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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 76, NO. 1

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010

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ASTORIA FEDERAL SAVINGS HELPS PURCHASE NEW TECHNOLOGY

AT “WOODSIDE ON THE MOVE” Astoria Federal Savings recently presented a grant to Woodside on the Move, Inc. to purchase updated computer equipment. The organization will acquire new hardware and software to support tenant advocacy, affordable housing, youth development and senior services programs as well as local arts and cultural events. In accepting the donation, Woodside on the Move, Inc.’s Executive Director Rosa M. Reyes thanked Astoria Federal Branch Manager Cathy Jusino for Astoria Federal’s efforts to help improve the quality of life of residents throughout Woodside. Astoria Federal Savings, a leading community bank, demonstrates its “Putting people first” philosophy by providing outstanding customer service, a wide variety of banking products and services, and extensive support for local not-for-profit organizations through neighborhood branches in Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, and Long Island. Pictured, Astoria Federal Savings Ditmars Branch Manager Cathy Jusino (left) presents Woodside on the Move Executive Director Rosa M. Reyes and Director of Housing Services Julio Ortiz-Luquis with a grant from Astoria Federal Savings. Astoria Federal is proud to support the organization’s efforts to make Woodside a better place to live, work and do business.

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There’s something new in Long Island City: Queens Library Literacy Zone Welcome Centers. They offer new cutting-edge urban library services to the kind of information and referrals Queens Library traditionally provides, but more intensely. The New York State Education Department has awarded Queens Library a three-year grant of more than $950,000 to help improve the economic futures for the residents of LIC/Astoria by helping them to improve their educations and job skills. The new Welcome Centers are located in a high needs community. At the Welcome Centers, Queens Library will assist with referrals in other areas of library customers’ lives: health care, housing problems, social services, tax services. Queens Library is the only public library to be a lead agency on this

kind of project. Specially trained, dedicated outreach staff and counselors are taking the time and have the training to sit down with patrons and find out what they “really” need. A big part of the agenda is eliminating the barriers that keep people from enriching their lives, whether that means improving English-language conversation or getting a hearing aid, or simply learning how to navigate the bureaucracy to access help. Envision a library customer who asks the library what to do about a landlord problem. The library typically would refer to a list of government agencies and web sites that would be helpful. Quite possibly, the customer cannot take advantage of the resources he’s been given because he does not understand or cannot read them, or simply does not feel empowered enough to walk into a

City office and ask for help. The ing? Is he undocumented and need Welcome Centers bridge the gap a legal referral? Is literacy a probbetween library service and so- lem? cial service by giving the cusMs. Echols also does extentomer more assistance. sive outreach. Queens Library Sandra Michele Echols is the needs other agencies in the comWelcome Center’s Project Coor- munity to know where they are dinator/Case Manager. She and and what they can do. They also the whole staff of the Elmezzi need to introduce themselves to Adult Learning Center at Queens populations who are new to the Library at Long Island City have area and new to the concept of had in-depth training in referring public libraries. Arabic- and customers to partner agencies for Bangla-speaking groups are just services, to complement the array coming into Long Island City. of educational services already The library hopes they will join provided by library staff. They the rest of the community and are able to spend more time and become frequent library-users. give customers more attention. The big factor in relieving povThey will also be able to do a erty is improved literacy and eduthorough assessment, which will cation. uncover additional ways the liThrough the Welcome Cenbrary can be of service. For in- ters and the annexes at stance: why can’t the customer Ravenswood and Queensbridge, with the landlord problem phone customers will be encouraged to 3-1-1? Does he need train- Vice enroll in literacy and ofESL trainBy ESL Fran Bruno, President of Board Directors

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Regarding New Liquor License Application in Hunters Point Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Time: 8:00 PM Place: Waterfront Crab House, 2-03 Borden Ave, 2nd Fl, LIC Community Board 2 has scheduled a public meeting at the above time and place to hear public comments on several new applications for liquor licenses in Hunters Point. All are welcome to attend and participate. Contact Community Board 2 by telephone at: (718) 533-8773 or email at qn02@cb.nyc.gov for further information.

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ing and job readiness workshops. The Family Literacy programs in that community have done so much to give the families with which they work the needed tools to succeed. The new Welcome Centers are the next step. Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 23 million items in circulation for FY 2009, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700.


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Well Earned Honors Photos & Story by Peter Ross, Troop 390 Assistant Scoutmaster

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On December 11 , Boy Scout Troop 390 of the Sunnyside-Woodside area had its semi-annual Awards/Parents Night in the auditorium of its home base at Saint Teresa’s R.C. Church here in Woodside. The event was attended by the boys and numerous parents to celebrate the boys achievements from the summer through the Fall seasons. On hand were Scoutmaster Eduardo Avila and Troop Committee Chairman Tom Varga who presented the boys with various patches medals and pins commemorating completion of various Scout ranks (Tenderfoot- Hongying H., Ryan K., Andrew M., James M., and Danny R. and Second Class- Danny R.), merit badges completed at summer camp (a total of 14 with 13 additional partials by Hongying H. Ryan K., Tommy C.), Firem’n Chit (an award presented for completion of training in proper use, building, maintenance and safety concerning field firesRandy C., Jose R., Bladimir R.), Palisades Historic Trails Patches and medal, “Trained” patches for 8 boys who have

completed in-house junior leader training, Recruiter patches (Kevin G., Kevin F., and Enrique G.), and various service star pins for from 1 to 3 years of service. The Troop also publicly acknowledged our newest Scouts, Saul C., Cesar B., Steven V., and

Malik W., and thanked a number of parents and supporters who have provided support throughout the last few months, especially with transportation (notably Mr. Huang, Mr. Bushnell, and several members of our Committee). After announcements the

night ended with refreshments provided by Mr. Varga. It was a good way to start the winter season and the boys were given the next few weeks off to enjoy their holidays and prepare for the work ahead. In all, it has been a great Summer and Fall for the Troop- when will you be a part. Boy Scout Troop 390 invites all boys ages 10 to 17 years old to come join. Troop 390 meets Friday nights from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the auditorium of St. Teresa’s RC Church, located at 50-20 45th Street in Woodside, Queens. For more information on the Boy Scout program or how to join Troop 390 please stop by our Friday meetings or contact Scoutmaster Eduardo Avila at (646) 808-4665 for details. For those younger boys, ages 7 through 10 years old check out our sister group, Cub Scout Pack 390 that meets in the gymnasium of St. Teresa’s church from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. also on Friday evenings. For more information on the Cub Pack please contact Marvin Jeffcoat, Cubmaster, at (917) 416-7352.

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On December 19 , parishioners and friends alike gathered at Saint Teresa’s R.C. Church in Woodside to celebrate the last week-end Mass before Christmas and the brightening of the Church’s “North Lawn”, as Pastor Monsignor Denis Herron affectionately likes to call

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crowd in prayer and the children led by Norberto sang “Silent Night.” The group then retreated out of the elements and into the church auditorium, where several hundred guests were treated to various baked goodies, hot drinks, and several ethnic dance performances by a number of youth groups, including one supervised by parishioner Dante Ortega. The night ended, as one would expect, with a visit from Santa Claus, who met with a long line of eager children shepherded by Jason Lerma and some of Santa’s “helpers”. Included in the ‘goodie’ bags were coupons/gift cards courtesy of our local White Castle and McDonald’s restaurants. A good time was had by all! And Monsignor Herron thanked all of his staff and the guests who came out to make it a successful event.


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What’s New at Queen of Angels? Story and photo by Patricia Dorfman

To: All Members Event: General Luncheon Meeting Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 12:30 PM sharp Luncheon Cost: $20.00 Where: Dazies, 39-41 Queens Blvd., 39th Pl. & 40th Sts. Guest Speaker: Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Longtime volunteers Alice Gremillot and Pat Hansman enjoy tables turned on them January 3. LECTURE: Father Michael Mulvilhill notes that parishioner Michael O’Herlihy will be presenting a lecture, “The Stem Cell Controversy,” on Wednesday, January 13, at 7:30pm at the church on Skillman Avenue and 44th Street. Call 718-392-0011 if you wish to attend. AQUINAS DAY: Thursday, January 28 is a “Day of Study: St. Thomas Aquinas,” beginning at 9am and ends at 2:30pm and includes morning mass and a simple meal. Joining Father Michael Mulvihill will be the three parishioners who spoke as part of the previous popular presentation on St. Augustine, Conrado Gomez, Richard Drake, and Michael O’Herlihy, all PhD’s, on the anniversary of Aquinas’ death, to present aspects of his remarkable life and work. A segment will be presented in Spanish. Those interested in attending should call 718-392-0011 to learn more. VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED: On Sunday, January 3, the 85 plus volunteers who serve gratis at the

church had the tables turned on them when a full course catered Italian feast was brought in for them in the newly remodeled, bright and clean parish basement and gifts were raffled off. Pastor Brian Dowd said, “Thank you for everything you do every day for all of us. We could not function without you.”

NATIVITY SCENE: “Did you see the beautiful nativity scene?” asked Frances Schmidt, a Queen of Angels Church parishioner about the new statuary above the door on Skillman Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets. “It’s lit up at night,” she said, happily. Pastor Father Brian P. Dowd reports that he felt that the church should have

a nativity scene, and he brainstormed in October with multi-talented Musical Director and Plant Manager Juan Fuentes, to get the three-part scene in place by Christmas. “We discussed the possibilities,” Father Dowd reports, “and decided to place it over the front door. To our surprise, Daphne (30 years on staff at the church), confirmed that that had been the location in the past, but the practice had stopped in the seventies.” Juan Fuentes, whose accomplished musical direction delights all, designed and built the manger and other two platforms. Fuentes bolted in place the three sets of statues that Father Dowd selected and purchased for parish at Chiarelli’s Religious Goods in Brooklyn. Father Dowd adds, “I am very happy with the compliments we have received and I hope everyone learned the true meaning of the celebration of Christmas Day as they look upon the beautiful new image of the birth of Christ. We will put this out each year.”

Family and Aging Services Holds 18th Annual Award Ceremony The Family and Aging Services held its 18th annual anniversary awards ceremony in the Ties Center Stage Hall of the New York Times building on December 11th to present sixteen model awards to exemplary parents, sons & daughters, home care and couples as well as awarding onehundred students with certificates. The ceremony’s purpose is to highlight familial harmony, social stability and national peace by honoring the exemplary lives that these award recipients have led, so that others may follow their close knit family lifestyle as

Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made 3650 persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment. -Sydney Smith New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer represents the 26th District of Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City and areas of Maspeth and Astoria. A lifelong resident of Western Queens, Van Bramer was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009. Van Bramer attended Queens public schools all his life, graduating from PS 70, JHS 10 and William Cullen Bryant High School. His father, mother and stepfather were proud union members and he grew up admiring their strong work ethic. He works to represent his neighborhood as State Committeeman for the 37th Assembly District of the State Democratic Committee, is past president of the Western Queens Independent Democratic Club and a member of the Directors of the Ridgewood Democratic Club and was Deputy Field Director of the Clean Money, Clean Elections effort. Prior to his election, he was Chief External Affairs Officer of the Queens Public Library, the most popular library in the world. Jimmy Van Bramer has worked tirelessly to promote, protect and help all the people of Queens, and we are more than delighted to welcome him as the first speaker of the New Year! May all our friends and neighbors have a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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District), Civil Court Judge Carman Velasquez, City Councilman Daniel Dromm and Advisor John Vogt were on hand to provide encouragement and congratulatory remarks. Some officials could not attend so they sent along certificates in their name including State Comptroller Thomas DiNapaoli, State Senator George Onorato, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Secretary General of the U.N. Yeocheol Yoon and Washington Senator Paull Shin all followed up with letters of praise to David Shin for his selfless devotion to honor others while trying to unify this nation through his organization.


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PROBATE CITATION File No. 2007-951 SURROGATE’S COURT- QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO Laslo Rappaport; Thomas Rappaport; Judy Kennedy Goldberg; James Kennedy; Ron Kennedy; Justin Kennedy To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributes of GEORGE RAPPAPORT deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributes, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by SUSAN WINKLER, domiciled at 146-64 Delaware Avenue, Flushing, New York 11385. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY on February 11, 2010 at 9:30 am in the fore noon of that day, why a Decree should not be made in the Estate of GEORGE RAPPAPORT lately domiciled at 119-19 Graham Court, Flushing, NY admitting to probate a Will dated July 31, 2001, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of GEORGE RAPPAPORT deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: SUSAN WINKLER BY HON. ROBERT L. NAHMAN, Surrogate, ALICEMARIE E. RICE, Chief Clerk Dated, Attested and Sealed December 16, 2009 Attorney for Petitioner Burton Citak, 270 Madison Avenue, Suite 1203, New York, NY 10016. [NOTE: This citation is served upon you are required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] 12/25, 1/ 1, 1/8, 1/15 SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 17979/09 HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED NOTEHOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST2007-2 Plaintiff, vs. HARNAM SINGH, Defendant(s).MORTGAGED PREMISES: 103-10 97TH AVENUE, OZONE PARK, NY 11416 SBL #:BLOCK 9405, LOT 5, F/K/A P/O OLD LOT 5 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer,

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judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 23rd day of December, 2009, Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: HARNAM SINGH, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. KEVIN J. KERRIGAN of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 10th day of December, 2009 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by HARNAM SINGH dated the 12th day of February, 2007, to secure the sum of $750,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 2007000112701 in the Office of the Clerk of the County of QUEENS, on the 7th day of March, 2007;Said Mortgage is to be assigned by an Assignment to be recorded in the Office of the Clerk of QUEENS County. The property in question is described as follows: 103-10 97TH AVENUE, OZONE PARK, NY 11416 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land. with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens. City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of Grafton Avenue also known as Beaufort Avenue, distant eighty (80) feet westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the said southerly side of Grafton Avenue with the westerly side of Wyekoff Avenue; RUNNING THENCE southerly and parallel with Wyekoff Avenue, one hundred and four and seventy-five onehundredths (104.75) feet; THENCE westerly and parallel with Grafton Avenue forty (40) feet: THENCE northerly and again parallel with Wyekoff Avenue one hundred and four and seventy-five one-hundredths (104.75) feet to the southerly side of Grafton Avenue; and RUNNING THENCE easterly along the said southerly side of Grafton Avenue forty (40) feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN

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ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-2265697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE 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: December 23, 2009 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway, Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. 1/1, 18, 1/15, 1/22

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REAL ESTATE FACTS by RITA LOWRY

WELCOME HOME REAL ESTATE

ALL IN THE FAMILY Many areas of the country are experiencing buyers markets, and current tax laws make this a very attractive time for parents to help their children become homeowners. Prices and interest rates may never be lower than they are now, so strongly consider this potential investment in your children’s future. As parents, you can provide a significant down payment, free of taxation. Individuals may gift up to $13,000 per year, so two parents making gifts to their child and spouse can give a total of $52,000 in one year without paying gift tax! Above and beyond the outright gift, you may loan your family money, as long as you charge a minimum interest rate, which is currently very low. Then you can make your gifts each year, and your child’s family can use the gifts to pay the loan! If neither of these options is attractive, you could purchase the home yourself and then set up a Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT), with the home passing to the children at the end of an established term, tax free. You will need to consult with your financial advisor and employ an attorney to handle this kind of transaction. Begin by meeting with a real estate agent and explaining your situation. Contrary to what you may have been hearing, there is practically no better investment today than real estate.

Obituary My dear friend Rosemary Rogers died on January 3, 2009 in Baltimore in hospice after a long battle with cancer. She had moved to be with her daughter Elaine in Columbia, MD in November 2009 when she needed more daily care. Rosemary was active in St. Teresa’s parish for many years and was the Girl Scout coordinator for over 40 years in the school and in the parish. During that time, she mentored hundreds of girls, taking them camping and encouraging their independence, teaching them life skills and providing service in the community. Rosemary is survived by her daughter Elaine Howerton and son Charles Rogers. Her funeral will be at St. Teresa’s on Friday, January 8. Her Girl Scout friends intend to plant a tree in Flushing Meadow Park near other trees that were part of a Girl Scout project begun in 1986, which Rosemary and many other Western Queens Girl Scout troops supported. Lynch’s can provide further information.

YOUR EYES by DR. IRVING ROVIN, OPTOMETRIST

ADJUSTMENT TO CONTACT LENSES Anyone ever fitted with contact lenses has had to go through a period of adjustment. Even the most tolerant individual needs some time to get used to the presence of a new, foreign, plastic object. The thinner and softer the lens, and the better it fits, the more comfortable it will be; but even the thinnest hard lens and the supplest soft one will require that your eyes adapt gradually to their wear. This buildup phase has the reputation of being the least pleasant aspect of the contact lens experience. Leery of that prospect, many people have shied away from contacts. Others have tried contacts in the past and given up. Well, take heart. The quality, quantity, and fitting techniques of contact lenses have vastly improved over the years. Tales of discomfort and teary eyes are becoming extremely rare. Now is the time to give contacts a try – for the first time OR the second time.

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THE WOODSIDE HERALD

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010

108th Christmas Remembered Santa arrived with bells on to greet more than 100 happy children at the Knights of Columbus on Queens Boulevard. Eight happy children will never forget this Christmas as they received new bicycles. Every child had a wonderful time and left with a gift and priceless smiles. Santa couldn’t get all these gifts, wrapped and distributed without the assistance of the 108 Police Precinct Council. Thank you.

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This weeks pet is... This is Bonnie Blue Belle. The very loved ‘Miss Personality,’ submitted by proud owner Ann D’Adrea.

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