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THE WOODSIDE HERALD

SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 78, NO. 26

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

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Joe Conley Honored by Joe Gurrado

On Tuesday, June 26th, during the season’s final meeting until the summer is over, many neighborhood members joined the 108th Pct Council at Sunnyside Community Services, in honoring Joe Conley with a community service award for his over 27 years of service to Community Board 2, where he currently holds the title of Chairman. During the meeting State Senator Michael Gianaris awarded Conley with a community service award as well. Also in attendance were Detective Toro and Detective Joe McCall from Patrol Borough Queens North as well as Captain Donald Powers. Noteworthy: The award was made by Patricia Dorfman, drafted from a photograph Kate Brennan had taken of Joe. (continued on page 7)

Honoring Heroic Aide At I.S. 145 Asha MacKay and CM Van Bramer

All In A Day’s Work by Roberto Salvador Fogonero

I.S. 145 Principal Dr. Dolores Beckham, 7th grade student Ryan Kratina, Science and Technology Academy Assistant Principal Beatrice Johnson, CM Dromm, I.S. 145 School Aide Maritza Agrelo and 8th grade student Sally Olivo. NYC CM Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) recently presented I.S. 145 school aide, Maritza Agrelo, with a New York City Council citation in recognition of her heroic actions when she saved a student’s life. Late last month, Ms. Agrelo acted swiftly when she noticed special needs student, Sally Olivo choking during her lunch. After attempting the Heimlich maneuver to no avail, Ms. Agrelo reached into the 8th grader’s throat with her own hand to dislodge the blockage. Dromm acknowledged Agrelo for her bravery and her commitment to the safety of the students at I.S. 145.

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and too-young-to-vote citizen Asha MacKay were very busy last Friday. The elected official attended events at nine schools in his Western Queens district, while the fifth-grader gave the salutatorian address and accepted three awards at her school’s graduation at Gantry State Park. The two busy bodies bumped into each other during the P.S. 78 ceremony. As seen in the nearby photo, the lawmaker gave the scholar a City Council Citation Award. It was a big day for Asha, as she also accepted the State Senator Michael Gianaris Academic Excellence Award and a P.S. 78 Principal’s Award. When it was time for her to give a speech, the 10-year-old referred to such world leaders as Mahatma Gandhi, George Washington and Amelia Earhart, while also thanking teachers and staff for a wonderful six years.

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A Trip to Brooklyn

by Sue Baldock

June 20th marked the Summer Solstice and with it came the mermaids! I’m ashamed to admit it, but I cheated on Sunnyside and crossed the border to Brooklyn for some fun in the sun. With the lure of Mermaids, Neptune, fishes and octopuses, I was drawn to Coney Island for the 29th Annual Mermaid Parade last Saturday. Celebrating summer, water and fun, participants come from all over to express their creativity and artistry. A young woman from North Carolina marched ala Tippy Hendren in The Birds complete with seagulls attached to her dress. With men on stilts, pregnant sea goddesses, and even a marching band, the party atmosphere and music had everyone dancing as they walked along Surf Avenue. From Mermaids to Guppies, this parade had it all; with the best costume, in my opinion, going to local Sunnysiders Patrice Lee (a fish) and Jonathan Dunn (a fish caught in a net)! (continued from front page)

All In A Day’s Work by Roberto Salvador Fogonero

Proud Grandparents (From Left) Prakash Mediratta, Parmeela Mediratta and Cynthia Keegan (Rob MacKay’s Mom).

After giving her his award, Van Bramer had a lot on his plate, too, but he took the time to listen to Asha’s words, even displaying emotion and approval of the youngster’s public-speaking skills before heading to his next gig. In all, he attended graduation ceremonies at P.S. 199, P.S. 150, P.S. 11, P.S. 78, P.S. 166 and P.S. 12. He also stopped by P.S. 152 and P.S. 112 to congratulate the classes of 2012 and award City Council citations to certain graduates. As for Asha, she went directly to her Sunnyside home after her graduation and celebrated with family. Her next academic stop is the Institute for Collaborative Education, a public junior and high school in Manhattan.“I felt proud,” Asha said about her big day and elbowrubbing with power. “I feel excited about the next year, but I’m going to miss my old school.” To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772

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City’s Marketing Chief Talks Tourism In Western Queens by Rob MacKay

NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta spoke about the economic benefits of the ongoing tourism boom in the Big Apple during the Long Island City Business Improvement District’s membership meeting on June 20. New York City is the world’s most popular tourist destination, he said, hosting more than 50 million visitors, including 10.6 million foreigners, in 2011. These sightseers spent roughly $32 billion, supporting 320,000 jobs. Of this group, roughly 8.2 million people spent about $4.1 billion in Queens. As proof of the new reality, plans are in the works to build the 19th hotel in Long Island City, which only had one such lodging a decade ago. Fertitta is at far right with BID executives (from left) Alan Suna, David Brause and Gayle Baron.

NYC Tech Challenge As part of NYCEDC’s focus to foster talent in the engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship space, they are seeking to engage youth with technology through an exciting summer and fall curriculum, significant interaction with and mentorship by NYC’s start-up & tech community, and ultimately a business plan competition that will be judged by the tech community. The program is being administered by the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Further details of the program are below and the application deadline is currently July 6, though earlier applications are strongly encouraged. Please direct any questions regarding applications, or any assistance needed in filling out applications, to Jordan Runge of NFTE at Jordan.runge@nfte.com NYC Tech Challenge The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) are piloting the “NYC Tech Challenge” program during the summer and fall of 2012. NYC Tech Challenge is a technology, entrepreneurship, and mentorship program for disadvantaged NYC high school students and is a part of a series of City-led initiatives to cultivate the next generation of technology talent. An online informational video can be viewed here. Key Components Designed to educate and inspire students to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and technology, the program is structured around the following four components: Summer Tech-Bootcamp: During a rigorous, 2-week bootcamp, 30 students will work in teams to develop a mobile app prototype, using Google AppInventor, that aims to improve the quality of education and city life for NYC students. Participants will learn about entrepreneurship and gain exposure to NYC’s tech ecosystem. (Aug. 6-10, 13-17) To be held at LIU Brooklyn Fall Sessions: During the fall, students will attend 9 weeknight sessions to further explore topics in entrepreneurship and technology, finalize their mobile apps, and develop a pitch presentation and short business plan with the help of instructors and mentors from tech companies and start-ups. (Sept 12, 19; Oct 3, 10, 2, Nov 7, 14, 28; Dec 5) Currently anticipated to be held at various start-ups and tech companies in NYC Business Plan Competition & Awards Ceremony: In December, students will demo and pitch their finished apps and business plans to a panel of judges from the technology and venture capital community. Winning teams receive cash prizes and all students will be honored at an awards ceremony. Mentorship & Enterprise Discovery: Students will receive mentorship from local tech professionals and undergraduate and graduate students. Students will also visit NYC tech companies, startups, and incubators to speak to entrepreneurs and be exposed to various entrepreneurial environments. Eligibility Requirements - Targeted to current 9th and 10th graders (10th and 11th graders in 2012-2013); there are a few spots open for current 8th graders (9th graders in 2012-2013) as well - Student should qualify for free/reduced lunch OR attend NYC school with over 50% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch - 3.2 GPA or higher - Minimum 90% attendance in school - An interest in technology - Availability to attend all program sessions

Don’t Take a Vacation from Investing Summer is here — which means a vacation most likely isn’t far away. Whether you’re hitting the road, jumping on a plane or even enjoying a “staycation” at home, you’re probably looking forward to some down time with your family. But not every aspect of your life should be relaxed. Specifically, you don’t want to take a vacation from investing — which means you need to become a diligent, year-round investor. Here are a few suggestions that can help: Keep on investing. Don’t head to the investment “sidelines” when the financial markets experience volatility. You don’t want to be a nonparticipant when things turn around because, historically, the early stage of any market rally is generally when the biggest gains occur. (Keep in mind that past performance of the market is not a guarantee of future results.) Keep learning. In just about any classroom, the best students are the ones who get the most out of their education and put their learning to the best use. And the same is true of the investment world: The more you know about the forces that affect your investments’ performance, and about why you own the investments you do, the more likely you are to make the right moves — and the less

likely you’ll be to make hasty and unwise decisions. Keep your focus on the long term. As an investor, you need to look past those events — such as natural disasters, recession fears and political instability abroad — that may have noticeable shortterm effects on the financial markets but little impact over the longer term. So instead of making investment decisions based on today’s headlines, think about what you want your financial picture to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years — and take the appropriate steps to help make that picture materialize. These steps include following a long-term, disciplined investment strategy that’s suitable for your individual needs, making adjustments as time goes on and working with a professional financial advisor who knows your situation and can help you make the right choices. Keep looking for growth opportunities. To achieve your longterm goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’ll need to own growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and other investments that contain equities. The percentage of your holdings devoted to stocks should be based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and proximity to retirement. But no matter what your situation, you want a portfolio that’s designed to help you meet your investment goals.

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Keep relying on “hardworking” investments. To help ensure your investments are working hard for you, choose those vehicles that can help you in multiple ways. For example, when you invest in a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, your money grows on a tax-deferred basis, which means it can accumulate faster than if it were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. (Keep in mind that taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to age 59Ω may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) Plus, you typically fund your 401(k) with pretax dollars, so the more you put in each year, the lower your taxable income. Furthermore, with the choices available in your plan, you can create a good mix of investments.Enjoy your vacation this summer. But no matter what the season, don’t take a break from investing. Your efforts may pay off nicely for you in the future. 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.

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A Dearth Of Mirrors It seems there is an unacknowledged crisis in our society – missing mirrors. Observing the attire (or lack of it) sported by so many, one can only conclude that they are oblivious to their own reflections. Therefore to avoid the visual assault of the underclad and overflowing folks among us, I suggest the gift of mirrors as a solution. Joan Olens, Woodside Email your thoughts to: SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com Full Names must be provided (but will be withheld if requested).

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Joe Conley Honored

Photos by Joe Gurrado

Mr & Mrs. O’Reilly, Joe Conley and Patrick Conley

MaryAnn Gurrado, Joe Conley and Debra Markell Kleinert

Wishing everyone a happy and safe

4th of July as we proudly celebrate and cherish our independence.

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