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SPECIAL SECTION: With summer just around the corner, we take a look at the best attractions, activities and events available in Queens over the next few months. Pages 24-28

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: 1560 ASSOCIATES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/10/07. 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, 118-35 Queens Boulevard, 16th Floor, Forest Hills, New York 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of Withers Leistner, LLC. Art/Org. filed with SSNY 1/24/14. NY office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent for process. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Koenig Iron Works, Inc., 8-14 37TH Ave., LIC, NY 11101. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. ________________________ DAKAN LAND SERVICES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/8/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the Registered Agent Edward Cardoso 87-46 Van Wyck Expressway Kew Gardens, NY 11418. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of EVK INVESTOR GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 31-21 31 St., Astoria, NY 11106. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Edwin W. Weinberg, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 29th Fl., NY, NY 10112. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Guardianship sale of real property pursuant to the Order of the Hon. Lee A Mayersohn entered in the Supreme Court, Queens County, New York on April 23, 2014, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, bearing Index No. 16927/2012 of all that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and improvements erected situate, lying and being at 134-05 Dahlia Avenue, Condominium Unit 5-3D, Flushing, New York 11355, Block 5125, Lot 1035 owned by Florence Y.P. Tso, are to be sold by the Co-Guardians of Florence Y.P. Tso, Christopher P. Chow and Linda Moon-Ying Chow on May 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM subject to a

contract of sale. A auction will be held at which time others may bid beside the contract vendee. Premises will be sold subject to the Courts consent and provisions of the Order before the Justice presiding at an IAS Part 22G of the Supreme Court held in the County of Queens at the Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). Name: Hostile T Productions, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York on March 35, 2014. The principal office of the LLC is at 8812 151st Ave Unit 3E, Howard Beach, NY 11414 in QUEENS county. Secretary of State of New York is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. Secretary of State of New York shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to the registered agent: LegalInc Corporate Services Inc. 8857 Alexander Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. The purpose of this LLCis to engage in lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of 163-01 29TH AVENUE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/01/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 38-40 Regatta Pl., Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Real estate. ________________________ Notice of Formation of North East Contracting LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/14. 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 43-26 41st St., 1F, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PACHI NY, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/20/14, office location Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 30-06 29th Street, Unit 2R, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Fulton 101 LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 03/26/14. Off. Loc.: Queens County,

SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 34-25 150th Pl., #LG, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. ________________________ RAPHAEL LILKER PODIATRIST PLLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/17/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 172 Beach 144 St., Neponsit, NY 11694. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Podiatry. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFFESIONAL LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FERNANDO SUAREZ PHYSICAL THERAPY PLLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/18/14 Office location: Queens County, SSNY has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY shall mail a copy of Process to the LLC, 144-31 Jamaica Ave, NY 11435. Purpose for any lawful Purpose. ________________________ At IAS Part 22G of the Supreme Court of the State of New York held in and for the County of Queens at the Supreme Court Building, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, N.Y. 11435 on the 17 day of April 2014. Index No. 234532012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR APPROVAL OF CONTRACT TO SELL A COOPERATIVE APARTMENT PRESENT: HON. MAYERSOHN Justice In the Matter of the Application of Lisa T. Mevorach as Guardian for the person and property needs of HELENE FRANK, an Incapacitated Person to sell certain real property belonging to the said Incapacitated Person Upon the annexed Petition of Lisa T. Mevorach, duly verified on the 11th day of April, 2014, and upon the annexed copy of the contract for the sale of real property, and upon all other previous papers and proceedings in this matter, and due deliberation having been taken, it is in the discretion of the Court: ORDERED, that HELENE FRANK, the Incapacitated Person; JOHN HUNT, administrator of Atria Forest Hills; CHARLES TAIBI, Esq., as court examiner; The Hanover Insurance Group, the surety on the bond; John Hunt, administrator of Atria Senior Living; distrubutees GARY FRANK, a nephew, and JAY ROSENBLATT, a nephew, show cause at IAS Part 22G of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, held in and

for the County of Queens, at the Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, N.Y. 11435 on the 27 day of May 2014 at 9:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, why an Order should not be made: 1. Granting the relief prayed for in the Petition; 2. Approving the contract included herein as an exhibit, authorizing the Guardian to convey the cooperative unit at 70-31 108th Street, Apt. 8G, Forest Hills, New York 11375 owned by HELENE FRANK to RAYMOND TSANG AND SHARON LI-TSANG for $620,000 in accordance with the applicable statues and rules of this Court. 3. Approving the contract with JUDY MOSES for the brokers to be paid a 4% commission upon successful completion of the sale of the property. 4. Directing the Guardian to obtain a realty bond in an amount the Court deems appropriate. 5. Directing the Guardian, upon delivery of the cancelled stock certificate and lease and receipt of the consideration, to report back to this Court, under oath, for further instruction as to the disposition of the proceeds. 6. Appointing an appraiser, in the discretion of the Court, who, after taking an oath, shall go upon the premises and make an appraisal thereof and report back to this Court under oath; 7. Directing a hearing to be held before this Court; 9. Confirming the contract of sale detailed in the Petition; 10. Granting an award of attorneys’ fees to the Petitioner (or his or her counsel) for legal services rendered in connection with this proceeding; 11. Granting such other, further or different relief, both cumulative and in the alternative, as the Court may deem just and proper, and it is further: ORDERED, that YASSER BASILY of 3220 91st Street #308, E. Elmhurst, N.Y. 11369 telephone (917) 669-7668 is hereby appointed to go upon the premises, to make an appraisal thereof, and report the same under oath in writing to this Court and orally at the hearing noticed above; and it is further. ORDERED, that service of a copy of this Order and the papers on which it is based made by mail to HELENE FRANK not less than thirteen (13) days before the return date of this Order, and that service of a copy of this Order and a Notice of Proceeding be sent by fax or U.S. Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to the Appraiser appointed herein within three business days of the date of this Order, and via U.S. Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to the Surety, the Court Examiner

and the other interested parties not less than thirteen (13) days before the return date of this Order, and it is further ORDERED, that the Guardian shall comply with the provisions of §1722(5) of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (advertising once per week for a period of 4 consecutive weeks, except that NO “FOR SALE” sign need be posted. ENTER: LEE A. MAYERSOHN, JSC HON. LEE A. MAYERSOHN ________________________ ACCARDI COMPANIES NY, LLC, a domestic LLC, currently known as ACCARDI COMPANIES, LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/24/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 76-15 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purpose. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: S. PROPERTIES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/17/06, with an existence date of 04/01/06. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2026. 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, 19-10 Hazen Street, East Elmhurst, New York 11370. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of A Step Ahead Occupational Therapy, PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 3/14/14. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 22-11 New Haven Avenue, Apt. 4G, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________

the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Jerry Chrisafis, Esq., 21-83 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation, KHOSNA LLC. Articles of Organization Filed with SSNY on 04/04/2014. Under Section 203. Office loction: Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: KHOSNA LLC, 216-26 121st ave. Cambria Heights NY, 11411. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1277814, has been applied for by Trakia Restaurant Inc, to sell liquor, wine and beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 38-14 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103 for on-premises consumption.

Notice of Formation of Mickey 79 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/22/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 217-79 Hempstead Ave., Queens Village, NY 11429. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ 19-27 DITMARS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on03/27/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against

________________________ ALJA 14 NYC GROUP LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/19/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 76-16 267th St., New Hyde Park, NY 11040. General Purpose. ________________________ ASTORIA MEDICAL OF NEW YORK LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/23/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of PLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Corporate Creations Network Inc. 15 N Mill St. Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of F & T HOTEL MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o F & T Group, 136-20 38th Avenue, 12th Fl., Flushing, NY 11354, Attn: Earle Tockman. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ ROULIS LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/21/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 23-15 24thAve., Astoria, NY 11102. General Purpose. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 3

Queens DeaDline

S.J. Jung Announces State Senate Run BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer

The candidate’s battle for immigration reform led him to fast for eight days at the National Mall in WashingState Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flush- ton D.C. last November, as a bill ading) will have a primary challenger for dressing the issue stalled in Congress. “I believe I have the real life expethis year’s State election. S.J. Jung, the president of the MinK- rience and leadership experience to provide solutions for Queens won Center for Community families,” he said. Action, announced his canThree issues are at the didacy for the 16th District forefront of Jung’s campaign: of the New York State Senraising the minimum wage, ate on May 13. Jung is the passing government reform first challenger to enter the and protecting quality of life race in the district this year. in the district. Jung was born in Korea, Jung said the minimum graduating from the Korea wage should be a floor, not a University. He moved to the ceiling, with the State allowU.S. with his family in 1986. Soon after he arrived in New s.J. Jung is run- ing cities to set it at a higher York, Jung started his activ- ning in the amount. For quality of life, ism at the MinKwon Center Democratic pri- Jung said that he wants to as a volunteer. He served as mary for the find the balance between its executive director from 16th state sen- development and protection, as he believes more 1989 to 1993 and became ate District. community space and more president in 2006. In the last eight years, with Jung at the helm, the open space is needed. As for Albany, MinKwon Center registered 60,000 he said that ethics reforms and camnew voters and helped to build coali- paign finance reforms are a top priortions like the Asian American Com- ity for him. “I’ll be a reformer who fights munity Coalition on Redistricting and against public corruption and restores Democracy.

Settlement Reached For JFK, LGA Workers BY LuIs GROndA Staff Writer Airport employees that are working on minimum wage will finally get some well-earned money. Attendants working at both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports will receive money they are owed, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The Attorney General’s office reached a $20,000 settlement with AirServ Corporation, an airline industry contractor that employs workers at JFK and LGA, after the company underpaid about 300 wheelchair attendants that earned the minimum wage. The company did not give the workers a higher salary after New York State raised its minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 an hour. Instead of giving them more money, according to the Attorney General, they classified the workers as tipped employees and failed to follow the State’s requirements for a lower tipped wage. “Minimum-wage employees must be paid a legal wage and not a lower tipped wage unless their employer has complied with all the legal requirements for taking a tip credit,” Schneiderman said. “These New Yorkers,

who struggle to survive, must not be shortchanged by their own employers.” The $20,000 settlement will mostly go towards paying the workers the money they are owed, $16,000 in total, according to Schneiderman’s office. AirServ must also pay New York State $4,000 as per their agreement with the Attorney General. The assistants were underpaid from Dec. 31 of last year until the end of March this year. The day before the higher minimum wage was to take effect, the company announced a change in policy that designated them as tipped employees who were not eligible for the $8-per-hour wage. According to the Attorney General’s release, while State law does allow tipped employers to be paid lower than the State minimum wage, it can only do so if the tips that employees get reach a threshold, depending on their line of work. For wheelchair attendants, it is $1.20 per hour, which almost all of its employees did not reach. A spokesperson from Air Serv did not respond to requests for comment on the agreement by press time. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda.

faith in our government. Albany is corrupt,” he said. “I believe we need campaign finance reform ASAP, so we can reduce money in politics.” As a small business owner, Jung said that micro-financing for small businesses and new rules against rentgouging are other goals he would pursue if elected. This is not Jung’s first run for elected office. In 2009, he ran for the 20th District seat in the City Council, narrowly losing in the Democratic primary. He said that experience led to some self-reflection and allowed him to learn from his mistakes for this time around. “What I learned most from my

experience in 2009 is how to bring people together around common issues and a common vision,” he said. “I think I had my own soul-searching after the election. I have gained a lot more inner strength. I have fire in my belly. I’m ready to go.” Jung said that his campaign is looking to open its office and start fundraising shortly. “If you believe S.J. Jung can be the new blood to revitalize our district, please vote for me,” he said. “We might have come in on a different boat, but now we are all in the same boat.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

Queens Reacts To Mayor’s Budget BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens leaders and representatives reacted to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget announced earlier this week. Although Queens is going to get plenty out of the $74 billion executive budget announced on May 8, the reaction was a mixed bag from the Borough’s representatives, due to some items left on the cutting room floor. Although there had been talk about increasing the NYPD’s numbers and improving public safety, those factors were not reflected in the announced budget concerning Queens. Even though Borough President Melinda Katz and the Borough Board had asked for the construction of a 116th precinct, the creation of the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx was the only new one mentioned. The 116th precinct would have split the 105th in two, improving response times for the precinct that runs from Little Neck Bay to John F. Kennedy airport. U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said he was concerned over the lack of public safety improvements in the budget when it came to the NYPD and emergency services. “I am disappointed that the Council’s recommendations of additional funding for EMS and policing have been excluded from the Mayor’s budget,” he said. “With an average EMS response time for life threatening emergencies exceeding nine minutes, our officers are spread too thin. We cannot be cutting corners in regards to public safety when lives are on the line.” Most of the public safety improvements came in the form of Vision

Zero initiatives to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. The budget calls for $28.8 million in Dept. of Transportation initiatives, $13 million for NYPD traffic enforcement and $226 million in FY 2015 to resurface 1,000 lane miles. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) praised the budget for its improvements in education and for its efforts to improve the New York City Housing Authority. Seventy million dollars will be supplied to NYCHA to address the backlog of repairs and improve security. This funding is in addition to the $52.5 million in relief from the preliminary budget. “I am pleased that the Mayor has prioritized measures for which I have been proud to advocate and champion, such as universal Pre-K, preparing students for STEM careers, fixing NYCHA and easing-up on unnecessary fines to small businesses,” she said. The reduction in fines is a move away from the tactics of de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. The executive budget projects that the numbers will drop from $859 million in fines in 2012 to $789 million in fines in 2015. “Under the previous administration, small businesses were charged thousands of dollars in fines, hindering their chance to grow and support communities in Queens and throughout the City,” Jack Friedman, executive director for the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said. “Mayor de Blasio’s reduction in fines will help these businesses invest back into their communities, increasing residents’ quality of life.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

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Data Shows Decline In Stop And Frisk Stops BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer While data from the NYPD shows that Stop and Frisk stops have dropped nearly 86 percent from last year, it also shows that this quarter’s numbers have gone up slightly from the final three months of Bloomberg’s administration. The statistics also reveal that the racial breakdown of stops involving minorities has remained relatively constant, disproportionately accounting for 83 percent of all stops– a figure similar to that of previous years. According to reports, under the new administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton, NYPD officers conducted 14,261 stops between Jan. 1 and March 31, compared with 99,788 in that span the same time last year. During his mayoral campaign, de Blasio vowed to improve communication between the community and police by reforming the controversial policy, which many have argued unfairly targets minorities. Though the data only represents stops from de Blasio’s first three months in office, leaders and civil advocates from Southeast Queens, a predominantly Black area, said that the numbers appear encouraging. Still, they feel that there is a lot of work to be done, especially in the dispropor-

tionate racial breakdown of stops. “With the appointment of the police monitor, we are hopeful that this number decreases as we move on,” said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). In January, Bratton told the media that he felt the Stop and Frisk problem has “been more or less solved.” But Richards disagreed, noting that while the numbers show a dramatic decline in stops from last year, it is still too early to make a presumption about the future of Stop and Frisk. “We need to let this play out and look at the figures over time,” he said. “I think the Commissioner is coming from a good place, but it’s still particularly early in the de Blasio administration and too early to tell what the numbers are going to look like in a few months.” Laurelton attorney Jacques Leandre similarly said he feels that the data appears to demonstrate progress, but like Richards, he feels there is still room for improvement. Leandre’s law office has seen close to 150 Stop and Frisk cases, with minorities accounting for more than 90 percent of them. The attorney also runs a free workshop that educates the youth about the proper protocol in dealing with police officers during a stop. “I’m happy that there is still focus and attention being paid the discriminatory Stop and Frisk policy and I am

glad the discussion didn’t stop with the inauguration of our Mayor,” Leandre said. “Although the numbers of stops have gone down, there are still some problems with police practices that continue,” he added. “The Stop and Frisk numbers are still racially disproportionate, so I think we still have a pretty long way to go in getting to where we need to be.” While the data represents a decline in Stop and Frisk stops, it also shows that arrests for the low-level marijuana

crimes have dropped more modestly and that marijuana possession arrests in the first quarter are higher than in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. “The arrest numbers related to low-level marijuana possession has actually remained steady and it’s still very much racially disproportionate,” Leandre said. “So I think we still have a long way to go to make New York safe and just.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or or @nkozikowska.

More Representation Needed

Sarabjit Sawhney (left), Sharon KhunKhun, Muhammed Rashid and Tehal Singh (right) met with the media in Jamaica on May 12 to demand representation in the 24th Assembly District.



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Tensions Rise At MVB, B-Tech Meeting BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Emotions were running high at last week’s Martin Van Buren High School and B-Tech School implementation meeting, with local advocates vocalizing their frustrations with the forced co-location. Despite protests from the community, in March the Dept. of Education voted to move the six-year business technology school into Martin Van Buren – a school that has struggled in the last few years. At the May 10 meeting, Hoa Tu, leading founder and principal at the new Business Technology Early College High School, was given the opportunity to speak to concerned residents and community leaders about the curriculum and implementation plans this fall. She began her presentation by highlighting B-Tech’s vision and sixyear model. “At B-Tech, if you take nothing away from what I say tonight, take this,” Tu said. “Any student and any staff member coming into our community can get smart, can get better and can do anything they aspire to do as long as they are willing to work hard.” She noted that, upon graduation, students at B-Tech will have earned a high school diploma, job training and

high school, you’re in college. And that’s a real mental challenge for a lot of students,” Moretti said. “And these students are seniors that I’ve taught, so when I hear sophomores are getting college classes pushed down their face, [it’s a] real big deal.” Tu responded to Moretti’s comment by emphasizing the appeal of a businessPhoto by Natalia KoziKowsKa tech training and education, The leading founder and principal of B- which she said can be apTech, a new school scheduled to co-locate plied to and useful in almost with Martin Van Buren High School this any career field. fall, was under fire by some concerned Tensions continued to local advocates. rise when Tu, along with an associate’s degree from the neigh- two DOE reps, admitted that they did boring Queensborough Community not know how many of B-Tech’s 108 first-year students hailed from DisCollege – their partnering college. In order to obtain the associate de- trict 26. The reps did note that B-Tech gree, Tu explained, students will have gives Queens students admission prito declare a business-technology- ority, however, students’ districts were related major in the 10th grade. They not weighed in during the enrollment will have the option of switching ma- process. The DOE did not respond to muljors up until they reach their senior tiple requests for comment regarding year of high school. But some found the idea of requir- enrollment figures. But those in attening students to select a major at such dance recalled that a previous spokesa young age troubling, including Joan person from the DOE said that the Moretti, an English teacher at Martin new B-Tech school accepted roughly Van Buren and an adjunct lecturer in 10 children from D26. “We have a big problem with the English at QCC. “When I taught my classes here, I selection process here,” said Kirby tell [my students] you’re no longer in Lindell, vice president of the Bell Park

Manor Terrace Board. “It’s really not a bonus to us unless they take District 26 kids first.” “The civic association and the elected officials – we got rid of Marilyn Shevell,” said Anthony Lemma, a spokesperson at Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Fresh Meadows) office, angrily referring to Martin Van Buren’s former principal. “And now you come in here with 10 kids to this program? It’s an insult. It’s a disgrace.” Sensing the tone of the meeting was changing, Tu tried to relate to the frustrations expressed by those in attendance. “Before you met me, I must have sounded and looked like the wicked witch of the east. I get it – it’s a human thing,” she said. She went on to say that she is open to sitting down with those frustrated with the co-location so that she can address some of their concerns. “I think we are not going to solve everything, but I think that’s a start,” she said. “I get it. I took your math space. I took your room and I get that. I also get that you’re saying it because the situation is just disgusting. But I am not a disgusting human being and you’re not either. We have a job to do for the children moving here in September and we are going to serve them well.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or or @nkozikowska.

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Explore Our Borough

In Our OpInIOn

Something To Hide? When weighing in on all the valuable services that Queens Library offers to the Borough’s residents, we find it alarming that the board has voted to reject a motion that would require them to fully comply with an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. If Queens Library continues to act without transparency in the manner that it has, it will put them at risk of losing crucial funding needed to operate – not only from the City, but from the office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. And this will not only have a negative impact on the nonprofit, it will also have a negative impact on the residents who utilize many of the Library’s programs. Queens Library reps have repeatedly argued that they believe in transparency, yet the board of trustees continues to deny the Comptroller access to financial spending records, citing a stipulation agreement from nearly 20 years ago. These rather suspicious grounds have begun to tarnish the Library’s reputation and are taking the spotlight away from the good the Library does for Queens. If the Library truly has nothing to hide, much like it has been preaching to the media, we cannot help but wonder why they are not fully complying with Stringer’s audit. Their full cooperation will not only shape their future, but the future of the very people Queens Library claims they are committed to serving.

In YOur OpInIOn Too Much Faith In The Government?


To The Editor, he premise of the liberal progressive collectivist ideal is that man is selfish and uncharitable and must be guided by a group of enlightened well intentioned omniscient benefactors. To liberals, everything is an issue of money. Their guiding principle is that the government knows best and that we should just hand over our money, whether it’s for education or anything else, and problems will be solved. If they perceive a problem, they throw money at it. They see poor people so they raise taxes to better fund welfare programs in spite of the fact in over 60 years the “war on poverty” has not lowered poverty levels. Our schools are failing and they respond by raising more taxes to give to failing schools. Over the last several decades, average American student achievement has remained stagnant, while per student spending has exploded. Blind faith in a beneficent

government dominated by a cabal of collectivist bureaucrats is not just an issue of ideological differences. It is a threat to society because it fosters mediocrity and stifles creativity and innovation, the enemy of tyranny. If we do not strive for independence and self-reliance and do not take care to manage our means ourselves, our end will be ruination. More and more Americans are abdicating their responsibilities and are becoming more dependent on government. They are blinded by their faith in a government that claims it knows better than they do, that

in all things it can succeed and provide. It is becoming fanatical and almost religious. We ignore the lessons of history at our peril. A wise philosopher eloquently cautioned: “There is no difference between Communism and Socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end. Communism proposes to enslave men by force, Socialism by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.” Politically astute readers will have correctly guessed the philosopher to be Ayn Rand. Ed Konecnik, Flushing

A Good Deal For The City, And The Teachers


To The Editor, he new contract between the City and the UFT is a monumental achievement for all New Yorkers because it is a milestone of reconciliation between management and labor. People can argue the merits of its details,

but what is indisputable is that the Bloomberg era of deliberate, almost sadistic impasse and union-busting has been rebuffed and replaced by a far more productive relationship built on common sense, enlightened analysis and mutual responsibility. The de Blasio

Michael Nussbaum Publisher

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To the Editor, he 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is drawing visitors both young and old to our borough, curious to see the unusual landmarks that still grace the grounds. This is the moment to step off the grounds, too, and explore all of the other wonderful things that are happening in Queens. Our borough has a vibrant and unique cultural scene, but I’m often surprised that even for many native New Yorkers it’s a new discovery. Queens is home to a plethora of cultural opportunities and fine institutions such as the Queens Museum, Queens Botanical Gardens, PS1 and, many, many more. While I, too, enjoy traveling into Manhattan to see a Broadway show or a popular exhibition along Fifth Avenue, I would much rather enjoy the vast opportunities in our Queens backyard. I am encouraged by the Mayor’s recent appointment of Tom Finkelpearl as the City’s new Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The tenets of inclusivity and openness embraced at his former institution, the Queens Museum, will now benefit all New Yorkers, and we are excited to see what he will advance in arts and culture across the five boroughs. Additionally, our new Borough President Melinda Katz – who we plan to honor at our 35th annual gala on May

Regina Vogel Queens Today Editor Ria McPherson Comptroller

administration, still in its infancy, rolled up its sleeves and together with a sound and honorable union got the job done in the public interest. Where there is good-will, all things are possible. Ron Issac, Fresh Meadows

15 - is a strong advocate for the arts. How could she not be? Her father was the founder and conductor of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Jeanne, was the founder of the Queens Council for the Arts. Their stewardship will elevate interest in and excitement about our institutions. In my six years leading the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, I have helped bring performers and exhibitions from around the country and world to our 152year-old Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of New York City’s 33-member Cultural Institutions Group. Flushing Town Hall presents global arts for our global New York City community, and brings to Queens local, national and international performances and exhibitions that are often seen only in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or Europe or Asia. We just completed an approximately $1.5 million, fivemonth renovation to improve our multi-arts center, a testament to the City’s investment in a highquality experience in Queens and Flushing Town Hall. Flushing Town Hall brings in an incredible array of master artists from around the world to Queens, all year-long, and admittedly, it’s dismaying when I hear the refrain, “Oh, I didn’t know that happens in Queens.” Well, I encourage all of my compatriots in the cultural and arts worlds in Queens to join me in inviting not only visitors, but our neighbors and friends to support our borough’s institutions. As summer approaches and we explore this city, why not start with what’s already in your backyard? Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director Flushing Town Hall

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QUEENS THIS wEEk Cricket Let’s Play USA School Coaching Commences

The Cricket Let’s Play USA (CLPUSA) program launched its schoolbased Intro coaching sessions in New York this week. CLPUSA Development Coaches worked with elementary students and teachers at PS 62 – Chester Park School in Queens. The free CLPUSA Intro program targets New York elementary and middle schools and develops both student and teacher cricket skills in a fun, engaging environment that encourages fair play and etiquette. Additional schools in Queens are scheduled to receive visits in the coming weeks and the program hopes to progress to schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Long Island before the summer vacation. Any interested boys and girls (aged 6 – 13 years) in New York are encouraged to improve their cricket skills through FREE CLPUSA Coaching and Ten10 community programs that will run for five weeks on Saturday mornings (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) from May 31. To register your child for these complimentary CLPUSA Coaching and Ten10 sessions, email the appropriate Development Coach below: Queens – Baisley Pond Park South, email: Brooklyn – Gateway Park, email: Bronx – Van Cortland Park, email: Long Island (Sundays) – Hicksville High School: For more information about the CLPUSA New York, contact Tom Evans, Participation Program Manager, at

Taste Of Sunnyside Coming On Tuesday BY JAckIE STRAWBRIdGE Staff Writer The fourth annual Taste of Sunnyside festival takes place next Tuesday, in a new location this year, outdoors under the 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street. More than 25 local restaurants will participate in the festival, with menus that offer everything from lobster mac & cheese to sushi to vegan mole poblano. Among other well-known establishments, Murphy’s Seafood & Grill and Salt & Fat will bring their award-winning fare to the street. The motivation behind this event, according to Rachel Thieme, director of Sunnyside Shines, is to promote both the individual restaurants of Sunnyside and Sunnyside itself as a dining destination. The new Taste of Sunnyside location under the 7 train “was chosen because it is right in the heart of the

neighborhood,” according to Thieme. The Copper Kettle, an Irish pub that has been in the neighborhood for almost 20 years, is one local staple that will be participating in Taste of Sunnyside. “It’s a beloved neighborhood spot,” said Thieme. Sunnyside resident Patrick Tunney is owner of The Copper Kettle, and enjoys having his restaurant in the area. “The Copper Kettle always had a great mix of people [as customers], very diverse,” he said. Tunney looks forward to the new restaurants that will be showcased at the festival. “It’s good to see what our neighbors are doing,” he said. Besides the food, visitors will also enjoy performances from a variety of music ensembles, including Mariachi Flor de Toloache – the City’s only allfemale mariachi group. Advance tickets are on sale until Monday evening. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ or @JNStrawbridge.

Fresh Meadows School Wins Robotics Tournament


When it comes to robotics, this Fresh Meadows school is at the top of the class. George J. Ryan Middle School 216’s robotics team, the Ryan Lions, not only came in first place for the FIRST Lego League tournament for Queens, but then went on to victory at the Citywide competition. MS 216 also served as the host of the tournament for their home borough. The Queens competition at MS 216 was coordinated by Peter Xanthus, a science and technology teacher at the school. Around 1,000 participants from more than 35 schools came to Fresh Meadows to prove that their robots were the best. But it was the host school that came out on top. From there, MS 216 went to the Jacob Javits Center in early April, facing off against more than 70 other schools. Despite the tough competition, the school persevered and scored 475 points and 474 points respectively on the Robot Performance portion of the two events. After the first two runs, the team looked like it was in trouble, as it was in 48th place with a score of 108. On the last run of the day though, they bounced back to come in first place. “It was amazing! The hard work that our students and Mr. Xanthus put in to not only outshine our local Queens schools, but to also take first place at the City championships was unbelievable,” Reginald Landeau, the school’s principal, said. “I am so proud

of our students exhibiting Ryan Pride with a come from behind victory.” FIRST Lego League is a robotics program for students between the ages of 9 and 16 years old. Designed to get kids excited and engaged with science and technology, the league puts the students firmly in the driver’s seat, letting them use their innovation and knowledge to assemble and program their own autonomous robot. The robot is created using the Lego Mindstorms robot set. Once the team gets the robot running, it works to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project. The Robot Game, Project and FLL Core Values are the three elements on the league’s annual challenge. Besides the science skills the students learn, FIRST Lego League also focuses on fostering self-confidence, communication and leadership. Teams also fundraise, create their own identity and go on field trips, adding to the comradery between its members. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

Maple Grove Cemetery To Honor Victorian-Era Couple

BY LuIS GRONdA Staff Writer

Maple Grove Cemetery is highlighting its past once again, this time, celebrating five people buried at the facility. On May 17, the cemetery will honor the Victorian time period it was founded in by hosting a wedding for Mary and Jonathan Coward, a preCivil War couple who were separated by the war, reunited 50 years later and eventually got married. According to Maple Grove’s website, Mary Coward had four brothers in the war, including Francis Trow Johnson, who was a lawyer in Brooklyn before going off to war. Mary passed away on May 9, 1939 at the age of 96, while Jonathan died on November 20, 1917 at 75 years old. They are both buried at Maple Grove. In addition to the wedding, two featured guests at the ceremony will be Jacob and Elizabeth Riis. Jacob was a famous journalist and photographer who primarily wrote about New Yorkers living in poverty and tried to help those people through his stories and photography. Jacob has multiple public places named in his honor in Queens, including Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway and the Jacob Riis Settlement House in Queensbridge. The couple’s final resting place is also in Maple Grove. Carl Ballenas, head of the Friends

An actor playing the journalist Jacob Riis will be at a Victorian-style wedding in Maple Grove Cemetary. of Maple Grove organization, said this is just another unique way to remember and honor some of the estimated 88,000 people that are buried at Maple Grove. Following last year’s successful Victorian Funeral Tea event, they wanted to organize another event to remember that time period. Their different twist was to combine hosting the Coward wedding while also honoring the Riis couple and Jacob’s accomplishments. “It just worked hand-in-hand, people were very interested,” he said. Ballenas said they were researching for unique stories amongst the people buried at Maple Grove and when they discovered the Coward’s story of separation and reunion, they knew that was the one to go with. “Our goal is to do the teenage wedding that they missed out on in their lives,” he said, referring to how they were married at an old age instead of their younger days because of the war. They have hired five actors for the occasion, two to play Coward couple, another pair that will be Jacob and Elizabeth Riis and the final actor will play Rev. Charles Camp, who will act as the priest for the wedding. Camp helped during the laying of the cornerstone ceremony for the foundation of the Statue of Liberty in 1884 and is buried at Maple Grove. There will also be food, a wedding cake and a pianist playing Victorianera music. If you are attending the event, you are encouraged to dress as close as possible to what you would wear to a Victorian wedding, Ballenas said. The wedding will begin at 2 p.m. on May 17. Maple Grove Cemetery is located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Road in Kew Gardens. To make a reservation for the ceremony, call the cemetery at (347) 878-6614. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 9







Notice of Formation of Mitigation Support Services, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York under Section 301 SSNY on 2/27/2014 office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for services of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 123-25 82nd Avenue Apt 5S Kew Gardens, New York 11415. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 21701/2013 Date Filed: 4/25/2014 Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff, against Karen Berrel a/k/a Karen P. Berrel; if she be living or if she be dead, her spouse, heirs devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plaintiff; City of New York Environmental Control Board; City of New York Parking Violations Bureau; City of New York Transit Adjudication Bureau, and “JOHN DOE”, said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 10311 126th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. 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 a Consolidation and/or Modified Mortgage (hereinafter “the Mortgage”) to secure $375,984.22 and interest, and loan modification agreement covering premises known as 103-11 126th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale

of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates QUEENS County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU C AN 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 PROTEC T YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: March 19, 2014 Frank M. Cassara, Esq. Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14624 (585) 247-9000 Our File No. 13-028462 Premises known as 103-11 126th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419. All that certain property situate, lying and being in Richmond Hill, Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York. Block 9563 Lot 38 ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: NAME: YANG168 REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/28/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Yang168 Realty LLC, 9-31 121 St, College Point, New York 11356. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 28 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000181-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the

right to: Assume the name of (First) Cyrus (Middle) Yvener Joseph (Last) Robert My present name is (First) Yvener (Middle) Joseph (Last) Robert aka Cyrus Y. J. Robert My present address is 260-01 Langston Ave., Glen Oaks, NY 11004 My place of birth is Haiti My date of birth is May 19, 1970 ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 16474-2012 Date Summons Filed: August 7, 2012 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place oftrial. The basis of venue is Plaintiff’s residence. Plaintiff resides at 14-46 Dunbar Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE SHARON EILEEN STEWART, Plaintiff, -against- HUBERT ALEXANDER STE WART, Defendant ACTION FOR DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys 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: New York, New York August 6, 2012 Henry James Joseph, Esq. Attorney for plaintiff 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 704 New York, NY 10123 (212) 967-1914 (212) 967-1326 (fax) 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 period of at least six month. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute of 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 Family Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court with respect to any future issues of maintenance and support. That either party may resume the use of a prior surname. That the Plaintiff may resume use of her maiden name, Carter. That the Court grant such other and further relief as the Court may deem just 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. 235(B)

(2) and Notice Concerning Continuation of Health Care Coverage pursuant to DRL Sec. 255(1) accompany this summons. NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC ORDERS (DRL Section 236) PURSUANT TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW Section 236 Part B, Section 2, as added by Chapter 72 of the Laws of 2009, both you and your spouse (the parties) are bound by the following AUTOMATIC ORDERS, which shall remain in full force and effect during the pendency of this action, unless terminated, modified or amended by further order of the court upon motion of either of the parties or upon written agreement between the parties: (1) Neither party shall sell, transfer, encumber, conceal, assign, remove or in any way dispose of, without the consent of the other party in writing, or by order of the court, any property (including, but not limited to, real estate, personal property, cash accounts, stocks, mutual funds, bank accounts, cars and boats) individually or jointly held by the parties, except in the usual course of business, for customary and usual household expenses or for reasonable attorney’s fee in connection with this action. (2) Neither party shall transfer, encumber, assign, remove, withdraw or in any way dispose of any tax deferred funds, stocks or other assets held in any individual retirement accounts, 401k accounts, profit sharing plans, Keogh accounts, or any other pension or retirement account, and the parties shall further refrain from applying for or requesting the payment of retirement benefits or annuity payments of any kind, without the consent of the other party in writing, or upon further order of the court; except that any party who is already in pay status may continue to receive such payments there under. (3) Neither party shall incur unreasonable debts hereafter, including, but not limited to, further borrowing against any credit line secured by the family residence, further encumbrancing any assets, or unreasonably using credit cards or cash advances against credit cards or cash advances against credit cards, except in the usual course of business or for customary or usual housing expenses, or for reasonable attorney’s fees in connection with this action. (4) Neither party shall cause the other party or the children for the marriage to be removed from any existing medical, hospital and dental insurance coverage, and each party shall maintain the existing medical, hospital and dental insurance coverage in

full force and effect. (5) Neither party shall change the beneficiaries of any existing life insurance policies, and each party shall maintain the existing life insurance, automobile insurance, homeowners and renters insurance policies in full force and effect. NOTICE CONCERNING CONTINUATION OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE (Required by Section 255(1) of the Domestic Relations Law) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that once a judgment of divorce is signed in this action, both you and your spouse may or may not continue to be eligible for coverage under each other’s health insurance plan, depending on the terms of the plan. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Amma Studio NY, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 3/24/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Samuel Amoia, 336 St. Nicholas Terrace, Queens, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 28 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000179-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Nagi (Last) Sayedarous My present name is (First) Alexander (Last) Thomas My present address is 60-45 Woodbine St., Ridgewood, NY 11385 My place of birth is Egypt My date of birth is November 17, 1955 ________________________ Notice To: Jorge Matute d/b/a Matute’s Outlet, Julio Pomarico d/b/a Canal Buy & Sell Corp., and Isolina Pelaez. By order of the Supreme Court, Queens County, you are directed to appear and to show cause at the Centralized Motion Part of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens, 8811 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica on June 19, 2014 at 2:15PM to show why an order should not be made permitting the law firm of Deliso & Associates to be relieved as attorneys of record for you. ________________________ 3275 38 LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 4/2/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Holm & O’hara LLP, Attn: Michael L. Landsman, Esq., 3 W. 35

St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10001. General Purpose. ________________________ SPMM 1 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/25/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 37-20 Broadway, 2nd Fl, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license number pending has been applied by EL PUNTO COLOMBIANO RESTAUR ANTE BAKERY CORP, 1833 EL PUNTO to sell liquor, wine and beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 1833 College Point Blvd FL 1, College Point New York 11356 for on premises consumption. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 06 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000210-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Eleven (Middle) Mengchen (Last) Zhang My present name is (First) Xiaoyi (Last) Zhang aka Xiao Yi Zhang, aka Xiao Y. Zhang My present address is 140-75 Ash Avenue, Apt. #4D, Flushing, NY 11355-2790 My place of birth is China My date of birth is November 16, 1987 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 09 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000231-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Dennis (Middle) Yucheng (Last) Li My present name is (First) Yucheng (Last) Li aka Dennis Li (infant) My present address is 75-34 Springfield Blvd, Upper, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364 My place of birth is China My date of birth is May 10, 2002 ________________________ Notice of Registration of Cao & Chen Medical LLP, Cert. of Reg. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/13/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shallmail copy of process to Kent Cao, 136-21 Roosevelt Ave., Ste.205, Flushing, NY 11354. Name/addr. Of each gen. ptr. Avail. At SSNY. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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De Blasio Outlines Education Reforms

By Jackie StrawBridge Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio visited PS 69 in Jackson Heights on Monday to outline several major budgetary and teachers’ contract reforms, which he expects will transform public education in the City. De Blasio largely focused on investments in arts education in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget announced last week, as well as efforts to alleviate overcrowding, increase parental involvement and expand universal fullday pre-k. Joining the mayor were Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), chair of the Education Committee, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee and Lavern Maison, a PS 69 parent. The budget allocates $4.4 billion to ease overcrowding, which will largely be sent to the most overcrowded areas of the City, including central Queens, lower Manhattan and parts of Staten Island. A 2013 United Federation of Teachers (UFT) survey found 6,313 overcrowded classrooms in the City, more than 1,000 of which were in Queens high schools alone. “We have very good teachers and

very hard working teachers,” said Martha Vazquez, who has been principal of PS 69 for more than a decade. “But obviously a little bit of a lesser number in each class [would offer] more flexibility for them to do their small group work and so forth.” Classroom capacity is defined by the UFT contract as 34 students for high schools, 30Photo by Jackie Strawbridge 33 students for middle Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about education schools and 32 students reforms at PS 69 in Jackson Heights. for elementary schools. “Thirty-two is a very big number themselves, de Blasio said, citing in when you are one teacher who is dif- particular the integration of arts into ferentiating instruction and students the existing curriculum, and the reare at different levels,” Vazquez said. moval of teachers assigned from the Four hundred and eighty million Absent Teacher Reserve. dollars is put towards reducing the Dromm, who worked as a public number of mobile classrooms, other- school teacher in Queens for more than wise referred to as trailers. two decades, lauded this emphasis on De Blasio added that the goal is school-specific decision making. to reduce trailers, not necessarily to “This is an educator’s budget,” eliminate every single one. Schools Dromm said. that find their trailers useful will be Another major focus of de Blasio’s able to keep them. announcement was expanded arts eduThis point fits into a larger theme cation. The budget allocates $20 milof school and teacher autonomy that lion for arts education programs and framed much of the reforms. The pro- improvements, including partnerships cess puts faith in school principals and with arts institutions, cultural field trips teachers to make certain decisions for and new or renovated arts facilities.

Fariña also discussed using the funding to extend existing programs across grades and schools, so that a student would not, for example, abruptly end trumpet lessons when he or she graduates middle school. “The arts programs to me are the most fabulous thing,” said Fariña, noting that many professional opportunities in New York are based in the arts. Maison, whose daughter is in kindergarten as PS 69, thanked the Mayor and other elected officials for their interest in arts funding. “Arts education definitely supports academic growth,” she said. “[My daughter] is already receiving music instruction, and I can definitely see the benefits of that,” she said. Vazquez said that she is particularly excited about the flexibility these reforms will afford teachers. “It’s been difficult, to maintain dedicated arts programs,” she said, adding that she especially struggles to find the space for arts-only classrooms. Other reforms that de Blasio highlighted include funding for after-school and summer-school programs, extra time in teachers’ schedules for parent outreach and doubled evening parentteacher conferences each month. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ or @JNStrawbridge. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 11

Cosmos Stadium Situation Still In Flux By Luis Gronda Staff Writer There is still uncertainty over when proposals for a soccer stadium straddling the Queens border will be chosen. A decision was originally announced to be made last summer by Empire State Development, but the Elmont, Long Island site has not been awarded yet, leaving developers wondering what the delay is. Four development companies have submitted proposals for the site and are still waiting on the State to choose which one it will move forward with. An RFP for the site was released in 2012 and several groups responded before the deadline in January 2013. The New York Cosmos play in the recently-revived North America Soccer League, currently playing their home games at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. One of the proposals is from the College Point-based Mattone Group, who helped design that plan with the team itself. Their proposal includes a 25,000seat soccer stadium along with a restaurant row consisting of nine restaurants and nearly 250,000-square-feet of retail space. The plan also consists of a 175-room hotel and a brand new 4.3-acre public park for the commu-

“We are continuing nity near the proposed to evaluate responses to stadium. the RFP and hope to anThe three other nounce a decision soon. proposals come from We want to be thorough two Long Island-based and comprehensive,” he companies, The Engel said in an email. Burman Group and The Elmont Chamber Blumenfeld Developof Commerce, an organiment Group, and a zation made up of busiManhattan-based comnesses in the area, does pany, Related Developnot have an opinion about ment. the proposal, only saying The Blumenfeld plan that it is incomplete. would be anchored by a Muzzio Tallini, the well-known retail store, president of the chamber, like Target, and that said that the plan does not would be surrounded include residential develby facilities for the community such as a This is one rendering of the proposed New York Cosmos opment for the younger park, a new health club soccer stadium in Elmont, Long Island. A decision on demographic, which is needed in that area. and more. who will be awarded the site has not yet been made. “The Chamber does Engel Burman’s plan said. “We’re very eager to do somefeel that the Belmont RFP would be for a 28-acre is fatally flawed in that the RFP exrecreation center, which would in- thing there.” Brad Blumenthal, principal owner cluded residential development as clude a supermarket, restaurants and of the Blumenthal Group, said the an option. This exclusion is incona public soccer field. Related is proposing new restau- situation has been quiet since they sistent with Elmont’s Vision Plan. rants and stores to open up in the area submitted their proposal for the site Moreover, the Chamber believes last year. opening the Belmont LIRR train stato accompany the stadium. “It’s unusual that it’s been so quiet, tion full-time should be a goal of any Michael Mattone, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer especially for a public asset like this redevelopment that takes place on the Belmont property,” he said in a of the Mattone Group, said they un- that is clearly underutilized,” he said. When asked for an update on pro- statement. derstand that the State needs to go Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357through its process, considering it has posals submitted, ESD spokesperson Jason Conwall said, they are still looking 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstrimultiple proposals to consider., or @luisgronda. “We’re trying to be patient,” he at the applications related to the site.

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POLICE BLOTTER 109th Precinct Bank RoBBeRy - The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying and locating a suspect wanted for a bank robbery within the confines of the 109th Precinct. At 4:40 p.m. on May 6, a suspect entered the TD Bank located at 56-50 Main St., approached the teller and passed a demand note before he fled westbound on Booth Memorial Avenue with approximately $500. The suspect is described as an Asian male, between 17-25 years old, 5-foot-5 with blond hair and slim build. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit www. or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

112th Precinct

GRand LaRceny – The NYPD is asking the public for assistance locating two individuals wanted for questioning regarding a grand larceny that occurred within the confines of the 112th Precinct. At 1:15 p.m. on April 29, in the vicinity of Queens Boulevard and 67th Drive, a suspect working in concert with another approached a 61-year-old female and snatched her cellphone from her hand, along with credit cards, driver’s license and a MetroCard. Both suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured as a result of this incident. The persons of interest are described as Hispanic males between the ages of 16-18, both last seen wearing hooded sweatshirts. One suspect was seen wearing light-colored pants and the other was wearing blue jeans. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit www. or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

113th Precinct

Homicide – At 7:28 p.m. on May 5, police responded to a 911 call of a male shot in front of 150-25 113th Ave., Jamaica. Upon arrival, police observed the victim, identified as Darrell Lynch, 24, of Jamaica, with a gunshot wound to the left leg. EMS also responded and transported the male to Jamaica Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. There have been no arrests at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

114th Precinct

FoRciBLe ToucHinG – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance

This individual is wanted in connection to four forcible touching incidents within the confines of the 114th Precinct. in locating a Hispanic male wanted in connection with four forcible touching incidents that occurred on May 6 within the confines of the 114th Precinct. In each of the incidents, the suspect approached the victims, attempted to speak to them and touched their buttocks over their clothing. The first incident occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. at Northern Boulevard and 57th Street. The victim was a 23-year-old female. The second incident occurred at 7:43 a.m. at the Rite Aid, located at 3287 Steinway St. The victim was a 25year-old female. The third incident occurred at 8 a.m. at 38-01 35th Ave. The victim was a 16-year-old female. The final incident occurred at 37-15 31st Ave. The victim was a 14-year-old female. The suspect is described as Hispanic, 25-30 years old, 6-foot and between 220-250 lbs. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, visit www. or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

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EAST ELM FAMILY 2, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/25/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 22-48 76th St., Elmhurst, NY 11370. General Purpose ________________________ Notice of Formation of Kang He LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/29/2014. 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: The LLC, 132-35 Sanford Ave, Apt LD, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 28 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000187-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Imran (Last) Ramnarine My present name is (First) Imran (Last) Asrufali My present address is 131-14

131 St., South Ozone Park, NY 11420 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is October 27, 1995 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 09 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000243-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Angela (Last) Day My present name is (First) Angela (Middle) Chi-Ann (Last) Chu aka Angela Chu My present address is 42-11 219 Street, Bayside, NY 11361 My place of birth is Manhattan, NY My date of birth is October 11, 1988 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 01 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000337-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Rashad (Middle) Ali

(Last) Morshed Delvalle My present name is (First) Rashad (Middle) Ali (Last) Morshed aka Rashad A Morshed aka Rashad Ali Ahmed Morshed aka Rashad Ali Morshed Delvalle, aka Rashad Del Valle aka Rashad Morshed My present address is 86-44 122nd Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is June 07, 1990 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 06 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000207-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Taqwa (Middle) Tageldin Abdalla (Last) Mohamed My present name is (First) Taqwa (Middle) Tageldin Abdalla M.A. (Last) Elsanosi aka Taqwa Tageldin Elsanosi, aka Taqwa Tageldin Abdalla Mohamed, aka Taqwa T. Sanosi My present address is 8052 259th Street, Glen Oaks, NY 11004-1238 My place of birth is Carbondale, IL. My date of birth is October 14, 1986

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Queens Library, Comptroller Continue To Clash



n the evening of May 8, the Queens Library board of trustees voted to reject a resolution that would require the nonprofit to fully comply with an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, further fueling tensions between the two. According to reports, members of the 19-person board failed to pass the motion, which was submitted by its members, when nine voted against it. Seven others voted in favor, another abstained and two members were absent from the meeting. The Queens Library denied the motion on several grounds, including a stipulation made nearly 17 years ago. “Queens Library believes in accountability and transparency,” said communications director Joanne King in an emailed statement. “The Library has released all requested financial documentation in accordance with the court ordered

agreement of 1997.” According to the resolution, which was obtained from King, 100 percent of all revenue and expenditures from funds received from the City have been made available for audit. The resolution added that any additional level of transparency is not specified in the stipulation. “It [the audit] appropriately includes audit authority over every dime provided by the City, fines and fees collected and book sale funds,” King added. “As an additional layer of transparency, the Library voluntarily provided access

to the Worker’s Compensation Fund as requested.” The news comes just days after City officials from the Dept. of Design and Construction told the City Council that it had frozen payments that allowed the Library to use portions of its $20 million capital budget on its own projects with little City oversight. Since Stringer launched the audit of all three library systems earlier this year, he has openly criticized Queens Library for not providing his office with “com-

plete access to financial records.” Allegations that taxpayer money was used to fund the Library’s embattled president Thomas Galante’s six-figure salary and lavish office upgrades, which included a private outdoor smoking area, prompted Stringer to launch the audit. Queens Library officials have repeatedly denounced accusations that it is not being transparent with the City. “The Library is providing access to the Comptroller to the workers compensation fund and the book sales fund,” said King in an earlier statement. “Unfortunately, the Comptroller’s Office rushed into court when the Library would have welcomed a meeting for the opportunity of an amicable solution.” In light of the board’s decision to deny the Comptroller access to all their financial records, tensions continue to rise between Queens Library and City leaders, leaving the nonprofit’s funding future uncertain. “What happened [on May 8] at the Queens Borough Public Library was a disgrace,” Stringer said in a joint statement with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “It is a shame that the members of the Queens Library board who voted against their own colleagues’ resolution have continued to embrace

library management’s antitransparency policies.” “No public entity is above the law,” he added. Katz, who has urged Galante to resign, echoed Stringer’s sentiments. “Once again the Queens Borough Public Library board has raised questions about the execution of their fiduciary responsibility,” she said in the statement. “This board is hiding the Queens Library from necessary sunlight and I am committed to making sure that a bright light is shone on this issue,” she added. In response to the City’s decision to freeze the Library’s funding, Galante wrote a letter to Ronnie Lowenstein, executive director at the New York City Independent Budget Office, arguing that construction projects are done for cheaper when the Library supervises it. “These savings enable us to return full services to our patrons more quickly and at the same time provide cost savings to our taxpayers,” Galante wrote. “Unfortunately, many of the facts have been omitted from public discussion about pass-through contracts and the value they provide to the people of Queens and New York City taxpayers.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@ or @ nkozikowska

PS 232 Students Create Signs For Safety BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Whether you are driving or walking around PS 232, you will now be reminded that “alert and ready wins the race.” Students at PS 232 in Lindenwood created street signs to raise awareness about the dangerous intersection that surrounds their school. The signs are part of an initiative by the school to curtail dangerous driving and improve safety for pedestrians during the school’s dismissal time. Parents, school officials and local elected officials have been calling on the Dept. of Transportation to install some kind of a traffic fixture for the kids at the

school, either a street light or a stop sign. The area is known to be dangerous for pedestrians after school, with cars speeding up and down 83rd Street and 153rd Avenue. State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) held a rally outside the school last summer to raise awareness about the situation and has also been advocating for a safety improvement. While there is still no safety measure placed outside the school, the students of class 702 created a sign that reminds drivers to slow their roll. The sign itself features a green figure with a backpack on, walking on a crosswalk. Close to it is a yellow car that is near the person. On the crosswalk itself is reads “alert


The sign created by students at PS 232 was installed outside of their school, to raise awareness about a dangerous intersection in the area.

and ready” and the bottom right hand corner finishes the slogan with “wins the race.” PS 232 was selected as one of eight schools in New York City to be a part of this program.

The students created the sign after enrolling on a DOT program called “Artists for Safer Streets: Traffic Safety Sign Design Residency Program,” which allows artists to create

work related to traffic safety. Lisa Josephson, the school’s principal, said despite initial skepticism from her, she was convinced that the sign would help the situation and allow the kids to use their creativity to send a message. “We have been waiting for this day now for a very long time,” Josephson said, adding that she has been petitioning DOT to improve safety surrounding the school. Jamie Lopez, a student from class 702, said it took the class about 10 weeks to finish the design and they were very satisfied with the result once they finished. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 15

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What you need To apply For College By Luis Gronda Staff Writer High school juniors and seniors looking at colleges should be well prepared when submitting applications to all of the universities that they hope to attend. Each university has slightly different requirements for accepting students and college hopefuls should be mindful of that when considering where they will apply. For example, you can apply to Queens College by filling out the CUNY application form that allows you to apply up to six CUNY colleges at the same time. Besides filling out obvious information like your name and address, you must also provide a CUNY school like Queens College, with information about your high school, including where you went and what kind of diploma you will receive. Additional information, like any special recognition or awards you may have received, should also be included with your application. After choosing which colleges you would like to apply to, and paying the required $65 application fee, you must also submit all supporting documents after applying online or through postal mail.

ROAD tO cOllege The supporting documents include sending in your high school transcript, your SAT/ACT scores (or GED score if you took that exam), all letters of recommendation and personal essays. Only some CUNY schools require an essay as part of the application, but all students are encouraged to send that letter in as a way to enhance their applications. Vincent Angrisani, the executive director for Enrollment Management and Admissions Services at Queens College, said the most common mistake he sees when students are applying at a university like Queens College is not enough information is given on their application. For example, he said some have left results of their test scores off of their application, which makes it difficult to consider them for the

college if there is missing information. If you have taken both the SAT and the ACT, Angrisani encourages students to include all of that information. “We’ll take what ever is the highest of either of those scores,” he said. Angrisani said they look for students who graded highly in five core subjects: English, math, social studies, science and There are several requirements for applying foreign language, in addi- to universities like Queens College, including submitting your saT/aCT scores. tion to the test scores. He recommended that high school juniors keep their grades slightly different requirements for up during their senior year. While it how they accept students. At DeVry University, which has is not the most important factor, Angrisani said they do take into con- a campus in Rego Park and several sideration how a student has done others in New York, you must be induring their senior year compared to terviewed by one of their admissions advisors to discuss what they would their earlier years in high school. Angrisani also advised students, like to do at the school, as well as whether they are interested in attend- making sure they meet their basic ing Queens College or any other uni- requirements, like age. As is the case versity, to visit the campuses of the with colleges like DeVry, you must schools they intend on applying for. have a high school diploma or a GED He said this gives prospective students to be eligible to enroll in the unia close-up view of what each college versity. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357campus is like and what they offer 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstricompared to other universities. Other non-CUNY schools have, or @luisgronda.


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community colleges Offer diverse Opportunities By Jackie StrawBridge Staff Writer With senior year looming, now is the time to weigh academic and professional options. Before graduates start tearing through job postings, they might want to consider heading back into the classroom. Getting an associate degree from a two-year Community College program can not only open up a variety of career paths, but can also expose students to resources, groups and institutions that can help them grow professionally and intellectually. “From my perspective, community college is the right choice for every student,” said Michael Baston, vice president of student affairs and enrollment at LaGuardia Community College. Baston noted that associate degrees enable graduates to obtain jobs in growing industries, such as healthcare and engineering. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study, jobs requiring associate degrees will grow 17.6 percent by 2022. Some of the most popular majors at LaGuardia Community College are health sciences, business and criminal justice, according to Baston. At Queensborough Community College, students are drawn to liberal

arts and sciences, business, nursing and accounting. Community colleges not only prepare students for the professional world, but also do so affordably. Whereas the average four-year private university cost $29,056 per year in 2013, according to the College Board, and four-year public universities cost $8,655 per year for in-state students, CUNY tuition is $4,500 per year. “Community college really is the best pathway to the middle class,” Baston said. Like four-year schools, community colleges offer a variety of extracurricular opportunities, from sports to student government to community service orga- Queensborough community college offers an affordable degree, plus many extranizations. LaGuardia fo- curricular opportunities cuses particularly on community development opportunities, Queensborough Performing Arts Cen- a GED, graduated with a 4.0 average such as the 10,000 Small Businesses ter and the Kupferberg Holocaust and now studies at New York UniverProgram, run in partnership with Resource Center and Archives. sity. These successes are typical at Goldman Sachs, which offers entreBaston noted several renowned LaGuardia, according to Baston. preneurship education to small busi- creatives who are community college “You may start here,” he said. nesses in the area. graduates, such as George Lucas, Bil- “But you can go anywhere.” Students at Queensborough enjoy ly Crystal and Queen Latifah. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) access to the school’s cultural beaHowever, he is prouder of the 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ cons, including the Queensborough smaller stories. He mentioned a single or @JNStrawCommunity College Art Gallery, the mother who came to LaGuardia with bridge.

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TAP Funding Goes Up For First Time In 14 Years BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Some added relief is coming for college students. The maximum grant level for the Tuition Assistance Program has increased for the first time in 14 years. While the financial boost is a small one, going up from $5,000 to $5,165, it will offer additional relief to students attending SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges. State Sen. Toby Stavisky (DFlushing), Assemblywoman Nily RoPhOTO BY JOE MARVILLI zic (D-Hillcrest) and members of the State Sen. Toby Stavisky and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic joined Queens Queens College Chapter of the New College president Evangelos Gizis and the school’s NYPIRG chapter to York Public Interest Research Group announce an increase in TAP funding. met in Rosenthal Library at Queens College to praise the increase, but need to be doing better. That means cent of our students receive TAP,” also to say that more is needed. not just increasing TAP but making he said. “The students who gradu“The increase is long overdue and sure it is in line with today’s econo- ate from us, in spite of the TAP they we cannot wait another 14 years. As my and today’s workforce,” she said. receive and in spite of the fact that tuition increases, so should TAP,” “So when a part-time student goes many of them have part-time jobs, Stavisky said. “We will benefit in the to college, they can also be eligible they still need to get some loans.” long run. Students will have an op- for TAP. Or if it takes you a year lonAileen Sheil, a student and chair portunity to get a better job with a ger than normal, that you can also of NYPIRG’s Board of Directors, was college degree.” be eligible for TAP.” more critical of the TAP program, Rozic agreed that the TAP boost Queens College president, Evan- saying it needed to be overhauled to was long overdue and argued that a gelos Gizis, welcomed the increase effectively combat student debt. higher increase than $165 is required as well, saying that such a program “This is great news but it was only to make the program continually ef- is necessary in the face of increasing by $165, which is very little in comfective. college costs and that many students parison to what it needs to be, which “If we are really going to make at the college take advantage of it. is $6,500, in keeping with the risan investment our students, we 5:24 PM “This semester, more than 40 per- ing costs of tuition,” she said. “Our GradStudies ads in 2014_QTrib half 5/7/14 Page 1

State officials, like those behind me, need to make serious commitments to enhancing TAP this year.” Sheil added that TAP should help undocumented students as well, a factor that was included in the DREAM Act, which failed to pass in the State Legislature in March. Eduardo Delgadillo, a student at Queens College, told a personal story of how the lack of TAP coverage for undocumented students affected his family. His sister was in the honors program at Hillcrest High School and wanted to go to college. Since she was not eligible for TAP, her mother had to pay the whole tuition, something she could not afford to do after one year. Delgadillo’s sister had to drop out. “It’s very unfortunate that someone so talented does not have the opportunity to come and get an education,” he said. Stavisky, a major proponent of the DREAM Act, agreed that undocumented students should receive TAP coverage and have the same chance to excel in college as any other student. “A student is a student and students should be eligible to come to Queens College or any other CUNY and have the same opportunity as documented students,” she said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

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early 80 percent of full-time college students are debt free when they graduate from The City University of New York, making CUNY a national leader in providing the golden combination in higher education value today: valued degrees, high-quality education, award-winning professors, affordable tuition, and the likelihood of debt-free graduation. Even as student debt nationwide has surpassed $1 trillion and U.S. college graduates owe about $27,000 on average, eight of ten students graduate from CUNY colleges without federal student loans, according to “The CUNY Value Plus,” a new report available at Almost half of those who carry loans after graduation are transfer students who chose the CUNY value after attending a more costly private or public institution. The University’s exceptionally affordable tuition, lower than most private and public institutions in the nation, is what makes it possible for the majority of CUNY undergraduates — including low-income and employed, veterans and CUNY scholarship recipients — to cover costs without having to borrow. Nearly 60 percent of full time undergraduates attend tuition free, thanks in part to federal Pell grants, New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards, and CUNY’s own financial-aid programs. For Army veteran Kasha Taylor, a state employee and mother of two, it was the low-cost tuition at CUNY’s Lehman College, plus work and careful budgeting, that made it possible for her to cover 70 percent of her tuition costs with her veterans’ benefits, and pay the rest before collecting her diploma. “It’s a beautiful thing,” said Taylor, who graduated with a degree in business administration and plans to go to graduate school. “A lot of people feel the higher the tuition, the higher the education. I disagree. My professors were awesome.” For Christina Terracino, the mix of “a little bit” of state Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) aid and her CUNY scholarships allowed her to graduate from the College of Staten Island owing nothing. “It’s a great thing, it’s such a simple application, and it paid for my education,” Terracino said of her scholarships. Now looking ahead to graduate school, she said, “I would love to be an academic librarian, work on the Ph.D., become a professor. I know I can do that without worrying because I don’t have to worry about any undergrad debt.” Michael Suarez, who attended LaGuardia Community College and recently graduated from Hunter College, qualified for Pell grants and TAP awards that made his tuition free. He graduated owing just $1,500, left over from a loan to pay for a semester living at a student residence at Queens College. “Graduating with very little debt with hopes of going to medical school is a big deal for me,” said Suarez, who graduated in psychology from Hunter College. “It puts me way ahead of the game.” “CUNY’s unwavering commitment to excellence and opportunity — offering the best academics at an

affordable price, making it possible to graduate debt free — is expanding opportunity for the many thousands of students who enroll in our colleges every year,” said Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly. “That’s ‘CUNY Value Plus,’ and as we emerge from tough economic times into a changing job market, it’s more critical than ever. “We offer the best higher-education value to New Yorkers, and are always innovating to best prepare our students for rewarding careers and further study.” CUNY’s tuition is stabilized by a unique publicprivate funding mechanism called The CUNY Compact, which envisions modest, predictable tuition increases that enable students and families to plan ahead. In 2014, CUNY tuition and fees remain significantly lower than those of most higher- education institutions, private and public, in the New York metropolitan area and nationwide. Aside from affordable tuition, more than $1 billion in financial aid, including government grants, CUNY aid and scholarships, is benefiting CUNY students this academic year. The American Opportunity Tax Credit, a rebate of up to $2,500 that eases education expenses for many middle-class families, may further reduce the cost of CUNY tuition. Distinguished professors and CUNY’s increasing attractiveness to motivated, high-achieving students are also key factors in the CUNY Value Plus equation. CUNY students, mentored by award-winning professors and encouraged by the University, have consistently been winning prestigious national honors, including National Science

Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, Barry M. Goldwater and Harry S. Truman Scholarships and Fulbright grants. In 2013, 23 CUNY students, more than any public university in the Northeast, won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for science, engineering and other graduate research. CUNY students also benefit from institutional scholarships funded by more than $2.5 billion in private donations raised since 2000 by the Invest in CUNY campaign. The University has also responded to record enrollments, reported at approximately 270,000 degree-credit students in the fall, by increasing the ranks of full-time professors and investing $3.8 billion in CUNY construction projects that have modernized facilities and transformed the CUNY experience in all five boroughs. Some $3 billion in new construction, expansion, renovation and maintenance projects are in the pipeline. CUNY Value Plus contains new data from The College Board, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the University’s Office of Institutional Research. The CUNY Value Plus website, featuring the new publication, videos and other information, is available at The new data underscores CUNY’s value in the higher-education marketplace. CUNY’s tuition and fees, averaging $6,223 at its four-year colleges in 2014, contrasts sharply with the $29,056 national average for private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities, the $15,172 average at for-profit institutions, and the $8,655 average tuition and fees at public, four-year institutions, according to The College Board.

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legislative update

Crowley Backs Waiver Bills For Poland

A proposed House of Representatives bill making Poland eligible for America’s Visa Waiver program has now acquired an additional co-sponsor in the person of U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights). Crowley’s agreement to support H.R. 1354 helped push the count of Congressional co-sponsors to over 150. Polish Americans have already put in several years of dedicated effort to get Poland into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. They are now conducting an intensive nationwide drive to have this bill voted on and approved by the end of the present session of Congress. A comprehensive immigration reform bill containing the Visa Waiver provision has already passed in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The next action on immigration reform will be taking place in the House.

Rozic Leads The Way To Protect Women

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (DHillcrest) recently announced that the two bills she sponsors to protect and assist victims of domestic violence (A7964B) and homeless women veterans (A7259A) have passed the State Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Bill A7259A would require the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to conduct a study on homeless women veterans and produce recommendations and solutions to benefit those who are suffering. Data from the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs calculates that the homeless population of women veterans has doubled in recent years from 1,380 in 2006 to 3,328 in 2010. Bill A7964B would allow domestic violence victims who are under contract with wireless companies to opt out of such plans without penalty. Over 450,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported in New York every year. This bill eliminates one of the numerous challenges victims face when trying to sever contact with their batterer. In an increasingly digital world, it is vital that state laws are kept current to adequately protect victims. “It is our obligation to protect the most vulnerable populations of women,” Rozic said. “They deserve support and protection to minimize the amount of hardships they face while trying to better their lives. Through my legislation, we can better assess how to help these women who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness or sexual assault.” After passing the Assembly, both

u.s. Rep. Joseph Crowley (center) with Frank Milewski (left), president of the downstate NY division of the polish-american Congress and Chet szarejko, chairman of the political activities Committee. bills have been delivered to the State Senate where they are sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn). Assemblywoman Rozic will continue to push for the passage of these bills in the State Senate.

Addabbo Cracks Down On Suspended License

In order to make New York’s streets safer for law-abiding residents, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has won the Senate passage of legislation he sponsors (S.1919) to significantly increase penalties, including higher fines and jail time, for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Addabbo noted that a 2008 study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety called “Unlicensed to Kill” found that unlicensed drivers were involved in one of every five fatal crashes in the United States – a rate the Foundation found had remained virtually unchanged from earlier studies of the same issue. In New York, almost 17 percent of fatal crashes were found to involve drivers without valid licenses. “Many of my constituents have complained to me about the danger posed by illegal drivers to law-abiding motorists, pedestrians, children and elderly people attempting to travel safely through their neighborhoods,” Addabbo said. “That’s why I introduced this bill. Drivers who knowingly and consistently flaunt the law and operate motor vehicles with suspended or revoked licenses could face fines as high as $10,000 and jail time of up to four years.” Having passed the Senate, Addab-

bo’s bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 863) passed by a vote of 383 to 33 and now heads to the Senate, where Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading the charge. “Women deserve their rightful recognition when the story of our nation is told, and after so many years of being ignored, only a National Women’s History Museum in our nation’s capital can do that,” Maloney said. “This bill will establish a Congressional Commission to help secure that place. Women gained the right to vote in 1920. I hope that a century later, in 2020, their efforts and the accomplishments of women throughout our history will be chronicled in a museum that both our daughters and sons can learn from and enjoy. I am grateful for the leadership of Representative Blackburn, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and for the support of the many Republicans and Democrats who worked together to pass this bill.”

Legislature Passes Meng Bill To Speed Camera Bill Focus On Cemetery The State legislature passed a bill Desecration this week approving the placement of 120 speed cameras around New York City (in addition to the 20 currently in place), as well as 125 cameras on Long Island. Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) voted in favor of the bill, but reiterated that this is not the whole solution to the problem of traffic-related pedestrian accidents in New York. The Assemblyman stressed the need for additional crossing guards throughout New York City and suggested that the increased revenue from the speed cameras be used for hiring these crossing guards. “Unfortunately, for many people a simple $50 ticket with no points on their license is not enough to change their behavior. We need to pair these speed cameras with other preventative measures, such as increased crossing guard presence, in order to protect pedestrians to the best of our ability,” said DenDekker. Earlier this year, DenDekker introduced a bill that would require a crossing guard be placed on every corner of a city block on which there is a public or private school.

House Passes Women’s History Museum Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to form a Congressional Commission on

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) legislation to make the desecration of cemeteries a violation of religious freedom was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The measure now advances to the House floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives. Meng’s bill, the Protect Cemeteries Act, would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the vandalizing of cemeteries as one of many infringements on the right to freedom of religion. Although the bill applies to cemeteries around the world, it would have a significant impact on many residents of Queens. The borough is home to many immigrants who have family members and ancestors buried in their families’ homelands. In many cases, there are few or no relatives left in those distant communities to preserve and protect the graves, so it’s important that there be international laws to protect the cemeteries there. Also, the legislation originated from Meng’s constituents in Queens, “Religiously motivated desecration of cemeteries unfortunately occurs with alarming regularity, but this legislation would be a new tool to help combat it,” said Meng. “The bill would also go a long way towards promoting preservation, tolerance and respect for cemeteries, and the committee’s passage of the measure says in a loud clear voice that this type of hate crime will not be tolerated anywhere in our society. I urge the House to quickly approve this legislation.”

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Summer Fun Guide Outdoor Exploration At Garvies Point Museum BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Tucked in the west corner of Glen Cove, the Garvies Point MuseumPreserve offers more than a dozen programs to educate the community on local geology, archaeology and natural history. This summer, kids and adults can enjoy several hands-on lessons as a part of the Garvies Point Museum summer programming. Families, camp groups and indi-

Explore local ecology at the Garvies Point Museum.

viduals can participate in a number of educational events. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, nature classes for 5 to 10 years old cover butterflies and bugs, beginner bird watching and beach ecology. Kids 8 to 10 years old can also participate in the museum’s geology program, to study erosion and fossils, and the formation of Long Island. Adult programming includes jewelry-making and sculpture classes. In early August, the museum will host its annual Garvies Point Day. Events and films are scheduled throughout the day, alongside ongoing craft workshops. According to Acting Administrator Veronica Natale, the museum designs programs that offer a tactile experience with natural history. Visitors are encouraged to handle artifacts, explore their surroundings and get up-close to nature. “What’s great about our programs is they’re really an experience,” she said. Garvies Point also provides rainy

day activities, from craft workshops to paleontology lessons using fossils and fossil replicas. Pre-registration is required for all events. For more information,

call (516) 571-8010. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ or @JNStrawbridge.

Mill Basin Keeps Kids Happy And Healthy BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Before parents know it, the end of the school year will arrive. With their children home for the summer, the question of how to keep them active in a healthy manner comes up. That is where Mill Basin Day Camp comes in. Located at 5945 Strickland Ave., Brooklyn, Mill Basin Day Camp takes full advantage of the summer months, with many activities available during its run from June 30 to Aug. 22. While there are many camps in the Tri-State Area, Mill Basin’s owner, Jack Grosbard, said that his is the most popular program in the Brooklyn/Queens area. “Mill Basin Day Camp is dedicated to providing an exciting and fulfilling camp experience for both children and their parents by providing of fun, recreational, social and educational activities,” he said. The camp offers more than 40 activities in dozens of categories. Sports, arts and education are all

essential parts of a summer at the camp. “No two days at Mill Basin Day Camp are alike,” Grosbard said. Keeping children in shape is one of the camp’s main goals, keeping kids off the couch and away from the television or computer. Football, soccer, wiffle ball, kickball, volleyball, handball and Karate are just some of the physical activities that kids can take part in. Besides offering door-to-door transportation to many Queens neighborhoods, Mill Basin will work with parents to find an ideal schedule for them and their children. “We realize and understand the pressures facing today’s working parents so we have designed a very flexible registration program,” he said. Registration is now open for the camp, which accepts boys and girls between 3 and 14 years old. For more information or to register, call (718) 251-6200 or visit Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

Forest Park Carousel BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer One sure way to go out and enjoy all that Queens has to offer this summer is to visit the Forest Park Carousel, a landmark designation in New York City that is not only rich with history, but also rich with fun. The carousel, nestled within 544 acres of Forest Park, was carved in 1903 by Daniel Muller. It currently stands as a work of beautiful art, serving as a staple in the park, as well as in the Borough since the 1970s. After being closed for a couple of years, the Forest Park Carousel reopened for its third season in April of last year. It is currently being operated by New York Carousel.

According to Ami Abramson, the head of New York Carousel, in 2013, close to 30,000 people rode the carousel, compared to 25,000 people that got on the merry-go-round the first year it opened. In an earlier interview with the Queens Tribune, Abramson credited the carousel’s landmark status to increased ridership. “We seen a tremendous amount of repeat customers, as well as new people,” he said. For more information about the Forest Park Carousel, including ticket prices and dates, visit www. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@ or @nkozikowska

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Celebrate Memorial Day At These Parades

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer, it is also a time to honor our veterans for their service to the community and the nation. While a few have struggled to stay on their feet, all of this year’s parades will give Queens residents the chance to line the streets of their communities, cheering for their veterans. One of the biggest parades in Queens, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, almost did not happen this year. The organization that was in charge of the festivities dissolved earlier this year. The United War Veterans Council directed the community to get involved. “They said the community has to step up or this parade won’t happen again. So we stepped up,” parade cochair Doug Montgomery said. “I became co-chair with Charlie McBride. We’ve been working feverishly to get everything up and running.” Thanks to these efforts, the parade is set to march down Northern Boulevard, starting at 2 p.m. on May 26. Five grand marshals were selected for this year’s parade. Army Lieutenant Colonel John W. Peterkin

American Legion Hall. (Ret.) served for two years Many more parades will in Korea during that conflict be making their mark on and returned to service Queens for Memorial Day during the Vietnam War. weekend. Thomas Dent survived the The Laurelton MemoPearl Harbor attack, before rial Day Parade will kick off fighting for his country. at 9 a.m. at Francis Lewis Rocco Moretto and John Boulevard and Merrick BouMcHugh, Sr. fought with levard. Featuring a perforthe 1st Infantry on Omaha mance by the Pathfinders Beach in 1944. Lucy SalpeMarching Band, the trek ter joined the Navy WAVES, will end at the Veterans where she cared for the Memorial Triangle. wounded during WWII. Marching down Metro“Our theme this year is Children and adults alike will come out to Memorial Day politan Avenue will be the honoring the Greatest Gen- parades across Queens to salute their veterans. Forest Hills Memorial Day eration and the men who sacrificed their lives so we can live such event is the Americana Spring Parade, run by the Forest Hills Kihow we live now,” Montgomery said. Fling, on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tak- wanis Club and the American Legion To donate to the Little Neck- ing place in the American Legion Continental Post 1424. The three Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, Hall, located at 10-20 Clintonville grand marshals selected for that visit or St., Whitestone, the event includes parade are Community Board 6 chair call (718) 428-5851. music, a buffet dinner and cash bar Joseph Hennessy, commissioner of the Office of Veteran Affairs Terrance Another struggling parade is the and costs $35 per person. Whitestone Memorial Day Parade, The parade starts on May 26 at Holliday and the monsignor of Our which had difficulty getting people noon in Whitestone Memorial Park, Lady of Mercy, John McGuirl. The to take part and raising funds from at the corner of 149th Street and parade kicks off at noon on May 25. Maspeth’s parade, taking place the community. 15th Drive. “It’s tough getting younger vet“It’s basically a staple of the com- on May 25 at 1 p.m., will honor womerans involved,” Devon O’Connor, munity. Everyone comes to the pa- en in the military. The route starts at president of the Welcome To Whit- rade, marches in the parade,” he said. Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park at estone Civic Association, said. If you want to donate to the Grand Avenue and 72nd Street. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357According to O’Connor, several parade, make your check out to the associations have been trying to Whitestone Veterans Memorial Asso- 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstriraise money for the parade. One ciation and mail it or drop it off to the, or @Joey788.

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Summer Fun Can Be Found Across The Borough BY TRIB STAFF With the temperature warming and Memorial Day right around the corner, the start of summer is upon us. For many, that means vacations, relaxation and spending time in the sun. Indoors or outdoors, active or passive, educational or just plain fun, Queens has something for everyone to enjoy this summer. Here are a select few that everyone should take advantage of this summer.


One of the best parts of summer is the chance to explore the great outdoors. Queens is home to parks of all shapes and sizes, giving residents from every corner of the Borough the chance to walk under the shade of trees, lie down on the grass or throw a Frisbee around. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is one of the most memorable parks in the City. Home to highlights such as the Unisphere, the New York State Pavilion, the Queens Theatre, the Queens Museum and more, there is something for everyone in its sprawling acreage. FMCP is also home to the Playground for All Children, the first playground in the country designed for both disabled and able-bodied kids. Cunningham Park is the go-to destination for eastern Queens residents, with the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway standing as one of the most well-known bike paths in the Borough. Starting on May 18, Cunningham will also host the Big Apple Circus, with ongoing performances until June 15. Over in western Queens, Astoria Park features one of the largest free pools in the City. With a length of 330 feet, this pool is a popular destination on hot summer days. People can stop by for a swim between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Southeast Queens residents have the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, a unique public space that is also a cultural touchstone. The center is home to the Black Spectrum Theatre company, a group dedicated to performing socially-conscious dramas. Keep an eye out as well for Groovin’ in the Park, a Reggae, Rhythm and Blues festival taking place at Roy Wilkins on June 29.


Queens has a ton of fun places to visit this summer, including several that require a bit of moving around and exercising. So, rather than sitting around in front of the

Groovin’ in the Park, a Reggae, Rhythm and Blues festival, will have the crowd at Roy wilkins Park cheering and rocking out on June 29.

air conditioner all day, here are a few activities to try out. Queens Archery, which is located at 170-20 39th Ave., Flushing, is a wonderful option for locals who crave a little adventure this summer. Under the watchful eye of experienced professionals, first-timers are taught the basics of shooting before they hit the range. More information about Queens Archery, including rates, can be found at or by calling (718) 461-1756. Only children 9 and up may participate. For days that are just too hot for the park, indoor batting cages are an excellent alternative. And luckily, there are two batting cages in Queens perfect for a day of family fun. Astoria Sports Complex, located at 34-38 38th St., Astoria, features a large batting cage available for rental. At Astoria Complex, you can choose between speeds of 40 miles per hour and 95 miles per hour, allowing locals of all skill levels to perfect their swing. In addition to its batting cage, Astoria Sports Complex also features an indoor soccer area, a swimming

pool and a jacuzzi, all of which you can utilize for a low hourly rate or with a membership. If Astoria is a little too far away, Artistic Stitch Sports Complex, located at 79-08 Cooper Ave., Glendale, is another great option. At Artistic Stitch, you can similarly rent out a batting cage for all your needs. Although the annual competition is mostly just for show, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is a great event to visit this summer. The festival, held this year on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, rain or shine, is a commemoration to the legend of the ancient patriot-poet Qu Yuan, a court minister who advocated for reforms for his home state. The tradition now features more than 150 teams competing for $60,000 in prizes every year.


Not all cultural centers or activities are indoors. Astoria Boaters and LIC Community Boathouse offer free kayaking and canoeing for all ages on select Saturdays and Sundays this summer, departing from the Socrates Sculpture Park Beach and Hallett’s Cove. Participants will be paired with a life preserver and paddle by the boathouse team of volunteers, and are free to explore the waters, which are sheltered and marked by buoys, for 20-minute tours. Beginning June 21, the program opens up for Sunset Paddle, an evening of boating that closes at sundown. The Dragon Boat Festival will return to Flushing No prior boating exMeadows Corona Park on Aug. 9 and 10, with more perience is necessary, than 150 teams competing in this long-standing though participants must tradition. know how to swim. For

an up-to-date schedule, visit www. Also in Long Island City, the Noguchi Museum boasts an impressive collection of renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s work and designs, spread out across its cool stone indoor galleries and lush outdoor garden. Museum admission is pay-whatyou-wish on the first Friday of every month. From May to September, First Fridays extends into the evening with special programming, including Center of Attention, in which experts and participants discuss a single work of art. Select Fridays offer specially curated film screenings during the summer. For more information, email Located in Floral Park and dating back to 1697, the 47-acre Queens County Farm Museum occupies the City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. Year-round educational programming at the museum includes historic tours, horticulture workshops and lessons in beekeeping and gardening. Every week this summer, from Wednesday through Sunday starting June 4, visitors can also shop at the museum farmstand. More than 50 varieties of vegetables will be available, rotating each week depending on what is fresh and in season.


Following up on last year’s Mumford & Sons show, there will be more concerts this summer at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. On June 21, the Zac Brown Band will perform at the facility, in the first of six planned shows. The August date will feature a co-headlining show from Modest Mouse and Brand New. The Zac Brown Band show is sold out and the second show is nearly sold out, but there will be more shows announced in the future that you could get your hands on. Forest Park will host several shows and events all summer long. The carousel will host clown shows throughout the summer, every Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. There will be free concerts at the Bandshell, beginning on July 10 with Bon Jersey, a Bon Jovi tribute band. The Queens Museum will be home to several events throughout this summer, including a Drop-In Family Workshop, which invites children 5-12 and their adult companions to explore different works on view each week through a variety of fun hands-on art making activities and “Oye Corona,” a monthly cultural celebration at Corona Plaza that is hosted by the Museum.

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Long Island Aquarium For New Adventures

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Located in Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium is a sure way to enjoy all that New York has to offer this summer. Themed around “The Lost City of Atlantis,” it offers children and parents alike informative entertainment with its breathtaking exhibits and rare adventures. Founded 15 years ago, the Long Island Aquarium has grown significantly, attracting visitors from all across the Tri-State and beyond. Conveniently located near the Hyatt Hotel, visitors can make a vacation

out of the trip, visiting the aquarium multiple times to enjoy all it has to offer. “We’ve grown so greatly throughout the years. We’ve become a destination for staycations,” said marketing rep Darlene Puntillo. “A lot of people aren’t going away as much, but they still want to get away. So it’s fun to book a package at the Hyatt, come out for a week and visit the aquarium.” When walking through Long Island Aquarium, you can observe a variety of beautiful sea creatures ranging from sharks to sea lions and dolphins to sting rays. In addition to

its exhibits, the aquarium also offers a multitude of unique experiences, like shark diving or a 45-minute penguin encounter. “Guests get to go into the penguin preschool and they bring in a couple of our penguins to socialize with the guests,” Puntillo said. “They get to pet them, watch them waddle around and take video. They are just adorable and it’s a really wonderful opportunity for our guests to get that up-close experience with a penguin. You’re not going to get that anywhere else. ” The Long Island Aquarium offers a number of other interactive

experiences, including the Atlantis Discovery Tour. The thrilling and educational experience gives New Yorkers a chance to get away from the City to appreciate the beauty of nature. “There’s just so much to do here that one day is just not enough,” Puntillo said. For more information about the Long Island Aquarium, including prices and activities, visit www. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or or @nkozikowska

Take Me Out To The Ballgame: New York Mets BY LuIS GrONdA Staff Writer Although Thursday is the final day of the Subway Series, going to see America’s pastime in person is always one of the best activities to do during the summer. The New York Mets still have 62 home games remaining in the season as of press time, offering plenty of opportunities to take in a ball game at one of the best stadiums in

Major League Baseball. Among the stand-out series that could bring a good crowd to the game is a weekend series against the Texas Rangers, which sees the American League powerhouse playing in Queens on July 4 weekend. The San Francisco Giants come to Citi Field for a four game series in early August, which always brings back memories of the Giants playing in New York before high-tailing

it to the west coast. Although it was a long time ago, there are still some Giants fans living in the area that remember those days. The team is also running several promotions throughout the season, which should help with attendance at the game. The most exciting of those are the four post-game concerts the Mets have booked for this year. On June 14, Jamaica native 50 Cent will perform in his home bor-

ough, after the game against the San Diego Padres. July 12 will see Huey Lewis and The News come to Citi Field following the team’s game against the Miami Marlins. Boyz II Men brings their sultry, mid90’s sound to the ballpark on Aug. 16. Lastly, pop sensation Austin Mahone will play the stadium on Sept. 27. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda.


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WWII Commemoration


Students Go ‘Into the Woods’

A ceremony to celebrate the end of World War II was held at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center in Forest Hills on Friday afternoon. Several World War II veterans were honored at the ceremony for their service to their country during that time. The veterans, along with several other community leaders, were served a delicious lunch to commemorate the end of the war as well as remembering the lives that were lost during World War II. Photos by Luis Gronda.

On May 9, 700 students from schools across the City went to Queens College and presented projects they worked on with their teachers as part of its GLOBE program. The event was a celebration for teachers and their classes who participated in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant-sponsored Environmental Literacy Project. Two of the schools with projects to share were PS 94’s fifth grade and PS 205’s fourth grade. Photos by Joe Marvilli.

Flushing House Holds Gala

Groundbreaking Playground

Renovations at Thomas P. Noonan Playground broke ground Friday morning. Sunnyside Resident Alysia Quan speaks, alongside Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (DSunnyside) (left), CB2 Chair Joe Conley (back left), and Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski (right). Photo by Jackie Strawbridge.

On May 8, Flushing House held its annual gala at Flushing Town Hall, honoring individuals who contributed to the well-being of senior citizens. “The Singing Policeman” and New York tenor Daniel Rodriguez performed for the audience. State Sen. Toby Stavisky, long-time head of Samuel Field Y Steven Goodman, and care manager of social work at Fidelis Care At Home Alan Weinberg, received the Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Award for their efforts in the field. Photos by Joe Marvilli. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 31

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Block Festival Showcases LIC Food And Culture By Jackie StrawBridge Staff Writer Vernon Boulevard will buzz this Saturday during LIC Springs!, a community block festival organized by the Long Island City Partnership. The Long Island City Partnership advocates for the economic development of Long Island City. Its focus is on the area as a mixed-used community, meaning it promotes development in a

variety of sectors, from commercial and industrial to residential to cultural. LIC Springs! will feature a wide range of activities. Kids can look forward to face-painting and glitter tattoos, balloon animals, puppet performances and a gymnastics demonstration. Modern Spaces Real Estate will sponsor a Lego extravaganza held by Brick Builders and NYC Lego Users Group, including workshops, contests, giveaways and the construction of a gi-

‘Elijah’ To Be Performed At Queens College

ant Lego model of an as-yet unnamed New York City landmark. Adults who need a relaxing Saturday will find free public yoga, massage chairs and sculpture classes. Visitors can also enjoy wine and craft beer tastings and free hot dogs and hamburgers. “[LIC Springs!] is really meant to be a showcase of all the businesses and organizations in the neighborhood,” said Jenna Petok, senior manager of marketing and events. “That’s why, even though it’s on Vernon, we made it available to any of the other businesses and organizations in Long Island City.” LIC Springs! is made possible by the DOT Weekend Walks program, which allows for restaurants to offer outdoor café service without additional permits during the festival, among other advantages. The partnership chose Vernon

Boulevard as a venue for a number of reasons, according to Petok. Vernon Boulevard is a central retail corridor, with easy access to the 7 train, in walkable distance of the ferry and bikeable from most areas of Long Island City. “This part of the neighborhood also has a very unique character,” Petok added. “It’s a great long stretch that could be a good showcase for all of these [businesses].” The partnership deliberately planned LIC Springs! to coincide with several other cultural events in Long Island City. From the festival, visitors can head to the LIC Arts Open and to LIC Flea and Food. LIC Springs! will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ or @JNStrawbridge.

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The Queens Choral Society will bring “Elijah” to Colden Auditorium on May 17.

By JOe MarViLLi Staff Writer The Queens Choral Society will help wrap up Queens College’s spring semester with a concert of “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. Taking place on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Colden Auditorium, nearly 300 musicians from the Queens College Choral Society, Choir, Women’s Choir and Orchestra will come together for this performance of the 19th century oratorio. Considered one of the most beloved works of all time, “Elijah” tells the story of the Old Testament prophet and miracle worker in a musical that covers the span of his life. “I chose to perform Elijah because it is one of the most beautiful and inspiring choral orchestral masterworks in the repertoire,” conductor James John said. “It is also Mendelssohn’s last major work, and he displays his true brilliance as a composer in portraying a gamut of emotions, from deeply despairing to monumentally joyous.” Joining the choir members is baritone Darren Stokes, a guest artist who has performed with prominent orchestra and opera companies throughout the country. He will take on the title role of “Elijah.” As an added bonus, boy soprano Gabriel Nichols, who sings in the Met-

ropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, will perform in the role of the Youth. Eight students in the Aaron Copeland School of Music’s undergraduate and graduate programs are also going to have a chance to shine, as each one will get a solo performance in the spotlight. “They’re doing a great job. For us, it’s exciting to feature our own,” harpist and composer Emily John said. “Darren is worth the price of the ticket as well.” The concert will be the second of two annual performances held by the society. While the music is the main attraction, Emily said that the Choral Society is an example of a community working together. “We have college students up to octogenarians. It’s building a community. People choose to come together. We hope that translates to the audience,” she said. “We hope people can just revel in the beauty of live music.” “I hope people not only find the performance entertaining, but also can find a peaceful moment of repose from the hectic pace of everyday life in the gorgeous vocal and choral music Mendelssohn wrote,” James added. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available through Kupferberg Center Box office at (718) 793-8080. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

It’s hard to get roles on Broadway yet glitter and light as in a mainstream some excellent performers are always Broadway musical. The Emcee pervades the show, employed. One such performer is the talented Queens-born Danny Burstein, sometimes watching from the audiwho won accolades for his work last ence, sometimes standing in the rear of year in Talley’s Folly. This year, the the stage, casting a pall on even happy talented Burstein has returned in the moments. Cumming is superb, both revival of “Cabaret” at Studio 54 as the sinister and sexual. In addition to Cumming, the show Jewish fruit vendor Herr Schultz. The story deals with the decadence of Ber- stars movie actress Michelle Williams as singer Sally Bowles. lin as Hitler and the NaSally isn’t supposed to zis ascend to power, and be particularly good and Burstein is the character neither is Williams. Her reminding the audience singing is mediocre with of the impending horror. a pronounced vibrato. The most recent revivHer delivery is erratic al of “Cabaret” is very like and her speech pattern the last revival in 1998, and accent distracting. including its leading man, The secondary plot the incomparable Alan is the love story between Cumming as the Emcee Schultz and Fraulein Schand skilled director Sam neider (wonderfully porMendes. Even the venue, trayed by Linda Emond). Studio 54 with its cabaTheir affection and enret table seating, is the same. Danny Burstein (third gagement are tender and What made the 1998 from left) in “Cabaret” its subsequent disruption because of his being Jewshow so special was a on Broadway. ish foreshadows of Hosense of growing unease and discomfort, especially created by locaust ahead. Their relationship is the the sinister omnipotent Emcee. All the real heart of the play. The only positive action led up to a gripping, troubling character is Schultz, but the dramatic conclusion. This new revival works irony is that the audience knows his pretty much the same way. The stage fate. When he tries to reassure his fianversion is much darker than the popular cée that they will be okay, the audience wishes that he would heed Cliff ’s advice Liza Minelli movie. Even the costumes create the mood. and flee the country. If you’ve never seen this version The Emcee is goth with highlighted eyes and skin tight black clothing. of “Cabaret,” then go. It’s a stunning Sometimes, he wears suspenders but interpretation. Cumming is superb and no shirt. The Kit Kat dancers wear Queens’ Danny Burstein does what he dingy skin-colored lingerie. The whole does in all his performances - provide sense is of depravity and grunge. In the show with humor, warmth and fact, the club atmosphere symbolizes talent. -elyse travers Germany itself. “Cabaret” lacks the • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 33

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At Flushing Town Hall at 7:30 p.m., the Queens Jazz Orchestra will pay tribute to legendary musicians, Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. There is going to be a pre-show discussion with the orchestra’s musical director, Jimmy Heath. The concert is dedicated to the memory of longtime FTH supporter, Paul Ash. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $32 for members and $20 for students. Call (718) 463-7700 for more information.


St. Mary Gate of Heaven School will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m. (also May 17) in the school gym, 101-20 105th St., Ozone Park. The show has a cast of 100 students from grades 1-8 and a support team of parents and alumni. Tickets cost $10.

ciety will hold a children’s archeology workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will get a chance to become a dirt detective in the new “Digging Up the Past” Archeology Room. The suggested age group is 4th through 6th grade. Admission is $8. Reservations are required. Call (718) 3521548 to save your spot.


The Queens College Choral Society will hold a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Colden Auditorium. The work is a musical portrayal of the life of this Old Testament prophet and miracle worker. The Queens College Choral Society, Queens College Choir, Women’s Choir and Orchestra will join forces in a performance that will include nearly 300 musicians. Tickets are $20. Student tickets are available for $5.


105TH SALUTE TO MAGIC The Society of American Musicians will come to Queens Theatre for their 105th annual salute to magic. Featuring Jay Scott Berry, Kamarr, Joe and Bronwyn Devlin and more, this magical performance cannot be missed. Tickets are $45 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call (708) 760-0064 for more information.


The Voelker Orth Museum will host its annual Maifest in the Garden from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The evening will include music by Norman Curtis, food, drink and artwork. Admission for the evening is $30 and $25 for members. Voelker Museum is located at 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. Call (718) 359-6227 for more information.


Maple Grove Cemetery will host a Victorian style wedding in honor of Jacob and Elisabeth Riis, who are buried at the same cemetery. Upon the arrival of the bride, the wedding ceremony will begin. The Bride and Groom will then lead attendees to a Wedding Reception at the Center. Tables will be resplendent with Victorian type food and refreshments for all to enjoy. It is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.


WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL NYC Parks, in collaboration with Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, invite everyone to celebrate the 75th and 50th World’s Fair anniversaries getting underway at 1 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. There will be tours of historic sites, displays of memorabilia, 50-cent rides on the carousel, food from around the world and international music and dance performances. The evening will be topped of f by a fireworks performance.


Polish–Jewish Artist and activist Arthur Szyk was a well-known political illustrator whose anti-Nazi caricatures were widely published in U.S. during World War II. Dr. Steve Luckert, curator at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will host a lecture on Szyk at the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College. The free event begins at 1 p.m.


Flushing Town Hall will present “Ologunde,” a celebration of the AfroBrazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia, through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Featuring Brazilians living in the U.S. and Brazil, the show starts at 2:15 p.m. Tickets for general admission are $12, $10 for members and $8 for children.


TheatreworksUSA is bringing a new musical to Queens Theater, based on Junie B. Jones from the famous children’s book series. Kids will get a chance to

see Jones go through many different experiences in first grade. The show takes place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call (708) 760-0064 for more information.


The Oratorio Society of Queens will present its annual spring concert, featuring a performance of Anton Bruckner’s “Mass in F Minor” at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside. This Queens institution will perform with its 125plus member chorus under the direction of Maestro David Close with featured soloists Geraldine McMillian, soprano, Patricia Stevens, mezzo-soprano, Bruce Reed, tenor, Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone, Guest Artist Jerry Korobow and with OSQ’s orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. For more information, visit



Dinner is served – along with much more, Tuesday evening in Sunnyside. Sunnyside Shines and Edible Queens present Taste of Sunnyside, a festival featuring the best of food and drink in Sunnyside. Items available for tasting include lobster mac & cheese, smoked meatballs, vegan mole poblano, and much more. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $60 for early entrance. For more information, call (718) 6061800.


PS 101 in Forest Hills will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The School

in the Gardens, PS 101Q is celebrating their momentous 100th birthday with events that gather school children, alumni, top educators and politicians together for a once-in-a lifetime trip to May 20,1914 – the day the school first opened its doors as a NYC Public School. It will begin at 8:30 a.m.


A group of writers from a Queens College creative writing class will host a reading series of original works written and edited in class from 7-8:30 p.m. at Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria. The event is free and is open to the public. For more information, email


Students from JHS 189 in Flushing have put together a musical performance called “Once on this Island” for Flushing Town Hall at 6 p.m. Set in the Caribbean, this is the story of a peasant girl who brings together the people of her island through love and forgiveness. The free performance repeats on Thursday at the same time.


Liverpool Shuffle, a Beatles tribute band, will play at Resorts World Casino. They will play classics such as “Blackbird,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Come Together.” The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 35

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 3579417, c/o Regina or email to queenstoday@ Yearly schedules and advanced notices welcome!

SENIORS.................... AARP 3334 Monday, May 19 St. Kevin’s Parish Center in Flushing. 224-0478. CREATIVE AGING Monday, May 19 Queens Village library. Register. YOGA Monday, May 19 Woodside library. Register.


PRISON WRITERS Saturday, May 17 Central library at 2. KURDISTAN Saturday, May 17 Flushing library at 2. PICASSO & CUBISM Monday, May 19 Rego Park library at 2. STEINWAY BOOK Monday, May 19 “The Bookman’s Tale” discussed at 6:30. CENTRAL BOOK Wednesday, May 21 “The Invention of Wings” discussed at 11:30. QUEENS VILLAGE Wednesday, May 21 “The Book Thief” discussed at 2.

cOmpuTERS............ IFACEBOOK Saturday, May 17 Flushing library. Register. MAC MONDAY Monday, May 19 Central library. Register. DOWNLOAD E-BOOKS Tuesday, May 20 Flushing library. Register. TECHNOLOGIST IS IN Tuesdays, May 20, 27 Corona library at 2:30. GOOGLE TIPS Wednesday, May 21 Central library. Register. MOBILE DEVICE CLASS Wednesdays, May 21, 28 Woodside library at 10:30. TWITTER Thursday, May 22 Central library. Register.

TEENS & KIDS...... WILD ABOUT TRAINS Friday, May 16 Douglaston library. Register. TEENS & SOLAR ONE Fridays May 16, 23 Jack-

son Heights library at 4. DISCOVERY SCIENCE Fridays, May 16, 23 Corona library at 6. Grades 2+. MOVIE MATINEE Fridays through May 30 Rosedale library at 2:30 and Laurelton library at 3:30. FUN FRIDAY Friday, May 16 Central library at 4. Ages 6-12. BREAK DANCE WORK. Friday, May 16 Langston Hughes library at 4. YOUTH ADVISORY Fridays Laurelton library at 5. CRAFTS Fridays East Flushing and Briarwood at 4. FAMILY STORYTIME Sat urday, May 17 Flushing library at 11:30. READY READERS Monday, May 19 Corona library at 4. Grades K-2. COMPUTER SKILLS Monday, May 19 Rochdale Village library at 4. PLANNED PARENTS Monday, May 19 Ridgewood library. Register. 11-19. TEEN ENGINEERING Monday, May 19 Lefrak Cit y library at 4:30. Ages 11-14. ECO COMICS Monday, May 19 Astoria library at 4. BREAK DANCE EXPO Monday, May 19 Langston Hughes library at 4. MYTHOLOGY 101 Monday, May 19 Poppenhusen library at 4. FAMILY MOVIE TIME Monday, May 19 South Ozone Park library at 5. FAMILY STORYTIME Mondays Auburndale library at 3:30. Pre-K to 2. YOUNG MEN Tuesdays, May 20, 27 empowerment group ages 14-19 Laurelton library at 4. TOTS & TOYS Tuesdays, May 20, 27 McGoldrick library at 11:15. KUNG FU Tuesdays, May 20, 27 Corona library. Ages 3-5 at 2, ages 8-12 at 3:30. ZUMBA FOR KIDS Tuesdays, May 20, 27 Poppenhusen library at 4. ARTS & CRAFTS Tuesdays, May 20, 27 Corona library at 5. K-2. CRAFTERNOON FUN Tuesday, May 20 Forest Hills library at 3:30. HARRY POTTER Tuesday, May 20 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” shown at the Richmond Hill library at 3:30.

FROZEN Tuesday, May 20 film at 4 at the Hillcrest library. WALL. E. Tuesday, May 20 film at the Court Square library. Register. BOYS BOOK TALK Tuesday May 20 Douglaston library. Register. TEEN CRAFT Tuesday, May 20 Corona library at 5. CRAFTS Tuesday, May 20 ages 8-14 South Ozone Park library at 4:30. DRAMA CLUB Tuesdays Central library. Register. TEEN MEDIATION Tuesdays Central library at 4. TODDLER MOVEMENT Wednesdays, May 21, 28 Briarwood library at 1. DISCOVERY SCIENCE Wednesday, May 21 Corona library at 6. Grades 2+. TEEN SPRING CRAFT Wednesday, May 21 Windsor Park library. Register. LEARN TO SAVE Wednesday, May 21 Est Elmhurst library at 4. READ TO A DOG Wednesdays, May 21, 28 North Hills library at 4. EARTH HOUR Wednesday, May 21 Astoria library at 5. ECO-JEWELRY Wednesday, May 21 LIC library at 5:30. OLD TIME GAMES Thursday, May 22 Ridgewood library at 4. EARTH HOUR Thursday, May 22 Broadway library at 4:30. LEGO PERSON CRAFT Thursday, May 22 Richmond Hill library at 5. Ages 6-12. FAMILY STORYTIME Thursdays, May 22, 29 Bay Terrace library at 11:30. ARTS & CRAFTS Thursday, May 22 Auburndale library at 4:30. Ages 5-12. DECORATIONS CLUB Thursdays through May 22 Poppenhusen library at 4. COME, SIT, READ Thursdays through May 29 LIC library. Register. FLUSHING ANIME Thursdays through May 29 Flushing library at 4. FASHION MAVENS Thursdays through May 29 Central library at 4:30. Ages 13-18. CREATIVE WRITING Thursdays through May 29 Auburndale library at 5:15. Ages 8-12. CHESS CLUB Thursdays through May 29 East Flushing library at 4:30.


WORLD’S FAIR EXHIBIT Through June 30 celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at the Central library. MOVIE MATINEE Fridays, May 16, 30 Rosedale library at 2:30. EXTREMELY LOUD Friday, May 16 “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” film at 1:30 Windsor Park library. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Friday, May 16 film at 3 Broadway library. BREAK DANCE Friday, May 16 Langston Hughes library at 4. SPRING CONCERT Saturday, May 17 Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Colden Auditorium. 793-8080. CHINESE DANCE Saturday, May 17 Flushing library at 1:30. AMERICAN MUSIC Saturday, May 17 Forest Hills library at 2:30 with Eddie Lee Isaacs and Friends. DIVAS TRIBUTE Saturday, May 17 Rochdale Village library at 3. NADAV LEV Saturday, May 17 guitarist performs at 3 at the Sunnyside library. RUMI Saturday, May 17 Flushing library at 5. JUNIE B. JONES Sunday, May 18 Queens Theatre in the Park. 7600064. OPEN MIC Sunday, May 18 Central library at 2. MASS IN F MINOR Sunday, May 18 at 4 at Queensborough Community College. 279-3006. LI CHORUS Sunday, May 18 Flushing library at 2. STAMP SHOW Sunday, May 18 Adria Hotel, Northern Blvd., Bayside 10-4:30. Free admission and parking. 645-7659. INTERNATIONAL FILM Monday, May 19 “Deflowering of Eva Van End” at the Fresh Meadows library at 2. LOIS BRUNO Monday, May 19 performance at 2 at the Middle Village library. CABARET Monday, May 19 East Flushing library at 2:30. TROUBLE W/HARRY Monday, May 19 film at the Sunnyside library at 3. BREAK DANCE EXPO Monday, May 19 Langston Hughes library at 4. FAMILY MOVIE Monday, May 19 South Ozone Park library at 5.

ST. ALBANS MEMORIES Tuesday, May 20 St. Albans library at 3. HIP HOP IN QUEENS Tuesday, May 20 St. Albans library at 5. FROZEN Tuesday, May 20 film at the Hillcrest library at 4. WALL. E. Tuesday, May 20 film at the Court Square library. Register. MUSICA ARGENTINA Wednesday, May 21 Sunnyside library at 3. CLASSIC STREISAND Wednesday, May 21 Whitestone library at 3. SONGWRITER TRIBUTE Wednesday, May 21 Woodhaven library at 4. LAUGHTER Wednesday, May 21 Forest Hills library at 5:30. PHILOMENA Wednesday, May 21 film at the Central library at 6. MOVIE MATINEES Thursdays through May 30 Rosedale library at 2:30. POSTMAN… Thursday, May 22 “The Postman Always Rings Twice” shown at the Central library at 2. OPEN MIC Thursday, May 22 East Elmhurst library at 6. BINGO Thursdays McGoldrick library at 1.


INTRO SIGN LANG. Saturdays, May 17, 24 Central library 1:30. GRE PRACTICE Saturday, May 17 Central library. Register. RESUME/COVER LTR Saturday, May 17 Sunnyside library at 3. MAKE HERBAL TEA Saturday, May 17 Broadway library at 3:30. PHOTO/BOOKMAKING Sundays, May 18, 25 Flushing library at 1. BASIC CHINESE Monday, May 19 Laurelton library. Register. CREATIVE WRITING Monday, May 19 Langston Hughes library at 5:30. BALLROOM DANCING Monday, May 19 Forest Hills library at 6:30. RESUME/COVER LTR Tuesday, May 20 Central library. Register. QUILTING WORKSHOP Tuesday, May 20 Douglaston library. Register. BIOBUS Tuesday, May 20 Woodside library at 4. BELLY DANCING Tuesday, May 20 Langston Hughes library. Register.

SMALL BUSINESS Tuesdays, May 20, 27 Central library. Register. INTERVIEW TECHNIQUE Tuesday, May 20 Glen Oaks library at 5. ART-DECO JEWELRY Tuesday, May 20 Richmond Hill library. Register. JOB SEARCH Tuesday, May 20 Hollis library at 5:30. FRENCH Wednesdays, May 21, 28 Central library at 6. LACE BRACELET Thursday, May 22 LIC library. Register. FLORAL ARRANGE. Thursday, May 22 LIC library. Register. FED-RATED CHESS Thursdays, May 22, 29 Est Flushing library at 4:30.


LA LECHE LEAGUE Friday, May 16 Forest Hills library at 2. P-FLAG Sunday, May 18 P-FLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays meet in Forest Hills. 271-6663. QUILTING CLUB Mondays Alley Pond Environmental Center 2:30. $5. 229-4000. SE CAMERA CLUB Tuesdays, May 20, 27 Roy Wilkins Family Center. 347-528-7178. TALK OF TOWN Tuesday, May 20 learn the art of public speaking in St. Albans at 7:15. 640-7092. BEREAVEMENT Tuesday, May 20 Holy Family in Fresh Meadows at 7:30. 969-2448. AMER. LEGION Tuesday, May 20 McKee Post 131 at 8 at 10-20 Clintonville Street, Whitestone. 767-4323. 102 PRECINCT Tuesday, May 20 Richmond Hill library at 7. BUTTERFLY GARDEN Tuesdays in May Woodside library at 5:15. RH QUILTERS Tuesdays noon at the Richmond Hill library. CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4, Windsor Park library at 5:30 and Howard Beach library at 4. 7:30. 969-2448. DRAWING CLUB Wednesdays LIC library at 4. JAMAICA KIWANIS Thursday, May 22 5273678. ACADEMY CHARTER Monday, June 9 Central Queens Academy Charter School meeting 7-9:30 at 55-30 Junction Blvd., Elmhurst. 261-6200 to register.

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QUEENS FOCUS State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. will host a job fair for individuals aged 50 and older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at the Queens Community House, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. For information, call Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at (718) 7381111. The Central Queens YM&YWHA holds a caregiver support group, which provides assistance in dealing with difficult times while also creating a chance to meet others in similar situations. Call Lisa Elhyani in the Adult Department at (718) 268-5011, Ext. 621 for more information and to schedule an initial appointment. Upcoming events at the Kew Gardens Community Center include: Bullying with Dr. Herbert Gingold, 1:30 p.m. May 15. The Challenges of Retirement, 1 p.m. May 16. Living in Europe During WWII with author Katherine Kreisz, 11 a.m. May 20. Salute to Veterans, noon May 27. The Kew Gardens Community Center is located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, Kew Gardens. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz will sponsor a bike helmet fitting and distribution event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 18 at McDonald Park on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-07 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Binghamton University. They include:

Arverne: Sonya Robinson. Belle Harbor: Tammie Schneider. Breezy Point: Shannon Mackay. Forest Hills: Rachel Blaifeder, Daniel Greenberg, Taimur Hamid, Jesse Heller, Aiden Hernandez, Alex Jaloza, Karoline Kaon, Jordan Knight, Nicholas Kumelowski, Max Lin, David Oestreicher, Samantha Steiner, Jonathan Zhou, Ten-Young Guh, Dusan Stanojevic. Kew Gardens: Oluwashola Gbemi, Hyojun Kim. Kew Garden Hills: Stefanie Goldberg-Asher. Ozone Park: Tahseen Afghani, Anna Chan, Ryan Gyanchand, Geoffrey Yip, Henry Liang. Rego Park: Alan Chajet, Brendan Ho, Lauren Lewandowski, Joanna Pjetri. Richmond Hill: Anira Bonilla. Woodhaven: Dominique Adames, Naim Ahmed, Bonnie Li, Kevin Ou, Annie Wong, Alexis Cai, Thomas Huzji, James Turturo. Nadia D. Misir of South Ozone Park received the Erwin G. Palmer Award during the Honors Convocation at SUNY Oswego. Air Force Airman Gary Puthan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Puthan is the son of Malka Puthan of Rego Park and the nephew of Gregory Shlemas of Sunnyside. Anthony J. Simeone, Executive

Girl Scouts Help Autistic Kids

Sophia Weigel, Anna Baldassare, Stephanie Pietrzak, Alyssa Procanyn and Alyssa Gonzalez of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4611 of Middle Village recently volunteered at Heartshare Cuomo First Step Preschool, a school for autistic children, in Richmond Hill. The troop also helped the school raise more than $900 by assembling autism awareness bracelets. The money will be used to purchase new sensory toys for the children. Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Ridgewood Savings Bank, was honored as Institutional Member of the Year at the 90th annual Banquet of the Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors. Dr. Payal Doctor, the faculty advisor of the Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at LaGuardia Community College, was honored by the PTK Honor Society for her significant contributions to the growth of the LaGuardia chapter and its student members. Martin Luther School, located at

60-02 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, will administer its entrance exam to students in grades 5-9 interested in either middle school or high school admission for September, at 8:30 a.m. on May 17. A parents’ information meeting will be held during the exam and tours of the facilities will be given. For information, call the admissions secretary at (718) 894-4000. The Concert Choir and Chorus at Martin Luther School will again sing the National Anthem at Citi Field before the May 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Small Business Of The Month

Students Of The Month

After hearing news of the tremendous selfless efforts of a small business helping local residents get back on their feet after Superstorm Sandy, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (right) awarded Jeff Bershad (left), owner of J & B Home Improvement, with the honor of receiving April’s Small Business of the Month.

Assemblyman Mike Miller recently presented Student of the Month certificates to students of the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy. Students honored include: Daisy Leigh Hutson, Shaila Mohan-Deodat, Katherine Reyes, Erin Balcarcel, Robert Badillo, Alexander Khan, Melanie Millan, Sheila Moriera, Wendy Bermejo. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 37


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A Train About Nothing

Everywhere you turn nowadays; it seems that nostalgia is in the air for the 1990s. The MTA may be taking it a step too far though. Starting on May 12, the 7 train has been transformed inside and out to replicate Monk's Café Restaurant from “Seinfeld.” The famed location, where the gang of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer would often meet, is taking

over the train in time for the first Subway Series of the year between the New York Mets and Yankees. The homage is also in line with the 25th anniversary of the show’s debut in 1989. What does Monk’s Diner have to do with the Subway Series? Absolutely nothing as far as we can tell! And for the “Show About Nothing,” that may just be good enough.

A Sweet Spot For Eddie's



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his favorite eateries across New York City. In one of his final segments, the rapper acknowledges and visits Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Forest Hills. “Bottom line is, we could be anywhere in this f***ing earth, but I’m here on Metropolitan, Queens, New York, Forest Hills, Eddie’s Sweet Shop,” he said. “I’m an addict for malted milkshakes.” The popular Queens eatery, he said, brings back happy childhood memories for the hardcore rapper. “I come here to feel like a child again,” he said.

The Next Generation

The Vallone name is well-known in political circles, but this trio may not be as familiar. Councilman Paul Vallone recently brought his three children, Lea, Catena and Charlie, on a tour of City Hall, where they posed with a portrait of their grandfather, former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. Photo courtesy of Anna-Marie Vallone.

A Hypocrite & Slanderer

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Contributors: Bruce Adler, Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Michael Nussbaum, Michael Schenkler, Jackie Strawbridge.

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Look’s like everybody has a sweet spot for Eddie’s Sweet Shop– even rapper Action Bronson. Earlier this month, Vice Channel debuted its new monthly show, “F***, That’s Delicious,” and the host of the show was none other than Flushing’s very own hip hop star Action Bronson. Although it might seem a little strange to watch a rapper on a food show, for those that do not know Action Bronson (Arian Asllani), he is a trained chef-turned-musician who frequently raps about, you guessed it, food. In the 10-minute video, Action Bronson takes viewers to

Musicians OF QuEEns

A Great State Snack Last Tuesday, the New York State Senate spent an hour debating a controversial piece of legislation. The bill? An act designating yogurt as the official State snack of New York. Yogurt was chosen because, according to the bill, it is “a healthy food that tastes great and is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium and magnesium.” Senators voiced their concerns that designating yogurt as the State snack would offend lactose intolerant New Yorkers, producers of other foods popular in the State and young citizens who don’t have a taste for yogurt. At the tail-end of the debate, Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (DFlushing) appealed on behalf of the carrot cookie. One senator wasn’t even sure that yogurt qualifies as a “snack,” in that many people eat a bowl for breakfast or dessert. Other snack options proposed besides yogurt included kale chips, raisins and cheesecake.

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If you go to the bandcamp page of A Hypocrite & Slanderer, you’ll be able to listen to “Ten Miles,” a simmering track that is low-key, but not low-energy. Reverb-laden guitars lead into a powerful, belted chorus that’s anchored by a tight rhythm section but also takes flight thanks to some heavenly keyboard tones. That song came together when Terry Edelman was trying to expand the band’s sound, as many of his early songs were faster numbers. “When I first started writing songs for A Hypocrite & Slanderer, I had a bunch of upbeat rockers and I felt like I wanted to work in something slower,” he said. “I had that opening riff which was moody and kind of mysterious, and I thought it would be cool to have it suddenly open up into something grandiose with big drums. It's a ballad in the ‘Black Hole Sun’ mold.” Edelman’s comparison to the classic Soundgarden song is an apt one, though it does not sound like a knockoff. Instead, A Hypocrite & Slanderer is happy to wear its influences on its sleeve, but its members are also willing to color outside the lines. Edelman is the band’s vocalist/guitarist, playing along with bassist Pat Schoultz and drummer Daniel Siles. The three-piece is inspired by the late 1990s post-grunge/ alternative rock scene, which Edelman said hit its creative peak just as the public’s tastes started to turn away from that type of music. “I feel like we're picking up that mantle to an extent by creating guitar-driven music with catchy melodies on the surface but a lot of composi-

tional depth if you're looking for it,” Edelman said. “But those distorted guitar riffs and intense vocals were still a strong undercurrent during my teens. We're inspired by a lot of other eras and genres as well, from classic rock to jazz to metal.” Although the three members found one another through the most random of places, on Craigslist, they have fallen into a groove where the rhythm section and guitar/vocals complement each other. A dedicated rehearsal space in Long Island City has also helped the band develop their sound. “I think we really excel at songs that have a lot of dynamics and I credit that to Pat and Daniel for having the sensitivity on their instruments to bring those dynamics out. So I think the songwriting has evolved to play to that strength,” Edelman said. While the group puts in the necessary work in the studio, they find the live experience to be much more fun and satisfying. “Playing live is more instantaneously rewarding and it's challenging in a completely different way,” Edelman said. “It's about freeing yourself on stage so that you can engage the audience and stepping outside of the box you might put yourself in during your off-stage existence.” A Hypocrite & Slanderer is playing at Tammany Hall on May 20 at 9 p.m. and is finishing its debut album, tentatively due out in late summer. To keep up with the latest news, visit http://ahypocriteandslanderer.bandcamp. com or ahypocriteandslanderer. • May 15-21, 2014 Tribune Page 47

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