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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 77, NO. 22

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Students Rally to Restore After-School Funds Students from Sunnyside Community Services’ after-school program at P.S. 150Q took to the streets of Sunnyside last week in a spirited march to save the program they need and love. Waving signs and chanting “Save SCS! Save our afterschool,” the students joined up with a group of after-schoolers from P.S. 199Q before returning to their schoolyard to deliver moving testimony and share their feelings about the program they hope to be allowed to return to in September. Photo Right: Students advocate for funding to be restored to the SCS afterschool program at P.S. 150 in Sunnyside. (continued on page 3)

Rally To Save Ladder 128

Veterans and Supporters Celebrate Memorial Day At John V. Daniels Park, Woodside Photo by Joe Gurrado

On May 27th City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer held a rally with City Council Fire & Criminal Justice Chair Elizabeth Crowley, the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association against the proposed closure of Ladder 128 in Long Island City. For over a century, Ladder 128 has been serving the City of New York in emergency situations, including playing an integral role in the rescue efforts during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Ladder 128 serves the communities of Blissville, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (continued on page 2)

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On Saturday May, 28th the Sunnyside / Woodside Lions Club held their annual street festival on Greenpoint Ave. between 43rd St. and 48th St. Fellow Lions members sold raffle tickets for baskets of goodies while collecting food items for local food pantries.

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Queens Seawall Repairs Proposals Requested Queens Leaders Applaud Parks Department for Beginning the Repair Process U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- Queens, Manhattan); Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; representatives of the offices of Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and other elected officials; and Bishop Mitchell Taylor met this week with Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe and other officials to press for expedited repairs to the Queens Seawall. At the meeting, Commissioner Benepe announced that the Parks Department is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) today to begin the process of repairing the seawall. The RFP solicits proposals for testing the site to determine the extent to which there are contaminants in the soil. Testing should begin in late June and will take 12 weeks to complete. The bid-winning contractor will be required to take samples of the soil at various depths and of ground water. These samples will be submitted to an independent laboratory for analysis. The contract also calls for a review of findings and the issuance of a final report. The report will specify the legal and recommended disposal means when mitigating contamination and restoring the shoreline and the seawall. Stalled for more than a decade, the project has begun to move forward as Maloney, local elected officials, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mayor’s office, and the Parks Department joined together in February to create a Queens Seawall Task Force and have jointly resolved to make this project a top priority. “This RFP is the first step toward finally rebuilding the crumbling Queens Seawall. I am so pleased that Commissioner Benepe and his team at the Parks Department have taken the lead on rebuilding the seawall and will soon begin the environmental testing required to move the project forward,” Rep. Maloney said. “The Queens Seawall is a disaster waiting to happen. At long last, we are making progress on this project and I look forward to working with the city to complete these long overdue repairs as soon as possible.” “We are very pleased that we are finally able to undertake necessary testing within Queensbridge Park, which is the first important step towards the reconstruction of the park’s seawall,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Thanks to the leadership of Congresswoman Maloney and Borough President Helen Marshall who are working with local elected officials, we believe we will soon be in a position to reconstruct the seawall so that local residents can enjoy access to their waterfront. This important project could not have moved forward without the help of our city, state, and federal partners.” “The meeting at Queens Borough Hall earlier this week was a frank and productive one that shored-up support for the repairs needed for the seawall in western Queens. It was a solid example of what can happen when our federal, state and city officials work with local government to fix a longstanding community problem that had no resolution for more than ten years. Thanks, especially, to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for her leadership and the federal dollars she has secured for this much-needed restoration,” said Borough President Marshall. “The Queensbridge Seawall is in desperate need of repair and must receive attention immediately. I commend Congresswoman Maloney for her dogged efforts to see this through and look forward to continuing our work with her and the Queensbridge Seawall Task Force until this project is completed,” said Senator Gianaris. “The Request for Proposals is an important first step to ensure the Seawall is repaired and restored for the community to use the waterfront. For over a decade, the Seawall repairs have been stalled, potentially creating a significant threat to public safety. I will continue to work with the Parks Department and Congresswoman Maloney to ensure this project is completed,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “I am so pleased to see that the Parks Department is moving forward on repairing the Queens Seawall, considering that the residents of Queensbridge Houses have waited almost two decades for their access to the waterfront to be restored and for this potential crisis to be averted,” said Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor, President and Founder of the East River Development Alliance. “Thank you to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and the members of Queens Seawall Task Force for making sure that this critical issue is no longer neglected.”

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City Hall Rally To Save Library Jobs, Library Service Draws Hundreds Queens Library Supporters Stand Up for Libraries Hundreds of library lovers, joined by library supporters in the City Council, rallied on the steps of City Hall on May 26 to push back on proposed budget cuts to Queens Library. Leading the rally was Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chairman of the Council Committee on Cultural Affairs & Libraries. Speakers included Council Member Vincent Gentile, Chairman of the Council Subcommittee on Libraries; Council Member Leroy Comrie, Queens Delegation Leader; Council Member Karen Koslowitz; Council Member Mark Weprin; Council Member Elizabeth Crowley; Council Member Peter Koo; Council Member Eric Ulrich, Council Member Dan Halloran and Local 1321 President

John Hyslop. They all expressed their support and admiration for the value that Queens Library adds to the community. “New Yorkers deserve wellfunded libraries,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D26th District). “Throughout the five boroughs, libraries are an integral part of our education system, providing adult literacy programs and countless educational opportunities for children. The proposed cuts are the most severe our public libraries have ever seen and would have a devastating effect on quality of life across the City of New York. I will continue to work with colleagues in the City Council, advocates and community leaders to restore as much of this vital funding as possible.” “Continuing to fund local libraries means we continue to be-

lieve in the future of New York City, the literacy of its children, the strength of its neighborhoods and the importance of technology in every person’s quality of life. I believe the Mayor and City Council must pass a budget that keeps one eye on today’s financial needs and another on the brightness of the city’s future, and only a budget the maintains our present library resources and access can accomplish that,” said Council Member Vincent Gentile. “The City Council is committed to protecting our libraries,” said Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., chairman of the Finance Committee. “Cutting libraries would be devastating for communities, because it would mean job losses, as well as the loss of programs important to New Yorkers, like after-school activities and services for people seeking employment. We intend to fight to ensure our libraries across New York City get the support they need.”

New York City’s Executive Budget calls for a cut to Queens Library of $25.3 million in FY ’12. It would mean reducing library service to the lowest levels ever; lower than the fiscal crises of the 1970s and 1990s or even the Great Depression.

* Layoff of 471 staff who provide critical information services to the community * 48 libraries would be closed 4 or 5 days per week * Only 13 libraries would be open 5 days per week, Monday through Friday * Central Library would be the only library open on Saturdays * No Sunday library service in Queens at all * People in Queens would have HALF the access to borrow materials, use computers, attend programs, get homework help, ask for job information and so many other important library services.

What Happened at the May United Forties Meeting? Joe Conley, CB2 Chairman reported that “we live in a truly safe precinct”(echoing the report of P.O. Sorrentino). Between police, elected officials and informed and involved citizens, real changes have been made, such as DOT changing the time frame on the Queens Blvd parking meters and the new “NO TRUCK” traffic signs

that will be seen in June (48th St between Laurel Hill and 51st Ave). Bruno Iciano (DSNY Comm. Affairs Liaison) spoke about positive implementations by the Sanitation Dept to enhance the overall quality of life in NYC and the boroughs. United Forties will be writing to Mr. Bruno under separate cover and via CB2 regarding

refurbishing dog poo signs in the area and instituting sweeper street service on Hunterspoint Ave. Gus Amato reported that work on the Kosciusko Bridge may be starting in 2010. The new, cabled bridge will hopefully have 2 parks and a marina below it for public use. The bridge will also greatly improve BQE lanes in both directions between Queens and Brooklyn.

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 4th Street Renaming in honor of Clare Kraft @ 11am

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FLAG DAY Last year’s Flag Day Parade was more successful than the year before as anyone who was there knows. Hopefully there will be a

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repeat this year. U.F.C.A. will again have flags available at our June 8th meeting for marchers and viewers use.

A letter written last year is still poignant for the 2011 Flag Day celebration… “Thousands of women and men are fighting and some dying, to keep terrorism off our mainland and to protect the freedoms enjoyed in the United States of America available not only to all citizens, but to immigrants and visitors. The proud and glorious Red, White and Blue stars and stripes must be honored just as our forefathers did when our country was founded. June 11th is a Special Day to continue this patriotic practice. And yet, when it comes to marching 8 blocks, or riding because those legs aren’t what they used to be, or being a spectator on Greenpoint Ave to cheer “Old Glory,” the marchers and spectators along the way get a little smaller each year. This, despite the valiant efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside to keep this only “Salute to the Flag” parade in the borough and probably the entire city going strong for our Vets, our people of all nationalities and last but not least, our country of freedom for all.” U.F.C.A. has made a firm commitment to join in the fine work of the Kiwanians to make this year’s parade great and we should start now—More at our June 8th meeting.


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Veterans and Supporters Celebrate Memorial Day At John V. Daniels Park, Woodside

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Rep. Maloney Salutes Armed Forces at Memorial Day Ceremony Aboard USS Intrepid

Council Member Honors Veterans

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and US Army Specialist Kenneth Keegan.

On Monday, May 31st Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined veterans, active service members and members of the community for the Woodside Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the Saint Sebastian Catholic War Veterans of Woodside. The commencement of the parade began at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and concluded in Doughboy Park where the Council Member addressed the crowd. “Today, we remember those who have bravely fought in defense of our nation,” said Van Bramer. “All Americans owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to the men and woman that defend our freedoms.”

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Sunnyside Student Awarded Carmen Minsal (Class of ’11) of Sunnyside, NY was presented with THE HAROLD HAYES PRIZE, at this year’s St. Mark’s School Prize Day/Graduation ceremony in Southborough, MA. The award recognizes Carmen as the member of the graduating class who has been of greatest service to the school. Named for a member of the class of 1907, THE HAYES PRIZE is awarded by vote of the faculty.

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QUEENS LIBRARY TO KICK OFF SUMMER READING Thursday, June 9th 10a – 1p with a five-star extravaganza at the PS 111 schoolyard adjacent to Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21st Street, LIC. Everyone in Queens is invited. Admission is free. In case of rain, activities will be held inside the library. Author Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark,” “Grimm”) will be on hand. Live performances will include magician Seth Dale; storyteller Christine Campbell; circus tricks by Vanessa Vortex and company. There will be crafts, refreshments, and an opportunity to register for everyone’s favorite summer activity: summer reading at Queens Library . Summer Reading is for everyone, all ages welcome, from newborns to great-great grandfolk. Count on fun, interesting programs at the library, or, you may want to be an online participant. The important part is to enjoy reading and sharing. There are prizes, parties, fun and friends. Plus, everything is free! This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories!” Sign up at any Queens Library or at www.summerreading.org.Call 718-990-0700 for more information.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 10:00a Welcome with Queens Library CEO Tom Galante and award-winning children’s author, Adam Gidwitz 10:15a Magician Seth Dale 10:35a Christine Campbell, storyteller 11:00a Vanessa Vortex/adult circus performers 11:30a-12:30p Programs with Queens Museum of Art, Vortex hula hooping workshop, magician workshop with Seth, “storygami” with Christine Campbell, a photo activity with the Queens Vanguard Center, sand art/ balloon sculptures with Clown Magic and a craft with the Girl Scouts 11:30a-12:30p Refreshments and summer reading registration

Students Receive Scholarships from Builders Associations

Senator Gianaris kicks the ball to Mr. Met (scores a goal)

Ecuador-Greece soccer game will take place at Citi Field on June 7th Senator Gianaris spoke at the press conference and was given a special Greece soccer team jersey to wear while scoring a goal against Mr. Met. The inaugural soccer match at Citi Field between the national

teams of Ecuador and Greece features two national teams with a large presence in New York, as both nationalities each have over 100,000 residents in the area. Queens County has the largest population of Ecuadorians of any county in the United States, while Astoria, Queens has the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece.

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Lourdes Nasongkla, LaGuardia’s Construction Program Coordinator; scholars Johnnie Gonzalez, Jamal Jones and Joshua Hart; June Petrone, Exec Director of Queens/Bronx Builders Association (QBBA); and Ira Brown, President, QBBA Board of Directors.

Three students enrolled in the LaGuardia Community College’s construction program were recently awarded scholarships from the New York State Builders Association-Research and Education Foundation (NYSBA-REF) and the Queens and Bronx Builders Association (QBBA). Joshua Hart and Jamal Jones who are enrolled in the carpentry class, and Johnnie Gonzalez who is taking plumbing, each received a $1,000 award through the William Morehouse Scholarship Program. NYSBA-REF sponsors the scholarship with matching funds provided by the QBBA, a local affiliate. Each organization awarded the students a $500

scholarship at an awards ceremony on May 26 at the QBBA’s annual golf outing event. June Petrone of QBBA added that the scholarship program awards gifts to qualified students who are pursuing a one-, two- or four-year college program in construction or related fields in New York State. “The scholarship enables the recipients to meet their college expenses,” said Ms. Petrone, who added that since its inception in 2000, over 130 scholarships totaling $132,000 have been awarded. Mr. Gonzalez plans on becoming a plumber and eventually start his own business. Mr. Hart, who is described by his supervisor as be-

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2nd Annual Congressman Crowley to unveil the in Jackson Heights” Queens Blvd. Merchants Initiative “June Month-long Event Showcases Multicultural Artist Colony,

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at Molly Blooms Garden (43 13 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside) for the launch of Queens Blvd. Merchants Initiative. Tea, Coffee and fresh homemade scones will be served FREE (Plus, enjoy coffee, tea and scones, freshly made by a Sunnyside mom) Call (718) 433-1916 for more information.

Condolences With deepest sympathy, I express my condolences to Dr. Luis Glodowski, MD and his family, on the passing of his beloved father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rigoberto Cardoso, Pronto Car Service.

International Cuisine and Business Empowerment Initiative New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm announced the 2nd Annual “June in Jackson Heights”, an initiative designed to highlight the wealth of unique artistic talent, businesses and restaurants in the most diverse community in the world. The month-long event will include art exhibits and installations, theatrical readings, family friendly activities, dance & musical performances and the 2nd Annual Jackson Heights Restaurant Week from June 20th through June 25th. “After last year’s wildly successful debut I am pleased to once again sponsor an initiative that showcases the broad range of arts and culture that make Jackson Heights such a unique neighborhood in which to live, work, eat, and shop,” said New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Queens). “June in Jackson Heights is also a wonderful example of how arts and culture can be a driving force for economic development.” Dromm added, “We are inviting everyone to visit the area in June to partake in the numerous events that are happening all around our neighborhood. You can take a guided tour highlighting the historic landmarked gardens, enjoy piano playing in front of our post office, or visit our library, one of the most used branches in all of New York, for free educational and cultural programs.” Last year, Espresso 77 owner Afzal Hossein held a Kid’s Day mural extravaganza and this year he will partner with El Museo del Barrio on June 25th for another fun filled family art event. “I thank Council Member Dromm for sponsoring this event,” said Hossein. “June is just the beginning, as we continue to exhibit local artists year-round.” Also taking place in June is the 19th Annual Queens, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival on Sunday, June 5th. With “Pride Around the World” as this year’s international theme, the parade kicks off at noon and starts at 85th Street and 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street where it disperses into a day long festival. Of course it would not be “June in Jackson Heights” without another palatable Restaurant Week. Food from just about every corner of the world will be featured with menus from Italy, Greece, Nepal, China, India, Japan, Mexico and South America offering fantastic deals. The event will kick off Monday, June 20th and run through Saturday, June 25, 2011. Hector Canonge, a new-media artist who curated the Babel exhibit for June in Jackson Heights in 2010, is bringing his art to the street on June 4th at 83rd St and Roosevelt Avenue. The performance piece entitled, Trace-Able: Homogenius, will celebrate the accomplishments and contributions to society of gay, lesbian and transgender people. Also on board, “Play Me, I’m Yours” will feature “88 Pianos”, placed in public areas in every borough. This endeavor, started by artist Luke Jerram and Sing for Hope, will be back in Jackson Heights and will make a piano available for any member of the community to play and engage with from June 2nd through June 21st. A concert in conjunction with Make Music NY will be held on June 21st in front of the Post Office at 78th Street and 37th Avenue. Photo from left to right: Natives Restaurant owner Consuelo Quintero, Delhi Heights Chef Sonam Sherpa, Delhi Heights Chef Deepak Ballaney and NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

SIDEWALK SALE

Saturday, June 11th 9a-4p Various Items Including Antiques, Comics, Baseball Cards, Records and more… BERKELEY TOWERS

17th Annual Free Outdoor Festival Presented by Thalia Spanish Theatre Sunday June 5th Mestizo Dance Company (Columbian Music & Dance) 1-2pm ADMISSION IS FREE! Thomson Hill Park/Noonan Playground-Greenpoint Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, two blocks South of Queens Boulevard, one block East of Thalia Spanish Theatre. For more information call: (718) 729-3880 ○

Saturday, June 11th,11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Vendors wanted. Please call 718 784-8031" All Saints’ Church, 43-12 46 St. Sunnyside (right off Queens Boulevard @ 46 Street). ○

St Raphael’s Outdoor Flea Market

STRAWBERRY FAIR

52-30 39th Drive, Woodside (Between 52nd & 54th Street)

June 12th 9am-4pm (Rain date June 19) 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., LIC, Ten-foot spots cost $30.00. For info call: 718-729-8957

Betty’s Bus to YONKERS CASINO NEW DATE** July 12th, $21, $15 back-Ladies Day $7 extra for gambling Meet at 57th St. & Woodside Ave. by 9am Sharp! 718-786-6885 ○

MOUNT SINAI QUEENS UNITED COMMUNITY CIVIC ASSOCIATION HEALTH FAIR

HELP WANTED SUPERINTENDENT COUPLE for 14 Fam in Woodside. Must be fluent Spanish/English, have own tools, someone home all times. Free 1BR; no salary or G&E inc. Experience Required. 718 729-7114

Top 5 Requested Books at The Queens Library at Sunnyside, May 2011 B Dodd In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson FIC Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen FIC Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin 305.513 B The Social Animal by David Brooks 817 Handler Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler Submitted by Abigail Goldberg, Senior Librarian, The Queens Library at Sunnyside

Saturday, June 4th 10 AM - 3 PM Most Precious Blood Church, 32-23 36th Street, Astoria

Face Painting, Live Entertainment, Give-aways, Balloons, Music and Refreshments, as well as life-saving health screenings.

Complimentary weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings ; bone density tests, massage therapy and nutrition counseling will be provided. Mount Sinai Queens health professionals will be on site to give out advice, screenings and tests. Health screenings and education help prevent illness and injury. Mount Sinai Queens and the United Community Civic Association are proud to partner, once again, to promote good health and healthy lifestyles in the community.

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