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Races Heat Up Before Sept. 13 Vote
Meeks Yes, Others No On Debt Ceiling Deal wasn’t a great bill but said he was not willing to “play politics” with the debt ceiling. “I voted in support of it because I could not in good conscience put our economic well-being any fur ther at risk,” he said. “Republicans may be comfor table with playing politics with our good standing as a nation and our economic stability but that is not an option for me.” Queens’ other U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Height s) a nd Gar y A cke r ma n (DBayside) all voted no. “I am pleased default has been avoided, but disappointed in how it was accomplished,” Crowley said. He added that he would have supported a compromise that included revenues from billionaires and oil companies. Ackerman was harsher in his criticism, cal ling the Republicans “thugs.” “It’s been long obvious that we have no partner with whom to negotiate; only a party that started as our comrades in government, then our colleagues, who evolved into our opponents, declared themselves our enemies and now demand that we be their enablers. I refuse to play,” he said. Gillibrand, one of only six Senate Democrats to vote no, said she did not think the bill was balanced enough. “I do not believe this proposal is a fair, well thought out, or balanced deal for our fragile economy,” she said. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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Budget Cuts May Close Some Boro Post Offices By JASON COHEN Clicking send and posting a status update has surpassed licking a stamp, and it could cost the borough up to five post offices. A loss of revenue to electronic communication has caused the federal government to consider closing 3,700 post offices nationwide, 35 in the City. Queens is slated to possibly lose its post offices in Arverne, Astoria, Holliswood, Rockaway Beach and Rosedale. None of the offices are certain to be closed. Over the next few months, the United States Postal Union will inspect each branch, examining foot traffic and customers in comparison to workers’ wages, proximity to other post offices and mail volume. The prospect of losing the offices has drawn the ire of community members. “It really deserves more service, not less,” said Costa Constantinides, a democratic district leader in Astoria. “I am disturbed by the news that the Postal Service is threatening to close one of Astoria’s main post offices. This decision would impact all of us through longer lines and worse service at the other locations. Astoria shouldn’t have to suffer because of bad decisions made in Washington.” Residents of Astoria, especially ones that live south of Astoria Boulevard, are displeased that Grand Station Post Office located at 45-08 30th Ave. may be closing. Constantinides said all of the residents he spoke to have a problem with the Grand Street office possibly closing. On Monday, elected officials held a rally in front of the post office where many concerned residents and elected officials showed their support. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (DAstoria) expressed her displeasure with the possible closure by attending the rally and writing a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Closing the office would create a void in the town and ultimately be a major problem for everyone, she said. “Closing the busy post office at Grand
Lawmakers, residents and ac tivists joined to rally against the possible closure of post offices around the borough. Station will deprive the large numbers of seniors and immigrants living in Astoria of a facility on which they rely day in and day out,” Maloney said. “In the coming weeks and months, I will be joining with my colleagues in elected office to encourage residents and businesses in the community to respond vigorously to surveys issued by the Postal Service, and to let the USPS know just how much they value their local post office.” Astoria is a neighborhood with many senior citizens and closing the post office is a disservice to them, Consantinides stressed. The closest office to 30th Avenue’s is two avenue blocks and three street blocks away. For senior citizens to walk that far is just not right or safe, he added. “While we are aware that the huge decrease in the amount of mail being sent will result in a smaller Post Office, Queens residents should stick together to ensure our borough is treated fairly during this process,” added Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. Reach Intern Jason Cohen at 718-3577400, Ext. 124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By DOMENICK RAFTER With only hours to go before the country faced its first default ever, Republican leaders in Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion through 2013, and enact spending cut s aimed at cut t ing the long-term deficit. But the bill did not have much suppor t from Ne w York’s delegation. The high-stakes polit ical battle ended Monday night when the House of Representative passed the bill by a 269-161 vote. Most of the votes came from Republicans, with Democrat s split t ing 95-95. T he Senate passed the bill Tuesday morning 74-26 with New York’s two Senators on opposite sides; U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer i n suppor t, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand against. The bill extends the debt ceiling, but also establishes a mechanism to cut $2.4 trillion in spending over 10 years, with most of the c u t s b e g i n n i n g i n F i s c a l Ye a r 2 0 1 3 . Progressives said the bill would negatively affect the struggling economy and asks too much of the poor and middle class and too little of the rich, while some conservatives, including some tea party members, opposed raising the debt ceiling entirely. Democrats had tried to get new revenues in the bill by closing tax loopholes that favor the rich, but Republicans rejected them. All but two members of New York City’s congressional delegation voted no. The only “yes” votes were U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) and U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica). Meeks acknowledged the bill
overlaps a good portion of the Assembly district. Democratic candidate Phil Goldfeder, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, has raised over $120,000 in campaign cash in just under a month in his attempt to defend the seat that has been in Democratic hands for decades. The Green Par t y, wh ich won major par t y status in last year’s gubernatorial race, has nominated Belle Harbor environmentalist Vivian R. Carter. In the 27th Assembly District, Democratic can- Assemblyman and Democratic Candidate David Weprin didate Mike Simanowitz is recently stumped against cuts to social safet y net profacing a Republican chal- grams. lenger, Marco De sena of College Point, the first time a Republican is kicked off on a technicality. He said he was contesting the seat since 1996. A third party pursuing legal options to get back on the c h a l l e n g e r, J u s t i n Wa x J a c o b s o f ballot. Briarwood, who served as President of the Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at University Of Albany Student Association, email@example.com or (718) 357petitioned to get on the ballot, but was 7400, Ext. 125.
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Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island). Weprin spent the weekend before the debt ceiling deal discussing social programs at senior centers in Queens, calling out Republicans in Congress for what he deemed “bad faith negotiating” on a debt ceiling deal. Turner endorsed the idea of a Balanced Budget Amendment, a sticking point for Congressional Republicans which passed the House twice, but failed in the Senate and is opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. In t he meant ime, third par t y ca ndidate Chris Hoeppner has secured a ballot line for the Sept. 13 election. H o e p p n e r, a n a t i v e o f Queens, will be on the Socialist Worker s Par t y line and is running on a platform of expanding Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and fixing the unemployment crisis by forcing companies to cut the workweek, while maintaining salaries, to make room for new employees. One of the two open State Assembly seats is the 23rd Assembly district vacated by County Clerk Audrey Pheffer. The district, the most Republican in Queens, is considered the most contentious. Republican candidate Jane Republican Congressional Candidate Bob Turner’s Deacy has the support of City campaign has enjoyed some notable endorsements, Councilman Eric Ulrich (Respecially from former Mayor Ed Koch. Ozone Park), whose district
By DOMENICK RAFTER With only six weeks to go until the Sept. 13 special election, candidates for the open Congressional seat and two open State Assembly seats are in full campaign mode. Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Lit tle Neck), the Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional district seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, has been focusing his campaign on the issue of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, while his Republican opponent Bob Turner has been touting endorsements from key officials like former Mayor Ed Koch and U.S.
Past Nixes Outspoken Educator’s Job
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By JASON BANREY A borough native and education gadfly was canned from a Catholic grammar school after increased scrutiny over controversial remarks he made in the past. Frank Borzellieri's penchant for publishing xenophobic remarks came back to haunt him earlier this week when the Archdiocese of New York took a stance against the outspoken educator, removing him from his position as Principal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in The Bronx. After conducting an internal review of the Ridgewood native's past published work, which included ties to a white supremacy publication, the Archdiocese of New York decided to sack him. "[Borzellieri] has been relieved of his position as a principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel," said Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdioce se of New York. "Many of the opinions expressed by Borzellieri in his writings were found to be incompatible with the philosophy and practices of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and with Catholic schools throughout America." At tempts to reach Borzellieri, as well as staff at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, were made. The Queens Tribune's messages were not returned. The decision was reached following an internal review which included a conversation with Borzellieri himself and an evaluation of views expressed in his books and columns - some of which declared "diversity as a weakness." In 2009, the firebrand was quietly hired by the Bronx Catholic School and since had overseen the education of a group of over 200 Pre-K to 8th grade students who are primarily black and Latino.
From 1993 to 2002, Borzellieri attempted L a t e Tu e s d ay a f t e r n o o n , Re v. E r ic Rapaglia, pastor of Mount Carmel, posted a to ban literature he viewed was "anti-Ameristatement on the school's website address- can" from school libraries - specifically taring the controversy and apologized for his geting a biography of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, Borzellieri wrote a book entitled poor judgment in hiring Borzellieri. Wit h the help of a search commit tee "Don't Take It Personally: Race, Immigrawhich "represented the full diversity of the tion, Crime, and Other Heresies," in which school population and included teachers and he stated America's rising black and Hisparents" Rapaglia said, "[Borzellieri's] cre- panic population in America would lead to the "New Dark Age." dentials were quite good H i s f i e r y r h e to r i c and so t he commit tee caused him to clash with recommended him as Many of the opinions educators alike, as principal." Borzellieri brought to light "Neither myself, nor expressed by Borzellieri his stance on not only raany of the members of in his writings were cial minorities but homot he search commit tee found to be incompatsexuals as well. knew of Mr. Borzellieri's ible with the philosophy Councilman Daniel political writings at the and practices of Our Dromm (D-Jackson time of his hiring," Lady of Mount Carmel Heights) is a former edustated Rapaglia. "I read cator who is fairly familiar them after he was hired School, and with Catholic schools throughout with Borzellieri rhetoric. as principal." He believes "the church T h e p a s t o r a d d e d America. —Joseph Zwilling, took the appropriate acthat it was his underArchdiocese of New York tion" in firing Borzellieri. standing that Borzellieri Spokesman "He violated all the h a d t he s u p p o r t o f principles of Catholicism," many minorities, includsaid Dromm, who served ing Roy Innis, a controversial African-American civil rights activist as a teacher in Western Queens for 25 years. and national chairman of the Congress of "I hope [Borzellieri] doesn't resur face anywhere else within the Catholic institution Racial Equality. Borzellieri's outspoken nature caught because he does not represent the values of Rapaglia off guard, it is nothing new to many the church." According to the councilman, he and in the borough. After being elected in 1993, Borzellieri Borzellieri had a few run-ins with each other served on the public school board of Dis- while they both served under district 24. Following Dromm's announcement, detrict 24 for 11 years. During that tenure, he was re-elected to the board twice and over- claring he was openly gay in 1992, Borzellieri saw educational institutions in Maspeth, began an alleged campaign of intimidation Ridgewood, Long Island City, Corona and to have the then-public school teacher fired. "[Borzellieri] called me a pervert and deElmhurst.
manded an investigation against me," Dromm said. "He even put it on the school board district 24's letter head. All simply because I publicly acknowledged my sexuality." Dromm also recalls Borzellieri's trying to intimidate him during a random in-class observation while former superintendent August Saccoccio was present - a visit Dromm believes was provoked after he came out. Not only does Dromm believe the former school board member had a chilling effect on gay teachers and children, he claimed Borzellieri left behind lasting rifts within the Queens educational structure. "Because of his emphasis on a right-wing agenda, [Borzellieri] corrupted the school board," Dromm said. "He is par t ially responsible for the collapse of the school board." An anonymous source familiar with Borzellieri's tenure on the education board believes his alleged strong-arm political tactics were one of the reason's the State adopted mayoral control over City schools. The source claimed late-Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, former Councilman Tom Ognibene, and former State S enator Ser phin Maltese allegedly suppor ted mayo r a l c o n t ro l i n a n e f fo r t to e l i m i n a te Borzellieri's threat of running a formidable challenge against them in primaries. A threat which some believe Borzellieri was able to deliver on. "The politicians could not get him off the school board and they tried," the source said. "[Borzellieri] was brilliant when it came to gett ing votes." Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.
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Four Too Many It has been three years since we saw the demise of three borough hospitals. Clearly, we have not navigated out of the storm yet. The likely closure of Peninsula Hospital piles onto Queens' healthcare woes. What has been done since Parkway was forced closed by the state in 2008; or when Mary Immaculate and St. John's collapsed under financial pressure in 2009? The answer is, quite simply, nothing. And the blame falls on the familiar cast of hapless legislators in Albany. Our borough's state representatives have had enough time to formulate some solution to the dire fiscal situation facing our hospitals. Going forward, we should forego counting lost hospital beds and increased emergency room wait times. The true measure is lives lost. Devising solutions to these tough issues is what we elect lawmakers to do. Call your state legislator. Let him or her know if they're not up to the job, you'll hire someone who is next time they're up for a review.
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A Simple Solution To The Editor: There is a simple answer to the budget crises in Washington. What is wrong by starting with a return to 2008 spending levels? On a onefor-one basis, cut a dollar in direct spending for every dollar you raise the debt ceiling. Government functioned very well that year with a significantly less spending and borrowing compared to 2011. Many of us still have a desire to return to limited government. This means requiring both the President and Congress to take real action today. This should include immediate implement “pay-as-go” budgeting, means testing for all government assistance programs, sunset provisions for agencies and programs that have completed their missions. End porkbarrel member item spending and stop paying farmers to not growing crops. Abolish corporate welfare subsides via favorable tax code deductions. Start a real campaign against waste, fraud and abuse. The IRS needs to go after both individual and corporate delinquent taxpayers, along with overdue student loans. These combined owe hundreds of billions of dollars in uncollected debts. Close down obsolete military bases abroad and reduce United Nations and foreign aid to those who offer us no support when needed. Ask our European and Arab friends to reimburse the costs of our military adventure in Libya. End the wasteful war in Afghanistan. Return to an open budget process agency by agency rather than the midnight omnibus budget adoption.
Use the Presidential line item vetoes when Congress fails to follow all of the above. Failure to do so will result in America going from the World’s Superpower to the World’s Super debtor nation. Not only the poor, but our vast middle class will suffer. There will be no safety net for anyone if we don’t have a real plan to pay our bills now rather than kicking the can to future generations. We need real action today, rather than to wait until 2023 to balance our budget, as President Obama and too many members of Congress propose. By then it will be too late for America to save itself. Larry Penner, Great Neck
You Ser ious, Mike? To The Editor: A sports legend from Queens upon reading Michael Schenkler’s latest column might well say, “You can’t be serious!” Ed Koch is right. Anyone who is a Liberal-Progressive like David Weprin, by definition, no matter their own personal religious beliefs, cannot bring influence nor can he change the course chosen by a Chief Executive and a Secretary of State, both of whom are committed to the Socialist cause. As to the country being on the right path under President Obama, that statement alone gives cause for alarm. Regular gas is now selling for over $4 per gallon; the latest Gallup poll shows Obama’s num-
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bers at a new low; his lack of leadership in the debt limit debate and the failure of every policy of his from “Cash for Clunkers” to the socalled stimulus have been failures. The American people by overwhelming numbers don’t want Obamacare and he has managed to alienate every important ally and to disparage the United States at every opportunity. Liberal-Progressives like Mr. Schenkler should realize that it takes more than reading either Clothard & Piven, Rules for Radicals, the Communist Manifesto or wearing a Che Tshirt to govern this, our country. David Rivkin, Jamaica
Bad Endorsement To The Editor: In response to Ed Koch’s endorsement of Bob Turner for Congress, I ask whether Ed Koch really thought this one through. Koch says that his endorsement of the Republican candidate is meant to “send a message” to the Obama administration that the President’s policy on Israel is disagreeable. Despite the fact that David Weprin is a staunch supporter of Israel, Koch endorses a candidate who has stated that global warming is “highly suspect,” opposes the DREAM Act, a woman’s right to choose, and gay marriage, and favors spending cuts that would slash programs like Social Security and Medicare. Overall, Bob Turner’s policy stances and beliefs run counter to the values epitomized by the Democratic Party. The spite of Koch’s endorsement is detrimental to our politics and detracts from meaningful conversation on Israel. Why should the Obama administration be responsive to the endorsement of a Republication candidate who is dead-set on undoing Obama’s domestic achievements, especially when the Democratic candidate is such an ardent supporter of Israel? Koch’s endorsement of Bob Turner only adds to the unfortunate modern culture in politics that encourages a narrow focus on hot-button issues at the expense of the middle class and the good of the country. George C. Grasso, President, CUNY Law School Democrats
Flushing’s Variety To The Editor: The opening of two new supermarkets in Downtown Flushing has created more competition in the area. Expanded product selection is always welcome for us shoppers. New York Supermarket, which prior was a Key Food, said all along Deputy Editor: Joseph Orovic
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Feeling Cross To The Editor: Atheists are suing to try to block a cross-shaped steel girder once part of the World Trade Center from being displayed in the upcoming 9/ 11 museum. The issue concerns a cross shape piece of steel that gave many hope and faith. The atheists contend this violates separation of church and state because federal monies are involved in the project. In my view, the object in question is part of the history of that day of infamy, and should be included. As for the atheists lawsuit, let me say, “Please get real.” I believe this is an important artifact that tells, in part, a very important story. You see when things were at their very worst, we found the strength to be at our very best. It was our faith and belief in our higher power and that we can rebuild. Furthermore, this steel remnant became a symbol of spiritual comfort for the thousands of recovery workers who toiled at Ground Zero. We must embrace our past so we do not repeat the mistakes in the future. History is something that needs to be studied and nothing should be eliminated that lends to the lessons of an event. Frederick R. Bedell Jr.. Glen Oaks Village
Vote ‘Em Out To The Editor: Well, after weeks and weeks of political wrangling and ballyhoo, is it finally possible that the elected clowns in Washington D.C. have finally been able to actually come to an agreement that will prevent our nation from defaulting on Aug. 2? This has been the worst unprofessional display of conduct that our President and Congress have exhibJames Mammarella
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that they would consider stocking additional products. The added competition could have been an impetus, but true diversity will only come when people of all nationalities and ethnicities shop and buy the products that are sold. Ever notice why so-called Asian food markets stock few paper goods? It is because they take up much space, and cannot compete on price with non-Asian supermarkets when they have a sale. Thus a BJ’s serves that need. Where else but in Downtown Flushing can you find six large supermarkets along Main Street alone within six blocks? Competition also brings about lower prices, so one should explore. You may very well be surprised. Remember, what doesn’t sell will not be stocked. John Ngai, Rego Park
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ited since this nation was founded. Our forefathers must be turning over in their graves several times due to all of this political nonsense. When election time comes in 2012, let’s show our total displeasure and vote all of these incompetent idiots out. What do they care about their constituents? Obviously, all that they are interested in are their huge salaries and other perks that come along with the job. Bring on The Wizard of Oz – he could and would do a much better job of running this country. John Amato, Fresh Meadows
No-bama To The Editor: I saw the flash on television last night that we finally have a debt deal on the table that both sides can agree too. Then, why do I have this sinking feeling in my stomach about it, and I haven’t even read the details in the morning paper? I have this bad feeling because every time I want Obama and progressives to fight, they wind up caving in. It’s like backing a boxer that you know won’t win, but he’ll go the distance, lose the fight with a good excuse, and want you to back him the next time. No thanks, I want to bet on a fighter that goes in the ring saying, “Dammit, I’m going the win this fight!” I didn’t think I would ever in my lifetime see a Democrat that would even consider cuts to Social Security. That’s the essence of what we stand for. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve already gotten cuts to Social Security because of no cost of living increases for the last two years, and prices on everything around me have gone up substantially. But yet, Social Security is somewhere on the table. Why doesn’t anybody talk about just raising the contribution levels from 6.2 percent to let’s say 7.2 percent? Certainly, that would make it more sustainable until maybe 2045. Nobody even talks about that solution. I read Obama’s book before he was elected. I really thought, “Wow, he’s solid progressive, with a good community activist fighting spirit background.” He would be our country’s first black president. He could turn this country around from all the failed Bush policies over the last eight years. He could turn this country’s slide toward corporatism, back to focus on what is right for America. It was a very hopeful book. It rings true for Democratic ideals. I would be delighted if Obama went back and read his own book, and then practiced what he wrote. I’d certainly like to go to these political battles without that sinking feeling in my stomach. Tyler Cassell, Flushing Mitch Kronenfeld: Classified Manager Elizabeth Mance: Administrative Assistant Classified Ad Representatives: Nadia Hack, Peggie Henderson, Fran Gordon, Marty Lieberman, Chris Preasha, Lorraine Shaw, Sheila Scholder, Lillian Saar
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To Ed Koch: An Apology & A Map To Find Your Way By MICHAEL SCHENKLER We received a letter from Ed Koch (printed below) reacting to my column of last week. He was highly critical of my position stating he had gone astray in his oneman crusade to turn the Special Election to replace Anthony Weiner in Congress (9th C.D.) into a vote to send a message to President Obama on Israel.
The Special Election is between little known Republican Bob Turner and long-time public servant David Weprin. First an apology to the former Mayor who informs us that he has never made reference to the fact that “Weprin’s father, Saul, former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was one of the few New
York Jews who did not the page to connect the support him over Mario dots, but it leaves a picCuomo and, as Koch ture that is not clear or pointed out, Ed Koch understandable. has a long memory,” as David Weprin is I stated in my column clearly the stronger of last week. the two candidates on If Ed says it’s unIsrael but don’t vote for true and his support of him because of that. the Republican has This election is not a nothing to do with referendum on Israel. Weprin history, I accept I am an American it and apologize. My Jew; I’ve been to Israel criticism of Ed Koch is and am a supporter of certainly not meant to the only democracy in challenge his integrity. the Middle East. HowHe says what he beever, I am an American lieves and is as honorfirst and believe the able as they come. job of our Members of David Weprin and Tribune Publisher Mike Schenkler That doe s not Congre ss is much make him right. cial Election in the 9th C.D. is a more diverse than the issue of Sometimes, he is off base or referendum on Israel. The President Israel. as I opened last week’s column: “Ed will not and should not modify his This past week, the job was foreign policy because Ed is an- clearly centered around raising the Koch has lost it”. No Ed, I am not suggesting nouncing new standards upon debt ceiling. And last time he ran you are senile, just suffering from which the people should vote. for office, Bob Turner sang, to a And Ed, c’mon, voting for Bob reporter of this paper, the praises a belief that you have the ability to change the reasons people Turner, the guy with little record of Congressman Paul Ryan’s ecovote and the way the President suppor t ing Israel over Dav id nomic policy which is the center interprets votes. Sorry, it is this Weprin, a long-time supporter of of the Tea Par ty movement that t yp e of absur d crusadi ng that Israel, is not a me ssage to the nearly toppled this nation’s credit causes the voters to lose faith in President that the people want him rating. to be stronger on Israel. the process. If you care about Israel, it is Yes Ed, perhaps you and oth- crystal clear that Democrat David Ed Koch cannot tell President Obama that the results of the Spe- ers might be able to zig zag all over Weprin is the person who can de-
Mike Schenkler & then-Mayor Ed Koch liver the right me ssage to t he Democratic President. If you care about our country, stay as far away from Tea Party sympathizers as possible. In the weeks to come, prior to the September 13 Special Election, the Tribune will look at the entiret y of both candidates and make its recommendation. On Israel and the Economy, it seems to me David Weprin is by far, the clear choice. Ed, I apologize for any error or if I offended you. Howe ver, when you tr y to come from Manhat tan into our borough and hijack an election with misthink, your many years of good will won’t get you across that bridge without paying a toll. MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
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Koch: ‘Surprised To Read Schenkler Column’ To the Editor: I was surprised to read the patronizing editorial by Michael Schenkler, publisher and editor-inchief of the Queens Tribune, denouncing me for endorsing Republican Bob Turner over Democrat David Weprin for Congress in the 9th CD. I have no problem that we disagree on what is best for the U.S. and the voters of the 9th CD. I do take exception to his implication that I am senile for having made the decision I did. Even more distre ssing a nd outrageous was Schenkler’s assertion, “during this ridiculous process, Koch has made reference to the fact that Weprin’s father, Saul, former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was one of the few New York Jews who did not support him over Mario Cuomo and, as Koch pointed out, Ed Koch has a long memory.” This statement on the part of Mr. Schenkler is totally untrue, and I ask that he provide a single reference indicating I said that or apologize. I have never critically referred to Speaker Saul Weprin when he was an Assemblyman or as Speaker. I was not close to him, and his support of Mario Cuomo, a colleague in state government and a family friend of the Weprins in 1977, was absolutely an honorable position for him to take. The fact that I had no enmity against him or his sons is demonstrated by the
fact that his son Mark Weprin became a member of my Mayoral administrat ion and I suppor ted David Weprin when he ran for the City Council. Now to the substance of the issue of why I am endorsing Bob Tumer. It is to send a message to President Obama that he can no longer take the Jewish community for granted. He received 78 percent of their vote in 2008. Those concerned with the security of Israel — Christians and Jews alike — were shocked when President Obama orchestrated a campaign of vilification against Israel and its prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu. You w il l recal l t hat Pre sident Obama insulted the Israeli prime minister at the White House and had Vice President Biden (a great supporter of Israel) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (also a supporter) denounce Israel because of its housing construction in East Jerusalem and on the West Bank. More recently, Pre sident Obama, in seeking to reopen peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, sought to limit Israel’s ability to negotiate by stating the parties would be limited to the pre1967 borders with agreed upon swaps. Those borders, as he knows, are indefensible: at one point, the West Bank is 9 miles from the Mediterranean coast. The President did not demand of the Palestinian Authority, now
comprised of Fatah and Hamas, that Hamas, in advance of settlement discussions, give up violence and terrorism and agree if a settlement accord is reached to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Hamas, in fact, has in its charter that ever y Jew who entered the Pale stinian Mandate after 1917 must be expelled from the land. My hope is that the 9th CD, with one of the largest Jewish constituencies in the nation, along with all other supporters of the State of Israel, will, in the only contested Congressional district in the countr y, by their repudiat ion of the Democratic candidate, send the President who will be running for reelection in 2012 a message. It is very disturbing to me that a Gallup poll taken in February 2011 reported “that whereas 85 percent of Republicans support Israel, (up from 77 percent in February 2009), and 60 percent of Independents support Israel, (up from 49 percent in February 2009), only 48 percent of Democrats support Israel (down from 52 percent in February 2009).” I want to likewise send a message to the Republican leadership that it cannot privatize Social Security, Medicare; nor turn Medicaid into a block grant. All three programs must remain entitlement programs. Bob Turner is not only a supporter of Israel, he is also a critic of the Republican national
leadership seeking to privatize these entitlement programs. I believe his election will send a strong message to that leadership, as did the election of Republican Scott Brown who ran and won the Senate seat for merly held by Ted Kennedy in the blue state of Massachuset ts. As a re sult of t he latter’s election, President Obama clearly moved to the center on economic issues, to the consternation of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said of President Obama, “When we take a look at Social
Security, then look at it on its own table, but do not consider Social Security a piggy bank for giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country. We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America’s seniors, women and people with disabilities.” On September 13, the eyes of the nation will be on the 9th CD, the only contested Congressional election in the country. All the best. Sincerely, Edward I. Koch
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Queens This Week Pols, Residents Seek Transpor t Fix
Mosquitoes Br ing West Nile Bite Lorraine and Howard Schwartz have lived in Jamaica Estates for 40 years. While summer is a time of year many partake in outdoor activities, the Schwartz's have been worried each time they leave their home. The Schwartz's and other residents in Jamaica Estates are fearful they will get bitten by the Asian Tiger mosquito. Unlike most nocturnal mosquitoes, the Asian Tiger bites 24 hours a day. "It is literally impossible to step outside of one's house and not be bitten by an Asian Tiger mosquito," Councilman Jim Gennaro said, who lives in Jamaica Estates. The City Dept. of Health issued an advisory July 22 to residents of Jamaica Estates and Pomonok Houses after detecting the West Nile Virus in mosquito pools in the area. The Dept. of Health does not spray insecticide in an area until it has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Gennaro (DFresh Meadows) called on the City Department of Health last Friday to take action and spray to rid the neighborhoods of these disease carrying mosquitoes before someone gets infected. The councilman was joined by residents, community board members and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck), who said the mosquitoes were affecting the quality of life in the area. Community Board 8 Chair Mark Lefkof said if the City fails to take action and a resident becomes infected with West Nile Virus, he would consider it negligence. "We are putting the City on notice now that we are tired of being second-class citizens and they're being negligent," Lefkof said. "We want the spraying, and we want whatever can be done now - not tomorrow, and not the next day." Gennaro said the Asian Tiger mosquito is not native to the area and has only been around since 1995. "Not all mosquito species do transmit West Nile, but the Asian
Players on Italian powerhouse soccer franchise Juventus walked onto Citi Field with members of the Auburndale Youth Soccer Club. Tiger does transmit it, and it transmits it very well," Gennaro said. The mosquito can hold on to the West Nile Virus for two egg cycles, increasing the risk of transmitting the disease. The mosquito problem is not limited to residents of Jamaica Estates and Pomonok Houses. Councilman James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway) held a meeting last week to protest the Dept. of Health's inaction to spray the neighborhoods of Arverne, Somerville, Edgemere and Bayswater despite numerous complaints from members of the community. Since the meeting, the DOH has agreed to take action and will begin spraying on Thursday, weather permitting. "It's a shame that we have to wait until it gets to this point every single year, but at least we're making progress," Sanders said. "I thank our friends at the Health Department for hearing our cries and heeding our warnings about the dangerous situation out here. It's my sincere hope that we don't have to have another meeting like this next year, as we should be spraying before the deluge of mosquitoes actually arrives." To stay protected, the DOH recommends using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 or picaridin and use the product according to label instructions. Wear protective clothing when outside if possible, such as loose-fitting pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks. Residents should make sure that all doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, and fix any screens with tears or holes. As mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, residents should eliminate any standing water on their property and remind neighbors to do the same. Residents can also call 311 to report standing water. Reach Reporter Veronica Lewin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 123. — Veronica Lewin
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Shade Slowly Coming Back To Park
The headaches travelers experience around Downtown Flushing, including the 7 train, were the focus of a recent forum. While complaints abound, the solutions are slow to arrive.
A team of line dancers from the Queens Community House danced for the large crowd gathered in the middle of Queens Boulevard's south service road in front of the Forest Hills Jewish Center. They are the first performers in the lineup during the 112th Precinct's "Night Out Against Crime" on Aug. 2. Behind the crowd, there was a different backdrop than last year. The canopy of trees that hung over the annual festival in MacDonald Park is gone destroyed by last September's tornado that cut through one of Forest Hills' only green spaces like a buzz saw, turning a typical late summer Thursday into a chaotic and jaw-
dropping mess. The scars of the twister are noticeable. The big surviving trees, monuments to what was, still stand, dotted and clustered in the park, but the center, directly across from the synagogue, was stripped bare. Approaching the one-year anniversary of the storm, the park has new infant trees, but they're barely large enough to hold up the patriotic bunting that hangs between them. Locals, excited about the new life, still mourn the flora that was lost eleven months ago. "It's not the same without the shade," said Sadie, a local who lives a few blocks from the park and often comes by on sunny days. "I'll be long gone by the time it's back." Perhaps not. "They're supposedly fast growing trees," said Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio; though "fast growing" may be the difference between a decade and a lifetime. The new trees were planted in early April and despite concern over the lack of rain and the brutal summer heat, Gulluscio said they've been weathering the conditions well and park patrons seem to be enjoying them. "We haven't had any complaints so far," he said. In the hot mid-summer sun, the lack of trees means fewer people on the benches, at least until the sun disappears behind Parker Towers. It's a different scene on the north side of the park near the statue of its namesake Gerald MacDonald. There, where the trees survived, though severely injured, old men speaking Russian play a game of backgammon, while across from them an old man challenges a younger one to a game of chess. Though the sun is already setting, they've clearly been there for hours, cool under the shade of the surviving trees. But near Yellowstone Boulevard, Sadie sits on one of the few benches still in shade; one of the few surviving trees on the north side of the park, pointing out the bench she sat on last summer, now soaked in the hot sun. "The new trees are nice," she said. "But they can't replace what was." Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125. — Domenick Rafter
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A Public Transportation Forum brought together a slew of elected officials and local activists at Flushing High School last Tuesday, hoping to address one of the neighborhood's biggest flaws: its over-taxed public transportation system. Assembly members Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and James Brennan (D-Brooklyn), along with State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), Asian Americans for Equality, the Deputy Director of the Transportation Alternatives Noah Budnick, and residents of Flushing were in attendance. "Our public transportation system is embarrassing," Meng said, who currently has a bill in the Assembly, the MTA Riders Bill of Rights, which would require the MTA to fulfill the basic rights of its passengers. Flushing has the third busiest intersection in the city at Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, yet its public transportation is still an utter disgrace, Meng said. The issue with the transportation system is organization and timeliness, she added. "We get so many complaints in the office about transportation," Meng said. "I don't know what to say to people when they call. People are so frustrated. The MTA keeps raising fares and the service keeps getting worse." Kendra Pierre-Louis of Bayside, who travels through Flushing on her commute to work, is despondent about the transportation system in Flushing and believes a change is needed. The main problem is the lack of communication, she said. Miguelina Roman-Acosta of Flushing had complaints common for Flushing's commuters. She is tired of having the public transportation system constantly fail her, with buses that do not show up. Roman-Acosta said it is not bus drivers' fault they are late or cannot pick up people. There needs to be more subway turnstiles that work and more buses during peak hours, she added. Although Brennan, who chairs the Assembly's Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, is from Brooklyn, he said he understands the transportation problem in Flushing. However, the neighborhood is not lacking transportation because the government agencies ignore the community, but rather because of the lack of MTA funds, he explained. During the recession, the MTA lost one third of its subsidies and eventually the government replaced the majority of that money with a new tax. But, in the past few years, the MTA has had its appropriations cut. Brennan said the MTA are not the ones to blame.
"The MTA is a creature of the state," he said. Stavisky, who once taught in Flushing and now serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, could not believe how disgraceful the transportation is in Flushing. There are 19 bus lines, yet bus service has been reduced and Main Street needs a great deal of improvement, Stavisky said. "The Long Island Rail Road, I think it's a disgrace," she said. "Flushing is booming and unfortunately our transportation service has not kept pace." Reach Intern Jason Cohen at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. — Jason Cohen
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LEGAL NOTICE IKON MANAGEMENT LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 3/ 7/11. 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, 3940 30 th St., Long Island City, NY 11101. General Purposes. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of HARMANJOT TRANS LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/ 05/2011. 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: Sarmail Pelia, 114-12 Lefferts Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ Name of LLC: Feng Mao LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 4/26/11. Office loc.: Queens Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. Agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation eStock Books, LLC art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 5/ 6/11. Off. Loc. in Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 27-28 Thomson Ave #628, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________ “Notice of Formation of Provectus Technologies, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05-3111. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 33-11 165 th Street Flushing NY 11358 Purpose: any lawful act or activity.” _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of TIVITOWN LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/28/2011. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 1710 FIRST AVE. #121, NEW YORK, NY 10128-4902 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Qualification of OCTROI CAPITAL ULTRA SHORT INCOME FUND L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/07/ 11. Office location: Queens County. LP formed in Dela-
LEGAL NOTICE ware (DE) on 05/23/11. Princ. office of LP: c/o Octroi Capital GP, LLC, 178-36 Wexford Terr., 3B, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Garey M. Fuqua, 178-36 Wexford Terr., 3B, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. _____________________________________________________________ GALIS COMPANY, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/21/2011. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. agent ofLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 47-15 195 th St., Flushing, N.Y. 11358. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of JAG & JORA TRANS LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/09/ 2011. 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: Jorawar Singh, 135-19 128 Street 2nd Fl, South Ozone Park, NY 11420. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of Ugly Art Room LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 05/13/2011. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 64-02 79th St, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________ Davidov Capital LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/2/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Alexy Davidov, 68-61 147th St, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: General. _____________________________________________________________ Roth Realty Management LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/10. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 79-63 68 th Rd, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: General. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Qualification of POOCH PALS LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 05/ 13/2011. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in DE on 03/05/2011. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 3110 23rd St., Apt 5G, Astoria, NY 11106. Principal office of
LEGAL NOTICE LLC: 31-10 23rd St., Apt 5G, Astoria, NY 11106. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ The Law Firm of Ryan J. Walsh & Associates PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ryan J. Walsh, 70-50 Austin St Ste LL 106, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Profession of Law. _____________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF EMBELLISH STYLE LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: EMBELLISH STYLE 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 which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: 115-108 221 St Cambria Heights, NY 11411 Nancy Hernandez (signature of organizer) Nancy Hernandez (print or type name of organizer) ____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation Milou Realty LLC art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 4/ 12/02. Off. Loc. in Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 57-58 59 th St, Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: Any lawful purpose, latest date 12/31/ 2152. _____________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF F.X. Real Estate Holdings, LLC Under Section 203 of the LImited Liabilitiy Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: F.X. Real Estate Holdings, 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 which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: F.X. Real Estate Holdings, LLC 2043 Hemlock Farms Hawley, PA 18428 USA Louis SA Abrams (signature of organizer Louis S. Abrams (print or type name of organizer) _____________________________________________________________ 3902 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/10/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail
LEGAL NOTICE process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave Ste 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of JMS PARTNERS LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/11/2011. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 65-20 BOOTH STREET, APT. 3L, REGO PARK, NY 11374 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _____________________________________________________________ STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLARENDON CASE NO: 2010-DR-14-456 IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT SUMMONS FOR ADOPTION LOUIS MAYS, JR. AND VIRGINIA R. MAYS, PLAINTIFFS, VS. MYA BEVERLY HARRIS, A MINOR UNDER THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN YEARS, LATARA CLARK, NATURAL MOTHER AND JAIME HARRIS, NATURAL FATHER, DEFENDANTS. TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the subscribed Land, Parke & Welch, P.A., 29 South Mill Street, Manning, South Carolina 29101 within THIRTY (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service. YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that within THIRTY (30) days of receiving notice you shall respond in writing by filing with the Court in which the adoption is pending notice and reason to contest, intervene or otherwise respond; The Court must be informed of your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceedings; Your failure to file a response within THIRTY (30) days of receiving notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. LAND, PARKER & WELCH, P.A. BY: William Ceth Land, Esquire Post Office Box 138 29 South Mill Street Manning, South Carolina 29102 803-4358894 December 14, 2010 Manning, South Carolina _____________________________________________________________ TEMP DIRECT, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/27/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 34-41 77/Th St. (#526), Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of ASTORIA DOG WALK, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on May 11, 2011. Office located in
Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 2042 23rd Street, 2nd Floor, Astoria NY 11105. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of Benmillam LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/08/2011. Office located in Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Benmillam LLC, 14370 Ash Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose. pose: any lawful activity. _____________________________________________________________ File No. 2005 – 3764/D 2nd SUPPLEMENTAL CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: ERNESTINE SORRENTINO, ANNA CAMERLINGO, THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE COUNTY OF QUEENS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributes of Dolores Camerlingo, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Dolores Camerlingo, deceased, who at the time of her death was a resident of the County of Queens, state of New York, A petition having been duly filed by Judith De Lorenzo, who is domiciled at 337 149th Place, Whitestone, New York 11357, YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at the Queens General Courthouse, 6 th Floor, Room 621, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 25 th day of August, 2011, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of DOLORES CAMERLINGO, lately domiciled at the Clearview Nursing Home, 157-15 19 th Avenue, Whitestone, in the County of Queens, City and State of New York, admitting to probate a Will dated May 26, 1998, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of DOLORES CAMERLINGO, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [ X ] Letters Testamentary issue to: JUDITH DE LORENZO. Dated, Attested and Sealed JUL 07, 2011, HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County, MARGARET M. GRIBBON, Chief Clerk, CHRISTOPHER HANSCOM, ESQ., (203) 644-2257, Attorney for Petitioner, 666 Old Country Road, Suite 509, Garden City, New York
11530. 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. _____________________________________________________________ CITATION File No. 2010-197 SURROGATE’S COURT, Queens COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Estelle Nathanson Salberg, Beatrice Nathanson Elsman, being known distributees of the decedent Public Administrator, Queens County And to the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of HENRY NATHANSON, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot after due diligence, be ascertained. A petition having been duly filed by Meryl Finkelstein who is/are domiciled at 234 Community Circle, Old Bridge, New Jersey 08857 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on September 1, 2011, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Henry Nathanson lately domiciled at 108-25 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, New York 11368, United States admitting to probate a Will dated January 6, 2004 (and Codicil(s), if any, dated ) a copy of which is attached as the Will of Henry Nathanson deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Meryl Finkelstein Dated, Attested and Sealed, JUL 05 2011 Seal HON. Peter J. Kelly Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon Chief Clerk Douglas J. Chu, Esq. Print Name of Attorney Hynes & Chu, LLP Firm 475 Park Avenue So., 26th Fl., New York, New York 10016 Address (212) 643-1112 Telephone NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. _____________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BAR 131 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/15/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 131-02 14th Avenue, College Point, New York 11356. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Pomonok Residents Await Cameras By JASON COHEN Miscommunication between elected officials and the residents of the Pomonok Houses in South Flushing has finally reached a tipping point. With elected officials saying they allocated money for video cameras two years ago, the question remains: where are they? After a year of increased gun violence at Pomonok, a town hall meeting on public safety was held July 20 to address the community's concerns. "Surveillance cameras serve not only as a deterrent, but also as a prosecutorial tool,"
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) said. "If we had cameras in this housing complex, the perpetrators could have been caught on camera, and their photos promptly distributed to law enforcement, the community and the media." Stavisky was joined by Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), Borough President Helen Marshall, a representative from the New York City Housing Authority and Pomonok residents. The murder of Laseam Hogan in October 2010 and two shootings on June 28 have
Missing Teen: Jian Yuan Xu, who resides at 136th Street in Flushing, has been missing since Monday at 10 a.m. The 15-yearold was last seen by his parents when he informed them that he was going to his school library to study. He is currently a student at John Bowne High School. According to his family, Jian Yuan is shy and spends his time either going to class or the park near his home. He is about 5’7” and was last seen wearing a green plaid shirt, gray shorts and sandals. Jian Yuan speaks and understands Fuzhounese and has limited English proficienc y. If anyone has information regarding Jian Yuan’s whereabouts, please call his parents at (646) 726-1188 or the 109th Police Precinc t at (718) 321-2250.
11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/ o Gloria LoSchiavo, 138-22 11 th Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. Pur Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 7/ 12/11, bearing Index Number NC-000526-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Paul (Middle) Hani (Last) Shehata My present name is (First) Bola (Middle) Hani (Last) Beshir (infant) My present address is 1924 Linden Street 2R, Ridgewood, NY 11385 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is January 17, 2008 _____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 7/ 22/11, bearing Index Number NC-000626-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Joey (Last) Hoti My present name is (First) Avdula (Last) Hadzovic My present address is 6820 Selfridge Street, Apt. 3P, Forest Hills, NY 11375 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY
LEGAL NOTICE My date of birth is July 28, 1987 _____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 7/ 12/11, bearing Index Number NC-000523-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Elizabeth (Middle) Bower (Last) Hughes My present name is (First) Elizabeth (Middle) Ann (Last) Bower My present address is 42-65 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355 My place of birth is Washington, Iowa My date of birth is May 18, 1967 _____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on the 5 day of November, 2010, bearing Index Number 848/2010, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd. Queens, New York, in room 357, grants me the right to Assume the name of Syed Rashid Ahmed Ehsan My present name is Mohammed Salim Ullah My present address is: 25-21 36 th Avenue, 1 st Floor, LIC, NY 11106 My place of birth is Sylhet, Bangladesh. My date of birth is: July 01, 1959 _____________________________________________________________ Forever Fortune LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/
LEGAL NOTICE 11/11. Office Location: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 58-77 Maurice Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. _____________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: SANFORD A. SCHWARTZ, Ph.D., PSYCHOLOGIST LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/24/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Mordente Law Firm, LLC, 160-29 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, New York 11366. Purpose: For the practice of the profession of Psychology.
_____________________________________________________________ New York Home Care Agency LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/24/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Nancy Martinez, 1032 Beach 20 St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Purpose: General. _____________________________________________________________ PGL Billz LLC. Arts. of Org.
filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/21/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 99-32 66 Rd Ste 3X, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: General. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of EVERYTHING CABLES ASSOCIATES LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/28/2011. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 4208 248 TH STREET, LITTLE NECK, NY 11363 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 7/ 12/11, bearing Index Number NC-000519/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) ANDREA (Middle) NARCISA (Last) Noriega. My present name is (First) ELILIYAH (Middle) RUTH (Last) LEVY AKA ANDREA NARCISA NORIEGA AKA ANDREA NOREIGA. My present address is 78-12 35 AVE APT
4K, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. My date of birth is April 15, 1985. _____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court Queens County, on the 18 day of July 2011, bearing the index No. 580/2011, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica, N.Y. 11435 grants me the right, to assume the name SENTURK FIKRET IBRAHIM. My present address is 47-25 45th Street, APT 1F, Woodside, NY; The date of my birth is February 3, 1957. My present name is FIKRET IBRAMOV AKA FIKRET IBRAMOV IBRAMOV AKA FIKRET I. IBRAMOV AKA IBRAMOV, FIKRET I. _____________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court Queens County, on the 20 day of July, 2011, bearing Index No. 606/2011, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the Queens County Civil Court, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. grants me the right, to assume the name Mary J. Martin. My present name is BABY GIRL SPIVEY a/k/a MARY J. MARTIN a/k/ a MARY MARTIN. My present address is 10243 183rd Place, Queens, New York. My place of birth is Macon, Georgia on the date of September 19, 1940.
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Notice of formation of MV Elements,LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Sec. State of NY on 06/08/11. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail any process to: The LLC, 26611 Bridgewater Ave. Floral Park, NY 11004. Any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________ “THE UNBAKERY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) Nov. 09, 2009. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 6714 108 ST, F O R E S T H I L L S , N Y. P u r pose: Any lawful purpose.” _____________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: M.G. CARDIOLOGY PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/28/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the PLLC, 79-23 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, New York 11379. Purpose: For the practice of the profession of Medicine. _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of 224650 THIRD AVENUE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/24/
made the residents of Pomonok feel that the cameras are implemented, Stavisky said. public safety measures need to be ramped up. After working in the government for a long Crystal McMoore, a resident of Pomonok, time, Stavisky said nothing surprises her said nothing was accomplished at the meet- anymore. "It's so frustrating when you allocate ing and it took place only to appease the elderly in the community. McMoore co- funds," she said. "Hopefully it will get done founded Let's Succeed, Empower, and Mo- quickly." Gennaro said he would match the tivate (LASEAM), after her friend Laseam Hogan was gunned down on Oct. 15, 2010. $200,000 allocated by Stavisky and the There is one gaping hole in the community $500,000 earmarked by former Assemblywoman Nette Mayersohn. created by the lack of video In a phone interview afcameras, she said, adding ter the meeting, Gennarro the surveillance devices “It's so frustrating explained that he did not would make the area a when you allocate know Stavisky allocated safer place. funds. Hopefully it money for the Pomonok Stavisky, who empaHouses two years ago. Ultithizes with the members of will get done mately, the government is the community, said she quickly.” knows they need cameras — State Sen. about "capital choices," and and has done everything Toby Stavisky there are "limited capital construction dollars," he she can to get them. She said. allocated $200,000 in April Gennaro explained there are other pressof 2009 to the Senate Finance Committee, but there is a $250,000 minimum needed to ing needs such as money for the Parks Deallot money. Since the allocation didn't meet partment, libraries, schools and other this requirement, she needed to sign a waiver, projects. Although residents of Pomonok have complained about the violence and lack which she submitted six months ago. According to Morris Peters, spokesman of cameras in the past two years, only for the State Division of the Budget, the Pomonok community leader Monica Cobert waiver was received last week and is cur- has requested cameras, Gennaro said. Cameras are needed for the buildings, but rently being processed. Susan Barnett, the public information officer for the Dormitory they cannot stop crime completely, he said. Authority of the State of New York said once People should trust their police and if they the DOB processes the waiver, they will see a crime, they should say something, the councilman said. begin to move the grant forward. "That's a better fighting tool than any At the meeting, a representative from the New York City Housing Authority said they camera," he said. Reach Intern Jason Cohen at 718-357are about to request bids for cameras from Ext. 124 or at the public. But once the bids are submitted, 7 4 0 0 , there is no telling how long it will take until email@example.com.
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110th Precinct TODDLER STRUCK: On Saturday, July 30, at approximately 6:40 p.m., in front of 42-20 82nd St. in Elmhurst, police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck. Upon arrival, officers discovered Andrew Ramirez, 2, of 41-89 Denman St., Elmhurst, had been struck by a van. EMS also responded to the scene and transported the child to Elmhurst General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A preliminary investigation determined that the boy, who was crossing from the south side to the north side of 82nd Street, was struck by a 2007 Chevy Van, driven by a 39-year-old Hispanic man that was traveling westbound on 82 Street. There was no criminality suspected and the investigation was ongoing.
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112th Precinct MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT: On Saturday, July 30, at approximately 7:11 p.m., at the intersection of 72nd Road and Union Turnpike in Forest Hills, Police responded to a 911 call of a motorcyclist involved in an accident. Upon arrival, officers discovered Andres Rodriguez-Mojica, 37, of Miami Beach, Fla., unconscious and unresponsive in the street. EMS also responded to the scene and pronounced him dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation determined that the motorcyclist was traveling east bound on Union Turnpike when he drove over the median and struck a Ford van, driven by a 29-year-old man that was traveling westbound on Union Turnpike. There was no criminality suspected and the investigation was ongoing. 114th Precinct SHOOT AND RUN: The NYPD is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man wanted for a shooting that took place on July 17 at approximately 4:50 a.m. in front of the En Express Deli located at 9-20 Main Ave. in Astoria. The victim, a 28-year-old Hispanic man, was making a purchase when he became involved in a dispute with the suspect. The victim exited the location and was followed outside by the suspect, who fired numerous times, striking the victim in the leg. He then fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a black man, 26 to 34 years old, last seen wearing a white and green striped polo shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.
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Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential. WRONG GUARD: The NYPD is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the following suspect in regards to a Grand Larceny that occurred in Astoria. On July 22, at approximately 10:15 a.m., inside Lorenzo's Enterprises, located at 3540 31 St. in Astoria, a man entered the location wearing a GARDA Armored Courier uniform stating he was there for a pickup. The employee turned over $14,800 dollars and the suspect left the location. A few hours later, another uniformed GARDA Armored Courier arrived at the location to make the scheduled pick up and was informed that the pick-up had been made. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the first courier was not an employee of that company. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 33-34 years of age, and was last seen wearing a GARDA uniform. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
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Queens CLOSEUP Flushing Camera Club Flushing Camera Club: Founded in the fall of 1971, for 40 years the Flushing Camera Club (the friendly club) who’s door are always open to all who wish to attended offers the residents of Queens and Flushing more than just the opportunity to meet other local photographers of all levels of experience who have a mutual interest in photographic image taking. Meets at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, at 146-01 45th Avenue, enter at 45th Ave & Burling Street. We meet on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month, September 7th, and the 21st. Come and spend an evening with us to learn about good photography and to enjoy excellent photography related programs. Validated free parking is available. For more information contact (718) 749-0643 or flushingcameraclub.org.
small effort to collect school supplies for children in shelters. In 2003, the campaign was re-invented with a new goal in mind: to give every school-aged child in the New York City shelter system a new, grade-specific backpack filled with school supplies. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child’s education. Through Operation Backpack, children living in homeless shelters are able to begin school with confidence like their housed counterparts. The public is urged to drop new backpacks and school supplies at any Duane Reade in New York City now through July 24. For more information on how to donate and how to be involved go to OperationBackpackNYC.org.
Volunteers Needed Willow Lake Tour The Urban Rangers will lead a FREE canoe tour of Willow Lake on Saturday Aug. 6. The tour will launch at 9 a.m. on the east side of Meadow Lake between the Van Wyck Expressway and the lake, just beyond the small foot bridge, near the Jewel Avenue overpass. The Rangers will provide canoes, paddles, vests and other gear. Canoers should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy is sponsoring the tour. For information, call (718) 539-8462.
Macedonia Anniversar y Macedonia A.M.E. Church, in celebration of its yearlong bicentennial anniversary, is hosting a homecoming/reunion weekend on Aug. 5-7. A weekend of fun with family and friends is planned. A get acquainted reception and fish fry will be held on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Saturday will consist of an old fashioned church picnic at Hempstead Lake Park beginning at 9 a.m. with breakfast and concluding on Sunday beginning at 9:45 a.m. with a homecoming worship service with guest speaker Reverend Matthew Watley of Reid Temple A.M.E Church in Maryland. In addition to the present membership, all former members and friends of Macedonia are invited to attend the festivities. For further information call the church office at (718) 353-5870.
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Line Dancing Every Saturday from 2-4 at Holy Family R.C. Parish Church - Msgr. Mahoney Hall located at 175-20 74th Ave., Fresh Meadows. (Utopia Pkwy-2 blocks from Union Tpke). Light refreshments available. Bring your friends, your smiles, and enjoy. Instructor Nena Matela.
Operation Backpack For the ninth consecutive year, Volunteers of America has launched Operation Backpack, the largest back-to-school drive in the city. In a continuing partnership with Volunteers of America, every Duane Reade location is now accepting donations of new backpacks and school supplies from the public through July 24. On July 25, after the conclusion of the collection, Fed Ex will contribute an entire day of services to collect, sort and deliver the donations in a space provided by a local real estate partner. Last year, Volunteers of America distributed more than 7,000 filled backpacks to children throughout the Greater New York area. This year, with more than 70 companies and groups supporting the cause, the goal is to help more than 9,000 children. Operation Backpack stared in 1999 as a
QSAC, an award winning non-profit organization, needs volunteers to help with clerical tasks, including filing, envelope stuffing, data entry, answering telephones, and direct care with autistic children, at its afterschool programs in Astoria, Hollis Bronx, Fresh Meadows, and in Whitestone Queens. QSAC has many different volunteer opportunities, and we will happily try to match your interests and skills with an appropriate volunteer assignment. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience working with children with autism or to gain office experience if you are looking for work or just starting in the office community. The best part of it all is that you get to make a difference in the lives of children with autism! Volunteers are vital to QSAC; please help us to help others! If you can spare a few hours a week to volunteer with QSAC or come in on a regular part-time basis, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, contact Perry Brown at (718) 728-8476, ext. 2059. Students, seniors, displaced homemakers, and recent retirees are welcome.
Revealing the Source Members of FCCA who are visual artists show their work in 2011 Member Exhibition, on display July 10-Sept. 11. This year’s theme, Revealing the Source, hopes to illuminate the unique paths that individual artists take in their careers, showcasing works of art that typify members’ “signature” work. Many art works are for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits FCCA’s Visual Arts programs. (718) 463-7700.
Photo Contest Keep this in your memory card: North Shore University Hospital’s (NSUH) will hold its annual photo contest and it is open to all photographers. Sponsored by the hospital’s Auxiliary, the annual photo contest is seeking colorful, striking photographs that will be displayed on the hospital’s walls in hopes of uplifting the spirits of patients, visitors, staff and volunteers. The winning entries, signed and titled, will be exhibited in the hospital for all to enjoy. This contest is open to all photographers – amateur and professional. Only color prints, that are either 5 by 7 inches or 8 by 10 inches, will be accepted. There is a $5 entry fee per print and submissions are unlimited. Sept. 23 is the deadline for all photos that will be considered, so please make sure your photographs are received by the cutoff date. All photos should be mailed with an entry form, to: Auxiliary Photo Contest, NSUH, 300 Community Dr., Manhasset, NY 11030, or delivered to the hospital’s main lobby, Don Monti Memorial Pavilion. Look for the blue
entry box marked “Photo Contest.” All entries must be made from a single negative or digital disc from which an exact replica can be made. First, second and third prize winners will receive a complimentary enlarged photographic print. All winners will receive an award certificate, which will be presented at a photo contest awards reception. For more information and an entry form, call the hospital’s Auxiliary/Volunteer Office at: (516) 562-4947.
NSUH Tee Off Tee off for a good cause. The Auxiliary of North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) will hold its 33rd Annual Golf Classic on Monday, August 29, 2011 at The Creek in Locust Valley. Proceeds from the event will benefit NSUH’s Katz Women’s Hospital Several sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses. Sponsorship includes green fees, cart, caddies, brunch, a cocktail reception and awards. Registration starts at 11 a.m., followed by shotgun at 12 noon. The event is supported by local merchants, including Minuteman Press of Manhasset and Sir Speedy of Great Neck; Town and Country Flowers of Manhasset and Robert and Karin Stainkamp for floral arrangements; and a two-year lease from Biener Nissan Audi, Inc. of Great Neck for the hole-in-one car. The event will be held rain or shine. For further information, or to register as a golfer for the event, please call NSUH’s Auxiliary/ Volunteer Services at (516) 562-4947. Early reservations recommended.
Annie Get Your Gun Interested performers are invited to audition for ensemble roles in Theatre By The Bay’s production of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209th Street, Bayside. Men and women ages 16 and over are needed. For more information please call the Temple office at (718) 428-6363. Performances are set for November, 2011. Those auditioning should bring music & be prepared to sing to piano accompaniment (an accompanist will be provided), and be ready to dance to a combination that will be taught.
West Side Stor y St. Gregory Theatre Group presents West Side Story, 244-44 87th Ave, Bellerose, Gregorian Hall, Aug 5, 6 at 8 p.m., Aug 7 at 2 p.m., Aug 10-13 at 8 p.m., Aug 14 at 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $18, Seniors $15, Children $7. Call (718) 989-2451, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to sgtg.org.
Veterans Barbecue Before the summer passes all too quickly, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, wants to invite all local veterans and their families to his 3nd Annual Veterans’ Barbeque, outside his Howard Beach office. Save the date: Saturday, Aug. 20 – Veterans’ BBQ, 160th Avenue & 102nd Street, Howard Beach, Noon to 3 p.m.
Stop The World The Jubilee Cluster Players present the Anthony Newley musical “Stop The World I Want To Get Off” Friday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m., United Methodist Church Of Glendale, 6614 Central Ave.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug, 7, 3 p.m. at Trinity Reformed Church, 66-30 60 Place, Ridgewood;
Saturday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, 3 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. For further information call (718) 8948654, e-mail email@example.com or go to jcplayers.com.
Senior Dance The Howard Beach Senior Center, located at 156-45 84th St., is featuring “Latin Dance” Lessons and Exercise Program every Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Sara will be teaching mambo, salsa, cha-cha, meringue and other Latin dances to interested seniors.
Sunset Concert FREE summer music concerts for the family. The musical genre will include smooth jazz, R&B, Oldies, Gospel, Country Rock, Caribbean & Latin. The event will be held the first Friday of each month starting in June and ending in Aug.. City Parks Summer Concert, Beach 20th Street Overlook, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, 6-9 pm, Friday, Aug. 5.
Free Tennis Councilman Jim Gennaro announced that the New York Junior Tennis League, the most acclaimed scholastic tennis program in the United States, will offer free tennis instruction this summer at Pomonok Park, 6511 155th St. The program will operate from 2-5 p.m. and began July 5. The program is open to all community youngsters’ ages 6 to 18 and will offer participants with free tennis instruction by professional instructors, supervised practice and low-key competition. And this year, in partnership with the USTA and First Lady Michelle Obama, the New York Junior Tennis League, will present all youth who participate, with a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. Children that would like to participate must be signed up by their parents or legal guardians. Walk-on registration takes place at the site on any day in which the program is in operation. For further information, call the New York Junior Tennis League, (718) 786-7110 or visit its website at nyjtl.org.
Pianist Needed Our talented Senior Acting group is looking for a piano player, also retired, to enhance our performances . We’re S.T.A.R. Senior Theatre Acting Repertory and we meet on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., at the Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave. and on Fridays, at 10:30 a.m. at the Queens Village Public Library, 94-11 217th Street. Call the Assistant Director at (718) 776-0529 for more information.
Be A STAR Would you like to really find out if you can act? Join our group of older adults inspired by a theatre professional who achieves exceptional results. Rehearsals are held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave., and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. Call (718) 776-0529 for more information.
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Comptrollers Slam MTA Disruptions By DOMENICK RAFTER A joint audit conducted by City Comptroller John Liu and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli revealed that subway disruptions and diversions are on the rise, costing taxpayers millions in unnecessary spending, all while keeping riders in the dark. In the first joint audit between the state and city comptrollers in over a decade, the two found that weekend trips on subways have doubled in duration over the last two decades because of weekend work disruptions while the number of diversions has skyrocketed. The duo also found projects they audited ended up $26.6 million over budget in total. In a statement, the MTA said it takes “every effor t to minimize customer inconvenience by coordinating work, performing multiple jobs in the same area so that we do not have to go back again.” Liu and DiNapoli announced the findings of their audit at Queensboro Plaza on Sunday, beneath the tracks of the 7 train, which was shut down west of Queensboro Plaza that weekend for track work. “We found that the MTA is leaving subway riders in the dark,” DiNapoli said. “The management of these diversions is wasteful, unproduct ive and taking New Yorkers down the wrong track.” The $26.6 million figure the comptrollers arrived at was only a fraction of the possible total extra costs, Liu said, because their offices only look at 15 diversions caused by a dozen projects. Also, between 2008 and 2010, the number of week-long diversions went up from 47 to 74 and the number of month-long diversions increased from 7 to 57. Often, work
star ted late and ended early, but disruptions continued. The audit also blasted the MTA for not communicating service changes to customers clearly. The comptrollers found there were fewer signs explaining the changes than the MTA claimed, were in mostly Englishonly, and not in elevators at stations that had them. Recommendations made by the audit included reevaluat ing the MTA budget, moni-
toring expenses, ensure work is done ontime and on-schedule, use updated ridership data to schedule shuttle buses and adhere to legal requirements relating to communicating with the public. Liu, who chaired t he Transpor tat ion Commit tee on t he Cit y Council and represented Flushing, the 7 train’s terminus in the body, noted the line is notorious for suffering disruptions. “For at least seven or eight years in a
row, it’s ‘Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, now your 7 train is going to be shut down for the next three months,’” Liu said as MTA customers filed out of a shut tle bus from Manhattan to catch Flush ing-bound trains on the platform. “It’s a consistent frustration that riders and business owners have had to suffer through for too long.” Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Zadroga Funds For QC, LIJ By JASON BANREY Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence (QCCE) at Queens College will soon par tner w ith Long Island Jewish Medical Center, increasing access to both medical and mental health services for Sept. 11 first responders. Last month, the LIJ Medical Center announced it was awarded a five-year, $3.85 million federal contract to collaborate with the borough's eponymous educational institution. "The recent federal funding that the Queens Clinical Center of Excellence received guarantees that we will be able to continue to provide high-quality medical care and mental health services to WTC responders for the next five years, without interruption, as well as increased access to critical healthcare services," said Dr. Jacqueline Moline, the center's new director who will lead the program. The funding is part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which
provides $4.3 billion in federal funding to address health ailments sustained as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist at tacks. The QCCE is one of five clinical centers in the New York-New Jersey area which provides medical monitoring exams and diagnosis as well as treatment services for 9/11related health conditions. The merger will increase access to WTC 5,563 responders from the borough who are currently enrolled in the WTC Medical and Monitoring Treatment Programs. Moline said that the newly-merged QCCE plans on moving from its current location in Flushing to a larger facility in Rego Park which will accommodate more patients. Co-Director of the program Dr. Steven Markowitz said, "The new par tnership between Queens College and LIJ Medical Center to re-configure the [QCCE] will be a tremendous benefit to WTC responders in the borough of Queens because it opens up a very large network of physician specialists, clini-
cians and mental health providers in Queens." Not only will patients be served by the QCCE, they will also have access to the North Shore-LIJ's Rosen Family Wellness Center, located at the Nor th Shore Universit y Hospital campus in Manhasset. The center provides confidential behavioral health services to law enforcement and military personnel as well as their families at no-cost. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall was excited to hear about the merger, which would "provide more space, personnel, specialist and an entire network of care to cover a multitude of medical conditions of individuals and their families. "The high quality care provided by LIJ Medical Center and the North Shore-LIJ Health System makes them an ideal candidate for this Clinical Center of Excellence," Marshall said. Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.
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Report: LGBT Hate Crimes Rising By JASON BANREY A report recently released by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs shows hate crimes are on the rise throughout the nation, with New York Cit y showing a significant increase. Violent incidents against people who identify themselves as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or HIV-infected (LGBTQH) community were more likely to be the targets of physical attacks, according to the report. Reports of anti-LGBTQH hate crime s increased 13 percent while murders against the same group jumped 23 percent nationwide between 2009 and 2010. One clear pattern that emerged was the demographics of the murder victims: LGBTQH people of color made up 70 percent of hate-crime murder victims, while 44 percent were transgender women. "The 70 percent was reflected in Queens," said Ejeris Dixon, deputy director in charge of community organizing and public advocac y for the Ne w York Cit y Anti-Violence Project, which coordinates the NCAVP. "Queens is one of the most diverse counties in the U.S. and this repor t allows us to shed light on what's happening," Dixon said. Transgender people and people of color were found nearly two times as likely to experience certain forms of violence compared to non-transgender white individuals. Openly gay Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is not surprised by the findings and sees a direct correlation between the media's coverage of LGBT issues and an increase in hate violence. "We have seen anti-gay violence increase
in the past when issues of importance within the LGBT community have been highlighted in the media," Dromm said. "Any time [members of the LGBT community] become more visible, as we have due to the debate over same-sex marriage, there is a backlash from the community; that backlash comes in the form of hate violence." Not only has the aggression towards members of the LGBT community and racial minorities increased across the countr y, hate violence also increased 11 percent from 2009 to 2010 in the City, according to the N YC AVP.
In the same week the NCAVP released its hate crime repor t, the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJS) published findings that showed 138 incidents which were motivated by bias against sexual orientation and gender identity. The DCJS's findings in the state were less than half the amount of incidents recorded by NCAVP - a discrepa ncy Dixon at tribute s to the lack of the LGBTQH feeling comfor table with report ing to police. "In New York City alone, the NYC AVP found 400 hate violence survivors," Dixon said. "Fifty percent of survivors who reported
to us did not report to the police." Although Dixon believes the totals reported by the NCAVP were just the tip of the iceberg, she said the data can benefit Queens as a whole - not just LGBT and minority communities. "It makes people aware that they can come to N YC AVP for suppor t and while spreading the message that there is a need for an increase in preventative and support services in affected communities," she said. Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 128.
Suit Alleges Bias Attack By DOMENICK RAFTER A Forest Hills woman is suing a manager and two customers of a popular restaurant franchise for an alleged anti-LGBT bias attack last September. Lambda Legal, a prominent LGBT legal defense non-profit association, filed a brief in Queens Supreme Court on July 28 on behalf of Liza Friedlander, a Forest Hills woman who was allegedly attacked by three men in the Sizzler franchise on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills on Sept. 18, 2010. According to the brief, Friedlander and two friends went to the Sizzler that afternoon, paid for the breakfast buffet and sat at a table. When Friedlander went up to the buffet for her food, a manager allegedly approached her, accused her of not paying for the buffet, then allegedly proceeded to yell and physically shove
her, while purportedly using homophobic language. Then, at least two customers in the store allegedly joined in, making comments about Friedlander's appearance. The brief alleges one of the customers threatened to rape Friedlander. Eventually, police arrived and Friedlander was taken to Forest Hills Hospital. "Just because I don't appear to be the Sizzler manager's idea of what a woman should look like doesn't mean that gives him permission to attack me and allow other customers to join in," Friedlander said in a statement. "My friends and I went in for Saturday brunch just like everyone else in the restaurant that morning, but it turned into a nightmare. No one should have to go through that." Natalie Chin, a lawyer for Lambda Legal who filed the brief in the case said the case
is one of the first in New York State and will test the state's new law that passed in August 2010 which allows people to sue in civil court for violence and physical intimidation based on perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. "New York has some unique laws," Chin said. "[New York's] laws allow for a civil remedy in this case." Sizzler management denied Friendlander's accusations of anti-LGBT bias. Edgar Orellana, a manager at the restaurant, admitted to being in the confrontation with Friedlander, but said it was Friedlander who instigated the fight, trying to hit him with her plate and customers stepped in to defend him. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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Potential Closure Of Hospital Will Stretch Boro Medical Services Thin
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Woefully Unprepared President of the Queens Medical Society Dr. Jay Tartell said freestanding hospitals, such as Peninsula Hospital Center, have trouble staying open because they are unable to negotiate reasonable compensation from Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance companies, causing hospitals to accrue overwhelming debt. He warned if this trend does not change, hospitals in the City will continue to struggle. Tartell said bordering Brooklyn is facing its own hospital crisis, with at least five hospitals pending closure. Queens has already lost too many hospitals in recent years, he added, resulting in extremely overcrowded emergency rooms. With the City's main airports, JFK and LaGuardia, in the borough, Tartell is concerned the borough would not be able to handle a major disaster. "If God forbid there is a crisis, there will be no excess capacity to accommodate an emergency," Tartell said, adding excess capacity is necessary for emergency situations. If the City faced a plane crash, natural disaster or terrorist attack,
there will not be an adequate number of hospital beds to treat those in need of immediate care.
An Early Warning In November 2006, Borough President Helen Marshall released a report called "Vision for a Comprehensive and Sustainable Health Care and Delivery System in Queens" that warned the borough could face a health care shortage if serious action wasn't taken soon. "The health care delivery system in Queens is not sustainable in its current state," Marshall's 2006 repor t reads. The main finding of the report was there are not enough hospital beds to serve the demand for health care in Queens. Marshall said this results in people leaving the borough for specialties such as cardiology, ortho- St. John’s Episcopal Hospital will attempt to carry some of the burden of Peninsula’s closure, pedics and cancer care. as it seeks state approval to expand. The report also revealed that people who have the ability to choose their care are leaving, cerned about the vanishing hospital any patients in need of care. The medimeaning a growing number who those beds throughout the borough. cal system operates three hospitals in who seek healthcare in Queens depend "I think it's pure, pure stupidity," Hunt- the borough. on Medicaid or lack insurance. Should debt-ridden Peninsula Hosley (D-Jamaica) said. Jamaica Hospital Marshall's study recommended a new Center, located in her district, is already pital Center be taken off life support, hospital should be put in Western overcrowded, she said, and the those who depended on the Far Queens to better serve residents. Two hospital's emergency room is packed Rockaway hospital for care will have to years after the report came out, New from sunrise to sunset. On good days, travel elsewhere. St. John's Episcopal Parkway Hospital the emergency room Hospital, soon to be the lone hospital closed its doors in Nohas a three hour wait. on the peninsula, announced Tuesday vember 2008, with the Huntley said that it plans to accommodate the resiclosing of St. John's and If God forbid there people dents of Far Rockaway and Five Towns who relied on Mary Immaculate folof Nassau as much as possible. is a crisis, there will Peninsula Hospital lowing soon after. "Peninsula has been a valuable reCenter for care can The closing of these be no excess source to this community for decades," drive to Jamaica for three hospitals left the said Nelson Toebbe, CEO of St. John's capacity to their medical needs, borough with a total of Episcopal. "We have been aware for but she is worried 3,766 beds to serve accommodate an some time of the financial challenges about those who do more than 2 million Peninsula faces and we have both shortemergency. not have a car. Huntpeople in the entire term and long-term plans in place to care — Dr. Jay Tartell, ley stressed that anborough of Queens. for Peninsula patients who wish to use other medical center President, Queens Closing Peninsula Hosour services." Medical Society. needs to be put in pital Center will bring Pending state approval, the hospital place for the residents the number of beds plans to increase the capacity of its emerin Far Rockaway so down to 3,593. gency room, ambulatory care, surgery, "I cannot imagine how St. John's Epis- they can receive the care they need. "I don't know where people expect intensive care and in-patient facilities in copal Hospital - the only other hospital people to go for medical care anymore," the coming weeks and months. St. John's on the peninsula - will be able to handle also plans to hire up to 250 former PenHuntley said. the overcrowding in the emergency insula employees, particularly nursing room that will take place as a result of staff. According to the hospital, an acFew Options Left this closing," Marshall said after Penincelerated hiring process is already in sula Hospital Center announced its posThe remaining hospitals in the borough sible closure last week. "We have al- are preparing for the addition of Far place with Peninsula and their employee ready seen the effect on surrounding Rockaway patients and employees. Though union, 1199 SEIU. In order to keep Far hospitals when St. John's and Mary Im- former Peninsula patients will likely travel Rockaway residents informed about the maculate hospitals closed." to seek care at a hospital closer to them transition, St. John's is launching a Marshall plans to call on state health than Long Island City's Mount Sinai, the website, careforrockawayfivetowns.com, to provide information. officials to convene an emergency meet- hospital is open to its employees. While an expansion of St. John's Epising to discuss the future of the Far "We're always open for qualified Rockaway hospital. It is unknown at the medical professionals," said Mount Sinai copal helps residents affected by the Peninsula closure, it may only put a time what the building will be used for spokesperson Shelly Felder. next, but the borough president wants to Brian Mulligan, spokesman for the Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging hospital make sure that the building that houses North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health system within Queens. the outgoing Peninsula Hospital Center System, said the hospital is disappointed Reach Reporter Veronica Lewin at will be used for medical services. to see yet another closure of a Queens firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) State Sen. Shirley Huntley is also con- hospital, but hopes to be able to serve 357-7400, Ext. 123.
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BY VERONICA LEWIN The expected closing of the Far Rockaway's Peninsula Hospital Center will add to the list of borough hospitals that flat-lined over the last three years. While some area hospital centers are prepared for the influx of patients, some are wondering which borough hospital will pull its own plug next. As of Monday, the hospital has submitted a draft closure plan to the State Dept. of Health for their review and approval. Each hospital employee received a Warn Act notice on July 29, which contained an outline of employee rights, contact information, job retraining options and benefits employees are entitled to in the event of a closure. The hospital could shut its doors as early as 90 days after approval is granted. "Peninsula has been struggling financially for several years prior to its sponsorship by MediSys, the Queens and Brooklyn based network that has attempted to make Peninsula financially viable in the current difficult economic market," the hospital said in a statement. It declined requests for further comment. The news about the potential closure came the day before the trial of former MediSys CEO David Rosen. Rosen is accused of bribing State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) and the late Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio for preferential treatment towards MediSys, which operates several hospitals in the area, including the at-risk Peninsula Hospital Center, Flushing Hospital Medical Center and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Queens has already lost hospitals in Forest Hills, Elmhurst and Jamaica since 2008, leaving thousands without care close to home. Should Peninsula be shuttered, the borough's already overburdened hospitals will face another influx of patients, and further cripple a healthcare system many claim is already unable to handle disasters.
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City Development Team Has Two Queens Picks By DOMENICK RAFTER Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his picks for his local economic development team last week and the list includes two borough notables. The New York City Regional Economic Council, the last of the ten statewide to be announced, was unveiled by Lt. Governor Bob Duffy in Brooklyn on July 29. It will be tasked with coordinating a relationship between businesses and government to help the local economy grow and create jobs in the five boroughs. The NYC Regional Economic Council will come up with ideas for economic development and compete with the other nine councils for up to $1 billion in economic development funds. Among the members from Queens are Dr. Marcia Keizs, President of York College, who previously served on former-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s Higher Education Commission. “I thank Governor Cuomo for this opportunity,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to working with distinguished colleagues from business, academia, labor, as well as our public officials, to develop innovative plans to generate economic growth for the New York City region.” The other Queens face on the council will be Carol Conslato, President of the 100-
year-old Queens Chamber of Commerce. “The Queens Chamber supported this economic reform that recognizes local planning, experience and skill as attributes that best empower the five boroughs to stimulate our local economies and create jobs,” Conslato said after being appointed to the council. “I intend to serve as a voice for sound initiatives that utilize our local strengths.” The council will be co-chaired by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of the City University of New York, who also chaired last year’s Char ter Revision Commission, and Kenneth Chauvelt, Chairman & CEO of American Express. The ten statewide councils, chaired by Lt. Gov. Duffy, will hold both private and public meetings throughout the fall. In September, all ten regional councils will meet for a statewide conference, where members of the Cuomo administration and economic development experts will hold workshops to help council members enhance their strategic plans and applications for the economic development money. Final applications will be due in November and the winners will be announced in December. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125.
Shuffling in to the deli with an entourage of aides and city officials on Monday, Mayor Bloomberg scanned the extensive menu and opted for scrambled eggs on toast – the toast well done, of course. To the Mayor, the biggest violation would be undercooked toast. As Bloomberg took a bite of his breakfast sandwich, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley leaned in and whispered to the Mayor. “It’s actually pretty hard for these guys to get an A,” Farley told Bloomberg, looking on as the Mayor chewed. “It all depends on the nature of the menu and they certainly have an extensive menu.” Exactly one year to the day when Spark’s was first inspected by officials, Bloomberg stood at the counter in front of Araujo smiling with satisfaction – both because of the “delicious” sandwich and the program’s success. “Our restaurant rating system is definitely making the grade with customers and with owners alike,” Bloomberg said. “It provides restaurant goers with information that’s really important to them that they really appreciate.” According to a DOH report, 90 percent of the city’s 24,000 restaurants have been inspected so far; 69 percent of them now display an A in their front windows. Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, was on hand and helped Bloomberg with the other half of his breakfast. “Like many other New Yorkers, I have used letter grades to make dining choices throughout the past year,” Gibbs said. “Our goal is for New York City to offer not only that tastiest food, but also the healthiest and safest.” One Spark’s Deli customer was not so sure about the system’s success. After having his peaceful morning breakfast interrupted by Hizzoner’s entourage, Jeff Ritts, who has been eating breakfast in the industrial area’s popular deli for over 10 years, admitted the “ratings don’t matter” to him. “I’ve been eating here for years,” Ritts said. “[Spark’s] keeps it pretty clean in here but I hear [inspections] are not all that accurate.” Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.
Araujo added. “With a little bit of hard work and a good team, it’s possible to make the grade.” Initially, Araujo admits the transition in to the city’s system was not easy. The deli received $800 in fines last year after DOH officials found then guilty of several nonfood-related violations. One of which included a cashier drinking coffee in a nonfood area. Despite the past minor blip, Spark’s is back on top. Although Spark’s Deli, located at 28-31 Borden Ave., may be off the beaten path of the average Queens commuter, one of the City’s prominent figure’s popped in for breakfast Monday.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg enjoys breakfast at Spark’s Deli.
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By JASON BANREY One year after the Dept. of Health began instituting letter grades for cleanliness in city restaurants, some business owners have complained the system is inaccurate. But one Long Island City deli is satisfied with the system and no longer is afraid of the DOH surprise visits. “It’s not that difficult to get an A,” said Antonio Araujo, owner of Spark’s Deli, the city’s first eating establishment to receive the DOH’s top grade. “[Restaurant owners] don’t have to be scared of the Dept. of Health,”
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David Weprin, Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 9th Congressional District (at podium), visited the Self Help Austin Street Senior Center in Forest Hills to discuss the need to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security with Queens seniors. Weprin was joined by Assemblyman Andy Hevesi (l. to r.), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and State Sen. Toby Stavisky.
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At the Ryder Cup Junior Academy dinner at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is Hal Sutton (l. to r.), Dow Finsterwald, Sarah Soo-Hoo of College Point, who participated in the inaugural Ryder Cup Junior Academy at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, and Billy Casper. Photo by PGA of America
Fans of Juventus, Mexico’s Club America and soccer in general flocked to Citi Field last week to watch an exciting 1-0 win for Juventus in front of thousands of local “futbol” fans. Photos by Ira Cohen
Owners and officials cut the ribbon at the Sky Foods, a new supermarket that opened late July in Sky View Center in Flushing. Photos by Ira Cohen
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Councilman Dan Halloran (c.) presented City Council citations to Robert LoPinto (l.) and Eugene Brennan at his District Office in Whitestone to honor their years of service on Community Board 7. Also pictured, at l., is District Manager Marilyn Bitterman, and at r., Community Board Chairman Eugene Kelty.
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Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (r.) presented the NYC Musical Saw Festival’s Natalia Paruz with a citation of honor for nine years of artistic excellence in Astoria.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer visited the Woodside Senior Center’s Annual Barbecue.
Assemblyman Mike Miller brought a postal van to Peter Cardella and Ridgewood Older Adult Senior Centers in Ridgewood. Picture l. to r.: Cardella Senior Citizen Center Director Barbara Toscano, a USPS Employee and Assemblyman Miller.
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Dancing Her Way Across Your TV By MARLENA MATUTE Rockaway native KC Castellano's first performance was at a summer recital held by dance teacher Ger trude Hendr y when she was 3 years old. The daughter of former Tribune editor, Vince Castel lano and the late Rosemarie "Ro" Castellano, has gone on from summer recitals to intense competition. As a child, KC was involved in many activit ies, including soccer, piano, karate and of course, dance. "The creative side of me sur faced rather quickly," she said, "I knew that this was my career choice." But of all these hobbies, KC stuck with dance because of the times she shared with her mother, who passed away due to breast cancer in 2001 when KC was 13. "My mother and I, there were no two people on Ear th closer; she was a big part of my dance life," KC said, "Dancing became an emotional outlet for me. She is with me always, especially when I am dancing." The 23-year-old will join the line up of dancing reality show "Born To Dance" on BET. A creation of celebrity choreographer and creative director for Lady Gaga,
Lauriean Gibson, it is an eight-episode series following 20 aspiring dancers in competition for the number one spot and $50,000. Dancing is sacred to KC, holding much more meaning than money, fame or competitive recognition, as it gives her freedom of expressive feeling and artistic ability. This freedom is seen in the diversity in dance genres she has taken up, such as ballroom dancing, contemporary and jazz dancing, as well as hip hop. She studied under many teachers and professionals of the field, picking up many awards on the way; among them are Junior Miss Dance of the United States in 2001 and Miss Dance of the United States in 2004. She has assisted and taught along side her former dance instructors as she did with Tyce Diorie on the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." She has also taken on her own students and aspires to teach more in the future. "Dancing and teaching, although they are related, are ver y different," she said. "To watch young girls do what they love and knowing that I had helped them in some
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KC Castellano will show off her best moves on BET’s “Born To Dance.”
Redone Venue Promises Assorted Concert Treats After much anticipation and curiosity, The Paramount is ready to open its doors, bringing live music back half an hour’s drive out of Queens, in Huntington, for the first time since 2009. Located at 370 New York Ave., the t heatre has undergone massive renovations, infusing it with new, unique energy. This new, cut t ing-edge concer t space invites guests to enjoy superior treatment. The 1,500-capacity venue will feature a general admission floor accompanied by reserved seating in the mezzanine and VIP sections. For those who want the “live music but with an extra touch of class,” membership is available to become a Founder’s Room VIP. A private concierge, VIP seating, and entrance to the Founder’s Room, a “hidden member’s only club,” are just some of the perks paid members will receive. All-star performances are already lined up, the first being Elvis Costello & The Imposters, who will help celebrate the grand opening weekend on Sept. 30. The theatre will also house performances from artists such as The
B-52s, Jack’s Mannequin, NOFX, and more, with dates reaching into early November. “When the Town began search ing for a promoter to bring live per formances back to Huntington Village, we envisioned just the type of facility the Paramount is about to become: a venue capable of at tracting a wide variet y of age s and enter tainment tastes,” said Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone. Tickets w ill be available, start ing Aug. 5 at 10 a.m., at paramountny.com, ticketmaster.com, to charge by phone (800) 745-3000 and select Ticketmaster outlets. Upcoming Shows: Sept. 30 .. Elvis Costello & The Imposters Oct. 4 ...................................... The B-52s Oct. 6 ............ Pat Benatar / Neil Giraldo Oct. 8 ............................ Blue Oyster Cult Oct. 12 ........................ Jack’s Mannequin Oct. 22 ...................... Weird Al Yankovic Oct. 23 .......................................... NOFX Nov. 5 ...................................... The Pixies
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The three-cheese quesadillas are fresh a n d f l a vo r f u l a n d c o m e w i t h s a l s a , guacamole and sour cream. Choose one, two, or all three to garnish your quesadilla slices. After 11 p.m., we retired to the lounge behind the bar for drinks and da nci ng. The lounge has comfor table sofas to sit on and chat - if you can hear each other over the music - as well as If you're looking at this address and tables. seem confused, don't be. Yes, it's correct I returned a few days later to tr y one of and the reason you've probably not seen the restaurant's entrees. First, I sampled a place called Tequi la Joe's there before the stuffed jalapenos. Being a spicy food is this is a new establishment, replacing connoisseur, this appetizer was a must an Irish pub that previously stood there. have. The heat of the pepper was soothed Tequila Joe's opened in May by the filling of cream cheese. a n d h a s q u i c k l y b e c o m e a RESTAURANT The bacon it came wrapped in popular hangout spot along was an extra treat. Woodhaven Boulevard. It's For my main course, I demore than just a restaurant, cided on the lemon-lime though that's enough; it's also chicken. The sharp citrus taste a spor ts bar and moonlights as m a d e i t a p e r fe c t s u m m e r a nightclub. Tequila Joe's ocevening treat. The meal came cupies two adjoining properwith a salad and I opted for the Tequila Joe's namesake version. ties; the Southwestern-influenced restaurant, colored in the It tasted like a regular garden reds and browns of the deser t, salad except with bleu cheese and the full-service bar showing the lat- and a tangy vinaigret te dressing. I chose e st sport s game s in one and behind the the jalapeno mashed potatoes as my side bar, a lounge where on weekends a DJ dish. I enjoy spicy food and was surprised spins, strobe lights pulsate and patrons by the mild spiciness of the mashed potadance the night away. toes. Even if you're not a fan of spicy food, It's Saturday night and I'm here for a the mashed potatoes aren't overpowering grammar school reunion. We make good enough to make you run for the nearest use of t he bar, enjoying the f lavored water fountain. Mix them with a forkful margaritas and mojitos. I tried mango and of chicken, or your entrée of choice (the pineapple, but we also grab a bite to eat. mashed potatoes are an option on all enThe restaurant empties out after about trees). 10 p.m. while the bar fills up. Though its focus is on Tex-Mex cuiI tried the ultimate nachos, which will sine, there are some other local favorites. require the use of more than just your There's a pizza margarita, three-cheese f i n g e r s . To p p e d w i t h s a l s a , c h i l i , ravioli, and linguine in white or red clam guacamole and jalapenos, the nachos sauce (Tequila Joe's is a stone's throw from seem more like a salad than a bowl of Italian-American-heav y Middle Village) chips to pick on. The ultimate nachos are and buffalo wings if you're just coming to a meal by it self, and better shared w ith watch the game at the bar. friends over a margarita. — Domenick Rafter TEQUILA JOE'S 67-63 Woodhaven Blvd. Rego Park (347) 639-0053 CUISINE: Tex-Mex HOURS: Ever yday, noon-1 a.m. PARKING: Lot in the rear, but also street RESERVATIONS: Accepted CREDIT CARDS: All Major
way is truly a wonder ful feeling." KC has also taken par t in the commercial side of dancing, touring with recording ar tist Kat Deluna in Europe and Africa last year as well as appearing on stage with Lady Gaga earlier this year in Atlanta, Ga. According to KC, the point of the "Born To Dance" competition is to give the dancers the tools necessary to make it in, what she dubs, "the dance jungle." However, even armed with these tools KC stated that through this experience she ended up finding herself as she was forced to find out who she is as a dancer, to open up and be the best that she could be. This self reflection is part of the words of inspiration that she gives to fellow dancers that wish to advance in their chosen career path. "A lot of people think us dancers prance around in our tutus and twiddle our thumbs for a living. But we know better," she said. "Strive to be the absolute best version of yourself. Embrace your individuality because at the end of the day that is what people remember you for." "Born To Dance" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on BET. Reach Intern Marlena Matute at email@example.com
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THEATER STOP THE WORLD Friday, August 5 at 8, Saturday, August 6 at 7 and Sunday, August 7 at 3. Jubilee Cluster Players present “Stop the World I Want to Get Off” at the United Methodist Church of Glendale. Saturday, August 13 at 7 and Sunday, August 14 at 3 at Trinit y Reform Church in Ridgewood. 894-8654. WEST SIDE STORY August 5-14 at St. Gregory Theatre Group in Bellerose. 989-2451 KILLING KOMPANY Friday, September 23 “The Re a l i t y T V M u r d e r s ” a t Riccardo’s in Astoria. The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888SHOOT-EM for information.
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SENIORS BAYSIDE CENTER Tuesdays line dancing 9:30 and Thursdays 10:00. Fridays ballroom instruction at 10:15, ballroom and social dancing 1-3. Bayside Center for classes in movie, ping pong, bridge instruction, healthy lifest yle, card games, Wii bowling, painting, ESL, computer, exercise, dance, wellness workshops, etc. Lunch at 11:30. 225-1144. HOWARD BEACH Tuesday, August 9 10:15 nutrition lecture on Senior Nutrition and Fitness. Monday, August 15 talent show at 1:15. 156-45 84 th Street. 738-8100. CAREGIVERS Ever y Tuesday Caregivers Support group at 3:30-4:30 at the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. AARP DEFENSIVE DRIVING Tuesday, August 9 at the A u b u r n d a l e l i b r a r y. 6 4 1 3911. STAY WELL Wednesdays at 10:15 at the East Elmhurst library for exercise and other health related programs. WOMANSPACE Wednesdays Womanspace, a discussion group devoted to issues concerning women, meets 1-3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue. AARP DEFENSIVE DRIVING Friday, August 19 at the M c G o l d r i c k l i b ra r y. 4 6 1 1616 to register.
TEENS CHESS CLUB Every Saturday at the Flushing library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. MOVIES Mondays, August 8, 15 at the Flushing library at 2. TRIVIA Mondays, August 8, 15 Are Yo u S m a r t e r T h a n a 6 t h Grader at the Pomonok librar y. Register. SUMMER READING Monday, August 8 at the St. Albans library at 2. MOVIE NIGHT Mondays, August 8, 15 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 3. SUMMER READING Mondays, August 8, 15, 22, 29 at the Peninsula library at 4. MOVIE NIGHT Mondays, August 8, 15 at the Arverne library at 5. TEEN CHESS Mondays, August 8, 15, 22, 29 at the Bayside library at 6. SUMMER READNG Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23 at the Hillcrest library at 2. HS EXAM Tu e s d a y, A u g u s t 9 a n d Thursday, August 11 specialized high school entrance exam prep at the McGoldrick library. Register. DROP IN & READ Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 and Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25 drop in and read at the Peninsula library at 2. FAMILY FILMS Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at the Pomonok library. Register. CROCHET CLUB Tuesday, August 9 at the Douglaston library. Register. WII & BOARD GAMES Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23 at the Bayside library at 3. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at the Briarwood library. Register. CHESS LESSONS Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at t h e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. GAME DAY Every Wednesday at the Howard Beach library at 4. GAME DAY Wednesdays, August 3, 10 at the St. Albans library at 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. CREATIVE WRITING Wednesday, August 10 at the Windsor library at 4. SUMMER CRAFTS Thursday, August 11 at the Broad Channel library. Register. CRAFT DAY Thursday, August 11 at the Flushing library at 2. VIDEO GAME Thursday, August 11 u l t i mate video game tournament at the LIC library at 2. TEEN THURSDAYS Every Thursday at the Bay Terrace library at 3. ROSEDALE TEENS Thursday, August 11 Rosedale Teens Read Too at the library at 3. GRAPHIC ARTS Thursday, August 11 teen comic and graphic arts work-
shop at the Bayside library. Register. COOKBOOK Thursday, August 11 The One World, Many Stories Cookbook at the Langston Hughes library at 4:30. CHESS TOURNY Thursday, August 11 East Flushing Library Chess Tournament at the library at 5. TEEN TIME Friday, August 12 at the Douglaston library. Register. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Friday, August 12 at the Flushing library at 2. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays, August 12, 19 at the LIC library at 2. GAME DAY Friday, August 12 at 3 at the Arverne librar y. READING FUN Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Peninsula library at 3. CHESS CLUB Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Auburndale library at 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Bayside library at 4. CHESS LESSONS Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Windsor Park library at 4. CHESS CLUB Fridays, August 12, 19, 16 at the Woodside library at 4. TEEN GAME DAY Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Rosedale library at 4:30.
TALKS THREE KINGS Saturday, August 6 Three Kings But Not Three of a Kind: The Wisdom and Madness of Rufus, William and Cyrus King lecture at King Manor Museum. $5 donation. 206-0545, ext.3 reservations. IMAGES OF AMERICA Sunday, August 7 at 3 book signing of Images of America: Jamaica with a brief talk with the author. King Manor Museum. 2060545, ext. 3 reservations. HILLCREST Tuesday, August 9 “Little Princes” will be discussed at 3 at the Hillcrest library. ARCHITECTURE Wednesday, August 10 Art Answers the Questions of Our Lives. Wednesday, August 17 Do Depth and Surface Have to Fight in Ourselves. Flushing library at 6. GLENDALE Thursday, August 11 “Jane Eyre” will be discussed at 6:30 at the Glendale library. DOGS Saturday, August 13 Dog Days of Summer: Rufus King and his family owned several dogs. Learn about the King family dogs 12-3 at King Manor in Jamaica. KingManor.org LITERARY SOUP Thursday, August 18 Literary Soup at the Queens Village library at 6:30. SEASIDE BOOK Monday, August 22 “Their Eyes Were Watching God” will be discussed at 6:30 at the Seaside library.
YOUTH FAMILY FILM Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at the Pomonok library. Register. CROCHET CLUB Tuesday, August 9 at the D o u g l a sto n l i b ra r y. Re g i s ter. WII & BOARD GAMES Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23 at the Bayside library at 3. READING CRAFT Tuesday, August 9 at the Broad Channel library. Register. SUMMER READING Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at the North Forest Park library at 3. CHESS CLUB Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at the Steinway library at 3:30. CHESS LESSONS Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at t h e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. LEARN CHESS Tuesday, August 9 at the Rosedale library at 4:30. THEATRICKS Tuesday, August 9 at 2 at the Fresh Meadows library. Also on Wednesday, August 10 at 2 at the South Ozone Park library. Also on Friday, August 12 at 4 at the Hollis library. PALEONTOLOGY Tuesday, August 9 Paleontology of Dinosaurs: Moveable Museum from the Moveable Bus at the Langston H u g h e s l i b r a r y. Re g i s te r. Wednesday, August 10 at the Flushing library and the Fresh Meadows library. Register. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. READ TO ME Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 at the Bay Terrace library at 10:30. READ TO ME CLUB Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 at the Bellerose library. Register. READ & PLAY Wednesdays, August 10, 17 at the Broadway library at 10:30. STORY TIME Wednesday, August 10 at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. TAKE ME TO THE WORLD Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 at the Peninsula library at 10:30. READ TO ME Wednesday, August 10 at the Rosedale library at 10:30. FAMILY PLAY TIME Wednesdays, August 10, 17 at the Queensboro Hill library. Register. READER ROUNDUP Wednesdays, August 10 at the Glendale library at 2. PRE-SCHOOLERS Wednesdays, August 10, 17 at t he Lefrak Cit y libra r y. Register. WORLD EXPLORERS Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 at the Peninsula library at 2. FUN READING CLUB Wednesdays, August 10, 17 at the Bay Terrace library at 3:30. BABYMOUSE CLUB Wednesdays, August 10, 17 at the Arverne library at 4.
KNITTING Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31 at the Bayside library at 4. TOPS TRUMP CARD Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31 tournament at the LIC library at 4. SING & CELEBRATE Thursday, August 11 songs from around the world at the Forest Hills library at 2. MAGIC WORKSHOP Thursday, August 11 at the Kew Gardens Hills librar y. Register. SUMMER CRAFTS Thursday, August 11 at the Pomonok library. Register. ARTS & CRAFTS Thursdays, August 11, 18 at the Steinway library. Register. CRAFT TIME Every Thursday at 3:30 at the Ozone Park library. T WILIGHT TALES Thursday, August 11 at the Douglaston library. Register. BOY SCOUTS Thursdays Boy Scout Troop 138 meets at 7:30 in the basement at 192-15C 64 th Circle, Fresh Meadows. For those 11 and older. 4542391. TODDLER CRAFTS Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Briarwood library. Register. ARTS & CRAFTS Fridays at 2 at the Queens Village library. GAME DAY Friday, August 12 at the Bay Terrace library at 2:30. GAME DAY Friday, August 12 at the Arverne library at 3. FLASH FRIDAY Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Ozone Park library at 3. KIDS GAME DAY Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Rosedale library at 3. CHESS CLUB Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Auburndale library at 3:30. BOOK BUDDIES Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Bayside library at 4. YU-GI-OH Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Queensboro Hill library at 4. CHESS LESSONS Fridays, August 12, 19 at t h e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. CHESS CLUB Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Woodside library at 4. CUB SCOUTS 351 Fridays at St. Nicholas of Tolentine school cafeteria, Parsons Blvd. and Union Turnpike. Boys in grades 15. 820-0015. FAMILY STORY TIME Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Queensboro Hill library at 11. FAMILY CRAFT Saturday, August 13 at the Bayside library. Register. YOUNG CHEFS Saturday, August 13 at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 229-4000. CRAFT PROGRAMS Sunday, August 14 introduction to quilting 1-4. Queens Historical Societ y. 939-0647, ext. 17.
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QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. WET & WILD Saturdays, August 6 or 13 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. ANIMAL CARE Saturday, August 6 at Alley Pond Environmental Center. 229-4000. SCULPTURE PARK Saturdays through September 24 the Socrates Sculpture Park will hold drop-in workshops for families. MATH HELP Saturdays at the Flushing library at 10. CHESS CLUB Every Saturday at the Flushing library at 2. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 weekly story times at Barnes & Noble, 1766 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i ke , F re s h Meadows. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck lib ra r y. B r i n g n e e d l e s a n d yarn. SUMMER READING Mondays through August 8 at the Laurelton library at 2. DRAMA CLUB Mondays, August 8, 15 at the Arverne library at 2. READING KIDS 4-7 Mondays, August 8, 15 at the Briarwood library. Register. READ TO ME Mondays, August 8, 15, 22 at the Hillcrest library at 2. BOOK REPORT Mondays, August 8, 15 at the Lefrak City library. Register. WORLD TRAVELERS Mondays, August 8, 19 at the Peninsula library at 2. READING & CRAFTS Mondays, August 8, 15 at t h e W i n d s o r Pa r k l i b ra r y. Register. CROCHET Monday, August 8 at the Rosedale library at 3. GREEK HEROES Mondays, August 8, 15, 22 recycled art project at the Broadway library. Register. MOVIE NIGHT Mondays, August 8, 5 at the Arverne library at 5. SPOTTED PLANET Monday, August 8 Spotted Planet Defenders at t h e Wo o d s i d e l i b r a r y . Register. PAJAMA STORY TIME Monday, August 8 at the Glendale library. Register. S TORY T I M E Tuesdays, August 9, 16 bilingual storytime at the Astoria library at 10:30. MATH WIZARDS Tuesday, August 9 at the Arverne library at 4. READING GRADES 1-3 Tuesdays, August 9, 16 at the Lefrak City library. Register. SUMMER READING Tuesday, August 9 at the Maspeth library at 2. DROP IN & READ Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Peninsula library at 2.
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Queens Today EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS KAYAKING Week e n d s t h r o u g h O c to ber 9 (weather permitting) kayaking from Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove. 228-9214. LANDSCAPE/FLORAL Charcoal and pen and ink classes. 969-1128. JH ART CLUB Classes in all art forms days and evenings for children and adults. 454-0813. WOODBLOCK PRINTING Easy method in full color at the National Art League. 969-1128. CRAFT CLASSES Saturdays 11-3 at Maria Rose International Doll Museum in St. Albans. 2763454. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 8865236. SCULPTURE WORKSHOP Saturdays through September 24 children and families at the Socrates Sculpture Museum. 956-1819. PET OWNERS Saturdays (not on holiday weekends) from 1-4 free Doggie Boot Camp a:at Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 4545800. Reservations required. Donations accepted. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, August 6, 20 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646-436-7940. BRIDGE CLUB Mondays except holidays 12-4 at Pride of Judea in Douglaston. Lesson & play $10. Partners arranged. 4236200. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. DRAWING CLASS Mondays at the National Art League in Douglaston. 3610628. LINE DANCE Mondays beginner to intermediate lessons 6-9 in Bayside. 917-886-0519. KNITTING CIRCLE Mondays at Alley Pond Environmental Center. Register 229-4000. ADULT CHESS Mondays and Thursdays at the Queens Village library at 5:30. CROCHET Monday, August 8 at the Rosedale library at 6. Register. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesdays at the East Flushing library at 3:30. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 200. TOUR THE WORLD Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:30 and Thursdays, July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 6 adults tour the world via the internet at the Rosedale library. INTRO COMPUTERS Tuesday, August 9 at the McGoldrick library at 10:30. LANGUAGE CLASS
Wednesdays Conversational Hebrew 2:30-3:30 and Torah Stories in Yiddish 3:30-4:30 at the Bayside Jewish Center. 352-7900. TANGO CLASS Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31 at Buenos Aires Tango in Forest Hills. 347642-4705. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 261-2900 INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. OIL PAINTING CLASS Wednesdays 6-8 adult classes, all levels. Grace Lutheran Church in Forest Hills. 472-4055. WATERCOLOR CL ASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. BASIC COMPUTER Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 basic computer at the Windsor Park library. Register. WRITERS’ WORKSHOP Thursdays, August 11, 25 at the Bayside library. Register. QUILTING CLASS Thursdays 10-2 at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454 or 917817-8653 to register. QUILTERS Thursdays at the East Elmhurst library at 12:30. CHESS CLUB Thursdays at the East Flushing library. Register. COMPUTER CLASS Every Thursday at the Queensboro Hill library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Thursdays at the Fresh Meadows library at 6. COMPUTER TUTORIALS Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25 at the Woodside library at 6:30. KNITTING CLUB Fridays at the Maspeth library at 10. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. ADULT GAME PLAYERS Fridays, August 12, 19 at the Hillcrest library at 2. COMPUTER COURSE Every Friday at the Ozone Park library. Register. GAME DAY Friday, August 12 at the Arverne library at 3. CHESS CLUB Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Auburndale library at 3. WOODSIDE CHESS Fridays, August 12, 19, 26 at the Woodside library at 4. BOAT SAFETY Sunday, August 14 the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will give an 8 hour About Boating Safely class. firstname.lastname@example.org to register. INTRO INTERNET Tuesday, August 16 at 10:30 at the McGoldrick library. INTRO COMPUTER Tuesday, August 16 at the Queens Village library. Register. MY THS & MONSTERS Wednesday, August 17 Myths and Monsters Around
the World at the Hillcrest library at 2. BALLROOM DANCING Thursdays, August 18, 25 ballroom dancing for beginners at the Woodside library at 6:30. CRAFTSMEN DAYS August 19, 20 1-5 meet craftspeople as they demonstrate crafts from the 1880s at King Manor in Jamaica. KingManor.org. INTRO E-MAIL Tuesday, August 23 at the McGoldrick library at 10:30. INTRO COMPUTER Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 at the Queens Village library. INTRO MICROSOFT WORD Tuesday, August 30 at the McGoldrick library at 10:30. INTRO COMPUTER Tuesday, August 30 at the Queens Village library. Register.
HEALTH YOGA CLASSES Saturdays 10-11 and Sundays 9:30-10:30 workshops on Yoga. Other classes include meditation, Ayurvedic, yoga philosophy, Sanskirt language. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Jackson Heights. 646-912-1885. YOGA IN THE PARK Saturdays through September 24 at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. CAPOEIRA IN THE PARK Saturdays through September at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS 7 days a week. 962-6244. Flushing. MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Sundays 7-8:30 at Zion Episcopal Church, 143-01 Northern Blvd., entrance on 44 th Avenue, room 5, Little Neck. PILATES IN THE PARK Sundays through September 25 at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. TAI CHI IN THE PARK Sundays through September 25 at Socrates Sculpture Park.956-1819. WAITANKUNG Sundays at 2. Waitankung is a great total-body workout. Join these ancient Chinese exercise classes in the Flushing Hospital/Medical Center auditorium on 45 th Avenue between Parsons and Burling. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156 information. NICOTINE ANONYMOUS Mondays 6:45-8:00 at the Center for Tobacco Control, 2 2 5 C o m m u n i t y D r i ve , Great Neck. 516-510-7826. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5 a class. ALZHEIMERS Tu e s d a y s , A u g u s t 9 , 2 3 , September 13, 27, October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 13, 27 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext. 237. TAI CHI Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25 at t he Fore st Hills librar y. Register.
ENTERTAINMENT MOVING IMAGE Museum of the Moving Image, 35 th Avenue and 37 th Street, Astoria. $10 adults. 777-6888. JAZZ CARTOONS Friday, August 5 outdoor jazz cartoons at Thomas Noonan Park, Greenpoint Avenue and 43 rd Street 8-10. BIX BEIDERBECKE Saturday, August 6 memorial jazz concert 3-9. 6061800. POP CLASSICS Saturday, August 6 at 2 at the Flushing library. ANTIGONE Saturday, August 6 at the Jackson Heights library at 3. CANOE TOUR Saturday, August 6 Urban Rangers will hold a free canoe tour of Willow Lake. 539-8462. LITERAC Y FESTIVAL Saturday, August 6 10-4 at the YWCA of Queens. Spelling bee, teen jeopardy, short story writing, puppet show and more. 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. HAWAIIAN HULA DANCE Sunday, August 7 at 2 at the Queen Museum of Art. Learn how to hula with John Cho. JAZZ BRUNCH Sunday, August 7 jazz brunch at Sidetracks Restaurant 11-1. MOVIE NIGHTS Mondays, August 8, 15 at
the Arverne library at 5. CUNNINGHAM MOVIES Monday, August 8 Breakfast with Scot. Thursday, August 11 Rent. Monday, August 15 Despicable Me. Thursday, August 18 Grown Ups. Cunningham Park at 8. Bring blankets and chairs. OPEN MIC Mondays, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12 evening of poetry at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike. FAMILY FILM Tuesdays, August 9, 16 family films at the Pomonok librar y. Register. 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 ay s at 7:15 (doors open 6) at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. 459-1000.$3 admission includes 12 games. SHAKESPEARE Tuesday, August 9 Much Ado About Nothing at 7. Socrates Sculpture Park. Bring a blanket or chair and picnic. OUTDOOR FILMS Wednesdays, August 10, 17 C u l t u ra l Diversit y of Quee4ns with Outdoor Cinema 2001 at 7 at Socrates
Park. SUMMER MOVIES Friday, August 12 “Inception.” Friday, August 19 “Of Gods and Men.” Friday, August 26 “True Grit.” Friday, September 2 “Invictus.” St. Joseph Parish, 43-19 30 th Avenue, Astoria. 278-1611. BBQ begins at 7, movie at sundown. LIVE JAZZ Fridays through December 13 at 180-25 Linden Blvd.., St. Albans. 347-262-1169 ticket information. PASSPORT FRIDAYS Fridays through August 26 the Queens Museum of Art will hold its 7 th International Outdoor Film, dance and music series. 592-9700. ANTIGONE Saturday, August 13 at 3 at the Broadway library. MENTALIST Saturday, August 13 D r . Mike performs at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Flushing. Doors open 7, show 8. $10. 15716 65th Avenue. FILMS Saturday, August 13 “Notes on a Scandal.” Church in the Gardens in Forest Hills. Pot luck dinner at 6. 268-9142 information. LITTLE BRASS Saturday, August 13 Little Brass Band 4-6606-1800. OPENING RECEPTION
MEETINGS Saturday, August 13 opening reception for “Going Green” exhibit 3-6 at Crossing Art, 136-17 39 th Avenue, ground floor, Flushing. GAME NIGHT Monday, August 15 monthly family game night at 6 at the South Jamaica library. MUSIC IN GARDENS Sundays, August 14, September 11 Music in the Barden, resented with Bang on a Can at Socrates Sculpture Park at 3. READING PARTY Friday, August 19 End of Summer Reading Party at 2 at the Arverne library. SUMMER RECITAL Saturday, August 20 summer recital by young artists at 2 at the Forest Hills library. JAZZ Saturday, August 20 Baby Soda Jazz Band. Armstrong House Museum. 478-8274. CLOWNS & SWING Saturday, August 20 1-4 magician , clowns and more for the kids. 4-6 Frank Pedulla and the music staff swing orchestra. 505-1800. BAZAAR OF TALEWNT Wednesday, August 24 a t the South Ozone park library at 1. DOCUMENTARY Thursday, August 25 documentaries to inspire and inform at 6 at the Lefrak Cit y library.
VFW 4787 Mondays, August 8, 22, September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 14, 21, December 12, 26 Whitestone VFW Community Post meets. 746-0540. CATHOLIC VETS Mondays, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12 American Mart yrs Catholic Wa r Ve t e r a n s Po s t ‘ 7 7 1 meets in Bayside. 468-9351. LIONS CLUB Tu e s d ay s , A u g u s t 9 , S e p tember 13, October 11, November 8, December 13 Ravenswood Lion Club meets at 6:30 at Ricardo’s by the Bridge, 21-01 21 st Avenue, Astoria. MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tuesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2637000. FRESH MEADOW CAMERA
FLEA MARKETS FLEA MARKET Saturdays and Sundays through Oc tober 1 at Faith Mission, 114-40 Van Wyck Expressway. THRIFT SHOPS Saturdays 11-4 at Bargain Boutique Thrift Shop, Queens Baptist Church, 9323 217 th Street, Queens Village.465-2504.
Tuesdays the Fresh Meadows Camera Club meets. 917-612-3463. COMM. BD. 9 Wednesday, August 10 Communit y Board 9 meets at Q!ue3ens borough Hall, room 213. WOMANSPACE Wednesdays Womanspace, a discussion group devoted to issues concerning women, meets 1-3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue. New members welcome. QUEENS CENTRAL ROTARY Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Come learn if Rotary is for you. 465-2914. WOMEN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Tuesday, August 16 at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows. 969-2448.
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ALUMNI AME CHURCH August 5, 6, Macedonia AME Church will host a homecoming/reunion. 353-5870. THOMAS JEFFERSON Sunday, January 15 class of 1961 will meet in Florida. Tjhs1961@aol.com
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Queens Focus PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . . PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE ...PEOPLE . .PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE.. PEOPLE. . .PEOPLE . . .PEOPLE... Alison R. Entin of Whitestone, enrolled at Binghamton University, State University of New York, recently received Martha Norcross Student Art Awards. These awards are presented to students in recognition of their outstanding artwork.
The Francis Lewis H.S. Robotics Team shined at in March at the FIRST Robotic League Regional Finals held at the Jacobs Javits Center. More than 60 teams from across the country took part in this competition. Francis Lewis was the only school in New York City with one FRC Team and seven FTC Teams. After the competition, Francis Lewis was the only school that had an FRC and FTC team qualify to advance to the National Championships and the World Championship Tournament. The FIRST Organization’s (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. In the FIRST Robotics Competition event, Lewis Team #3017 won the Engineering Inspiration Award. This award was given to the team for its outstanding success in advancing respect and inspiration for engineering within a team’s school and community. This award qualified The FRC Patriots to advance to the World Championship Tournament In the FIRST Tech Challenge event, our seven FTC Teams excelled and won many prestigious citations. Participating Francis Lewis H.S. Teams / Awards Received • Team 4783 - Most Valuable Machine Champion - Gotham Division • Team 4783 - Most Valuable Machine Winning Alliance - Tournament • Team 4784 - iRobot - Champion Metropolis Division • Team 4784 - iRobot - Finalist - Tournament • Team 3006 - Terabots - Semifinalist Gotham Division • Team 4781 - FIRST Generation - Semifinalist - Gotham Division • Team 4780 - Curious George • Team 4782 - Robot Xchange • Team 4785 - The Fighters The Francis Lewis High School Robotics Team and Engineering Program have the winning formula to success! We are proud of their achievement and wish them continued success in their future competitions. Go Patriots! Washington and Lee University awarded 411 degrees in commencement exercises on Thursday, May 27, 2011, on the University's historic Front Campus. The following students were among the degree recipients: Gregory J. Bekiaris of Little Neck, Diane Lee of Oakland Gardens and Nay Lin of Woodside. The following local residents were among the 690 students who graduated from SUNY Oneonta following the spring 2011 semester. The college’s commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 21. Ryan McManus of Long Island City earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice; Laurie Ann Wick of College Point earned a BS degree in Psychology; Megan Gueci of Whitestone earned a BS degree in Commu-
Pictured l. to r.: Matthew Yudin (Winner- Middle School Award), Arvien Siswanto (Winner- High School Award), Joseph Romano (Runner Up- Elementary School Award), Senator Tony Avella, Grace Kim (Winner- Elementary-School Award), Judith A. Limpert (Branch Manager), Ye Jun Hahn (Runner Up High-School Award), Joseph Galanti (Runner Up- Middle School Award), Sun Lee (Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking). nication Studies; Justin Greene of Douglaston earned a BS degree in Adolescence Educ.: Mathematics; Keith Govier of Bayside earned a BS degree in Business Economics; Anthony Kellerman of Oakland Gardens earned a BS degree in Economics; Stacey Castillo of Corona earned a BS degree in Psychology; Daniel LeLay of Jackson Heights earned a BS degree in Communication Studies; Seunghun Lee of Woodside earned a BS degree in Human Ecology; Caroline Krowka of Ridgewood earned a BA degree in Anthropology; Eileen Rodriguez of Ridgewood earned a BS degree in Biology; and Nickeema Cox of Far Rockaway earned a BS degree in Psychology. Bayside resident Elias Parada was one of 622 students to graduate from Messiah College on May 14 during the College’s annual commencement. Parada graduated with a degree in Christian ministries. Former NYS Assembly Member Ann Margaret Carrozza joined the board of Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP), a senior services agency with centers in eastern and southeast Queens and programs servicing residents in Northeast and Southeast Queens. “SNAP is excited that our board elected Ann Carrozza as its newest member,” stated SNAP Executive Director Linda M. Leest. “Ann strongly advocated for the needs of our seniors during her 14 years in Albany and also brings professional experience as a practicing Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney.” SNAP Executive Board President Chris Panellino welcomed Ann at her first meeting since her election to the board, Wednesday, June 15, at the senior agency main facility on the ground of the Creedmoor Campus on Hillside Avenue in Bellerose. Sen. Tony Avella joined with Alma Bank to host an awards ceremony for the winners of the district-wide “It Ought to Be a Law” essay contest at their Bayside branch June 29. Earlier this year, Senator Avella challenged schools across the 11th Senatorial District to have their students submit essays to his office detailing what they thought needed to become a law. After receiving over five hundred essays from the local schools, both a winner and a runner up was chosen from each of the elementary, middle school and high school levels. All six students received a New York
State Senate Citation from Senator Avella. The winners were also awarded a grant of one hundred dollars from the bank and the runner ups won a $50 grant. Catherine C. Cintron of Fresh Meadows, enrolled at Binghamton University, State University of New York, recently received Mrs. Frances Pettus Memorial Incentive Scholarship Awards. These awards are given to African American sophomores or juniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement. The following students were named to the University at Albany’s spring 2011 Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement: Derek Clifford of Floral Park; Ryan Paroulek of Floral Park; Mason Galperin of Little Neck; Jaclyn Jacobs of Little Neck; Kenton Lin of Little Neck; Stephen Tam of Little Neck; Daniel Pelner of Fresh Meadows; and Yan Chun Zhu of Fresh Meadows. The following local residents have been named to the spring 2011 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the spring semester of 2011. Zarela Zachariah of Floral Park, a doctor of pharmacy student; Andrew Cho of Flushing, a doctor of pharmacy student; Jason Kong of Flushing, a doctor of pharmacy student; Kevin Carton of Bayside, a doctor of pharmacy student; Andrew Nici of Rego Park, a doctor of pharmacy student; Sherry Cheung of Forest Hills, a master of occupational therapy student; Nicole Glasser of Forest Hills, a doctor of pharmacy student; and Domonique Moody of Jamaica, a biochemistry student. The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester. Thomas H. Norelli of Floral Park, a senior majoring in forestry in the College of Natural Resources and Environment; and Jocelyne C. Brillson of Forest Hills, a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.
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Muss Development announced that Ken S. Konfong and Nicholas J. Forelli have joined the firm. Kongfong will serve as senior vice president, property management. Forelli will serve as assistant vice president, and will be involved in leasing for all Muss Development properties. "Ken and Nicholas will both be excellent additions to our team," said Muss Development principal Jason Muss. "Ken is no stranger to Muss Development and we are fortunate to be able to leverage his experience, knowledge and dedication on a wide range of the firm's properties. His management skills will be a huge benefit for the many tenants of our commercial, retail and residential properties." Most recently, Konfong was the director of operations for Sky View Parc and Sky View Center, the 3.3-million-square-foot mixed use complex in Flushing, where he served as the primary facility manager. Prior to this position, Konfong served as director of operations, and later, assistant general manager of the Palisades Center for Pyramid Management Group. Konfong also served for five years as an assistant vice president for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, responsible for a number of high profile properties, including the South Street Seaport, Governor's Island and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Cruise Terminals. He also served as the special events logistics coordinator for the Macy's July 4th Fireworks, New York City Fleet Week and the New York City Triathlon. Earlier in his career, Konfong was a legal consultant and also worked at the law firm of Misrok & Rosenbaum of Valley Stream. He earned a Juris Doctor from Touro College of Law and a BBA from the University of Miami. Konfong is a member of several professional associations including the International Council of Shopping Centers, Building Owners and Managers Association International and the National Property Management Association. With the addition of Forelli, Jason Muss noted that the executive adds a new dimension and high energy level to the firm's leasing efforts. "His wide ranging experience in leasing various types of product will be a tremendous asset to Muss Development going forward," Muss said. Prior to joining Muss Development, Forelli was the director of leasing for Long Islandbased Rosen Associates Management Corp., where he was responsible for three million square feet of property in 15 states. He also handled creative marketing and advertising efforts to promote various properties. Earlier in his career, Forelli was a retail leasing consultant at Welco Realty, Inc., where he represented landlords and tenants in major retail areas throughout New York and New Jersey. Forelli also worked as the director of sales for Massey Knakal Realty Services, representing sellers in investment sales transactions in the metro New York area. Forelli is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He earned a BS in Architecture/Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst and participated in the Study Abroad Program of the University of Sheffield in the U.K.
Lost Borough Apparently Queens’ diverse streetscape is too tough to navigate - so no one should attempt traveling in our borough. According to an article published on the Wall St. Journal’s Web site last week, the borough is lost and there is nothing we can do about it. Sumathi Reddy, the article’s author, says you should do “yourself a favor: Avoid driving in Queens.” Never, Reddy; compared to Brooklyn and the Bronx (we won’t even comment on Staten Island) Queens is a dream to navigate. The journalist even goes on to interview some of the borough’s own who do not even know how to get their way around the many streets that criss-cross our great landscape. In a day in the age of smart phones, GPS systems and just plain ol’ Google, you would think finding your way around the best borough in the city would be easy for those who are quick to judge. Reddy, if you have a problem with our criticism you know where to find us – that is if you can.
Models Of Queens
Ask Angelina what’s on her mind, and if she’s in the mood to talk, you’d better give yourself a while. She has a lot on her plate. She reached out to us recently to know how she could be featured as a Model of Queens (which is much easier than you might think ladies – hint, hint). Angelina describes herself as a “talented young lady” who not only models and acts, but also teaches Martial Arts. Certainly, the rigorous routines help keep her in tiptop shape. But she’s not looking to get into the seedier side of modeling – far from it. Angelina is a praise dancer at local churches, and is moved by the Spirit. “I’m interested in working on my career and taking it to the next level,” she said. “I am a very openminded, business-oriented and focused person.” And she’s got great legs, too. We’re not sure what the future may hold for this beautiful young lady, but we know this – if she keeps up the martial arts she’ll certainly continue to knock us over.
Angelina Stokes Home: Jamaica Age: 20 Height: 5’ 8" Weight: 120 lbs Stats: 32-26-36
Facebook to Bank Robber Queens native Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” last year, but, on Aug. 12, he will be making you laugh in a comedy where he portrays a pizza delivery boy who gets kidnapped by actors Danny McBride and Nick Swardson and forced into strapping a bomb to himself and robbing a bank in “30 Minutes Or Less.” Along with Aziz Ansari of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” the two of them attempt to rob a bank with fake guns and hopefully don’t get killed in the process. This may not be an Oscar worthy film, but it will surely make moviegoers laugh and show that Christopher Walken isn’t the only Queens actor who can switch from drama to comedy and still make us smile.
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It Gets By Buckner How many times have you heard Citi Field’s loudspeakers urging you to relive the magic of past Mets championships? Well flip to HBO this season and you’ll catch a chance at reliving one of the most famous errors in baseball history, as Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson will appear on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The critically acclaimed – and frankly hilarious – show features Seinfeld creator Larry David going through awkward moments in life. His run in with Buckner, though still kept secret, promises to be no different. Of course, nothing beats watching the actual easy out that never was.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg
NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (left) and Jackson Heights Beautification Group President Edwin Westley (right) read the Queens Tribune while sitting on the recently reinstalled benches in front of the Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue. The two men worked together with Congressman Joseph Crowley and Postmaster Bill Rogers to bring the benches back in an effort to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of their community. The sidewalk furniture encourages people to spend more time in public spaces and to take pleasure in the street life which makes Jackson Heights such a vibrant neighborhood.
Michael Costantino was born without a right hand – but he apparently had a great left hook. The disabled boxer from Ridgewood doesn’t have a stellar record, but has been able to hold his own against some of the harshest opponents in his weight class. The Transportation Security Agency, it seems, is trying to deal The proud pugilist on Fox News. him a TKO. Costantino had applied for a job to be a security officer at one of our local airports, and made it through all the prerequisites – until they told him that he did not pass the physical. The letter he received from the TSA said that he wasn’t capable of opening or zippers luggage, or performing pat-downs, though this handi-capable man was never tested for his physical abilities. The southpaw has never backed down from a fight before, and he plans to take this as high as he can to get some respect – and a job. Keep Fighting, Mike
Confidentially, New York . . .
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