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Budget Saves Libraries, Adds After-School Seats Issued From Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Earlier in the week City Council voted to approve the $68.7 billion fiscal year 2013 budget for the City of New York. The Council restored over $150 million for child care and after-school programs in New York City. As a result, over 50,000 children will continue in these programs. The closing of firehouses and widespread layoffs were also avoided. As Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, Council Member Van Bramer fought hard and success-

fully alongside his colleagues to restore over $140 million to libraries and the arts in this budget. As a result of the Council’s efforts, no libraries will close. Not only were they able to save 1,700 jobs, they were also able to maintain a minimum of 5 day library service with some community libraries staying open 6 days a week. On top of the historic restorations to the City’s three library systems, over $50 million was restored to museums and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City. As you may recall 10 separate

after-school programs in our district were eliminated in the Mayor’s proposed budget. Those programs provided nearly 1,700 kids with a safe place to learn after school. All 10 programs have been saved and our district will gain additional after-school seats. Additionally, the Police Athletic League run day care center in Queensbridge had been completely eliminated in the proposed budget for this year. With City Council efforts, they were able to restore the program, retaining communitybased services for the children.

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Congressman Crowley with the participants of the Sunnyside Amazing Race, including lead organizer Kim Graham

Block Filled With Red, White and Blue by Al Volpe

That great block, Skillman Avenue, is also the most patriotic block. Bunting, flags and stars of all sizes and shapes decorate the buildings on Skillman and 53rd Street. They are beautiful, thanks to that great little lady, Super Maria Manning and her daughter who show their pride in the United States every July 4th. This year, more buildings are displaying flags of all sizes. So let’s add to Skillman Ave’s outstanding restaurants, 46-51 St, the Strawberry Fair, the street fairs, the Christmas lights, the new Mother’s Day parade – now July 4th decorations. Skillman Avenue is easily, in my opinion, the best block in New York City! (continued on page 2)

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Earlier in June, NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (DQueens) and Principal Martha Vazquez cut the ribbon on a brand new computer lab for the students at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights. The lab was outfitted with state of the art Apple iMacs that were made possible thanks to the $100,000 Dromm allocated for technological improvements at the elementary school. The funds were part of $2.6 million Dromm secured last fiscal year for the schools in his district. Dromm, who was a NYC public school teacher for 25 years, recognizes the importance of adequate funding for our schools and was proud to provide the students in his district with the tools necessary to better prepare themselves in an increasingly digital age. (continued from front page)

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Millions Awarded To Pedestrian Injured by Rob MacKay

A dishwasher who sustained severe, lifelong injuries from a car crash in Long Island City has just won almost $7 million. On June 15, 2012, a Queens Supreme Court jury awarded Herman Reyes, a Mexican immigrant, $1.8 million in past pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, $4.5 million for future pain and suffering and approximately $421,000 for future medical costs. According to plaintiff attorney Harlan Wittenstein, Reyes was smacked by an SUV while in a crosswalk near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street at about midnight on May 17, 2009. Impact was so severe that Reyes, who was 35 at the time, sustained three leg fractures and traumatic brain injury that includes cognitive defects and partial memory

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loss. He has a permanent limp and a metal rod with four screws in his leg that will probably remain there for the rest of his life. Since Reyes couldn’t remember much of the accident, the trial revolved around the question of liability. The SUV’s driver, Oscar Garcia from Marketing Werks Inc., claimed that Reyes had darted out into the street as the vehicle was passing by. However, Wittenstein, who shares a law office in Forest Hills with Neil Kalra, hired a forensic pathologist, Dr. Louis Roh, as an expert. Roh, who used to work as a coroner, testified that the nature of the plaintiff’s leg injuries demonstrated a massive impact to his lower left leg. He concluded that the front of the SUV was the point of impact. He also opined that the version offered by the driver was physically impossible. “This was CSI stuff,” said Wittenstein.

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Sunscreen Usage Change In Schools In an effort to increase cancer prevention and sun poisoning, Senator Michael Gianaris is working to better protect children from getting excessive exposure to the sun. He introduced a bill that would change impractical New York State Department of Education (NYSED) regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside. NYSED and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen in their lists of over-the-counter drugs. Current NYSED guidelines state that schools should require a note from a doctor as well as parental consent for a child to use over-the-counter medicines like sunscreen during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines. Understanding the importance for children to be able to apply sunscreen as necessary, Senator Gianaris’s bill would require only a note from a parent and erase the need for a doctor’s note in order for children to put on sunscreen while in school or at camp. “At a time when we are trying to increase cancer prevention, it is senseless for schools to make it more difficult for children to use sunscreen,” Senator Gianaris said. “It should not be necessary to pass legislation to realize this common sense solution, however that is exactly what we will do if regulations are not changed.” Senator Gianaris’s proposal has caused NYSED to review its policy. The bill was prompted by an incident in Washington State in which two young girls were hospitalized from severe sunburns after having spent many hours outside participating in their school’s filed day. They were not allowed to put on sunscreen because, similar to New York’s guidelines; Washington requires a doctor’s and parent’s note in order for children to apply sunscreen while in school. Studies have shown that long-term, unprotected overexposure to ultraviolet light causes up to 90% of all skin cancers, which are the most common form of cancer in this country. Most skin damage occurs before the age of 18. Even if a child’s sunburn or tan fades, the skin damage remains and, with each new sunburn or tan, that damage could accumulate and result in skin cancer later in life.

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Improving Early Childhood Eduction In Daycare Bill Approved by Full Legislature: Next Step is Governor’s Desk NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach),

a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced that legislation he co-sponsors (S.5650), requiring a thorough review of early childhood education programs in New York day care centers, has been approved by the full Legislature. “Early childhood education kick-starts a child’s academic journey, and is proven to ensure greater success later on in school,” said Addabbo, noting that the legislation was drafted with an eye towards securing federal funding for improvements in New York’s day care system. “Taking a good hard look at our

current day care education programs, and seeing what we’re doing right and what we could be doing even better, is an important investment in our future.”

Under the legislation, the State Education Department, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Health Department would collaborate on an analysis of existing early childhood education being offered in day care programs for kids up to age 5. This study would examine existing state childhood education regulations, look at educational and training requirements for day care employees, evaluate health and social services avail-

able in day care settings, and review all funding streams available for these programs. Addabbo noted that there is a nationwide movement to improve early childhood education, part of which has resulted in the Obama Administration’s Early Learning Challenge Fund. This fund, which offers competitive grants to states, is intended to eliminate the school readiness gap in young children and to provide kids up to age five with an early start in education. “New York State applied for $100 million last year from the Early Learning Challenge Fund, and we didn’t make the cut,” said Addabbo. “But by undertaking a top-to-bottom review of our state’s early childhood education programs in day care centers, we can take a big step towards getting ourselves in the running and demonstrating New York’s commitment to giving our kids a quality, early start on the path to becoming successful, productive adults.” Now that the legislation has been approved by the State Senate and Assembly, it will be forwarded to Governor Cuomo for his review and approval.

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US Open Holds Job Fair Following last year’s successful event, the US Open is once again hosting a job fair to inform job-seekers from all over greater New York City about its many open positions. The second annual US Open Job Fair will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, inside the US Open Club Presented by Emirates Airline. The Club is located outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Gates will close promptly at 3 p.m. The event will include opportunities to work directly for the US Open as well as the tournament’s many vendors, who are looking for cooks, drivers, maintenance workers, security personnel, cashiers, and customer service representatives. This year, job-seekers will have the opportunity to apply for positions on the spot. “We truly believe that the US Open experience starts with our employees,” said Danny Zausner, Managing Director for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “We’re famous for providing a oneof-a-kind experience to our more than 700,000 guests, whether they’re celebrities, foreign dignitaries, or a local family out for a good time. So we are looking for

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people to join our team who will go above and beyond in hospitality and customer service. No matter the position, it’s three weeks they’ll never forget.” The USTA, the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the US, has joined forces with Brandemix, an interactive agency that specializes in employer branding, to recruit the highest-quality candidates for these coveted positions at the 2012 US Open. “We connect brands to employees and to potential employees, and the US Open is a fantastic brand,” said Brandemix CEO Jody Ordioni. “Last year, their eagerness to use social media to reach job applicants was a great success, and we’re thrilled to return this year. It shows that every organization, large or small, should be marketing in the social space.” The jobs at the US Open often attract teachers, retirees, and former police officers, while some openings are perfect for college students, sports fans, or anyone seeking a unique summer job to put on their résumé. For those unable to attend, applications will be accepted through August. More information can be found at www.teamusopentennis.com.


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Budget Saves Libraries, Adds After-School Seats “Funding has been secured for numerous projects that will strengthen and improve our neighborhoods. This money is not mine to give away. It is your tax dollars that I have the privilege to allocate as your Council Member, said Van Bramer.”

Some of the projects include:

by Rob MacKay

She’s danced in France, Germany and even the world-renowned Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., but now Heather Waldon is preparing for a huge new challenge close to home. The Woodside mother of two will start teaching individuals with Parkinson’s disease for free in Forest Hills on July 13. As part of the Dance for PD® program spearheaded by the Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Waldon and Mark Morris faculty will be working with all comers at BambooMoves at 107-40 Queens Blvd. Already established in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Dance for PD® classes feature live musical accompaniment and integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk, tap, improvisation and choreographic repertory in ways that address such disease-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. Waldon, who has danced professionally for 25 years, said she’s really excited about her new endeavor. “It’s an honor to teach dance to this population,” said Waldon, who is seen in action in this photo courtesy of Steven Schreiber. For more information, call 646-450-3373. (continued from front page)

Sunnyside’s Amazing Race

On Sunday, June 24th, Congressman Joe Crowley joined local Sunnyside residents at the Kettle to kick off the second annual Sunnyside Amazing Race, Sunnyside’s local version of the popular television show. Approximately 30 residents took part in the competition, where participants searched Sunnyside for clues in order to find certain locations. Proceeds from the competition went to the Sunnyside Community Center and the Unity Stage company.

-An additional $3 million for the restoration of the Queensbridge Park seawall, completing the funding needed to finally restore waterfront access to the community -Nearly $2 million to MoMA PS1 in Long Island City for facility upgrades -$600,000 to provide a new roof for the Sunnyside Library -$200,000 to the New York City Police Department for security cameras throughout our district -$500,000 for new lighting throughout the Ravenswood Houses -$650,000 for Phase 2 of Noonan Playground to continue the restoration of the popular park for local residents in Sunnyside and Woodside -$250,000 for improvements to Doughboy Park in Woodside, including a dog run -Over $2 million for the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria -$250,000 to the MTA for pigeon mitigation systems to alleviate issues with droppings surrounding 7 train stops at the 46th Street, 52nd Street and 61st Street stations -$165,000 for Jacob Riis Settlement House for infrastructure improvements and a new air conditioning system in its multi-use gymnasium -$1.25 million to schools throughout the district for technology improvements and upgrades to auditoriums, gyms and bandwidth for classrooms -Over $1 million for the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City -$150,000 for the Sculpture Center in Long Island City Van Bramer is also privileged to be able to fund numerous organizations that provide much needed programs and services to people in our district. Among the highlights are: - The Doe Fund returns to Woodside. With the funding we have acquired we will be able to implement a street cleaning initiative which will station a dedicated maintenance team along Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street, and the surrounding streets -Through GrowNYC, we will launch the first ever farm fresh and locally grown green market in Queensbridge. This landmark initiative seeks to expand healthy food access in Western Queens -Over $50,000 to the New York Irish Center in Long Island City for its senior, cultural, and educational programs -Nearly $600,000 to senior programs, including funding to the Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Woodside and Sunnyside senior centers. In addition, funding is going to be provided to the Big Six NORC along with several other programs -Our free, district-wide anti-graffiti hotline and cleanup program will continue for a third year -Working with the Department of Transportation, our office has funded and will distribute several hundred free bike helmets for children throughout the district this summer to prevent injuries and promote cycling safety -We have increased funding to over $100,000 to organizations dedicated to helping small businesses grow. This includes the Long Island City Partnership, Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, Woodside on the Move and Central Astoria Local Development Coalition -Over $40,000 to our tenant and civic associations, including the Queensbridge, Ravenswood, and Woodside Houses Tenant/Resident Associations, the Dutch Kills Civic Association, and United Forties Civic Association -Over $50,000 to cultural organizations, including programming for Dance Entropy, EarSay, Flux Factory, the Queens Museum of Art, Queens Theater in the Park, Thalia Spanish Theatre, the Chocolate Factory Theater, and Socrates Sculpture Park -Funding for the Queens Economic Development Corporation for maintaining the multiuse small business incubator in Long Island City -Funding to Woodside on the Move to continue its great concert series in Windmuller Park, the tenant and housing assistance project of Western Queens, and their adult literacy programming -$100,000 for maintaining the LaGuardia Community College’s Archives -Funding for youth sports leagues, including St. Raphael’s, Corpus Christi, and St. Mary’s Winfield and the Long Island City YMCA’s programming -Over $200,000 to the East River Development Alliance’s programs, including the College Access Program for students in low-income families -The Sunnyside/Woodside Boys & Girls Club for their summer programming for area youth -Local LGBT programs, including Queens Community House – Generation Q, Make the Road New York’s LGBTQ Justice Project, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders and the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee -Organizations that serve our diverse communities, including Emerald Isle Immigration Center, South Asian Youth Action, and Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS

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Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day Once again, Independence Day is here, bringing fireworks and barbeques. Of course, the 4th of July is more than hoopla — it’s a time to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. Yet, for many people, one important type of freedom — financial freedom — is still elusive. So you may want to use this holiday as an occasion to think of those steps you can take to eventually declare your own Financial Independence Day. Here are some moves that can help: Create a strategy. Financial freedom doesn’t just happen — it takes planning, patience and perseverance. To work toward your financial independence, you’ll need to create a financial strategy, in conjunction with your financial advisor, and stick to that strategy. Over time, you’ll need to make adjustments, but if your overall strategy is appropriate for your goals, time horizon and risk tolerance, it should help you get you to where you want to go. Contribute as much as possible to your retirement plans. Each year, put in as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 457(b) if you work for a state or local government or a 403(b) if you work for a school or other tax-exempt organization. These plans offer the potential for tax-deferred earnings, so your retirement funds can grow faster than if they were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. Also, if you’re eligible, try to “max out” on your IRA every year. Maintain adequate life insurance. If you have a family, you aren’t just thinking of your own financial independence — you have to think of theirs, too. And that’s why you need to maintain adequate life insurance, particularly during the years when your children are growing up. But even after they’ve left the home, you may find that life insurance can be valuable in providing retirement funds for your spouse, should anything happen to you. And if you have permanent life insurance, which contains an investment component, you can generally access the cash value, through policy loans or withdrawals, to help pay for your own retirement. Protect yourself from long-term care costs. You may never need any type of long-term care, such as a stay in a nursing home or assistance from a home health aide, but if you do, the enormous costs can threaten your financial independence — and possibly even put an economic strain on your spouse or grown children. After all, the national average rate for a private room in a nursing home is more than $87,000 per year, according to the 2011 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs. And the national hourly rate for home health aides is $21, according to the same survey. Medicare typically pays very little of these costs, which puts the burden on you. Fortunately, some investment vehicles can help you deal with long-term care expenses. Consult with your financial advisor to determine which of these vehicles may be appropriate for your needs. A national holiday won’t be declared when you achieve your financial independence — but, for you, it will be a time well worth celebrating. So do what it takes to work toward the arrival of that happy day. 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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$18,000 GRANT TO THE SALVADORI CENTER B.R.I.D.G.E.S. PROGRAM

Continuing its mission to raise awareness about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through the Connect A Million Minds program, Time Warner Cable announced today its $18,000 grant to the Salvadori Center B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program. B.R.I.D.G.E.S. [Build, Research, Invent, Design, Grow and Explore through Science] is an after-school, 12-week science education program serving middle school-aged children in over 25 community centers in New York City. Students from P.S. 150 and P.S. 199 in Sunnyside, Queens, and the YouthBuild organization in East Harlem recently completed a successful semester of the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program. This past Spring, students investigated the different types of bridges and their function, while learning about the history of some of the world’s most prominent bridges. Students also identified the structural parts that make up a bridge and the forces that act upon them, analyzing how location, materials and technology affect the design. “The Salvadori Center’s

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program is a great complement to Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds program as both bring alive the importance of STEM skills to students,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for New York City. “B.R.I.D.G.E.S. is a great way for students to learn about the architectural wonders that we see and experience each day, and how STEM plays a central role. Time Warner Cable encourages students to pursue STEM skills as recent studies show that more than half of the fastest growing jobs in the future will be in the science or technology field.” “For over 35 years, the Salvadori Center has been helping students gain a personal understanding of math and science concepts through exploring the built environment – bridges, building, landmarks, and their communities,” said Kenneth Jones, Salvadori Center’s Executive Director. “With the generous support from Time Warner Cable, the Salvadori Center is able to bring this approach to learning math and science to students in after school programs in three sites in East Harlem and

Sunnyside Queens. Salvadori’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program delivers a fun and captivating experience that enables students to better understand science, engineering, mathematics, design, and technology through the built environment while reinforcing school-day learning.” B.R.I.D.G.E.S. focuses on fun and engaging topics such as bridges, skyscrapers, green design and skateparks. The program allows students to explore architecture, structural engineering, science, and math while learning more about their own communities. For more information about the Salvadori Center and its programs, visit http:// www.salvadori.org. Connect a Million Minds was created by Time Warner Cable in 2009, designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information about Connect a Million Minds, visit http:// www.connectamillionminds.com.

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Getting Rid Of Parking Spaces NYC’s bike-loving commissioner of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Kahn’s objective is to get rid of cars. To get rid of cars, get rid of parking spaces. Whatever the problem, her first option is to get rid of parking spaces. At Skillman Avenue and 51 Street, where have been accidents, Community Board 2’s ‘transportation committee’ has considered and discussed traffic lights, all-way stop signs, flashing red lights, etc., but never to remove a parking space. Sadik-Kahn’s unilateral solution was to remove a parking space, without ever consulting CB2 or even advising CB2 before removing the parking space. That makes us a potted plant. The “No Standing Anytime” space now at this corner has already generated daily parking tickets and towaways to unwary drivers. Where it really hurts the neighborhood is that there is less parking for the bakery, restaurants and stores. If people cannot park, they will shop somewhere else. Thanks, Commissioner. What will you do next without telling us?

Al Volpe, Woodside The views expressed in all letters to the editors, all signed opinion articles and ‘irked’ opinions are those of their authors. The opinions expressed in this newspaper do not necessarily reflect the views of the faculty staff or administration of Woodside Herald. Email your thoughts to: SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com Full Names must be provided (but will be withheld if requested).

Teen Summer Reading Adventure Returns to Library by Abigail Goldberg, Senior Librarian

The Library’s Teen Summer Reading program is back, touting upgrades that teens suggested. Last summer, 900 Sunnyside children and teens enrolled and this year we are already on track to surpass that number! This year’s fiveborough theme is Own the Night, featuring books like Fat Vampire by Adam Rex and Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen. Teens will be given library credit for all books read— whether for school or just for fun. And since the program is done online, teens may access the Web from anywhere in the world they may be vaca-

tioning. Registration is easy using a library card at www.summerreading.org where teens can log books, post reviews, and create avatar doppelganger characters. This year’s Summer Reading prizes feature a plethora of novelty goodies. Voracious readers seeking even more books and more prizes may join the Teen Book Slam—a concurrent summer reading program. Teens read five novels, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and answer trivia questions at queensteenbookslam.blogspot.com.

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Teens looking for a more creative experience can increase their scores by completing additional “Challenges.” Since the Book Slam’s 2008 inception, Sunnyside teens have consistently earned top placements boroughwide. Teens who read a minimum of one book will receive a prize. Teens who read all five are eligible for maximum prizes. This year’s prizes include Amazon.com gift cards and a “party in a bag.” All programs at the Queens Library are free of charge. Visit the Queens Library at Sunnyside at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue 718-784-3033 or at facebook.com/sunnysidelibrary.

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Cool Jazz On A Hot Summer Night

by Rob MacKay

The joint was jumping last Saturday night as the Sunnyside Reformed Church held a free concert entitled “Two Bands, One Special Evening.� Evan Mazunik, who directs the choir at the Skillman Avenue church and plays in the Zaha band, was the organizer. Sunnyside Reformed frequently offers free concerts featuring local musicians.

Sunnysider Takes First Place Sunnysides own Svetoslav Bananov places first in the New York NPC physique division body building championship.

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