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7th Annual Oktoberfest

Over one hundred volunteers met under the Sunnyside arch on Saturday October 5th. They meant to make a difference in the neighborhood. They did. In three hours they polished the streetscape and helped insure a bright spring in 2014. Sunnyside Shines and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s office provided experienced management, guidance and support. They united with Greening Western Queens, Trees New York and the New York Restoration Project to employ three local girl scout and brownie troops, a contingent of students from NYU and a medley of neighborhood denizens to green up the heart of the neighborhood. The organizations outfitted people with weeders, trowels, compost, mulch and daffodils. The people split into self-assigned teams. First went the rakers, then the cultivators, composters, planters and mulchers. Sweepers and baggers followed up everywhere. A lone tree trimmer— trained in the detailed art of removing damaged and dead twiggery— wielded his long-poled saw like a knight brandishing his lance.

A Night With The “Oldies” by Peter Ross

by Debra McGowan

With good weather, a neighborhood came together to celebrate the seventh annual Oktoberfest, Arts and Crafts Fair, with Pumpkin Patch, at Sunnyside Gardens Park on Saturday October 5th. There was something for everyone in the neighborhood. Lisa Jacobsen, the president of the Sunnyside Gardens Park said “ We have a variety of activities taking place all within the confines of the park.” Over 20 local artists sold their wares and were organized by Samantha Hogan and Jenn Busnel. Local musicians provided live performances including Richard Younger, “Super Cools” from Sunnyside

AHRC, “Bad Poets”-a Brooklyn duo, “Little Fiddlers” from Sunnyside String School along with “There They Go” a group organized by Alex Hegyi , a Woodside resident. Children’s activities were numerous with face painting by Laura Senicea, crown making, sand art and pumpkin painting. All-in-One Entertainment provided pony rides, a 20 foot high giant slide and a 28 foot high climbing wall. The pumpkin patch was bursting with 1000 pumpkins. As in years past the picnic area transformed into a classic german beer garden with bratwurst and sauerkraut to black forest cake and flowing beer truck from Budweiser. (continued on page 8)

On the evening of Saturday September 28th Sunnyside Community Services on 39th Street was transformed back in time as the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside and Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) co-sponsored an “Oldies Night” complete with pasta supper. The fundraiser, the proceeds of which will be used to help fund the programs of the Kiwanis Club and Sunnyside Community Services, was attended by a mixed aged crowd of approximately sixty very enthusiastic and energetic “oldies lovers” who showed their best moves to tunes covering the decades of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The musical group Tony K. and Boardwalk kept the crowd excited and engaged as they played songs from musicians as varied as the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra and you can believe the group did it “Their Way,” which of course they ended the night with. (continued on page 5)

Tony K. croons Sinatra’s “My Way” between the Ross sisters as he closes out “Oldies Night” at Sunnyside Community Services. More proof that good music knows no age boundaries.

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At the request of Senator Michael Gianaris, the Department of Transportation approved a street resurfacing project at Hazen Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Astoria residents reached out to Senator Gianaris to express concern regarding the lack of safety at this location due to poor pavement conditions, and he pushed DOT to address the problem. Local residents are concerned about surface conditions at this location in particular because of the high volume of foot and car traffic. Seniors worry they could trip and fall and drivers have expressed concern about difficulty approaching the Grand Central Parkway, which is one block away. “It is unacceptable for seniors to be afraid to walk in their own

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Yoga, once practiced by a few, continues to receive a lot of press. Why has this form of exercise, which has survived thousands of years, become so popular today? Let’s face it. If something has survived this long, there must be a good reason.....especially since everything changes so rapidly nowadays and the pace of the world is almost impossible to keep up with. Perhaps, this is precisely the reason why yoga has become so popular! We need something to slow down our internal pace, our mental chatter and self-talk, and release our reactive tense muscles. Focused stretching and coordinated deep breathing helps the body to SLOW DOWN naturally. How does this happen? Hatha

Yoga is a series of exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the body. Yoga provides greater freedom of movement and relieves mental and physical stress. The yoga postures or asanas stretch the muscles, tendons, ligaments, glands and internal organs. The asanas also relax and calm the central nervous system. Along with proper coordinated breathing, the internal organs can release deeply held tension. I have taught yoga classes at St. Sebastians for about 16 years! The classes are designed for older adults and for anyone seeking a gentle, softer approach to classical hatha yoga. Postures are modified so all can enjoy and benefit the experience. The focus is on relaxation, breathing, stretching and movement.

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Richard Italiano Corner Unveiled

CM Daniel Dromm, along with many officials and community members, dedicated the corner of 102nd Street and Strong Avenue to former Community Board 4 District Manager, Richard Italiano. Pictured (l) to (r): Council Member Daniel Dromm, Richard’s son Brian, Richard’s wife Carol, Richard’s daughter, Cristina Stellmann holding her son Nicholas and her husband Michael holding their oldest son, Michael Richard.

Council Member Daniel Dromm (DJackson Heights, Elmhurst), along with several elected officials, and community members, unveiled a street sign at 102nd Street and Strong Avenue in Corona conaming the corner for Richard Italiano, a former Community Board 4 district manager and Corona community activist. “Richard Italiano was a beloved member of the Corona community,” said Dromm. “His contributions to the neighborhood range from serving as the district

manager of Community Board 4 for more than seven years, on the Community Emergency Response Team, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, the New York Hospital-Queens Community Advisory Council, the 110th Precinct Community Council and the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of Queens County. With a voice he never raised, Richard accomplished big milestones for the community he loved so dearly. He is sorely missed by all.” To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772




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Neighborhood Shine’s Up Sunnyside Sidewalks

From one tree and its inelegantly named home in the concrete—its pit—to the next they spread out. On Greenpoint Avenue, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street they got on their knees to transform the earth. Depressions in the sidewalks— usually strewn with the plastic bottles and caps, paper cups, chewed gum and cigarette butts city dwellers leave in their wake—became tidy open patches. When the work was done the mulched, enriched earth lay ready and able to nurture the 90 hard-working street trees and 2,400 newly planted daffodils. “This was such an exciting collabora-

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tion between so many great local organizations, and a great first step to care for Sunnyside street trees. A cleaner and greener commercial district is better for local businesses and we look forward to more events like these to bring the community together,” said Sunnyside Shine’s director Rachel Thieme. Looking around at the biggest cleanup in the four years he has sponsored them, Van Bramer said, “It never ceases to inspire me that we have so many good people in this neighborhood.” It seems their work transforms more than just the sidewalks.




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A Night With The ‘Oldies’

Steve Sirgiovanni, the Lieutenant Governor of the Queens West Division of Kiwanis, congratulates Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside President Carol Masiello on another wonderful event as he encouraged the Club to do bigger and better things for the youth in the community.

These ladies knew not only all the moves but all the words as well as they danced a storm during “Oldies Night”. Well done Jean Marie (on the left) and Barbara (center)!

Tony K. belts out a tune as he and “Boardwalk” dazzle the crowd with sounds of performers past during the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside/Sunnyside Community Services “Oldies Night” Fundraiser Event.

In between the musical sets the crowd indulged in a pasta supper catered by LaBella Pizzeria with a delicious antipasto prepared by none other than Kiwanis member and Sunnyside Drum Corps Director Anthony (“Tony”) Lana, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes including gift cards to New York Style Eats and Sidetracks Restaurants which were graciously donated for the event. In all it was a great night and the attendees were sorry to see it end. They were not left wanting though as the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside vowed to do it again next year so keep on the look-out and purchase your tickets early! The Sunnyside Kiwanis Club and SCS would like to thank everyone who came out to make the night special and LaBella Pizzeria, New York Eats, White Castle, Electro Freeze Tri-State, Sidetracks, Triad Management, Local 372 of DC37

and of course Tony K. and Boardwalk for all their donations and/or assistance with the event. The Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside would also like to thank Steve Sirgiovanni, the new Lieutenant Governor for the Queens West Division of Kiwanis in New York, for coming out and participating in this festive affair. The Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside invites all adults in the neighborhood to check out and get more information on the Club by stopping by the Club’s meetings, which are held at Sidetracks Restaurant (45-08 Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside) at 6:00 PM every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Additionally, the Club may be reached at sunnysidekiwanis They look forward to seeing you all as they continue to “Serve the Children of the World”.

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LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE File No.: 2012-4982/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of DAVID LAMBERT, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of DAVID LAMBERT, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 195-44 Woodhull Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of DAVID LAMBERT, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 21st day of November, 2013 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $5,221.71

and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 24th day of September, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County, Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11 th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374. This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation 10/4/13, 10/ 11/13, 10/18/13, 10/25/13

PROBATE CITATION FILE NO. 2012-4931 SURROGATE’S COURT- QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Brenda Collins Tonary, Michael Cuomo, Patricia Cuomo, Patrick Cuomo, Augustine Cuomo, and Patricia Cuomo if living and if dead, to his or her heirs at law, next of kin and distribute whose names and places of residence are unknown and if he or she died subsequent to the decedent herein, to his or her executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose name and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of JEAN CUOMO, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained, to the Public Administrator, County of Queens A Petition having been duly filed by Barbara Dolan who is domiciled at 1605 Pass-A-Grille Way # 14, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on the 31st day of October. 2013 at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of GLORIA CUOMO AKA JEAN CUOMO lately domiciled at 211-01 75 th Avenue, Apt. 2-L, Bayside, New York 11364 admitting to probate a Will dated July 10, 2009 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of GLORIA CUOMO AKA JEAN CUOMO, deceased, relating to real and personal property and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: Barbara Dolan Sealed Aug. 22,2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY,

SURROGATE, Margaret M. Gribbon, Chief Clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Adam Wilner, 232 Madison Avenue, Suite 909, New York, New York 10016, 212-9532300. 9/20/13, 9/27/13, 10/4/13, 10/11/13 Citation File No. 2012-4005A THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT, TO: NYC DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 180 Water Street, 17 th Floor, New York, NY 10038, NYS Attorney General, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. The heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of CHRISTOPHER ELIJAH FEATHERSTONE, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, being interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees, or otherwise of the Estate of CHRISTOPHER FEATHERSTONE A petition having been duly filed by SHALEMA FEATHERSTONE, who is domiciled at 95-20 222 nd Street, Apt. 6D, Queens Village, NY 11429. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Queens County Surrogate s Court, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435 on the 7 th day of November, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. WHY, there should not be a Decree authorizing SHALEMA FEATHERSTONE as Administratrix 1) To compromise and settle a certain cause of action for conscious pain and suffering of the decedent against the defendants Sidney Barnett and Eddie Barnett and their insurance carrier, GEICO for the sum of $102,000.00, and 2) To

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discontinue the action against defendants Sidney Barnett and Eddie Barnett, and 3) Allocating the settlement of $102,000.00 for decedent s conscious pain and suffering, and 4) To discontinue the cause of action for wrongful death and 5) Fix and allow the fee to LOUIS C. FIABANE, ESQ. for legal services, out of the proceeds of this settlement the sum of $33,220.00 and disbursements in the amount of $2,340.00, and 6) To disallow any possible claim of NYC Department of Social Services and giving up the father s share of the Estate, 7) Allocating the balance of the settlement as follows – 100% to petitioner SHALEMA FEATHERSTONE, 8) Modifying the Restrictions in the Limited Letters of Administration heretofore issued to your petitioner on the 5 th day of December, 2012 to permit said compromise, and 9) Dispensing with the filing of a bond, and 10) Judicially settling the account of SHALEMA FEATHERSTONE, as Adminstratrix for this proceeding. Dated, Sep 10 2013 Attested and Sealed, HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, County of Queens, Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate s Court. Attorney: Louis C. Fiabane, 947 SECOND AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022 (212) 888-8922 Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. 9/ 20/13, 9/27/13, 10/4/13, 10/11/13

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Sunnyside Chamber October Luncheon

Rigoberto Cardoso (Pronto Car Service), Lily Gavin (Dazies Restaurant), Seth Bornstein (E.D., QEDC), Laura Heim (Sunnyside Architect), Gerry Lederman (Triad Management) and Chairman of the Sunnyside Chamber Board Ira Greenberg, Esq. The Chamber luncheon on October 8th enjoyed a 3rd return visit from Seth Bornstein, who is in his fourth year as Executive Director of QEDC. Seth explained how he ‘enjoys the job and the people he gets to meet. His office helps to create and retain jobs, working with over 1,000 people per year and helping to operate a number of programs.’ In the last year his office has worked in Corona – around the newly designed pedestrian plaza at 103rd Street; and in Rockaway, where he sponsored a series of marketing programs to let people know the beaches were open this summer, despite the devastation of the hurricane. He was particularly proud of their work with the Entrepreneur Space in nearby Long Island City, which is home to 200 small businesses. Over 50 have left to open their own kitchens – thereby creating new jobs and revenues. The Home Improvement Con-

tractor Training Program has helped license over 200 handymen and women so they are now legitimate businesspeople. He explained in Queens – the borough-wide tourism imitative is coming into its own – largely through the efforts of your Sunnyside neighbor Rob MacKay. It wasn’t long ago that the concept of tourism in Queens was not taken very seriously. Today we have 100 hotels, world-class museums, the best restaurants, sporting events and of course our neighborhoods – just a walk down a street in many of communities qualifies as a great attraction. It’s In Queens program sponsors our website, social networking, events and most importantly garners exposure for our members. QEDC has found ways to find jobs for those that may not have the tech skills - and it is for that reason he is very bullish on the food industry. No matter how much the economy gyrates we all

have to eat. That sector has thousands of jobs – from entry level to highly technical. “Often times I am asked to speak at various City Council hearings. When I do, I hardly ever recite facts and figures – but tell a story – of an immigrant business that has expanded; or improvements to a neighborhood the contributed to its success; or the ability for a small businessperson to expand their company utilizing a certain piece of new technology. The story breaks down the wall between concept and reality. In the last fifteen years our city has experienced rapid change – and I suspect change will happen even faster in the next fifteen years. I think we all adjust accordingly – but the most successful and well balanced will be those who never forget it’s the person – the one with the heart, the brain and soul – that matter more than the aggregated data,” said Seth.

Annual Pumpkin Fair Saturday October 12th 11am - 6pm All Saints Church, 43-12 46 Street, Sunnyside. For more information call 718-784-8031 Nick Gulotta (staff member representing CM Van Bramer) Lily Gavin. To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772




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7th Annual Oktoberfest This festival is Sunnyside Gardens largest fundraiser during the year. The funds are used to help maintain the park and to keep low membership fees so that any family can become members. “None of this could have happened without park members volunteering, donating goods and using their talents.” Said Debra McGowan, Chairperson of the Oktoberfest. “They do it all for the love they have for this very special park.”

Richard Younger, Professional Musician, Guitarist & Sunnyside resident.

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