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WAVE THAT FLAG In Queens, we are all equal. We come from the most disparate parts of the globe, united in purpose. We all stand for the same things that hearken back to a document created 234 years ago. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In the centuries that have passed since our forefathers penned those words to declare our independence from tyranny, our nation has welcomed everyone to its borders, no matter race, ethnicity, religion or orientation. The quest has not been without setbacks. Many have fought and died to gain equality and freedom. Their blood has been shed on the battlefields of Concord, Saratoga and Gettysburg; on distant shores, in the streets of Selma and Montgomery – and, yes, in Queens. The battle raging behind the scenes today rallies behind a multicolored flag that seeks to ensure basic civil rights for all. That flag does not seek to usurp or replace the Stars and Stripes, but to hang by its side, recognized by all as a symbol of our unity. In this special edition, we aim to show that the lives led by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population in Queens are no different than any others. We all eat in the same restaurants, shop in the same stores, go to the same schools and raise our children in the hopes of achieving the American Dream. We are all created equal. Rainbow flags wave as the marchers pass along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights’ Queens Pride Parade. Tribune Photo By Ira Cohen


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Political Life..........................Page 6 Queens Gay History .............Page 8 Words Carry Weight ............Page 8 Marriage Equality ............. Page 10 Life For Couples ................ Page 12 I Now Pronounce You….... Page 13 Best Friends....................... Page 14 Raising Children................ Page 14 Civic Action ........................ Page 15 Aging Gracefully................ Page 16 Lets Go Shopping ............. Page 17

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Meeting Friends ................ Page 19 Let the Music Play ............ Page 19 AIDS In Queens ................. Page 20 Go To School...................... Page 21 Keep The Faith .................. Page 23 Standing Up....................... Page 23 Multicultural Life............... Page 24 Having Fun......................... Page 25 Civil Rights......................... Page 26 Let’s Celebrate .................. Page 26 We Love A Parade ............ Page 28

Part Of The Tapestry......... Page 54 THIS WEEK’S QUEENS TRIBUNE Queens Deadline .............. Page 31 Leisure................................ Page 33 Queens Today.................... Page 34 Not For Publication........... Page 38 Edit & Letters .................... Page 40 4&RQÀGHQWLDO .................... Page 52

The LGBT Festival at 37th Road between 73rd and 77th Streets attracts people from all walks of life. Tribune Photo By Ira Cohen

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Political Life:

LGBT Leaders Find A Voice In Boro

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By DOMENICK RAFTER In a world where being gay is seen as an obstruction to a career in public office, Queens may be one of the few places in America where it could be a plus. Councilman Danny Dromm (DJackson Heights) doesn’t see his sexuality as an impediment to his career. If anything, he said, it helped it. “In the long run, I really think being openly gay helped me. There were moments during the campaign where I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to go.” Dromm is the first openly gay person outside Manhattan to defeat an incumbent Council member. He ousted former Councilwoman Helen Sears in a Democratic primary last September by a 10-point margin. Dromm was elected to the City Council in November, and with Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), they are the first openly gay Council members from the borough. They joined two other openly gay members from Manhattan: Rosie Mendez and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Dromm started as a schoolteacher, but got involved in the LGBT rights movement after the failure of the

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unless we fight for African American rights,” Dromm said. “As chair of the immigration committee, I have a wonderful opportunity to make my constituents see that I stand for everyone’s rights.” Social conservatives and anti-LGBT activists have targeted Hispanic immigrant communities over the years because of the strict Catholicism that exists in those communities. Raised an Irish Catholic himself, Dromm said he believes most Catholics do not share the views of their leadership. “There are certainly conservative Catholics Danny Dromm (r.) and fellow gay Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (c.) join others to rally for in this district, but Catholic voters are more the rights of LGBT couples to marry. progressive that the “Rainbow Curriculum,” which aimed was gay. Dromm rose to be a Demo- church leadership,” Dromm said. “I to teach students tolerance in the wake cratic District Leader until his success- don’t think they would vote against of the murder of Julio Rivera, who was ful run for the City Council in 2009. someone because they’re gay and I killed in Jackson Heights because he Both Mendez and Quinn represent believe they’re far more supportive of districts with a large LGBT popula- LGBT rights, even marriage equality.” Dromm said he had many Cathotion, and although Dromm’s district LGBT Trailblazers in US Politics: has a large LGBT population in Jack- lic supporters during his campaign son Heights, it was a much broader who supported him knowing his sexu1974- Rep. Elaine Noble ality. coalition that elected him. First openly gay person elected to a state legislature (Mass.) “As a Catholic, I learned about so“Ultimately, because as a gay per1986- Rep. Raymond Buckley son I have faced discrimination in my cial justice,” he said. “Opening up First openly gay man elected to a state legislature (N.H.) life, I connected with my constituents about my sexuality is a social justice 1983- U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Massachusetts) who have faced discrimination in issue.” First U.S. Representative to come out. Dromm said he has noticed a far other ways,” he said, noting his dis1998- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) trict, which includes Jackson Heights more progressive view on social issues First non-incumbent openly gay person elected to Congress than a decade or two and Elmhurst, has a 2002- David Cicilline ago. large immigrant popuFirst openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city (Providence, R.I.) “There is a big lation who have faced 2004- Gov. Jim McGreevey (D-New Jersey) “There is no freedom for change in attitudes xenophobia. First openly gay U.S. governor here from when I was “I was able to pull LGBT people unless we 2006- Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) younger,” he said, a broad coalition of fight for the rights of First non-incumbent openly gay man elected to Congress noting the borough’s voters who all felt they Hispanic-Americans, 2008- Stu Rasmussen representatives in the have faced discriminaFirst transgender mayor (Silverton, Ore.) State Assembly registion in one form or and there is no freedom 2009- Annise Parker tered the second larganother,” he said. for Hispanic Americans First openly gay mayor of a U.S. city with over 1 million people (Housest percentage of yes “There is a real con- unless we fight for ton, Tex.) votes on marriage nection there between African American equality of any immigrant rights LGBT Trailblazers in NY Politics: county’s delegation in movement and the rights.” 1990- Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) —Councilman the state. LGBT movement.” First openly gay person elected to the state legislature Members of the Dromm criticized Danny Dromm Sept. 1991- Councilman Antonio Pagan (D-Manhattan) Queens Democratic the controversial law First openly gay person to defeat an incumbent city council member. Leadership, includrecently passed in AriNov. 1991- Councilman Antonio Pagan & Councilman Tom Duane (Ding some current ofzona that allows law Manhattan) enforcement to ask resident status or ficeholders who are staunch LGBT First openly gay members of the New York City Council anybody they deem “reasonably sus- rights activists, were far more socially 1998- Senator Tom Duane (D-Manhattan) picious” of being an illegal immi- conservative when he first got inFirst openly gay man elected to the state legislature grant. He said being gay allows him volved in the community, Dromm First openly gay person elected to the State Senate to look at legislation like Arizona’s said. He believes the change in atti2002- Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan) through the guise of someone who tudes come from more LGBT people First openly gay man elected to the state Assembly has faced discrimination, which he coming out of the closet. 2006- Christine Quinn “The more people know LGBT feels Hispanics will experience as a First openly gay Speaker of the New York City Council result of that law. He warned bills like people, the more accepting they beMarch 2007- Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-Staten Island) that put the rights of every minority come of it,” he said. “Once you put a First openly gay person elected to the state legislature outside Manhattan group in jeopardy and it is impor- face on the thousands of LGBT June 2007- Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) tant for one minority group to fight people in Queens, people get to know First openly bisexual candidate to be elected to the state legislature us as human beings. Invisibility is one for another. 2009- Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) & Councilman “There is no freedom for LGBT of our biggest enemies.” Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at people unless we fight for the rights First openly gay members of the City Council outside of Manhattan of Hispanic-Americans, and there is drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 357no freedom for Hispanic Americans 7400, Ext. 125.


Queens Gay History: By TRIBUNE STAFF Brendan Fay loves history. Not only has he been actively involved in the Queens LGBT movement for decades, but he has also documented some of the pioneers, including a film documentary about Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). He was also instrumental in organizing the first inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Queens. The Queens Tribune sat down with him and asked him to pick his brain for some highlights in Queens’ own LGBT history. It’s an unfortunate fact that many of the most triumphant moments of pride followed brutal tragedies. Even in a city as diverse and progressive as ours, every victory was too often preceded by a victim. Stonewall Riots, June 1969 A police raid on the Stonewall Inn is often cited as the first catalyst of the modern gay pride movement. The Stonewall Inn was a popular location for the marginalized LGBT community and when the police raided it, Greenwich Village residents rioted and protested for several nights, demanding acceptance to be open about their alternative lifestyles. The first Gay Pride marches took place in Los Angeles and New York on June 28, 1970 marking the anniversary of the riots. PFLAG (Parents FLAG) Founded by Queens Mother, 1972 Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays started thanks to the courage of one Queens mother 34 years ago who saw a need and chose to spearhead a movement. Jeanne Manford did what parents in her era were afraid to do – she embraced her gay son. She gave parents and fami-

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Circumstances Set Wheels In Motion

The controversy over LGBT marchers in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the formation of the gay friendly Sunnyside parade, which was not without its own controversy. lies the courage to accept their gay children. The group was born after Manford’s son Morty was beaten and thrown down an escalator in 1972 because he was gay. To protest her outrage and to support her son, Manford marched in the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade that June carrying a sign that read, “Parents of gays: unite in support of our children” in large capital letters. The Queens Chapter of PFLAG was founded in July 1993 at Manford’s home. Also in 1993, PFLAG expanded to include bisexuals, and ultimately, transgender people. The group has grown to comprise 500 chapters and 250,000 members in the United States. AIDS Crisis launches ACT UP, 1987 Robert Rygor, an Astoria native at

the time, helped launch AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. ACT UP focused the outrage over the government’s mismanagement during the start of the AIDS crisis and held its first demonstration on March 24, 1987 to protest profiteering by the pharmaceutical companies. According to the ACT UP Web site, 17 people were arrested, but shortly after the demonstration, the Food and Drug Administration announced it will shorten its drug approval process by two years. The group has staged countless events and protests to improve treatment and care for HIV/AIDS patients. The Murder of Julio Rivera, July 2, 1990 Julio Rivera, a gay Colombian immigrant living in Queens, was brutally murdered by a gang of three men who had gone out that evening in Jackson Heights to find a drug

addict or gay man to attack. The murder sparked fear and outrage and the gay community realized there was no organized group to even denounce the horror. Dromm, a gay school teacher who came out in 1992 to great controversy, led the charge to show solidarity in the face of the violence. This eventually led to the first Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade, which runs through Jackson Heights and started in 1993. Not only was it a major step in the gay rights movement, it also had an effect politically. “When we first had the parade, we could show there were large numbers of LGBT people living in Queens communities,” Dromm said about the roughly 10,000 that came. This made politicians sit up and notice that there was a large demographic of LGBT voters, as well as supportive friends and family, that lived in Queens. First Inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in Queens Following years of controversy – and arrests – over the ban on LGBT groups in the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan, Brendan Fay and others organized a parade to celebrate Irish culture that would be open to everyone, regardless of ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. “All I wanted to do was celebrate my Irish heritage,” Fay said. “A cloud sort of hung over Irish celebration for years, and we felt it was time to have a joyous St. Patrick’s Day celebration that would welcome everyone.” The Murder of Eddie Garzon, 2001 Eleven years after the murder Julio Rivera, just a block away, Edgar Garzon was also murdered outside of Friend’s Tavern on Roosevelt Avenue in the Jackson Heights.

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Words Carry Weight:

A Gay Glossary For The Untrained Ear Labeling transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay culture is more complicated than a college-level chemistry course and more detailed than the periodic table. When you’ve got a culture that crosses ethnic, class and gender lines, you’ve got a full party of identities to accommodate. Since it’s kind of imperative that you use words when you write about something, we decided to go to an actual linguistics professor for some help. William Leap, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington D.C., is the founder of the Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, a forum that focuses on language pertaining to gay culture. Here’s what he had to say about some of the stickier sexual semantics: Alternative Lifestyle: “That’s

loaded term that turns up, isn’t it? Alternative to what? If a gay person says it, it could be a point of pride, but when a non-sympathetic person says it, it’s definitely not a compliment. It makes an assumption of choice.” Bi: “This actually gets a lot of negative play within the gay community. It’s used as a form of derision. It supposedly refers to those who have sex with both sexes, but I also hear it being used by people who say they aren’t confined to labels.” Butch: “This is actually more of an affirmative term for women and men. Which is ironic, because it assumes being more masculine is better. It probably sounds a little weird if your average housewife says it, but there’s nothing offensive by it.” Dyke: “Apparently not a negative term now. I don’t use it, but my students do.”

Fag: “We all know this from the high school locker room, and that’s why people usually avoid it. But I have a colleague uses it in academic writing. I wouldn’t recommend it as a term that [straights] use with [gay] people if they were not very, very good friends.” Gay: “One is never wrong using that term, specifically referring to men. Sometimes people use it as shorthand, appropriate for women and men, but it could be misunderstood— it extends a masculine reference to women.” Homosexual: “It should be purged from the language. It’s clinical, medical and just sounds negative.” Lesbian: “Appropriate, though you might even find some women prefer to call themselves ‘a gay woman.’” Trans: “This has two meanings: In general, it can be anyone who is

working against or cutting across conventional sex gender binaries. It can also be anyone who is not comfortably heterosexual, an effeminate boy, or anyone going against gender stereotypes.” Queer: “Once derogatory, it became a term of identity in the 90s with people who didn’t identify with ‘gay,’ which had taken on a commercial club scene, lighthearted flavor. It’s not nearly as accepted outside of white circles as people might think. A National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce study in 2000 claimed 80 percent of African-American men and women reject it completely.” Straight: “It’s a term that gets used a lot in lesbian gay circles. It’s much more polite than ‘het,’ which is a term of derision, but not a negative one. Lesbian gay folks seem more comfortable using that word.”


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the LLC served upon him/ her to The LLC, 153-06 60 th Ave., 2 nd Fl., Flushing, NY 11355-5539. General Purposes. _____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: XIANG RUI LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/19/07. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Jin Ming He, c/o Ying Lin 67-41 173rd Street, Flushing, New York 11365. Purpose: For any lawful purpose ____________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 24336/09 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. MOHD ZAHEDUL ISLAM, SURMA DEVELOPMENT INC., Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 145-08 88TH AVENUE JAMAICA, NY 10435 SBL #: BLOCK 9687 LOT 102, F/K/A PART OF LOT 1 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 29th day of April, 2010, TO: MOHD ZAHEDUL ISLAM, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. DUANE A. HART of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 13th day of April, 2010 filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by MOHD ZAHEDUL ISLAM dated the 16th day of July, 2008, to secure the sum of$533,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2008000313389 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 6th day of August, 2008; The property in question is described as follows: 145-08 88TH AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY 10435 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION ALL THAT TRACT OR

LEGAL NOTICE PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the County and Borough of Queens, City and State of New York, being the same premises designated as being Block 9687 Lot 102 (f/k/ a being part of Lot 1), as shown on the official Tax map of the Borough and County of Queens Property address: 145-08 88th Avenue, Jamaica, New York 10435 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this

LEGAL NOTICE foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: April 29, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. _____________________________________________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK —— COUNTY OF ROCKLAND — — Index No. 2505/2010 PRESIDENTIAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff,— — against —— THOMAS CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS J. CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE PENSION KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS J. CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE PENSION KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS CORNIOLA PROFIT SHARING KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS J. CORNIOLA PROFIT SHARING KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS CORNIOLA DBA BESS & CO. PROFIT SHARING PLAN, THOMAS A. CORNIOLA, DESPINA DUBOIS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF THOMAS J. CORNIOLA, and JOHN DOES 1-100, the latter names being fictitious but intending to designate potential owners of beneficial interests in the property described in the Complaint herein, Defendants. SUMMONS: To the above named Defendants: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Dated: March 4, 2010 John C. Re, Esq., Aronauer, Re & Yudell, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff 444 Madison Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10022 (212) 755-6000 Pursuant to an Order for Service by Publication dated April 5, 2010, the Summons is being served on Defendants THOMAS CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS J. CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE PENSION KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS J. CORNIOLA MONEY PURCHASE PENSION KEOGH PLAN, THOMAS

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CORNIOLA PROFIT SHARING KEOGH PLAN and THOMAS J. CORNIOLA PROFIT SHARING KEOGH PLAN. NOTICE: This is an interpleader action regarding 14 annuity policies issued by Plaintiff between October 3, 1986 and April 28, 1995. The policies are valued at $280,589.60 as of January 2, 2009. The relief sought is for the Court to determine the proper payee under the annuity policies. In the event of default, judgment may be entered determining that other parties are the proper payees under the annuity policies. _____________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX No.: 1507/10 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE INDYMAC INDB MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-1, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-1 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 Plaintiff, vs. HASINA M. FAROQUE, DANIEL ZEA Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 95-20 88TH STREET A/K/A 95 20 88TH STREET OZONE PARK, NY 11416 SBL #: BLOCK 9025 LOT 13 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 4th day of May, 2010, TO: DANIEL ZEA, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. ALLAN B. WEISS of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 27th day of April, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by HASINA M. FAROQUE dated the 7th day of July, 2005, to secure the sum of $417,022.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2005000469881 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 22nd day

of August, 2005; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 13th day of January~ 2010, and sent for recording in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County; The property in questions is described as follows: 95-20 88TH STREET A/K/A 95 20 88TH STREET, OZONE PARK, NY 11416 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 9025 and Lot 13 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Fourth Ward, of the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Westerly side of 88th Street, (formerly Boyd Avenue, formerly Park Place) distant 180.01 feet Southerly from the Southwesterly corner of said 88th Street and 95111 Avenue (formerly Chichester Avenue, formerly University Place); RUNNING THENCE Westerly parallel with 95th Avenue and part of the way through a party wall, 100.10 feet; THENCE Southerly parallel with 88th Street, 20.17 feet; THENCE Easterly again parallel with 95th Avenue, 100.10 feet to the Westerly side of 88th Street; THENCE Northerly along the Westerly side of 88th Street, 20.17 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 95-20 88th Street, Ozone Park, New York DATED: May 4, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228. The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. _____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF limited liability company Architectural Sales Connections, LLC, a New York limited liability company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State NY (“SSNY”) on March 15, 2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: c/o Long Island Tinsmith Supply C o r p o r a t i o n 7 6 - 1 1 8 8 th Street, Glendale, NY 11385 Attn: Stuart Lucks. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under the limited liability law ___________________________________________________________________ Check Ride Media LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 4/14/10. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 2106 33 rd Street, Suite C1, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful activity

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Notice of Formation of 37-22 REALTY LLC Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY. (“SSNY”) on 03/12/ 2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 37-11 87 TH STREET, JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY 11372 Purpose: any lawful activity. _____________________________________________________________________ TC NG ARCHITECT PLLC, Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/31/10. Office Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The PLLC, 152-01 3 3 rd A v e . , F l u s h i n g , N Y 11354. Purpose: to engage in the profession of Architecture. _____________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation: B & P Home Improvement Contractors, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State (SSNY) Nov. 17, 2009. Office: County of Queens, 70-34 66 St, 3R, Glendale, NY 11385. SSNY is designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 7034 66 St, 3R, Glendale, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________________ Articles of organization Of DIOKERE, LLC FIRST: The name of the corporation: DIOKERE, LLC SECOND: The county, within this state, in which the office of the corporation is to be located is: QUEENS THIRD: The secretary of state is designated as agent of the corporation upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: Moussa R. Bassoum 92-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica, New York 11433 x MBassoum (Signature) Organizer Moussa R. Bassoum 9225 Guy R. Brewer Blvd Jamaica, New York 11433 _____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: REW ELECTRIC LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/06/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Emanuel Dallaris, 215-45 Northern Boulevard, Suite 207, Bayside, New York 11361. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________________ YONG SUN REALTY LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY on 3/31/ 10. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against

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Marriage Equality

Despite Senate Setback, Fight Continues

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By DOMENICK RAFTER On Dec. 2, 2009, millions of LGBT New Yorkers held their breath as the New York State Senate gaveled into session. The State Assembly had passed a bill that would make New York the sixth state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, and Gov. David Paterson said he would immediately sign the bill should it reach his desk. The only thing standing in the way of millions of gay and lesbian New Yorkers and their right to marry were 62 State Senators, many of whom wanted nothing more than for the issue to disappear. One by one supporters, all Democrats, took to the Senate floor. Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) got some giggles for mocking claims of sanctity of marriage in a world where reality shows marry two relative strangers. Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (DBronx), clearly struggling with the decision, told of her difficult relationship between her socially conservative religious family and her gay brother. Only Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. (D-Bronx), a noted social conservative, stood up and spoke in opposition. The vote came earlier than people expected. At least three Democrats came out against the bill and another five, and some Republicans, who were undecided had refused to speak on the floor. When the vote came down, a tidal wave of disappointment hit the LGBT community. The measure was defeated overwhelmingly 24-38, with all Republicans and eight Democrats voting no. Five of those eight Democrats came from Queens. "These Senators turned their backs on so many constituents and their families," Queens LGBT activist Brendan Fay said that day. Not A New Battle: Though only a major national issue in the last decade, the fight for marriage equality dates back for generations. It was May 18, 1970, when Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for, and were de-

nied, a marriage license in Minneapolis, triggering a lawsuit that ended with the ruling in Baker v. Nelson, which said there was no inherent constitutional right to marriage for gays and lesbians. In 1973, the state of Maryland became the first to pass legislation banning same-sex marriage, followed by Arizona, Colorado and Virginia in 1975. By 1980, half of the states in the U.S. had legislation banning same-sex marriage and by the time President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which specifically bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage, in 1996, all but five states had statutes banning gay marriage. One of those fives states was New York. Fighting Popular Opinion: On Nov. 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court delivered a landmark 4-3 decision that ruled the state could not deny the right of gay couples to marry. The ruling shocked social conservatives and LGBT rights groups throughout the country. In 2004, with the public overwhelmingly against the Massachusetts decision, social conservatives and Republicans used the issue to galvanize their voters. A dozen states passed constitutional amendments by referendums banning same-sex marriage. Some amendments, such as the one passed in Michigan that year, banned any and all legal recognition of same-sex couples. In 2006, Arizona voters rejected an anti-same-sex marriage amendment, signaling perhaps a turning tide. Over the next couple of years, more U.S. states legalized marriage equality. Some, like California, Connecticut and Iowa, were forced to mandate it through court decisions, while others, like Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, passed legalization. The fight for marriage equality was dealt a serious blow in 2008 when California voters approved a constitutional amendment invalidating the

court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The fact that the amendment passed by a comfortable margin in a state known for its social progressivism, on the same night the Democratic nominee for President of the United States won the state by a record margin, shocked many. Some activists blamed a strong anti-same-sex marriage campaign from the Mormon Church for swaying voters, while others placed indirect blame on President Barack Obama's silence on the issue, though he did come out against Prop 8. Some said his campaign was at fault for bringing out voters in African-American parts of Los Angeles County who overwhelmingly supported Prop 8. A year later, another serious blow hit LGBT activists when Maine voters passed Question 1, overturning a law legalizing marriage equality that had been passed by the state legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci. The vote stunned many activists because early polls showed support for marriage equality legislation in Maine, only to turn against in the final days. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland had pushed a strong "Yes on Question 1" campaign, turning out otherwise Democratic voters in heavily Catholic, French Canadian Northern Maine against the measure. Further complicating efforts, a Gallup poll in December 2009 showed only five states where a plurality or majority supports marriage equality, two of those states being Maine and California. New York on the Frontlines: New York remains one of only two states with no official definition of marriage (New Mexico is the other.) The New York Court of Appeals in 2006 suggested marriage equality must be mandated by the state legislature, trigging a fight that continues today. The state legislature first took up marriage equality in 2007 after the landslide election of marriage equality supporter Eliot Spitzer to the governorship. The measure passed the

Assembly easily, despite opposition for many City Democrats, but died in the Republican Senate. Democrats promised to take up the legislation should they take control of the Senate, which they did, only to see it fail. LGBT activists, still reeling from losses in Maine and California, drove into action, targeting Democratic and Republican "No" voters in the Senate. Since, State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) has been replaced with Jose Peralta, who voted in favor of marriage equality in the Assembly, and State Sen. George Onorato announced his retirement. The frontrunner for his seat, Assemblyman Mike Gianaris (DAstoria) supports marriage equality. Some opponents, such as Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D -Howard Beach), whom LGBT activists claim was in support of marriage equality before his 2008 election victory, and Monserrate say their votes were cast because the response from their constituents was overwhelmingly against marriage equality. In response, Marriage Equality New York has sent representatives to Community Board meetings in the districts of the senators who voted "No" to "reach out" and talk to opponents in efforts to sway the views of their constituents. Councilman Danny Dromm (DJackson Heights), who is supporting challenges against those Senators who voted no, rejects the excuse that those who voted "no" did so because that is what their constituents wanted. "They shouldn't be worried about backlash from voters," Dromm advised his colleagues. He said he did not believe voters would throw someone out of office on the issue of marriage equality alone. Indeed, many socially conservative countries and locales, such as Spain, South Africa, Mexico City, and just this month, Portugal, have legalized marriage equality with little or no public backlash. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.

Queens State Sens Frank Padavan (l. to r.), Hiram Monserrate, Shirley Huntley, Joe Addabbo Jr. and George Onorato voted no on a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New York State.


Life For Couples:

Like Any Other Regular Queens Folks

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By JOSEPH OROVIC Yeah buddy, you think you’ve got it bad with your woman? Tell Jana Mattioli ‘bout it. The 29-year-old has been in a relationship with her girlfriend for seven years. Jana didn’t want to tell us her lover’s name. She’s not exactly out to everyone yet, and well, don’t want to upset the missus, you know? But she still loves her girlfriend to death. And all the lovely little bits of your relationship, from your soulmate’s little quirks to the petty arguments? They go through them too. “We are the stereotypical couple,” she said. “I’m definitely the butch one. If she needs something carried upstairs, I do it.” Arguments over the dishes? Check. Want to make the morning coffee but the pot is still dirty? That happens too. “We’re much more of a stereotypical husband wife couple than most heterosexual couples I know,” Jana said. The Whitestone native works as a production manager and recently directed a film starring her partner. The two occupy different ends of the same entertainment galaxy. Jana handles the mechanics behind the scenes while her girlfriend hogs the stage. And she

The two have been together for long enough to get comfortable – maybe more so than necessary. “When I get home, I want to be in my pajamas. After seven years, she doesn’t want to wear the lingerie. Sometimes I have to tell her it’d be nice to get the lingerie out,” Jana said. The two discovered a secret to keeping the romance alive – a mandated two nights out on the Jana Mattioli says life with her partner has all the town every week. “Sometimes we go extrappings of any other relationship, straight or gay. tra corny and pretend we wouldn’t have it any other way. just met. Sometimes it’s just leaving “I think it’s good in the fact that the apartment,” she said. she is the complete opposite of me,” Staying at home in your pajamas Jana said. “The people I have things is great, too, though. But the comfort in common with are my friends, not of knowing you’ve found your equal my lovers.” has also given Jana the leeway to say Their backgrounds could not be no. Boundaries have been set, just like more dissimilar. Jana, the product of any healthy relationship. In this a lower-middle class home; her part- couple’s case, the rules are simple. ner from a rich family. “She has her ‘Sex and the City’ “Sometimes she says things and friends, as I call them,” she said. “She I’m like, ‘Are you f-ing serious?’ and can go out, have her fun with them, she explains it to me and I go, ‘I never that’s fine. I want nothing to do with thought of it that way,’” Jana said. them.”

For the record: Jana also will not be seeing the upcoming “Sex and the City” movie either. “If I want to watch average-looking women, I’ll go outside and sit on my stoop,” she said. It hasn’t been smooth sailing with the parental units. While Jana’s parents adore her partner, the opposite cannot be said – yet. “She will only be in the closet for another three weeks because the movie that’s premiering is a lesbian film,” she said. Her long-term prospects are the same as anyone else’s. Jana hears all the talk of a family and kids. Yeah, yeah, that’s great. “My attitude is, ‘Tell me how much money you need and I’ll come up with it,’” she said with a laugh. “I guess the easiest answer is to say yes I want to get married and have kids and the whole nine yards. I want something better than marriage, which a lot of gay people disagree with me over,” she said. “We want three kids, but sadly we can’t get pregnant just like that. Maybe when we’re financially stable enough, but we both know we’re still too selfish at this point.” Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at jorovic@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127.


I Now Pronounce You…

Like Others, Gay Marriage Takes Work By JESSICA ABLAMSKY Born in a small town in Ireland, local activist and filmmaker Brendan Fay moved to New York in 1984. The Ireland he left behind was an unwelcoming place for homosexuals. "Homosexual activity was a criminal offense, even between two consenting adults," he said. Married since 2003 to pediatric oncologist Tom Moulton, the two face many of the same challenges that bombard straight couples, like balancing work and family. "Sometimes, we do it well," Fay said. "Sometimes we don't do it so well. There are times I have to be reminded to make sure that I take time out for our relationship. It takes work to enjoy the gift of each other." Both Catholic, they met at mass in 1996. "That Sunday I was actually a little late for mass, so I crept into a pew towards the back of the church and I knelt beside this fellow that I thought was incredibly good looking," Fay said. "Somewhere during the mass, I said, I can't leave this church without getting his telephone number." A few days later, they went on their first date. It was Moulton who later proposed. "Tom always said that he was very

anyone else on this planet, that I want to spend my life with, that I want to be in partnership as my friend, life, and lover," he said. They were married in May 2003. "We had our Catholic ceremony," Fay said. "Over 300 gathered at St. Anne and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. My family came from Ireland. Some of Tom's family attended." The couple walked out of the church with no legal rights, but a few weeks after the wedBrendan Fay and Tom Moulton get married. ding, a decision clear and always wanted to marry," Fay from the Court of Appeals for Ontario said. "I never expected to be married, legalized gay marriage there. period." "I immediately began organizing He had always thought of marriage and planning our legal marriage," Fay as a right that only straight couples said. were allowed, but the idea of conseOn July 4 that year, Fay applied crating their relationship grew on him. for a license in Ontario. A few days "I said, here's this man that I love, later they were legally wed. a human being that I love more than "Since then, I have helped so

many couples cross the border, first into Canada, then into Massachusetts, and now into Connecticut," he said. "Some of them have since died. I am glad that I was able to help them enjoy the experience of equal respect for their loving relationships." Although same-sex couples cannot obtain a marriage license in New York State, marriages performed in other states and countries are fully recognized. "I was recently hospitalized after an accident," Fay said. "There was no question about Tom's visiting me. In fact, I was covered by Tom's health insurance." Marriage is an ever-evolving institution. "For example, we have moved from the time that it was illegal for people of different colors to marry," he said. Fay feels blessed by where life has taken him - from a small town in Ireland, to Queens, the heart of New York City. "It has been incredible to share a home with somebody like Tom," he said. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.

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Best Friends

A Special Pet Makes A House A Home fort that included Facebook and Twitter; Lynn Shulman, a candidate for city council; Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights); and a spot on the local news. “It happened on a Thursday,” Simmons said. By Friday, 20 neighbors had joined the search, none of whom they had ever met. “We had shifts ready for Saturday,” Simmons said. Despite the high tech, and highpowered, help, after 30 agonizing hours on the lam, it was the old-fashioned lost dog flyers that brought Bruno home. “A few hours after he got lost, this gentleman saw him running across traffic on Roosevelt and ran after him,” Simmons said. He noticed all the flyers on a routine shopping trip. When Quiroz got the call that someone found Bruno, “I was shocked,” he said. “I thought he might have been mistaken. I was holding my breath.” Fortunately, it was no mistake. These days Bruno still attends daycare, happily leaping into his travel bag when it is time to leave. Although they shower Bruno with lots of toys and affection, he is not a

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By JESSICA ABLAMSKY It was love at first sight for Jeff Simmons and Alfonso Quiroz. “He had such moxie to him, but he had such sad eyes,” Quiroz said. Those eyes reminded him of a film he studied back in college, “The Bicycle Thief,” about a man who, during a search for his stolen bike, realizes what is most important to him – his son, Bruno. “When I lost him, it sort of added a whole new dimension to that film for me,” said Quiroz, of the couple’s shorthaired Brussels griffon, who was named after the boy in the movie. A bit of a Romeo with the dogs in their Jackson Heights apartment building, Bruno is the newest, and most rambunctious, member of the family. When you are trying to wean your dog off daycare, who better to walk him than someone that takes care of a blind, elderly cat? Apparently, anyone. On their first outing, rather than use his harness, the dog walker attached a leash to his collar, from which Bruno escaped. Until then, Quiroz and Simmons had not realized how important the pint-size lothario was to their family. They quickly mounted a search ef-

Jeff Simmons (l) and Alfonso Quiroz with Bruno. child substitute or a fashion accessory. He is, however, a Democrat. “He does dress up in Bill Thompson gear,” said Simmons, who worked for Thompson during both his years as City Comptroller and when he ran for mayor last year. “But he does not get dressed up in sweaters and outfits unless it is cold.” There is a special connection between LGTB dog owners, Simmons said. When they lost Bruno, one of the first offers of help came from a lesbian couple who was, at the time, their political competition.

“Straight or gay, I’d treat him the same way,” Simmons said. “He’s part of our family.” A slightly rebellious part of the family. Despite having already gone for his morning walk, as the reporter tried to leave the apartment, Bruno waltzed through the open door, cocked his head and stared at his master. It was only after Simmons shook a box of liver treats that the little dog sauntered back inside. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.

Raising Children:

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1 Mom or 2, The Issues Are Familiar By JOSEPH OROVIC The road to parenthood has been somewhat unorthodox for Angeline Acain and her partner Susan. Now they are saddled with all the common troubles surrounding life with a 14year-old daughter – and then some. The couple first met through AlAnon’s 12-step meetings. The Filipino-American Angeline lived a serene Hawaiian childhood, with handpicked mangos and days spent riding waves in Waikiki. Susan, with her Long Island and Queens upbringing, was antithetical to fun and sun. Still, the two connected during an AA getaway called “The Round Up,” living in Hawaii before moving back to New York. About five years into their relationship, Angeline returned from visiting family to find Susan hankering to become a mom. “Susan was the one who spearheaded the idea for us to raise a child,” she said. “She said a strong feeling suddenly overcame her.” They decided to “take the plunge” and adopt a child from China, and ended up among the last gay couples to adopt from the nation. It changed its rules shortly after Susan and Angeline’s visit. “At one scary moment, Susan was being interviewed by a Chinese official and he asked who I was and where

catch up. She also required a lot of attention. “Jiana always showed Susan and I her difficult side and from the first day in China, she was very clingy,” Angeline said. “We could not put her down or she would cry. She was quite attached to us and she still is.” Jiana celebrated her 14th birthday on Wednesday, and shows the usual progress from innocent child to teen. “Jiana has two sides to her personality. She can be extremely sweet and loving or extremely difficult,” Angeline said. “The latter is reserved just for her parents.” Alongside violin classes and a Angeline Acain and her daughter Jiana. musical theatre arts class, Jiana adopted some of her parents’ traits. was her husband?” Angeline said. “Susan and Jiana are more emoThe two have spent the last 13 years doting over their daughter, tional and Jiana seems to be more into dressing down like I do,” Angeline Jiana. In the time since, Angeline started said. The two ladies have also adopted Gay Parent Magazine, a nationallydistributed bimonthly publication, the good cop/bad cop mentality to keeping their daughter in line. now in its 12th year. “When it comes to discipline, I “There is a lot more information think I’m more of the softie, which today than 10 years ago,” she said. Professional lives aside, the couple S u s a n d o e s n o t a p p r e c i a t e , ” faces the usual joys and turbulence any Angeline said. “But as parents we do balance each other out, and I’ve other two parents would. When Jiana (originally named Min been more of the parent who reFeng Rao) first came to their home, minds Jiana to finish her homework. she was malnourished and underde- Our biggest struggle is typical – tryveloped, taking about five months to ing to get Jiana away from staring at

an electronic screen and doing more activities.” Still, there is one glaring difference between Jiana’s parents and those of many of her classmates. And it’s a topic her moms wasted no time in addressing. “From the moment we brought Jiana home, she always knew she had two mothers,” Angeline said. “When she started school, we explained to her that some families have a mom and a dad, one mom, one dad, or two dads and two moms or are raised by grandparents or other relatives.” Jiana’s parents do not expect her to face the difficulties often associated with children of gay parents. No, she will not be a lesbian because of her parents. And Angeline does not expect Jiana to face a difficult life because of her moms. “This may have to do though with living in New York City. If we were living in an area that was not as progressive, it may be different,” she said. Still, Jiana’s parents said their worries are no different than any others. “My main concern as a parent is that Jiana learns the skills she needs to navigate life,” Angeline said. “Also that she is happy and always feels loved.” Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at jorovic@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127.


A Healthy Life:

Pride House Puts Focus On Wellness By JOSEPH OROVIC The Queens Pride House has kept the pulse of LGBT life in the borough for 13 years. Now, its focus has taken a singularly medical bent. The organization, located at 7611 37th Ave., is following the lead of its Health and Social Needs of LGBT Queens Residents Assessment, conducted in May 2009 in conjunction Columbia University. The study produced two glaring holes: many doctors do not know their patients are gay, and some have no clue what services to send them to even if they did. “There is a lot of fear; there is a lot of shame about disclosing it,” said Pride House Executive Director Daniel Castellanos. “The fear is that they’re going to receive worse care. The fear is that they are going to be discriminated against because of it.” The non-disclosure issue is particularly prevalent amongst the lesbian community. “That’s really troublesome because some women might not go to the GYN or they might think they’re not going to have children,” Castellanos said. “There are all kinds of issues to being a lesbian that need to be addressed with a doctor.” The study also found nearly one

“Sometimes we value our personal information much more than the physical privacy.” The reasons for not being out with one’s doctor vary, from cultural to familial considerations. “Many of our clients and people in Queens go to physicians who have the same [cultural] background,” Castellanos said. “It makes it harder because if you’re coming from a culture where homosexuality is highly stigmatized, the patient is going to keep their hoA new campaign by Queens Pride House will mosexuality to themencourage members of the LGBT community to come selves.” Some of the out to their physicians. assessment’s responin five gay men do not tell their doc- dents said doctors often shortened the tor of their sexuality. Teens still ex- consultation, speeded up the visit or perimenting may consider themselves just outright referred the patient elsegay, according to Castellanos, but still where after learning of his or her hoengage in heterosexual activities. This mosexuality. all amounts to vital information for As a result of the finding, QPH is thorough care, but many doctors re- unleashing a new campaign with the main in the dark. slogan “r u out 2 ur doctor?” with the “It’s very interesting how are ideas hopes of increasing awareness of the of privacy are complex and sometimes issue. contradictory,” Castellanos said. “The idea is to increase the need

During this Memorial Day, Let us reflect on all we have to be thankful for in our family and community.

to disclose sexual orientation to physicians,” Castellanos said. “We are acknowledging that it’s really difficult.” Pride House also holds monthly lunches with healthcare service providers within the borough, spreading information pertinent to the health of the LGBT communities. And should they miss out on the lunch, they get a full packet of the month’s presentation in the mail. The Pride House has watched the LGBT community blossom from within its Jackson Heights home, but according to Castellanos, groups need to form in other neighborhoods, creating a broad support system for all homosexual residents of the borough. “We still need to do work in Flushing and Jamaica,” Castellanos said, “particularly because those two neighborhoods might not be receiving the same services as the rest of the LGBT community in Queens.” Still, he asserted the Pride House’s goals remain humble. “In no way do we see ourselves as the solution to a borough that is so complex and diverse and geographically large.” Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at jorovic@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127.

Happy LGBT Pride, Queens!

Assemblyman

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day! To the brave men and women of the Armed Forces and their families And to those who lost their lives defending liberty, Thank You!

COUNCILMAN JIM GENNARO

DANIEL DROMM COUNCIL MEMBER Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, LeFrak City, Corona, Rego Park and Woodside A Proud Openly Gay Elected Official

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Aging Gracefully:

Help Is Hard To Find For Aging Vet

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By JESSICA ABLAMSKY The child of Jewish holocaust refugees, Denny Meyer was raised with the golden aphorism, “nothing is more precious than American freedom.” In 1968, when other idealistic youths were burning their draft cards, Meyer joined the U.S. Navy. He chose not to re-enlist when the pressure of serving in silence grew too great.

Entering the job market for the first time, he quickly realized that his only skill was military administration. Before long, Meyer was back in uniform. “It was a dual service military/civilian job,” he said. “This was 1971, 1972. There still really weren’t gay rights. In those days you really didn’t expect much, so it wasn’t as hard as it is today to serve in silence and to be silent.” A San Francisco resident, as he got older, hiding his sexuality became harder. “I had to be very careful, look over my shoulder in the supermarket to be sure that nobody saw me with my lover,” Meyer said. By 1978, it became mentally, and morally unacceptable to have to hide who he was, so he moved on. “In those days, in San Francisco, the gods of the gay revolution walked the streets like ordinary mortals. You could walk into Harvey Milk’s camera shop and talk with him for hours,” he said of the poliDenny Meyer’s sexual orientation has added tician and gay rights activchallenges to his fight for veterans’ medical care. ist from San Francisco.

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Meyer moved back to New York after his lover passed away. “We were together 17 years when it came to an end in 1990,” he said. “He died of AIDS. For four years I took care of him until he died. Like so many people who had lost 100 friends and a lover, I got burned out and had to leave. So, I came back to where I started – New York.” More than a decade later, Meyer was forced by serious health issues to use the Veteran’s Administration, an organization he had foresworn. “I said, ‘I’m gay and I shouldn’t have to hide it again,’” he said. “Suddenly, later in life, there was this need. There was no way to pay for medical bills and I was very ill.” In the interest of self-disclosure, he told his VA doctor that he was gay and had a lover who died of AIDS. “This doctor jumped back 10 feet, put on rubber gloves and dismissed me as quick as she could,” Meyer said. “That really offended me, and I said, ‘It really shouldn’t be that way.’” After searching unsuccessfully for a local chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, an organization that serves gay veterans, in 2002 he started one. Like many other gay men of his generation, AIDS cheated Meyer out

of retiring with a partner. “We are alone, and it gets very expensive to live that way,” he said. “The alternatives aren’t very suitable, unless you want to walk back into the closet. It’s very frightening to think about what will happen when I can’t take care of myself.” Unless you are wealthy, there is no senior housing specifically for LGTB individuals, Meyer said. “They’re talking about it, they’re working on it, but it’s just not there,” he said. Meyer recently turned down subsidized waterfront senior housing in an apartment building filled mostly with Russian immigrants, a community that is not gay friendly, Meyer said. “I still regret it, but actually I have a Russian hair dresser who cuts my hair here in Kew Gardens,” he said. “She said, ‘you did the right thing. I know those people. You would have been living in hell.’” In the world Meyer has created for himself in Kew Gardens, he does not encounter much prejudice. “But I am still struggling financially,” he said. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.


Let’s Go Shopping:

Gay Or Straight, Money’s Still Green

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By DOMENICK RAFTER Walking down 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights or Steinway Street in Astoria, you might find some businesses that have pink triangles or rainbow flag decals on their front doors. The symbols don’t only represent business owned by members of the gay or lesbian community, but also those friendly to LGBT patrons. In recent years, gay and lesbian business owners and gay-friendly business are gaining new prominence.

The Rev. Carmen Hernandez, a Bronx native, founded the New York City LGBT Chamber of Commerce, a not-for profit 501(c)3 group, in order to promote gay-owned and gayfriendly businesses throughout the city. She said putting together an organization like the LGBT Chamber of Commerce for business owners has been “tough” but lucrative. “We’ve been successful,” Rev. Hernandez said. “About 80 percent of our members are straight-owned businesses who are gay friendly rather than businesses that are actually gay owned.” She said a large number of those straight-owned business owners are women. One of them is Mapi Montero, who is straight, and owns a television and film equipment rental business. Montero said her interest in LGBT rights activism came after finding out her cousin was a lesbian. She said it was “an At Rudy Volcano, a bevy of trinkets are for sale. honor” to be ac-

cepted into the LGBT Chamber of of study, or a student who plans to Commerce because of her close rela- start his or her own business. The tionship with the gay community. NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce has a partnership with Montero runs a televithe Original GLBT sion show for Expo at the Jacob Javits Telemundo NBC called Convention Center “Las Comadres con held every March. Gloria B,” which has Rev. Hernandez featured LGBT guests. wants to establish local One of her on-air perchapters of the LGBT sonalities was a transvesChamber of Commerce tite. She said the show in neighborhoods like was the first daily broadJackson Heights with cast in North America large LGBT populafeaturing a regular tions. She has also gottransvestite talent. ten praise nationally “It’s important that and internationally and we can educate the straight community that Rudy Volcano, owner of said she is being asked [LGBT individuals] are a self-named gay friendly for advice and help in professionals,” Montero store in Jackson heights. opening LGBT Chamber of Commerce chapsaid. “And that sexual orientation doesn’t have to anything ters in Mexico, Puerto Rico and to do with [their] work capabilities, Florida. Montero’s business’ Mexico and that [LGBT] are a community as City office will be one of the first busiold as the world itself, this isn’t some- nesses to be a part of the Mexico LGBT Chamber of Commerce that will thing new.” The NYC LGBT Chamber of Com- open in August. For more information on the NYC merce offers a summer internship program for students age 16-21 for eight LGBT Chamber of Commerce, visit weeks at a member company and of- their Web site at nyclgbtcc.com Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at fers an annual youth scholarship of $1,000 to a student who has a con- drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 357centration in a business related field 7400, Ext. 125.

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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 23396/09 U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, N. A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK N. A., AS TRUSTEE FOR MERRILL LYNCH FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1 Plaintiff, vs. DAWN N. BRYANT, SAM BARNUM Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 143-56 229TH STREET ROSEDALE, NY 11403 SBL #: BLOCK: 13506, LOT: 183 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 19th day of May, 2010, TO: DAWN N. BRYANT and SAM BARNUM, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. JAIME A. RIOS of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 3rd day of May, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by DAWN N. BRYANT and SAM BARNUM dated the 2nd day of January, 2007, to secure the sum of $548,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2007000054492 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 30th day of January, 2007; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 19th day of August, 2009, and sent for recording in the Office of the Queens County Clerk. The property in question is described as follows: 143-56 229TH STREET, ROSEDALE, NY 11403 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the westerly side of 229th Street distant 270 feet

northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 144 th Avenue and the westerly side of 229 th Street; RUNNING THENCE westerly parallel with the northerly side of 144 th Avenue and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 feet; THENCE northerly parallel with the westerly side o f 2 2 9 th S t r e e t , 3 0 f e e t ; THENCE easterly parallel with the northerly side of 144 th Avenue 100 feet to the westerly side of 220 th Street; THENCE southerly along the westerly side of 229the Street, 30 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a de-

fault judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: May 19, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: SYLVIO REALTY OF NEW YORK, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/15/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it maybe served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 29-40 213 th Street, Bayside, New York 11360. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: VAN DAM REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/20/09. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Kordas & Marinis, LLP, 5-47 47 th Road, Third Floor, Long Island City, New York 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of CASTLE VIEW II, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/30/ 10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Demetrios Kastanis, 32-70 30 th St., #2R, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: any lawful activity. _____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION of Slurp & Burp, LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/3/10. Office location: Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him: 253 Beach 129th St. Belle Harbor, NY 11694. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________________ JILL FABIAN, RN, PLLC, a

domestic Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/26/10. NY office Location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC served upon him/ her to Jill Fabian, c/o Manuel Fabian, Esq., 37-31 76 th St., Jackson Hts., NY 11372. Purpose: Registered Nursing ____________________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF ASTER INSURANCE BROKERAGE LLC (Insert name of Limited Liability Company) Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: ASTER INSURANCE BROKERAGE LLC SECOND: The county within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is to be located is: Queens THIRD: The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: 136-56 39 t h A v e n u e , S u i t e # 4 1 0 Flushing, NY 11354 Siew Yen Tan (print or type name of organizer) ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of PUMPSPRODUCTION, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on January 19, 2010. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 1663 Stephen Street, 1 st Floor, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of Art and Business Management LLC, a limited liability company. Arts. of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/16/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o William Eagen, 118-11 84 th Avenue, #201, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of Congregational Advancement Services LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/19/2010. Office location: Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to: PO Box 40264, Glen Oaks, NY 11004. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of 41 DRIVE HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/ 31/2010 Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process

against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o Ann Irimia Casella, 74 Stallion Trail, Brewster, NY 10509 Purpose: Real Estate Management ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1241247 for beer, liquor and/or wine, has been applied for by the Eire Enterprises Inc., d/b/a Just Arthur’s Restaurant to sell beer, liquor, and/or wine, at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 22-08 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103, Queens County for on premises consumption. Eire Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Just Arthur’s Restaurant ____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an amended order entered by the Civil Court Queens County, on the 14 day of May, 2010, bearing Index No. 216/2010, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY, grants me the right to assume the name of Vadim Mulod, and grants my children to assume the names of Boris Mulod and Zachary Mulod, respectively. My present address and that of my children is 8038 Kent St., Jamaica, NY; My present name is Vadim Mulodzhanov and the date of my birth is July 28, 1974; My children’s present names are as follows: Boris Mulodzhanov, whose date of birth is September 5, 2005; and, Zachary Mulodzhanov, whose date of birth is September 17, 2007 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order granted by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 2 nd day of September, 2009 bearing the Index Number NC 633/2009, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of Queens County Civil Clerk located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, in room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Marcel Earl Demonte Woods. My present name is Marcel Earl Demonte Batts. My present address is 122-02 Milburn Street, Springfield Gardens, New York 11413. My date of birth is August 1, 1997, with a place of birth of Wake County, North Carolina. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/ 19/10, bearing Index Number NC-000342-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Celina (Last) Lin My present name is (First) Zhe (Last) Lin My present address is 143-36 37 th Avenue, Apt. 4, Flushing, NY 11354 My place of birth is China My date of birth is December 04, 1980 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/ 14/10, bearing Index Number NC-000299-10/QU, a copy of which may be exam-

ined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Thaohui (Last) Liu My present name is (First) Chaohui (Last) Liu My present address is 3131A Linden Place, Flushing, NY 11354 My place of birth is China My date of birth is October 20, 1973 ____________________________________________________________________ Ajani Therapy Services, LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 5/10/10. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 60-41 Wetherole Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 3/ 25/10, bearing Index Number NC-000238-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Silvia (Middle) Andrea (Last) Arteaga My present name is (First) Silvia (Middle) Andrea (Last) Calderon My present address i s 2 1 3 - 0 5 7 5 th A v e n u e , Bayside, NY 11364 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is April 22, 1989 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/ 3/10, bearing Index Number NC-000390-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Jason (Middle) Chien (Last) Chen My present name is (First) Chien (Last) Chen aka Jason Chen My present address is 54-18 82 nd Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373 My place of birth is China My date of birth is September 16, 1972 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/ 14/10, bearing Index Number NC-000334-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Michael (Last) Manukian My present name is (First) Mishel (Last) Manukian My present address is 124-06 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 My place of birth is Tajikistan My date of birth is October 19, 1987 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of C & H ALLIANCE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/7/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 195-28 McLaughlin Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423. Purpose: any lawful activity.


Meeting Friends:

Social Groups Lead To A Family Feel By JESSICA ABLAMSKY New York can be a lonely place, but when Michael Murphy moved from Manhattan to Astoria, he found a ready-made community in Out Astoria, a group that organizes events for the LGTB community. "Everybody was so friendly," he said. "It's something you really don't see a lot. I went to a party in Brooklyn where I didn't know anybody. I went up and introduced myself. They looked at me like I had sat in their laps." A board member since December, Murphy also organizes the outings, which include dinners, lunches and mixers, that happen at least three times a month. Of their thousand-person mailing list, a core group of 200-300 attends events at least once a month. Some are like family. "More than any other group, I think we have a tendency to build our families," Murphy said. "We find each other and want to build what everybody takes for granted: a world that embraces you." That concept is at the heart of Out Astoria.

Michael Murphy "You just feel embedded in a system of mutual support where you knew you can rely on your friends and they can rely on you," he said. "It's something that I feel is missing these days." Although Out Astoria is more than just a meat market, couples are formed from the connections made at events.

"I don't think you could put young, single people together without some of them pairing off," Murphy said. "We're not judgmental. Some of [our members] are longtime paired off, others are confirmed bachelors. Others are still looking for the right one. We all just want to have fun." Membership is more male than Murphy would like. "It's gotten to the point that I went to a bar, Albatross, and it was full of lesbians, and I wanted to take names and numbers," he said. "We do have some. I don't think there's any one group that's completely excluded." That includes straight people. "We have lots of straight people who come to these things, and put up with being hit on; always good naturedly," he said. Murphy is trying to expand their events repertoire into volunteerism. Next month, the group is holding a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center to build a homeless shelter for gay youth. "I think that if you spend three hours cleaning graffiti next to someone, you don't care as much who they

sleep with," he said. "Gay people aren't always this group screaming at you through a bullhorn. We're your neighbors. We care about the same things you do." With events that are exclusively located at gay-friendly local businesses, Out Astoria helps connect the LGTB community with the straight community. "I know a lot of businesses appreciate that there is this group [Out Astoria] that can bring all these people out," Murphy said. "Especially in the recession." Although it can serve a purpose, the gay community has a tendency to self-segregate, he said. "I think it's always important for us to have an easy vehicle for us to connect with the larger world, to keep us visible," Murphy said. "I think our movement for full acceptance would be easier if more straight people knew us. I think when you're right here, and it makes it harder to objectify us." Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.

Let The Music Play:

From Christian Pop To Advocacy Tunes "All of my business, both arrangIt was hard knowing what he knew about his personal life "while working ing and recording, is all done from in an extremely homophobic minis- our apartment via e-mail," he said. "Life is good." try," he said. Being a gay man in his "In 1989, after comparticular role in the mupletely coming out to sic industry has been a myself and others, I regreat platform for Maddux alized that I didn't beto participate in a certain lieve any of the stuff I level of advocacy for the was working with, and gay community. I came back to Seattle." "I'm an advocate for evAs luck would have ery single freedom enjoyed it, Maddux was apby straight people in this proached by the leader country that are being of the Seattle Men's withheld from the LGBT Chorus who explained community," he said. "[My to him that the chorus partner] Richard and I was a perfect fit for the hem and haw about martype of music he had David Maddux riage for ourselves, but it's previously been arrangstill not on the table as an ing while also staying option. A lot of the material I write is true to his now-public identity. From that point, Maddux's career focused on those kinds of political snowballed. He gained notoriety issues. "I get to sit at home here in Queens within gay chorus circles and worked for a national gay chorus association and create materials with a real political punch that get sent out singers as a composer and arranger. While in Seattle, he also met his in other parts of the country that I partner of the last 17 years, a guy from will never meet who stand on risers in Jackson Heights who was an only child a darkened auditorium and sing this and whose parents were aging. The stuff," he said. "People's attitudes get couple decided to move to Queens to changed because of what they hear, be able to assist Maddux's partner's par- which is a political and personally ents as they entered their senior years. empowering message. Believe me, I feel like a very real and vital part of That was nearly three years ago. Today, Maddux still works on a the political arm of our movement." Being gay and in the music indusnational stage. Oddly enough, he does all his work from his Jackson try is not always the most welcoming Heights location, though none of his combination, Maddux said, but he noted that the industry as a whole is business is local.

becoming more accepting of LGBT musicians. "It depends on the kind of music," he said. "Obviously anything remotely connected with theater is going to be Ăźber gay friendly. Country music? Jamaican reggae? Obviously not so much." He was quick to add that even in Country music, "no more can the homophobic cowboy twang something hateful without having a backlash," he said. Maddux took a year off from music a few years ago, and attended the Seattle Culinary Academy. His love for food has been well sated living in Jackson Heights. "I've been all over the West Coast, and it has nothing to compare with Jackson Heights delivery food," he said. "I want to cook, but you step into any spot and you're handed the most wonderful things for like 10 bucks. This little oasis is rich in culture, it's friendly." And it's a far cry from Tennessee 25 years ago. "When I was working in Nashville in the mid-80s, I never personally adhered to anything remotely Christian," he said. "I was kind of a mole. Consequently, now I get to live in the honesty of who I am; there's no comparison. I get hired to write the gayest most outlandish wild stuff that is fun and creative. People hire me because I'm at the top of my game." Reach Editor Brian M. Rafferty at brafferty@queenstribune.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122.

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By BRIAN M. RAFFERTY For David Maddux, a career in music was a no-brainer. Ever since he was a child he had an affinity for music. "I basically came out of the womb with natural ability," he said in a phone interview from his Jackson Heights home. "I was fortunate enough to have parents that really fostered my creativity. My whole upbringing was wonderful. I had a pretty magical childhood, and as such I was able to completely explore my musicianship." At the same time, Maddux grew up in a strict religious home in Joliet, Ill. As he developed an affinity for musical arrangement and composition, he had an outlet for his craft choral music for churches. The family moved to Seattle and Maddux delved deeper into his music, eventually recording an arrangement in 1985 of the traditional Christmas piece "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming," playing every part on his own. That record crossed the desk of a Nashville Christian music record company that flew him out to Tennessee to produce a studio album. The end result, "An Evening In December," was nominated for a Grammy and Maddux had become a rising star in Christian pop circles. He was also starting to come to grips with the fact that he is a gay man. "I was not out yet," he said. "I knew about my sexuality, but I was not really out of the closet at all."


AIDS In Queens:

Attitudes Change, Disease Does Not By JOSEPH OROVIC For good or ill, HIV and AIDS recently fell from the collective social conscious. But losing sight of the disease has led to a slight increase in infections across the borough. “It’s a trend that’s really hard to stop because it’s behavioral change,� said AIDS Center of Queens County Executive Director Philip Glotzer. “There’s a complacency.� Nearly 106,000 people live with HIV or AIDS in the City, according the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene’s 2008 statistics. Nearly 16,000 of them live in Queens.

Treatments Don’t Cure

The nation and borough are far from the early 1990s, when AIDS was considered an epidemic. But due to the disease’s transition to a treatable – but not curable – condition, Glotzer said AIDS has lost its perceived severity, notably among “young immortals.� “Their thinking is, ‘Whatever I get, so what,’� he said. Though AIDS and HIV are no longer a definite death sentence, the cocktail of drugs required to stay alive can be deadly itself. The treatment’s side effects are severe, according to Glotzer, and can lead to diabetes and kidney disease, among other conditions. “I don’t think anyone is taking it casually,� he said. “I don’t think there’s

a real understanding that these are pills for the rest of your life. People are dying of the medication.�

The Economic Hit

Looking for a finger to point? Blame – what else – the economy. According to Glotzer, ACQC lost nearly $2 million in funds last year from federal, state and local sources. The loss in cash not only stymies efforts to prevent and treat the disease, it also is exponentially counterproductive to decreasing the number of cases. Each case of AIDS requires half a million dollars to treat over a lifetime, leading the costs of new cases to outshadow the pennies saved by cutting funding. “All the support is now gone. It just increases costs. It exacerbates the whole problem,� Glotzer said. With people’s wallets thinning, the probability of getting infected increases. As residents migrate from homes to the street, the increased number of homeless citizens increases the probability of new infections. “As the society is getting poorer, there is a higher risk,� Glotzer said.

New Demographics

While HIV/AIDS holds special significance amongst the LGBT community, statistics show it is affecting a different group.

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Go To School:

Help Has Arrived For Gay Students By DOMENICK RAFTER For LGBT high school and college students, school could be a really tough, perhaps impossible time. A 2001 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called “School Health Guidelines to Prevent Unintentional Injuries and Violence” warned “Gay, lesbian, or bisexual students, and students perceived to be gay by their peers are often victims of repeated verbal abuse and physical assault.” Taunting by fellow students and the feelings and fears associated with coming out as homosexual or bisexual sometimes lead students to poor performance, depression, anti-social behavior and even suicide. A number of support groups have been developed over the last few decades in high schools and college across the country to foster a sense of community among LGBT students and involve straight students who support LGBT rights. In 1988, Kevin Jennings, a history teacher at Concord Academy in Concord, Mass. established the nation’s first gay-straight alliance with a female student. Two years later, Jennings cofounded the Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teacher Network in Boston to address problems facing

Administration. Since then, gaystraight alliance chapters have been formed in high schools all over the country, including in Queens. The NYC Board of Education went even further when in 2002 they opened the first LGBT-friendly high school, Harvey Milk High School in Manhattan. Harvey Milk High opened as an extension to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which opened in 1985 and catered LGBT school groups aim to help LGBT students navigate to at-risk youth, especially LGBT youth. through their tough teenage and young adult years. The school’s mission LGBT students. With his help, Mas- statement reads: sachusetts became the first state in the “We envision a school where all country to outlaw discrimination in students are challenged to question the public schools on the basis of sexual world around them, to develop orientation. healthy, personal identities, to particiJennings worked for Massachusetts pate in meaningful civic and social Gov. William Weld and is currently experiences that will allow them to serving as Assistant Deputy Secretary formulate and realize their educational of Education for the Office of Safe and career goals. We seek to cultivate and Drug-Free Schools in the Obama an inclusive, academic program em-

phasizing literacy, technology infusion, and life-long learning skills.” Harvey Milk High is open only to transfer students throughout the city and accepts gay and straight students. Colleges and Universities have also put together LGBT rights organizations on their campuses. For many, college is the first time in which one can openly express his or her sexuality. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance (GLASA) at Queens College and the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) at LaGuardia Community College are two of those groups. Made up of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and straight students, both groups describe their mission as providing “safe haven” to LGBT students and are part of a wider gay-straight alliance at CUNY schools citywide. GLASA and SAGA host regular events like movie nights, barbecues, and other outings to facilitate a relationship between LGBT students and straight allies. “Our focus is educating everyone on the issues faced by the LGBT community, and helping people become more informed,” reads GL ASA’s MySpace page. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.

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LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No.: 09-16077 Filed: 7/16/ 2009 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. Financial Freedom SFC, Plaintiff, -against- Patricia Dudley-Worthy, as Administratrix and heir of the Estate of Raymond Dudley, Thelma Lowe-Dudley, as heir of the Estate of Raymond Dudley, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, United States of America – Department of the Treasury – Internal Revenue Service, New York City Environmental Control Board, New York City Parking Violations Bureau, New York City Transit Adjudication Bureau and "JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE # 10”, the last ten names being fictitious and unknown to the plaintiff, the person or parties intended being the persons or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the Mortgage premises described in the Complaint, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the attorneys for the plaintiff within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service; or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York; or within sixty (60) days if it is the

United States of America. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Reverse Mortgage to secure payment of an amount, up to $532,500.00 and interest, recorded in the office of the clerk of the County of Queens on November 21, 2007 in CRFN 2007000581938 covering premises known as 13942 233rd Street, Jamaica, NY 11422 The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Bay Shore, New York July 14, 2009 Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP BY: Todd Falasco Attorneys for

Plaintiff 20 West Main Street Bay Shore, New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.: 31250 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of [Jasmine E. Photography] LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on [April 9, 2010]. Office located in [Queens County]. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC [209-01 Hollis Ave., Queens Village, New York, 11429]. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of 248 SUNRISE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/17/10. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 248-30 S. Conduit Ave., Rosedale, NY 11428. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Nicholas Tembelis at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/ 1/10, bearing Index Number NC-000285-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Sandya (Middle) Astria (Last) PartapSingh My present name is (First) Sandya (Middle) Astria (Last) Partap aka Sandya A. Singh, aka Sandya A. Partap My present address is 20-71 31 st Street, Astoria, NY 11105 My place of birth is Trinidad, W.I. My date of birth is November 29, 1981

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Keep The Faith

Devoted To God, But Also Searching By JESSICA ABLAMSKY A former Franciscan Friar for the Roman Catholic Church, out and proud Father Charles McCarron found a loving home with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Raised Catholic, McCarron felt the calling to join the Franciscans since he was a teenager. “That came very early in my life, and that kind of call never really has left,” he said. His sexuality was an issue that took more time to sort out. In 1973, when he started the formation program to be a friar, there was little support, either from the Church or from society. As a friar, “I certainly was out,” McCarron said. “The powers that be knew that I was gay.” He did what he could for the community, including ministering to gays, lesbians and their families. Except for one parishioner who left due to his sexual orientation, his sexuality was never a problem. McCarron left the Catholic Church in 1990, when the tension between his personal beliefs about the sanctity of same-sex relationships and the official stance of the church became too great. “It became too difficult a split, what I could say in public, what I could say personally in private,” he said. “Ulti-

mately, this kind of issue led me to the Episcopal Church.” He started attending mass as a layperson in the mid-90s. “After worshiping for a couple of years, just sitting in the pew, I decided that I’d try to discern with them if they felt I could serve as a priest in that tradition, and they accepted me,” he said. “I guess for me, I found a healthier, what seemed more authentic, home for me in the Episcopal Church. How to deal with gay and lesbian parishioners is an issue that the Episcopal Church has been struggling with for at least 25 years, McCarron said. The answer has not come easily. “Within the greater Anglican communion that we are a part of, there is still much struggle over the issue,” he said. Individual members of the church run the gamut from not accepting homosexuals to advocating for their full participation. “I think most Episcopalians, even if we disagree with each other, we don’t give up on each other,” McCarron said. Still, there are regional differences. “In some areas, it’s still very hard for a single priest to get a parish,” he said. “They still want a married priest who has 1.3 children.”

McCarron is in a committed relationship with a closeted gay man. Although the two are approaching their 10th anniversary, they have not held any public affirmation of their relationship and have no plans to in the near future. “He also is a very private person, and because of the nature of where he works, he’s not really out,” McCarron said. Their unconsecrated relationship is not a problem for his congregation. “Obviously, if I were one of those fundamentalist congregationalist pastors who was caught with a ‘rent boy,’ I would be getting a much different reception,” he said. For gay couples, the question of whether or not to marry is different, he said. Straight couples have social support from friends, family and religious institutions that is sometimes unavailable to homosexuals. “For same sex couples, nothing is a given,” McCarron said. “We are almost together in spite of the momentum of society.” Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.

Father Charles McCarron

Standing Up

Taking Steps To Fix Unjust Actions

Barbara Ann Mohr “It’s the first time we had heard about what happened on Fifth Avenue in 1991,” Mohr said. When a gay Irish group tried to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the crowd threw bottles at them. “Then they were absolutely forbidden to march in the parade,” she said. “[Council Speaker] Christine Quinn jokes about the fact that she ducked and [former Mayor] David Dinkins got

all soaked with beer.” In protest, at the next St. Patrick’s Day parade, Mohr allowed herself to get arrested by crossing over permitted parade boundaries. Several years later, she helped found an all-inclusive St. Patrick’s Day parade in Queens. “The whole idea was that gay Irish people should be able to be involved in the celebration without fear of be-

ing hurt,” Mohr said. The younger generation does not appreciate what their elders sacrificed to make the LGTB community free to live their lives, she said. “I think it’s taken for granted by the younger LGTB community,” she said. “I’m a little bit limited physically now, so I don’t do as much as I did before.” Sometimes Mohr gets annoyed by the apathy. “I keep saying, here I am straight, and I’m getting old, but I’m always out there. What’s wrong with you? Then I think, maybe not everybody is called to the same thing,” she said. She is most proud of maintaining her passion for the fight. The future of LGTB rights should include more acceptance of transgender people, and gay marriage, Mohr said. “We are all part of the Body of Christ,” she said. “If you are treated with injustice, I am treated with injustice. I really, really believe that. That is why I have never lost my passion. We have a responsibility for our brothers and sisters.” Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.

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By JESSICA ABLAMSKY A former nun, gay rights activist Barbara Ann Mohr left the convent 41 years ago in June. A couple of years later, she got married. “I actually grew up with a tremendous sense of justice,” Mohr said. “Our parent’s home was opened to everyone. There was never any prejudice.” Social justice is the foundation of her personal faith. “When I left the convent, I chose to work with the disenfranchised and the outcasts,” she said. A drug counselor, Mohr worked with hardcore addicts. After joining Parents and Families of Lesbian and Gays in 1980, she became involved with the gay rights movement. “I became a real fighter,” she said. “The treatment of people with AIDS was horrific.” Cut off by their families, many of them were completely alone. “I consciously became the mother – the loving mother, the accepting mother, the mother who loved them, so that when they were dying, they knew that they weren’t alone,” Mohr said. “So they knew that they weren’t bad people” That led to AIDS education with the local Irish community.


Multicultural Life:

Fight For Citizenship Tough For LGBT

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By JESSICA ABLAMSKY For Jackson Heights resident Andrés Duque, activism is inseparable from ethnicity.

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Andrés Duque

Born in Medeillín, Colombia, he and his family came to the United States in 1980 on his father’s student visa. When one year turned into six, Duque graduated from high school in the City. He would have gone on to study at an Ivy League college, but was forced to return home when his father’s visa ran out. “I had an uncle who was a citizen, so he petitioned for us to stay here,” Duque said. “That lasted 10 years.” After coming of age in America, Duque returned to a country wracked by violence from civilian revolt and drug trafficking. “You learn to cope with it, but it took a toll,” he said. “It’s stressful, because there was always the threat and danger of something happening.” Before he left New York, Duque told a few friends that he was gay. In Colombia, he threw himself back into the closet. “That is part of why I was so miserable,” he said. “I had no idea that there were any gays in Colombia.” In his native country, ex-

ploring his budding sexuality could be dangerous. “Sometimes you’d make eyes with people,” he said. “You could go home with somebody and then get killed.” When his residency came though, Duque jumped at the chance to move back to the States. “I am an immigrant – I know what it means to come to this country,” he said. “I understand why so many gay immigrants come to this country, even though it is almost impossible for them to gain residency.” The problem for some homosexuals is that U.S. immigration policy is based on family reunification, Duque said. “If you have family here who is asking for you, you will eventually be able to gain citizenship,” he said. “A lot of gay immigrants come here thinking that they will be able to come here living a fuller life, being able to live out in the open. But that means they left their family. And without a sponsorship, they cannot get residency or citizenship.” Duque has helped a lot of people gain political asylum based on their sexuality. “I have done tons of immigration rights work,” he said. “I have done a ton of LGTB rights. There’s tension

there.” The problem starts with the leadership of the major gay rights organizations, he said. “Who’s on the board?” Duque asked. “People who have money. People whose interests are not necessarily immigration, or police brutality.” Ethnic LGTB organizations fill a need. At one time, LGTB organizations in the city represented more than a dozen South American countries. “Latino culture is as diverse as anything else,” Duque said. “It does make a difference when you go someplace where people speak with your accent, eat your same food, like your same regional music.” Although things are changing, when gay culture is presented to Latinos, it is “gay white guys from Chelsea.” “The view is that this is something that comes from the United States, it is something that is ‘other,’” Duque said. “The stereotypes are even present in some of the gay media. The Latino is the hot, bouncy pool boy.” Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at jablamsky@queenstribune.com, or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.


Having Fun:

Bass, Beauty And Bravado In The Club possible to walk a couple of feet without bumping into someone, especially since this is a Friday night. Because that’s when the divas come out. Minutes before 2 a.m. you can feel a palpable anticipatory buzz on the main floor as the crowd eagerly awaits the drag queen show. The lights above the dance floor drop out as seemingly the whole club moves to get a better view of the stage that faces the bar. The clamor is so loud it competes with the music, which has now turned to salsa and merengue. A hush falls over the crowd and the view to the stage is swallowed up by bodies. Cameras flash, hoping to capture the exact moment the madness begins. Catcalls and whistles give way to an earth-shattering boom – an explosion of light and sound as the black velvet stage curtain drops revealing tonight’s featured performer, L o rena Saint Cartier, and two male dancers. The crowd erupts and for a few seconds it feels as if the club is on the verge of imploding. The scene is so frenzied it’s almost impossible to see the stage. All eyes are on Ms. Saint Cartier. And with this, the divas once again establish their reign of Atlantis.

Above, a bartender mixes drinks for eager customers. At right, gay men and women mingle in the dim light of Atlantis. performers at Atlantis reflect this mix. Conversations collide with Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” blaring from a boombox near the mirror, creating a traffic jam of human energy and activity that lights up the otherwise cool, smoky setup downstairs. One thing that is most evident to the eye amid this vibrant chaos is the unabashed nature of the performers. Articles of clothing fly as divas in various states of undress search for the perfect look. At one point, half the room becomes an unsettling mix of ‘80s theme music, Spanish, feathers, thongs and breasts. Some divas work the imaginary catwalk down the center of the room. It feels like a Victoria’s Secret fashion show directed by Willy Wonka and Hunter S. Thompson. As it nears the diva hour, Hector returns from upstairs, offers a quick smile and returns to his cell phone which appears to be permanently attached to his hand. The divas are ready for their close-up; the crowd wants its dolls. It’s time to move. It’s time to take the circus upstairs. The main floor of Atlantis is like watching a Quentin Tarantino film on fast-forward. There’s a lot to absorb. The pulsating redundant rhythm of techno dominates everything and flashing lights seem to move in-sync with the music. Similar to the myriad mainstream Manhattan clubs, it’s an assault on the senses that takes a while to get used to. Just with more men; a lot more men. Once your eyes adjust to the unnerving combination of bright flashes and silhouettes it’s easy to see that the club is packed. Age varies, but white seems to be a contagious color when

it comes to attire. Large bouquets of white balloons drip from the ceiling near the wraparound bar that abuts the dance floor. Male bartenders clad in white tank tops sling a variety of concoctions from Coronas to cosmopolitans and waiters dressed in tight white outfits surf the crowd for drink orders. Atlantis is not a big club. Patrons are mostly divided between the relatively small dance floor, bar area, and lounges that skirt the outer walls. The heat was overwhelming at times, but this is to be expected in a club practically filled to capacity. It’s almost im-

Spilling out onto Roosevelt Avenue around 2:30 a.m. and it’s like time stopped hours ago. The streets are still buzzing, the 7 train clacks and roars overhead and the air is still warm and crisp. The stuttering flash of disco lights is replaced by a steady diet of bodega bulbs, traffic signals and the moon. A few stragglers amble into Atlantis. Maybe they know what to expect, maybe they don’t. For some it will leave an indelible mark on their mind. For others, it’s just one of those nights in Jackson Heights.

All types find a welcome home at Atlantis.

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By TRIBUNE STAFF It’s one of those nights in Jackson Heights. The air is perfect – warm enough where just a T-shirt will suffice, but a teasing breeze reminds all that spring still reigns. It’s a night that begs for cheap takeout, dusty oscillating fans and a post-meal stroll. A night where you could park yourself by an open window, nurse a cold beer and just imbibe the beeps, whirrs, and horns of nocturnal Roosevelt Avenue. A night where destinations may take a backseat to comfortable wandering. It’s the last Friday night of May, the official kickoff to the unofficial first weekend of summer in the city. There’s an appreciable energy on Roosevelt, especially at 77th Street. That’s because it’s a big night for Club Atlantis, one of Queens’ most popular gay clubs. Friday nights at Atlantis are designated for divas. The drag queen show starts at 2 a.m. One by one, cabs, limos or private cars pull up to the front on Roosevelt, or on the side at 77th, and the grand belles of the drag ball exit their carriages and strut fiercely toward the velvet ropes. Costumes run the gamut from the outrageous, to the extravagant, to the understated. Some passersby gawk, while others offer a giddy laugh and snap pictures on their cell phone cameras. Diva entourages vary in size, and not all queens will be performing tonight. But, then again, all of them will be performing tonight. At around 1:15 a.m. there are no lines to get into Atlantis. A handful of people mill about the Roman column-guarded entrance, and the distinct faint thumping of techno reverberates throughout the vestibule. Manager Hector Bedoya, 42, greets old friends and performers with a hug, a warm smile and a peck on the cheek. Dressed in a teal shirt and white sport jacket, Bedoya is jovial in nature and very welcoming to all guests that walk through the door. To the right is the entrance to the main floor of Atlantis; to the left is a dimly-lit staircase that leads to the basement. The basement level of the club is a dank storage area that doubles as a dressing room for the divas. Lonely hangers cling to long clothing racks that line the right wall. Old costumes and decorations lean against the walls and an active ice machine hums in the background. Divas – some already in costume, others in pre-transformation mode – head straight for the vanity cove tucked into the far left corner of the basement. Loud, excited laughter fills the somewhat narrow room as performers and assistants exchange kisses and hearty embraces before they get settled. Duffle bags and dresses start to accumulate on hangers and folding chairs. Virtually no English is spoken. Jackson Heights boasts a diverse Latino community, and the crowd and


Civil Rights

Four Decades Fighting For Equality By DOMENICK RAFTER It's being called the civil rights fight of the 21st Century, compared to the fights Native Americans fought in the 19th Century and AfricanAmericans in the 20th. Since that fateful muggy summer day in 1969 in the West Village when gays and lesbians had decided they have had enough of being looked upon with contempt, the fight for equal rights for LGBT Americans has been a bumpy one, with as many disappointments as victories. It was across the East River in Manhattan where the fires of the LGBT rights movement were first ignited. Until the late 1960s, LGBT Americans faced more stringent anti-homosexual laws than most countries in the

Western world. In most states, sodomy was still a crime, sometimes one punishable by a lengthy prison term. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar frequented by LGBT patrons on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. That the bar was raided was not uncommon, but the reaction triggered a movement that spread around the world. The raid led to riots that left law enforcement stunned and, with the help of antiVietnam, feminist and counterculture protestors, the LGBT rights movement had begun. It took a while before they were able to score some victories. The election of New York-native Harvey Milk to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the subsequent defeat of the draconian Briggs Amendment in California, which would have banned LGBT people from working in public schools, were seen as huge wins. Conversely, the passing of antiLGBT ordinances in Miami, Fla. and Wichita, Kan. with the help of singer Anita Bryant, who came face to face with LGBT rights supporters in the A police raid on Manhattan's Stonewall Inn in 1969 form a pie in 1977, and triggered the modern LGBT rights movement. Milk's 1979 assassination

were seen as heartbreaking defeats. The LGBT civil rights movement was dealt a blow with the AIDS epidemic, which for many years was seen as merely a "gay disease" and sparked the rise of social conservatives in politics during the Reagan administration. LGBT rights supporters saw some successes during the 1990s, as a more progressive, younger population grew comfortable with homosexuality. After his 1992 victory, President Bill Clinton aimed to end the ban on homosexuals serving in the military, but he received intense opposition from the Pentagon, Congress and the public and was forced to compromise with the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, which allows LGBT soldiers to serve, closeted. President Barack Obama has made repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" a top priority of his administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put a deadline of the end of the year on repealing it. In 2003, a banner year for LGBT rights; the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts and with the overturning of all sodomy laws nationwide in the Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas, set the stage for future victories. At the time, 14 states had sodomy laws, effectively making homosexuality illegal in those juris-

One of the first notable LGBT rights activists was New York-native and California politician Harvey Milk dictions, including states with large LGBT populations like Florida, Texas and Michigan. New York's sodomy laws stood until 1981, when the New York Court of Appeals overturned them in People v. Onofre. New York State bans employment discrimination based on sexual identity, but not gender identity. New Jersey is one of 11 states that includes gender identity in its employment discrimination law. A similar federal law is still being debated in Congress, but has the support of President Obama and Congressional leaders. New York State also has includes sexual orientation, but not gender identity, under its hate crimes law. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.

Let’s Celebrate:

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Tragedy, Fear Spark Need For Parade By DOMENICK RAFTER The LGBT population of Queens was tired of hiding 18 years ago, so they took to the streets of Jackson Heights. "We started the parade because we want to put a face on the tens of thousands of LGBT people who live here in Queens and by putting a face on those people get to know us as human beings," said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who with fellow openly gay councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will be grand marshal of this year's parade. Dromm and Van Bramer are the first two openly gay elected officials from the borough. The Queens Pride Parade and Festival was a reaction to two prominent anti-LGBT events in the early 1990s; the 1990 murder of Julio Rivera by members of the gang Doc Martens Stomp and the "Rainbow Curriculum" controversy in 1992 that sought to teach children that one in 10 people were homosexual. The curriculum, which was established in part because of Rivera's murder, was met with intense opposition from social conservatives. That opposition was especially strong in Queens and lit a fire in the LGBT community and among LGBT

rights advocates. Mary Cummins, then President of School Board 24, staunchly opposed the curriculum and that led Dromm, a schoolteacher, to decide he had to step out of the closet. "I came out to let people know who I was because of Mary Cummins," Dromm said. LGBT rights advocates felt the re-

jection of the "Rainbow Curriculum" would keep alive the ignorance and bigotry that led to Rivera's murder. The parade and the festival were meant to put a face on LGBT friends, family and neighbors, so on the first weekend in June 1992, the borough's LGBT population, their family, friends and supporters marched down 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, near

The Queens Pride Parade was born in 1992 after Queens' LGBT community felt the need to make their faces public after two high profile anti-gay events.

the spot where Rivera was killed, to show their opponents who they are; not only LGBT Americans, but sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and even some mothers and fathers. "We decided we would no longer hide in the shadows," said Dromm, who was among those marching. In the years since, the Queens Pride Parade and Festival has grown to an event that brought in 50,000 patrons last year, according to the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, the chief sponsor of the parade and festival. "The attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed since 1992," said Matt Hinojosa from the Queens Pride Committee, "We see our 18th anniversary as a milestone. We have evolved from a time when we had a school board president supporting homophobia in our schools to the election of two openly gay council members from Queens." Hinojosa said politicians, who in the first years would avoid the parade, are now battling each other for time on the festival's main stage to offer the LGBT community their support. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.


We Love A Parade:

Jackson Heights Is Ready To Party BY BRIAN M. RAFFERTY Traffic on a beautiful weekend is usually a nightmare along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, but on the first Sunday in June, don’t even think of driving. Instead, put on a good pair of sneakers – or maybe thigh-high boots with sparkles and bangles. Yup, it’s time for the annual Queens Pride Parade, which winds its way from 85th Street, along one of the busiest commercial thoroughfares in Queens, to 75th Street, turning south and ending at 37th Road. At that point, the multicultural festival spreads out from 73rd Street to 77th Street along 37th Road with multiple stages, a host of entertainers and vendors galore.

The Parade

The parade kicks off at noon. There is a Reviewing Stand on the parade route where judges will cast their votes on parade participants to win the “Queenie Awards.” The Grand Marshals are Councilmen Daniel Dromm (above) and Jimmy Van Bramer (below). The parade starts at 85th Street and 37th Avenue, and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street.

The Festival

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The Multicutural Festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The Multicultural Festival is on 37th Road and stretches from 73rd Street to 77th Street. Would you like to be a vendor at the Festival? Go to queenspride.com for a Vendor Registration form.

The Stage

Right smack in the middle of it all is the Main Stage featuring rally speakers, community group performances and fabulous talent. The Main Stage starts at 1:30 p.m. and the last act ends at 6 p.m. Go to queenspride.com for a list of entertainers, which were not available as of press time.

You can also visit the Atlantis Stage run by Club Atlantis at the intersection of 77th Street and 37th Road.

See It On the Web

A new feature for this year, if you can’t make it to the stage you can go to queenspride.com to watch the show streamed live from their Web site.

Directions

By Public Transportation: Take the E,F,R,G subway trains to the Roosevelt Avenue/Jackson Heights station, or take the No. 7 subway train to 74th Street - Broadway station. Both these stations are connected to transfers. By Car: The nearest expressway is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. From either direction, you get off at the “Broadway/Roosevelt Ave” exit ramp. Then drive up Broadway three blocks to the intersection of 37th Road & Broadway to reach the festival. The parade route is one block away from the festival on 37th Avenue between 75th and 89th Street.

The crowd unfurls a dramatically large rainbow flag.

Photo by Ira Cohen

2010 QUEENIE AWARDS The Queens Lesbian And Gay Pride Committee is proud to announce that parade participants will be competing for the 2010 Queenie Awards in each of five categories. The Best Drag Award: Need we say more… 1st Prize $250, 2nd Prize $150, 3rd Prize $100 The R ainbow Magic Award: Awarded to the group with the best use of color. Work those outfits, banners and vehicles, boys and girls! The Boombox Award: Awarded to the group with the best sound, be it chanting, singing, a band, live or pre-recorded, make a joyful noise! The Screaming Theme Award: Awarded to the group that best illustrates our 2010 Queens Pride Parade theme, “One Heart, One World, One Pride.” The Bar Excellence Award: For the first time, floats in the parade Awarded to the Bar or Club with the will be judged and awarded prizes. best representation! Photo by Ira Cohen The Simply the Best Award: REALLY! Must this be explained? The rules are simple: your group must be registered and have paid all necessary fees. At the reviewing stand in front of the U.S. Post office, Jackson Heights branch, located at 37th Avenue between 79th and 78th Streets, you will stop to face the judges and display your group’s banner or sign. Any group that is performing should limit their presentation to no more than two minutes. Since the parade is held within a residential neighborhood, organizers expect all participants to obey all laws pertaining to public decency and nudity. Hey, if you wouldn’t do it in front of your mother, you shouldn’t do it at the parade! Please, keep it covered! Any group not adhering to this guideline will be disqualified! For further information regarding the Queenie Awards or to register for the march, contact Chris Calvert, March Committee Chair by phone at: (718) 228-7599 or by e-mail at: parade@queenspride.com.


Queens Deadline

Queens Dems Pick Their Nov. Slate By DOMENICK RAFTER The Queens County Democratic Part y officially released its list of endorsements for the November general elections this week and few surprises were among them. The biggest question was over who the part y would endorse in t he 26th Assembly district race to replace retiring Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carozza (DBayside). Queens Democrats backed Community Board 11 member Ed Braunstein over Michael Sais, former Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (DAstoria), New York State Young Democrat s Pre sident Mat t hew Silver stein a nd former City Council candidate Steve Behar.

Silverstein and Sais both dropped out of the race and endorsed Braunstein. Sais was endorsed for district leader along with Carol Gresser. B ehar said he will continue his campaign against Braunstein for the September primar y. T he w inner w ill take on the Republican candidate, likely to be Vi ncent Tabone. In the 39th Assembly district race in Jackson Height s, the par ty endorsed Francisco Moya, who lost a close race for Hiram Monserrate's vacated City Council seat in 2009 against Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst). Moya was endorsed over immigration at torney Bryan Pu-Folkes to replace Jose Peralta, who was elected to the State Senate in March. Pu-Folkes will still chal-

lenge Moya in the primary as well. In the open 36th Assembly district race in Astoria, the par t y endor sed at torne y Aravella Simotas to replace Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who is running for the State Senate seat vacated by George Onorato (D-Astoria). Simotas will still face act iv ist Jeremiah Frei-Pearson in t he September primar y. Else where, t he par t y endor sed al l incumbents up for re-election, including t hose facing primar y challenge s. Assembly members Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), Vivian Cook (D-South Jamaica), Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway), Michael Miller (D-Glendale), Andrew Hevesi (DForest Hills) and State Sens Shirley Hunt-

le y (D-Jamaica), and Toby Ann Stav isky (D-Flush ing) are al l faci ng primar y challenges in September and all received the par t y endorsement. Huntley is facing a challenge from real estate broker Lynn Nunes, who lost the 2009 Democratic primary for City Council against Tom White Jr. (D-Jamaica) by six votes. Nunes is challenging Huntley over her "no" vote on mar riage equalit y in December. Miller is facing a potential challenge from Community Board 9 member and CEC District 24 President Nick Comianni of Woodhaven. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.

$30M Asphalt Plant Opens In Willets Pt. By REBECCA SESNY Mayor Mike Bloomberg along with New York City Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Jeanet te Sadhik-Khan, announced the start of operations of a new asphalt plantseemingly in direct contradiction to its redevelopment plan of the neighboring Iron Triangle. The City is hoping to make pothole repairs more efficient and environmentally friendly, using the plant, which uses recycled asphalt, to dispatch repair trucks and asphalt that are closer to the Bronx, Queens and Upper Manhattan. However, the City also has plans to redevelop the area directly adjacent to the plant, removing and relocating the industrial businesses that currently reside there. Previously, the City Council passed a redevelopment plan for the "Iron Triangle" at Willets Point, a process that lurched forward

in June 2008 when Community Board 7 approved the project; it established a precedent for tr ying to buy out all of the industrial companies there to make room for the redevelopment. When business owners refused to leave the City Council held a public hearing regarding the plan and voted in November 2008 to approve the redevelopment plan, which includes the potential use of eminent domain to acquire property claiming the area was blighted. "The city has neglected us for 30 years. They let it get like that. We have no sewers, no sidewalks; they left us here," said Jerr y Antonacci, owner of Crown Container and President of Willets Point United, a group of business owners who have banded together to fight their removal and redevelopment of the area. In March 2010, the City purchased the Asphalt Plant for $30 million to make use of

it in repairing roads. Bloomberg said it would "help make the streets feel brand new," as well as save taxpayers $5 million annually. Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist for Willets Poi nt United, said this was "Par for the course with the City," stating that it was operating "asphalt backwards" in purchasing and using an industrial plant while to tr ying to relocate others from t he same neighborhood. The City states that the purchase of this plant will save more than 2 million miles of annual truck trips that are used to car r y

milled asphalt to landfills, reducing congestion and wear and tear on streets. However, the already clogged streets in the immediate neighborhood will be get ting a more act ive plant with more trucks coming and going. The Mayor said this purchase is a step toward improving air quality and trucks and equipment previously located directly across the street will be located on-site, freeing up space for the community. Reach Intern Rebecca Sesny at rsesny@queenstribune.com, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.

to keep her alive" Ackerman said. "We send our thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time." On Monday, Yao's mother arrived to claim her daughter's body for a return to China. Police apprehended 28-year-old Carlos Salazar Cruz in connection with the incident and charged him with attempted murder and rape. Yao reportedly came to the U.S. with hopes of studying to become a lawyer, and had worked at a nail salon to save up for her college degree. Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at jorovic@queenstribune.com, or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.

SOLD! Tribune Photo by Ira Cohen

Flushing's decaying RKO Keith's Theatre has switched hands once again. Manhattan condo developer Patrick Thompson bought the site for $20 million from the bank that held the RKO's mortgage. According to reports, Thompson has not yet decided what to build at the landmark building.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced the opening of an asphalt plant in Willets Point.

DiNapoli On Biz At QC In a week filled with local graduates turning their eyes to the future, a big name visitor will come to Queens College to look at another aspect of the borough's future - its business forecast. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be the keynote speaker at a free business forum breakfast on Friday, June 4. The Queens College Business Forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together academia, the business community, local government, and students to provide an oppor tunity for town and gown to interact. The forum's theme, entrepreneurship, is

reflected in the subject mat ter of the seminars. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunit ie s and profitably, adapting to change s in business a nd regulatory conditions. The forum will be held sat 8 a.m. in the fourt h floor ballroom of Queens College's Student Union. DiNapoli will discuss the outlook of the state budget and New York's business climate. This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and registration is required. Call (718) 997-5210 or e-mail business.forum@qc.cuny.edu.

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By JOSEPH OROV IC The victim of one of Flushing's most vicious crimes this year passed away on Friday. Yu Yao, 23, was headed home around 9 p.m. on May 15 when she was hit in the face with a pipe, dragged to an alleyway off 41st Road and raped. She was taken to Ne w York Hospital Queens, where she remained in a coma for nearly a week before dying from her injuries. U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) worked towards an expedited a visa for Yao's mother, who lives in China. "We thank the doctors and the hospital staff who worked heroically around the clock to try

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Quartet Brings Its ‘Mosaic’ To Boro By DOMENICK RAFTER I an Antonio, L aura Barg e r, Russel l Greenberg and Jacob Rhodebeck gather in a room that could double as a storage unit, or a studio apartment, in an industrial building in Ridgewood to practice on a warm spring afternoon. Wit h the Midtow n Manhat tan skyline peeking through the open rustic window behind them, they play a piece called "Tile Mosaic," a title inspired by a New York staple; the subway wall tiles often arranged to spell

out the name of a station. Together, the four musicians form Yarn/ Wire, a contemporar y classical chamber quar tet just breaking out in the New York music scene. Now, par tner ing w ith t he Queens Council on the Ar t s, Yarn/Wire is bringing its unique brand of chamber music to the borough they call home. They will perform where they pract ice; at Troutman Hall, 1717 Troutman St. in Ridgewood at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, in a free concer t, reception and discussion with composers

open to the public. "It's really excit ing to be doing a concer t here in Queens," Antonio said. The four friends came together as students at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island and formed Yarn/Wire in 2005. "We knew if we wanted to make it, we'd have to be close to New York," Antonio said. "That's how we found ourselves in Queens." Though none are Queens natives, (Antonio comes from Upstate New York, Barger from Tennessee, Greenberg from California and Rhodebeck from Ohio) they currently call Queens home. Barger and Rhodebeck are pianists, while Greenberg and Antonio are percussionists, but the instruments they play are more than just pianos and drums. "If you hit it and it makes a sound, it can be used as an instrument," said Greenberg. In one piece, Barger and Rhodebeck,

instead of playing the piano keys, pluck at the piano strings with a guitar pick. "It hurts t he pick far more than it hurt s the piano," Barger assured with a smile. Local composers write most of their pieces especially for them. Two of the composers, Alex Minchek and Kate Soper, will be at the June 1 concert to speak about the music. Yarn/Wire w ill also premiere two new pieces by the composers at the show. The group hopes its Ridgewood concert is the beginning of many in the borough. "We'd like to do many more in Queens, and hopeful ly par tnering w it h [Queens Council on the Ar ts] will do just that," Antonio said. For more information about Yarn/Wire, visit yarnwire.org. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125

Premier Circus Show Wows Packed Crowd Ian Antonio (l. to r.), Russell Greenberg, Jacob Rhodebeck and Laura Bargar of Ridgewood-based contemporary classical quartet Yarn/Wire.

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Bello Nock bungee-bounces in his return to the Big Apple Circus.

Grandma the Clown interac ting with the Circus's ringmaster.

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the soy vinaigret te dip they become delicious morsels. A word of caution: hot at Erawan is ridiculously hot; the kind of hot that produces drops of sweat on your forehead as you're enjoying a soup that you can't resist, though your acid reflux may demand otherwise. Yes, the tom yum soup did have a kick that would make Emeril blush - and that's the point. It was still flavor ful, not It may seem rather elitist to indulge in overwhelmed by spice. Sip the Thai iced tea and ever ything is okay. More the rare or unusual these days. But we live in the most diverse RESTAURANT impor tantly, it prepared me for the main dish. county in America, so put your I went with the koong gai sub, guilt aside and dive in to a coma combination of ground shrimp pletely foreign ideal. and chicken, basil leaves, bamboo For the jet-set ting yuppie s of shoot and chili peppers. My our world, Thai is common place. breathing became heav y, feeling But the blue collar, jeans and like a dragon as fire engulfed my boot s t yp e s may be w a r y of mouth. And I enjoyed ever y secstrange names and unusual ingreond of it. dients. Don't be. The fare of The mix of flavors created an Erawan ranges from complete exotica to a new combination of things in unusual sense of disjointed enjoyment. One forkful could be spicy in one bite, another your kitchen. My date and I parted ways at the fork in bite mild. They all combined for a constant the road, she deciding to stick with the food-juke, keeping your taste buds on high slightly familiar while I refused to be tame. alert. Oh, and did I mention it's a tad spicy? My guest went the safe route and order First and foremost, do yourself the favor of ordering the Thai iced tea. It'll sooth Bamee Talay, shrimp, squid, scallops and your palate should you go with a plate of veggies on a bed of crispy angel hair pasta fire, or it can compliment a milder dish. and grav y. T he combination of textures, Neither sweet nor heav y, it goe s down from crispy to slippery, also provided a variance in every bite. She enjoyed it so much smooth with a fairly tame aftertaste. We star ted off the meal w ith jeeb pu, she only gave me the squid tentacles, which s t e a m e d c r a b d u m p l i n g s w i t h a s o y she doesn't care for. How do you cure a bad case of furnace vinaigret te dip, and tom yum soup, a spicy broth with chunks of chicken, lemongrass, mouth? Deep fried vanilla ice cream. Do I really need to tell you this is good? lime leaves and chili. A meal will run you in the $30 range if The jeeb pu wasn't far off from dumplings you may find at other establishments. you remain stingy, but paying more will only They were tiny, about half your thumb, but make the food harder to resist. –Joseph Orov ic each was packed w ith flavor. Doused in ERAWAN 42-31 Bell Boulevard, Bayside (718) 428-2112 CUISINE: Thai HOURS: Mon-Thu noon-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-11:30 p.m.; Sun. 3-10 p.m. CREDIT CARDS: All Major PARKING: Street

BigAppleCircus.org or call (888) 541-3750. A practical tip: If you would prefer an alternative to the portable toilet s just outside the tent, at intermission you can saunter over to the nearby, permanent Cunningham Park restrooms. Tribune Photos by Ira Cohen

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By BARBARA ARNSTEIN Freeeee! Gravity can't stop him and neither can anyone eart hbound! He bungee-bounce s down into the ring, snatching a hat from an unsuspecting per former's head, rebounds high above and then, savoring the moment like a child gone wild, he boings back below and - wheeee! - unexpectedly lifts an entire clown off the ground. He's Bello, star of the new Big Apple Circ u s s h o w, " B e l l o i s B a c k ! , " n o w a t Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, offering various morning, afternoon and evening shows until June 6. As he performs his many breath-taking feats and hilarious audience-interactive antics, Bello Nock not only laughs in the face of danger but could surely make danger laugh. As he cavorts on a whirling girder, he seems to always be just one single step from disaster, while his solo clowning scene in the ring, featuring an audience member, is a masterpiece of mirth and timing. In the first show of the Queens season, the woman he chose inspired laughs on her own when he gestured to her to turn around the prop she was holding and she, instead, turned to face the audience. Grandma the Clown (Barr y Lubin) intersperses the acts with fresh and funny, modern and traditional gags and audience-interactive bits and has a solo scene as "Daredevil Grandma," which cleverly parodies the acrobats' actions. Picaso Jr. does his incredible plate-juggling all around the tent, bringing extreme but safe excitement all around the rows. Unlike Bello, Regina Dobrovitskaya defies gravity in a different way, gracefully winding and unwinding herself in silken fabric in mid-air. Like Bello, she displays surprising versatility, appearing later on in the show to help present the dog act. Annaliese Nock, 13, Bello's daughter, shares his circus spotlight at the show's beginning, gracefully striking precarious poses inside a high-up hoop during the introduction of the cast. Trapeze ar tist s the Aniskin Troupe offer the eternal elegance and daring of "the man on the flying trapeze" (though nowadays, it's "the people"), plus the novelty of the various unique and amazing ways each athlete descends to the net. To see all the se great performers and more, buy tickets online at


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MISCELLANEOUS VETS SERVICE Sunday, May 30 the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association holds a service at St. Luke’s Church at 7:30 to honor those who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Monday, May 31 Memorial Day program at t h e v e t e r a n s f i e l d , 1 4 9 th Street and 15 th Drive beginning at 11 with a parade starting at noon. MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Monday, May 31 starting at 9 at the corners of Francis Lewis and Merrick Blvds., Laurelton and ending at 225 th Street and No. Conduit Avenue. SEPARATION/DIV. Starting Thursday, June 3 a 10 session Separation/Divorce Support Group will be held at the Samuel Field Y. 225-6750, ext. 243. ADOPTION TODAY Saturday, June 5 at 10 and Tuesday, June 15 at 7. Two hour information meeting by Family Focus Adoption Services in Little Neck. 2241919. KUTSCHERS July 16-19 ARMDI will hold a 4 day weekend. All profits to Israel for medical supplies. 224-7989.

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ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT DAY Saturday, June 5 from 11-1 with Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. “ B i o d i ve r s i t y : C o n n e c t i n g With Nature” is the theme. BIKE RIDE Saturday, June 5 bike ride to Fort Totten for World Environment Day Open House. Alley Pond Environmental Center. Register 229-4000, ext. 0. BIRD WALK Saturday, June 12 at the Queens Botanical Gardens. 886-3800, ext. 213. HORSESHOE CRABS Monday, June 14 Horseshoe Crabs of LI Sound with the Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. $5 non-members. WORLD OF REPTILES Saturday, July 24 Erik’s Reptile Edventure: The world of Reptiles and Amphibians at Alley Pond Environmental Center. For the family. 229-4000 to register.

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QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. FOOTBALL Saturdays until June 19 from 10-1 in South Ozone Park. 529-7911 information. MATH HELP Saturdays at the Flushing library at 10. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays at the Central library at noon. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 weekly story times at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 1 7 6 - 6 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i k e , Fresh Meadows. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck lib ra r y. B r i n g n e e d l e s a n d yarn. WORD PUZZLES Monday-Friday, word puzzles and math games at 2:30 at the Ridgewood library. POEM A DAY Monday-Friday Poem a Day Project at 3 at the Ridgewood librar y. HOMEWORK HELP Tuesday-Friday at the LIC library at 3.

TEENS CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. HOMEWORK HELP Monday-Friday at 3 at the Baisley Park library. REGENTS PREP June 1-21 Regents prep is o f f e re d a t M a s p e t h Tow n Hall. 335-6049. YOUTH DISCUSSION Tuesday, June 1 at the South Hollis library at 1:30. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH Thursdays for high school s t u d e n t s a t Te m p l e B e t h S h o l o m , 1 7 2 nd S t r e e t a n d Northern Blvd., Flushing at 7:30. CROCHET CLUB Thursday, June 3 at 4 at the Baisley Park library. MANGA CLUB Thursday, June 3 at 4 at the Flushing library. GIRL SCOUTS Thursday, June 3 at 4 at the Queens Village library. GAME DAY! Fridays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. WII GAMING Friday, June 4 at 4 at the Bellerose library. TEEN AUTHOR Saturday, June 5 Andrew Xia Fukuda speaks about “Crossing” at 2 at the Flushing librar y. KNITTING GALORE Saturday, June 5 at the South Ozone Park library at 2.

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S TORY T I M E Tu e s d a y, J u n e 1 After School Story Time for those 4-8 at the Lefferts library at 3:30. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. WET & WILD EDVENTURES Wednesday, June 2 at the Lefrak Cit y librar y at 4. Thursday, June 3 at the Bayside library at 3:30. Live aquatic reptiles and amphibians from interactive adventure pond. For those 11-14. T WILIGHT TALES Thursdays, come and snuggle up with some classic children’s stories and songs at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library. Register. 6:30. GIRL SCOUTS Thursday, June 3 at the Queens Village library at 4. KIDS LOUNGE Friday, June 4 at the LIC library at 4:30. GAME DAY Fridays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. GAME PLAYERS Fridays for those 6-14 at the Hillcrest library at 4. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays at the East Flushing library. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays at the East Elmhurst library at 3. YOUNG SCIENTISTS Friday, June 4 at the Jackson Heights librar y. Register. WII SPORTS CHALLENGE Fridays at the Lefrak Cit y library at 4. PUPPET THEATRE Sunday, June 6 “Little Red Riding Hood with the Three Little Pigs and the 7 Baby Goats” will be shown at Temple Tikvah in New Hyde Park. $15 advance. 516-7461120.

PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, May 29, June 5, 19 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 457-8390. INTERNATIONAL TEAS Saturday, May 29 enjoy various teas and learn tea culture at the Hollis library at 2. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 8865236. KNIT AND CROCHET Saturdays at the Seaside library at 2:30. PET OWNERS Sundays (not on holidays) from 1-4 free workshops on pet behavior at Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 454-5800. COMPUTER CLASS Monday, May 31 at the Lefferts library at 10:30. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library, 249-01 Northern Blvd. INSTRUCTION & DANCE Mondays and Fridays 7:158:00 dance lessons, dance from 8-11. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $10. ADULT CHESS Every Monday at 6 at the Queens Village library, 9411 217 th Street. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 200. OPEN BRIDGE Tuesdays at 8 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. Call 2637000 for fees. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at

ALUMNI PARENTS SUMMER DAY CAMP Starting July 6 with the Salvation Army Astoria Center. 721-9046. BD. OF TRUSTEES Wednesday, June 3 the Renaissance Charter School Board of Trustees meet at 7. 35-59 81 st Street, Jackson Heights. 803-0060.

THEATER AUDITIONS Tuesday and Thursday, June 1, 3 at 7:30 auditions for “Mame” at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 th Street, Bayside. 428-6363. AUDITIONS Tu e s d a y a n d We d n e s d a y, June 1, 2 at 7:30 auditions for “Sweet Charit y” by Neil Simon. 516-521-5500. Presented by the FSF Community Theatre Group in Flushing. KILLING KOMPANY The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888-SHOOT-EM for information

FRANCIS LEWIS HS Saturday, May 15 50 th anniversary class reunions, bbq, performances, carnival from 10-4 at the school. 281-8207. GOLF OUTING Monday, May 17 alumni and friends of St. John’s Prep/ Mater Christi HS will hold their 13 th Annual Golf Outing in Hewlett Harbor. 7217200, ext. 685. FLUSHING 70 Saturday, June 12 the Flushing HS Class of 1970 will meet. FHS1970@gmail.com. WINDSOR Friday, June 25 Windsor School in Flushing will hold a multi-year reunion for all graduates. 646-752-1891 or clownetta@gtmail.com JAMAICA 1989 Saturday, August 14 gala reunion at the George Washington Manor in Roslyn. 813751-7643. NEW TOWN 85 September 25 Newtown HS at Astoria Manor. Marialoves2write@yahoo.com ST. ANDREW Graduates from the class of 1960 are urged to contact the Alumni Association at 359-7887.

the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900. WATERCOLOR CL ASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. BASIC COMPUTER Wednesday, June 2 at the Woodside library at 10:30. CHESS CLUB Thursdays at 5:30 at the East Flushing library, 196-36 Northern Blvd. SCRABBLE/CHESS Thursdays at 4 at the Windsor Park library, 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside. CHESS CLUB Every Thursday at 6 at the Queens Village library.

QUILTING CLASSES Thursdays 10-2 at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 917-817-8653 to register. KNIT/CROCHET Thursdays at 6 and Fridays at 10:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Thursdays, June 3 and 10 at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center from 7-10. Register 4286363. KNITTING GALORE Saturday, June 5 project for Haiti at the South Ozone Park library at 2. HUMMUS & HUMUS Sunday, June 6 at the Queens Botanical Gardens. Learn about the connection between plants, food production and composting. $5. 539-5296.

ENTERTAINMENT ANNUAL BAZAAR Through Sunday, May 30 at Our Lady of the Snows Roman Catholic Church, 258th Street between Union Turnpike and 80 th Avenue, Floral Park. 7-midnight. POETRY DISCUSSION Saturday, May 29 at the Central library at 11. PIANO CONCERT Saturday, May 29 at the Flushing library at 2. WALKING TOURS Tuesday, June 1 Flushing’s Koreatown. Tuesday, June 8 LIC to Old Astoria. Tuesday, June 15 Forest Hills to Corona. Tuesday, June 22 #7 Sunnyside to Jackson Heights. Tuesday, June 29 South Richmond Hill. Tuesday, July 6 Flushing’s Chinatown. Tuesday, July 13 Woodside Avenue. Tuesday, July 20 Astoria. Tuesday, July 27 #7 Jackson Heights to Sunnyside. Educational walking tours start at 6pm. Contact Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, urban geographer, at jaconet@aol.com. BINGO Tuesdays at 7:15 at American Mart yrs Church, church basement, 216-01 Union Tu r n p i k e , B a y s i d e . 4 6 4 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d a y s a t 7 : 1 5 (doors open 6) at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.$3 admission includes 12 games. GROCERY AUCTION Friday, June 4 at Emanuel Church, Woodhaven Blvd and 9 1 st Avenue in Woodhaven at 7:30. $8. MOET TRIO Saturday, June 5 at 2 at the Flushing library. FAMILY DAY Saturday, June 5 from 9-6 at PS127, East Elmhurst Park, 25th Avenue and 98 th Street. Sports, balloons, board games, rides, arts and crafts and more. CLASSICAL MUSIC Saturday, June 5 at 2 at the Forest Hills library. DANCES OF INDIA Saturday, June 5 at 2:30 at the Jackson Heights library. FH SYMPHONY Sunday, June 6 at 2 at the

Forest Hills Jewish Center. 374-1627. Raffle included. QUEENS PRIDE Sunday, June 6 parade kicks off at noon at 37 th Avenue a n d 8 5 th S t r e e t , J a c k s o n Heights. Festival from 11-6 at 37 th Road from 74 th to 77 th Streets. STEEL SENSATION Sunday, June 6 at 3 at the Central library.

TALKS FLUSHING BOOK Friday, June 4 “ The Year After the Flood” by Margaret Atwood will be discussed at 1 at the Flushing library. BRIARWOOD Friday, June 4 “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit” will be discussed at 2 at the Briarwood library. COMMUNITY ARTISTS Friday, June 4 Flushing Library and Queens Museum of Art presents “Artists in the Communit y Lecture Series” at 6:30 at the Flushing library.

DINNER GO RED FOR WOMEN Thursday, June 3 the 3 rd Annual Queens Go Red for Women luncheon will be held at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. w w w . h e a r t . o r g / queensnygoredforwomenluncheon KIWANIS Saturday, June 5 Kiwanis Club of Rosedale – Laurelton will hold their 6 th Annual Dinner Part y. $35. 527-3678. AFRICAN AMER. WOMEN Sunday, June 6 23 rd Annual Awards Banquet at Antun’s. 527-9165. RIDGEWOOD DEMS Thursday, June 10 the Ridgewood Democratic Club and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan will hold their annual dinner dance at Riccardo’s. 229-4201. QBG Wednesday, June 16 Rose Ball with the Queens Botanical Gardens. 886-3800.


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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-FF9, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-FF9 Plaintiff, vs. NORMA GARCIA, ORLANDO DE LA CRUZ Defendant(s). TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: INDEX NO.: 1206/10 MORTGAGED PREMISES: 87-15 SUTTER AVENUE OZONE PARK, NY 11417 SBL #: BLOCK: 9148 LOT: 38 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 19th day of May, 2010, TO: ORLANDO DE LA CRUZ, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. JANICE A. TAYLOR of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 6 th day of May, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by NORMA GARCIA and ORLANDO DE LA CRUZ dated the 7th day of March, 2006, to secure the sum of $485,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000173113 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 28th day of March, 2006; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 12th day of January, 2010, and sent for recording in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County; The property in question is described as follows: 87-15 SUTTER AVENUE, OZONE PARK, NY 11417 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 9148 and Lot 38 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, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Northerly side of Sutter Avenue, distant

40.69 feet Westerly from the comer formed by the intersection of the Northerly side of Sutter Avenue with the Westerly side of88to Street, formerly Boyd Avenue; RUNNING. THENCE Northerly parallel with 88th Street, 103.41 feet; THENCE Westerly at right angles to 88th Street, 25 feet; THENCE Southerly and again parallel with 88to Street, 99.08 feet to the Northerly side of Sutter Avenue; THENCE Easterly along the Northerly side of Sutter Avenue, 25.38 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. TOGETHER with an easement or right of way for ingress and egress to a garage erected in the rear of the premises hereinbefore described over the most Easterly 6 feet of the premises immediately adjoining to the West. SUBJECT to an easement or right of way for ingress and egress to a garage erected in the rear of the premises immediately adjoining on the West over the most Westerly five feet of the premises hereinbefore described. Premises known as 87-15 Sutter Avenue, Ozone Park, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and

which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: May 19, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G , Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/ 23/10, bearing Index Number NC-000333-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Folake (Middle) Ninilola (Last) Sanyaolu My present name is (First) Folake (Middle) Ninilola (Last) Anomo aka Folake Anomo My present address is 144-66 176 th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434 My place of birth is Nigeria My date of birth is January 14, 1965 ________________________________________________________________

LOT 1277 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 19th day of May, 2010, TO: ANDREA A. EVANS, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. JAIME A. RIOS of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 3 rd day of May, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by NIKEYA S. KELLY and ANDREA A. EVANS dated the 11th day of May, 2009, to secure the sum of $363,298.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2009000150741 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 20th day of May, 2009; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 18th day of January, 2010, and sent for recording in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County; The property in question is described as follows: 102-06 163RD ROAD, HOWARD BEACH, NY 11414 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 14247 and Lot 1277 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, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of strip of land 20 feet wide extending from 104th Street, formerly Ocean Avenue, on the East to Hawtree Creek on the West, called Burlingame Court, distant 368 feet West of said 1 0 4 th S t r e e t ; R U N N I N G THENCE Westerly along the Southerly side of said 20 foot strip, 24 feet; THENCE Southerly parallel with 104th Street, 80 feet; THENCE Easterly at right angles to l04th Street, 24 feet; THENCE Northerly parallel with said 104th Street, 80 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 102-06 163rd Road, Howard Beach, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK

STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: May 19, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst,

NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATIO N OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: EZ PASS DRIVING SCHOOL LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/ 21/10. 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, 666 Onderdonk Avenue, Ridgewood, New York 11385. Purpose: To establish an automobile driving school in which persons of both sexes may be taught the art of the proper operation and control of motor vehicles of all kinds, as shall fit them to secure the requisite license from the proper authorities to operate such motor vehicles on public highways. Nothing herein shall authorize the LLC to operate or maintain a charter, nursery, elementary or secondary school, a college or university, or to advertise or offer credit bearing courses or degrees in New York State. ____________________________________________________________________

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/ 8/10, bearing Index Number NC-000296-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) James (Middle) Omar (Last) Cabral Collado My present name is (First) James (Middle) Omar (Last) Cabral My present address is 1877 Harman Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is September 20, 1984 ____________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of MyArtistree, LLC.. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. Of State of NY(SSNY) on 03/29/ 2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC 45-08 4 0 th S t r e e t , A p t . D 2 4 , Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PARKVIEW QUEENS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/23/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it maybe served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 73-47 185 th Street, Fresh Meadows, New York 11366. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 1515/10 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA Plaintiff, vs. NIKEYA S. KELLY, ANDREA A. EVANS, Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 102-06 163RD ROAD HOWARD BEACH, NY 11414 SBL #: BLOCK 14247

Notice of formation of HARCO CONSTRUCTION LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/26/2009. Office location, County of Queens. The street address is: 213 Beach 88th Street, Rockaway, NY 11693. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 213 Beach 88th Street, Rockaway, NY 11693. Purpose: Any lawful act. ____________________________________________________________________


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TZELL CARBER TRAVEL LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 4/ 22/10. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 58-20 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, NY 11377. General Purposes. ____________________________________________________________________

BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2006FM1 Plaintiff, vs. EDISON CARRION . Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 97-26 133RD STREET SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, NY11419 SBL #: BLOCK 9480 LOT 17 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 19th day of May, 2010, TO: EDISON CARRION, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is

served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. JAIME A. RIOS of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 3 rd day of May, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by EDISON CARRION dated the 9th day of February, 2006, to secure the sum of $364,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000181980 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 31st day of March, 2006; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 21 st day of December, 2009, and sent for recording in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County. The property in question is described as follows: 97-26 133RD STREET, SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, NY 11419 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 9480 and Lot 17 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, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Westerly side of 133rd Street, formerly Hulst Street, distant 124.25 feet Northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Westerly

side of 133rd Street with the Northerly side of 101st Avenue, formerly Jerome Avenue; RUNNING THENCE Westerly and parallel with 101st Avenue, 100 feet; THENCE Northerly and parallel with 133rd Street, 22 feet; THENCE Easterly and again parallel with 101st Avenue, 100 feet to the Westerly side of 133rd Street; THENCE Southerly along the same, 22 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. TOGETHER with the benefits and subject to the burdens of a Right of Way Agreement recorded in Liber 5285 Page 586. Premises known as 9726133rd Street, South Richmond, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a de-

fault judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: May 19, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ____________________________________________________________________

in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by LUCIOUS WILLIAMS, JR. A/K/A LUCIOUS WILLIAMS (who died a resident of Queens County and the State of New York on the 20th day of April, 2008)dated the 21st day of June, 2005, to secure the sum of $1 00,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2005000463399 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 17th day of August, 2005; The property in question is described as follows: 168-49 92ND ROAD, JAMAICA, NY 11433 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 10210 and Lot 248 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, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Northerly side of 92nd Road, 164.03 feet Easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Northerly side on 92nd Road with the Easterly side of 168th Place; RUNNINGTHENCE Northerly at right angles to 92nd Road, 94.12 feet to land now or formerly of Henry L. and Daniel B. DeMilt; THENCE Easterly along said land, 24.66 feet to land now or formerly of the Estate of James Van Siclen; THENCE Southerly along last mentioned land, 44.30 feet; THENCE Westerly parallel with 92nd Road, 2.03 feet; THENCE Southerly at right •angles to 92nd Road, and part of the distance through a party wall, 51.34 feet to the Northerly side of92nd Road; THENCE Westerly along the Northerly side of 92nd Road, 20 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 16849 92nd Road, Jamaica, New York DATED: May 19, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ___________________________________________________________________

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/ 3/10, bearing Index Number NC-000387-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Anitha (Last) Iyer-Kothari My present name is (First) Anitha (Middle) Venkataramani (Last) Kothari aka Anitha Venkataramani My present address is 70-20 108 th Street, Apt. #12-H, Forest Hills, NY 11375 My place of birth is Chennai, India My date of birth is October 02, 1980 ____________________________________________________________________

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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 34980/09 U.S.

SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 1501/10 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO FLEET NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff, vs. JAMES WILLIAMS, HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF LUCIOUS WILLIAMS, JR. A/ K/A LUCIOUS WILLIAMS, UNKNOWN HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF LUCIOUS WILLIAMS, JR. A/K/A LUCIOUS WILLIAMS Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 168-49 92ND ROAD JAMAICA, NY 11433 SBL #: BLOCK 10210 LOT 248 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 twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 19th day of May, 2010, TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF LUCIOUS WILLIAMS, JR. A/K/A LUCIOUS WILLIAMS, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. ROGER N. ROSENGARTEN of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 7th day of May, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk,

New York Counseling for Change, LCSW, PLLC Notice of the formation of the above named Professional Limited Liability Company (“PLLC”) Articles of Organization filed with the Department of State of NY on 3/12/ 2010. Office Location: County of Queens. The street address is: 37-20 74th St., 3rd Fl., Jackson Heights, NY 11372.. The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: The LLC, 37-20 74th St., 3rd Fl., Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any lawful act.


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SINGLES SINGLES 45+ Wednesday, June 2 at 7:30 at the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway. $7.

RELIGIOUS GROUND BREAKING Sunday, June 6 Mikveh Yisrael announces the ground breaking of the first mikveh – Jewish Ritual Bath – in Northeast Queens at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park, 264-15 77 th Avenue at 10. 343-0496. ASTORIA CENTER June 12, 26 Adult Bat Mitzvah Classes. Astoria Center of Israel, 27-35 Crescent Street, LIC. 278-2680.

Clintonville Street, Avenue. Wednesdays at Grace Church, 151-17 14 th Road, Whitestone. Wednesdays and Saturdays 9-2 at the Floral Park United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Avenue, Floral Park. 354-4969. Thursdays from 10-1 at All Saints’ C h u r c h , 2 1 5 th S t r e e t b e tween 39 th and 40 th Avenues, Bayside. 229-5631. Fridays

through June from 11-3 at the Maspeth United Methodist Church, 66-35 58 th Avenue. JUDAICA SHOPS Daily and by appointment the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Judaic Gift Store is open. 263-7000. Sundays from 9-11:30 at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 th Street. 428-6363.

MEETINGS FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tuesdays the Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets. 917-612-3463. ADVANCED WRITERS Tuesdays at 6:30 at the Terrace Diner at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and also t h e l a s t Tu e s d ay o f t h e month in the Communit y Room in Panera Bread at Bay Terrace Shopping. HAM RADIO CLUB Tuesday, June 1 Emergency Communications Service meets in Briarwood. 3576851. TALK OF THE TOWN Tuesday s, June 1, 15, July 6, 20 learn the art of public speaking in St. Albans. 5275889. AMERICAN LEGION Tuesday s, June 1, 15, July 6, 20 Edward McKee Post 131 meets in Whitestone. 767-4323. ASTORIA CIVIC Tu e s d a y, J u n e 1 a t 8 a t R i c c a r d o s , 2 1 - 0 1 2 4 th A v enue, Astoria. TOASTMASTERS Wednesdays, June 2, 16, July 7, 21 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices

o f Ro c h d a l e To a st m a ste r s Club in Jamaica. 978-0732. KNIGHTS OF PY THIAS Wednesdays, June 2, 16 Queensview Lodge 433 meets in Whitestone. 7464428. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesdays, June 2, 16, 30, July 7, 21 Flushing Camera Club meets at Flushing Hospital. 441-6210. CATHOLIC VETS Thursday, June 3 St. Margaret’s Post 1172 meets in Middle Village. 326-1135. HORIZONS CLUB Thursday, June 3 the Horizons Club, for those 55 and over, meet at noon at the Re fo r m Te m p l e o f F o r e st Hills, 71-11 112 th Street. Career of Mario Lanza will be discussed. $3 includes coffee and cake. 261-2900. CIVIL AIR PATROL Fridays 6-10 at Vaughn College of Aeronautics, 86-01 23 rd Avenue, East Elmhurst. Academy WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information.

SENIORS FREE LUNCH Saturdays, May 29, June 26, July 31 at Church of the Resurrection in Kew Gardens. 847-2649 reservations. STAY WELL Mondays at 10 at the Central library. Tuesdays at 2 at the Flushing library and Wednesdays at 10 at the East Elmhurst library. Special exercises and relaxation techniques. STARS Wednesday, June 2 come join our galaxy of STARs to perform theatrical works at the Hollis library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTERS Friday, June 4 at the Baisley Park library. Register. STARS THEATER Saturday, June 5 at 2 at the Bellerose library. AARP 4158 Tuesday, June 8 North Flushing AARP Chapter 4158 meets at noon at Church on t h e H i l l , 1 6 7 - 0 7 3 5 th A v enue, Flushing. AARP 3698 Wednesday, June 9 AARP 3698 meets at the Zion Episcopal Church, 243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston at 1. AAPR 29 Thursday, June 10 AARP chapter 29 meets in the C o m m u n i t y Ro o m o n th e ground floor at Grace

Church Parish House, 15502 90 th Avenue at noon. AARP 4977 Wednesday, June 16 t h e Corona/East Elmhurst AARP 4977 meets at ‘:30 at Corona Congregational Church hall, 1 0 2 - 1 8 3 4 th A v e n u e . 4 5 8 7429. DRIVER’S SAFETY Thursdays, June 17/24 sponsored by AARP at the Pomonok Senior Center. 591-3377. FREE LUNCH Saturday, June 19 a t A l l Saints Church in Richmond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. CARING CALLS Caring Calls is a communit y supportive care program designed to provide services by seniors for seniors. 3472244. CUNNINGHAM PARK Monday-Friday 9:30-4:30 sit, relax or socialize at the Cunningham Park Field House, 196-10 Union Turnpike. 740-1999. GENTLE YOGA Mondays Gentle Yoga for Seniors at Fort Totten. 3521548. MEN 80+ Mondays men over 80 are invited for a “For Men Only” discussion group from 2-3 at t h e S a m u e l F i e l d Y. 2 2 5 6750, ext. 250.

TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5 a class. YOGA DANCE Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1948. $10 class. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT E ve r y Tu e s d a y We ste r n Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 784-6173, ext. 431. FAMILY HEALTH Wednesday, June 2 Family Health and Safet y Workshop at 6 at the Flushing library. OA Thursdays at the Howard Beach library at 10:30. MEMORY LOSS Fridays Couples with one partner experiencing memory loss meet at the Samuel Field Y. 225-6750, ext. 236. OA Fridays 6:30-8:30 at Unit y Center of Flushing, 42-11 155 th Street. Beginners meeting except the last Friday of each month, which is a writing meeting. CO-DEPENDENTS ANON. Fridays 10-11:45 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral C e n t e r , 8 5 - 1 8 6 1 st R o a d , Rego Park. Women only. VISUAL IMPAIRMENT Saturday, June 5 at the Forest Hills library at 1:30. REDUCE STRESS Saturdays, June 5, July 3 at the Poppenhusen Institute. Tea and talk. 358-0067. CANCER SUPPORT Monday, June 7 Franklin Hospital’s Cancer Support Group meets at 2 in the Greenberg Conference Room. 516-256-6478. PARKINSON Monday, June 7 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills from 3-5. 440-4200. ALZHEIMERS Tu e s d a y s , J u n e 8 , 2 2 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. MS SELF-HELP Tuesdays, June 8, 22 Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help group to share a common life experience for support, education and mutual aid 12:30 at the Howard Beach library. FEMALE CANCER Mondays, June 14, 28 “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Flushing. 1-800ACS-2345. SHARP Saturdays, June 19, July 17 Selfhelp Alzheimers Resource Program (SHARP). 631-1886. OCA Saturdays 10:30-noon Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous meets at Resurrection Ascension Church, Feely Hall, 85-15 61 st Road, Rego Park. CO-DEPENDENCE ANON. Saturdays the Bellerose chapter of Co-Dependence Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women seeking healthy relationships with

themselves and others, meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 6 Commonwealth Avenue. Beginners 9:15, Open 10:30. 229-2113. ALZHEIMERS Saturdays from 12-1:30 caregivers, friends and relatives of those with Alzheimer’s Disease meet at the Sunnyside Communit y Services. 784-6173, ext. 137. SCHIZOPHRENICS Sundays from 10-11 Schizophrenics Anonymous self-help support group meets at LI Consultation in Rego Park. 896-3400. SOS (Significant Others of Schizophrenics) also meets. SMART RECOVERY Sundays from 11:30-1:00 LI Consultation Center in Rego Park. Free self help group based on cognitive behavioral concepts dedicated to assisting individuals in overcoming all t ypes of addictive behavior problems. 212-6311198 or check the web at www.smartrecovery.org AL-ANON Sundays 7-8:15 pm at Sacred Heart School, 216 th Street and 38 th Avenue. Tuesdays at 8:30 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 82 nd Street and 3 4 th Avenue, Jackson Heights. 2 nd floor of the Parish House. 335-7379. AA Sundays from 6-7:30 Total Freedom AA Group meets at Pride Communit y Center in Corona. GAY-2300 for info. PARTNER ABUSE Sundays Partner Abuse Counseling Program for women who experience all t ypes of abuse. 225-6750, ext. 248. EPILEPSY Sundays Epilepsy support group meets in Queens. 212-633-2930. QI GONG Sundays from 4-5 free Qi Gong classes at the Zen & Kung Fu Association’s Healing Center in Corona. 6513752. CO-DEPENDENTS Sundays at 10:30 Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. LI Consultation Center in Rego Park. TAI CHI Mondays from 3-4 and advanced tai chi from 4-4:20 at St. John’s Hospital. 558-1198 to register. GLAUCOMA Mondays from 9-12 and Thursdays from 9-2 free glaucoma screenings at Flushing Hospital. 670-5719 ALZHEIMERS Mondays to Fridays from 102 the Samuel Field YMYWHA in Little Neck offers a day care and family respite program. 225-6750, ext. 221. TAI CHI CLASS Mondays and Wednesdays the NY Hospital Queens Cardiac Center offers tai chi on Monday at 11 and 6:30 on Wednesday at 174-03 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows. $5 per person. 670-1695.

FREE GLAUCOMA Mondays from 10:30-2:30 free glaucoma screenings in the main lobby of Flushing Hospital, 4500 Parsons Blvd. 206-6020. OA Tuesdays at 8 Overeaters Anonymous meets at Church on the Hill, 167-05 35 th Avenue, 2 nd floor. FOOD ADDICTS Tu e s d a y s F o o d Ad d i c t s Anonymous, a fellowship who abstain from sugar, flour and wheat, meet at 7:30 in Oakland Gardens. 465-1774 or 917-403-1818. PARTNER ABUSE Tu e s d ay s f ro m 7 : 2 0 - 8 : 5 0 Pride of Judea Communit y Services in Douglaston holds a “ Pa r t n e r A b u s e Tra u m a Group.” 423-6200, ext. 202. QSAC Tuesdays from 7-9 Qualit y Services for the Autism C o m m u n i t y h o l d s wo r k shops for families and friends of autistic children and adults. 7-AUTISM, ext. 1219. AL-ANON Tuesday s Al-Anon, a selfhelp support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use of alcohol at 7:30 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61 st Road, Rego Park. 212-9410094. Also at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner 82 nd Street and 34 th Avenue, on the 2 nd floor of the Parish House at 8:30. 457-1511. GAM-ANON Tuesdays Free Synagogue of Flushing and Zion Episcopal Church. Wednesdays All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside, First Presbyterian Church in Forest Hills, Church on the Hill in Flushing and United Methodist Church in Middle Village. Thursdays Free Synagogue of Flushing and Zion Episcopal Church. Call 1-877-6442469. DAY TOP Tuesdays at 7 Daytop Village in Jamaica provides support for family and friends of those affected by substance abuse. 1-800-2Daytop. AA Tu e s d a y s a t 8 a t G r a c e Lutheran Church in Astoria. 520-5021. INSTABILIT Y Tuesdays and Fridays day activit y program for people who experience mood instabilit y and depression. Woodside Clinic. 779-1234. EARLY ALZHEIMERS Tu e s d a y s a n d T h u r s d a y s from 10-2 the Samuel Field YM-YWHA in Little Neck offers an Early Stage Alzheimers and Dementia Care program. 225-6750, ext. 331. AL-ANON Wednesdays New Beginnings meetings of Al-Anon at 7:15 at Holy Family Church, 7 4 - 1 5 1 7 5 th S t r e e t , F r e s h Meadows. NAR-ANON Wednesdays at 7:30 at Church in the Gardens, room 204, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills. 1-800-984-0066. Self-help support group for anyone affected by drugs.

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OUTDOOR FLEA Saturdays and Sundays until November 28 St. Nicholas of Tolentine from 9-5 at the intersection of Parsons Blvd. and Union Turnpike, Jamaica. SPRING YARD SALE Saturday, May 29 from 9-5 and Sunday, May 30 from 12-5 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 185-01 50 th Avenue (Peck and Utopia). RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, June 5 from 9:304:00 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 36-01 Bell Blvd., Bayside. FLEA MARKET Saturday, June 5 from 10-4 at St. George’s Church, 1420 27 th Avenue, Astoria. TREASURE SALE Saturday, June 5 from 9:303:30 and Sunday, June 6 from 11:30-3:30. Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 th Street, Richmond Hill. Summer Treasure Sale and Bake Sale. TAG SALE Sunday, June 6 80 th Anniversary Tag Sale from 12-4 at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway. Artist supplies, frames, paper, brushes, etc. THRIFT SHOP Tuesday, June 8 from 9-2 at the Jewish center of Kew Gardens Hills, 71-25 Main Street. THRIFT SHOPS Saturdays and Sundays 104 at St. Fidelis Mother & Child Residence, 124-15 14 th Avenue, College Point. 353-4749. Saturdays 11-4 at Bargain Boutique Thrift Shop, Baptist Church, 93-23 2 1 7 th S t r e e t , Q u e e n s V i l lage. 527-2132. Mondays 10-3 at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd. Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-1:30 at Te m p l e S h o l o m o f F l o r a l Park, 263 rd Street and Union Tu r n p i k e . Tu e s d a y s a n d Wednesdays from 2-5 at Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills. 268-6704. First and third Wednesday (September through June) from 10:302:30 at Grace Episcopal C h u r c h , 1 4 th A v e n u e a n d

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A Little Ditty To Our NYS Legislators We’ve got Ed Koch, the goo-goos and more, We’ve got Andrew Cuomo, we know the score. The electeds in Albany, must make a choice, Another poem, another dollar, Support our reform, we must hear your voice. State is failing, people holler. Cause the State is in crisis, you face a test, The sky is falling on New York State, Your performance thus far is pathetic at best. We’ve got a government, not so great. The job market is bad, budget failure’s a crime, It’s the worst in all the land, The end is approaching, perhaps it’s your time. New York’s failure is mighty grand. So Mr. State Senator and Ms. Assemblymember, The New York Senate, chaos and worse, Something for you to always remember, The Assembly’s self-serving, so perverse. You’re a servant of the people, we are the boss, Governor ain’t functioning, doesn’t come near, And this year perhaps it’s time for divorce. Albany’s in free fall, it’s worse than we feared. We cannot fathom how it’s reached such a low, The budget so late, we can’t pay our bills, You’ve taken the office, but are not in the know. Reverberates Statewide and gives us the chills. You’ve got the title, you’ve got our money, Laws are not passing, dialogue’s a joke, Mr. and Mrs. Legislator we don’t think it funny. The State cannot breathe, it’s starting to choke. Election is approaching, perhaps the end is in sight, Reform’s just a word for campaigns and for show, The people are amassing, to do what is right. The folks up in Albany don’t seem to know. We don’t care which party, you both are to blame, The voters have had it, we know you’re a fake, You’re institutional failure, while you’re on the take. We don’t want finger pointing or more of the same. Welcome New York Uprising and a Cuomo decree, We want you to change and sign the reform agenda, We’ll side with these folks who don’t side with thee. For independent redistricting, be a people’s defender. Listen to Cuomo, to NewYork Uprising, We shout out for change, reform we will back, Listen with care is what we’re advising. And if you don’t vote for it, we will attack. By MICHAEL SCHENKLER

Though we may like you, be beguiled by your charm, What you have brought us is nothing but harm. If we don’t see reform with you on the right side, We’ll back your opponent, give you nowhere to hide. We’re counting the heads, we’re printing the names, We’re bringing an end to the Albany games. And if it all doesn’t happen by this November, We’re not going away and we will remember, Names of each legislator who failed us once more, We’ll shout them from rooftops till all know the score. The poem is now ending; it’s the end of the dance, Sign a pledge for reform; it’s your last chance. MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com

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Cuomo Would Pick Ticket, Seeks Pledges for Reform By HENRY STERN Although Andrew Cuomo announced his candidacy for governor this past weekend, prior to that, he began to shape the Democratic ticket and secure commitments from candidates for the Legislature Henry to support his program. His activity was described in a comprehensive ar t icle in last week’s Times: “In the weeks leading to the state Democratic convention next week, aide s and al lie s of Mr. Cuomo have moved quietly and methodically to bolster Kathleen M. Rice, Nassau County district attorney and the candidate widely believed to be Mr. Cuomo’s preferred successor. While the candidate for governor traditionally chooses his lieutenant governor (even though the lieutenant governor is chosen separately in the par ty primary) the Cuomo forces’ attempt to select the rest of the ticket raises other issues. The first is the attempt to secure a balanced ticket, geographically and ethnically. A more threatening possibility is that by dictating the choice of his party for Comptroller and Attorney General, Mr. Cuomo is assuring himself that these officials, once elected, will be indebted to him and act favorably in matters in which he has an interest. The Comptrol ler, for example, is the state’s chief fiscal officer. He certifies the budget and performs many other duties under the State Constitution. He is also the sole trustee of t he state employees’

pension funds, which now exceed $129 billion. The position provides many oppor tunities for personal enrichment, which some comptrollers have used for their own advantage. The current Comptroller, Mr. DiNapoli, was Stern chosen by the legislature to replace the fallen Alan Hevesi, who had just been re-elected. His principal sponsor was Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was determined to choose the new comptroller from among the Democratic legislators. The At torney General, who has the ability to prosecute public as well as private corruption, is a powerful public figure. The last two AGs, Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo, both found the office a path to the governorship. Each gained a solid public reputation, in part because of cases they brought against Wall Street. It is obviously helpful to the governor to have a friendly attorney general, preferably one who he has helped install into office. Andrew Cuomo’s actions to direct the choice of other elected officials indicates a predilection for a strong governorship. That would be a direct contrast with the situation under Governor Paterson. The current governor, however, did not have the sanction of election by the public, which his successor will presumably enjoy. The real issue next year will be whether Governor Cuomo or Speaker Silver (if they are both elected) will be the alpha male of New York State government. We read in last Wedne sday’s Times

that five lawyers from Weitz and Luxenberg, the Speaker’s law firm, had contributed $236,698 to Kathleen Rice, who is assumed to be Cuomo’s choice for at torney general - Irish, a woman, suburban, tough on crime, elected DA. That works to the detriment of Senator Eric Schneiderman, the candidate of the left wing of the Democratic Party. From a purely practical point of view, however, and without making a judgment on the merits, Cuomo needs Schneiderman like a lochenkopf. Four other candidate s have attracted little support despite their vigorous efforts. It is, of course, possible that Cuomo and Silver will co-exist in peace, at least for two years. We will see how the Speaker’s home district is redrawn after the decennial census results are published in 2011. That will depend in part on who draws t he line s, a nd whether personal considerations are involved in the process. CUOMO SEEKS COMMITMENTS The Cuomo initiative was repor ted in the Daily News. The lede: “If you want Andrew Cuomo’s backing, you gotta have his back. “The state attorney general, who plans to announce his run for governor soon, will ask candidates who want his suppor t to sign a pledge to stick to his agenda, the Daily News has learned. “Cuomo is developing a ‘citizens pledge’ that will detail reform ideas he wants enacted if he is elected, a source close to him said. “The Democrat will travel to all 62 count ies during the campaign asking for citizens and can-

didates from all parties to sign the pledge.” To us, this is a good idea. Ne w York Uprisi ng, a group founded in March by former Mayor Ed Koch, Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, and this blogger for New York Civic, is circulating pledges to candidates for state office, asking for their commitment to a reform agenda on redistricting, conflicts of interests, financial statements and tra nsparenc y. Mr. Cuomo responded to us specifically promising his support for those goals. It makes enormous sense for a candidate to seek commitments on these important issues before endorsing anyone. The proof will come in what specifically the candidates are asked to do, and how and by whom they will be held to

the pledges they make. There is one other problem. The News story is attributed to an anonymous source. This means that there is still plausible deniability if the candidate changes his mind. We rely on the integrity of the source and the candidate. Andrew Cuomo has an opportunity to turn the shambles that is Albany in a new direction. Eliot Spitzer had that opportunity, and completely blew it, even before the scandal.. We wish for the best for New York State, but experience limits our optimism. Perhaps the strong leadership which has been missing for many years will make a difference. But strength has its own weakness, which we hope the new governor will avoid. StarQuest@NYCivic.org

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Edit Page In Our Opinion:

True Equality The concept behind this edition changes ever so slightly every year. From a celebration of a unique culture of Queens when we started to a heavily political edition last year as gay marriage was coming up for a vote, the edition has changed with the community’s needs. This year is no different. With no hope of a gay marriage bill arriving in Albany this year, we want to take a moment to show that the gay members of our community are no different from the rest. As debate over gay marriage went on in the State Senate last year, some Senators compared the right for two members of the same sex to marry as equal to interracial couples, and their rights – one of the most profound statements in the State Senate in some time. We ask our readers, particularly those who consider themselves “straight,” to read through this edition and to hopefully have their eyes opened to the fact that members of the LGBT community are no different from everyone else. We all work hard. We all care about our kids. We all practice our faith in our own way. We all love. If this edition moves you in any way, we ask that you reach out to your State Senator and ask him or her to provide equal civil rights to all.

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Happy Pr ide To The Editor: Happy Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month! As Speaker of the New York City Council, I’m so happy to join you this month as we celebrate LGBT pride in Queens and elsewhere across the City and pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who have fought tirelessly for LGBT rights over the years. Here at the New York City Council, we’ve been working hard to help make this great borough and all of New York a better home for everyone – including our LGBT community. This year, Pride Month takes on special significance as we renew and continue our fight for full equality. Despite the great progress that we’ve made over the years, our struggle endures and we must continue to stand tall, be proud and fight for what we believe in – full equality for all and nothing less. This month is an important time for us to celebrate our victories and to take stock of our defeats. It’s also an opportunity for us to enjoy ourselves and embrace all that our community has to offer, and I wish all of you a safe, fun-filled month with your friends and loved ones. Happy Pride! Christine C. Quinn Speaker, NYC Council

Get It Right To The Editor:

In a recent issue of the Tribune, your publisher, Michael Schenkler, decided to lambaste the Arizona immigration law. He did so by sarcastically suggesting that Arizona just make all illegal immigrants wear yellow armbands – a clear reference to Nazi Germany. If you want to disagree with Arizona’s immigration law, fine. But how dare Mr. Schenkler or anyone else compare it with Nazi Germany. Some of my own ancestors were in concentration camps and I take umbrage when people like Mr. Schenkler make these utterly absurd comparisons. The worst thing that might happen to an illegal immigrant in Arizona is that he’ll wind up getting deported. For those who wore yellow armbands, they had to worry about getting deported too – not to Mexico but to concentration camps where they were systematically murdered in the gas chambers. What a ridiculous and outrageous comparison! Schenkler went on to say that as publisher of the “paper of record” for such a diverse county, he had a duty to speak out about this. Well, perhaps before doing so he should get his facts in order. I wonder if, unlike Attorney General Holder, he actually took the time to read the law before excoriating it? Does the law mandate racial profiling of Hispanics? On the contrary, it forbids it. Will the law have a disparate impact on Hispanics? It very well might. But that has nothing to do with racial profiling – it

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has to do with simple statistics. About two-thirds of all illegal immigrants are from Mexico or from some Central American nation. Further, the fact is that the “reasonable suspicion” standard mentioned in the Arizona law is the exact same standard that police must adhere to in dealing with any person from any state. So before spewing nonsense about racism and making preposterous comparisons to Nazi Germany, perhaps liberals should get their facts in order. And what are the facts? Under current federal law, Title 8 USC Section 1304, all immigrants – in Arizona or anywhere else for that matter – must carry their immigration papers on them at all times. Failure to do so is a crime. Here are some more facts: Phoenix is currently the kidnapping capital of the United States and according to the Department of Justice, Mexican gangs are now the greatest organized crime threat facing our nation. And what about the federal government? What have they done to secure our borders? President Obama recently stood next to Mexican President Felipe Calderon and basically cheered him on while he condemned the people of Arizona. Hey, Mr. President! How about standing up for own country and for the people of the great state of Arizona? What a disgrace! Incidentally, for all you liberals seeking to boycott Arizona, did you know that Mexico has much stricter laws against illegal immigration than Arizona does? In Mexico, being an illegal immigrant is a serious felony punishable by lengthy prison sentences – up to 10 years for repeat offenders. In short, Calderon is a hypocrite and Obama is a disgrace. Perhaps Obama, the former constitutional law professor, should refresh his recollection on Article IV, Section IV of the United States Constitution which says that the federal government shall protect each state from invasion. Arizona is, indeed, being invaded. And what has the President done? Nothing! Here is another pesky little fact for liberals like Mr. Schenkler to consider: It is currently the official policy of the United States Department of Justice that state and local law enforcement possess the “inherent authority” to enforce federal immigration law. The bottom line is that a nation is defined, at least in part, by its borders. A nation, any nation, has a right and a duty to secure its borders. A nation has a right and a duty to put the interests of its own citizens ahead of others. And a sovereign nation, any sovereign nation, has a right and a duty to decide who it will allow in and who it will ask to leave. Both Republican and Democratic Marcia Moxam Comrie, Contributing Editor Reporters: Sasha Austrie, Harley Benson, Joseph Orovic, Domenick Rafter, Jessica Ablamsky Editorial Intern: Rebecca Sesny Photographers: Ira Cohen, Michael Fischthal, Lee Katzman Contributors: Tom Allon, Melissa Hom, Michael VonDerLieth, Barbara Arnstein Art Department: Tania Y. Betancourt, Sara Gold, Rhonda Leefoon, Candice Lolier, Barbara Townsend Webmaster: Shiek Mohamed Assistant to the Publisher: Ria MacPherson

administrations have been derelict in their duty to secure our borders. It is time for that to change. In short, the people of Arizona should be commended – not condemned. Tim Rosen, Flushing

Save Libraries To The Editor: The libraries are very important tools to obtain and improve knowledge in all fields. They also help children learn basic things of life, like reading, writing, playing and interacting with each other. Libraries help many people to get connected through the internet and be updated of all events happening all around the world. The city should not cut funds for libraries in larger public interest. The proposed cut will curtail services available at present, which in turn will prove disadvantageous to society, the city, the state and the nation. Shirish G., Flushing

Ridiculous To The Editor: It is incomprehensible that Chancellor Klein could even think of hiring additional administrative staff when there is the ever increasing threat of laying off 6,000 teachers due to severe budget cuts. This hiring should not take place. It will involve large salaries that will further strain the DOE budget. Also, where is the chancellor getting the $5 million that he will use to recruit new teachers? How could he even think of doing this when these layoffs are looming larger on the radar with each passing week? The Department of Education needs to get its own administrative house in order. Cut the bloated bureaucracy at 65 Court St. and at Tweed, not hard-working teachers. The Wizard of Oz could run the Department of Education better than the chancellor and his staff. John Amato, Fresh Meadows

Turn It Down To The Editor: Yesterday, we were considering making an offer on a house in Forest Hills. One thing that bothered me was loud music outdoors – it had an enhanced bass. I figured it was from an SUV parked up the street. Tonight at 9 p.m., I jogged by the house, and the enhanced bass drums were loud as ever. I jogged in the direction of the noise, and it seemed to come from Meadow Lake over a half mile away – all the way across Grand Central Parkway. Alan J. Goldsher Advertising Director Shelly Cookson Corporate & Legal Advertising Account Executives Risa Pilicer Gil Spadoni Earl Steinman Shari Strongin

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We used to walk around Meadow Lake in the summer, but the crowd there is allowed to barbecue and play loud music. Half-eaten food and garbage was strewn all over the grass. It got too disgusting. I even have photos of trees they were killing by dumping hot coals on the roots. In years past, I’d called the park to complain that people were just starting to blare music from their vans. I was told that people have a right to play music in the park. That may be so, but music so loud that it crosses the parkway and drifts through neighborhoods a mile away seems a bit excessive. They drove us from a formerly charming park, but now they’re spoiling neighborhoods as well. This house is selling for $1.25 million. Who wants to pay that kind of money for mosh pit ambiance? Between the park racket, and the new people building houses with shiny chrome fences and cemeterystyle cement banisters, we’ll probably settle in Brooklyn. Jan Fisher, Forest Hills

It Was Right To The Editor: Regarding your story about the survivors of Hiroshima, we as Americans must never feel guilty about what happened there. In the summer of 1945, Germany had surrendered, ending the war in Europe. But Asia was another story. Regardless of what people say, Japan was not prepared to surrender, and the Japanese, with their sense of honor were prepared to fight and die to the last man. A land invasion of Japan would have taken at least a year and a half, maybe even two years, and would have resulted in hundreds of thousands of American casualties and hundreds of thousands of Japanese casualties. To avoid this, President Truman, to his credit, ordered the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. We gave Japan full warning about this before we did it, but they did not listen. We do not need to apologize for our actions; on the contrary, the Japanese must be thankful to us that we took this action to end the war so quickly. The last thing I would ever want to see is a nuclear holocaust. But nuclear weapons are not the problem. People are the problem. Weapons do not cause wars, people do. And only people can prevent wars. Nuclear strength is the greatest deterrent to war we could have. I am sure that a lot of wars would have taken place if nuclear weapons did not exist. Joseph A. Levy, Rego Park Mitch Kronenfeld: Classified Manager Elizabeth Mance: Administrative Assistant Classified Ad Representatives: Nadia Hack, Peggie Henderson, Fran Gordon, Marty Lieberman, Chris Preasha, Lorraine Shaw, Sheila Scholder, Lillian Saar

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Miss Queens, USA

Newly crowned Miss USA is being hailed as a trailblazer for being the first Muslim woman and first immigrant to win the title. For us however, she is another important first – first Miss USA to grow up in Queens. Though competing as Miss Michigan, 23-year-old Rima Fakih hails from around here. The Lebanon-born beauty queen was raised in Queens and went to St. John’s Prep in Astoria (she says her family celebrates both the Christian and Muslim faith), before moving to Dearborn, Mich. in 2003. There she attended the University of Michigan and earned a degree in economics and business management. Fakih showed off her frank, carefree New York spirit during the pageant. She shrugged off nearly tripping over her evening gown, and bluntly gave a thumbs up to the idea of health insurance

First Muslim Miss USA, Rima Fakih covering birth control. No simple, vague “I just want world peace” answer from this woman. And as the crown was placed on the gushing beauty’s head, she was asked on live television how she feels, without a beat she responded, “Ask me after I’ve had a pizza.” How did we miss this girl for our Model of Queens section?

Mr. Single Look out ladies, Hiram Monserrate is on the market. The former legislator did to Karla Giraldo what the State Senate did to him. Now he’s on the prowl – and hard. According to the New York Post, Monserrate was dishing out corny lines to some young ladies at a party, saying he needs a date to see “Iron Man 2” with. One of them happened to be a reporter. “I’d like to date,” he said. “I’m looking for a good Christian woman who’s good company. I want to settle down and have kids.” Monserrate has been putting on the pounds and is maybe looking more and more like a zero than a 10. That might explain why he is using his old Senate business cards to drop his digits – except he

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Out Of Ink

At the beginning of the Savings & Loan crisis, Schoenbaum penned this one in 1986. His work may not have been the most understood cartoons in print, often revealing a wry wit and dry humor that lacked mass appeal, but Bernard Schoenbaum’s cartoons in the New Yorker had been a highlight of readers for decades. From '79 to '02, Schoenbaum’s pieces graced the pages of the New Yorker with simple line drawings of the well-to-do making observations about the situations and feelings of the elite – a kind of rich man’s Seinfeld, but on paper. Schoenbaum died May 7 at his Whitestone home.

Hiram is available crosses out the old number and pencils in his new one. Maybe he could try growing back his cop-stache. Chicks dig facial hair. Hiram, if you need help finding a new mate, we at QConf are happy to help. We’ve got a personal ad already drafted: “Former State Senator looking for a lifetime of fun and love. Can be Democrat or Republican – ok with either. Must support reform in Albany and be good at self defense. No Jose Peralta supporters, please.”

She’s A Gamer Keillein Quiceno Age: 19 Home: Jackson Heights Height: 5’ 4" Weight: 128 lbs Stats: 32-25-36 Though Keillein is still a novice in the modeling game, she’s determined to succeed. “It’s been a year half, and it’s okay,” she said. “It’s been rough to get into some places, but I’ve been just building my profile.” With dreams of someday working in catalogs for JC Penney, modeling clothes, or maybe even Victoria’s Secret (though she knows she’s probably too short), Keillein knows one thing for sure: “I don’t like runway.” While studying as a double

major at City College of bilingual education and art, Keillein works at Best Buy and enjoys getting back into Queens for home, work and friends. But also for her mom. “I normally go to the gym with my mom, walk around with my friends or go to the bowling alley,” she said of her free-time hobbies. She’s fairly partial to 34th Avenue Lanes in Jackson Heights. As for her future, “I definitely want to do something in model-

ing,” she said. “I want to see myself on the cover of JC Penney or Vogue. If that doesn’t happen I’ll stick with graphic design.” A huge fan of gaming, Keillein has all the systems – XBOX 360, Wii and a PS3 – and likes the XBOX the best. “It has awesome graphics, can play Blu Ray and I can go online in my room with it,” she said. For family fun, she sticks to Wii in the living room. Can we come over for a game of Mario Cart?

Pray For Us Harkening back to a more innocent time, one when being an altar boy didn’t put young members of the faithful at risk for the creepiest kind of earthly affection, one SUV in Queens proudly advertised its occupant’s love of priests. After having a guilty chuckle, we couldn’t help noticing the two young boys occupying the passenger seat of the vehicle. Hopefully their love of priests remains untainted. We glanced up at the sky and pray not to be smited.

The Valones: Fast & Half Fast

Peter Vallone Sr. (yellow hat) gives his son, Peter Vallone Jr. (blue hat) a much-needed head start in the Astoria Civic Bike Race.

On the right a blow-up of the bumper sticker on the car (left).

Confidentially, New York . . .


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The people of Queens come in all colors, shapes and sizes. We speak more than 150 languages, hail from more than 120 countries; we have different tastes and different styles. The majority of LGBT men and women in Queens blend in with the rest of the community. Walking down the street, nobody would know who is gay or straight. Most of the time. There is one day a year – the first Sunday in June – that the LGBT community in Queens steps out in their own unique style. Some are subdued, others are more extreme. All of them are having a good time. There are those who march with purpose, those who dance the length of the parade and those who just walk side-by-side, hand-in-hand, displaying their pride in who they are, and in the borough that accepts them. We welcome all.

Parade-goers walk up 75th Street at the end of the parade headed toward the LGBT festival. Tribune Photo by Ira Cohen


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