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Mother Nature Throws A Jab, Big Punch On The Way

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by Sue Baldock

Summer Streets continued with a real treat for the kid in everyone. This past Saturday, Bobo and Bubbles performed their magic on us all. Starting with great face painting and moving to cotton candy and games for all, these clowns had the party started! All you could hear were the squeals of delight and giggles as the kids chased bubbles, did the limbo, took part in tug of Face Painting

war, learned the Hokey Pokey, played under a parachute and were mesmerized by the magic they performed! It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the children or everyone watching their glee! The adults then had their own treat with Frank Pedulla and the Music Staff Swing Orchestra. This mix of great musicians came together under the arch to take us back through ageless melodies and lyrics. (continued on page 5)

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On Monday, August 22, CM Jimmy Van Bramer and CitySolve, joined members of the community in taking a stand against graffiti with a kick-off event commemorating the second year of Van Bramer’s graffiti fighting initiative in District 26. Last year, over 1,000 locations were cleaned including the corridors of Broadway, Skillman Avenue, 43rd Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and Woodside Avenue on a monthly basis. The 2nd year of the Graffiti Clean-up will expand to include 43rd Avenue and 48th Avenue, which will be a huge step in combating graffiti in the community. In addition to these corridors being cleaned regularly, any resident of the 26th Council District can report graffiti anywhere by calling (718) 383-9566 ext.3 and it should be removed in a week. At the Kick-off, CM Van Bramer helped paint over graffiti

at the corner of 47th Ave and 46th Street in Sunnyside. In addition to funding the anti-graffiti hotline and program for $30,000 a year through the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Van Bramer also supports community graffiti clean-up days with groups like Sunnyside United Neighborhood Network (SUNN), Woodside on the Move and the 114th Civ-OP. “I am proud to partner with so many terrific organizations and members in the fight against graffiti in District 26. This free initiative will improve the aesthetics of our neighborhoods and lead to a safer, graffiti-free community,” said CM Jimmy Van Bramer. “The Chamber is proud to administer the funds for this grant program the Councilman has been able to extend into this year even while facing difficult financial cuts in Council budget items. Our businesses and neighbors are

truly appreciative of the quick response to their calls. We all owe both Jimmy and former Chamber President Ira Greenberg a big thank you for their work and follow up on this important initiative,” said Rebecca Barker, President of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. “Removing unwanted graffiti benefits home and business owners because it increases the overall property values, and can potentially stimulate economic benefits. It also fulfills a sense of civic duty, which is why I do it for a living,” said Bruce Pincleney, Operator of CitySolve. “We are very thankful to the Council Member for his help. He gives us $3,500 for supplies such as cleaning solutions and paint. This effort completely improves quality of life, which is our main goal,” says Barbara Pollack of the 114th Civ-OP Inc.

Ribbon Cutting on $1.7-Million Improvements To Windmuller Park On Tuesday, August 23rd, CM Jimmy Van Bramer, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and State Senator Mike Gianaris joined Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley and members of the community to cut the ribbon on the $1.7 million in improvements to Windmuller Park. This newly renovated one-acre sitting plaza is a part of a threeacre site. The area features a new staircase and step ramp, new benches, drinking fountains and nearly 12,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcover plants. The hillside was also re-graded to help with erosion, and a number of invasive trees were removed to open vistas within the park. New fences and improvements to the drainage system were made. Lighting and the existing brick piers were reconstructed. Windmuller Park is named after prominent banker Louis Windmuller, who built a mansion on this park site which was formerly part of the Windmuller family estate. In 1936, the Windmuller children donated the area to the City for use as a park. It was developed under a Federal Works Progress Administration work relief project, which improved the

site for public use. The public park was first opened a year later. “The renovations to Windmuller Park are a welcomed addition to a wonderful park that serves a strong and vibrant community. The residents of Woodside now have a state of the art play and recreation space that they can enjoy for years to come. I’d like to thank Commissioner Benepe, the Parks Department and the dedicated community members who,

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with the Council, worked to see this project to fruition,” said CM Van Bramer. “Thanks to $1.7 million from the City Council, Windmuller Park is newly landscaped with a regarded slope and more than 12,000 plantings to prevent erosion. New fencing, benches, lighting and drinking fountains make the park are more welcoming place for the residents of Woodside,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.




Business Card Exchange at Historical Building

Queens Chamber Treasurer Gerard Thornton, Ellen DePasquale of Constant Comment, Sunnyside Chamber VP Patricia Dorfman, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Chamber Exec. Dir. Jack Friedman, Sunnyside Chamber President Rebecca Barker, Queens Chamber Chief of Operations Sophia Ganosis, and Queens Chamber Past President Al Pennisi. by Luke Adams

The Queens Chamber of Commerce held a Business Card Exchange at the unique “Foundry,” a 19th-century ivy-covered brick structure in Long Island City near the Queensboro Bridge, and invited Sunnyside Chamber. In 1906, the Foundry was one several steel foundries in the Long Island City area that catered to the needs of New York City’s riverfront manufacturers, and then went on to house a varnish maker. By the 1970’s, the building was a lost relic, containing defunct vehicles and a mountain of debris. Happily, in 1987, the space was restored and renovated to reflect its original industrial character, and began host-

ing events, from business conferences like the one last night, to weddings and parties. The Queens Chamber hosted over 150 people who enjoyed wine and sodas and relished the feeling of going back in time, with brick arches, stone floors, cubbyholes, metal mezzanines, and industrial roof windows. The Sunnyside Chamber is also proud to also convene business card exchanges, which are designed, just like our luncheons, to give merchants and those with a mission to talk about it without seeming to brag. We work with the larger Queens Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of their wider area of contacts for our members. Our local exchanges range from 60-150

attendees, most of whom are entering the premises of a new store for the first time. Chamber VP Anthony Lodati donates wine, and the merchant donates the snacks. We do the promotion. If you are interested in getting some foot traffic in your store, whether you or established or brand new, why not put your best foot forward? You can offer discount coupons, promote your event in your social networking contacts, and make the most of a Chamber event. Some merchants join the chamber just to get a business card exchange! If you are interested in scheduling an exchange, call Luke Adams at 718-784-8437, or visit Anthony Lodati at Lowery’s Wine and Liquors!

Mayor Tours Queens Business Incubator Photo Credit: Ed Reed

United Forties Update We have received confirmation that Queens County District Attorney, the Honorable Richard A. Brown will be speaking to us. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, NYS Senators Joseph Addabbo, and Michael Gianaris, and, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley, may drop by , or as usual will probably have representatives there. And, as usual reports will be made on current crime conditions by the 108th precinct. We are also hoping to have Ms. Karen Lockwood, R.N. Director of Women’s & Children’s Services at Elmhurst Hospital, join us again to discuss our High Risk Fetal Infant Blanket Program. Karen comes by to express their gratitude and remind us how important these donations of infant blankets are.

Future meetings dates are listed below, so please mark your calendars. September 8th October 13th, November 10th, December 8 or maybe 7th – If we need the bigger room. Bring a friend – and Happy Labor Day!

Guest Speaker D.A. Richard Brown We hope to see everybody at our opening meeting on September 8 th.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg detailed the affordable workspaces available to small start-up businesses through New York City’s incubator program while visiting the Entrepreneur Space, a 12,500-square-foot food-manufacturing and business incubator in Long Island City last Wednesday. The incubator program was launched in 2009 to promote entrepreneurship and make it easier to start businesses and create jobs. The city has nine incubators in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, featuring 125,000 square feet of affordable space, with additional projects in the pipeline. The nine incubators currently host more than 500 start-up businesses and more than 800 jobs, and many businesses have already graduated from these spaces and expanded into market-rate space. Seen in photo are (from left) Entrepreneur Space Founder Kathrine Gregory, Mayor Bloomberg, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein. To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772




When a Hurricane Watch is Announced A hurricane may affect New York City within 36 hours of a hurricane watch announcement. In the event of a hurricane watch, the City will activate its Emergency Operations Center on a 24-hour basis. Residents should stay tuned to local media for instructions. Stations may engage the Emergency Alert System and suspend regularly scheduled programming. Immediately before, during or after a hurricane, residents can also call 311 for information.

Prior to a Hurricane, here are some things you can do to prepare: 1. Bring inside loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture, garbage cans, garden tools and toys. Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks. Turn off propane tanks. 2. If you own a vehicle, fill your gas tank. 3. Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors. 4. Place valuables into waterproof containers or plastic bags. 5. Take out extra cash. 6. Do not use candles or kerosene lamps as light sources, as they can pose a fire hazard. Instead, keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries on hand. 7. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary, then close quickly. In the event that you need to evacuate your home, unplug appliances to prevent damage in case of an electrical power surge. Authorities will instruct you if you should turn off utilities.

Emergency Supply Kit Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own, or shelter in place, for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should indicate to your household members that these supplies are for emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times. *Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener *Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries) *Whistle *Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. *Phone that does not rely on electricity *Child care supplies or other special care items *Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.) *Extra set of car and house keys *Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand. *Bottled water(1-gallon per person/ per day) *Flashlight Note: Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans. Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlights, however, are more durable and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. *Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.

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5.8 Earthquake centered in Virginia shakes the East Coast- tremors felt from NC to NYC While most of the serious effects of the earthquake were felt in VA, DC and NC, many of the people in our area were shocked by the happenings, if not confused as to what was going on, as local buildings began rumbling, swaying and then evacuated for safety precautions. Thankfully, this event had no destruction for our area. Vincent Renda, Financial Advisor at our local Edward Jones office in Sunnyside said ‘I was in my office meeting with a client who just retired and need help with their retirement planning and rollover. The building shook and I immediately got up to check if there was work being done on the building. There was no construction insight. It was unnerving! Then the building shook again and I told my client and Maurice to evacuate. In that situation I didn’t think I just acted. I couldn’t believe New York was feeling tremors from Virgina’s earthquake!‘ Patrice Lee of April Glass on 40th Street said ‘I took today off and was having a real chill out day. My sister, Sue was working on her PC, the dogs were resting on their windowsill bed, and I was watching the news on TV. Suddenly I felt my large and very heavy leather recliner starting to shake and rock, and the plants and lamps were waving. I mentioned it to Sue and she said she felt it too. We thought at first the boiler in our building was possibly getting ready to blow. I was still in my PJs, so I quickly got dressed in the event there was the need to evacuate, but by the time I was ready, it seemed to subside. It was very scary, albeit it small. But it definitely helps you feel even more for the people in Japan that must have been terrifying!’

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer said ‘I was in my district office when I started to feel the building shaking. I looked around at the pictures on the wall, which were swaying and saw the wall moving. I thought it could be construction below, but then realized “no, this is an earthquake.” I then told the staff that we all should leave. We went downstairs to Queens Blvd. and the entire building was outside. Everyone called friends and family to make sure everyone was ok. We finally got confirmation that it was an earthquake and after it seemed safe to do so, we went back up to the office.’

Debra Guthrie, Sunnyside Ophthalmologist said ‘I had just finished my eye exam and the patient said she was seeing me swaying...earthquake in action! Sunnyside was swaying!’

Filomena Gonzales, owner of Cuzco Travel on Greenpoint Ave in Sunnyside, said she ‘thought that she was feeling dizzy but when I looked at the front window and saw the lighted Woodside Herald sign swaying, I knew that something was happening.’


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Playing standards from the 30’s and 40’s such as That Old Black Magic, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and I’ll Be Seeing You, they took us on a sentimental journey through the Swing era. Reminiscent of the Big Bands, Frank and his musicians gave a great show with shouts for encore! In addition to all the fun under the arch, people had the opportunity to enter a free raffle to win either an iPad or 40” color TV. The audience also picked up their free game cards for the Sunnyside Shopping Spree. 50 local businesses have joined the Business Improvement District for this great fall game. Players shop at five of the local businesses and then mail their completed card to be entered to win one of four grand prizes worth $1150! Game cards will be available at next week’s event, and also any of the 50 local businesses like April Glass, Daizies Restaurant Sunnyside Florist, Lotus Nails, Dee Thai Restaurant, Go Natural Health Food, Orchard Farmers Market and more! Visit for more information. Unlike the City, Sunnyside Summer Streets continues through August 27th. Don’t miss next weekend’s party under the arch – from 1-5pm the BID will host the Jon Bates Band with music from the 60’s and 70’s followed by Paul Maringelli’s New Houn’Dogs Rockabilly! In between these acts, the winners for the iPad and color TV raffle will be selected. The perfect close to the Summer Streets!

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On Saturday, August 20 th, Sunnyside Shines presented the third week of the Summer Streets free concerts as part of the month long tribute to Bix Beiderbecke, the jazz legend who died in Sunnyside 80 years ago on Aug. 6, 1931. The band performing this week was the “Music Staff Swing Orchestra” and they presented jazz standards of the 30s, 40s & 50s, featuring Mac Gollehon on 1st trumpet, Bernie Rose on sax and clarinet and Billy Mare on the drums. The band kicked out such famous standards as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Caravan”

and “That Old Black Magic” where Mr. Mare imitated the singing of Louie Prima. Near the end of the show, the band director called for a moment of silence in remembrance of Mike Ridley. Mr. Ridley was a former sideman to James Brown and the trumpet player in the Cotton Club Orchestra. A Queens resident, he had volunteered his time and talent every year since 2002, and performed at the annual Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Concert and had played under the arch only last August. Ridley passed away suddenly in May. “The Music Staff Swing Orchestra” than played “When The Saints Go Marching In” to honor Mike! Overall it was an afternoon of great music and fond memories.

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Rally to Save Queens Post Office

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U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, City Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr., District Leader Costa Constantinides, John Dirzius and Chuck Zlatkin of the American Postal Workers Union, representatives of State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and western Queens community leaders and residents rallied outside Grand Station in Astoria to urge the United States Postal Service (USPS) to keep the local postal facility open. Maloney and her fellow elected officials and community members have collected more than 1,050 signatures from Queens residents who want to keep Grand Station open for business, and delivered the petitions to the Postal Service. At the event, Maloney also urged Queens residents to reach out to the Postal Service directly, and issued the following list of actions people can take to save Grand Station:

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SAVE YOUR POST OFFICE -Sign a petition, or create one that your neighbors and friends can sign, urging the Postal Service to keep Grand Station open. Petitions can be sent to: Mr. Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Postmaster General, 475 L’Enfant Plaza West, SW, Washington, DC 20260 -Write a letter to Postmaster Donahoe (at the address above); Call the Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777 (Open Monday to Saturday) -Contact the USPS via the methods above and request a public hearing, so that USPS officials can hear your views in person. In July, the Postal Service announced that it was studying the possibility of closing Grand Station and 3,652 other post offices nationwide. The USPS placed Grand Station on its list of potential closures because Grand Station had less than $600,000 in revenue last year (Grand Station’s revenue in 2011 was $560,392, just below the threshold), and there are more than 15 alternate postal “access points” within a ten-mile radius. However, as Maloney and others argued today, the next-nearest post office is nearly a half-mile away -a significant distance, given that most New Yorkers walk to their local post office- and eliminating Grand Station would save the USPS only $23,460 per year, while inflicting significant pain on the neighborhood and likely costing the post office business, as customers choose to use USPS’s competitors. A final decision on which post offices will be closed is expected later this year. Earlier this month, Maloney and her fellow elected officials wrote to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe urging him to keep Grand Station open, and requesting that USPS hold a public hearing on the potential closure so affected New Yorkers could express their views. “Grand Station serves residents of a densely populated community with many senior citizens and immigrants. Consequently, Grand Station is a very busy, crowded station. Closing a well-used facility in a dense urban community would lead to overcrowding at already-burdened neighboring facilities and poor service for local residents. Indeed, one of the most common complaints we hear from local residents is that lines are often long at this post office,” Maloney said. “So, today, we are asking the Postal Service to look at the needs of this neighborhood, the nature of the customer base here in Astoria, the long distances people will have to travel by foot to reach the Steinway Post Office and the likelihood that the post office will lose additional revenue to competitors – and conclude, as we have, that this vital community post office must remain open for business,” Maloney added. “The feelings of this community are clear. We have more than a thousand signatures from Astoria residents who want to keep this post office open – the outpouring of support has been tremendous. Save our post office!” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said, “Congresswoman Maloney recognizes the important role that a local post office plays in the life of a community. Closing a facility like this one means that many senior citizens will have to walk longer distances on hot and freezing days; mailing costs will not be ascertained easily; and mailing packages will become a much bigger problem. While recognizing the rising debt of the Postal Service, there are other ways than closing post offices and reducing jobs that should be explored before taking such drastic actions.” Senator Michael Gianaris said, “Closing the Grand Station Post Office would severely burden residents living in the area who rely on it for their daily needs. As a neighborhood with a large population of seniors and immigrants, closing this facility unfairly targets a subset of more vulnerable New Yorkers who have helped build the neighborhood to what it is today. It is not right that they should have to further suffer the consequences of the federal government’s economic hardships.”


RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, September 3rd 10a-3p (during the Skillman Ave Fair)

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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 8/10/11, bearing Index Number NC000601-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) ERIC (Middle) CRUZ (Last) MONTES GALICIA My present name is (First) ERIC (Middle) CRUZ (Last) MONTES AKA ERIC CRUZ MONTES, AKA CRUZ MONTES, AKA CRUZ MONTES GALICIA. My present address is 42-02 LAYTON ST, 509, Elmhurst, NY 11373. My place of birth is MEXICO. My date of birth is May 03, 1971.

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Listings Lingo Letters To The Editor

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

Business Owners Beware! Dear Editor, I have attached a letter that I tried to submit to the Dept. of Consumer Affairs on Aug. 5th. I spent a good amount of time writing out the details of an event that occurred in my shop, as well as many other Sunnyside business establishments, on June 22, 2011. However, when I got to the

D.O.C.A., I was immediately informed that this was a non-disputable violation, and my letter was meaningless to them. The best they could do for me was to adjust the ticket down by 50%, to $125.00. I had two weeks to pay or go to court and risk being found guilty and being charged for the full ticket, as well as court

August 04, 2011 NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Collections Division 42 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York City, NY 10004 CL000215451 To Whom It May Concern; On June 22, Inspector D’Mello entered my store located at 43-42 40th Street in Sunnyside, NY and noted I did not have my return policy posted. I stated that I just re-located my business and forgot to re-print and hang it, but that it was on my receipts, which I immediately printed out and showed her. She said that customers’ need to see the policy before making a purchase, so I looked in my PC files, pulled the document up and hung it up, in her presence. At that point, she began filling out this form and I asked if I was getting a ticket, and she said she did not know, it was not her call, but I would get a letter in the mail telling me the result. I took this woman at her word, assuming she was sincerely putting this down as a warning for an honest mistake. Obviously, that was not the truth, as shown in the attached offer of settlement. If I treated my customers with same level of duplicity Insp. D’Mello subjected to me, I would not be in business as long as I have. Small business is the pulse of the American economy, not to mention the hub of each community they exist. We have all suffered significantly in this recession, but to receive violations of this magnitude is unjust. Yet I am placing my trust in the integrity of this office to do the right thing and issue a dismissal. I am very conscientious about properly posting labor law notices to ensure they are available to my employees and search the website annually for changes. I never once found any requirements for return policy posters, nor was I able to find reference to the form numbers stated on the violation. I am guilty of one thing – blindly signing this violation notice without reading it thoroughly – especially since by doing so, it appears I am in agreement with receiving a violation. I am completely innocent of trying to deceive the public, as can be verified by the customer comments from my website, Sincerely, Patrice Lee, Owner APRIL GLASS, LLC 43-42 40TH Street Sunnyside, NY 11104

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fees. After taking time to reflect, my sister (who is also my business partner) paid the ticket to get it off our plate, but did not tell me about it until after mailing it. Needless to say, I am still fuming over the lack of integrity NYC employs, not mention to the injustice. I am writing to you in the hopes that this administration’s get revenue quick scheme will be published and the public will understand just what small businesses are going through. Thank you for your time, Patrice Lee, Owner April Glass, LLC, Sunnyside (see letter below)

As if the language of real estate weren’t confusing enough, the wave of bad lending practices and loan defaults of recent years have added more terms that have subtle but important shades of difference. When you prepare to speak with an agent about buying or selling, make sure you ask for clarification if you don’t understand the lingo. First, realize the word “foreclosure” does not describe a property, but the legal process by which a homeowner loses their interest in the home and the bank or lender assumes ownership. It’s a legal term, not a property description. If you’re buying, you may go tour foreclosures, per se. You’re probably going to look at “Real Estate Owned” listings, or are REOs. These are properties that the lender has taken back after the foreclosure process is complete. You may see these advertised as “bank owned.” Then there’s another type of listing described as a “short sale.” This may qualify as a distressed property, but it is not yet in the hands of the bank or lender. The homeowners and the lender are in the process of reaching an agreement to sell the property for less than the owners owe on their mortgage. The “short sale” is an attempt at a compromise between the two parties, keeping the sellers out of foreclosure and credit history ruin, and keeping the lender out of the costly process of foreclosure and expensive business of property management.

BBQ Held For Over 100 Veterans

On Saturday afternoon, August 20, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., welcomed over 100 veterans and their families to his 3rd annual Veterans’ BBQ held outside his Howard Beach district office and VFW Post 2565, under the leadership of Mr. Pat Connolly. The veterans and their families were served hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, ice cream and soda by the Senator’s staff and local volunteers, while they enjoyed camaraderie and the comedy and music of Rock’n’ Randy and Johnny Christ. For a third consecutive year, food, drinks, ice and condiments were donated by local merchants Ragtime Deli, Russo’s on the Bay, Sal’s Meat Market, Old Howard Dairy, Brothers Deli, Sugar Bun Bakery and Carvel Ice Cream.

Keep Your Investment Working Hard - All Year Long On September 5, we observe Labor Day, which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Of course, if you’re like most people, work is essential to your life, both as a means of personal fulfillment and as a necessity for achieving your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But if you’re going to attain those goals, you’ll want your investments to work as hard as you do. For that to happen, you’ll need to take these steps: Know your investment objectives. Whether you work in an office, a manufacturing plant or any other venue, your goal is to produce a clearly identifiable result. And the same should be true for the way that you invest. In other words, you should know exactly why you own every single one of your investments — because only then will you have a clear, unified strategy for achieving your desired outcomes. Keep investing. As a diligent worker, you show up to work every day because you know that this

type of consistency is necessary for success. A similar principle applies to your investing “career.” By investing steadily, year in and year out, you have a much better chance of reaching your objectives than if you were to take periodic breaks. Of course, when the financial markets are volatile, it can be tempting to take a “timeout,” but this stop-and-start approach can lead to missed opportunities. For example, if you jump out of the market when it’s down, you might miss out on the early stages of the next rally. Build a productive portfolio. Generally speaking, the most industrious workers are also the most productive ones. And just as productivity is an asset in the working world, it’s important in the investment world, too. Strive to own a mix of investments in a balanced portfolio, based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals. Develop your investment skills. To truly be a good worker, you need a set of skills, such as initiative, the ability to make decisions

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and the willingness to work on a team. However, throughout the course of your career, you may also need to add new technical proficiencies so that you can stay on top of developments in your field and maintain your productivity. As an investor, you also need some “core competencies,” such as patience, discipline and the ability to prioritize goals. But you also need to stay current on financial products, the economy, the markets and changes in tax- and investment-related laws. To help expand your knowledge base and receive timely guidance, you may want to work with a financial professional. Labor Day comes just once a year. But by keeping your investments working hard 365 days a year, you can keep making progress toward the lifestyle you’ve envisioned. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor Vincent Renda, located at 47-01 Queens Blvd. Suite 203 Sunnyside NY 11104. Phone him at 718-361-1306.



Crowley Promotes Healthy Eating;


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Reinforces Need to Keep Nutrition Programs Intact

DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON: Drop to the floor. Take cover under a solid piece of furniture or next to an interior wall. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to a sturdy piece of furniture and be prepared to move with it. Stay where you are until the shaking stops. Move carefully after the quake, watching for items that may have fallen or broken. Put on sturdy shoes before investigating further to prevent potential injuries from broken glass. If power is out, use a flashlight and turn on a battery-operated radio for more information. Do not use candles or open flame as a source of light. If you smell gas, leave immediately and call 911. If gas is leaking and you know how, turn off the source of gas at the outside main, and call the gas company from outside your home. Open closet and cabinet doors carefully, as items may have shifted inside. Clean up spills of hazardous or flammable liquids immediately. Be prepared for aftershocks, which often follow an earthquake.

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Rep. Crowley participates in a healthy cooking demonstration at the Elmhurst Greenmarket.

by Rob MacKay

Gathering Of Saint Sebastian’s Alumni If you went to Saint Sebastian’s, join us for an informal gathering Friday, September 9th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring your old photos and be prepared to hear and tell some great stories of Woodside and Saint Sebastian’s. Liz McKayRigg (Class of 1972 SSS) Call for more information: 843-597-3033 Formerly from 64th Street in Woodside!

1st Annual Recognizing Leaders Fundraiser Proceeds go to Boys and Girls Club of Sunnyside/ Woodside September 10th 7-11p St. Raphael’s School Gymnasium, 48-25 37th St., LIC Catered by Dazies Restaurant For more information, call Mark Wilensky (917) 670-5666

Meg LaBarbara (left) was selling a variety of appetizers, such as scallion vinaigrette, green olive tapenade, sun dried tomato hummus and salsa verde, at the farmers’ market in Long Island City last Wednesday. Meanwhile, Elisabeth Wallen (right) was peddling Italian pretzels called “taralles,” which come in plain, caraway and pepperfennel versions. The two vendors are regular participants in the market, which takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at 37-18 Northern Boulevard every Wednesday. The Brooklyn Grange, a working farm located on the building’s rooftop, sells freshly picked produce there.

VENDORS NEEDED All Saints’ Church Pumpkin Fair in Sunnyside on October 8th. Please call 718 784-8031 for information.

QUEENS DAY August 30th 12-7pm Food, performances, and activities in honor of the World Police and Fire Games. FREE. @ Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City

KIDS BOWL FOR FREE Through September 4th Astoria Bowl: 19-45 49th Street Register your children for a fun time! 718-274-1910

St Raphael’s Outdoor Flea Market Sunday, September 18th 9a-4p (Raindate September 25) 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long island City, For info: phone 718-729-8957.

CELEBRATE THE PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING at Sunnywood Apartments DATE: Monday, August 29th @ 6 pm at 44-20 64th Street, Woodside, NY Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the Board of Directors of Woodysun, HDFC, Sunnyside Community Services and Woodside On the Move, Inc. invite you to celebrate the preservation of affordable senior housing at Sunnywood Apartments. Come meet the Board of Directors, elected officials, tenants and the other important members of the team responsible for preserving this important community asset. Refreshments will be served. To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772

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