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Last Friday, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy united with local small business owners and Community Board 2 members to announce a new parking rule that will help local businesses along Queens Boulevard. The new parking rule will extend the duration of 104 parking meters on the north and south side of Queens Boulevard from 1 to 2 hours. On the south side of Queens Boulevard the new meters will span from 39th Street to Greenpoint Avenue and on the north side from 39th Place to 48th Street. This new rule phased into effect on April 15th and is expected to be completed by the first week of May. “Since taking office I have advocated on behalf of the small business community to change the parking rules,” said Van Bramer. “I have met with the Department of Transportation on this issue and I am pleased that they heard my concerns and have agreed to this change.” “Parking meters are an important tool to manage curb space for the community and businesses,” said Department of Transportation QB Commissioner Maura McCarthy. “We were happy to work with them to extend the meter durations to 2 hours along this section of Queens Boulevard.” “On behalf of the residents of Western Queens, I worked with Department of Transportation and other elected officials to address the lack of 2 hour metered parking along sections of Queens Boulevard,” said Nolan. “These new meters will allow residents and visitors to spend more time enjoying all that our area has to offer.” “As a longtime business owner in Sunnyside, we are indebted to CM Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Nolan and the Department of Transportation for hearing our pleas and successfully making extended parking meters finally become a reality on Queens Boulevard,” said Lily Gavin, Dazies Restaurant owner. “With extended time for our meters, people can relax and enjoy all of the amenities that Sunnyside has to offer without rushing to feed hourly meters.” “This has been a long standing complaint of businesses in Sunnyside and we are pleased that DOT has seen the light,” said Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley. “This change in parking regulations will go a long way to help improve the economics of businesses in this community.”

SUNNYSIDE/WOODSIDE LIONS CLUB MONTHLY MEETING Wednesday, April 27th @ 7:00 p.m. Queen of Angels Parish Hall located at 44 St. & Skillman Ave. For membership, please call: 347-239-5476


Queens Gets Into The Easter Spirit On Saturday, April 16th, the Easter Bunny paid an early visit to Immaculate Conception School in Astoria. The sold out event took place in the school auditorium where over 350 guests enjoyed a special breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast included eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, and coffee. After breakfast, children were treated to arts and crafts and face painting. Balloons were given to each child and the highlight of the day was a photo with the Easter Bunny. Photo Right: Sophia and Juliette, both students at Immaculate Conception Pre School in Astoria enjoy the appearance of the Easter Bunny.

Photo Credit:John O’Connell, Jr.

Sunnyside/ Woodside Lions Club Easter Party Photo Credit: Norberto Saldana

Neighborhood children were greeted by the Lions Club members last weekend, who spent the afternoon playing games with the kids. President Norberto Saldana had the pleasure of handing out prizes to all the winners. (continued on page 5)

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On Monday, April 11th Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined 4th and 5th Grade Students from P.S. 111 for a special assembly, where students showcased their dancing skills after three months of after-school training under professional instructors from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The special dance program, which Van Bramer helped fund and create with a $20,000 CASA Grant, helps teach youngsters several dance methods, including ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. The program not only teaches them how to dance, but exposes them to professional dancing with a class trip to a live performance at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. “Introducing our youth to dance and the performing arts is critical to their development and growth,” said the Council Member. “Bringing such a notable dance theater to our classrooms is priceless in so many ways. I am so proud to have helped fund and create this program, it is amazing to witness the dedication and hard work from the students and I look forward to their finale performance in the spring.”

Student Shadowing Program Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) was pleased to welcome Yvonne Morel, an 11th grade student who attends Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan and is a resident of Ozone Park. Miss Morel was chosen to take part in a shadowing program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. The program “Students Inside Albany Conference” was held April 1013, 2011 – allowing the students to experience firsthand the daily activities of New York State Senate and Assembly Members.

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ASPCA Spay and Neuter Van April 23rd Assemblymember Michael DenDekker (D/WFP-Jackson Heights) and State Senator José Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will co-sponsor a visit by the ASPCA’s Mobile Spay and Neuter van to Jackson Heights in April 2011. This event will allow residents to have their healthy cats and dogs spayed and neutered at low to nocost for eligible residents. “I’m delighted that my office is hosting a visit by the Mobile Spay and Neuter van to Jackson Heights,” Assemblyman DenDekker said. “Pets are family, and this event provides residents with an opportunity to look after their dogs and cats safely and affordably.” “Springtime brings sunshine, flowers and an influx of homeless kittens and puppies as the weather gets warmer,” State Senator Peralta said. “In fact, over 40,000 unwanted dogs and cats enter the New York City animal shelter system



every year. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation. I encourage all pet owners to be a part of the solution by signing up for ASPCA’s mobile spay/neuter clinic.” The ASPCA spay and neuter event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011, outside Assemblymember DenDekker’s


District Office at 33-46 92 Street, in Jackson Heights. It begins at 7:30 a.m. with a 3:30 p.m pickup. The event is first-come, first-

serve, and there is no charge for those residents on public assistance, those who are receiving Medicare, or those wishing to spay or neuter a pit bull. For all others, there is a flat fee of $99.00. This fee not only includes spaying and neutering (as appropriate), but also a rabies vaccination and nail trimming. “To have your cat or dog spayed or neutered, as well as given a rabies vaccination and have nail trimming – all for less than $100 – is a great deal, and I urge residents to take advantage of it,” Assemblymember DenDekker concluded. The ASPCA advises that only cats and dogs are eligible for the program, and that they must be in good health. No other animals (rabbits, ferrets, or lizards) are eligible for this service. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Maureen Allen, Assemblymember DenDekker’s Chief of Staff, at (718) 457-0384.

Dromm Brings Arts Program to Schools in his District Through the New York City Council’s CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) Initiative, NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm has provided schools in his district the invaluable chance to be enriched by and exposed to theater, music, and the performing arts. Pictured above, Dromm is joined by P.S. 69 Principal Martha Vazquez, Inside Broadway Executive Director, Michael Presser and students from P.S. 69 after a recent performance of Fractured Fairytales. The show was produced by Inside Broadway, a NYC based children’s theater company. Council Member Dromm secured $100,000 in CASA funding for schools throughout his district.

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Queens Gets Into The Easter Spirit Sunnyside / Woodside Lions Club Easter Party Photo Credit: Norberto Saldana

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Easter Party At The Immaculate Conception School in Astoria Photo Credit:John O’Connell, Jr.

350 guests enjoyed Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny greets the guests (Robert Vasquez was dressed as the Easter Bunny).

2nd ANNUAL NATIONAL ‘GLUTEN-FREE CHALLENGE’ KICKS OFF IN APRIL 2011 The non-profit Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) kicks off the 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Challenge taking place over the weekend of May 21-22, 2011, during Celiac Awareness Month. GIG believes that everyone can enjoy a delicious and satisfying glutenfree meal together whether it be a regular meal or a holiday event. With a mission to raise awareness about Celiac Disease (a digestive disease that can lead to malnutrition if not treated), the Gluten-Free Challenge brings families and friends back to the dinner table...together. More than 1,500 people signed up for the 2010 Challenge to eat entirely gluten-free for one weekend, with continued sign-ups since the end

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of the Challenge in anticipation of the 2011 event. With 1 in 100 Americans affected by Celiac Disease, and many more who are gluten-intolerant, the Gluten-Free Challenge invites the public to try one gluten-free dish, treat or meal a day for a month prior to the GlutenFree Challenge weekend. The Challenge empowers people to learn more about this easily treatable disease and brings awareness to the choices faced by those who adhere to a gluten-free diet. Sign-ups for the Gluten-Free Challenge are ongoing with the official launch began on April 21, 2011, when participants who opt-in will start to receive 30 days of tips and recipes—one per

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day—in preparation for the Challenge Weekend. There will also be coupons, weekly giveaways and more. This year, the Challenge w e b s i t e ,, will also feature weekly inspiring guest posts written by the Grand Prize winner and two Runners Up of the recently held Glutenfree Challenge Blogger Contest. Check the site regularly for the announcement of the winning bloggers, and for their posts beginning the week of April 25th. To “Challenge More” this May, start with these tips and treats: Sign up—and invite your friends/family to sign up—for May’s Gluten-free Challenge and start receiving now bi-monthly tips! ( or GFchallenge) · Go to www.goGFchallenge and check out the archived tips & recipes under “Recipes” from April 2010 through to the most current postings, and also learn how others experienced the Challenge in the Blog posts! · Expand your knowledge of what’s going into your body! Seek out ingredient listings that you can pronounce and that are of high According to the 2010 postGluten-Free Challenge survey, 80% of respondents found that the Challenge helped them gain a better understanding of living gluten-free, and 86% of (continued on page 6)

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Berkeley Specialist, Margo Bodurian, Broker 917-676-1148 “The vandals had a field day during the past winter. However SUNN’s volunteers will help show them that their alleged “art” is not welcome in our community by eliminating it. But we need your help. Please put on your worst clothes and join us for an enjoyable three hours making our community beautiful.” The Cleanup will meet at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 14 at the corner of 49th Street and Skillman Avenue. The rain date is May 21. For further information please call SUNN at 646-298-8669. To the Sunnyside community, Thank you for making our Saturday morning hours a huge success! Next date is May 21st! Come by and say hi! Debra S. Guthrie M.D.


On Saturday, April 16th CM Jimmy Van Bramer joined Ravenswood Seniors for a Victory Dance Party, where he danced meringue with seniors to celebrate Title XX restorations.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan celebrated the restoration of Title XX funding with seniors at the Queensbridge Riis and Ravenswood Senior Centers. From a special Celebration Breakfast with Queensbridge Seniors to a Victory Dancing Party with Ravenswood Seniors, both Van Bramer and Nolan united with center members to celebrate the restoration of funding. Both Senior Centers were in danger of closing down earlier this year, after a $25.2 Million proposed cut to Title XX Funds threatened to close 105 Senior Centers citywide. When news broke of the proposed closures Van Bramer immediately rallied with seniors to protest the proposed cuts. Thanks to the restorations, both the Queensbridge Riis Senior Center and the Ravenswood Senior Center will keep their doors open and continue to serve their surrounding communities.

CM Jimmy Van Bramer talks with Ravenswood Seniors at their Victory Dance Party.

On Friday, April 15th CM Jimmy Van Bramer joined his mother Elizabeth Van Bramer and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan for a special celebration breakfast with Queensbridge Seniors to celebrate the restoration of Title XX funds.

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Once again, Alpha Theta Phi, LaGuardia Community Colleges chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the TwoYear College, was this years top chapter among 60 in New York State, winning awards in every category in which it competed at the regional convention. Among the top honors collected were the Most Distinguished Chapter Award, Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award, Distinguished College Project Award, and a Pinnacle Award for their record breaking 44% increase in membership. An individual award went to Kevin Magana, the chapter president, who received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. Harmonie Kobanghe, the chapter’s Student Advisory Committee liaison, was elected to the office of Southern District Vice President for the New York Region, and chapter alumnus, Edgar Romero, was elected alumni representative. Since 2007, the chapter has had consistent wins at the regional and international levels. “Our chapter continued its winning tradition;

these students excelled not only by focusing on academic, scholarshipdriven projects, but also by carrying on the LaGuardia tradition of service by reaching out to all the students and the community through the additional projects they undertook,” said Luke Vasileiou, LaGuardia Community College English professor and the chapters head advisor. Alpha Theta Phi Honors-InAction project was the top in the state for integrating the societies hallmarks - scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service - around the theme The Democratization of Information. They presented their research project, which delved into the influence mass media has on language and communication, to the College in two events that focused on the positive and negative effects and uses of such media. For their college project, the chapter coordinated with College administrators to help increase graduation and retention rates; to create material for a student success website, the chapter interviewed successful students on how they overcame academic and per-

sonal challenges. In addition to these top awards, the chapter also won the Digital Media award for their chapter Facebook page, and reached Five-Star chapter status for their projects and for meeting additional requirements that included hosting an induction ceremony and monthly meetings for members. The chapter also sponsored events that engaged the student population and local community. They organized two essay contests, co-sponsored a coat drive, organized scholarship and transfer events, and co-hosted a day-long brainstorming session in Central Park that brought together chapters from New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Kevin Magana, a CUNY Ernesto Malave Fellow, won the Most Distinguished Chapter President award after the chapter members wrote a nomination letter about his outstanding qualities as a leader. “He’s very enthusiastic and driven. No is not an answer you can give him,” said Syed Hossain, the chapters secretary. Both Kevin and Syed were named into the All-New York Academic teams for their outstanding scholarship and leadership. Syed is also the only member in the region to have reached level five of Competitive Edge, an online tool used by the honor society to help develop its members communication, professional etiquette, team building and critical thinking skills. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: 1) recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

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2nd ANNUAL NATIONAL ‘GLUTEN-FREE CHALLENGE’ KICKS OFF IN APRIL 2011 respondents found the tips and recipes most helpful in meeting the Challenge. 66% of respondents already live a glutenfree life, and 34% are either a family member, friend of someone who lives gluten-free. Participant comments from Facebook and the post-survey are attached (why they participated, what they got out of it). Cynthia Kupper, RD, Gluten Intolerance Group of North America states, “Studies show that following a gluten-free diet can be difficult, especially without the support and understanding of family and friends. Learning about living gluten-free can increase compliance of your

loved one. I hope that everyone takes this challenge and are a positive support for loved ones.” What is Celiac Disease: GSE (Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy) includes celiac disease (CD) and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). In these hereditary immune system disorders, protein fractions in wheat, rye and barley set off a chain of events that lead to tissue damage. Celiac disease involves destruction of the lining of the small intestine. Dermatitis herpetiformis involves destruction of the lining of the small intestine and includes a skin disorder where antibody deposits trigger

itchy, blistering skin eruptions. Celiac disease is called the great masquerader. Celiac disease is no longer considered just a gastrointestinal disorder. It is a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder, often without gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. The prevalence of CD in the United States is 1 in 100 persons. The overall prevalence of gluten sensitive disorders is unknown but is possibly 2 to 3 times as high as that of CD. Very little information is available about gluten intolerance, which is not necessarily triggered by the immune system and is therefore not Celiac Disease

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IT PAYS TO STAY Letters To The Editor

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

Dear Editor, Everywhere I go in New York City, I come across with people who think it’s O.K. to spitting in someone’s path on the sidewalk, on our city buses & subway trains. I wonder why people don’t read or obey the signs on our buses/ subway stations, which state that it’s against the law to spit on the bus and subway station? It’s bad enough that people litter (throwing trash) on our city streets, public parks and public transport. But spitting is a public health issue that needs to be addresses by our public health officials. As far as I’m concerned spitting bodily fluids by anyone is revolting and maybe dangerous to someone health and wellbeing. Its about high time that New York City law prohibiting spitting in public places be enforced by New York City police officers and New York City Sanitation Department enforcement agents. What do you think? Michael Matthews, Sunnyside

If you want to take advantage of the affordability of homes today, but anticipate major life changes in the next couple of years, you have to consider the implications of selling so soon. Keep the following factors in mind when making your decision. As long as you sell for more than you owe on the mortgage, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you’ll lose those costs associated with your initial investment, including the money you spent on loan and closing fees. Also consider the cost of selling your home soon after purchasing, You paid closing costs when you bought it, but you face more closing costs when you sell it. In just a couple of years, most people won’t build up enough equity in the home to justify selling so soon and paying transaction fees again. Finally, if you sell your home in less than two years-for a profityou may have to pay capital gains taxes on that profit. Currently, homeowners are exempt from those taxes up to $250,000 (or up to $500,000 for married filers) – but the home must be your primary residence and lived in for at least two years. Hardships like health issues or job relocation may allow you a partial exclusion on those taxes, though. Speak with your tax advisor and real estate agent for some solid advice.

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SEMINAR: “A SENSIBLE APPROACH TO PLANNING YOUR ESTATE” Hosted by: Rebecca Barker, Financial Services Representative of MetLife Financial Group of New York Guest Speaker: Trusts and Estates Attorney Ira Greenberg of Counsel Leavitt, Kerson & Duane, Esqs. Thursday, April 28th 6-8PM @ All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 43-12 46th St, Sunnyside Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your space, please contact Rebecca Barker @ 646-227-5105 or email

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LOST-REWARD IF FOUND On Saturday April 16th a Heart Necklace was lost that is very sentimental to me. A $500.00 reward for the return of the Necklace, no questions asked. It was lost in the vicinity of 43rd Street and 46th Street Queens Blvd. and Greenpoint Avenue. Please call 347-210-7799 to return. Thank you.

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The St. Mary’s Drama Guild is a community-based youth group comprised of kids and young adults from all sections of Western Queens.º We have kids from Monsginor McClancy Memorial HS, Christ The King, St. Adalbert’s, PS229, PS12, St. Sebastian’s, St. Joseph’s College, PS153, IS73, IS125, Academy of American Studies, Wagner HS in LIC, and many more!

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TOP ROW: Ralph Lahens as the Priest, Alexander Guggliuza as Captain Orton, Shannon Gordon as Elisha, Ashley Gleason (Assistant Director), Joseph Harvey as Priest BOTTOM ROW: Anna Trinidad as Lady Tnhiang and Andrea Trinidad as Little Eva.

Sunnyside Reform Chuch Events SPRING BAZAAR! FREE CONCERT! Saturday, May 14th Evan Mazunik & Friends th 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday, April 30 @ 7pm New and gently used merchandise Free light refreshments donated by Sunnyside area merchants will be served at intermission. and friends of the church. Donations are accepted but not required. Sunnyside Reformed Church 4803 Skillman Ave. (48th & Skillman) or (718) 426-5997 ○

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