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Notice of Formation of North East Contracting LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 43-26 41st St., 1F, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PACHI NY, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/20/14, office location Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 30-06 29th Street, Unit 2R, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Fulton 101 LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 03/26/14. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 34-25 150th Pl., #LG, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFFESIONAL LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FERNANDO SUAREZ PHYSICAL THERAPY PLLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/18/14 Office location: Queens County, SSNY has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY shall mail a copy of Process to the LLC, 144-31 Jamaica Ave, NY 11435. Purpose for any lawful Purpose. _______________________ ACCARDI COMPANIES NY, LLC, a domestic LLC, currently known as ACCARDI COMPANIES, LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/24/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 76-15 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of A Step Ahead Occupational Therapy, PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 3/14/14. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 22-11 New Haven Avenue, Apt. 4G, Far Rockaway, NY
11691. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of Mickey 79 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/22/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 217-79 Hempstead Ave., Queens Village, NY 11429. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ 19-27 DITMARS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on03/27/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Jerry Chrisafis, Esq., 21-83 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation, KHOSNA LLC. Articles of Organization Filed with SSNY on 04/04/2014. Under Section 203. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: KHOSNA LLC, 216-26 121st ave. Cambria Heights NY, 11411. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity. ________________________ ALJA 14 NYC GROUP LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/19/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 76-16 267th St., New Hyde Park, NY 11040. General Purpose. ________________________ ASTORIA MEDICAL OF NEW YORK LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/23/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of PLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Corporate Creations Network Inc. 15 N Mill St. Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNT Y OF QUEENS S U P P L E M E N TA L S U M MONS AND NOTICE Index No. 21701/2013 Date Filed: 4/25/2014 Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff, against Karen Berrel a/k/a Karen P. Berrel; if she be living or if she be dead, her spouse, heirs devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plaintiff; City of New York Environmental Control Board; City of New
York Parking Violations Bureau; City of New York Transit Adjudication Bureau, and “JOHN DOE”, said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. PROPERT Y ADDRESS: 103-11 126th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Consolidation and/or Modified Mortgage (hereinafter “the Mortgage”) to secure $375,984.22 and interest, and loan modification agreement covering premises known as 103-11 126th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates QUEENS County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU 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: March 19, 2014 Frank M. Cassara, Esq. Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14624 (585) 247-9000 Our File No. 13-028462 Premises known as 103-11 126th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419. All that certain property situate, lying and being in Richmond Hill, Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York. Block 9563 Lot 38 ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: NAME: YANG168 REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/28/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Yang168 Realty LLC, 9-31 121 St, College Point, New York 11356. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ SPMM 1 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/25/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 37-20 Broadway, 2nd Fl, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of Registration of Cao & Chen Medical LLP, Cert. of Reg. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/13/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shallmail copy of process to Kent Cao, 136-21 Roosevelt Ave., Ste.205, Flushing, NY 11354. Name/addr. Of each gen. ptr. Avail. At SSNY. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 16474-2012 Date Summons Filed: August 7, 2012 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place oftrial. The basis of venue is Plaintiff’s residence. Plaintiff resides at 14-46 Dunbar Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE SHARON EILEEN STEWART, Plaintiff, -against- HUBERT ALEXANDER STE WART, Defendant ACTION FOR DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to
serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below. Dated: New York, New York August 6, 2012 Henry James Joseph, Esq. Attorney for plaintiff 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 704 New York, NY 10123 (212) 967-1914 (212) 967-1326 (fax) NOTICE: The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL Section 170 subd. (7) – the relationship between the Plaintiff and Defendant has broken down irretrievably for period of at least six month. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute of divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties in this action. The nature of any ancillary or additional relief demanded is: That the Family Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court with respect to any future issues of maintenance and support. That either party may resume the use of a prior surname. That the Plaintiff may resume use of her maiden name, Carter. That the Court grant such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. The parties have divided up the marital property, and no claim will be made by either party under equitable distribution. Notice of Automatic Orders pursuant to DRL Sec. 235(B) (2) and Notice Concerning Continuation of Health Care Coverage pursuant to DRL Sec. 255(1) accompany this summons. NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC ORDERS (DRL Section 236) PURSUANT TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW Section 236 Part B, Section 2, as added by Chapter 72 of the Laws of 2009, both you and your spouse (the parties) are bound by the following AUTOMATIC ORDERS, which shall remain in full force and effect during the pendency of this action, unless terminated, modified or amended by further order of the court upon motion of either of the parties or upon written agreement between the parties: (1) Neither party shall sell, transfer, encumber, conceal, assign, remove or in any way dispose of, without the consent of the other party in writing, or by order of the court, any property (including, but not limited to, real estate, personal property,
cash accounts, stocks, mutual funds, bank accounts, cars and boats) individually or jointly held by the parties, except in the usual course of business, for customary and usual household expenses or for reasonable attorney’s fee in connection with this action. (2) Neither party shall transfer, encumber, assign, remove, withdraw or in any way dispose of any tax deferred funds, stocks or other assets held in any individual retirement accounts, 401k accounts, profit sharing plans, Keogh accounts, or any other pension or retirement account, and the parties shall further refrain from applying for or requesting the payment of retirement benefits or annuity payments of any kind, without the consent of the other party in writing, or upon further order of the court; except that any party who is already in pay status may continue to receive such payments there under. (3) Neither party shall incur unreasonable debts hereafter, including, but not limited to, further borrowing against any credit line secured by the family residence, further encumbrancing any assets, or unreasonably using credit cards or cash advances against credit cards or cash advances against credit cards, except in the usual course of business or for customary or usual housing expenses, or for reasonable attorney’s fees in connection with this action. (4) Neither party shall cause the other party or the children for the marriage to be removed from any existing medical, hospital and dental insurance coverage, and each party shall maintain the existing medical, hospital and dental insurance coverage in full force and effect. (5) Neither party shall change the beneficiaries of any existing life insurance policies, and each party shall maintain the existing life insurance, automobile insurance, homeowners and renters insurance policies in full force and effect. NOTICE CONCERNING CONTINUATION OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE (Required by Section 255(1) of the Domestic Relations Law) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that once a judgment of divorce is signed in this action, both you and your spouse may or may not continue to be eligible for coverage under each other’s health insurance plan, depending on the terms of the plan.
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Airport Workers Demand Higher Pay By Luis Gronda Staff Writer Airport workers made their message loud and clear last week: they want to be paid a living wage. To make sure they got their point across, hundreds of workers from both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports marched into the headquarters of Aviation Safeguard, a contractor who hires airline workers, and delivered a letter demanding better pay. Last Wednesday, the Port Authority board unanimously voted to raise wages for workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports. This allows the agency to change current agreements with airline companies to raise their salary by $1 per hour and to change the wage to $10.10 by the end of next year. Workers that are part of SEIU 32BJ, the local union that represents airport workers, staged a protest throughout May so that companies like Aviation Safeguard will comply with the new policy. At last Thursday’s protest in Kew Gardens, a large group of workers made
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airport workers gathered last week to protest low wages.
a surprise visit to Aviation’s Queens office to deliver the letter. Chants of “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” echoed through the lobby of 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. They were immediately met by the building’s security guards, who demanded that they leave and take their protest outside. There was no violence
at this protest, but the guards were emphatic that the group would not be going up to Aviation’s offices and asked them to leave repeatedly. Across the street from the building, airport workers gathered in a circle to continue their protest. They expressed their dismay for their current salary situation.
Michael Maragh, a LaGuardia Airport employee at Terminal B, said people in other states make a good salary working at an airport, and the same needs to happen in New York. “It’s impossible. Luckily, my wife is also working. I need a proper wage,” said Maregh, who makes $8 an hour working 40 hours a week. “Even at $15-per-hour, we cannot stop there. Nobody at the airport should be working under $20-per-hour.” Juan Chapman, who is a security guard at LaGuardia, said they have been airport employees for many years and they have to remain committed to protesting for a higher salary. “A right is not something someone should give to us, a right is something that nobody can take away,” he said in Spanish. “There is no employer that has the right to condemn our families to a life of poverty.” Aviation Safeguard did not respond to requests for comment by press time. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune. com, or @luisgronda.
Mayor Outlines Tech Investment For Schools By JoE MarViLLi Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated Internet Week by detailing technology investments for the City’s schools. On May 21, the Mayor announced a $20 million investment in new devices and software to increase classroom connectivity, as well as $650 million dedicated to wiring City schools and securing new hardware to keep up with the ‘technology ecosystem.’ “The technology in our classrooms has to keep pace with the real world. The ability of our kids to succeed and compete depends on it,” de Blasio said. There are five tiers to the Mayor’s plan, all of which focus on a different area in the crossroads between technology and education. The $20 million stipend for new devices and software will help schools purchase new software and up-to-date devices like tablets, laptops, scanners, printers and SMART boards, as well as network devices like routers and hubs. An investment of $650 million will be doled out over the next five years, with $150 million set for the coming fiscal year. Even though 99 percent of City schools have a high-bandwidth fiber optic connection to the Internet, the funding will go towards continuous upgrades to broadband web access. Another $20 million from the City will be dedicated towards expanding Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics programs at CUNY community colleges. For the 2014-2015 school year, the City will double the number of students taking part in the Software Engineering Pilot program, for a total of 2,800. This course involves a multi-year curriculum, lasting from grades 6 to 12, that gives students detailed experiences in computer programming, web development and physical computing. To help support the education of students across the five boroughs, the Dept. of Education Division of Teaching and Learning will work to train
teachers and school leaders in technology. Through a partnership with Code.org and CSNYC, the iZone’s Blended Learning Institute will prepare 120 teachers by 2015 using a nationally recognized curriculum in introductory Computer Science. “Having technology in our classrooms brings excitement to learning and helps our students prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña said. Education committee chair, Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), was pleased to see the ad-
ministration focusing on keeping the classroom up-to-date in the 21st century. He said that often, the City Council passes technology legislation, but the schools cannot support it due to a lack of hardware, but this investment aims to change that. “That’s the future and we need kids to be prepared for the future,” he said. “Computer literacy is a big part of it. I’m glad to see the Mayor investing in the future in this way.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JoeMarvilli.
BOE Drops Individual Donation Limits By JoE MarViLLi Staff Writer The State Board of Elections voted last week to no longer enforce individual campaign donation limits. The unanimous vote by the State commissioners means that individuals can now donate more than $150,000 to as many candidates and political groups as they wish. According to John Conklin, director of public information at the State BOE, the decision came after a couple of landmark court cases on campaign donation limits, including McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to invalidate aggregate contribution limits as a violation of the First Amendment.
Despite the recent vote, Conklin added that there are many campaign contribution restrictions still in place. There are baseline limits that determine how much each candidate that runs for State office is allowed to take in. Corporations may contribute up to a total of $5,000 a year. Queens elected officials and candidates expressed their disappointment in the BOE decision. “We must take big money out of campaigns by establishing public financing, lowering contribution limits and limiting soft money contributions,” State Sen. Toby Stavisky (DFlushing) said. “Our founders did not envision our democracy as a pay to play system.” John Liu’s spokesperson, James Free-
land, said that the candidate for Senate District 11 was upset with the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision. “This move is a consequence of that disastrous decision, and runs counter to the good government goal of maximizing public participation in our electoral process,” he said. Liu’s opponent, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), said that the ruling showed the need for campaign finance reform. “Tony states that the recent vote by the State Board of Elections shows why we need to institute real campaign finance reform in New York State,” his spokesman said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @JoeMarvilli.
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John Liu Holds Campaign Kick-Off BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Days after the Queens Democratic Party threw their support behind John Liu for State Senate, the former Comptroller held his campaign kickoff in Bayside. On May 23, Liu stood outside the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station, surrounded by friends and supporters, to formally announce his bid for the 11th State Senate District, as well as state his goals if elected. The candidate touched on his own experiences in office as well as the need for Democratic leadership in the legislative body. At the kick-off, Liu was surrounded by several assembly members and council members, representatives from Community Board 7, 8 and 11 and other community leaders. “The people here reflect the strength and dynamism of our community here in northeast Queens. This community, where I lived after I immigrated from Taiwan at the age of 5. This community, where I grew up in public schools, libraries and parks. This community, where my family frequents supermarkets, movie theaters, batting cages, mini-golf and pizzerias,” Liu said to start his speech. “This community, which I would be honored to serve again as the next New York State
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On May 23 in Bayside, John Liu, surrounded by supporters, talked about his bid to become the next State Senator for northeast Queens.
Senator, a position whose effectiveness I will maximize by drawing upon my legislative experience, my fiscal expertise and my real world knowledge from a career in the private center.” Liu said he was approached several weeks ago about running for State Senate, a primary he decided to enter due to his love of public service, among other reasons. Since January, the former mayoral candidate has been teaching a course in financial management at Baruch College. Part of the reason Liu was ap-
proached came from a move by State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) earlier this year. The senator joined the Independent Democratic Conference, whose five members broke away from the Democratic caucus and entered into a power-sharing partnership with the Republican caucus. “The people of New York State elected Democrats as the majority in the State Senate. It means that the people in the State of New York generally agree more with Democratic values and principals,” Liu said. “But
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it’s a small number of people who happen to be Democrats, but are voting all the time with Republicans. That is, in a significant way, disempowering the people of New York State.” If elected, Liu said he would fight for minimum wage, public schools, transportation, healthcare and the rights of women and the working class. “As State Senator, I will be a servant of the public and hold sacred the trust and confidence placed in me by the people. I’ll be a leader, not shy of advancing cutting edge programs and proposals,” Liu said. “I will be a collaborator, one who works closely with my colleagues in the Senate and other parts of government, understanding that this democracy of ours requires team effort to create long-lasting change for good.” In the last week, Liu has received union endorsements from the Hotel Trades Council and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. “John Liu will fight against wage theft, work hard to keep Wal-Mart out of New York City and stand alongside our members to raise the wage of the working class in the district,” UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce Both said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JoeMarvilli.
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100 Years Later, Tombstones For Civil War Vets “It was a Memorial Day over a century in the making.” That is how Sean Walsh described his holiday weekend, as he was able to bury two of his great grandfathers who fought in the Civil War at the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Ridgewood. Walsh’s great grandfathers, John Charles Walsh and Charles Louis Haniquet, were both honored with marked tombstones on top of their graves last Friday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. They were among many unmarked graves at that cemetery because not enough information was known about them prior to last week. Walsh traced back to his two an-
cestors after finding a family Bible in the garbage of his grandparents’ house in Florida. The Bible is 165 years old and it got the ball rolling in finding out the eventual burial place for the ancestors. According to a press release about the ceremony, through the five years of research Walsh conducted, he found that John Charles Walsh enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 for two years and was promoted twice, first to second lieutenant, then to first lieutenant in New York’s 28th infantry. He fought in prestigious battles, such as the Battle of Antietam, and was discharged in 1863. Haniquet was also in the Union
Army, enlisting in 1863, weeks before the Draft Riots that almost destroyed Manhattan. He received his full pension for serving in the military after discharging and worked for the City for 20 years after that. Walsh said that it was very difficult to find information about Haniquet because several documents had his name misspelled during that time, but he was eventually able to find a boatload about Haniquet’s life. “But when I found it, it was a goldmine,” he said.
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Work Still To Be Done
During the first weekend of June each year, Queens gathers in a show of support for members of the LGBTQ community. Over the last two years, that community has had a lot to celebrate. From the recognition of same-sex marriages to more representation within our governmental bodies, it seems like several battles have already been won in the fight for acceptance. While we have taken great strides in the movement for LGBTQ rights in the United States, it is important that we continue to provide an example for Pride throughout the world. There are still too many incidents of bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, not just in this country but throughout the world. Over the years, we have been a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights and we will continue to cheer on our brothers and sisters, our friends and family with each victory, and we will mourn each tragedy. We must continue to push for understanding, for acceptance and for the equal rights that everyone deserves. The annual Queens Pride festival is a shining example in the ongoing battle for equal rights, and we commend the leaders of the LGBTQ community in the Borough for continuing to push forward in the face of adversity. This paper has, and always will, continue to advocate and support the issues and people of the LGBTQ community. Dedicating an issue each year is our way to continue the fight for equality and justice.
Wealthy Are Not The Enemy
To The Editor: olitically correct speech has corrupted our language to the point that sometimes we no longer know what we are talking about. Descriptive characterizations no longer correspond to reality. Consider the following: people who entered our country illegally are labeled “undocumented immigrants” and “Social Security” is now called an “entitlement,” even though the Federal Insurance Contributions Act mandates contributions from both the worker and the employer. What does it mean to say the wealthy are not paying their “fair share” and that the poor deserve more? What is
“fair”? To the redistributionists, “fair” means equal and everyone is the same. This proposition implies wealth isn’t fair because it makes people unequal. Half the population is subsidized by some program or another yet the liberals and socialists among us insist America is a greedy and mean spirited country. The philosophy of wealth distribution is based on the idea that wealth is a negative. We cannot paint wealthy individuals as the enemy because they have money and we can’t consider the poor as morally deserving because they have less. ed Konecnik, Flushing
Don’t Miss An Opportunity To Invest In Queens By Joseph Ficalora Here is a good investment: a service that is proven to change lives. A service that is free for all, withheld from none, and guaranteed to positively impact the future of all your neighbors. This investment returns an average of $6 on every $1. This is the opportunity that the Queens Library, one of the Borough’s greatest institutions, has to offer. Investing in the library is investing in the people of Queens. Thanks to an improved fiscal outlook, the City is well positioned to begin to expand library service and hours in every library, which is something our patrons want and need. This means increased access to programs: adult education, job preparedness, school work assistance, computer use, consumer health information and more. As a city, we must continue
investing in the physical infrastructure that protects the assets of each of our 62 community libraries and the knowledge and educational dividend they return. To miss this opportunity based on sensational headlines and unproven innuendo would truly be a disservice to the people who rely on the Library. I have been a volunteer on the Board of Trustees of Queens Library since 2000. I volunteer my time and expertise because I know first-hand about the enormous, positive impact the Queens Library makes on the community. The Queens Library is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking public resources we have. It is consistently a national award winner. Queens Library’s outstanding performance and invaluable contributions to the quality of life cannot be divorced from its management and governance. If the Board or the senior manage-
ment were lacking, surely the library could not achieve the high level of excellence that it does. The Library has an outstanding track record regarding capital improvements to its community library branches. It works with the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to consistently build and upgrade libraries across the borough. When it can achieve building projects more rapidly and at lower cost by self-managing the construction process, it has done so. All expenditures of City funds are then under the oversight of DDC, the Office of Management & Budget and the Comptroller’s office. While an onerous review process, it is a customary and necessary part of the public review which enables this highly efficient, both in time and money, renovation of library space. It makes good business sense and is prudent
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Queens Library is providing records of all City funds to the City Comptroller’s office, and as of this writing, the City Comptroller’s office has already reviewed thousands of financial records. I am confident that when the cloud clears, when the inquiries and audits are completed, that the integrity of the library and its leadership will be confirmed. In the end, it is critical to stay focused on the mission of the institution and our role, as trustees, in its future, to reinvest and serve as caretakers for one of the nation’s great library systems and the more than 12 million constituents it serves each and every year. Joseph Ficalora is President of the Foundation Board and has served on the Queens Library Board over the past 15 years, and in that time, has been Chairman of the Administrative Committee and Chairman of the Board.
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Library Takeover At Hunter’s Point
By Jackie strawBridGe Staff Writer
Although construction of the Hunter’s Point Community Library was delayed earlier this year, book lovers will have an opportunity to start their summer reading at Gantry Plaza. Last week, Queens Library and Friends of Hunter’s Point Library announced a series of special library services that will bring books and reading activities to the waterfront this summer. All activities are free and are scheduled to run every Saturday until Aug. 23, with the exception of July 5. The series kicks off this Saturday at 11 a.m., when the Volunteer Library Brigade will host a reading hour and book giveaways, among other activities. Within Gantry Plaza State Park, Friends of Hunter’s Point Library will open a pop-up library, weather permitting. Comprising this pop-up will be a handful of bookshelves, benches and mats spread out in the park, accommodating about 40 to 50 people. Reading and arts and crafts activities will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We may have some music [performances] sometime down the line,” said Mark Christie, president of Friends of Hunter’s Point Library. “It’s going to be a very fun time.” The Mobile Library will also park on Center Boulevard at 48th Avenue
The Mobile Library is one of several library services that will come to Hunter’s Point this summer. weather permitting, the mobile library will be available to the public at Gantry Plaza State Park.
each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine, and will extend this service year-round. The Mobile Library provides books and materials for all ages on loan, as well as digital downloads onsite. “The Hunter’s Point community deserves a world class library and we
are very much looking forward to seeing that vision become a reality,” Christie said. “While we wait on the bricks and mortar, we are so pleased to have the Mobile Library service and excited to bring this sun and volunteer fueled pop-up library service.” The Hunter’s Point Community
Library project was delayed last year when construction bids came in at more than the budgeted $28.6 million in capital funding. “People just cannot wait. They’re very anxious to get this library built, and it’s a duty of the Friends group to start to make a presence of the Queens Library close to the community,” Christie said. “We want to show the community that we’re here, the Friends group and the Queens Library are here, and [the Hunter’s Point Library] is going to happen,” he added. The Hunter’s Point Food Cellar has also paired up with Urban Libraries Unite to offer a mini library inside the market. This library – which will work on the “take a book, leave a book” model – will have Wi-Fi available and free downloadable digital resources. Thomas Galante, president and CEO of Queens Library, said, “through this innovative partnership with the Friends of the Library and the community of Hunter’s Point, we can look forward to a summer of reading, enrichment and more resources that libraries have to offer.” “We thank the Friends for their leadership and look forward to building on this strong community foundation,” he added. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ queenstribune.com or @JNStrawbridge.
CB1 Approves Change To Astoria Boulevard By Jackie strawBridGe Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative continues working to change the face of Queens, intersection by intersection. At its monthly meeting last Tuesday, Community Board 1 approved a DOT proposal to divert traffic on Astoria Boulevard between 32nd Street and 29th Street. The proposal hinges on shifting a merging zone – currently situated before the subway overpass at 31st Street – west past the overpass. The proposal also puts a median where the merging zone currently exists, separating west-bound traffic from left-turn only lanes. Vision Zero is the City’s plan for ending traffic deaths. The plan incorporates a number of techniques to achieve this goal, from slow zones to community education to street redesigns, such as this diversion on Astoria Boulevard. According to Sean Quinn, who represented the DOT at the CB1 meeting, the logic of the change is that moving the merging zone down the road will maximize space and minimize volume
through which to merge, as many cars will have already turned off. The 114th Precinct has identified this intersection as the most accidentprone in the area. According to Quinn, the DOT attempted to address the chaos at this intersection in the late 1990s by modifying signal timing, but the effort was unsuccessful. “That place is a nightmare,” said Bob Piazza, longtime CB1 member and chair of the CB1 transportation committee. “There [are] going to be some dramatic changes but it’s going to make that intersection much, much safer.” Board members were concerned that the redesign would bring traffic to Crescent Street, where cars prevented by the new median from making a left turn will go to do so. “We don’t anticipate a very high uptick of traffic on Crescent due to this diversion,” Quinn responded. “This proposal will eliminate dangerous lane-changing maneuvers and guide traffic in a safer, easily-understood lane configuration,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (DAstoria) in a statement released earlier
The DOT’s proposal introduces a median on Astoria Boulevard, as part of the Vision Zero initiative.
this month. “Motorists should never have to put their lives at risk crossing multiple lanes of traffic just to get home.” Other recent Vision Zero initiatives in the region include the addition of
an arterial slow zone to Northern Boulevard and a weekend-long speedingenforcement blitz. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ queenstribune.com or @JNStrawbridge.
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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: S. PROPERTIES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/17/06, with an existence date of 04/01/06. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2026. Office location: Queens Count y. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 19-10 Hazen Street, East Elmhurst, New York 11370. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _______________________
County, you are directed to appear and to show cause at the Centralized Motion Part of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica on June 19, 2014 at 2:15PM to show why an order should not be made permitting the law firm of Deliso & Associates to be relieved as attorneys of record for you. ________________________ 3275 38 LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 4/2/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Holm & O’hara LLP, Attn: Michael L. Landsman, Esq., 3 W. 35 St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10001. General Purpose. ________________________
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copy of process to 148-25 59th Avenue; Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: LUCIANO UTOPIA LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/27/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 167-04 Northern Blvd., Flushing, New York 11358. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________
the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Razia (Middle) Sarah (Last) Ali My present name is (First) Nirod (Middle) Razia (Last) Ali My present address is 45-23 158th Street, Flushing, NY 11358-3143 My place of birth is Manhattan, NY My date of birth is March 08, 1976 ________________________
QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Diego (Middle) Alonso (Last) Ruffo My present name is (First) Diego (Middle) Alonso (Last) Lopez Ruffo aka Diego A Lopez, aka Diego A Lopez Ruffo My present address is 23-15 121 St., College Point, NY 11356 My place of birth is Bolivia My date of birth is August 25, 1991 ________________________ Notice of formation of VALUESSENTIAL LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/25/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to: The LLC, 4040 75th St Apt 6F, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 20 2014 bearing Index Number NC-00030814/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Lazer (Last) Axelman My present name is (First) Eli (Middle) Chase (Last) Axelman My present address is 166-23 21st Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357 My place of birth is Baltimore, MD My date of birth is September 26, 1991
Notice of Formation of F & T HOTEL MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o F & T Group, 136-20 38th Avenue, 12th Fl., Flushing, NY 11354, Attn: Earle Tockman. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ ROULIS LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/21/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 23-15 24thAve., Astoria, NY 11102. General Purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of Mitigation Support Services, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York under Section 301 SSNY on 2/27/2014 office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for services of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 123-25 82nd Avenue Apt 5S Kew Gardens, New York 11415. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Amma Studio NY, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 3/24/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Samuel Amoia, 336 St. Nicholas Terrace, Queens, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice To: Jorge Matute d/b/a Matute’s Outlet, Julio Pomarico d/b/a Canal Buy & Sell Corp., and Isolina Pelaez. By order of the Supreme Court, Queens
EAST ELM FAMILY 2, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/25/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 22-48 76th St., Elmhurst, NY 11370. General Purpose ________________________ Notice of Formation of Kang He LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/29/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 132-35 Sanford Ave, Apt LD, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ VIOL ATION REMOVAL CONTRACTING L.L.C., a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 4/15/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 18528 Union Tpke., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. General Purpose. ________________________ SPRINGREACH LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/11/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Wenbin Mu 136-43 37th Ave, 6B Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by SSP America JFK, LLC d/b/a Fuel Bar to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING New York City Board of Standards and Appeals has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:00 A.M., in Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, Borough of Manhattan. Application made by Greek Orthodox Community of Whitestone Holy Cross, Inc. under Cal. No. 16-14-BZ for a proposed variance for premises 12-03 150th Street, Borough of Queens, seeking an enlargement of existing not-for-profit school building that will not comply with Zoning Resolution §24-111 community facility floor area; §24-54 sky exposure plane; and §25-31 accessory parking spaces in an R2 zoning district. ________________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: QUEENS COUNTY. JP LINCOLN, LLC, Pltf. vs. BEVERLY TARRANT, et al, Defts. Index #17760/2011. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated Feb. 11, 2014, I will sell at public auction in Courtroom #25 on June 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Queens County General Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY prem. k/a 167-25 110th Rd., Jamaica, NY. Said property located on the northerly side of Anita Place (nka 110th Rd.), distant 350 ft. easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Anita Place with the easterly side of Vine St., being a plot 100.35 ft. x 32.15 ft. x 100.70 ft. x 35.62 ft. Approx. amt. of judgment is $591,237.57 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. JULES HAAS, Referee. GR ANT PUDALOV, PC, Atty. For Pltf., 300 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY. #84123 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1278423 has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Beer, Liquor & Wine at retail in a Restaurant under the ABC Law at 21-50 44th Drive, Long Island City, Queens NY 11101, for on premises consumption. Jabs Restaurant Corp. d/b/a IL FALCO. ________________________ Notice of formation of CHEN 867 REALTY LLC Cert. of LLC filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on Dec. 14, 2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 09 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000239-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Elijah (Middle) Cyonee (Last) Powe-Johnson My present name is (First) Elijah (Middle) Cyonee (Last) Powe (infant) My present address is 132-15 95th Avenue, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is February 16, 2001 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 06 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000220-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 28 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000145-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Ana (Middle) Guadalupe (Last) Vasquez-Lam My present name is (First) Ana (Last) Susanibar-Lam (infant) My present address is 9522 101 Ave Apt 3L, Ozone Park, NY 11416 My place of birth is Hempstead, NY My date of birth is December 12, 2007 ________________________ Desi Realty, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/9/02. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 38-08 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: General. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 19 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000278-14/
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Opposition Against Glendale Shelter Continues By Luis Gronda Staff Writer Glendale residents continue to voice their disapproval for the proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue. Community members had another chance to showcase their displeasure last week, at a special public meeting on the proposal at Christ The King High School in Middle Village. For the past year, residents and local elected officials have expressed their dismay for a plan by Samaritan Village to build a 125-family shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave., which is currently abandoned. In the past, several concerns were raised about the project, including its close proximity to several elementary and middle schools in the area, the amount of foot traffic in an area they say is underserved by public transportation and a fear of decreased property values. Many of those same points, and more, were mentioned during the meeting. Dept. of Homeless Services Assistant Commissioner of Government and Human Relations Lisa Black and Samaritan Village Executive Vice President Doug Apple were on hand to discuss the proposal and listen to residents’ complaints. Kathy Masi, a Glendale resident and head of the Glendale Civic Associ-
ation, questioned the plan, saying that the community does not stand to gain from the shelter, only the property owner, and questioned why, if the site was deemed unsuitable for other proposals, like a high school, Samaritan Village would want to bring homeless families to that same building. “Show me one single community in New York City that says please build us a huge homeless shelter and I will show you thousands of homeless people whose biggest fear is the type of homeless warehousing being proposed here,” Masi said, drawing a round of applause from the nearly-full auditorium. Timon Kalpaxis, also a Glendale
resident, said the area is mainly industrial and it would not make sense to build a shelter that would bring a different footprint to Glendale. “It’s clear that there’s a big difference between an industrial footprint and a residential footprint,” he said “Residential footprints have people coming and going on a constant basis. That roadway system over there is extremely dangerous. You’re creating a safety hazard, not only for the community, but for the individuals who will be at that facility.” Angelica Harris, who has lived in Glendale for 21 years, said she fears the local children will be put in danger if the shelter is built there. Harris runs
Honoring Riis The Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School, Jamaica Estates, is composed of students who have garnered high academic achievements. While working on a project with the Richmond Hill Historical Society, they learned about the inspirational work of Jacob Riis. In their research, they came upon century old newspaper articles detailing Riis’ humanitarian efforts. They selected him, 10 years ago, as their Historic Patron, and replaced the long lost bronze bust of Riis at Riis Park in 2010. 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of Jacob’s passing on May 26, 1914. It was at this time that Riis Park was named as a memorial.
the Excalibur Reading Program/The Unicorn Project tutoring program in the neighborhood. “What I’m saying here is that we have to find a new place for it. A contaminated area is not a place to raise children,” she said. Three elected officials representing the area, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) all echoed their constituents’ concerns about the shelter at the meeting. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
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Moya Takes On Fraudulent Job Agencies By Jackie StrawBridge Staff Writer With its expansive and dense immigrant populations, Queens has been particularly vulnerable to fraudulent employment agencies throughout the recession. These agencies exploit low-wage workers, charging fees and rendering poor services or none at all. Last week, Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) introduced new legislation aimed at cracking down on these practices. According to a report by New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) and the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, western Queens and Roosevelt Avenue specifically are rife with agencies tailored to entrap Latin Americans seeking work. For example, they distribute flyers using terms such as notario, fundación or missión to falsely suggest a charitable purpose. NICE also reported that 81 percent of surveyed job seekers who did not find a job through an agency were still charged a fee. Almost 25 percent of agencies visited in the area did not have a Department of Consumer Affairs license visibly posted. “Currently, the structured law allows agencies to charge low-wage workers a fee before placing them in
Assemblyman Francisco Moya joined labor advocates and victims of labor sharks last week to unveil legislation aimed at cracking down on fraudulent employment agencies.
a job, while other types of workers pay a fee only after they receive payment,” Moya said. “So the proposed law would bring rules governing advance fees for Class A and Class A1 workers in line with those governing all other workers as well.” Class A workers conduct domestic or household labor, and Class A1 workers are non-professional trained or skilled industrial laborers or mechanics. The law would also require agencies to draw up contracts with their customers, specifying employment details including work hours. Maria de Fatima Mosconi is a 60-yearold Queens resident who recently fell vic-
tim to a fraudulent employment agency. Mosconi was given stacks of paperwork to sign, some of which she could not read well, but she was anxious to sign all of it. “You just want to get a job and get over with it,” she said. The agency – which never gave her their official name and has moved offices since she last contacted them – sent her to work for an elderly man in Great Neck. Mosconi said that after two weeks she realized the responsibilities of senior care were too great, and required a trained nurse. “I went back to the agency [and] they went through one week of my salary,” she said. “I told them I needed
that money, I couldn’t give one week, I told them it’s not fair. I didn’t pay them and they blacklisted me.” Mosconi said she has several friends who have lost time and money to fraudulent employment agencies. Most often, she hears of agencies sending five or more people to a jobsite – taking fees from all of them – knowing that there is only one opening, or that the job has already been filled. “This [legislation] is just a great step in ensuring that we’re protecting the folks in my community and throughout the state that are really vulnerable right now,” Moya said. “They’re desperate for work, they’ll take anything. So this is one of way of eradicating these labor sharks that are taking advantage of consumers that are seeking employment” In a statement released last month, Public Advocate Letitia James offered her support of the legislation. “Many New Yorkers are feeling the impact of the Great Recession,” she said. “It is important that we protect job seekers and end the exploitative practices at some employment agencies that take advantage of immigrant workers. I urge the New York State legislature to pass Assemblyman Moya’s bill and end this predatory behavior.” Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ queenstribune.com or @JNStrawbridge.
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Saturday, June 14 102nd Precinct
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AssAult- The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying and locating two suspects wanted for assault. At 4:45 a.m. on May 18, in front of 74-23 101st Ave., a group of males approached the victim, a 26-year-old male, and began punching and kicking him. One of the suspects, known to the victim, pulled out a sharp object and slashed the victim multiple times, causing lacerations to his face, neck, back and hand. The suspects then fled the scene. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital and was listed in stable condition. The suspects are described as follows: A Hispanic male named Timmy, known as “Slime,” wearing a blue jean vest with a white t-shirt underneath and a second Hispanic male, wearing a black baseball hat and white sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-tips, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.
105th Precinct Homicide- At 2:36 a.m. on May 26, police responded to a 911 call at 219th Street and 137th Avenue. Upon arrival, officers observed two males with gunshot wounds outside 218-16 137th Ave. Dowayne Henry, 20, with a gunshot wound to the head and abdomen, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, a 25-year-old unidentified male, had a gunshot wound to the back and was transported via EMS to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
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collision- At 8:53 a.m. on May 23, officers responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck at 120th Avenue and 228th Street. Upon arrival, officers determined that William Faison, 53, was riding his bicycle southbound on 228th Street
when he was struck by a 2011 Kia 4-door sedan traveling westbound on 120th Avenue and 228th Avenue. Faison was transported via EMS to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Kia, Tiffany Delcia Moore, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation.
RobbeRy- The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating four suspects wanted in connection with a robbery. At 2:05 a.m. on May 25, an unidentified male, 49, was outside of a deli located at 134-01 Rockaway Blvd. when the first suspect approached him and demanded money. The suspect then removed the victim’s cell phone and approximately $400 before three additional suspects assaulted the victim and then fled. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face and head as a result of this incident. The suspects are described as 18-25 year-old black males. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-tips, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.
leAving tHe scene- The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying an individual wanted in connection with leaving the scene of a pedestrian struck. At approximately 4:05 a.m. on May 17, the operator was driving a white sedan when the vehicle mounted the sidewalk while heading westbound on 30th Avenue and struck an unidentified 21-year-old male at 45th Street. The operator than left the scene and fled to parts unknown. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-tips, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.
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Simotas Calls For Pedestrian Safety
state sen. Joseph addabbo with Michelle villagomez.
Addabbo Meets With ASPCA Rep
Michelle Villagomez, a Forest Hills resident and ASPCA representative, met with State Senator, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., in Albany to advocate for legislation in an effort to stop animal cruelty. In addition to supporting Villagomez and the ASPCA, Senator Addabbo is an avid supporter and cosponsor of several bills related to ending abuse against animals. “Too often in New York, we hear of those who take advantage and overexert their power onto animals, who tend to be helpless in these situations. It is not right for any living creature to be subject to such abuse,” Addabbo said. “If I can do my part legislatively, and the ASPCA can continue its mission wholeheartedly, then I hope we can make positive changes and further the fight in ending animal cruelty.” The senator co-sponsors more than 10 bills related to this cause, including one which expands the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm during the commission of a felony as well as another prohibiting a person convicted of “Buster’s Law” from keeping a pet unless authorized by court order, after appropriate psychiatric or psychological testing. Addabbo is also the prime sponsor of legislation requiring the installation and testing of fire equipment and sprinkler systems at pet stores and another related to pet dealers selling birds before they have been fully weaned. “Animal abuse goes far beyond physical contact,” the Senator said. “In government and in our communities we have to work in several different aspects of keeping these creatures safe – in the homes they stay, in how and when they are sold and so forth.”
Last week, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas participated in a “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety workshop in conjunction with fellow elected officials and area civic leaders. The workshop comes on the heels of an alarming hit-and run incident which left a 19-year-old hospitalized with serious injuries in Astoria last weekend. “This weekend’s accident is tragic, unacceptable, and indicative of the continued need to improve pedestrian safety across our city,” Simotas said. “The Vision Zero initiative and its workshops are just one step we can take to educate local residents and provide an open forum to identify dangerous locations and propose permanent solutions.” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program combines stronger enforcement policies and improved roadway engineering with public input and visibility campaigns to discourage dangerous behavior on city streets. The plan’s ultimate goal is to cut pedestrian deaths across New York City to zero. Simotas is also a co-sponsor of Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell’s legislation to reduce New York City’s speed limit to 20 miles per hour. The speed at which a motorist is driving correlates strongly with the likelihood that an accident with a pedestrian will be fatal. “We need to be doing all we can to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from unsafe road conditions and dangerous driving behavior,” Simotas said. “For the many families, senior citizens, and young children in our community, safe streets are non-negotiable.”
Koo Bill Signed Into Law
On May 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Int. No. 203, written by Council Member Peter Koo, into law. Int. No. 203 encourages stair use by making it easier to access stairs in high rise buildings. The bill would allow – but not require – buildings to install “hold-open” devices for certain stairway doors. These devices automatically cause the door to close in the event of a fire. Additionally, knowing exactly where the stairs are in case of an emergency can save lives.
Schumer Calls For Anti-Drug Funds
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer recently called for an emergency $100 million surge of federal anti-drug trafficking funding in order to quickly combat the fact that New York City has become the hotbed for the East Coast heroin trade.
Meeting With Constituents assemblywoman Nily Rozic (d-Fresh Meadows) and u.s. Rep. steve israel (d-Melville) spoke with local residents at their mobile office in the douglaston plaza shopping Center this past sunday. Neighbors took the opportunity to discuss community and legislative concerns with the elected officials. Schumer noted that recent reports indicated a “heroin pipeline” has formed from Mexico to New York City and beyond to places like Staten Island, Boston, and Vermont, where heroin use is skyrocketing. Schumer is calling for an additional $100 million in federal funds to be allocated to the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program as part of the Senate Appropriations bill that is being considered in the coming weeks. Schumer is also urging the Department of Justice to reallocate funding for HIDTA programs. This will give the New York/ New Jersey HIDTA the boost in funding it needs to better assess the unique drug trafficking patterns forming in the region, which include larger-scale dealers entering the NYC market to feed the growing demand for heroin on the East Coast, and vastly more drugs entering New York City from the southern border. Increased funding for HIDTA would also help develop coordinated strategies and information-sharing between the feds, NYPD, local law enforcement, as well as state and local public health officials, and would provide additional resources to build better cases against heroin dealers. Schumer today said that heroin trafficking and usage are at epidemic levels, and HIDTA is the key agency to target this deadly drug as it travels from Mexico to New York City. “Seizures of heroin in New York City in 2014 have already surpassed those of any previous year since 1991, which demonstrates an alarming trend that we must nip in the bud. It is clear that we need an emergency surge of funding to help combat New York City’s emergence as a trade hub for heroin on the East Coast,” Schumer said. “We all remember the horrors caused by the crack epidemic when it was left unchecked by federal officials
and other law enforcement, and that’s why today I am urging my Senate colleagues to provide $100 million in extra federal anti-drug tracking dollars for the New York/New Jersey HIDTA, and others like it across the country, so that we can adequately crack down on drugs traveling from Mexico to New York City and beyond.”
Underpasses To Be Cleaned More Frequently After continued pressure by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the State Dept. of Transportation has committed to better maintain the underpasses below the Long Island Expressway on 74th Street and 80th Street in Maspeth. The underpasses, which are marred by pigeon nesting and excrement, will be included in Bridge Washing Contract XM13.02, D262466, which was re-let on May 22. Under the contract, the underpasses will be washed every three months. “These underpasses are used by pedestrians going everywhere from P.S. 58 and Maspeth High School, to Elmhurst Park and the shops on Grand Avenue,” Crowley said. “This chronic pigeon nesting is a serious public health concern, and I am glad to see DOT taking the appropriate steps.” The bridge washing contract was originally let in February 2014, but there was only one bidder, so DOT decided to re-let the contract. News of the new contract came in response to a letter sent by Crowley to the DOT in August 2013, requesting that DOT take additional steps to address sanitation at the underpasses. The first scheduled cleaning under the new contract will happen this July. In 2011, Crowley also worked with DOT to install bird spikes to deter pigeons from the underpasses.
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Make Kid’s Dream Come True BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Robbie Twible got to meet his favorite baseball player. Robbie, a 12-year-old boy suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa, achieved one of his dreams last week, walking on Citi Field and meeting New York Mets third baseman David Wright. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare condition that causes the skin to have blisters all over the body, depending on its severity. The condition usually affects infants or young children and there is no cure for it. [Editor’s note: see sidebar]. Robbie’s parents said he usually has to wear long shirts and pants, especially during the summer months, to protect his skin from the sun. Robbie, who attends W.T. Clarke Middle School in Long Island, was elated as he was led to the field to
David Wright (left) signs autographs for Robbie Twible. Robbie (right) takes a photo during batting practice. meet his favorite star player during batting practice before the May 22 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wright autographed batting gloves, baseballs, caps and one of his very own bats for Robbie and his family to take home. Another one of Robbie’s dreams is to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” When asked what he likes about
the talk show host, Robbie said, “She inspires me.” While chatting with Wright on the field, he asked the slugger if he could help him get on her show. “If I ever come across her, I’ll let her know,” Wright said. Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson also paid Robbie a visit to take pictures and sign autographs. He told Robbie to give them that little extra boost they need to win that night’s game. “You gotta get us a win today. No pressure,” Granderson said. His parents, Robert and Kathy,
were both thrilled with the experience of watching their son meet his favorite ball player. “I’m so taken back, I really am,” Kathy said. “I never even imagined that he would get this close. I didn’t expect him to come over like that. That was amazing.” Robbie has to go back to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital next month for another surgery related to the ailment, his mother said. It is the closest hospital to New York that can treat his condition, she said. Wright eventually said goodbye to return to batting practice, but he had one final message for the 12year-old. “If we win tonight, I might have to have you out more often,” he said, which drew smiles and laughter from Robbie and his family. The Mets won that night’s game, 5-3. Wright and Granderson both had a pair of hits in the victory. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
What Is Epidermolysis Bullosa?
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Robbie Twible (bottom left) and his family pose for a photo with David Wright. His sister Alison holds two baseballs signed by the Mets slugger.
Epidermolysis Bullosa is an illness which causes fragile skin. The disease occurs from mutations in any one of 18 genes in the DNA code. The fragile skin causes blisters when a person experiences the slightest friction or trauma. EB affects both genders and is not specific to any race or ethnic background. According to debra. org, about 200 children are born with EB each year. These children are known as “butterfly children” because their skin is as fragile as the wings of a butterfly. There are about 30,000 people in the U.S. who have EB, which is a hereditary disease. A doctor usually diagnoses EB by observing a sample of the skin under a microscope. There are different levels of
EB. Those with mild EB develop blisters that can be painful to live with, but the blisters do not deface the body. Severe forms of EB causes the internal organs of the body, such as the mouth, bladder and esophagus, to blister as well as the outer parts of the body. Severe forms of EB may also result in disfigurement, disability and the possibility of death before the age of 30. The other manifestations of EB are anemia, cardiomyopathy, malnourishment, constipation, difficulty swallowing and osteoporosis. Although there is no cure for EB, research on EB has focused on ways to heal the blister wounds as well as ways to correct the genes related to EB. - Esther Shittu
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2014 Festival Celebrates A World Of Pride
Queens Pride will celebrate the 22nd Pride Parade and Festival on June 1 with a host of activities to promote pride among and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community of Queens and beyond. The theme, “A World of Pride,” celebrates the accomplishments of the global LGBT community in Queens while continuing the focus on the struggles that still need to be addressed in terms of human rights and the dignity of all persons worldwide. This year, the parade’s Grand Marshals will include the New York City Council’s LGBT Caucus, comprised of Council members Danny Dromm, Corey Johnson, Rosie Mendez, Carlos Menchaca, Richie Torres and Jimmy Van Bramer (Editor’s Note: See Page 20). This is an unprecedented representation of New York City citizens by the LGBT community. Also being honored is Melissa Sklarz, known for
her leadership as president of ber and continues the Stonewall Democrats and up to and beyond as a transgender member of the first Sunday the community. The festival in June of the folwill also honor Chutney Pride lowing year. The for its organization and outteam of volunteer reach to Caribbean members organizers meets of the LGBT community. on a regular basis “Our Grand Marshals reto prepare the paflect how far we have come rade march, street to be integral in our governfair, entertainment ment, community and our visand advertising. ibility,” Chris Calvert, Queens Their dedication Pride co-chair, said. The 22nd Queens Pride Parade will kick off on Sunday, and hard work culThe Parade will kick-off June 1, at noon. minates in a colat noon at 84th Street and orful and vibrant 37th Avenue, ending at 75th 37th Road and from 74th to 77th display of pride that makes the day Street. Marcus Woolen and Candy Streets. Two stages will feature come alive. Samples will host a reviewing stand entertainment throughout the day, For complete information on in front of the Jackson Heights Post with performances by a variety of Queens Pride, visit the website, Office, which is where the Queenie artists showcasing their singing, www.queenspride.org or email, Awards are judged. The awards dancing and comedic abilities. firstname.lastname@example.org. honor the ingenuity and enthu- The family-friendly entertainment siasm of groups in their demon- has been specially selected for this stration of LGBTQ pride and the year’s event and is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. theme of this year’s event. Planning for the parade and The festival begins at noon with nearly 100 vendors along festival begins each year in Septem-
LGBT Movement Rises To Prominence By Luis Gronda Staff Writer The LGBT movement has progressed immensely over the last 40 years, but there is still room for improvement. The movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, which were several violent demonstrations protesting a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace back then and the gay community expressed their dismay, staging protests over several nights after a raid at the Stonewall attracted crowds and attention. As a result of the riots, gay activist organizations were formed for the first time and gay pride marches were created in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in 1970. The riots are considered one of the most important events in the LGBT movement and kicked off the fight for gay equality in the United States. That movement also spread to the Borough of Queens, gaining prominence over the last few decades. The Pride Parade in Queens was one of the first established in the outer boroughs and organizations like the Queens Pride House were founded to bring services and programs to the gay and lesbian community. There have also been LGBT
community members taking on more prominent jobs in recent years. Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) have been openly gay for several years. They are just two of six openly gay City Council members. The other four are Council members Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx), Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) and Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan). Both Van Bramer and Dromm offered different reasons for how the LGBT movement has risen to prominence in recent years. Van Bramer said the increased amount of people coming out as gay, lesbian or transsexual has made a huge difference in the movement. He said more people being open about their sexuality has allowed for more conversation about the issue. “It’s the single most important thing anyone can do,” he said. “When people know gay people, they feel very deeply about the issue.” Dromm said establishing the Queens Gay Pride Parade, which he helped found, had a profound impact on the movement, because it showed that gay and lesbian people are all around us. “It made people realize that we are their family, friends and neighbors,” Dromm said. Van Bramer described how the
gay movement has progressed as “moving at warp speed,” with more openly gay elected officials and marriage equality becoming the law in more states, including New York, but more can be done. The Councilman said more needs to be done to combat bullying against the LGBT youth as well as helping LGBT seniors come out and getting them more services. For the bullying, Van Bramer said they need to make sure educators in the City take the issue seriously and make sure there are stricter penalties in place for LGBT-related bullying. They also need to cultivate a more open and accepting environment for LGBT youth. Coming out is difficult for seniors, Van Bramer said, because they grew up in a different time that was not as accepting to gays and lesbians and they should be encouraged to come out. “LGBT are probably in those senior centers, but they might not be out,” he said. Dromm said more should be done in schools to teach gay history and encourage LGBT teachers to come out as well. He said that Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña would support LGBT teachers and an increased focus on a curriculum that teaches LGBT history. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
Pride Kicks Off At Studio Square Queens Pride presents, in conjunction with event partners NYCpride, Brooklyn Pride, Staten Island LGBT Center, LGBTQ Center of the Bronx and Out Astoria, the 4th Annual Pre-Pride Kick Off Party at Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Long Island City, starting at 6 p.m. May 29. The event will be an evening of fun, entertainment and celebration in anticipation of the first of New York City’s Pride parades, taking place June 1 in Jackson Heights. The Garden at Studio Square is a great outdoor setting where Queens Pride’s friends and supporters in past years have made this an event not to miss. On hand for the evening will be one of its longtime supporters, ACQC, the AIDS Center of Queens County. Donations of $10 or more will receive a complimentary beverage and help support this wonderful organization now in its 28th year of service to the community. “ACQC is a long-time partner of Queens Pride, and we are very pleased that the kick-off party will help in their important efforts,” said Hank Krumholz, Co-chair, Queens Pride. On stage will be a special performance by Haus of Mimosa, a hilariously funny improv comedy team featuring your favorite aunts from Queens.
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Queens Pride Announces Grand Marshals The 2014 Queens Pride parade any discrimination or judgment will be led by a combination of for her LGBT friends. Arniotis continues to bring individuals and organizations that folks together in a safe, have made great strides to close to home like atmoadvance LGBTQ visibility sphere by hosting annual citywide. events such as the “Big New York City is now Truck” carnival march represented by six LGBT event in the NYC Pride councilmembers. Referred Parade, “Hallo-Queen” to as the LGBT Caucus, and group outings. these LGBT leaders represent districts in four of CounCilman the five New York City Councilman daniel dRomm boroughs. Daniel Dromm “Serving as a Grand Councilman Daniel Marshal of the 2014 Queens Dromm has been a progressive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans- leader in Queens for more than gender (LGBT) Pride Parade and 20 years. An award-winning public Festival, which I founded 21 years school teacher, Dromm was elected ago, is one of the greatest honors to the New York City Council in ever bestowed upon me,” Council- 2009 and represents his home man Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson District 25 of Jackson Heights and Heights) said. “This continually Elmhurst. He serves as the Chairgrowing and thriving parade and person of the Council’s Education festival are powerful examples Committee. Dromm is the founder of the of inclusivity and are wonderful events celebrating equal rights for Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and organized the all people.” first Queens LGBT Pride The LGBTQ commuParade and Festival, which nity has made great strides he still participates in on in its acceptance throughthe first Sunday in June in out the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights. Dromm Queens. Organizations co-founded the Queens like Chutney Pride that Chapter of Parents, Famihave worked very hard lies and Friends of Lesbians to outreach to particular and Gays (PFLAG), as well ethnic groups to promote and achieve tolerance. Councilwoman as the Generation Q Youth Tina Arniotis, founder of Rosie Mendez Services Program. He founded the Lesbian and Chutney Pride, says “we are pleased to serve as a Grand Gay Democratic Club of Queens Marshal at the 2014 Queens Pride and the New Visions Democratic Parade because we have come a Club serving the 39th Assembly long way in the LGBT Caribbean District. community and to be recognized CounCilman for efforts to have equals rights is CoRey Johnson such an honor.” C o u n c i l m a n C o re y Johnson was elected in Tina aRnioTis November with more than and ChuTney PRide 86 percent of the vote to Ti n a A r n i o t i s , b e s t represent Manhattan’s known in the community West Side. as “MotherGay,” is a pioJohnson first came to neer for bringing awareness national attention in 2000, in local communities for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals when he became a trailand Transgenders of Carib- Councilman blazer for LGBT youth. bean decent for acceptance Corey Johnson As the captain of his high and mutual respect. She school football team, he was the founder of Tropical Kings took the courageous step of com& Queens – the very first Queer ing out publicly, and kept not only Caribbean social group. his position of leadership, but In 1997, Arniotis launched also the support of his school and the first Caribbean gay party that teammates. His bravery landed catered to all LGBT individuals him on the front page of the New of Caribbean descents in Queens. York Times. Arniotis always identified herself with her Caribbean roots but never CounCilman felt accepted as an openly-gay CaRlos menChaCa woman and wanted to create a Carlos Menchaca, born in El comfortable environment without Paso, Texas, is the first Mexican-
American elected to public of- Expression Non Discrimination fice in New York City, and the Act) since the bill was developed. first openly-gay New York CounCilman City Council member from RiChie ToRRes Brooklyn. Councilman Ritchie TorPrior to assuming ofres was elected to office in fice, Menchaca worked November to represent the in the Brooklyn Borough communities of the Central President’s Office. From Bronx. Ritchie is the first 2011 to 2013, Menchaca openly gay candidate to served as a liaison to the Carlos be elected to legislative ofLGBT and HIV / AIDS community for the Office Menchaca fice in the Bronx and the youngest member of the of the Speaker in the New City Council. York City Council. A lifelong son of the Bronx, Shortly after being elected, Menchaca, along with then-Coun- Torres was raised in a single-parent household, growing up cilman-Elect Mark Treyer, and living most of his life in called for the creation of a a NYCHA public housing new committee to oversee development. His family’s Hurricane Sandy recovery hardship instilled in Torres efforts. a deep-seeded commitCounCilwoman ment to serve New York’s low-income and working Rosie mendez class communities. Rosie Mendez has demWhile attending Lehonstrated a lifelong com- Councilman mitment to her commu- Richie Torres man High School he was selected to be the “Community through her activism, legal advocacy, and government nity Board District Manager For A Day” with James Vacca, who went service. Through her professional and on to become the local City Counvolunteer positions at many non- cil Member. Ritchie worked for profit organizations, Mendez Vacca’s first campaign in 2005 and by 2011 was named Vacca’s gained first-hand experifirst Housing Director. ence dealing with issues that affect all New Yorkers. CounCilman In November 2005, Jimmy Van BRameR Rosie was elected to serve A lifelong resident of as a member of the New Western Queens, Jimmy York City Council in the Van Bramer was elected to Second District and took ofthe City Council on Nov. 3, fice in January 2006 serving the neighborhoods of the Melissa Sklarz 2009. He was overwhelmLower East Side, the East Village, ingly elected to a second 4-year Gramercy, and Murray Hill. term in 2013. On Jan. 22, Van Bramer was elected Majority Leader of the melissa sklaRz Melissa Sklarz became the first City Council, the second highest transgender person elected to of- ranking member in the 51 member fice in New York in 1999, when body. As part of his duties as Majorshe was elected Judicial Delegate ity Leader, he was also appointed by from the 66th Assembly District. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to In 2004, Melissa became the first co-chair the newly constituted Budtransgender person from New get Negotiating Team, which plays an integral role in formulatYork to be part of the state ing the City’s budget process delegation at the Demoto fund critical programs, cratic National Convenprojects and organizations tion, by being appointed citywide. Council Member to the Credentials ComVan Bramer also plays a key mittee in 2004 and again role as a bridge between colin 2012. leagues and the Speaker. She helped bring civil Van Bramer lives in Sunrights to transgender peoCouncilman nyside Gardens with Dan ple in New York City when Jimmy Hendrick, his partner of INT 24 became law in Van Bramer 15 years. The two were 2002, served on the Working Group with the New York Hu- married on July 28, 2012 with Van man Rights Commission to flesh Bramer becoming the first openlyout the law, and has been a lobby- gay elected official to get married ing leader for GENDA (Gender in Queens.
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A Seed of LGBT History in Flushing By JaCkie StrawBriDge Staff Writer In the 1970s, in the middle of a quiet street of Flushing townhouses, one family built a home that would become a refuge not only for their own gay son, but also for gay children throughout the country, generations to come.
Jeanne and Jules Manford, parents of gay activist Morty Manford, founded Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1973. Their first meeting had about 20 attendees. Today, PFLAG is a national organization with more than 350 chapters and 200,000 members worldwide.
Teaching LGBT History By CounCilman Daniel Dromm All kids need to learn gay history. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have made huge contributions to our country, yet few people know. Recently, I met with a major education publisher and asked the company to bring examples of how they cover gay history. They brought me five small trade books – most were fiction, one was not. That’s all they had. History books have been whitewashed of any reference to gay history. This presents a false history. Our stories need to be told and we can start right here in Queens. Even before I was elected to the City Council, I set out to co-name certain streets after important LGBT New Yorkers – markers of our presence in the Borough. Along 37th Avenue on 78th Street and 77th Street in Jackson Heights, two corners are dedicated to gay men who lost their lives to anti-gay violence – Julio Rivera and Edgar Garzon. Guillermo Vasquez Corner (Broadway and 77th Street, Elmhurst) commemorates a leading Colombian gay rights and AIDS activist. Jeanne, Jules, Morty Manford PFLAG Way on 171st Street and 35th Avenue in Flushing marks the former Manford family home now known as the cradle of the gay rights movement. Naming the U.S. Tennis Association Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park after lesbian activist Billie Jean King
was a great tribute to her LGBT activism as well as her incredible professional career. All kids need to know these things and LGBT kids deserve to have LGBT role models. They need to know that Bayard Rustin, the mastermind behind the 1963 March on Washington, was an out, proud African American New Yorker. Teaching the history of the LGBT rights movement will help children understand how we arrived at the point today where same sex couples can marry in New York State. It didn’t just happen in a vacuum. It all started in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn when a group of outcasts fought back against police corruption. When President Obama, in his second inaugural address, mentioned this rebellion, it made significant reference to gay history in history books required. Yet so much of our history remains missing. It’s time for the truth to be told. For as the old adage goes, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm was elected to the City Council in 2009 after a 25 year career as a NYC public school teacher. He publicly came out in 1992 to support an inclusive curriculum that taught tolerance of all of New York’s diverse communities including LGBT people. Realizing the need for more LGBT visibility in Queens, he founded the Queens LGBT Pride Parade in 1993. Dromm represents Jackson Heights and Elmhurst and is chair of the Council’s Education Committee.
On April 26, Councilmen Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) joined several other elected officials and friends and family of the Manfords, to designate 171st Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues – where the Manford house PHOTO BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE still stands – with the co-name Jeanne, Queens officials joined family and friends of Jules, Morty Manford the Manford family to co-name a street in their memory. PFLAG Way. At the ceremony, former Assemblyman John not only honor the Manfords, but Duane, brother of former State encourage all New Yorkers to stand Sen. Thomas Duane – who was the up for equality.” Jeanne Manford was the first first openly gay member of both the City Council and State Legis- parent to stand publicly in support lature – remembered the haven the of a gay child when she marched Manfords provided for gay kids in alongside Morty in the 1972 gay pride parade. the community. During his remarks, Vallone “When things got unbearable, we would walk to the Manford considered the strides gay rights house. We were always welcome,” have made since this pivotal moment in LGBT history. Duane said. “When you say ‘parents and He added, “when I look at what my brother has accomplished, and friends of gays and lesbians,’” ValI look at where it started, I have to lone said, “that’s all of us now.” Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) say, ‘thank you, Manford family.’” Dromm also knew the Manfords 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ queenstribune.com or @JNStrawpersonally. “My hope is this co-naming will bridge.
Queens Pride House Offers Services for LGBT Community By luiS gronDa Staff Writer
Founded in 1997, the Queens Pride House has become one of the biggest centers in New York City that helps and serves the LGBT community. It offers an array of services and programs, including support groups and referrals. The support groups offer an opportunity for people to discuss any issues they have, including coming out to loved ones. That can include dealing with unsupportive friends and family or feelings of isolation. Pauline Park, the president of the board of director and the acting executive director at the Pride House, said many people go to the Pride House support group when they have nowhere else to turn. “For some people, it’s the only real support group they have,” Park said.
She said the groups help people discuss issues and encourage them to come out if they are thinking about it. People come from all over New York City, not just Queens, Park said, to sit in on a support group meeting because of its popularity and the name recognition the house has gained over the years. “They help people come to terms with their identity,” she said. Referrals are another prominent program offered at the Pride House. When people come to them to ask questions or seeking help, they refer them to outside help, such as a healthcare professional or a counselor. Park said they counted about 4,000 referrals last year and they expect to exceed that number this year. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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Making Audiences Of All Types Laugh
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
Adam Sank used his love of performing on stage to become one of the best LGBT comedians in the City. The openly gay comedian is a staple of the Queens stand-up scene, frequently appearing at venues like The Laughing Devil in Long Island City. With his talent for telling true stories that often wind up with him as the butt of the joke, Sank gets audiences of all shapes and sizes bursting with laughter. Sank started on stage in musical theater as a child and teenager, with a dream to land on Broadway. However, in college, that plan did not work out. “After college, I stopped for 10 years. I wanted to get back on stage somehow and I liked stand-up,” Sank said. “If I did comedy, I could write my own material. In comedy, there are plenty of places where a beginner can get on stage.” Like most comedians, it took some time for Sank to figure out what his voice was and where his strengths lied. Now, 11 years after he started, Sank has established
himself as a storyteller, who weaves “People don’t want to see themhumiliating tales about his own selves onstage. They want to see experiences. diversity,” he said. “In terms of huBesides sharpmor itself, people ening his skills in have become more the last decade, sophisticated. Gay Sank said that the people are more cultural climate has integrated instead changed for gay of being a differcomedians. Back in ent type of stand2003, being an out, up.” gay comedian was Sank has a big deal, as not brought his parmany were around. ticular brand of Nowadays, Sank stand-up to audisaid that when a coences all over New median comes out York. He hosted of the closet, no“Adam Sank’s Gay body bats an eye. As Bash” from 2006 a side effect of this to 2007, first at Adam Sank acceptance, crowds C a ro l i n e s a n d want more from a comedian’s act then at Comix comedy club. He than just their orientation. also served as host and producer of “For all of us when we started, “Electro Shock Therapy Comedy our act was kind of ‘hey, we’re gay.’ Hour” at the Therapy Lounge for The audience expects more from three years. us now. It’s forced us to be a little “In the beginning, it was me craftier,” Sank said. screaming to be heard over a The comedian added that there bunch of drunk, gay guys who is still some “ghettoization” from didn’t want to be heard by me,” comedy bookers, as many feel that Sank said. “By the time I left, it was gay comics can only play for a gay the most popular Sunday show in crowd, something that Sank said is the City. I made a point of booking not the case. comics of every stripe.”
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Besides comedy, Sank retains his love of music. He is a member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and is also starring in “Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One ‘Mo Show!” The performance is his first cabaret show, where he will use music and comedy to tell his personal story of growing up, coming out and how he got to where he is today. “Since I joined the chorus, I’ve been getting back into music and singing. I’ve wanted to combine the two in some way,” Sank said. “I go through my life explaining the role music and singing have had for me. I tell really humiliating stories about my childhood.” The cabaret show takes place on June 19 and June 27 at 7 p.m. in The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, located at 61 Christopher St. You can also see Sank’s stand-up at Creek and Cave in Long Island City on June 12 at 8 p.m. Tune into VH1 from June 17 to June 21, where he will appear as a commentator on “I Love The 2000s.” For more information on Sank, visit www.adamsank.com. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @JoeMarvilli.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Manor House FREE ADMISSION! Opening Night & Preview Party School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972 Wine and cheese will be served. Contact: Michelle Benes (516) 922-8682 or firstname.lastname@example.org Exhibition opens to the public Saturday, June 7th – Sept. 30th 11:30am -3:30pm daily Free with $8 park admission to the park
Congressman Joseph Crowley 14th Congressional District Paid for by Crowley for Congress
SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH, 2014 6:00pm – 8:30pm / No Parking Fee $50 Non-Member / $40 Members Back to the 50’s Party at the Manor House Dancing and drinks, gents wear leather and dolls wear pink. Live music with The Clusters. Enjoy burgers, fries, shakes, cocktails, beer and more. Reservations: Michelle Benes (516) 9228682 or email@example.com SUNDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2014 1:00pm – 3:30pm / Rain or shine! FREE with $8 Parking Fee / Manor House Folk Concert with Doc & JC
Planting Fields Foundation Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, New York 11771 www.plantingfields.org
Enjoy the hits by Simon Garfunkel, the Eagles, James Taylor, Crosby, the Beatles and many more. Contact: Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or firstname.lastname@example.org SATURDAY, JUNE 14TH, 2014 Father’s Day Weekend / 6:00pm FREE ADMISSION / No Parking Fee Rain or shine / Coe Hall, West Portico Summer Concert in the Park Bring a chair or blanket and an picnic. 3 West performs live acoustic versions of all the hits of today. Contact Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or email@example.com SUNDAY, JUNE 15TH, 2014 Father’s Day / FREE Admission (today only) with $8 Parking Fee / 2:00pm at Coe Hall Lecture by Justin Martin on the Olmsted Brothers. Contact: Gwendolyn L. Smith (516) 922-8680 or firstname.lastname@example.org SUNDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2014 12:00pm – 12:45pm / Ages 8-12 FREE with $8 parking fee / Manor House Children’s Engineering Workshop Build a miniature geodesic dome. Reservations: Michelle Benes (516) 922-8682 or email@example.com
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LGBT Activists Block Concert In Jamaica By Jackie StrawBridge Staff Writer A Queen Ifrica performance scheduled for last Saturday at Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica was cancelled after a protest at the venue. On Friday, Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined Caribbean Alliance and Jamaica Anti Homophobia Stand, along with a representative for Councilman Rory Lancman (DHillcrest), in calling for Amazura to remove Queen Ifrica from the concert. Queen Ifrica is a Jamaican rapper whose lyrics are riddled with homophobic slurs and hate speech. Most infamously, during a 2010 performance, she said, “we not going to legalize any faggotism in Jamaica.” In August of last year, Canada withdrew a work permit for Queen Ifrica due to her homophobic speech. “Queen Ifrica’s words help create a climate where human rights violations against LGBT Jamaicans are rampant,” said Dwayne Brown, founder of Jamaica Anti Homophobia Stand. “Such pro-
motion of hate music “To me it’s outraand its creator Queen geous that we still in Ifrica is unacceptable 2014 have to show up and not welcome in at a place like this, a New York.” club, and condemn Violence against one of the artists LGBT Jamaicans in because of her ho2013 alone included mophobia,” Dromm the murder of teensaid. “This type of ager Dwayne Long hate speech leads to Jones, the mobbing of violence against our a gay couple’s house[LGBT] community … hold and the fatal All decent people must stabbing of a 41-year stand up against this.” -old and burning of Amazura and his house, among a Queen Ifrica’s proslew of other beatings, Councilman Dromm joined Jamaican activists last week in moter decided on attacks and murders. protesting Queen Ifrica’s performance at Amazura Concert Saturday morning to John Rios, manag- Hall in Jamaica, Queens. remove the rapper er of Amazura, came from the concert. outside to speak with the group As a result of this protest, Rios However, after several minutes during the protest. Although of discussion with the activists, and said that he will reexamine his Dromm’s office had previously after Dromm noted that New York booking process in the future. contacted Amazura’s booking State liquor licenses require busi“[There are] questions that I agent, Rios said that this protest nesses to protect customers from will definitely bring up next time was the first he was hearing of discrimination, Rios called Queen around,” Rios said. “It’s just a matQueen Ifrica’s homophobia. Ifrica’s promoter to ask for her ter of me talking to the promoters, Rios was initially wary of losing removal from the concert. figuring out who is coming, and a business. “I have a [lot] of employThe rapper would “leave a bad clearer idea of the types who will ees I have to pay, and that they rely taste in Amazura’s mouth,” Rios be performing.” on this job,” he said. “It’s a busi- explained. A decision was not Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) ness, right? Somebody came to me, made on the spot. 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@ they wanted the venue, I rented it Rios added, “I’m a straight-up queenstribune.com or @JNStrawout to them.” bridge. New Yorker, I’m not anti-gay.”
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BRILL BUILDING In the heart of NYC’s Times Square sits the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway. The music of America in the 50s and 60s emanated from its halls and offices when the Brill Building was home to Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Lieber & Stoller, Neil Diamond, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, among others. Award-winning Scott Coulter of Birdland, The Oak Room and Feinstein’s, and a company of three vocalists will take you through the music and the stories of the singers and the songs that defined a generation.
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Celebrating Memorial Day Throughout Queens
At left, during Memorial Day celebrations at the Little-Neck Douglaston Memorial Day parade, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio stand with local firemen. Also on hand for the festivities were U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (center) and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville, right). Photos by Joe Marvilli.
State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and State Sen. James Sanders Jr. stand as the Francis Lewis High School color guard presents the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Katz at Borough Hall last week. Photo by Luis Gronda.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer stands with Anthony Cipriano, a member of Catholic War Veterans Post 870 and grand marshal of the annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade.
Yes To Tennis, No To Violence
A Banner Day At Citi Field Queens DA Richard Brown, the USTA and New York Junior Tennis And Learning last week hosted more than 800 Far Rockaway public school students at the 17th annual “Say Yes to Tennis - No to Violence” Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Brown was joined by Steven McDonald (right), a NYPD Detective who was shot in the line of duty by a 15-year-old boy. Photo by Joe Marvilli.
Change Of Command
Hundreds of fans marched along the sidelines of Citi Field on Sunday, carrying signs supporting the Amazin’s during the annual Banner Day festivities. Photo by Bruce Adler.
Incoming Commander of the United States Army Queens Recruiting Company, Captain G. Scott Jackson (left), took over from outgoing commander, Captain Promotable Michael Gallucci, during a Change of Command ceremony on May 27 at Fort Totten in Bayside.
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Hall Of Science Opening Design Lab In June BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The New York Hall of Science is aiming for a whole new level of interactivity with a permanent exhibit coming in June. On June 7, the Hall of Science will open its Design Lab, a new exhibition meant to get people more involved with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Design Lab lets people experiment with structures, circuits, simple materials and more. The Design Lab was born out of the success of the Maker Faire, an annual showcase of technology enthusiasts and exhibitors, who come together to
display their creations and what they have learned in the process. “We’ve been interested in designbased learning for quite some time,” Eric Siegel, director and Chief Creative Officer of NYSCI, said. “Since we started the Maker Faire, we started to see how engaged people become when they have a simple set of materials to work with. This is a way to broaden the pathway in those types of interest.” Set on the lower level of the Central Pavilion, the Design Lab is split into five pods: Backstage, Sandbox, Studio, Treehouse and Maker Space. In Backstage, visitors will come up with solutions to performance-based activities, such as creating jointed
Bringing Northern Italy To Northern Boulevard Since 2001, the Conti family has welcomed guests into their dining room, which offers a warm, intimate atmosphere that brings a taste of Northern Italy to Northern Boulevard in Little Neck. The staff at Conti’s Ristorante makes you feel right at home as they deliver each homemade plate. Conti’s moderately-priced menu offers an extensive wine list along with all the essential appetizers, pasta and main courses that can be found at most Italian fine dining restaurants. The main attractions, however, can be found in the specials that Head Chef Mario Babic works up on a daily basis. “Some people don’t even open the menu,” Gustavo Crespo, our waiter for the evening, told us. One standout cold appetizer was the delicious lobster cocktail, served with crabmeat, chilled avocado and asparagus, all presented elegantly on the plate like a work of art. No Italian dinner can be complete without an exceptional pasta course, and the Fuzi alla Grappa fit the bill this evening. This thick pasta, served with mushrooms, offered a taste that was deceptively filled with flavor and will surely leave diners craving for more. The main course that was the most attractive this evening was the Bronzini. This Mediterranean sea bass was served with tomatoes, onions and capers and was a rare treat that won’t be forgotten any time soon. The salty, tender fish had a distinct, mouth-watering flavor that stood out on its own and was served with fresh spinach and green beans. To finish off the evening, the homemade napoleon is a must-have dessert and a favorite of owner Wal-
shadow puppets out of index cards, fasteners, sticks and tape. Sandbox will challenge visitors to create sturdy structures they can stand inside. Museumgoers will come up with small pieces that will be added to a collaborative project in Studio. Treehouse is a split-level area whose activities all require a vertical drop. Maker Space, which opened in 2012, converts ideas into prototypes with simple tools. Sandbox is one of five pods that “The names of the spaces are evocamake up the Design Lab at the tive of childhood,” Siegel said. “It’s new York Hall of Science. really about the different scale and sary, which the venue will also mark types of activities.” Siegel added that these activities, by reopening the Great Hall that was which will change every few months originally built for the 1964-65 World’s while keeping the design lab in place, Fair. Summer hours for Design Lab offers visitors a type of education that is particularly appealing to young people activities are Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from today. “We’re going the extra step of inter- 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from activity by giving people materials and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on the Dechallenges,” he said. “There’s a lot of research that shows a lot of young people sign Lab and other exhibits, visit www. are engaged in the types of activities nysci.org. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, where they get to do something.” The Design Lab is opening in time Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, for the Hall of Science’s 50th anniver- or @JoeMarvilli.
Listen And Laugh In LIC This Weekend BY JAckIE StRAwBRIdGE Staff Writer
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ter Conti. The flaky layers of pastry, custard and vanilla will melt in your mouth and ensure you leave with a smile on your face. There is also a live pianist on Mondays and Thursdays. Despite the impressive specials, the biggest attraction is the cordial staff, according to Eric and Robin Schwartz, two regular guests from Roslyn. “The staff is professional and friendly, which is an incredible combination,” Eric Schwartz said. “I feel so comfortable here. I became a regular after my first time.” - Jordan Gibbons
Music and comedy join forces this weekend at Creek and Cave in Long Island City. Funny Songs Fest, a comedic music festival beginning tonight and running through Saturday, is the City’s only such event. According to festival creator Jessica Delfino, “the inspiration for starting Funny Songs Fest came from not having a place to call home as a comedic musician… Lil’ old comedy musicians have mostly just a fat heap of ‘no, thank you’ when it comes to venues.” “So this is it. This is our spot,” she added. This evening is the festival’s opening night, starting at 6 p.m. at Creek and Cave bar and comedy venue. Alongside the performances, the audience will enjoy Creek and Cave-catered snacks, drink specials and raffle prizes. Interested participants can also bring a bag of clean summer clothes for a clothing swap. Themes of the opening night performances include science fiction parody, out-of-town acts and women of Queens. “We wanted to do something in Queens this year and we love Creek and Cave,” Delfino said. Astoria-based comedic duo Karen Bray and Zach Miko – who call themselves The Dreamstalks – performed in
Comedic musicians take the stage in Funny Songs Fest. Photo by anya Garrett. the Philadelphia Funny Songs Fest, and will be taking the stage at Creek and Cave on Thursday as well. “[At the Philadelphia festival], Zach looked at me and said, ‘this is what I want our life to be like forever,’” Bray said. “We can meet people who in a comedic aspect are just like us.” The Dreamstalks describe themselves as “your not so typical children’s educator musicians singing about things no child should ever hear.” Performing as though they were at a school assembly, they sing about sex, drugs and the non-existence of Santa Claus. For Delfino, part of the fun of the festival is its unpredictability. “You just never know who’s going to pull something amazing out of their hat,” she said. For a full Funny Songs Fest schedule, visit www.nyfunnysongs.tumblr.com. Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com or @JNStrawbridge.
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POP uP COffEE shOP
Weekends this summer, Lockwood’s backyard is transformed into the Secret Garden pop up coffee shop. Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries while perusing a special selection of plants and garden supplies, or just sit and relax on the comfy furniture. The shop will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 626-6030.
The Bayside Historical Society is going to hold a book signing of “Forgotten Queens” by Kevin Walsh. The Greater Astoria Historical Society will be on hand as well for this session and presentation that starts at 7 p.m. Wine and cheese will be available. The event costs $5 for BHS members and $8 for non-members.
Vocalist Diane Templeton will appear at the Glen Oaks Library for a nostalgic trip back to the great music of the 1920s to the 1960s, with such familiar tunes as “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Till I Waltz Again with You,” “The Best Is Yet to Come” and much, much more. The concert is free and runs from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Glen Oaks branch is located at 256-04 Union Turnpike.
INtRODuCtION tO thE ENtERtAINmENt INDustRy
Join music legend and Video Music Box pioneer “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels in a conversation about his legendary career as an entrepreneur in radio, television, film and fashion. In collaboration with BulLion Entertainment. Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway. 4 p.m.
The Pomonok Houses Resident Green Committee is holding RGC Palooza, a wellness fair, on the baseball field at PS 201 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The NYPD, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens College, Green City Force and more will be participating. PS 201 is located at 65-11 155th St., Flushing.
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK SATURDAY 5/31
‘REtROsPECtIvA’ Gabriela Granados presents “Retrospectiva,” a gala performance of Flamenco and classical Spanish dance with special guest dancers and musicians, 8 p.m. at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Tony Bennett Concert Hall, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria. Tickets cost $28, seniors $20 and $12 for students and children. For tickets and information, call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.retrospectiva.brownpapertickets.com.
fREE suNDAy ARts PERfORmANCEs
Enjoy a cultural showcase at the Ayazamana Ecuadorian Cultural Center Children’s Program Spring Recital at Queens Museum. Students in the children’s dance and music programs will perform the various dances and songs they have prepared over the last four months. The free event will run from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (718) 5929700 for more information.
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will host a Book Extravaganza fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 35-20 Broadway, fourth floor, Long Island City. Hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books will be available, along with music, T-shirts and more. For information, visit www.astorialic.org.
The Poppenhusen Institute will hold a free concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles Invasion. Performed by the band Sessions, this show will take place in Mac Neil Park at 5 p.m. The rain site is the Poppenhusen Institute. Call (718) 358-0067 for more information.
vIsuAl hIstORy Of hIP hOP
“Uncle” Ralph McDaniels, followed by performances by DIOS Music/ BulLion Entertainment recording artist rapper Stereo H, aka @Hashim BING and up-and-coming hip hop artist Juanito Jones. Queens Library at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, 2 p.m.
Join Legendary DJ Chuck Chillout and AwardWinning Turntablist GrandMixer DXT in a demonstration and discussion of the arts of sampling, DJ’ing, and turntablism. Queens Library at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, 4 p.m.
as the value of being part of a family. Tickets are $14. For more information, call (718) 760-0064.
Queens Theatre will present an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Peter Pan” explores the journey of a group of children in turn-of-the-century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. This story empowers children to create their own world of make-believe. As the children fly to Neverland and escape the evil Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, they recognize the importance of friendship as well
This Sunday kicks off three weekends of free art at Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater’s The Academy, showcasing six emerging New York City choreographers. The Academy is an education center with the mission of bringing arts instruction to the diverse income area. All performances begin at 5 p.m. and are free and open to the general public.
jazzy program of clever and fun music by Broken Reed founder Charley Gerard and Mike Mower. Gerard describes the group’s sound as “devious, witty, swinging tunefulness.” Suggested donation is $12, students and seniors $10. For information or to make a reservation, call (718) 268-7772 or visit www.gingerbreadplayers. org.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will present a staged reading of “A Dream of Red Pavilions” at Flushing Town Hall at 4 p.m.. The show is a world premiere adapted by Jeremy Tiang from the classic Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin and co-directed by Lu Yu and Tisa Chang. The story is set in 18th-Century China, where two beings from the heavenly kingdom are reborn on Earth as cousins Bao Yu and Dai Yu. They fall in love, but their union is forbidden by their elders, who favor a more suitable union. Tickets cost $10 for the general audience and $5 for members and students.
The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church will present the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, 3 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Sactuary, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills. The group will be making its second appearance at St. Luke’s in a
‘WE WOmEN DO It BEttER!’
Back by popular demand, Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the hit comedy by Puerto Rican Playright Roberto Ramos-Perea. English performances take place for five weeks Fridays starting May 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Spanish performances take place Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Thalia Spanish Theatre is located at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Tickets cost $27, students and seniors $25. For tickets and more information, call (718) 7293880 or visit www.thaliatheatre.org.
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SENIORS.................... SOUTH ASIAN Alternate Saturdays Selfhelp BR-PS Senior Center in Flushing. Indian-style activities, lunch. 8865777. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Mondays Lunch, lesson and congenial play. Pride of Judea. 423-6200. STAY WELL Mondays at the Central library at 10 and Wednesdays at 10:15 at the East Elmhurst library. Learn how special exercise and relaxation techniques make a difference in your life. CAREGIVERS Tuesdays Caregivers
Support group at 3:304:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. MENS CLUB Wednesdays 10-noon Men over 65 are welcomed to the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills. 268-5011, ext. 621. Stimulating topics, inspiring conversations, sports, more. Coffee served. Free. STARS Wednesdays Senior Theatre Acting Repertory at the Hollis library at 11:15 and Fridays at the Queens Village library at 11. ALLEN COMMUNITY Allen Community Senior Center in Jamaica. 6580980. ALZHEIMERS Adult Day Care MondayThursday 9-4 in Flushing. 358-3541. BAYSIDE SENIORS CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside. 225-1144. CLEARVIEW SENIOR Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888. POMONOK CENTER Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. 591-3377.
SAGE SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment). 5336459. SELFHELP LATIMER Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center, 34-30 137th Street, Flushing. 559-4395.
BEGIN WORD Monday, June 2 Central library. Register. MAC MONDAY Monday, June 2 Central library. Register. iMovies discussed. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesday, June 3 Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Central and Sunnyside library. Register. COMPUTER BASICS Tuesday, June 3 Corona library. Register. TECHNOLOGIST IS IN Tuesday, June 3 Corona library. Book half hour appointment. COMPUTER TUTORIALS Tuesday, June 3 Woodside library at 5:45. COMPUTER BASICS Wednesday, June 4 Woodside library at 10:30. MOBILE DEVICE CLASS Wednesday, June 4 Woodside library at 10. Bring your device. INTRO COMP./INTERNET
Wednesday, June 4 Hollis library. Register. BEGIN INTERNET Wednesday, June 4 Central library. Register. INTRO COMPUTERS Wednesday, June 4 Central library. Register. BUY A COMPUTER Thursday, June 5 Central library. Register. BEGIN COMPUTERS Thursday, June 5 Ozone Park library. Register. COMPUTERS Wednesdays, June 11, 18 Windsor Park library. Register.
tEENS & KIDS...... PLANNED PARENT Monday, June 2 ages 11-19 Ridgewood library. Register. ENGINEERING Monday, June 2 ages 11-14 Lefrak City library at 4:30. JACK & BEANSTALK Monday, June 2 Poppenhusen library at 4. EASY CRAFTS Monday, June 2 Steinway library at 11. STOP BULLYING Monday, June 2 Langston Hughes library at 4:30. FAMILY MOVIE Monday, June 2 South Ozone Park at 5. STUDY HALL
Monday-Wednesday, June 2-4 Glen Oaks library at 4. YOUNG MEN Tuesday, June 3 empowerment group ages 14-19 Laurelton library at 4. KUNG FU Tuesday, June 3 ages 3-5 at 2, ages 8-12 at 3:30. TOTS & TOYS Tuesday, June 3 McGoldrick library at 11:15. CRAFTY TUESDAY Tuesday, June 3 Cambria Heights library at 4.
ENtERtAINmENt.. WORLD’S FAIR EXHIBIT Through June 30 celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at the Central library. MOVIE MATINEE Fridays through June 27 Rosedale library at 2:30. CLASSIC SWING Sunday, June 1 Central library at 3. PETER PAN Sunday, June 1 Queens Theatre in the Park. 7600064. CHORAL CONCERT Monday, June 2 Forest Hills library at 6. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Tuesday, June 3 South Jamaica library at 5. BLACK COFFEE
Wednesday, June 4 film at the Central library at 6. MOVIE MATINEES Thursdays through May 30 Rosedale library at 2:30. BINGO Thursdays McGoldrick library at 1. COCO CHANEL Thursday, June 5 slideillustrated talk at the Windsor Park library at 2. DIVAS TRIBUTE Thursday, June 5 Astoria library at 4:30. Tribute to Adele, Beyonce, Shania Twain and more. OPEN MIC Thursday, June 5 Corona library at 5:15 and Flushing library at 6:30. PIANO CONCERT Thursday, June 5 Forest Hills library at 5:30. CAPT. PHILLIPS Tuesday, June 10 film at 3 at the Queens Village library. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Wednesday, June 11 film at the Central library at 6. LABOR DAY Wednesday, June 18 film at the Central library at 6. MONUMENTS MEN Wednesday, June 25 film at the Central library at 6.
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QUEENS FOCUS ceremonies at Binghamton University. They include: Richmond Hill: Vincent Tsang. Woodhaven: Wangning Ge. The Queens Library will hold a kick-off to its Summer Reading 2014 program from 12:30-4 p.m. June 5 at the Children’s Library Discovery Center, located at the Central Branch of the Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. Summer Reading activities will happen in every Queens Library branch throughout the Borough. For information, visit www.queenslibrary.org. Air Force Airman Aaron M. Davoudi
Air Force Airman Aaron M. Davoudi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Davoudi is the son of Shari Davoudi of Rego Park and Bijan Davoudi of Forest Hills. The Sisterhood of Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, will sponsor a Shavuot luncheon at 12:30 on June 4. Cost is $12. To make a reservation, call (718) 459-1000. Air Force Airman Matthew J. Ulloa graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Ulloa is the son of Ydalia Ulloa of Ozone Park and Rafael Ulloa of Brooklyn.
Queens Botanical Garden has announced that during its annual World’s Fair Rose Gala on June 12, the organization will honor Cord Meyer Development, George S. Meyer and members of the Meyer family. For information, visit www.queensbotanical.org/rosegala. The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s mobile no-cost breast cancer screening program will hold screenings at the following locations: June 1: Hindu Temple, 143-09 Holly Ave., Flushing. June 5: Fireshouse Health Center, 89-56 162nd St., Jamaica. June 6: Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center, 6200 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne. June 11: Queens Health Center, 9704 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. June 12:C Councilman Mark Weprin’s office, 73-03 Bell Blvd., Oakland Gardens. June 13: PS 280, 34-20 94th St., Jackson Heights. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 628-9090.
New Lion Assemblyman Mike Miller was recently inducted into the Lions Club, an active community based organization. Assemblyman Mike Miller graciously accepted his induction into the Lions club and hopes to be a productive member. Samantha Dunn of Rockaway Park was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Elmira College in Elmira. Adrian Breda of Ozone Park was named to the President’s List for the spring 2014 semester at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. Upcoming events at the Howard Beach Senior Center include: Calypso Cardio, with Debbie Brown, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Emergency Preparedness For Seniors, 10:30 a.m. June 10. Fantastic Fiber with Cassie Plummer, 10:30 a.m. June 12.
Local students received degrees during spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at York College of Pennsylvania. They include: Belle Harbor: Joseph Doyle, Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice; Ryan Rayder, Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, summa cum laude. Local students received degrees during spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. They include: Far Rockaway: Kelvin Tavarez, Bachelor of Science degree. Kew Gardens: Sabrina Melendez, Bachelor of Science degree. Local students received degrees during spring 2014 commencement
Fire Safety Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder hosted a Fire Safety Presentation with the FDNY at Public School 232 in Lindenwood. The presentation educated hundreds of students on how to avoid fires and fire related injuries as well as inform and create awareness on fire prevention.
“Getting Your Energy Back With Nutrition,” with Dr. Avrum Musnik, June 24. The Howard Beach Senior Center is located at 155-55 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach. For information, call (718) 738-8100. Ryan Rayder of Belle Harbor and Megan Thompson of Rockaway Point were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at York College of Pennsylvania. The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host a comedy show fundraiser 7 p.m. June 7 at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. Hosted by Just Plain Keith, the show will star Tom Daddario and will feature Scott Papacuri and Robyn Schall. Tickets cost $20 and are available online at www.comedytogoinc.com, or in-person at Royal Collectibles, 9601 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call (718) 793-2055. Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts will host the sixth annual Kew Gardens Kids Art in the Park event, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 8 at Kew Gardens Cinema Park, on Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens. The event will include a day of mural painting, arts & crafts and other creative activities. The main attraction of the free event is a large scale group mural, open throughout the day for kids to paint whatever they envision.
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50's Pitch A Bit Outside
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We think it is safe to say that left-handed pitcher Curtis Jackson will not be getting a Major League Baseball contract in this lifetime. Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, embarrassed himself earlier this week when he threw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s Mets-Pirates game. In a pitch that has to be seen to believe, 50 Cent stood on the mound and threw the ball in a different stratosphere than where home plate is. The ball actually comes close to hitting a photographer standing a few strides away from the plate, snap-
ping pictures of what turned out to be a disaster of a pitch. 50’s first pitch rivals that of Gary Dell’Abate, better known as “Baba Booey” on the Howard Stern Show, who hit an umpire when he tried to loft the ball over home plate. While Dell’Abate’s pitch is probably a little worse, 50 Cent has placed himself in the pantheon of horrible first pitches. If you created a Mount Rushmore of bad first pitches, Jackson’s pitch would be on there for sure. You might be able to find 50 Cent “in da club,” but he won't be apart of a ball club for sure.
The Pains of the 7 Train The 7 train is trending. And not because it’s got fans. Recently, passengers have been so frustrated with 7 train service in Queens, they’ve taken to Twitter to express their outrage. The hashtag #7train documents every packed car, missed stop and hours-long commute. “Monday: screaming past stations that are fulla the sweet vomity smell that is my weekend. I’m looking at you, 40th StLowry” writes @NYC_7Train, an
entire Twitter profile dedicated to stuggles on the 7 train. @NYC_7Train uses the hashtag #7trainpain to really get the point across. “Why are there constantly so many signal problems on the freaking #7train during rush hour?!?!” Katherine Lin wrote, in a moment of travel panic. Some passengers are more numbed to the train pain. James Magenst wrote, “When it rains, it pours in an MTA station. #7train”
Looks like it wasn’t quite “his time.” Last week, Brooklyn born hip-hop star John Jackson, better known by his stage name, Fabolous, walked away nearly unscathed after his he crashed his black Cadillac Escalade crashed into a truck on the Van Wyk Expressway in Queens. “I just survived a car accident on the Van Wyk in Queens, NY,” he told his millions of followers on Instagram
and Twitter. “It’s a very shocking experience and may change my outlook on how fast things can happen and you’re put into a life threatening situation.” According to the star’s Twitter account, this is the 36year-old’s first car crash and he suffered very minor injuries. Fabolous used his Instagram account to post photos of his car and the truck post accident. Luckily, Fabolous can now go back to “Keepin’ It Gangsta.”
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Time To Slow Down
Here is a message to all the speedy drivers in Queens: Hit the brakes! Last week, the NYPD announced results of a speeding initiative it conducted throughout the five boroughs, aiming at ticketing speedy drivers who are running the engine way too hard. During the two-day initiative, which took place on May 20 and 21, the NYPD issued the second most summonses out of the five boroughs, totaling 1,219. The Police Dept. issued 4.814 summonses in total. Only drivers in Brooklyn were ticketed more often than in Queens, getting 1,249 summonses in total. The slower a car is going, the less likely a fatality will occur. According to the NYPD, studies show that a pedestrian hit by a car at 40 miles per hour has an 85 percent chance of dying. At 30 mph that drops to 45 percent and at 20 mph it drops further to five percent. We know some people like to pretend it is the Indianapolis 500 when you are driving out there, but let’s go a little bit slower. You will still get to your destination. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say.
Although Anthony Lanni started his college education in math and computer science, it was the lessons in music that affected his life the most. Lanni’s father taught him to play traditional Italian songs on the mandolin. From there, he started taking classical guitar lessons and performing at a local Detroit café. “It was the experience of performing live that drew me into pursuing music,” he said. “I really enjoyed presenting and interpreting the music to the audience and the reaction I got from the listeners.” Lanni’s instructor introduced him to the music of Brazilian songwriter and guitarist Antônio Carlos Jobim. This style of music would form the basis for Lanni’s musical direction, especially once he moved to Astoria and started listening to as much Brazilian music as possible. “Brazilian music encapsulates everything I love about music: beautiful, rich harmonies and melodies and energetic, grooving rhythms,” he said. Those same musical cornerstones are the foundation of Lanni’s own songs. The guitarist said he starts with a mood he wants to create and then tries to find the right sound to get that emotion across to the listener. Often, he would take a small chord progression or harmony and use it to bounce off into his own melodies. Once the instrumentation is written, he will work on the lyrics, looking for phrases and ideas that fit the mood. When it is time to take those songs to the stage,
Lanni plays in a variety of setups. He has done solo, duo, trio and quartet performances. Each combination offers a different interpretation of the material. “When I perform solo, I tend to focus on conveying the beauty of the music and creating a full, rich, warm tone with the guitar. There is more space for me to bring out those harmonies and improvise,” he said. “If it is a small group such as a duo or trio, I like to add percussion or drums and bring attention to the driving rhythms. Performing a samba tune with percussion just feels great!” The type of performance Lanni enjoys most of all is playing with his band, Os Clavelitos. The six-member group came together through the connections Lanni and the other members made on various projects. The band writes original tunes with English lyrics cover Brazilian rhythms, though they also cover Brazilian classics. “When I perform with Os Clavelitos, I am with my family and it feels like home,” Lanni said. “It sort of feels like that big Sunday dinner with your good friends and family.” Os Clavelitos’ first album is Lanni’s priority for the remainder of 2014. The band is staying local for their debut, recording at One Soul Studios in Sunnyside. Lanni said the record should be out by late 2014/early 2015. The band is also playing a couple of concerts in the coming weeks. They will be at The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria on June 6 at 9 p.m. and at LIC Bar on June 15 at 4 p.m. To keep up with Lanni’s music, visit www.anthonylanni.com.
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