Vol. 43, No. 33 Aug. 15-21, 2013 queenstribune.com
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Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and Melinda Katz square off on the issues in Jackson Heights. By Joe Marvilli â€Ś Page 4.
Tony Avella Drops Beep Bid
Thompson: City Needs Stronger Schools
Qns. Judge: Courts Shine Over Challenges
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This Makes No Sense!
The Community Safety Act is nuts and should be called the Community UNSAFETY Act. If somebody robs a bank in your neighborhood, You can’t say if the suspect is ASIAN, BLACK, WHITE, or HISPANIC You can’t say if the person is MALE or FEMALE. You can’t say if the person is 20 OR 60 YEARS OLD. THIS MAKES NO COMMON SENSE. Leave Law Enforcement up to COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY and the professionals of the NYPD.” - John Catsimatidis
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These Council Members Voted To Make Your Streets Unsafe! Call Speaker Quinn & These Members And Tell Them To Uphold Mayor Bloomberg’s Veto Of The Community Safety Act! Maria Del Carmen Arroyo Charles Barron Gale A. Brewer Fernando Cabrera Margaret Chin Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Inez Dickens Daniel Dromm Mathieu Eugene Julissa Ferreras Helen D. Foster
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New Research Institute Coming To Jamaica Bay By Luis Gronda Staff Writer A new science institute established at Jamaica Bay will study how coastal areas can be more resilient in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. City and federal officials announced an agreement to create a science and resiliency institute that will cover the 10,000 acres of Jamaica Bay and the various parks in and around that region. The new research center will aim to gain a better understanding of coastal ecosystems, as well as improve the Bay’s habitat and how it can be protected from future hurricanes. It will feature a number of established universities who will use its resources to come up with a framework for these coastal areas and how it can be improved in New York and throughout the country. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel were among the officials to attend Monday’s announcement at Riis Landing in Breezy Point. Bloomberg said that this was first created before Sandy hit last fall, but what happened to the coastal areas during that storm will be a huge part of this institute. “We expect the work spearheaded by the institute will help mitigate the
dangers of future storms both to the Bay and to the neighborhoods nearby,” the Mayor said. “Lessons learned here will also help cities around the world as they face the challenges of a changing climate.” “Jamaica Bay is going to be a perfect place for the whole country to learn about resilience and about science and how these natural ecosystems, in combination with the man-made ecosystems, are actually going to act,” Jewel said. The City University of New York will lead the effort, as they won the bid to build the center after the City announced the initiative last year. Other colleges, including Columbia University, Cornell University and Stony Brook Photo by Luis Gronda University, will also con- Mayor Bloomberg speaks about the new research institute at Jamaica Bay tribute to the institute. on Monday. A new Jamaica BayRockaway Park conservancy will also this project will be a huge boost to the ty to bring people in and spent money.” be created to help fund the parkland wetland and the residents who have Mundy also said residents of the been calling for its improvement. in and around the Bay. area have been calling for the conser“All the stuff that we were fighting to vancy for over 20 years. Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, a civic group do will be funded,” he said. “They’ll be Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357dedicated to preserving the resources able to study it better and also for the lo- 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstriof Jamaica Bay, said both aspects of cal economy, you’ll have the opportuni- bune.com, or @luisgronda.
Aqueduct Subway Station Now Open 24 Hours By Luis Gronda Staff Writer Residents looking to spend their cash at the casino now have a more convenient way of traveling there. The Aqueduct Racetrack subway station will now be open 24-hoursa-day for commuters taking public transportation to Resorts World Casino. Trains traveling from the Rockaways, going towards Manhattan, will now make daily stops at the Aqueduct
station. Commuters traveling in the other direction will have to get off at the Aqueduct-North Conduit stop and transfer over to a Manhattan-bound A train. The now full-time train station coincides with the completion of the $15 million Resorts World SkyBridge, an indoor platform that connects the train station with the casino. The completion of the bridge, which has been in the works since before Resorts World opened almost two years
ago, allowed for the train station to be opened full time. At a Tuesday morning press conference to commemorate the two events, Ed Farrell, the president of Resorts World Casino, said straphangers will be able to get to the facility quicker because of the new additions. “We have about 12 million people a year visiting Resorts World and many of them will have a much easier time getting here,” said Farrell, who was named president last month,
Avella Drops Out Of Beep Race With one month left before Primary Day, State Sen. Tony Avella (DBayside) announced late Wednesday that he was dropping his bid for Queens Borough President. Avella, who lagged behind top contenders Melinda Katz and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in support and money, said in a statement that the decision was a difficult one. “Queens is my home borough and I will never stop fighting and ad-
vocating for all residents of Queens,” he said. “Yet, at this time, I believe I can best serve the people of Queens by remaining a State Senator.” The State Senator noted that he hopes to take more of a leadership role in Albany addressing issues ranging from hydrofracking to preserving women’s rights. Earlier in the week, another former Borough President contender announced his support in the race. Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St.
Albans), who dropped out last month, threw his support behind Katz in an email sent out Monday night. “Melinda has the vision and determination to transform Queens into a more vibrant destination, while maintaining her dedication to preserving a quality of life,” Comrie said. “Melinda has a proven track record of advocating for better schools, the creation of affordable and senior housing and better jobs.”
taking over for Michael Speller, who has held that title since the racino’s inception. State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Betty Braton, chairwoman of Community Board 10, all lavished praise on Resorts World for renovating the subway station and building the SkyBridge. “In tough times, we look for economic partners who are going to commit to ensure that the money that is raised is put right back into the economy. Resorts World has done that time and time again,” Goldfeder said. “By working with the MTA to make this safe and clean subway connection a reality, once again, Resorts World has demonstrated its ability to deliver on promises made – and we’re quite pleased it’s been done in a way that serves the community as well as casino patrons,” Braton said. Farrell said that they have been in discussion with the MTA about renaming the train station after Resorts World and they hope to have that done in the near future. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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Vallone and Katz Clash In BP Debate Responses and retorts went flying between two Queens Borough President candidates at a debate in Jackson Heights Tuesday night. Hosted by the Queens Tribune and Citizens Union, in partnership with Chhaya CDC and the Queens Civic Congress, the debate was held at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights on Aug. 13. Both Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Melinda Katz answered questions fired by panelists, the audience and each other. Both Katz and Vallone were given the opportunity to ask the other a question and each one decided to go after their rivals’ choice of endorsements. Katz questioned Vallone about petitioning on the Conservative line, curious about how he could pursue that vote given its strongly differing views on gun control, abortion and gay marriage to the Democratic Party. Vallone responded that while he does accept support from all sides, he does not agree with every position of every endorser. “It’s actually a silly accusation to make,” he said. “We agree on keeping our streets safe. Also, we agree on less harassment of our small businesses. I have support from all parts of the po-
litical spectrum.” to make sure we get our The candidate menfair share of funding.” tioned his strong ap“This office is what proval and pursuit of you make it,” Vallone stricter gun control laws said. “With a strong, inas something that sets dependent voice, not one him apart from Conthat’s already indebted to servative Party views. the county machine, this Taking his turn, Valoffice can stand up for lone asked Katz about the 2.25 million people of how independent she Queens who have not had would be as BP, having a voice.” gotten the support of The candidates also disthe Queens Democratic cussed what they would do Party. Katz replied that with the $10 million given she had not always been to Flushing Meadows Cothe party favorite, runrona Park by the United Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and Melinda Katz discuss ning and winning in the States Tennis Association the issues during a Borough President debate Tuesday Assembly against the as part of their expansion night. Party’s wishes. deal. Both agreed that the “The Councilman has gotten the “No, I absolutely do not agree with park needs more resources, though support of the Queens County orgathis decision with this judge, who was their priorities varied. nization all three times he’s run,” she Vallone would spend money on biased from day one. I am one of the 10 added. monitors right now over the NYPD,” more officers to keep the park safe and The two candidates also clashed Vallone said, adding that Katz was would make sure the City still pulled on the new rulings by U.S. District its weight, rather than using the cash dodging the question. Court Judge Shira Sheindlin about Another topic that was strongly as an excuse to abdicate its responStop and Frisk and her recommendadiscussed was how to increase the BP’s sibility. Katz would put funding totion for the NYPD to have a federal influence in making a difference for wards more full-time park workers for monitor. upkeep of the property. the people of Queens. “Any policy that over 98 percent A third Democratic candidate, “Right now, we get less funding, we of the time is not succeeding in the get less attention all over,” Katz said. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), charge that was meant to succeed I “Build relationships with the admin- was invited but did not attend. think is an issue,” Katz said. “I am Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357istration that’s coming in so that that glad that there is an acknowledgeadministration knows that if they ig- 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstriment that it needs to be revamped.” nore us, we’re going to fight like heck bune.com, or @Joey788. Photo by Natalia Kozikowska
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Powell Cove Estates Developers Sued BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
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The Fair Housing Justice Center has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Powell Cove developers. Suzanne Vilchez and Maria Coello made requests for the Powell Cove Estates condo in College Point where they had put a deposit to add accessibility features, as Vilchez is disabled and uses a wheelchair. That request has turned into a lawsuit. The plaintiffs in the case are Vilchez, Coello, the Coello Family Trust and FHJC. The defendants are AVR Realty Company, AVR-Powell C Development Corp., RPA Associates, RPE Overlook Development Corp., Miele Associates, John Meyer Consulting, Planning, Engineering, Landscape Architecture and Land Surveying, P.C. and John Doe doing business as Gary D. Canella Associates. In August 2009, Vilchez and Coello visited Powell Cove, interested in a ground-floor single-story, two bedroom unit. Vilchez made several accessibility-related requests, including lever handles on the doors, an accessible route to the patio and more. About one year later, the two took a tour of the apartment and noticed that many of their requests had not been made. According to the court document, Vilchez was informed that the
change would conflict with the uniformity of the design at Powell Cove. Similar renovations for an accessible patio door without a high threshold and more were also rejected. The plaintiffs are filing to halt and reform the defendants’ discriminatory
practices, as well as injunctive relief, compensatory damages and punitive damages for violating Vilchez’s civil rights. “The case just exposes the tragedy that some builders have ignored the rights of disabled people,” James Ba-
hamonde, the plaintiff’s counsel, said. The defendants’ attorney could not be reached for comment as of press time. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Corona Health Clinic Slated To Shut Down BY TRIshA sAkhuJA Staff Writer According to plans set in place by the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Corona Health Center on Junction Boulevard is set to close weeks before the start of school. The services provided by the Corona and Tremont Health Center in the Bronx will no longer be available to children, particularly low-income and immigrant families, in need of a public health functions. On Aug. 14, elected officials along with Local 436 at District Council 37 rallied in front of the Corona Health Center, demanding the City to push back the closing date. “We are hoping to keep the pressure on the City at least through the school rush,” said Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436 at District Council 37. Arroyo said “These clinics make up a drop in the bucket” in terms of the
City’s healthcare budget. A City Health Dept. official said there are other locations across the City that provide free or low-cost immunizations, such as 50 primary providers in the Bronx and 22 in Queens. “While we are reluctant to close clinics, the agency has decided to restructure and consolidate services to preserve essential functions and reduce overall cost of operations,” a City Health Dept. spokesperson said. The health center’s staff from the Queens and the Bronx center will be transferred to other locations. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) echoed his concerns regarding these closures in a letter sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and both the New York State and City Dept. of Health. According to the letter, Peralta said Article 28 states that the Corona and Tremont Health Centers may not be closed unless the City gives the Dept.
of Health notice of the planned closure, submits an acceptable closure plan and receives written permission to close the clinic. In 2012, the Corona Health Clinic served 4,286 children, according to D37. The Corona staff administered almost 33,000 vaccines to nearly 16,000 clients last year. Director Anthony Feliciano of the Commission on the Public’s Health System said this is an abrupt plan put in place by the City. “The notion that everyone has access to some place is not enough,” Feliciano said. If the City does not push the Clinic’s last day of operations, its scheduled last day is Aug. 16. In this case, Queens’ patients will have to travel to the Fort Greene Health Center in Brooklyn. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.
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Say No To Casinos
In Our OpInIOn
Time To Move On
A federal judge’s ruling this week that the NYPD’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy violates the rights of New Yorkers is validation for those who have opposed the practice, and it should be the first step towards either reforming or outright revoking the policy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds steadfast in his belief that the policy is an effective crime-prevention tool that has, he says, saved countless lives in the City. But while the crime rate has dropped dramatically in the City, a feeling of fear and paranoia amongst minorities has grown as Stop and Frisk has become more widely-used. Perhaps it is a good thing that this Mayor will be replaced come Jan. 1, hopefully putting an end to what many feel is a discriminatory practice. A good number of Mayoral candidates have called for a change to Stop and Frisk, likely to be a key issue when it is time to approach the polls, but January is a long way away for anyone who likely would be targeted under this policy. Last month, the City Council passed two bills meant to reform Stop and Frisk, which Mayor Bloomberg promptly vetoed. Hopefully, the City Council will use this week’s ruling as the impetus to ensure that the veto gets overridden when it comes up to vote later this month.
In YOur OpInIOn We Need Another Way
To The Editor: ow that a judge has ruled that Stop and Frisk needs to be amended, what will be next? Many people have had their constitutional rights violated
because of Stop and Frisk. Yet, the public must be protected against crime, so what other alternatives do law enforcement have available? There has to be a solution to this very serious issue, so that everyone - the
public and the police are being treated fairly. People should not have their civil rights violated just because of their race and ethnicity. John Amato, Fresh Meadows
by our state government, one that preys upon the minority of gamblers with gambling disorders for an estimated 50 percent of casino revenues. If that business model strikes you as unworthy of taxpayer support, then vote NO in November to expand casino gambling. And if it troubles you that in spite of the cheerleading to expand casino gambling, we still don’t have an accounting for what’s now estimated to be a $3.7 billion annual tab for New York’s gambling problem, you should vote NO in November to expand casino gambling. Dave Colavito Rock Hill
To The Editor: epeating often enough that New Yorkers will prosper from casinos might cause some people to believe it. What it won’t do is address the damage state-sponsored casino gambling causes for our neighbors. I don’t just mean neighbors afflicted with gambling disorders, estimated to be more than 500,000 state residents, excluding adolescents. I also mean their children and spouses, their friends and business partners, and anyone bearing consequences foisted upon them by out of control gamblers. And it won’t change the casino business model being promoted
Lower the Music
of life. In this part of Queens we don’t seem to have one. I know for a fact that they can’t do this on the Island. Why is it tolerated here? I know in other states you can get locked up for continually playing loud music. Some of my neighbors don’t call and report this, because they are afraid. So they suffer in silence. That’s no way to live. Something needs to be done about this. We need help! Olga Addison, South Ozone Park
To The Editor: y biggest beef is loud music. I live in South Ozone Park, Queens. In the past 10 years, the neighborhood has changed drastically. We have people that think it’s alright to play their music so loud, you can hear it four blocks away. We can’t call the precinct directly, we have to call 311. The captain at the 106th is very helpful, but I think this is more than he can handle. The Mayor talks about quality
Creating Strong Schools Everywhere By Bill ThOmpsOn My grandparents were immigrants from the Caribbean who came to New York for opportunity. They taught me about the value of a good education and how it could help me realize my dreams. As a former president of the Board of Education and the son of a public school teacher who taught in Brooklyn for 30 years, I have seen how strong schools and great teachers can open up that promise of opportunity for all New Yorkers. But last week, we were
reminded once again that the Bloomberg Administration’s efforts are headed in the wrong direction. The latest city test scores found that only 16 percent of New York City Black and Latino students are proficient in reading and less than 20 percent of these same students are proficient in math. The focus on teaching to the test is not helping anyone but the testing companies. Our students are not prepared, our teachers lack opportunity to teach critically and creatively, and our parents feel shut out. It’s wrong.
Sadly, the students who are hurt the most are the children who need the most help. The system is failing young people in Black and Latino neighborhoods as the opportunity gap grows and is compounded by a massive achievement gap. Let me be clear: tests should not be gotcha moments. Not for teachers and not for students. Tests should be part of a feedback loop that identifies where students need help and where teachers can help students improve. I’m sure that the Bloomberg Administration will spin things
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and say there’s been a reduction in the dropout rates. But let’s set the record straight: we accomplish nothing when we graduate more kids who are less prepared. Talk to college administrators and they’ll tell you exactly that. Meanwhile, the cost of remediation both in time and dollars is severely impacting our students and our entire education system. That is why I’m going to bring new leadership to City Hall. I’ll stop demonizing teachers and end the last 12 years of teaching to the test. I’ll bring communities together Alan Goldsher Director of Marketing Maureen Coppola Advertising Administrator Shelly Cookson Corporate Advertising Account Executives Wazeer Ali Elizabeth Rieger Merlene Carnegie Shari Strongin Tom Eisenhauer Maury Warshauer
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and make sure schools are open to parents. I’ll name an educator as the Chancellor, not a magazine executive without an education background. And I’ll make sure teachers have the support they need to prepare our students for college and careers. As Mayor, I will deliver a new direction for our schools and students. and together, we’re going to bring the promise of opportunity back to every community in our City. Bill Thompson is a former City Comptroller and a Democratic candidate for Mayor.
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QUEENS thiS wEEk Kim Backs Former Rival In Dist. 19 Race
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
Two past rivals have come together for an endorsement in the race for City Council District 19. Former council candidate Kevin Kim has endorsed his one-time primary competitor Paul Vallone for the City Council seat being left open by Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who is not running for re-election. Kim and Vallone faced each other in 2009 for the Democratic nomination, with Kim eventually winning that year’s primary, but then losing to Halloran in the general election. Despite that onetime contention, Vallone endorsed Kim soon after the primary ended. Now, Kim is returning the favor. “It’s time to restore honest, Democratic leadership to the 19th City Council District and I can think of no better candidate to do that in this primary than Paul Vallone,” Kim said. “I admire Paul’s devotion to his family and his strong commitment to northeast Queens. I appreciated Paul’s support for my campaign in 2009 and I’m pleased to endorse him today in his campaign to reclaim this seat on behalf of the Democratic Party. I urge the thousands of voters who stood by me four years ago to get out and cast their vote for Paul Vallone on September 10.” “Kevin Kim’s enthusiastic endorsement of my campaign means the world to me. I was proud to support him in 2009 and I am just as proud to have his support today,” Vallone said. “Four years ago, Kevin won in just about every corner of our district, largely due to the fact that he was able to bridge the gap between the various communities in the 19th. Similarly, our campaign’s support runs deep, crossing ethnic and ideological lines, which is why we feel very confident heading down the homestretch.” Vallone will face off on Sept. 10 against Austin Shafran, Paul Graziano, John Duane and Chrissy Voskerichian for the Democratic nomination. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
Joe Concannon Runs For City Council
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new challenger is vying for Councilman Mark Weprin (DOakland Gardens)’s seat. Retired police captain Joe Concannon declared on Aug. 8 that he is running under the Reform line for
the Council District 29 seat. The announcement was made on the steps of City Hall, accompanied by the presidents of several police unions. Concannon said he decided to run to fight policies he viewed as an endangerment to public safety: the Community Safety Act and the federal judge ruling against Stop, Question and Frisk. Concannon said that Stop and Frisk has saved more than 7,500 lives in the City, particularly those who do not have a voice in the City Council. He further mentioned that their voices are being drowned out by “race-baiters.” “I’m trying to extend the life of 7,000 people in New York,” he said. “I’m going to focus on the safety and security of the City of New York in every decision I make.” New York City’s safety is also tied to its economy, according to Concannon. He mentioned the situation in the early 1990s when crime was rampant, saying that it drove thousands of people out of the City. He felt that the CSA and Stop and Frisk’s rejection would have a negative impact on the five boroughs. “Now, you have a bunch of pompous councilmen thinking they know better. It will shake the City to its foundation,” Concannon said. “Cops aren’t going to want to do a stinkin’ thing.” If elected, Concannon said he would work on educating communities on how they should engage with the NYPD, so they would have an idea of the officers’ priorities. The candidate also went after his incumbent opponent, saying that Weprin has left his district’s needs behind in order to go for the Speaker of the Council position. “He’s run away from his district so he could run for Speaker of City Council,” Concannon said. “This is about a power play for Weprin Inc.” Concannon’s campaign will be holding a kickoff event on Aug. 21 at Trattoria Lucia, located at 247-63 Jericho Tkpe, Bellerose. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Bayside BID CleanUp Expands
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
An expanded contract between a Business Improvement District and a maintenance company is looking to beautify Bayside even more. The Bayside BID announced on Aug. 12 that it had expanded its contract with Atlantic Maintenance to include graffiti removal and the cleaning of street furniture to the work it already provides. The work will include the entirety of the BID, which runs
from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue and includes an extra couple of blocks on 41st Avenue. Originally, Atlantic provided supplemental sanitation services six days per week, to help out shop owners who did not have the staff to maintain upkeep responsibilities outside their businesses. With this change, Atlantic will now provide those services as well as keep street furniture clean throughout the BID. The clean-up effort will happen once a month and is being paid for by the businesses themselves. “The business community wants to reflect the great residential neighborhood that we have here in Bayside,” Lyle Sclair, executive director of the BID, said. “This fresh coat of paint really goes along with all of the other events that we’re doing here at the BID to continue to make this place comfortable for people to stroll down.” “Bell Boulevard is one of the dining meccas of Queens,” BID chairman Dominick Bruccoleri added. “Our goal is to start to build smaller businesses here to get a lot more street traffic.” “Over time, people realize it’s not worth it to come to Bell Boulevard to spread graffiti because it’s going to be taken care of,” David Goldberg, principal at Atlantic, said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
Astoria Trains Get Countdown
BY TRIshA sAkhuJA Staff Writer
Astoria residents have been pleasantly surprised to hear real-time countdown information on when the next two trains will arrive, at five stations between 39th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard. Since 2010, State Sen. Gianaris (DAstoria) has pushed the Metropolitan Transit Authority to install speakers on N and Q stations across Astoria. “I am pleased the MTA listened to our community and made the daily commute of N and Q train riders easier,” Gianaris said in a statement. “I thank the MTA and New York City Transit for realizing the need for service improvements and I hope this is a sign of things to come for Astoria and other rapidly developing Western Queens neighborhoods,” he said. MTA Spokesperson Kevin Ortiz said installation of the speakers is one part of the 2015-2019 Stations Renewal Program, which would upgrade all six stations in Astoria over the next few years. The upgrades are expected to start by the end of 2014, which include new art work, light fixtures, paint jobs, signage, benches and repairing the stairways, platform edges and flooring.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (DAstoria) said the automated train arrival system is a great start, but the City needs to keep improving train stations across Queens. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, email@example.com, or @Tsakhuja13.
Library Exhibit Shows ‘Queens Surface’
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
While many art exhibits try to show what is going on beneath the surface of a subject, the latest display at the Flushing Library achieves the same goal by focusing on the surface. “Queens Surface,” a photo exhibit by Michelle Cheikin, will be available to view at Flushing Library’s auditorium lobby through Aug. 28. The photos in the series are meant to show how parts of Queens have grown, changed and disappeared in the last decade. “Within the narrative that has surfaced, what was once a layout of a borough is now only an imagined place that was found,” the artist statement alongside the exhibit said. Cheikin had been taking photos of landscapes in Queens since 2004, covering a number of the Borough’s neighborhoods. The 40 pieces show off the variety Queens has to offer. “The different angles create a fractured and layered narrative about place. I want the viewer to make correlations with the photographs as a group and individually,” Cheikin said. “During the installation and opening of the show, people who lived in Queens would point to their own neighborhood, or recognize another neighborhood within the series of photographs.” Some examples of her photos include a Forest Hills strip mall, unused scaffolding over Queensboro Plaza’s train tracks, an armchair outside an auto repair shop in Willets Point and a nearly empty Jamaica parking lot brightened by a bouquet of flowers. “The structures I saw in the landscape and inside buildings were outdated, in the past and ripe for renewal,” Cheikin said. “It was a moment that I wanted to preserve and document before any development took place.” Next month, the photos will be shown at Queens Borough Hall. Editions of prints are available for sale, either individually or as selected groupings. Cheikin can be contacted through her website, www.michellecheikin.com. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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Notice of Formation of The Oak Group LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/20/13. Office location: Queens Count y. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 29-54 215th Place, Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of 855 Troy LLC Arts of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/12/2013, Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC 150-41 25th Avenue, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful activities. _______________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION of FLUFF N FOLD LAUNDROMAT LLC. Art. of Org. filed w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/10/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to 199-13 32nd Ave., Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any lawful activity. _______________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF: YorkMG, LLC, office in Queens County; Articles of Organization filed with SSNY on 6/19/13. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: the company, 98-04 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369. Purpose: any lawful acts and or activities for which limited liability companies may be organized under the LLCL. _______________________ Notice of formation of Pinnacle 1 LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 5/20/2013. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for ser vice of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 41-17 Crescent St, STE PH2E, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _______________________ PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, THAT THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 31ST, 2013 AT 2:00 PM AT 66 JOHN STREET, 11TH FLOOR, ON A PETITION FROM “FOB 6015 WOODSIDE LLC “ TO ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE AN UNENCLOSED
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at law, next of kin, and distributes of JOAN NOWAK, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributes, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. are persons required to be cited upon the above entitled proceeding of said deceased, and that the case is one of those specified in Section 307 of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, and that personal service of the citation cannot with due diligence be made upon him/her/ them within the State, it is ORDERED that the service of the Citation herein upon said To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributes of JOAN NOWAK deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributes, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Be made by publication thereof in one newspaper, to wit: The Queens Tribune, being a newspaper published and/ or circulated in the County of Queens, State of New York, once in each of four successive weeks, which is the time the Surrogate deems reasonable. /S/ HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate Affidavit of service with copy of publication to be filed with the clerk at least 48 hours prior to the return date. _______________________ ZENAR LLC a domestic LLC filed with the SSNY on 02/01/2013 Office location Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served SSNY shall mail process to 84-43 120th St., Apt.:B5 Kew Gardens NY 11415. General Purpose. _______________________ SIS EQUITIES LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 129-06 18th Avenue, College Point, NY 11356. General Purposes. _______________________ Notice of formation of BOLD ELECTRONICS LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/10/2013. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of
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NY Sec’y of State (SSNY) 05/21/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. as process agt. Process service address: 7211 Austin St, #372, Forest Hills, NY 11375 Purpose: Any lawful purpose or activity _______________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNT Y OF QUEENS Index No. 9834/2012 Date of Filing: 5/9/2012 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon County in which premises are situated. SUMMONS Tax Lien Foreclosure Block: 10161; Lot: 30 a/k/a 104-52 164th Street NYCTL 2011-A TRUST and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON as Collateral Agent and Custodian, Plaintiffs, -against- THE HOLY TRINTIY BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST INC., ADMINISTRATOR OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, COMMISSIONER OF LABOR – NEW YO R K S TAT E D E PA R T MENT OF LABOR, TANYA WARTERS, CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, “John Doe No. 1” through “John Doe No. 100” inclusive, the names of the last 100 defendants being unknown to plaintiff, it being intended to designate fee owners, tenants or occupants of the tax lien premises and/ or persons or parties having or claiming an interest in or a lien upon the subject property, if the aforesaid individual defendants are living, and if any or all of said individual defendants be dead, their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, committees, devisees, legatees, and the assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest of them, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by, through, or against the said defendants named as a class, of any right, title, or interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint herein, Defendants. To the above named Defendants: You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within twent y (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be
taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Notice of Nature of Action and Relief Sought. The Object of the above entitled action is to foreclose a Tax Lien in the original Tax Lien Principal Balance of $150,823.04 with interest as described in a certain Tax Lien Certificate dated November 16, 2011 and recorded in the Office of the City Register for the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, on November 23, 2011 in City Register File Number (“CRFN”) 2011000408634 upon premises described as follows: ADDRESS: 104-52 164th Street BLOCK: 10161 LOT: 30 COUNTY: Queens The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Tax Lien described above. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the county where the Property being foreclosed upon is located. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the Plaintiff who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you may lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and complaint and protect your property. Sending a payment to the Plaintiff will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: May 7, 2012 New York, New York THE LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS P.MALONE, PLLC By: Thomas P. Malone, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiffs 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 1540 New York, New York 10165 Ph: (212) 867-0500 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is being served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Court dated July 2, 2013 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office You Can E-Mail Your Legal Copy to firstname.lastname@example.org to Place Your Legal Advertisement or Call the Tribune at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 149
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De Blasio Discusses Small Biz Plan One mayoral candidate would establish a $100 million loan fund for small business owners if elected to City Hall. This was among the ideas Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discussed with small business owners last Friday in Forest Hills. The stop at Haveli Restaurant, an Indian eatery on Queens Boulevard between 77th and 78th Avenues, was the last of a week-long series of visits throughout the five boroughs, which highlighted different emerging industries in New York City. De Blasio focused on what he would do for immigrant-owned small businesses if he was elected mayor. In addition to the loan fund, his other ideas for this sector include creating economic development hubs in 12 immigrant and low-income neighborhoods, including Flushing, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, and promoting entrepreneurship training in more languages. Outside of the Forest Hills establishment, de Blasio said that while immigrant-owned small businesses are an emerging part of the City’s economy, a study done through his public advocate office found that many of these businesses did not have good experiences
that this would allow these businesswhen dealing with City agencies. “All they knew about City govern- es to use the money to expand their operations and hire more ment is when they show up workers. for an inspection and usually “The number one concern to fine them,” he said. “They immigrant small business had real needs in terms of owners had was they had a translation and opportunihard time accessing credit,” ties with City agencies, real the public advocate said. needs that were going unHe added that this would met.” be funded by taking away bigDe Blasio continued by ger company subsidies and disaying that the City has recting it toward this fund. not done enough to create Bill de Blasio De Blasio then sat down more jobs that are readily available and one of his aims in his with various small business owners from five-point plan is to boost the amount Forest Hills and surrounding communities to discuss his plan and to hear their of employment in the City. Regarding the loan fund, he said tales of woe with City agencies. Photo by Ira Cohen
By Luis Gronda Staff Writer
Dee Arabian, the owner of Dee’s Restaurant, a pizzeria on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, said he was given a $5,100 ticket from a Dept. of Consumer Affairs agent for running a restaurant without a catering license earlier this year. Arabian said that the DCA rep questioned him about how he does catering at his establishment and he gave him the ticket even though he does not do off-site catering. He added that the ticket also included the restaurant to be shut down temporarily, but he was able to avoid that by paying the fine. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
Sunnyside Councilman Robbed By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer Upon returning from vacation this past weekend, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) came home to a burglarized house in Sunnyside Gardens. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. The intruders used a crowbar to break open the front door and then rummaged through the cabinets and closets of the house.
Van Bramer, who lives with his husband Dan Hendrick, said a bike from the basement, cash and some jewelry were taken. The burglar then proceeded out of the house through the back window. Van Bramer said “no burglar is going to stop me from enjoying my home.” The Councilman said the number of burglaries happening in the neighborhood has been of concern to the residents of Sunnyside Gardens. The Councilman and 108th Pre-
cinct have been working together to break the similar pattern of burglaries through periodic undercover efforts that could catch the burglars. “We need the 108th Precinct to continue its surveillance efforts,” Van Bramer said. “We do not want this to happen to anyone,” he said. “We are going to track these cowards down and arrest them.” Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.
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Hon. Jeremy Weinstein:
Courts Persevere Despite Fiscal Challenges Despite a reduction in the number ate for 14 years, where he was named of judges and fewer court personnel at Minority Whip and Assistance Minorall levels, and while enduring slashed ity Leader. “[Being a judge] was not a career budgets and burgeoning case loads, the courts of Queens seem to be oper- path I had anticipated,” Weinstein said. “But when it ating efficiently. was broached to me, “The courts are esI pursued the opporsential for government tunity.” operations,” the Hon. Now, Weinstein Jeremy Weinstein, oversees the day-toadministrative judge day operations of the of the Queens County civil division of the Supreme Court’s civil Queens County Sudivision, said. “At one preme Court. He is time or another, most in charge of case aspeople find themselves signment to judges in the court system, and non-judicial staff whether as a litigant or in the civil division. as a juror.” After serving six The Hon. Jeremy Weinstein Weinstein serves as years as a Civil Court has served as administra- the supervisory aujudge, Weinstein was tive judge of the Queens thority of civil and elected a Supreme County Supreme Court’s housing court judges, Court judge in 1999. civil division, based in Ja- along with more than 400 employees. In 2007, he was ap- maica, since 2007. The court, Weinpointed as administrative judge, a position he said is his stein said, has roughly 32,000 cases most satisfying in his long career in currently pending. The judge said once a case is filed within the court, public service. A graduate of Jamaica High statewide standards and goals set by School and York College – where he the Office of Court Administration rewas elected the first president of the quire courts to hear the case within 15 school’s student body – Weinstein months. Weinstein touted the court’s success said he never had sights on serving on the bench. He served in the State Sen- in meeting the statewide standards,
noting that 92 percent of cases in his division are heard within 15 months. “Queens County’s numbers are some of the best in the state,” he said. Ensuring that cases are heard in a timely manner has become a greater challenge in recent years, Weinstein said, because of budget cuts to the court system since the recent financial crisis. He noted the court system has experienced two straight years of significant cuts. As the Borough’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of cases the court expects to hear. In 2012, there were more than 18,000 cas-
es filed within the civil division. Based on year-to-date numbers, Weinstein said he expects this year’s numbers to be around 20,000. “The volume we deal with is staggering,” he said. “And having the ability to deal with it is more of a challenge with fewer resources.” Despite the rising fiscal challenges the courts are facing, Weinstein said he appreciated the opportunity to serve as an administrative judge. “It’s a very rewarding position,” he said. “Very challenging, but rewarding.”
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Grand Larceny - The nyPd is seeking the public’s assistance identif ying these suspects wanted for a grand larceny that took place on aug. 3 in front of 83-17 northern Blvd., within the confines of the 115th Precinct. The suspects removed a cell phone from a 37year-old man who was asleep on a bench.
102nd Precinct RobbeRy – The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance locating two suspects wanted in connection to a robbery. At 11:10 p.m. on July 29 in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 134th Street, a 59-year-old male was approached by two suspects who demanded money. The victim handed over cash. The suspects demanded more money, but when the victim said he did not have more money, the suspect punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head. The suspects fled with the cash and the victim’s cell phone. The victim was removed to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The first suspect is described as a Black male in his 20s, between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10, last seen wearing a black skull cap, black T-shirt and black pants. The second suspect is also described as a Black male in his 20s, between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10, last seen wearing dark pants and a buttondown shirt.
103rd Precinct Homicide ARRest – Police arrested two suspects on Aug. 7 in connection to a homicide that occurred on Aug. 3 in front of 89-32 163rd St. Police responded to a call of a male shot on Aug. 3 to discover one victim, identified as Martin Delrosario, 33, of Jamaica, with a gunshot wound to the chest, and a second victim with a gunshot wound to the ankle. Both victims were removed to Jamaica Hospital, where Delrosario was pronounced dead. The second victim was listed in stable condition. Police arrested two individuals in connection to the incident. The first, Edwin Fernandez, 34, of Jamaica, was charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. The second individual, Brunildo Guichardo, 28, of Jamaica, was also charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.
108th Precinct buRglARy – The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance identifying an individual wanted for a burglary that took place at 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 5 inside of 45-30 23rd St. The suspect entered the location via an unlocked side door and removed an unknown amount of money from the location.
114th Precinct gRAnd lARceny – The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance identifying and locating four suspects wanted in connection with a grand larceny that took place at 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 3. Four male suspects entered the AT&T retail store, located at 31-54 Steinway St., Astoria, and, acting in concert, removed three iPads and two Samsung Galaxy cell phones from the display wall. No injuries were reported at this incident. RobbeRy – The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance identifying and locating the following three suspects wanted in connection with a robbery. At approximately 7:18 p.m. on July 28, three male suspects approached a male victim, a Chinese food delivery man, in front of 27-16 12th St., Astoria, displayed a weapon and demanded property. The victim complied and the suspects fled with money, an electric bike and Chinese food. No injuries were reported at this incident. One of the male suspects was described as wearing a white shirt, the other two suspects were last seen wearing black shirts.
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QUEENS FOCUS The Whitestone School for Child Development will conduct speech screenings and tours of the school on Aug. 21-22 and 28-29. For information, call (718) 746-6555. Local students received degrees during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. They include: Flushing: Jonathan Pelman, Michael Glikman, Sara Brody, Yitzchak Ostrow. The New York Army National Guard has released the names of members who have reenlisted. They include: Sergeant Miguel Mateo of College Point, 107th Military Police Company. Sergeant Patrick Passantino of Flushing, 442nd Military Police Company. Specialist Justin Tallett of Whitestone, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry. Staff Sergeant Mahlon Bailey of Flushing, Headquarters Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion. Local students received degrees during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. They include: College Point: Andrew Rocco, Simi Minhas, Shau-Mei Hsiung. Flushing: Eileen Hughes. Whitestone: William Gagstetter, Concettina Staiano, Shari Eng.
Nicholas Condiles of Whitestone was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Hofstra University. Dae Gon Chung of Whitestone received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at SUNY Buffalo State. Local students received degrees during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. They include: Flushing: Joseph Kim, Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering; Dana Shin, Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture. Whitestone: Kasey Francica, Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Tech & Society. David Kam of Flushing graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology – seven-year premed, during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at The College of New Jersey. Army Pfc. Steven Romero has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Romero is the brother of Francisco Romero of Flushing. The Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its 2013-14 season. Auditions for new members will take place Aug. 21 and Sept. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Auditions will be held in room 246 of the music building. For information, visit www.qcchoralsociety.org. Kevin Urena of Corona received a degree during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
Grand Opening State Sen. Joe Addabbo recently helped the owners and workers at STS Tire and Auto Center, 123-11 Rockaway Blvd., in South Ozone Park celebrate the store’s grand opening.
The New York Army National Guard has released the names of members who have reenlisted. They include: Sergeant First Class Damon Treadwell of Long Island City, 1569th Transportation Company. Sergeant Eric Snowden of Astoria, Medical Command. Specialist Christopher Morreale of Maspeth, 719th Transportation Company. Specialist Geulivier Martinez of East
Summer Reading Children received free story time and craft programs at the Queens Library Whitestone branch thanks to special grant from Vallo Transportation. Pictured (from left) are Ralph Potter, General Manager, Vallo Transportation; Denise Pisapia, Chief Operating Officer, Vallo Transportation; Sarah Hinkle, Assistant Coordinator of Children’s Services, Queens Library; Linda DeSabato, President, Vallo Transportation; Dwayne Ifill and Manuel Enriquez from Vallo Transportation. Elmhurst, Company C, 101st Signal Battalion. Specialist Edwin Romero of Long Island City, Company F (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion. Specialist Raymond Montan of Corona, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-258th Field Artillery. Specialist Marc Adorno of Ridgewood, Medical Command. Staff Sergeant Gerard Simon of Glendale, Company C, Recruiting and Retention. Staff Sergeant Victor Torres of Maspeth, Company G (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion. Specialist Justin Tallett of Whitestone, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-108th Infantry. Staff Sergeant Mahlon Bailey of Flushing, Headquarters Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion.
Local students who attend Union College will study abroad for the fall 2013 semester. They include: Astoria: Elisa Huerta will travel to York, England; Nahian Jahangir will travel to Osaka, Japan. Long Island City: Ralph Cueva will travel to Shanghai, China. Local students received degrees during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. They include: Far Rockaway: Abba Stein, Avraham Satt, David Indig, Elua Otoo, Jacob Harary, Jonah Novak, Michael Heinemann. Kew Gardens: Kenny Pescetto, Kimberly Allen. Rego Park: Moises Corilloclla. Grace Tom, 16, of Rego Park, was named one of 10 winners in the 2013 USTA/NJTL Arthur Ashe essay contest.
Local students received degrees during spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. They include: Astoria: Gianluca Scattoni. Glendale: Kristin Lampasona, Hilary Smith, Jennifer DeBlasie, Candice Lief. Jackson Heights: Marlyn Claro, James Petty. Maspeth: Christina Koenig. Middle Village: Rosalba Maistoru. Sunnyside: Jaclyn Valane. Woodside: Jean Woods-Powell.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexander J. Garces graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Garces is the son of Ana Corona of Woodhaven.
Gina-Maria Arena of Glendale was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Hofstra University.
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Stop and Frisk Unconstitutional BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On Monday, a Manhattan federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk policy violated the rights of New Yorkers and called for an independent monitor to watch over the police. According to U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, the policy has been systematically and unfairly targeting minorities, violating their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures and their 14th Amendment rights, which guarantee equal protection. Scheindlin has plans to install attorney and former Manhattan pros-
ecutor, Peter Zimroth, to ensure the NYPD will comply with her new ruling. She added that the decision does not call for an end to the controversial policy, but rather a dire need for reform. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has since blasted the judge’s ruling, claiming that the Stop and Frisk policy has “saved countless lives” and Scheindlin “ignored the real-world realities of crime.” He vowed to appeal the “dangerous” decision. “As guns continue to flow onto our streets from other states, we have to take every constitutionally protected step at our disposal to keep them out – and to keep them from being used to kill innocent people,” Bloomberg
Homeless Shelter Proposed in Glendale BY LuIS GrONdA Staff Writer Another company has proposed a homeless shelter for the vacated space at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, which was drawn some opposition from an elected official. Samaritan Village Inc, a human and health services company based in Briarwood, has proposed a 125-family shelter at that location, the second such proposal for that land since last year. In a letter to Community Board 5 dated Aug. 6, the company said affordable housing is needed in the Borough and the City, citing statistics from a study done by the Furman Center of New York University. According to that letter, Queens has about 25 percent of available renting units for less than $1,000 a month. “These critical indicators show the need for high quality services in Queens to support families struggling to find affordable housing and remain in the community. This is a crisis you may know. The need is significant and will continue into the foreseeable future,” Tino Hernandez, the president of Samaritan Village, wrote in the letter. Hernandez also touted its involvement in the Borough, including operating a senior center at the Woodside House and a substance abuse treatment facility in Richmond Hill.
But Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) vehemently opposes the shelter, saying that it would be a bad idea to bring the facility to Glendale because there is a need for other types of businesses that would better serve the community and the Borough. Crowley said that there is a hightech fiber optic company that has expressed interest in moving into the vacant building, but she would not give any further details about the company, including its name or where it is based. The Councilwoman said that this area should be used to bring jobs to the community and she will send a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing her concern about the situation. In the letter to CB 5, Hernandez wrote that they sent its proposal in response to a Request For Proposal sent out by the Dept. of Homeless Services. A spokesperson for Samaritan Village declined to comment further on the matter other than to say that their application is being reviewed by DHS and it was sent out around the same time its letter was sent to CB 5. DHS did not respond to requests for comment by press time. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
said in a statement. “Throughout the trial that just concluded, the judge made it clear she was not at all interested in the crime reductions here or how we achieved them.” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly echoed similar sentiments, dismissing accusations that the crime-fighting tactic leads to racial profiling. “What I find most disturbing and offensive about this decision is the notion that the NYPD engages in racial profiling. That simply is recklessly untrue,” Kelly said in a statement. “We train our officers that they need reasonable suspicion to make a stop and I can assure you that race is never a reason to conduct a stop.” Although the court decision was met with fierce skepticism by Bloomberg and Kelly, a majority of mayoral candidates seemed to be in favor of the ruling. “The judge’s call for reforms must be heeded, and – longer term – the tactic should be abolished. It’s time to put an end to Stop and Frisk once and for all,” said City Comptroller John Liu in a statement. Liu has been the only candidate to argue the policy needs to be ridded entirely. “The present Stop and Frisk policy violates the constitutional rights of all New Yorkers, but especially innocent Blacks and Latinos,” Bill Thompson said in a statement. “Instead of treating our police and people with respect, the Mayor and Commissioner Kelly have imposed what are effectively quotas on the police and treated entire minority communities with suspicion.” “The overuse and misuse of Stop and Frisk hasn’t made New York a
safer City, it has only served to drive police and community further apart,” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “The only way to end the abuse of Stop and Frisk in New York City is with real reform.” “We do not need to sacrifice our civil rights to live in a safe city. You can reduce crime while increasing respect,” Anthony Weiner said in a statement. Sal Albanese, a self-proclaimed ‘independent’ candidate, took a safer approach, claiming Stop and Frisk is a legal police tool that keeps the City safe only when it is used properly. “There was never any doubt that the City was casting too wide of a net and focusing on quantity rather than quality when numbers peaked in 2011,” Albanese said in a statement. “Since then, the NYPD has moved in the right direction by training officers better and reducing unnecessary stops. This ruling will accelerate that process.” Although the landmark decision generated mixed feelings, Laurelton attorney Jacques Leandre, whose law office has seen close to 100 clients who have been searched and not given a summons, said the ruling is a victory for the minority community – which account for more than 80 percent of stops. “I don’t believe that Stop and Frisk is on its way to a death but I think that racial profiling has taken a huge blow,” Leandre said. “Discriminatory practices have taken a huge blow when it comes to policing the communities of color.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska.
Students Graduate From STEM Pilot Program BY JOE MArVILLI Staff Writer On Aug. 7, more than 100 local Queens students, many from Flushing, were honored for their completion of a four-week pilot program dedicated to helping them learn about science in exciting ways. Sponsored primarily by Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” initiative in partnership with 826NYC and the Flushing YMCA, the graduation ceremony, which took place at JHS 189, gave students the chance to talk about the skills they learned over four weeks. The chosen Flushing students, aged between 9 and 13, were among the first in the country to participate in the pilot program, titled “It’s (Partially) Rocket Science!” The schools that participated were JHS 189, PS 20, PS 22, PS 120 Flushing International High School and PS 185. “The program we did at the Flushing Y is an extension of a relation-
ship we have with 826 National, a tutoring organization,” Leah Gutstadt, Manager of Strategic Philanthropy at Time Warner Cable, said, adding that the courses offered something “different from what they would experience in the classroom.” The workshop was partially superhero-themed, with experiments aiming to get the students to critically think about science, technology, engineering and math through creative writing. Research and writings from this workshop, along with three others, will be put together in a book of lesson plans that combine STEM and creative writing. Meant for afterschool programs, the book will be released in fall 2014. As for the program, Time Warner Cable plans to continue working with 826 and the Flushing Y to bring these unique learning experiences to more students. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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City Sees Low Marks On Common Core BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer The number of New York students who passed the rigorous and newly adopted Common Core math and reading exams has taken a dramatic plunge this year, further fueling the discussion for education reform among mayoral candidates. In New York City, just 26.4 percent of students in grades three through eight passed the English test and 29.6 percent passed in math, according to a report released by the New York State Education Department last Wednesday. These numbers dropped from 47 percent in English and 60 percent in math last year. For many educators and school officials, the result is no shock given the new and tougher standards under the Common Core curriculum – which have been changed to include more ‘critical thinking’ elements to better prepare students for college. Former City Comptroller and mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson took the opportunity to slam Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has often said he wanted education to be his legacy after 12 years in office. “What we learned again today is that after 12 years of demonizing teachers, 12 years of teaching to the test and shutting out parents and communities, the Bloomberg ad-
ministration’s efforts are headed in the wrong direction. Teaching to the test doesn’t even help on the test,” Thompson said in a statement. “And the kids who are being hurt the most are the kids who need help the most - young people in Black and Latino neighborhoods where the opportunity gap is being compounded with a massive achievement gap.” City Comptroller and candidate John Liu similarly blamed Bloomberg and “his Tweed cronies” for the poor performance of New York City students. “He [Bloomberg] excoriated teachers and others who pointed out the flaws in his analysis. In fact, the regime of teaching to the tests pushed kids out the schoolhouse door, even if their diplomas were worthless and their skills did not permit them to suc-
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students proficient in English and 66.6 percent in math. District 25, which encompasses parts of Flushing and Whitestone, performed second best, with 40.75 percent of students proficient in English and 51.82 percent in math. District 29, which encompasses the majority of Southeast Queens, had the lowest exam scores in the Borough. In English, only 21.65 percent of students were proficient and 20.16 in math. At PS 122 in Astoria, 71 percent of students were at or above proficient levels in math and 69.7 percent were at or above a proficient level in English – roughly 40 percent higher than both the City and State averages. Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (DAstoria), whose district encompasses the school, held a press conference on Aug. 12 honoring the students and teachers for their achievement. “It is ironic that the City wanted to make major changes at this school a few months ago, and now these kids have blown away the City averages,” said Vallone said in a statement. “These scores are a testament to the hard work of the teachers, students and parents and they prove that the programs at PS 122 need to be mirrored in schools across the City.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or email@example.com or @nkozikowska
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Queens Jewish Community Council’s Testimonial Dinner
The QJCC held its 17th Testimonial Dinner Tuesday night at the Flushing-Fresh Meadows Jewish Center. Above, Queens elected officials and civic leaders honored Borough President Helen Marshall, who received a lifetime achievement award for her service to the Borough. At right, UFCW Local 1500 accepted the Steven Pezenik Public Service Award on behalf of Patrick Purcell. The award was presented by Pezenik’s wife, Lisa Mattawan. Below, Republican Mayoral candidate John Catsimitidis presented a $10,000 donation to the QJCC, accepted by Warren Hecht and Cynthia Zalisky.
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Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson stands with supporters during the Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan over the weekend. Photo by Xin Ping Tian.
Mariachi Music Outdoors
Residents watch on as Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the City’s only all-female Mariachi band, performs at the Bix Beiderbecke memorial jazz concert in Sunnyside on Saturday. Photo by Michael Rapp.
Gayle Baron addresses a gathering organized by the Long Island City partnership to celebrate her retirement. Baron was instrumental in the creation of the Long Island City Business Improvement District and served as its executive director. She also served as president of the LIC Business Development Corp. Photo by Ira Cohen.
SUKHI NY held its second annual six-day Ramadan and Eid festival last week in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights.
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Jackson Heights Artist Raps At 5Pointz By Trisha sakhuja
Growing up in Jackson Heights, Vakas Khan, 31, would pass the colorful walls of 5Pointz in Long Island City while riding the 7 train with his family. But never did he think that he would shoot a music video at the same “majestic site” for one of his tracks, “The Krylon” off his hip-hop album, “Enter the 36 Tentacles,” as an underground hip-hop artist, known as Mic-Key Boston Kovaks, alongside emcee, graffiti and visual artist, Regimental Oneton. “Living that and doing that is something that I cannot explain,” Boston said. “It was destiny.” Over the past decade, the Flushing native and curator of 5Pointz, Jonathan Cohen, best known by his tag name, “Meres One,” has watched his outdoor graffiti gallery flourish by attracting many hip-hop and R&B stars like Doug Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Kaz, Mobb Deep, DJ JS-1 and many more. The iconic site also attracts graffiti artists, DJs, Emcees, break dancers, filmmakers, photographers, locals and tourists from around the world. Boston, like many other artists who were intrigued by 5Pointz, grew a liking to the site because of its urban cultural phenomena. “It is an environment of respect and equality,” Boston said. “The whole es-
sence of graffiti culture is inclusion.” Boston’s passion for hip-hop, graffiti art and urban culture thrived because of rapper Nas, Company Flow, an underground hip-hop group, and Bollywood films that depicted heroes fighting for the peasant workers. His lyrics stem from his experiences as an indigenous activist, who raps about the struggle for land, freedom, dignity and self-determination. “My love and passion for graffiti came about because the music and its sub-culture was what I connected to the most,” Boston said. “Hip-hop and art is my therapy.” The owner of the iconic 5Pointz site, located at Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, David Wolkoff, has legally allowed aerosol artists from all over the world to paint colorful pieces on the walls of his 200,000-square-foot factory building for years. The Wolkoff family has planned to demolish the site to construct two apartment buildings, totaling 1,000units. Wolkoff said his family would like to keep the urban culture of the site alive by allowing for open artist space and collaborating with local art organizations, like MoMA PS1. The development project was recently approved by the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and it waits for the City Council’s approval. “Everyone wants to preserve 5Pointz and keep it as a ‘heritage site,’” Boston
Forest Hills Community Center Offers Breakdancing Program By Luis Gronda
Local kids are getting a chance to hone their dancing skills. The Queens Community House in Forest Hills has been hosting a program that allows boys and girls to practice breakdancing at its facility. The program started more than a dozen years ago and now has 100 kids, or b-boys and b-girls as they are commonly called in the breakdancing community, registered to hone their skills. “On any given night, you can find a number of youth from not only NYC, but from across the U.S. and other parts of the world at the QCH Evening Teen Center,” Program Director Mike Zevon said. Earlier this month, two people from different countries, Denmark and Columbia, visited the program in Forest Hills. Rasmus Gravesen, from Copenhagen, said he did not realize how few spaces there are to breakdance in the United States. “The biggest difference is the amount of free space available for practices in
Europe,” Rasmus said. “You would think that there would be more space available in a place like NYC, the place where breakdancing originated, but that just isn’t the case.” Julio Acevedo, a native of Cartagena, Colombia, said breakdancing creates a sense of community. “Dancing creates an instant family. You can find b-boys from around the world and know you share a common interest,” said Acevedo, who has been performing for over 10 years and opened a school to teach younger kids in his country. As it turns out, Acevedo and Gravesen will be on the same flight to Columbia and they said they plan to network during their time in New York and South America. Zevon was not surprised when he heard that the two strangers from different continents connected because of break dancing. “It’s really a small world, and in the breaking community, it’s a close-knit, smaller world,” he said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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said, because “people have built bridges here.” “The owner of the land would like to profit by taking something away, which would be culture, art and identity, and replace it with a new development,” said Boston. In terms of Wolkoff ’s new development, Boston found it difficult to choose between the tourists or local residents because he said “both pos-
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sibilities offer economic benefits, but I would not know which one is best.” Boston said the culture associated with 5Pointz is “like religion for many of the artists,” who might disagree with Boston when he says the compromises Wolkoff made with the artist community “might even work for the better.” Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune. com, or @Tsakhuja13.
Oratorio Society Holds Auditions in Sept. By joE MarViLLi
Queens vocalists, listen up. It is time to try out for the Oratorio Society of Queens. Under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, who has been the artistic director and conductor for 40 years, the group is preparing for their annual holiday show, taking place on Dec. 22. The concert will take place in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. To help make the night a great one, the society is looking to add new talent to its ranks. Auditions will be held on Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Reservations are required to try out. For those who pass, they can start immediately with that Monday’s rehearsal. OSQ practices every Monday evening from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Temple Beth Sholom’s FSG Hall at 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing. The chorus has more than 120 members, but is still looking to add altos, sopranos, tenors and bass singers. Members come from many different backgrounds, ages and singing ability. While there are a few spots in every section, Close will not turn away talent if a great vocalist walks through the door. “Certainly, if we find an outstanding voice, we’ll open up the quota a
little bit,” he said. “They go directly into rehearsal that night. For many of them, it’s a lot of new and unfamiliar music.” The OSQ is open to singers who can both read music and those that cannot. What Close wants most is a strong performance and a strong desire to improve. “We’re looking for quality of sound, willingness to work hard. They don’t have to read music,” he said. “We take the idea of community chorus very seriously.” In addition to many traditional Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, OSQ will be performing Part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah,” which goes over Jesus’ birth, the annunciation to the shepherds and some of his deeds. “It’s so embedded in the culture. To not do it is to risk not drawing an audience,” Close said. “It’s a cultural phenomenon and tradition we hooked into.” For more information or to schedule an audition, call (718) 279-3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org. “Don’t be afraid. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain,” Close said. “Singing in a chorus is one of the more outstanding experiences one can have on the planet.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Dining & Entertainment
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FRIday 8/16 ARt MEEtS LifE
Art Meets Life presents an exhibition of six artists, all alumni from SUNY New Paltz, each of whose work addresses issues of social or personal life. The artists include the work of Carmen Doyon, Jon Irving, Bridget Lanigan, Todd Martin, Greta Pratt and Marla Sweeny. Visit the Dorsky Gallery, located at 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City. The exhibition starts at 2 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call (718) 937-6317.
ChAin nYC fiLM fEStivAL
Head to the Chain Theatre for daily screenings, located at 21-28 45th Rd., Long Island City. The film festival presents the work of independent cinema, which depict personal stories, original ideas and new work. For information on film screenings schedules, visit www.chain-theatre.org
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Outdoor enthusiasts will have a chance to take a nature tour of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The tour will be lead by FMCP park rangers. To sign up for the tour or to find out more information about the event, contact Jean Silva at (718) 544-7436. You can also email Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group will meet up at the Albert Mauro Playground at Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace before the event begins.
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the National Park Service will host a bike tour of the Rockaway Peninsula. It will explore significant areas of the peninsula. On this date, Sean Bolebruch will lead the tour of the eastern part of the island. Bikes will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. Tour tickets are $10 a person. To register, log onto eventbrite.com and search “Rockspot Edible Biking Tour.”
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The Long Island City Youthmarket provides
residents with access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. The farm stand, located at 48th Avenue and Vernon Blvd in Long Island City, is sponsored by a collaboration effort through GrowNYC and LIC YMCA. It runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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Identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are bringing their saxophones and clarinets for a jazz performance at the Louis Armstrong House Museum at 2 p.m. Part of the Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Summer Concert Series, the duo will be joined by Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, Ehud Asherie on keyboard, Phil Stewart on drums and Clovis Nicolas on bass. Advance tickets cost $18 and include complimentary red beans and rice, sweet tea and a sixmonth Historic House Tour Pass. For more information, call the box office at (718) 793-8080.
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‘MADAGASCAR 3’ Head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 8 p.m. for a free screening of the animated film, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” Part of the City’s Summer Movie Series, it will take place in the 111th Street parking lot. In the film, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraf fe are trying to get back home to New York City. Their journey takes them through Europe, where they join and reinvent a traveling circus. Feel free to bring your own snacks, chairs or blankets. poses and singing, with performances by Benny Arocho and Brandon Silaco (Drums), TA Radhakrishnan (Harmonium) and Mariel Reyes (Vocals). Michelle Ingkavet Cavanagh will teach the session. Attendees will yoga to live drumming from 7 to 8:15 p.m. This will be followed by communal singing from 8:15 to 9 p.m. Bring your own mats.
Join BIG!Compost to find out what happens to the 8,000 lbs of food scraps collected at their drop-sites. Learn the art and science of urban composting. The event will run from 11:30 p.m. till 1:30 p.m. at Queensbridge Baby Park, Queens Plaza South at 10th Street and Long Island City. To sign up, email email@example.com.
YoGA in thE GARDEn
Yumcha Yoga will hold a special outdoor session in Flushing Town Hall’s garden at 7 p.m. The event will blend classic yoga
Northeast Queens Parks will present Movies Across from Golden Pond, a free film series. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., “Big Miracle” will be aired in Crocheron Park. The family drama, which stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, is about Operation Breakthrough, a 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in the ice in Alaska. For more information, call (718) 3524793, ext. 301.
QuEEnS CoLLEGE ChoRAL AuDitionS
The 71-year-old Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its 2013-14 concert season and will hold auditions from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 246 of the Music Building. Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” will be performed this year. Auditions consist of basic singing skills, with no preparation required. For more information, visit www.qcchoralsociety.org. To schedule an audition, contact James John, music director, at (718) 997-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
thuRsday 8/22 WE DiG SuMMER
The Forest Hills Library will host the “We Dig Summer” club from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Kids in entering grades 4-6 will be able to play games and do fun activities just before the new school year gets underway.
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PArentS KidS MUSic cLASS We d n e s d ays n ew b o r n to 4 with guardian at the JCC in Jackson Heights. 609-0066. PSYcHoLoGicAL ctr Family and child therapy, parent management training and more. 570-0500 sliding scale. KidS Korner Weekdays Central Queens YM-YWHA in Forest Hills. For K-6. 268-5011, ext. 203.
MeetinGS P-FLAG Sundays, August 18, September 15 P-FLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays meet in Forest Hills. 271-7773. cHeSS cLUB Monday, August 19 Woodhaven library at 2:30. Knit & crocHet Mondays, August 19, 26 Douglaston library at 4. Knit & crocHet tuesday, August 20 Steinway library at 5:30. AMer. LeGion tuesdays, August 20, September 17 American Legion McKee Post 131 at 8 at 10-20 Clintonville Street, Whitestone. 767-4323. BereAVeMent tuesdays, August 20, September 17 Bereavement Support Group at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows. 7:30. 969-2448. Knit & crocHet tuesdays, August 20, 27 Whitestone library at 2 and Windsor Park library at 2. cHeSS cLUB tuesdays Windsor Park library at 5:30. cHeSS cLUB Fridays, August 23, 30 Woodside library at 4. GArdeninG cLUB
Saturdays in the Steinway library courtyard at 4. 3006. Auditions required. GLee cLUB tuesdays Bayside Men’s Glee Club rehearses at 7:30 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40 th Avenue, Bayside. 961-6852. ScrABBLe cLUB tuesdays at the East Flushing library at 3:30. Men’S cLUB Soccer tuesday evenings Forest Hills Jewish Center 8-9:30. 263-7000. FM cAMerA tuesdays Fresh Meadows Camera Club. 917-6123463. FH SYMPHonY Wednesdays the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 516785-2532.
tALKS UrBAn Fiction Monday, August 19 “The Eleventh Commandment” discussed at the Arverne library at 5. BooK GroUP thursday, August 29 East Flushing library at 11.
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enVironMent Food WASte droPoFF Saturdays 1-3 at the Broadway and LIC library. JH ScrAPS tuesday 6-8pm and Saturdays 10-2 35 th Avenue between 69th Street and the BQE. Bring coffee, tea, fruit, veggie scraps. WorMS! Wednesdays, August 21, 28 Steinway library at 3.
edUcAtion/GAMeS/crAFtS JoB SeArcH Saturday, August 17 Job Search Strategies and Resume Writing Far Rockaway library at 2. crAFt cLUB Monday, August 19 Broadway library at 12:30. BALLrooM dAncinG Mondays, August 19, 26 Forest Hills library at 6:30. JoB SeArcH Mondays free job search and computer help every Monday 11-2 at the Astoria library. BridGe Mondays except holidays 12-4 at Pride of Judea in Douglaston. Lesson & play $10. Partners arranged. 423-6200. AdULt cHeSS Mondays and thursdays Queens Village library at 5:30. WAtercoLor cLASS tuesday, August 20 Flushing library. Register. tecHnoLoGiSt iS in tuesdays, August 20, 27 Pomonok library at 2. GUitAr LeSSonS tuesday, August 20 Woodhaven library. Register. Get YoUr YArnS oUt! tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepoint-ers,
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Just When You Thought It Was Safe...
Marc Antoine Montfleury
Shark, was created soon after news broke of the fish riding the subway. It has over 900 followers and counting and its tag line is “Just another New Yorker trying to make it.” One Tweet made fun that it was outside its natural habitat. “Living in the ocean was much easier than living in Queens,” the account tweeted, with the hashtag “#confessyourunpopularopinion.”
MTA's Spelling Fail
One straphanger even posted pictures of the dead animal with a beer, a cigarette and a Metrocard.
Someone on a Queensbound N train took the concept of Shark Week a little too seriously. A dead sand shark was found riding along with straphangers on an N train going to Astoria last Wednesday morning. According to published reports, the fish was first found at the 34th Street station in Manhattan. Once a train conductor was notified of the deceased shark, the train was evacuated at the Queensborough Plaza stop. It continued its run on the line until the last stop at AstoriaDitmars Boulevard. The dead shark was discarded in the trash at that stop. An MTA inspector made sure the train was clean before it returned to its normal service, according to the reports. A Twitter account for the sea creature, @NYCSubway-
We can add spelling to the list of things the MTA can’t do. Earlier this week, Cheryl Tse of the 82nd Street Partnership tweeted out a photo of a rather embarrassing mistake on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – “Roosevelt” was misspelled on not one, not two, not even three, but four signs at the 82nd Street 7 train subway stop in
Jackson Heights. “What a disappointment to see incorrect spelling of @MTA signage in #jacksonheights #queens,” Tse tweeted. But don’t worry New Yorkers – the spelling error was quickly fixed the day after it was reported, replaced with the proper spelling. Now if only the MTA was as proactive about fixing that A train…
Senior Smart Phone Seminars Old age doesn’t mean a thing for seniors at Emblem Health Neighborhood Care Center in Cambria Heights. They are learning how to text and make use of their smart phones through monthly workshops that teach them how to use abbreviations, like LOL and use the “app store” to buy new apps. The workshops are being offered free by the health center. The health center decided to offer these tech-friendly
Musicians OF QuEEns
courses after learning about an elderly woman who could not use her phone when she was locked out of her home. Seniors come in with a handful of questions that may sound easy-as-pie to their grandchildren, but they are right for asking like, “what makes a phone ‘smart’?” or “why are phones talking to people now?” We here at QConf wonder if elderly people will start to make the same awful mistake we make, by sending the wrong text to the wrong person.
QConf is edited by: Steven J. Ferrari Contributors: Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Michael Nussbaum, Trisha Sakhuja, Michael Schenkler.
Great Food While some folks may still be smarting over the recent TripAdvisor list giving the nod of best pizza in the country to San Diego - with New York coming in fourth! - at least someone is giving our fair Borough its due. Lena Dunham, star of the HBO hit "Girls," was quoted in an interview saying she believed Queens had the best food in the City, citing the Borough's diverse selection. We here at QConf can't argue with that. Hopefully, though, someone points Lena in the direction of our "Best of Queens" poll, so she can let us know her favorite places.
After spending a few years jumping around the country, Marc Montfleury decided to settle down in New York City - he calls Astoria home now - and get his career moving forward. The guitarist/songwriter has put his varied skills to good use already throughout his growing career. He played as the frontman for the post-punk, experimental rock band Black Pearle and as the guitarist for the metal/ska fusion group A Broken Code. Now, he performs both as a solo artist and as a member of The Kids, a rotating set of musicians where a different member takes the lead and the rest of the musicians become his or her backing band. “The Kids was an idea I spawned a couple years ago. Everyone in the band has their own thing going,” Montfleury said. “The Kids would be a backup band for all of us.” Over the last few years, Montfleury said his own songwriting has evolved quite a bit, going from a haphazard style to actually crafting and putting a tune together. “My songwriting’s changed quite a bit actually. I didn’t really know how to write a song until about six years ago,” he said. “Before
that, I was just making noise and hoping it worked.” Montfleury’s work can be seen on his EP, “Locksmiths and Lawyers,” a seven-track effort released at the end of 2012. According to Montfleury, the recording process was very low-budget, mainly consisting of a guitar, an iPad and a friend’s dive that he was able to compose in. Although he comes from a hard rock background, some of his favorite music is also experimental in nature, like Bad Brains and Deftones. “They morph into these weird things, but they still have a punch to it. I’ve always been experimental like that,” he said. “I realized energy could be put into music without distortion.” While he has enjoyed the high level of exposure the City offers, along with all of the musical opportunities and inspiration, Montfleury calls Astoria home because it gives him a chance to relax and get away from Manhattan’s busyness. “Here, it’s almost like a suburb. I kind of forget I’m in New York sometimes. I think it’s awesome because of that,” he said. “After all the hustle bustle, I can come back here and it’s very quiet.” For more information about Montfleury, visit www.reverbnation.com/marcsmusic.
Who's Got Talent Got Talent? Talented individuals of all kinds should email email@example.com to be featured in a future edition of QConfidential.
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Corona United Condo Management LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-23 43 Ave, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: General. _______________________ NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME CO U R T CO U N T Y O F QUEENS STATE OF NEW YORK MORTGAGE AGENCY, Plaintiff, -against- Racquel Clarke, et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated 5/15/2013 and entered thereafter. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Courtroom 25, Jamaica, NY 11435, in the County of Queens on September 6, 2013 at 10:00AM, premises known as 186-09 Jamaica Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block: 9908 Lot 15. Approximate amount of judgment is $228,854.06 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 6402/12. Guy R. Vitacco, Esq., Referee Schiller & Knapp, LLP 950 New Loudon Road Latham, NY 12110 Attorneys for Plaintiff 1045746 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 08/29/2013 _______________________ Phoenix Medical Office PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/5/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 52-23 Van Loon St, Elmhurst, Queens, NY 11373. Purpose: Medicine. _______________________ SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA, COUNTY OF COCHISE Case Number CV201300475 Date of Filing: 8/6/2013 SUMMONS Plaintiff: Stephen K. Shields vs. Defendants: Blanche Schulman and JOHN DOE I-X AND JANE DOE I-X, The unknown personal representatives and devisees of any of the above named Defendants, if deceased. THE STATE OF ARIZONA TO: YOU ARE SUMMONED and required to appear and defend within the time applicable in this action in this Court. If served in Arizona, you shall appear and defend within 20 days of service on you of the Summons and Complaint, excluding the day of service. If served outside of Arizona,
you shall appear and defend within 30 days of service on you of the Summons and Complaint, excluding the day of service. Direct service is complete when made. Service by publication is complete 30 days after the first publication. Service on the Arizona Motor Vehicle Superintendent is complete 30 days after filing the affidavit of Compliance and return receipt or Officer’s Return. Where process is served on the Arizona Director of Insurance as an insurer’s attorney to receive service of legal process against it in this State, the insurer shall not be required to appear, answer or otherwise plead until 40 days after service on t he Director. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that if you fail to appear and defend within the time applicable, judgement by default may be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU ARE CAUTIONED that in order to appear and defend, you must file an Answer or other proper response in writing with the Clerk of this Court, accompanied by the necessary filing fee, within the time required, and you must serve a copy of any Answer or Response on the Plaintiff. A copy of the pleading being served may be obtained from the Clerk of the Superior Court, Cochise County Court House, 100 Quality Hill, Bisbee, AZ 85603. Requests for reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities must be made to the court division assigned to the case by parties at lease three working days in advance of a scheduled court proceeding. SIGNED AND SEALED this date: August 6, 2013 MARY ELLEN DUNL AP Clerk of the Superior Court By Deputy Clerk: _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 07 2013 bearing Index Number NC-00066513/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) Farida (Middle) Shaker (Last) Daifalla My present name is (First) Farida (Last) Shaker Abdelhameed (infant) My present address is 3615 30th St., Apt. 2, Astoria, NY 11106 My place of birth is Egypt My date of birth is August 05, 2010 _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens
County, on July 31, 2013, bearing Index Number 614/2013, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, grants the Petitioner the right to assume the name of EDWARD MORENO; the Petitioner’s present address is 8268 161 Street, Jamaica, New York 11432; the Petitioner’s date of birth is August 16, 1958; the Petitioner’s place of birth is New York, New York; the Petitioner’s present name is MALE GARCIA a/k/a/ EDWARD MORENO _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JUL 24 2013 bearing Index Number NC-00059113/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) Atserna (Middle) Von (Last) Vanity My present name is (First) Genelle (Middle) Marie (Last) Del Valle My present address is 142-32 122nd Ave., Jamaica, NY 11436 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is October 28, 1992 _______________________ URBAN PALATE GROUP LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/19/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 195-30C Peck Ave., Flushing, NY 11365. General Purposes. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JUL 24 2013 bearing Index Number NC-00059513/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) Andres (Middle) Francesco (Last) Renshaw (Seniorit y) Jr My present name is (First) Andres (Middle) Francesco (Last) Concilio (Seniority) Jr aka Andres F Concilio Jr My present address is 2530A 14th St., Fl. 1, Astoria, NY 11102 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is June 23, 1983 Assume the name of (First) Jamie (Middle) Christine (Last) Renshaw My present name is (First) Jamie (Middle) Christine (Last) Concilio My present address is 25-30A 14th St., Fl. 1, Astoria, NY 11102 My
place of birth is Neustadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany My date of birth is December 31, 1981 _______________________ 143-19 38TH AVE LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 07/30/13. Office Location: Queens Count y, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 136-20 38th Ave., #3B, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 07 2013 bearing Index Number NC-00066013/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) Mindy (Middle) Songmin (Last) Hwang My present name is (First) Songmin (Last) Hwang My present address is 117-01 12th Ave., College Point, NY 11356 My place of birth is South Korea My date of birth is May 23, 1990 _______________________ Notice of formation of AL CAPITAL CONSULTANTS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 5/22/13. Office located in Queens county. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: THE LLC at P.O. Box 520615, Flushing, NY 11352. Purpose: Any lawful activity. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12/18/12 bearing Index Number NC-000911-12/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) George (Last) Kamal My present name is (First) George (Middle) F (Last) Messak aka George Fakhry Kamal Messak (infant) My present address is 6030 Madison St., Apt. 2C, Ridgewood, NY 11385 My place of birth is Egypt My date of birth is May 04, 1996 _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 06/12/2013 bearing Index Number NC-000409-13/ 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) Mitra (Last) Ramsamooj My present name is (First) Mitra (Middle) War (Last) Ramsamooj aka Mitra Ramsamooj, aka Mitra V Ramsamooj My present address is 117-50 124th St., South Ozone Park, NY 11420 My place of birth is Trinidad & Tobago My date of birth is May 10, 1962 _______________________ D & C Empower LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 07/24/13. Office Location: Queens Count y, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 104-51 90th Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. _______________________ Notice of formation of 4212 H&S LLC, Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 7/30/2013. Office located in Queens Count y, SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: The LLC at 210-12 39th Ave., Suite #2, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. _______________________ Power Plus USA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kevin Chen, 40-42 Main St 5/Fl, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: General. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 07 2013 bearing Index Number NC-00066813/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) Denicia (Middle) Tat yana (Last) Peterson My present name is (First) Denicia (Middle) Tat yana (Last) Jones aka Denicia My present address is 134-36 232nd St., Springfield Gardens, NY
11413 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is May 30, 1995 _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on FEB 27 2013, bearing Index Number 1038/12, a copy of which may be examined at the Civil Court Clerk’s Office, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of Jonathan Jose Rivera. My present address is 91-30 Park Lane South, Woodhaven, NY 11421; I was born on February 19, 1992 in Brooklyn, New York; My present name is Jonathan Burgos. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JUL 31 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000623-13/ 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) Lindiwe (Middle) Corliss (Last) Sampson My present name is (First) Corliss (Middle) Shane (Last) Sampson aka Corliss S. Sampson My present address is 86-25 Van Wyck Expy, Apt. L30, Jamaica, NY 11435 My place of birth is Fort Hoo, TX My date of birth is August 06, 1960 _______________________ REAL REHAB SOLUTIONS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/02/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Legalinc Corporate Services Inc., 35-15 84th Street 2H, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _______________________ Samantha 30 LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 48-21 30th Ave Long Island City, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity.
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