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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 78, NO. 12

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

P.S. 152 was our own United Nations for one night as different cultures met to sing, dance and dine. Woodside On The Move’s afterschool program, grades Kindergarten to 6th Grade, with the support of Principal Vitolo and his staff, created a multicultural night to celebrate the diversity of our community. From Australia, China, Brazil, to India, Madagascar Morocco and Italy, students performed in the traditional dress and fashion of each culture, greeted the audience in Italian and explained the cultural differences of the world’s continents. The hit of the night was the song from the movie Madagascar, “I Like to Move It, Move It” bringing loud cheers and applause from everyone as they watched the First graders having fun. Students also highlighted famous New Yorkers and Woodsiders representing Colombia, Italy, China, India and Mexico. At the end of the show over 100 parents and their children sampled delicious food donated by the parents of the program. Woodside On The Move is organizing a Youth Festival on April 29 and will continue their traditional summer concerts on Thursdays to draw attention to our multicultural communities.

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Post 870 Fundraiser For The Troops

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The Ladies Auxiliary of the Catholic War Veterans Post St. Sebastian’s 870 in Woodside, NY, held a Valentine’s Day/ St. Patrick’s Day buffet dance at the Post, on February 26th, to raise funds for their project sending gifts to US Military forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, they have sent over 500 gift packages to our troops. The well-attended event was organized by Auxiliary President Helen Olt, Nora McDonald, Mary McDermott, Margaret McDonald and other members of the Auxiliary. Post Commander Gerald Olt welcomed the guests to the Post. A special appreciation was given to the Post members Mary Ann and Kenny Bobby, who had two sons in the US Marine Corps deployed to Afghanistan. One has recently returned, the other is still there.

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Rear Row: Denis Ventorino (Mass Mutual), Dr. Debra Guthrie (Debra Guthrie, Ophthalmologist), Nick Vaglica (Nationwide Insurance), Brent O’Leary (Attorney), Marc Albert (Law office of Marc Albert), Frank Schiro (UBS Financial Services, Inc.) Front Row: Veronneau (IMTI; Club President), Gloria V. Askew (District Governor, 20K1), Arthur Rosenfield (OurLIC; Member and New Member Sponsor); Not present for photo, but NEW MEMBERS: John Dallaire (MaidPro). Joining the LIC / Astoria Lions Club, Joshua Schipper (Vernon Blvd Pharmacy), Juan Carlo Bermudez (Floresta), Metin Mangut (Foodcellar Market), Bushra Pereira (Resident and new Secretary).

2nd Women’s History Awards & Open House Saturday, March 24th @ 11AM Honoring: Patrice Lee, Sherilyn Sabba, Jean Clancy, Moitri Savard, MD & Ebony Young CM Jimmy Van Bramer’s Office, 47-01 Queens Blvd, Ste 205

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NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is reminding state lawmakers during budget negotiations of a court decision that called for the restoration of monies to New York City public schools that were wrongfully underfunded by the state. In 2001, an almost decadeold lawsuit by the New York City-based Campaign for Fiscal Equity, led to the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division’s ruling that limiting resources to public schools violated a student’s constitutional right to a “sound, basic education”. The ruling led to a $2.3 billion increase in cumulative state aid to local public schools through 2007 that has since been ignored, and furthermore damaged, by $2.7 billion in subsequent budget cuts. “Governor Pataki was supposed to have set aside the larger share of $2.3 billion increase in state aid for downstate education as a result of the Court’s 2001 ruling. Where is it and how do we get it?” asks Addabbo. According to this excerpt from a January 21, 2009 article in The Village Voice, “The Campaign for fiscal Equity Lawsuit Was the Best Hope for City Schools. It Failed.”: Following the court ruling, newly elected Governor Eliot

Spitzer proposed boosting state education funds to the city by $5.4 billion by the year 2011, factoring in the kind of programmatic specificity the lawsuit’s filers had suggested. School districts would have to sign “Contracts for Excellence,” vowing to use the windfall to improve one of five educational areas: teacher quality, length of school days, smaller class sizes, restructured middle and high schools, and full-day pre-K and kindergarten. Under Spitzer’s plan, spending increases would be slowly phased in over five years, but only $228 million out of the $700 million in extra funding the first year would be subject to Contract for Excellence restrictions. The rest trickled out through various loopholes—$60 million for charter schools, $38 million for “experimental” programs—and into other pots of money the school system was free to spend however it wanted. There were numerous complaints of insufficient oversight over how the money was actually being spent. Rather than pouring the dollars into consolidated citywide programs targeted at improving teacher quality or lengthening the school day, the city left it up to principals to decide how to spend their tiny portion of the funds. The result

was no comprehensive strategy for using the funds, and a paper trail that is, at best, patchwork and, at worst, unreliable: principals only had to report their intentions, not how the money was ultimately spent. So where is the money? From discussions with government colleagues and staff, Addabbo believes that due to the state’s poor fiscal condition over the past three years, lack of available dollars caused the state to become unable to keep up with its educational funding obligation set by the State Supreme Court. The Senator is hopeful that by raising the issue during the current budget negotiations, when the state is in an improved economic situation, it can resume to honor the Court’s decision and its payment toward New York City’s schoolchildren. Concludes Addabbo, “With the issue of New York City’s student-to-teacher ratio, rising costs and the city threatening to close dozens of schools, New York’s public school system could really use this money—now more than ever. More than a billion dollars in recovered funds would go a long way toward helping students and teachers have positive outcomes in their classrooms.”

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On March 20th, CM Van Bramer visited the eighth graders of IS 204 to see their multimedia presentations on issues facing the community and hear their suggestions on how to solve them. The students presented their ideas about solving issues with litter, parking and the state of City parks. The Council Member spoke to the students about his successful efforts to alleviate long-term parking in Sunnyside and Long Island City, secure additional trash baskets to address litter issues and his allocation of funding toward building more dog runs in the 26th District.

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Irish Arts Center Gives Away Free Books Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (center) joined volunteers from the Irish Arts Center to give away free books by Irish authors in front of the Jackson Heights Post Office on 37th Avenue. Great works of fiction found their way into the hands and hearts of hundreds of passersby on the second annual Irish Arts Center Book Day. 10,000 books were distributed across eight different locations throughout the City including works by James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and many others. In addition to the City Council, Irish Arts Center Book Day is supported in part by the Irish Literature Exchange, the New York State American Irish Legislators Society, and Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America. It was inspired by a similar event in Washington launched by the contemporary Irish cultural organization Solas Nua.

OPEN HOUSE CELTIC PARK 48-23 42nd St. #3K Sunnyside, NY 11104 Sat, Mar 24th 2012 1 to 3 pm Lrg. Studio, Lrg. EIK, dressing area, HWFS, move in condition. Pet friendly bldg. Excellent location, laundry & storage on site. Must see. Asking $129K Neg. Maint. $571.45 Incl. G & E In keeping with the Irish theme and St. Patrick’s Day, Dromm was honored at the 4th Annual Gay St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance in Staten Island. Dromm, who is of Irish descent, was commended among other things for being a founding member of St. Pat’s for All, Queens’ LGBT inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration. Upon accepting his award, Dromm spoke about the importance of building a strong and proud LGBT community in Staten Island. Pictured with Dromm is fellow honoree Gail Kelley who was also cited for her tireless work as an LGBT activist and as the Development Director for the Alice Austen House on Staten Island. The Gay St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance is organized by Staten Island Pride Events, a community based group focused on creating events in the area that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride. Gaile Kelley and CM Daniel Dromm 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789

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New Borough Guide Puts Queens In Your Pocket

A Queens in Your Pocket launch party took place at Queens Theatre on March 16. Attendees included (back row, from left): Jessica Lau, QIYP’s graphic designer; borough booster Kevin Lin; Ray Cullom, Queens Theatre’s producing artistic director; Theresa J. Osborne, director of culture & tourism for the Borough President’s Office; Annie Bergen, vice president, arts & cultural programs for NYC & Company; Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein; (front row, from left) QEDC board member James Bua, IBEW Local 3; Queens Courier Publisher/CEO Victoria Schneps; Borough President Helen M. Marshall; and QEDC Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Tourism Rob MacKay, who wrote the guide’s text. Photo Credit: Dominick Totino

Queens Theatre last Friday hosted a special event to launch Queens in Your Pocket, a jam-packed guide to the borough, including insightful articles on local attractions, eye-popping photography, helpful maps, lists of highly recommended restaurants and hotels and colorful advertisements by local businesses. The lavish, 114-page handbook features photos of Queens scenes and residents on the cover. Inside, the text provides detailed descriptions of about 40 venues — such as museums, theaters, sports and entertainment venues, nature and parks and the hotspots within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where the borough’s most famous landmark, The Unisphere, makes its home. The unique reporting format lets readers know the inside scoop and main fea-

tures of each venue, as well as its address, website and the other attractions located nearby. Peppered throughout the pages are head shots of Queens residents, accompanied by text describing their reasons for loving the borough. And to add another local touch, Jessica Lau, an intern from Queens College, performed the graphic-design duties. “This Queens in Your Pocket resource can take you to many places and help you to discover all that our great county has to offer in entertainment, culture and epicurean delights,” Borough President Helen M. Marshall stated. “It doesn’t take up a lot of room. You can put it in your pocket, but it can unlock a whole new world for longtime residents and first time visitors alike.” Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-

30th District, Maspeth), who is chair of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, added: “Tourism is an important and growing sector of the economy in Queens, providing thousands of jobs and helping to support our many outstanding cultural resources. The wealth of attractions in Queens is amply reflected in this helpful guide that will be a valuable resource for both residents and visitors to our wonderful borough.” “It was a distinct pleasure to work on this guide,” said Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “There are so many fun and enriching things to do in Queens, and it’s great to be able to share them with readers. Plus, there’s an authenticity to our home that tourists love, and borough is booming. Read-

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ers of the guide will never run out of fun and enriching things to do around here.” NYC & Company, Borough President Marshall’s Office, the Queens Tourism Council, QEDC and the Queens Courier collaborated to create the roughly 4”-by-9” guide. To receive a free copy in the mail, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with $1.90 in postage to QEDC (120-55 Queens Blvd., Ste. 309, Kew Gardens, NY 11424). For more information, send an email to Rob MacKay at rmackay@queensny.org. QIYP is also available at the Welcome Centers and LaGuardia and JFK airports, Borough President Marshall’s Office, the Redbird Tourist Information Center at Queens Boulevard and 82nd Avenue, the Discover Queens Visitor Center in the Queens Center Mall, QEDC’s main office and most major hotels in Queens and Nassau counties.


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Park Strengthens Community Volunteer Organization In its 14th year helping care for Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park, the Friends of Gantry Plaza State Park is undertaking a community-wide outreach program to recruit new members and volunteers. In this time of shrinking public funding, Friends relies on the hard work and generosity of its volunteers and donors to augment park staff and city agencies who don’t have the resources available to keep the neighborhood’s plant life and street trees at their absolute best. Volunteers from Friends attend classes, become New York City certified tree pruners, and work with landscape architects and the state horticulturist for the New York City region to educate themselves on the proper way to maintain the gardens and green spaces of the Hunters Point neighborhood. The mission of our parent organization, the Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks, is to maintain the area’s expanding parklands and increasing number of street trees as the Hunters Point neighborhood continues to transform into a vibrant place to call home and do business. The group has had a banner year. Friends has partnered with New York Cares, www.newyorkcares.org, New York City’s largest volunteer organization; has signed a Memo of Agreement with The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to become the official Friends group for Gantry Plaza State Park; has launched a new website at www.FriendsofGantry.org; and has just been awarded a $2,600 grant from Parks and Trails New York, www.PTNfY.org, for a community-wide mail campaign to introduce the website to this fast-growing section of the city. In addition, the Friends’ dedicated group of volunteer city-trained citizen tree pruners has just marked its tenth year of maintaining the trees that adorn the streets of Hunters Point. Bill Bylewski, Vice President of the Friends, states, “Members of Friends have raised money over the years through corporate sponsorship and member donations. The mulch and garden supplies needed for us to properly look after Gantry Plaza State Park and the smaller neighborhood parks and street trees cost several thousand dollars a year. On top of that, we have ambitious plans for the future requiring more volunteers and donations to keep up with the still-expanding Gantry Plaza State Park and burgeoning neighborhood. If we can raise enough money, we hope to expand our public/private partnership with the state and provide the services of a professional gardener to assist the Friends and Gantry Plaza’s staff. This year’s projects include a restoration and replanting of a couple of beds of ornamental plants. $8,000 would put us in good shape for this – that’s 400 people donating $20 each, which I hope we can achieve through our community outreach. This is an oasis on the East River, and it has thousands and thousands of trees, shrubs and ornamental plants. We hope that our current campaign, our largest and most far-reaching so far, lays the groundwork for what might grow into a conservancy similar to those that work with many of the signature NYC parks. We continually need new people of all skill levels to contribute their time and energy to this much-needed work. ” Friends has strived to become an integral part of the community. Don Dodelson, the chairperson of the Environmental Education Committee of the Friends group, has worked with the students of PS 78 in Hunters Point and PS 112 of Dutch Kills and has used Gantry Plaza State Park as a learning tool – as when the students participated in an Oyster Gardening Program off one of the park’s East River piers. The committee also worked with the Queens Public Library to help move forward the construction of a new library fronting on Gantry Plaza. Don says, “We wish to continue our involvement with the library/community center so that it can become, in addition to its many other functions, a center for environmental activity and learning.” The City Parks, Green Spaces and Street Tree Committee chairperson Jennie Nyulasi notes, “We do street tree pruning, as a group, monthly from April through November. It has to be done, and the city can’t always get to all the trees. Friends of Gantry offers 50% scholarships to any member interested in becoming a certified city tree pruner through the course offered by Trees NY.” As Friends expands to meet the needs of this growing neighborhood, the group looks forward to working with the many community and business organizations of Long Island City, leveraging the Friends’ efforts and continuing to build the neighborhood’s potential as one of the special gems of the city.

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Irish Books Handed Out

Upcoming Friends events include: — A general membership meeting open to anyone wishing to become involved in the Friends group to be held Thursday, April 19th at the Citylights building (7 PM to 9 PM, 4-74 48th Avenue, Long Island City, in the Third Floor Activity Room); — New York Cares Day Spring 2012 on Saturday, April 21st (9:30 AM to 3 PM in the gardens of Gantry Plaza State Park; meet at 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard); — The first ever statewide “I Love My Park Day” Saturday, May 5th at 10 AM (meet at 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard). To find out more about these events and the Friends group, to join this organization and make a donation, or to learn how to volunteer your time and get involved with one of the Friends committees, visit www.FriendsofGantry.org or email info@friendsofgantry.org.

On March 16th, CM Jimmy Van Bramer joined the Irish Arts Center in handing out 800 Irish books in Woodside for the Second Annual Irish Book Day. Books by over a dozen Irish and Irish-American authors were distributed at eight different transit hubs throughout the city. Van Bramer handed out books to commuters at the 61st Street 7 train stop in Woodside handing out free Irish literature to promote literacy and increase awareness about the contributions the Irish have made to literature over the decades. “Sharing the great literary heritage of the Irish culture is what today is all about,” said the Council Member. “By working with the Irish Arts Center we are putting some of the world’s best literature in the hands of New Yorkers who possibly may have never had the chance to read the work of some of the most imaginative minds that have brought us, Gulliver’s Travels, Dracula and the Picture of Dorian Grey.”

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PAGE 6 Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Rev. Richard F. Dunn. Viewing will be on Friday, March 23rd at Kennedy Roth Funeral Home from 3-9PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 9a at Corpus Christie Church in Woodside (32nd Ave and 60th St).

Protecting Consumers Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan is proud to announce that her bill A. 8928 was reported favorably out of the Assembly Banking Committee. This bill would require banking institutions to properly warn consumers about fraud before money is transferred. “Fraud hurts everyone regardless of age. We all should be interested in protecting consumers” said Assemblywoman Nolan. Assemblywoman Nolan’s office recently tried to assist a constituent’s mother who was victimized out of thousands of dollars. “I applaud Chairwoman Robinson’s leadership and thank her for the swift action by the Banking Committee which reported this legislation” said Assemblywoman Nolan. The bill now moves to the Assembly Codes Committee. Senator Michael Gianaris is carrying the bill in the State Senate.

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QEDC To Celebrate Women’s History Month To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Queens Economic Development Corporation and Flushing’s Deluge Restaurant invite the public to a free networking event honoring women from the borough and their successes as entrepreneurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet start-up business owners and discuss partnership opportunities. Plus, the newly renovated Deluge, which recently received a 9 out of 10 rating by New

York magazine, will offer everything from miniature Cuban sandwiches to sesame chicken skewers with peanut sauce to an international cheese board free of charge. (Cash bar.) The Women’s History Month celebration will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Deluge, which is located at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave. in Flushing. For more information, contact Darinka Maldonado at 718.263.0546, ext.

Assemblywoman Nolan Visits... Photo To The Left: The Turkish Cultural Center of Queens, located in Sunnyside, recently came up to Albany for a visit. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan took some time to meet with their representatives during Assembly Legislative Session. Photo Below: Students from P.S. 19 in Queens recently got a chance to visit with Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan chair of Assembly Education Committee, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Senator Jose Peralta while they were in Albany.

Congressman Gary Ackerman Retires

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) released the following statement on the retirement from Congress of her friend and colleague, Con-

10 or dmaldonado@queensny.org or go to www.queensny.org. During the celebration, QEDC will announce the nine finalists — selected from roughly 160 enrollees — of the Sixth Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a five-month challenge-andinstruction course sponsored by Citi Foundation. (At Queens Taste 2012 on May 1, a panel of judges will choose three winners from nine finalists and award $10,000 to each winner.)

gressman Gary Ackerman: Gary Ackerman is a quintessential New Yorker, a consummate legislator, and a dear friend. Even after 15 terms in Congress, Gary was a breath of fresh air in Washington. His passion, keen sense of humor, and dedication to serving others will be sorely missed. Through his longtime service on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ackerman provided invaluable leadership on issues relating to the Middle East and Asia, and was instrumental in strengthening the ties between America and Israel. While I will miss seeing the ‘unsinkable’ Gary Ackerman in the halls of Congress, I know that he will continue his efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers and all Americans.”

• LEGAL NOTICE Probate Citation File No. 20104261/B Surrogates Court QUEENS County Citation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent T o JULIE ANDERSON; DOROTHY BALDINE;THE BRIDGE OF LIFE, INC.; SOCIETY OF THE FRIARS MINOR ORDER OF ST FRANCIS a/k/a Franciscan M i s s i o n A s s o c i a t e s ; FRANCISCAN PROVINCE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION; IRISH HOLY GHOST FATHERS; KATHLEEN KENNY; ALEXANDER RYAN; LOIS RYAN; MONA MACKLE; MARY MCGUINN; ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN; ST. SEBASTIAN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH; (The above are all adversely affected parties) ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

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and PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF QUEENS COUNTY, and To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of ROBERT FRANCIS EDMUND FLEMING 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 ANGEL MICHELLE STANLEY, who is domiciled at 1092 St. Georges Ave. (Apt. 149) Rahway, N.J. 07065 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court of Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, New York on APRIL 12, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the Fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of ROBERT FRANCIS EDMUND

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LEGAL NOTICE • FLEMING lately domiciled at 5230 39th Drive. Woodside, New York 11377, admitting to probate a Will dated August 12th 2010, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Robert Francis Edmund Fleming, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: Angel Michelle Stanley. Dated, Attested and Sealed Hon. Peter J. Kelly Surrogate Feb. 28th 2012 Margaret M. Gribbon Chief clerk (Annexed to this citation and served with it are: the last will and testament of Robert Fleming dated 8/12/2010 and the prior last will and testament dated 5/18/2000) Brian McCaffrey, Esq. Attorney for Petitioner 88-11 Sutphin Blvd. (1st Fl.) Jamaica, N.Y. 11435 tel. (718) 480-8280 Facsimile (718) 480-8279. 3/9/12, 3/16/12, 3/23/ 12, 3/30/12.


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Letters To The Editor The following letters are the opinions of its author and not necessarily those of the Woodside Herald.

Bicycle Paths Dear Editor, Has everyone lost their mind? More bicycle paths? You can’t walk anywhere without looking both ways even on a one-way street. Bicycles, motorbikes (used more and more for takeout) even on sidewalks. 44th Street has a sign “pedestrian crossing” yet the cars turning on to Greenpoint don’t let you cross as they want to turn regardless of whether you have the right of way. Now bikes? Queens Blvd. is a nightmare. Cars and trucks lined up like a raceway starting as soon as the light blinks. Try crossing with a baby carriage and small children. How about seniors who can’t walk that fast? Bike sharing? Where do you suggest you leave a bike for someone else? That’s a laugh! You can’t keep the tires on your car without someone stealing them. Stop turning this area into Yuppieville and leave it the old hometown flavor it once had. Very truly yours, Agnes Ondrovic, Sunnyside

Bicycle Paths Dear Editor, I was also at the meeting on Saturday, March 3rd sponsored by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. I too had wished to ask when bicycle riders would observe the laws and rules of the road, but was not acknowledged. I am concerned that a meeting for those of us who do not ride bicycles will ever take place. From my observations, the bicycle riders are a special group of persons who receive favors and special treatment. There does not appear to be equal treatment for all who drive in Woodside. Perhaps there is a conflict of interest on the transportation committee, which favors the bicycle riders. It does appear to be the situation. A meeting is only fair. Yours truly, Margaret Baxter, Woodside

Berkeley Renovation Dear Editor, As an Irish American born and raised in Celtic Park, I am happy to celebrate its history. However, I consider it poor form for a board member of the Berkeley Cooperative to question the decision making of the board at Celtic Park. In my opinion, this does not build good community relations. Common sense should prevail at the Berkeley as well. Currently, Berkeley is missing more than half its board members. It has spent over 3 million dollars on the balcony renovation and has not completed the project. My apartment in the “F” line has been encased in a construction zone since July 2010 and no one can tell me when the job will be completed. I have written letters to the board and never receive a response. So this Irish American shareholder wants to tell the Berkeley to get its own house in order before it points its finger at another Coop board. Sincerely, Kathleen Robertson Berkeley/Woodside Formerly Celtic Park

In Response To “What’s in a Name” Article printed 3/16/12 Dear Editor As the Great Grand Son of Irish immigrants to Dutch Kills, who once enjoyed the spectacle and competition that was Celtic Park, I take great pride in preserving the history, of the times and places, in which my ancestors and their neighbors lived. Establishing a plaque, honoring the history of Celtic Park and the multi ethnic athletes who created the organization, represented by the Winged Fist, should be done for the following reasons. 1. You would be commemorating the diversity and the strength of a group who together were more than the individuals that contributed to its success.

2. Long before political correctness was even a concept, these men banded together on the site of the Celtic Park housing Complex, to hone their individual athletic skills into a team that was the most prolific contender ever competing in the arena of Track and Field. 3. It was because they celebrated their common values and not their differences that they were successful in amassing more Olympic medals, as a group, than any American Team before or since. 4. It was they who set the ground rules for Olympic competition, as we know of it today. They set the standard for competition at such a

high level that many of their records stood for decades beyond their passing. Let us hope that the diversity of those living today, within the boundaries of the original Celtic Park, will convince their Board of Directors to celebrate, not only the spirit but the foresight that enabled a band of immigrants, that collectively were known as the Irish-American Athletic Club, to plan and purchase the land from the Thompson family and, pass it on, intact, to those who developed the Celtic Park Housing Project. Without them preserving this parcel, the homes of those living in Celtic Park housing today, would never have

been constructed, or developed,as you appreciate it today. Honor them, the members of the Irish-American Athletic Club and all they stood for, with the proposed plaque that proudly displays their emblem .This emblem consists of two American Flags protecting the upright hand of strength, supported by a pair of wings sprinkled with shamrocks, to suggest the descent of the founding members of the organization, all this resting on a cloud encircling the Irish Motto “Liam Adair Abu” which translates to Strong Hand Forever. One cannot celebrate the history of Celtic Park without the symbols that represented it to the, athletes and the, tens of thousands of spectators that once cheered them on from the Grandstand, where your housing now stands. As the IAAC was inclusive, the plaque representing their accomplishments cannot be any less en-

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compassing. Vote to have the plaque, as thoughtfully presented by Ian McGowan, placed in a location of prominence, in Celtic Park Housing, for present and future generations to cherish. As the families that represent the current residents of Celtic Park, members of my family has grown past their Irish roots to welcome, Native American,Italian, German, French, Hispanic, African American, English, Scottish, Welsh, Polish,and Russian plus a wide variety religious beliefs to match the nationalities represented, into our extended family. What all of us have become are Americans and as such we celebrate our past while treasuring our future. We cannot have one without the other. Please support the tireless efforts mounted, on your behalf, to preserve the historical heritage of your homes, with a Plaque preserving it.

Thank You Walter Kehoe


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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

KIWANIS CLUB OF MASPETH EVENTS: 13th Annual Benefit Auction Thursday, April 19th @6PM Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1642 72-15 Grand Ave Maspeth For further information, please contact Richard Reichert (917) 939-2814 Neighborhood Flea Market Sunday April 29th 10a-3p (Rain Date: May 6th) Maspeth Federal Parking Lot Grand Ave and 69th St For further information, please contact Maryanna Zero (718) 326-2400

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