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New School To Be Built In Woodside

On February 17th, CM Van Bramer announced a successful collaborative effort with the School Construction Authority (SCA), the Department of Education (DOE), elected and community officials to purchase several lots in Woodside to build a new school. Van Bramer was joined by Lorraine Grillo, President of SCA, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and representatives

from Congressman Joe Crowley’s office, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan’s office, Community Education Council 30 and the DOE. The Council Member has worked extensively with the SCA to address overcrowding issues in Woodside and Sunnyside. The acquisition and the construction of this school will add 440 new seats to one of the most heavily overcrowded areas in the city. “This agreement comes at a time

when CEC 30 is in the midst of some of the worst overcrowding in the City of New York,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “The announcement shows a commitment by both the SCA and the DOE to address this problem in our district. This agreement will not only give our children the adequate space that is needed to learn but will also alleviate the strain that has been put on schools in the surrounding area.” (continued on page 5)



Line Shuttle Bus Operation

Below is information for the upcoming weekend’s shuttle bus service that is being provided in place of 7-line service between the Queensboro Plaza and Vernon-Jackson Stations. Due to the placement of cranes at 23rd Street and 44th Drive and Queens Plaza South and 23rd Street to carry out track replacement work, we cannot use that street to go to or from Queensboro Plaza on this coming weekend. As a result, the 7-line shuttle bus will make the following stops:

Toward Vernon-Jackson: Queensboro Plaza Station – Q32 bus stop on Queens Plaza North at 27th Street (Northwest Corner) Court Square Station – On 21st Street at 44th Drive (Southwest Corner) Hunters Point Avenue Station – On 21st Street at 49th Avenue (Northwest Corner) Vernon-Jackson Station – Q103 bus stop on Vernon Boulevard at 50th Avenue (Southeast Corner) Toward Queensboro Plaza: Vernon-Jackson Station – Q103 bus stop on Vernon Boulevard at 50th Avenue (Southeast Corner) Hunters Point Avenue Station – On 21st Street at 49th Avenue (Northeast Corner) Court Square Station – B62 bus stop on Jackson Avenue at Thomson Avenue (Southwest Corner) Queens Plaza Station – Q101 bus stop on Jackson Avenue at Orchard Street (NE Corner – across from the Queens Plaza Station’s ADA elevator. You may board here for trips towards Vernon-Jackson ) Queensboro Plaza Station – Q32 bus stop on Queens Plaza North at 27th Street (Northeast Corner) Keep checking back with Woodside Herald for any other changes in the operation of the shuttle bus during the course of the 7-line service diversion.

Sunnyside Chamber Valentine’s Luncheon Sunnyside Chamber President Rebecca Barker, Gerald Thornton, Queens Chamber Sophia Ganosis, Cynthia Davis (Outreach Mgr., Floating Hotel) and Alma Brandeis (Dir., Eastside WIC Healthcare Network). by Luke Adams

On February 14th, the Sunnyside Chamber held their regular scheduled luncheon at Dazies Restaurant. Two members of the Queens Chamber, Sophia Ganosis and Gerald Thornton, were in attendance on behalf of their organization, to congratulate Lily Gavin of her 40th Anniversary of Dazies Restaurant. (continued on page 5)

Rigoberto Cardoso (Sunnyside Chamber Treasurer/ President of Pronto Car Service) and Diane Ballek (Pres., 108th Police Community Council).

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Rep. Joe Crowley (DQueens, the Bronx) voted to extend the payroll tax cut, ensuring working families in Queens and the Bronx would continue to keep more money in their pockets. The legislation, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (H.R. 3630), also extends jobless benefits and ensures seniors on Medicare can continue to see their doctors. The legislation passed the House and the Senate and will now go to the President for his signature. “Now, more than ever, hardworking New Yorkers need certainty that they will be able to make their mortgage or rent payments, pay down a credit card bill or even put food on the table. Extending the payroll tax provides for much-needed peace of mind during these tough economic times and I’m pleased Congress was able to reach a deal before the tax cut expired,” said Rep. Crowley. The legislation passed also in-


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Specifically, the bill includes language to authorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct voluntary incentivize auctions to repurpose broadcast and other spectrum for wireless broadband uses. As part of this auction, a portion of spectrum, known as the D Block, will be dedicated for use by the nationwide interoperable safety network. The bill also mandates that $7 billion in funding derived from the sale of other spectrum be used to finance the creation of the first responder network. The creation of this network has been long championed by first responders and the City of New York, and was included in the report issued by the 9/11 Commission. Crowley called for the establishment of this network in his June 2002 homeland security report entitled, “SECURING NEW YORK: A Blueprint for Meeting New York City’s Homeland Security Requirements.”

Bangladeshi Community Celebrates Native Language in Woodside by David Rosasco


cludes the allocation of spectrum and funding to create a nationwide interoperable communications network. This public-safety communications network will allow police officers, firefighters and other first responders to communicate and coordinate on one network. The need for such a network was made tragically apparent on September 11, 2011 when first responders from different agencies across New York City faced difficulties in communicating on the front lines of the rescue efforts because each agency operated under their own communication network. “The creation of this network is an investment in our first responders, which must be equal to the sacrifices they make day in and day out,” said Crowley. “I will continue to work on behalf of New York’s first responders to ensure that this first step is not the last step in giving them the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”

On February 20, members of the Bangladeshi-American community around the world and here in Woodside gathered to honor the International Mother Language Day, promulgated by the United Nations as a memorial for the struggle of the Bangladeshi people to preserve their native language. From 1952 to 1971, Bangladesh was East Pakistan and occupied by West Pakistan (today’s Pakistan). The leadership of West Pakistan decreed that all Bangladeshi people would learn Urdu instead of the native Bengali language. The War of Independence resolved this issue, creating today’s modern Bangladesh, yet

the trauma of the period of occupation still haunts many. The events began at the Dhaka Club on 59th Street & 37th Avenue at 10:00 pm with traditional dancing, song and native dishes, then wreaths were laid starting from midnight February 21 by BangladeshiAmerican individuals and community based organizations. An outdoor procession was also held simultaneously at 73rd Street & Roosevelt Avenue, which ended at a temporary monument signifying the holiday’s meaning. As Chair of the Woodside Neighborhood Association (WNA) I was invited to attend and speak at this landmark event. Joining me was Zakir Howlader, Board Member of the WNA.

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“I was so proud of my Bangladeshi brothers and sisters for preserving their important national holiday culminating in the gatherings in Woodside, Jackson Heights and around the world. What most impressed me was the presentation of the American flag, that beacon of freedom, against the backdrop of the Bangladeshi flag, and the number of young people braving the cold and darkness in good cheer. Understanding the value of language, I pay homage to those who fought for its freedom, and that message can be relayed to us, strengthen our community, restore civic pride, and foster a good neighbor policy that bridges cultures and faiths united by our shared American experience”.



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Resident Runs For Cancer On April 16, Suzanne Freeman from Sunnyside, N.Y., will be running in the 116th Boston Marathon® to help conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. Freeman, along with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a goal to raise $4.8 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. One-hundred-percent of the funds raised benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, which funds basic research in its earliest stages, providing scientists with critical resources to test their innovative ideas. To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge or to support a runner, go online to or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970 or

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Dozens of leaders of government and the community joined Borough President Helen Marshall and the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association at an event celebrating the life, work and friendship of Patricia Dolan, the late civic leader and library champion at Queens Library at Kew Gardens Hills on February 15. They shared remembrances and unveiled a plaque in her honor.

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Earth Day Competition 2012 To celebrate Earth Day this year, Senator Michael Gianaris is inviting elementary school students in his western Queens district to participate in the Earth Day Competition 2012. This poster contest gives children the opportunity to illustrate the importance of improving our environment. The theme for this year’s Earth Day contest is “Reduce, Reuse. Recycle.” “As we continue to recognize our impact on the environment, we must ensure the next generation understands the importance of recycling and waste reduction,” Senator Gianaris said. “It is critical that children understand the importance of improving our environment, and this competition is a fun, educational way for them to get involved. I encourage students to participate and look forward to seeing their creative submissions.” Senator Gianaris is a longtime advocate for environmental improvement, having authored the Clean Energy Act and other legislative proposals to better protect and conserve our environment. This competition is an effort to increase awareness of our responsibility to be greener and more eco-friendly. All submissions will be displayed on Senator Gianaris’ website, with the winning poster as the featured piece. Participants will also receive a special certificate from Senator Gianaris for completing the project. Earth Day this year is April 22nd. Students’ submissions to the competition are due by March 9th. To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772



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Sunnyside Chamber Valentine’s Luncheon

Council Member’s Sunnyside Mobile Office

by Luke Adams

CM Van Bramer held his District 26 Mobile Office at Sunnyside Library in Long Island City. Members of the community who do not have the opportunity to visit the district office during the week had a chance to voice their questions and concerns directly to Council Member Van Bramer and his staff. Since taking office in 2010, Van Bramer has made accessibility his priority. The mobile office is a part of the Council Member’s ongoing initiative to expand outreach and accessibility in neighborhoods throughout the 26th District. Future mobile office events, in all neighborhoods, are currently being planned. Lily Gavin, (Dazies Restaurant), Gerard Thornton (Queens Chamber Treasurer), and Sophia Ganosis (Queens Chamber COO). The meeting, with a great turnout, welcomed two guest speakers. The first speaker was Cynthia Davis, Outreach Manager of the Floating Hospital, (land based in LIC since 2004). Davis says she “hopes to help more business owners offer affordable healthcare to employees.” The Floating Hospital has helped over 5 million of NYC’s most fragile families receive comprehensive and compassionate health care services for over 140 years. The second guest speaker was Alma Brandeis, the Director of the Eastside WIC of the South Manhattan Healthcare Network, a program of NY State Dept. of Health, which provides nutrition and support to low income women, infants and young children. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care. During the meeting, Chamber Treasurer Rigoberto Cardoso was honored by Diane Ballek, Aide to Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Pres. of the 108th Police Prec. Community Council, who attended especially to present a “108 Greats” award from the Council, and a citation from Assemblywoman Nolan. Ballek mentioned the many kindnesses Rigo has done for local residents, including taxiing the hearing-impaired around the community. Ballek and 108th Precinct Commander Thomas Powers had earlier bestowed three other “108 Greats” awards at the January 31st 108 Council meeting, which is held the last Tuesday of the month at Sunnyside Community Center. Those were presented by Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley, who attended the meeting especially to do so. The awards went to departing One Police Plaza representative Sgt. Ray Morales, and CB2’s Patrick O’Brien and his daughter, Kate O’Brien, who worked hard to present community concerns in regard to the defeat the bid by Gypsy Rose to open in the 108th Community. (continued from front page)

New School To Be Built In Woodside Van Bramer has met with CEC 30 to discuss overcrowding at PS 11 and is dedicated to developing a long-term initiative with the SCA to actively address this issue in Woodside and Sunnyside, which sit in Community Education Council District 30. “No child should have to fight for a desk, school supplies or the attention of their teachers. That’s why I applaud Councilman Van Bramer for securing this agreement,” said Rep. Joe Crowley. “There is no question Queens is in need of new and better school facilities and today’s announcement is a step forward in addressing the needs of Woodside students. But our efforts must continue, and I will keep fighting in Congress to ensure that schools in Queens receive their fair share of federal funds and that the education of our children comes first.” Currently, CEC 30 is one of the most overcrowded school districts in the city. PS 11, an elementary school, only a few streets away is a prime example of the overcrowding issues in CEC 30 and at the moment is at 117 percent capacity. “I want to thank the SCA and DOE for coming together to make this happen but more needs to be done to alleviate overcrowding in this district,” said the Council Member. “I will continue to work with the SCA and the DOE every single day to bring to mind new sites.” Senator Michael Gianaris said, “School overcrowding is a chronic problem that is reaching crisis levels. The construction of additional classroom space is welcome news that will help the children of Woodside obtain a more productive learning environment.”

Construction is expected to begin on the school in the spring/summer of 2013 on a school building. The new school is expected to open in September 2015.

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with dependents, or $18,000 or less without dependents, are eligible for the City University of New York and Food Bank for New York City’s free tax assistance by their trained volunteers.

To qualify for the free tax preparation you must bring the following: · If filing jointly with a spouse, both of you must be present with photo IDs. · Social Security cards or ITIN (or copies) for you and your spouse if filing jointly and anyone you are claiming on your tax return, or a letter from Social Security Administration. · W-2s for all jobs you held in 2011. · Form 1099-G if you receive unemployment insurance in 2011

· Form 10-99-INT if you received interest from a bank account in 2011 · Form 1098-T if you paid tuition · Form 1098-E if you paid student loan interest · If you are claiming child care expenses, amount you paid and child care agency’s ID or name and Social Security number of the babysitter. Residents who qualify are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this free service provided by the Food Bank for New York City and the City University of New York. If you qualify, come to the Majestic Marquise in Ozone Park on Friday, March 16 between 10 AM – 5 PM. For further information, call Senator Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111 or call Food Bank for New York City at 212-894-8060.

Put Power of Tax Deferral to Work As an investor, you may sometimes feel frustrated. After all, your portfolio seems to be at the mercy of the financial markets, whose volatility is beyond anyone’s control. Yet you can control the quality of the investments you own and the diversification of those investments to improve your chances of attaining your long-term financial goals. One way in which to do so is to put as much as you can afford, year after year, into taxdeferred investments. When you contribute to a taxdeferred account, your money has the potential to grow faster than it would if you placed it in a fully taxable investment — that is, an investment on which you paid taxes every year. Over time, this accelerated growth can add up to a big difference in your accumulated savings. For example, if you put $200 each month into a taxable investment that earned a hypothetical 7 percent a year, you’d end up with about $325,000 after 40 years, assuming you were in the 25 percent federal tax bracket. If you put that same $200 per month into a tax-deferred investment that earned the same hypothetical 7 percent a year, you’d accumulate about $515,000 — or nearly $200,000 more than you’d have with the taxable investment.*

Of course, you will eventually have to pay taxes on the taxdeferred investment, but by the time you’re retired, you might be in a lower tax bracket. Furthermore, depending on how much you choose to withdraw each year from your tax-deferred account, you can have some control over the amount of taxes you’ll pay. Clearly, tax deferral can be a smart choice, but what sort of taxdeferred vehicles are available? One of your most attractive choices will be your employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k). Your earnings have the potential to grow on a taxdeferred basis, and since you typically fund your plan with pre-tax dollars, the more you put in, the lower your annual taxable income. If you’re lucky, your employer will even match some of your contributions. Consequently, it’s almost always a good idea to put in as much as you can afford into your 401(k), up to the contribution limits, and to boost your contributions every time your salary increases. In 2012, you can contribute up to $17,000 to your 401(k), plus an additional $5,500 if you’re 50 or older. Even if you participate in a 401(k) plan, you can probably also contribute to a traditional IRA. Your earnings have the potential to grow tax-deferred and

your contributions may be tax deductible, depending on your income level. In 2012, you can put in up to $5,000 to a traditional IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older. (If you meet certain income guidelines, you might be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, which offers tax-free earnings, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59-1/2 and you’ve had your account at least five years.) Finally, if you’ve “maxed out” on both your 401(k) and your IRA, you may want to consider a fixed annuity. Your earnings grow tax-deferred, contribution limits are high, and you can structure your annuity to provide you with an income stream you can’t outlive. The more years in which you invest in tax-deferred vehicles, the better. So start putting the power of tax deferral to work soon. *This hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent a specific investment or investment strategy. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor Vincent Renda, located at 47-01 Queens Blvd. Suite 203 Sunnyside NY 11104. Phone him at 718-361-1306.

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SHOP SUNNYSIDE! Interactive Programs For Homebound Children/ Teens Queens Library’s award-winning Mail A Book program with interactive programming is working with the NYC Department of Education to reach out to children and teens in the Home Instruction Queens program. They are young people who receive long-term or short-term education at home due to health issues. There are 225 students in Queens. Queens Library’s Mail A Book program is unique in that it provides free interactive programs via teleconference or Skype. Participants can converse with each other, as well as with the program presenters at the li-

brary. Sometimes, the callers join in a program that is already happening at the library, such as an author talk or music concert. At other times, the program is being held solely for the benefit of callers. The library will be holding sessions of particular interest to young people, such as Teen Chat. It will help bring socialization and a fuller library experience. A chat group composed of homebound seniors already meets via teleconference twice a week. Fast friendships have developed among people who otherwise would not have that opportunity.

Also through Queens Library’s Mail A Book, the students may have library materials mailed to their home for free, along with a postage paid envelope to return them. They may request books, large-print books, music CDs, audio books, or videos in English or other languages. Following the pilot, Queens Library’s Mail a Book plans to work with the Department of Education to expand the program to the other boroughs. Homebound residents of any age are invited to receive materials and participate in programs through Mail a Book. For further information, phone 718-776-6800.

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Dancing in the aisles was permitted last Saturday night, when Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Jazz Band gave a free concert at the Sunnyside Reformed Church. The 12-piece group, which consisted everything from a baritone saxophonist to a stand-up bassist to the sweet vocals of Marti Mabin, played Jazz and Swing favorites dating back to the 1920s, as well as some numbers written by members. The jam-packed audience responded by swaying, waltzing, humming and clapping. The event was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Valentine’s For Vets

NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who serves on the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, paid tribute to the brave sacrifice given by American men and women in uniform by supporting school children in the district who work on a Valentine’s Day-themed project each year designed to applaud our heroic veterans housed in the VA St. Albans Community Care Center. On Thursday, February 16, Senator Addabbo visited residents of the VA St. Albans Community Care Center, as the representative of over 50 students from P.S. 88 in Ridgewood and delivered their “Valentines for Vets” greetings. Dozens of students had worked for the past several weeks on crafting creative, colorful, expressive greeting cards and letters, to show appreciation for the veterans’ sacrifice and service from World War II to the Middle East conflicts. Their teacher and principal met with the senator earlier that morning when he picked up the students’ work. Senator Addabbo then visited the veterans to personally deliver heart-felt greetings to each from the school children, affectionate tokens filled with expressions of their gratitude to show the veterans they care and they’re not forgotten. For more information on the above, please contact Senator Addabbo’s district office in Howard Beach at 718-738-1111. To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772

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