Vol. 42, No. 27 July 5-11 2012
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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.
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BY ORDER OF THE COURT HON. JUDE MARYBETH RICHROATH JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT Dated: June 11, 2012 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.
LYONESS CONSULTING LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/17/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served.SSNY shall mail process to: 6812 6 0 th R o a d M a s p e t h , N Y 11378. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BRONX BULL BEVERAGE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New
York (SSNY) on 04/06/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 76-07 Ditmars Boulevard, Apartment 2, East Elmhurst, New York 11370. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ 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. ___________________________________ 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 70th St., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purposes. ___________________________________ 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. ___________________________________ 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. ___________________________________ Action for divorce: SONG HUI WANG V. HOON CHOI You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or to serve a notice of appearance on plaintiff’s attorney within thirty (30) days after the publication and in case of your failure to answer appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below in the complaint. The object of this action is to obtain a judgment of divorce dissolving the marriage between the parties on the grounds that are in accordance with Sub (2) of the Sec 170 of the Domestic Relations law. Hong Kyung Choi, Esq. Attorney for plaintiff 141-25 Northern Blvd. #A30, Flushing, NY 11354. ___________________________________ 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 pro-
cess to: c/o EnergyReset, LLC at the principal office of the LLC Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________ 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 ___________________________________ 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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Turnaround Plan Now In Jeopardy Buchheit’s ruling. Marshaling student and political support, the UFT frequently protested the Mayor’s “turnaround” plan up until the moment the Panel for Educational Policy voted on April 26 to replace half the staffs and principals of 24 high schools Citywide and give each school a new name. The seven Queens high schools impacted are: Flushing, Newtown, Long Island City, William Cullen Bryant, August Martin, John Adams and Richmond Hill. “[This] decision is an injustice to our children that — if allowed to stand — will hurt thousands of students and compromise their futures,” Walcott and Bloomberg said in a joint statement. “We will appeal the decision because we will not give up on the students at these 24 schools.” The “turnaround” schools have already been given new names, a move that angered students and
$63K Stolen From Resorts World in place which would allow an individual to take a bag of money from the cashier window, down to street level, out of the casino, across the parking lot, and escape to the street,” State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said. Addabbo added that he would like to see additional security hired. “I am interested in the possible changes in the method of notifying the police in a timely manner and the practice of monitoring a situation in progress,” he said. “I will continue to advocate for the hiring of additional security personnel on the premises of the casino in an effort to create jobs and supplement the safety of the patrons there.” Requests for comment from The Resorts World Casino were not returned as of press time. 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. Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLS Seeks Stadium At Flushing Meadows By WAYNE DEAN DOYLE The most popular sport in the world is about to have more of a foothold in Queens, as Major League Soccer has been in talks with local officials to iron out the final creases of a proposal for a new stadium. The proposal entails a 20,000to-25,000-seat stadium on the northern end of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The time frame for construction of the stadium, although not definitive, could be finished within 24 months. The Queens stadium would represent the 20 th addition to a competitive and diverse MLS league. “Major League Soccer remains
committed to securing a 20th team for the League that would be located in New York City. We are thrilled about the prospect of being in Queens and bringing the world’s sport to the world’s park,” said Risa Heller, a spokesperson for Major League Soccer. “We are in exploratory discussions with the City and with Queens officials and look forward to working with the community to build a world class soccer facility for all to enjoy.” There are also proposals to refurbish the surrounding ball fields and creation of eight acres of park elsewhere in the city to replace the converted park space. The project has been tipped to create roughly 2,000 construction
jobs, 200 full-time and 900 parttime jobs, in what many would consider one of the toughest economic climates experienced by Queens’ residents. The project to bring a second soccer stadium and franchise to the New York Metro area has been a key initiative for the league, after a laborious elimination period. This is an important period for local business and soccer fanatics alike. The New York Red Bulls play at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or email email@example.com.
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By WAYNE DEAN DOYLE A cool, calm and collected individual strolled into the profitable and popular Resorts World New York City Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack on June 29 and robbed an estimated $63,000. The casino since its inception last October has proven a prosperous business with more than $40 million in revenue for the state last year. The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., when an unknown assailant brazenly slipped a note to a cashier, demanding she hand over the cash or else he would kill her. The suspect pointed to his waistband and indicated that he had a gun, but it was unclear whether he actually had a weapon. The NYPD described the male as being approximately 30 years old and 5’ 8” tall. He was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. The incident raised concerns about the security at the new casino. “While I am thankful that nobody was injured during last week’s robbery, and that such incidents normally don’t occur at Resorts World, I do have serious concerns regarding the procedures that are
parents who believed the identities and histories of the schools were being stripped away. Before the April 26 PEP vote, raucous public hearings, mass rallies and indignant elected officials were all commonplace at the schools that would eventually close. With its federal funding jeopardized, the DOE could switch to one of three other federal models for school improvement. “Enough is enough, it’s time for the mayor to stop,” said Dermot Smyth, a Queens UFT representative. “Let these schools be put back to- Parents, teachers and officials protest the Cit y’s turnaround plan during a public hearing in Februar y. gether.” The DOE began the “turnaround” process after it could same schools tended to draw stu- Cardozo, one district east. not agree with unions leaders on a dents from poorer socioeconomic “With the arbitrator’s ruling, the new teacher evaluation system. In backgrounds. At a February town DOE and UFT are presented with Queens, the closed schools had re- hall meeting in Oakland Gardens, an opportunity to reevaluate the ceived multiple “F” grades on their Walcott said that “demographic entire plan and come up with new yearly reports, though school advo- breakouts” were another reason for ideas,” said Councilwoman Karen cates said that in many of the cases, some schools lagging behind oth- Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), a memit was unfair to compare the failing ers. Since students no longer have ber of the City Council’s education schools to other schools in the City to attend high schools in their own committee. “It is my hope that the that did not face the same eco- districts, higher-achieving students problem is approached in a timely nomic, social and lingual challenges. can opt for superior schools in and efficient manner in that it priMany of the schools affected by neighboring districts. High schools oritizes our children first.” “turnaround” have high English like Flushing have been losing top Reach Reporter Ross Barkan Language Learner populations. students in their own districts to at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or Compounding this challenge, those schools like Bayside and Benjamin firstname.lastname@example.org
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By ROSS BARK AN “Turnaround” has, at least temporarily, been turned around. An arbitrator ruled on June 29 that the City’s plan to reform 24 failing schools by dismissing half their staffs violated collective bargaining agreements with the teachers and principals unions. The ruling thwarts Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s far-reaching and contested plan to raise the achievement level of lagging City schools, including seven in Queens, and secure nearly $60 million in federal funds for the reformation process known as “turnaround.” For Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, the ruling is a significant setback and they said they intend to fight further through an appeal to the State Supreme Court. The United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators hailed arbitrator Scott
Court Says IG Can Investigate ICCC By ROSS BARK AN Last month, a New York appellate court dealt another legal blow to the nonprofit Indian Cultural and Community Center, ruling that the Inspector General’s office may continue to investigate their controversial land deal.
Now, the ICCC is seeking an appeal to the State Supreme Court, ensuring that the battle over the proposed construction of two ninestory senior residence towers on a 4.5 acre parcel of Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility will continue to simmer. Detractors of the ICCC
believe that the Indian Orthodox Christian group acquired the land for far less than it was worth in 2008 and have since misled the surrounding communities about its intentions to build inclusive senior housing. Civic leaders, Community Board 13 and State Sen. Tony
Flushing Company Fined $94K For Safety Violations
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By WAYNE DEAN DOYLE Core Continental Construction Company has been slapped with fines with a proposed total of $94,380. The fines are a result of repeat violations of health and safety regulations, and a failure to protect the welfare and safety of the company’s staff, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Manhattan. The inspection of the Flushingbased company found very similar hazards, which OSHA cited in both 2008 and 2010. Conditions cited include employees exposed to falls of 15 feet to the sidewalk from a
scaffold not fully planked and lacking fall protection, as well as electric shock hazards from exposed electrical panels, and the use of frayed and ungrounded extension cords to power a tile cutter. These conditions resulted in the issuance of citations with $71,280 in fines for six repeat violations. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. “The recurring nature of these hazards is disturbing, especially given their potentially lethal nature,”
said Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “A fall or an electric current can end a worker’s career or life in seconds. Proper and effective safeguards must be maintained on all job sites at all times,” said Gee. “This particular employer has violated workplace safety protocol again, on sites based in Manhattan and Flushing, for the same citations in 2008 and 2010 following inspections of Core Continental Construction sites,” said Ted Fitzgerald, spokesman for the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or email email@example.com.
Avella (D-Bayside) have led the charge, alleging the ICCC’s proposed buildings are too big, “out of character” with residential Bellerose, and will be built for Indians only, not the entire community. Critics have also charged the housing plan is not in actuality a nonprofit venture. The ICCC insists that it is building senior housing for all seniors and that much of the angst bubbling up from their proposal is a reflection of racial tensions between predominately white civic associations and the South Asian community. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating the ICCC’s land deal for the past year. When former Inspector General Ellen Biben joined the investigation, the ICCC claimed that the IG’s office was wasting taxpayers’ money by carrying out an investigation almost identical to the AG’s office. The IG is responsible for investigating wrongdoing among employees of New York State, including elected officials. In 2008, the ICCC originally purchased two pieces of land at Creedmoor for $1.8 million with the intentions of building a community center. When the land’s
value was later assessed at $7.8 million, a deal fell apart to purchase a third parcel of land. “We still don’t feel the Inspector General’s office has the authority to investigate us,” said ICCC lawyer Vinoo Varghese. “The AG has conducted a respectable investigation while the IG has continued to harass investors.” If Avella, perhaps the ICCC’s most strident critic, is re-elected this fall, his redrawn district will not include the Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility. Avella called the redistricting process “shady” and argued that parties influenced by the ICCC purposely ensured its land would no longer lie in his district, though he could not offer concrete evidence to prove this assertion. The contested 4.5 acres are now in the district of State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). “It’s common sense, if you look at my new district, you can see why Creedmoor was cut from it,” Avella said. “It looks like a little balloon. That’s why I called for a federal investigation.” Smith did not return requests for comment as of press time. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri-Athlete Turns Tragedy Into Triumph
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By MEGAN MONTALVO In the City that never sleeps, an average day might include just that, with non-stop work, commuting and meetings, not to mention balancing a social life. You practically have to be superhuman to maintain your sanity. For Wendy Link of Astoria, some may call her the new Wonder Woman. She doesn’t have an invisible jet, the bulletproof bracelets or the lasso of truth, but she does help to save lives through her fundraising efforts with her “Team in Training” for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. On July 8, Link will be running, biking and swimming her way to help find a cure for blood cancers in the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. Though this is the first triathlon for the athlete, Link is no stranger to the competitive world of sports. She has been dancing since she was two years old and competed in numerous long-distance bike rides and marathons. “I grew up dancing my whole life, and I’ve always been very competitive,” said Link. “Like Wendy Link, 29, looks out towards her favorite view most athletes, I’m a go-getter of Manhattan from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. type of person; that’s just always been my nature.” made from a cadaver and inserted a titanium With no exaggeration of the term “go- plate for support. Looking back at her picgetter,” Link definitely measures up to the tures from the surgery, Link recalled handing true meaning of the word. Just one year her phone to a nurse and asking her to take ago while competing in “The Ride to pictures. Montauk,” a 70-plus mile-long bicycle race “Nothing like this had ever happened to on Long Island, Link suffered an earth me, and I wanted to document it; a part of me shattering accident with a motorist. Link wishes I could have been a fly on the wall to was hit by an oncoming car while cycling, watch what was going on,” said Link. and she was thrown from her bike underThrough all the pain, Link still remained neath a parked vehicle. The driver ne- true to her upbeat personality. “Right before glected to stop, and Link lay on the road- I was wheeled into the operating room, I side for what seemed like an eternity to asked the doctor ‘Just give me a sexy, pretty receive medical attention. scar.’ I guess that was just the girly girl in “It was very traumatic,” said Link. “I was me,” said Link. Though the request got a just screaming. The whole back of my bike chuckle from the doctor, he managed to was mangled.” accommodate her wish. As Link waited for assistance, she manFrom outward appearances, it would be aged to maneuver herself into an upright difficult to know just how much Link has position and remained positive. “At first I gone through. “I have pain every day, but so was like, ‘no everything is going to be fine, do a lot of people,” said Link. “I just keep nothing is wrong,’” she said. going and work through it.” She did not know it at the time, but once When it comes to the upcoming triathlon, she arrived at the Hospital for Special Sur- indeed she will be working through it as well. gery, Link found out that she had a tibial Link notes that with everything she has expeplateau fracture, which meant that her tibia rienced, she can definitely see the symbolic had completely torn and separated from her correlation between her life and her upcomknee cap. ing competition. “I could feel constant pain, and I knew I “Life is like a triathlon,” said Link. “You definitely couldn’t walk on it,” said Link. have to take it one step at a time and suffer “For some reason, there was a part of me that a little bit, but in the end when you accomjust stopped feeling it.” plish your goals, no one can ever take that At the hospital, Link underwent a gruel- away from you.” ing invasive surgery, which resulted in a five Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at month recovery. The surgeon drilled eight ( 7 1 8 ) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or screws into her shin, created a bone graft email@example.com
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Look Closer The decision last week by the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act as constitutional was an historic step towards guaranteeing that millions of Americans will have healthcare for the first time. Republicans have asserted that the ACA is an example of the government overstepping its bounds and big government run amok, while ignoring an important issue to many Americans: the legislation will ensure that if Americans – including the estimated one million City residents who are currently uninsured - need healthcare, they will receive it and, hopefully, not face financial ruin to do so. Despite the decision from the country’s highest court, however, the ACA is sure to continue to be a polarizing topic throughout the country as we head into the Presidential election season. President Obama will laud the decision as a victory, while Republicans will use it as a rallying cry to send the President back to Chicago after just one term. In the last week, many Republicans have stated their desire for a Mitt Romney win in November, in the hopes that the former Massachusetts governor would repeal the so-called “Obamacare” legislation. The hope is ironic, since the ACA shares much of its identity with similar legislation pushed though in Massachusetts … by former Gov. Mitt Romney.
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In Your Opinion: Finally Over
Keep The Parks
To The Editor: I am delighted that this round of elections is finally over. For over a month I have been receiving electioneering mail, telephone calls at all hours of the day and night (including on the day of the election) and, since I live in a private house visits from the candidate’s volunteers (again on election day and very often when I am having my dinner). Since all of the candidates have money left over, it would be great if they took at least some of the money and donated it to organizations that are trying to find cures for cancer and other diseases. The amount of money that is spent on this and other campaigns is obscene and it is only the right thing to do share the money where it will do some good. Sidney J Rubin, Forest Hills
To The Editor: When the USTA opted to move out of Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, an unprecedented usurpation of public park land, it promised it would never seek more park land. That promise had as much credibility as a dead tennis ball, and it thereafter demanded and was given space that almost doubled its presence in the park. It now seeks about one more acre and the right to significantly increase the size of its structures in the park. Ignoring for the moment even an inch of public park land is priceless, more cement and steel is a further environmental insult to the integrity of FMCP. In the depths of the great depression of the 1930s, New York City did not sell or barter park land and the claim the USTA generates revenue for the city, is morally and intellec-
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tually bankrupt when it concerns park land. In 1895, Frederick Law Olmstead, the genius who created Central and Prospect Parks in New York City and other famous parks elsewhere said as follows: “The survival of our park system requires the exclusion from management of real estate dealers and politicians and that the first duty of our park trustees is to hand down from one generation to the next the treasure of scenery which the city placed in their care.” The huge increase in our urban population and the technological congestion in modern cities makes it clear Mr. Olmstead’s admonition over 100 years ago is even more pertinent today, but when it comes to FMCP it falls on deaf ears. The late Borough President Donald Manes, a lawless discredit to the people of Queens, wanted to turn FMCP into another Meadowlands sports complex. Mr. Manes’ ill conceived plan may well become a reality and more so if dozens of more acres are turned into a pro soccer stadium, another prostitution of public park land In his play “Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare wrote: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” As to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the fault dear people of Queens, is not in our stars, but in ourselves in sitting idly by and permitting inept politicians to desecrate a much needed and used public park. The number of large non-traditional park structures in this park may well exceed the combined total of structures in all city parks. People of Queens should wake up and drive the responsible fools out of office, lest our children and grandchildren be deprived of this park. Benjamin M. Haber, Flushing
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this heat wave, in accordance with the Fascist corporative state policy “to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions” (Occupy Wall Street Declaration, New Politics, XIII (4),Winter 2012, p. 9), I propose the measure of “extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State” (“The Communist Manifesto,” 1848, Marx and Engels) be implemented by the United States Congress with respect to Con Edison and all power companies. Con Edison is bargaining in bad faith with the intent to phase out defined pensions and adversely impact wages and healthcare so, to avert a legal strike, Con Edison authorized a lockout by notifying unionized workers not to report to work. Amendment V of the Constitution of the United States of America permits the confiscation of private property for “public use” with just compensation (i.e, nationalization). Despite high electric rates for residential and commercial consumers, brownouts and blackouts every year during heat waves in New York City, this relative monopoly survives since they have “donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them” (Occupy Wall Street Declaration, New Politics, ibid. 9). This is in perfect synchrony with Mayor “Bloomberg’s aversion to democratic planning and oversight,” (Planning the Neoliberal City, Dan Steinberg, New Politics, ibid. p. 145), and the concomitant political neutralization of the counter-hegemonic force of American trade unionism. Joseph N. Manago, Briarwood
Time To Collect To The Editor: There is another solution to the ongoing debate in Washington between President Obama and Congress on how to rein in college interest costs. Millions of Americans benefited from attending college on student loans. This has given them access to joining the middle class. Taxpayers are left with over $1 trillion in uncollected debts. ColShanie Persaud Director of Advertising and Marketing Shelly Cookson Corporate Advertising Account Executives Donna Lawlor Elizabeth Rieger Shari Strongin
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lecting some of these outstanding debts could easily preserve current 3.4 percent interest rates for Stafford student loans and fully fund all Pell grants. Despite being successfully employed for years at well-paying jobs, there are several hundred thousand former students with ample incomes who refuse to pay off their student loans. Deny federal and state tax refunds to those deadbeats who look for a free ride at our expense. Colleges can tap into their billions in endowment funds. College Presidents and professors can accept salary freezes on their six figure incomes to help reduce costs. Larry Penner, Great Neck
Give Us News To The Editor: We are getting no help from the television newscasters in understanding what the Obamacare issue is all about. First, it is not the president’s job to create laws. Second, the “law” is unconstitutional in that it is not the job of government to be involved with healthcare. Practically everything the government in Washington touches is made worse: public education, government spending, wars, housing, just to name a few. Healthcare should be locally controlled or be influenced by state governments not the federal government. And one more thing, Romney says he will “reform” the healthcare law. What a phoney conservative! He should be seeking to abolish the monstrosity not reform it. Frank St. George, East Rockaway
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Local Streets To Get Repaved The smell of hot tar, for once, will actually be a welcome scent to the nostrils of Ozone Park's drivers. The Dept. of Transportation, along with Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), announced at a press conference at 101st Avenue and 80th Street that South Queens, particularly Community Districts 9 and 10, would have many of their roads repaved over the next several weeks. DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan joined Ulrich to hail the battle against potholes, a perpetual problem for the City's roadways, and explain that the DOT is in the process of paving 300 miles in the borough and 40 miles within Community Districts 9 and 10. "Most of the time we're complaining about things, but today we say thank you," Ulrich said. "The whole neighborhood is being transformed." Some roads in the area that are being repaved include 101st Avenue from Drew Street to 88th Street, 103rd Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to Liberty Avenue, 106th Street from Park Lane South to Jamaica Avenue, 102nd Road from 84th Street to 90th Street, 90th Street from Rockaway Boulevard to Liberty Avenue and 80th Street from 101st Avenue to Liberty Avenue. Ulrich said he has been pushing for more repaving in South Queens, especially on roads that have not been touched in 20 years. DOT officials revealed that resurfacing will begin on July 9 between 58th Street and 65th Place, Woodhaven Boulevard between
Myrtle Avenue and Union Turnpike and Northern Boulevard between Bell Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway. "The Mayor's commitment to ensuring that our streets and roadways are repaired is demonstrated by the $206 million that is budgeted this fiscal year for their upkeep," Sadik-Khan said. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org. -Ross Barkan
Civic Group Pushes For Gas Availability The residents of Broad Channel possess beautiful vistas of Jamaica Bay and quick access to beaches, but what they do not have is what the rest of the City takes for granted: natural gas. Their approximately 925 homes and 50 businesses use propane tanks rather than natural gas because no gas line runs to Broad Channel. The Broad Channel Civic Association has led the push for natural gas. Propane can be more dangerous than natural gas because it does not dissipate in the air as quickly, making explosions more likely, though propane is not considered a greenhouse gas, unlike natural gas. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) recently sent a letter to Mayor Mike Bloomberg asking the City to subsidize a National Grid project in Broad Channel. The Mayor's office did not respond to requests for comment. Though his release referenced the financial burden that Broad Channel residents have dealt with due to their use of propane tanks, Goldfeder in an interview said safety was his priority in advocating for natural gas instead of propane. "Broad Channel has been suffering for years without access to a natural gas supply," he said. "Not only is propane unsafe, but it is on the list of potential substances to be banned by the Fire Dept." The FDNY did not comment on whether or not propane is on a list of substances to be banned, though the FDN Y's fire code lists cyclopropane as one of its banned compressed gases. When inhaled, cyclopropane is an anesthetic and has a different molecular composition than propane. The FDNY only cautioned that propane tanks should not be installed indoors or below ground level. Spare propane cylinders should not be stored, according to the FDN Y. "As the only occupied island
in the ecologically sensitive Gateway National Park area it would seem only common sense that our residents have access to this cleaner fuel at a time when the mayor has made the environment a key component of his legacy," said Dan Mundy, Jr., pre sident of the Broad Channel Civic Association. "We look forward to working with Assemblyman Goldfeder to finding a funding solution that would allow our residents the same access to gas that is available to ever y other neighborhoo d in this city." Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or email@example.com. -Ross Barkan
Flushing Students Beautify Queens Students from John Bowne High School's 600-member Agriculture Department are leading the way in rejuvenating public areas around the borough, including the northeast corner of Main Street and the Long Island Expressway. The recent instillation of shrubs and flowers was paid for by a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City awarded to Queensborough Hill Neighborhood Association. Additional support was provided by Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Councilman Peter Koo (DFlushing). "This event is a wonderful example of local resident groups joining forces with elected officials and Citywide organizations, public and private, to improve quality of life for all," Meng said. Koo added, "It's heartwarming to see these kids working so hard to benefit their community." Citizens Committee for NYC CEO Peter Kostmayer added, "This is what our grants are all about, helping the city's communities to help themselves." Civic President Don Capalbi thanked the students extending his gratitude to supporters including Susan Lacerte, executive director of Queens Botanical Garden, and Maureen Regan, Green Earth Urban Gardens president, for their efforts and guidance. The improvement is part of a multi-pronged effort that includes EDC's upcoming graffiti removal along Horace Harding Expressway in Queensboro Hill, arranged with the assistance of the Mayor's Office's Queens Community Affairs Unit. New York Hospital Queens' Community Affairs Department is also providing assistance to the improvement effort. The civic held a
recent Million Trees NYC workshop at the hospital. This event was prelude to a Queens Parks summer survey of the local area for expedited tree plantings this fall. This marks the beginning of a long term plan, and series of events which encompasses all aspects of political, social and environmental life. Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. -Wayne Dean Doyle
Green Market Coming Soon To Forest Hills Though its name implies lush greener y, Forest Hills has been lacking in what other hip neighborhoods have been lucky enough to gain. That, simply, is a green market. Forest Hills will be going green ver y shortly. S t a r t i n g J u l y 8 , t he l o n g awaited and recently-approved green market will arrive in Forest Hills. It will be held on the Queens Boulevard access road near the Forest Hills Post Office branch and t he Forest Hi lls Jewish Center. People w ill be able to shop at the market on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4.p.m. The market will run until Nov. 18 and w ill have al l the fresh organic produce green market enthusiasts dream of. Residents had been clamoring for a green market for months. Petit ions were sent out and received by Cathy Chambers, an organizer of the green market associated with the City's GrowN YC initiative. Created in 1970, GrowNYC cultivates environmental project s for New York. Back in May, Community Board 6 overwhelmingly approved the proposal for a green market. Chambers did not return requests for comment as of press time. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or email@example.com. -Ross Barkan
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Water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Without it, one cannot simply survive, and with survival at stake, it is without question that every homeowner is going to pay for its supply. But how much should the average homeowner pay? That is the plaguing question of the hour. East Elmhurst resident Michael Sansone, 65, says he is paying too much. The cause of the issue lies for Sansone, like many New Yorkers, in the automated water meter readers. “My water bill increased dramatically since they installed the meter,” Sansone said. The Department of Environmental Protection installed the automated water readers earlier this year in an effort increase accuracy in usage and help homeowners remotely monitor leaks in plumbing. Prior to the installation, an inspector would manually read the meters. For Sansone, the switch caused his billing cycle to rise from just under $300 a quarter to about $500. “When I received my bill, I immediately called the water board,” Sansone said. “I asked ‘can you check to see if there is any problem with my water system to see why my bill went up so much?’ But all they told me was ‘no it’s your usage.’” Last week, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced his plans to hold hearings to uncover the cause of the unwarranted charges. According to de Blasio, 400 constituents have made complaints regarding inflated water bills. Outside of Brooklyn, Queens holds the second highest number of complaints. “This is becoming a major headache for homeowners in Queens,” de Blasio said. “Imagine opening up your water bill and seeing hundreds, even thousands of dollars in unexplained changes. Worst of all, City Hall won’t even admit to the problem.” On June 25, de Blasio announced three pieces of legislation that he has put forward to protect New Yorkers from the unexplained charges. The legislation would prevent the DEP from putting a lien on a home until after the appeals process has concluded, automatically dispatch an inspector to rule out technical problems when a bill increases by more than 100 percent and streamline water bill language so that customers can easily determine whether they have been overcharged.
While the legislative process is pending, Sansone echoes the sentiment that many residents are feeling. “I’m very frustrated,” said Sansone. “I prefer to have the new meter taken out; my water bill is becoming a very big expense.” Sansone says he has tried to cut costs to make up for the high charges by replacing his faucet heads with more eco-efficient ones, taking shorter showers and turning off the water when he is brushing his teeth. “The Bloomberg administration professes not to raise taxes, but why in these economic times are they putting homeowners through this?” said Sansone. “This just feels like a backdoor tax.” Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or firstname.lastname@example.org. -Megan Montalvo
A Look At The Dizzy World Of Politics
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By MICHAEL SCHENKLER FIGURE THIS ONE OUT Republicans eat their young. Or so it seems. A Republican in the New York City Council is a rare thing indeed, where they’ve averaged less than a handful – that’s fewer than 5 – since the new 51-member Council was formed by Charter Revision in 1990.
On the other hand, through the magic of gerrymandering, the Republicans manage to hold on to a very slim majority in the State legislature. Since 1965, there have been only t wo years where the Dems regained the majority and proceeded to flub it all as four horsemen – Espada, Kruger, Diaz, and Monserratte – sold their souls back to the GOP. Every single seat in the State Senate has real value. So when the Republicans have a chance to capture a new one or one they recently lost, you’d imagine that all of their resources would go towards that effort. Not so in Queens. Bright, aggre ssive and dynamic City Councilman Eric Ulrich has been convinced by the Senate Republican Leadership – read Dean Skelos – to challenge State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. the man who once represented his Council District for the seat once held by GOP Serf Maltese. This swing seat, newly redrawn to favor Ulrich-who political insiders believe will out work and outspend Addabbo-should be at the top of the Statewide list of GOP “A” seats. And while the State Republicans are prepared to pour resources into the race, the Queens Republican Party is prepared to try to upset the State GOP applecart. As part of the ongoing war between the Rugusa and Haggerty Republicans, the “official” Par ty has set out to Primar y popular Ulrich with Juan Reyes.
ACK From the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: “Gar y Ackerma n Disclose s ‘Priceless’ Gift. Buried beneath individual retirement accounts, dividend income and an ownership stake in the Queens Tribune on retiring Congressman Gary Ackerman’s final financial-disclosure form, which became public Thursday, was a gift. Its source, the Democrat from Long Island wrote, was the people. He de scribed the gif t as ‘t he blessed opportunity for 30 years to pay back, in some small measure, the good things that happened to me.’ Under value, Mr. Ackerman wrote ‘priceless.’ Mr. Ackerman, 69 years old, is a colorful figure, wearing a carnation to Capitol Hill ever y day and living on a houseboat called Unsinkable II. (The original Unsinkable sank.) He announced plans to retire earlier this year. In April, he gave an emotional speech to the Nassau County Democratic Party expressing his gratitude for being allowed to serve in Congress for three decades.”
A year ago, after bobbing and weaving trying to hold onto his seat, Weiner was pressured out by the Democratic leadership who paid the price by choosing banishment over rehabilitation for Weiner and wound up with a longtime Democratic seat going to the GOP’s Bob Turner. Not only could Weiner have held that seat, he could have been a player. New York City veteran pundit Prime New York’s Jerry Skurnick may have summed up a new attitude towards Weiner in a Daily Beast piece: “I still can’t get over a guy resigning over a sex scandal without sex... It’s like putting someone in prison for stealing Monopoly money.” But as long as there is a vacuum in the Mayoral race and no one filling it, the former Congre ssman who, like his mentor Chuck Schumer, never met a microphone or camera he did not like, must be attracted by the spotlight. He was just a little over a year ago the clear front-runner to replace Mike Bloomberg as Mayor. If there is an opening for Anthony, the time is now. Once the energetic former Congressman gets his foot in the door, there is no telling where it may lead. The path to Gracie Mansion must still be on his mind. Keep your eye on him, once he get s star ted, watch for t he headline: “Weiner On A Roll”.
HERE COMES ANTHONY? With none of the large group of NYC Mayoral wannabes appearing to gain traction or have magic, and the pundits playing the name game with a list of imaginary candidates including Ray Kel ly and Meryl Tisch, we should watch for the rehabilitation of Anthony Weiner. Yes, the man who a year ago was brought down by his name and tweets and quietly disappeared into the New York cityscape is stirring anew. Watch for his name and listen for his passionate voice as the once most-outspoken advocate of Obamacare now has the opportunity to recall his roll and polish off the mantle.
CUOMO V. BLOOMBERG It’s been a strained relationship at best between New York’s t wo super powerful polit icians: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Bloomberg, who by his personal largesse had for a number of years acquired the ability to rely on the Republican Senate to insure that the State legislature would not take action in contradiction of one of his major initiatives. But a combination of the omnipotent UFT and the Bloomberg effect wearing thin as the lame duck mantle erodes the Blooms magic. As the legislative session was drawing to a close, Cuomo intro-
Just when Queens can return to the glory days of having a member in the powerful GOP caucus – remember Frank Padavan brought home the bacon — the Queens GOP would rather continue its internal war than advance the party or the Senate Majority. Call it leadership? Call it loyalty? Call it stupidity? Call it eating their young.
Count the UFT owing a biggie to Cuomo as he looks to the future and perhaps a statement about the Mayor, who apparently has no political future.
A recent Facebook post duced a bill on the controversial Teacher Evaluations, which played to the teacher union and in opposition to the Bloomberg position. Gov. Cuomo said the legislation was a compromise and included “important points” raised by the teachers union and “reflects much of [Bloomberg’s] perspective.” Mayor Bloomberg said, “I believe that parents have a right to full disclosure when it comes to information about their child’s education, and I am disappointed that this bill falls short of that goal.”
UN-GREEN-HOUSE Republican control of the House has brought us more than a movement tr ying to role the clock back legislatively. It has brought us Styrofoam, according to a recent article in The Hill which began: “The House rejected a Democratic proposal on Friday that would have prevented the House from spending appropriated money on polyst yrene foam foo d and beverage containers in its cafeterias. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) offered this proposal as an amendment to the 2013 Legislative Branch appropriations bill, but Republican opposition led to its defeat in a 178-229 vote. Only 10 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting it. Moran’s amendment is the latest of several Democratic attempts to bring cardboard or other more environmentally friendly containers back to House dining areas. MSchenkler@gmail.com
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AG: Development Corps. Lobbied Illegally By ROSS BARK AN The Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corporation, led by former Borough President Claire Shulman, illegally lobbied the City Council to win approval for a Willets Point development, according to the findings of a three-year probe by the State Attorney General’s office. The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Coney Island Development Corporation were also found guilty of illegal lobbying, though no fines or additional penalties were levied upon either. Among the most prominent projects spearheaded by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona LDC is the Willets Point development, now in its second incarnation after Mayor Mike Bloomberg recently trumpeted an agreement between Sterling Equities Inc. and Related Companies to turn the swath of auto repair shops and junkyards into a commercial and residential development. The Attorney General’s office found that the NYCEDC, the economic development arm of the City, played a “behind-the-scenes role” in the lobbying activities of the other LDCs. Local development corporations,
quasi-public corporations set up by the City to encourage economic development, are barred by statute from lobbying. The FWCLDC and Shulman declined to comment. The NYCEDC will restructure itself and forfeit its LDC status, enabling “the company to operate freely and legally in areas that are necessary and appropriate for it to achieve its economic development mission,” the NYCEDC stated. “These local development corporations flouted the law by lobbying elected officials, both directly and through third parties, to win approval of their favored projects,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a statement. “As a result of today’s agreement, these organizations will reform their practices to comply with the law and end lobbying through proxies in the communities they serve.” The investigation determined that the FWCLDC lobbied the City Council in 2008 for approval of the multi-phase Willets Point project. That year, the City Council rubberstamped the project. The FWCLDC sought to create the appearance of grassroots support for the Willets Point project by concealing their participation in com-
munity organizing efforts. Ghostwritten letters and op-eds, along with testimony, were prepared for unaffiliated community members. The NYCEDC, according to Schneiderman, instructed the FWCLDC to use its fax machine to transmit a letter prepared by the NYCEDC to the City Council. Terms of the settlement, for the NYCEDC and LDCs, include a ban on lobbying the City Council in connection with development projects, a ban on employing lobbyists or government relations consultants, participating in the development of third-party communications with the City Council and public
disclosure by the NYCEDC of any funding provided to other LDCs. Willets Point United, a collective of property owners opposed to the Willets Point development, have long been vocal about Shulman’s illegal lobbying efforts. They celebrated the results of the investigation but argued the penalties doled out were not harsh enough. Michael Rikon, a lawyer for WPU, called the investigation a “terrible effort.” “Our properties were put at risk by an illegal scheme and we were forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect our Constitutionally [sic] protected rights against a municipality and its front group engaged
in activities that were rife with fraud,” said WPU in a statement. “We demand, and fully expect, that the Bloomberg administration will institute the proper corrective actions.” Rikon said he believed the City’s knowledge of the illegal lobbying led to their decision in May to withdraw their condemnation bid on a 12.75 acre parcel of property at Willets Point. A month later, the City announced a new proposal that will require another environmental review and City Council approval. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or email@example.com.
West Nile Threat Returns By WAYNE DEAN DOYLE Now that the temperature has risen, so should your awareness and knowledge about the potential dangers of mosquitoes. More importantly, you should know about what mosquitoes can carry, the West Nile Virus. The West Nile virus is described as a type of virus known as a flavivirus. Researchers believe West Nile virus is spread when a mosquito bites an
infected bird and then bites a person. Mosquitoes are most dangerous, and carry the highest amounts of the virus in the early fall. Mosquitoes will die in cold weather and for the most part, will not be found in cold areas. Although many people are bitten by mosquitos that carry West Nile virus, most do not know they have been exposed. Few people develop severe disease or even notice any symptoms at all.
The Health Department traps and tests mosquitoes for West Nile throughout the spring and summer. If and when pesticide spraying is required for an area to prevent the spread of the virus, residents can learn about it through the website (nyc.gov/health/wnv), or by calling 311. Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE ceived the NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence. She plans to attend Carnegie Melon University in the fall. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. They include: Douglaston: Lauren Ottulich. Oakland Gardens: Marta Parys, Rose Schaeffer. Ozone Park: Severino Randazzo. Richmond Hill: Patricia Jawor. Woodhaven: Dana Cubillan. Samantha Kronenfeld
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Samantha Kronenfeld of Bellerose Manor graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts with a 98 average and re-
Samantha Cividanes of Bellerose was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. Paige J. Kasick of Fresh Meadows was named to the Dean’s
List for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Kristina Nicole Asorese of Floral Park received the Outstanding Academic Award in Occupational Therapy during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. Anna Annim of Fresh Meadows received a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester at Boston University. They include: Douglaston: Valerie B. Capili, David Lin. Fresh Meadows: Jessica Cai, Ethan Liu, Nahomi Velasquez. Glen Oaks: Rebecca C. Spits. Oakland Gardens: Ashley F. Adler, Joanne Han, Jefferson Kim, Diana K. Tong, Eric Y. Wong. Ozone Park: Tyler I. Dias. Howard Beach: Rocco M.
Bagnarol, Jessica A. Jimenez. Forest Hills: Peter M. Michelli and Rebecca Tan. Ozone Park: Tyler I. Dias. Howard Beach: Rocco M. Bagnarol, Jessica A. Jimenez. Maryellen P. Sofiste graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations; Grant A. Gary received a Master of Arts degree in teaching in mathematics education; Meredith Atkinson received a Master of Criminal Justice degree in criminal justice. Local students received degrees during spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at Boston University. They include: Forest Hills: Amy M. Bochner received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management; Yul Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. Rego Park: Chana Boruchov graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history of art and architecture. Howard Beach: Cody Alongi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science; Jessica A. Jimenez received a Bachelor
of Arts degree in international relations. Douglaston: Zi Huang received a Doctor of Medicine degree in medicine; Michael Kolesnick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Fresh Meadows: Sarah An received a Master of Arts degree in psychology; Jessica Cai graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese language and literature and summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in communication; Jessica M. Gomez graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics; Lina Lee received a Juris Doctor degree in law; Yanjun Qiu received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management. Glen Oaks: Samantha A. Philip received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry and molecular biology; Rebecca C. Spits graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Oakland Gardens: Joanne Han received a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic studies; Jefferson Kim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
Bill Updates Child Porn Legislation By MEGAN MONTALVO Children are inarguably the most innocent and helpless members of our community. They completely rely on the decisions of the adults around them to shelter them and give them a voice. On June 19 that voice came from the Assembly and Senate, which passed a bill that strengthened the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996. Supported by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), the bill brought New York legislation in line with federal law by making it illegal to knowingly access child
“Technology is constantly changing and we have to keep thinking of creative ways to address this issue that affects the most vulnerable people in our society.” - Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas
pornography on the Internet. “Technology is constantly changing and we have to keep thinking of creative ways to address this issue that affects the most vulnerable people in our society,” Simotas said. The updated legislation stemmed from the court ruling in The People v. James D. Kent on May 8, where evidence in the case had shown that the defendant had accessed images of child pornography on his work computer, but lacked evidence showing that he knew the images would be automatically stored onto his hard drive. The New York Court of Appeals ruled that viewing child pornography on the Internet without taking further action to possess it, such as printing, downloading or saving the files, does not constitute possession of child pornography. “There is obviously an illness in people that want to view these images,” Simotas said. “We are continually trying to clarify the details that would help us to catch these people in the act and make sure justice is served.” The legislation will make it a class E felony to knowingly access a site with the intent to view a sexual
performance by a child less than 16 years old and will extend to protect attorneys who use pornographic images in court cases as evidentiary support. The bill is expected to become effective as law once it
signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is a supporter of the bill. Simotas, who will soon be a first-time mother to her expectant baby girl, said she hopes the revised law will give a newfound sense
of comfort to the numerous families in our communities. Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or email@example.com
Hospital Expands Emergency Department By WAYNE DEAN DOYLE A long overdue and eagerly awaited addition to New York Hospital Queens has finally arrived. The hospital recently expanded its Emergency Department due to what officials called an unprecedented demand from the public and constant pressure placed on the hospital’s staff. The closure of Queens Hospitals — including St. John’s, Mary Immaculate and Parkway – led to 9,263 square feet being added to the emergency department at NYHQ with room for another 10 treatment spaces, which according to Diane Sixsmith, M.D., chair of emergency medicine, “has already
doubled up, emphasizing the severity of the situation.” “The expansion is hugely beneficial, that is clear, but another expansion will be needed,” Sixsmith said. New York Hospital Queens has grown to become a 519-bed care hospital which last year, admitted more than 35,000 patients. The hospital also cared for had more than 139,000 outpatient visits, and treated 115,000 people through the emergency department according to their website. In a survey conducted by health.usnews.com, patients voiced their concerns which were depicted through the results of recent sur-
veys showing Queens hospitals are 15 percent behind the national average in terms of satisfaction. The additional spaces and utilities include 10 beds and a nursing station which will relieve pressure on both staff and patients alike. “It got to the stage that staff, in order to treat patients, would double up in a room, leaving patients with little or no privacy,” Sixsmith said. Sixsmith appreciated the new addition, but did express major concerns in relation to additional funding and space. Reach Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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105th Precinct FATAL ACCIDENT: At approximately 2 p.m. on June 24 in the vicinity of Cross Island Parkway South Service Road and 115th Avenue, police observed the victim of a motorcycle crash, a 28-year-old African-American male. The victim was removed to Franklin Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The investigation is ongoing.
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113th Precinct RAPE SUSPECT: The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of Emmanuel Elmore, who is wanted for a rape. Elmore, 25, is described as an African-American male, 5-foot-11, weighing 165 lbs. At approximately 12:50 a.m. on April 20, the suspect, armed with a gun, approached the victim, a 21-year-old African-American female, in Jamaica and forced her into an alley. Once inside the alley, the suspect raped the victim and then fled the scene. The victim was brought to an area hospital where she was treated and released. 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. 114th Precinct HOMICIDE: Members of the NYPD Violent Felony Apprehension Unit arrested Jason Bohn, 33, of 28-25 33rd St., at about 8 p.m. July 1 at a restaurant in White Plains. Bohn was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated contempt, first-degree criminal contempt and tampering with physical evidence. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison. Police had been seeking Bohn in connection with a homicide at his residence. NYPD responded to a call – allegedly from Bohn – that indicated that a female was unconscious at his residence. Upon arrival, police discovered Danielle Thomas, 27, face up in the bathtub covered in bruises and lacerations. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the neck and torso.
This suspec t is sought in connec tion to a bank robber y. 115th Precinct BANK ROBBERY: The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Hispanic male wanted in connection with a bank robbery that occurred at approximately 4:05 p.m. on June 22 at the Sovereign Bank, 7515 31st Ave. The suspect entered the location, passed a note demanding money to the teller, received an unknown amount of cash and fled the location on foot. The suspect is described as in his 30s, 6foot, 180 lbs., with a goatee. 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. ROBBERIES: The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with three robberies. The first incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 24, when the suspect entered the Laundromat located at 94-23 Astoria Blvd. and, while claiming to have a gun, demanded money from a 56-year-old Hispanic woman. The victim complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money. There were no reported injuries. At approximately 2:55 a.m. on June 25, the suspect, armed with a gun, entered the Laundromat at 37-24 103rd St. and demanded money. The victim, a 55-year-old Hispanic woman, complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money. The final incident occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. on June 26, when the suspect entered a third Laundromat, at 10102 37th Ave., armed with a gun and demanded money. The victim, a 41-year-old Asian female, complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s. 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.
Affordable Care Act
Officials Hail Decision; Boro Residents Wary
BY VERONICA LEWIN and ROSS BARKAN In what was the most anticipated ruling since Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 last week to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare act, setting off celebration in Queens political circles and mixed reaction elsewhere. The June 28 decision, a ruling that was surprising because Chief Justice John Rober ts joined the court’s more liberal members, upheld the primary legislative accomplishment of Obama’s first term, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Known infor mally as “Obamacare,” the act mandates that all Americans must carry health insurance or pay a penalty; insurance providers cannot discriminate against Americans with pre-existing health conditions and individuals can be covered under their parents’ healthcare plans until they are 26, among other provisions. The Supreme Court ruled that Congress also has the authority to expand Medicaid but cannot strip states of federal funds if
they refuse to participate in the expansion. “This decision elicits a collective sigh of relief from 33 million previously uninsured Americans who will receive coverage under the ACA,” U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) said in a statement. U.S. Rep. Bob Tur ner (RMiddle Village) called the Supreme Court decision a disappointment. “While declared constitutional, the Supreme Court’s ruling does not change the fact that it is still a very bad law,” Turner said. “Congress has already found many mandates in Obamacare that would hur t small businesses and kill jobs. Several more taxes and burdensome regulations on small businesses are set to go into effect in the next two years. Congress must now rededicate itself to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with commonsense proposals that will lower health care costs for all Americans.” While Democrats hailed the act as a way to ensure that every American has health insurance – a goal that has eluded presidential administrations for
decades – Republicans decried the mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act as an encroachment on individual rights because it forces all Americans to purchase health insurance. In 2014, states will have to set up healthcare exchanges to ensure everyone can purchase health insurance. People who cannot qualify for Medicaid but also cannot afford insurance may be eligible for government subsidies. The penalty for not having insurance, ruled as a tax by Roberts, would start at $95 or up to 1 percent of income and grow in later years. For families, it would begin at $2,085 or 2.5 percent of household income. Former U.S. Rep Anthony Weiner was one of the lawmakers who helped the Affordable Care Act become a reality. He likened reaction to the Affordable Care Act to when Social Security was created in 1935. “People said Social Security was an outrageous expansion of government, creeping socialism, and now it’s hard to find people who won’t protect it, fight for it,” the former Queens rep-
resentative said. While some view calling the President’s signature legislation “Obamacare” as an insult, Weiner views it differently. “I’ve been eager to call this Obamacare,” he said. “In the years to come, I want to watch my conservative friends call it that when it’s successful and popular.” Residents shared their thoughts outside of the Queens Library’s Whitestone branch on Monday afternoon. “The whole healthcare bill is up in the air, it does have some good points to it, but I am afraid that some people will benefit more than others,” Marie Foca said. “Premiums will also go up significantly, which people will not be too happy about.” Over in Broad Channel, some residents expressed concerned with cer tain provisions of the act. “It’s great for the kids, but I don’t think people should be penalized for not having insurance,” Pat E. said. In a borough 2.3 million people call home, good health care can be hard to come by. Because of the lack of primary care doctors in the area, many people head to the emergency room whenever they get sick. At the borough’s public hospitals – Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Center – emergency rooms are clogged with patients. Because public hospitals are required to treat anyone who walks through the doors, regardless of insurance, many have trouble staying afloat. The Affordable Care Act could bring some relief to the congested hospitals of Queens, including public hospitals run by the Health and Hospitals Corporation.
“New Yorkers will now benefit from increased access to primar y and preventive care, added help in finding and using insurance coverage, and an overall focus on spending our healthcare dollars more wisely,” City Comptroller John Liu said in a statement. “As implementation of the law continues and funding streams change, the Comptroller’s office will be monitoring closely to ensure that the Health and Hospitals Corporation has adequate resources to carry out its critical mission of serving the City’s most vulnerable populations.” House Republicans announced plans to push for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act beginning next week. “Republicans must act in the interest of Americans now, and put the politics aside. Instead of rhetoric about repealing the ACA, it is time for Republicans to work toward successful implementation,” Meeks said. Reporter Wayne Dean Doyle contributed to this article.
Medicaid Expansion The Medicaid expansion is a central part of the law, accounting for roughly half of all the uninsured people ex pected to gain coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It estimates that 17 million uninsured people will gain coverage through Medicaid, at a cost to the federal gover nment of $930 billion from 2014 to 2022.
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Starting in 2014, all Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
The Affordable Care Act is raising questions in the Queens medical community.
FedEx Breaks Ground On New LIC Facility By MEGAN MONTALVO Shovels struck the site of what will be the new FedEx Ground distribution center in Long Island City at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 22. The new facility is projected to open on Borden Avenue in August 2013, and will replace the company’s Maspeth location. FedEx Ground expects the $56 million investment to double the amount of packages they process
at their Maspeth facility due in large part to the convenient access to all major highways. “Were very excited to move over here,” said Sean O’Connor, FedEx Ground vice president for the Eastern Region. “We’re very excited to be able to service the area even better than we have before.” With the opening of the 140,000-square-foot hub, the company anticipates the creation of 200 jobs, 80
of which will be new positions. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) participated in the dig that ushered in the construction. “They’re part of an encouraging trend of companies that are seeing the value of bringing their business to Long Island City,” said Maloney. “There’s nothing more exciting than new growth, new jobs, new possibilities, new business and an even more vibrant Long Island City and New York City.” For local businesses like the Z New York Hotel, the new center will not only service their shipping needs, but it will also have a direct impact on attracting new clientele. “It will definitely ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ bring more business to the area and bring more awareness to Long Island City”, said Lisa Gneo, director of sales at Z Hotel. Gneo, who is also a resident of Long Island City, said she made the move to the neighborhood after she fell in love with the diversity it offered. “I think it’s a great neighborhood and we’re getting the word out on what’s happening here. It’s really a wonderful place to live, work and play,” Gneo said. Once construction is complete at the new LIC location, O’Connor said FedEx will also be rebuilding the Maspeth location at some point down the road. Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or email@example.com.
Business, Banking & Real Estate
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Company Opens Investment Firm Greiner-Maltz, a commercial real estate company with an office in Long Island City, recently announced an expansion with the establishment of Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties, a new firm specializing in all types of commercial investment sales throughout the City and Long Island. Swain Weiner, who for “We feel that the the past decade has served as vice president of sales at combination of Massey Knakal, has joined Swain Weiner and the new firm as president Greiner-Maltz will and partner of Greiner-Maltz be a force to be Investment Properties. reckoned with in The new venture will offer prospective sellers the the industry.” —John Maltz, entire Greiner-Maltz sales president of staff – more than 20 brokers Greiner-Maltz – each having an understanding of the properties and the ability to assist in the sale of each listing. Combined with the firm’s market exposure, Greiner-Maltz expects to offer property owners unprecedented support. “We feel that the combination of Swain Weiner and Greiner-Maltz will be a force to be reckoned with in the industry,” John Maltz, president of Greiner-Maltz and partner of Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties, said. “This synergy can only benefit our sellers with the highest sales prices in the marketplace.” For information on any properties in the New York metro area, call Swain Weiner at (718) 786-5050 or (646) 319-1084, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greinermaltz.com.
for all your fitness needs. With a soft opening this week, the studio will focus on personal training and will also include small group cycling, boot camp and yoga classes. For Scialpi, who first began his fitness regimen at the age of 10, the ownership of his studio in his own neighborhood really makes his career come full circle. “This building used to be a bowling alley when I was
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By MEGAN MONTALVO The saying rings true “If you build it, they will come” – at least that is what one Whitestone resident is hoping for his new fitness studio “The Fit Stop.” Owned by Stephen Scialpi, who is a three-time world record power lifting champion, and the current world record power lifting holder at 198 pounds, the appropriately named gym embodies a small one stop shop
A photo of Scialpi power lifting hangs above a kettle ball station for inspiration.
a kid growing up here,” said Scialpi. “It’s great that I get to be close to home and close to the community.” Scialpi first began working out after being inspired by pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I was always fascinated with muscles,” said Scialpi. “I began working out at a young age and before I knew it, I was the strongest kid in high school.” Soon after he began competing, Scialpi says that his unique training methods helped gain him a reputation amongst his peers. “Sometimes I would just pick up a 10 pound weight and curl it until I couldn’t curl it anymore,” said Scialpi. “They would look at me like I was strange, but it really helped condition me.” In 1992, Scialpi set the world power lifting record with a lift of 793 pounds, a record that still stands 20 years later. At the height of his lifting career, Scialpi’s reputation garnered him a request for training by Special Olympic phenomenon Dominick Nicoletti. His mentoring paid off as Nicoletti went on to win three gold med-
als in the 1995 Special Olympics. Since retiring as the wor l d ’s top power lifter, Scialpi dove into the fitness training world head first as a co-founder and co-owner at the General Fitness Center in College Point. The former “Mr. Metropolitan” says that with his new, The Fit Stop will hold spin classes taught smaller fitness ven- by Stephen Scialpi. ture, he looks forward to reaching out to adoles- one-on-one sessions. cents as well as customers who “Its’ all about conditioning,” may not be very knowledgeable said Scialpi. “This is a different about fitness. “I want to get back brand of fitness that will help into the helping aspect of train- increase agility, speed, strength ing,” said Scialpi. “I really want and endurance so athletes will to zero in on the younger gen- really be ready for any sport at eration; I have a tremendous eye any time.” for talent.” The Fit Stop is located at With more than 30 years of 150-50 14th Rd. and class trainprofessional training experi- ing schedules are available ence, Scialpi says that his online at method of training will also ap- www.fitstopbootcamp.com peal to accomplished athletes. Reach Reporter Megan Use of kettle bells, jumping Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. boards and a suspension sys- 128 or tem will be incorporated into email@example.com
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Queens Crossing Opens Green Exhibit floor of Queens Crossing Mall. Held in conjunction with the 2 0 1 2 Q u e e n s A r t E x p re s s o f Queens Council of the Art s, Going Green II selected ar tists Elly Cho, Callie Danae Hirsch, Marietta Patricia Leis, Christina Massey, Yeon Ji Yoo, Lorin Roser, Nina Kuo and Hiers from a global pool of more than 70 submissions. Going Green II is the second annual juried exhibit for QCA. As its title implies, Going Green II explores the juxtaposition and conflict between the natural environment and mankind. Every piece of ar t, whet her it’s i ntricatelypainted wooden blocks mounted to
A Culinary Adventure and chili sauce, the daisy shrimp is also garnished with a hint of lemon. It was the perfect way to warm up my taste buds and prepare our expectant stomachs for a main course. Known for my greediness when it comes to appetizers, I ate most of the shrimp and left Craig with only a few morsels. At Aqua House, you cannot ask for a better environment for foo d Jet skis dot the shimmering consumption. Sun splashed our bay. The A train traces the hori- deck, the salty waters lapped bezon like a long finger. Sailboats low and the sky, its vault of clear rock gently within your reach, blue, was open before us like an and you remember that you are empty plate waiting to be filled. For Craig, a chickennot on a nautical adventure, after all: you are RESTAURANT l o v e r a n d h a t e r o f unfulfilling meals, it was at Aqua House. the chili chicken that Tu c k e d a w a y i n arrived for him. As the Broad Channel, mere name suggests, there is steps from the Cross chili and there is Bay Veterans Memorial chicken, but it is so Bridge, Aqua House is much more, as my furia hibachi and Asian fuous fork could at test to. sion restaurant that is Sauteed chicken with wo r t h y o u r j o u r n e y chili sauce served with south. Once you pull into the last turn before the fried shumai and vegetables crebridge, make sure you sit out on ates the type of blockbuster meal the deck that grant s you star tling that mouths, minds and hearts vistas of Jamaica Bay. On a swel- rarely forget. Salmon teriyaki greeted me. tering afternoon last week, I arrived after my dining companion, The sauce alone made this a meal who you may remember from wo r t h sa vo r i ng for m y dr i ve previous reviews of mine, Craig home. Unfortunately, I could not J. Heed. He is known in Nassau save any for later because I wanted County circles as a connoisseur it all at that moment. All of the delicious salmon was for me, and of Japanese cuisine. I fancied myself dining on a me alone. Take a drive down to Broad ship deck, the breezes of the bay gently ruffling my whiskers; my Channel, soak up some sun and reverie was broken not by Craig’s spend an afternoon or evening at incisive and troubling wit but by Aqua House. Your meal time is the appetizers, succulent daisy precious. Spend it by the water. –Ross Barkan shrimp. Served with wasabi mayo
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a wall or papier-mache sculptures that look like they were hatched from a nightmare, speaks to this collision of mankind and the natural world. The rapid industrialization of nations worldwide and the continuing technological boom of this new centur y have raised troubling questions for humanity. Can this pace of growth be sustained without adversely impacting the planet that we all live on? Hiers, who designed a swirling vor tex out of the stray rubber he assiduously picked up from the shoulders of highways, believes the price being paid is far too high. “Once I pick up the r ubber, I don’t alter it, that’s the way it is,” Hiers said. “These rips and tears have both the imprint of our technology and our industr y. But then the rips, even the metal wires, those are the mark of the natural forces that overpower our industrial prowess and our arrogant belief that our industries can subdue nature.” When a curious visitor enters the exhibit, they will be confronted with Yoo’s “Exodus” sculptures,
how nature is constantly in flux, forever changing, even in death. Decomposition ensures that the natural world is never static. When a manmade object is no longer functional, it decays in a natural landscape, eventually overwhelmed by forces that mankind can never truly tame. Leis, an Albuquerque native, has traveled worldwide and witnessed both ecstasy and suffering. While in Thailand, she was surrounded by magnificent landscapes, as well as huma n povert y. Her lush paint ings and intricate use of the color green represents more to her, and to her audience, than simply the beauty of nature. “There’s so much abundance, and also scarcity,” Leis said. “That kind of is what the exhibit is about. How much abundance and how we still haven’t learned to share.” The exhibition runs through Aug. 14. Crossing Ar t is located at 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing. Reach Reporter Ross Barkan at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Exodus” by Yeon Ji Yoo haunting pieces that resemble otherworldly creatures in motion. Tree branches serve as legs for the black-furred creatures. Built of papier-mache and covered by synthetic flowers, the series of sculptures purposely do not resemble any known being. Yoo only use s recyclable materials in her ar t. “I always investigate the same t hing using different forms,” Yoo said. “I had been doing these drawings, biomorphic shapes, so it’s not about something recognizable, but this idea of life or some kind of life form.” The creatures, she said, are always on the move and represent
Recording Studio Launches Live Monthly Performances By MEGAN MONTALVO Music fans have a new place to catch up-and-comi ng ar t ist s i n Astoria. Located just a few steps from the famous Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, the Ears and Gears Recording Studio has opened its doors to the public for it’s new monthly mini concert series, “Live at Ears and Gears.” From its unassuming house front, it’s hard to imagine the bevy of musical delights inside, but don’t be fooled. The venue, which doubles as home to owner Mor Mezrich, hosted a live musical performance from American Idol Contestant Dev yn Rush on June 30. Rush, who was known on the hit show as “The Singing Waitress,” kicked off the night with her rendition of the popular hit song “Call Me Maybe” and continued through the evening with a presentation of he r s e l f - w r i t t e n d e b u t a l b u m “Time,” which dropped on iTune s on June 28. Rush says much of the inspiration behind the album came from her life le ssons. “A couple of the
songs are about breakups, and a couple of songs are about figuring yourself out, so there’s really somet h ing in it for e ver yone,” said Rush. One of the songs on the EP that is par ticularly close to the song writer is “The Alchemist.” Named after the process of turning metal into gold, Rush uses the inspirational song in her anti-bullying work with national prevention organization “Hey Unique, Gifted, Lovable You (UGLY).” “The song is really special to me because I go to schools throughout t he countr y and sing it to kids to teach them about self-love and accepting the good with the bad to turn it into the best you that you can be,” said Rush. A wall-to-wall audience packed into the studio for the event, which drew both fans of Rush as well as locals from the music industry. The idea that started it all sprung from a bir thday par ty turned jam session that Mezrich recently hosted. “I just love Astoria; we have so many great musicians here,” said
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By ROSS BARK AN For most of humanity, a rubber tire represents a crucial component of a car, a way to zoom from point A to point B. Exploded tire rubber, to those same people, is ir relevant. For Peter Hiers, it is the way he speaks to others. Hiers, a master of turning the rubber he finds near highways into mesmerizing new forms, is one of eight artists selected by jurors to appear in Crossing Art’s newe st exhibit, Going Green II. Painting, photography, sculpture and even computer animation adorn the walls of the downtown Flushing art galler y, tucked into t he ground
Rush per forms with her band at opening night. Mezrich. “A lot of the people that I work w ith are very talented artist s that are going to have a bright future, and this is a great way to showcase that.” The next “Live at Ears and Gears” event is set for July 28, and will be scheduled every last Saturday of the month going forward on an RSVP basis. Video of the live performances will also be available on w ww.earsandgears.com. Reach Reporter Megan Montalvo at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 128 or mmontalvo@ queenstribune.com
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SENIORS 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 Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 STARS (Senior Theater Acting Repertory) meets at the Hollis library at 10:30. COMPUTER BASICS Wednesdays, July 11, 18 computer basics for seniors at the Central library. 9900769. INTRO COMPUTER/EMAIL Thursdays, July 12, 19 intro to computers and email for seniors at the Flushing library at 10. WII GAMING Thursday, July 12 for seniors at the Fresh Meadows library at 2. 60+ SINGLES Thursday, July 12 1-2:30 Coffee social. Meet new people over coffee and cake. $3, free CQY members. Central Queens YMYWHA. 268-5011, ext. 160.
TEENS CHESS CLUB Saturdays Flushing library at 2. MOVIE MONDAYS Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Flushing library at 2. SUMMER READING Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the St. Albans library at 2. EFFECTIVE TEENS Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 7 Habits of Highly Effective Te e n s a t t he Po m o n o k l i brary at 3. YU-GI-OH! Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Seaside library at 2. READING PROGRAM Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the St. Albans library at 2. HARRY POTTER BOOK Mondays, July 9, 16, 30 at the Woodhaven library at 2. NH GAZETTE Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 North Hills Gazette newsletter at the North Hills library. Register. EFFECTIVE TEENS Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Pomonok library at 3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. SUPPORT WRITING Monday, July 9 support writing college admissions and scholarship essays at 3:30 at the Hollis library. MOVIEMAKERS CLUB Mondays, July 9, 16, 30 at the Woodhaven library at 4:40. Ages 8-15. CHESS CLUB Mondays, July 9, 16, 30 at 6 at the Bayside library. DREAM IT Tuesdays, July 10, 24, 31 at the East Elmhurst library at 2:30. MASTER MINDS Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 at the LIC library at 2:30. Brain teasers, puzzles, games. TEEN TUESDAYS Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 31 at the Bay Terrace library at 3. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, July 10, 31 at the Hillcrest library at 3:30. JEOPARDY TRIVIA Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at the Seaside library at 3:30. TEEN GAMING Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. ORIGAMI Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Seaside library at 4. LIC CHESS CLUB Tuesdays LIC library at 4. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 4. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the South Ozone Park library at 1. RESUME WORKSHOP
Wednesday, July 11 at the LIC library at 1:30. ANIME SUMMER Wednesday, July 11, 18, 25 at the Flushing library at 2. ROLE PLAYING Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 Bayside library at 3. FREE E-BOOKS Wednesdays, July 11, 18 at the Douglaston library at 4. CLAY CREATIONS Wednesday, July 11 at the North Hills library. Register. FACEBOOK Wednesday, July 11 at the C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. 9 9 0 - 5 1 4 8 register. MOCK INTERVIEWS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Central library. 9905148 register. READING CLUB Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Flushing library. Register. MASTER MINDS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the LIC library at 2:30. Brain teasers, puzzles, games. GAME TIME Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the North Hills library at 3:30. TEEN SPACE Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Windsor Park library. Space limited. 3:30. TEEN GAMING Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Fresh Meadows library at 4. GAME DAY Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Woodhaven library at 4. ECO JEWELRY Thursday, July 12 at the Broadway library. Register. 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. GAME DAY Friday, July 13, 20, 27 at the Seaside library at noon. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 at the Flushing library at 2. READING CLUB Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 Fresh Meadows library at 3. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 at the Bayside library at 4. READ & REVIEW Fridays, July 13, 27 Read, Renew, Return, Review at the Glen Oaks library. 8318636 register. CHESS CLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays Briarwood library at 4.
Queens Today YOUTH 31 at the Ar verne library. Grades 4-6 at 3. ORIGAMI Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at 4 Seaside library. READ TO ME Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Auburndale library at 10:30. 18-36 month olds. FAMILY FUN TIME Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Broadway library at 10:30. FILM FEST Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Central library at 10:30. READ TO ME Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. S TORY T I M E Wednesday, July 11 at the Hollis library at 10:30. DREAM BIG Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the LIC library at 10:30. Toddlers and Pre-K. READ TO ME Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Glendale library at 11. WE DREAM & WISH Wednesdays, July 11, 18 at the East Elmhurst library at 11:30. 18 months-3 years. READING CLUB Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Fresh Meadows library at 1. WACKY WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays in the summer at 1 at the Whitestone library. Ages 1-12. DAY AT THE BEACH Wednesday, July 11 at the Middle Village library. Register. WEDNESDAY WONDERS Wednesdays, July 11, 25 at the Central library at 2. Ages up to 12 and caregiver. READING CLUB Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Queens Village library. Register. READER BOYS Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 St. Albans library at 2. SCHOOL BUS Wednesday, July 11 at the Whitestone library at 2. Ages 6-12. BOOK CLUB K-2 Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 Woodhaven library. READING CIRCLE Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the North Hills library at 2:15. BULETIN BOARD CLUB Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 a t t h e A u b u r n d a l e l i brary. Ages 8-12 at 3. CRAFT FUN Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Bay Terrace library at 3. ROLE PLAYING CLUB Wednesdays, July 11, 18,
25 Bayside library at 3. DREAM BIG Wednesdays, July 11, 18 ,25 at the LIC library at 3. Grades 1-5. BOOKMARK DECORATING Wednesday, July 11 at the Pomonok library at 3. ECO ORIGAMI Wednesday, July 11 at the Sunnyside library. Register. SUMMER CRAFT Wednesdays, July 11, 18 at th e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. BOARD GAMES Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 Auburndale library at 4. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 Seaside library at 4. GAME DAY Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Bay Terrace library at 1:30. ARTS & CRAFTS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the North Hills librar y. Register. MAKE & TAKE CRAFT Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Central library at 3. Ages 6-12. COOL COLLAGE Thursday, July 12 at the Pomonok library at 3. MAGIC TREE HOUSE Thursdays, July 12, 19 at the Peninsula library. Register. PJ STORY TIME Thursday, July 12 at the Whitestone library at 6:30. Ages 6 and up. WHEELS ON THE BUS Thursday, July 12 at the Whitestone library at 6:30. Ages 3-6. CRAYONS & MARKETS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Seaside library at 2.
TALKS BOOK CLUB Monday, July 9 “Still Missing” discussed at 2 at the Windsor Park library. BOOK DISCUSSION Monday, July 9 “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” discussed at 6:30 at the South Jamaica library. FOOD RULES Wednesday, July 11 book discussion of “Food Rules: An Eaters Manual” at 2 at the Pomonok library. BOOK TALK Thursday, July 12 “The Clan of the Cave Bear” discussed at the Glendale library at 6:30. NIGHT BOOK CLUB Thursday, July 12 “The Lonely Polygamist” discussed at 6:30 at the Windsor Park library.
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SCIENCE WORKSHOP Saturday, July 7 Animals Alive. Friends of Maple Grove in Kew Gardens. 5443600 reservations. $5 nonmembers. BABY & ME Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 Bayside library at 10:30. READ TO ME Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. ANT FARM IN CIT Y Monday, July 9 at the LIC and Broadway libraries. Register. MAKE & TAKE CRAFT Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Central library at 3. HARRY POTTER BOOKS Monday, July 9, 16, 30 at the Woodhaven library at 2. Ages 8-15. BOOK CIRCLE Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 Ridgewood library at 3. READ TO A DOG Mondays, July 9, 16 at the North Hills library. Register. MOVIEMAKERS CLUB Monday, July 9, 16, 30 at the Woodhaven library at 4:30. INTRO DRAWING Mondays, July 9, 23 at the Pomonok library at 5. WII GAMES Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 3 at the Windsor Park library. CHESS CLUB Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Bayside library at 6. T WILIGHT TALES Mondays, July 9, 23 at the North Hills library at 6. PJ STORY TIME Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Central library at 7. READ TO ME Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 at the Glen Oaks library. For those 3-5 at 10:30. EXPLORING PLANTS Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Astoria library at 1:30. READING CLUB Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Astoria library at 2. STORY & CRAFT Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Central library at 2. MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Seaside library at 2. SUMMER EADING Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at the St. Albans library. Register. ARTS & CRAFTS Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at the North Hills library. Register. READ TO ME Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at the Cambria Heights library at 2:30. Pre-school-K. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24,
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PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, July 7, 21 learn how to communicate effectively. 10-12:15 at Elmhurst Hospital. 424-9754. VFW 4787 Mondays, July 9, 23 Whitestone VFW Community Post meets. 746-0540. CATHOLIC VETS Mondays, July 9, August 13, September 10 American Mart yrs Catholic War Ve t e r a n s P o s t 1 7 7 2 i n Bayside. 468-9351. CIVIL AIR PATROL Mondays Falcon Senior Squadron at 7 at JFK Airport. 781-2359. LIONS CLUB Tuesdays, July 10, August 14, September 11 Lions Club of Ravenswood at 6:30 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 21-01 21 st Avenue, Astoria. 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 Tuesdays Advanced Bayside Writers’ Group meets at 6:30 in the Terrace Diner, 212-97 26 th Avenue, upper level. BARBERSHOP Wednesdays Jamaica Chapter of t he Societ y for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet in Flushing. 468-8416. STAMP CLUB Thursdays, July 12, 28 Queen Stamp Club at the Forest Hills library at 5:45. 98TH STREET BLOCK T h u r s d a y , J u l y 1 2 9 8 th street Block Association meets at 6 at the East Elmhurst library. CIVIL AIR PATROL Thursdays at 3 at August Martin HS, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica. 525-6925. LEADD CLUB Thursday evenings and one Saturday afternoon. Recreation Socialization Program for Learning Disabled Adults. 18+, able to travel on public transportation. Arn310@aol.com information. GOLD COAST ROTARY Fridays 516-466-3636. CLUTTERERS ANON. Fridays Learn how to gain control of your life by eliminating your clutter. 7127656. LIBRARY DIRECTORS Saturdays, July 14, August 11, September 8 Friends Board of Directors of Queens Library at Cambria Heights meet at 4.
WAITANKUNG Sunday s at 2. Total-body workout. Flushing Hospital/ Medical Center. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156. ZUMBA Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the East Elmhurst library. Register. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5. ALZHEIMERS Tuesdays, July 10, 24, August 14, 28 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. MS SUPPORT Tuesday, July 10 National Multiple Sclerosis Societ y Support Group at 1 at the Howard Beach library. INTRO YOGA Tuesday s, July 10, 24 a t the Hollis library at 2. Bring mat and optional cushion. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT Tuesdays Western Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:306:30. 784-6173, ext. 431. Also, 3:30-4:30 Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 2 6 th Avenue, B a y s i d e . 6 3 1 - 1 8 8 6 . Va r i ous services at the Queens Communit y House, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. 2685960, ext. 226. 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. WELL SPOUSES Wednesday, July 11 well spouses or partners of the chronically ill and disabled meet at St. Charles Rehab Center in Albertson at 7. 516-829-8740. FOOD RULES Wednesday, July 11 book discussion of “Food Rules: An Eaters Manual” at 2 at the Pomonok library. OA Wednesdays Overeaters Anonymous at the Howard Beach library at 11. ZUMBA Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $10 class. MAMMOGRAMS Saturday, July 14 low cost or no-cost mammograms I Rochdale Village. 723-6287 information.
WORLD CASINO 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Free admission. LATIN BEAT Saturday, July 7 at the Central library at 3 and 5. LIVE JAZZ & R&B Sundays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 live jazz and r&b 6-10 at Déjà vu, 180-25 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. OPEN MIC POETRY Mondays, July 9, August 13, September 10 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows at 7:30. ROCK AND ROLL Monday, July 9 Rock N Roll Music at 6:30 at the Flushing library. SALSA Mondays Resorts World Casino holds Monday Night Salsa events. Lessons 7:30. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone ark. 215-2828. Free. SCRABBLE Tuesdays Fresh Meadows library at 1 and East Flushing library at 3:30. CHESS Tuesdays 4:30 Rosedale library and 4 at LIC library. JEOPARDY TRIVIA Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at the Seaside library at 3:30. SHOWCASE WEDNESDAYS Wednesday, July 11 911:30pm at Resorts world Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica. “Beyond This Point” performs. Free. EVENING WALKS Wednesday, July 11 “Long Island Cit y to Old Astoria” 6-8. $15. Meet at the NW corner of 21 st Street and 41st Avenue. GAME DAY Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 Woodhaven library at 4. SAM COOKE Thursday, July 12 tribute to Sam Cooke at the South Jamaica library at 6:30. PASSPORT FRIDAYS Friday, July 13 Mexico. Friday, July 20 Cuba. Dance and music program begins at 6:30, films at 8. Queens museum of Art. 592-9700. GAME DAY Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 at the Seaside library at noon. GAME DAY Fridays 4:30 Woodhaven library. GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays 2 Hillcrest library. STEEL BAND Saturday, July 14 Steel Impressions perform Caribbean rhythms at 2 at the Flushing library.
EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS DEFENSIVE DRIVING Saturday, July 7 at Holy Family Church in Flushing. 631-360-9720. $45. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, July 7, 21, 28 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-748-8290. KNIT & CROCHET Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 at the Peninsula library at 10. WORD BEGINNERS Saturday, July 7 Central library. Register. SOCIAL MEDIA Saturday, July 7 Far Ro c k a w a y. Re g i s t e r 3 2 7 2549. BEGINNERS EXCEL Saturday, July 7 Central library. 990-5176 register. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Douglaston library at 4. Bring your own needles and yarn. WORD BEGINNERS Monday, July 9 Central library. 990-5102 register. JOB SEARCH Mondays, July 9, 30 Job Search Open Lab at the Arverne library at 5:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Mondays, July 9, 16 Flushing library at 10. ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 assistance at 1 at the Far Rockaway library. COVER LETTER Monday, July 9 formatting your cover letter at the Central library. 990-5176 register. COMPUTER BOOT CAMP Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Far Rockaway library. 327-2549 register. BALLROOM DANCING Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Forest Hills library at 6:30. METRIX LEARNING Monday, July 9, Friday, July 13 at 1 at the Central l i b r a r y. L e a r n a b o u t f re e online training through Metrix Learning, including certifications in Office, Quickbooks, Adobe. INTRO WORD Tu e s d a y, July 10 McGoldrick librar y. Register. BASIC COMPUTER Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Rosedale library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTER Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 Arverne library at 10:45. BASIC COMPUTER Tuesday, July 10 LIC library at 11. INTRO COMPUTERS Tu e s d a y, J u l y 1 0 a t t h e Ozone Park library. Register.
ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 a s s i s t a n c e a t t h e F a r Rockaway library. 327-2549 register. LEARNING LAB Tuesdays, July 10, 24 at the LIC library at 1:30. SMALL BUSINESS WORK. Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 s m a l l b u s i n e s s w o r k shops at the Central library. 990-5148 register. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesday, July 10 at the Central library. 990-0769 register. LINKEDIN Wednesday, July 11 at the C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. 9 9 0 - 5 1 4 8 register. METRIX LEARNING Wednesdays, July 11, 25 at the Far Rockaway library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTER Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Windsor Park library. Register. BASIC COMPUTER Wednesday, July 11 at the Woodside library at 10:30. RESUMES/COVER LETTERS Wednesday, July 11 at the C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. 9 9 0 - 5 1 4 8 register. ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 computer assistance at th e Fa r Ro c k away l i b ra r y. 327-2549. KNIT & CROCHET Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the South Ozone Park library at 1. RESUME WORKSHOP Wednesday, July 11 at the LIC library at 1:30. CRIMINAL RECORD Wednesday, July 11 Job Searching with a Criminal Record at the Far Rockaway library at 3. WRITING GROUP Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at the Seaside library at 3. FREE E-BOOKS Wednesdays, July 11, 18 at the Douglaston library at 4. FACEBOOK Wednesday, July 11 at the C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. 9 9 0 - 5 1 4 8 register. WEST COAST SWING Wednesdays, July 11, 18 learn to dance West Coast Swing at the Flushing library. Register. JOB FAIR Thursday, July 12 10-4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at the US Open Club, entrance exterior Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dress in business attire; bring plent y of resumes and be ready to interview TeamUSOpenTennis.com WORD FOR RESUMES
Thursday, July 12 at the C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. 9 9 0 - 5 1 7 6 register. MOCK INTERVIEWS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Central library. 9905148 register. INTER. COMPUTER Thursday, July 12 at the LIC library at 10. PRACTICE LABS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Arverne library at 10:30. BOOT CAMP COMPUTER Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Arverne library at 10:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Ozone Park library. Register. ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Far Rockaway library. 327-2549 register. FLOWER ARRANGEMENT Thursday, July 12 at the Sunnyside library at 2. FEDERAL RESUMES Thursday, July 12 at the C e n t ra l l i b ra r y. 9 9 0 - 0 7 4 6 register. MEDITATION CLUB Thursdays, July 12, 26 at the Bellerose library at 5:15. DOLL MAKING Thursday, July 12 at the Arverne library at 6. ECO JEWELRY Thursday, July 12 at the Broadway library. Register. CRAFT CLUB Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 Fresh Meadows library at 6. BASIC COMPUTER Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 at the Rosedale library at 6. WRITING GROUP Thursdays, July 12, 19 26 meet-up writing group at the Broadway library at 6:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Thursday, July 12 at the Central library. 990-5148. TEACHING CAREERS Thursday, July 12 careers in early childhood at 6:30 at the Flushing library. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 at the Peninsula library at 12:30. INTRO INTERNET Friday, July 13 Central library. 990-5148 register. EXCEL Friday, July 13 at the Flushing library at 10. INTRO COMPUTERS Friday, July 13 at the Bay Terrace library at 10:30. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTERS Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 at the Auburndale library. Register.
The grand opening festivities included a party with Officials cut the ribbon during the grand opening ceremonies of the new balloon animals, a putting green, music and more. TD Bank in Ozone Park. Photos by Ira Cohen.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman congratulates high school seniors from Queens that have been accepted to United States Service Academies. Pictured (from left) are Thomson Phung of Queens Village, who will be attending West Point; Ackerman and Melissa Gabriel of Queens Village, who will be attending the Air Force Academy. Not pictured is George Hatzioannides of Oakland Gardens, who will be attending Merchant Marine Academy.
Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall addresses the graduating class at PS 78 on the East River in Queens’ west development on June 22.
Multi-Platinum recording artists Boyz II Men pose with Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick and Councilman Ruben Wills before their performance at Groovin’ In The Park on Sunday. Photos by Ira Cohen.
Kids compete in a tennis tournament at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows on Monday. Photo by Ira Cohen.
Members of the New York Road Runners took part in a 10K at Flushing Meadow Corona Park on Sunday. Photo by Ira Cohen.
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Jimmy Cliff performs at Groovin’ In The Park at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica on Sunday.
Luna: Going For It! Luna Siracusa
Models Of Queens
Home: Middle Village Age: 17 Height: 4’11" Weight: 103lbs. Stats: 31.5-25-26-5
Trib cartoonist Dom Nunziato in Montreal, Canada, where he is out with his family at a "Five Guys Burger and Fries" and is pleased to find on the wall a Queens Tribune review with a French translation. Magnifique!
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If there wasn’t a seasoned professional in the world of teen modeling before, there is now. Luna began her modeling career in the sixth grade and has been working her way up ever since. “I heard about my first agency [Extra Mile] through a friend. I’ve always wanted to be on TV and in movies, so I did it,” she says. Luna went on to be an extra in different movies and TV shows, including Spiderman 3, Ugly Betty, and Law and Order. Later, through classmate and “Models of Queens” model Kasey
Brutkiewicz, Luna auditioned for Shortstack. “Kasey suggested that I audition. I did, and I got in; I’m really glad I did! It’s such a positive program.” Luna has since been with Shortstack for four years. Looking to the future, she excitedly hopes to continue her modeling career as an adult. She is also preparing for her freshman year at Manhattanville College. When she’s not modeling in fashion shows, Luna works at a summer camp and plays both soc-
Ok, so the truth is, we have all had them. Those days when you just want to punch something … inanimate. Not for Queens resident Ted Shuttleworth, though. He prefers something a little more animate, say…. a four-pound poodle. A former “NYPD Blue” television writer Shuttleworth, of Sunnyside, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly punching his poodle in the face so hard that it died of a brain injury. The dog suffered a traumatic brain injury after the attack, which upon arrival to the vet, eventually led to the death of the poor pooch. We wonder if the show was still on air, if this particular plotline would have shown up in an episode of the popular police drama.
Love Porn On the way to the subway in LIC, QConf spotted this bold proclamation of love along Skillman Avenue. Etched in concrete for all the passersby to see, we ask the anonymous artist: If you love it so much, why don’t you just marry it?
cer and hockey. Her soccer team, the New York Freedom, just recently brought home a victory all the way from Italy. She is also big on hanging out with her friends. “Bowling, movies, the city; we do a lot of everything.” These feelings reflect her outlook on Queens. “It’s a safe area, with close contact to everything. I love it.” For those looking to model in the future, Luna says with confidence “It’s a lot of hard work and dedication, but it’s all worth it. Go for it.”
Driving on the Long Island Expressway can be a terrifying experience for any Queens driver. For Jamaica’s own 50 Cent, it proved to be dangerous. A bulletproof SUV Fiddy was riding in was rear ended by a Mack truck last week. While his injuries were minor, his press people took it as a major publicity opportunity. Moments after the crash, 50 Cent on his way to NYHQ thisis50.com posted a photo of the rapper sporting a neck brace and being carried away in a stretcher. NYHQ released him the next morning and he's said to be doing just fine. A bulletproof SUV may protect you from getting shot a tenth time, but it apparently offers little protection from Mack trucks. Sorry Fiddy.
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The air rage at Queens’ airports continue! This time, a delayed flight from LaGuardia to RaleighDurham Airport in North Carolina
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people, including a flight attendant. While in the midst of a fivehour delay last week, a flight attendant for American Eagle airline became so fed up with angry passengers that he allegedly dared upset flyers to get off the plane. The outburst reportedly came after passengers experienced a three-hour rain delay, 40 minutes of taxiing and then needing to turn the plane around to refuel. The attendant, who said he had served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was reported to have told passengers that he had never felt as anxious as he did while dealing with those on the flight. Port Authority police were called to investigate the situation, and the flight was eventually cancelled a mere seven hours after its planned departure. The recent spate of airline incidents begs the question: where are these airlines advertising for new hires?
Notice of Formation of 2 Iris Lane LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/12/12. 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 The LLC, 45-25 47 th St., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful activity. ___________________________________ 65-86 TERRACE COURT LLC, a domestic LLC currently known as 65-86 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/29/12. 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, 59-05 59 th Dr., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purposes. ___________________________________ 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 ___________________________________
against THE LLC Post Office Box 200187 South Ozone Park, N.Y. 11420. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ___________________________________ Notice of formation of KMC GROUP LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on April 9, 2012. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 217-35 Peck Avenue, Hollis Hills, NY 11427. 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 is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 6/25/12, bearing Index Number NC-000330-12/ 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) Esther (Last) Shin My present name is (First) Esther (Last) Atkinson My present address is 147-37 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354-4729 My place of birth is Korea My date of birth is January 07,1978 ___________________________________
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. ___________________________________
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 6/11/12, bearing Index Number NC-000310-12/ 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) Jeffrey (Middle) JinHo (Last) Lee My present name is (First) Jin Ho (Last) Lee My present address is 53-28 251 st Pl., Little Neck, NY 11362 My place of birth is South Korea My date of birth is November 25, 1974 ___________________________________ 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
Notice of Formation of 10834 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 99 th St., #2C, Rego Park, NY 11374. 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
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 2/22/12, bearing Index Number NC-001237-11/ 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) Cristian (Middle) Matteo (Last) Neglia My present name is (First) Cristina (Middle) Maria (Last) Neglia My present address is 150-18 20 th Road, Whitestone, NY 11357 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is January 08,1987
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