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A garden in Flushing Meadows Corona Park was named in honor of former Queens Tribune editor and longtime parks advocate David Oats on Wednesday. By Brian M. Rafferty…Page 3
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Former Trib Editor Honored In Park By BRIAN M. RAFFERTY A red-tailed hawk swooped low across the open space between the Queens Theatre in the Park and the Queens Museum. Bees buzzed, collecting pollen from the freshly planted flowers and shrubs that make up the newest addition to Flushing Meadows Corona Park – David’s Garden. Created to honor David Oats, the longtime editor of the Queens Tribune and a steadfast advocate for his beloved Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the garden was dedicated Wednesday afternoon by local officials with Oats’ widow, friends and park advocates on hand. Oats, who helmed the Tribune over parts of three decades, grew up near the park, and as a 12-year-old snuck in during construction of the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
He was brought to City power broker Robert Moses to get a stern talking to, but instead the two struck up a friendship centered on the park, and for the rest of his life, Oats was dedicated to honoring Moses by ensuring the proper upkeep of their beloved patch of green land. Oats spent four decades advocating for the protection and improvement of the borough’s parks. He was founder and president of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park World’s Fair Association, with Moses as its first chair. “David was the park’s keeper, watchdog, caretaker and conscience; prodding, urging, leading and demanding the borough and park powers-that-be care for the park with which David had a 40-plus year love affair,” wrote longtime friend and
Queens Tribune publisher Michael Schenkler upon Oats’ death. He also took the time then, nearly two and a half years ago, to call for the creation of a memorial in the park to honor Oats. In the time since, negotiations between the borough and the Parks Department produced the final result – a garden between the Unisphere and the Queens Theatre. “No one cared more, knew more, or fought harder for the good of the park or the recognition of the historical significance of the World’s Fairs,” Schenkler said of Oats. David’s widow, Corrine Oats, spoke at the dedication of her first date with this selftaught park historian in 1986. Rather than take her for a fancy meal or to a stylish location, David chose to bring her to his park, to share with her the passion he had developed over his years. “And he taught me something very important,” she said. “He taught me that you have to have a passion and follow through on it no matter what.” David Oats was a long-time thorn in the side of the Parks Dept., an attribute noted by Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, who said that though the two did not always see eye to eye, she always knew that David’s heart was in the right place.
Following the dedication, Lewandowski said that when she heard about the request to honor David’s memory in the park, she knew something had to be done. Economic times being tight, the Parks Dept. turned to Unisphere Inc., a not-forprofit charged with the preservation and maintenance of parts of the park, run by Flushing Meadows Park Administrator Estelle Cooper. “We had to make it happen,” Cooper said of the garden. The garden itself sits in view of the Unisphere, the Queens Museum, the Queens Theatre in the Park and the iconic 1964-65 World’s Fair towers from the New York State Pavilion. One of David’s greatest crusade was for the renovation and restoration of the looming towers, as well as the fresco state map that lay beneath it in the “Tent of Tomorrow.” Though both the towers and map are in a state of decay, many at the event expressed a renewed desire to see them restored – not just for David’s sake, but for the people of Queens. Oats passed away Feb. 5, 2008 of complications involving an infection. Reach Editor Brian M. Rafferty at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122.
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The cross-sec tion of Genting New York's design for the new Video Lottery Terminal at Aqueduc t Racetrack. A full presentation is scheduled to be made Thursday, July 15, at Communit y Board 10's meeting. Genting is the only bidder approved to move forward in the latest bidding process to bring 4,500 Video Lottery Terminals to Aqueduc t.
By DOMENICK RAFTER A State Supreme Court judge in Schenectady ordered a halt to the bidding process for the Aqueduct “racino” on Tuesday, pending a hearing over the ill-fated selection and collapse of Aqueduct Entertaining Group. Judge Barry Kramer sided with Aqueduct Entertainment Company, which is the name Aqueduct Entertainment Group is going by in the suit. AEC sought the halt to prepare a case against Gov. David Paterson; the Division of the Lottery, and legislative leaders. AEC claims it was wrongfully denied a gaming license by Lottery in March. “Judge Kramer’s ruling gives AEC its first opportunity to publically address Lottery’s peculiar decision. Lottery found AEC ‘unlicensable’ for reasons that have no basis in the law,” said Daryl Davis, counsel for AEC. Lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said that Lottery had not yet received an order to
stop the bidding process as of Wednesday afternoon and would continue the process until they are officially served. She said once served, Lottery will abide by the ruling. As of Wednesday evening, Davis was en route to Schenectady and Albany from Manhattan to serve the Attorney General’s office, legal representative of the governor, legislative leaders in the state Capitol, and the Division of the Lottery with the judge’s decision. The halt will remain in place until the hearing, scheduled for July 23. Lottery is expected to pick a new winning bid for the project on Aug 3. Currently, there is only one bidder left in the process; Genting. This week, Genting’s bid received the support of one of New York City’s largest trade unions; The New York Hotel and Motels Trades Council. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
For increasing voter participation, the Commission staff made suggestions about Instant Runoff Voting, which would eliminate the need of runoff elections that often cost the City millions of dollars and yield low turnout. The report warns that IRV could be complicated for voters and could dissuade them from participating. The report also discussed the possibility of lowering the required number of signatures to get on the ballot, charging that legal challenges to petitions often discourage potential candidates from running. The report also recommended that the Voter Assistance Commission be consolidated within the Campaign Finance Board. Part Three of the report is focused on Public Integrity. It recommended three changes in the independent campaign contribution disclosure law. The report also recommended amending the Conflict of Interest law to increase penalties and hold mandatory training sessions for city employees in Chapter 68 rules. The report gave a few recommendations on more efficiency in government, including consolidating administrative tribunals and reviewing reporting requirements and the effectiveness of advisory bodies citywide. There are also sections outlining the debate over non-partisan elections, changes in registration and election procedure, ways to streamline the city charter, as well as budget and land use issues and government structuring. The full preliminary report is accessible to the public at nyc.com/charter. The Commission said it will hold more public hearings on specific proposals in the late July and early August before proposing recommended changes to the charter that will be put on the ballot as referendums perhaps as early as this November. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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Judge Orders Delay In Aqueduct Process
By DOMENICK RAFTER After a series of public hearings in the spring, the Charter Revision Commission released its preliminary staff report and recommendations on July 9, outlining issues that could soon be decided at the polls by city voters. Though no specific recommendations have been announced by the Commission to be put before city voters, the report gives some hints as to what changes to the charter voters could be deciding in the future. The report divides the issues into five sections; term limits, increasing voter participation, public integrity, efficiencies in government and other issues. On term limits, the report recognizes the public’s support for term limits, but also notes that political scientists and current and former elected officials say term limits are ineffective, replacing people but not the problems – the report also says more time would be needed before a concise analysis can be made “By their nature, the effects of term limits legislation cannot be measured immediately upon enactment but only eight or so years after, when the disqualifications they impose on incumbents take actual effect,” the report read. The report also states that while term limits do make for more competitive races and limits how long an incumbent stays in office, they don’t lead to new citizen officeholders, but rather other career politicians looking for new work. The staff report’s final recommendation on term limits was for the Commission to seek additional public discussion on two possible referendum questions: To replace the current three-term limit with the previous two-term limit that was approved by voters but overturned by the City Council in 2008, or to replace the current three-term limit back to two-terms, but only for city executive offices and keep three terms for the City Council.
Queens This Week Assemblywoman Grace Meng (DFlushing) held her second annual state of the district speech. Rather than the rote tradition of speech-making, Meng brought her entire staff along, making them available to talk to constituents. "The purpose of this event is not simply for me to talk about the work that we do, but to give you a summary and a chance to chat with us and speak directly to our staff," Meng said. The address served as a selfa s s e s s m e n t o f t h e f r e s h m a n Emergenc y personnel move workers in and out legislator's year and a half in of- fire scene. fice, one highlighted by six bills authored by Meng and signed into law by Arrest Made In Bayside Gov. David Paterson. "During my campaign for Assembly, I Apt. Blaze Victor Hidalgo, a maintenance supervisor never promised to change Albany on Day 1, but I did promise to do what I can, on an at Belshire Manor in Bayside, was arrested in individual basis, to make government work connection with a five-alarm fire on July 7 that better for you - to make the process more caused the evacuation of two buildings in the transparent and accessible," she said, point- densely populated apartment complex. The call first came in to 16-66 Bell Blvd. at ing to a survey of constituents taken early in her tenure that drove much of her legislation. 2:41 p.m., where more than 200 fire fighters, Meng lauded a host of issues she has some from as far away as Manhattan, battled the actively represented within the Assembly, blaze. There were no deaths, but 15 firefighters from senior centers to education, with $21 and seven civilians sustained minor injuries million she pulled in to support senior afford- from heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. The fire started on the roof, where Hidalgo able housing within the district, as well as putting up a vocal front against the discon- allegedly allowed a worker to use a blowtorch, which is illegal on a tar roof. It quickly spread tinuation of student MetroCards. She also highlighted Flushing's first ever through the cockloft, the space between the Assembly Total Fitness Challenge, which top floor and attic, before being brought encourages kids to be both mentally and under control by the FDNY. Four apartments on the top floor sustained physically fit. "We want to encourage our students to be severe water damage and are currently uninin the habit of reading and exercising every habitable, said Steven Stites, a spokesman for Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). day," Meng said. Displaced residents are being housed temThe overall message of her address promised a continued open-door policy at her porarily in local hotels, and Red Cross offioffice, where she said 30 to 40 constituents cials helped 40 people - 27 adults and 13 pass through daily looking for help navigat- children - obtain financial assistance. Hidalgo was charged with reckless ening the maze of government bureaucracy. "We have been trying to keep government dangerment, a misdemeanor, and will appear agencies accountable when their actions or in court in 6 to 8 weeks for arraignment. "I thank the NYPD for quickly making an lack of actions, directly hurt the people," she said. "Oftentimes, the best thing an elected arrest in this case," Halloran said. "I hope official can do is help make interaction less this arrest will help prevent future corner cutting and rule breaking at our city's conintimidating and more productive." Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at struction sites." After the evacuation, the scene was chaotic. firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357Residents and visitors flooded the streets while 7400, Ext. 127. — Joseph Orovic the FDNY tried to control the crowd.
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The Dept. of Transportation's new plan for Downtown Flushing is getting prepped for implementation on July 18. The agenc y has already put up some signage to ease drivers into the new traffic patterns. The changes include: no turns from west-bound Northern Boulevard onto Main Street; no left turn from north-bound Union Street onto Northern Boulevard and no turns off of Main Street onto Roosevelt Avenue. Don't panic, the "No Turns On Main Street" rule will not be enforced until Sunday. Until then, map your detours and alternate routes accordingly.
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A woman who could not find her mother screamed frantically at emergency personnel from behind the yellow caution tape. She was quickly ushered to the other side of the barrier, and came back several minutes later with her mother, who was led out in a wheelchair. Marisol Cruz was visiting her mother when the fire started. After a dip in the pool, she went for a walk with her husband and baby. "We came back and there was black smoke coming from the roof," she said. "They brought out the people who were in the pool and of the evacuated both buildings." Some residents were disrupted by the fire for other reasons. "I just rolled in a half hour ago," said Dr. Steven Fogel, a psychologist. "I'm trying to get to my apartment to get my papers so I can go to my next job, but they are not allowing us to do that." At about 4:20 p.m., fire officials announced that those affected by the fire should gather at the nearby library. Herman Libowsky was at the library when an announcement was made about the evacuation. Concerned, he came back to check what happened, only to find out that it was indeed his building. Residents were only allowed into the building to retrieve medicine and pets, until July 11, when reentry began. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124. —Jessica Ablamsky
Como Slapped With Election Fines The New York City Campaign Finance Board placed a $500 penalty against the 2008 re-election campaign of former Councilman Anthony Como (R-Middle Village), who is currently running for State Senate. At its July 8 meeting, the board issued violations to Como's campaign for making non-campaign related expenditures of $100, making improper post-election expenditures of $1,170 and making improper post-election expenditures of $5,655. The board also determined that Como must repay $12,484 in public funds. Como represented Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Ridgewood and Woodhaven in the City Council for six months in 2008 after winning a special election to replace Dennis Gallagher. Como defeated Democrat Elizabeth Crowley by 41 votes, but lost to Crowley by 12 points in November 2008. Crowley's campaign was fined $1,325 in April for violating corporate donation rules. Last month, Como announced he would challenge freshman State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in November. His campaign filed petitions to run on the Republican, Independence and Conservative party lines this week. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400 Ext. 125. — Domenick Rafter
Residents within the six valid zip codes from Far Rockaway to Breezy Point, including Broad Channel, will pay a $1.13 toll for each of the first two trips across the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in a 24 hour period starting at 12:01 a.m. and ending at midnight. All subsequent trips taken in the same day on the same E-ZPass tag will continue to be rebated on the account under the Cross Bay Resident Rebate program. Previously, all trips were rebated. The MTA Board approved this service change in March in order to help the MTA close a nearly $800 million budget deficit. The board had voted to eliminate the program in December 2008. After a series of public hearings in March that also resulted in cuts to buses, subways and rail lines, the Board voted to modify the Rockaway resident toll rebate program, instead of eliminate it. "We heard from residents of these communities in Rockaway who explained that they use the bridge many times a day and eliminating the rebate program would be a terrible burden," said Joyce Mulvaney, spokeswoman for the MTA. "After listening to their concerns, we worked out this compromise." Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who represents much of the Rockaway Peninsula, blasted the MTA's plan "I am outraged by the MTA's most recent attempt to balance their books on the backs of Broad Channel and Rockaway residents," Ulrich said. "In my opinion, this is just another unfair tax levied upon hard working New Yorkers, many of whom are already struggling to simply make ends meet." Ulrich charged that the residents of Rockaway were suffering the effects of the MTA's incompetence. "The MTA must get serious about its own inefficiencies and poor accounting practices before they reach into the pockets of people just trying to travel around their own community," said Ulrich. Trips will be charged on each E-ZPass tag. Account holders can have up to four E-ZPass tags per account. Rockaway residents should make sure that they have enough funds in their account to cover toll charges. Residents who have vehicles registered at address in the zip codes of 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11695, and 11697 qualify for the rebate program. Residents in the program pay $1.13 per trip as compared to $2.75 for cash customers and $1.71 for nonresident E-ZPass customers. In addition, Rockaway residents may also purchase tokens, which cost $1.54 per trip. The rebate plan is only valid at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for passenger vehicles. It does not apply to commercial trucks, motorcycles, taxis, buses or limousines or the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. The MTA says residents participating in the Cross Bay Resident Rebate program in 2009 took 3.6 million trips over the bridge. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125. — Domenick Rafter
The Bell Tolls On Rockaway Rebate The MTA will institute a new toll rebate program for Rockaway residents who use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge starting July 23.
The long-standing Rockaway resident rebate for the Cross Bay Bridge is being modified - almost entirely out of existence.
Small Schools Making A Difference By JESSICA ABLAMSKY Since 2002, New York City officials have shuttered 20 underperforming high schools and replaced them with more than 120 small specialty schools. A new report indicates that this grand experiment is paying off with higher levels of academic success among underachieving students. The report by MDRC, a nonprofit education research firm based in Manhattan, found that by the end of ninth grade, 58.5 percent of students at the specialty schools were on track to graduate, versus 48.5 percent of students at other city schools. By 12th grade, students at the specialty schools had a graduation rate that was 6.8 percent higher than students at other city schools. The findings are striking, because many of the specialty schools are located in low-
Jamaica High School has been targeted for closure and will have t wo new, smaller schools in it next year.
income, minority communities where twothirds of students were “far behind” grade level when they entered ninth grade, said Gordon Berlin, MDRC president. “The major challenge in education reform today is high school, particularly urban high schools in very disadvantaged communities,” he said. “There is just no other evidence out there demonstrating that anything works for very disadvantaged students.” Just last week the State Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that blocked the Dept. of Education from shuttering Jamaica High School, and 18 other schools citywide. The DOE had intended to replace the larger schools with smaller entities.
City Department of Education officials are enthusiastic about the findings and say that the report confirms the potential positive outcomes of the actions from which have been enjoined from proceeding. “The report from MRDC confirmed what we’ve long known: that the new small schools we’ve established since 2002 to replace large, underperforming high schools are increasing the likelihood that our students are passing courses, making consistent and significant improvement over time, and are graduating in four years with more advanced diplomas,” said Danny Kanner, a spokesman for the DOE. “Perhaps most importantly, the study
found that new small schools are particularly successful with students traditionally considered the most disadvantaged, including black and Hispanic students, special education students, students learning English, and students entering high school with low proficiency levels,” he said. “This work is making a difference in thousands of lives. In fact, the number of students in the 105 small schools studied equate to the entire student population of Houston, Texas.” Funding for the study was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.
Pride House Faces Uncertain Future By DOMENICK RAFTER The Queens Pride House, the only LGBT community center in the borough, is facing an uncertain future in the wake of Gov. David Paterson’s veto of state spending bills in his ongoing dispute with the state legislature. Gov. Paterson vetoed half a billion dollars in discretionar y funding that include s $80,000 for Queens Pride House in the form of two grants, one from the Assembly and one from the Senate. “We will have to make severe cutbacks,” said Pauline Park, Vice President of the Board of Directors at Queens Pride House. “We even suffer the distant prospect that we will have to close our doors.” Wit h funding uncer tain, Queens Pr ide House has already be forced to lay off two employees, and fears it may have to
lay off more and even left open the possibility that they may have to close its community center on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Park said the Queens Pride House and the Queens LGBT community would pressure the Assembly and Senate to restore the $80,000 in funding that she said has already been spent. The state requires that when a non-profit like Queens Pride House applies for a state grant, it must first spend the money it is asking for and the grant would be a reimbursement. Park said the $80,000 it was asking for has already been spent and the agency is waiting to be reimbursed. “Basically, the state is reneging on its contract,” she said. The governor’s veto came in the middle of a bat tle between himself and the state legislature over the budget, already three and a
half months late. Park said she understands the governor’s situation and that Queens Pride Center has been in constant contact with his office over the funding. She does not que st ion his suppor t for LGBT causes, but warns that his veto could hurt people and organizat ions he suppor ts. “There’s no question that the governor suppor ts the LGBT communit y. We understand the dire situation the state of New York finds itself,” Park said. “But by vetoing that funding, the Queens Pride House is now in a dire situation” Park is not sure how or when the stalemate in Albany will end and when the Queens Pride House will get its funding back, if at all. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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We Need A Plan The effort to honor the memory of former Tribune editor and long-time parks advocate David Oats was not easy, but it has finally happened, and it is beautiful. We thank the Parks Department, the Borough President and Unisphere, Inc. all for their contributions in making sure that David's memory would be honored. Now it's time for the next step. Four icons of the park surround David's Garden - The Queens Museum, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion. The Museum has begun a beautiful expansion, the Theatre just underwent a major renovation and the Unisphere is receiving upgrades to its fountains and lightning. The towers that loom above the Pavilion, however, are in a horrific state of decay and disrepair. The entire site is a squalid blight, with engineering reports having shown that the structure is potentially unstable and in danger of collapse. Yet nothing is being done to stop the inevitable. Yes, funding is an issue. And yes, the exact future use of the site - even if restored - is still in question. But to honor David, to pay respect to the people who love the park, to do the right thing for the people of Queens, we need a plan. We need to know exactly what should be done, and then we will be the loudest champions calling for whatever aid is needed to make it so. But on this day, when we honor David, let us consider the giant shadow that looms over his garden - literally and figuratively - and decide what to do next with our great park icon.
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Fait Accompli To The Editor: Your recent story "Appeals Court Nixes Plans to Close Schools" (July 8, 2010) correctly points out that the court's decision was only a "stay of execution." The Appellate Division in its onepage opinion did prevent the schools from being closed right now. But the Department of Education's announcement of the schools' closing dramatically lowered the number of applications to their freshman class and has begun the schools' demise in spite of the court's intervention. The DOE is also dismembering the schools even now by moving other units into them. A careful reading of the appellate court's decision reveals the usual derisive attitude demonstrated by the DOE to the requirements of the law. Apparently the DOE made no attempt to follow the very modest procedures in place. They submitted little more than boiler plate instead of analysis, and failed to hold required hearings. It will take very little effort on the part of the Mayor and Chancellor to
meet the very weak requirements of the statute next time and close Jamaica High School and others which have been irreparably harmed by them already. They will simply write a better report and hold the hearings, though the outcome will be known before anyone is heard. No doubt they will cite the low number of freshmen as an additional factor. Surrounding high schools are already bracing for even more overcrowding than last year, and we in Queens already have the most overcrowded high schools in the City. For this travesty we can thank most of the state legislators from Queens who voted last year to continue the Mayor's virtually dictatorial control of the schools. The Mayor got exactly the bill he paid for with his generous personal campaign contributions. Thus he can continue to close schools instead of improve them. The writer is the parent of two school-aged children and is a member of Queens Community Board 11. He was the founding chairman of its Education Committee. Melvyn Meer, Bayside
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To The Editor: For almost two years there has been an increase in rail traffic in the area of 69th Lane in Middle Village. This has included the noise of constantly idling diesel locomotives, noxious diesel fumes, and the overnight parking of garbage laden cars that consist of smelly open construction debris, Waste Management cars (with Municipal waste), closed box cars and tanks cars. I have been in constant contact with many of the politicians in the area and have notified them virtually daily on some of the early morning activity which includes noisy rail traffic at all hours and the continual idling of locomotives (usually lasting 30 minutes to over 90 minutes), plus the idling of two or more diesel locomotives that pick-up these cars each morning that are parked overnight. The latter usually occurs around 5 a.m. daily. It has become increasingly frustrating especially with the offices of Council member Elizabeth Crowley and Congressman Anthony Weiner. In the almost two years of trying to get some resolution to this problem these two politicians have not responded once! I cannot understand the callous lack of sensitivity from two elected officials to their constituents in trying to resolve this problem which seriously plagues this area. I have also called Crowley's people many times when there were unbearable smells or extended idling at 69th Lane only to have waited hours for their people to show up. In the end this was all for naught as even though there were promises made that someone would come, nobody ever did. I have submitted photographs and have gotten no response. We have even picked up people from her office, brought them to the spot for firsthand experience and still no response. Everything was acknowledged and forgotten. Repeated attempts to meet Elizabeth Crowley in her office have all been futile and any attempt to make an appointment with her never gets fulfilled. She has never made herself available. Whenever the issue is brought up to her or her staff at civic meetings, the usual response is rhetorical. Not once has there been a single plan of action, not one answer has any direction or substance. Elizabeth Crowley must get a grasp of the needs of this community, now! She has failed miserably in serving this community as her staff has. It is about time that she start to apply the influence of the office she was elected to towards resolving the issues of the community she represents, if not, then she should resign so that we can get someone on board that Marcia Moxam Comrie, Contributing Editor Reporters: Sasha Austrie, Harley Benson, Joseph Orovic, Domenick Rafter, Jessica Ablamsky Editorial Interns: Rebecca Sesny, Stefan Singh Photographers: Ira Cohen, Michael Fischthal, Lee Katzman Contributors: Tom Allon, Melissa Hom, Michael VonDerLieth, Barbara Arnstein Art Department: Tania Y. Betancourt, Sara Gold, Rhonda Leefoon, Candice Lolier, Barbara Townsend Webmaster: Shiek Mohamed Assistant to the Publisher: Ria MacPherson
will actively work for the betterment of this community. Anthony Pedalino, Middle Village
A Sub-Sonic 4th To The Editor: The July 4th weekend had finally arrived. I was leaving our humble Douglaston abode for some well earned R&R for the scenic flora and fauna and some grazing deer at our home in the Poconos. Three days and nights away from the congestion and noise and dinner at some of our favorite Pocono restaurants was what I was looking forward to. But this excursion to the Poconos was to include something very different and special. Being a foodie, I wanted to experience a restaurant I have only seen advertised, but never ate at...SONIC . I have read one of these fast food restaurants might be opening in Deer Park, Long Island in 2011. I can't wait that long. So my wife and I embarked on our usual torturous trek on the Cross Bronx Expressway. Once in New Jersey, it was smooth sailing on Route 80 into Pennsylvania. I exited at Bartonsville where the Sonic that recently opened was located. It was hot out and I was thirsty for a shake and salivating for the hamburger and tater tots I had only dreamed about. My dream was about to become reality...or so I thought. I didn't realize that Sonic was only a Drive-In fast food restaurant. I first parked our car by one of these menu boards. My wife was too far away to read it .I couldn't reach the buttons with the window open as the hot air filled our air-conditioned car. I tried to open the door but it was blocked by the menu board. My wife decided she did not want to eat in our fairly new car. Every other spot to park by the menus was totally full. I saw young women on roller skates bringing food to the hungry patrons. I backed up and pulled the car over by the bathroom area and we got out and walked to two big menu boards with dozens of lost souls standing around it. "How the [bleep] do these buttons work," I asked someone. No one seemed to know. It was like a Jack in the Box of the future. We got back in our car. No spots were opening up to pull over by the menus where the food was being brought to the cars. After discussing our predicament in the 90 degree plus heat, we decided not to eat lunch there. About an hour later, starving and exhausted, we arrived closer to our home in Mount Pocono at Wendy's. At least I had steak the following night. Mark Lane, Douglaston Alan J. Goldsher Advertising Director Shelly Cookson Corporate & Legal Advertising Account Executives Risa Pilicer Gil Spadoni Earl Steinman Shari Strongin
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Double Whammy To The Editor: The sudden and tragic death of Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is indeed a very sad story. Mr. Steinbrenner, while a tough team owner, really cared about the guys on the Yankees. As tough as he was, he had a good heart in him. He told it like was and never backed down from his beliefs. We have truly lost a major icon in the sports world - the second in as many days to pass away. Our prayers and thoughts go out the Sheppard and Steinbrenner families - your loss is the loss of all of us as well. Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner-rest in peace. John Amato, Fresh Meadows
He Never Quit To The Editor: It truly is a sad day when I heard of the passing of Yankee skipper George Steinbrenner. He was truly a most colorful character, who truly loved his Yankees and treated many players and workers as family and was most charitable. George tried to wear many hats from father, friend, mentor and boss. He really hated to lose. There was this slogan where I used to work which I believe fits George to a tee and one of which I think he lived his life by. This slogan said, "Winners never quit and quitters never win." George Steinbrenner truly ran a good race and will be missed. In my book, he did hit many a home run for his beloved Yankees and their fans. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks
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which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: 21-55 34th Ave, #10B Astoria, NY 11106 Hao Xu (signature of organizer) Hao Xu (print or type name of organizer) ___________________________________________________________________ HOMELAND LOGISTICS LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 5/12/10. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to Warren Hirsch, CPA, 65 Roosevelt Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11581. General Purposes. ___________________________________________________________________ Articles of Organization of Prince Maestro LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: Prince Maestro LLC SECOND: The county within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is to be located is: Queens County THIRD: The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: 50-28 31st Ave., Apt. 3C, Woodside, NY 11377 Peter Rogers ___________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: XIANG RUI LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/19/ 07. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/ o Jin Ming He, c/o Ying Lin 6741 173rd Street, Flushing, New York 11365. Purpose: For any lawful purpose ___________________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006HE8 Plaintiff, vs. JORGE AGUIRRE, LUIS A. OCASIO, Defendant(s). TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: INDEX NO.: 6841/10 MORTGAGED PREMISES: 135-32 KEW GARDENS ROAD RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418 SBL #: BLOCK 9285 LOT 77 You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear
LEGAL NOTICE or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 15th day of June, 2010, TO: LUIS A. OCASIO, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. ROBERT J. MCDONALD of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 28th day of May, 2010 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by JORGE AGUIRRE and LUIS A. OCASIO dated the 13th day of July, 2006, to secure the sum of $544,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000425979 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, on the 27th day of July, 2006; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 11th day of March, 2010, and sent for recording in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County; The property in question is described as follows: 135-32 KEW GARDENS ROAD, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND situate in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of Newtown Road, distant 486.96 feet westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the southerly side of Newtown Road with the northerly side of Metropolitan Avenue; running thence southerly and at right angles to the northerly side of Metropolitan Avenue, 78.40 feet; thence westerly and parallel with the northerly side of Metropolitan Avenue, 17.50 feet; thence northerly and at right angles to the northerly side of Metropolitan Avenue and part of the distance through a party wall, 82.18 feet to the southerly side of Newtown Road; and thence easterly and along the southerly side of Newtown Road, 17.90 feet to the point or place of beginning. Being the same premises designated as Block 9285, Lot 77 on the official Tax Maps of the Borough and County of Queens, having a street address of 135-32 Kew Gardens Road. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMME-
LEGAL NOTICE DIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-2265697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: June 15, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. ___________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION of G & F NY HOLDING, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Secy. Of State (SSNY) on 06/03/2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3901 Main Street, Suite 203, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act.
PROBATE CITATION File No.: 2009-1194/A SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Public Administrator of Queens County Patricia Torres* Brendan Enwright* *heirs of post deceased Patrick Enwright KERRY ENWRIGHT, heir of post deceased PATRICK ENWRIGHT, if living and if dead, to her heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residences are unknown and if she died subsequent to the decedent herein, to her executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose name and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of MARY SHANAHAN, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after due diligent inquiry be ascertained. A petition having been duly filed by Lorraine P. Falco, who is domiciled at 42-40 Bell Blvd., Ste. 301, Bayside, New York11361 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on August 5, 2010, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of MARY J. SHANAHAN a/k/a MARY SHANAHAN lately domiciled at 28-01 Union Street, Apt. 3F, Flushing, New York 11354 admitting to probate a Will dated February 8, 2002 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of MARY SHANAHAN, deceased, relating to real property and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Lorraine P. Falco Dated, Attested and Sealed JUNE 16 2010 (Seal) HON. Robert L. Nahman, Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Acting Chief Clerk Lorraine P. Falco, Esq. Attorney for Petitioner (718) 3539730 Telephone Number 4240 Bell Boulevard, Suite 301, Bayside, New York 11361 Address of Attorney [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. Youhave a right to have an attorney appear for you.} ___________________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of HiLightz nyc LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary Of State of New York on 3/23/ 2010. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 136-38 Hook Creek blvd. Rosedale NY 11422. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ___________________________________________________________________
area (ZR 33-121) and height (ZR 33-431). C2-2/R5 zoning district. Address: 110-04 Atlantic Avenue, southeast corner of Atlantic Avenue and 110th Street, Block 9396, Lot 1, Borough of Queens. Applicant: Davidoff, for South Queens Boys & Girls Club, Inc., owner. Community Board No.: 9Q This application, Cal. No.: 30509-BZ, has been calendared for Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 1:30 P.M. session, 40 Rector Street, 6th floor Hearing Room”E”, Borough of Manhattan. Interested persons or associations may appear at the hearing to present testimony regarding this application. This application can be reviewed at the Board offices, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This notice is published by the applicant in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Board of Standards and Appeals. Dated: July 8, 2010 Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP By: Howard S. Weiss, Esq., Applicant ___________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 6/ 29/10, bearing Index Number NC-000626-10/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located 8917 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) LAURA (Middle) LA’NET (Last) STACKHOUSE My present name is (First) LINNETT (Last) STACKHOUSE AKA L.L. STACKHOUSE, AKA LAURA STACKHOUSE AKA LAURA L. STACKHOUSE My present address is 134-35 160th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434- My place of birth is Lumberton, NC My date of birth is October 20, 1952 ____________________________________________________________________ SUPREME COURT, STATE OF NY—COUNTY OF NY, Index No.: 21360/09 CHANDRA PERSAUD, Plaintiff, -againstJEROME MAYERS, Defendant. Summons with Notice in ACTION FOR DIVORCE. Basis of venue: Plf’s res. To the above named Def: You are hereby Summoned to serve a notice of appearance on the Plf within 30 days after service is complete; and in case you fail to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default. Nature of this action: judgment of divorce and dissolving the marriage. Ancillary relief sought: Plf and Def waive equitable distribution of marital property; the parties may or may not be covered by the other party’s health insurance plan; PURSUANT TO DRL§236(b)(2), THE PARTIES ARE BOUND BY CERTAIN AUTOMATIC ORDERS WHICH SHALL REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE ACTION. FOR FURTHER DETAILS YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE CLERK OF THE MATRIMONIAL PART, SUPREME COURT, 88-11 SUTPHIN BLVD, JAMAICA, NY 11435. TEL 718-298-1000; and such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper. The above is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of Hon. Bernice D. Siegal, JSC dated June 10, 2010 and filed in Queens Co Clk’s Office.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The NYC Board of Standards and Appeals has scheduled a public hearing on the following application: Variance to permit the enlargement of an existing community facility building (South Queens Boys & Girls Club) contrary to floor
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Marie L. Eloi-Stiven, MD PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/6/09. Ofc in Queens Cty. SSNY designated agent of PLLC upon whom process against it maybe served. SSNY shall mail process to86-15A 65th Dr, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: Medicine ___________________________________________________________________ M3K REALTY, LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 5/5/10. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, c/o Darrin Schafer, 149-56 18th Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. General Purposes. ___________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of BAGEL NOSH LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/21/2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 32-07 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ___________________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF Reverie Enterprise LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST. The name of the limited liability company is Reverie Enterprise LLC SECOND. The county within this state in which the limited liability company is to be located is Queens. THIRD: The secretary of state is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process accepted on behalf of the limited liability company served upon him or her is: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. FOURTH: The name and street address in this state of the registered agent upon whom and at which process against the limited liability company may be served is: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13 th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed these Articles of Organization on the date below. Date: May 10, 2010 LegalZoom.com,Inc., Organizer /s/ Imelda Vasquez By: Imelda Vasquez, Assistant Secretary 7083 Hollywood Blvd., suite 180 Los Angeles, CA 90028 ___________________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF Healthreal, LLC (Insert name of Limited Liability Company) Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: Healthreal, LLC SECOND: The county within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is to be located is: Queens THIRD: The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to
Aqueduct: And Then There Was One! By MICHAEL SCHENKLER And then there was one! Almost a decade ago, recognizing back then that New York State was in serious financial straits, the Legislature legalized video gambling devices at racetracks to provide revenue which
would be divided between the racetracks and the state and be used to underwrite the failing New York Racing Association Inc., the notfor-profit which operates racing at Aqueduct and Saratoga. VLT’s or Video lotter y terminals similar to slot machines, were approved at five locations, including Aqueduct. In 2007, the state issued a request for proposals to operate the video lottery terminals at Aqueduct. In 2008, they selected Delaware Nor th as the winning
bidder but plans fell apar t when the company was unable to make a $370 million upfront payment. And then there were seven! In July 2009 in yet another round of New York State performing at its best, seven companies submit ted bids to de velop t he Racino at Aqueduct: Aqueduct Enter tai nment Group, Delaware North, MGM, Mohegan Sun, Penn National Gaming, SL Green Realty, and Steve Wynn. The bidders each marched through Queens, met with the community, discussed job opportunities with local groups and unions, came and met the press and went through some sor t of public vet ting proce ss. At least we all knew who the devils were. The selection process was delayed for several months because State officials frequently changed the rules and could not reach an agreement on the winning bidder, prompting Steve Wynn to pull out of the running in November. And then there were six! On January 29, 2010, Governor David Paterson announced Aqueduct Enter tainment Group would run the casino. And then there was one, but
not for very long! The selection was met with immediate controversy because of charges that AEG, which had the worst initial bid of those bidding, was allowed to change its bid. Additionally, the role of one AEG investor, South Queens powerbroker the Rev Floyd Flake, and his suppor t in the upcoming Governor election became entangled when Paterson and Flake met right after the award. The U.S. Attorney started investigating the selection, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver added conditions for his approval, AG Cuomo questioned the process, the public cried foul and the State once again changed its mind. In March of this year, the State announced that a new group would be selected through an “expedited, transparent, apolitical and publicly accountable process.” At this point, the gaming industry journals started questioning whether professional and reputable casino operators would participate in a process with the State. And then there were six! On June 2, 2010, New York Lot tery officials announced that six groups were considering sub-
mitting bids with an anticipated selection by August. On June 29, only three of the firms submitted bids — (SL Green/Hard Rock Cafe, Gent ing Group a nd Penn National). And then there were three! The three groups, the finalists in a decade-long proce ss which had been botched and changed by a politically driven State, were in line for a lucrative payoff of the 4,500 VLTs Racino at Aqueduct. The lot tery commission then said Penn National and SL Green both submitted bids that failed to follow rules and mandatory provisions set forth in the state’s request for proposals. “The third proposal submitted by Genting New York appears to conform with all requirements of the bid submission process and will continue to be evaluated,” said Gordon Medenica, head of the New York Lottery. And then there was one, again! Who? Genting, that’s who — a Malaysian entertainment mega-company that we know nothing about. Unlike all the other par ticipants in the pathetic State bidding
dance, Genting has not sat with the press, community leaders, labor, local electeds or anyone but perhaps Albany insiders. And they are the final bidders to operate what could be, except for the airports, the largest grossing locale in our borough. The numbers are staggering! We find it surprising that nobody knows their name and they are about to emerge as the new dominant force in Queens. Hey Albany, you messed it up so many times, might we suggest that you tell these Genting folks to come meet the community, the press and the people to discover what Queens is all about before we give away the store. Genting? Who? And then there was one! MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
Weekly Budget Poem I said I’d right a poem every week until the New York State Legislaturew passes a budget. It’s sort of my form of punishment – for me and you. -MS A Haiku:
NYS Legislature Albany action, Sensible for all New York, But still can’t budge it!
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Budget Deadlock Day 105: Will The Money Run Out? By HENRY STERN some of them. The SenThe state budget ate cannot muster 32 or the lack of it - is as votes to pass a ta x bill unpleasant a subject as because Senator William the heat wave, and we Stachowski of Buffalo will had hoped that by now not approve any measure both issues would have which doe s not provide been resolved. increased status and auUnfor tunately, the thority for the State Unipar tie s in Albany are versity at Buffalo. To inHenry Stern still far apart. Today we sist on this expansion of are 105 days behind the legal dead- SUNY-Buffalo, Stachowski is withline, which means the new state holding suppor t for a n agreed fiscal year, 2011, is now more than upon re-instatement of the state’s one-quarter over. During the Pataki por tion of sales tax on clothing era (1995-2006) a couple of bud- under $110, which both houses gets were not approved until Au- are depending upon to balance the gust, but we were promised that budget. The Democrats oppose the when the governorship and both expansion of power for SUNYhouses of the legislature come un- Buffalo (and Stony Brook) because der one party (the Democrats) that potential ly all 64 state colleges issues would be settled promptly could seek independence and opand amicably. erate autonomously, raising tuition Though there are many dis- at will and leaving some instituputes simmering in Albany, the tions far stronger than others. current deadlock is about adopting Senator Stachowski is also the budget. Whatever else the ex- reported to be displeased because, ecutive and legislative branches are as a leading Democrat on the Fisupposed to accomplish this year nance Committee, he expected to remains in limbo, partly because chair t he commit tee when t he there is a lame-duck governor, Democrats regained control of the partly because the Democrats have Senate. However, that plum went a bare majorit y of 32 senators, to Carl Kruger, who with the ‘three which means every one of them amigos,’ Espada, Monserrate and must vote for a bill to pass it. Diaz, Sr., effectively controlled the In the current standoff, both organization of the DINO (Demohouses have passed bills specify- cratic in name only) senate. ing appropriations. As might be In fact, it was former Majority expected, they differ. However, Leader Malcolm Smith’s refusal of only the Assembly has passed a Espada’s demand for millions of revenue bill, which is needed to state dollars to subsidize the pay for the expenditures, or at least Soundview Health Center that he
and his three sons operate, that triggered the Espada-Monserrate revolt that led to Smith’s unseating as major it y leader and Sampson’s installation as conference chair, with benefits. Public confidence in the State Senate was not enhanced by the resulting June 8 coup, in which Senator Pedro Espada and former Senator Hiram Monserrate voted with the 30 Republicans to displace the Democratic leaders and form a new Republican majority. After a month of anarchy, Espada returned to the fold, and was rewarded with the majority leadership, formerly held by Malcolm Smith, who was kicked upstairs. As a by-product of this successful piracy, Richard Ravitch was appointed Lieutenant Governor by Governor Paterson and Judge Jonathan Lippman persuaded three judges on the Court of Appeals to join him in finding the appointment constitutional, although it was historically unprecedented in the 233-year history of the State of New York. Paterson now says he regrets the appointment because he feels Ravitch is too close to Speaker Silver and to establishment figures in NY City. Much of what remains of authority in Albany is concentrated in the Assembly Speaker, who is clearly master of his own house. However, prospective governor Andrew Cuomo is already making his own judgments on issues in which the speaker may have an
interest, professional or personal. The de facto Democratic senate leader, John Sampson of Brooklyn, does not have enough votes to override a governor’s veto. (Silver doe s, but both houses must concur in order to override.) A great deal of what has been going on in Albany for years is confusing to most people. Media reports shed some light on events, but do not reveal the motivations of the actors. What it comes down to is that all factions of both parties are acting in what they believe is their own partisan interest. The result has been deadlock, with the pos-
sibility of a descent into chaos as time goes on and the money runs out. One conclusion most New Yorkers have drawn is distaste for all the combatants and their selfserving manipulation of facts and events. But the remedy for this situation is harder to discern. The result so far is deadlock, which can theoretically continue until the State runs out of money. Since its finance s have been so manipulated, no one can predict with certainty when that will be. But as with Bernie Madoff, the day is certain to come. StarQuest@NYCivic.org
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Amtrak Vows To Replace Cut Trees dents by a wall of trees – trees that not only provided shelter from the noise of the passing train, but also added something aesthetically pleasing to this urban residential community only minutes from Manhattan. The trees are almost all gone now. Amtrak came in early May and, within a week, took down dozens of trees along a quarter-mile stretch of track in Sunnyside, Woodside and Astoria. For the residents who live along the track between 50 th Street and 31 st Avenue, including those at the Boulevard Gardens development adjacent to the track, it was personal. “I feel like I was violated,” said Cindy, a resident of Boulevard Gardens, who fought back tears. “The trees added serenity to the community. It’s so horrible that they’re gone.”
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By DOMENICK RAFTER When the 8:03 a.m. weekday Acela train out of Penn Station bound for Boston passes through the heavily residential community where Woodside meets Astoria, it is difficult to miss. The first warning is the sound of the approaching blaring horn, followed by a whoosh sound and the clanging of a train on tracks. For some, houses shake, and when they look outside, they can clearly see the high-speed train whizzing past their neighborhood. But it wasn’t always this way. Until this year, the section of track that carries Amtrak’s busiest route, the Northeast Corridor, between Sunnyside Yards and the viaduct over Astoria that connects to the Hells Gate Bridge, was shielded from resi-
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The view and sounds of Amtrak’s trains are no longer obstructed by trees.
Besides the effect cutting down the trees had had on their lives and properties; the local environment was also damaged, residents say. Bird nests were torn down, eggs and chicks were killed, and raccoons and possums that lived in the trees are now wandering backyards, homeless. One resident said she saw a mother bird flying around helplessly looking for her lost nest and offspring. “It was heartbreaking to A couple of watch,” she said. Members of the community, saved. led by Jim Lanza, who has lived in this area of Woodside for over 50 years, wrote to Amtrak and secured the help of their local political leaders including U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Both were dumbfounded by Amtrak’s decision to tear down the trees. “Amtrak did this with no regard to the surrounding community and no regard to noise and aesthetics,” Crowley said. “We told Amtrak they had to be more engaged with the community.” Lanza had his own theory on why the trees were taken down. He said Amtrak would come to trim the trees every few years on the side facing the tracks and every decade or so on the side facing the streets and backyards. “This was a more permanent solution, I guess.” Lanza said. Some residents say Amtrak workers told them that the railroad was trying to spend stimulus money it received last year. As soon as Crowley and Vallone got
trees marked for removal have been involved, and news of the deforestation of the track hit the streets, Amtrak immediately stopped tearing down the trees, leaving only a few standing near 31st Avenue. The government-owned corporation also promised to clean the debris left behind and hire an arborist to come in and design a plan to replant trees along the tracks. The arborist is expected to meet with community leaders tentatively on July 21 and Amtrak has said it plans to replant trees in late fall. “Thanks to the community, we saved some trees and got a commitment from Amtrak to replant,” said Vallone. But some residents are skeptical that Amtrak will follow through on its promises. “What has been done has been done. The damage is irreplaceable,” Crowley said. “But we’ll be on top of Amtrak to make sure they fix this. They know they messed up.” Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Rally To Aid Victims Turns Political By STEFAN SINGH Queens politicians joined forces on July 1 to raise awareness about domestic violence, in an event hosted by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D- East Elmhurst) at Corona Plaza. Dozens of residents gathered together and spoke out against violence in the household. However some, like District Leader Martha FloresVazquez, criticized it as a "political thing." Ferreras, the main funder of the event, was joined by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights), Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and several other elected officials who all support the cause. Also on hand were several community organizations that specialize in helping those who have been or are being domestically abused. Ferreras spoke to the crowd, mostly
Speaker Christine Quinn joins Councilwoman Ferreras in the rally against domestic violence.
dressed in purple, in English and Spanish about the recent deadly cases of domestic violence in Queens. "We have a situation here and I know we have capable community organizations who can help," she said. Liu took the podium and addressed the crowd in a strong, influential manner. His dominating voice grasped everyone's attention as he said, "We will finally eradicate domestic violence." The other speakers also spoke out against domestic violence and urged the mostly female crowd to seek help if they need it. But the most emotional speaker at the rally was not a politician. It was a young woman whose face and arms told everyone that she was a true victim of domestic violence before she ever uttered a word. Crucita Medina Martinez was burned on her face, arms, chest and legs with acid by her angry ex-boyfriend. Martinez, who only speaks Spanish, told her story to those watching. According to Ferreras, who translated for Martinez, she said, "I am not happy that this happened to me but I am happy that this incident serves as an example." Martinez urged victims to not wait like she did until it was too late. She advised them to seek help right away and she reminded them that "when one door shuts, three windows open." Flores-Vasquez is a long-time supporter of former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who was convicted of abusing his girlfriend last year. She, however, is also a supporter of women's rights and said that the first day Sen. Peralta came into office he put funding on hold for local organizations, such as Latin Women in Action, which helps the victims of domestic abuse. The funding for the group had previously been allocated by Monserrate. "Sometimes people
have rallies because they want to look like heroes and stars, but if they really cared why would they be holding funding from the grassroot organizations," asked Flores-Vasquez. Haydee Zambrana, the founder of Latin Women in Action, said that Ferreras and company do not truly care about the victims of domestic abuse. In a press release Zambrana said, "While we applaud that councilwoman Ferreras and Jose Peralta are conducting a rally against domestic violence, it has the appearance of a political show." Zambrana went on to question if the money used to fund the rally is the same money that was supposed to be allocated to the Latin Women in Action
before Peralta placed it on hold. In response to their accusations about not caring about the victims, Peralta said, "My record speaks for itself, you can look it up. I have always been an advocate of the fight against domestic violence." Peralta also said that he is not responsible for the hold on money that Monserrate allocated. "Martha Vasquez is holding me responsible for something that happened before I even came into office," said Peralta. "She is just upset that her candidate didn't win the election." Reach Intern Stefan Singh at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.
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PROBATE CITATION File No. 2007/5327/A SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY SUPPLEMENTAL CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: ARTHUR CARMICHAEL, JR. If living and if dead to his heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if he died subsequent to the Decedent herein, to his executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose name and place of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of ARTHUR CARMICHAEL, the Decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained. A petition having been duly filed by CREOLA CARMICHAEL, who is domiciled at 160 Mickler Drive, Ladson, South Carolina 29456 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on the 5 th day of August, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of ARTHUR CARMICHAEL lately domiciled at 161-39 118 Ave, Jamaica, NY 11434 admitting to probate a Will dated August 6 th, 2004, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of ARTHUR CARMICHAEL, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [xx] Letters Testamentary issue to: CREOLA CARMICHAEL (State any further relief requested) MAY 27 2010 (Seal) HON. ROBERT L. NAHMAN Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Acting Chief Clerk LAW OFFICE OF JOEL HASHINSKY (718) 805-1271 Attorney for Petitioner 101-05 Lefferts Blvd., Suite 201A, Richmond Hill, New York 11419 Address of Attorney [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] ___________________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF FITNESS IN ASTORIA LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is FITNESS IN ASTORIA LLC SECOND: The county within this state in which the limited liability company is to be located, is Queens. THIRD: The secretary of state is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process accepted on behalf of the limited liability company served upon him or her is: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228 FOURTH: The name and street address in this state of the registered agent upon whom and at which process against the limited liability company may be served is: United States
Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13 th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed these Articles of Organization on the date below. LegalZoom.com, Inc., Organizer Date: March 3, 2010 / s/ Imelda Vasquez By: Imelda Vasquez, Assistant Secretary 7083 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 180 Los Angeles, CA 90028 ____________________________________________________________________ CITATION SURROGATE’S COURT, Queens COUNTY File No. 2010-2588 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: BARBARA CAPOLONE if living, and if dead to her heirs at law, next of kin and distributes whose names and places of residence are unknown, and if she died subsequent to the decedent herein, to her executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown, and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributes of LILLIAN CAPOLONE, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained. A petition having been duly filed by Berta Kropf and Gloria Sinacore who is/are domiciled at 205 West End Avenue, Apt 24V, New York, New York 10023 and 65-09 16 th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11204 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on August 19, 2010, at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Lillian Capolone lately dominiciled at 61-39 69th Lane, Middle Village, New York 11379, United States admitting to probate a Will dated June 27, 1995 (and Codicil(s), if any, dated a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Lillian Capolone deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary Issue to Berta Kropf and Gloria Sinaconi Dated, Attested and Sealed, June 25, 2010 Seal HON. Robert L. Nahman Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk William J. Schauer Schauer & Schauer Firm (718) 821-2800 Telephone 66-61 Forest Avenue, Ridgewood, New York 11385 Address NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. ___________________________________________________________________ 4319 Management Limited Liability Company. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 10/15/09. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Chai Shi Lu, Xiu Long Lu, Kun Lu, 4319 69 th St., Queens, NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ___________________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FERAZZOLI
EQUITIES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/27/10. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Joseph & Terracciano, LLP, 2 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 200, Syosset, New York 11791. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ____________________________________________________________________ GG 89th Street Properties, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/20/10. Ofc in Queens Cty. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 30-30 89th St., Jackson Heights, NY 11369. Purpose: General ____________________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 6/ 22/10, bearing Index Number NC-000594-10/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 (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) MARIBEL (Last) GONZALEZ My present name is (First) MIGUEL (Middle) ANGEL (Last) GONZALEZ AKA MIGUEL GONZALEZ AKA MIGUEL A. GONZALEZ My present address is 85-09 162ND STREET, APT. 12-M, Jamaica, NY 11432- My place of birth is PUERTO RICO My date of birth is December 20, 1939 ___________________________________________________________________ CANADA SUPERIOR COURT PROVINCE OF QUEBEC District of Montreal Family Division (Divorce) No.:500-12304730-108 Satwinder Singh, Unemployed, residing and domiciled at 2365 Menard, LaSalle, Quebec, Canada, H8N AJ6 PLAINTIFF vs. Kiran Singh, having an unknown Residence and domicile; DEFENDANT SUMMONS Kiran Singh is ORDERED to appear To appear at the Clerk’s office of this court situated at 10, St-Antoine East Street, Montreal, Quebec, Room 1.120 within 60 days of publication of this notice In the Queens’ Tribune newspaper. If the defendant appears, the ORIGINATING MOTION FOR DIVORCE, AFFIDAVIT, ATTESTATION, ADVOCATES’ CERTIFICATE, NOTICE TO DEFENDANT IN FAMILY MATTERS (art. 119 & 813 C.p.c.), CLERK’SCERTIFICATE and LIST OF EXHIBITS will be presented before the court on September 17th, 2010 at 9:00 A.M., in room 2.17, at the Palais de Justice de Montreal; A copy of the ORIGINATING MOTION FOR DIVORCE, AFFIDAVIT, ATTESTATION, ADVOCATES’ CERTIFICATE, NOTICE TO DEFENDANT IN FAMILY MATTERS (art. 119 & 813 C.p.c.), CLERK’S CERTIFICATE and LIST OF EXHIBITS has been left at the clerk’s office for Mrs. KIRAN SINGH. Montreal, July 5th, 2010
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A few minutes later police received a call 102nd Precinct SHOOTING ROBBERY: The N YPD is to responded to Jamaica Hospital. Upon seeking the public’s assistance in locating a arrival it was discovered that a 34-year old man wanted in connection with an armed black man walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach. robber y and shoot ing that ocHe was listed in stable condition. curred in Richmond Hill. The two shootings are believed to On Wednesday, June 30, at be related. There were no arrests at approximately 7:20 p.m., at the this time and investigation was corner of 95th Avenue and 120th ongoing. Street in Richmond Hill, the victim, a 17-year old man, was sitting 109th Precinct in a parked car when the suspect FOUND DEAD: On Monday, who was armed with a firearm July 12, at approximately 2:27 a.m., approached him. The suspect anpolice responded to 149-35 nounced a robbery and the victim Barclay Ave, in Murray Hill for a fled on foot. The suspect fired at call of an unconscious female. Upon him, striking him once in the buttocks. Victim was removed to Police are looking arrival, police observed an 82-yearold Asian woman unconscious and Jamaica Hospital in stable condi- for Jose Cabral. unresponsive. EMS responded and tion. The suspect, Jose Cabral, 26, is described as a Hispanic man, 5-foot- pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The medical examiner was to determine the cause 10, and 190 lbs. Anyone with information on this incident of death. The investigation was ongoing. is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577- The identification is pending family notificaTIPS (8477). The public can also submit tion. their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers 113th Precinct Web site at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by TWO SHOT: On Friday, July 9, at 12:53 texting their tips to 274637(CRIME) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confi- a.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting two unconscious people inside of 191-46 115th dential. Rd. in St. Albans. Upon arrival, police found Laverne Legendre, 62, of 104-33 191 St., St. 104th Precinct JUNIPER CRASH: On Friday, July 9, at Albans and Pierre Legendre, 72, who lived at approximately 10:34 a.m., at Juniper Boule- the location, with gunshot wounds to the head. vard South and 70 Street, in Middle Village, EMS responded and pronounced both indipolice responded to a motor vehicle acci- viduals dead at the scene. A loaded .38 caliber dent. Upon arrival it was determined that a revolver was recovered on the scene. 2010 gray Nissan Altima driven by a 68-year 114th Precinct old white man was traveling west-bound on GANG ASSAULT: On Wednesday, July Juniper Boulevard South when the vehicle crossed the center median and struck a tree 7, at 3:34 a.m., inside of Astoria Park at 19th on the east bound side of Juniper Boulevard Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, South. EMS responded to the location and police responded to a 911 call of a man being pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The assaulted. Upon arrival, Ruben Vargas, 32, of 11-49 Welling Ct., Apt 2R in Hallets Cove, investigation was ongoing. was found lying on the ground unconscious with trauma to the body. EMS responded to 106th Precinct RELATED SHOOTINGS: On Sunday, the location and pronounced the victim dead July 11, at approximately 6:40 a.m., police at the scene. Thomas Donovan, 31, of 565 responded to 135th Street and Liberty Av- West 162nd St., Manhattan and Kelly Harnett, enue in South Richmond Hill and discovered 26, 20-41 Shore Blvd., Astoria were both Barri Jahoor, 35, of 83-24 169th St. in arrested and charged with second degree Jamaica Hills, with multiple gunshot wounds murder, second degree robbery, first degree to the torso. EMS responded and pronounced robbery and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. the victim dead at the scene.
Manager Stole $950K From Boro Apts.: DA By DOMENICK RAFTER A former managing agent of five Queens apar tment buildings has been charged with embezzling almost $1 million in tenant maintenance fees over a six-year period. Queens DA Richard Brown said Michael Richter, 50, of 9 Summit Dr. in Manhasset, is charged with five counts of second-degree grand larceny and five counts of firstdegree falsifying business records. Brown likened Richter’s accused embezzlement to a Ponzi scheme. According to the criminal charges, Richter and his company, Charter Management Realty Inc. of New Hyde Park, worked as the management agent for several Queens apartment buildings. As such, building tenants were required to remit their monthly maintenance payments directly to Char ter Management, which then allegedly deposited all the funds in a single lockbox bank account. The funds were intended to cover the
monthly expenses for each building, such as staff salaries, water bills, insurance, heat and other expenses. It is alleged that Richter stole a total of approximately $949,877 from the lockbox account between January 2004 and August 2009, when Charter Management closed, and that he falsified the business records of each building by sending out annual accounting reports that covered up the thefts. Among the alleged victims and their losses were: the 84-49 Owners Corporation located at 84-49 168th St., Jamaica; the 67th Housing Corporation located at 99-21 67th Rd. in Rego Park; the Majestic Tenants Corporation located at 110-20 71st Ave. in Forest Hills; the Berkeley Apar tment Cor poration located at 99-45 67th Rd. in Rego Park; and the Sherwood Village Co-op B located at 99-14 59th Ave. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Academy Gives Tots A Learning Location By REBECCA SESNY â€œFrom the time your child wakes up until the time he or she goes to sleep at night, there are countless opportunities for learning and growing,â€? is the mantra for the recently opened Kiddie Academy Child Care Center located in Whitestone. Queens residents looking for quality child care that uses a hands-on learning philosophy to teach children should sneak a peek under the Whitestone Bridge. The nationally franchised childcare center Kiddie Academy opened in Whitestone last Children, starting at the youngest ages, are welcome October with one child and at Kiddie Academy. has been growing steadily ever since. more than 20 years ago with the philosophy The center, open Monday through Friday of not just being a day care center, but also 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., now has more than instilling ways of learning into a childâ€™s day. 80 children enrolled with a total capacity of The academyâ€™s extended hours also enable close to 200. They have programs for kids parents to send school age children all the starting at infancy and continue through way to age 12 to this facility, making beforekindergarten age with a hands-on learning and after-school child care plausible. Howapproach that is a unique program to Kiddie ever, the center does not have a bus or Academy called Life Essentials that encour- shuttle service to or from schools. Academy ages active play. teachers can and do walk to local elementary â€œOur educational philosophy is develop- school PS 193 to pick up children and bring mentally appropriate, child directed and them back to the center for after school teacher guided activities,â€? said Academy programs. Director Donna Di Siena-Sack This summer, Kiddie Academy of â€œLife Essentialsâ€? is a Kiddie Academy Whitestone will have a summer camp for kids established teaching program that teaches age 6 to 12, and for younger children will children fundamentals and life tools. The modify actives based more in the outdoors program stresses getting immersed in activi- such as water play and community walks. ties while learning â€“ and the kids do get â€œWe plan on doing some walking trips for messy. â€œIt is so important for them, when you the kids that are over 6 and go more into the get involved with something, being involved community,â€? said Di Siena-Sack, â€œlike the helps them learn better, helps them find out local pizza place where they take us behind who they are,â€? said Di Siena-Stack. the scenes so the kids can make their own There are Life Essentials programs for pizza.â€? every age, giving teachers guides on how to Kiddie Academy also looks to get more engage the children in these activities. Each involved in the local community and has of the ages starting from infancy has a cur- introduced itself to local businesses and civic riculum geared towards that age group. The groups to get the word out that they are here instructors are able to use the Life Essentials and want to be a part of the Queens and curriculum to create activities, but they can Whitestone neighborhood. also change and modify these games, activiâ€œKiddie Academy does like to get inties and tools for learning if they see that the volved with community,â€? she said. â€œto be a child is not interested. part of the community, and meet the needs of â€œItâ€™s really about meeting the kidsâ€™ needs the community.â€? and taking their interests into account,â€? said Kiddie Academy is located at 9-05 152nd Di Siena-Stack, â€œbecause really children learn St. To learn more call (718) 747-5555. when they are interested in something and Reach Intern Rebecca Sesny at build off of that.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357Kiddie Academy was started in Maryland 7400, Ext. 128.
By JOSEPH OROV IC Mixed-up paperwork and confusion left 75-year-old Middle Village veteran Anthony Novak on the wrong side of a $24,000 debt. The Korean War vet was saddled with the money owed after a clerical error at the Department Veterans Affairs saw his Social Security checks grow by $1,000 in 2001. Eight years later, Veterans Affairs sent Novak a notice that his checks would stop coming, and slapped on the debt in accrued overpayments. The Middle Village and Forest Hills Ve t e r a n s D ay p a r a d e s re g u l a r s u f fe r s f ro m d e t e r i o r a t i n g he a l t h , w i t h he a r t surger y and t hroat, bladder and skin ca ncer. His treatment has i ncluded t he re moval of his voice box, having it replaced
with a speaking apparatus. Novakâ€™s daughter Jennifer became distressed trying to fix the error. â€œMy father has never lived an extravagant life. He served his country honorably and just wants a fair shake, nothing more,â€? she said. She reached out to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrandâ€™s office for help. After some prodding, the agency waived Novakâ€™s debt and restored the only income he had. â€œThis is such a huge weight lifted, I couldnâ€™t be happier,â€? he said. â€œIt was simply impossible for me to pay this debt.â€? Reach Reporter Joseph Orovic at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
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MTA LONG ISLAND BUS REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (RFEI) PARATRANSIT SERVICES (E-3967) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Bus (LIB) is seeking Expressions of Interest from entities interested in competing, on a full and open basis, for the award of a Paratransit Service Contract to provide cost effective ambulatory car services to eastern Queens, Nassau, and western Suffolk counties. This is not a solicitation for actual bids or cost proposals, but rather a request for interest. A. Introduction and Purpose of Solicitation: LIB is a public transportation agency providing multi-modal transportation including paratransit services, as required under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), to Nassau County, eastern Queens and western Suffolk. LIB is seeking qualified firms interested in providing paratransit car services for ambulatory customers to supplement existing services offered through LIB. Solicitation documents will be provided to all interested parties. These documents will contain all information regarding the scope of work, bid process, due dates, and the award process. More than one contract may be awarded. LIB encourages qualified firms to participate. Please review the Specific Requirements / Eligibility Criteria outlined in B. below, and provide the requested Company Information in Section C if your firm would like to
participate in this solicitation. Expressions of Interest, with the requisite company information, are requested no later than 8/10/10. Interested parties should forward this information to: Mary Detwiler, Mgr. of Contracts, MTA Long Island Bus, 700 Commercial Ave., Garden City, NY 11530. B. Specific Requirements / Eligibility Criteria: Compliance with all applicable ADA guidelines as well as any local laws or guidelines. Compliance with all NYS Department of Motor Vehicle laws, and applicable local municipal Taxi and Limousine regulations and registrations. Vehicle fleet, minimum of 15 vehicles in size to accommodate up to fifty (50) one-way single trips within eastern Queens, Nassau and western Suffolk counties on a daily basis, twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Mandatory Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) goals may be assigned to this solicitation. C . Company Information: Company Name, Company Contact, Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number, Email Address, Company Website, Federal Tax ID No., State or Local Municipal Taxi and Limousine Registrations held, Brief Summary of Services that can be provided. ____________________________________________________________________ SDE DOMINICAN, L.L.C. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/20/01. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY
shall mail copy of process to Citifield Attn: Gen Counsel, 23-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, New York, 11368. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ___________________________________________________________________ KING BROTHERS DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 7/1/09. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 13678 41st Ave., #2F, Flushing, NY 11355. General Purposes. ___________________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of Spaladium LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 16, 2010. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to: Spiegel & Utrera, P.A., P.C. at 1 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10038 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. ___________________________________________________________________ Queens Crossing Anesthesia, PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/14/10. Ofc in Queens Cty. SSNY designated agent of PLLC upon whom Process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 136-20 38th Ave Ste 5I, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Medicine.
Queens CLOSEUP Camera Club The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, at 146-01 45 Ave. on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. Enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street. We meet on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact (718) 441-6210 or flushingcameraclub.org
Free Salsa Classes Parsons Beacon is proud to announce that it will be offering a free Adult Salsa Class open to all adults every Tuesday from 6:308:30 p.m. Anyone interested in registering please call (718) 820-0760.
12-Step Program Nar-Anon Never Alone is a 12-Step support group for anyone affected by a loved one's use and/or abuse of drugs. There are no dues or fees. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall in Whitestone, 19-12 149 St., every Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. For further information, please contact Norma at (718) 217-0364.
Extreme Makeover Straight out of the idea behind the hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," shabby homeowners are encouraged to be extra nice to their friends: a compelling letter from one of them to Major Homes might nominate a lucky family into overhauled digs. Major Homes President Mitchell Kersch said his charitable bona fides include $7,000 in free siding to the family of a guitarist who
had lost three and a half fingers and the donation of a kitchen to a family with three children suffering from cystic fibrosis. Kersch, the third of a four-generation family dynasty, said said there's no catch and that the business is often charitable with their services, though there is one caveat. The contest has no eligibility requirements. It doesn't even have an official name. "All they need to do is send a letter," said Kersch. "There's no cost. No obligation. It is not a gimmick." They won't even enter information from entries into a sales database, he said. To nominate someone for free windows, roofing or siding, write a letter explaining their circumstances. Include both your information and your nominee's information, including: name, phone number, address, and email if you have one. Send letters to Major Homes, 48-52 Clearview Expy., Bayside, NY 11364, attention Mitch Kersch.
Camera Club Flushing Camera Club will begin its summer digital photography program, geared towards the beginner in all of us. Participation costs $5 per session - don't forget to bring your camera and the manual. The group meets at Flushing Hospital's auditorium, 146-01 45th Ave., every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Events At NYHQ New York Hospital Queens will how many events during this month. On July 8 at 11 a.m. there will be a Tai Chi Class at The Cardiac Health Center, 174-03 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows.
For more information, call (718) 670-1695. On July 15 at 11 a.m. there will be a Tai Chi Class at the Cardiac Health Center, 17403 Horace Harding Expressway. For more information, call (718) 670-1695. On July 15, 1 - 3 p.m., there will be free glaucoma screenings at the Queens Eye Center, 60-10 Main St. For more information, call (718) 661-8800. On July 16, 12 - 1 p.m., there will be Scrapbooking for Preemie Parents. The group is held on the 3rd floor of the ancillary building in the OBGYN conference room, E3007 at 56-45 Main St. For more information, call Alisha Rappaport, (718) 670-2920. On July 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a health fair providing glaucoma screenings at All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle Church, 89-28 Parsons Blvd. For more information, call (718) 670-1211. On July 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a health fair providing glaucoma screenings at Our Lady of DeAngelous, 63-63 98th St. For more information, call (718) 670-1211. On July 19 at 11 a.m. there will be a Tai Chi Class at The Cardiac Health Center, 17403 Horace Harding Expressway. For more information, call (718) 670-1695. On July 20, 5 - 8 p.m., there will be a Blood Mobile at Waldbaum's, 258-17 Union Turnpike. For more information, call Barbara Foote at (718) 661-7987. On July 22 at 11 a.m. there will be a Tai Chi Class at The Cardiac Health Center, 17403 Horace Harding Expressway. For more information, call (718) 670-1695. On July 22, 1 - 3 p.m., there will be free glaucoma screenings at the Queens Eye Center, 60-10 Main St. For more information,
call (718) 661-8800. On July 23, 12 - 1 p.m., there will be Scrapbooking for Preemie Parents. The group is held on the 3rd floor of the ancillary building in the OBGYN conference room, E3007 at 56-45 Main St. For more information, call Alisha Rappaport at (718) 670-2920. On July 26 at 11 a.m. there will be a Tai Chi Class at the Cardiac Health Center, 17403 Horace Harding Expressway. For more information, call (718) 670-1695. On July 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a Blood Mobile at Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. For more information, call (718) 673-6375. On July 29 at 11 a.m., there will be a Tai Chi Class (Mondays and Thursdays) at the Cardiac Health Center, 174-03 Horace Harding Expressway. For more information, call (718) 670-1695. On July 29, 1 - 3 p.m., there will be free glaucoma screenings at the Queens Eye Center 60-10 Main St. For more information, call (718) 661-8800. On July 29, 2 - 3:15 p.m., there will be a lecture about burn prevention at NYHQ's Lang Auditorium, 56-45 Main St. For more information, call (718) 670-1211. On July 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a blood drive at Aurora Electric Inc., JFK Airport, 141 Federal Circle. For more information, call (718) 661-7987. On July 30, 12 - 1 p.m., there will be Scrapbooking for Preemie Parents. The group is held on the 3rd floor of the ancillary building in the OBGYN conference room, E3007. For more information, call (718) 670-2920.
biomolecules is an important biological process associated with aging, disease and photodynamic therapy for cancer. “We also hope to discover and develop new methods and techniques in analytical chemistry and nanotechnology,” says Liu. Heng Ji’s (Computer Science, hired 2008) work has important implications for researchers looking to automatically retrieve and track information from unstructured, machine-readable documents. “Ideally, you would initiate a search for information on a given topic and the program would automatically extract and track relevant information in all languages,” she says. “The program would then generate a summary of relevant findings.” Alexey Ovchinnikov (Mathematics, hired 2009) is developing efficient algorithms that can be used to solve differential
and difference equations. “These will have practical applications everywhere differential equations are used—in physics, biology, chemistry, and the sciences in general,” says Ovchinnikov. With the Internet emerging as the main platform for computation, individuals have become increasingly reliant on cryptography to ensure privacy and security in their day-today activities and protect their personal information from unauthorized access. “However, the design of many cryptosystems do not adequately account for new computational and cryptographic attacks made possible by advances in quantum computing and complex protocol interactions on the Internet,” says Hoeteck Wee (Computer Science, hired 2008). The focus of his project lies in the design and analysis of new cryptographic protocols that address these new attacks.
Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE...PEOPLE..PEOPLE... of these adults have sophisticated fluency in American Sign Language (ASL),” says Matt Huenerfauth (Computer Science, hired 2006). “So, software that can present information in the form of ASL animations, or automatically translate English text to ASL would improve these persons’ access to websites, communication, and information.” Huenerfauth’s lab uses a range of motioncapture equipment—including gloves with sensors, special body suits, and eye-trackers—to digitize the movements of humans performing ASL sentences, which differ in structure and word order from English. “By analyzing the patterns in how humans perform ASL signs, we can produce animated virtual human characters that produce more realistic ASL movements,” Huenerfauth says. Seogjoo Jang (Chemistry & Biochemistry, hired 2005) is conducting research on the development of computational methods for energy flow dynamics in soft optoelectronic molecular systems. His work promises to have “a broad impact on the development of methods that could lead to new advances in optics as well as electronic and sensor devices,” says Jang. The research of Jianbo Liu (Chemistry & Biochemistry, hired 2006) focuses on the use of mass spectrometry and ion/molecule reaction techniques to study the reactions of biologically important molecules with reactive oxygen species. Oxidation of
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Most colleges would be honored to have a single National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award recipient. Queens College has six current recipients—all of them assistant professors and recent professional hires in the departments of Computer Science, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Mathematics. Says QC President James Muyskens: “Since I arrived on campus in 2002, there has been a dramatic change in the makeup of our faculty, as half has been hired since then. And what a faculty we’ve hired! This latest example represents an unprecedented achievement for these outstanding scientists, as well as for the college.” “These substantial grants both honor and support outstanding research efforts by promising young scientists early in their careers,” says Acting Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Richard Bodnar. “The money also enables graduate and undergraduate students to do meaningful work in the labs of these faculty members.” Adds Zhigang Xiang (Computer Science), whose department is home to three of the awardees, “I feel very fortunate. As a department head, there is nothing more you can expect than to get such talented people to join your staff.” “For several reasons, a majority of deaf high school graduates in the U.S. have at best only a fourth-grade English reading level, but many
Looking At 2030:
City Seeks Input On Its Green Future, Aid In Outlining Cityâ€™s Growth Plan By JESSICA ABLAMSKY have occurred, and that will bring real benefits to local neighborhoods.â€? On Earth Day 2007, Mayor Mike Bloomberg unveiled PlaNYC, a blueprint for the For more information about PlaNYC, or to provide input, go to www.nyc.gov/ direction of future growth in New York City that aims to prepare our aging infrastructure planyc2030. for the addition of 1 million residents by 2030, and make this the nationâ€™s first sustainReach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357able city. 7400, Ext. 124. â€œThrough PlaNYC, which was launched just three years ago, we are transforming New York into a greener, greater city â€“ even PlaNYC Data as we prepare for a million more New Yorkers. In doing so, we continue to prove that Where the Growth Will Happen: Projected Population Increase being more sustainable isnâ€™t just the right thing to do, itâ€™s the smart thing,â€? Bloomberg recently said. Borough 2000 2030 % Change The plan creates a series of goals to mitigate the impact of an increasing popuThe Bronx 1.33 million 1.46 million 9.3 lation on air, energy, climate change, land, transportation and water, such as reducing The Brooklyn 2.47 million 2.72 million 10.3 global warming emissions by 30 percent below fiscal year 2006 levels by 2017.
Whatâ€™s Happening? The first update to the plan, which must be updated every four years, is due on Earth Day 2011. As officials lay the groundwork for a sustainable future, they are asking residents to take a look back at what worked, and what did not work, about the current plan. A presentation about the plan was presented to the Queens Borough Board on Monday. â€œWe are beginning the process of asking people, â€˜what do we want the city to look like in 20 years?,â€™â€? said Adam Freed, acting director of the Mayorâ€™s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. This fall will see the inauguration of an extensive public outreach campaign, with briefings and meetings with community boards, engagement with social media, roundtable discussions and town hall meetings in all five boroughs, said Jason Post, a spokesman for the Mayor.
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What Do We Need? Building owners need financial incentives to refurbish existing properties with green space, said Ivan Mrakovcic, chairperson of Community Board 9. Susan Seinfeld, district manager of Community Board 11, obtained a rain barrel that captures stormwater, which can be used to water lawns and gardens, during a free giveaway program in 2008 and 2009 through the City Department of Environmental Protection. That program should be continued, Seinfeld said. â€œWe have made great strides to improve our environment, build our economy, and enhance quality of life for all New Yorkers, but more remains to be done,â€? Bloomberg said.
Making A Green City A recent achievement is a new grant program that will use financial incentives to spur the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated lands known as brownfields. More than $9 million in City funds will be available over the next several years to fund environmental planning, investigation and cleanup. â€œAs our population continues to grow, turning contaminated land into usable space will allow us to develop new housing, create more open space, and spur new job growth,â€? Bloomberg said. â€œBy awarding grants to those committed to cleaning up and developing brownfield sites, we can start revitalizations that may not otherwise
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Ten Goals For Creating a Sustainable City Housing: Create homes for almost a million more New Yorkers, while making housing more affordable and sustainable. Open Space: Ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of a park. Brownfields: Clean up all contaminated land in New York City. Water Quality: Open 90 percent of our waterways for recreation by reducing water pollution and preserving our natural areas. Water Network: Develop critical backup systems for our aging water network to ensure long-term reliability.
Transportation: Improve travel times by adding transit capacity for millions more residents, visitors, and workers. Reach a full â€œstate of good repairâ€? on New York Cityâ€™s roads, subways and rails for the first time in history. Energy: Provide cleaner, more reliable power for every New Yorker by upgrading our energy infrastructure. Air Quality: Achieve the cleanest air quality of any big city in America. Climate Change: Reduce our global warming emissions by 30 percent.
Top Achievements: Progress toward PlaNYC goals since April 2007 s PERCENT DECREASE IN CITYWIDE CARBON EMISSIONS s !LL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS ARE ABLE TO MEET the Clean Water Actâ€™s standard for pollutant removal harbor-wide s REZONINGS APPROVED FOCUSING DEVELOPMENT IN AR eas well-served by transit s PERCENT OF THE YELLOW TAXI mEET CONVERTED TO HYBRID vehicles s STATE OF GOOD REPAIR PROJECTS WERE BEGUN LEVERAG ing $261 million in Federal stimulus funding s ENERGY EFlCIENCY PROJECTS COMPLETED AS PART OF plan to reduce City government energy use 30 percent by 2017 s SCHOOLYARDS TO PLAYGROUND SITES OPENED -ANY of these sites were concentrated in densely-build areas such as southern Brooklyn and southeastern Queens where there has been a shortage of parkland.
s MILES OF BICYCLE LANES WERE INSTALLED AND BIKE AC cess law was enacted s /VER ACRES OF LAND WAS ACQUIRED TO PROTECT OUR upstate water supply s AFFORDABLE UNITS CREATED OR PRESERVED s TREES PLANTED s #LEAN AIR SCHOOL BUS LAW ENACTED REQUIRING INSTALLATION OF INTERIOR AIR QUALITY CONTROLS ON ENTIRE mEET s #REATED THE /FlCE OF %NVIRONMENTAL 2EMEDIATION THE nationâ€™s first municipal brownfield office s $EVELOPED CITYS lRST OFlCIAL CLIMATE CHANGE PROJEC tions s 'REENER 'REATER "UILDINGS 0LAN ENACTED INTO LAW requiring energy efficiency upgrades in all large buildings s 4IMES 3QUARE (ERALD 3QUARE AND -ADISON 3QUARE were transformed into pedestrian-friendly plazas
R2D2 Comes To Life At Queens Mall candy in a candy store. While children, and parents reliving their childhoods, enjoyed the models on display in LEGO's store in the mall's JC Penney wing, LEGO master builder Dan Steininger and volunteers manned LEGO's model-building site in the mall's atrium where all weekend long they helped build an 8-foot model of Star Wars character R2D2. Steininger and LEGO volunteers used bricks put together from LEGO pieces by children who stopped by the atrium to build the droid model. The first bricks were laid on Friday and by Sunday the R2D2 model was finished. Steninger also
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By DOMENICK RAFTER One of America's favorite toys has a home in Queens. LEGO opened its first store last month in the heart of the borough at the Queens Center Mall. Though the store opened in June, LEGO held its official grand opening celebration this past weekend with a days-long modelbuilding event in the mall's atrium. In the store, LEGO models, including a space shuttle and helicopter, were on display adjacent to the boxes of sets that were for sale. On the back wall, cubbyholes housed LEGO blocks of different colors and sizes for sale like
LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger uses the model of R2D2 (r.) to design the creation of the 8-foot droid.
held giveaways for children. The Queens Center store is the Danish toy company's fourth in New York State and the first of two in New York City. Their other store is their New York flagship in Rockefeller
Center, which opened the week after the Queens Center location. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Offshore Wind Farm Taking Flight By JESSICA ABLAMSKY An offshore wind farm that would be located off the coast of Far Rockaway and Long Island is one step closer to reality. New York Power Authority tr ustees recently authorized an application to lease from federal authorities 65,000 acres of land beneath the Atlantic Ocean to develop the Long I s l a n d - N e w Yo r k C i t y O f f s h o re W i n d Project. The wind farm, which could be up and running by 2016, is a collaboration between Con Edison, the Long Island Power Authority and a handful of public agencies. It would generate 350 megawatts, with the capacity to expand up to 700 megawat ts. Although a spokesman from LIPA said that each megawat t can power up to 1,000 houses, a spokeswoma n from NYPA says that each megawatt of wind can power 225300 homes, which would mean a initial capacity of about 79,000-105,000 homes. “Beginning the process of leasing the land beneath the ocean will get us closer to developing power from Long Isla nd-New York City offshore wind farm, which when built, will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels
and promote economic development,” said Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The project would utilize 80-100 turbines, depending on the kind of technology employed, and be located 13-17 miles offshore, which is nearly invisible to the naked eye from land, according to Con Ed. Annual rent during development and construction will be negotiated with the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOE), and is expected to total $3 per acre, or $200,000. When the project is operational, the BOE will receive an as-yet-unknown por tion of revenue from energy sales as rent. Although there are currently no offshore wind farms in the U.S., there are some in Europe. The first project in the U.S. could be Cape Wind, which would be located in Nantucket Sound. Several years ago, LIPA proposed, then nixed, a controversial wind farm off the coast of Jones Beach that was too close to the shore and generated too lit tle power. Reach Reporter Jessica Ablamsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124.
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Tour De Queens
The ribbon was cut last Thursday at the new Costco warehouse store at the Rego Park Center. The retailer joins TJ Maxx, Century 21 and other businesses, and the center will soon be home to Toys R Us and a slew of new retailers. Photo by Ira Cohen
Some 1,500 cyclists lined up in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday for the Third Annual Tour de Queens Bike ride through the northeastern part of the borough. The tour is held to raise awareness of the need for safer bicycle and pedestrian lanes throughout the borough. Photo by Ira Cohen
Queens Events Edited By Harley Benson
Nice Catch Tinmay Chung Lu fought her way to get a t-shirt launched by the Pepsi Party Patrol at Citi Field on Friday’s Mets game against the Braves. The Amazin’s may have lost, but at least Tinmay got a souvenir. Photo by Tania Y. Betancourt
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and the children at the Immaculate Conception School on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria welcomed Denny Daniel and his exhibition from the Museum of Interesting Things. Photo by Ira Cohen
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QTIP Latino Festival Kicks Off July 29 Queens Theatre in the Park announced the Chase 2010 Latino Cultural Festival will take place July 29 to Aug. 8 at Queens Theatre in the Park. This is the 14th year of the festival, which will feature 13 events, including music, dance, comedy, spoken word, film and family-friendly performances, such as a concerts by Leon Gieco, a pop-folk musician who has been called the Argentine Bob Dylan; Carlos Varela, one of Cuba's most talented and emblematic art ist s; Colombia folk musician Jorge Velosa, who w ill perform his creation, a ne w musical style called carranguero music; and singer Susana Baca, who has been instrumental in the international popularity of AfroPeruvian music. Leon Geico is one of the big name Latino ac ts that This year's participants hail will perform at the Queens Theatre in the Park Latino from Argentina, Chile, Co- Cultural Festival. lombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto sponsors, and of course, the curatorial viRico, the United States, and Venezuela. "The Chase Latino Festival is the Theatre's sion of the Festival's artistic director, Claudia signature program," said Jeffrey Rosenstock, Norman, who has brought over 200 compaexecutive director of Queens Theatre in the nie s and ar t ists to per form at the Festival Park. "It represents every thing our Theatre since its inception in 1997," he added. For Norman, bringing cultures together strives to be in terms of reflecting and celebrating the cultural legacies of the commu- through the ar ts is what makes the festival nities living in our borough, and inviting so special. "As the only multidisciplinary Latino fesinternational, nat ional and local art ists to t ival in Ne w York, we always seek to represhowcase their work at our venue." "Despite the severity of the economic situ- sent the diversity of Latino and Latin Ameriation, this Festival continues to flourish, due can cultura," she said. "I think it's impor tant in large part to its many supporters and to bring art ists to the U.S. from abroad as
well as local art ists and expose audiences to the past, present and future through live per formances." "This year's schedule includes the contemporary voices, the tradit ional and popular forms, the legends and the new generation of singers and songwriters," she added. In 1997, Queens Theatre in the Park founded the Latino Cultural Festival with the Latin America Cultural Center of Queens to celebrate the contributions of Lat in Amer ican ar t ist s to Ne w York's cultural life. Queens Theatre saw that a rising number of Latinos were calling Queens home and adopted an ar t ist ic vision that was at once local and global. Through the Fe st i v a l ' s p e r fo r m i n g a r t s p r o g r a m s , Queens T heatre could bet ter ser ve the cha ngi ng communit y w it h ar t ist ic programs that were relevant and could resonate throughout the community. Under the leadership of Claudia Nor man, Fe st ival Ar t ist ic Director si nce 1999, QTIP highlights Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, presents rich folk traditions, and spotlights a range of popular and cut t ing edge ar t ist s. By amplifying new voices and showcasing classic heritage, she has transformed a modest cabaret series into the nation's largest and most important Lat ino multi-disciplinar y cultural fe st ival, featuring music, t heatre, dance, film and family productions, as well as v isual ar t exh ibit ions. Many of the par t icipat ing Central and Sout h American ar t ist s now make the Fe st ival t heir exclusive N YC engagement. T h is once local effor t to bet ter ser ve L at ino
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The Queens Botanical Garden, in cooperation w ith the Taipei Cultural Center in New York City, presents "Going Green: New Environmental Art From Taiwan." The show is curated by Jane Ingram Allen, and displays the work of two visiting ar tists from Taiwan - Chungho Cheng and Chiaping Lu - as well as 14 ot her contemporary ar t ist s from Taiwan. The exhibition is on view now through July 23 at the Queens Botanical Garden's Visitor and Administration Bui lding's Gal ler y. Cheng and Lu, an ar t ist couple from Penghu, Taiwan, were ar tists in residence for two weeks at Queens Botanical Garden from June 28 to July 9 to create outdoor site-specific environmental ar t installat ions as part of this exhibition. Cheng created a work t itled "Quaver," consisting of natural earth/clay forms suspended from trees in the Garden to function as bird houses. Lu created an installation titled "Wings," using branches to form several wing-like shapes suspended from trees in the garden. Lu made handmade paper from mulberr y tree bark found in the Garden to cover her "wings." The indoor part of this exhibition features works in all media by 14 other contemporar y ar tists from Taiwan. The works focus on environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, waste disposal, loss of habitat, urban encroachment and other issues. The artists and the ar t works for this exhibition were selected by Jane Ingram Allen, an American independent curator, artist and
Festival Highlights Thursday, July 29: Contra Tiempo, Urban Latin Dance Theatre Friday, July 30: YOMO TORO Y Los Latino Del Son, Special Guest “El Topo”,Music Saturday, July 31: FREE - Pistolera Moona Luna, Music Sunday, Aug. 1: Tango y Vida, Music and Dance Tuesday, Aug. 3: Alejandro Caceres Dance Company Wednesday, Aug. 4: FREE - Film - Al otro lado Wednesday, Aug. 4: FREE - Open Mic Night / Bonafide Rojas Wednesday, Aug. 4: FREE - Milonga Los Cha ntas Tango Quartet Thursday, Aug. 5: Leon Gieco - opening act Claudia Acuña, Aquiles Baez and Lucia Pulido Friday, Aug. 6: Carlos Varela, Music Saturday, Aug. 7: Jorge Velosa and Los Carrangueros, Music Sunday, Aug. 8: Susana Baca, Music
Taiwan Artists Create Unique Garden Exhibit critic living in Taiwan since relocating there in Januar y 2004 with a Fulbright Scholar award. She has been a curator at exhibitions in Taiwan and other countries that focus on environmental issues and written feature articles and reviews for Sculpture, Public Art Review and ot her magazines. The "Going Green" exhibition is sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center, New York City, and funded by the Counci l for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan. The exh ibit ion opened at Queens Botanical Garden July 9, and then will go to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia and other sites across the country. The exhibition offers audiences an international perspective on env ironmental art and reflects the unique viewpoint and approach to nature of Taiwan's contemporary art ist s, who are just beginning to focus on the environment as an impor tant issue for their country a nd the world. The Queens Botanical Garden presents this internat ional exhibit ion as par t of its art exhibit ion program featuring ar t about the natural world to raise awareness about environmental issues and contribute to greater understanding and cultural exchange about the common environmental problems faced by the world today. Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing, and is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. Parking is available in the Garden's lot on Crommelin Street. For travel directions and more information visit queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.
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than from a McDonald’s. The Sunnyside eater y has ever y thing from diner st yle burgers to pasta, seafood and steak entrees. And like any good diner, sandwiches make up the core of the menu. The Tricolor Panini is a refined take on a classic sandwich. Ham, salami and American cheese are layered thick and It’s as American as apple pie. But visit served hot on toasted focaccia bread. It’s New York Style Eats in Sunnyside and simple but effect ive and a lit tle nostalgic. you’ll realize just how much the American All specialty sandwiches come served with love affair with chain fast-food has dulled a side of fries or a salad and go for a modest $7 to $10. your expectations. There are no For those going for someneat lines here, no numbered RESTAURANT thing lighter, Style Eats has a full combos and no chance to win assortment of fresh gourmet sal$1 million with a large soda. The ads. The grilled chicken Caesar florescent lights, sterile white tile salad is served with a generous floors and robotic service are all helping of chicken – served hot, conspicuously absent. From the sliced long and piled over a bed warm European café styling to of greens and comes with a the friendly staff who wander the warm and fluffy pita on the side. dining area chatt ing with cusDe sser t s are also recomtomers like old friends – Style mended. The raspber ry cheeseEat s is fast food with heart. Style Eats makes fast food personal. Ev- cake is a superb choice, served cold over er ything is prepared fresh on grills and a plate drizzled with chocolate syrup and stoves behind an open bar placed front and whipped cream. And if for some reason you can’t make center for everyone to see. You can watch from the counter as cooks prepare your meal it down to Sunnyside, don’t fret – Style to go or have a seat and enjoy the same Eats delivers throughout Queens. Orders are taken over the phone at (718) 937service you’d get at your favorite diner. In fact, the food has much more in com- 1338 or online at newyorkst yleeats.com. —Tr ibune Staff mon with what you’d expect from a diner New York Style Eats 45-02 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside Cuisine: A merican-Mediterranean HOURS: Sun-Thu, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; to 1 a.m. Fr i and Sat PARKING: Street DELIV ERY: Yes
audiences has become a major cultural attract ion in t he nor t heast. The Festival is sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, Time Warner Cable, Con Edison and Delta. To learn more a nd for t icket s, go to queenstheatre.org, or call (718) 760-0064, Tuesday t hrough Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
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ENVIRONMENT NATURE DETECTIVE Sunday, July 18 Be a Nature Detective at 3 at Kissena Playground. For the family. 846-2731. FRESHWATER FISHING Saturday, July 24 at 3 at the Parking lot of Baisley Blvd. and 155 th Street. 846-2731. WORLD OF REPTILES Saturday, July 24 Erik’s Reptile Edventure: The world of Reptiles and Amphibians at Alley Pond Environmental Center. For the family. 229-4000 to register.
FLEA MARKETS OUTDOOR FLEA Saturdays and Sundays until November 28 St. Nicholas of Tolentine from 9-5 at the intersection of Parsons Blvd. and Union Turnpike, Jamaica. RUMMAGE SALES Saturday, July 24 10-4 at the Salvation Army, 69-23 Cypress Hills Street, Ridgewood. Books, shoes, clothes, kitchen wares, bedroom items, games, more.
EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS ADVANCED CANOEING Saturday, July 17 at Front Gate Totten Road and Cross I s l a n d P a r k wa y. Re g i s te r 352-1769. DEFENSIVE DRIVING Saturday, July 17 at Holy Family Church in Flushing from 9-3:30. $45. 631-3609720. HIP HOP DANCE Saturday, July 17 Open Hip Funking Hop Dance Class at 7 at Queensbridge Park. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, July 17, 31 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 4578390. CAPOEIRA Saturdays through September 4 Brazilian martial arts from 12-1:30 at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. YOGA Saturdays through Septemb e r 4 Yo g a a t S o c r a t e s Sculpture Park from 9:3010:30 or 11-12. 956-1819. PILATES Saturdays through September 4 Pilates at Socrates Sculpture Park from 10-11. 956-1819. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 886-5236. KNIT AND CROCHET Saturdays at the Seaside library at 2:30. PET OWNERS Sundays (not on holidays) from 1-4 free workshops on pet behavior at ´Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 454-5800. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library, 249-01 Northern Blvd. INSTRUCTION & DANCE Mondays and Fridays 7:158:00 dance lessons, dance from 8-11. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $10. ADULT CHESS Mondays at 6 at the Queens Village library. BALLROOM DANCING Mondays, July 19, 26 at the Forest Hills library. ENTREPRENEURSHIP Mondays and Thursdays, July 19, 21, 26, 28 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Jamaica. 311. POETRY WRITING Monday, July 19 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike at 7:30. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, July 19 at 6 at the Maspeth library. BELLY DANCING Monday, July 19 the Art of Belly Dance with Shoshana at 6 at the Corona library. INTRO COMPUTERS Monday, July 19 Introduction to Computers and the Internet at the Fresh Meadows library. Register. OPEN BRIDGE Tuesdays at 8 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. Call 263-7000 for fees. SCRABBLE Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the Fresh Meadows library at 1. Bring your own Scrabble material. COMPUTER CLASS Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the
South Ozone Park libra r y. Register. SUMMER CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 1 at the Langston Hughes library. BOATING SAFETY Wednesdays, July 21, 28 the US Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Safet y Class will be taught at the College Point Yacht Club. $100 adults. 917952-7014. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900. WATERCOLOR CLASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. CHESS CLUB Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 4 at the East Flushing library. YOGA Thursday, July 22 at the Peninsula library. Register. LEARN MANDARIN Thursdays, July 22, 29 learn Mandarin Chinese at the Flushing library. Register. SCRABBLE/CHESS Thursdays at 4 at the Windsor Park library, 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside. CHESS CLUB Thursday, July 22 at 6 at the Queens Village library. QUILTING CLASSES Thursdays 10-2 at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 917-817-8653 to register. BASIC COMPUTERS Thursdays, July 22, 29 at the East Elmhurst library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Thursdays, July 22 at 3 at the Central library. KNIT/CROCHET Thursdays at 6 and Fridays at 10:30 Fresh Meadows library. QUILTERS Thursdays at 1:30 at the East Elmhurst library. COMPUTER CLASSES Fridays, July 23, 30 various computer classes at the Ozone Park library. Register. INTERGEN. CHESS Fridays, July 23, 30 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library. Register. BELLY DANCE Saturday, July 24 at 2 at the Glendale library. The Art of Belly Dance with Shoshana. XMAS GIFTS Saturday, July 24 Knit to Make Christmas Gifts at 2:30 at the South Ozone Park library. BOATING SAFETY Sundays, July 25, August 22 “About Boating Safety” class at Fort Totten. 917-952-7014.
THEATER KILLING KOMPANY Saturday, Oc tober 2 “ The Oktoberfest Murders!” at Riccardo’s in Astoria. The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888SHOOT-EM for information
ENTERTAINMENT Disco Night at 7 at Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street. Skate to the sounds of DJ Willie Trendz. SMOKIE NORFUL Thursday, July 22 Reverend Smokie Norful fuses gospel, soul and hip-hop at Springfield Park at 7. FESTIVAL Thursday, July 22 St. Irene’s Festival begins at 5 at 23 rd Avenue between 35 th a n d 37 th Streets. 311. FUNDRAISER Thursday, July 22 fundraiser fo r t h e Fr i e n d s o f Tr i b u te Park at 6. 318-4000. FILM FESTIVAL Friday, July 23 and Saturd a y , J u l y 2 4 3 3 rd A s i a n American International Film Festival at the Flushing library. BLOOD PUDDING Friday, July 23 Theatre piece that celebrates the history of African Americans in New Orleans at 8 at Springfield Park. 212-360-2777. MAIN INGREDIENT Friday, July 23 join George Staley Sr., Larry Moore and Cuba Gooding Sr. as the Harlem-based band performs at Rochdale Park at 7. 212360-2777. POW WOW Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 23, 24, 25 at Queens Count y Farm Museum. 347-FARM. BLOCK PARTY Saturday, July 24 at 110 th S t r e e t b e t w e e n 1 0 1 st A v enue and 103 rd Avenue starting at 1. 311. 14TH ROAD BLOCK PARTY Saturday, July 24 at 14 th Road between Cross Bay Blvd. and Dead End starting at noon. 311. 21ST ROAD BLOCK PARTY Saturday, July 24 at 21 st R o a d b e t w e e n 1 6 6 th a n d 169th Streets at noon. 311. BIKE TOUR Saturday, July 24 at 11 at t h e F ro n t G a t e o f To t t e n Road and the Cross Island Parkway. Bike through the history of Fort Totten. Bring your own bike and helmet. 352-1769. FREDDIE HUBBARD Saturday, July 24 tribute to Freddie Hubbard with the Hank Johnson Quartet at 3 at the Elmhurst library. GOSPEL FEST Saturday, July 24 3-8 at Baisley Pond Park, Rockaway and Sutphin Blvds. Join the NYC D e p a r t o f Pa r k s a n d Recreation and WLIB 1190 for a festival of soulful sounds. Bring a chair or blanket. SUMMERFEST Sunday, July 25 114 th Precinct Summerfest at 11 at Broadway between Steinway and 48 th Streets. 311. POPPENHUSEN CONCERTS Sunday, July 25 Mary Courtney and Morning Star perform Irish music. Sunday, August 1 The Something Special Band performs the sound of the big bands. Sunday, August 29 Bill Popp and the Tapes perform original tunes, British hits and soft rock songs. Poppenhusen Institute, 114094 14 th Road, College Point at 4.
MAMMOGRAMS Saturday, July 17 at the Lefrak Cit y libra ry. 1-800453-8378, ext. 1 for appointment. SHARP Saturday, July 17 Selfhelp Alzheimers Resource Program (SHARP). 631-1886. YOGA INSTRUCTION Saturday, July 17 at the C a m b r i a H e i g h t s l i b ra r y. Register. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5 a class. INTRO TO YOGA Mondays, July 19, 26 at the LIC library. Register. RECOVERY INC. Mondays, July 19, 26 a t 3:30 and Thursday, July 22 at 5:45 and safe, free and confidential place to get help fro m a n x i e t y, f ear, o b s e s sions, Forest Hills library. YOGA DANCE Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1948. $10 class. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT E ve r y Tu e s d a y We ste r n Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 784-6173, ext. 431. MS SUPPORT Tuesday, July 20 National Multiple Sclerosis Societ y Support Group at 1:30 at the Howard Beach library. COPD Wednesdays, July 21, August 18 Jamaica Hospital holds free Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support groups. 206-8410. YOGA Wednesday, July 21 introduction to yoga at the Astoria library. Register. NAMI Wednesday, July 21 the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens and Nassau meet at 7:30 for “The Family Resource Center: Personalized Help for Families.” Support group for families at 6. Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, 76 th avenue and 266 th Street, Glen Oaks. 4708100 directions. METABOLISM Wednesday, July 21 Maxim i z e Yo u r M e t a b o l i s m to Lose Weight at 6 at the Flushing librar y. OA Thursdays at the Howard Beach library at 10:30. MEMORY LOSS Fridays Couples with one partner experiencing memory loss at the Samuel Field Y. 225-6750, ext. 236. OA Fridays 6:30-8:30 at Unit y Center of Flushing, 42-11 1 5 5 th S t r e e t . S a t u r d a y s 10:30-noon at Resurrection Ascension, Feely Hall, 85-18 61 st Road, Rego Park. Beginners meeting except the last Friday of each month, which is a writing meeting. CO-DEPENDENTS ANON. Fridays 10-11:45 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral C e n t e r , 8 5 - 1 8 6 1 st R o a d , Rego Park. Women only. YOGA INSTRUCTION Saturdays, July 24, 31 at the Rosedale library. Register.
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BLOCK PARTY Saturday, July 17 116 th Avenue Block Part y from 9-5 at 1 1 6 th A v e n u e b e t w e e n I n w o o d S t r e e t a n d 1 4 6 th Street. Call 311. BLUES Saturday, July 17 Eddie Lee Isaacs and The Rockin’ Side of the Blues at 2 at the South Ozone Park library. BLOCK PARTY Saturday, July 17 Beach 1 3 5 t h St r e e t B l o c k Pa r t y from 12-11 at Beach 135 th Street between Cronston Avenue and Newport Avenue. Call 311. HAND PUPPETRY Saturday, July 17 Hao Bang Ya, Tigers! Taiwanese Hand Puppetry at 2:30 at the Flushing librar y. FLO MICHAELS Saturday, July 17 Flo Michaels performs the greatest torch songs at 1 at the Bayside library. MEDEA Saturday, July 17 at 3 at the Forest Hills library. Monday, July 19 at 6 at the Flushing library. Saturday, July 24 at 2:30 at the Jackson Heights library. Saturday, July 31 at 2 at the Broadway library. The Xoregos Performing Theater presents one of Euripides’ classics of revenge, betrayal and insanit y. OPERA Sunday, July 18 Lincoln Center Meet the Artist Series: The Good, the Bad and the Opera at 3 at the Central library. ASTRONOMY 101 Sunday, July 18 at 8 at Fort To t t e n V i s i t o r ’ s C e n t e r. Learn the basics of stargazing. Weather permitting. 352-1769. WALKING TOURS Tuesday, July 20 Astoria. Tuesday, July 27 #7 Jackson Heights to Sunnyside. Educational walking tours start at 6pm. Contact Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, urban geographer, at email@example.com. BINGO Tuesdays at 7:15 at American Mart yrs Church, church basement, 216-01 Union Tu r n p i k e , B a y s i d e . 4 6 4 4 5 8 2 . Tu e s d a y s a t 7 : 1 5 (doors open 6) at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.$3 admission includes 12 games. NEGO GATO Tuesday, July 20 watch and learn at the Nego Gato AfroBrazilian Music and Dance Ensemble display African influenced rhythms and dance at Rufus King Park at 10:30. OUTDOOR FILMS Wednesday, July 21 Swedish short films. Wednesday, July 28 “Daisies” (Czech Republic). Socrates Sculpture Garden’s Outdoor Cinema 2010. Free. PHAROAHE MONCH Wednesday, July 21 Danny C a st ro o f Ly r i c i st L o u n ge hosts at 7 at Queensbridge Park. MOVIE DAYS Fridays, July 23, 30 at 2 at the Baisley Park library. Films for the entire family. ROLLER DISCO Thursday, July 22 R o l l e r
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Queens Today YOUTH SCIENCE LAB Saturdays, July 17, 24, 31 at noon at the Central library. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 weekly story times at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 1 7 6 - 6 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i k e , Fresh Meadows. RHYTHM OF POETRY Saturdays, July 17, 24at 1:30 at the Poppenhusen library. ADVANCED CANOEING Saturday, July 17 at 11. For those 12 and up. 352-1769. GAME & PUZZLE DAYS Mondays, July 19, 26 at 2 at the East Flushing library. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Mondays, July 19, 26 at the Baisley Park library. Register. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Mondays, July 19, 26 a t 4:30 at the Arverne library. EARLY READERS Mondays, July 19, 26 at 2 at the Forest Hills library. CHESS CLUB Mondays, July 19, 26 a t 3:30 at the North Hills library. GARDENING CLUB Mondays, July 19, 26 at 2 at the Baisley Park library. GAME TIME Mondays, July 19, 26 at 4 at the Briarwood library. FAMILY READING ROOM Mondays, July 19, 26 at the Forest Hills library. Register. GOING GREEN CLUB Mondays, July 19, 26 at the Broadway library. Register. ARTS & CRAFTS Mondays, July 19, 26 at the North Hills library. Register. CHILL WITH CHESS Mondays, July 19, 26 at 2 at the Poppenhusen library. FAMILY FILM NIGHTS Mondays, July 19, 26 at the Pomonok librar y. Register. GRADES 1-5 Mondays, July 19, 26 Summer Reading Club at 1 at the Fresh Meadows library. WILDLIFE THEATRE Monday, July 19 at Rochdale Park. 212-360-8370. GAME DAY Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 2 at the Baisley Park library. PRESCHOOL ARTS/CRAFTS Tuesdays, July 20, 27 East Flushing library. Register. CHESS Tuesdays, July 20, 27 for those 10 and over at 3:30 at the Bayside library. CRAFT PROJECTS Tu e s d ay s , J u l y 2 0 , 2 7 a t 1:30 at the Broad Channel library. For those 6-10. STORY TIME Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 4 at the Forest Hills library. MAKE A SPLASH Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the Rosedale library at 2:30. READING PARTNERS Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 2 at the Poppenhusen library. MONEY CLUB Tu e s d a y s , J u l y 2 0 , 2 7 Money Club at the Pomonok library. Register. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library. Register. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesdays, July 20, 27 and Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 1:30 at the Forest Hills library. READ ALOUD & GAME Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the Douglaston/Little Neck li-
brar y. Register. STORY & CRAFT Tuesday, July 20 those 6-11 at 2 at the Central library. GAME TIME Tu e s d ay s , J u l y 2 0 , 2 7 a t 3:30 at the North Hills library. READING CLUB Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 2 and Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 10:30 for those 6-9 at the Lefferts library. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 2 North Forest Park library. GRADES 1-3 Tuesdays, July 20, 27 Summer Reading Club at 2 at the Maspeth library. LLAMA LLAMA Tuesday, July 20 Llama Llama Storytime at 10:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at t h e N o r t h H i l l s l i b r a r y. Grades 3-6. Register. FILM FEST Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 10:30 at the Central library. Tickets required. CRAFT PROJECTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 1:30 at the Broad Channel library. For those 3-5. READ TO ME Wednesdays, July 21, 28 for those 2-5 at 10:30 at the Briarwood library. TODDLER STORY/CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 10:30 Bay Terrace library. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 2:30 at the Rosedale library. For grades 1-3. GO FOR YOU Wednesdays, July 21, 28 Wei Qi (Baduk) board game at 3:30 Bay Terrace library. READ TO ME Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 10:30 at the Baisley Park library. Under 5. READ TO ME Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at t h e Po p p e n h u s e n l i b ra r y. Register. SUMMER READING Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at the Baisley Park library. STORY TELLING Wednesday, July 21 at 1 and 3 Flushing library. Register. BABIES READING Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at the South Ozone Park librar y. Register. T-SHIRTS Wednesday, July 21 hand painted t-shirts Woodhaven library. Register. CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at Broadway library. Register. READING CRAFT TIME Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at Pomonok library. Register. QV SUMMER Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at the Queens Village library. Register. Grades 1-3. KOMPUTER KREATIONS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at the LIC library. Over 10. ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 1 at the Fresh Meadows library. For grades 4-6. BOOK TALK Thursday, July 22 at 3 at the Bay Terrace library. READING CIRCLE Thursdays, July 22, 29 at the North Hills library. Register.
Queens Today MISCELLANEOUS FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays 10-4 at the NY Hall of Science, 111 th Street and 48 th A v e n u e . F r i d a y s a n d Saturdays 8:30-4:00 at 160 th Street, off Jamaica Avenue. Fridays 8:30-4:00 at the Queens Botanical Garden, Dahlia Avenue off Main Street. CIVIC KNOWLEDGE Thursdays, July 22, 29 Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming A US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge at 5:30 at the Elmhurst library. CRUISE Thursday, July 22 Skyline Princess cruise with the Brandeis Association. 2981080.
MEETINGS LOST MIRACLES Mondays, July 19, August 16 St. Adalbert’s bereavement support group, for the loss of a newborn or miscarriage, in Elmhurst. 429-2005. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA Tuesdays the Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets. 917-612-3463. ADVANCED WRITERS Tuesdays at 6:30 at the Terrace Diner at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and also t h e l a s t Tu e s d ay o f t h e month in the Communit y Room in Panera Bread at Bay Terrace Shopping. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Tuesday, July 20, Wednesday, August 4, Tuesday, August 17 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 175-20 1 7 4 th S t r e e t , F r e s h M e a d ows. 969-2448. AUBURNDALE CIVIC Tuesdays, July 20, August 17 Auburndale Improvement Association meets at the Reception House, 167-17 Northern Blvd. at 7:30. TALK OF THE TOWN Tuesday, July 20 learn the art of public speaking in St. Albans. 527-5889. AMERICAN LEGION Tuesday, July 20 E d wa rd McKee Post 131 meets in Whitestone. 767-4323. TOASTMASTERS Wednesday, July 21 learn the art of public speaking at the Voices of Rochdale Toastmasters Club in Jamaica. 9780732. FLUSHING CAMERA Wednesday, July 21 Flushing Camera Club meets at Flushing Hospital. 441-6210. CIVIL AIR PATROL Fridays 6-10 at Vaughn College of Aeronautics, 86-01 23 rd Avenue, East Elmhurst. Academy WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information. JEWISH VETS Sundays, July 25, August 22 Jewish War Veterans of the USA Lipsky/Blum Post meet at the Garden Jewish Center. 463-4742. TOASTMASTERS CLUB Monday, July 26 learn the art of public speaking in Queens. 525-6830.
TEENS RHYTHM OF POETRY Saturdays, July 17, 24, 31 at the Poppenhusen library at 1:30. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Mondays, July 19, 26 at the Baisley Park library. Register. ALTERED BOOKS Monday and Tuesday, July 19, 20 at 4 at the LIC library. SUMMER READING Mondays, July 19, 26 crafts at St. Albans library. Register. SUMMER CRAFTS Mondays, July 19, 26 a t 1:30 at the Broad Channel l i b ra r y. F i r s t - c o m e , f i r s t served. GARDENING CLUB Mondays, July 19, 26 at 2 at the Baisley Park library. TEEN NIGHT Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 3 at the Arverne library. GAME DAY Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 2 at the Baisley Park library. TEEN TIME Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 3 at the Bay Terrace library. TEEN CHESS Tu e s d ay s , J u l y 2 0 , 2 7 a t 3:30 at the Bayside library. SUMMER MAGAZINE Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 4 at the Bellerose library. Create your own magazine. BOOK BUDDIES Tuesday s, July 20, 27 and Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 1:30 at the Forest Hills library. Sign up on the day of the program. GAME ON! Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the Glendale library at 2. TEENS’ SLAM TIME Tuesdays, July 20, 27 East Elmhurst library. Register. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, July 20, 27 book talks, crafts at 2 at the South Ozone Park library. READING CLUB Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at 1 at the Hillcrest library. NO. HILLS GAZETTE Tuesdays, July 20, 27 at the North Hills library. Register. INFORMATION PURSUIT Tuesday, July 20 Teen Summer Reading Club searches for information in the library at 1 at the Bayside library. GAME DAY Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 4 at the Howard Beach library. KOMPUTER KREATIONS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 4 at the LIC library. WII TOURNAMENT Wednesday, July 21 Queens Village library. Register. POP ART COLLAGES Wednesday, July 21 transform old packaging into new works of art at 3 at the Central library. COLLAGES We d n e s d a y, J u l y 2 1 YA Summer Activities include cereal box collages and word puzzles at 2:30 at the Hollis library. ‘ZINE SCENE Thursdays, July 22, 29 selfproduced mini magazine at 4 at the Baisley Park library. CHESS Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 4 at the East Flushing library. MACRAME Thursdays, July 22, 29 crafts
at 3 at the Fresh Meadows library. GAME DAY Thursday, July 22 at 2 at the East Flushing library. GAME ON! Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 4 at the LIC library. COOL SUMMER CRAFTS Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. BOOKS & KARAOKE Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 3 at the Rosedale library. BASKET WEAVING Thursday, July 22 basket weaving and origami boxes at 6 at the Ozone Park library. SUMMER READING Thursdays, July 22, 29 at 3 at the Baisley Park library. Crafts and activities. GRAFFITI Thursday, July 22 come and draw on the walls of your library at 1 at the Flushing library. Summer Reading Club registration required. CRAFT CLUB Friday, July 23 mural art program. Friday, July 30 video game day and tournaments at 3 at the Fresh Meadows library. INTERGEN. CHESS Fridays, July 23, 30 at the Douglaston/Little Neck library. Register. ANIME CLUB Fridays, July 23, 30 at 4 at the LIC library.
TALKS DIGITAL PHOTO. Monday, July 19 Easy Steps to Mastering Digital Photography at 6:30 at the Queens Village library. NEW GUINEA Monday, July 19 Dr. Arnold Perey speaks about his book “Gwe: Young Man of New Guinea: A Novel Against Racism” at 6:30 at the East Elmhurst library. BOOK & MOVIE Wednesday, July 21 short discussion of the book “Losing Isaiah” and then a screening of the movie at 2 at the Central library. BAY TERRACE Thursday, July 22 “Honolulu” will be discussed at 10:30 at the Bay Terrace library. FRESH MEADOWS Thursday, July 22 “Lavender Morning” will be discussed at 2:30 at the Fresh Meadows library. LAURELTON Thursday, July 22 “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing” will be discussed at the Laurelton library. Register. BROAD CHANNEL Friday, July 23 “The Girls” will be discussed at 1 at the Broad Channel library. BROOKLYN DODGERS Saturday, July 24 revisit the wonderful days at Ebbets Field at 2:30 at the Maspeth library. PHILOSOPHY BOOK Saturday, July 24 “The Ethics of Ambiguit y” will be discussed at 2 at the Forest Hills library.
GUITAR HERO Fridays, July 23, 30 at 4 at the Bellerose library. GAME DAY Friday, July 23 at 4 at the Elmhurst library. MOVIE DAY Fridays, July 23, 30 at 2 at the Baisley Park library. TEEN ZINE Fridays, July 23, 30 make a magazine at 1 at the Glen Oaks library.
SENIORS FREE LUNCH Saturdays, July 17, August 21, September 18 at All Saints Church in Richmond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. STAY WELL Mondays at 10 at the Central library. Tuesdays at 2 at the Flushing library and Wednesdays at 10 at the East Elmhurst library. Special exercises and relaxation techniques. SENIOR GAMES Mondays, July 19, 26 at 1 at the Queens Village library. AARP 1405 Monday, July 19 Flushing AARP 1405 meets at the B ow n e Str e e t C o m m u n i t y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. STARS Wednesdays, July 21, 28 at 10:30 at the Hollis library. Fridays, July 23, 30 at 10:30 at the Queens Village library. Join STARS to perform theatrical works with a great group of people. CLEARVIEW Thursday, July 22 Employment Services for Seniors talk at 10. Friday, July 23 Current Events talk at 12:45. Monday, July 26 Music appreciation at 12:30. Thursday, July 29 Safet y and Securit y in Your Home talk at 10. Friday, July 30 “Brothers” movie at 12:30. Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888 to register.
EXHIBIT QUEENS HISTORICAL Tu e s d ay s , S a t u r d ay s a n d Sundays 2:30-4:30 new exhibit “For Love of the Games: A History of Sports in Queens,” with other exhibits, “Unraveling History: Using Textiles to Date the Past,” “Kingsland: From Homestead to House Museum,” “Persistence: A Celebration of Landmarks in Queens – Past, Present, Future,” and “The Civil War’s La sting Memory.” Queens H i s to r i c a l Societ y at Kingsland Homestead, 1443 5 3 7 th a v e n u e , F l u s h i n g . 939-0647, ext. 17. $2 seniors and students, $3 adults. NOGUCHI REINSTALLED Through Oc tober 24, 2010 the Noguchi Museum has completed a major renovation project. Wednesdays through Fridays 10-5, weekends 11-6. $10, students and seniors $5. 32-37 Vernon Blvd., LIC. www.noguchi.org.
United At Last A Jew and a Muslim walked down the aisle. No, this isn’t the opening to a crude joke: Queens Congressman.Anthony Weiner married Hillary Clinton loyalist and personal assistant Huma Abedin last Saturday. Their union is a wonderful lesson in Muslim and Jewish rela-
tions and perhaps a lesson in world peace -- especially since the guy officiating at the Oheka Castle wedding was Bill Clinton. If nothing else, it is a significant improvement for Weiner who previously spent nights with his cat Merlin. Best of luck Anthony and Huma.
Back Together The saga of Hiram Monserrate and Karla Giraldo took another intriguing turn of events last week when the two were spotted dining out in Astoria. At Cavo restaurant, the former senator, who apparently took a break from petitioning for a ballot spot in the election for Jackson Heights’ New York State Assembly seat, and the woman he claimed he never stopped loving, even after dragging her through a doorway after cutting her face, toasted each other over champagne (we hope with plastic glasses) and dined over salmon with reporters in tow. They had recently had the order barring them from seeing each other partially lifted.
Hiram Monserrate The two claimed marriage is in their future and when asked what they would be doing later that night, Hiram replied slyly; “What do you think we’ll do later?” For all our sakes, we hope the answer was petitioning.
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Assault & Pepper A Queens woman, who claimed to have been unjustly squirted in the eyes with pepper spray, will receive $65,000 from the NYPD for her troubles. At a Brooklyn subway station, an impatient Naeema Screven ran down an up-only staircase in order to catch a train. Her frenzied sprint caught the attention of Officer Elix Hernandez, who said she hit many subway riders on her way down. Hernandez asked to see the woman’s ID, which she said she could not find. Screven then became exasperated and agitated and opened her phone to call her mother in a fit of rage. The frustrated officer fittingly responded by spraying Screven in the face with the stinging substance. The NYPD claim Screven was causing a scene, a charge which she denies. She was charged with disorderly conduct and spent 15 hours in a police lockup. Although $65,000 may seem like a pretty penny in your pocket
after being assaulted with a shot of pepper spray, Screven would disagree. Originally, she sought $3 million to wipe the tears from her face.
Luciann Berrios started modeling about five years ago when a friend recommended she meet with a custom designer Janny, of Astoria’s Just Janny. After that experience she went on a casting call for Redken, and the rest is history. “I have modeled for custom designers, walked in fashion shows designed to generate money for seeing-eye dogs for the blind, for Redken and for Lockdown Models in Ireland being a model on photo shoots and even being stage manager for Cork Fashion Week,” Luciann said. As a model on the product box for Redken’s Urban Experiment line, Luciann was able to parlay her love for modeling into a full-time gig. “I love modeling and thoroughly enjoy partaking in photo shoots and fashion shows. However, I still want to go back to school and eventually obtain a PhD.” In her down time, Luciann loves writing poetry, reading, and listening to music. A graduate of Hunter College who worked full time at a Montessori school and tutoring a special needs child, this rising star is thrilled with her hometown of Astoria. “What I love about Queens is that it’s not as anonymous as Manhattan or hectic,” she said. “There’s a feeling that the people who live there and hang out there are in on a secret. Like it’s our hidden gem in the heart of New York.” Luciann is particularly fond of a local pub with a great jukebox, McLaughlin’s, and calls bartender Tommy a local legend. She also enjoys Indian cuisine from Seva and the sushi tuna tartare at Sanford’s. “Of course, Queens has changed over the years, but it will always be a family neighborhood to those of us who grew up here,” she said. “It was and still is a little get away from the rush and manic of Manhattan. It has a different kind of life to it.”
Luciann Berrios Home: Astoria Age: 26 Height: 5’ 6" Weight: 115 lbs. Stats: 34-26-34
Missouri Wants Walken The students at the University of Missouri have a fever, and the only prescription is Christopher Walken. An event on social networking site Facebook calls for the Astoria native to be the class of 2011’s commencement speaker. A Missouri student started the event after NBC anchor Ann Curry botched the school’s name at last year’s graduation.
Queens Native Tops Rap Chart Like a fine wine, apparently No More “I Love You’s” keeps getting better with age. Penned by members of the mostly forgotten band The Lover Speaks, the song peaked on the UK singles chart at a measly No. 58, and left no real record on the U.S. Billboard. Annie Lennox had more success with her cover version, gaining a top 25 hit in the good old U.S.A., but the best was yet to come. Nicki Minaj sampled the Lennox version for her debut single Your Love, and is the proud owner of a No 1 hit on the Billboard rap chart. She is the first unaccompanied female to earn that spot in nearly eight years. That’s one Queens native who is getting lots of love.
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The school’s administration has made no promises to request Walken’s appearance, despite the event’s growing support online. When you think about it, who better than a man who survived several rounds of Russian roulette to send off aspiring graduates into this cruel economy? Good luck landing your man, Mizzou!
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