Vol. 42, No. 24 June 14-20, 2012
6th Congressional District:
Primary Talk Candidates in the June 26 primary (clockwise from top left) Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Dr. Robert Mittman, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, answer questions about the issues…. Page 18
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F MARTO REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/24/12. 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, 7008 70 th St., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purposes. ___________________________________ Probate Citation File No. 2011-3951 Surrogate’s Court-Queens County Citation The People of the State of New York, By the Grace of God Free and Independent To: Public Administrator, Queens County, Rosemary Murphy, Michael Lenaghan, John Lenaghan, Peter Lenaghan, Patrick Lenaghan, Eamonn Lenaghan, Peter Lenaghan, Patrick Lenaghan, James Lenaghan, Bridget Watters, Thomas Lenaghan, Michael Lenaghan, Alice Lenaghan,, Bridget O’Callaghan, Auriel O’Neill, Francis Gerard Harvey, Marie Therese Dashwood, Ann Patricia Fiala, Patricia Fordham, Aileen Margaret O’Kane To the heirs at law, next of kin and distributes of Christine Mary Harvey deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence A petition having been duly filed by James A. Kiernan
who is domiciled at 34-21 87 th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 You are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on 12 th day of July, 2012 at 9:30 A.M of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Christine Mary Harvey lately domiciled at 35 Carnally Rd, Silverbridge, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland admitting to probate a Will dated December 11, 2007. A copy of which is attached, as the Will of Christine Mary Harvey deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: James A. Kiernan Hon. Peter J. Kelly Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon Chief Clerk May 23 2012 (Seal) Strauch & Kiernan LLP Attorney for Petitioner 34-21 87th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 Address of Attorney 718-4786744 Telephone Number [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of LGGA TRUCKING SERVICES LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 04/05/ 2012. Office located in
Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O LGGA TRUCKING SERVICES LLC, 8618 111th, Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of NAV 291 L.L.C. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/21/2012. Office Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 5777 80 St., Middle Vlg, NY 11379. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF CLEBURNE, ALABAMA IN THE MATTER OF: JASMINE VERONICA NICOLE REID, A Child. CASE NO. JU-0685.02 PUBLICATION NOTICE TO: Emma Felker, whose whereabouts are unknown Joseph Reid, whose whereabouts are unknown A Petition has been filed in this Court requesting that the parental rights to Jasmine Veronica Nicole Reid, a female child whose date of birth is July 9, 1998, be terminated and that the permanent custody of the subject matter be vested in the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources. You must file an answer to said Peti-
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Boro Reacts To Aqueduct Plan Failure By DOMENICK RAFTER Uncertainty. That is the word Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton used to describe the more than decade long dealing the board has had with the process to develop Aqueduct Racetrack. That word continued to play true after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that his plan to build the world's largest convention center at the site where less than a year ago a casino opened went bust. "Since January there hasn't been any information that has come out of the governor's office to us in regard to the [convention center] project," she said, noting that all information on the convention center idea came
to CB10 from Genting. That led to uncertainty over whether the project was moving forward. Once Cuomo announced its cancellation, uncertainty over what will actually be built at the site permeated the community board. While the governor has stood by the idea of building a convention center, it is no longer definite that one will be built at Aqueduct Racetrack. "We really don't know what process will be used," Braton said. The governor hinted that there would be a bid process for a convention center project and a handful of gaming companies including MGM Grand have expressed interest in a bid. Where a potential convention center will go is still up in
the air, though Willets Point has emerged as a possible location. That caught the attention of State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Corona), who wrote to Gov. Cuomo pitching the site. "It was tremendously disappointing to learn that your plan to build the country's largest convention center at the Aqueduct Racetrack will not come to fruition," Sen. Peralta said. "Fortunately, there is another viable venue in Queens that, I hope you will agree, has numerous significant advantages over other locations reportedly under consideration elsewhere in the city. That site is Willets Point." The potential site at Aqueduct presented transportation issues as the site is only accessible by bus or
by the A train subway line, on which a ride to Manhattan could take an hour. The convention center proposal reignited ideas to resuscitate the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line which runs from Aqueduct and connects to the LIRR Main Line in Rego Park. Peralta noted upgrades to the transportation around Willets Point would be minimal because the infrastructure already exists with a web of highways, a subway and LIRR line already connecting to the site. As for Aqueduct, Patrick Jenkins, a representative for Genting, said the company would be involved in whatever process Gov. Cuomo decides to put forward for development. "We want to still continue to
bring more jobs, more quality of entertainment here and provide a quality product for the community," he said. Braton said CB10 still supported development at the site, but they were not losing sleep over the "world's largest convention center" project falling through. "I don't think too many of us will be terribly upset if we're not the world's biggest convention center," she said. "But certainly we will all be working to see that development takes place on that site." What that will be, however, is still uncertain. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or email@example.com
Battle Brews Over Gateway Renaming New York Senator who helped create the park. Former U.S. Sen. James Buckley, who represented New York from 1971-77, partnered with his colleague, U.S. Sen. Jacob Javitz to create the Gateway NRA, which includes most of Jamaica Bay,
Lower New York Bay, parts of Staten Island and Sandy Hook, N.J. At a June 12 press conference at the visitor’s center in Broad Channel, Turner announced a bill he authored to rename the center after Buckley. “Today, we’re here to honor
Ruben Wills Stripped Of City Council Powers State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) from January 2007 to July 2008. According to court documents, Huntley secured the $33,000 state grant for New York 4 Life in May 2008. With the exception of one undated invoice of $980, the documents provided to the Attorney General's office did not account for the $33,000 allocated to New York 4 Life. On March 20, Wills invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when the Comptroller's office and the Attorney General's office asked questions. The court documents state that Wills and his attorney walked out less than an hour after the hearing started while being asked about transactions associated with the New York 4 Life bank account. Wills was the sole signatory when the funds were deposited into the bank account. Reach Reporter Veronica Lewin at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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earlier this year in connection to By V ERONICA LEWIN Amid a state investigation, his alleged misappropriation of the Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Ja- money. As stated on Wills' City maica) has lost his power to make Council website, New York 4 Life is a "nonprofit organizadecisions regarding City tion which has helped money. single mothers chamFirst reported in the pion critical issues such Wall Street Journal Monas civic literacy and fiday night, City Council nancial empowerment." Speaker Christine Quinn The organization suspended some of Wills' was founded in 2006 and powers as a Council Wills serves on its board Member. Quinn removed of directors. The Wills from the budget ne$33,000 in question was gotiating team and Councilman allocated to fund a breakbanned him from allocatRuben Wills fast for single mothers, a ing funds to community luncheon for single fagroups. The matter is being reviewed by the Council's Stan- thers, a campaign to fight childdards and Ethics Committee. A hood obesity and an "adopt a comspokesman for Wills declined to mercial strip" program. After numerous attempts by the comment. The loss of power stems from State Comptroller's office to meet Wills' decision to plead the fifth with Wills to discuss the spending regarding $33,000 in member item of the funds between November funding allocated to the nonprofit 2011 and January 2012, a joint organization New York 4 Life. subpoena was issued on Feb. 10. Wills served as chief of staff to Wills was issued a joint subpoena
Senator Buckley for one of his greatest environmental achievements,” Turner said. “During his first days in the Senate, he and Senator Javitz put their different political ideologies aside to team up on legislation that would preserve a 26,000acre area in three boroughs and stretch all the way to Sandy Hook.” Buckley was elected to U.S. Rep. Bob Turner joined by Tom the U.S. Senate in a three- Long and Herb Stupp announcing a bill way race in 1970 as a Con- to rename the Jamaica Bay Wildlife servative, defeating a Re- Refuge Visitors Center after former U.S. publican incumbent and a Sen. James Buckley. Democratic challenger, making him the highest ranking vironment issues, especially related Conservative Party member ever to birds,” Stupp said. “This is just a perfect and fitting tribute and it’s elected. A few members of Buckley’s long overdue.” Not everybody is on board with Senate staff attended the announcement, as did Tom Long, a resident the idea, however. Don Riepe, of Breezy Point and member of founder of the Northeast Chapter Community Board 14, which in- of the American Littoral Society cludes a large part of Gateway and and a resident of Broad Channel the visitor’s center. Long is also said he would rather not see chairman of the Queens Conserva- Buckley’s name “We’re a little taken aback by tive Party. Herb Stupp, former commis- this,” Riepe said. “We really never sioner of the NYC Dept. of Aging, hear of this guy. Since then, there’s noted that other former US Sena- been a lot that’s happened here. tors from New York have been There are other people who are a lot honored in different ways; former more deserving.” Riepe said a coalition of local Sens. Kenneth Keating, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Al D’Amato birding communities will oppose all have courthouses named for the renaming and suggested if the them, while former Sen. Robert center should be named after someKennedy had the Triboro Bridge one, Herb Johnson, first manager of the Refuge, would be more derenamed in his honor. “Everybody liberal or conserva- serving, he said. Reach Reporter Domenick tive, Democrat or Republican, acknowledged that Sen. Buckley was Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 an expert on conservation and en- or email@example.com.
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By DOMENICK RAFTER Four decades after Congress authorized the creation of the Gateway National Recreation Area, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) is looking to rename the visitor’s center at Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge after a
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Occupy Queens Takes Aim At Big Banks By ROSS BARK AN In another context, cardboard costumes and ringing cowbells would mean an early Halloween or the rituals of a bizarre street festival. In the bustle of Jackson Heights, they were symbolic of something else entirely — an attack on large American banks. Occupy Queens, an offshoot of the Occupy movement that swept across America last year, has been meeting weekly and plotting public events, or “actions” as they call them, to ensure the anti-corporate movement maintains its momentum. Police successfully cleared Occupy encampments in New York and elsewhere and the movement, though now firmly entrenched in the public consciousness, has endured criticisms that it lacks a central focus. On June 9, about two dozen members of Occupy Queens led a march through Jackson Heights with the much more specific aim of encouraging residents to move their money from banks like J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citi Bank to local credit unions. They banged drums, sang, handed out literature and swaggered in cardboard cutout houses
to make their point clear. “This is a conscience-raising march to expose what we think is wrong with these banks, how they corrupt democracy and how they’re corrupting the economy,” said Occupy Queens member and Jackson Heights resident Damien Finneran. “We’re particularly focused on the housing crisis; we have tons of abandoned homes, tons of foreclosed homes and yet we have homeless people. It’s the inefficiency of the market.” Though seemingly silly, the variegated cardboard houses worn by protesters symbolized the ongoing foreclosure crisis plaguing Queens and the rest of the country. Foreclosed homes have become a part of the bleak landscape of Southeast Queens especially: Rosedale and Rochdale have foreclosure rates more than two times the rest of Queens, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Critics have assailed large banks for predatory lending practices that bated families into buying homes they could not afford and then foreclosed upon them when those same families fell behind on mortgage payments. The burst of the housing bubble precipitated the financial
Occupy Queens protesters march down Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights on June 9, hoping to raise awareness of their anti-big bank message. crash of 2008 that has mired economies worldwide. Banks like J.P. Morgan Chase have also come under fire for their risky investment and trading practices. A recent bad bet cost the bank $2 billion. “Chase, your kingdom will come down,” sang the Occupy Queens protesters, waving signs and beating drums outside of a 75th Street J.P. Morgan Chase branch next to Roosevelt Avenue. Coalescing at
the 37th Road Plaza, an oft-used site for their community outreach efforts, the two dozen protesters, ranging from the college-aged to the elderly, snaked up Roosevelt Avenue and eventually veered down 82nd Street. The protesters blasted out chants like “housing is a human right” and “banks get bailed out, we got sold out” as the 7 train clanged overhead. A black Chevy Impala believed
by protesters to be an undercover NYPD car trailed the procession. Eventually, an auxiliary police car emerged to follow them when they reached 37th Avenue. One protester handed a flyer to a sternfaced officer. The Occupy movement has drawn mixed reactions from Queens elected officials. While Councilmen James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) have embraced the movement’s ethos, Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) criticized the group’s Zucotti Park occupation for drawing police presence away from Western Queens. “Because of the Occupy movement, the entire city in Buffalo took out money from Chase bank to the tune of $45 million and put it in a local bank,” said Occupy Queens member and Jackson Heights resident Susan Lippman. The Buffalo Sewer Authority transferred the money to First Niagara Financial Group. “That deserves more publicity. It’s going to be a long hard struggle because the banks are powerful.” Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Misplaced Priorities If you are physically disabled or have simply injured your leg, don’t bother taking the subway in New York City. Only 20 percent of stations comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Try taking the subway across the borough and finding an elevator. You’re more likely to see Mr. Met leading a seminar on astrophysics at Queens College than an elevator taking passengers to the platform. With all the gripes people have about the MTA – legitimate gripes – the most overlooked flaw of the largest subway system in America is the lack of accessibility at stations for the physically disabled. All the worse, considering the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, 22 years ago. Yes, buses are available, but those buses often take a long time to navigate the dense Queens landscape. Subways can shoot quickly from one location to another. If you lack a car and have an emergency not requiring an ambulance, the subway is your best bet. But a significant portion of the population does not have that same option. The MTA is always facing budget shortfalls and is chronically underfunded. Yet we live in the wealthiest city in America, a crown jewel of the world, and we can’t provide access to our public transportation system to everyone. It’s clear that we put our money where our priorities are, and it’s a shame that people with disabilities aren’t a priority. The MTA needs to address the chronic shortage of elevators and ramps in stations and right this awful wrong.
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No Center Needed To The Editor: The Queens Tribune editorial “A New Idea” in its June 7-13, 2012 issue concerning a convention center has it all wrong and evidences a lack of substantive knowledge of the issue. It is not a new idea, but an old idea and a bad one. Several years ago The Brookings Institution issued a report that raised serious issues about convention space. The report stated “You’ve got cities around the country building new or expanded convention space at a very rapid rate in a market that is already glutted and over supplied.” It also stated: “In an environment where every major center around the country is
sharply discounting rental rates or giving space away and throwing in incentives, the likelihood of any succeeding is remarkably thin.” It also pointed out there was a decline in attendance. Were the above in and of itself not enough to suggest the foolishness of the “world’s largest convention center,” reference is made to the Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan while structurally sound is currently undergoing an extensive taxpayer funding of $1.4 billion renovation purported to make it more competitive. The idea is to then demolish Javits when this new “super” center is completed, presumably this valuable tract of land will then be turned over to fat cat real estate-mogul friends of the
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far too many myopic politicians in this state. Wait, there is more. At the end of the day, conventioneers also want to be where the action is. That is Manhattan, not the boondocks of Aqueduct and not Willets Point. As to Willets Point, there is also talk of a 1,000 room hotel, this in an area already choked with congestion and the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway and Northern Boulevard, traffic arteries that are incapable of being expanded. The claim it will bring jobs to Queens is nonsense. Queens is part of New York City and it would be illegal to limit jobs to Queens residents. The public should question why a proposed convention space is tied to a gambling casino and the huge sums of money floating around to buy political support. What the people of this city and state need, is a functioning Legislature and Governor who do not believe their only constituents are special interests. What we do not need, is another convention space, albeit a useless one. Benjamin M. Haber, Flushing
Support Jeffr ies To The Editor: I urge your readers in the newly formed 8th Congressional District to get to the polls on Primary day to vote for Hakeem Jeffries to represent us in this diverse district. He has the best qualifications and is endorsed by the Daily News (June 10). The South Queens Democratic club has strongly endorsed him also. A weak turnout may give the vote to his opponent, Councilman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther who demonstrated his arrogance in an interview with Mr. Jeffries by Diana Williams on ABC-TV last week. Barron denied the courtesy to Jeffries by speaking over him repeatedly. He appeals to the constituents in Brownsville and Bed-Stuy with a single theme — low-income housing, with no idea how to fund it. Democrats of every background must not let this tyrant win by default. B K Brumberg, Howard Beach
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To The Editor: At May’s Community Board 10 meeting, The MTA announced that effective this July the Q11 bus that services Hamilton Beach will stop at 9:00 pm. After letters from CB10, Sen. Addabbo’s office, Eric Ulrich’s office and the New Hamilton Beach Civic, all telling the MTA this is totally unacceptable, they changed the cutoff time to 10 p.m. We tried to explain to them that with summer upon us, many of our non-driving teens and adults work at Resorts World or Queens Center Mall. Resorts World is a 24-hour operation and most stores in Queens Center Mall are open until 10 p.m. The MTA’s answer was for them to take the Q11 Howard Beach bus and to either walk the boardwalk or walk over the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Hawtree Creek from 99th Street. I know that I wouldn’t want to use either of those at one or two in the morning. They’re underlit and desolate. Another problem with both of these entrances into Hamilton Beach, as many in Hamilton Beach know all too well, is the flooding that occurs during new and full moon high tides and during some storms. Just this past week, the foot of the pedestrian bridge (between Davenport Court and Rau Court) was flooded with a foot of water until 3:30 a.m. The same was true for the corner of First Street and 104th Street, which would mean that someone walking would have to wade through the flood waters to get home. Suggestions were made to the MTA about having the Q11 make one loop during the overnight hours. It could make it regular run through Howard Beach but make a left onto 102nd Street and come into Hamilton Beach. It would add less than five minutes to that run. The walk from the pedestrian bridge or the train station to the end of the 165th Avenue in Hamilton Beach is nearly a mile. I don’t understand how this is acceptable by the MTA. In a statement from James Harding, the vice president of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs, the MTA “will continue to monitor rid-
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ership on this branch to determine if future adjustments are warranted.” Can someone please explain to the residents of Hamilton Beach how can they “monitor ridership” if there are no buses for people to ride in. That’s like trying to count the stars in the sky during daylight hours. The residents feel that this just another slap in the face to all of us in Hamilton Beach. We have been trying for years (too many to count) to have the flooding issue addresses…nothing. We have asked Maura McCarthy , Queens Borough Commissioner for DOT, repeatedly to have 104th Street paved but were told that it would not happen because 104th Street is a capital project but it doesn’t have a start date. We’ve asked the Dept of Sanitation to replace the metal trash cans that are missing...again we were told no. The list goes on and on. Public transportation is vital to Hamilton Beach. As vital as all of the other city services. What’s next? Sanitation is only going to make one pick-up a week instead of two because there isn’t enough garbage. The residents of Hamilton Beach pay taxes like everyone else in this city. I see sign everywhere saying “your taxes hard at work.” Funny…I’ve never seen those signs in Hamilton Beach. Roger Gendron, President, New Hamilton Beach Civic
Not A Democracy To The Editor: The idea that America is a democracy is getting a little tired. Our founding fathers rejected democracy and gave us a republic, small “r.” Proof of this can be found in Federalist Paper No. 10 by James Madison. I cannot remember once in all my history classes in high school or college where this fact was taught. So much for getting an “education” in our public schools! Part of the solution of the mess we are in is a little understanding of the damage caused by misinformation coming from the media, academia and government officials, democrats and republicans both. Frank St. George, East Rockaway
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Grace: noun, simple elegance or refinement By MICHAEL SCHENKLER It’s not the chest-t humpi ng speeches, the outrageous, assertive claims, or the insistence on knowing all the answers that distinguishes one elected official from another. It is the quiet and effective bridge-building and diplomatic cooperation that makes the real difference.
to relate: “Grace Meng, Flushing’s Favorite Daughter, Wants to Bring Her Nice-Gal Politics to Washington.” Written by Colby Hamilton, one of the regulars of the WNYC radio blog, the article captures the Grace Meng I’ve known since I met her, when she first ran for public office in 2008 challenging the hand-picked candidate of Community hero John Liu as well as the Queens County Democratic Organization, because Grace believed she could make a difference. Hamilton’s article brought me back to why Grace Meng was different from the hundreds of electeds I’ve gotten to know steering the Tribune and covering politics for the past almost 35 years. Hamilton’s take on Grace: “She’s also emphatically not of the ruthless political mold: In his nomination of Meng as the county organization’s pick for the open seat, Councilman Mark Weprin echoed what nearly everyone mentions
when they talk about Grace Meng. ‘She’s hard not to love and she has character, commitment and confidence without a hint of arrogance—and in this business, that’s rare,’ Weprin said.” “Besides winning the straw poll for political Ms. Congeniality, Meng’s immigrant family and political do-it-yourself background has positioned her as the aspirational candidate in the race. She repGrace Meng and Michael Schenkler resents that classic New York political storyline of a rising It’s not the chest-t humpi ng community that, through the suc- speeches, the outrageous, assertive cess of its favored daughter or son, claims, or the insistence on knowcan say its finally made it . . .” ing all the answers that distinYes, Grace is different, and I guishes one elected official from believe it was Democratic chairman another. It is the quiet and effecU.S. Rep. Joe Crowley who intro- tive bridge-building and diplomatic duced her by remarking that her cooperation that makes the real remarkable personalit y and gifts difference. are best described by her name, It’s Grace. “Grace.” MSchenkler@Gmail.com
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It’s not often that an online political blog gets me to react. For the most par t, I read them with great skepticism, recognizing them for what they often are: one person’s viewpoint, unfact-checked and unedited. In gerneral, they do
not bode well for the future dissemination of news in our nation. The historic and long-effective newsrooom is challenged by the on-going generation of stories by wannabe journalists with varying ability lacking the editorial expertise and supervision provided in a professional print newsroom. However, I just star ted reading “The Empire ”(empire.wnyc.org) online. The Empire is a comprehensive online local political offering of WNYC radio. In the limited time I’ve been reading it, I have found it to be “fair and balanced” unlike those talk shows which which only claim to be. According to their website, “WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York’s flagship public radio stations, broadcasting the finest programs from National Public Radio and Public Radio International, as well as a wide range of award-winning local programming.” Just last week, I read an article to which I was very much able
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One Person, One Vote; Or One Dollar, One Vote? By HENRY STERN Elections are the best way to decide public issues in a democracy. The word democracy means ‘rule by the people’, which is a fair and reasonable way to determine which policies a government should follow, and who should be selected to lead that government. A basic principle of democracy is one man, one vote, a rule the courts have frequently invoked to determine questions brought before judges. One man, one vote (now, more properly one person, one vote) is meant to support the concept that each citizen’s influence should be equal. In realit y, however, some people’s influence is always greater than others’, no matter what system of reckoning is used. The most obvious barometer of influence is money. A man who can give a million dollars to a candidate is much more likely to be listened to than a contributor of $1. It would be impossible to write a law under which every citizens views would receive equal attention and respect. But it remains a legitimate goal of reformers to minimize the disparity in resources between candidates. The major distinction between citizens and interest groups lies in their access to candidates. A substan-
tial amount of public business is transacted at fund-raising events. Clearly, these events provide contributors with an opportunity to meet with the candidates they support and to try to influence them. The press repor ts only the most egregious instances of the heady mix of contributors and lobbyists who seek to influence government. To some extent, lobbying is constitutionally protected free speech, based on the people’s right to petition their government for the redress of grievances. To draw the line between free speech and speech which is anything but free because it is bought and paid for by unions and corporations (now that they are given the status of ‘people’) is a difficult challenge, because we are on the slipperiest of slopes. The courts are likely to go back and forth on these issues, with the differentiation of their views based on social and economic concerns on which the judges may differ. There are no absolutes here, and the basic attitudes of nine judges, appointed by a number of different Presidents, are more than likely to vary with the political attitudes of the times and their backgrounds. The practice of requiring do-
nations to political campaigns or related causes as a condition of obtaining access to public officials is called “pay to play”. It is fundamentally wrong because it violates the principle of government on the merits if decisions are made on the basis of financial contributions by people seeking jobs or contracts with the state. It is very difficult to prove the wrongful intent of a particular donor when the candidate has made a general appeal to the public for financial support and has received thousands of donations, some of which are undoubtedly motivated to a greater or lesser extent by self interest. If a law makes every transaction suspect, it is not likely to be that effective in sifting out the bad gifts from the good ones. And the fact that donors, good and bad, are likely to be repre sented by learned counsel, is a further disincentive to an agency taking the initiative on policing this area. There is also the problem of mixed motives, which is sometimes the case for a donation. How one regulates transactions regarding gambling as a revenue measure for the state raises questions if only because of their enormity. The secret manner in which these mea-
sures were agreed upon at a private location upstate also suggests the need for close evaluation of the merits of the plan. The proposal by Genting and the Governor is likely to receive intense scrutiny from both friends and enemies. The extremely large size of the commitment to the Committee to Save New York raises again the issue of state spending.
To be fair, the unions are free to spend whatever they can raise to present their point of view, and contributions from private sources are not practically unlimited, so the merits are not overwhelming for either side. A great deal will depend on how the program is administered, and in that area one’s track record is outstanding. StarQuest@NYCivic.org
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Election Help Sought For South Asian Languages By ROSS BARK AN South Asian community leaders joined with Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) to advocate for the passage of a bill that would direct the Queens Board of Elections to provide written language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi in addition to languages currently available. The City Board of Elections announced in April it would designate Bengali and Hindi as the languages for oral assistance and, to the extent possible, will recruit Hindi interpreters who also speak Punjabi and provide signs. In addi-
tion, the Board has adopted Bengali as the language for written assistance. The Board of Elections aims to begin providing assistance in time for the June 26 primaries. The South Asian community continues to boom throughout Queens, especially in its southern portion. As the community seeks representation on the state and federal level, it has worked with groups like the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund to ensure there is more voting assistance for new immigrants and district lines do not dilute their community’s voting power. Weprin’s newlydrawn 24th District is actually 33
percent voting-age Asian, providing an impetus for him to introduce this bill. In January, Weprin expressed his displeasure with the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research’s 24th District proposal which was soon cemented in reality. “By providing written language materials in these three most widely spoken Asian Indian languages, we are ensuring that voters have the resources they need when they go to the polls,” Weprin said. While the BOE has contended that additional written assistance may provide the practical challenge of the print itself being too small,
South Asian leaders and AALDEF attorney Jerry Vattamala insisted that the Weprin Stavisky bill A9956/S7402 would do more to ensure that Queens complies with the Dept. of Justice’s recommendations that written materials are provided to South Asian voters. The State Legislature’s session ends this month. “This bill recognizes that we as a democracy should be empowering citizens to vote and broadening ways in which all Americans can participate in our political process,” said Tito Sinha, director of the South Asian Bar Association of New York. “That is the core value of the
Voting Rights Act.” Last October, the Census Bureau announced the new jurisdictions and languages covered under the Language Assistance Provisions (Section 203) of the federal Voting Rights Act. Bilingual ballots, translated voter registration forms and interpreters must now be provided to Asian American voters in 11 states, covering 22 cities and counties, in six Asian languages, pursuant to the decennial census. For first time, South Asian languages were covered. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pizzeria Owner’s Murderer Gets Life In Prison By DOMENICK RAFTER The man convicted for the murder of Gerardo Antoniello, the son of an Ozone Park pizzeria owner gunned down in his parents’ home, has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Francis LaCorte of Ozone Park was convicted on a series of charges including seconddegree murder, first degree robbery, first degree burglary in April
in connection with Antoinello’s shooting death. Queens DA Richard Brown said LaCorte was convicted of orchestrating and planning the robbery of Antoinello’s father, Bartolomeo Antoinello, former owner of Romeo’s Pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard at his home on North Conduit Avenue near the interchange of Cross Bay Boulevard and
the Belt Parkway in Ozone Park on Sept. 9, 2009. During the robbery, which occurred after Antoinello returned home from work, Gerardo Antoinello, Bartolomeo’s 29-yearold son was shot and killed while coming to his father’s aid. His murder shocked the community and the elder Antoinello sold the pizzeria. He later passed away. The fam-
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ily has since moved out of the home. Three other suspects pleaded guilty in connection to the murder already. Vincent Mineo, who helped LaCorte plan the robbery, pleaded guilty to first degree burglary, first degree attempted robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy in February and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. LaCorte and Mineo also conspired with others to commit
two other robberies at Queens residences in August and September, 2009. Two other accomplices, Jason Burrell and Rashod Cowan both pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be sentenced in August. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or email@example.com.
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Civic Leader Scolds Dems Over Liu Snub By ROSS BARK AN Peter Tu, a prominent Asian civic leader and executive director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association, publicly reprimanded the New York State Democratic Committee last week for not selecting Liu to be one of the delegates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2008, Liu was a delegate. Tu joined with two State Assembly candidates, Ethel Chen and Myungsuk Lee, to decry State Democratic Committee Executive Director Charlie King for not explaining why Liu, a mayoral candidate, was not chosen as one of the delegates. Liu’s campaign treasurer was arrested in February and charged with one count of attempting to commit wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. Though Liu himself has not been charged with any crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that the campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou, participated in a scheme that used “straw donors” to funnel large, illegal contributions above the individual limit authorized by the New York City Campaign Finance Board with the intent to increase the match-
ing funds provided by the CFB. “Because Comptroller Liu is the first Asian-American to hold such a major political office, we have always paid close attention to his political affairs because we once felt that he was our most visible spokesperson,” Tu wrote in a letter to King. “A final ruling on Comptroller Liu’s innocence has not yet been given, so you can understand why some members of our community have been expressing confusion towards this matter.”
The State Democratic Committee did not return multiple requests for comment as of press time. Tu is among several Asian leaders who believe that Liu is being unfairly targeted for charges that have yet to be proven. “John (Liu) was disappointed at not being able to attend this year’s Convention but he will do everything he can to re-elect Barack Obama,” said Liu’s campaign spokesman George Arzt. Assemblywoman and congres-
sional candidate Grace Meng (DFlusing) and State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) are among the seven delegates selected from the current 5th Congressional District. Liu’s omission has led Queens Asian leaders to speculate that the only reason for leaving Liu out is the legal trouble embroiling his campaign staff. Meng declined to comment. “If something is wrong, if a person is really involved in crimes, then they must be punished,” said
Chen, who is one of several Democratic candidates in the Flushingbased 40th Assembly seat that Meng would leave if she won her congressional race. “But for this incident, we feel so far, he is not indicted or prosecuted. What you’re doing is to tell us, it doesn’t matter if you’re wrong or right. I feel it’s about time we should speak up.” Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
O’Connor Throws Hat Into 7th CD Race By DOMENICK RAFTER On paper, New York’s new 7th Congressional district does not look like one that could be easily won by a man with an Irish last name. The Hispanic-plurality district was redrawn this year to include Ridgewood and Woodhaven. The district’s incumbent is U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a high ranking Democrat who was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress in 1992. Velazquez is facing a four-way Democratic primary on June 26
that includes two other Hispanic candidates, Councilman Erik Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and George Martinez, but the fourth candidate running in the majority-Hispanic district is a white Brooklyn native who lives in Chinatown- Dan O’Connor. Born in Brooklyn, O’Connor studied international affairs at Rutgers University and lived in China for six years where he studied Mandarian. When he returned, he settled in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Despite the fact that the district
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covers three boroughs and neighborhoods from wealthy Brooklyn Heights to working class Cypress Hills, O’Connor said residents in the district all have similar concerns. He described himself as very anti-war and an opponent of American foreign policy. “We’re overstretched and involved in too many operations around the world,” O’Connor said. “We attempt to meddle in too many country’s affairs. If elected, O’Connor said he wanted to focus on “big pieces of
legislation” and not merely “tweaking programs.” He said one of his priorities will be bringing troops home from abroad and ending the war in Afghanistan, which he said would save “$1 trillion a year.” On the economy and the financial crisis, O’Connor places blame on the Federal Reserve Bank, but also puts some blame on the federal government for turning a blind eye to the pending financial crisis. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or email@example.com.
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Queens This Week Queens College Honors Briar wood Activist When Andrea Veras saw broken car windows and festering garbage, she decided this was not the Briarwood she knew and loved. Rather than flee, she dug in her heels and decided she was not going to take it anymore. Veras, a recipient of Queens College's John S. and Yorka C. Linakis Leaders Scholarship, is a community activist in Briarwood. The $1,000 scholarship is presented to Queens College undergraduate and graduate students for outstanding academic performance and community service. Veras, a 2012 winner, earned her master's in governmental affairs from Queens College while working as a paralegal at the Legal Aid Society. School and work, however, could not keep her from fighting for the betterment of her community. Always passionate about social justice, Veras began to notice two very disturbing trends in her normally peaceful neighborhood: garbage was being dumped illegally and cars, suddenly, were being vandalized. In 2011, Veras co-founded the Briarwood Community Group with Patricia Brierre. Eventually, it was renamed the Briarwood Action Network. At first, only three people came to meetings, but as word spread, more concerned Briarwood residents banded together to speak up about the deterioration of
t h e i r n e i g h b o rh o o d. Veras o rganiz ed carpools for residents to attend the 107th Precinct's monthly meetings so their voices could be heard. "I don't like to see that things are not done," Veras said. "I want the government to always be held accountable." A breakthrough came for her civic association last May when more than 150 residents attended a meeting to address the vandalisms and illegal dumping along a retaining wall on Main Street between Manton Street and 84th Road. On that same block, numerous cars had been broken into, creating a blighted stretch in a normally attractive neighborhood. Police patrols were increased and the vandalism suspect was arrested in June of 2011. Yet the solving of a few community issues has not made Veras any less of a vigilant activist. Whether it's fundraising for the Briarwood Public Library or working to ensure that the seemingly endless construction on Queens Boulevard does not adversely affect Briarwood's quality of life, Veras is still working to keep the community safe. "What motivated me to found the community-based group is my belief that communities are empowered when their residents come together to work for common goals. It is a basic principle of community organizing that proves to be true in any type of community. Anything is possible when neighbors
work united and don't give up when things don't run as smoothly as planned." Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org. â€”Ross Barkan
MTA Alters Howard Beach Bus Plans In the wake of community opposition, the MTA is altering some of their planned changes to bus service in Howard Beach. The agency last month unveiled a plan to restructure service along the Woodhaven Boulevard bus lines including scaling back the Q21 from Rockaway to Howard Beach and establishing a new limited-stop route, the Q52, from Arverne to Queens Center. As part of that plan, the MTA said they would cut Q11 service to Hamilton Beach at 9 p.m. Currently the Q11 terminates at two places in Howard Beach: Hamilton Beach and Frank Charles Park. The MTA's plan was to cut the Hamilton Beach branch after 9 p.m. but keep the Charles Park terminal after that. The agency said low ridership was the reason. But the plan was met with stiff opposition from Community Board 10 last month. Now, the MTA says it will keep Q11 service to Hamilton Beach for one more hour, with the last bus being at 10 p.m. The decision is some
solace to those opposed to the plan who said it would affect Hamilton Beach residents who work at Queens Center or locations along Woodhaven Boulevard. Though those riders can take the Q11 to its Charles Park terminus and walk across the pedestrian bridge to Hamilton Beach, the trek is long for many residents in the small neighborhood nestled between Hawtree Creek and JFK Airport. The MTA has also decided not to alter the route of the Q41 and Q21 buses through "New" Howard Beach. The Q41, and starting next month the Q21, terminate at Cross Bay Boulevard and 164th Avenue. Northbound buses then go west on 164th Avenue, north on 84th Street, then east on 160th Street to return to Cross Bay Boulevard. The MTA eyed eliminating the loop through the residential neighborhood by turning buses around on 92nd Street, the first block west of Cross Bay. But members of CB10 from Howard Beach opposed the idea, telling the MTA at the May meeting that a turnaround at 92nd Street would be impossible due to the angle of the streets and any changes would inconvenience riders who pick up the northbound bus in the morning at 84th Street, almost 10 blocks west of Cross Bay Boulevard. As a result, the MTA decided to scrap the idea. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or email@example.com. -Domenick Rafter
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103rd Precinct MAN SHOT: On June 9 at approximately 1:56 a.m., NYPD responded to a 911 call of a male shot in front of 106-44 Ruscoe St. Upon arrival, police observed the victim, a 34-year-old African-American male, with one gunshot wound to the torso. EMS responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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109th Precinct GRAND LARCENY: The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for a grand larceny. On April 29 at 6:25 p.m. in front of 8035 Jamaica Ave., a white male, approximately 30 years old, used a cloned bank card to remove U.S. currency from a bank account that was not his own. 114th Precinct SUSPECTS SOUGHT: The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two individuals wanted in connection with a grand larceny. On April 13 at 7:10 p.m., two male suspects entered the Yogi Lala Jewelers, located at 30-07 Steinway St., pretending to shop for jewelry. The males acted in concert, distracting the staff and loosening the glass showcase by cutting out the case’s silicone and then removing property without permission or authority to do so. The first suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 50 years old, 6-foot, 180 lbs., with dark skin and a bald head. The second suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 30 years old, 6-foot, 200 lbs., with dark skin and a Caeser hair style. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential. Distr ict Attor ney DRIVER SENTENCED: Queens D.A. Richard Brown announced that a livery cab driver who unlawfully solicited a fare from a family of four from Panama at John F. Kennedy International Airport last February and then unlawfully imprisoned them in his vehicle as he fled from authorities has been sentenced to six months in jail. Bhupinder Singh, 38, of Ridgewood, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree unlawful imprisonment and was sentenced in Queens Criminal Court to six months in jail and five years probation. According to the charges, Singh illegally offered arriving passengers at JFK Airport his services as ground transportation for hire on Feb. 21, 2012. As Port Authority police observed Singh escort a family of four from Panama into his vehicle, they blocked Singh’s vehicle with their unmarked police car. When
officers identified themselves as police, Singh locked the vehicle’s doors, put it in reverse and drove around the officer. As Singh attempted to flee the scene, one of the victims grabbed the steering wheel and caused the vehicle to crash into a guardrail, causing minor injuries to the victims. Singh then fled the vehicle and ran away on foot until he was subdued. ROBBER SENTENCED: Queens DA Richard Brown announced that Rafael Then, 28, of the Bronx, convicted last month of stealing a Lexus automobile from a Woodside car dealership in October 2006, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. According to testimony, Then walked by a porter at Baron Auto Mall, 55-11 Northern Blvd., Woodside, on Oct. 15, 2006. The porter was moving cars, getting them ready to be put away for the night, when he moved a black 2003 Lexus GS 300 onto the sidewalk. As the porter walked away, the defendant yelled to him. When the porter turned, Then was pointing a gun at him, demanding the keys to the Lexus. Once he had the keys, Then told the porter to go inside and say nothing, but the porter called the police instead. The Lexus was discovered 12 days later by Bronx police officers who were using a mobile plate reader to search for stolen vehicles. The reader alerted the officers that the license plate affixed to the Lexus was stolen. The officers then determined the vehicle itself was stolen at gunpoint in Queens. The defendant was arrested when the police, who were surveilling the stolen car, observed him entering the vehicle. NY GIANT ARRESTED: Queens DA Richard Brown announced Monday that New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after allegedly crashing his vehicle Sunday night in Astoria. According to the charges, Diehl was observed at about 8:20 p.m. on June 10 in the vicinity of 31-31 35th St., Astoria, by a police officer from the 114th Precinct responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a 2011 BMW. It is alleged that Diehl was observed by the officer to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and to be unsteady on his feet. Diehl allegedly admitted to police that he had been driving the BMW, which had damage to its front side. It is also alleged that Diehl tested a blood alcohol content reading of .182 percent, which is above the legal limit. Diehl was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Diehl, who faces up to one year in jail and/ or a $1,000 fine if convicted, was ordered release on his recognizance and to return to court on July 26. In addition, Diehl’s license is suspended pending prosecution.
Queens CLOSEUP Senior Center Events Upcoming events at the Howard Beach Senior Center include: The senior center offers a variety of bridge playing experiences, including: Beginners Bridge, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Supervised Bridge, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays; and Duplicate Bridge, 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Fridays. “Zumba Gold” is coming, Wednesdays 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. You must be a member of the senior center to attend the classes. On the last Friday of every month, the center will hold a “Fun Friday.” A $1 donation will get you lunch and a DJ dance to follow. There will also be a 50-50 raffle. The Howard Beach Senior Center, 15645 84th St., is funded under contract to the NYC Dept. For The Aging and is open to anyone age 60 or older. For information, call (718) 738-8100.
Nominations Accepted Congressman Bob Turner has announced that the application process for fall 2013 service academy nominations has begun for men and women for the ninth congressional district. A congressional nomination is required for students wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Successful applicants should have a broad academic background, the ability to pass a physical aptitude test, and strong leadership potential. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate between the ages of 17 and 23, unmarried, have no dependents, and be of high moral character. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine-year service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service. For information, call Michael Tracey at (718) 934-0672.
David Folkenflik, an award-winning media correspondent for National Public Radio based in New York City, will speak on the future of journalism 1:30 p.m. June 18 at the Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills. Folkenflik’s stories are broadcast on NPR newsmagazines, including “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” He has served as a media analyst on CNN, ABC, Fox News and MSNBC. The event is open to the public for a suggested donation of $6. For information, call (718) 268-5011, Ext. 151, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mets Alumni On Hand Ed Charles and Art Shamsky, part of the 1969 Miracle Mets club that won the World Series, will greet fans and sign autographs noon to 1:30 p.m. June 19 at the Citibank, 78-09 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. The event is in support of Citi Tuesdays. Charles was known as “The Glider” due to
Ar thritis Program An eight-week exercise program for people with arthritis has started at Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, Kew Gardens. The program is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and takes places Mondays at 2:15 p.m.
Ice Cream Social Ice cream will be served at the final meeting of the season of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th St., 12:30 p.m. June 21. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tom Newby and Rhea Arkin. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will also include coffee and cake.
Birds In The Garden The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens will host the Birds in the Garden concert 2:30 p.m. June 17 at the Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. The Quintet of the Americas and guest artist Thiago de Mello will perform, interpreting music from Columbia, Ecuador and Brazil. Queens composer James Cohn will hold a meet and greet with family events including a bird and nature walk and storytelling beginning at 11 a.m. Free transportation will be available by the park at 83rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, leaving at 1:15 p.m. and returning at 6 p.m. To RSVP or for information, call (718) 2617664 or email email@example.com.
Wild Kingdom Valerie Green and Dance Entropy will go on an exploration of the Wild Kingdom 3 p.m. June 24 at Sunnyside Community Services. The free program will include “Chiquita Chiquita,” a humorous performance full of surprises and transformations, “Wild Kingdom,” a creative exploration of the playful antics of animals, and “Dandia,” a modern take on the traditional Indian stick dance. The company will integrate members of Sunnyside Community Services’ Center for Active Older Adults into the performance. The show will provide opportunities for audience participation throughout, so the audience can connect with the performers. For information, call (718) 784-6173 or visit www.scsny.org.
Alley Pond Events Upcoming events at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, include:
Candy Chromatography – a Class for Young Discoverers, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 16. For children ages 8 to 12. The class will answer important environmental questions with fun and easy experiments. Cost is $24 per child. Bunny Bonanzo – A Class Just for 3 Year olds, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 16. Meet Ash, Boots and the rest of the rabbit gang for some furry fun and bunny tales. Participants will play games, have a snack and go on a nature walk, weather permitting. Children must be toilet trained to enroll. Cost is $21 per child. APEC Safari, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 23, for children ages 6 to 1. Explore parts of the park rarely seen and hike trails that are seldom used. Blaze trails as participants investigate the spring wonders of the park. Walk will be held rain or shine. Cost is $9 per child. For information or to register for classes, call (718) 229-4000.
‘The Mikado’ In Flushing The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island will present a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’ 2:30 p.m. June 17 at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing. The production features a full cast of performers, scenery and costumes, and the critically-acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Orchestra. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Additionally, two children younger than 12 years old will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult who has purchased a full-price ticket. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.gilbertandsullivanli.com.
Forgotten War A service for the Korean War, also known as the Forgotten War, will be held at noon June 23 at the monument in Kissina Park. The date is the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The names of the 174 men from Queens killed in Korea are on the monument to remember those who died in service of their country. For information, call (718) 539-0839.
Father’s Day Concer t Katherine Meloan, organ, and Tom Sexton, trumpet, will perform in honor of Father’s Day 8 p.m. June 16 at St. Josaphat’s Church, 210th Street and 35th Avenue in Bayside. They will perform music by Bach, Alain, Tchaikovsky, Widor, Albinoni and Mouret.
For information, call (718) 229-1663 or visit www.stjosaphatbayside.org.
Job Presentation CCNS Bayside Senior Center will host a special event, “Landing Your Next Job In A Tough Economy,” 1 to 4 p.m. June 28 at the center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expy, Bayside. Jeffrey Kamberg of Robert Half International, one of the biggest recruiting firms in the country, will give a presentation, detailing ideas and strategies that will help on a job search. Attendees are asked to bring a resume. For information, call (718) 225-1144.
Gregorian Festival The 33rd annual Gregorian Festival begins June 14 and runs through June 24 with a special Mass in honor of St. Gregory at St. Gregory the Great School, 242-20 88th Ave., Bellerose. Special events during the festival include Irish Nights June 15-17, Rock n Roll Night June 18, Polish Night June 19, German Nights June 20-21 and Italian Nights June 22-24. The festival will include rides, games, food and entertainment. For information, visit www.sgtgfestival.com
Community Char ter Day Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently hosted a Community Charter Day at St. John’s University with keynote speaker Dr. Andre McKenzie. The program commemorated the 62nd anniversary of the chapter’s charter and celebrated excellence in the Queens community by awarding college scholarships. About 200 people were in attendance to witness the honoring of 32 students. Congressional proclamations were presented to William Lucas and Herlema Owens.
Cancer Fundraiser College Point Multiplex Cinemas in Whitestone will take part in the 63rd annual Jimmy Fund/Variety Children’s Charities Theatre Collections program, designed to raise money to help fight cancer, through July 26. Contributions made to the Jimmy Fund through the cinema, located at 28-55 Ulmer St., Whitestone, will go to fund cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The program has set a goal to raise $660,000 for cancer research. For information, call (617) 582-7724 or visit www.jimmyfund.org/theatre.
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LONGER LIFE SPANS SHIFT FOCUS TOWARD DIGNITY The life expectancy for average Americans is longer than ever before - 78 years for a child born in 2007 versus 71 who was born in 1970, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the good news, and it’s been evolving over decades. Until recently, however, that positive change has come with a less happy corollary: More aging Americans are entering long-term care facilities, where they cope with basic issues of dignity such as incontinence, and independence, like the ability to choose their own waking and meal times. The need to address the issues of dignity and independence is spurring change in the health care and extended care communities. “With people living so much longer, a sea change is occurring in the health care community, and especially among providers of extended care,” says Dan Love, president of the personal care division for Medline Industries, Inc. “The focus is shifting away from simply extending life and toward a greater emphasis on enhancing quality and maintaining dignity in the later years of life.” To better preserve the dignity of those in long-term care, a culture change move-
ment is afoot in long-term care facilities, which is good news for older Americans. Today’s long-term care facilities are transforming services for older adults through better attention to patient-directed values that include choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living, according to the Pioneer Network, a notfor-profit advocacy group. “The resident-centered care in longterm care encompasses nearly every aspect of life, from simple things like incontinence products that fit properly, to allowing residents to determine when they would like to get up in the morning and have dinner at night,” Love says. “These changes focus on preserving an individual’s dignity and autonomy as much as possible.” In fact, incontinence is a good example of a simple, yet pervasive need that directly impact’s an individual’s sense of dignity. More than half of all nursing home residents are incontinent, and it’s the second leading cause of institutionalization, according to the National Association for Incontinence. Yet in the past, incontinence products have been little more than extra-large diapers that did little to preserve an individual’s dignity.
Demand for better fitting products loved one, the Pioneer Network offers some prompted Medline to develop a new de- advice on how to evaluate whether a facility sign in adult briefs. FitRight provides a is on board with, and acting on, the concept of patient-directed care. more comfortable, garThe organization recomment-like fit, with odor mends you ask these quesprotection and leak guards tions: that enhance the wearer’s * How will they get to dignity, mobility and indeknow your family member? pendence. Visit - The facility may have a www.medline.com/pages/ questionnaire to gather infitright to learn more about formation about your loved incontinence products. one, and should be pre“By switching to betterpared to spend time with fitting, discreet and more you and the patient to learn absorbent incontinence about their preferences, products, facilities have past, current interests, goals taken steps toward mitigatand wishes for the future. ing the embarrassing ef* Will your family memfects of this issue,” Love says. “It’s a good example Many of today’s seniors worry ber be able to choose his of how facilities are em- that entering a care facility is or her own wake-up and meal times? phasizing the need to lis- a loss of independence. * Will your loved one ten to - and respond - to be able to choose to have a shower or residents’ needs and concerns.” With Americans living longer, that bath, and when that will happen? * What recreational activities will be means there will be a lot more of them. About 13 percent of the population available? “Every day, we’re learning more about (nearly 40 million people) are 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By how to extend life,” Love says. “Now, the 2030, that number is expected to rise to 72 challenge is to ensure that extra time is million, or nearly one in five Americans; lived with the most dignity and best quality and the need for quality extended care possible. Extended care facilities are findfacilities and products like FitRight will ing that they can achieve that goal, often by taking some of the simplest steps.” almost certainly rise with that number. If you need to seek extended care for a
SMALL ACTS, BIG CHANGE For McGrady, volunteering has proven to be very rewarding and fun. She drives seniors to their doctor’s appointments, to the drugstore and helps them with other errands. “Volunteering is such a gratifying feeling and allows me to focus on helping others as opposed to my disease,” says McGrady. “The smallest things can make a world of difference for somebody and certainly make me feel good too.” Founded in 2009, Hand in Hand for RA is a national awareness campaign that encourages people with RA to learn about the benefits of volunteering and share their own inspirational stories. It allows people living with the disease to discuss their experiences with others going through the same obstacles. “We’ve seen that many people with RA share a common desire to volunteer,” says Seth Ginsberg, co-founder and president of grassroots arthritis group CreakyJoints, an online community for people with arthritis and a partner of the campaign. “I am inspired when I hear that others are giving back, despite their diseases.” This year, give back to your community and lend a helping hand. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.handinhandforRA.com.
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For many communities across the country, the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. Whether it’s working at a local soup kitchen, visiting a nursing home, mentoring youth, or helping to paint a local house in disrepair, there are many ways to get involved. Not only does volunteering help others, but it can actually help you too. In fact, the health benefits of volunteering can include reduced stress and an increased feeling of self-worth. Additionally, research has shown that for people with chronic conditions, being physically active can help to control joint swelling and pain. When Debbie McGrady, a 56-year-old mother of two, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she decided she was not going to allow the condition to take over her life. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the lining of the joints, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. While McGrady has had to deal with occasional pain and stiffness, she was determined to regain control of her physical and emotional health and to keep active. She decided to get involved with Hand in Hand for RA, a national campaign that found that 40 percent of RA patients would like to give back to their communities by volunteering.
6th Congressional District Primary
The Candidates Speak (Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, the Queens Tribune sent out questions to the four candidates in the 6th Congressional District primar y on June 26. Here are their complete answers, printed in order of when we received them.)
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Grace Meng Assemblywoman (D-Flushing) What specifically would you do to help Queens as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? My first priority is protecting the middle class and making sure government is on the side of families who need help and a level playing field. This will entail fighting to protect Medicare and Social Security, lowering taxes on the middle class, keeping people in their homes, protecting retirement benefits, and reforming the tax code to recapture revenues from the wealthiest. In addition to safeguarding these crucial programs, I will strive to both protect and create jobs for the middle class. I will fight for federal aid to local and state governments to hire more teachers, police officers and firefighters. I will seek appointment to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and work to bring federal transportation dollars – and more jobs – to Queens. I will advocate for tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers. Finally, I will push for greater investment in technological advancement and initiatives that will help Queens thrive as a technology corridor. We have the buildings and infrastructure for this, but we need the investments and support. With the right vision and leadership, we can br ing jobs to Queens right away, and prime it for continued leadership and prosperity in the future. As “Stop and Frisk” becomes a bigger issue in New York City, how would you weigh security issues against citizen’s civil liberties? Our first priority always must be keeping people and neighborhoods safe. We must strive to ensure that neither safety nor civil liberties is sacrificed, because both are so important. In
Grace Meng this vein, I applaud the Governor’s recent initiatives to begin resolving this issue and mitigate any threats – real or perceived - to citizens’ civil liberties without threatening public safety. This is just the sort of creative collaboration we need more of in Washington. How can we pay for infrastructure improvements (transportation, schools, etc.) if the government is running a deficit? We can pay for infrastructure improvements by selling U.S. government securities - for which there is great demand - and using the proceeds to invest in our infrastructure. We should also recapture revenues from the wealthiest individuals and corporations through tax reform, and use this new revenue to fund infrastructure improvements. It is crucial that we make these investments, because three important objectives would be met: 1) immediate job creation at the local level at a time of high unemployment; 2) necessary improvements to crumbling railroads, highways, bridges, and schools; and 3) development of the moder n, efficient, and high-tech transportation network we need to continue to lead the world economically in the 21st century. Furthermore, this is not typical spending; it is a long-term investment. Is the problem of illegal immigration solvable? How? Comprehensive immigration reform is necessary and achievable. It is both a moral imperative and an important economic development tool. There has been two decades of bitter
gridlock on this issue, and it has become infused with rhetoric from the extreme wings of both parties, with the result being an underclass of people who live in the shadows of society. Reform will be achieved by resolving the immigration statuses of those already here and concurrently implementing measures that will improve border security. I support a federal DREAM Act including a path to citizenship for young people. If the Supreme Court overturns Pres. Obama’s healthcare policies, what do you think should and/or can be done to reform health care? The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and it is constitutional. Furthermore, many Affordable Care Act provisions - such as those extending coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions and those permitting young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 - will provide greater care to more people at lower costs to the taxpayer. At the risk of being repetitive, responsible reform of this $2 trillion part of our economy is about economic development and support of small businesses, our neighborhood’s job creators.
Elizabeth Crowley Councilwoman (D-Middle Village) What specifically would you do to help Queens as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? My priorities of investing in infrastructure to create jobs, protect Social Secur ity and Medicare, and improving our public safety will benefit all residents of Queens. I would work to get federal dollars to improve our schools because many of our children attend some of the most overcrowded school districts in the City. We also need to create more public transportation options for Queens, including better bus service and train options. As “Stop and Frisk” becomes a bigger issue in New York City, how would you weigh security issues against citizen’s civil liberties? When police use Stop and
Elizabeth Crowley Frisk with a reasonable suspicion that someone has just committed or is preparing to commit a crime, it is a useful crime-fighting tactic. Unfortunately there are not enough police officers on the streets and they practice defensive policing and have stopped a troubling amount of people — especially in minority communities — who have done nothing wrong. I think the Mayor and Commissioner Kelly have recently taken positive steps to reform the practice and ensure that it is not used as racial profiling. How can we pay for infrastructure improvements (transportation, schools, etc.) if the government is running a deficit? Improving our infrastructure is a critical investment in this country’s greatest asset — our people. These projects help pay for themselves with the jobs and economic growth they provide, but we can help pay for them in the budget by implementing a fairer tax code for our country’s highest ear ners and diverting out resources from the war in Afghanistan as we bring our troops home. We can also stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas while giving tax breaks to small businesses that help g row our economy. Is the problem of illegal immigration solvable? How? The United States needs to implement comprehensive immigration reform. This includes securing our borders, but also giving paths to residency for cer tain undocumented immigrants. That is why I support leg-
islation like the DREAM Act that would help thousands of young immigrants living in the country. If the Supreme Court overturns Pres. Obama’s healthcare policies, what do you think should and/or can be done to reform healthcare? My hope and belief is that the Supreme Court does not overturn the Affordable Care Act. If it were overturned, I would work to implement similar policies that ensure the major ity of Americans obtain quality health insurance and preventative care is emphasized. I would also work to reform and expand how hospitals receive charity reimbursements for treating uninsured patients, which has been one of the reasons so many hospitals in Queens have closed. I would also continue my work on improving quality access to health care for all women throughout the City.
Robert Mittman Physician, Bayside What specifically would you do to help Queens as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? There are so many critical issues facing Queens, but jobs for our residents are the number one priority. As a member of the House of Representatives, I will work to create tax incentives to bring manufacturing jobs and other good paying middle-class jobs back to our city. For far too long, our nation’s policies have encouraged corporate America to send those jobs overseas and my first order of business is to end the incentives in our system that prohibit job development here at home. I would support and encourage a greater investment into our aging infrastructure and invest into real development of alternative energy. As “Stop and Frisk” becomes a bigger issue in New York City, how would you weigh security issues against citizen’s civil liberties? “Stop and Frisk” has been a controversial issue for the several years in NYC. Although many have raised serious concerns about profiling and racist considerations when engaging in such police activity, I believe that Ray Kelly and the NYPD are doing a good job in keeping the gains in personal security secured over the last two decades. The NYPD has thwarted many acts of terrorism. I believe that the “stop and frisk” program has been a success in helping keep criminals off of our streets. We always must remain vigilant (continued on page 20)
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(continued from page 18) against the over intrusion of government against its citizens and that is why we have a Civilian Complaint Review Board, District Attorneys, the NYS and US Attorney’s Offices and legislative oversight. How can we pay for infrastructure improvements (transportation, schools, etc.) if the government is running a deficit? During the course of this campaign unfortunately, this question has barely come up. First and foremost, government should not be running a deficit. Our nation cannot survive under the reckless standard Washington has set us in. Our deficit is about to hit one trillion dollars. If there is anything American’s can point to as an absolute failure of our federal government and career politicians it is the manner in which they recklessly spend money that is not theirs! We have heard the same tired sound bites of politicos and their spin masters; we can reduce or eliminate waste and
Robert Mittman fraud, we can eliminate unnecessary spending and increase revenues through measures such as eliminating corporate welfare and tax loopholes. But in actuality it does not happen. Why? Because lobbyists and big special interests with PACS that dole out hundreds of millions each year dominate the legislative process. Strong independent leadership is needed at all levels of government to enact these measures. I am prepared to do exactly that on behalf of
the residents of the 6th Congressional district. Deficit reduction and eventual elimination is not reachable without bold and practical action. That is why I propose a 30% reduction in military spending. The U.S. spends $700 billion annually on the Military. This figure makes up about 45 percent of the world’s total $1.46 trillion military expenditures. So close to half of all military spending in the world is borne by the U.SA. Why does America have military personnel in 130 nations and 900 overseas bases/facilities? We need to invest our resources here at home and not continue this mindless expansion of a military empire! Is the problem of illegal immigration solvable? How? As long as our nation is the beacon of economic and personal freedom, it is unlikely that we can “solve” the illegal immigration problem. The best approach to preventing illegal immigration is to strengthen our border defenses. This approach not only deals with the issue of
illegal immigration but provides us with better national security and protects us from drug smuggling cartels. My ancestors were immigrants to this countr y, I am empathetic to the cause of those searching for a better life for themselves and their families, but as a nation, it is important that we can maintain the security of our borders and that those who have entered via the legal immigration process are allowed entrance before those who have not followed the rule of law. If the Supreme Court overturns Pres. Obama’s healthcare policies, what do you think should and/or can be done to reform healthcare? I am a fir m believer that healthcare decisions should remain with the provider and the patient, which is something the President’s healthcare policies have not taken into enough consider ation. Mandating that Amer ican citizens purchase healthcare when they do not want it is not the right course for our nation to take. There are many ways to reduce the cost of healthcare without hurting the quality of care provided and as a provider of healthcare for two decades; I will bring the knowledge and understanding of the
practice of medicine to our nation’s capital. We can reduce the price of medicine by extending patents to pharmaceutical companies in exchange for firm guaranteed lower prices. We can increase medical coverage to seniors, children and our special needs citizens with the savings of a reduced military.
Rory Lancman Assemblyman (D-Hillcrest) What specifically would you do to help Queens as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? I’ve always put Queens first in my position as an Assemblyman, and that’s exactly what I’ll do in Congress. I fought congestion pricing because it would have hit our residents the hardest. I fight over-development because it destroys the character of our neighborhoods . I champion homeland security because so many of our families have suffered from terrorism. I advocate for Wall Street reform because all of us have been hurt by the abuses in our financial markets. And I will lead the fight to save social security by lifting the tax cap on high-income ear ners because every (continued on page 31)
LEGAL NOTICE FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUMMONS-CHILDNEGLECT CASE Docket No. NN-4240/12 In the Matter of a Proceeding under SINCERE JOSEPH Article 10 of the Family Court Act SHANNON JOSEPH Aka CHANNON MARGARET JOSEPH LARRY LEWIS Respondent IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NOTICE: PLACEMENT OF YOUR CHILD IN FOSTER CARE MAY RESULT IN YOUR LOSS OF YOUR RIGHTS TO YOUR CHILD. IF YOUR CHILD STAYS IN FOSTER CARE FOR 15 OF THE MOST RECENT 22 MONTHS, THE AGENCY MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO FILE A PETITION TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND TO COMMIT GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD TO THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION. ALSO, THE AGENCY MAY FILE BEFORE THE END OF THE 15MONTH PERIOD. IF SEVERE OR REPEATED CHILD ABUSE IS PROVEN BY CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE, THIS FINDING MAY CONSTITUTE THE BASIS TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND TO COMMIT GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD TO THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION. A petition under Article 10 of the Family Court Act having been filed with this Court, and annexed hereto YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this court at 151-20 JAMAICA AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY 11432, Part 1. On July 16th, 2012 at 9:30AM o’clock of that day to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with Article 10 of the FAMILY COURT ACT. ON YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. BY ORDER OF THE COURT HON. JUDE MARYBETH RICHROATH JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT Dated: June 11, 2012
120 Flatlands LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave Ste 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of BROOKLYN BOULEVARD ALP LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/19/12. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Atria
Builders, LLC, 158-13 72nd Ave., Flushing, NY 11365. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Efficient Staffing Solutions LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/17/12. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 75-25 153rd St., #743, Flushing, NY 11367. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: P.O. Box 670958, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of CLINRON LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/18/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1423 123 Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11436. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation: L & M FLUSHING REALTY, LLC, Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/ 17/2012. Office Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 149-49 BARCLAY AVE. FLUSHING, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ 120 Flatlands LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave Ste 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General. ___________________________________
Astoria, New York 11105. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of WD CLINTON HOLDING, LLC, a limited liability company. Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY(SSNY) on 04/16/2012. Office located in Queens County. SSNY had been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to c/o THE LLC, 150-24 17th ROAD, WHITESTONE, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ LYONESS CONSULTING LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/17/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served.SSNY shall mail process to: 6812 6 0 th R o a d M a s p e t h , N Y 11378. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BRONX BULL BEVERAGE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/06/12. 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, 76-07 Ditmars Boulevard, Apartment 2, East Elmhurst, New York 11370. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 22137/11 Purchased 923-11 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial The basis of the venue is where the real property exists SUMMONS SUZANNE E. FALCONE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MAY 4, 1998 AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MARCH 3, 2009, Plaintiff, -against- AN UNKNOWN CLASS OF PERSONS WHO ARE THE HEIRS OF THE ESTATE CAROL FALCONE A/K/A CAROL E. SNOW-FALCONE; THE ESTATE OF MARION SMEBY BY JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE; JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, INDIVIDUALLY AND JAMIE ANNE STAFFER Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: YOU ARE HEREBY
SUMMONED, to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete is this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Dated: Bayside, New York September 16, 2011 PAPA, DEPAOLA AND BROUNSTEIN Attorneys for Plaintiffs 42-40 Bell Boulevard Suite 500 Bayside, New York 11361 (718) 281-4000 Defendants’ Addresses: CAROL FALCONE (Deceased) LAST RESIDENCE 2734 165 th STREET, FLUSHING, NY 11358 JOAN ABBOT-FISHER 3170 BROOKVIEW DRIVE, MARIETTA, GA 30068 JAMIE ANN STAFFER 3962 WEST DALE AVENUE, TAMPA, FLA 33609 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 22137/11 NOTICE PURSUANT TO CPLR §316 SUZANNE E. FALCONE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MAY 4, 1998 AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE FALCONE FAMILY TRUST DATED MARCH 3, 2009, Plaintiff, -against- AN UNKNOWN CLASS OF PERSONS WHO ARE THE HEIRS OF THE ESTATE CAROL FALCONE A/K/A CAROL E. SNOW-FALCONE; THE ESTATE OF MARION SMEBY BY JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE; JOAN ABBOT-FISHER, INDIVIDUALLY AND JAMIE ANNE STAFFER Defendants. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Bernice Siegel, a Justice of the Supreme Court State of New York dated May 14, 2012, which summons is dated September 16, 2011, and is filed with the complaint and other papers in the office of the Queens County Clerk, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York. The action is bought to compel the determination of all claims to the real property known as 27-34 165 th Street, Flushing, New York in Queens County also known by the designated Block and Lot number, Block:
4906 Lot: 17. The nature of the relief sought in the action is an Order declaring the Plaintiff SUZANNE E. FALCONE, the sole owner of the property. Dated: Bayside, New York May 16, 2012 Yours, etc. PAPA, DEPAOLA AND BROUNSTEIN BY: JOHN P. PAPA Attorneys for Plaintiff 42-40 Bell Boulevard Bayside, New York 11361 (718) 2814000 ___________________________________ FLUFF N FOLD LAUNDROMAT LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/10/ 2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Diamond Associates CPA’s P.C., 199-13 32nd Ave, Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ___________________________________ Empire City Properties LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 1/17/12. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 84-20 60 th Rd, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Portia Properties IV LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/20/12. 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 Frank G. Messina, Esq., 40-06 Warren Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ DENT SHIELD LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. Of State of NY 04/17/2012. Off Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to THE LLC C/O Suchart Smatkitboriharn, 9307 49th Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. ___________________________________ In the matter of MARISLEI CROWLEY V. STEVEN CROWLEY A) This Notice was approved by through an Order executed by the Honorable Paul X. Escandon,
J.S.C., which is dated May 22, 2012 and concerns plaintiff Marislei Crowley’s Complaint for Divorce from defendant Steven Crowley; B) The above-action does not concern any real property; C) The above-action does not concern foreclosure, tax sale certification, or lien; and D) This matter is venued in Monmouth County, Superior Court, Family Division, bearing Docket No. FM-13646-12; E) The Complaint for Divorce was filed with the Court on October 12, 2011; F) This Notice is being Published as a means of putting on notice and Serving defendant Steven Crowley with the Complaint for Divorce and Summons filed by plaintiff Marislei Crowley; G) If you cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, free legal advice may be available by contacting Legal Services at (732) 869-5619. If you can afford to pay a lawyer but do not know one, you may call the Lawyer Referral Services of the Monmouth County Bar Association at (732) 4315544. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: DUMANCIC REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/03/99. 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, 10 Merritt Lane, Bayville, New York 11709. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/14/12, bearing Index Number NC-000259-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Evan (Last) Mennis My present name is (First) Angelo (Middle) Chris (Last) Menis aka Angelo Chris Mennis, aka Evan Mennis My present address is 43-53 172 nd Street, Flushing, NY 11358-3320 My place of birth is New York, NY My date of birth is February 17, 1994.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BARBOUNAKI LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/ 09/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 23-57 26th Street, Astoria, New York 11105. Address of registered agent c/o George D. Chelpon, 23-57 26th Street,
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FURTHER NOTICE Family Court Act (statute symbol) 154(c) provides that petitions brought pursuant to Articles, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the Family Court Act, in which an order of protection is sought or in which a violation of an order of protection is alleged, may be served outside the State of New York upon a Respondent who is not a resident of domiciliary of the State of New York. If no other grounds for obtaining personal jurisdiction over the Respondent exist aside from the application of this provision, the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the respondent is limited to the issue of the request for, or alleged violation of, the order of protection. Where the Respondent has been served with this summons and petition and does not appear, the Family Court may proceed to a hearing with respect to issuance or enforcement of the order of protection.
Sunnyside Flag Day
Speakers at the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club’s 43rd annual Flag Day celebration included Councilmen Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, Kiwanis Past President and master of ceremonies Gerald Lederman, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan. Photo by Walter Karling.
Members of the Republic of Korea-United States Armed Forces Foundation stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem.
Ladies competed in the Miss NY Chinese Beauty Pageant, held in Flushing last weekend. Photo by Ira Cohen.
Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson
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Queens Botanical Gardens recently held a graduation ceremony and press event for the new Green Jobs Training Program. Pictured (from left) are graduates Javier Castillo and Michelle Byrd.
Met Council Award Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. helps Sal and Phil Mincone belt out “American Band” during the fourth annual Beer Garden Bash to kick off the summer months.
Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) hands out Italian ices to children attending a free screening of the animated film “Puss in Boots” at Captain Tilly Park in Jamaica.
State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo (center), received the Italian-American Legislators Conference 2012 Senate Award for his efforts in promoting the positive influences of Italian-Americans in government at their annual conference dinner in Albany. Presenting the award to Sen. Addabbo was Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (left) and President of the Italian-American Legislators Conference, State Sen. Joseph Griffo (right).
During the 36th annual Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty legislative breakfast, Deputy Queens Borough president Barry Grodenchik presented the Chesed Award to Steven Pezenik, a tireless community leader who has worked to better Queens. Photo by Ira Cohen.
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Rapper’s Debut Takes Listeners On A Journey By CRISTINA FOGLIET TA J. Whizz, a Jamaica native, sends his audience on a journey in his first album "The Platform" by First Class Republic. The album comes out June 19 and the ar t ist says it is part one of a trilogy. "God gave me a gift and I want to present it to the world," Whizz said. Whizz said the album is based on the concept of "be careful what you wish for, cause you just might get it." "The Platform" is about an
art ist who becomes rich and famous but loses his girlfriend, friends and family. He then has a decision to make about his life, which is made at the end of the album. Whizz says songs on this album are unlike any th ing heard on the radio. "There are millions of ideas out there, my job is to untap as many as I can," he said. The album has many different tones. Whizz says it star t s out be-
A Sweet Cut
J. Whizz "My Love" is more romantic while "The Lights" is about fame and stardom. "Dream Come True" is a conceptual song which explains par t of the album's story. He said he thinks listeners will enjoy his song "Mr. Perfect." Whizz said "The Platform" sets the tone; the second album will have a different tone and feature special guests.
"It's cool that I have the freedom to do and create whatever I want. True love is music," Whizz said. "The Platform" is on sale June 19 on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retail stores. Reach Intern Cristina Foglietta at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 124 or email@example.com.
With Renovations Done, Kupferberg Center Reopens By ROSS BA RKAN Queens College celebrated the renovations of their Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Per forming Ar t s on June 11. Elected officials and Queens College administrators hailed Max Kupferberg for his $10 million donation to his alma mater that made the renovations possible. Fo u r a r t s v e n u e s w i t h i n t he Kupferberg Center were reopened: t he Go dw in-Ter nbach Museum, Music Building, Goldstein Theatre and Colden Auditorium. The renovations, which took two years, include redesigns to lobbies and facades, as well as new landscaping, signage and updated security systems. Funding came from several donors, but Kupferberg's contribution was the largest, encouraging more donations, according to Kupferberg director Vivian Charlop. Kupferberg, a par t of the first Queens College class of 1941, worked on the Manhat tan
Project and founded the Flushingbased electronics manufacturing firm, Kepco Inc. Queens College President James Muyskens, Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens College officials lauded the center for its contribution to the culture of Queens. Muyskens said that the Kupferberg center is a driving force in the "Queens renaissance." "Today we celebrate the vision and generosity of Selma and Max Kupferg, two selfless benefactors who share the college's belief in the life-changing power of the ar ts," Muyskens said. "Thanks to their suppor t, Queens College is now firmly on the path of making the Kupferberg Center the be st arts center in Queens." The Kupferberg Center prov ide s music a nd dance per formances, art exhibitions, plays and literar y event s year-round. T he center also encompasses the Queens Col lege Ar t Center, Depar tment of Drama, Depar tment
of Theater and Dance, Aaron Copland School of Music, Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Depar tment of Media Studie s. Counci lman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) spoke at the ribbon cut t ing and former borough president Claire Schulma n was in at t endance, though she did not speak. Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), head of the City Council's Queens Delegation, attended as well. "I just hope God is listening," Kupferberg joked after praise had been heaped upon him. "Vision is one thing, but the importance is what actually happens. It's a pleasure for me to be here." Koo had some especially lofty words for the Kupferberg Center. " I n M a n h a t t a n , t he y h a v e Carnegie Hall," he said. "In Queens, we have the Kupferberg Center." Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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begging for more. The bar's original sauce rounds the sandwich out nicely w ith a savor y tanginess. If you are feeling adventur ous, tr y t he haba nero sauce. Eater beware, this sauce starts out sweet on the taste buds but finishes hot enough to grow hair on your chest. For a safer In a neighborhood riddled route, I recommend trying the with local butchers, Butcher Bar sweet and spicy sauce instead. Another brisket favorite is dares to take the whole concept of farm to table a step fur ther. the burnt ends sandwich. The servers affectionately Think locally sourced meat exclusively hand- RESTAURANT r e f e r t o t h e b u r n t ends as "Meat picked by the owner. Candy." For those The moment you who prefer poultr y step inside the bar, you over beef, the pulled are greeted with BBQ chicken sandfriendly service and wich is a close rival. sout hern d e c o r. As for sides, the Blonde wood encomhouse slaw is refreshpasses the restaurant ing and light. It is a from floor to ceiling nice substitute over a and gives patrons a calming, sauna-like feel. In the traditional side salad. The mac kitchen, locally grown wood is and chee se come s in a hear t y port ion and is lightly dusted in also used in the smoker. The butcher counter features BBQ spices. The corncakes with daily chef specials both seasoned hone y but ter are delightful ly and cut to precision. A chalk- light and fluffy mini versions of board containing the names of t h e i r s t a n d a r d s q u a r e - c u t "This Week's Farms" assures cornbread counter par ts. As for desser t, my dining exbuyers that the meat they are taking home is local and fresh. Only perience would not have been organic, grass-fed meats make complete w i t hout tr y i ng t he apple cake. Sugary and crisp, the the cut at this carver y. If you are coming in on an cake is a tasty re-invented take empty stomach, not to worry, on the all-American apple pie. If you are visiting during peak Butcher Bar also serve s everything they offer over the counter. dinner hours, opt to have your On my recent visit, I tried the meal on the outdoor patio with a 50/50 sandwich. It is 50 percent jar of the bot tomless iced tea. beef brisket, 50 percent pulled Although the restaurant is still pork, and 100 percent pure de- awaiting their liquor license, they liciousness. The brisket, which do allow patrons to BYOB. How undergoe s a 12-hour dr y r ub many other butchers can compete smoking process, is so tender with that? -Megan Montalvo and juicy that it will have you Butcher Bar 37-08 30th Ave., Astor ia (718) 606-8140 w w w.butcherbar.com HOURS: 11:30 a.m.–11p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to midnight Fri.-Sat. CREDIT CARDS: Yes, all major
ing bright and happy and changes to being dark and depressing. There are some songs that are stories by themselves and songs in into other stories. "I wanted to make a visual masterpiece," said Whizz. Whizz put a lot of time and thought in to his album to incorporate different personalities and make it very visual. "I want people to know that all rap is not a cliché, it has concept," said Whizz. There is even a trailer for "The Platform." Whizz has been rapping since he was 8 years old and said his older cousi n taught h im ho w. Whizz says at 12 years old his hobby became his passion. He said his friends gave him the name J. Whizz at 15 years old, he was always telling stories and the name stuck. "The world would be invisible without music," said Whizz. Whizz says his musical influences are Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West and Bob Marley. He said his concepts are similar to Nas and his creativity is similar to Kanye. "Music is art; it can express a lot of things and people make their own interpretation," he said.
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MISCELLANEOUS MEET THE LIBRARIANS Wednesdays, June 20, 27 meet the Steinway librarians at 3 so they can answer questions, recommend library materials and more. ROCKET MINI GOLF Through December 31 at the Hall of Science. 6990005.
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FLEA MARKETS FLEA MARKET Saturday, June 16 Bellerose Assembly of God, 240-15 Hillside Avenue 9-3. CLOTHES SWAP Saturday, June 23 clothing swaps at the Sunnyside library at 11. THRIFT SHOPS Saturdays at Trinit y United Methodist Church, 86-02 108 th Street, Richmond Hill. 347-251-8583. Saturdays 11-4 at Bargain Boutique Thrift Shop, Queens Baptist Church, 93-23 217th Street, Queens Village.465-2504. First and Third Wednesdays through June at Grace Church, 14-15 Clintonville Street, Whitestone. 7676305.
ENVIRONMENT RECYCLE Monday, June 18 recycle textiles at the Broadway, Sunnyside, Steinway and Woodside libraries at 3.
DINNER FUNDRAISER Wednesday, June 20 Bay Terrace Communit y Alliance 1 st A n n u a l C h i c k e n N i g h t Fundraiser 4-10 at Boston Market, 23-90 Bell Blvd., Bayside. BTCA receives a percentage of proceeds that night. Mention BTCA.
ENTERTAINMENT WILD OCEAN Through June 30 “Wild Ocean” and “Tornado Alley” 3D Theater presentation at the Hall of Science. 6990005. CREATIVE ENSEMBLE S a t u r d a y, J u n e 1 6 Yo r k College Creative Ensemble. 262-2412. FUN DAY Saturday, June 16 Fun Day at the Ridgewood library starting at 10 with flea market, crafts for kids, readings for children, face painting, food and more. KUNQU Saturday, June 16 Beaut y of Kunqu, a form of Chinese musical drama at the Flushing library at 2. THE BLUES Saturday, June 16 at the Langston Hughes library at 2 and 3:30. STREISAND TRIBUTE Saturday, June 16 t the Peninsula library at 2. ANNUAL CONCERT Sunday, June 17 43 rd Annual Spring Concert with the Children’s Orchestra at Queensborough Communit y College. 516-869-9696. QUINTET Sunday, June 17 Quintet of the Americas perform 2L305:00 at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. 261-7664. STAMP SHOW Sunday, June 17 Bayside Stamp Show at the Ramada Hotel, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside 10-4:30. Free admission and free parking. 645-7659. LIVE JAZZ & R&B Sundays, June 17, 24 live jazz and r&b 6-10 at Déjà vu, 180-25 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. MOTOWN Monday, June 18 Greatest Motown/Oldies Classics at the Windsor Park library t 2. TRIBUTE Monday, June 18 tribute to Sinatra, Como and Haymes at the Middle Village library at 7. SALSA Mondays Resorts World Casino holds Monday Night Salsa events. Lessons 7:30. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone ark. 215-2828. Free. JUNETEENTH 2012 Tuesday, June 19 star ting at 2:30 at the Langston Hughes l i b r a r y. Film, storytelling, music. BROADWAY Tuesday, June 19 Lullaby of Broadway at the Maspeth library at 2:30. BINGO Tu e s d a y s 7 : 1 5 A m e r i c a n
Mart yrs Church in Bayside. 4 6 4 - 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d ay s 7 : 1 5 (doors open 6) Rego Park J e w i s h C e n t e r . 4 5 9 -1 0 0 0 . $3 admission includes 12 games. SCRABBLE Tuesdays Fresh Meadows library at 1 and East Flushing library at 3:30. CHESS Tuesdays 4:30 Rosedale library and 4 at LIC library. BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE Wednesday, June 20 Henry Haid and the Glass Houses present a tribute to Billy Joel at 8 at Resorts World Casino, 100-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Free. SUMMER SOLSTICE Wednesday, June 20 5-dusk at Socrates Park in LIC. 9561819. EVENING WALKS Wednesday, June 20 6-8 “More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens: Sunnyside to Jackson Heights.” $15. Meet under Sunnyside arch, south s i d e o f t h e e l e v a t e d 4 6th Street station. Wednesday, July 11 “Long Island Cit y to Old Astoria” 6-8. $15. Meet a t t h e N W c o r n e r o f 2 1st Street and 41 st Avenue. MAKE MUSIC Thursday, June 21 Make M u s i c N e w Yo r k E v e n t : Khybot at the Flushing library at noon, Edwin Vazquez: Urban Latin Music at 2 and Raga at 5. POP CLASSICS Thursday, June 21 Pop Classics at the Briarwood library at 2. JAZZ Thursday, June 21 Jazz at t h e C h a p e l : Yo r k C o l l e ge Blue Notes. 262-2412. ROCK & ROLL Thursday, June 21 Mick Wa t l e y Ba n d at the Ridgewood library at 2. MAKE MUSIC Thursday, June 21 Edwin Vazquez: Urban Latin Music at the Ridgewood library at 5:30. ROCKING SIDE OF BLUES Thursday, June 21 Eddie Lee Isaacs at 4 at the Woodhaven librar y. GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays 2 Hillcrest library. SWINGING BLUES Saturday, June 23 Blues at the Central library at 2. ZO2 Saturday, June 23 at the Flushing library at 3. CINEMA TO MOVIE Saturday, June 23 My Fair Lady at the Fresh Meadows library at 3. FILM TRIVIA Saturday, June 23 at 3 at the Steinway library.
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Queens Today EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS the Forest Hills library at 6:30. JOB READINESS Mondays, June 18, 25 at the Woodside library at 6:30. LEARNING LAB Tuesday, June 19 at the LIC library at 1:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesdays, June 19, 26 at t h e O z o n e Pa r k l i b r a r y. Register. SMALL BUSINESS Tuesdays, June 19, 26 at the Central library at 7. INTRO INTERNET Tuesday, June 19 at the Queens Village library. Register. BASIC COMUTER Tu e s d ay, J u n e 1 9 a t t h e Rosedale library at 10:30. INTRO MICROSOFT Tu e s d ay, J u n e 1 9 a t t h e Maspeth library at 1. COMPUTER CLASS Tu e s d ay, J u n e 1 9 a t t h e Sunnyside library. Register. INTRO EXCEL Tu e s d ay, J u n e 1 9 a t t h e Central library. Register. INTRO COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y e ve n i n g s a t t h e Central library. Register. LI CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 2. PRACTICE LABS Tuesdays Arverne library at 10:30. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tu e s d a y s a f t e r ev e n i n g Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2637000, ext. 200. ONLINE LEARNING Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30 at the Far Rockaway library. COMPUTER BASICS Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the Windsor Park library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesday, June 20 at the South Ozone Park library at 1. JUST WRITE! Wednesday, June 20 cover letters, business letters, etc at 1:30 at the LIC library. JOB READINESS Wednesday through June 20 J o b R e a d i n e s s W o r k shops at the Central library at 6. INTRO COMPUTERS Wednesday mornings at the Central library. Register. PRACTICE INTERVIEWS Thursdays, June 21, 28 at t h e C e n t r a l l i b r a r y. 9 9 0 5148. GAY PRIDE Thursday, June 21 at 6 at the Broadway library. Cel-
ebrate Gay Pride Month with a Fierce Cooking Show. LEARNING LAB Thursdays, June 21, 28 at the Far Rockaway library at 10. COMPUTER BASICS Thursday, June 21 at the Glen Oaks library. Register. COMPUTER BOOT CAMP Thursday, June 21 at the Arverne library at 10:30. JOB SEARCH Thursday, June 21 interactive program in partnership with Globe Language Services at the Flushing library at 2. INTRO COMPUTERS Thursdays, June 21, 28 at t h e O z o n e Pa r k l i b r a r y. Register. BASIC COMPUTERS Thursdays, June 21, 28 at the Rosedale library at 6. EVENING CRAFT CLUB Thursdays, June 21, 28 at the Fresh Meadows library at 6:30. LEARN TO DANCE Thursdays ballroom smooth and Latin dances at the Samuel Field Adult Center in Little Neck. 225-6750, ext. 236. QUILTING CLASS Thursdays 11-3 Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454 East Elmhurst library at 12. KNITTING CLUB Friday, June 22 at the Maspeth library at 10. KNIT & CROCHET Friday, June 22 at the Peninsula library at 12:30. MICROSOFT Friday, June 22 at the Central library. Register. METRIX LEARNING Friday, June 22 at 1 at the Central library. Learn about free online training through Metrix Learning, including certifications in Office, Quickbooks, Adobe. BEGIN COMPUTERS Friday, June 22 at the Middle Village library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, June 22, 29, at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. OPEN LAB Fridays 2-5 at the Central library. COMPUTER BOOT CAMP Fridays through July 27 at the LIC library at 2. FM POETS Saturday, June 23 Fresh Meadows Poets meet to discuss and critique their work at 10 at the Fresh Meadows librar y. FISHING Sunday, June 24 Fishing with IFISHNY at Socrates Academy in LIC. 956-1819.
Happy Father’s Day From Our Winning Staff Sunday June 17th, 2012 No Reservations Are Required
Choice of Appetizer or Cup of Soup or Juice, Celery and Olives, House Salad with Choice of Dressing, Entree, Vegetable, Potato, Challah Bread & Rolls, Any Pastry and Beverage, Dried Fruit and Nuts
Budweiser ......................................... Heineken ........................................... Amstel ............................................... Corona ..............................................
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Appetizers (Extra on Dinner)
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Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ..................... 9.95 Filet of Marinated Herring ................. 6.95 Baked Stuffed Clams .......................... 7.50
Chicken Fingers ................................ Mozzarella Sticks .............................. Buffalo Wings .................................... Potato Skins (6 Pieces) .....................
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STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES with Rice • FRUIT SALAD Cocktail Supreme Assorted JUICES• HALF GRAPEFRUIT Maraschino
CREAM of TURKEY — MANHATTAN CLAM CHOWDER CHICKEN CONSOMME with Rice, Noodles or Matzoh Balls
ROAST MARYLAND TURKEY with Apple Raisin Dressing .................................................. 25.95 VIRGINIA HAM STEAK Served with Wild Berry Ragu ......................................................... 24.95 ROAST LEG of LAMB with Mint Jelly .................................................................................... 26.95 ROAST PRIME RIB of BEEF Au Jus ..................................................................................... 27.95 CHICKEN PARMIGIANA with Spaghetti ............................................................................... 23.95 ROAST CHICKEN with Apple Raisin Dressing ...................................................................... 23.95 BROILED VEAL CHOP ............................................................................................... 32.95 BROILED HEAVY NY CUT SIRLOIN STEAK with Mushroom Caps ...................................... 33.95 BROILED FILET MIGNON with Mushroom Caps ................................................................. 34.95 BROILED FILET of SOLE ALMONDINE Topped with Roasted Almonds ...................................... 30.95 BROILED STUFFED FILET of SOLE with Crabmeat Stuffing ............................................... 33.95 BROILED SEAFOOD COMBINATION: Shrimp, Scallops, Filet of Sole, Halibut and Baked Clams ...................................................................................................... 34.95 BROILED LOBSTER TAILS with Drawn Butter .................................................................... 45.95 BEEF & REEF: FILET MIGNON & TENDER ROCK LOBSTER Served with salad, potato and veg ......................................................................................... 46.95 VEGETABLES: Green Beans Almondine • Sweet Peas • Glazed Baby Belgian Carrots • Broccoli Spears • Creamed Spinach • Corn on the Cob • Mashed Turnips POTATOES: Baked • Fresh Garlic Mashed • French Fried • Candied Yams
ROAST TURKEY with Apple Raisin Dressing ........................................................................ 15.95 ROAST LEG of LAMB with Mint Jelly ..................................................................................... 15.95 CHEESE RAVIOLI topped with Mozzarella ............................................................................. 15.95 CHICKEN PARMIGIANA with Spaghetti ................................................................................ 15.95
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INTERMED. COMPUTER Saturday, June 16 Intermediate PowerPoint. Central library. 990-5148. INTERMED. COMPUTER Saturday, June 16 at the LIC library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Saturdays, June 16, 23, 30 at the Peninsula library at 10. POWERPOINT Saturday, June 16 at the Central library. Register. ONLINE LEARNING Saturday June 16 at the Far Rockaway library. 327-2549. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, June 16, 30 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-436-7940. COOKING WITH FIRE Sunday, June 17 Cooking with Fire on Father’s Day with the Brooklyn Kitchen and the Meat Hook at Socrates Academy in LIC. 956-1819. BEGINNERS EMAIL Monday, June 18 a t t h e Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, June 18 a t t h e Central library. 990-5176. ARTIST WORKSHOP Monday, June 18 instruction in drawing realistic and abstract portraits at the Forest Hills library at 2. JOB SEARCH Monday, June 18 Job Search Strategies at 6 at the Central library. JOB INFO SERVICES Monday, June 18 a t t h e Middle Village library. Register. CRAFTS CLUB Monday, June 18 a t t h e Broadway library at 12:30. EMERGENCY PREP Monday, June 18 learn how to make a plan, gather supplies and be informed in case of an emergency. Jackson Heights library at 6. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, June 18 a t t h e Flushing library at 10. POETRY WRITING Monday, June 18 a t t h e Woodhaven librar y. Register. METRIX LEARNING Mondays, June 18, 25 a t the Central library at 1. Learn about free online training through Metrix Learning, including certifications in Office, Quickbooks, Adobe. OPEN LAB Mondays, June 18, 25 at the Central library at 2. FUN WITH CROCHET Mondays, June 18, 25 at the Rosedale library at 4. BALLROOM DANCING Mondays, June 18, 25 at
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Queens Today YOUTH QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs and more. Contact local branches. SCIENCE PLAYGROUND Through December 31 at the Hall of Science. 6990005. FUN DAY Saturday, June 16 at the R i d ge w o o d l i b ra r y. F l e a market, crafts, readings, face painting, food and more starting at 10. FAMILY STORY TIME Saturday, June 16 at the Flushing library at 11. STORY BOOK LADY Saturdays 12:30-1:30 reading enrichment program for 6-9 year olds at Maria Rose International Doll Museum in St. Albans. $7.50. 2763454. SCIENCE LAB Saturdays Central library at 11. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. BOOST Monday, June 18 a t t h e South Hollis library at 2:30. PJ STORY TIME Monday, June 18 a t t h e Bellerose library. Register. FUN WITH CROCHET Mondays, June 18, 25 at the Rosedale library at 4. WIGGY WORMS Monday, June 18 at 4 at the Steinway library. Learn how worms turn trash into compost treasure. MAKING BOOKS SING Mondays, June 18, 25 at 4:30 at the Central library. CITY STICKS Monday, June 18 at 4 at the E a st E l m h u r st l i b r a r y. Wednesday, June 20 at the LIC library. Register. DREAM BIG W/ANIMALS Monday, June 18 at 3:30 at the Glendale library. Tuesday, June 19 at 4 at the Q u e e n s V i l l a g e l i b ra r y. Wednesday, June 20 at 4 at th e E a s t F l u s h i n g l i b r a r y. Tuesday, June 26 at 4 at the S o u t h J a m a i c a l i b r a r y. Wednesday, June 27 at 4 at the Windsor Park library. Thursday, June 28 at 2 at the Douglaston librar y. Pet hedgehogs, bugs, frogs, bunnies and more in an interactive live animal program. CRAFT KIDS Mondays at the Flushing library at 3. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 Douglaston/ Little Neck library. BOOST PROGRAM Tu e s d ay, J u n e 1 9 a t t h e South Hollis library at 2:30. SPELLING BEE
Tu e s d ay, J u n e 1 9 a t t h e Central library at 4. HAPPY STORY TIME Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the LIC library at 10:30. BOOST Wednesday, June 20 at the South Hollis library at 2:30. READERS’ CIRCLE Wednesday, June 20 at the south Hollis library at 3. MAGIC SETH DALE Wednesday, June 20 at 4 at t h e M c G o l d r i c k l i b r a r y. Thursday, June 21 at 4 at the Arverne library. Friday, June 22 at 4 at the Jackson Heights librar y. Monday, June 25 at 4 at the LIC library. Tuesday, June 26 at 4 at the Fresh Meadows library. Thursday, June 28 at 3 at the Far Rockaway library. LIBRARY BUDDIES Wednesdays, June 20, 27 and Friday, June 29 at the Auburndale library at 4. READ TO A DOG Wednesday, June 20 at the Auburndale library at 4. Register. FAMILY STORY TIME Wednesday, June 20 at the Bay Terrace library at 10:30. JEWELRY MAKING Wednesday, June 20 at the Briarwood library at 4. VINNIE VOLTAGE Wednesday, June 20 at the Central library at 4:30. Chemistry and physics demonstrations. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. TIMELESS TALES Wednesdays at 10 at the Central library. S TORY T I M E Wednesdays at the Seaside library at 11. T WILIGHT TALES Thursdays, June 21, 28 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library at 6:30. BOOST Thursday, June 21 at the South Hollis library at 2:30. REPTILE EDVENTURE Thursday, June 21 at the Baisley Park library at 4. Thursday, June 28 at 2 at the Bellerose library and at 4 at the Auburndale library. BENGALI PAPER Thursday, June 21 Bengali Paper Pottery craft at the Woodside library. Register. DESIGN DAY Thursday, June 21 Design Day Paint and Plant Part y at the Central library at 4:30. BOOK BUDDIES Friday, June 22 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. BOOST Friday, June 22 at the South Hollis library at 2:30. LIBRARY BUDDIES Friday, June 22 at the Auburndale library at 4.
BOOK BUDDIES Friday, June 22 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. KIDS ACTIVITIES Fridays at 3:30 at the Briarwood library. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays Briarwood library at 4.East Flushing at 4. Ozone Park at 4. GAME DAY Fridays Windsor Park at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30. . CUB SCOUTS 351 Fridays at St. Nicholas of Tolentine. Boys in grades 15. 820-0015.
PARENTS KIDS BRAIN POWER Thursday, June 21 Maxim i z e Yo u r C h i l d ’ s B ra i n Power at the Bay Terrace library at 1:30. HOMESCHOOLING Fridays, June 22, 29 AHEAD, a homeschooling group, meets at the Forest Hills library at 1:30.
TALKS JONATHAN ALPERT Saturday, June 16 5 step plan to overcome fears and lead a more satisfied life at the Forest Hills library at 2:30. SPIRITUAL PATH Saturday, June 16 Tantra as a Spiritual Path at the Flushing library at 3. HOWARD BEACH Monday, June 18 “Dreams of Joy” at 6:30 at the Howard Beach library. VIVIAN RATTREAY CARTER Monday, June 18 meet the author of “Images of America: Rockaway Beach” at the Peninsula library at 6:30. LIFE INSURANCE Monday, June 18 at 6:30 at t h e Ro s e d a l e l i b ra r y. L i fe Insurance for Estate Planning Purposes. RUTH SNYDER Wednesday, June 20 “The Birth of Sensationalism I America: The Ruth Snyder Murder Case” at the Central library at 1:30. FAYE THOMPSON Thursday, June 21 meet the author of “Cheesecake and Teardrops” at the St. Albans library at 6. MANAGE YOUR MONEY Saturday, June 23 Managing Your Money at the Far Rockaway library at 10:30.
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Queens Today MEETINGS
TEENS Broadway library at 4. TEEN MOVIEMAKERS Wednesday, June 20 at the Flushing library at 4. ANIME CLUB Thursdays, June 21, 28 at the Flushing library at 4. FASHIONISTA STYLE Thursdays, June 21, 28 at the LIC library at 4. TEEN MOVIE Thursday, June 21 at the Hollis library at 5. RAP SESSION Thursday, June 21 a t t h e Laurelton library at 5. TEEN GAMERS Fridays in June at 4 at the Broadway library. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Fridays, June 22, 29 at the Flushing library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Friday, June 22 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. FUN WII Fridays, June 22, 29 at the Hollis library at 4.
SENIORS STARS Looking for actors to audition for established Senior Reper tor y Company. 7760529. FREE LUNCH Saturday, June 16 All Saints Church in Richmond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Mondays Lunch, lesson and c o n g e n i a l p l ay. P r i d e o f Judea. 423-6200. STAY WELL Mondays at the Central library at 10 and Wednesdays at 10:15 at the East Elmhurst librar y. Learn how special exercise and relaxation techniques make a difference in your life. CAREGIVERS Tuesdays Caregivers Support group at 3:30-4:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. SENIOR COMPUTERS Wednesday, June 20 at the Central library at 9:30. STARS Wednesdays, June 20, 27 Senior Theater Acting Repertory meets at the Hollis library at 10:30. BRIDGE Wednesdays Reform Temple of Forest Hills. 2612900. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Thursday, June 21 AARP class at the Auburndale library. Register. STARS Fridays, June 22, 29 Senior Theater Acting Repertory meets at the Queens Village library at 10:30.
PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, June 16, 30, July 7, 21 learn how to communicate effectively. 10-12:15 at Elmhurst Hospital. 4249754. AMER. LEGION Tuesday, June 19 Post 131 meets at 8 at 10-20 Clintonville Street, Whitestone. 767-4323. AUBURNDALE CIVIC Tu e s d a y , June 19 Auburndale residents meet at St. Kevin’s, 45-21 194 th Street at 7:30. BEREAVEMENT Tuesday, June 19 Bereavement Support Group at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows at 7:30. 969-2448. 102 PRECINCT Tuesday, June 19 102 nd Precinct Communit y Council meets at 8 at Moose Hall, 8734 118 th Street. PUBLIC SPEAKING Tuesdays, June 19, July 3, 17 learn the art of public speaking at 7:15 in St. Albans. 640-7092. REGO REPUBLICANS Tuesday, June 19 Rego Hills Republican Club meets at 7:30 at the Sizzler on Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills. 275-6005. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesday, June 20 Flushing Camera Club at Flushing Hospital. 479-0643. TOASTMASTERS Wednesdays, June 20, July 4, 18 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices of Rochdale Toastmasters Club in Jamaica. 978-0732. MEN’S PRIDE Thursdays, June 21, July 5, 19 Q u e e n s P r i d e H o u s e Men’s Group 7-9. 429-5309. AFRO-AMER. CORVETTE Thursdays, June 21, July 19 National Afro-American Corvette Club meets 7:30 at Roy Wilkins Park and Recreation Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica. 347-7440819. CANDIDATES NIGHT Thursday, June 21 at 7:45 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 th street. 261-2900. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. 461-3193. JEWISH VETS Sunday, June 24 Jewish Wa r Ve tera n s o f t h e U SA Lipsky/Blum Post meet at the Garden Jewish Center. 4634742. ST. ALBANS CIVIC Sunday, June 24 St. Albans Civic Improvement Association meets 1:30 at St. Albans L u t h e r a n C h u r c h , 2 0 0 th Street and 119 th Avenue in the undercroft.
The revenue raised by closing tax loop(continued from page 20) Queens resident has the right to retire in holes, treating all sources of income dignity and security. I will be on the front equally for tax purposes and asking lines in Washington fightAmerica’s wealthiest citiing for the things that zens to pay a slightly middle-class Queens resihigher income tax rate dents care about: good will be more than enough jobs with pay that keeps to fund the President’s inup with our expenses; a frastructure bank and the secure retirement with a Fix America’s Schools Toreliable pension; a college day (FAST) Act, which education without crushwould invest $30 billion ing debt; a tax system that for repair and modernizahonors wor k, not just tion projects for schools wealth; and a stock marand community colleges ket that helps grow our across the country. economy, not wreck it. In Is the problem of ilshort, I will work to level legal immigration solvthe economic playing field able? How? so that every Queens resiYes it is. It starts with Rory Lancman dent has a fair shot at the secur ing our borders, American dream. and continues with providing a path to As “Stop and Frisk” becomes a big- citizenship for the undocumented immiger issue in New York City, how would grants already here, particularly those you weigh security issues against young people who came here through citizen’s civil liberties? no choice of their own but are willing to Striking a balance between security earn their citizenship by serving in the and civil liberties is something I have had military or obtaining a college degree. to consider carefully in authoring six This is the essence of the DREAM Act, homeland security laws in my first five and I suppor t it. We are a nation of imyears in the state legislature, as well as migrants. That’s why my wife and her in passing the law that allows us to re- family came to America from Iran after ceive email alerts when sex offenders the Islamic revolution forced Iran’s Jewmove into our neighborhoods. I am op- ish community to flee. That’s why all of posed to “stop and frisk” because it us — or our parents or grandparents or doesn’t strike the right balance between great-grandparents — came to this preventing crime and respecting our lib- country. And it is a tradition that we erty, freedom and privacy. Hundreds of should honor, so that our country can thousands of New Yorkers a year — the continue to grow and attract the world’s vast majority of them black and Hispanic best, brightest and hardest working — are stopped, frisked and questioned people to our shores in an orderly and on the streets of New York without hav- legal manner. ing done anything wrong whatsoever. If the Supreme Cour t overturns This is unacceptable in a free society, President Obama’s healthcare poliand it foments a culture of hostility to- cies, what do you think should and/or ward our police that is bad for public can be done to reform healthcare? safety and, ultimately, dangerous to our I previously chaired the Community police officers. Advisory Board of Queens Hospital CenHow can we pay for infrastructure ter, a public hospital charged with proimprovements (transpor tation, viding quality, affordable healthcare to schools, etc.) if the government is run- New York City’s hundreds of thousands ning a deficit? of uninsured and under-insured resiCongressional Republicans say that dents. I believe deeply that every Ameriwe have to choose between rebuilding can should have access to quality, affordour crumbling infrastructure and reduc- able healthcare. If the Supreme Cour t ing the deficit. They couldn’t be more overturns the Affordable Care Act and the wrong. The only way to responsibly re- national conversation on healthcare duce the national debt in the long term star ts back at square one, our and bring our annual budget into the overarching priority has to be to develop black is through a combination of creat- a healthcare system that covers every ing jobs and growing the economy, cut- American. I would advocate for someting wasteful spending and raising rev- thing called “the public option,” which enue by closing corporate tax loopholes, would expand Medicaid or possibly Meditreating all sources of income — capital care to include those Americans who gains, stock dividends and wages — currently lack health insurance, and we equally for tax purposes and asking must never go back to the days when America’s wealthiest citizens to pay a insurance companies could deny coverslightly higher income tax rate. Gutting age to someone because of a preservices that middle-class New Yorkers exisitng medical condition or could imrely on is not the answer. Look at what’s pose lifetime caps on the amount of happening in Europe right now — the healthcare services someone could use. countries that have adopted the most We must also continue to allow children severe cuts to government spending are to remain on their parents’ insurance seeing their economies rapidly contract. plans until age 26.
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SUMMER EMPLOYMENT Call the LIC library at 7523700 for information on entry-level jobs in hospitals, government agencies, law firms, businesses, and more. FUN DAY Saturday, June 16 at the Ridgewood library starting at 10. Flea market, crafts, face painting, food, more. TEEN GAMING Mondays, June 18, 25 at 4 Fresh Meadows library. FUN WITH CROCHET Mondays, June 18, 25 at the Rosedale library at 4. TEEN LAPTOP Mondays-Wednesdays, through June 27 learn how to use laptops at the Hollis library at 4:30. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays Douglaston/Little Neck library at 4. EXTREME COMICS Tuesday, June 19 at 3:30 at the Rochdale Village library. Learn to recreate your own realit y in comic-book form. JOB READINESS Tuesdays, June 19, 26 at the Far Rockaway library at 3. TEEN LAPTOP Tuesdays, June 19, 26 learn how to use laptops at the Arverne library at 4. BEGINNERS CHESS Tuesdays, June 19, 26 at the Rosedale library at 4. LIC CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 4. STREET COMIX Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the Lefferts library at 3:30. RESUME HELP Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the Arverne library at 4. TEEN GAMING Wednesday, June 20 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. GAME DAY Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the Howard Beach library at 4. YOGA FOR TEENS Wednesday, June 20 2-3 at Socrates Park in LIC. 9561819. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the South Ozone Park library at 1. SEWING CLUB Wednesdays, June 20, 27 at the Rosedale library at 4. JUST WRITE Wednesday, June 20 cover letters, business letters and more at the LIC library at 1:30. JEWELRY MAKING Wednesday, June 20 at the Briarwood library at 4. TEEN POWER Wednesday, June 20 at the
The Candidates Speak
Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE Allstate Insurance agent Bill Allen, whose office is located in Kew Gardens, has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. Sara Finkle of Forest Hills was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at SUNY Oswego. Nia A. Albert of Forest Hills received a patient care technician degree during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Dover Business College, Clifton, N.J. Jennifer Alweiss of Rego Park received the President’s Leadership Award from the University at Albany.
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Andrew Nici of Rego Park received a Bachelor of Science degree during spring 2012 com-
mencement ceremonies at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Nici will now continue on to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Jaclyn A. Spezzano of Forest Hills received a degree in biomathematics during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Daisy Mercado of Kew Gardens received a Masters degree in public administration during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.
Sgt. Eddie Carr, ROTC; Assemblyman Mike Miller, State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. executive director Maria Thomson and singer Michelle Illescas stand with attendees at the Small Town Memorial Day Observance.
Julia Karsten of Forest Hills was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.
dens was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla.
Brian Bomser of Kew Gar-
Frank J. Mandaro of Kew
Gardens received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications studies during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at ColbySawyer College in New London, N.H.
Elias Derian of Forest Hills graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
Pageant Problems Queens native Donald Trump is in the center of controversy one more time. His Miss America Pageant has come under fire once again. Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin is claiming the event is rigged and that she knew who the top 5 contestants would be before the show even began on June 3. This didn’t sit well with The Donald and he announced he would be suing Monnin for her false claims on “Good Morning America” last week. Not only is she a liar, Trump says, but Miss Pennsylvania is a sore loser for Sheena Monnin, the target of not making it to the top 15. Donald Trump's ire. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said. “She lost and if you look at her compared to the people who were in the top 15, you would understand why she’s not in the top 15. It’s a very, very sad situation.” Harsh, Donald. But Miss America is a scholarship contest and not a beauty pageant, right?
See You Soon
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Though Johan Santana pitched the Mets’ first no-hitter and Whitestone native Mike Baxter saved it with a stupendous catch, Baxter will be out of commission for a while after crashing into the outfield wall. The catch will live on in the minds of Mets fans for generations, and the kid from 150th Street will always be a part of that Whitestone's Mike Baxter legend. But Baxter will be out for six weeks, and that’s a long time. Queens is an entertaining place, though, and the idle Baxter should be able to find something to do while he heals his rib cartilage. Hey Mike, 150th Street, Whitestone, that’s where the Trib office is. Take a walk and stop by. We’ll help you keep busy until we come to Citi Field to watch you in July.
Stories To Tell None of us remember what happened during our first birthday party without the aid of our family telling embarrassing stories. The son of Rafael Diaz, however, will undoubtedly have no shortage of stories about his first birthday. Instead of celebrating with his family, Diaz spent the day in police custody. Diaz jumped over the railing from his field-level seats at Citi Field after Johan Santana threw his no-hitter. He made it as far as the pitcher’s mound, joining in on the pile-up of Mets players before he was snagged by security. Diaz reportedly earned himself a lifetime ban from Citi Field and gave his son a story he could tell for the rest of his life. He probably won’t be winning any father of the year contests, however.
Middle Village Masterpiece Modeling is one of the many hobbies Kasey says adds to her self esteem. The third year model at Shortstack Modeling says that being in front of the camera makes her feel good about herself. Though not seeking to model professionally, she likes to have fun with it in her spare time. “My cousin did it, and I found out everything through her. I model more for fun and raising my self esteem. Everyone [at Shortstack] is so happy and carefree; it’s a sisterhood,” she said. The recent Christ the King High School graduate does many hours of gymnastics when she isn’t at shoots; she began when she was five and does it competitively to this day. In addition, she enjoys spending time in her neighborhood of Middle Village. “I grew up here; everyone grew up here. It’s a real family type atmosphere.” On living in Queens, she says, “There are a lot of things to do; it’s never boring. I love going dif-
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ferent places with friends.” Being a model for this long has given Kasey a good look at the industry. She says to girls looking to break onto the scene, “Pursue your career, and don’t ever give up. Always keep trying. Eventually, if you really want it, you’ll get it.”
Kasey Brutkiewicz Home: Middle Village Age: 18 Height: 4’10" Weight: 100lbs. Stats: 33.5-27.5-36
Models Of Queens Dairy Mill? In a county as diverse as Queens, the issue of language on store signs is one that constantly comes up. Whether it be Chinese and Korean signs in Flushing, Spanish signs in Corona, Greek in Astoria or Polish in Ridgewood, the issue of bilingual signs is big in our borough. But most importantly, regardless of the language, is to spell your store’s name right. That’s a lesson one Ozone Park deli seemed to forget. The popular grocery Dairy Mill grocery store on Cross Bay Boulevard replaced their sign with a new one, Spellcheck is not for grocers? leaving customers confused when they looked up and saw Mill spelled M-E-L-L, not once, but twice, while spelled correctly on a third sign. Perhaps this is forgivable in a world where our phones spell our words for us. Do sign makers have autocorrect?
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