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THE WOODSIDE HERALD

SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 78, NO. 16

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Legislation To Exempt Trash Pickup Charges For Nonprofits

Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and David Greenfield came together with numerous non-profit leaders to fight the City’s effort to start charging non-for-profits for City garbage collection. The Council Members announced an amendment to new legislation which will exempt nonprofit organizations from being charged by the City for trash pick-ups. Van Bramer helped alter Greenfield’s legislation to include nonprofits such as public libraries, museums, botanical gardens, arboretums, memorial buildings,

aquariums, zoological gardens as well as similar facilities. “This legislation, along with the amendments I have proposed, will give many of the local cultural organizations and nonprofit groups the ability to financially stay afloat at a time when so many have already made cuts to their programming,” said Council Member Van Bramer, Chair of the New York City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee. “Many of these nonprofit groups attract millions of visitors each year, to ask them to spend millions of dollars on trash

collection would cause a extreme economic hardship on those organizations at a time when charitable giving is at its lowest in four decades. I thank Council Member Greenfield for introducing this legislation and allowing the institutions we all hold dearly to our hearts to be included.” Last year, the Department of Sanitation announced plans to charge groups in buildings which receive property tax exemptions for non-profit use a service fee for trash collection. (Continued on Page 5)

Fantastic Food, Delightful Drinks, Nonstop Networking: Queens Taste 2012 by Rob MacKay

Various Western Queens restaurants and artisan food, beverage and crafts-makers will participate in Queens Taste 2012, at Citi Field’s Caesars Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 1st. Woodside’s Ottomanelli will give out chipotle, jalapeño-andcheddar, roasted garlic and caramelized onion hamburgers. (Continued on Page 3)

Mr. Met with workers from Pop Diner at the 2011 Queens Taste. Photo Credit: Dominick Totino.

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The Honest Testimony Of A Past Coward by Luke Adams

Dr. Kubikian photographed in the spacious new office at 43-34 43rd Street, off of Queens Boulevard, standing in front of an oil painting from their first office on Queens Blvd. The painting is by Simon Donikian.

In the past, I have bitten a dentist, ran out of another’s office, and even today I am sure my first dental professional, if still alive, whom I visited when i was age six, remembers me as much as I remember him. This post is a testimony to both Dr.Kubikian and Dr. Puskulian, into whose office I now venture without fear or hesitancy. But please don’t ask them of my first few visits back in 1983. You could say we had to break each other in. The doctors first came to Sunnyside in 1977 and opened their first office on Queens Boulevard, close to where Pink Icing will be. Six years later, I remember well that I was having such a toothache that my friend and mentor, Joe Sabba, founder of the Woodside Herald and Sabba Printing, took pity on me. He, too, admitted he had a fear of dentists and advised me to go to Dr. Kubikian. He said to have no fear because the doctor caused him no pain and also that he was a nice person. I remember my early visits and how patient the doctor was with me. I needed a lot of care, due to my history, and I needed to go on a regular basis. It took me awhile to calm down. I paced the floors, was in a cold sweat, yelped, jumped around the chair, and I needed many visits to put away my fears. To give you and idea of what a terrible patient I was, my own sister also was a patient for two full years before she would admit to him she was related to me. She feared he might turn her into the street, in case they had a one nut per family policy. The reason I calmed down was that Dr. Kubikian never caused me any pain and was unfailing patient and kind, as well as being a truly excellent dentist. So when I say the two dentists are good, know that this is a big compliment coming from me. I have recommended them over the years to many, and I know that their practice includes patients not only from the Sunnyside Woodside area, but from Manhattan and elsewhere. People will travel a long way for such care! Be sure to see the Doctors ad on Page 2!

Community Board 2 Public Meeting Tuesday, April 24th @ 6:30PM St. Mary’s RC Church (Basement), 10-08 49th Ave. LIC

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Invites You To…. Earth Day Celebration & Free “Gasland” Screening Sunday April 22nd 1PM-3PM Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria. RSVP (718) 383-9566, ext. 4 To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772


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Creation of NY Health Insurance Exchange

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Governor Cuomo issued an executive order creating a health insurance exchange in New York. Starting in 2014, Affordable Insurance Exchanges will serve as health insurance “marketplaces,” where individuals and small businesses can review and compare health insurance plans and choose the best plan for their family and/or employees. Consumers will also be able to find information on options, such as health programs or tax credits that will make coverage more affordable.

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March, we should reflect on the progress of women in the United States and here in Queens. Many groups and individuals throughout the borough have dedicated themselves to working for women’s rights. One important element of this movement is ensuring that women are free from violence because of their gender. Over the past generation, this country has made great strides addressing gender-based violence. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first passed in 1994, was one groundbreaking step. With the passage of my resolution this past Wednesday, the City Council has joined the chorus of voices across the country calling for the reauthorization of VAWA. Significantly for Queens, the proposed version that Congress is now debating strengthens protections for immigrants who have survived genderbased violence. Much work remains, and we must continue to address retrogressive practices such as blaming the victim. Another serious issue facing many immigrant women is sex trafficking in which criminals and their networks illegally trade or sell individuals into commercial sexual exploitation. Traffickers exploit

the vulnerability of their victims, such as their youth, gender, or sexual orientation, and benefit from the language and cultural barriers that prevent them from reaching out for help. In 2007, an anti-trafficking statute was passed by the New York State Legislature. Despite its laudable intent, the current law must be revised and strengthened to ensure that tough measures are in place against traffickers and that survivors have access to the services they need. I have joined with advocates to introduce a City Council resolution calling on Albany to improve the way New York addresses sex trafficking. One important way to improve the law is to address the connection and the distinction between the crime of prostitution and the scourge of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking, which is akin to slavery, should not be conflated with prostitution, which encompasses individuals who choose to engage in commercial sex work. The result of such conflation is that survivors of trafficking are being arrested and prosecuted for prostitution. Treating trafficking survivors as prostitutes is a deplorable practice of police and prosecutors looking for easy, cosmetic salves for a complex problem. Calling for stronger laws to combat prostitution in the name of combating sex trafficking is similarly misguided. The

psychological, physical, and sexual torture endured by these survivors is devastating enough. For our government to arrest, fine, and imprison them is unconscionable. Effectively combating trafficking requires an approach that targets the traffickers and their criminal networks, no matter how far they reach. Most important, efforts need to be centered on empowering and rehabilitating survivors. As a crucial first step, publicity campaigns should be aimed at reaching those ensnared in trafficking. Another key component is improving how the police address the issue. The police department needs to draft, with the input of experts in trafficking, and promulgate regulations that officers must follow when they make an arrest for prostitution. When an arrest for prostitution is made, officers should be required to ask if the person is a victim of sex trafficking. I continue to explore ways to work with the police to ensure sex trafficking survivors are not labeled as criminals. As invaluable and equal members of our community, women deserve to have their voices heard and their concerns addressed. March gives us time not only to consider the contributions of women to our great country but also to reflect on ways to advance women’s rights.

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2 Annual Recognizing Leaders Fundraiser May 19th from 7-11PM Honoring: Francis Schmidt Sister Maureen Ahlemeyer Carol Masiello Gert McDonald Price: $60PP/ $100 per couple Location: St. Raphael’s School Gymnasium, 48-25 37th Street, LIC Includes: Dinner, Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic Beverages For more information or to purchase tickets, call: Mark Wilensky (917) 670-5666 Make checks payable to Sunnyside/ Woodside Boys & Girls Club ALL PROCEEDS go to the Boys & Girls Club of Sunnyside/ Woodside 501 (c) (3) Org.

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Queens Taste 2012 Meanwhile, The Dog and Duck, a new Sunnyside gastropub, will serve duck confit, and Uncle Peter’s of Jackson Heights will pull out a pistachio-crusted monkfish in lemon butter sauce. Sunnyside’s Dazies and Riverview in Long Island City are also scheduled to participate. At the same time, about 20 clients of the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator in Long Island City, will provide samples of such artisan specialties as Moroccan cookies, pops, brownie lollipops and even wasabi marshmallows. Beverages will include Turkish coffee percolated by the Turkish Cultural Center of Sunnyside, and

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THE WOODSIDE HERALD Kombucha, a form of fermented tea, ladled out by Astoria-based Beyond Kombucha. The Queens Farm Museum will give away completely local wine, and more wine will come from the Castello di Borghese Vineyard on Long Island (Don’t forget that Queens is part of Long Island). City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer will be there, too. “Queens Taste 2012 is a fantastic event for people throughout New York City to come experience, and taste, the culinary and cultural treasures our fantastic borough has to offer,” he said. “Not only do participants get a chance to partake in cuisine from around the world, but they also get a chance to meet the individuals who make Queens one of the premiere culinary destinations in the world.”

37th Road Public Plaza, Jackson Heights by Munro Johnson, Board Member of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance

The 37th Road Public Plaza is the product of a sound idea and perhaps less-thanperfect execution, whose success is nevertheless already visible and will become even more obvious with time. We wish to emphasize that, while this project is not of our making, the Jackson Heights Green Alliance fully supports it. The claim has been made that the 37th Road Public Plaza initiative is being rammed down the throats of the community with no public meetings or input. We find this claim not only unfounded and untrue, but destructive to the community dialogue. This was a road, and therefore under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The decision to convert it to a plaza was a direct outcome of the DOT’s Jackson Heights Transportation Plan which was years in the making and included a robust public involvement process – with walkthroughs, open houses, public workshops, and several community board meetings. Our members have attended many of the workshops, having come across flyers for them posted around the neighborhood. The claim that the plaza had no public process is false and inflammatory, and we wish those who are making it would, for the benefit of honest, civil community dialogue, stop. As to the merits of the plaza itself, the claim is also being made that it has resulted in increased vagrancy, gangs, trash, and a drastic drop in business. We think this characterization is unfortunate in a neighborhood that prides itself on its diversity. And, with regard to this last claim, it is our understanding that no data has been offered to support it; therefore, the rest of the community is being asked to simply take their

word for it. As local residents who have observed the plaza countless times and at all times of day, all we can say is that we, again, are troubled by this claim, as 37th Road appears to us more busy and vital than ever. Jackson Heights has one of the lowest percentages of open space in the city, and for that reason, the Jackson Heights Green Alliance has successfully advocated for the 78th Street Play Street, which is also becoming a plaza this year. The key to a successful plaza is that it must be used, and therefore it is helpful if it is located near to other activity. In that case, we have Travers Park. But, in many ways, 37th Road is even more fortunate in its location, nestled between the busy 73rd and 74th Streets, and the second busiest subway station in Queens. It is, by far, the busiest pedestrian location in the entire neighborhood. There was a lot of doubt and skepticism when the Times Square plaza was established, but a recent article in the Times Real Estate section said that the end result has been to render the retail there some of the most valuable in the whole city. Regressing to the point of allowing motor vehicles back on the 180-foot stump of public space that was 37th Road, in this heavy pedestrian center, would make no sense. In summary, a lot of claims are being made with very little – or in some cases contrary – data in evidence. Jackson Heights needs open space, and 37th Road is an excellent location for some of that open space. To many of us, this is an experiment that is working. But we suggest that whatever decision gets made be made on actual verifiable data, and not just on a lot of claims, however passionately or frequently stated.

The Jackson Heights Green Alliance is an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2007. Our mission is to expand, protect, and promote open space in Jackson Heights, New York. Our recent successful initiatives include the awardwinning 78th Street Play Street and the Grow A Park campaign to expand Travers Park. For more information, visit our website: www.jhgreen.org

The Fresh Air Fund Presents…. Registration Carnival The carnival will serve to help raise awareness of the Fresh Air Fund’s summer programs, which includes its five summer camps and its invitations to children to spend time in sponsors’ homes outside of the five boroughs. Join in the fun with carnival games and activities, ring toss, bean bag toss, temporary tattoos, etc.

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Economic Impact Of NYC Libraries

At Council Member Van Bramer’s second Mobile Office held last week in Long Island City, constituents in the 26th District had the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns directly to the Council Member and members of his staff. Since taking office in 2010, Van Bramer has made accessibility his priority. By getting out in to the community, he believes constituents who do not have the opportunity to visit his district office during the work week can have their concerns heard at their convenience.

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CM Van Bramer, Tom Galante (CEO, Queens Public Library), Linda Johnson (President & CEO, Brooklyn Public Library) and Tony Marx (President & CEO, New York Public Library).

The hearing, held by CM Van Bramer, CM Reyna and CM Gentile, explored the contributions of public libraries to the City’s economy at a time when to the Mayor’s preliminary budget proposal threatens to make nearly $100 million in cuts to the City’s three library systems. “Libraries are a precious and affordable resource for all residents throughout our all New York City’s neighborhoods,” said Council Member Van Bramer, Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee. “The threat of further cuts will only have disastrous effects on the educational, cultural and economic development programming provided by these institutions. We cannot stand by as these proposals threaten our libraries and the programming which millions of New Yorkers take advantage of every day. I will continue to fight the record cuts in order to ensure that they are restored once again.” Currently, the three New York City libraries are reporting that people are turning to these facilities in record numbers to take advantage of the availability of such free resources, such as computer access, books, video games, DVDs and CDs, job-search assistance and health information. New York City’s three independent library systems; the Queens Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library; operate 214 local library branches, offering free and open access information as well as career services and internet access, along with educational, cul-

tural and job skills-building programming for city residents of all ages. A significant slash to the three library systems’ budgets would threaten the essential services provided to millions at a time when each library is experiencing a record number of visitors. Currently, the NYPL system offers a broad array of services and resources for job seekers and the unemployed. In the Bronx, the Bronx Library Center offers a Career and Educational Information Service to members of the public. This service includes oneon-one counseling, resume assistance, and career planning services. The BPL system includes a Business & Career Library at one of its locations. Its purpose is to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, jobseekers, students and community organizations through a suite of resources and services. The QPL’s two Job Information Centers, at the Jamaica and Flushing branches, offer a variety of services for people who are unemployed, underemployed or would like to help with the direction of their career. These centers also sponsor workshops given by career guidance professionals throughout the Queens Library system on resume writing, job interview skills, and job search techniques. The Flushing location has helped over 2,000 people and facilitate over 300 successful job placements. The QPL estimates that this one program has helped generate $12 million as an economic engine. “All of these programs are at risk of reduction or even elimination should these cuts take effect,” said Council Member Van Bramer.

Outdoor Flea Market If we should have inclement weather, our rain date will be August 18th, same time.

Sunday’s 9AM TO 4PM May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, September 9th, October 7th (Indoors in the event of rain) St. Raphael’s Church, 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., LIC For more information: (718) 729-8957

Flea Market! Big Six Towers NORC Program Vendors Wanted! rd Sat. June 23 , 10a - 2:30p (Rain Date 6/24) 60-10 Queens Blvd. For Info call: 718-565-6569 To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772


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Exempt Trash Pickup Charges For Nonprofits The Bloomberg administration’s plan to charge for trash pickup will cost non-profit groups about $17 million. This new policy proposal would have adverse effects on thousands of non-profits around the city, including colleges, churches, museums, social service groups, cultural institutions and athletic programs in Queens as well as all others throughout New York City. “We need to do everything we can to support our non-profit organizations and cultural groups, which work tirelessly to provide vital social services for countless individuals and families and help make New York City the amazing place it is,” said Council Member Greenfield. “This short-sighted decision will have a major impact on these groups at a time they can least afford it, and could easily end up costing the city in the long run when we have to replace the services we lose as a result. These groups add to the fabric of this city and should not be taken for granted, and my bill ensures the city doesn’t turn to them for revenue when it comes to a basic municipal service. I thank my colleagues including Councilman Van Bramer for co-sponsoring this legislation and for his advocacy on behalf of cultural groups throughout the city.”

Proposed Int. No. 792-A: Rates for collection and disposal. The commissioner may charge for the collection and disposal of ashes, street sweepings, garbage, refuse, rubbish, dead animals, night soil and offal, and all wastes and recyclables, including trade waste from business, industrial, manufacturing, or other establishments conducted for profit, at rates established by the council by local law, upon recommendation of the commissioner, and on such terms and conditions as the commissioner shall prescribe and subject to rules of the department governing such collection and disposal. The commissioner shall not charge for collection or disposal of such materials from (1) any building owned by a notfor-profit corporation as defined in paragraph five or a foreign corporation as defined in paragraph seven of subdivision a of section one hundred two of the New York state not-for-profit corporation law, except for portions of such buildings leased to or otherwise utilized by for-profit entities, or (2) any not-for-profit corporation or institution, including, but not limited to, such a corporation or institution maintaining or operating a public library, museum, botanical garden, arboretum, memorial building, aquarium, zoological garden or similar facility.

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Spring Rummage Sale Saturday, April 28th 10a-3p All Saints’ Church, 43-12 46 Street, Sunnyside Books, jewelry, clothing, knick-knacks and much, much more. Refreshments available for a small fee. All Are Welcome! For more information, call (718) 784-8031

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Student Overcomes A Disability To Pursue His Love For Art Juan Agudelo, a LaGuardia Community College student, has an art portfolio filled with an eclectic collection of beautifully sketched still lifes, animals and human figures. To draw with such precision and detail is a gift few possess. But what makes Juan’s gift so exceptional is that he creates these works of art without arms. The Colombian native was born with a birth defect that left him without arms and legs. Juan’s right arm ends at the elbow and at the end of his left elbow is a short, undeveloped forearm with one finger. But although he does not have the use of two functioning arms, he can nimbly place a pen or pencil between his right arm and left finger and let his one finger guide the writing utensil. To the 20-year old with an easy smile, his drawing technique is nothing special because he developed his technique at a very early age. By the age of six, Juan was already creating simple paintings and drawings. After observing the enjoyment her son got from drawing, his mother called upon an artist friend to give him art lessons, which he did for two years. The lessons stopped when the family received a call from Healing the Children, a non-profit organization that provides medical care for children in need, saying that it had secured a sixmonth medical visa for Juan and his mother to travel to the United States where he would be fitted with his first set of prosthetic legs. For Juan, this news could change his life. While not having the use of arms did not seem to pose a problem, not having legs proved to be more difficult for him. Although he was able to get around on limbs that ended at the knees, there were times when he had to rely on his mother. “I was pretty independent, but when I went outside I could not get around on my own,” said Juan. “And as I got older I did not like when my mother had to carry me.” Juan and his mother stayed with family members in New Haven and went to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where doctors agreed to evaluate Juan’s medical condition and fit him with prosthetics. Upon examination, doctors discovered that Juan would have to go through several surgeries on his legs before he could be

fitted. While the hospital agreed to cover the cost of the medical care, it would not cover extended in-house cost totaling $15,000. Determined to get his new legs, Juan decided to raise the money by selling his drawing and paintings at a one-man show he would hold at a New Haven space. Selling over 15 pieces of artwork, Juan not only raised enough money to cover his expenses, but he was able to donate some of his earnings to the organization. “I was so appreciative of what Healing the Children did for me,” said Juan, “that I thought it was only right to give the rest of the money to the organization so that they could help other children.” With his new legs and his newfound mobility, Juan and his mother stayed in Connecticut for two years and then moved to Astoria. Before resettling in Astoria, the family moved to Pennsylvania for two years. Wherever Juan called home, he went to school where he struggled to learn his new language and continued to draw his favorite subjects: dragons, still life, pirates and his favorite adventurer, Robinson Crusoe. “I love to draw from my imagination,” said Juan. When the family moved back to Astoria, Juan completed his last two years of high school at Long Island City High School, and graduated this past June. He received an acceptance from New York City College, but decided to enroll in LaGuardia. “I was not sure of my major,” he said, “and felt if I attended a community college I would have more time to think about my career.” Juan said that he may consider pursuing a degree in architecture, a major he considered before coming to LaGuardia. Or maybe graphic design. Or maybe he will follow the advise of an art professor who saw his portfolio and major in fine arts. Right now Juan is busy taking freshman seminar, introduction to cooperative education and a developmental reading course. He is also taking advantage of the College’s Office for Students with Disabilities where he receives additional tutoring and has access to computers. “I have time to decide on my career,” he said with a smile.

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Earth Day Lessons Can Apply to Investors, Too April 22 is Earth Day. Started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is designed to create awareness of the Earth’s environment and to encourage conservation efforts. If you and your family participate in Earth Day events, such as helping clean up a local park or taking materials to a recycling center, you know the benefits of doing your part to improve your surroundings. But are you doing everything you can to upgrade your environment for investing? Actually, as an investor, you can learn a lot from the lessons of Earth Day. Here are just a few ideas: Diversify. If you’re familiar with Earth Day, you know that it involves multiple activities, including educational programs and doit-now action steps. This variety is necessary because protecting our environment is a complex challenge. Meeting your short- and long-term investment goals can be challenging, too, but you’ll have a better chance of success by diversifying your investment dollars across a range of vehicles, such as stocks, bonds, government securities and certificates of deposit (CDs). Diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio — and high volatil-

ity can be an obstacle for some people trying to follow an investment strategy. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) Seek growth opportunities. Some people plant trees on Earth Day, hoping to watch them grow over the years. As an investor, you, too, need to plant “seeds” today in the hopes of growth in the future. That means, among other things, that when you purchase growthoriented investments for the long term, you need to try to stick with them and not “uproot” them after short-term declines in price. Develop good habits. If you attend an Earth Day program, you will learn about many eco-friendly habits you can develop, from using energy-efficient light bulbs to recycling old computers and other electronic devices. To invest successfully, it’s important to develop good habits, such as staying invested in all types of markets, seeking tax-advantaged investments and reviewing your portfolio regularly to make sure it’s still appropriate for your risk tolerance, time horizon and longterm objectives. Avoid “toxins.” At some Earth Day events, you can learn about

“green” substitutes for toxic chemicals in common household cleaners. When you invest, you may also want to avoid “toxins” — or at least “toxic” behaviors, such as chasing after “hot” stocks that are inappropriate for your needs or trading so frequently that you run up big fees, commissions and taxes. Think long term. Above all else, Earth Day is a reminder to us that we all want to leave a healthy planet to future generations — which means we need to make moves that are beneficial for the environment over the long term. When you invest, you also need to focus on the future. That means following a long-term investment strategy and not getting sidetracked by shortterm events, such as political crises and economic downturns. Earth Day comes once a year, but its lessons can have a lasting impact on our environment. When you apply these same lessons to your own investment environment, you may be able to achieve some healthy results. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor Vincent Renda, whose office is located at 47-01 Queens Blvd. Suite 203 Sunnyside NY 11104. Phone him at 718-361-1306.

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

Goodbye To Skillman’s BIG Tree Dear Editor: I walked past the spot where the big tree mentioned in your April 6th issue was located and, low and behold, it was no longer standing! I don’t know if it fell down or was cut down. Assuming it was cut down, William Volker may well be responsible for saving someone’s life by bringing a dangerous situation to the attention of the Woodside Herald. If it fell down, I hope no one was nearby when it crashed to the ground. There were at least 80 rings on the tree’s stump, which is still visible. This means the tree had been planted on 48th Street (between 43rd Ave. and Skillman Ave.) over 80 years ago. Thank you, Paul Slapikas Woodside

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