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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 77, NO. 4

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2011

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Ceremonial Induction Of Queens Officials By Joe F. Gurrado

On January 20th, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria was the hottest place to be on a cold winters night. A packed studio filled with friends, relatives and civic leaders came out to be part of the Inauguration of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, State Senator Michael N. Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and the Hon. Jose Peralta made opening remarks. 15year-old Tristan Buettel sang the National Anthem beautifully. Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor gave the Invocation and the Inauguration was underway. (continued on page 4)

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney being sworn in by Hon. Sheldon Silver.

Installation of Assemblywoman Margaret Markey for Her Seventh Term

Senator Michael Gianaris being sworn in by Hon. Nicholas Garaufis.

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Senator Charles Schumer (R), who administered Assemblywoman Markey’s oath of office for her first term, was back to help her begin this new seventh term. Congressman Joseph Crowley (L) was emcee for the program. More than 180 constituents, colleagues and friends jammed the ballroom of the Frank Kowalinski American Legion Post #4 today to participate in the celebration that marked the start of Assemblywoman Marge Markey’s seventh term in the New York State Assembly. The community ceremony included the participation of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, three members of the U.S. Congress from Queens — Joseph Crowley, Anthony Weiner and Nydia Velazquez — and Queens Senator Toby Stavistky,

Assemblymembers Michael Miller, Michael DenDecker, David Weprin and Rory Lancman and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Paul Milholland delivered the invocation and the benediction was led by Sister Mary Pius CIJ. The oath of office was administered by Queens Supreme Court Justice Charles Markey, the Assemblywoman’s husband. In her remarks, the Assemblywoman said: (continued on page 6)

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During the months of November and December Sunnyside Shines decorated a vacant store on Greenpoint Avenue creating a place for Santa to stop his sleigh for the holidays. During the three weekends before Christmas parents were able to bring their children by to eat candy canes, play with a toy train and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. (continued on page 7)

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ASSEMBLY PASSES EDUCATION EXTENDER LEGISLATION Measure continues adult education programs, payment of library aid, provisions for No Child Left Behind compliance Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan announced the Assembly passed legislation that will prevent several ongoing education programs from being disrupted. The measure (A.2289) allows for the continuation of the Consortium for Worker Education’s training and education programs and school bus driver safety training grants. It also renews the state’s No Child Left Behind compliance provisions, ensuring that schools do not lose federal funding. The legis-

lation also allows for payment of aid to public, school and research library systems, and extends the authority of the Commissioner of Education to grant waivers to public library systems and central libraries that cannot maintain local funding due to financial hardship. The extenders passed are traditionally included in the budget, but were vetoed by the governor in 2010 as part of the Education Labor Family Assistance Article VII bill. “By passing this critical legislation, we are ensuring the continuance of current necessary education practices while complying with federal law requirements,” said Silver (D-Manhattan). “These measures help guarantee that

school districts, library systems and education programs can maintain their operations.” “These extenders will allow school districts and libraries to continue doing their day-to-day business in an efficient and effective manner, without fear of losing crucial funding resources,” said Nolan (D-Queens). The legislation also provides for other education-related extenders, such as permitting the state Education Department to continue current operational practices, authorizing school districts to maintain the existing accounting procedures and authorizing the Rochester City School District to purchase health services from BOCES.

DISTRICT ACCOMPLISHMENTS SHARED AT LICBDC BREAKFAST On Thursday, January 20 th Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and State Senator Michael Gianaris for Long Island City’s Business Development Corporation’s (LICBDC) annual elected official breakfast at Kaufman Astoria Studios. CM Van Bramer spoke with members of the LICBDC about district accomplishments and exciting developments from the past year including securing $3 Million for Hunters Point Library – scheduled to begin development this upcoming Fall, launching a Free Anti-graffiti Hotline to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and securing $2 Million for the brand new and improved Museum of the Moving Image. In addition, Van Bramer also spoke about continuing to fight for funding for cultural organizations, supporting small businesses and improving transportation in the area. LICBDC is a nonprofit group

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QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein, CM Jimmy Van Bramer, Entrepreneur Space Manager Katherine Gregory, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky. ens to produce products ranging from pies and Indian delicacies, to organic dog biscuits and catering services. In addition to the kitchens, the Entrepreneur Space includes affordable workstations, job training programs, and mentoring services for small busi-

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Woodside Man Honored For “Extraordinary Efforts” Nursing Home employee is chosen from among 150,000 for outstanding care of the elderly and community service Kyaw Htay of Queens, is known as the gentle man who gives his time to Amsterdam Nursing Home residents, accompanying them to family reunions. Who will sit and hold their hands when they are upset. Who treats everyone with respect and kindness. Fellow staff member use words like “intelligent…supremely skilled…efficient and positive” to describe Mr. Htay. And on Tuesday, January 18th Mr. Htay (pronounced TAY) was honored at Amsterdam Nursing Home, located on Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street by receiving the Long Term Care Employee of Distinction award from the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (NYAHSA). Presenting the award was Daniel J. Heim, Interim President and CEO of NYAHSA. NYAHSA represents not-for-

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WE NOW ACCEPT MOST UNION PLANS & INSURANCE profit, continuing care providers for the elderly in New York State, and annually honors 18 care-givers for the award. The award is particularly distinctive considering the fact that NYAHSA represents 150,000 front line caregivers from among 600 elder care organizations. “It’s an honor to receive this award,” says Mr. Htay, “I would like to thank Ms. Flor Nebres (VP, Nursing) for nominating me, and the rest of the staff here for making Amsterdam such a warm and nurturing place.”

Mr. Htay resides in Woodside Queens. And when he isn’t working with residents at the nursing home, he counsels, mentors and assists other Burmese immigrants with immigration applications and work authorizations. “Kyaw is a natural care giver. You can tell he loves his job by the way he throws himself into it. He embodies the empathy, skill and enthusiasm we ask of our staff members here at Amsterdam,” remarks James Davis, President and CEO, Amsterdam Nursing Home.

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GILLIBRAND INVITES 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS John Feal, Founder of the FealGood Foundation, Was Critical to Organizing Other First Responders to Advocate for 9/11 Health Bill U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is inviting 9/11 first responder John Feal, the founder of the FealGood Foundation, who organized other first responders and community survivors to lobby for passage of the 9/ 11 health bill, to be her guest for President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. A resident of Nesconset, New York on Long Island, Feal worked on the pile at Ground Zero in the weeks after the attack, and for years after(continued from page 2)

ward organized charter bus trips to bring hundreds of 9/11 first responders down to Washington, DC to lobby members of Congress. “After everything our 9/11 responders sacrificed and gave to our nation, we owe them a debt we can never repay,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Fulfilling our moral obligation to the survivors and heroes of 9/11 by providing them with the care they need is a moment every American can be proud of, and an example of what this Congress is capable of when we put politics aside, work together, and do what is right.”( Senator Gillibrand was the chief Senate sponsor of the James

Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which President Obama signed into law earlier this month, to provide treatment and monitoring for tens of thousands of responders and community survivors around the country who are sick from the toxins inhaled while rescuing survivors and recovering remains at the World Trade Center site.( Also on Tuesday, Senator Gillibrand will join with Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the AFL-CIO, and others for a special reception to thank all the individuals and organizations that played a critical role in the passage of the legislation.

GRAND OPENING OF THE ENTREPRENEUR SPACE IN LIC CELEBRATED “This 5,000 square foot one-stop shop will provide endless economic opportunities for small businesses owners and I am thrilled to see such a communal and economically stimulating workspace take roots in my district in Long Island City.” The four kitchens include a variety of ovens, tables, counters and supplies including mixers of various sizes, a dough processor, steel jacketed tilt kettles, dough rounder, immersion blender and a cold room for finishing. Cold dry storage and lockers are also available and there is a supply of equipment and small wares available for tenant use. In addition to offering low-cost kitchen rentals, the Entrepreneur Space includes a small business incubator with seven workstations and two private offices. Desks are available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. Two classrooms are also available for organizations needing to secure space for job training classes or seminars.

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Maloney Attends Dedication of New LGA Airport Tower

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Ceremonial Induction Of Queens Officials By Joe F. Gurrado

The Hon. Sheldon Silver, NY State Assembly Speaker swore in Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. After Congresswomen Maloney was sworn in, guests enjoyed a special treat by the Center of Hope Gospel Choir. Afterwards, the Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, of the United States District Court, swore in Senator Michael N. Gianaris and the Hon. Nicholas Tsoucalas, United States Courts of International Trade, swore in Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. The Reverend Father John Antonopoulas gave the closing prayer and everyone was then invited to the main lobby for refreshments.

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan The following is Representative Maloney’s Statement: “It’s a new day for LaGuardia now that this tower has been cleared for landing. This $100 million tower is fully paid-for by the federal government and will be a huge boost to the economic competitiveness of our region and the safety of the traveling public,” Maloney said. “As a frequent traveler from this airport, I am among the many who are thrilled that this day is finally here.” “I am delighted to be here with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, the FAA’s air traffic control chief Hank Krakowski, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward and GM Tom Bosco, and so many of my colleagues in government. “The new $100 million control tower at LaGuardia is fully paid-for by the federal government and will be a huge boost to the economic competitiveness of our region and the safety of the traveling public. “I congratulate the FAA and the Port Authority on completing this much-needed boost for New York’s transportation network. “The sky over LaGuardia is one of the most congested and complex airspaces in the world, and now we’ll have one of the most technologically-advanced air traffic control towers to manage the constant flow of planes in and out of New York. “The old tower was built in 1964, a time when skies were far less crowded, and airlines served hot meals and checked your luggage for free. Clearly, it was a long time ago. “In recent years, the drawbacks of the old tower became clear: the space was cramped, the equipment was outdated, and the roof leaked. “No more. This new facility will have nearly twice as much space for air traffic controllers to operate; it will have the latest radar and other equipment to ensure safer, more efficient management of flights; and no one will have to grab a bucket when it rains. I’d say that’s a win-win for everyone. “It’s a safer, new day for LaGuardia now that this new tower has been cleared for landing. “As a frequent traveler from this airport, I am among the many who are thrilled that this day is finally here.”

RENT REFORM CAMPAIGN RALLY Hundreds of Queens tenants joined with Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Francisco Moya last Thursday evening in Sunnyside, Queens to demand improved regulation of massive and unwarranted rent increases which have been rubber stamped by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). While the lowincome, immigrant tenants living in rent-regulated buildings suffer under the burden of hazardous living conditions that include heavy leakages, dirty stairwells, broken apartment floors and locks, and rodent infestation, landlords are routinely approved for hefty Major Capital Investment (MCI) Rent Increases based on recently installed “improvements”. Throughout Queens and New York City, building owners are seeking rent increases while New York State’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) remains asleep at the wheel, consistently failing to provide any oversight to abusive rent practices, which threatens some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers: the working poor. Thursday, the Queens Housing Coalition – comprised of hundreds of tenants and five community-based organizations – demanded a response from DHCR’s Deputy Commissioner who, despite meeting with the group last November, has failed to make administrative changes that would protect tenants’ rights in the MCI process. DHCR is failing to adequately review MCI Rent Increase applications and in the process is not only neglecting its mission to “preserve and expand affordable housing” but also the working families of New York. DHCR’s current system of evaluating MCI Rent Increase applications is a rubber stamp. Landlords routinely seek and receive hefty and unwarranted rent in-

Hon. Sheldon Silver and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas being sworn in by Hon. Nicholas Tsoucalas

Hon. Jose Peralta

Tristan Buettel singing the National Anthem

Senator Michael Gianaris

Council Member James Van Bramer creases where little or no improvements have been made to buildings. Tenants – largely the immigrant working class of New York City – are effectively silenced and excluded from this process which is conducted in English only and with no meaningful instructions. The consequence is rapid displacement of working-class and poor families from New York City’s fast depleting stock of affordable housing. The Queens Housing Coalition has presented the fol-

Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, Aravella Simotas and Hon. Nicholas Tsoucalas lowing requests directly to the Deputy Commissioner of DHCR, and is strong and united in demanding that DHCR take administrative action! √ Language Access – Translation of all materials √ Clear Information – DHCR should provide clear information about the MCI applications and how to respond included with the original notice. √ Reform Reply Process – DHCR should send forms with

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boxes to check providing possible defenses. They should meet the requirements for valid objections to an MCI application √ Inspections – DHCR should conduct inspections before approving an MCI. These reports should be made available to tenants √ Overall transparency of the process In Western Queens, the examples of ABUSIVE MCI APPROVALS are overwhelming: (continued on next page)


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TROOP AND PACK 390 HOLD MID-YEAR OPEN REGISTRATION By Peter A. Ross

Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 390 of the Sunnyside-Woodside area will be holding open registration for new members through the remainder of January and February as both groups prepare for their annual re-charter period. This is a great time for all boys ages 7 through 17 years old to jump into the respective programs as both are at mid-year in their programming. The Cub Scouts, geared toward elementary aged boys (7-10 yrs), helps teach younger boys personal achievement, physical fitness, character development and the beginnings of citizenship, spiritual growth and family understanding and the boys go on various local trips and hold activities during their meetings to foster these goals. Boy Scouts, for boys of middle and high school ages (10 to 17 yrs), builds on these beginnings and includes greater opportunities for outdoor camping, hiking, leadership development and service to the community. Both programs, open to all boys, meet at St. Teresa RC Church off 50th Avenue and 44th Street in Woodside, Queens. The Cub Pack meets on Tuesday evenings in the school gym (entrance on 44th Street just after the parking lot) from 7:00 to 8:00 PM (for information please contact Cubmaster Marvin Jeffcoat at 917-4167352). The Troop meets Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Church auditorium (for more information contact Scoutmaster Eduardo Avila at 646-808-4665). They look forward to see all prospective new members in the coming weeks ahead. The Troop has also celebrated their mid-year Awards/Parents Night last month at their home base of St. Teresa Church. Led by the Troop Committee and Senior Patrol Leader Arturo Romero the achievements of the boys over the past five months were honored. Seven different boys completed six different merit badges in a variety of subjects and 5 were awarded with their first rank award, the Scout Rank, for knowledge of the basics of what the Scouting program is about. Service stars were given for longevity and Assistant Scoutmaster Wesley Burwell presented Camp Alpine patches to a number of boys who assisted with clean-up and clearing of areas of the camp during an overnight in October. The Jack Kohler Camper Award, in honor of Jack J. Kohler who was a tireless Scouter for over (continued from page 4)

Rent Reform Campaign Rally 50 years and was very actively involved in camping programs and services for Queens and the Council at large, was presented to 11 boys. To earn the award the boys were required to attend summer camp, a district-wide overnight, a campfire program and at least two additional overnights with the troop itself. The night was topped off with the presentation of the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award a boy can earn in Cub Scouting, to Xavier Morales who completed his official transfer/transition into the Troop from the Cub Scout Pack. Two days later Troop Committee Chairman Thomas Varga lead the boys to Bryant Park where they got a chance to blow off some steam and start their holiday vacation early with some fancy moves on the ice skating rink. After a few weeks off and the shaking off of some winter rust the boys are looking forward to the second half of the year. First stop, victory at the District’s Ice Age Wint-O-Ree coming up February 18-20. Boys ages 11 to 17- get your applications in and join the fun!

DEBRA S. GUTHRIE M.D. OPHTHALMOLOGY - BOARD CERTIFIED Top Floor Tenants Rained Out of Increase In Jackson Heights, DHCR rubber-stamped a building owner’s request for a perma-

nent rent increase amounting to nearly $100 per month per apartment for the purchase and faulty installation of a new roof. Incredibly, DHCR exempted top floor tenants from increases because of “visible defects” related to the roof but ordered that all other tenants living under the same roof pay this enormous rent increase. Therefore, despite leakages and crumbling ceilings on the top floor, tenants in other areas of the building were made to pay for a roof that was failing in its main capacity. Doubly Hit: Tenants Unsafe AND Burning Up A building in Woodside was doubly hit by DHCR’s administrative disaster. The tenants of 39-89 50th Street were first hit with a permanent monthly rent increase of $5 per room for a new main door but were doubly shocked when DHCR ignored its own inspectors who stated that the door lock was “inoperative at time of inspection.” The order for rent increase was issued regardless of the non-functional door and unsafe conditions. The nightmare was not over for the tenants of 39-89 50th Street who were soon hit an additional $4.62 per room permanent rent increase for a new fuel oil tank which created a host of new disasters for the residents including extreme overheating and periodic lack of heat and hot water. The NYC Department of Buildings quickly issued a violation for dangerously excessive heat and irregular functionality. Despite volatile conditions, the MCI Rent Increase was approved. Landlord Dismisses Leaks as Act of God, DHCR Approves Rent Increase In another building in Jamaica, tenants are facing an unbelievable $61.82 rent increase per room for new roofing. For most tenants, with three or four rooms in their apartment, this brings the permanent increase well into the hundreds of dollars per month. Tenants in this building have experienced heavy flooding that the landlord attributed to heavy rains, “an act of God that caused leaks;” which of course begs the question: What is the purpose of a roof, if not to keep out the rain?

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QUEEN OF ANGELS CHURCH Will be holding its First Blood Drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Bank on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 9:30 AM 2:30 PM in the Parish Center (43-18 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, NY). For more information or to arrange an appointment, please call (646) 541-6526.

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Installation of Assemblywoman Margaret Markey for Her Seventh Term Getting results for the community has been a high personal priority for me over the past 12 years — — and I am proud of what I have been able to do to bring millions of dollars in State funds to our district. And I am proud of the support I have provided to local non-profit organizations. These dedicated groups are a vital link to help and assistance for neighborhoods, and for people in need.” She added: “The term ‘Member Items’ has become a dirty word for some, but that is not true in the 30th Assembly District. I know these dollars are an important part of the budgets of our local non-profit groups and they go directly into the community to benefit children, seniors, the sick and the needy.” Looking ahead to the new term in the State Legislature, she said: “It is already clear that this new session will probably be the most challenging one since I was first elected. At the top of our ‘To Do’ List is to act in a way that restores the public’s confidence in State Government. We have to demonstrate that we can work together to face up to a $10 billion budget deficit. There is sure to be plenty of pain before we have a new state budget this year, but I am confident we will meet the challenge.” The Assemblywoman added: “As we do our work, it is important to remember that we’re not just talking about numbers — our actions have real consequences for real people. People like the youngsters in this room who will be affected by education funding cuts —— or the elderly who depend on programs for home heating assistance, medical services or senior programs. There isn’t a single person in this audience who won’t be affected by the actions we have to take. Our challenge is to produce a responsible, timely budget and to work together to minimize the impact on those who need assistance the most.” Among community priorities in 2011, the Assemblywoman said: “I think we may be on track to ease one of the most nagging problems in Maspeth — the scourge of big trucks on Grand and Flushing Avenues, fouling the air and endangering shoppers and residents. After more than a decade, concerted action by all the community’s public officials appears to finally be producing results.” Also participating in the ceremony was a color guard made up of members of Queens Chapter 32 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Boy Scouts from Troop 45 led by Scoutmaster Fred Coltrinari, and special music by the school chorus from P.S. 229 led by Loretta Tumbermelo. Assemblywoman Markey, a lifelong resident of Maspeth, was overwhelmingly re-elected in November. She first took office in 1998 and has had more than 20 bills enacted into law including laws that brought about tougher food safety standards on the farm and in the food industry as well as laws to safeguard children. She is chair of the Assembly House Operations Committee.

Many other Queens elected officials joined in the celebration. From left are: Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congressman Anthony Weiner and Assemblyman Michael Miller.

Supreme Court Justice Charles Markey adminstered the Assemblywoman’s oath of office for her seventh term.

Rev. Paul Milholland of Trinity Lutheran Church delivered the invocation for the day. Sister Mary Pius CIJ, standing in the rear delivered the benediction. Rear left is Carol Gorman, who sang “God Bless America” and front right is Senator Toby Stavisky.

Senator Charles Schumer, Councilwoman Liz Crowley and Assemblywoman Markey with members of Troop 45 of the Boy Scouts of America, who helped members of the Queens Chapter 32 of the Vietnam Veterans open the program. Right is their Scoutmaster, Fred Coltrinari.

The student chorus from PS 229, led by Loretta Tumberello, performed for the guests. Here some of the chorus members pose with Assemblywoman Markey and Congressman Joseph Crowley and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE XBESTPIX Photography Contest Winners A check for $50 and a mounted photo blow up 1. Steve Bornholtz. Grand Blanc, Michigan was given to each “ten best pix” winner. 2. Kristin Burns, Sunnyside Judging was done from among over 200 entries 3. Carl Derrick, Sunnyside by three jurors who judged on a “blind” basis, with 4. Jeff DelViscio no access to photographer identification, and the 5. Mary Teresa Giancoli, Sunnyside ten winners were those with the highest tally from 6. Matt Green, Manhattan all scores. “There were many excellent photo7. Peter Kileen, Sunnyside graphs submitted and the Chamber of Commerce is 8. Cindy Krikawa, Sunnyside grateful for the efforts of all the submitting photog9. Grace Polk, Manhattan raphers,” said Ira Greenberg, Chamber President. 10. Spiros Morfovasilis, Astoria Photos can be viewed at the http:// www.SunnysideChamber.org in February, replacing the current ten photographs in the mainpage slideshow. Each photographer retains all copyrights and may sell the original or prints at his or her discretion. The enlargements are being donated by William Daniel Sanchez, of Technical Digital Services, at their new location in Woodside. Wine was donated by Anthony Lodati of Lowery, Wine & Liquors, who have supported community events for 80 years. The $500 in prize funds were donated by an anonymous benefactor, and contest administration funds were donated from a grant by State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. (continued from front page)

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REAL ESTATE FACTS by RITA LOWRY WELCOME HOME REAL ESTATE

START AT THE BEGINNING What’s the first question you ask yourself when you’re ready to buy a home? It should be, “How much can I afford?” Without that crucial piece of information, you can’t even begin your search. Figure your monthly income and debt payments, order your credit reports, and determine how much you can put down. Now, apply for pre-approval from a number of lenders, to shop for the best interest rate and terms. You can choose fixed or adjustable rate, and a conventional or government or jumbo loan, among the most common types of mortgages. Now, what do you want out of your new home? Want a location within the city, right downtown, in the suburbs, or a rural setting? How many bedrooms and bathrooms, in a single family home or townhouse or condo? Now that you’ve figured out what you’re looking for and what you can afford, locate the neighborhoods that satisfy your requirements. An area real estate agent can give you information about schools, your work commute, and proximity to shopping and recreation. Find your agent through referrals and interviews to get the right “chemistry.” You can browse listings online, but the agent should be able to provide a list of suitable properties right away. Make appointments for tours and attend open houses if available. My upcoming column will guide you through the next steps!

seven coupons shopping at Associated Supermarket, Lowery Wines & Liquors, Flowers by Giorgie, Woodside House Hallmark, April Glass and Orchard Farmers Market. Coincidentally, the raffle took place at Orchard Farmer’s Market and the winning ticket pulled was from Jeanette’s trip to Orchard Farmer’s Market. After being in-

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ST. RAPHAEL SCHOOL 48-25 37th Street, LIC, NY 11101 E-mail: straphaelschoollic@hotmail.com Accredited by Middle States Association

NURSERY THROUGH GRADE 8 Saint Raphael School is a Catholic school committed to quality education, discipline and Christian values. St. Raphael School educates students from Nursery through Grade 8 with the goal of meeting the needs of all students. Challenging programs are offered in addition to remedial help and guidance services, as needed.

Among the many features and programs offered are: Daily Prayer and Liturgical Celebrations, Music Program, Physical Education, School Band Program, Language Program (Spanish), Computer Program, Internet Access in Every Classroom, Computer Lab, Full-Tine Nurse, Guidance Counselors & Guidance Program, Title 1 Remedial Reading & Math, ESL Classes, Christmas and Spring Shows, City Breakfast & Hot Lunch Program is available. A teacher-supervised after-school program operates daily to 6 PM. The Home-School Association sponsors sports nights, seasonal events and spirit building activities. The school is centrally located and easily accessible by car and is also convenient to public transportation. Free bus service is available for eligible students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Reasonable tuition rates, Financial aid available, if qualified.

COME VISIT OUR SCHOOL Tuesday & Thursday, February 1 & 3...... 9:00-10:30AM Registration begins the week of Feb.1st between 9AM & 2PM Tours of the school are available upon request. For more information CALL 718-784-0482 or Visit our website: www.straphaelschoollic.org Invest in your child’s future. Your child is worth it!

LEARN BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS AT SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES Learn to use a personal computer or laptop to write letters, compose and send e-mail, browse the internet, use SKYPE, and more at Sunnyside Community Services Center for Active Older Adults. The new “Intro to Computers” class runs on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., starting February 7 and ending on March 7, 2011. The fee is $25(payable by check) for 16 hands-on sessions (8 weeks). The Intro to Computers class is one of many programs and services available for individuals of all ages at Sunnyside Community Services. SCS is located at 43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104. For more information call Richard McGrade at 718 784-6173 extension 411.

SUNNYSIDE REFORMED CHURCH PRESENTS In Concert: David Shenton with Erin Shields and Friends Performing a program of jazz, blues, ragtime and original compositions, including selections from his new CD Sunnyside Blues , a jazz suite.

Saturday, February 5th at 7:00 PM

Betty’s Bus to Yonkers Casino Feb 1st, $20, $15 back-Ladies Day $7 extra for gambling Meet at 57th St. & Woodside Ave. by 9am Sharp! 718-786-6885

Mrs. Christina Spiritual Consultant & Life Coach Advise on All Matters Such as Health, Marriage, Career, Family I can help by getting to the root of your problems or questions through the power of Meditation, Chakra, Tarot Card, Palm and Full Life Readings.No Question turned away or denied. Find out how you, yourself hold the answers to your life. Pick up Natural Ways to relieve Depression, Oppression, Anxiety, Headaches, Body Aches, Low Self Esteem, Low Sex Drive. I Also Consult On Marriages and Relationships, Don’t Let Your Insecurities Stop You From Finding Out About Your LIFE...

Call for Appt. & 1 free question!

718-709-1278

Available Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010

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