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Vol. 42, No. 25 June 21-27 2012

Missing Money At Park Leads To Investigation Page 3

Endorsements For Tuesday’s Primary Races Page 6

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THE NEW YORK TIMES ENDORSES GRACE MENG FOR CONGRESS June 16, 2012

is Ms. Meng knows how to build bridges, but she also prepared to fight... She has promoted women’s for issues... and sponsored legislation that trimmed taxes older residents. We endorse Grace Meng.

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The overwhelming choice of Queens leaders and organizations, including Congressman Gary Ackerman, Congressman Joe Crowley and The United Federation of Teachers. Grace is also supported by: 4 NY League of Conservation Voters 4 Hotel Trades Council 4 NYS Troopers PBA 4 Teamsters Local Union No. 812 4 UFCW Local 1500

4 ATU Local 1056 4 Sanitation Officers 4 4 Queens Members of Congress 4 10 Queens City Councilmembers 4 4 Queens State Senators 4 9 Queens Members of the State Assembly

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Missing Park Funds Lead To Probe Inc.’s books in November 2011 when he compiled them to file tax returns. Cooper, who Ragusa said was often late in handing over the books, had continually made thousands of dollars in ATM withdrawals. Ragusa notified conservancy chairman Bruce Bendell, also the CEO of the Long Island City car dealership Major World, that he had discovered irregularities. The ATM card was canceled and outside investigations commenced not long after. On Jan. 6, Cooper, under pressure from the nonprofit’s executive board, resigned her posts from the park and Unisphere Inc. Ragusa said he was aware of multiple investigations into Cooper’s actions at the park. Both the Queens District Attorney’s office and the City Dept. of Investigation declined to comment on any ongoing investigations.

Ragusa could not confirm whether Cooper knew of these investigations when she resigned. Bendell and a couple of board members could not be reached for comment. “I’ve known Estelle more than 30 years,” Ragusa said. “It wasn’t an easy thing to do. I had a fiduciary responsibility.” Cooper, who could not be reached for comment, is not a stranger to Parks Dept. controversy. In the summer of 2011, her daughter, Ilene Balsamo, drew fire for allegedly not paying some camp counselors and vendors involved in her community day camp, which she operated in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In a borough dominated by Democrats, the Republican Cooper ran for State Senate in 1978 against Emanuel Gold and for Borough President in 1986 against Claire Shulman. She was

Resorts World Tops Casino Revenue List

In its first eight months, Resorts World Casino New York Cit y has generated more revenue than any other casino in the countr y. percent, more than $40 million, in monthly gaming revenues went to education, the horse racing industry and other state entities. To date, Resorts World Casino New York City has sent more than $252 million in taxes to the state, with more than $162 million earmarked for education. The first gaming floor of the casino opened for business on October 28, while its second casino floor opened two months later. The first few weeks in operation saw huge crowds that caused lines

to develop outside the casino and snarled traffic on Rockaway Boulevard and North Conduit Avenue. The casino currently houses only the VLTs, another term for the slot machines, and electronic table games. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has thrown his support behind legalizing full gambling in New York State, which would allow actual table games at Resorts World New York. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125

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Ruling Deals Blow To Waste Complaint By ROSS BARK AN As a contested municipal waste transfer station rises in the flight path of LaGuardia Airport, opponents of its completion were dealt a legal blow last week when judges ruled that the Port Authority, and not New York City, owns the airport. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against Friends of LaGuardia Airport Inc., a group opposed to the creation of the station because of fears that birds, attracted to the trash, will increasingly strike airplanes. Mayor Mike Bloomberg believes Friends of LaGuardia Airport Inc. is over exaggerating the potential threat of bird strikes and the group is hoping, through legal action, that it can scuttle the project. Local elected officials have opposed the transfer station. Friends of LaGuardia Airport Inc. were hoping their complaint, alleging that the City violated federal grant assurances by making the airport more dangerous, would lead to the halting of the station’s construction. However, since it was ruled the Port Authority owns the airport, the City is technically not violating anything. “It’s like somebody adopting a child,” said Ken Paskar, president of Friends of LaGuardia Inc.. “You adopt a child, a very controversial issue comes up, whether it’s with school or the child’s health, and a government agency gets involved under the auspices of protecting the child and they say that because you

adopted the child, it’s really not your child.” LaGuardia Airport has received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid over several decades. The Federal Aviation Administration has argued that the federal grant assurances in question do not apply to the City. In the original court case, the FAA took the City’s name off the complaint. Paskar and his lawyers filed an appeal, now rejected, that the City owns the airport. According to the court, the City does not own the airport itself, just the land beneath it. The Port Authority will remain a respondent on the complaint. The timetable of the legal action, Paskar said, is an unenforceable 100 days: the FAA is under a self-imposed deadline and can stall until the transfer station is completed. The Dept. of Sanitation has said that the $125 million transfer station, to be completed at 31st Avenue and 122nd Street in College Point, would not expose any trash to outside air and not attract birds. Biologists and wildlife experts contend that the transfer station would pose a hazard to airplanes, whether trash is covered or not. The size of certain birds, like Canadian geese, worries transfer station opponents: a flock of the aforementioned birds crashed into US Airways Flight 1549 in 2009, forcing the airplane into an emergency landing on the Hudson River. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or rbarkan@queenstribune.com

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By DOMENICK RAFTER The question many were asking last year, would New York City’s first casino be a success, has been answered, at least for now. Resorts World Casino New York City announced this week that it has become the single largest gross slot gaming revenue and tax-generating gaming property in the United States. The eight month old casino located at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park said it has surpassed the Las Vegas Strip, Atlantic City, Connecticut and all other locales in revenue this year. ”Resorts World’s model has maximized gaming revenue for New York State in a manner that has not been replicated by any other facility in the nation,” said Michael Speller, President of Resorts World Casino New York City. “We are proud of the incredible revenue Resorts World has generated to support the education of New York’s students and the more than 3,000 jobs we have created for hard-working New Yorkers. This is a partnership that works” Resorts World New York generated gross gaming revenues of $57.5 million in May, outpacing Mohegan Sun, which came in second at $55.4 million. Resorts World’s said 70

defeated both times. In 1994, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed her as an assistant parks commissioner and administrator for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Upon her retirement, the Parks Dept. said that Cooper had brought many improvements to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, including new synthetic soccer fields, the Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center and the Al Oerter Recreation Center. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or rbarkan@queenstribune.com

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By ROSS BARK AN The Flushing Meadows Unisphere, Queens’ most impressive emblem, may soon be emblematic of something other than world peace: missing money. At least $90,000 raised by Unisphere Inc., the nonprofit fundraising group for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has been misspent, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. At the center of the controversy is 82-year-old Estelle Cooper, who ran Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the last 17 years before stepping down in January to found a Republican consulting firm, Cooper and Company, with her grandson Michael Balsamo. Cooper also relinquished her role as the head of Unisphere Inc. Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens GOP and the nonprofit’s accountant, said he realized “something was amiss” with Unisphere


Bill Seeks To Regulate Intercity Buses By ROSS BARK AN Once linked to organized crime and criticized for safety violations, intercity buses will soon be regulated by a permit system in New York City. The privately-owned bus companies, known colloquially as “Chinatown” buses, have ballooned in popularity over the last decade, shuttling New Yorkers to cities like Boston and Washington D.C. for as little as a few dollars. Federal regulators, citing safety concerns about the proliferation of these buses, moved this month to shutdown

more than two dozen bus operators nationwide. Though most of the buses are known for their departure points in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, many operate in downtown Flushing. “These low-cost intercity buses aren’t using bus terminals; they’re using city streets as a bus station. Public safety, traffic congestion, and quality of life will all improve thanks to this bill,” said State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), a cosponsor of a bill just passed in the State Senate and Assembly that

would create a bus permit system. State Sen. Marty Golden (RBrooklyn) was the primary sponsor of the bill that would that will designate locations for the loading and unloading of passengers on intercity buses in cities with a population of one million or more. It excludes tour buses. In the past, organized crime has been linked to intercity bus lines. In 2004, a man that had ties to a street gang and a bus line in Chinatown was murdered at the now-shuttered Red Rose Club on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing.

More recently, a U.S. Dept. of Transportation investigation found 26 bus services had multiple safety violations, including a pattern of using drivers who did not have valid commercial driver’s licenses. Operators in some cases also failed to administer alcohol and drug tests to drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The 26 operators were spread across Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Flushing No. 1 Municipal Parking Field on Union Street and 39th

Avenue is one of the common locations where intercity buses will sometimes illegally idle. The bus services grew out of the need to provide affordable transportation for workers traveling between cities, though tourists have come to take advantage of them as well. Several intercity bus services, including the Flushing-based Golden Touch Transportation, did not respond to requests for comment as of press time. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or rbarkan@queenstribune.com.

Astoria Girl Throws First Pitch At CitiField By MEGAN MONTALVO Throwing the first pitch at baseball game is never an easy feat. The bright lights, the crowd, the pressure – not to mention the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate. That’s a total of sixty feet and six inches. All these factors combined have been known to make even the most experienced of pitchers crack. For one brave 11-yearold girl from Queens that was just child’s play. On June 18, Astoria resident

Kassandra Rivera received an opportunity that for some may only be a dream; she threw the opening pitch for the Mets vs. Orioles game at the 10th Anniversary Starlight Night at Citifield. Kassandra, who is living with cerebral palsy, said that she felt honored and proud to throw the first pitch. “I got to go out there and be me and be in front of a lot people,” Kassandra said. “I got to show other kids that I could do it. Even though

I have crutches that doesn’t stop me.” Her parents, Felipe and Sandra Rivera, practiced with Kassandra in their apartment in Astoria every day leading up to the big night. “It’s quite an honor,” Felipe Rivera said. “I never in my life dreamed that anybody in my family would get that privilege.” In addition to Kassandra’s epic first pitch, Starlight Night also brought together families of more than 300 seriously ill children to

meet Mr. Met, Mets Legend Rusty Staub and Broadway Star Carly Rose Sonenclar. Sonenclar, who is best known for her work in “Wonderland,” “Les Miserables” and “The Electric Company,” has been a long time devotee to Starlight Children’s Foundation and is a close friend of Kassandra. “I’m very excited for her,” Sonenclar said. “She’s so great. She’s just so fun to be around.” Thirteen-year-old Sonenclar also

sang the national anthem. Although Kassandra didn’t make it across home plate, it was no doubt a night she’ll remember forever. “I didn’t make it all the way but I was happy still,” she said. Insightful beyond her years, Kassandra offered these words of wisdom, “never give up and never believe what other people tell you.” Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or mmontalvo@queenstribune.com.

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Queens This Week No ZIP, But Glendale Gets ‘Last Line’ For decades, residents of Glendale were told by the U.S. Postal Service that they live in either Ridgewood or Flushing. Because the neighborhood shares its 11385 ZIP code with Ridgewood, packages would often get delivered to Glendale homes at Ridgewood, NY or Flushing, NY. That triggered the decades-long battle to get Glendale its own ZIP code. The fight came to a head this month when U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), a Glendale resident himself, submitted an application to the U.S. Postal Service’s District Manager Frank Calabrese asking for a ZIP code for the neighborhood, even suggesting it be 11384, one number removed from the current one. They didn’t get it, but they did get one concession that both officials say would bring some sense of identity to Glendale residents. USPS will grant the neighborhood a “Preferred Last Line” designation. Basically, USPS will recognize mail sent to an address with the last line reading “Glendale, NY 11385.” “While this is not the desired overall outcome we had hoped for, the inclusion of Glendale as ‘Preferred last line’ is a step in the right direction for this cause,” Turner said, adding that the fight for a unique ZIP code will continue. “I have lived in this community since I was a child and in that time, my neighbors and I have struggled with getting our community acknowledged,” said Miller, who admits he is often forced to put “Ridgewood, NY” as in address when he has packages delivered to his Glendale home. The policy has not been implemented yet because USPS is still working, with the help of local leaders and Community Board 5, to identify what would be Glendale’s official borders, especially in the western portion of the neighborhood where the borders with Ridgewood are less certain. Some residents

who live in the vicinity of Shaler Avenue and Fresh Point Road say their deeds identify their homes as being in “Glendale” though the freight rail line at Otto Road is often seen as the defacto boundary. The fight for a Glendale postal identity dates back over three decades. Before 1979, Glendale did not have a Queens ZIP code at all. The current 11385 numbers came after the two neighborhoods sought to gain a Queens identity and break away from its connections to the Brooklyn neighborhood scarred by riots after the 1977 blackout. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400 Ext. 125. -Domenick Rafter

Local Teen Takes Third In Spelling Bee There is one word that Councilman Dan Halloran (D-Whitestone) and spelling whiz Arvind Mahankali will probably never forget, as long as they live: schwannoma. The 14-year-old Bayside Hills native and third place winner at the Scripps National Spelling Bee was honored on June 18 for his accomplishments by Councilmen Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Halloran outside of Arvind's school, M.S. 174. Grinning shyly as media surrounded him, Arvind explained how much it meant to him to go so far at the spelling bee with all of New York City rooting him on. For the record, schwannoma, the word that Arvind misspelled at the spelling bee, is a benign nerve sheath tumor. Halloran underwent surgery several weeks ago to remove a benign tumor, or schwannoma, from his brain. The ironic link between Halloran and Arvind was not lost on the Councilman, who is also a Congressional candidate in the 6th District race. "Here's someone who has made the communities of Bayside and Bayside Hills proud," Halloran said. "It's an odd coincidence that schwannoma was the word. It's a word I'm

Atria Kew Gardens residents display the flag during a Flag Day visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Pic tured with an antique ship cannon (from left) are Seymour Kofsky, Gerr y Hommel, Tina Hyman, Mia Neuhof, Evelyn Rosenfeld, Marvin Wolsk, Frances Cohen, Dora Blatt and Rozlyn Lipschitz.

sure neither of us will ever forget." The spelling prodigy was thankful for the support and plans to compete in the Spelling Bee next year, the last that he is eligible. His not-so-humble goal, right now, is to master the entire dictionary. "I'm just glad I could make New York happy," Arvind said. With his parents, Srinivas and Bhavani Mahankali, looking on, Arvind said that he studied two hours every weekday and six hours on weekends to become a better speller. He took home $7,500 for finishing third, money that will be put toward his college education. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or rbarkan@queenstribune.com. —Ross Barkan

Grand Larcenies Spike Crime In 106th The 106th Precinct has seen a minor rise in the crime rate this year. But the issue is not a sudden overall crime wave that makes the streets of Southern Queens dangerous, rather the spike can be attributed almost entirely to a rise in grand larcenies. Grand larcenies in the 106th Precinct, which covers the neighborhoods of Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach, are up by almost 50 percent this year. Thomas Pascale, captain of the 106th Precinct, told Community Board 10 earlier this month that grand larcenies account for much of the small 3 percent rise in crime this year in the precinct. He said most of that is in the form of identity theft and stolen tire rims, which both fall under the category of grand larceny. The rise in grand larcenies is partially attributed to residents of the 106th Precinct being victims of identity theft, especially senior citizens. One way perpetrators have been gaining personal information is through skimmers on the doors of banks. The skim-

mers take personal information from ATM cards used to open the bank doors after business hours to access the ATM machine and then encrypt the information on a used gift card from a store, turning it into a makeshift ATM card. "For every one of those that happens, our department classifies it by where you live," Pascale said. "We had a very, very big increase in that." He said the NYPD has been working with local banks to prevent skimmers from being installed in banks. Some banks have posted security guards after hours, including on weekends when skimmers are often installed. Pascale said the jump in tire rim theft has mainly hit Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Ozone Park and 2011 and 2012 Nissan Maximas, Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys are the most common targets. "They basically hit about four o'clock in the morning," He said, adding that the precinct has been working on tracking the thieves using video and geographic patterns. The 106th Precinct, which has been asking for an increase in the number of officers since the opening of Resorts World New York City casino last fall, received 15 more cops last month. The new officers come from the NYPD's IMPACT unit, which consists of new officers sent into high crime areas of the city. The jump in the number of cops comes just in time. Grand larcenies are up 46 percent this year with a huge 72 percent spike in May as compared to May 2011. However, overall crime, especially violent crime, is down more than 30 percent in the 106th Precinct since 2001 and over 77 percent since 1993. Even with the recent spike, Grand Larcenies are still down over 21 percent since 1993. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 3577400 Ext. 125. -Domenick Rafter

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The Mahankali family (c.), with Councilmen Dan Halloran (l.) and Mark Weprin (r.).


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Queens Tribune Endorsements In a relatively short election cycle, the results of Tuesday’s primary will have long-lasting effects. When the final results are tallied, November’s General Election will take shape. In a Presidential election year, the Democrats running next week will then try to lead the way in cutting into the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Every vote counts, so make sure to head to the polls on Tuesday, June 26.

6th Congressional District New York’s 6th Congressional District is the only one

that lies entirely within the borders of Queens. In such a diverse borough, with people of different races, religions and creeds, it is important to have someone they know will do everything possible to better the lives of the people of Queens. In such a contentious political climate, Assemblywoman Grace Meng is a breath of fresh air. As divisions between Democrats and Republicans grow worse, having someone who has an established record of working across party lines will be important in getting things done in Congress. While other candidates in this primary would likely vote

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English First To The Editor: State Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman David Weprin have introduced legislation requiring that voters be provided information in three more languages; Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi. bringing a total of nearly a dozen languages for voting information. I have a much better idea. Provide voting information in only one language - English. This is our common language for business, social and political communications. People who refuse to learn it should not have the right to vote, drive, or collect welfare benefits, rent subsidies or any other entitlements and privileges. One reason for the rising tide of anti-immigration sentiment is that immigrants’ earlier goal of assimilation - blending into the fabric of

America — has been replaced by accommodation (also called multiculturalism) - clinging to their former country’s customs and traditions, including a refusal to learn English. Store signs in Flushing are a glaring example of this. When my grandparents came here from Europe in the 1920s, they learned English because they had to, in order to survive. Providing multi-lingual information discourages new immigrants from learning our nation’s common language. During the GOP primaries, Mitt Romney stated that English should become the official language of the U.S. But he’s softened his stance now that he’s courting the Hispanic vote in the general election. Voters should hold his feet to the fire on this commitment. Obama will pander to any ethnic group to get re-elected, so don’t waste your time on him. Govern-

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for the same legislation important to the people of Queens, none of the other three candidates come close to Meng’s ability for coalition building and diplomacy that she has displayed in the New York State Assembly. The Tribune endorses Grace Meng for Congress in the 6th Congressional District.

7th Congressional District In the 20 years since Nydia Velazquez was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, she has been a strong advocate for her constituents, as she has fought to increase opportunities for the Hispanic residents not ment has an obligation to provide English-language instruction for new immigrants. But it is not obligated to allow them to vote if they refuse to learn English. The Constitution has no provision for this privilege. The ultimatum for immigrants should be clear. Learn English or lose your right to vote. Richard Reif, Flushing

Electoral Mocker y To The Editor: Going once, going twice, SOLD; the State of Wisconsin to the highest bidder. The Koch brothers and their fellow billionaire benefactors. Scott Walker’s puppeteers outspent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett $31 million to $4 million; at 8:1, they are assured a prolific future return on their investment. This abominable distortion of our electoral system was made possible by the disgraceful Citizens United deci-

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just in her district, but throughout the country. While her primary opponent is a qualified public servant, he has not made the case for replacing Velazquez. We endorse Velazquez.

8th Congressional District Only a small part of the 8th Congressional District – Howard Beach and a portion of Ozone Park – is in Queens, but that does not diminish the primary’s importance to the borough. For the roughly 47,000 Queens voters in the district, we believe Hakeem Jeffries is the man for the job. During his tenure in the Assembly, Jeffries has proven sion, which morphed “Corporations” into “Persons” by the four conservative justices on the Supreme Court. This allows a corporation’s “Person” as freedom of speech, to donate as much money as they choose to candidates of their choice. Yes, these are the same Conservative judges, legislating, that were nominated by Republican administrations. That is the same party that constantly decried that judges nominated by a Democratic administration would legislate from the bench. They give emphasis to the term hypocrisy. The Milwaukee debacle is merely a precursor of the 2012 general election, where Conservatives and their brokers in the secret Super PACs plan to spend $1 billion to buy the Presidential election. That is more than 32 times what it cost to buy Wisconsin, but less for each of the 50 States to buy the presidency. This is possibly due to the futility of trying to dupe the voters

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to be a forward-thinking Democrat who will make sure to work in the best interests of his constituents. It’s not hard to imagine that Jeffries would grow into a capable leader in Congress, and one that the residents of his district can be proud of. Hakeem Jeffries is our choice.

5th Congressional District In the 5th District primary, which covers Southeast Queens, the clear choice is Greg Meeks. None of his primary opponents are near his level. We urge residents of the 5th C.D. to vote Meeks. in the more enlightened Coastal States such as New York and California … at least the majority of the voters. This lamentable Citizens United decision has made a mockery of our once proud electoral system. John Molnar, Bayside

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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,

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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 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ 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, 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, 15024 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 60 th Road Maspeth, NY 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. ___________________________________ 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-13-646-12; 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) 431-5544. ___________________________________ 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. ___________________________________ 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. 20113951 Surrogate’s CourtQueens 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 3421 87th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 Address of Attorney 718-478-6744 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-06-85.02 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 Petition to Terminate Parental Rights within thirty (30) days of perfection of service by publication or a judgment by default may be rendered. Your answer is to be filed in the Juvenile Court of Cleburne County, Alabama, at the Cleburne County Courthouse, Heflin, Alabama. You are further notified of your right to counsel to represent you, and if you are unable to afford counsel, one will be appointed by the Court to represent you in this proceeding. A parent has the right to representation of an attorney in a

dependency or a termination of parental rights trial, and, if indigent, the Court may appoint an attorney if requested. Should the parent desire a court-appointed attorney, application should be made immediately upon receipt of notice of the action, but no later than 30 days prior to trial, by contacting the Juvenile Court Intake Office at 256-463-7145. DONE this 29 day of May, 2012. W. G. SARRELL JUVENILE JUDGE ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of 108-34 REALTY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/18/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 66-11 99th St., #2C, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of Tool Time Home Improvement, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 4/06/ 2012. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against THE LLC Post Office Box 200187 South Ozone Park, N.Y. 11420. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Rockaway Yummy LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/03/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 160-57 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of Radiant Lotus, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY SSNY on 5/15/12. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 240-52 69th Ave. #3, Little Neck, NY 11362. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Radiant Lotus, LLC. at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of HERMAN SCHROEDER deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence.

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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.

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Grace Meng: Making History And Friends By MICHAEL SCHENKLER How often do we get to be a part of history in the making? Next Tuesday, June 26, about a quar ter of t he Democrats in Queens, will have the opportunity to, for the second time in four years, take part in an historic election.

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As one who marched on civil rights picket lines during his college days and beyond and recognized the reality of racism in our nation, the thought of a Black President in the White House was merely a very distant dream – not one that was going to be realized in my lifetime. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 smashed barriers I never believed I’d see toppled. Our nation has come a long way, and true equalit y, though still an elusive dream, was much closer to reality. For those of us who recognized it, entering that voting booth – yes way back in ’08, we actually had lever machine s and boot hs with curtains – and voting for a black man to be president was not

only casting our vote for the best man, but casting our vote to accelerate history. We not only believed in Obama, but we believed America had come of age and it was time to make a statement that skin color was not an impediment in this great nation of ours. We were privileged to participate in this historic chapter in the book of America. We are here once again, just four years later. In the County of Queens, the most multicultural county on Earth, in the melting pot of New York, we can again not only vote for the most qualified candidate, but once again reinforce our belief that the American dream is alive and well and is prospering right here in Queens County. Ne w York Cit y, Ne w York State, the entire east coast of the United States has never sent a person of Asian origin to the United States Congress. On the face of it, it is a fact that is both shocking as well as indicative of the institutional gerrymandering that had been done for years to divide minority communities. The system and the every-ten-year redistricting has always slanted the playing field against all minorities. While the 15th Amendment prohibiting denying one the right to vote on the basis of race, color or previous condition of servitude was enacted in 1870, it was not

GARY ACEKRMAN ENDORSES GRACE MENG: Retiring Congressman Gary Ackerman, who grew up in Pomonok and Electchester, selected the site outside of the Pomonok Library and Senior Center to endorse Grace Meng to succeed him in Congress. until 50 years later that women were granted the right to vote with the enactment of the 19th amendment in 1920. And then, another 51 years until 1971 for the voting age to become 18. In 1964 the poll tax was abolished with the passage of the 24th Amendment, eliminating another major obstacle to minority (and poor) voting. So we’ve provided for equal-

White Named Parks Commissioner By HENRY STERN The re signat ion of Adria n Benepe as Parks Commissioner and the appointment by Mayor Bloomberg of Veronica M. White as his successor may indicate a new attitude by City Hall as to what a parks commissioner should be. White is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. The CEO works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiat ives aimed at pover ty reduction. The position held by Robert Moses from 1934 to 1960, once one of the most powerful in city government, will, presumably for the next 16 months, be held by

someone whose experience is unrelated to parks. With relatively little time remaining in the administration and an anticipated exodus next year of those who are able to find jobs on their own, it will be difficult to design, fund and implement new programs. The city’s parks have thrived in the last ten years, due to the commitment of Mayor Bloomberg to minimize the effect of budget reductions and the appointment to the agency of dozen of competent professionals. A great deal of the good and the new in this administration has come from Parks & Recreation. It would be a shame to see this energy, zeal and momentum dissipate even before the election. Ms. White’s credentials indicate competence and achievement. She would probably do well in a large

number of positions, based on her record in fighting poverty through evaluating the work of other agencies. Her specific background in parks in comparable to that of Ms. Catherine Black, who was appointed Schools Chancellor on Jan. 3, 2011, and served until April 27, 2011, when she resigned. Her tenure was not regarded as successful. We share the hope that Ms. White will be more effective in parks than Ms. Black turned out to be in schools. We do wonder, however, if there were competent managers in Parks, some of whom Mayor Bloomberg has selected for his own administration, why they should not have been considered. The choice of commissioners is, however, a mayoral prerogative. StarQuest@NYCivic.org

ity of voting rights and still find many obstacles like a politicized redistricting preventing many America ns from par t icipat ing equally in the elusive dream. That brings us back to the current election. Grace Meng, a bright American women, who was born here 36 years ago, the child of parents who immigrated here from China to find a better home and to raise their family, is a candidate to re-

place Gary Ackerman in Congress. Grace Meng, who graduated from Car doza, Ye sh iva L aw School and became a public intere st at tor ne y before bei ng elected to the Ne w York State Assembly, is on the verge of becoming the first Asian elected to Congress from the East Coast and the first woman from Queens since Gerry Ferraro. Grace Meng, in the opinion of this paper and this writer, is clearly the class of the field – the most qualified candidate by far is on the verge of helping us all come another step closer to realizing the American Dream. The New York Times has endorsed her; Gary Ackerman has endorsed her; the UFT and all five of the Democratic Candidates for Mayor have endorsed her; just about every major elected leader in Queens have endorsed Grace Meng for Congress. She stands for the right things and she knows how to get things done. As I wrote last week, she is a woman of elegance and grace. For those Democrats living in the new 6th Congressional District, Primary Day, next Tuesday, June 26 will be the second time in four years to be a part of history in the making. You can vote for the most qualified candidate, Grace Meng, and at the same time cast a vote reaffirming the American Dream. MSchenkler@Gmail.com

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South Asian Group Eyes New Council Lines By DOMENICK RAFTER During the process earlier this year to redraw state and federal lines in New York City, Taking Our Seat, a group dedicated to uniting the borough’s South Asian community into one district, pressured state legislators to break up the gerrymandering of Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, which were divided into multiple Senate and Assembly districts. The result was met with little success. Though the two neighborhoods were placed into the same Congressional district, drawn by a federal judge, the two neighborhoods remain divided into separate

Assembly and Senate districts. Now with City Council elections looming next year under new lines, Taking Our Seat is targeting Council district redistricting, aiming to unite the two neighborhoods and the South Asian community into a single district. In a briefing paper released last month, Taking Our Seat said lessons learned during the state process will help them now. “The redistricting process at the state level verified what Taking Our Seat knew to be true,” the briefing paper reads. “To make the best case for drawing neighborhood focused districts, the overarching argument must include stringent

demographic analysis, a unified voice from the community and a politically palatable solution.” Taking Our Seat notes New York City’s term limits law will help them make their case during redistricting, with three Council members representing Southern Queens term limited; Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), James Sanders (DLaurelton) and Jim Gennaro (DFresh Meadows). Taking Our Seat suggests a new African-American Southeast Queens district could be created out of Comrie’s and Sanders’ that will include Jamaica, St. Albans and Hollis that would be similar to the current district repre-

sented by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica). Taking Our Seat also noted Gennaro’s district, which includes Downtown Jamaica, could be carved up with Jewish areas going to the Forest Hills-based district of Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). The South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill portions of Wills’ and Koslowitz’s districts could be merged into a new district that will encompass the two neighborhoods Taking Our Seat would like to see united. The districts of Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) also include large South Asian communities.

Taking Our Seat notes both Crowley, a 6th Congressional seat candidate and Ulrich are running for higher office. Though Crowley’s primary will be long over by the time a draft of new lines are due on Nov. 5, the date is one day before Ulrich would likely face off against State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) at the polls. Taking Our Seat’s briefing paper suggests both could be open to the idea of combining the two neighborhoods as they have ambitions for higher office. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125 or drafter@queenstribune.com.

St. John’s Wins Sustainability Competition

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By CRISTINA FOGLIET TA St. John’s University recently beat out 100 other challengers in the North East Competition of the second annual Campus Conservation Nationals. The Campus Conservation Nationals is a competition between universities to reduce the usage of energy and water during a three week period. St. John’s saved 2.6 pounds of carbon diox-

ide, saving $1,740,000. “St. John’s is very happy that Constellation Energy was able to put up a prize so we could be involved to compete, win and feel good about conserving energy,” Thomas Goldsmith said. The prize was a VirtuWatt, an online application which monitors energy usage in real time and helps plan demand response programs.

This allows people to reduce their power usage and costs while it is happening. Goldsmith motivated the students at St. John’s by campaigning every day in the cafeteria and dorm buildings and setting up a student pledge board. Tip sheets were put up around campus on how to conserve energy. St. John’s University has a required Discover New York class,

which involves an awareness of sustainability in New York City. Goldsmith said the City is a highly populated area with not many access points. Five years ago, St. John’s joined on to Mayor Mike Bloomsburg’s University Challenge 2030. It is a challenge to reduce 30 percent of carbon in 10 years by 2017. “All the tools and culture is part

of the plan to change behavior and have awareness,” said Goldsmith. He added that St. John’s invested 25 million dollars over four years for the pledge. “The goal is to serve and educate,” said Goldsmith. Reach Intern at Cristina Foglietta at news@queenstribune or (718) 357-7400 Ext. 124.


Queens Dems Back Jeffries As Race Tightens By DOMENICK RAFTER When the new Congressional lines were drawn and approved back in March, much of the borough found themselves in new districts; among them, the roughly 47,000 people who live in Howard Beach and Ozone Park drawn into the new 8th Congressional district. Of all the districts that include Queens, the 8th has the least number of people from the borough. Stretching from Downtown Brooklyn through Bedford-Stuyvasant, East New York and Canarsie and along the Jamaica Bay shoreline to Coney Island, the 8th Congressional district has an African-American majority, though less so than its predecessor, the old 10th district. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Ed Towns (DBrooklyn) is retiring this year, setting up a fierce battle in next week’s Democratic primary for the seat between Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn). Jeffries, who has the support of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and received the ballot line for the Working Families Party, is in a political brawl with Barron. Barron received the endorsements of

DC37, New York City’s largest public service union, and Rep. Towns, whose endorsement came as a surprise. Barron attempted to unseat Towns in 2006, falling just over 4,000 votes short of winning. The apparent closeness of the race triggered the Queens Democratic Party to hold an official endorsement of Jeffries in Howard Beach on June 15. Outside the Cross Bay Diner, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and other Southwest Queens Democrats including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach), publicly backed Jeffries for the seat and urged Democratic voters in the Queens portion of the district to vote on June 26. “I am proud to stand here and endorse Hakeem Jeffries, a man who gave up a lucrative career as an attorney and sought a better life and that is doing good for his community and his neighborhood and the neighborhoods he will represent in the House of Representatives,” Crowley said. Barron, a former Black Panther, has had a history of making disparaging remarks about whites, but he

Queens Democratic leaders endorse Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries for the 8th Congressional District seat in Howard Beach on June 15. has recently met with civic leaders and residents in Howard Beach, a neighborhood that is more than 90 percent white. The neighborhood gained some national attention for a racial incident in 1986 when three black youths were chased by white teens, ending with one of the black youths being struck and killed by a

car on the Belt Parkway. The incident came up briefly during the press conference, but Crowley dismissed it, noting society has changed for the better since then. “I think that not only this community, but the city and the entire county have changed,” Crowley said. “I think the election of Hakeem

is just another example of the positive growth of this community.” Jeffries said the election is a good chance to show how diverse neighborhoods can unite on common issues. “I think there’s actually an opportunity to show how far we’ve come in New York City,” Jeffries said. “I believe we can bring everyone together to work in our collective best interest.” Though the main population centers of the district are East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant, there are Brooklyn neighborhoods with similar demographics to Howard Beach, including Marine Park and Mill Basin. Because the seat is one of the most Democratic in the country President Barack Obama won 86 percent of the vote there in 2008 – it is almost certain the winner of the Democratic primary will win the general election in November. However, Jeffries has already secured the WFP line and could stay on the ballot in November regardless of the results on Tuesday. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at drafter@queenstribune.com or (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125.

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NOTICE OF P U B L I C SCOPING for the PROPOSED USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER STRATEGIC VISION PROJECT The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) Strategic Vision project proposed by USTA National Tennis Center, Inc. The 42-acre NTC is one of the world’s largest public recreational tennis facilities, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, on park land leased from DPR. For 11 months of the year, NTC facilities are open to the public for indoor and outdoor tennis. The NTC is also host to the US Open tennis tournament, one of the sport’s four Grand Slam championship tennis tournaments. The proposed project would improve the NTC site plan, circulation, visitor amenities, and landscaping, and would include construction of two new stadiums to replace the existing Louis Armstrong Stadium in the same location and the Grandstand Stadium in a new location at the southwest corner of the NTC site, improvements to Arthur Ashe Stadium, a temporary stadium on the site of Louis Armstrong Stadium for one US Open tournament during construction, and two new parking garages. The project would add 1.02 acres to the NTC site, including up to 0.76 acres of park land that would be alienated, and 0.26 acres of previously alienated park land that is currently not covered by the NTC lease. DPR requests public comments on impacts to be evaluated in the DEIS. A Public Scoping Meeting will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Indoor Training Center at David Dinkins Circle Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing, New York 11368 By car: Meridian Road, Parking Lot B By subway: No. 7 to MetsWillets Point A copy of the Draft Scope and the Environmental Assessment Statement and Positive Declaration can be obtained online at http:// www.nycgovparks.org/ parks/fmcp or by contacting: Joshua Laird, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Parklands New York City Department of Parks and Recreation The Arsenal, Central Park 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401 New York, New York

10065 Telephone: 212-3603402 Fax: 212-360-3453 Email: Joshua.laird@parks.nyc.gov Oral and written comments can be submitted at the Public Scoping Meeting. Written comments can also be sent to the above address, fax number, or email address. Written comments will be accepted by NYCDPR at the above address or by fax or email through Friday, August 3, 2012. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF COOPERATIVE APARTMENTS BY VIRTUE OF DEFAULT, by LEONARD LOMBARD (the “Shareholder”) under his Proprietary Leases, for the 11 Apartments listed below (the “Apartments”), which are located at 1 Station Square, Forest Hills, New York, 10 Station Square, Forest Hills, New York and 2 Dartmouth Street, Forest Hills, New York, between Station Square Inn Apartments Corp. (the “Cooperative”), as Lessor, and the Shareholder, as Lessee, which default resulted in the termination of the Proprietary Leases on December 21, 2009, and the cancellation of the common stock of the Cooperative (the “Shares”) appurtenant to the Apartments. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cooperative, as the holder of the first lien on the collateral hereinafter described, will sell the collateral at public auction on July 10, 2012, by William Mannion, Auctioneer, D.C.A. # 796322, subject to the conditions set forth in the terms of sale which will be available, upon request, from the undersigned, and such revisions thereto which may be announced at the start of the auction. Said public auction will commence at 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the offices of the undersigned, at which time the Shares attributable to the Apartments together with the respective Proprietary Leases appurtenant thereto, will be sold as individual units with the sales of the individual units (the “Individual Sales”) to be held consecutively. The Individual Sales, however, shall not be final and are expressly made conditional upon the sale of the Shares and Proprietary Leases as a single unit (the “Bulk Sale”), which Bulk Sale shall occur immediately following the Individual Sales on the same date, time and place. In the event that the amount bid for the Shares and proprietary leases at the Bulk Sale is higher than the aggregate amount bid for the Shares and Proprietary Leases attributable to the Individual Sales, then the Indi-

vidual Sales shall be null and void and of no force and effect and the Shares and Proprietary Leases shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Bulk Sale. The Cooperative reserves the right to reject any and all bids that are for an amount that is less than the amounts due from the Shareholder to the Cooperative, including maintenance, assessments, late fees, attorneys’ fees and expenses, administrative fees, and other charges or amounts due to the Cooperative. The approximate amount due to the Cooperative, in connection with each apartment is set forth below.The collateral consists of shares of capital stock in the Cooperative attributable to the following Apartments, together with all right, title and interest to the appurtenant Proprietary Leases: ADDRESS APARTMENT NUMBER NUMBER OF SHARES A P P R O X I M A T E AMOUNT OF LIEN 1 Station Square 202 26 $12,323.15 1 Station Square 2 1 3 4 8 $17,468.93 1 Station Square 214 25 $12,089.22 1 Station Square 601 31 $13,492.65 2 Dartmouth Street M33 19 $10,685.84 2 Dartmouth Street M37 23 $11,621.46 10 Station Square R33 21 $11,153.60 10 Station Square R35 19 $10,685.84 10 Station Square R36 21 $11,153.60 10 Station Square R43 18 $10,451.96 10 Station Square R45 18 $10,451.96 The collateral will be sold “as is” without representation or warranty and is subject to, among other things, the rights of any rent-stabilized or rent-controlled tenants to occupy certain of the Apartments pursuant to applicable laws and regulations. The Cooperative reserves the right to bid, to become the Purchaser at the sale and, without deposit, to credit against the purchase price bid all sums due to it from the Shareholder and to adjourn, delay or terminate the sale. WOLF HALDENSTEIN ADLER FREEMAN & HERZ LLP Attorneys for Station Square Inn Apartments Corp. 270 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10016 (212) 545-4600 ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 6/ 11/12, bearing Index Number NC-000299-12/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) Aiden (Middle) Nehat (Last) Roi My present name is (First) Aiden (Middle) Nehat (Last) Suroi (infant) My present

address is 74-24 64th Place, Apt. #1, Ridgewood, NY 11385-6135 My place of birth is New York, NY My date of birth is January 08, 2009 ___________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 30 day of May 2012, bearing Index Number NC188/2012, copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Sheela Ali. My present address is 4828 65th Place, Woodside, NY 11377. My date of birth is March 23, 1980 at Jessore, Bangladesh; My present name is Mossamat Masuma. ___________________________________ El Chamo LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/12. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o John Cheserie, 2519 33 rd Ave. Ste #1, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: General ___________________________________ Notice of Formation of EnergyReset, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) ON 04/10/2012. Office location: Queens County Principal Office of LLC: 199-85 Keno Ave, Holliswood, NY 11423 SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o EnergyReset, LLC at the principal office of the LLC Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS U.S. BANK, N.A, Plaintiff, -againstMOHAMMED MOLLAH; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE AND MORTGAGEE OF RECORD; ADVISORS MORTGAGE GROUP LLC; TARIQ REZA; AMERICAN EXPRESS CENTURION BANK; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; BANGLA ESTATE, INC., BASHIR RAHMAN, “JOHN DOES” and “JANE DOES”, said names being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises, Index No.:23563/08 D/O/F: 12/21/11 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS THE BASIS OF

VENUE IS THAT THE PROPERTY IS SITUATED IN QUEENS COUNTY Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Amended Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer, or, if the Amended Complaint is not served with this Supplemental Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the amended complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The following notice is intended only for those defendants who are owners of the premises sought to be foreclosed or who are liable upon the debt for which the mortgage stands as security. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. The amount of the Debt: $437,092.38 consisting of principal balance of $417,000.00 plus interest of $14,998.93, escrow/impound shortages or credits of $3,202.06; Broker’s Price Opinion, inspection and miscellaneous charges of $471.35; attorney fee $925.00 and title search $495.00. Because of interest and other charges that may vary from day to day, the amount due on the day you pay may be greater. Hence, if you pay the amount shown

above, an adjustment may be necessary after we receive the check, in which event we will inform you. The name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed: U.S. BANK, N.A. Unless you dispute the validity of the debt, or any portion thereof, within thirty (30) days after receipt hereof, the debt will be assumed to be valid by the herein debt collector. If you notify the herein debt collector in writing within thirty (30) days after your receipt hereof that the debt, or any portion thereof, is disputed, we will obtain verification of the debt or a copy of any judgment against you representing the debt and a copy of such verification or judgment will be mailed to you by the herein debt collector. Upon your written request within 30 days after receipt of this notice, the herein debt collector will provide you with the name and address of the original creditor if different from the current creditor. Note: Your time to respond to the supplemental summons and amended complaint differs from your time to dispute the validity of the debt or to request the name and address of the original creditor. Although you have as few as 20 days to respond to the supplemental summons and amended complaint, depending on the manner of service, you still have 30 days from receipt of this supplemental summons to dispute the validity of the debt and to request the name and address of the original creditor. TO THE DEFENDANTS: MOHAMMED MOLLAH: If you have obtained an order of discharge from the Bankruptcy court, which includes this debt, and you have not reaffirmed your liability for this debt, this law firm is not alleging that you have any personal liability for this debt and does not seek a money judgment against you. Even if a discharge has been obtained, this lawsuit to foreclose the mortgage will continue and we will seek a judgment authorizing the sale of t h e m o r t g a g e d p r e m i s e s. Dated: December 19, 2011 s/Mitra Paul Singh, Esq. Mitra Paul Singh, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 51 East Bethpage Road Plainview, NY 11803 Phone: (516) 714-2585 The original summons was filed on 9/24/ 08. THIS IS AN ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE ENCUMBERING THE REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS 1 BROADWAY, HOWARD BEACH, NEW YORK AND FOR UNJUST ENRICHMENT.


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103rd Precinct GUNSHOT VICTIM: At approximately 11:17 p.m. on June 11, NYPD responded to a 911 call of a person shot at 104-45 164th St. Upon arrival, officers observed a 20-yearold African-American male with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as Charles Jones of Queens Village. There have been no arrests, and the investigation is ongoing.

104th Precinct ASSAULT: The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for an assault. At approximately 2:20 a.m. on June 9, in the vicinity of Myrtle and Seneca avenues, the victim, a 22-year-old Hispanic male, and the suspect engaged in a dispute that escalated to the suspect shooting the victim in the torso. The suspect is described as a 22-year-old white male, 6-foot, 200 pounds, with curly black hair and a white T-shirt.

107th Precinct Accident Investigation – At approximately 8:15 p.m. on June 6, NYPD responded to a motor vehicle and bicycle accident in front of 178-02 Union Turnpike. Upon arrival, officers observed a 39-year-old white male lying next to his bicycle with severe trauma to his head and neck. EMS responded to the location and transported the victim to Queens General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police determined the victim was riding his bicycle eastbound on Union Turnpike when he struck a parked car at the location when the operator of the vehicle opened his door. The operator remained on scene. There is no criminality suspected and the investigation is ongoing. 110th Precinct SUSPECT ARRESTED: The NYPD has arrested Maximiliano Lozada, 34, of Elmhurst in connection with a homicide that occurred on June 11. At approximately 8:50 p.m. on June 11, NYPD responded to a 911 call of a female stabbed inside 40-05 Hampton St. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim, Luz Paulino, 33, of the Bronx, with multiple stab wounds to the body. EMS responded and transported the victim to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Lozada has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. 113th Precinct HOMICIDE: At approximately 11 p.m. June 13, NYPD responded to a 911 call of a male shot at 156th Street and 111th Avenue. Upon arrival, officers observed a 22-year-old African American male with gunshot wounds to the torso. EMS also responded and transported the male to Jamaica hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The deceased has been identified as Euton Christian of Valley Stream. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing. 114th Precinct GRAND LARCENY The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the following individual in connection to a grand larceny. At approximately 3:50 p.m. on June 11, the suspect entered an unoccupied vehicle of the victim and removed a laptop computer and an undetermined amount of U.S. currency. The suspect is described as 6foot, thin build and bald. The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and light blue jeans.

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HOMICIDE: At approximately 8:50 p.m. on June 10, NYPD responded to a report of an assault in the vicinity of 161st Street and 89th Avenue. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 35-year-old Hispanic male lying on the ground with severe head trauma. EMS responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he later died. Cause of death has not yet been determined. The deceased has been identified as George Ayala of Jamaica. The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying four suspects in connection with the incident. The first suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 6-foot, medium build with short black hair, last seen wearing a polo shirt with yellow and blue horizontal stripes, black pants and a black baseball hat with a yellow brim. The second suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 5foot-9, thin build with short black hair, and was last seen wearing a black button-down collared shirt, unbuttoned, black pants and a black baseball hat. The third suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 6-foot-2, medium build and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark colored pants and a red baseball hat. The fourth suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5-foot-8, medium build, and was last seen wearing a black Tshirt with white writing on the front, green long cargo shorts and a black baseball hat turned backwards. 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.

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.


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Chloe Fuentes of Woodhaven received a degree during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. The New York Army National

Guard recently announced the promotion of members in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership. Passionette Jacobs of South Richmond Hill, serving with the 145th Maintenance Company, is promoted to private first class. Eric Steinberg of Forest Hills, serving with the 1569th Transportation Company, is promoted to first lieutenant. Joy Flores of Forest Hills, serving with Signal Network Support, 369th Sustainment Brigade, is promoted to first lieutenant. Navy Seaman Recruit Rainessia E. Clarke, a 2010 graduate of Forest Hills High School, is currently deployed. Clarke, along with fellow sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a ceremony.

Local students were named to the President’s List and Dean’s List for the winter 2012 quarter at Berkeley College. They include: President’s List Rego Park: Susan Leviyev. Maspeth: Marcos Brito. Middle Village: Toma Serapinaite. Ridgewood: Quincy Anthony, Marija Balaban, Merelinda Duhan, Yurky Reyes, Govanny Rodriguez. Sunnyside: Te-Hsuan Chung, Cheolbin Lim, Tadeusz Zych. Woodside: Soohee Han, Tenzin Perna, Rochel Eustaquio. Dean’s List Forest Hills: Yongseon Lim. Kew Gardens: Lissette Rodriguez, Maha Shahid, Kathyanne Smith. Rego Park: Rizki Hamid, Miho Kaimori, Aye Mya Ya Mon. Glendale: Alyssa Kiefer, Jennice Rodriguez Gulli, Angelica Waszakowski. Maspeth: Milena Jasionek, Adriana Lopez. Middle Village: Marlene Mungalsingh. Ridgewood: Vanessa

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Proposal’s Housing Delays Raise Concerns By STEVEN J. FERRARI After decades of effor ts to enact a development plan at Willets Point, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced a new vision for the area during a breakfast hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce. The proposal, as laid out by the City Economic Development Corp., aims to expand on the City’s November 2008 Willets Point Redevelopment Plan, which created the Special Willets Point District and called for the development of a mixture of uses, including commercial, residential and publicly-accessible open spaces, along with 5,500 residential units, 35 percent of which would be designated as affordable housing. The $3 billion project announced last week is a joint venture of Related Companies and Sterling Equities Inc., the investment arm of the Wilpon family, which owns the New York Mets. After the decontamination of 62 acres in the district, the first phase of the project will create retail, restaurants and a 200room hotel on 126th Street. Seth W. Pinsky, the City EDC president, said the decontamination would begin at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, with construction beginning sometime in 2015. The project needs to go through the public approval process – which includes an environmental impact statement and the City Council’s approval– before decontamination work could begin. Bloomberg said during the announcement that the project would create 12,000 union construction jobs and more than 7,000 permanent jobs once the project is completed. He cited the project as an example of the City’s recovering economy. “Investing in infrastructure and laying the groundwork for private investment are hallmarks of our administration’s economic development strategy,” Bloomberg said. “Projects like this one are part of the reason our economy is doing better than the rest of the country.” Subsequent phases of the project will bring a one-millionsquare-foot retail and entertainment center on the west side of Citi Field and an additional 4.5 million square feet of mixed-use development, including retail, housing and office spaces.

Other Concerns

Images, provided by Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s office, of the Willets Point proposal.

Pinsky said the project would be ongoing over the course of the next 10-15 years.

Excited Officials After the announcement, a number of Queens officials attending the breakfast praised the Mayor’s proposal. U.S. Rep Joseph Crowley (DJackson Heights) said the project would be “great for Queens,” and would breathe new life into the surrounding areas. “This is going to be a project that extends from Flushing to Corona and really reinvigorates a community that has been struggling,” Crowley said. “Queens County will be grateful to the Mayor for years to come.” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who has been a vocal proponent for the building of a convention center at Willets Point, also praised Bloomberg for taking up the cause of Willets Point’s development. “Finally, under Mayor Bloomberg, we got moving with it. He took it up,” she said. “As a

long-term advocate for the improvement of Willets Point, I’m pleased that this plan will advance the transformation of the site.”

Housing Hangups Not everyone is pleased with the plans for Willets Point, with the delay in the development of housing units being one of the chief concerns. Officials touted the housing aspect of the project, which would include up to 2,500 housing units. In keeping with the City Council’s 2008 development plan, 35 percent of the housing units built would be designated as affordable. Under the current proposal, however, the housing units would not be completed until the final phase of the project, which means the housing would not be available until roughly 2025. When asked why the housing component would take so long to be completed, Pinsky said the other aspects of the project needed to completed first.

“This is the way that you get to affordable housing,” he said. Former Borough President Claire Shulman, another advocate for developing Willets P o i n t , s a i d s h e b e l i ev e d Mayor Bloomberg deser ved credit for pushing the development through, but hoped for some modifications to the proposal. “Maybe we could use affordable housing before 2025,” she said. “We’re very short on affordable housing in that par t of Queens.” Despite her concerns about the housing component, Shulman said she was suppor tive of the project, which s h e s a i d w o u l d g i ve t h e borough’s economy a “shot in the ar m.” “The willingness of the mayor to take this on, it’s a good thing,” she said. “This is not an easy project, but it’s a project that should move.” Pinsky said that if the develo p e r s d i d n o t f u l l y fo l l ow through with the project – including the affordable housing component - Related Companies and Sterling Equities Inc. would have to pay a $35 million penalty. “We anticipate fully that this project will go as planned,” he said. Michael Rikon, an attorney representing Willets Point United in the g roup’s fight against the use of eminent domain at Willets Point, also questioned the project’s housing proponent. “They promised affordable housing and that was a complete lie,” he said. “It won’t be done until 2025, and no one will hold them to that.”

Rikon said that he did not think the project would get City Council approval, noting that the proposal would be subject to “substantial attack” because the City has not addressed problems that have derailed previous attempts at development. “Environment, traffic, none of that has been resolved,” he said. “We don’t think they can do it.” Members of Willets Point United said in a statement that the expanded scope of the project, without any environmental analysis, was irresponsible. “The pr ior version of the project – without the one-millionsquare-foot mall – already was to gridlock the Van Wyck Expressway and other area roadways,” the statement read. “This expanded plan will be unimaginably worse.” Another chief concern WPU has cited has been the use of eminent domain to acquire property on the site. Bloomberg said during his presentation that the City has reached an agreement with 95 percent of the business owners involved to acquire land for the project to go forward. Pinsky added that the City hopes to reach negotiated settlements with all the parties involved. “The City wants to take eminent domain off the table,” he said. State Sen. Tony Avella (DBayside), who has been critical of plans to develop Willets Point, expressed concern about the project. Avella noted that the City was planning to move businesses that have been at Willets Point for generations, and that instead the City should focus on traffic and infrastructure improvements, not business development. “Where are the traffic improvements, the infrastructure improvements?” Avella said. “The City should put in roads and sewers, and development will take care of itself.” Avella said he remained skeptical the project would get done. “How many of the Mayor’s projects have come to fruition? None?” Reach Managing Editor Steven J. Ferrar i at sferrari@queenstribune.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122.


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Gilbert & Sullivan Meets Saturday Night Live By TAMMY SCILEPPI “Gilber t & Sullivan In Brief(s),” the final production of the 20112012 season at Queens Theatre, bids a fond farewell and adieu to the theatre’s loyal and enthusiastic audiences – until next season. After its Queens run, the show will play in Edinburgh, Scotland for three weeks, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s most prest igious performing ar ts festival and showcase for new plays. So, what do Gilber t & Sullivan and Queens Theatre’s executive director Ray Cullom have in common? The w it ty duo never looked better than they do now, as color ful characters dreamed up by Cullom in this new production. And, as it turns out, they’re actually based on people he has met in his travels, while working on G & S operas and opera companies for almost 30 years in four major metro areas.

ful timing and acting abilities. This For as long as he can rememis a combination that is not easy ber, Cullom said he has been fasto find. Luckily, we were able to cinated by the musicals of Gilfind them, and the audiences will bert and Sullivan. be amazed by their vocal preciWhat does the show have sion, dexterity, and the beautiful in common w ith Saturday sound they make together, while Night Live? also being enter tained by their A reviewer of an earlier vercomic master y. sion of this show called it “GilWhat can folks expect to bert & Sullivan meets Saturday come away w it h af ter t h e Night Live.” The reference was show? to the fact that the show is Our audiences who don’t “sketch based,” i.e. each of the 14 operet tas is dealt with as an Per formers on stage at “Gilber t & know G & S already can expect individual sketch, separate and Sullivan In Brief(s)” at Queens The- to be highly ent er tained. T he music is beautiful and is perapart from t he one that pre- atre. Auditions for this show are diffi- formed flawlessly. The comedy ceded it - and each of the sketches are fast-paced and comic. The cult because you have to find four never lets up, and I think they will through-line for the show is the performers who are at once brilliant, leave wanting to know more about four characters and their interac- classically trained singers - who are G & S and their work. For those tions with each other as “perform- also great comedians with wonder- who are familiar with the shows ers,” and how that changes over the course of 75 minutes. Please descr ibe the auditions and rehearsals — any moments that really stand out?

already - they will appreciate them on a different level - as it is full of inside jokes (verbal and musical) that will hopefully keep them laughing the whole time. What’s in store for the theatre next season? We have already announced our dance series - and are soon to announce our theatre and family series. The theatre series will include a Ne w York premiere of a major new musical, a re-staging of a classic Broadway play, and a new comedy by one of the most brilliant comic minds of our generation. “Gi lbert & Sullivan in Brief(s)” runs through July 1. For more information, visit w w w.queenst heatre.org or cal l (718) 760-0064

Caribbean Cultures Collide At Queens Museum Of Art A Winning Lunch Experience

Café Au Lait, which comes in a porcelain cup so big that makes you forget why you ever started guzzling down your cup of joe in a paper cup on the way to work ever y morning. Being lunchtime, I thought it was appropriate to sample their French fries with a side of burger, my thought being H e a d i n g t o a m e e t i n g i n sure they have an amazing list of Hunter’s Point during afternoon French fare no doubt, but can rush hour on the 7 train is never they win me over on an Amerisomething to look forward to, can classic? They did. unless you happen to The burger, thick and s t u m b l e u p o n C a f é RESTAURANT juicy, was sandwiched between a savor y eggHenri along the way. Such was my good brushed brioche bun for tune last Friday. As and served with a side mesclune salad. As I I sur faced to street level from the subway stagrazed on my salad, I t ion at Vernon Boulesoaked in the soothing light reflecting from the vard and Jackson Avenue, I set my eyes forgrand chandelier onto ward to uncover the the muted earth toned walls and fantasized restaurant directly before me. My nose being aware about being in the South of o f t h e b i s t r o l o n g b e f o r e i t France. When I came back down reached my sight, I knew this to reality, I realized I was in LIC was a stop I had to make. So I and it was time for my meeting. did. Once inside, a feeling of As I left, I made a note to come relief melted away my subway b a c k fo r b r u n c h to t r y L e s s t r e s s a s m y f r i e n d l y s e r v e r Classiques. After all, my server handed me the menu. boasted that they do make a killer It felt as though they had been French toast. expecting me. I star ted with the –Megan Montalvo

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By MEGAN MONTALVO Last Saturday marked the opening of the latest installment in the exhibition series “Caribbean Crossroads of the World” at the Queens Museum of Art. Complete with live musical per forma nces and traditional Caribbean fare, the event attracted the attention of local residents, artists and fans of art world alike. “We always try to find that perfect counterbalance between the art world and the real world,” said David Strauss, Director of External Affairs at the Queens Museum of Art, “and tonight is exactly that.” The exhibit, which was organized in conjunction with Manhattan-based museums, El Museo del Barrio and The Studio Museum in Harlem, presented paintings, still photos, video installations and garments created by ar tists from the Caribbean archipelago. Strauss noted that with the rich influx of Caribbean cultures in New York Cit y, the theme of the Caribbean seemed not only fitting but long overdue. “The fact that we are able to really delve into what the Caribbea n basin is in the ar t s through it s histor y and come up with three very powerful museums full of wonder ful ar t work speaks volumes,” said Strauss. Within the larger, unified theme of the Caribbean, common topics of religion, gender roles and strained inter-cultural relationships between the islands echoed

throughout many of the works. Inspired by an actual nun living in Curaçao, the painting of “The Black Nun” depicted the intricate contrast between the indigenous culture of the island and European influences. A native of Curaçao, painter Ariadne Faries said she first noticed the nun singing in a local Cat holic church. “I was ver y inspired to see the combination of Africa, an origin that has a lot of gods, with the Catholic European robes she wore,” said Faries. Large crowds drew to a poignant video por trait ent itled “Kima Momo” (translation the burning of King Momo), which exemplified the questioning of the roles of men and women in Carribean society. Of his work, artist Ryan Oduber said “The piece is a critical look on the carnival. It questions the way men are raised for being macho.” The Carnival is an annual Caribbean tradition in which a full-day festival is held to commemorate the celebration of life the on the day before Lent begins. Oduber, who was born in Aruba, said he noticed a drastic shift in social roles once he moved to Holland. “In Aruba the macho culture is very present, it’s very latino,” said Oduber. “But once you go study in Holland, it’s almost the opposite. T he men are ver y feminine, they wash dishes, they look after kids, they discuss with women about the way they raise the kids

Video Portrait “Kima Momo” on display at Queens Museum of Art and have the family.” The inclusion of Oduber’s piece marks a personal first for the artist who never before had his work on display i n New York. “It’s amazing to be a par t of something so big,” said Oduber. “To be exhibited in Queens is magical.” “Caribbean Crossroads” will be on display though January and the purchase of one ticket at any one of the three participating museums will grant admission to all three. Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or mmontalvo@queenstribune.com


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Queens Today SECTION EDITOR: REGINA VOGEL

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PARENTS HOMESCHOOLING Friday, June 29 AHEAD, a homeschooling group, meets at the Forest Hills library at 1:30.

RELIGIOUS FREE SYNAGOGUE Friday, June 22 Shabbat service at 8. Saturday, June 23 informal worship and torah study at 10. Friday, June 29 Shabbat service at 8. Saturday, June 30 informal workshop and torah study at 10:30. Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd. 961-0030.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEET THE LIBRARIANS Wednesdays, June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25 meet the Steinway librarians at 3 so they can answer questions, recommend library materials and more. KUTSHER’S July 20-23 ARMDI trip to Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello. 224-7989. ROCKET MINI GOLF Through December 31 at the Hall of Science. 6990005.

EXHIBIT ARTISTS Through June 29 “Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes” at the Queens College Art Center. 997-3770. DOLL MUSEUM Wednesday through Saturdays 12:30-4:30 the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454. “” ANIMATION Through September 2 “Animation” at the Hall of Science. 699-0005.

TEENS SUMMER EMPLOYMENT Call the LIC library at 7523700 for information on entry-level jobs in hospitals, government agencies, law firms, businesses, and more. METRIX LEARNING See Education listings. CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. ART WORKSHOP Monday, June 25 a t t h e Windsor Park library. Register. TEEN GAMING Monday, June 25 at 4 at the Fresh Meadows library. FUN WITH CROCHET Monday, June 25 a t t h e 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. JOB READINESS Tuesday, June 26 at the Far Rockaway library at 3. TEEN LAPTOP Tuesday, June 26 learn how to use laptops at the Arverne library at 4. BEGINNERS CHESS Tu e s d ay, J u n e 2 6 a t t h e Rosedale library at 4. ADVISORY BOARD Tu e s d ay, J u n e 2 6 a t t h e Flushing library at 4. LIC CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 4. STREET COMIX Wednesday, June 27 at the Lefferts library at 3:30. RESUME HELP Wednesday, June 27 at the Arverne library at 4. GAME DAY Wednesday, June 27 at the Howard Beach library at 4. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesday, June 27 at the South Ozone Park library at 1. SEWING CLUB Wednesday, June 27 at the Rosedale library at 4. DRAWING/WATERCOLOR Wednesdays Drawing and Wa tercolor classes at the National Art League.9691128.. GAME DAY Wednesdays St. Albans library at 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 Queens Village library. ANIME CLUB Thursday, June 28 at the Flushing library at 4. OPEN MIC Thursday, June 28 at the East Elmhurst library at 6.

FREE DOWNLOADS Thursday, June 28 learn how to download free books and music at the LIC library at 6:30. FASHIONISTA ST YLE Thursday, June 28 at the LIC library at 4. MOTIVATION WORKSHOP Thursday, June 28 at the Laurelton library at 5. FAMILY NIGHT Thursday, June 28 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 5:30. Suggested donation $5. TEEN THURSDAYS T h u r s d ay s B ay Te r ra c e l i brary at 3. CHESS CLUB Thursdays East Flushing library at 5.Sunnyside library at 5. TEEN GAMERS Friday, June 29 at 4 at the Broadway library. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Friday, June 29 at the Flushing library at 4. FUN WII Friday, June 29 at the Hollis library at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays Briarwood library at 4. GAME DAY Fridays Woodhaven library at 4:30. DOWNLOAD BOOKS Saturday, June 30 at the Central library. 990-5102.

TALKS MANAGE YOUR MONEY Saturday, June 23 Managing Your Money at the Far Rockaway library at 10:30. OPEN FORUM Monday, June 25 with Senator Jose Peralta at the Lefrak Cit y library at 6. LIFE INSURANCE Monday, June 25 Life insurance for estate planning purposes at the St. Albans library at 6:30. STEINWAY BOOK Monday, June 25 “The Hare With Amber Eyes” Steinway library at 6:30. GREEN BOOK Monday, June 25 “Walden” discussed Sunnyside library at 6:30. EAST FLUSHING BOOK Thursday, June 28 book discussion at 10:30 East Flushing library. SUMMER READING Thursday, June 28 “Cutting For Stone” at the Fresh Meadows library at 2:30. SUMMER READING Thursday, June 28 “The Magicians” discussed at the Hollis library. Register.


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MEETINGS JEWISH VETS Sunday, June 24 Jewish Wa r Ve tera n s o f th 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. VFW 4787 Mondays, June 25, July 9, 23 Whitestone VFW Comm u n i t y Po s t m e e t s . 7 4 6 0540. CIVIL AIR PATROL Mondays Falcon Senior Squadron at 7 at JFK Airport. 781-2359. GREATER WOODHAVEN Tuesday, June 26 Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Meeting at 7:30 at St. Thomas the Apostle, 87-49 87 th Street, first floor, Woodhaven. MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tu e s d a y e ve n i n g s F o r e st Hills Jewish Center 8-9:30. 263-7000. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tu e s d ay s Fre s h M e a d ow s Camera Club. 917-6123463. ADVANCED WRITERS

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Thursday evenings and one Saturday afternoon. Recreation Socialization Program for Learning Disabled Adults. 18+, able to travel on public transportation. Arn310@aol.com information. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. 461-3193. GOLD COAST ROTARY Fridays 516-466-3636. CLUTTERERS ANON. Fridays Learn how to gain control of your life by eliminating your clutter. 7127656. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, June 30, July 7, 21 learn how to communicate effectively. 10-12:15 at Elmhurst Hospital. 424-9754.

HEALTH WAITANKUNG Sunday s at 2. Total-body workout. Flushing Hospital/ Medical Center. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156. HATHA YOGA Monday, June 25 a t t h e F l u s h i n g l i b r a r y. Re g i s te r 661-1223. SPRING INTO MOVEMENT Monday, June 25 exercise experience at the Langston Hughes library at 6. ZUMBA Monday, June 25 a t t h e Laurelton library. Register. ZUMBA Monday, June 25 a t t h e R i d gewo o d l i b ra ry. Re g i s ter. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5. ALZHEIMERS Tuesday, June 26 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT Tuesdays Western Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:30-6:30. 7846173, ext. 431. Also, 3:304:30 Selfhelp Clearview Sen i o r C e n t e r , 2 0 8 - 1 1 2 6 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. AUTISM Tuesdays Qualit y Services for the Autism Communit y holds workshops for families and friends of autistic children and adults. 7-AUTISM, ext. 1219. DAY TOP Tuesdays support for family and friends of those affected by substance abuse. 1-8002Daytop. ZUMBA Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 Cardiac Health Center in Fresh

Meadows. 670-1695. $10 class. RECOVERY INC. Thursday, June 28 at the Forest Hills library at 3:30. CANCER ACTION Thursday, June 28 Northern Quee4ns Cancer Action Council meeting at the Flushing library at 10. ZUMBA Friday, June 29 at the Bellerose librar y. Register. CO-DEPENDENTS ANON. Fridays 10-11:45 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral C e n t e r , 8 5 - 1 8 6 1 st R o a d , Rego Park. Women only. DOMESTIC VIOL. 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline. 657-0424. WOODSIDE MENTAL Woodside Mental Health Clinic. 779-1234. 12 STEP PROGRAMS AA Tu e s d a y s a t 8 a t G ra c e Lutheran Church in Astoria. 520-5021. Also, 520-5021 24 hours, 7 days a week. AL-ANON 457-1511. DEBTORS ANON. 212-969-8111. FAMILIES ANON. 343-2018. GAM-ANON 1-877-664-2469. MARIJUANA ANON. Sundays 7-8:30 at Zion Episcopal Church, 143-01 Northern Blvd., entrance on 44 th Avenue, room 5, Little Neck. NAR-ANON 1-800-984-0066. NICOTINE ANON. Mondays 6:45-8:00 at the Center for Tobacco Control, 225 Communit y Drive, Great Neck. 516-510-7826. Fridays in Forest Hills. 631665-0527.

SWINGING BLUES Saturday, June 23 Swinging Side of the Blues at the Central library at 2. ZO2 Saturday, June 23 at the Flushing library at 3. CINEMA TO MOVIE Saturday, June 23 May Fair Lady at the Fresh Meadows library at 3. FILM TRIVIA Saturday, June 23 at 3 at the Steinway library. LIVE JAZZ & R&B Sunday, June 24 live jazz and r&b 6-10 at Déjà vu, 180-25 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. BLUES Monday, June 25 Eddie Lee Isaacs and the Rockin’ Side of Blues at the Arverne library at 6. BLACK MUSIC Monday, June 25 celebrate Black Music Month with saxophonist Tony Smith at the East Elmhurst 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. FILM SCREENING Wednesday, June 27 “Double Indemnit y” film shown at the Central library at 2:30. SCRABBLE TIME Wednesday, June 27 at the Forest Hills library at 2. SINATRA & MORE Wednesday, June 27 tribute to the music of Sinatra, Manilow, Sedaka and others Woodside library at 4. DISCO DAYS Thursday, June 28 Throwback Thursday at 8 at Resorts World Casino, 100-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. PIAF & DIETRICH Thursday, June 28 Looking for La Vie en Rose: Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich at the Bay Terrace library at 1:30. DARIN & MORE Thursday, June 28 tribute to the music of Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Paul Anka at the Mitchell-Linden library at 2. FAMILY GAME NIGHT Thursday, June 28 Family Night: Games and Food at t h e Lefra k C i t y l i b ra r y a t 5:30. Suggested donation $5. OPEN MIC Thursday, June 28 at the East Elmhurst library at 6. SHANGHAI MEMORIES Thursday, June 28 Shanghai Memories concert series: Golden Sounds From 1930-45 by the Ba Ban Chi-

nese Music Societ y at the Flushing library at 6:30. DEVI Saturday, June 30 D e v i : The Goddess Within, dance and mime presents five Hindu goddesses at the Flushing library at 2. UNCLE YAO’S CHORUS

Saturday, June 30 Uncle Yao’s Chorus: Timeless Classics at 2:30 at the Forest Hills librar y. URBANO AFRO Sunday, July 1 Pablo Mayor Folklore Urbano Afro Colombian Jazz at the Central library at 3.

EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS FM POETS Saturday, June 23 Fresh Meadows Poets meet to discuss and critique their work at 10 at the Fresh Meadows library. KNIT & CROCHET Saturdays, June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 at the Peninsula library at 10. FISHING Sunday, June 24 Fishing with IFISHNY at Socrates Academy in LIC. 956-1819. METRIX LEARNING Monday, June 25 at the Central library at 1. OPEN LAB Monday, June 25 at the Central library at 2. FUN WITH CROCHET Monday, June 25 at the Rosedale library at 4. BALLROOM DANCING Monday, June 25 at the Forest Hills library at 6:30. JOB READINESS Monday, June 25 at the Woodside library at 6:30. INTRO INTERNET Monday, June 25 at the Central library. 990-5176. RESUMES Monday, June 25 resumes and cover letters Central library at 6. JOB READINESS Monday, June 25 at the Arverne library at 5:30. PUBLIC SPEAKING Monday, June 25 at the Briarwood library at 5:45. MOTIVATIONAL WORK. Monday, June 25 motivational workshop at the Laurelton library at 6. POWERPOINT Monday, June 25 at 6 at the Maspeth library. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesday, June 26 Ozone Park library. Register. SMALL BUSINESS Tuesday, June 26 at the Central library at 7. BASIC COMPUTER Tuesday, June 26 at the Rosedale library at 10:30. COMPUTER CLASS Tuesday, June 26 at the Sunnyside library. Register. INTRO INTERNET Tuesday, June 26 Queens Village library. Register. INTRO INTERNET Tuesday, June 26 at the

Maspeth library at 1. CREATE E-MAIL Tuesday, June 26 create an e-mail account at the Central library. Register. COMPUTER BASICS Wednesday, June 27 at the Windsor Park library. Register. CREATE E-MAIL Wednesday, June 27 create an e-mail account at the Central library. Register. MOCK INTERVIEW Wednesday, June 27 Far Rockaway library. Register. SOCIAL MEDIA Wednesday, June 27 social media and the job search at the LIC library at 1:30. DRAWING/WATERCOLOR Wednesdays Drawing and Watercolor classes at the National Art League.969-1128.. PRACTICE INTERVIEWS Thursday, June 28 at the Central library. 990-5148. LEARNING LAB Thursday, June 28 at the Far Rockaway library at 10. INTRO COMPUTERS Thursday, June 28 Ozone Park library. Register. BASIC COMPUTERS Thursday, June 28 at the Rosedale library at 6. EVENING CRAFT CLUB Thursday, June 28 Fresh Meadows library at 6:30. DISCO DAYS Thursday, June 28 Throwback Thursday at 8 at Resorts World Casino, 100-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. FREE DOWNLOADS Thursday, June 28 learn how to download free ebooks and music at the LIC library at 6:30. KNIT & CROCHET Friday, June 29 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. METRIX LEARNING Fridays, June 29 at 1 at the C e n t ra l l i b r a r y. S a t u r d ay, June 30 at the Central library at 9:30 and at the LIC library at 4. BASIC COMPUTERS Friday, June 29 at the Auburndale library at 11, 11:30 or noon. MICROSOFT EXCVEL Friday, June 29 at the Central library. 990-5176 to register.

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CLOTHES SWAP Saturday, June 23 clothing swaps at the Sunnyside library at 11. OUTDOOR FLEA Sundays, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23 Outdoor Flea Market 10-5 at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. INDOOR FLEA MARKET Monday, June 25 10-3 at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd. Saturdays 9-5 at Trinit y United M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h , 1 0 8 th Street and 86 th Avenue, Jamaica. FLEA MARKET Thursdays-Sundays MFM flea market at 221-01 Merrick Blvd., Springfield Gardens. 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.

Tuesdays Advanced Bayside Writers’ Group meets at 6:30 in t he Terrace Diner, 212-97 26 th Avenue, upper level. FH VAC Wednesday, June 27 Fore st Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp. 793-2055. BARBERSHOP Wednesdays Jamaica Chapter of the Societ y for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet in Flushing. 468-8416. STAMP CLUB Thursday, June 28 Queens Stamp Club at the Forest Hills library at 5:45. CIVIL AIR PATROL Thursdays at 3 at August Martin HS, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica. 525-6925. LEADD CLUB

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Queens Today


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Queens Today YOUTH QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and preschool programs and more. Contact local branches. SCIENCE PLAYGROUND Through December 31 at the Hall of Science. 6990005. 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. LEGOS Sunday, June 24 Hands-on learning with Legos at 1:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 U n i o n Tu r n p i ke , F re s h Meadows. FUN WITH CROCHET Monday, June 25 a t t h e Rosedale library at 4. MAKING BOOKS SING Monday, June 25 at 4:30 at the Central library. ART WORKSHOP Monday, June 25 a t t h e Windsor Park library. Register. MAGIC SETH DALE Monday, June 25 at 4 at the LIC librar y. Tuesday, June 26 at 4 at the Fresh Meadows library. Thursday, June 28 at 3 at the Far Rockaway library. CRAFT KIDS Mondays at the Flushing library at 3. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 Douglaston/ Little Neck library. BOOST MATH Tu e s d ay, J u n e 2 6 a t th e Central library at 4. JEOPARDY Tu e s d ay, J u n e 2 6 a t th e Queens Village library at 4. DREAM BIG W/ANIMALS Tuesday, June 26 at 4 at the S o u t h J a m a i c a l i b ra r y. Wednesday, June 27 at 4 at the Windsor Park library. Thursday, June 28 at 2 at the Douglaston library. Pet hedgehogs, bugs, frogs, bunnies and more in an interactive live animal program. S TORY T I M E Wednesday, June 27 at the East Elmhurst library at 11:30. MAGIC JIM Wednesday, June 27 at the Langston Hughes library at 1:30 and 2:30. Thursday, June 28 at 1:30 at the Corona library and 3:30 at the Lefferts library. Friday, June

29 at 3:30 at the Ridgewood librar y. HAPPY STORY TIME Wednesday, June 27 at the LIC library at 10:30. LIBRARY BUDDIES Wednesday, June 27 and Friday, June 29 at the Auburndale library at 4. SAND ART Wednesday, June 27 at the Briarwood library at 4. PAPER PLANT CRAFT Wednesday, June 27 at the East Flushing library. Register. 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 Thursday, June 28 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library at 6:30. REPTILE EDVENTURE Thursday, June 28 at 2 at the Bellerose library and at 4 at the Auburndale library. COLORS IN NATURE Thursday, June 28 at the

Queens Village library at 4. FAMILY NIGHT Thursday, June 28 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 5:30. $5 suggested donation. Games and food. PRESCHOOL CRAFTS Friday, June 29 at the Sunnyside library. Register. LEGO Friday, June 29 Lego world builders at the Glendale library. Register. KIDS ACTIVITIES Fridays at 3:30 at the Briarwood library. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. READ TO ME Fridays Briarwood library at 3. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays Briarwood library at 4.East Flushing at 4. Ozone Park at 4. GAME DAY Fridays Windsor Park at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30. . CUB SCOUTS 351 Fridays at St. Nicholas of Tolentine. Boys in grades 15. 820-0015.

SENIORS BEREAVEMENT GROUP CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway. 225-1144. LATIMER GARDENS Knitting, crocheting, mah jong, ping pong, tai chi, ballroom dancing, blood pressure screening, club fitness, lunch programs. Selfhelp Communit y Services Inc., Latimer Gardens Senior Center, 34-30 137 th Street, Flushing. 961-3660. STARS Looking for actors to audition for established Senior Reper tor y Company. 7760529. 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. STARS Wednesday, June 27 Senior Theater Acting Repertory

meets at the Hollis library at 10:30. GAMING FOR SENIORS Wednesday, June 27 Wii Gaming at 2 at the Fresh Meadows library. BRIDGE Wednesdays Reform Temple of Forest Hills. 2612900. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Friday, June 29 AARP defensive driving course at the Rosedale library. 479-8914. STARS Friday, June 29 Senior Theater Acting Repertory meets at the Queens Village library at 10:30.

ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT FILM/TALK Thursday, June 28 “Deconstructing Supper” 7:30-9:30. Idlewild Park Science Learning Center Trailer, 149-20 Springf ield Lane Springfield Gardens. 347-824-2301 to register. GREEN FILM Saturday, June 30 “Bag It: The Movie” will be shown at 3 at the Broadway library. Documentary about plastic bags and their effect on waterways, oceans and our bodies.


Green Bus Visit

Body Art

Students from Dartmouth College visited the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston as part of a 24-state, 12,000-mile cross-country trip. The travelers arrived in the “Big Green Bus,” a 1998 Greyhound that runs on waste vegetable oil.

Performers from the BodyArt dance troupe prepare for their roaming dance performance, done throughout the Queens Botanical Gardens. Photo by Ira Cohen.

Summer Barbecue

Command Change

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Councilmen Peter Koo and Dan Halloran attended the barbecue. Photos by Ira Cohen.

Capt. Michael Gallucci addresses the audience during the ceremony. Gallucci took over command of the Queens Recruiting Center from Maj. Brown. Photos by Ira Cohen.

Captain Michael Gallucci with his wife, Tiffany.

Residents enjoy good food and good company during a recent barbecue put on by the 109th Precinct Council.

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First Sgt. Gregory Ellis and Maj. Brooke L. Brown show off a banner representing the Queens County Titans during the recent Queens Recruiting Center Change of Command ceremony at Fort Totten. Brown took command of the center in June 2010.


Courtney’s dream of pursuing modeling finally came true this past year. After many years of wondering what it would feel like to walk down the runway and smile for the cameras, Courtney O’Buckley has joined the ranks of Shortstack models here in Queens. “I was always a big tomboy; I wore braces and played soccer. [Modeling] has always been an interest; it’s always been in the back of my mind,” she said. This being her first year in this business, Courtney quickly developed the notion of “having fun, while being professional.” “It’s more of an experience for now; I don’t see it as being something more,” she said “I’m having fun, but I’m dabbling my feet in the water.” Having just completed her first year at Queensborough Community College, Courtney is still on her feet a lot of the time; she works at Applebee’s and plays soccer constantly. In her free time, she can be found in Steinway with friends, playing guitar, singing, playing video games, or on Hillside Avenue with her mother and sisters. “On Sundays, I’ll go out shopping with my mom, and then we’ll try to have dinner that night with

The Politician & The Snake Dream Come True Models Of Queens

Courtney O’Buckley Home: Jamaica Age: 18 Height: 5’1" Weight: 110lbs. Stats: 34-29-40

At the Briarwood Community Fair, fearless Assemblyman David Weprin was trying to talk a snake into registering to vote.

A Big Diehl

my sisters,” she said. “It’s nice to spend time together.” Showing love for Queens, she says “Certain areas are suburban, and other areas are more active. You get the best of both worlds!” And advice for up and coming models? “You don’t know what’s in front of you if you don’t look. Start trying new things and jump into it.”

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A Game of One-Upsmanship Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s announcement of a new development at Willets Point wasn’t the only topic of conversation during last week’s Queens Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey’s one-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays from the night before also received a lot of play during the event. Less than two weeks after Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history, Dickey looked like he might repeat the performance. He still might, as Mets manager Terry Collins announced after the game

that he planned to appeal the hit, saying it was actually an error on third baseman David Wright. Bloomberg, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley and Chamber Executive Director Jack Friedman all congratulated team owner Fred Wilpon – who was also in attendance – on his pitcher’s accomplishment. But the one-hit talk couldn’t overshadow the planned expansion Bloomberg announced. Dickey should be used to that by now. The same night that he threw his one hitter, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain pitched a perfect game.

Shhh! If you want to root, root, root for the home team, you may soon have to do it quietly at Citi Field. The New York Mets are considering creating a “quiet section” in the second deck, with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheering. While it’s rumored that the Mets want to make Citi Field friendlier for autistic children, maybe turning America’s pastime into a

This may be the only time to find the quiet section at Citi Field. silent film isn’t the best idea. What about the planes constantly flying to and from LaGuardia? Here’s another idea: if you want to watch the Mets in peace and quiet, stay home.

Mayor Bloomberg prepares to give the Mets some props.

Ever waited for a bus in the freezing cold after a night of drinking and thought “I wish I had the money to spend on a cab?” Many of us have, which is why it’s curious to us as to why people who can splurge for a driver do not, especially when they need it. Case in point, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl. The star of the Super Bowl-winning team was in Astoria last weekend watching the Croatia vs. Ireland EuroCup soccer match. Diehl, who is of Croatian descent, watched the match, which ended in a Croatian victory, at Scorpio’s, a well-known Croatian bar. A few hours after the game,

Confidentially, New York . . .

Croatian Soccer fan David Diehl Diehl left the bar on Broadway and 36th Street in his BMW, but didn’t get far. Diehl sideswiped a series of parked cars a few blocks away and was later arrested for drunk driving - his blood alcohol level was registered at .182, way above the legal limit. Now Diehl faces a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted, which is considerably less than the cost of a cab from Astoria to Diehl’s home in West Orange, N.J.

Jet Blues The infamous JetBlue pilot who made headlines in March for his mid-air rant about Jesus, al-Qaida and 9-11 is in the news once again. Ten passengers on the plane, which was en route from JFK to Vegas at the time, filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Queens last week. All 10 plaintiffs are from the New York Metro area and are claiming JetBlue knew the pilot was unfit to fly and are seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress. This whole incident has us begging the question, did the pilot sit in Van Wyck Expressway traffic on his way to JFK?


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