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Person of the Year:

Dr. James Muyskens Each year, the Queens Tribune honors one individual for his or her contributions to Queens. This year, we honor outgoing Queens College President, Dr. James Muyskens, for his 12 years of service to the betterment of the college and to the Borough. Within these pages, Muyskens’ friends and colleagues reflect on his time as president of Queens College and the work he spearheaded over the last dozen years.

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Table of Contents Muyskens Reflects on His Tenure ............ Page 4 Testimonials .......................................... Page 8 Residence Hall .................................... Page 10 Kupferberg Center ............................... Page 11 Academic and Faculty Improvements .... Page 11 Queens College Fundraising ................. Page 12 Electeds Reflections ............................ Page 12 Muyskens’ Time in Pictures .................. Page 13

THIs WEEK’s TRIb Deadline ............................................. Page 15 Edit & Letters ...................................... Page 16 News ............................................Pages 19-21 blotter ................................................ Page 22 Leisure ................................................ Page 24 Queens Today ...................................... Page 26 Focus .................................................. Page 29 QConfidential ...................................... Page 38

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James Muyskens Transformed

Queens College BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens College has seen a renaissance over the last dozen years, with new programs, new buildings, new technology and a new attitude. At the center of these massive changes has been Dr. James Muyskens, who took over as president of the school in July 2002. Facing many challenges to revitalize the college’s academics, fundraising, culture and student body, Muyskens spearheaded accomplishments like the creation of the college’s first residence hall, the addition of new courses, the hiring of top-tier faculty and the improvement of student outreach. As he wraps up his time as president, Muyskens talked about his time at Queens College, what led him there and his plans for the future.

Before Queens College

Muyskens was first inspired to get involved in education as a high school student in South Dakota. He had a “superb” math teacher and thought about becoming one himself. Once he got to college though, he did not find math as challenging and switched to philosophy. Besides setting him on a new educational path, Muyskens’ college experiences inspired what he wanted to do at Queens College as president. “I went to a small liberal arts college, had an opportunity to interact with the faculty that were teaching me. I really wanted that here,” he said. “That is one of the truly exciting things about Queens College. We’re big, far bigger than the place I went to as an undergraduate, but when we do student satisfaction surveys, right at the top of the list of things that students are happy about is their ability to interact with faculty.” Getting a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Michi-

gan, Muyskens wound up beginning his career in the CUNY system, at Hunter College. Once there, he fell in love with the mission of CUNY, part of which is to provide high-quality, accessible education to students who may otherwise not have had the chance to attend college. “I actually could have gone to more of an elite type of institution, where the students would be more upper-middle class,” he said. “But to be able to teach students who are the first in their family to go to college and then to make a difference in their lives, that really got me.” After a couple of other jobs, Muyskens was approached by Queens College to become its ninth president. Although he said he was not looking for another job, he was once again drawn in by CUNY’s and Queens College’s mission as well as the opportunities New York City had to offer.

A New Type Of Campus

According to Muyskens, he arrived at a campus that looked tired and rundown. He was concerned that some people referred to the school as “just Queens College.” It was this attitude that he set out to change. “We need to make sure people truly have pride in this place,” he said. “That people want to say ‘I work at Queens College’ or ‘I go to Queens College.’” To help create this environment, Muyskens felt that people had to be

on-campus and involved in campus activities more often. As a result, Queens College opened its first residence hall, the Summit Apartments, in August 2009. The struggle to make that a reality was one of his biggest battles, but once it opened, the building was a success. “Now the students who are in drama and theater can do productions, and their friends and other students see them. The athletes are watched in their games and their performances,” Muyskens said. Additionally, Muyskens wanted to make sure Queens College fully served the wide array of students that walk through its doors each year. Given that Queens is the most diverse Borough in the world, the president wanted a strong faculty and campus to greet them and expose them to new ideas. Just having a diverse student body is not enough, he said. During Muyskens’ time, Queens College has hired a large number of faculty members who are not only strong teachers and researchers, but also love instructing the type of students who attend the college. Muyskens said he is proud of programs like LunchTime 2.0, which was developed in the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding. Students trained to engage other students go to the cafeteria and mix students together, rather than having them only interact with their own ethnic group. “We’re the portal for immigration. If you’re with people from all over the world, you’ll find the person sitting next to you doesn’t hold your beliefs at all. That’s a fantastic place to be if you’re going to figure out what do you believe, what are your values, what do you really think is important,” Muyskens said. Besides becoming more varied during Muyskens’ time, Queens College’s campus has also become more populated. When he arrived, the population was under 15,000 students. Now, that number has

grown to about 20,000 students. One of the biggest objectives for Muyskens was to increase lowincome student outreach, hoping to give them a chance to achieve in college and make their way up the economic ladder. Washington Monthly’s 2013 college guide ranked Queens College second in its “Best Bang for the Buck” list. “To give them a chance is so exciting. We helped them develop those skills,” Muyskens said. “That’s what higher education really should be. That’s the goal we’ve been working on for the last decade.”

Moving With The Times

While the college’s student population reflects the demographics of the 21st century, Muyskens has helped the campus itself keep up with present-day technology, environmentalism and job opportunities. Having Queens College on the cutting edge of new technology meant hiring faculty who were involved with research and development at that level, an objective Muyskens pushed forward. One of the faculty members, Andrew Rosenberg, worked on improving the speech synthesis quality for Watson, the IBM computer that competed on “Jeopardy.” Another faculty member is working on technology to help those who are blind. While using YouTube and other widely-available technology for projects is a basic example of what most students are doing, Muyskens said that many classes are really diving into what today’s innovations can do for their studies. “We’ve done all sorts of experimenting with technology. Virtually all of our classes are going to be using technology in some way. They’re trying all sorts of things in the classroom,” he said. “This is an (Contiuned on page 6)

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Salute to

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SALUTE PRESIDENT JAMES MUYSKENS as a treasured colleague, a brilliant administrator, and a defender of the values this university holds most dear. Simply put, his work on behalf of Queens College and the University has been exemplary. I say this as someone who called Queens College home for many years and, likecountless others, has been gratified to see the college rise to new heights under Jim’s stewardship. What has always struck me about Jim’s leadership is his uncompromising focus on the life of the mind, his ceaseless efforts to engage students and faculty around ideas�—�surely most ideas essential aspect of our common enterprise. His “Year Of” initiative is a notable example, uniting the college around the study of the history, culture, and aart of a different country every year: China, Turkey, India, Brazil.

Queens College President James Muyskens and Interim Chancellor William Kelly

What a wonderful way to celebrate the college’s diversity while preparing students to succeed in a globalized world. More to the point, that initiative speaks emphatically to the fundamental purpose of a college education the expansion of horizons, the emergence of new sensibilities, a more broadly imagined engagement with the world.

This growth, this shedding of skin, is the objective toward which higher education aspires. So in marking Jim’s record of achievement, we rejoice in our own better natures and renew the commitment that drew us to the university in the first instance. Then there is the matter of vision, a much overused word, to be sure, but in Jim’s case it retains meaning and resonance. So much at Queens has been transformed: general education, academic programming, faculty recruitment, study abroad opportunities, a residence hall, renovations to classrooms and laboratories, and more. A few weeks ago the New York Times told us on its front page that Queens was one of the great bargains in American higher education. News to them perhaps, but not to us not to the college’s distinguished alumni body, its students, its faculty, its staff, and its many friends. We’ve known for a very long time that Queens is a jewel, and not because its tuition is low. It is a remarkable institution in which students �—�quite literally from around the world�—�are taught by a distinguished faculty attentive to their capacities and committed to advancing their growth. In every sense of the term, Queens is a world-class institution, a model of what 21st century education might and should be. That status is a tribute to Jim’s thoughtful and generous service to the students, faculty, and staff fortunate enough to call Queens home, and to all of us within the University community and the city itself. For 12 years, he has led with grace and skill, in a job in which impatience is a constant temptation. I should note that Jim is also a distinguished academic philosopher, and I am delighted that next year the University will have the benefit of his teaching and scholarship. Yet another source of our unalloyed pleasure. On behalf of a grateful University, my deepest thanks to my friend, and my fondest wishes for good health, good travel, and many good books ahead.

William P. Kelly Interim Chancellor The City University of New York

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area where it’s changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up.” Queens College is also using advancements made in the last decade to create a green-conscious school. It has made significant changes in terms of its environmentally-friendly policies and development. “One of our strategic goals is to be an example for our students for what you have to be like for a sustainable future,” Muyskens added. When the Summit residence hall was completed, it met the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for gold certification. LEED buildings are ranked on a scale of 100 points, with platinum certification being the only ranking above gold. The structures are judged on five categories: sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Muyskens spent a large portion of his last year as president in Queens Hall, rather than in the President’s Office at Kiely Hall. That building is undergoing renovations to improve its energy-efficiency. The work will install new walls and replace inefficient ventilators, heating and cooling systems with lessdraining alternatives. “We’re renovating that space to be truly energy-efficient, to have the right kind of multiple pane windows and all those things,” Muyskens said. “Everyone’s paying a certain price for this in terms of convenience. But when it’s finished, it will be a visible symbol of our commitment to energy conservation.” As impressive as all the improvements to the campus are, the focus of a student body’s everyday life is the curriculum. With the world caught up in a decade of change, Muyskens added courses to reflect the job opportunities of today and tomorrow. The president updated the school’s general education class offerings, as well as adding new programs in business administration, neuroscience, graphic design, bioinformatics and computer science. Muyskens said that these fields are growing and have continually brought a fresh feel to Queens College, in terms of what students can learn and what the new faculty members can bring to the school altogether. “We’re always asking ourselves what will really serve students best in the 21st century,” he said. “A curriculum has to be dynamic. It has

to change and it changes from two ways. It changes from looking at the future. It also changes as you hire new faculty.” Of course, Queens College is more than just an undergraduate campus. Due to nationwide changes in education, the number of teachers who are getting jobs has dropped. This has led to a decrease in the number of teachers coming back to get Master’s Degrees at Queens College. To combat this, Muyskens has diversified the school’s offerings at the graduate level, adding degree courses in Fine Arts, business, risk management and more. The campus is also home to PS 499 and Townsend Harris High School. According to Muyskens, the former has been a huge advantage for education students and the latter has high school students taking college level courses, boosting its profile.

sicals like “South Pacific,” the Kupferberg Center has become a draw to the City as a whole, with packed houses for all of its shows. Given all the work that Muyskens has put into making Queens College’s cultural scene bloom, he was happy that he got a chance to participate in a performance during his last month as president. He read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” at Colden Auditorium, with the

Cultural Education

At Queens College, learning does not end once class is over. The campus is full of events, programs and extracurricular activities that offer top-tier entertainment as well as unique learning opportunities. As part of Muyskens’ objective to create a true melting pot, Queens College launched two programs that celebrate the diversity of the college, the Borough and the planet. Education Abroad gives students the chance to go out into the world, studying in different countries such as Germany, Greece, Italy, Oman and Japan, for up to a year. Students that cannot make such a trip are not left out of the loop either. Every year, Queens College celebrates a different country with its “Year Of…” program. Using the expertise of people on campus, the program gives students a year-long crash course on life in countries like India, China, Turkey and Brazil, this year’s selection. The program permeates the entire campus, from dance to art to music and even sports. There were cricket games last year on campus and soccer this year. “Here’s an idea whose time has come. It’s been that way ever since, just real enthusiasm,” Muyskens said. The president has worked to make sure that Queens College’s cultural offerings spread beyond the walls of the campus. With the massive work done on the Kupferberg Center of the Arts as the centerpiece, the college has worked to attract A-list talent to its now stateof-the-art facilities, such as LeFrak Concert Hall. From recent headliners like Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby and Cyndi Lauper to student productions of mu-

Boston Pops backing him. “Oh, it was so much fun. We worked so hard on the arts, it’s sort of fitting for me in my last month here to be able to stand up there with the Boston Pops behind me, supporting my narration,” he said.

Fundraising and Research

All of the renovations, expansions and creations that Muyskens spearheaded would not have been possible without the funds to support them. Therefore, the president had to push forward on a massive fundraising campaign. Fortunately, the alumni of Queens College have been very supportive over the last decade. Muyskens said the school completed its first campaign of $100 million and is close to completing a second campaign of $150 million. “If you can say, look what we’re doing here, we transform students’ lives. We can be the cultural hub of the Borough of Queens. We have faculty here that are second to none. Then people want to give,” he said. Besides fundraising, Queens College has also made strides to get more research grants, another field where Muyskens wants the school to be a major player. While they used to bring in about $10 million in grants, that number is now around $25 million. Muyskens attributed this to the faculty recruiting that the college has done, as many are either involved heavily in research or they know how to get grants.

Muyskens’ Future

While Muyskens spent a lot of time looking back and talking about

all of his achievements at Queens College, he also addressed his future. He plans to do some consulting, to use his experiences to help new presidents in a confidential manner. Next fall though, he will begin working as a university professor for CUNY. Although he was still figuring out which school he will teach at, Muyskens was excited by the prospect. “That’s the dream job. It gives me an opportunity to be in the classroom,” he said. “I can do the thing I love most, which is teaching. But I won’t have the 24/7 grind of managing a huge institution like this.” Although he did teach on-and-off during his years as president at Queens College, he said he was not able to fully dedicate himself to just being a professor, as the responsibilities of his presidency always called to him. “Any problem that happens on campus involves the president. If the heating and cooling system is out in a building, the president has to be involved. If something horrible happens, the president has to stand before the press to deal with it,” he said. “You can be teaching a class and then be distracted.” Muyskens added that he plans to give the new president, who has yet to be selected, plenty of space, but he hopes to be invited back for openings and dedications. His advice for his successor? He or she should love the mission of CUNY and be ready to take advantage of all the exciting changes happening in Queens. “What we have now, with this incredible mix of people, people doing very well from different ethnic groups, working together. That’s the future. We just got there first,” he said. “A new president should really find that exciting and want to be a leader in figuring out how we can best live with this rich worldwide diversity.” Having overcome numerous challenges, Muyskens leaves Queens College with many large-scale projects accomplished. Although he said there is always time to do more, he is happy with how much the college has been able to achieve during his time as president. “Opportunities always come along. You don’t even know they’re coming and you want to take advantage of them. We developed a strategic plan for 2008 to 2013. It had rather ambitious goals like the residence hall, like the Kupferberg Center, like developing some of the departments,” he said. “The amazing thing is we did it. We really did it.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788. • Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 Tribune Page 7





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Officials, Friends Honor James Muyskens


e can expect no more of a college president than the contributions made by Jim Muyskens to Queens College. During his tenure, he has led the college to make great strides forward in many areas. I want to pay tribute to him for his leadership role in building the profile, impact and sustainability of the arts both for students and for the community at large. His commitment was such that my wife, Selma, and I agreed to make a contribution to help Jim and the arts leaders on campus realize their vision and build a strong foundation so that long after he leaves his position as president, the arts will maintain their position as a vital component of the college. The entire Kupferberg family salutes Jim for all his contributions, his leadership and his warm and welcoming way of sharing opportunities for us all to contribute to the success of this important public college. Max Kupferberg Max Kupferberg, along with his late wife, Selma, gave a sizeable donation to Queens College in 2006, allowing for the renovations to the Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre and Godwin-Ternbach Museum, collectively known now as the Kupferberg Center. As an alumnus and enthusiastic supporter of Queens College, I am very proud to hear that Dr. James Muyskens is being chosen as the Queens Tribune “Person of the Year,” after his many years of service as president. His dedication to the students and alumni of Queens College has been unmatched. In his 12 years, he has accomplished many things that benefited our school, such as increasing alumni involvement and developing the campus facilities. The college has been praised by many national publications for these and other achievements. As stated in the New York Times, under his leadership, Queens College has become one of the best values in American education. Queens continues to attract some of the finest students worldwide and has some of the best faculty and administrators in the country. I have had the privilege of meeting President Muyskens on many occasions and being a guest in his home during alumni receptions for the Dead End Boys Fraternity. His efforts to reach out to the alumni of influential organizations have motivated many to reconnect with the college. This simple step has remind-

ed us what a great school Queens College is and how far it has come. Dr. Muyskens has done a wonderful job utilizing the alumni and allowing them to continue to be a vital part of our Alma Mater. President Muyskens is leaving Queens College a very fine institution from which we have all benefited tremendously from. I look forward to seeing Queens College provide opportunities to a whole new generation of students from around the world. It has been a great privilege and pleasure to know and assist President Muyskens and I wish him the best of luck in his retirement. Paul Giovinco President James Muyskens has always appreciated the cultural and linguistic richness of Queens College, and during his time at the college, his support for the study of language and culture has been unwavering. He recognizes their intrinsic value, the role they play in cross-cultural understanding, and the way that they connect the college and the Borough. Fortunately for us, this appreciation has been reflected not only in words, but in actions and funding. The president has supported the creation of new academic programs in, for example, Chinese and Middle Eastern Studies. He has supported the creation of research centers and institutes, including the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding. He has worked personally to develop connections with education and cultural institutions on six continents. The college and, indeed the Borough, have been fortunate to have a leader who is truly engaged with the study of so much of the world, and one who also recognizes that so much of the world is right in our neighborhood. In my 17 years at the college, no president has done more to take advantage of where and who we are than James Muyskens. William McClure William McClure is the Dean of Arts and Humanities at Queens College. His area of expertise is Japanese language and linguistics. From the day he started as Queens College President, Dr. Jim Muyskens reflected a natural leadership quality. His tall stance and engaging demeanor subtly commanded attention. But as if he could figuratively grow taller, his vision for the school captured attention. He strengthened relations in the business community, built student residences and developed an entrepreneurial center where worldrenowned business leaders became

mentors. He embraced, studied and celebrated the ethnic diversity of the student body, alumni and the community. Queens College is not just an incredible CUNY school, but an international institution because of Dr. Muyskens’ foresight. Carol Conslato Carol Conslato is the director of Public Affairs for Con Edison and is responsible for community and government relations in Queens. When James Muyskens officially steps down as president of Queens College of The City University of New York at the end of December, he will leave behind a legacy of accomplishment and performance to be appreciated, admired, and applauded. As a proud QC alumnus (Class of 1976, Bachelor’s degree; Class of 1986, Master’s degree), I am grateful to Jim for all that he did in the past dozen years to bring much added value to the degrees earned by our proud graduates. Jim will be long remembered for working to increase the ranks of fulltime faculty while enhancing stu-

dent services at every possible level. As the late former Chancellor and former Queens College President Joseph S. Murphy said, “The true quality of a higher education institution is the quality of its faculty.” The recruitment and retention of great teacher/scholars were very much priorities of President Muyskens. As an administrator with the CUNY system, I was afforded many opportunities to work closely with and observe Jim at work on behalf of the well-being of Queens College. Here are a few examples. From the very beginning of Jim’s presidency, he was eager to establish a residence hall on campus. Part of positioning Queens College to enhance its ability to compete for the best and brightest students anywhere meant providing some appropriate student housing capacity. This required careful consultation and communication with elected officials and community leaders. Together with CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management Iris Weinshall, we made key rounds together, supporting and

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building on the work of Jim and his senior administrative team in developing plans for a facility consistent with the campus needs. Today, “The Summit” residence hall serves students with distinction and purpose, enhancing campus life and permanently strengthening the college’s image in the higher education marketplace. Jim also assiduously focused on assuring Queens College’s place in competing for national distinction. During his tenure, Queens College consistently improved its market position in external rankings, the most recent of which was featured in a front page fall 2013 New York Times story (above the fold) in which it was reported that Queens College was ranked second in the nation in the 2013 “Best Bang for the Buck” All Schools category published by Washington Monthly. This should not come as a surprise to those familiar with a college that has produced five Goldwater Scholars, six National Science Foundation Fellows, seven Fulbright Scholars, and four New York City Urban Fellows during the past 10 years. I worked especially closely with Jim in support of obtaining funding from several sources to augment the great work of the Louis Armstrong

House Museum, administered by Queens College. We made many rounds to piece together support from City, State, federal and private partners. Plans are now being realized to establish a new education center. In addition, Jim has put in place the seeds for the first Louis Armstrong International Music Festival — just one example of many in considering the enormous contribution that the college continues to make through creative and vibrant cultural initiatives. Jim’s record is longer and wider and deeper than the examples of achievement I cited. The great news is that he will continue to teach within the CUNY system. Thank you, Jim, for all you have done to further enhance the value of a Queens College degree for all alumni everywhere. Jay Hershenson Jay Hershenson is CUNY’s Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary, Board of Trustees, Queens College Class of ’76 and ’86. I have had the privilege of working with James Muyskens throughout his tenure at Queens College, first as a department chair, then as a dean and now as provost. Under his presidency, the college hired

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hundreds of new faculty members and admissions standards were raised significantly. The funds he raised are making student scholarships and expansion of our honors programs possible. He changed the face of the campus through building projects, including the college’s first residence hall, the Summit Apartments at Queens College. He increased Queens College’s global presence through expanded study abroad, exchange agreements with international universities, and the college’s “Year of…” program, featuring academic and cultural programming on China, Turkey, India and Brazil to date. Under his leadership, Washington Monthly now ranks Queens College No. 1 among public universities in the United States for “Best Bang for the Buck.” But when I think about why we will miss him, I think first not about those accomplishments, but about the qualities that I admire in him. He served as mentor and role model for me and for others who have gone on to leadership positions including university presidencies. As a colleague said, President Muyskens is a good and decent man and that informed every moment of his presidency. As a true academic, he kept the academic enterprise in mind in everything he did. His actions were always guided by the college’s mission, and by concern for faculty, students and staff. That translated into his love for Queens College and the excitement about what we could accomplish together. This was apparent when he spoke about the college, whether with students, faculty, alumni, or just this past week when signing a partnership with the president of a Japanese university. These qualities made him a great president and made those accomplishments possible. Provost Elizabeth Hendry I extend my congratulations to James Muyskens on his retirement after 12 years of extraordinary service as president of my alma mater, Queens College. I had the pleasure of working with President Muyskens throughout my tenure in the New York State Assembly. His leadership elevated Queens College to new heights in so many ways and created an inclusive, welcoming environment for students, faculty and community members alike. President Muyskens took pride in expanding the academic curriculum that Queens College provides to its students. In 12 years, he brought many new programs to the college, in such areas as business administration, neuroscience, graphic design and bioinformatics. Moreover, President Muyskens’

vision of expansion and elevation transcended the classroom. The Princeton Review recognized Queens College for “how frequently and easily students from different class and ethnic backgrounds mix with one another.” A 2011 study conducted by Education Trust found Queens College to be one of “the five most affordable and accesible institutions with high graduation rates,” a testament to President Muyskens’ efforts to make Queens College a stellar academic institution and a place that fosters a sense of community out of such tremendous diversity. Rory Lancman Rory Lancman is the incoming City Councilman for District 24 and is a Queens College alum. What does one do when President Muyskens challenges you to write a cultural vision statement to determine how “Queens College can be the best arts center for Queens?” One does it, but not alone. I assembled a team of arts and community advocates both on-campus and off, and we prepared that vision statement for him, though our vision was one that would truly stretch the capacity of the college to fulfill. And, I wasn’t the least bit surprised that President Muyskens would accept the challenge and pave a path for us to achieve the goal. The vision statement is for Queens College to “lead a cultural Renaissance in the Borough of Queens through collaborations with sister arts organizations, community, civic and other non-profits as well as faith-based organizations which would allow every resident to be engaged in cultural programs and activities.” President Muyskens valued the broad impact this could have in terms of Queens College providing programs not only on its campus – the largest cultural complex in the Borough of Queens, but also in the multitude of neighborhoods in Queens where our students and their families live and work. President Muyskens is a leader. He appreciates that leadership means putting oneself in a challenging position and engaging folks to meet the challenge to provide benefits and opportunities to constituents by doing so. Every day we look at how we can be the “best arts center for Queens,” and know that by aspiring to this goal, we come one step closer to fulfilling the college’s motto, and one President Muyskens embraces with passion, commitment and integrity, “we learn so as to serve.” Jeffrey Rosenstock Jeffrey Rosenstock is the assistant vice president, external and governmental relations, at Queens College.

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Residence Hall Gives Students College Experience By Luis Gronda Staff Writer


tudents at Queens College have been able to get the full college experience thanks to Dr. James Muyskens. During Muyskens’ time as President, the Summit Apartments at Queens College opened, giving some students a chance to live on campus and turning the university into more than a commuter school. Adam Rockman, Vice President of Student Affairs at Queens College, said the apartments have led to a change with student life on campus. According to Rockman, Queens College after hours and during the weekend used to be a “ghost town.” But since the dorms were built, it has become much more vibrant on campus, including an annual midnight breakfast during finals week and other activities like several concerts and shows during the school year. Attendance at the college’s sports games is also higher because of students living on campus, he said. He added that studies show that college students have a higher grade point average overall when they are involved in activities at their school.

Muyskens’ time as president: “The bottom line is They were all honored to when students feel a conwork alongside him and he nection to the school, will be greatly missed when they wind up feeling bethe leaves. ter about the college,” Rockman said bringing Rockman said. the Summit to Queens ColThe dormitory offilege will forever be part of cially opened on Aug. 26, Muyskens’ legacy, because 2009. The residence hall he made dorms at the uniis five stories high with versity a reality and it will 506 beds: 17 for resident benefit the school for many assistants and staff and years to come. He also said 489 for students. The he has grown the most in rooms include suites with his professional life working several amenities, includduring Muyskens’ time as Queens College Presi- alongside Muyskens. ing a state-of-the-art fitdent, the summit apartments opened, giving stu“I will miss him terribly,” ness center, soundproof dents the chance to dorm for the first time. Rockman said. music practice rooms Dorf said Muyskens was always and wireless Internet throughout have, in particular, helped the athletes and musicians at QC, because very enthusiastic and engaging. the building. It also was built to meet the Lead- they can now stay on campus to get He often appeared at events in the ership in Energy and Environmen- all the services they need instead of school as well as outside the college because he was a part of the tal Design (LEED) requirements, going off campus. The building took about three community. which is a rating system for the de“He’s left a wonderful legacy. He sign and construction of buildings years to build and some of it was in the United States. According to built using recyclable materials. He brought us to the next level,” she Dave Gosine, director of facilities, said Muyskens’ vision for the apart- said. As for the possibility of builddesign and construction at Queens ment was to make it environmenCollege, The Summit got the gold tally-friendly and give the students a ing more dorms in the future, both comfortable place to live and study. Rockman and Gosine said it is rating for the LEED system. Gosine said the apartments something the school is interested The residence hall has had a ripple effect on the university in the now give prospective students the in, but it is a matter of getting the chance to live on campus at an af- funds to build a new dorm. four years since it has opened. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357Laurie Dorf, Assistant Vice Presi- fordable price. The three officials all echoed 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstrident for Institutional Advancement at the university, said the dorms similar sentiments when discussing or @luisgronda.

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Muyskens Spearheads Arts At The College BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer


lthough Queens College has been collecting artwork for its campus museum since 1957, many believe that the CUNY school would not have earned its international recognition for the arts without the leadership of Dr. James Muyskens. Muyskens, who has served as president since 2002, is credited by the faculty and staff as spearheading the arts program at Queens College, placing a significant importance on the school’s Kupferberg Center – the largest cultural campus in Queens. The center houses three performance spaces, including the LeFrak Concert Hall, the Colden Auditorium and the Goldstein Theater, in addition to housing the GodwinTernbach Museum, which is home to the most comprehensive art collection in the Borough. The Kupferberg Center provides year-round cultural programming, including music and dance performances, art exhibitions, plays and literary readings for about 20,000 students as well as the Borough’s 2.2 million residents. Each year, more than 350,000 people attend cultural programs at Queens College and increasingly at off-site neighborhood venues. Under Muyskens’ leadership, the Kupferberg Center has seen millions of dollars in upgrades.

Under James Muyskens’ leadership, the Kupferberg Center has become internationally recognized for the arts. Among the A-list talent to come to Queens College is comedian Jerry Seinfeld (right).

Most recently in 2006, Queens College alum Max Kupferberg and his wife, the late Selma Kupferberg, donated $10 million, which went toward extensive renovations that took two years to complete – including designs and enhancements to the interior lobbies and facades, as well as new landscaping, signage and updated technical, HVAC and security systems. The state-of-the-art center has also been stage to a number of celebrities who have visited the campus to perform. Jerry Seinfeld, a Queens College alum, Cyndi Lauper, Audra McDonald, Christine Andreas and Barbara Cook have all put

on a show at one of the Kupferberg Center’s several venues, capturing the attention of national media. “I said a number of years ago that we have to be the cultural center for the Borough of Queens,” Muyskens told the Queens Tribune. “We have to be a place that virtually any citizen of this Borough would see we’re offering something, whether it’s children’s programs for their kids, ethnic music [or] drama.” To achieve this goal, Muyskens said he was focused on bringing in a staff of experts who had the skills to develop audiences – both inside and outside of the Queens College campus.

“We don’t want to just ask people to come to Queens. We’re going to go out into the community,” he said. “We now do an immense number of programs out in the community in all sorts of venues. We hope to be the source of a renaissance in the arts in the Borough of Queens. This is where we’ve been very, very aggressive, very ambitious with a lot more to do. It’s really changed. We now bring the top programs here.” Though modest about his role in enhancing the school’s Kupferberg Center, those who have worked alongside Muyskens to reach the goal credit his tenacity and dedication for the center’s relatively recent success. “There is not and never will be an institution that brings the arts together under one umbrella like the Kupferberg Center,” Suzanna Simor, former director of the Queens College Art Center, said. “He is the leading person that has helped the center reach this goal. The arts have always existed at the college, but he made it stronger by opening new doors. He made up a lot more visible, especially outside of the college.” “He has always been very keen on the arts,” she added. “He had the vision and was attuned to its potential. It was part of his idea of moving forward, to provide students and the public with what they need.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718) 357-7400 Ext. 123 or or @nkozikowska.

College’s National Rankings On The Rise BY TrIShA SAKhujA Staff Writer


aculty and staff credit Dr. James Muyskens with raising the level of academics at Queens College, through increased scholarships and diversified faculty. According to the 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report - America’s Best Colleges, Queens College ranks among the top 10 public universities in its category, “Best Universities–Master’s (North).” Recently, Washington Monthly ranked Queens College number one in New York and number two in the nation for giving students an education that is known as the “Best Bang for the Buck.” Elizabeth Hendrey, Queens College’s acting provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the president’s leadership in terms of the direction the college is taking is extremely important.

“Admission standards have risen significantly and the college ranking has increased,” she said. Muyskens said the College has seen a drop in individuals pursuing a Master’s, but “we have been rapidly diversifying our offerings at the graduate level, developing really spectacular programs like a Master of Fine Arts or another Master’s in Business, risk management.” Aside from diversifying the graduate level programs, Hendrey said, “The president has really helped us put through new system of general education.” “It was his vision that the college should have a really strong foundation in liberal arts for all students,” she said. As for expanding the Honors Program, Hendrey said that has been one of the president’s priorities. Hendrey said Queens College is the only CUNY institution in the Borough to participate in the Macaulay Honors College, which

supports gifted students with full tuition and other benefits. In addition, the college also offers a Freshman Honors Program and it has designed a Transfer Honors Program with scholarships exclusively for transfer students. “[The president] is not only open to starting new programs, but he’s very active and asking us to do that,” Hendrey said. Academic achievements tie very well with the new faculty Muyskens was able to add to the college. Richard Bodnar, dean of research and graduate studies said, as for receiving grants and faculty awards, the college was modest in 2002, but by 2007, the college raised $12 million in external grants and awards, which placed the college among the top four CUNY schools. “In the last five years of his tenure, we have moved from $12 million to $28 million,” he said. “Because of Jim Muyskens’ leadership, the number of faculty who receive awards is much higher

now,” Bodnar said. “Not only did Muyskens replace almost half of our faculty over his tenure, but also he replaced them with high-class faculty.” By raising more in external grants and faculty scholarships, Bodnar said “it allows the faculty and the students to do world class research.” “In any given semester, we have well over 600 students participating in research projects that end up in national presentations and publications,” he added. When it comes to Muyskens’ legacy, Hendrey said his legacy will be the new faculty he has hired over his tenure. “They will be here for many years to come, so they will educate students for generations and that legacy is the most important one,” she said. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@, or @Tsakhuja13.

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Marshall, Stavisky Reflect On Muyskens By Luis Gronda Staff Writer


uring his 12 years as Queens College president, dr. James Muyskens has worked with various elected officials in the Borough, including two who played the biggest role in the university. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and state senator Toby stavisky (d-Flushing) both have worked alongside President Muyskens during their respective political careers. Marshall has been a vocal advocate for higher education during her time as an elected official. she created the Higher Education committee in the City Council and fought for more funding to be given to Cuny schools, including Queens College. stavisky is the Chairwoman of the senate’s Higher Education committee, taking over in 2009. Queens College is also in the Flushing part of her district. Both elected officials remember working with the outgoing president fondly. Marshall said he reminds her of another tall president that people may know: abraham Lincoln. The Borough President made the

comparison to the historic united states president because both are great leaders and both made great strides in growing what they were in charge of. Lincoln helped the country improve during his time as president and Muyskens did the same for the university. “He’s just a very special man. He took it in the right direction,” she said. Marshall said so much has changed at the college since she earned her bachelor’s degree from the school. she said Muyskens made many changes to the university during his tenure, including building a Borough President Helen Marshall (middle) and State Sen. Toby Stavisky dormitory apartment at (third from right) both attended a ceremony to honor Muyskens at the Colthe school and renovating lege last week. the Powdermaker Hall, the main classroom on campus. ulty because a part-time teacher stavisky gave some advice to stavisky said many of the afore- does not always have time to sit whoever is the full-time replacementioned capital projects that down and help students,” stavisky ment for Muyskens’ position. occurred under Muyskens will be said. “Grab a big note pad, sit down among the highlights of his reign. The state senator added that with the faculty, students and the she said that the projects also Muyskens was a large part of the community and just listen to them,” helped bring in more students surrounding community as well she said. and more full-time teachers to the as the college, often appearing at Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357school as well. functions that were not associated 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstri“you need to have full-time fac- with the college. or @luisgronda.

Muyskens Brings In Funding To Queens College By TrisHa sakHuJa Staff Writer


ith less than one third of Queen’s College operating budget funded by the new york state and no support from the City, dr. James Muyskens does a lot to ensure the college’s campaigning efforts can support student scholarships, technology upgrades, attracting and retaining faculty and many other programs. “as President, you have to be out fundraising,” Muyskens said. “you fundraise with alumni. When you go to talk to someone about giving back to Queens, you ask [about] their life story.” assistant Vice President of institutional advancement Laurie dorf said, in the past five years, they have raised $102 million, which has gone towards student and faculty support, the endowment of the college and campus beautification. dorf said since Muyksens came on as the president of Queens College, there has been a lot more of a focus on student scholarships. The school offers more than 350 scholarships which, in the past year, totaled $2.7 million, dorf said.

With the funds being raised dorf said, “it has allowed student and faculty to conduct groundbreaking research.” “it has allowed students to hopefully get the support they need, so they don’t have to work one or two jobs and they can graduate in four years,” she added. dorf said in the past 12 years, the endowment of the college grew from $11 million to $50 million. assistant Vice President of External and Governmental relations Jeffrey rosenstock said one of his roles in terms of fundraising is to secure discretionary capital and operating grants from elected officials. “Part of our goal is to ensure, though we are a public university, our students have the same resources and facilities on campus just like any kid attending a private college does,” he said. “Just because their tuition is less does not mean they should have less resources.” rosenstock said he and the president visit elected officials all over Queens to present their wish list. in the past few years, rosenstock said from capital funding alone, they have been able to raise $3 million to $4 million per year. since the average annual tuition is $5,500, rosenstock said that does

not cover the cost of expenses, like a $4 million laboratory, but elected officials recognize that. Most of the funds provided by elected officials go towards renovations for the college’s facilities, like the library, laboratories, classrooms and the performing arts center, rosenstock said. rosenstock highlighted the kupferberg Center as a very important contribution to the college, since they were able to first receive $10 million in a private donation from Max kupferberg, and then another $14 million from elected officials. “The value is not only for our students, but the community at large, so politicians see we are not only helping our students,” rosenstock said. When it comes to setting the priorities for fundraising and establishing which projects are most important for the college, rosenstock said, “The president is the lead.” He said the president has to juggle the college’s priorities, while maintaining a streamline communication with the faculty and staff to determine what projects makes it to the wish list. “That is a big juggling act,” rosenstock said. “and he has to

come up with a compelling argument as to why Queens College should be chosen as opposed to other organizations.” since it is such a competitive process and elected officials do not have an endless pot of money, rosenstock said “We have to show why someone [an elected official] in richmond Hill should give us money.” rosenstock said one of the reasons Muyskens has been so successful in raising lots of funds for the school is because he respects the limited resources most elected officials have. He said the president also understands that elected officials cannot give every time. Two of Muyskens’ greatest strengths are his patience and the personal relationships he has built with the elected officials over the years, rosenstock said. “People support his vision and people realize we have increased the student population from 15,000 to 20, 000,” rosenstock said. “so people want to give him the tools because he is graduating really solid students. We are providing the best bang for the buck.” Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 Tribune Page 13

Queens College - The Muyskens Years


Remsen Hall

Queens College President Dr. James Muyskens spent the last dozen years at the college, transforming the educational institution. Here, take a look at some of the changes to Queens College Muyskens spearheaded in his time at the school.

Colden Auditorium

Goldstein Theatre

The Summit Apartments Outdoor Dining Hall

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Notice of Formation of Brick Minds Learning LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/26/2013. Office located in Queens County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 147-71 Edgewood Street, Rosedale, NY 11422. Purpose: any lawful purpose and activity. ________________________ ASHLEETHAN OWNERS L.L.C., a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/21/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Bibi Ganeshram, 115-40 116th St., So. Ozone Park, NY 11420. General Purpose. ________________________ GRAND AVENUE PROPERTIES LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/05/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Michael Murphy, 53-74 63rd St., Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of PHRAN PROPERTIES LLC, Art of Org filed w/SSNY on 1/07/2012 in Queens County. SSNY is designated Agent of LLC to whom process may be served. SSNY may mail copy of any process to The LLC, 6425 82nd Place, Middle Village NY 11379 Latest date to dissolve: indefinite Purpose: any lawful activity ________________________

against the LLC to: 9921 Corona Ave., BSMT, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of P&R CP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/07/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 154-50 12th Rd., Whitestone, NY 11357. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ VIMSHOES3, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/5/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process The LLC 164-01 Jamaica Ave Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of ONM 11, LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/15/2013. Office location: QUEENS County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 167-41 147th AVENUE JAMAIC A NY 11434. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ HILLSIDE PARK 168 LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/18/13. 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, 166-07 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. General Purpose. ________________________

LEIGH; BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SOLELY, AND AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO PENINSULA NATIONAL BANK; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; CAROLYN LEIGH-CARTER AND “JOHN DOE #2” THROUGH “JOHN DOE #100”, the names of the last 99 defendants being fictitious, the true names of said defendants being unknown to plaintiff, it being intended to designate fee owners, tenants or occupants of the liened premises and/or persons or parties having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the liened premises, 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 amended complaint in the above-entitled foreclosure action, and to serve a copy of your answer on plaintiffs’ attorney within thirty (30) days after the service of this supplemental summons, exclusive of the day of service or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal service within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the amended complaint. Queens County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the subject premises. Dated: May 9, 2013 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing supplemental summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an Order of Honorable Marguerite A. Grays, a Justice of the Supreme Court, dated October 23, 2013, and filed with supporting papers in

the Queens County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a tax lien covering the property known as 2912 Deerfield Road, Borough of Queens, New York and identified as Block 15794, Lot 25 (the “Premises”). The relief sought is the sale of the subject property at public auction in satisfaction of the tax lien. In case of your failure to appear, judgment may be taken against you in the sum of $3,855.31, together with interest, costs, disbursements and attorneys’ fees of this action, and directing the public sale of the Premises. Anthony J. Iacchetta Phillips Lytle LLP Office and Post Office Address 1400 First Federal Plaza Rochester, New York 14614 Tel. No. (585) 238-2000 _______________________ Name of LLC: Vineyards of Little Neck LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 10/25/13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Danow McMullan & Panoff PC, 275 Madison Ave., Ste. 1711, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ DS 27 STREET REALTY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/08/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Dimitrios Sidiropoulos, 4714 32nd Place, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION of DIFEI PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/15/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25-11 49th Street, Astoria, NY 11103: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of Ajar Pictures LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 11/05/13. Office located in Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2617 30th St. #2R Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: any lawful purpose and activity. ________________________

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, AS COLLATERAL, AGENT AND CUSTODIAN FOR NYCTL 2012-A TRUST, Plaintiffs, -against- LYDIA R. CARRAWAY, if she be living, if she be dead, her respective heirs-at-law, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by, or through LYDIA R. CARRAWAY, if she be dead, whether by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, including any right, title or interest in and to the real property described in the complaint herein, all of who and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the plaintiffs; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; CIT Y OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC; ERIN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC; ASSET ACCEPTANCE LLC; “JOHN DOE # 1” through “JOHN DOE # 100:, the last 100 names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiffs, the persons or parties intended being the owners, tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, and if any of the aforesaid individual captioned defendants, if any, be dead, their respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by, or through any of the aforesaid individual captioned defendants, if any, if they be dead, whether by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, including any right, title or interest in and to the real property described in the complaint herein, all of who and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the plaintiffs. Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action, to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with the summons, to serve notice of appearance, on the plaintiffs’ attorney within twent y (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the date 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 failure

to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Plaintiffs designate Queens Count y as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the subject property. Dated: October 22, 2013 LEVY & LEVY Attorneys for Plaintiffs 12 Tulip Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 (516) 487-6655 by JOSHUA LEVY, ESQ. File No.: 332612 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Thomas D. Raffaele, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County dated Nov. 4th, 2013 and filed with the complaint and other papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office, Jamaica, NY. The object of the action is to foreclose a tax lien and to recover the amount of the tax lien and all of the interest, penalties, additions and expenses to real property k/a Block 9591, Lot 40. Dated: Dec. 2, 2013. LEVY & LEVY, Attys. For Pltf. #83501 ________________________ Flushing Manor Condominium LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 8/27/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14105 Cherry Ave, #7D, Flushing, NY 11355. General Purposes. ________________________ Lonestar, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/7/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 160-15 13th Ave, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: General. ________________________ Prudent Accounting Services, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Amanda Zhang, 14323 22nd Rd, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: General. ________________________

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: HDJ JAMAICA HOLDING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 150-23 27th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of CG Bags LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 5/20/2013. Office located in Queens Count y. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process serve

STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT QUEENS COUNTY SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 4786-10 NYCTL 1998-2 TRUST AND THE BANK OF NE W YORK MELLON, AS COLLATERAL AGENT AND CUSTODIAN, Plaintiffs, vs. The heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors, creditors, successors-in-interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through ALICE LEIGH, DECEASED, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and all creditors thereof, and the respective husbands, or widowers of hers, if any, all of whose names and addresses are unknown to plaintiffs; JOYCE


Notice of Formation of AR ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY SERVICES, PLLC. Arts. of Org. was filed with SSNY on 11/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process against may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O The PLLC, 61-07 77th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: to engage in the practice of Medicine. • Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 Tribune Page 15

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Bloomberg Bids Farewell To Queens

By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer

The students at Bard Early College High School in Long Island City patiently waited for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on Dec. 20, as the two made their way to Queens during Bloomberg’s farewell visit to the five boroughs. During each visit, the Mayor highlighted where each borough stood in 2001 and where it stands today in key areas. The Bard Early College High School is one of 81 new schools, which opened in 2008 in the Borough, where more than 41,500 new school seats have been added. One of the students to introduce Bloomberg and Walcott to the podium was Omar Ferreira, 17, a resident of Woodhaven and a native of the Dominican Republic, who will graduate from Bard to attend the University of Chicago on a scholarship in the fall. “Once I started taking the courses that Bard offers, I realized I wanted to take physics and mathematics,” Ferreira said. “I don’t think I would have been able to do it without the amazing range of courses that are offered here.” Bloomberg highlighted the 201213 school year because 67.6 percent of Queens high school students graduated within four years, an increase

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped at Bard early College High school in long island City during his week-long tour of the City.

of 25.3 percent from 2005, when the State started its calculation. He touted that the administration has built 63 new school buildings in Queens. “The good news today is that people want to go to the public school system,” Bloomberg said. “No matter how quickly we are building seats, we are filling up the demand.” “For the record, I was never lucky enough to go to a school like this,” Bloomberg added. “They didn’t even exist when I was in high school.”

After focusing on how well schools in Queens are doing, he spoke of the many accomplishments the administration has made in Queens as a whole. “In New York, we live as a mixture and elsewhere, they live as a mosaic,” he said. According to the Queens Progress report released by the City, overall crime is down by 37.6 percent since 2001. “Crime is a record low in the City,” he said.

Since 2002, Bloomberg said 9,000 businesses have been created in Queens. From 2002 through 2012, there was also a nearly 19 percent increase in the number of private employers in the Borough, according to the report. That also adds to the fact that 52 new hotels in Queens have opened since 2002 – the most of any Borough – with another 14 under development. “There is more to see and do in Queens,” Bloomberg said. “This is the place where the world comes.” Bloomberg said the City has invested in more than 75 cultural projects in Queens. “Queens is stronger than ever,” he said. “I don’t think there is a better place to see that than here in Long Island City, along the waterfront.” Even though access to the waterfront has been cut off for many years, he said the City has been trying to reconnect to the waterfront by developing it. The East River Ferry service has been extended to 2019, Bloomberg said. Bloomberg said the LIC waterfront will be home to the largest affordable housing development project since 1970. It will see 5,000 housing units when the Hunter’s Point South development is complete. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.

New Owners For Historic RKO Keith’s By jOE MarViLLi Staff Writer An historic Flushing theater may soon have a new lease on life, having been sold last week to a local developer. RKO Keith’s Theatre was bought by Flushing Square LLC, which plans to transform the vacant venue into a mixed-use residential development. Headed by Jerry Karlik, Flushing Square purchased the property from Northern RKO LLC, owned by Patrick Thompson. The $30 million deal, which had been in the works for more than a year, was brokered by Kenneth Zakin, the senior managing director of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Capital Markets. According to him, the time was right for Thompson to sell the theater, located at 135-35 Northern Blvd., after attempts to find an equity partner. “I think this is just really a case of the stars being aligned,” Zakin said. “Jerry Karlik was very interested in the deal. He’s known [RKO Keith’s] all his life.” Flushing Square development intends to work within the guidelines

of a development plan approved by the Board of Standards and Appeals in 2011. That plan would construct a 407,173-square-foot, 17-story mixeduse complex that would contain as many as 357 residential units, 385 parking spaces, 17,000-square-feet of

retail space and a community facility for seniors. While the 85-year-old property will be redeveloped, the theater’s classic lobby will remain unchanged, as it was landmarked in 1984. The architectural team has not yet been designated, but

a rendering of the possible development for the historic RKO Keith’s Theatre, located in downtown Flushing.

Karlik is going to work with the team and his partners on making the units “attractive to the community he’s going to be serving,” Zakin said. Karlik’s work in renovating landmarked structures has garnered much acclaim, such as his adaptive reuse of 888 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. His partners on this project include Eddie Ni, Min Ouyang and Ching Lam. This sale marks the latest move in the ongoing saga of RKO Keith’s Theatre. The theater was designed by architect Thomas Lamb and built in 1928. For about 60 years, the RKO Keith’s started out hosting vaudeville shows in the 1920s and moved on to films for the next few decades. It closed in 1986 and has been vacant ever since. The theater was previously owned by Tommy Huang, a developer who pleaded guilty to endangering public health after he let 200 gallons of oil leak from the building’s furnaces into its basement. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

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Bloomberg’s Mixed Legacy

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A Tragic Holiday

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While many of us celebrate the holidays with friends and family this week, there are some who will spend this week mourning the loss of a young life, struck down well before his time. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Noshat Nahian, the eightyear-old student killed in a traffic accident late last week, and we wish that they were not going through the anguish they must be experiencing just one week after the accident. This week, our elected officials in Western Queens reacted to the incident, calling for legislation to enact tougher consequences to those who operate a motor vehicle without a license. Their hearts were surely in the right place, but instead of creating reactionary legislation, we should focus our attention on some of the more dangerous intersections in the City to ensure that children are not putting themselves at risk of a driver – whether they have a license or not. More strict consequences for these illegal actions do not always work as the deterrent that we hope for. Instead, we should focus on creating safe pedestrian passageways for adults and children, to keep those traveling by foot safe.

In YOur OpInIOn A Poverty Of Spirit In America To The Editor:


ur leaders with their laws, regulations and executive orders mandating the “greater good” are dismantling the Constitution and nullifying the Bill of Rights. Successful wealthy persons are labeled greedy “one percenters,” “rich” is equated with evil and the term “individualist” has become synonymous with “sociopath” or selfish. An overzealous compassion has created burgeoning unsustainable entitlements that make no distinction between “needs” and “wants.” We measure the success of welfare programs by the number of people who are added and not by how many drop out and become self reliant. Programs that were instituted to conditionally aid and support families in times of crisis have become “entitlements” and have been expanded to guarantee recipients an ample, satisfying lifestyle. In this day and age, it is acceptable and even fashionable to demand confiscatory taxation and expropriation of

wealth to support the lifestyles of the “99 percenters” in the name of “fairness.” The IRS, renamed the Income Redistribution Service, claims the top ten percent of earners are not paying a “fair share,” when in reality, they account for 70 percent of the revenue collected. Voices around the world, among them the International Monetary Fund, are calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. The IMF calculates that the revenue-maximizing tax rate for the United States is 56 to 71

percent, way above the present 45 percent top rate for federal, state and local taxes combined. Will someone with an ounce of integrity please explain and clarify which international law authorizes confiscation of private wealth? Denials and intellectual dishonesty cannot obfuscate the assault on the Constitution. No amount of government redistribution can overcome the ultimate poverty of spirit. Ed Konecnik, Flushing

Mark-Viverito A Mistake To The Editor:


s a Vietnam Era Veteran who has been a resident of Queens for 36 years, and prior to that was born and raised in the Bronx, I can’t believe the NYC Council would choose Melissa MarkViverito as Council Speaker. A woman that refuses to pledge her allegiance to the country where so many veterans from our great City fought and died for our flag and were covered

by our flag when they died. Queens has the largest number of veterans living in New York City, and we have some great politicians fighting for veterans’ rights and benefits. How can they look veterans in the eye after choosing a leader that won’t pledge allegiance to the country we all served?

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n re: Bloomberg’s LegacyQueens Tribune Dec. 19-25, 2013, while there may be some aspects of Bloomberg’s tenure as Mayor that may leave a laudable legacy, his partnership with 21 term-limited City Council members to overturn twice public-supported term limits, will not be among them. Nor will his abysmal record in support of small business and his contempt for local community boards. Not only did Bloomberg ignore the overwhelming majority of Community Boards 7 and 3 (48 votes against and 24 in favor) that did not approve the Mets Ball Club and The Related Companies manipulation of the Willets Point project approved in 2008, so as to allow a 1.4 million square foot shopping mall at Citi Field, but he also ignored the fact such a mall will wreck havoc on all the small businesses on Northern Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, 108th Street and other shopping areas and create enormous traffic problems. He engineered an enormous taxpayer giveaway to multibillionaires with regard to Willets Point. He refused to accept the fact that a huge shopping

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am extremely disappointed with Councilman Eric Ulrich’s support of Melissa Mark-Viverito as she runs for Council Speaker. The fact that he will support such an individual whom has displayed contempt for our national symbol and refused to pledge allegiance to our flag until she decided to run for Speaker is nothing less than disgusting. Mr. Ulrich has done nothing for veterans since being elected. When I was County Commander, I scheduled a meeting with him to discuss the needs Maureen Coppola Advertising Director

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mall is a radical change of use from that of a parking lot and required a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure; all for the benefit of big business, which he consistently considers his true constituents. He is forcing the eviction of many small businesses from Willets Point without their having other places to which to relocate. He justified the Willets Point project on the basis the area was a blight, ignoring the fact it was the City that caused the blight by collecting sewer taxes when there were no sewers and other taxes without dealing with the area’s infrastructure. Perhaps the most egregious of all is his romance with real estate moguls, and his failure to understand small businesses are not only the backbone of our local economy, but unlike big box mall stores whose profits are often posted to head offices located far from New York City, their money stays and is spent in our communities. Bloomberg’s legacy will surely include a lack of care or interest in the poor, the middle class and small businesses and may well exceed those things that could be considered laudable.

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of veterans in Queens County. He deceitfully cancelled after I traveled from Woodside to the Rockaways to meet him. I now know why. He has no clue as to what is important to the men and women who defend our great republic. Mr. Ulrich and Ms. Mark-Viverito are unfit to represent the citizens of Queens because of their self serving lack of patriotism and respect for our nation’s defenders. Please let them know my comrades and I stand ready to replace them in public office. Marvin Jeffcoat, SFC, USA (RET)

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Notice is hereby given a license, number 1274557 for on-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 101-17 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 for on premises consumption. ACEY DUCEY’S REST. CORP. D/B/A ACEY DUCEY’S ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION of KISSENA PROPERTIES LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY(SSNY) on 0930-2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him is C/O the LLC 136-20 38th Avenue, Ste 11G, Flushing NY 11354. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act of activity. Street address of Principal business location is: 42-07 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11355. ________________________ JIAHE REALTY, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/20/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Xiao Ya Wang, 14938 34th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ 62-22 FLUSHING AVE LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/24/13. 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, 71-36 Edsall Ave., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purpose. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNT Y OF QUEENS Index#: 4665/2012 Filed: 3/5/2012 SUMMONS Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premise is situated. MidFirst Bank Plaintiff, -against- Juan Duran, Board of Managers of Oak Point Condominium, New York City Parking Violations Bureau, New York City Environmental Control Board, New York City Transit Adjudication Bureau Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): 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 attorneys for the plaintiff within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service; or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York; or within sixty (60) days if it is the United States of America. 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 YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Bay Shore, New York March 1, 2012 FRENKEL, LAMBERT, WEISS, WEISMAN & GORDON, LLP BY: Todd Falasco Attorneys for Plaintiff 20 West Main Street Bay Shore, New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.: 01-052743FOO NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a mortgage to secure $76,200.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on September 15, 2000, covering premises known as 18-11 123rd Street, Unit 1A, College Point, NY 11356. 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 mortgage described above. ________________________ Notice of Formation of KPRH IV REALTY, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/04/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 20 Franklin Pl., Woodmere, NY 11598. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Abrams Fensterman, Attn: Greg Stoller, Esq., 1111 Marcus Ave.,

Ste. 107, Lake Success, NY 11042. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of TCW INNOVATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/28/2013. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 33-55 157th St. Flushing NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, FRIZSU ENTERTAINMENT, LLC; Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/13/2013; Office Location: 105-50 Van Wyck Expy. Jamaica, NY 11419, Queens Count y; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served; SSNY shall mail copy of process to105-50 Van Wyck Expy, Jamaica, NY 11419; Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________ ADVANCED XL ANALYTICS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/22/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Michael Rosenblum, 3006 29th St. Apt. 5L, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on NOV 26 2013 bearing Index Number NC-001031-13/ 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) Melanie (Middle) Benita (Last) Caraballo My present name is (First) Melanie (Middle) Benita (Last) Lopez aka Melanie Benita Urbino, aka Melanie Urbino, aka Melanie Lopez, aka Melanie B. My present address is 9040 76th Street, 2 Fl., Woodhaven, NY 11421-2803 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is October 24, 1973 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on DEC 16 2013 bearing Index Number NC-001143-13/ 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) Jesse (Middle) Samuel

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Council Restricts Polystyrene Plastic, Electronic Cigarettes BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer

Anti-smoking groups praised the legislation’s passage. “The Queens Smoke-Free Partnership commends the NYC Council for taking action that prevents the normalization of smoking of any kind for our young people,” Yvette Buckner, borough manager of the Partnership, said. While the e-cig restrictions are meant to help the well-being of all New Yorkers, the Council’s polystyrene ban will make sure the City itself remains healthy by limiting pollution from those products. This restriction on certain polystyrene items will limit the sale and provision of single-service food items in packaging containing polystyrene foam. The ban will be delayed for a year though, giving the industry a chance to prove that polystyrene can be recycled. According to Gennaro, it costs the City $1.8 million a year to dispose of and will last for more than 500 years. The legislation does include a hardship exemption for small businesses and non-profits.. Queens sponsors for the legislation were Councilmembers Dromm, Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), Gennaro, Koo, Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Richards, Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). “Eliminating polystyrene foam would increase the value of our city’s recyclables and remove thousands of pounds of non-biodegradable material not only from our landfills, but from our streets, waterways and neighborhood sidewalks,” Gennaro said in a statement. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

As the City Council wrapped up its term for the year, it passed two pieces of landmark legislation meant to protect the health of New Yorkers and New York’s environment. On Nov. 19, the Council voted to restrict the use of e-cigarettes and certain polystyrene items in the City. E-cigarettes will have the same limitations as regular tobacco products and polystyrene items that are used in takeout or coffee containers will be banned outright. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign both of these bills into law. The e-cig restriction, which passed 42 to 8, would prevent people from using them in the same areas tobacco products are banned. The Council listed multiple reasons for why this law is needed. At the moment, research from the World Health Organization on e-cigarettes is inconclusive as to the effects they have on both the person vaping (the slang term for smoking an e-cig) and those breathing in the vapor second-hand. Additionally, the Council felt that allowing e-cigs in public spaces would normalize smoking again, a reversal of their goal to discourage smoking. The ban would go into effect in four months, with businesses having an additional six months to put up “No Vaping” signs. The bill was sponsored in part by Queens Councilmen Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton).

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Toy Drive Distribution

On Dec. 19, Assemblyman David Weprin (DFresh Meadows) joined Santa Claus to give out toys to more than 200 autistic children at the Lifeline Center for Child Development in Jamaica. The gifts all came from a toy drive held by Weprin’s office. The kids were thrilled for the chance to meet St. Nick and get a present from him.

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Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1275577, for on-premises liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 115-22 Liberty Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11419 for on premises consumption. New Oriental Guyana Restaurant, Inc. ________________________ Please take notice, that the court appointed guardian is offering for sale the real property located at 59-32 155th Street, Flushing, NY 11355, block 6732, lot 114, sale terms no contingencies, “as is” condition, immediate 10% downpayment. Bid at Queens County Supreme Court, Part 22G, on February 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., Index No. 7449/2013. ________________________

Sara-Marie (Last) Rier Lopez My present name is (First) Annett (Middle) Sara Marie (Last) Rier aka Annette SaraMarie Lopez, aka Annette Lopez, aka Annette Riero, aka Annette Sara-Marie Riero, aka Anette Marie Rier,aka Annett Rier, aka Annette S. Lopez My present address is 68-09 138th Street, Apt. #1C, Flushing, NY 113671602 My place of birth is Manhattan, NY My date of birth April 14, 1951 ________________________

of (First) Kimball (Middle) Mulin (Last) Huang My present name is (First) Forrest (Middle) Huang Mulin (Last) Chen (infant) My present address is 42-55 Colden Street, Apt. #10S, Flushing, NY 11355-3943My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is July 01, 2013 ________________________

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on NOV 25 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000934-13/ 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) Annette (Middle)

“Notice is hereby given that an on premises License, # TBA, has been applied for by El Rey IV Billiard & Lounge Inc. to sell beer, wine & Liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC Law at 75-16 Rockaway Blvd. Woodhaven, NY 11421.” ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on DEC 16 2013 bearing Index Number NC-001138-13/ 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

RHIZOME MANAGEMENT L.P.filed an App. for Authority with the Department of State of NY on 3/27/2013. Jurisdiction: DE, and the date of its formation is 3/25/2013. Office location in NYS: Queens. The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of such process is: 104-29 37th Road, Corona NY 11368 The address in its jurisdiction if required or the office address: 615 So. DuPont Hwy, Dover DE 19901. A copy of the Articles of Organization may be obtained from DE Sec’ty of State, 401 Federal St. #4, Dover DE 19901. The list of names and addresses of all general partners is available from the Secretary of State. The purpose of the LP is any lawful act. • Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 Tribune Page 21

Bill Would Penalize Unlicensed Drivers By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer The Western Queens community has gathered to mourn yet again, after a child was killed in Woodside last week, the fourth child to die because of automobile accidents this year alone. Just days after a crash involving a truck driver with a suspended license took the life of eight- year-old Noshat Nahian, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) introduced legislation that would make it a felony for drives to drive with suspended licenses and kill or seriously injure someone in the process. On Dec. 20, Nahian was hit and killed by a truck while walking to Gwendoline Alleyne PS 152 with his 11-year-old sister, at 61st St. and Northern Blvd., in Woodside. On Dec. 23, Gianaris gathered with local elected officials, Paul White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, and other community groups at the crosswalk where Nahian’s life was taken away. Gianaris also proposed the immediate impoundment of the license plate of a vehicle being operated by someone with a suspended license. Since drivers like the one involved in the recent tragedy are charged with only a misdemeanor, Gianaris said he is hopeful that these bills will become

Just days after an eight-year-old boy died in Woodside when a truck driver with a suspended license hit him, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) proposed a legislation that would make it a felony for drives to drive with suspended licenses and kill or seriously injure someone in the process. law and help prevent more tragedies like this one. “Nothing is more important than protecting our children and this tragic accident is a stark reminder that we must redouble our efforts to make our streets safer, including bringing chronically reckless drivers to justice,” he said. “A little boy is dead because this driver was still on the road despite repeated unsafe driving violations.”

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D- East Elmhurst) said before another tragedy occurs, the City needs a comprehensive street safety plan. “Speed cameras and other technologies, as well as school crossing guards, need to be included,” he said. “And we need vigorous enforcement of existing traffic laws and to create new, smart laws such as the one Senator Gianaris is proposing.” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

(D-Sunnyside) said the investigation is ongoing as to exactly how this occurred, but he understands all streets, including Northern Boulevard, must be safe and livable and no child should ever die simply trying to cross the street on his way to school. “With the implementation of this bill, we will be able to prevent countless fatal collisions that have claimed the lives of innocent victims like 8-year-old Noshat Nashian in Woodside,” Van Bramer said. White said from 2007 to 2011, no less than 180 New Yorkers died by drivers with suspended licenses. “We as a City, as a State, as a society, finally recognize this problem for what it is, which is the number one killer of children in New York City,” White said. White said because of the fear some live in about reckless driving, “we are not able to walk and enjoy our City.” Through this legislation, we would be saving lives, preventing injuries and giving our kids the freedom they need, White added. “This is a long over due common sense legislative change that would finally make the punishment fit the crime when it comes to lawless driving in New York City,” he said. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.

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POLICE BLOTTER 110th Precinct

102nd Precinct Burglary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Police are asking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance locating a male wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on Dec. 14, inside of Grand 99 Cents Store, located at 85-08 Jamaica Ave., within the confines of the 102nd Precinct. The suspect entered the location through the roof, pried open the cash registers and removed an unknown amount of currency. Video is available online.

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Homicide arrest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On Dec. 20, police arrested two individuals in regards to an incident on Dec. 3, where a 38-year-old woman, identified as Sheryl Outerbridge, died at Jamaica Hospital after sustaining injuries. The medical examiner later ruled the death a homicide due to the blunt force trauma to the head and body. As a result of an ongoing investigation, police later arrested the following individuals: Devonnee Wilkerson, 32, of South Jamaica, was charged with kidnapping: abduction resulting in death, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Malik Wilkerson, 33, of South Jamaica, was charged with assault and kidnapping: abduction resulting in death.

109th Precinct residential Fire â&#x20AC;&#x201C; At 12:04 a.m. on Dec. 19, police responded to a 911 call of a residential fire at 3820 Bowne St., Flushing. FDNY also responded and extinguished the twoalarm fire that was contained to just one apartment at the location, the Flushing House Retirement Home. Responding officers discovered a 73-year-old female inside the apartment, who was transported by EMS to Flushing Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The fire marshal will determine the cause of the fire and the investigation is ongoing.

roBBery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The NYPD is asking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance in identifying and locating the following suspect wanted in connection with a commercial robbery within the confines of the 110th Precinct. At 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 15, the suspect entered ATN Financial Services, a check-cashing business located at 9472 Corona Ave., Corona, and squirted lighter fluid throughout the location. The suspect displayed a lighter and demanded cash. The employee at the location complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported at this incident. A surveillance video of the suspect and the incident is available online. Homicide â&#x20AC;&#x201C; At 5:52 a.m. on Dec. 21, in front of 96-06 Roosevelt Ave., Corona, police responded to a call of a man stabbed. Upon arrival, police observed the victim, identified as Furman Herrera-Martinez, of Corona, unconscious and unresponsive with stab wounds to the chest and arm. EMS responded and transported the victim to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing.

114th Precinct Wanted For Questioning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The NYPD has released the name of a suspect wanted in connection with the Feb. 2 death of Francisco Leal, who was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest during an incident within the confines of the 114th Precinct. Police have released the name of the suspect, identified as Lawrence Scott, a 28-year-old Hispanic male. He is described as 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing 210 lbs.


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Astoria Resident Shines Light On Hospice Care By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer An Astoria resident’s one-woman show offers a passionate insider’s view of hospice care. Taren Sterry works as the manager of volunteer training for the not-forprofit Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care, the largest provider of hospice services in New York City, but she is also a writer, performer and teacher, who has entertained countless families, nurses and hospice care field workers with her one-woman show, “180 Days.” Sterry said the show is the true story of her first six months working in hospice care and what led to her career with VNSNY. After working in hospice care for 11 years, Sterry launched a funny - yet dramatic and uplifting one-woman show that has been touring the country at various conferences and hospice programs since 2008. It also serves as an educational and inspirational piece for the hospice care workers. “I consciously moved to New York to study death and dying and I unconsciously moved to New York to do theater,” she said. Since Sterry combined her theater and hospice work, it has given her the opportunity to share the message of hospice in the comedy world and also share the comedy in the hospice world.

“We don’t have to just be hospice workers; I can be a teacher, a counselor, an actor and many things,” she added. The show ties difficult subject matters like death and dying with poignant humor by narrating it through Sterr y’s most memorable hospice patients, while artistically explaining why the idea that hospice is a depressing and taboo topic is an outdated myth. “The show is my story,” Sterry said. “It is entertaining and it can teach people about what hospice is.” While “180 Days” is designed to speak to hospice workers, teaching them how to embrace working in this unusual field and helping spark much needed conversations among family and friends about end-of-life care, there are also many funny moments during the show, Sterry said. “We let them know, it’s really okay to laugh because they think they shouldn’t laugh at such a serious matter,” she said. “But in truth, comedy is a very appropriate coping mechanism when we are dealing with such heavy issues.” Sterry, who plays 20 different characters during her show with no costume changes, said “I get to share my story with thousands and thousands of

people, and more importantly, I get to share the stories of my patients and my own family.” As for how she wants people to feel after watching the show, Sterry said “It really is up to the audience and each individual to interpret it and relate it to their personal experiences.” Next year, Sterry said she plans to write her memoir and continue to perform her one-woman show anywhere around the country. For more information about the “180 Days” show, visit www.180daysplay. com. For more information on how to become a hospice care volunteer through VNSNY, visit www.vnsny. org. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune. com, or @Tsakhuja13.

Elvis Impersonators, Michael Bolton Come To Queensborough By jOE MarViLLi Staff Writer Whether it is top-notch impressions or the real thing, the Queensborough Performing Arts Center is starting 2014 on the right foot. The first 2014 event at the theater, found on the campus of Queensborough Community College, is “The Elvis Bash,” celebrating the King’s birthday with some of the best Presley impersonators in the business. That is not all though. In February, Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton will perform a concert at the center. “Blue Suede Shoes – The Elvis Bash” will take place on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Performers Scot Bruce and Mike Albert will take on different aspects of

the career of the King of Rock. Bruce will dazzle audiences with his takes on Elvis’ early hits and Hollywood career. The impressionist looks so much like Presley that Martin Guitars presented him with a replica of the guitar they made for Elvis. Albert has the voice, the look and the jumpsuits of Elvis’ later period, throwing reverence and passion into every note he sings. Tickets for the performances of two different Elvis impersonators cost $40. Speaking of passion, Bolton will perform a concert on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. The singer, songwriter and social activist is well-known for hits including “When A Man Loves A Woman,” “How Can We Be Lovers” and “Go The Distance,” the latter of which is featured on the soundtrack to the Disney film,

“Hercules.” The singer recently became a viral sensation with his appearance alongside rap comedy group The Lonely Island, on “Captain Jack Sparrow.” Tickets for Bolton range between $55 and $65. “We’re always trying to reach as many people in the community through our programming as we can,” Susan Agin, managing and artistic director for QPAC, said. “We decided to celebrate Elvis’ birthday with two of the most sought-after impersonators in the country. We are thrilled that Michael Bolton has [agreed] to help us celebrate the presidential holidays in February.” The Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. To buy tickets or for more information, call the box office at (718) 631-6311 or visit qpac/index.html. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.

Red Storm Look To Second Half In early November, just days before the start of the season, Red Storm Head Coach Steve Lavin said “this is a team, by mid-January, early February, I expect to be clicking and hitting on all cylinders.” The offense arrived as an early holiday present for Lavin, with a 96-87 win over Youngstown State last Saturday. It was the third time in the last four games that St. John’s scored more than 80 points. The Red Storm are now 8-3, with just one game to go before conference play starts. One big reason is the return of D’Angelo Harrison. After missing the end of last season due to a suspension, Harrison has been the scoring leader in eight games this season. “He’s as gifted an offensive player as I’ve coached,” said Lavin after the team’s first win of the season, against Wagner. “He has a knack for scoring and can put points up in a variety of ways.” Harrison set the school record for three-pointers on Saturday, passing Willie Shaw, who connected on 151 between 2000 and 2003. Even the individual milestone fits in with more of a team-effort this year. “It’s good to have it and hopefully I hold onto it for awhile, but I couldn’t have done it without these guys,” Harrison said, acknowledging his teammates. Sir’Dominic Pointer said that “over the last two years, we depended on two people to score the ball.” Twice when Harrison did not lead the team in scoring, it has been Phil Greene IV. Chris Obekpa has anchored the defense, leading the NCAA with almost five blocks per game. It’s an impressive encore for the big man who set St. John’s and Big East freshman records with 133 blocks last season. St. John’s seems to have the balance between talent and maturity that at times has been absent, and look to prove their coach’s prediction of peaking later in the year correct. “Steve Lavin put together a really athletic and talented team,” said Monmouth Head Coach King Rice, whose Hawks were a Red Storm casualty. “Later in the season, they are going to be better.” - David Russell

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! New Years Day Wed., Jan. 1st Dinner Served 12 noon - 10 pm

Complete Dinner Includes:

Choice of Appetizer and Cup of Soup, Relish tray, House Salad with Dressing, Entrée, Vegetable & Potato or Pasta or Rice, Bread Basket, Choice of any Dessert, Beverage, Dried Fruit & Nuts


Stuffed Grape Leaves ......included Fruit Salad Cocktail .........included Spinach Pie .....................included

Chicken Fingers ..................5.95 extra Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ......9.95 extra Mozzarella Sticks ................5.95 extra


Cream of Turkey, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chicken Consommé with Rice, Noodles or Matzo Balls ROAST MARYLAND TURKEY fruit and nut stuffing, sweet potato and cranberry sauce ..........................24.95 ROAST PRIME RIB OF BEEF Au Jus with potato and vegetable...............................................................26.95 ROAST LEG OF LAMB with mint jelly, potato and vegetable ...................................................................25.95 VIRGINIA HAM STEAK mixed berries, potato and vegetable ...................................................................23.95 MIXED GRILL NEVADA baby lamb chop, pork chop, free range grilled chicken with roast vegetable ....... 31.95 BROILED FILET MIGNON with mushroom caps, potato and vegetable ...................................................33.95 BROILED T-BONE STEAK with potato and vegetable ..............................................................................37.95 BEEF & REEF: FILET MIGNON & LOBSTER TAIL with potato and vegetable .........................................44.95 BROILED STUFFED FILET OF SOLE with seafood stuffing, rice and vegetable ...............................33.95 BROILED SEAFOOD COMBINATION shrimp, scallops, filet of sole and halibut .........................................37.95 SHRIMP & CRAB CASINO in an aromatic garlic butter with rice ...............................................................28.95 BROILED BLUEFISH FILET with lemon-butter wine sauce, rice and vegetable ..................................25.95 MAHI MAHI with mango and pineapple chutney, rice and vegetable ........................................................26.95 ANGEL HAIR POMODORO sautéed chicken breast, tomato, garlic, basil over angel hair pasta ...............22.95 CHICKEN FRANCAISE with artichokes, lemon sauce, pasta or rice ..............................................................22.95 FETTUCINI & CHICKEN ALFREDO.............................................................................................................22.95 MADRID STYLE PORK TENDERLOIN sautéed, spicy red beans and rice, peppers ..........................24.95

VEGETABLES: Corn on the Cob • Sweet Peas • Broccoli Spears • Creamed Spinach • Glazed Baby Carrots • Green Beans Almondine POTATOES: Baked • Mashed Potato • French Fries • Candied Yams





CHILDREN’S MENU ROAST TURKEY with cranberry sauce..........15.95 CHICKEN FINGERS with french fries ............. 15.95 CHEESE RAVIOLI topped with mozzarella ...15.95 CHICKEN PARMIGIANA with spaghetti ........ 15.95

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FRIDAY 12/27


The Museum of Moving Image is screening the granddaddy of contemporary crime films, “The Godfather” at 7 p.m. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, the film remains one of Hollywood’s greatest works of modern storytelling. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, he makes a gripping film from the first frame to the last. The Museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.


The Central Queens Y in Forest Hills is open to all Y members and their guests for a Saturday night event. The community center will offer activities like a swimming pool, a gym and exercise equipment for all to use, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Each of the events is divided up into men only, women only and co-ed. For more information, call the Health and Fitness department at the Queens Y at (718) 2685011 ext. 500.

SUNDAY 12/29


Join the fun for an hour long session of terrarium building. The class will help your child create their own mini living world. They supply the materials and your child supplies his or her imagination. The class is $40, which includes soil, plants, toys for decor- fairies/ holiday decor/ animals, crystals/pebbles/rocks, container- glass or wood, instruction, care cards and a gift box. The class will take place at 23-07 24th Ave., Astoria, from noon until 1 p.m.


KTU 103.5 will host a weekend kickoff party at Resorts World Casino. Two hours of music mixed by Bartel and DJ Tommy Nappi will be heard live at the Casino and on the radio on KTU. You can also compete for RW gift cards. The party will begin at 10 p.m. and end at midnight. The casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.,South Ozone Park.

Need a good laugh after Christmas and before the year ends? Join the fun at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club, located at 47-38 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City. The show starts at 8 p.m. and it will showcase the best comics that the City has to offer with a rotating cast with a healthy mix of celebrities and the next-big-thing. There is always something new, and you never know who is going to drop by.

SUNDAY 12/22


Parallel Exit, the premiere physical theatre company in New York City, will present “Exit Stage Left” at Queens Theatre. This speed-of-light comedy looks back to the days of vaudeville, with the five-person team putting on a performance that ranges from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy. This holiday event will run at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and repeats on Dec. 28 and 29. Tickets are $25, with a family four-pack costing $80. Visit or call (718) 760-0064 to purchase tickets. Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Avenue South. 1 a.m. The Attic Lounge is located at 44-25 Douglaston Pkwy.


Little Makers will present a rocket-building workshop at the New York Hall of Science, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Build and launch a high-flying rocket and create colorful splatter painting fireworks. There is an $8 materials fee per family, with paid general admission. For more information, call (718) 699-0005.



The Douglaston Manor will hold a New Year’s Eve party from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There will be a cocktail hour, a hot and cold buffet, an open bar and a four-course dinner. There will be a DJ on hand to provide music and a champagne toast to kick off the New Year. Tickets are $125 per person. Call (718) 224-8787 for reservations. The manor is located at 6320 Commonwealth Blvd.

including Tom Cowell, Kyle Ayers, Leighann Lord, John Moses, Scott Sharp, Danny Palmer and Kareem Green – to ring in the New Year. The club will hold two shows, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., with a cost of $65, which includes an appetizer or dessert and two drinks. For information, visit www.laughingdevil. com.


Award-winning Americana singer D.B. Rielly will ring in the New Year at Rest-au-Rant, 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City, starting at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. For information, visit

cocktail hour with lobster, clams, appetizers and more. Tickets for the event cost $240. The party will start at 7:30 p.m. and end at around 2:30 a.m. For more information about the event, please call (718) 843-5055 or email Russo’s on the Bay is located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach.



New Year’s Eve!



End the year right at the Z Hotel, located at 11-01 43rd Ave. in Long Island City. The night includes an open buffet and open bar for $125 with a live DJ. Please contact Z NYC Hotel for pricing. Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve packages and bottle service. For reservations and additional information, contact the hotel directly.


The Attic Lounge will spend New Year’s Eve with eight bands going up against each other in a Battle of the Bands competition. Each band will have 30 minutes to perform, with prizes for the top three. Attendees will choose the winner. There is a $10 cover that comes with one draft drink ticket. If you pay $30, you get an open bar for draft beers from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you pay $50, you will get an open bar for call cocktails from 10 p.m. to


The Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City will feature famous headliners –


Ring in the 2014 at Terrace on the Park. This New Year’s Eve celebration will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will include a cocktail hour, dinner, music by Bravo Sounds and a live Times Square simulcast. Tickets cost $125 per person. All tickets must be pre-purchased. To do so, call (718) 592-5000. Terrace on the Park is located at 111th Street and 52nd Avenue.


Spend New Year’s Eve at Russo’s on The Bay in Howard Beach. There will be live entertainment with a DJ and live Latin music. There will also be an open bar and


The Queens College Knights men’s basketball team will face Le Moyne College at a home game at 7 p.m. This is the only game where Queens College and the Syracuse-based college will face each other in the regular season.


Send all information to or mail to: 150-50 14th Rd., Whitestone, NY 11357

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Send announcements for your club or organization’s events at least tWo weeks in advance to “Queens today” editor, Queens tribune, 150-50 14 road, Whitestone nY 11357. Send faxes to 357-9417, c/o regina or email to queenstoday@ Yearly schedules and advanced notices welcome!

EDUCATION EMPLOY BARRIERS Friday, December 27 central library. register. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays Fresh Meadows library at 11. CHESS CLUB Fridays at 3:30 at the Auburndale library and 4 at the Woodside 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. CHESS Tuesdays rosedale library at 4. SMALL BUSINESS Tuesdays Small Business Workshop at the central library. register. WATERCOLOR Wednesdays all techniques and subjects at the national Art League.969-1128. CODEACADEMY Thursday, January 2 central library. register. MOCK INTERVIEWS Thursday, January 2 central library. register. IMPROVE SPANISH Thursday, January 2 central library. register. LEARN CHINESE Thursdays north Forest Park library at 6.


OPEN HOUSE Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 26, 27, 28 12-4. Free. Queens county Farm Museum, 73-50 Little neck Parkway, Floral Park. 347-FArM. HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR Through December 31 tours at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. 478-8274. OPEN MIC Friday, December 27 Lefferts library at 4. GAME FRIDAYS F r i d a y, D e c e m b e r 2 7 rosedale library at 4. EXIT STAGE LEFT Friday-Sunday, December 27-29 2 and 7 at Queens theatre in the Park. 7600064 ticket info. NU URBAN CAFÉ Fridays live jazz and r&b 9-midnight. Free. 188-36 Linden Blvd., St. Albans. 917-817-8653. GAME DAY Fridays 4:30 Woodhaven library.

ENTERTAINEMENT CAREGIVERS SUPPORT do you provide care to a family member, friend or neighbor? could you use some help yourself? 2685960, ext. 226. SHAPE UP NYC Friday, December 27 richmond Hill library at 5:30. ZUMBA F r i d a y, D e c e m b e r 2 7 rosedale library at 6. FALL FITNESS Saturday, December 28 cambria Heights. 646-4761294. SITTING EXERCISE Monday, December 30 in cambria Heights. 646476-1294. METASTATIC BREAST Mondays 1:30-3:00 at Adelphi School of Social Work. 516-877-4314. YOUNG BREAST Mondays young women with breast cancer meet 7-8:30 at Adelphi School

MEETINGS KNITTING CLUB Friday, December 27 Glen oaks library at 11. KNIT & CROCHET Monday, December 30 douglaston library at 4. QUILTING CLUB Mondays Alley Pond environmental center 2:30. $5. 229-4000. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesday, December 31 Glen oaks librar y at 2 and east Flushing library at 3:30. KNIT & CROCHET Tuesday, December 31

GAME PLAYERS CLUB Fridays 2 Hillcrest library. BINGO Tuesdays 7:15 American Martyrs church in Bayside. 464-4582. Tuesdays 7:15 (doors open 6) rego Park Jewish center. 459-1000. $3 admission includes 12 games. SCRABBLE Tuesdays Fresh Meadows library at 2 and east Flushing library at 3:30. CHESS Tuesdays 4 rosedale library. LIVE JAZZ Wednesdays (except 3 rd We d n e s d ay o f m o n t h ) creative Jazz organization presents live jazz at the American Legion Post, 204-03 Linden Blvd., cambria Heights 6:30-10:00. $7 members, $10 others, $2 musicians. KWANZAA FILM Thursday, January 2 “the Black candle” shown at 4:30 at the Laurelton library.

Windsor Park library at 2. CHESS CLUB Tuesdays Windsor Park library at 5:30 and Howard Beach library at 4. 7:30. 969-2448. SPRING/ROSEDALE T h u r s d ay, J a n u a r y 2 Springfield/rosedale community Action Association meets at St. Peter ’s Lut h e ra n c h u rc h , 2 2 4 - 1 0 147 th Avenue, Brookville at 7:30. WRITING CLUB Thursdays Peninsula library at noon.

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TEENS & KIDS QUEENS LIBRARIES check local libraries for toddler, pre-school, youth and teen programs. OPEN MIC TEENS Friday, December 27 Lefferts library at 4. GAME FRIDAY F r i d a y, D e c e m b e r 2 7 rosedale library at 4. CHESS CLUB Friday, December 27 Laurelton library at 3. BOOK BUDDIES Friday, December 27 Bayside library at 4. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Friday December 27 Flushing library at 4. FRIDAY FUN Friday, December 27 Sunnyside library at 4:30. WII FRIDAYS Friday, December 27 Hollis library at 5. CRAFTS Fridays ozone Park library at 3, Briarwood and east Flushing at 4, Pomonok library at 4:30. STORYTIME Fridays Hollis library at 11:15. CRAFT CLUB Fridays Peninsula and ozone Park library at 3. GAME DAY Fridays Queens Village

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QUEENS FOCUS Lisa Stein of Glen Oaks was one of 12 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K/ Greismer chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. Shannan Ferry of Little Neck, a broadcast journalism major in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, was recently awarded a $1,000 Presidents Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Natalie Rebeyev of Flushing was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society, Rebeyev is a biology major at Syracuse University. Local students will study abroad in Australia and New Zealand for the winter session at the University of Delaware. They include: Nicole Garrity of Bellerose will study in Australia and Hawaii. Alyssa Gruber of Whitestone will study in Australia and New Zealand. Kara Hammond of Little Neck will study abroad in Brazil. VFW Post 4787, located at 19-12 149th St., Whitestone, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. Jan. 13. All those who served in the military overseas are welcome to attend. The Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its monthly meeting at the same location at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Flushing Camera Club has announced its January slate of meetings: Jan. 8: Competition No. 5 with judge Ken Bausert. Jan. 15: Richard DeDalto, “Focus Stacking.” Jan. 29: John Bruno, “Photographing Performances,” exploring tools,

techniques and strategies. For information, call (718) 7490643 or visit National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Sloman Auditorium of Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. The topic will be ending the criminalization of mental illness. Jacqueline Paredes of Jackson Heights recently participated in the Bates College Fall Semester Abroad program, studying is St. Petersburg, Russia. Bard College is located in Lewiston, Maine. Paredes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angel Paredes of Jackson Heights. Lacey Garnett of Corona, a senior at Berkeley College, was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team for women’s cross country. Garnett has been a member of the team since its inaugural season in 2010. Saleh Alghamdi III of Woodside was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa. Alghamdi is an engineering major. Geng Lin of Woodside received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in animation during fall 2013 commencement ceremonies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. The Queens-based Hip-to-Hip Theatre Company recently announced that Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe has joined the

Holiday Lightings Officials gathered at Forest Parkway Plaza for the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting ceremony earlier this month. Pictured (from left) are Paul Rudolph, Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.; Santa and Mrs. Claus, Maria Thomson, executive director of GWDC/WBID; Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Leilani Blira-Koessler of Assemblyman Mike Millers office.

Year End Mass Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn Paul Sanchez delivers the homily during a celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Cross High School in Flushing earlier this month. company’s Board of Directors. Sidibe made her acting debut in the 2009 film, “Precious,” and can currently be seen on the third season of the cable TV show “American Horror Story.” Queens Community for Cultural Judaism will present “The Two-State Solution – Illusion?” a dialogue discussion at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the UUCQ building, on Ash Avenue at the corner of 149th Street, Flushing. Free for first-time attendees, $5 for others. For information, call (718) 380-5362. Municipal Credit Union has begun accepting applications for its 2014 scholarships. The credit union will award $ 66,000 in scholarship grants in 2014: eight memorial scholarship grants of $5,000 each and 13 grants of $2,000 each. Eligibility for the MCU scholarships is open to an MCU member, a child or a grandchild of a member in good standing. Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, letters of recommendation, and an essay expressing personal goals. Applications are available at MCU’s Queens branches at 134-66 Springfield Blvd. in Springfield Gardens, and 90-15 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, on MCU’s website,, and also at any MCU branch. The deadline for completed applications to be submitted is Jan. 31, 2014. Derrick Garcia and Nancy Coulverson, both of South Ozone Park, were named to the honor roll for the fall 2013 semester at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn. Coulverson received honors, while Garcia received high honors. Eric Levy-Najjar of Forest Hills received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in service design during fall 2013 com-

mencement ceremonies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. The Central Queens YM & YWHA will offer its winter 2014 series of Tai Chi classes beginning Jan. 6-7 with two classes. A series of 14 classes for senior adults begin Jan. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Cost is $56 for CQY members and $105 for the general public ages 65 and older. A series of 14 classes for adults begins Jan. 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $168 for members and $210 for the general public. The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills. For information, call Robin Budnetz at (718) 268-5011, Ext. 5011 or email Upcoming events at the Rego Park Jewish Center include: “New” Psalms Discussion Group, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4. With Noreen Daniel and Charles Lehat. No charge. Parashat & Haftarat Club, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11. With Rabbu Samuel Waidenbaum. Celebrate Tu B’Shevat (Birthday of the Trees), 12:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Sunday at the Movies, “the Boys from Brazil,” 2 p.m. Jan. 19. The Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. For information, call (718) 4591000. Gabriella Basile of Forest Hills will study abroad in Australia and New Zealand for the winter session at the University of Delaware.

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Committee Chairs Found Under the Tree

It seems as though a certain new Mayor has been playing Santa Claus in order to get his preferred City Council Speaker. According to sources close to the situation, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has promised a number of committee leadership posts to City Council members in order to guarantee that Melissa Mark-Viverito is named Speaker come Jan. 8. The Mayor-elect has been playing a game of power politics, and with his victory in November, he is seeking to reap the spoils by getting his choice for the Council’s top position. While members of the Progressive Caucus and MarkViverito herself have declared victory, our sources say that the decision is far from final, and there could be some backlash against the tactics the caucus has been using. Both the Mayor and the leaders of the Progressive Caucus have been pressuring Council members to join them, threatening to take away prized committee assignments if they don't comply. Sources say the Progressive Caucus was originally split, 12-9, between Mark-Viverito and Dan Garodnick, with Garodnick getting the support of County Leadership. That's when the calls started, with the Progressive Caucus telling Council members that they had the votes, and that if a Council member pushed back, those committees would be gone. "If you're not with them, you're not getting a committee," QConf was told. Among the promises made to the Queens delegation, Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) would be named Majority Leader. Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Wood-

side) would head up the Finance Committee and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) would get the Education Committee. Daneek Miller and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton)were also reportedly promised committee slots, although specifics were unknown as of press time. "The other three we know, because they were openly talking about it," a source said. Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park) was also reportedly promised a committee chairmanship in exchange for his support of Mark-Viverito. Sources within the real estate industry, who supported Ulrich in his most recent election battle, have expressed disappointment with Ulrich. The sources say that they feel betrayed, since Ulrich promised he would stand against the Progressive Caucus, but instead went back on his word for a promised chairmanship. QConf was also told that David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) was offered the Land Use Committee as a means of swaying Brooklyn. While many expect MarkViverito to win the Speaker seat on Jan. 8, it's possible the Progressive Caucus could experience some backlash. Not all the 21 members of the caucus seemed pleased with the way business was being done. Sources say that Mark-Viverito's supporters have been double- and triple-counting votes, intimating that the selfappointed Speaker-elect may not have the votes she says she does. There's still two weeks before the City Council sits down to officially choose a new Speaker. The next few days could be an interesting one within the City's political sphere.

Flip Flops In The Cold

For three days last week, a rugged looking Councilman Ruben Wills went undercover as a homeless man. Reports claim a ‘humbled’ Wills went undercover to advocate for the population that is often ignored and to identify the biggest problems with City homeless shelters. One year ago, Wills sang a different tune, arguing the biggest "problem" with City shelters are that they are in his district. In a 2012 interview with this publication, Wills adamantly fought against the Skyview Men’s Shelter. “You can’t give one community all of the undesirable land uses, especially if you don’t give that community the same formula for things we need,” Wills said. Seems like Wills sees things a little differently now…


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Artists OF QUEENs

Silbin Sandovar

Got Talent?

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Slowpokes Roasted

With the New Year around the corner, the New York Public Interest Group is letting us know which buses to avoid in 2014. Last week, NYPIRG announced its annual Pokey Awards, for slowest local bus route in the City. While two Manhattan bus lines the M42 and the M50 at 3.4 m.p.h. - "won" the competition, NYPIRG also recognized the slowest route in the other boroughs. In Queens, that went to the Q58, between Ridgewood and Flushing Main Street, with an average of 7 m.p.h. When it comes to unreliable service, Queens did much better. The worst offender was the Q85, from Jamaica to Valley Stream, at 21 percent, a much better rate than the "winners" from the other boroughs. We may complain about the lack of bus service we have here in Queens, but at least the buses seem to run better than their counterparts in other Boroughs.

Gustavo Rodriguez's stage name, Silbin Sandovar, truly is a one-of-a-kind handle. Trust him, he's checked. “I just kept making up and typing ridiculous names into Google search until I found one that yielded zero results,” he said. “I wanted a stage name/ pen name that had no one else could try to claim.” His name is not the only unique thing about Sandovar. The Sunnyside guitarist/songwriter knows how to play guitar both forwards and backwards. He learned to play with his brother's acoustic guitar, but since he was left-handed, he had to learn to play with the strings upside-down. “I couldn't go re-stringing it on him. So I just figured it out that way,” Sandovar said. “I had no idea it would freak out guitar players the way it does. It's my little gimmick, I suppose.” While that technique makes him stand out to a crowd, it is the songs that keep people coming back. With a voice that can be both fragile and powerful and a style that can range from folk to country and even a little blues, Sandovar is one of those musicians who brings something for nearly everyone. Sandovar has also been around the block a few times. The 41-year-old did not dive into music seriously until he was in his mid-30s. Although he has always been creative, it is only recently that he has been able to dedicate himself fully to his craft. “For many years, I did what I loved on the side but for the last four years or so, I've been making my living doing only what I love,” he said. “It's not an extravagant living by any

means, but my rent is paid on time every month and no credit cards are maxed out.” That living has steadily been getting better and better for Sandovar. In the few years he has been on the scene, he has written songs for Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, toured in Europe and opened for Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes. He even sings the theme song for the IFC show, “Maron.” “I believe I'm still getting better at what I'm doing. I hope I always feel that way,” he said. “I just hope they keep inviting me to the party. Hell, I'll throw my own party if I have to!” Besides his own work, Sandovar also plays with guitarist Brian Meece, who he met at a Long Island City bar called Dominie's Hoek. The two of them got on personally and musically, and created Brian and Silbin and Friends. Rachel Swaner, Neil Nunziato, Dan Kendall, Anthony Rizzo and Aram Bajakian are some of their fellow musicians that perform with them. “We're pretty different in a lot of ways but good things always seem to happen when we get on a stage or spend time in a recording studio,” Sandovar said. “The crew we play with are all wonderful people we all picked up along the way. It only could have happened in Queens.” For the future, Sandovar just wants to keep writing, recording and creating, both in music and other creative mediums. If he can get a story going, then that is where you will find him. “I already have my hands in a lot of things at the moment. I just need to keep stirring the pot,” he said. • Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 Tribune Page 39


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