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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 78, NO. 44

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Friends Recall Beloved Community Man by Rob MacKay

Words of affection, heartbreak and shock have filled a Facebook page set up in memory of long-time Woodside resident Lou Rispoli, who died on Oct. 25 from injuries sustained in a physical attack in Sunnyside the previous Saturday. “The greatest love of all - to love and be loved - no one ever did it better,” posted Shana Bellin. “He made us all laugh yet leaves us in tears.” “The world is a better place because of his time on earth,” added MaryAnn Radscheid. “Others walk their path a bit [easier] and my sympathies go out to his family and friends.” Rispoli, 62, was walking on 43rd Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets at around 2 am on Oct. 19, according to police reports. Allegedly, three men, believed to be in their 20s, exited a white sedan or SUV. While one remained near the auto, the two others approached their victim. After an exchange of

words, Rispoli was repeatedly struck in the head by a blunt instrument. Without stealing anything, the perpetrators fled the scene in their car while Rispoli lay on the sidewalk, unconscious, according to reports. He was later taken by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. Surrounded by people who really cared for him, he died last Thursday after being taken off life support. Friends remembered Rispoli as funny and quirky with a love of art, music and cooking. “A fount of knowledge and wit and sarcasm and advice that I have carried with me since knowing him,” wrote Derek Scheips. “Thank you, Lou…for all those dinners at your apartment and fun times.” “This is so shocking to me,” added Linda Brodnax-Massey. “O Lou you will be sorely missed.” Additional details and a motive for the crime were still unclear when the Woodside Herald went to press. There is no video of the attack, and few eyewitnesses have come for-

ward. Rispoli frequently took late-night walks around the neighborhood, partly to deal with his insomnia, and he was known to talk to strangers and shopowners on his excursions. Legally married since 2011 to his partner of 32 years, Rispoli was openly and proudly gay. However, police have not indicated whether this was a hate crime or not. The NYPD is currently offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rispoli’s assailants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.577.TIPS (8477), go to the website www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text 274637 (CRIMES) before entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential. Meanwhile, the victim’s family issued a statement, some of which follows: “We ask the media to respect the privacy of Lou’s husband and family members in this time of sorrow. And we ask that the media respect the sensitive nature of this situation. We urge anyone who has any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those who

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UNITED FORTIES MEETING Thursday, November 8th @ 7PM St. Teresa Parish Center, 50th Ave & 45th St. Woodside

Please bring a non-perishable Item.

ALL WELCOME!

Due to Hurricane Sandy’s landfall this past Monday, the event honoring Father Brian Dowd has been rescheduled. The dinner is scheduled for Monday November 5th at Dazies Restaurant at 6 PM. Any question please call Luke (718) 784 8437.

Attorneys-At-Law MARC CRAWFORD LEAVITT JOSEPH N. YAMANER* IRA R. GREENBERG PAUL E. KERSON JOHN F. DUANE TALI SEHATI

The combination of wind and flooding caused the largest storm-related outage in Con Ed history and the most devastating disaster in the 108-year history of the New York subway system. Recovery efforts are now underway but it is going to take a significant period of time to repair this much damage. Below is contact information that I hope you will find helpful in managing your own recovery efforts. I and my staff will spare no effort in providing you with help and assistance.

Take care and stay safe.

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To apply for federal assistance, go to: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) for more information. Transportation: For up-to-date transportation information call: 511 or go to: www.mta.info/nyct/ To report power outages, downed power lines, or to check on the status of electric power restoration call: 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). But please be patient. They are experiencing a huge volume of calls Or go to: www.conEd.com School closings: For the latest on school closings go to www.nbcnewyork.com/weather/school-closings/ Heat and Hot Water Problems go to: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/tenants/heat-and-hot-water.shtml

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VOTE November 6 VOTING SITES 104th Precinct Holy Cross Church (61-21 56 Rd) PS 305 (378 Seneca Ave) Ridgewood Presbyterian Church (59-14 70 Ave) Grover Cleveland HS (21-27 Himrod St) PS 81 (599 Cypress Ave) PS 153 (60-02 60 Ln) PS 88 (60-85 Catalpa Ave) PS 93 JHS (66-56 Forest Ave) 108th Precinct Queens of Angles Parish (43-18 Skillman Ave) PS 125 JHS (46-02 47 Ave) PS 150 (40-01 43 Ave) PS 199 (39-20 48 Ave) Information Technology HS (21-16 44 Rd)

PS 78 (48-09 Center Blvd) 114th Precinct The Vallone Family Senior Residence (21-05 30 Dr) PS 171 (14-14 29 Ave) PS 112 (25-05 37 Ave) Newcomers HS (28-01 41 Ave) PS 76 (36-36 10 St) Astoria Community Center (4-05 Astoria Blvd) Goodwill Apartments (4-21 27 Ave) Queensbridge North Community Center (10-25 41 Ave)

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Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2813 Ladies Auxiliary Semi Annual Clothing Drive For Homeless Female Veterans Saturday November 3rd & Sunday November 4th from Noon – 6p. Accepting: gently used business attire and accessories for all size females. VFW Post 2813, 52nd Street and Queens Blvd. For more info: (718) 937-2448 To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772


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Hurricane Recovery Efforts From Council Member Van Bramer… “Over the past three days my staff and I have surveyed the 26th District for damages each neighborhood sustained during Hurricane Sandy. It was wonderful to see neighbors and residents come together to help one another. Although we have been affected by Hurricane SandyI want to reassure you that we will replant, rebuild and emerge from this situation stronger than ever. We have been in constant contact with City Agencies. As of this moment we have received over 70 reports of downed trees, flooding issues as well as downed power lines in various locations within the 26th Council District. Some of the downed trees are currently being cut into pieces and taken away by the Department of Sanitation and the Parks Department. We will continue to work with the Parks Department to ensure that all downed trees are taken care and access to our neighborhood streets returns. In the Long Island City area, there are still several condos without power. I have reported these cases to Con Edison myself and we are continuing to apply pressure in order to get the power up and running as soon as possible. Along both Center and Vernon Boulevards I visited businesses that experienced significant flooding damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In an effort to help them recover and reopen. I will Photos by Leonora Retsas and Christine M. Hunter be delivering FEMA Disaster Assistance forms to businesses. This information will help those affected on their way toward a full recovery. In order to apply for disaster assistance please go to www.disasterassistance.gov or contact FEMA at (800) 621-3362. This applies to both homes and businesses. More than a few people have also asked about volunteer opportunities. Everybody has something to offer and if you are interested in helping other New Yorkers in need following Hurricane Sandy please email your name, phone number, email address and borough to nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov. As volunteer opportunities arise you will be contacted. Some subway service has resumed. As always feel free to reach out to my office at (718) 383-9566 or via email at jvanbramer@council.nyc.gov. You can also contact me via Facebook and Twitter.”

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