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‘The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge’ According to a Quinnipiac University poll 70% of Queens voters did not want to rename the Queensboro Bridge to honor former Mayor Ed Koch. However, in a 3812 Council vote on Wednesday afternoon to rename the Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, to the ‘Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge,’ had those who were in favor, cheering. The 86 year old former Mayor stated he is ‘elated’ at this honor of the adding of his name to the almost 102 year old bridge that connects Queens to Manhattan and he vows to defend it against any plans for tolls in the future. The vote comes on the heels of many

Queens residents and civic groups who placed many calls to elected officials to voice their opposition to the name change. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer was the only one on the committee of 7 people, to vote against it based on his constituents, who were unanimously opposed to the renaming. For many, the expense of sign replacement was a big issue. But Mayor Bloomberg, who originally proposed the name change at Koch’s birthday this past December, confirmed that the changes will be paid for through the help of private donations. The bill for the renaming will be signed by Bloomberg in April.

“One hundred percent of the people who contacted my office were opposed to this. If you can’t change, or wouldn’t even think of changing the Brooklyn bridge, then you should have the same appreciation of the name of the Queensboro Bridge.”

New York Neighborhood Alliance Unveils Commercial Opposing Walmart Invasion

“These businesses are the lifeblood of New York. This city was built on the American dream of entrepreneurship and hard work and allowing a Walmart to open here would end that dream for this and future generations of New Yorkers”

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The New York Neighborhood Alliance, a group composed of local small business owners, today released its first in a planned series of commercials opposing the expansion of Walmart into New York City. The New York Neighborhood Alliance believes the introduction of Walmart would have a devastating effect on the thousands of small businesses that make up the fabric of New York’s many diverse neighborhoods and communities. Multiple studies have reached the same conclusion as bankrupt small business owners across the U.S., that Walmart pushes out locally owned stores, and destroys more jobs than it creates. Statistics show that over twenty-five percent of local businesses are forced to shut down in communities where Walmart opens. “Walmart has proven to be a destructive force on small businesses across the country,” said David Schwartz, CoFounder of the New York Neighborhood

Alliance. “Hundreds of mom and pop shops will have no choice but to shutter their doors and go out of business if Walmart were permitted to operate in New York City.” In a recent survey of the city’s voters, Quinnipiac University found that 68% feel Walmart’s cheap deals would hurt small businesses. Allowing a big box store like Walmart to operate in New York would force existing small businesses to close, increase the vehicle traffic in our neighborhoods and eliminate the entrepreneurial spirit that has been the heart of this city for generations. “These businesses are the lifeblood of New York. This city was built on the American dream of entrepreneurship and hard work and allowing a Walmart to open here would end that dream for this and future generations of New Yorkers,” said Brad Gerstman, Co-Founder of the New York Neighborhood Alliance.

REPUBLICAN GOP MEETING Monday, March 28th @ 7:30PM Nak Won Reformed Church, 41-20 Queens Blvd. Please use the side entrance on 42nd Street. ALL REPUBLICAN MEMBERS ARE INVITED!

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Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (c) was joined by city, state and federal elected officials at a rally on the steps of Borough Hall, Friday, March 18th to protest proposed cuts to senior citizens that could close centers, take vans for transportation off the road and affect the delivery of hot meals. Among those on hand for the rally were: Assemblywoman Grace Meng (left of center); City Councilmember James Van Bramer (behind Marshall; and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (third from right). “I don’t remember a time since I have been in government that senior centers and services faced such devastating reductions,” Marshall told assembled seniors. She thanked state officials for their support for Title XX fund restorations, but said proposed cuts at the city level in July would total more than $63 million. And, she added, the elimination of the borough president’s discretionary funding for senior services could result in the closure of five additional senior centers, bringing the total of potential closures in Queens to 27.

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Assemblymember Michael DenDekker (D/WFP-Jackson Heights) has introduced legislation into the New York State Assembly, which would require that health insurance coverage be provided for clinical laboratory services if a covered health care provider directs a specimen to be sent to an out-of-network laboratory, or refers a patient to an out-of-network laboratory for clinical laboratory services. Bill No. A.06271, which was introduced on March 11, 2011, is intended to protect those New Yorkers who are enrolled in healthcare networks and plans

from surprise – and often extremely expensive – medical bills for testing services conducted by out-of-network laboratories. “Most people in New York State get their medical insurance through a network or plan,” Assemblymember DenDekker said. “But all too often – and sometimes in error - medical tests are being sent to laboratories that are outside of a patient’s plan or network, with the end result being that these testing fees aren’t covered by the plan, but are instead passed directly onto the patient. My feeling is that if you’re part of a healthcare plan

Local WWII Veteran And Centenarian Andy Rodriguez Honored On Saturday, March 19th Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer attended a special 100th birthday celebration for Sunnyside resident and World War II Veteran Andy Rodriguez. To help mark this milestone celebration CM Van Bramer presented Rodriguez with a special Proclamation from the City of New York.


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or network, and your physician is in-network, all your medical testing and clinical fees should be covered by that plan.” “When people are facing possible healthcare issues, the last thing they need are unexpected bills,” Assemblyman DenDekker concluded. “That’s what health insurance is supposed to avoid.” Introduction of this legislation represents New York State’s continuing commitment to ensuring that all of its residents are provided with the best healthcare possible. The bill has been referred to the Assembly’s Committee on Insurance.

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Sunnyside Community Services Celebrates Successful First Year Of Programs Held At The Technology Center The Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable provides children, adults and seniors in the community with unique e-learning opportunities and hands-on training PHOTO CREDIT Shahar Azran Photography


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Time Warner Cable’s East Region/NYC Regional Vice President of Public Affairs Harriet Novet, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Sunnyside Community Services Executive Director Judith Zangwill. On March 21, Sunnyside Community we serve,” said Harriet Novet, Regional Services (“SCS”) and Time Warner Cable Vice President of Public Affairs, Time celebrated the one year anniversary of the Warner Cable New York City. The Technology Center powered by Time Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable. This state-of-the-art facility Warner Cable is fully equipped with stateserves as a vital resource and educational of-the-art computers, computer software, tool for residents in Sunnyside, Queens. Time Warner Cable Business Class HighTime Warner Cable partnered with SCS to Speed Internet service, flat screen high defiprovide access to the latest technologies and nition (HD) televisions, HD cable service specialized e-learning programs to seniors, including an HD DVR and digital cameras — all underwritten by Time Warner Cable. families and young people. “Sunnyside Community Services is an “By partnering with Sunnyside Community Services to create a Technology exceptional organization which now plays a Center, we serve seniors, adults and young critical role in ensuring technology and epeople with accessibility to the latest tech- learning programs are developed to maximize nologies to develop important skills useful the full potential of the Technology Center in all facets of life. Providing simple and and its abundant resources,” added Novet. An official ceremony was held at SCS easy access to these important resources at this state-of-the-art Technology Center is yesterday with special guests including Exanother way Time Warner Cable connects ecutive Director of Sunnyside Community people with technology in the communities Services Judith Zangwill, (continued on page 7)

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Celebrating Women’s History Month VAN BRAMER CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH AWARD CEREMONY AT ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE On Saturday, March 19th Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer honored four outstanding women for their notable contributions to the community during a special awards ceremony at his annual open house event in Sunnyside. Over one hundred community members gathered in CM Van Bramer’s District Office to celebrate Women’s History Month and the accomplishments of: Gianna Cerbone: A lifelong Long Island City resident, Gianna Cerbone is a tireless entrepreneur who remembers the importance of community in all that she does. Gianna started Manducatis Rustica in 2008 to share Italian recipes that have been passed through her family for generations. While running a successful restaurant, Gianna shows her commitment to the community by opening her restaurant doors to host community events, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and helping fundraise for PS78Q. Gertrude McDonald: Gertrude McDonald has spent her life advocating for Western Queens and is a member of many different community government and civic organizations including the local precinct Community Council as well as serving as a longtime member of Community Board 2.

In 1974, Ms. McDonald helped found the Sunnyside Senior Center, serving as the chair of the advisory committee to the director and working on youth and other seniororiented programs in Sunnyside. Through her government and civic activism, including having run as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the office of Assembly Member in 1968, Ms. McDonald has fought adversity against women in politics and has helped lead the way by inspiring other women to seek public office. Catherine O’Flaherty: For over 21 years, Sunnyside resident Catherine O’Flaherty has shown care and support for thousands of New Yorkers by her profession as a Nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Catherine has involved herself deeply in her local community, sharing her love for Sunnyside and Sunnyside Gardens with all that she can by becoming a member of the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance, volunteering for the alliance and going door to door speaking with neighbors, attending informational meetings, fundraising, and fighting for causes she believes in. Mannie Wilson: Always a trailblazer, Mannie Wilson has been a member of the

Honorees Gianna Cerbone, Gertrude McDonald, CM Jimmy Van Bramer; Mannie Wilson and Carolina Tossi accepting on behalf of Catherine O’Flaherty.

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Congressman Crowley with this year’s honorees Joanne Cicero, District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Congressman Crowley, and Grace Lawrence.

Congressman Crowley with students from Middle School 101, who performed during the event.

Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) hosted his sixth annual Women’s History Month event with special guest Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and local women leaders at the New York Botanical Garden. Rice, the first woman in Long Island’s history to be elected district attorney, delivered the keynote address. During the event, Crowley honored two outstanding community leaders, Joanne Cicero of the Bronx and Grace Lawrence of Queens, for their dedication and ser-

vice to their communities. “Women’s History Month is a time to recognize and pay tribute to those trailblazers who not only fought for equality, but also progress. It is also the time to thank the many great women leaders who have refused to let these efforts fade, and have instead persevered to further advance the role and rights of women in the United States and around the globe,” said Congressman Crowley. As the founder and executive director of the Crime Victims Support Services of the North Bronx, Inc., Joanne Cicero has been a

Clowning Around at PS 199 Over 200 children from Sunnyside Community Services’ after-school program at PS 199 in Queens were thrilled and delighted to receive a visit from Ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott and the clowns of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s The Greatest Show on Earth®. The on and off stage antics kept the kids in stitches during the after-school assembly, and concluded with the team answering question and posing for photos. In a generous gesture, passes to upcoming performances of Fully Charged were distributed to the children and made available to community residents. This exciting visit last week celebrates the first ever “Queens Night” at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Queens residents will have access to special discounted tickets through the Borough President’s office for the inaugural “Queens Night” performance on Saturday, March 19th. “Although we regret that the Greatest Show on Earth will not be able to perform in New York City this year, we are delighted that children and adults of all ages will be able to attend a performance on Queens Night at the Nassau Coliseum.” stated Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “On behalf of all Queens residents, I thank Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for offering this discount opportunity for this special performance to anyone living in Queens.” “We’re happy to welcome Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to Sunnyside,” said Judy Zangwill, executive director of Sunnyside Community Services. “Their generous gift will allow many members of our community to enjoy an unforgettable evening of family entertainment.” Sunnyside Community Services offers a wide range of enrichment programs for individuals of all ages. For more information about SCS, go to

Women of Queens” by the Queens Borough President – illustrate Wilson’s dedication to serving her community. “These individuals have helped enrich our community with their talent, dedication and involvement,” said CM Jimmy Van Bramer. “I would like to thank the honorees for being such outstanding leaders and for helping to make our community be the very best in all of New York City.” Council Member Van Bramer plans to make this an annual event for the community.

Long Island City Community Board for nearly three decades. Mannie has shown her strength as a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a great-great grandmother, and a proud woman of faith, embracing all who cross her path with a sense of her inspiration and dedication. From working as the Executive Director of a program in Astoria called the Resocialization of the Handicapped, to working with Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan for over twenty years and her previous honors as being one of the most “Heroic

District Attorney Rice and Congressman Crowley. tireless advocate for crime victims and their families. In honoring her son’s memory, Cicero has helped her neighbors find hope during what is often the darkest of hours. Grace Lawrence is a committed civic activist, working to preserve and support cultural initiatives throughout Queens. As Chair of the Advisory Board of the Library Action Committee of East Elmhurst, Lawrence has dedicated her life to bettering her community and society. “The women we honored capture the very essence of those who paved the path The children in Sunnyside Community Services’ after-school program at PS 199 clown around with Ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott and the clowns of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s The Greatest Show on Earth®

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Congressman Crowley with the Preston High School Gospel Choir, who performed during the event. before them – they are modern-day heroes who also never give up the fights they believe in,” said Crowley. “On behalf of New York’s 7th Congressional District, I thank them for their life-long commitment to improving our communities and for serving as an inspiration to us all.” Attendees at the event were treated to musical performances by Middle School 101 and Preston High School Gospel Choir, both of the Bronx. Students from Preston High School also delivered a spoken word tribute during the event. Gregory Long, President of New York Botanical Garden, opened the program. A champion of women’s rights in the U.S. and abroad, Crowley has hosted a Women’s History Month event every year since 2006.



SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE–SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF QUEENS –SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. against THE HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD HUNT, if living, and if they be dead, any and all other persons, who may claim as devisees, distributees, legal representatives and successors in interest of said defendants, all of whom and whose places of residence are unknown to the plaintiff and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TAXATION AND FINANCE, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, JOHN DOE #1 through “JOHN DOE#12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants-Index no. 27945/09. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial situs of the real property. To the above named Defendants– 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 within 20 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 the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. 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 the mortgage company will not stop the 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. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE; New York State law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people

may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about such promises. The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are Government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working 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 1-877226-5697 or visit the department’s website at: http:// The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies. The Banking department shall post on its website or otherwise make readily available the name and contact information of government agencies or non-profit organizations that may be contacted for information about the foreclosure process, including maintaining a toll-free help-line to disseminate the information required by this section. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Charles J. Markey filed on April 2, 2010. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 145-96 179th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434 located at Block 13342 and Lot 13. Dated: January 19, 2010 Berkman, Henoch, Peterson & Peddy, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, By: Gena Goldberger, Esq., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530 (516) 222-6200. 3/18/ 11, 3/25/11, 4/1/11, 4/8/11 PROBATE CITATION File No. 2010-706/A SURROGATE’S COURT -QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: The heirs at law, next of kin, and distributes of Theresa A. Mastronardi, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. P.A. of the County of Queens A petition having been duly filed by Elizabeth Palace, who is domiciled at 146 Old Stump Road, Brookhaven, NY 11719 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 68-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on the 28 th day of April, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of THERESA A. MASTRONARDI lately domiciled at 41-41 51st Street, Queens, NY 11377 admitting to probate a Will dated June 9, 1986 (a Codicil dated __________)(a Codicil dated __________), a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Theresa A. Mastronardi deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [X] Letters of Administration C.T.A. issue to:

Elizabeth Palace HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate FEB 22, 2011 MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk Meyers, Meyers & Tonachio Attorney for Petitioner 5 Hanover Square, 16th Floor New York, NY 10004 (212)509-2500 [Note: This citation is served upon you as 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.] 3/4/11, 3/11/11, 3/18/11, 3/25/11. File No.: 2010-1195 /B SUPPLEMENTAL CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Patricia DiLorenzo, Patricia Workman, Julia Mooney, James Mooney, Peter Mooney, Maureen Crawford, Irene Rengifo, Margaret Ferrara, Joseph D’Orazio, Anne Meringolo, James Donovan, Anne Skinner, Olive DeGroat French, James Schwenk, Alice Miller, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of GEORGE SCHWENK , deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of GEORGE SCHWENK , deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of , in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of GEORGE SCHWENK , deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6 th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 12 th day of May , 2011 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J.

SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $$4,127.27 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of % of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 23 rd day of March, 2011 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County MARGARET M. GRIBBON Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 95-25 Queens Boulevard 11 th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation 3/ 25/11, 4/1/11, 4/8/11, 4/15/11 Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 03/15/2011, bearing Index Number NC000155-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Elise (Middle) Mora (Last) Morgan. My present name is (First) Emilse (Middle) Mora (Last) Sivitz. My present address is 39-60 54 Street, Woodside, NY 11377. My place of birth is Columbia, South America. My date of birth is January 21, 1936.

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SMOOTH SAILING As a buyer, you want your offer to be accepted and your contract to close on schedule. However, in today’s climate, you should expect some negotiation, and submit your offer with the following advice in mind. The financing contingency in your offer will state your loan total and anticipated interest rate and approval date. Strongly consider locking in that rate with the lender, as rates are still very low, and you’ll avoid any future fluctuations in the market. Reserve funds now for your settlement costs at closing. Anticipate anywhere from 2% to 6% of the amount you’re financing, plus your down payment (less any earnest money you offered as a deposit), which will be presented in the form of an official (cashier’s) check. If your down payment funds are not in an immediately liquid account, keep things on track by moving the funds into your checking account at least a week before closing, so you’re sure that you’ll be able to access the money in advance of the closing date. Finally, try to avoid a closing date at the end of the month or the end of the year, as these are the busiest times for lenders and could cause undue delay in meeting your approval deadline for financing. Speak with your agent about other factors in crafting your offer and successfully closing on schedule.

Letters To The Editor

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

Fingerprinting Dear Editor, In your March 18th issue Shannon Carlin’s article about Food Stamps seems to imply that Betsey Pabon is against fingerprinting applicants. Pabon believes, “ . . . the practice discriminates against the country’s poor and treats them like criminals.” Ms. Pabon is completely wrong and has no idea how things are in the real world. Bankers are fingerprinted. Cops are fingerprinted. All City and State em-

ployees are fingerprinted. There is nothing wrong with fingerprinting Food Stamp applicants. I, as a taxpayer, am firmly in favor of fingerprinting applicants for Food Stamps and other forms of public assistance. It ensures that my tax dollars go to the people who deserve it, rather than someone trying to commit fraud. As an exbanker, (who, incidentally was fingerprinted) I have discovered that the human mind knows no bounds when it comes to trying to beat the system. If Pabon really cared about the Food Stamp recipients she would devote more of her time and effort to helping combat Food Stamp fraud so the limited funds that are available actually get to the people who deserve it.

Paul Slapikas, Woodside

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SCS Celebrates First Year of Tech Center -Regional Vice President of Public Affairs of Time Warner Cable’s East Region/NYC Harriet Novet, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Don McCallian on behalf of Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan. “On behalf of our members and our community, Sunnyside Community Services is grateful for the chance to partner with Time Warner Cable and offer exciting new activities and e-learning experiences to individuals of all ages,” said Judith Zangwill, Ex-



ecutive Director of Sunnyside Community Services. “Time Warner Cable’s generosity and donation of valuable equipment and resources helps us advance our mission to provide vital services and enrichment activities to benefit the community.” SCS reaches over 18,000 individuals of all ages with programs including after-school options, ESL and citizenship classes, job skills and college readiness programs, family literacy, a full-service center for active older adults, home care services, adult day care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and more. SCS is located at 43-31 39th Street. The Police Athletic League’s Harlem Center in Upper Manhattan houses the first official Technology Center powered by Time Warner Cable.

OPEN HOUSE 41-15 44th St. Apt. 6E Sat Mar 26 11am-1pm and Thurs Mar 31 6-7pm LARGE TOP FLOOR SUNNYSIDE STUDIO CO-OP Large foyer, LR, DR, kitchen, bath and 3 closets. Good condition, pet friendly, well maintained bldg, laundry on premises. $159K


WOODSIDE 2-FAMILY FOR SALE Located on a quiet residential street, this house features a spacious 1000 sq ft+ apartment on each floor—seven room 3BR over six room 2BR. Separate 2-car garage. Full basement. Call for appointment to see this weekend! $699K WELCOME HOME REAL ESTATE 718-706-0957

SEVEN FACTS ABOUT INJURED SPOUSE RELIEF If you file a joint return and all or part of your refund is applied against your spouses’ pastdue federal tax, state income tax, child or spousal support or federal nontax debt, such as a student loan, you may be entitled to injured spouse relief. Here are seven facts the IRS wants you to know about claiming injured spouse relief: To be considered an injured spouse, you must have made and reported tax payments, such as federal income tax withheld from wages or estimated tax payments, or claimed a refundable tax credit, such as the earned income credit or additional child tax credit on the joint return, and not be legally obligated to pay the past-due amount. If you live in a community property state, special rules apply. For more information about the factors used to determine whether you are subject to community property laws, see IRS Publication 555, Community Property. If you filed a joint return and you’re not responsible for the debt, but you are entitled to a portion of the refund you may request your portion of the refund by filing Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation. You may file form 8379 along with your original tax

return or your may file it by itself after you are notified of an offset. You can file the Form 8379 electronically. If you file a paper tax return you can include Form 8379 with your return, write “INJURED SPOUSE” at the top left corner of the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. IRS will process your allocation request before an offset occurs. If you are filing Form 8379 by itself, it must show both spouses’ social security num-

bers in the same order as they appeared on your income tax return. You, the “injured” spouse, must sign the form. Do not use Form 8379 if you are claiming innocent spouse relief. Instead, file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. This relief from a joint liability applies only in certain limited circumstances. IRS Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, explains who may qualify, and how to request this relief.


ACCOUNTING • INCOME TAX Don’t give Uncle Sam more than he’s due! 43-05 52nd St. • 718-478-3030

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Gillibrand Thanks NYPD Brooklyn/Queens Organization for “Person of the Year” Award

SAINT SEBASTIAN PARENTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: SUPERMARKET BINGO Come for the bingo, stay for the fun! After the success of past few years’ spring fundraising event, the Saint Sebastian Parents Association is bringing back the night of Supermarket Bingo.

The evening includes a hot dinner buffet, drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks), dessert, coffee and a fun filled evening with your friends, family and neighbors. Also included is a fabulous array of raffle items, prizes, 50/50 raffles and much, much more.

SATURDAY, April 9TH 7 PM, (Doors open at 6:15 PM) Saint Sebastian School Auditorium, 39-76 58th Street, Woodside, NY Tickets are $25 at the door. Ticket includes dinner, drinks, dessert and two Bingo cards. No one under 21 will be permitted.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (DNY) received NYPD Brooklyn-Queens Holy Name Society’s “Person of the Year” Award for her support of 9/11 heroes and her efforts to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Senator Gillibrand thanked the organization and commended the 24 police officers being honored for their outstanding work and acts of courage. The Brooklyn-Queens Holy Name Society is an NYPD organization for Catholic Police Officers who work in Queens and Brooklyn. The event took place this past Sunday at Antun’s Restaurant in Queens.

Monsignor Robert J. Romano, Deputy Chief of Chaplains, NYPD and Spiritual Director of the NYPD Holy Name Society Brooklyn-Queens; Sergeant Edward J. Conroy, President NYDP Holy Name Society Brooklyn-Queens; Senator Gillibrand; and Joseph J. Esposito, Chief of Department, NYPD.

Congresswoman Maloney’s St. Patrick’s Day Annual Breakfast

TOURNAMENT April 2nd @ 1pm

Saint Raphael’s Gym, 48-25 37TH ST. LIC Free Admission! Ages 10 & Up Welcome! Prizes, Refreshments & More! TO SIGN UP PLEASE CONTACT: VINCENT RENDA AT (347) 8708742IT’S AN EVENT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS, GUARANTEED FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.Sponsored by: Dent-Care Dental, Edward Jones, Pronto Transportation, Sunnyside Lions Club, Pete’s Grill, State Farm, De Mole, New York Style Eats, Quaint, Sunnyside Shines, White Castle To sponsor this event, please contact Vincent Renda at (347) 870-8742 Your Sponsorship goes to Saint Raphael’s Youth Group; section 501(c)(3)The MONOPOLY name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements on the board and the playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment. © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

108th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 29th @ 7pm Sunnyside Community Service Center, 43-31 39th Street Sunnyside For more information contact Council President Diane Ballek 718-784-3194

Carolyn Maloney co-sponsored her annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, along with Democratic District Leader Jim McManus, Dennis Riese, CEO of The Riese Organization, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Over 2,000 people attended the event. At the event Maloney paid tribute to Dennis Riese and to the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

LUCKY LOCAL$ The New York Lottery today announced the names of area Lottery players who claimed a winning ticket from one of the Lottery’s live drawings between March 13 and March 19, 2011. The following winners each received a cash prize valued at $10,000 or more. Renato Morffi of Jonathan Market who won $25,868 on the Take Five drawing of March 10th. Morffi’s winning ticket was purchased at the Jonathan Market at 46-25 Queens Blvd in Sunnyside. Sarah Trull of Queens Mini Market who won $10,000 on the Mega Millions drawing of March 15th. Trull’s winning ticket was purchased at the Queens Mini Market at 45-01 Queens Blvd in Sunnyside.

SUNNYSIDE/WOODSIDE LIONS CLUB Monthly Meeting Wednesday, March 30th @ 7:00 p.m. Queens of Angels Parish Hall located at 44 St. & Skillman Ave.

Betty’s Bus to Yonkers Casino April 5th, $20, $15 back-Ladies Day $7 extra for gambling Meet at 57th St. & Woodside Ave. by 9am Sharp! 718-786-6885 ○

Rummage Sale Saturday, April 9 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM All Saints’ Church, 43-12 46 Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104 There will be books, clothing, jewelry, knick knacks and tons of other things! Stop by and take a look. Refreshments will be available too. For more information, please call 718 784-8031 ○



Office Space to share in Sunnyside GREAT Location! Reasonable Price Professional ONLY Please Call Mrs. Gonzales 718-361-0662

LINE C3 PERCUSSION GROUP Haruka Fujii, Chris Thompson, John Ostrowski, Sam Solomon. More... Sat, Apr 2 @ 8:00pm, Little Theater Free Admission. Reservations are required. 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-241, LIC (718) 482-5151


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BILINGUAL THEATRE WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG AND BEGINNING ACTORS: Mondays, April 4th-June 20th (6pm to 9pm) BILINGUAL THEATRE, MOVEMENT & DANCE FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOP: Accommodate both Spanish and English-speaking children, 5-14 years old. Saturday’s, April 2nd -June 18th (10am - 12pm) THALIA SPANISH THEATRE 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside For more information and to register, call 718-729-3880, or visit

FLAMENCO & INDIAN MUSIC & DANCE April 1st – 3rd, Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 4pm. Thalia Spanish Theatre; 41-17 Greenpoint Ave, LIC Contact Thalia Theatre for more information: 718-729-3880

NEW VOCAL WORKS Sat, Apr 16 @ 8pm, Little Theater, Free Admission, Reservations are required. 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-241, LIC (718) 482-5151 ○

Top 5 Requested Books at The Queens Library at Sunnyside, March 2011 BIO Decoded by Jay-Z FIC Room by Emma Donoghue 940.9472H Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand BIO Life by Keith Richards 306.8743C Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua Submitted by Abigail Goldberg, Senior Librarian, The Queens Library at Sunnyside

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