Saturday, April 13 Aspects of Celtic, Egyptian and Indian Goddesses: at 2 Flushing library. NYC LANDMARKS Monday, April 15 Woolworth and Flatiron Buildings. Flushing library at 6:30. CLASSIC BOOKS Monday, April 15 “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” discussed at 6:30 Peninsula library. CENTRAL BOOK Wednesday, April 17 “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” 11:30 Central library. QUEENS VILLAGE Wednesday, April 17 “Still Alice” at 2 at the Queens Village library.
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File No.: 2012-321/B CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT TO: Benjamin Padovano Vincent Padovano Salvatore Padovano Frank X. Manfe Rosemary C. Farley Carmela Walsh Sam Comanto Charles Comanto, Jr. Jim Walsh Attorney General of the State of New York T h e unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Benjamin A. Durante, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Benjamin A. Durante, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 93-21 209th Street, Queens Village, NY, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of Benjamin A. Durante, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens Gene r a l C o u r t h o u s e , 6 th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 2 nd day of May, 2013 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $21,391.87 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this
accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim of Sam Comanto in the amount of $1,135.24 should not be approved; and why the claim of Carmela and Jim Walsh in the amount of $1,959.17 should not be approved; and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 4th day of March, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 9525 Queens Boulevard 11 th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation __________________________________ File No.: 2012-1598/ A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT TO: Brenda Shencup Lederman Steven Shencup Girard Shencup Jon Shencup Susan Shencup Morris Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Joan Mollison, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are un-
known to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Joan Mollison, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 36-20 Bowne Street #1C, Flushing, NY 11354, in the County of Queens, State of New York SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of Joan Mollison, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens Gene r a l C o u r t h o u s e , 6 th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 9 th day of May, 2013 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $20,815.14 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish
proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 8 th day of March, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 9525 Queens Boulevard 11th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation __________________________________ JKT GRAND LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/28/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 86-10 Grand Ave Lobby B Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity. __________________________________ PROBATE CITATION File No. 2012-5076 SURROGATE’S COURT –QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Christine Roland f/k/a Christina Elizabeth Varelakis deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to the heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, Queens County Public Administrator, Attorney General, State of New York A petition having been duly filed by Steven J. Haber, who is domiciled at 253 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, QUEENS County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on May
9, 2013 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Christine Roland f/k/a Christina Elizabeth Varelakis lately domiciled at 41-15 44 th Street Apt #5F, Queens, NY 11104 admitting to probate a Will dated May 24, 2011 as the Will of Christine Roland f/k/a Christina Elizabeth Varelakis deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: Steven J. Haber Dated, Attested and Sealed MAR 06 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk Anand A. Patel Attorney for Petitioner 212-754-9000 Telephone Number Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP, 509 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 Address of Attorney [NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] __________________________________ Notice of Qualification of BWID, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/11/ 13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/26/10. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. __________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 27923/10 Date Purchased 11/5/10 AMENDED SUMMONS Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial Plaintiff resides at 220 Cedar Ridge Circle Winston-Salem, NC 27127 The basis of the venue designated is property location MARY FORD f/k/a MARY M. WILCOX, Plaintiff, against- D.T. FUNDING CORP. Defendant. To the above named Defendant(s) You are hereby summoned to an-
swer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Dated: June 20, 2011 New York, New York MICHAEL M. COHEN, ESQ. COHEN SCHNEIDER LLP ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF 21411 Northern Boulevard Bayside, NY 11361 (718) 279-4700 Defendant’s address: D.T. FUNDING CORP., 184 Moll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 Notice to Defendant Nature of the Action: Action to Discharge a Mortgage Relief Sought: The cancellation and discharge of record of the mortgage dated September 28 th , 1988, executed by Plaintiff in favor of Defendant. Brief Description of the Property: House and lot located at 97-15 24 th Avenue, East Elmhurst, New York, known as Sect: 7 Bloc: 1091 Lot: 38 on the Map of the Borough of Queens and Lots: 68 & 69 in Block: 354 on the map entitled “Map of Property Belonging to Flushing Bay Building Corp. __________________________________ Notice of formation of AAA Computer Networking Solutions, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/13. Office location: Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to c/o THE LLC, 193 Beach 6 0 th S t , A r v e r n e , N Y 11692. Purpose: any lawful purpose.
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Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE The Ozone Park Civic Association will meet at 8 p.m. April 16 at 9714 135th Drive. This month’s speaker will be Shirley Singer, who will address senior issues including social security, Medicare and other senior concerns. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. They include: Breezy Point: Briana McLoughlin. Forest Hills: Brian Chin, Andrea Lai, Arpana Sabu, Nomita Vazirani, Charles Yueh. Ozone Park: Chantel Columna, Aktarer Zaman. Rego Park: Rachel Guan, Natasha Lo, Raymond Tse. Yanbing Xia of Woodhaven received a Doctor of Philosophy degree during fall 2012 commencement ceremonies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The New York Army National Guard recently announced reenlistment of members in recognition of their con-
tinuing commitment to serve community, state and nation. Specialist Passionette Jacobs of South Richmond Hill has reenlisted to continue service with the 145th Maintenance Company. Staff Sergeant Victor Valerio of South Richmond Hill has reenlisted to continue service with the 145th Maintenance Company. Sergeant Bryan Bastidas of Forest Hills has reenlisted to continue service with the 14th Finance Detachment. Specialist Rosemary London of South Richmond Hill has reenlisted to continue service with the 14th Finance Detachment. Upcoming programs offered at the Kew Gardens Community Center include: Arthritis, a talk with Dr. Soni, April 23. Anxiety, a talk with Dr. Gingold, 11 a.m. April 24. “Anything Goes” photography exhibit, noon to 3 p.m. April 25. Dancercise, 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder hosted the Department of Financial Services to provide assistance to dozens of residents still struggling with unresolved insurance and banking related problems in the communities of Rockaway and Howard Beach last week. Belly Dance, noon Wednesdays. Chair Yoga, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Latin Dance Aerobics, 2 p.m. Thursdays. Comedy Workshop , 9 : 3 0 t o 10:45 a.m. Fridays. Floor Yoga, 11 a.m. Fridays.
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Keeping it 'Qool'
One Queens native has launched a campaign to tell everyone how “Qool” the Borough is. According to published reports, Fred Cantor, a 59-year-old retired attorney who lived in Fresh Meadows, has created a baseball hat to change how people perceive Queens and the level of its coolness. Cantor created the campaign to combat the perception that Queens is not as hip as its burgeoning neighbor, Brooklyn, which has seen its arts and culture scene in places like Williamsburg spike in recent years. He created caps that say “Queens = Qool” on it and is donating part of the proceeds. The hats cost $21.90 in total and $2 out of that sale will go to the Queens Library Foundation, which supports free programs for Queens Library. While we at QConf love Queens as much as the next person – and we happen to support raising awareness to the Borough – our spellchecker is going crazy with that logo.
JFK's 5K, OK? On April 14, there will be something far slower and far smaller on JFK’s tarmac than the usual airliners landing and taking off. Instead, the airport’s rotary club will hold the JFK Runway Run 5K, a 3.1 mile course that gives runners a change of scenery from their usual paths. While such a run may seem a little odd, it has grown since 1972 to have more than 1,000 attendees in recent years. It helps that proceeds from the race go to charitable organizations such as Gift of Life, a bone marrow disease group. There is also the thrill factor to be running alongside 747s, though we at QConf imagine that it might get quite loud out there on the tarmac. Still, running next to the planes must be better than running late for a flight!
Who's Got Talent? QConf is looking for some talented Queens residents to feature. If you are a model, a musician, a chef or an artist, we would love to hear from you! Send an email to editor@queenstribune. com Who we are: QConf is edited by Steven J. Ferrari. QConf Contributors: Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Mike Nussbaum, Trisha Sakhuja.
Kevin Afuwah Royal Kulture Channeling his life story through his lyrics and music is Kevin Afuwah’s goal. He says most hiphop artists rap about money, cars and girls, but his new independent music label, Royal Kulture, represents much more than that. It represents the history and glory of his ancestors, who were kings and queens, and it also aspires to be in-tune with the new global culture of music. Afuwah, 23, is of Nigerian descent and a proud resident of St. Albans. He is an upcoming recording artist and song writer with a background in finance and business. His lyrics tell a story, but at first, Afuwah was only writing and rapping for fun. His father’s sudden death changed the direction of his life, and to cope with his sudden loss, he began to channel his sadness and emotions through his music. “After my dad passed away, I needed an outlet and I came to an epiphany to share my life story with the world,” said Afuwah. “Music is universal, you can relate to it no matter where you come from, and that’s why I want to share my thoughts, my life and my Nigerian culture.” Afuwah’s first official song, “Just Smile,” is dedicated to his father, Christopher Afuwah, who is the reason he launched Royal Kulture. “Even though I was at a low point in my life, the song says to keep smiling, regardless of our pain and loss because it is a way to deceive others and yourself by thinking ‘Everything will be fine,’” Afuwah said. “The song is an introduction to my story and my own struggles.” Royal Kulture is made possible because of Afuwah’s dedicated friends, who bring their unique talents to the sets of his video productions. His friend from high school, Najee Parks, co-founder and brand manager of Royal Kulture, shares Afuwah’s vision to sign new artists from all over the world with their music label. Along with Parks, Afuwah’s production team consists of a stylist, camera man, designer and blogger. He hopes to take his label to the next level by connecting with a couple of marketing agencies in Los Angeles and New York. His second music video, “Up & Up,” premiered on April 5, in remembrance of Afuwah’s father’s birthday. “'Up & Up’ marks a new chapter in my life,
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and the song is a reflection of how I feel about the music industry,” Afuwah said. “I made the song out of frustration because there is no substance music playing on the radio right now. I also don’t want to be categorized as a ‘sad artist,’ since my first song is all about my father. All my songs will not be about him, even though he is my inspiration.” The music label also finds inspiration from music conglomerates “that are able to transcend their brand well, and you see their full package, from their visual, lyrics, interviews, concerts, and style,” Afuwah said. Afuwah is hard at work growing Royal Kulture to the next level in the next five years by transitioning from singer and song writer to take on a more executive role, by managing the brand and signing new artists. For more information, including schedules and music videos, visit www.RoyalKulture.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ thatafricankev.
Springstime It's good to get out of the city sometimes, even for QConf. On a break from last week's New York Press Association conference, reporters Natalia Kozikowska and Joe Marvilli took in some of the sights in Saratoga Springs, including the spouter in the state park, located just a short 45-minute hike from the site of the conference. If only they were wearing more comfortable shoes...
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