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By DOMENICK RAFTER After its future sat in limbo for more than six months, the US Postal Service’s College Point mail processing center finally found out its fate. The facility was removed from the nationwide list of closures - at least for the time being, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced last week. “The decision to take the Processing and Distribution Center off the chopping block is great news for the residents of Queens and the many businesses that depend on the critical services provided by this facility,” he said. Housed in an imposing brown building at 140-02 20th Ave. alongside the Whitestone Expressway, the facility serves as the main processing facility for the borough of Queens and Western Nassau County. The cash-strapped USPS placed the facility on its list of pro-

The US Postal Service’s College Point mail processing center. posed closures last fall and it had been scheduled to close on May 14. The operations in College Point would have been merged with the facility in East New York, Brooklyn. Local officials rebelled against the plan, expressing concern for the roughly 1,000 employees of the

facility and the status of mail delivery in Queens without a local facility. Though some of the jobs would be transferred to Brooklyn, officials were concerned about the potential for as many as 700 layoffs from the closure of the center in College Point. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jack-

son Heights) said in November that closing the facility made no sense because it served a population as large as the city of Chicago, Ill. Closing it would mean one facility - in Brooklyn - would serve over four million people in Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County.

The announcement was greeted with surprise and relief among workers at the site, many of whom had all but given up hope. USPS had announced the planned closure of the College Point mail facility and 251 other mail processing centers, as well as over 3,700 post office branches, last November in an effort to save $6.5 billion. But the facility may not be out of the woods yet. USPS recorded a loss of over $3.2 billion and warned of possible default. The agency, which acts as an independent business but within the government, has been pushing Congress to authorize aid, but the Democraticcontrolled Senate and Republicancontrolled House have repeatedly failed to agree on any support for USPS. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or

Dems Drop Crowley From Leader Petitions 38th A.D. Crowley can still run for the position, though she would have to print her own petitions and campaign without the assistance of the Democratic Party. The district was drawn to include her Glendale residence, just barely, at its northern edge. It is rare for any county political organization to not include an incumbent on petitions. Joe Crowley would not comment on why Crowley will not ap-

pear on the petitions. The 38th A.D.’s co-leader, Frank Kotnik, was dropped from the petitions as well. “I can confirm from credible people that we heard the Councilwoman won’t be on the petitions,” said Crowley spokesman Eric Yun. “We’re focused on the congressional race right now.” If Crowley does not become a congresswoman and next year seeks

re-election for her City Council seat, it is no longer out of the realm of possibility that her cousin will endorse a primary challenger. Crowley’s congressional bid was unexpected, initially making her an underdog, though she has been steadily accumulating the support of various unions. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, headquartered at

Electchester, are among the most pivotal endorsements she has received. “I want to also make it clear that anyone else who is using my name is using it without my authority,” Joe Crowley said to a mass of Queens Democrats. “I am for Grace Meng.” Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or

Borough Mourns Beloved Columnist Dee Richards, a popular columnist and former Queens Tribune photographer, died Tuesday afternoon at her home in Beechhurst after a brief illness. She was 86. Well-known in the borough’s political scene, Richards worked as a photographer for the Tribune in the late-1990s before moving on to write a column for the TimesLedger Newspapers. Through her photos, Richards told the tales of the Queens political scene. “With Dee, every picture came with at least a thousand words and more, as she constantly expressed her adventures in the borough,” Queens Tribune publisher Michael Schenkler said. “She was a fixture and a part of institutional Queens for many years. She will be missed.”

Photographer Ira Cohen, who took over at the Tribune when Richards left, said she was “a close friend and an extraordinary woman.” Queens elected officials remembered Richards’ presence throughout the borough. Borough President Helen Marshall recalled her “wry wit, sense of humor, creativity and knowledge of Queens” in a statement sent out Wednesday. “Her pictures and words in numerous newspapers for many years helped to chronicle our borough’s history and culture, its comings and goings and its hard knocks and triumphs,” Marshall said. “There words and pictures will be a part of her lasting legacy.” U.S. Rep Joe Crowley (D-Jack-

son Heights) also released a statement upon hearing the news. “She was a consummate professional and was always a pleasure to work with,” he said. “But, beyond her many contributions to the community, Dee was a wonderful person whose larger-than-life personality will be missed.” Richards is survived by her husband, Jim Darmos. Services will be held 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Gleason Funeral Home, 149-20 Northern Blvd., Flushing. Dee Richards • May 24-30, 2012 Tribune Page 3

By ROSS BARK AN Blood is thicker than water, as the old German proverb goes, but it is not thicker than the bonds of the Queens Democratic Party. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), locked in a tight 6th Congressional District primary against the Queens Democrats’ choice, Assemblywoman Grace Meng (DFlushing), will not appear on Democratic petitions for district leader in the 38th Assembly District, though she is already a district leader there. The move appears aimed at punishing Crowley for defying her cousin, Queens Democratic Chair U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), who backed Meng to run in the newly-drawn district. Crowley is also running against Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Dr. Robert Mittman. “She (Crowley) didn’t ask to be a district leader,” said Michael Reich, spokesman for the Queens Democrats. “As far as we’re concerned, she’s on her own. We haven’t spoken with her since she decided she was going to take on this foolish race. She does not have the support of the Democratic organization of Queens County.” Queens Democrats nominated Albert Baldeo and Eleanor Errante to run as district leaders in the

Dems Back Iannece, Meng Gets UFT By ROSS BARK AN The Queens Democratic Party on Monday backed Jerry Iannece to run in Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s (D-Hillcrest) open district. Two days later, the United Federation of Teachers endorsed the Democratic Party’s choice, Assemblywoman Grace Meng (DFlushing). Jammed into Queens Democratic headquarters in Forest Hills, Democratic elected officials and dis-

trict leaders nominated judges and backed almost all incumbents. Democratic Party Chair U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) chose not to back any one candidate for Meng’s 40th Assembly District seat, telling reporters that he would “table” that discussion. Meng and Lancman are running in the 6th Congressional District primary, and while Lancman said he would not seek re-election in the Assembly — though he can — Meng

has not ruled out that possibility if she loses the primary. The New York-based Liberal Party endorsed Meng as well. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), also running in that primary, was not endorsed by her cousin to seek re-election as a district leader. Iannece is the chair of Community Board 11 and ran in several elections before. Most recently, Kevin Kim defeated him in 2009 in the 19th District City Council pri-

Surgery For Halloran

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By ROSS BARK AN Councilman Dan Halloran (RWhitestone), the Republican nominee in the 6th Congressional District race, underwent neurological surgery on Wednesday to remove a benign tumor. Halloran sent out an announcement May 18 that he would require brain surgery for a tumor that was initially diagnosed in March. Though his hospital stay will last a week, he said he is staying in the congressional race. “He thinks this ordeal pales in comparison to what so many New

Yorkers are going through,” said Halloran spokesman Steve Stites. “That’s why he’s running for Congress.” Halloran was making public appearances in the days before his surgery, including attending the renaming ceremony of a baseball field in College Point. In his statement, he said he expects a “speedy recovery.” “While this has been in the back of my mind the whole time, as you can see, it hasn’t slowed me down. Nothing can,” Halloran said in the email.

Though benign brain tumors are not life-threatening, they can swell if left untreated, damaging vital functions of the body like sight and speech. Medical experts are uncertain of what causes brain tumors. Unlike malignant brain tumors, which are cancerous, benign tumors grow at a much slower rate and are not as embedded in brain tissue. Surgery can successfully remove a benign tumor, though it is possible for a tumor to reemerge. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or

mary. Iannece had the Democratic cratic primary on June 26, his chief Party’s backing in that election. An of staff, Dominic Panakal, would be attorney and former president of free to pursue an Assembly bid. Yen Chou, who Counthe Bayside Hills Civic Ascilman Peter Koo (D-Flushsociation, Iannece resides ing), then a Republican, in Bayside Hills, near the defeated in 2009 in the edge of the 25th Assembly 20th District election, was District that Lancman said present at Democratic headhe drew himself. Spanning quarters and is rumored to from south Flushing to the be interested in an AssemDouglaston Little Neck bly bid. Myungsuk Lee, a area, the district has an former editor and CEO of Asian majority. Jerr y Iannece the Korean American “It’s incredibly imporChamber of Commerce of tant to get the Party’s backNew York, met with ing because it means all the Crowley to discuss his inother local elected officials terest in running for Meng’s are with you, it means inAssembly seat. Lee boasted stitutional support,” of his fundraising ability, Iannece said. “The most arguing that the Asian comimportant part is getting munity should unify around the endorsement of the people and the district.” Grace Meng one candidate in primary elections. Lee held a small Nily Rozic, chief of staff for Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh fundraiser on Tuesday that charged (D-Manhattan), is also planning on $1,000 a head and already opened an running for the seat. Rozic is a mem- exploratory committee. “This is a great opportunity to be ber of CB 8 and a Fresh Meadows resident. Isaac Sasson, a civic activist a part of the political world,” Lee said. and chemist who has run for the City “Grace Meng’s going to make history Council and State Senate, may seek and now I want to make history.” Reach Reporter Ross Barkan the seat as well, though he could not be reached for comment as of press at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or time. If Lancman loses the Demo-

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By ROSS BARK AN With a sly smile dribbling across his face, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) thanked the media and Hollywood for encouraging him to go to college. His budding rival, Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), had to grin too, relishing an exchange of verbal volleys in a night that held very few. Before a packed auditorium at Flushing Library, the six candidates for the 6th Congressional District came together for the first time on May 21 to participate in MinKwon Center for Community Action’s candidate forum, a nonpartisan debate that discouraged campaign paraphernalia and applause. Seated at a long table facing the crowd, the candidates fielded questions from a four-person panel that included a New York Times reporter and an immigrant activist. Dr. Robert Mittman, competing in the Democratic primary against Lancman, Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (DMiddle Village), made his first public appearance since qualifying for the ballot. Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou, a former City Council candidate, spoke with the

The candidates competing for the sixth congressional seat spoke at a forum at the Flushing Librar y Monday night. cadence of a slam poet, advocating for a “Green New Deal” akin to Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” while Halloran railed against excessive government spending, two seats away. Since each candidate had 90 seconds to respond to a specific question from the panel, there were few opportunities for the candidates to engage directly, though they did try. In the vein of televised presidential debates, the candidates did not always answer the questions directly posed to them, to the

chagrin of moderator and MinKwon Executive Director Steve Choi— questions became jumping off points for the candidates to reaffirm their political platforms and paint their self-portraits. Crowley, who arrived late to the forum, sought to define herself as the lone working class Democratic candidate, emphasizing how she grew up as one of fifteen siblings after her father died during her childhood. As her microphone dipped occasionally below her mouth, Crowley defended NYPD’s

controversial stop-and-frisk policy, characterizing it as “defensive policing.” Not all police officers, Crowley said, “are racially profiling and stop and frisking based on the color of their skin.” “I have great questions about stop-and-frisk policies,” Lancman said. “Let me surprise nobody in this room, I’ve never been stopped and frisked. I wonder why that is?” Lancman and Halloran clashed when Halloran argued for a greater focus on vocational and technical training for students, deemphasizing the need for all students to be collegebound. Echoing former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Halloran accused “Hollywood and the media” of inculcating students with the idea that everyone must attend college. Later in the debate, after Halloran said that “center left” and “socialist” governments had crashed the European economy, Lancman shot back that many of the economies were contracting due to rigorously imposed austerity measures. Meng was on her home turf, downtown Flushing, but did not seem to galvanize the Asian majority crowd as much as expected—the only applause, disallowed technically, came when Halloran attacked

government for stifling small businesses. Meng said she was a daughter of immigrants who would provide a “voice for the voiceless” and fight for women’s rights, working to reverse the trend of an overwhelmingly male Congress. She alluded to Comptroller John Liu’s legal troubles when she insisted that all donations to her campaign are receiving “the highest level of scrutiny”. Liu, a Meng supporter, also hails from downtown Flushing. Mittman at times sounded as conservative as Halloran, arguing that he is a “citizen congressman” and champion of small businesses that, in his estimation, are overtaxed by the government. Making it clear the he also opposed the President Barack Obama-backed “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” Mittman was the first to field the question about how he would combat the Eurozone crisis. He spoke, instead, about economic challenges faced in Arizona. As Choi repeated the question to the next candidate, Mittman stared out into the silent audience, shocked. He had mixed up the words. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or



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Delivery Problems The U.S. Postal Service may want to change their motto. The unofficial slogan that says that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” keeps the Post Office from delivering may want to consider adding “threats of budget cuts by Congress” to the list of things that will not stop its carriers. The announcement last week that the mail processing center in College Point will remain open is good news for Queens and for the roughly 700 people that may have lost their jobs if the facility was shuttered. But the victory is only a temporary one. The USPS reported record losses of more than $3 billion and continues to struggle in an age dominated by electronic mail and independent delivery services. Despite repeated requests for help, elected officials in Congress have yet to agree on any kind of aid for the institution. Without an effort to save the Postal Service, workers at the College Point facility will have the cloud of a possible closure constantly hanging over their heads. The U.S. Postal Service is an institution that dates back to the origins of the country. It would be a shame to see it fade away because Congress refuses to work diligently to save it.

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Social Insecur ity To The Editor: The appearance of ads imploring us to “vote for change” and “make a difference” means election time is here. Most elections do not effectuate change but rather legitimize and reinforce the status quo since 85 percent of incumbents are returned to office. We have become an acquiescent dependent flock of sheep denying the gravity of the challenges we face. With no federal budget for three years, a $16 trillion debt, impending bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare, uncontrolled entitlement spending, is anyone minding the store? More importantly, does anybody care? Few in the media and even fewer politicians call attention to our perilous predicament. Our sad state of affairs goes unnoticed and unexamined because we have been duped into apathy by a false sense of security. Among the most bla-

tant and egregious examples of deception and violation of individual rights is the Social Security System. Consider the following: if after a lifetime of mandatory contributions to Social Security you die before you can collect, who gets that money? In 1981, employees of Galveston County, Texas, opted out of Social Security for a private alternative retirement plan. Workers who earned $51,000 per year receive $3,100 a month compared to Social Security benefits of $1,368. Workers who earned $75,000 receive $4,540, compared to Social Security benefits of $1,645. Most importantly, employees own their retirement account and it can be passed on to their heirs. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, but sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. Since we have been nurtured to believe the government knows best and is solely responsible for our

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welfare, most will take the path of least resistance, follow along with the crowd to gain a sense of false safety and shirk personal responsibility. There is no doubt we have met the enemy; it is us. Ed Konecnik, Flushing

Freedom Isn’t Free To The Editor: Memorial Day is May 28 and it is time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. In my humble opinion, I feel it is not just a day to have off, or sales in stores or having a barbecue with friends and family. It is much more than that. This Memorial Day, I find myself thinking what it means to be an American. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a country that allows us our personal freedom to express ourselves and to speak our minds. These freedoms come with great personal sacrifice for those who leave family, friends, and jobs to serve the greater good. I know that for a fact, for I served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict, although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and died serving their country. So please honor Memorial Day by attending parades in your community and saluting those who serve this country so well. Also, if you know a veteran, call him or her and thank them for serving our country and keeping us free from tyranny. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village

Campaign Nonsense To The Editor: As the big countdown clock on the television screen counted down, 15, 14, 13, all eyes in the restaurant turned toward the television. “Hollande” was the flash on the big screen, 52 percent and 48 percent for Sarkozy. The small crowd at the 20-seat restaurant all cheered. My wife and I were sitting at a window

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table in a lovely little French restaurant in the Latin quarter of Paris having dinner when the election results were broadcast. “You seem happy Monsieur Antoine,” I asked the owner, who also served as the maître de and waiter. “Yes, this will bring good changes to our country. More jobs will be created. It will mean more taxes for most people, me included, but it will be better for the country.” President elect, Francois Hollande, a socialist, vowed to move France forward with more spending to create jobs, which in turn would promote better economic growth and more tax money. Can you imagine somebody thinking about the good of his country as opposed to their own take home pay like Mr. Antoine did? We all know those French are a little nuts anyway, right? Or are they? Meanwhile, back home, our own aristocracy passed the Ryan budget in the House, which, if enacted, would further destroy the life of us peasants while giving more to the privileged class to put more filigree on their mansions. Nowhere in the several articles I read about the French elections were candidates lobbing charges at each other about what religion, how they view gays, marriage, bashing the unions, abortion issues, women’s right to healthcare and for what procedures, or how the laws would be different depending upon which geographic region of France you live in. Nowhere was there a discussion about a candidate’s race, religion, ethnic background, or any other issue that preoccupies the media in this country. Television election run up coverage carried the facts without the crazy rhetoric, the lies, the swagger, yelling and screaming, or the carrying of guns to rallies. The race was simply about who had a better vision for the country and how they would proceed to carry out that vision. Very refreshing. The crazy antics that go on here are laughable. We, like France, have our own aristocracy who is willing to put more decoration on their castles rather than give up their fair share of tax dollars to promote a workable society here. They’re very

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willing to put more burdens on the peasants than the peasants can stand. Their attitude is indeed one of “let them eat cake”. We see some rumblings of discontent on our streets in the form of Occupy Wall Streeters, the backlash against antiunion legislation in Wisconsin, and the calls for more regulation on the bankers who play roulette with our money, and then take our houses away when their gambling goes sour. We see how the Citizens United case allowed the flow of millions of dollars into the coffers of the aristocracy candidates to keep them in power. It’s time we wake up and have our own revolution in this country and sweep out our own aristocracy. It’s time we bring this country back to where it works for everybody instead of just the privileged few. If we the peasants unite, we can do this. We deserve a country that works for everyone. Let’s go create it. Tyler Cassell, Flushing

Deser ving Death To The Editor: It is an absolute abomination that those five terrorists who were the masterminds of the deadly Sept. 11 attacks are even having a trial! With all of the evidence against those murderers of nearly 3,000 Americans, how could this country even consider giving those terrorists a trial? They are not innocent; they are guilty. They deserve nothing less than the death penalty; sentencing them to rot in prison is too easy. By having a trial, it only upsets and angers all of the families of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They and all Americans deserve justice! John Amato, Fresh Meadows

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Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to THE LLC, 718 Longacre Avenue, Woodmere, NY 11598. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. ___________________________________ Homeweb LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/30/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 167-18 Hillside Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: General. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of 7011 GRAND LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/19/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 7014 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, New York 11378. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ___________________________________ SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No.: 11533/11 Date of Filing: April 26, 2012 Block: 06978 Lot: 0014 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS NYCTL 2010-A TRUST AND THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS COLLATERAL AGENT AND CUSTODIAN FOR THE NYCTL 2010A TRUST, Plaintiffs, -againstJANET BAKER AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF ROSA BAKER SIMON, IF LIVING, OR IF EITHER OR ALL BE DEAD, THEIR WIVES, HUSBANDS, HEIRS-AT-LAW, NEXT OF KIN, DISTRIBUTEES, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS AND GENERALLY ALL PERSONS HAVING OR CLAIMING UNDER, BY OR THROUGH SAID JANET BAKER AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF ROSA BAKER SIMON, BY PURCHASE, INHERITANCE, LIEN OR OTHERWISE, OF ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO THE PREMISES DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT HEREIN, AND THE RESPECTIVE HUSBANDS, WIVES, WIDOW OR WIDOWERS OF THEM, IF ANY, ALL OF WHOSE NAMES ARE UNKNOWN TO PLAINTIFF; CHARLES A SIMON; ALVA BAKER AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF ROSA BAKER SIMON; COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT; CONSOLIDATED

EDISON CO OF NEW YORK INC; CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; KATHLEEN BAKER AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF ROSA BAKER SIMON; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY; WILLIAM BAKER II AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF ROSA BAKER SIMON; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; “JOHN DOES” AND “JANE DOES”, SAID NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS, PARTIES INTENDED BEING POSSIBLE TENANTS OR OCCUPANTS OF PREMISES, AND CORPORATIONS, OTHER ENTITIES OR PERSONS WHO CLAIM, OR MAY CLAIM, A LIEN AGAINST THE PREMISES, Defendant(s). TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Amended Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer, or, if the Amended Complaint is not served with this Supplemental Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiffs’ Attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Amended Complaint. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Darrell Gavrin of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on April 4, 2012, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. The nature of this action is to foreclose a tax lien certificate recorded against said premises. The Tax Lien Certificate was dated August 5, 2010 and was recorded August 12, 2010 as CRFN: 2010000272817. Said premises being known as and by

73-15 170TH STREET, FLUSHING, NY 11366. Dated: March 22, 2012 Batavia, New York Virginia Grapensteter, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiffs Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation: L & M FLUSHING REALTY, LLC, Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/ 17/2012. Office Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 149-49 BARCLAY AVE. FLUSHING, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Efficient Staffing Solutions LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/17/12. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 75-25 153rd St., #743, Flushing, NY 11367. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: P.O. Box 670958, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of BROOKLYN BOULEVARD ALP LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/19/12. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Atria Builders, LLC, 158-13 72nd Ave., Flushing, NY 11365. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to

Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of WD CLINTON HOLDING, LLC, a limited liability company. Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY(SSNY) on 04/16/2012. Office located in Queens County. SSNY had been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to c/o THE LLC, 150-24 17 th ROAD, WHITESTONE, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of CLINRON LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/18/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1423 123 Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11436. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ File No.: 2011-1617/B CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: John Flack Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of DOLORES CLARKE, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of DOLORES CLARKE, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 11906 97 Avenue, #B2, Richmond Hill, NY 11419, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of DOLORES CLARKE, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courth o u s e , 6 th F l o o r , 8 8 - 1 1 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 28th day of June, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public

Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $23,012.45 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 5.5% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court Dated, Attested and Sealed 4th day of May, 2012 GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 95-25 Queens Boulevard 11 th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation ___________________________________ 120 Flatlands LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave Ste 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General. • May 24-30, 2012 Tribune Page 7


Surprises May Be Brewing In Two Vacant Assembly Seats

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By MICHAEL SCHENKLER I’ve been trying to stay apace of, while keeping you informed about the candidates in the upcoming election season. With the Presidential Primar y past, the cour t mandating Congressional Primaries to be held June 26 and the legislature just changing Assembly and Senate primaries from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, it is confusing and conceivable that turnout will be depressed. As stated last week, for a redistricting year, there are few incumbents facing real challenges. The vacant seats – and they are few – may offer some of the most excit ing polit ical bat tle s. We’ve already seen the on-going battle and shenanigans in the vacant 6th Congressional seat primary, which pits the Democratic Par ty’s choice, Assmebly woman Grace Meng, against Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Councilwoman Liz Crowley and Dr. Robert Mittman.

From now until June 26th, this is the race to watch.

After that, keep your eye on Assembly seats being vacated by Meng and Lancman with a primary to be held on Sept. 13. With petitioning around the corner, a couple of surprises may be brewing in both races. First let’s look at the downtown Flushing seat presently held by Meng. As a result of redistricting, her 22nd Assembly District will be the new 40th Assembly District. Yen Chou who won a spirited pri-

(Left to right): Once tested candidate Yen Chou and Korean Candidate Myungsuk Lee may be surprised and outgunned if former Assemblywoman Ellen Young enters the race to replace Grace Meng.

mary to replace John Liu in downtown Flushing but ultimately lost to Republican Peter Koo, has been mentioned as a candidate since Meng’s announcement for Congress. Chou has experience and is a proven fundraiser, so she is a natural for this seat. In this overwhelmingly Asian seat, in addition to a significant majority Chinese population, there is a growing Korean presence. The Koreans have demonstrated their grow ing polit ical awarene ss. Should multiple Chinese candidates decide to enter this race, a Korean candidate could conceivably be competitive in a divided field. Enter Myungsuk Lee. The CEO of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Ne w York and former editor of Korea Times who is expected to be in the fray. S.J. Jung, the aggressive communit y organizer who was in the field for Council against Yen Chou has long been expected to seek any elected oppor tunity. Word on the street has family priorities and not politics getting his at tent ion at the moment. The big surprise in the new 40th to replace Grace Meng in the Assembly, may just be the candidacy of the woman who was unseated by Meng. Former one-term and former chief of staff to then Councilman John Liu, Assemblywoman Ellen Young is rumored to be taking a serious look at the opportunity to run in a vacant seat she once held. Adjoining the new 40th is the old and new 25th which is vacant

Experienced candidate with the ability to self-fund, Isaac Sasson (left) may surprise newcomer Nily Rozic and old-timer Jerry Iannece in the race for the 25th Assembly District vacant seat. for the same reason. Lancman, the Assemblyman, like Meng, is running for the 6th Congressional District. The seat has been reconfigured in redistricting and now has a population of approximately 50 percent Asian. While primary voters might be a smaller percent of Asians, their support could ver y well control the outcome. As of this writing, there is frequent candidate Jerry Iannece who has been endorsed by the Queens County Dems, and Nily Rozic, 26 year-old community board member and chief of staff of Manhattan’s Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh. But as promised, there may be a big surprise joining in this one. Lot ter y mi l lionaire, polit ical ly te sted Isaac Sasson, is act ively

meeting and testing the waters. Sasson, who chal lenged Toby Stavisky t wo years ago with the help of a self-funded campaign, is again, we are told, prepared to invest a substantial sum in winning the election. With Iannece, who has not proven himself a winner in his previous runs and Nily Rozic an unknown with unknown financial resources, the opportunity exists for Isaac to bring a well honed experienced campaign operation and treasury and take this one. While there is still time for other names to join the fields in these Assembly races, watch for these folks who are yet to declare: Ellen Young and Isaac Sasson. If either or both are in, move them to the front of the field.

Best Wishes To Dan Halloran

We wish a speedy recovery to one of Queens’ most energetic public servants, Councilmember Dan Halloran.

If I were a religious person, I’d be praying for Dan. For me, he’s in my thoughts. Councilmember Dan Halloran had a benign brain tumor removed yesterday in a surgical procedure that always carries a degree of risk. Dan and I didn’t start off on the best foot a few years back, but have since enjoyed sparring, chatting and spending a bit of time together. I called him on his cell earlier in the week to express my confidence that he’d be back soon peddling his unique brand of political hocus pocus. The phone re sponded w it h t he song “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, and I smiled. I waited, the music played. I dialed again and the song played again. I emailed and Dan responded quickly with an upbeat note. Dan, speedy recovery and hurry back. We miss you already.

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From City Council Member DAN HALLORAN

Queens This Week

Two of the four greenhouses in Forest Park (l.) have been renovated and are used to house flowers and other plant life (r.) that end up in parks and green spaces around Queens.

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Renovated Greenhouses Used To Color Queens A caravan of green pickup trucks turned into Forest Park from Woodhaven Boulevard, their windshield wipers furiously tossing the drops from torrential springtime downpours. The cavalcade rides over the speed bump on Forest Park Drive, meanders past the Seuffert Bandshell parking lot, whisks by the park's carousel and disappears in a shady corner of the park hidden by the hilly terrain just out of view of passing traffic on Woodhaven Boulevard and Jackie Robinson Parkway. The trucks, each adorned with the maple leaf symbol of the Parks Department, rode one by one behind a tall cyclone fence at the end of the road. Behind the fence were a series of tent-like structures encased in glass. After lying in a state of disrepair for many years, the century-old Forest Park greenhouses have reopened following a $3.88 million renovation. But don't look to tour the greenhouses; they're not open to the public. Instead, they have been put to working use by the Parks Dept. The agency uses them to grow and store the colorful flowers and lush greenery you often see planted in borough parks, green spaces and triangles. It is one of three nurseries in the City and handles almost all of the Queens planting. The original greenhouses were built in 1904 and 1905. Two of the greenhouses were renovated and officially reopened on April 30, while two others were not. Paul D'Amore, deputy chief of operations, said the agency was waiting for additional funding to renovate the other greenhouses. In the two renovated ones, everything from petunias to begonias sat lined up on metal tables waiting to be moved via the Parks Dept. convoy to their locations throughout the borough. "This is our staging area," D'Amore explained. "From here, we bring the plants out to all the parks and Greenstreets locations in the borough." The greenhouses are equipped with a new ventilation system that will allow the growing season to continue past the warm weather months and a bigger interior to increase capacity by about 25 percent. Vegetation can be irrigated through a computerized system that can be programmed to fit the watering needs of each specific plant. The greenhouses also have a heating system that the Parks Dept. says will help decrease their carbon footprint. Larger plants, like small trees and portable shrubs sometimes found at events, and seedlings are housed in the older greenhouses. Growing season begins in the winter and continues even through the summer, D'Amore

said. Some of the plants housed at the greenhouses will be used to replaced others that may die or be victims of vandalism. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or -Domenick Rafter

Legislation Would Fight Overdevelopment Eastern Queens communities have fought decades-long battles against one of their greatest fears, overdevelopment, and now Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) believes he has found a federal solution. Running in the 6th Congressional District primary, Lancman unveiled a series of legislative steps on May 18 that he would take if elected to Congress to preserve the character of suburban neighborhoods in Queens. Civic leaders from Broadway-Flushing, Fresh Meadows and Bayside joined Lancman to support his Homes and Essential Landmarks Preservation Act (HELP). "Overdevelopment destroys the character of our communities," Lancman said. "The HELP Act is a federal solution to the proliferation of McMansions, improperly-zoned offices, inappropriate commercial development and overly-large community facilities where single-family homes and small businesses once stood, and the desecration of historic sites and neighborhoods by developers who put profits ahead of the interest of residents." The HELP act would limit tax deductions for homeowners and commercial property owners who do not comply with zoning laws, promote tax credits for properties listed in the National Historic Register, link Dept. of Housing and Urban Development funding to a city or state's record of zoning enforcement and rate of collections on violations and clarify the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act to ensure that religious institutions do not ignore zoning regulations. Lancman's last portion of the HELP Act directly reflects an ongoing controversy in Flushing: the proposed construction of a Mormon church that residents and civic leaders argue is out of scale with neighboring properties. -Ross Barkan

Flushing House Law Seminars Flushing House has scheduled three elder law seminars for spring 2012. The seminars will focus on how the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Re-Design for New York State will impact health care and home care ser-

vices for older adults. Medicare changes arising from the ACA will be explored, as well as asset protection trusts and estate planning. Karen Bassuk, LCSW, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, will give the first seminar on June 2. Her talk is about the changing landscape of health care and home care. She will examine how the State's Medicaid Redesign and the ACA will impact health care and home care services for older adults. Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., the noted elder law attorney, will give the second seminar on June 9. He will explore the status of challenges to the ACA. He will also discuss the five essential documents that every senior must have. In addition, he will explain how older adults can qualify for Medicaid and get the care they need while still protecting their assets. Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Esq., former Assemblywoman and noted elder law attorney, will give the third seminar on June 16. She will discuss asset protection trusts for the primary residence and estate tax planning in light of scheduled 2013 federal estate tax changes. She will also update seniors on how to get the care they need through Medicaid while still protecting assets. All three seminars will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Flushing House dining room. Refreshments will be available, plus free handouts from the speakers. The seminars are open to the public and admission is free. To RSVP, call (347) 532-3025 or email

Nurses Reach Out For Help In Labor Struggle Nursing workers at the Catholic Ozanam Hall Nursing Home of Bayside signed a letter calling upon Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio to intervene on their behalf in an ongoing labor struggle. The nursing workers, represented by UFCW Local 342, have taken a strike vote but have not yet authorized a strike. They have been negotiating for a new contract since 2010, and are now seeking 3 percent wage increases. According to the union, Ozanam Hall also wants to reduce the work week from 37.5 hours to 35 hours. At the May 18 press conference outside of Ozanam Hall, State Sen. Tony Avella (DBayside) and Assemblyman Rory Lancman (DHillcrest) were both supposed to speak. Lancman did but Avella did not: union communications director Kate Meckler said that the previous evening, the union received word from Senator Avella's office that the administration of Ozanam Hall and the bishop's office spoke directly with Avella, who then changed his mind about supporting the residents. "Somehow, during that conversation, the Senator was dissuaded from giving his proresident, pro-worker stance," she said. "Local 342 is appalled that Ozanam Hall and Bishop DiMarzio stooped to the level of calling the Senator and no doubt convinced him to change his tune." When reached for comment, Avella was confused. "This whole thing is very bizarre," he said. "They called me and disinvited me this morning. Usually, in these types of situations, I always urge everyone to come to the bargaining table and negotiate fairly." Avella acknowledged having a conversa-

tion with Ozanam Hall staff but said he did not decline to show up at the press conference. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or . -Ross Barkan

Community Hopes ‘Stop Sign’ Spurs Action After an endless stream of phone calls, emails, letters and pleadings from the public to the Dept. of Transportation did not produce the desired result, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (DSunnyside) and Long Island City residents took matters into their own hands on Friday, May 18, by erecting a stop sign at the southeast corner of 5th Street and 47th Avenue. The “People’s Stop Sign” was a symbolic gesture to persuade the DOT to act and institute traffic calming measures along the busy corridor. “The traffic along 5th Street presents numerous hazards for hundreds of pedestrians and young children who cross this street every single day on their way to work and school,” Van Bramer said. “Without stop signs along this heavily trafficked corridor, the chances of an accident happening are increasing each day that the Dept. of Transportation does not take action.” The area is between one school — PS 78— and a new elementary school being built down the block, along with a new high school also being built, and parents at the press conference expressed concern with their children walking down such a busy street with a number of obvious safety hazards. “We use this road every day to walk to the ballfields with our children,” said PS 78 principal Lou Pavone. “We are constantly having to block traffic because it has become very dangerous. There are so many things that can be done and that need to be done.” Stephanie Bull, who has lived in the area for four years and is the mother of a 18-month-old son, said the corner is especially dangerous considering the amount of children around. “As a parent of a young son and a dog, I’ve seen several small accidents,” Bull said. “What I am afraid of is that someone or a dog is going to get hurt.” Van Bramer has been prodding the DOT for over a year about the need for a stop sign at the intersection, which is not only a twoway street, but it is also extremely narrow with some visibility issues as well. Before the press conference began, a car making a left from 47th Avenue had to slam on its brakes to avoid colliding head-on with a car zooming up 5th Street. According to Van Bramer communications director Jason Banrey, the DOT has strict guidelines it follows when looking at changes in street signs. He said that as of now, the DOT does not believe that this intersection meets the criteria. “I hope our efforts to erect our own stop sign are noticed by the Dept. of Transportation and that they take action on this hazardous issue before it is too late,” Van Bramer said. Reach Reporter Jason Pafundi at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, or —Jason Pafundi

Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE Theatre By The Bay will hold auditions for “Hello, Dolly!” 7:30 p.m. June 5 and June 7 at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Bayside. There are spots available for men, women and teens in acting, singing and dancing roles. Performances are set for November. For information, call (718) 4286363 or visit Air Force Airman Xing Zheng graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Zheng is the son of Liqin Wu of Flushing. Air Force Airman 1st Class Steeve D. Sylvain graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Sylvain is the nephew of Suzette Vincent of Flushing.

Khristina L. Catarineau of College Point earned a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies. The New York Lottery announced the names of area Lottery players who claimed a winning ticket from one of the Lottery’s live drawings. The following winners each received a cash prize valued at $10,000 or more. Rochenel Ductan of Queens Village won $22,610 on the Take Five drawing May 4. Ductan’s winning ticket was purchased at the

The New York Lottery announced the names of area Lottery players who claimed a winning scratch-off ticket and received a cash prize valued at $10,000 or more. Helen Daniel of Flushing won $50,000 on the $5,000,000 Cash scratch-off game. Daniel’s winning ticket was purchased at the Shree Saif Food Mart, 104-19 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. David Folkenflik, an awardwinning media correspondent for National Public Radio based in New York City, will speak on the future of journalism 1:30 p.m. June 18 at the Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills. Folkenflik’s stories are broadcast on NPR newsmagazines, including “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” He has served as a media analyst on CNN, ABC, Fox News and MSNBC. The event is open to the public for a suggested donation of $6. For information, call (718) 2685011, Ext. 151, or email Baseball fans and members of the Alzheimer’s community will unite to battle against the disease for the eighth annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Night as the New York Mets play the Philadelphia Phillies 7:10 p.m. May 29. The Mets will rebate a portion of tickets sold through the online window to the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter. A pre-game ceremony with special recognition for Alzheimer’s will begin on the field around 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit For information, call Christina Andrews at


Tree Giveaway:

Nicole S. Hirsh of Fresh Meadows earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies. Michael De Pasquale of Little Neck earned a Bachelor of Science degree in game design and development from Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies. Kevin Smith of Astoria graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at the school, located in Hamden, Conn. The Astoria Symphonic Choir and Symphonic Orchestra have announced its final performances for the 2012 season. The Symphonic Choir and Symphonic Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor 5 p.m. June 3 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria. General admission price is $20, $15 for students and seniors. For information, call (917) 4604289 or email The New York Army National Guard has announced the promotion of members in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibilities and leadership. Brandon DeJesus of Astoria, serving with the Company B, 642nd Support Battalion, is promoted to sergeant. Anthony Espinal of Astoria, serving with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, is promoted to specialist. Melissa Molfetas of Whitestone, serving with the 42nd Infantry Division Band, is promoted to sergeant. William Pardue of Whitestone, serving with the 42nd Infantry Division Band, is promoted to sergeant. Kim Paglinawan of Little Neck, serving with Company A (Distribution) 427th Brigade Support Battalion, is promoted to the rank of sergeant. Beryll Ravinera of Queens Village, serving with Company B 3-142nd Aviation, is promoted to private. Christopher Amorim of

The Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club recently sponsored its first-ever tree giveaway at A&S Nursery in Whitestone. The club distributed more than 100 trees to local residents. Pictured (from left) are Bill Bart, Barbara Leonardi, Alfonso Duarte, Tony Meloni, Adam Lombardi, John Scandalios, Donald Frain, Paul Vallone, Lionel Morales, Devon O’Connor and Mike Mitchell. Ozone Park, serving with the 222nd Chemical Company, was promoted to specialist. Halinah Neris of Woodhaven, serving with the Company A (Distribution) 427th Brigade Support Battalion, is promoted to private first class. Adam DeJesus of South Richmond Hill, serving with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, is promoted to specialist. Adam Padilla of Richmond Hill, serving with the Signal Network Support, 369th Sustainment Brigade, is promoted to private. Ariana Thomas of Richmond Hill earned an Associate in Science degree in business from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies. Congressman Bob Turner has announced that the application process for fall 2013 service academy nominations has begun for men and women for the ninth congressional district. A congressional nomination is required for students

wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Successful applicants should have a broad academic background, the ability to pass a physical aptitude test, and strong leadership potential. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate between the ages of 17 and 23, unmarried, have no dependents, and be of high moral character. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine-year service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service. For information, call Michael Tracey at (718) 934-0672. Scott Stringer , Manhattan Borough President, will address the Howard Beach Civic Association 7:30 p.m. May 29 in the Parish Hall of St. Barnabus Church, 15919 98th St., Howard Beach. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (718) 8437028.

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Angela Amedeo and Danielle Davaros, both of Whitestone were honored as recipients of SUNY Oneonta’s Best and Brightest Awards at the college’s annual Students of Distinction reception.

Sunshine Deli Grocery, 168-34 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Julia Baten of Woodhaven won $24,181 on the Take Five drawing May 16. Baten’s winning ticket was purchased at Seven Days Food Store, 90-83 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. Vanessa Colon of Flushing won $79,094 on the Take Five drawing May 3. Colon’s winning ticket was purchased at the Super Deli, 144-10 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

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By ROSS BARK AN The $1,200 that the Easter Bunny brought to the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps last month pleased Charles Silverstein, but was not nearly enough to lift his voice above a monotone. Like other volunteer ambulance corps across Queens, WCVAC is pitted in a fiscal fight for its survival, one it will most likely win, though winning may mean only the austere status quo, and not what he believes the ambulance corps should be. “It’s a drop in the bucket,” said Silverstein, WCVAC’s captain. “We’re about halfway up the hill now.” Overlooking Whitestone’s quaint commercial corridor, WCVAC’s headquarters house the 65-year-old corps that provides ambulance service free of charge. Independent of the 911 system, New York City volunteer ambulance corps are all volunteer neighborhood associations that assist the City’s overburdened emergency system. Besides transporting residents to nearby hospitals, volunteer corps teach CPR classes, host blood drives

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Ambulance Corps Feeling Financial Pinch

Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Corps is one of many in Queens facing a fiscal crisis. and provide free wheelchairs and crutches. Financially, they are virtually alone, dependent on fundraising drives and the occasional grants that are thrown their way. Elected officials can partially fund them through discretionary spending, though on the State level, no new discretionary funding has been included for legislators in the past three years. Without a helping hand from elected officials, volunteer ambulance corps rely on donation streams that are drying up as the brittle economic

recovery slogs on. Since they are also self-managed, volunteer ambulance corps can be prone to mismanagement. With an operating budget of $120,000, WCVAC is still in debt, and is relying on funding drives, including an Easter fundraiser last month hosted by the Welcome to Whitestone Civic Association, and more internal scrutiny of its finances. A new board has been installed after many old members were forced out. It is a board Silverstein hopes “won’t be

behind the times” and he is the first active EMS professional to head the board. Since WCVAC can no longer afford to pay a company to conduct mailings for its fundraising drives, the board will oversee mailings themselves. Beyond WCVAC, which is still trying to bring Internet access to all of its buildings, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs a new ambulance and will not be getting one anytime soon. At nearly $100,000, the ambulance itself is far costlier than the oft-lamented charge of riding a non-volunteer ambulance through New York City. A single gas trip can cost $120, and Ron Cohen, FHVAC’s information officer, said that the 41-year-old corps is “barely breaking even.” FHVAC has one emergency ambulance and one ambulance that it uses to train EMTs. They have been trying unsuccessfully to purchase a new $2,000 to $3,000 automated external defibrillator. Operating costs, between $250,000 and $300,000, exceed WVAC’s, and Cohen said he fears that slackening donations will diminish the FHVAC’s already strained operating capacity.

This too is not new for Chris Legaz, president of the College Point Community Ambulance Corps, the oldest volunteer ambulance service in the City. Their budget is smaller, at $60,000 a year, though insurance costs eat up more than a third of those funds. Their 18th Avenue headquarters have a leaky roof and increasingly outmoded equipment. CPCAC, like the Middle Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps, is also struggling to find volunteers. Whether the economy is to blame is a more ambiguous proposition: the unemployed may be more likely to volunteer, though those who may have been willing to volunteer in the past are now working multiple jobs to keep out of a fiscal black hole. MVVAC now serves Middle Village and Maspeth one to two days a week, down from four to five days a decade ago. “People are working longer hours,” said Rosemarie Mendala, secretary and training officer for MVVAC. “They don’t have the spare time to volunteer or donate anymore. It’s a big issue.” Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or

On this Memorial Day, let us not forget the men and women of our Armed Services and those veterans, who have served our nation with honor.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BARBOUNAKI LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/09/11. 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, 23-57 26th Street, Astoria, New York 11105. Address of registered agent c/o George D. Chelpon, 2357 26th Street, Astoria, New York 11105. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS, CENTRAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. KURT COMRIE, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on April 30, 2012, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, Courtroom 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., premises known as 11124 178th Street, Jamaica, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements

thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block 10294 and Lot 17. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 13621/09. Dominic Chiariello, Esq., Referee Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530, Attorneys for Plaintiff ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/ 3/12, bearing Index Number NC-000244-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Casey (Last) Suyunova My present name is (First) Kristina (Last) Suyunova aka Kristina C. Suyunova My present address is 99-15 66 th Avenue, Apt. #5D, Rego Park, NY 113743619 My place of birth is Uzbekistan My date of birth is August 01, 1988 ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County

on 5/3/12, bearing Index Number NC-000248-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Katerina (Last) Levy My present name is (First) Yekaterina (Last) Leviyeva My present address is 65-61 Saunderes Street, Apt. #5R, Rego Park, NY 11374-4230 My place of birth is Uzbekistan My date of birth is August 21, 1991 ___________________________________ FLUFF N FOLD LAUNDROMAT LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/10/ 2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Diamond Associates CPA’s P.C., 199-13 32nd Ave, Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ___________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 22137/11 Purchased 923-11 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place

of trial The basis of the venue is where the real property exists SUMMONS SUZANNE E. FALCONE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MAY 4, 1998 AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MARCH 3, 2009, Plaintiff, -against- AN UNKNOWN CLASS OF PERSONS WHO ARE THE HEIRS OF THE ESTATE CAROL FALCONE A/K/A CAROL E. SNOW-FALCONE; THE ESTATE OF MARION SMEBY BY JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE; JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, INDIVIDUALLY AND JAMIE ANNE STAFFER Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED, to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete is this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and

in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Dated: Bayside, New York September 16, 2011 PAPA, DEPAOLA AND BROUNSTEIN Attorneys for Plaintiffs 42-40 Bell Boulevard Suite 500 Bayside, New York 11361 (718) 281-4000 Defendants’ Addresses: CAROL FALCONE (Deceased) LAST RESIDENCE 27-34 165th STREET, FLUSHING, NY 11358 JOAN ABBOT-FISHER 3170 BROOKVIEW DRIVE, MARIETTA, GA 30068 JAMIE ANN STAFFER 3962 WEST DALE AVENUE, TAMPA, FLA 33609 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 22137/11 NOTICE PURSUANT TO CPLR §316 SUZANNE E. FALCONE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MAY 4, 1998 AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MARCH 3, 2009, Plaintiff, against- AN UNKNOWN CLASS OF PERSONS WHO ARE THE HEIRS OF THE ESTATE CAROL FALCONE A/K/ A CAROL E. SNOWFALCONE; THE ESTATE OF

MARION SMEBY BY JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE; JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, INDIVIDUALLY AND JAMIE ANNE STAFFER Defendants. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Bernice Siegel, a Justice of the Supreme Court State of New York dated May 14, 2012, which summons is dated September 16, 2011, and is filed with the complaint and other papers in the office of the Queens County Clerk, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York. The action is bought to compel the determination of all claims to the real property known as 27-34 165 th Street, Flushing, New York in Queens County also known by the designated Block and Lot number, Block: 4906 Lot: 17. The nature of the relief sought in the action is an Order declaring the Plaintiff SUZANNE E. FALCONE, the sole owner of the property. Dated: Bayside, New York May 16, 2012 Yours, etc. PAPA, DEPAOLA AND BROUNSTEIN BY: JOHN P. PAPA Attorneys for Plaintiff 42-40 Bell Boulevard Bayside, New York 11361 (718) 281-4000

Republicans Back Kim For State Senate Seat By ROSS BARK AN If State Sen. Toby Stavisky (DFlushing) wins her primary battle against John Messer, she will no longer run unopposed. Queens Republicans are backing Jung Dong “J.D.” Kim, a Korean-American attorney, to take on Stavisky, the incumbent who has held the seat since 1999. The new 16th Senate District does not quite resemble the district Stavisky represented for the last decade. Her current residence in Whitestone is not within its boundary lines and she must relocate if reelected. It is an Asian majority district, covering all of downtown

Flushing and spanning east to west from Elmhurst to the Cross Island Parkway. At her campaign kickoff, Stavisky strove to show that she can adequately represent the Asian community, enlisting Asian civic leaders and elected officials to stump for her. Kim, 39, is not a political neophyte, and he hopes he is able to do what Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) could not in 2010, when he was a Republican: defeat an entrenched Democratic State Senator. “First of all I respect Senator Stavisky, and I am not big into bashing a person,” Kim said. “I’m sure if she wins, she would do her

best, and I will certainly do my best. I know Chinese businesses inside and out, they’re my clients, and I know Koreans, they’re my people.” Kim, a Flushing resident, is a partner at a law firm in Lake Success, Nassau County, practicing commercial litigation and business consulting. After living in both Korea and the Midwest, Kim graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a law degree from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He came to New York City with his wife, a real estate agent, and practiced law at a large Chinese firm, Dai and Associates. In 2010, Kim

served as an advisor for Republican Congressional candidate James Milano, who failed to defeat the now retiring U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). As an Americanized Asian, Kim hopes to bridge a divide between Asian and non-Asian communities in Flushing, where Asian-language signage dominates a buzzing downtown ringed by whiter, suburban communities several generations removed from their immigrant predecessors. Asian businesses, Kim said, need to be more aware of American laws and American business practices. He also trumpeted his work with Israeli attorney

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who fought to combat human rights abuses in North Korea. Kim said he will work to forge closer ties between the Korean and Jewish communities of Queens. He described Israel and South Korea as “natural allies.” Stavisky’s campaign does not feel threatened. “No matter whom the Republicans run, Senator Stavisky will be re-elected because she fights every day for Queens’ families,” said Stavisky spokesman Pat McKenna. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or

Pols Fight Toxin Drug In Chicken Feed By JASON PAFUNDI Along with members of health and animal rights groups, State Sen Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) is fighting a potentially dangerous toxic drug used in chicken feed which can be harmful to both farm animals and humans. Gianaris recently introduced legislation that would prohibit the use

of roxarsone, an arsenic compound, and other drugs containing arsenic from being added to poultry feed in New York. Roxarsone is proven to promote the growth of blood vessels in chickens, making the meat appear pinker and more attractive in its packaging. When consumed by humans, the additive does the same in hu-

man cells, fueling a growth process known as angiogenesis, a critical first step in many diseases, including cancer. As part of the fight, the senator also sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration requesting a complete, nationwide ban of roxarsone and other arsenic-based drugs from being used in chicken feed.

In a 2011 study, the FDA found higher levels of inorganic arsenic in the livers of chickens treated with the drug than in the livers of untreated chickens. This was the first study to demonstrate that raising chickens with roxarsone leads to the accumulation of inorganic arsenic in poultry tissues, rendering them toxic. According to

Gianaris spokeswoman Anna Adams-Sarthou, recent studies show that most Americans are exposed to between three and 11 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended safety limit of the additive. Reach Reporter Jason Pafundi at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, or • May 24-30, 2012 Tribune Page 15


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108th Precinct Robbery: The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following suspects who are wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred on May 11. At approximately 7 p.m., the victim was walking to her residence in the vicinity of 50th Street and 43rd Avenue in Woodside, when she was approached by the suspects from behind. The suspects then grabbed the victim around her neck and removed her iPhone before throwing her to the ground and fleeing. The victim sustained minor injuries to her neck and shoulder as a result of this incident. The suspects are described as being Hispanic males between 15-20 years old, 5’7" tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

woman who gave birth in a hospital bathroom last year and discarded the newborn in a hospital trash can, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to firstdegree manslaughter. In pleading guilty, Brown said Lama admitted that she went to Elmhurst Hospital on May 10, 2011, to register for prenatal care. After registering at the front desk, she experienced a strong pain in her abdomen and back and needed to use the restroom. While in the restroom, Lama went into labor and delivered the baby — who was later named Mingmar Gurung. Lama then detached the baby from the umbilical cord, threw the baby in a garbage bin and left the bathroom. Before leaving the hospital, Lama went back to the front desk and retrieved her identification card. Mingmar, who was born alive and fullterm with no obvious deformities, was placed on life support but died seven days later.

Employer Convicted: DA Richard Brown announced that Harry Dorvilier and his company, Harry Nurses Registry, Inc., have been convicted of third-degree grand larceny, among other charges, for unlawfully 109th Precinct Forcible Touching: The NYPD is seek- deducting a dollar per hour from the payroll ing the public’s assistance identifying the checks of approximately 13 employees for individual wanted in regards to a forcible workers’ compensation insurance when, by law, as their employer, he was required to pay touching which took place on May 13. According to the victim, a 27-year-old for that insurance himself. The defendant and his company, both female, the suspect followed her into her building in the vicinity of 38th Street and with an address of 88-25 163rd St. in Jamaica, were convicted of two counts of thirdplaced his hand between her legs. The suspect is described as a Hispanic degree grand larceny and 11 counts of fourthdegree grand larceny following a two-week male approximately 5’4” tall. jury trial. Dorvilier is scheduled to be sentenced on June 110th Precinct 25 and faces up to seven years Elderly Man Killed: On in prison, while his corporaMarch 26, at approximately tion faces a fine of up to 8:30 a.m., police responded to $10,000 or double the amount a report of an unconscious perof the illegal gain. son located at 95-19 43rd Ave. According to testimony, Upon arrival, police obDorvilier, through his corposerved 89-year-old Demaso Llration, committed his crime ano lying inside on his back between September 2006 and unconscious with trauma to the December 2007. He illegally face. EMS responded and prowithheld more than $25,000, nounced the victim dead at the and to facilitate his scheme, he scene. The medical examiner told his employers — and indiwill determine the cause of Rosemary Dickin cated it on their paychecks — death. that the money was being withPolice are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two Hispanic held to pay for the cost of workers’ compenmales wanted in connection with this crime. sation insurance. The suspects entered the location, tied up Llano, assaulted him and fled the scene. 114th Precinct Missing Woman: The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Rosemary Dickin, who was last seen on May 13 inside of her residence at 475 Main St. Dickin is a 55-year-old white female who is 5’8” tall and weighs 170 pounds. Queens Distr ict Attor ney Mother Sentenced: DA Richard Brown announced that 24-year-old Dawa Lama, the


The responsibilities of working, child-rearing, and caregiving for an elderly family member leaves many families physically and emotionally drained. The Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands program is dedicated to easing the burdens associated with caring for an older family member. Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands connects family caregivers with “Caregiver Circles.” These Caregiver Circles are comprised of trained volunteers who provide an array of chore services and friendly visits. Our program reaches out to give family caregivers of an elderly relative a much needed break so they can continue to care for their relative at home. We are in need of volunteers who can spend as little as 2-3 hours each week helping a senior.

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Filming In Queens

Studios Set Stage For Big, Small Screen Success By JASON PAFUNDI The first thing someone sees when entering Queens via the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge is the iconic sign on top of the Silvercup Studios facility, which has been serving the television and movie industry for nearly 30 years. And with another worldfamous studios — Kaufman Astoria — just a shor t drive away, Queens has cemented its place as a part of Hollywood. In the last decade, New York City saw tens of thousands of New Yorkers gainfully employed and billions of dollars pumped into the economy because of TV and movie production. With increasing demand comes the need to stay competitive and relevant in the marketplace, and both of Queens’ major studios have big plans to do just that. From the Marx Brothers to Heathcliff Huxtable, Big Bird to Tony Soprano, television and movie production has become synonymous with Queens.

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Silvercup Studios in Long Island City The Suna Brothers — Alan and Stuart — started Silvercup Studios in Long Island City on the site of a former bakery in 1983, and since then, some of the biggest productions in Hollywood have been shot on their stages, but none bigger than “The Sopranos” and “Sex in the City.” Alan Suna said that when the company first started, they were shooting mostly commercials, including the classic “Where’s the Beef” ads for Wendy’s. As the advertising business shrunk, the TV production business picked up thanks to what Suna called “those crazy cable channels.” HBO provided Silvercup with two iconic productions — Tony Soprano and his mob family and Carrie Bradshaw and her three best friends. Those productions helped set the stage for others to come through, like “30 Rock” and “Gossip Girl,” who have both filmed more than 100 episodes. After the first state film tax

Kafuman Astoria Studios on 35th Avenue. credit was instituted, more and more filming came to New York, and Silvercup was a huge bene f i c i a r y. “Scripted television has grown tremendously in the last decade in the City,” Suna said. “New York became a much more attractive and friendlier place, and even though more competition came along, everybody was still eating.” Suna said that though the studio still does the occasional feature film, he estimates that 90 percent, maybe more, of the schedule in 2012 is scripted television and a few commercials. “What we have always managed to do is move with the market,” Suna said.

Kaufman Astoria Studios The studio has been around since the days of Groucho and Harpo Marx honed their comedic chops on stage more than eight decades ago. Kaufman’s President Hal Rosenbluth, who has been at the studio for 30 years, said that so much of what happens in the present is because of what happened in the past. “It is about the history,” he said. “You have a certain amount of respect for what got you here.” Kaufman Astoria is the host to Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”

and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a remake starring and directed by Ben Stiller. Rosenbluth said that without Bill Cosby filming “The Cosby Show” and Woody Allen doing so many projects there, the Stillers of the world would never have chosen Kaufman Astoria. But despite the fact that Rosenbluth has met every star imaginable, from Nicole Kidman to Will Smith, his favorite of all to come through Kaufman is Elmo and Big Bird. Sesame Street, which will soon begin its 44th season, has been filming in Astoria for the better part of 20 years. When First Lady Michelle Obama took part in the show’s 40th Anniversary episode, Rosenbluth said that the normally stiff and serious Secret Service agents were taking turns rotating to have their pictures taken with Elmo and Big Bird. “Imagine who [these agents] see walking around and traveling with the First Lady and who do they want their pictures with, Big Bird and Elmo,” Rosenbluth said. One of the most recent productions to shoot at Kaufman Astoria was “Men in Black III.” The franchise has always used Queens as a major part of its setting. In the new film, set designers had to rebuild Shea Stadium back to the way it looked in

1969. The filmmakers used authentic Cracker Jack boxes and even the proper cup the beer w as dispensed in. There is also a highspeed chase through the streets of Queens circa 1969. Not only has A rendering of the new gate at Kaufman Astoria been Kaufman Astoria. in the forefront of the entertainment industry throughTelevision productions, out New York City, but the stu- which account for the majority dio helped revitalize the sur- of the work being done in the rounding community. borough, grew by nearly 82 perIn recent years, a Regal cent with an increase in dramas, movie theater, Pizzeria Uno, reality shows and talk shows. Five Napkin Burger, Applebee’s Part of the increase in proand Panera Bread have all duction, no doubt, can be attribopened within walking distance uted to the extension of the New of the studios. Crew members York State Film Tax Credit. working at Kaufman spend their “It got to the point where it dollars in local businesses and was very hard to compete, and Rosenbluth said that is some- we were told straight away by thing they are very proud of, production heads that they especially in these economic stopped budgeting for New times. York,” Rosenbluth said. “The tax “What we have done here credit program has made the has been the purposeful rein- business grow exponentially.” vigoration of the neighborhood,” he said.

The Future is Bright

Economic Impact in the City At a press conference at 30 Rockefeller Center, Mayor Mike Bloomberg touted the entertainment industry and the positive impact it has had throughout Queens and the City with the results of an economic study by the Boston Consulting Group. “This repor t confirms what I’ve been seeing on sets and soundstages around the city — the film and television industry in New York City has never been bigger,” Bloomberg said. According to the study, despite an industry decline nationally, 30,000 jobs were created in the city’s filmed entertainment industry since 2004, and the sector’s spending has grown by 70 percent since 2002. Today, the industry accounts for $7.1 billion in spending and employs 130,000 people. Television and film studio space has nearly doubled and the post-production industry has also grown significantly.

With the increasing demand for studio space and an increase in the desire to film in the City, there comes a time for expansion. Suna said that Silvercup is purchasing a new building to add to their space and Kaufman Astoria, after some political haggling, is set to begin with a rather important project of their own. The studio, with some assistance from U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D), got approval from the National Park Service on its $2 million plan to gate off its lot, creating an outdoor studio and campus similar to those in Los Angeles. The project will close 36th Street between 35th and 36th Avenues in Astoria and will be guarded by what those involved are calling an “iconic new gate.” “It is not just about giving a producer the ability to put up an exterior set in a secure environment,” Rosenbluth said. Reach Reporter Jason Pafundi at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, or • May 24-30, 2012 Tribune Page 19

Queens Survivors

Training Money

More than 50 mothers and daughters from Queens joined others from across the City to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in the inaugural Milagros Day Worldwide Walk to celebrate freedom from domestic violence and abuse.

Queens Economic Development Corporation won $100,000 to expand training for home-improvement contractors. Pictured (from left) are Nicholas Hardie, Franklin Mora, Gary Hattem, Seth Bornstein, Rob MacKay, Ricardi Calixte, Seth W. Pinsky, Alex Wu, Gail A. Roseman, Darinka Maldonado, Burton Hung and Emily Lin.

A Happy Mother

Gala Event


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Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson

Borough President Helen Marshall(left) speaks to author Cheryl Wills at Elmhurst Hospital’s recent gala celebrating its 180th anniversary of service. Wills was one of the guest speakers of the evening, signing copies of her new book, “Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale.” Photo by Ira Cohen.

Party-goers got out on the dance floor during the Elmhurst Hospital gala.

Opening Night

Patricia Taormina (right), pictured with her daughter Michelle, was one of the winners of the Queens Tribune’s Mother of the Year essay contest. Photo by Steven J. Ferrari.

Movie Night

Former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, Queens Theatre Executive Director Ray Cullom and Carol Conslato, director of public affairs for Con Edison at the Queens Theatre Opening Night Gala.

Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) hands out Italian ices to children attending a free screening of the animated film “Puss in Boots” at Captain Tilly Park in Jamaica.

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New Queens Comedy Champ Crowned By JASON PAFUNDI After eight days of comedy, the inaugural Laughing Devil Comedy Festival came to a close on Saturday, May 19, with Michael Lawrence being crowned the champion at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City. With the victory, in which he proved to be funnier than more than 100 other comics, Lawrence received $2,500 in cash and an automatic entry into the San Fran-

cisco Comedy and Burrito Festival. He also scored a week of work at the Laughing Skull in Atlanta and Monty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis. He’ll also get a year of work — 52 paid spots — at the Laughing Devil in LIC. “I had never won a contest and was more than happy to accept I would lose this one, as consistency and an utter lack of confidence are reliable tools for a comic to have,” Lawrence said.

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Laughing Devil club, said the idea for the festival was hatched in Januar y and implementat ion began a mont h later. He said the planning of the event was easy, but coordinat ing all the moving part s provided the biggest challenge. With the festival being such a success, Hofstetter is already thinking about how to make next year’s event even bigger. A por t ion of all proceeds from the festival will go to the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation to help build a drug recover y facilit y called Lenny’s House, a place to get healthy mentally, physically and emotionally while learning life skills to be bet ter prepared for reentry into a sober world. Reach Reporter Jason Pafundi at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, or

‘Heat Wave’ Remembers Jack Cole’s Legacy By TAMM Y SCILEPPI former, David Elder (a long-time A front of warm air is movJackson Heights resident) – all ing in as Queens gets ready for fabulously costumed by Brad a n o t h e r h o t s u m m e r. T he Musgrove – made complex, ofQueens Theatre in Flushing ten gruelling, techniques and Meadows Corona Park is in full moves look incredibly easy. swing as it continues to present After a series of unique an exciting line-up of new shows multi-cultural dance vignettes, and events that will make the accented by the beat of drums, season sizzle. the cool sounds of a sax and From May 3 through May 20, superb piano accompaniment, the world premiere of “Heat Rachelle Rak (center) and company the audience was seemingly left Wave: The Jack Cole Project” per form “How Come You Do Me Like with a mix of powerful emotook the borough and city by You Do,” a number originally per- tions, and perhaps a yearning storm, as The Great White Way formed by Bett y Grable in the 1955 for a simpler time. Unexpected found its way onto Queens film Three for the Show. video backdrops created a stylTheatre’s Main Stage. Kicking ish, one-of-a-kind, multi-dioff the production was the swanky ishly recreated from the silver mensional experience. Opening Night Gala, at tended by screen and presented at the Queens Broadway-bound Walker’s not a who’s who crowd of suppor ters Theatre by a new generation of telling, but many folks have sung and movers and shakers. lithe and limber Broadway dancers the show’s praises, and the reacThree weeks of rehearsals re- trained in his inimitable style by t ion has been very posit ive. sulted in a spectacular show that Cole enthusiast and show creator, Kudos to Walker. With his Heat has become the talk of the town, t he director/choreographer, Chet Wave extravaganza he has provided even as the curtain fell on Sunday’s Walker. temporary relief from our reality last per formance. A Bob Fosse disciple since the show-crazed culture. Heat Wave Back in the days of dazzling age of 17 until his mentor’s pass- was a much-needed, refreshingly Holly wood productions, “the fa- ing, Walker dreamt up and co-cho- retro and enter taining escape from ther of jazz” Jack Cole choreo- reographed the Tony Award-win- personal angst and the woes of an graphed one of the sexiest dance ning Broadway musical, “Fosse” in uncer tain modern world. rout ine s in 1950s Holly woo d – 1999. “Heat Wave” got raves from per formed by Marilyn Monroe, “Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Broadway and film stars like Chita singing “Heat Wave” in the 1954 Project” presented a fresh take on Rivera, Stephen Schwartz, Marge movie, “There’s No Business Like several decades of the pioneering Champion, Jacques D’Amboise, Show Busine ss.” d a n c e m a k e r ’ s g r o u n d b r e a k i n g Malcolm Get s, Tsidii Le Loka, Monroe’s memorable per for- work, as 15 accomplished Walker Paige Davis, Donna McKechnie mance was one of 30 spectacular dancers, including the handsome and Luigi, the world renowned jazz Cole numbers, color ful ly and lav- and elegant principal male per- dance teacher to the stars. • May 24-30, 2012 Tribune Page 23


tors moved on to join the 40 already pre-selected as quar terfinalists. Fo r t he q u a r t e r f i n a l s , f o u r shows were held with 12 comedians each performing for five minutes. Eight moved onto the semifinals while eight more were wild card selections. Those 16 performed for eight minutes each, with four from the semis and three wild cards moving onto the finals. The finals featured each comedian doing 10 minutes each. Lawrence finished ahead of Andy Hendrickson, Marc Theobald and David Foster, who placed second, third and four th, respect ively. Lawrence said that since all comics are poor, a ny one of the competitors could have used the first-place prize money. Steve Hofstet ter, owner of the

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The fe st ival was a par t of the LIC Arts Open, a celebration of the t hrivi ng ar t s communit y in Long Island City that featured more 200 open studios, painting, theater, sculpture, music and dance. “It surpassed anything we could have imagined,” Hofsetter said. “I was impressed by the level of the talent, thrilled by the at tendance and honored by the way the neighborhood got behind us. This certainly did not feel like a first year festival.” More than 200 comedians participated in the festival, with over 100 competing in the contest. The opening round featured 30 comedians each performing two-minute sets. The shor t time on stage was a challenge for the comedians to get into their routine and to captivate the audience, but eight competi-



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DISTRICT 26 Thursday, May 31 6th Annual District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance at the Floral Terrace.

TEENS SUMMER EMPLOYMENT Call the LIC library at 7523700 for information on entry-level jobs in hospitals, government agencies, law firms, businesses, and more. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. TEEN STUDY Mondays through Thursday s at the Lefrak Cit y library at 4. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays Douglaston/Little Neck library at 4. CHESS & CHECKERS Monday, May 28 at 3 at the South Ozone Park library. HOMEWORK & GAMES Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays homework help and teen gaming at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. LIC CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 4. CHESS & CHECKERS Wednesday, May 30 at the South Ozone Park library at 3.

SISTER TALK Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 13 at the Pomonok library at 4:30. GAME DAY Wednesdays St. Albans library at 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 Queens Village library. PAINTING & LITERATURE Thursday, May 31 explore young adult fantasy literature theme through the mediums of watercolor, pencil and collage at 4 at the Langston Hughes library. CHESS & CHECKERS Thursday, May 31 at 3 at the South Ozone Park library. FREE DOWNLOADS Thursday, May 31 learn to download free e-books and free music at 6:30 at the LIC library. MOTIVATIONAL WORK. Thursday, May 31 motivational workshop for teens at 5 at the Laurelton l i b ra r y. TEEN THURSDAYS T h u r s d ay s B ay Te r ra c e l i brary at 3.

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Fridays, June 1, 15 at the Forest Hills library at 4. KIDS ACTIVITIES Fridays at 3:30 at the Briarwood library. FUN FRIDAY Fridays at the South Hollis library at 2:30. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. READ TO ME Fridays Briarwood library at 3. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays Briarwood library at 4.East Flushing at 4. Ozone Park at 4. GAME DAY Fridays Windsor Park at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30. . CUB SCOUTS 351 Fridays at St. Nicholas of Tolentine. Boys in grades 15. 820-0015. FAMILY STORYTIME Saturdays, June 2, 16 at the Flushing library at 11. FLAG DAY CRAFT Sunday, June 3 at the Bayside Historical Societ y. 352-1548 to register.

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MEETINGS JEWISH VETS Sundays, May 27, June 24 Jewish War Veterans of the USA Lipsky/Blum Post meet at the Garden Jewish Center. 463-4742. ST. ALBANS CIVIC Sundays, May 27, June 24 St. Albans Civic Improvement Association meets 1:30 at St. Albans Lutheran C h u r c h , 2 0 0 th S t r e e t a n d 1 1 9 th A v e n u e i n t h e undercroft. VFW 4787 Monday, May 28 Whitestone VFW Commun i t y Po st m e e t s a t 1 9 - 1 2 149th Street, Whitestone. All those who served in the military overseas are invited to attend. 746-0540. CIVIL AIR PATROL Mondays Falcon Senior Squadron at 7 at JFK Airport. 781-2359. MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tu e s d a y ev e n i n g s F o re s t Hills Jewish Center 8-9:30. 263-7000. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tu e s d ay s Fre s h M e a d ow s Camera Club. 917-6123463. ADVANCED WRITERS Tuesdays Advanced Bayside Writers’ Group meets at 6:30 in the Terrace Diner, 212-97 26 th Avenue, upper level. FLUSHING CAMERA

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 20 Flushing Camera Club at Flushing Hospital. 4790643. BARBERSHOP Wednesdays Jamaica Chapter of t he Societ y for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet in Flushing. 468-8416. STAMP CLUB Thursday, May 31 at the Forest Hills library at 5:45. TOASTMASTERS Thursday, May 31 Advance for Excellence/Toastmasters public speaking and leadership at 5:45 at the Briarwood librar y. CIVIL AIR PATROL Thursdays at 3 at August Martin HS, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica. 525-6925. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. 461-3193. GOLD COAST ROTARY Fridays 516-466-3636. CLUTTERERS ANON. Fridays Learn how to gain control of your life by eliminating your clutter. 7127656. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, June 2, 16, 30, July 7, 21 learn how to comm u n i c a te e f f e c t i ve l y. 1 0 12:15 at Elmhurst Hospital. 424-9754. • May 24-30, 2012 Tribune Page 25

QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs and more. Contact local branches. COOKIE STORIES Saturday, May 26 at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 U n i o n Tu r n p i ke , F re s h Meadows. LITTLE NUTBROWN HARE Saturday, May 26 character appearance at 11:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 U n i o n Tu r n p i ke , F re s h Meadows. STORY BOOK LADY Saturdays 12:30-1:30 reading enrichment program for 6-9 year olds at Maria Rose International Doll Museum in St. Albans. $7.50. 2763454. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays Central library at 11. MATH HELP Saturdays Flushing library at 10. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. HOMEWORK HELP Mondays-Fridays at 3 at the Far Rockaway library and Peninsula library. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 at the Fresh Meadows library. CHESS & CHECKERS Monday, May 28 at the South Ozone Park library at 3. CRAFT KIDS Mondays at the Flushing library at 3. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 Douglaston/ Little Neck library. CHESS & CHECKERS Tuesday, May 29 at 3 at the South Ozone Park library. CITY STICKS Wednesday, May 30 Freddy Dugard introduces percussion sounds to those 1 1 - 1 4 a t t h e L I C l i b r a r y. Register. S TORY T I M E Wednesday, May 30 at the East Elmhurst library at 11:30. CHESS & CHECKERS Wednesday, May 30 at 3 at the South Ozone Park library. LIBRARY BUDDIES Wednesdays, May 30, June 6 at the Auburndale library at 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. TIMELESS TALES Wednesdays at 10 at the Central library. S TORY T I M E Wednesdays at the Seaside library at 11. CHESS & CHECKERS

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PARENTS HOMESCHOOLING Friday, June 1 AHEAD meets at the Forest Hills library at 1:30.

TALKS MANAGE MONEY Saturday, May 26 Managing Your Money at 10:30 at the Far Rockaway library. GROUP DISCUSSION Friday, June 1 “”Cutting the Stone.” Friday, July 6 “Little Bee.” Friday, August 3 “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” Flushing library at 1. RUSSIAN AUTHORS Saturday, June 2 discussion and book presentation on Russian literature with contemporary Russian authors at 2 at the Flushing library.

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SENIORS STARS Looking for actors to audition for established Senior Reper tor y Company. 7760529. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Mondays Lunch, lesson and c o n ge n i a l p l a y. P r i d e o f Judea. 423-6200. STAY WELL Mondays at the Central library at 10 and Wednesdays at 10:15 at the East Elmhurst library. Learn how special exercise and relaxation techniques make a difference in your life. SENIOR COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y, M a y 2 9 b a s i c computer class at 10 at the South Ozone Park library. CAREGIVERS Tuesdays Caregivers Support group at 3:30-4:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior C e n t e r , 2 0 8 - 1 1 2 6 th A v enue, Bayside. 631-1886. BRIDGE Wednesdays Reform Temple of Forest Hills. 2612900. STARS Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Senior Theater Acting Repertory meets at the Queens Village library at 10:30.


BIG BAND Saturday, May 26 York College Big Band Spring Concert. 262-2412. STREET FAIR Saturday, May 26 Communit y Wide Street Fair 8:306:00 International food, global music, dancing, aerobic s te p , z u m b a , s a l s a p a r t y, more. First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, 89-60 164 th Street. 526-4775. MOM’S DAY Sunday, May 27 Latin American Cultural Center’s Annual Mother’s Day Concert with Francisco Roldan and Camille Ortiz-Lafont 2:30-5:00 at El Paraiso Tropical in Corona. 261-7664. ANNUAL PARADE Sunday, May 27 American Legion Continental Post 1424’s annual Parade beginning at noon at the corner of Ascan Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue. 5208623. GUERILLA ARTS Sunday, May 27 Guerilla Arts Ensemble at Flushing Town Hall. 463-7700. LIVE JAZZ & R&B Sundays, May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 live jazz and r&b 6-10 at Déjà vu, 180-25 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. SALSA Mondays Resorts World Casino holds Monday Night Salsa events. Lessons 7:30. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone ark. 215-2828. Free. CITIFIELD Tuesday, May 29 join Martin Luther HS with a trip to Citifield to hear the Choir and Chorus perform the National Anthem. $18. 8944000, ext. 133. TRIPS Tuesday, May 29 tour of the UN. Wednesday, June 20 NY Botanical Gardens. Trips sponsored by the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck. 2256750, ext. 236. BINGO Tu e s d a y s 7 : 1 5 A m e r i c a n Mart yrs Church in Bayside. 4 6 4 - 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d a y s 7 : 1 5 (doors open 6) Rego Park J e w i s h C e n t e r . 4 5 9 -1 0 0 0 . $3 admission includes 12 games. SCRABBLE Tuesdays Fresh Meadows library at 1 and East Flushing library at 3:30. CHESS Tuesdays 4:30 Rosedale library and 4 at LIC library. SCRABBLE GAME DAY Thursday, May 31 at the Bellerose library at 6:30. GAME DAY Fridays 4:30 Woodhaven

library. BANANAGRAM/SCRABBLE Fridays Windsor Park library at 2. GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays 2 Hillcrest library. SYMPHONY 101 Saturday, June 2 at the Hillcrest library at 1. Queens Symphony Orchestra teach all about traditional symphonic orchestras with demonstration. Also at 3 at the Ridgewood library. CENTENNIAL CONCERT Sunday, June 3 Our Lady Queen of Mart yrs in Forest Hills at 4. $10, children 12 and under free. 268-6251. CLASSIC PIANO Saturday, June 2 at 2 at the Flushing library. CHICAGO BLUES Saturday, June 2 405 Blues Band performs Chicago Blues at 2:30 at the Forest Hills library. STEEL PAN Sunday, June 3 Steel Pan Band performs at 3 at the Central library. SYMPHONIC Sunday, June 3 Astoria Symphonic Choir and Astoria Symphonic Orchestra performs Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor at 5 at St. Joseph’s in Astoria. $20, $15 seniors and children. 917460-4289. POPULAR DIVAS Monday, June 4 at the Glendale library at 6. NIGHTCLUB SONGS Wednesday, June 6 Broadway and Nightclub Songs of NY at the Whitestone library at 3. LIBRARY FUN Thursday, June 7 Children’s Library Discovery Center at the Central library in Jamaica includes magic, auction and more starting at 12:30. AMERICAN SONGBOOK Thursday, June 7 at 2:30 at the Poppenhusen library. PERFORMANCE POETS Thursday, June 7 Open Mic with the Performance Poets Association at the Flushing library at 6. BLUE NOTES Friday, June 8 York College Blue Notes. 262-2412. STR AWBERRY FAIR Saturday, June 9 12-5 at All Saints Church, 43-12 46 th Street, Sunnyside. Vendors, food, auction, face painting, crafts for children and more. FILM TRIVIA Saturday, June 9 at 2:30 at the Sunnyside library. JAZZ PIANO Saturday, June 9 tribute to Art Tatum and Errol Garner at the Flushing library at 3.

EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS SEWING CLASSES Saturdays 12-3 at Maria Rose International Doll Museum in St. Albans. 2763454. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS. 886-5236. PET OWNERS Saturdays (not on holiday weekends) from 1-4 free Doggie Boot Camp at Crocheron Park in Bay JOB READINESS Mondays, May 28, June 4, 11, 25 at the Arverne library at 5:30. COMPUTER BOOK CAMP Monday, May 28 at the Far Rockaway library. Register. BRIDGE Mondays except holidays 12-4 at Pride of Judea in Douglaston. Lesson & play $10. Partners arranged. 4236200. DRAWING CLASS Mondays National Art League in Douglaston. 3610628. LINE DANCE Mondays beginner to intermediate lessons in Bayside. 917-886-0519. ADULT CHESS Mondays and Thursdays Queens Village library at 5:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y eve n i n g s a t t h e Central library. Register. LI CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 2. PRACTICE LABS Tuesdays Arverne library at 10:30. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tu e s d a y s a f t e r ev e n i n g Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2637000, ext. 200. JOB SEARCH Wednesday, May 30 Social Media and Job Search at the LIC library at 1:30. JOB READINESS Wednesday through June 20 J o b R e a d i n e s s W o r k shops at the Central library at 6. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesdays, May 30, June 6 at the South Ozone Park librar y. Bring needles and one skein of yarn. 1. INTRO COMPUTERS Wednesday mornings at the Central library. Register. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 Re f o r m Te m p l e o f F o r e s t Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900 DRAWING/WATERCOLOR Wednesdays Drawing and

Wa tercolor classes at the National Art League.9691128.. OIL PAINTING CLASS Wednesdays Grace Lutheran Church in Forest Hills. 472-4055. STAMP CLUB Thursday, May 31 at the Forest Hills library at 5:45. MEMOIRS Thursday, May 31 at the Langston Hughes library at 6. START A BUSINESS Thursday, May 31 SBA programs and services discussed at 6 at the Jackson Heights librar y. DOWNLOAD BOOKS Thursday, May 31 learn how to use Queens library’s website to download free ebooks from Overdrive and free music from Freegal. LIC library at 6:30. LEARN TO DANCE Thursdays ballroom smooth and Latin dances at the Samuel Field Adult Center in Little Neck. 225-6750, ext. 236. QUILTING CLASS Thursdays 11-3 Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454 East Elmhurst library at 12. POWERPOINT Friday, June 1 at the Central library 990-5176. MICROSOFT Friday, June 1 at the Flushing library at 10. KNITTING CLUB Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Maspeth library at 10. INTRO COMPUTERS Friday, June 1 at the Poppenhusen library at 10. CRIMINAL RECORD Friday, June 1 Job Searching with a Criminal Record at the Arverne library at 10:30. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, June 1, 29, June 8, 22 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTERS Fridays, June 1, 29, June 8, 15 at the Auburndale library at 11, 11:30 or noon. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 at the Peninsula library at 12:30. METRIX LEARNING Fridays, June 1, 29 at 1 at th e C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. Le a r n about free online training through Metrix Learning, including certifications in Office, Quickbooks, Adobe. OPEN LAB Fridays 2-5 at the Central library. COMPUTER BOOT CAMP Fridays through July 27 at the LIC library at 2. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, June 2, 16, 30

learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-436-7940. MICROSOFT WORD Saturday, June 2 at the Central library at 9:30. INTER. COMPUTER Saturdays, June 2, 9. 16 at the LIC library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Peninsula library at 10. SOCIAL MEDIA Saturday, June 2 Social Media at the Far Rockaway library at 10:30. MICROSOFT EXCEL Saturday, June 2 at the Central library at 2. METRIX LEARNING Sunday, June 3 at the Central library at 12:30. Learn about free online training through Metrix Learning, including certifications in Office, Quickbooks, Adobe. FREE E-BOOKS Sunday, June 3 bring your Kindle, Nook or other ereader and learn to download free books. Central library at 2:30. MICROSOFT EXCEL Monday, June 4 at the Central library. 990-5176. INTRO COMPUTERS Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 at the Flushing library at 10. COMPUTER BOOT CAMP Monday, June 4 at the Far Rockaway library. Must attend all 12 weeks. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, June 4 at 10:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. CRAFTS CLUB Mondays, June 4, 18 at the Broadway library at 12:30. OPEN LAB Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 at the Central library at 2. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 at the Ozone Park library. Register.

DANCE ARMDI Saturday, June 9 at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center. 2247989. LINE DANCING Saturdays 2-4 at Holy Family RC Parish Church, Msgr. Mahoney Hall, 175-20 74 th Avenue, Fresh Meadows. Light refreshments. Bring friends! ISRAELI FOLK Mondays 7:15-9:45 at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 182-02 Union Turnpike. $10 session. 380-4145. LINE DANCING Mondays 6:30-9:30 at Kowalinski Post 4, 61-57 Maspeth Avenue. $7. Cake and coffee. 565-2259.

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It looks like 50 Cent traded in G-Unit for a softer crew this week. The South Jamaica native tweeted photos of himself in a hospital bed with three stuffed animals, telling his fans he has a stomach virus. No need to worry, Fiddy tweeted the next day saying he was making a speedy recovery. Just in time for his new mixtape, of course.

Civic Lock Out

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Top of the World The Mets are riding high so far this season. The team is exceeding expectations on the field. Last week, Major League Baseball announced the 2013 All-Star Game would be played in Citi Field. But that’s not all that’s going right for the Amazin’s. The Celebrity Dave Brown Index – which rates celebrities based Looking down on the competition

How Awkward Woodside On the Move held a Mother’s Day parade on the day before the holiday, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (DSunnyside) and his mother were the “grand marshals.” The parade was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. but at 10 minutes past the hour, only the Sunnyside Drum Corps and a half-dozen people had assembled. Van Bramer and his staff arrived and awkward looks commenced. A short time later, Van Bramer and his mother led a group of about 20 mothers and children, accompanied by the patriotic percussion of the drum corps, up

The Sunnyside Drum Corps wait for the start of the Woodside On the Move Mother’s Day Parade. Skillman Avenue with nary an onlooker in sight. So not only was it a Happy Mother’s Day but it was an awkward one, too.

on their marketability - recently announced that Mets mascot Mr. Met was named as the No. 1 mascot in all of sports, beating out perennial favorite and team rival the Phillie Phanatic. Now all we need is another World Series title.

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State Senator Tony Avella (left) dissed Devon O'Connor (right), prez of Welcome To Whitestone who is not taking it so quietly. Welcome to Whitestone Civic York . . . Association president Devon O’Connor is fuming that Tony Avella did not specifically invite his civic association to Avella’s May 17 town hall meeting. The young O’Connor’s civic is perceived as a competitor for the staid Greater Whitestone Taxpayers’ Civic Association. Avella invited the Taxpayers, and they support him. And of course, O’Connor and Dan Halloran — Avella’s nemesis — are tight as well. Can’t we all just get along? Invite the kid next time, Tony, we promise he won’t bite.

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