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THE WOODSIDE HERALD

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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 79, NO. 44

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Woodside Erects On October 25th, nursery school children and Woodside seniors joined CM Jimmy Van Bramer for a rally to highlight the potentially life threatening conditions along 47th Avenue in Woodside. As a symbol of the community’s resolve in response to the Administration’s failure to erect a stop sign, the community made their own and erected it themselves at the intersection of 47th Avenue and 60th Street. “The reckless speeding and steady traffic along 47th Avenue presents serious safety hazards to countless young school children and seniors who cross this street every single day,” said Van Bramer. “Today the community has joined me to say enough is enough. We are taking matters into our own hands. As a symbol of resolve we are placing our own stop sign at the intersection of 47th Avenue and 60th Street to let the city agency know we will not wait any longer. The time to act is now. Without a stop sign at this

heavily trafficked intersection, or speed humps along this street the chances of an accident happening will continue to escalate.” For over three years, DOT has refused the Council Member’s request to introduce traffic calming measures along 47th Avenue between 59th and 61st Streets. In August of 2010 Van Bramer’s office began contacting DOT about the urgent need for speed humps on 47th Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets. DOT conducted a study and claimed a speed humps were not necessary. In August 2012 the Council Member contacted DOT about the need for a stop sign at the intersection of 47th Avenue and 60th Street. DOT responded that December by stating, “based upon [their] evaluation of data collected, we have determined that additional controls are not recommended based on procedures contained in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.” (continued on page 3)

Costumed Canines Cavort (See page 5)

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Splendid Finale To 60th Anniversary

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In Windmuller Park Two Waldos weren’t hard to find when one is two-year-old Chihuahua Dachshun mix Vern and the other his companion.

L-R: Pastor the Very Reverend Brian Dowd, Rev. Ricardo A. Perez, and Rev. Nirmal Costa sing a religious hymn dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and then a surprise “New York, New York,” to a delighted crowd who created an instant chorus line.

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Fighting For LIC High School Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City High School, joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, fellow elected officials, students, parents and teachers to fight a DOE plan that would hurt the school. After attempting to close down the school altogether just last year, the DOE now wants to co-locate a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS. Senator Gianaris wrote a letter to the DOE opposing the plan earlier this month, and he spoke at LICHS during a public hearing on the plan and at a rally beforehand to give a voice to the community’s opposition to this ill-conceived idea.

“After failing to close our school entirely last year, DOE is now trying to achieve the same result surreptitiously despite LIC’s steady improvement,” said Senator Gianaris. “We should be celebrating the improvements this school has made and working to make LIC the best high school it can be. Putting tech programs in western Queens is a great idea; let’s make it happen in a way that helps our current students instead of cutting seats and making their classrooms even more crowded.” “We’ve rallied in the past to keep LICHS open, and now it is a proud school on the rise,” said Assemblywoman Simotas. “Putting this impressive progress at risk by co-locating another school in the same building is unacceptable and unfair to current and future students. I am proud to stand with parents, teachers, students, and fellow elected officials to urge the PEP to reject this proposal.” The Senator has fought to make Long Island City and all of western Queens an innovation hub as tech jobs grow in New York City, and he supports the idea of CTE programs in our community as long as they are not at the expense of our current students. At the hearing he suggested DOE place a tech program in LICHS for existing students. The Panel for Education Policy is expected to vote on this proposal on October 30th. Senator Gianaris urges the PEP to vote against this plan, and will continue to fight for Long Island City High School.

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The People’s Stop Sign The surrounding area immediately adjacent to the street houses two of the seven Big Six Towers, the co-op development’s naturally occurring retirement community, and Towers Play and Learn nursery school. Countless children and seniors cross 47th Avenue daily on their way to school, doctors’ offices as well as the Big Six Towers’ naturally occurring retirement community’s senior program. “For many years we have pleaded with the city to install a stop sign as well as designate a crosswalk on 47th Avenue,” said David Becker, General Manager, Big Six Towers Inc. “It has been a tremendous frustration that such a simple step to improve safety has been ignored for so long. “We’re grateful to have Council Member Van Bramer involved in try-

front and center to her business, as she has evolved with the changing economy. “I love Sunnyside, and the neighborhood is definitely changing. I see more young, professional people moving into Sunnyside, and it’s great!” she says. “Every year I have more and more referrals, and more of my customers are these young professionals and their families.” Cuzco Travel, which shares space with the Woodside Herald, can not only book your dream vacation, but also assists individuals and small businesses with accounting, payroll, tax preparation and articles of incorporation. Asked what her hopes were for Sunnyside, she replied: “for the community to keep on growing.”

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ing to persuade DOT to act now before there is a serious or fatal accident at this location. Such a tragedy is unnecessary and avoidable. This does not require a Department of Transportation study, survey, or hearing—it requires only some common sense. “For many years now, the people of Big Six Towers have known that crossing 47th Avenue at 60th Street in Woodside was dangerous and hazardous,” said Jerry LoMonte, Board Members of the Big Six Tower. “We have tried unsuccessfully to get the Department of Transportation to listen to our petitions and our pleas for help. Councilman Van Bramer has now stepped up and is calling on the agency to look into this serious matter. Big Six Towers needs stop signs or speed bumps to slow down or stop traffic so our elderly and our children can safely cross.”

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NYC’s First-Ever Battle Of The Boroughs Bowl On October 27th, CM Van Bramer served as Queens’ starting quarterback in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst. The first annual event brought together elected officials from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly football game to claim the title of New York City’s best team. Assembly Members Michael DenDekker and Michael Benedetto were the primary organizers of the event, which raised thousands. All proceeds from the event will go toward the United Service Organizations (USO) and the Wounded Warriors Project. With the funds donated at the charity football game the elected officials hope to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid in helping empower veterans and providing unique and direct programs to meet the needs of injured service members.

Council Member Van Bramer with (l-r) Council Member Leroy Comrie, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Peter Vallone Jr., Jorge Fanjul, District Leader for the 34th Assembly District, Council Member Mark Weprin, Bronx District Attorney Bob Johnson, Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, Assembly Member Mike Benedetto, Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj, Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo, (bottom row l-r.) Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, Assembly Member Ed Braunstein, Council Member Ruben Wills, State Senator Jose Peralta, Comptroller John Liu, Assembly Member Carl Heastie, former Assembly Member Michael Cohen, and Assembly Member Victor Pichardo.

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The Sunnyside/Woodside Lions Club threw their annual Halloween party at Queen of Angles, with many characters in attendance, from super heroes to princesses to ghouls and firepersons - a very colorful array of popular themes. There were snacks and beverages and candy galore. There were games and contests. The infamous costume parade was judged within different age groups and many prizes were won. The most popular part of the party was the arts and crafts. So many children of all ages showcased their creativity. Parents participated freely and are truly an asset to us. The Sunnyside/Woodside Lions Club is mostly funded by our annual street fair. We are always looking for new members of all ages including young and old families, as well as, new and established neighbors. There are many activities we are involved with. We need YOU... Joining us is always a good thing. For information call: 718-937-2448.

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The Sunnyside/Woodside Lions Club had their annual park cleanup up at John Downing Park. Frances Schmidt along with the Queen’s park department organizes this activity for the community park every year. Juan Rodriquez and some of the children from Queen of Angels Church have been helping out in the cleanup. Along with Lions president, Norberto Saldana, Frances Schmidt and Marie Konecko was P.O. William Caldarera from the 108 precinct who volunteered to help. Being a Lion in your community is always a good thing. To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772


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Costumed Canines Cavort In Windmuller Park by Mary Caulfield

Neighborhood dogs and their human companions gathered for a few hours of fun in Windmuller Park last Saturday October 26 for the 2nd Annual Woofside Halloween Pet Parade and Festival. Paraders gathered in front of Skillman Pets. Just after 11 am they began the march up to 52nd Street then turned north into Windmuller Park. Cobwebs, spiders, and balloons rattled on the fences near the corner gate and defined the festival area inside. Organizer Woodside on the Move, took the bandshell to present sponsors who spoke to the milling crowd of various pet services, products and opportunities in the neighborhood. Nearby, sponsors at three tables offered free portraits, a spin of the Wheel of Fortune for veterinary services and samples of pet products. Canines on the tarmac were oblivious to the proceedings as they pulled their human entourages from one little pack of dogs to the next. Wearing their fall finery, they dodged danced, scampered, rolled around and generally enjoyed being a dog among dogs on a fine October day. District 26 City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who admits to hankering for his own pet dog, elicited a big cheer from the crowd when he announced that he has secured money for a new dog run in Woodside. Woodside on the Move Executive Director Adrian Bordone called for interested parties to sign up for a committee that will develop the project’s details such as location, design and operations. All the speeches and demonstrations led up to the main event, a costume competition. The pets and their people lined up and waited for their chance to take the red carpet under the bandshell. The contenders included a host of angels, a pod of lobsters, a lounge of different lizards, a patch

of pumpkins, a swarm of bees, a flight of ladybugs, a clutter of skeletons, a gang of striped prisoners, two Waldos, Superman, a minister marrying a bride and groom, a taco, hot dog, devil, clown, cheerleader, three-headed pirate, two lions, a tiger and a bear. Oh, my. After careful scrutiny, the prizes were announced. An 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Woodside, who was dressed as the 7-train took first prize. (Full disclosure: Woodside is this reporter’s dog - his frequent human companion took him to the event.) They chose the Swedish Chef and his lobster-costumed dog to win Best Pet/Owner pair. There was a tie between a Chippendale dancer and the pope for the Funniest Costume, which was broken when the dancer, Saoishe, jumped through his owner’s circled arms. Both won prizes anyway. In a sentimental moment, Louis, a 16-year-old rescued Chihuahua who had won everyone’s hearts during the jamboree inside the oval, won a special award. His doting owner carried him back to the stage on a wave of heartfelt applause. Her husband had come up with the conceit of “Chi Guevara,” a lifelong South American revolutionary. She made their beloved Louis a green fatigue jacket, a black beret and a red-tipped cigar. State Senator Michael Gianaris arrived early—and incognito—at the starting point, Skillman Pets at 48-16 Skillman Avenue, meeting and greeting one of his favorite constituencies, the doggie demographic. Queens Animal Hospital, under new management, were there in full force providing generous prizes to any pet owner who spun the wheel of fortune the office created. Prizes included free boarding, physicals and other treatments. Woodside on the Move invited students from John Jay College of Criminal Justice to act as judges, insuring impartiality.

The 2nd Annual Woofside pet parade drew more than 60 entrants and over 100 people to Windmuller Park.

Jojo, a 2-year-old YorkiePomeranian is always an angel, according to her human companion.

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Queens Couple to Run For Rory Staunton Foundation and Sepsis Awareness

Colin and Stephanie Mathers from Queens, New York will run the 2013 New York City Marathon for the Rory Staunton Foundation. Colin and Stephanie are the parents of eight children, seven boys and one girl aged between 4 and 16 years.They are both dedicated volunteers in the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) here in the United States. Colin is the current President of Shannon Gaels GAA Club for which all of their eight children play and Stephanie coaches the underage teams and is the Entertainment Officer for the Club. Colin and Stephanie know Rory and his family. They were devastated to hear of Rory’s death and are dedicated to spreading the word that sepsis kills. Knowing that over 60% of Americans don’t know about sepis, the number one killer of children in the world, Colin and Stephanie decided that sepsis awareness is the reason they want to raise money for their marathon run. If you would like to support them and support the Foundation for sepsis awareness, please visit www.rorystaunton.com

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Conveying The Invisible A touring funeral car, fresh baked butterflies and live painting performances. No Longer Empty turns Sunnyside into a unique art and life experience. No Longer Empty is pleased to announce Conveying the Invisible, four site-specific art interventions curated in New York’s neighborhood Sunnyside on the occasion of the first-ever Sunnyside Restaurant Week. No Longer Empty will present the work and practice of four international artists illuminating the neighborhood’s cultural richness in culinary diversity and art. (Nov 4-16) at the following sites: PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17 Queens Blvd: Anne Katrine Senstad,“Tears on a Coffin”, Neon installation. Malingo Restaurant, 43-16

Queens Blvd: Simonetta Moro, “Street Scene: Continuous Urban Action Drawing”, paintings. Venturo Restaurant, 44-07 Queens Blvd: Carlo Steiner, “Butterflies”, Installation with butterfly shaped wafers. Nodus Rest, 45-04 Queens Blvd: Erika Harrsch, “Body Maps” and “Eros Thanatos,” video. In addition, three of the artists will give public live performances on Monday Nov 4 in each of the participating restaurants: 11am-10pm Anne Katrine Senstad,“Tears on a Coffin”, Artwork installed on the parking lot in front of PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17 Queens Blvd 6-8 pm Anne Katrine Senstad and Mariachi Band performing “Tears on a Coffin”, Parking lot in front of PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17

Queens Blvd TBD 2-7 pm Simonetta Moro: “Street Scene: Continuous Urban Action Drawing”, Malingo Restaurant, 43-16 Queens Blvd 6 -10 pm Carlo Steiner: “Butterfly Maker” Venturo Restaurant, 44-07 Queens Blvd Conveying the Invisible is part of first-ever Sunnyside Restaurant Week to promote a culinary journey/destination of Sunnyside neighborhood and offer visitors a memorable experience that combines space, food and art. This project is made possible by the generous support from Sunnyside Shines Bid, Royal Norwegian Consulate General, New York; Gallery Nine5, New York; Jurek Park Slope Funeral Home Inc, Brooklyn; 419 Neon, New Jersey. Special thanks to CM Jimmy Van Bramer.

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Splendid Finale To 60th Anniversary by Patricia Dorfman

Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church in Sunnyside brought its multievent commemoration of their 60th Anniversary to a close on Sunday night, with a no-holds-barred formal dinnerdance at Antun’s of Spring Village. Classmates who had not seen other in thirty years met again and exchanged contact information and posed for photos, which were on Facebook in minutes. All the nuns who taught at the former

Queen of Angels school were treated to the event and all were honored. All former and present priests attended. The open bar, music, which included rock and roll, Irish music, old standards and disco, got the crowd to their feet. The church rented buses to get guests to the venue. Antun’s wowed with their appetizers and entrées, fresh flowers decorated 52 tables each guest received a program and a commemorative candle upon departure. As part of the 60th Anniversary cel-

ebration, previous to the successful gala, the church had hosted a picnic free to the community at Sunnyside Gardens Park, a well-received religious music concert directed by Nicholle Bittingmeyer, and a special Sunday mass which was so popular it was standing room only. Pastor Brian Dowd received a surprise award Sunday night from his parishioners, presented by Conrado Gomez. Dowd said, “I cannot be more grateful than I am for my post at Queen of Angels.” Joe Pagano acted as Master of Cer-

emonies. 60th Anniversary Event Chairpersons Gail Wagner and Pat Murray and their many committeepersons created one last beautiful event to celebrate the church’s 60 years in Sunnyside. The church has strong participation from the Filipino, Bengali, Spanishspeaking and English-speaking Catholic communities and is located at 44th Street on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside. This Saturday, Mass is at 5pm. There is a Spanish mass at 10:30 am on Sunday, and one in English at noon.

523 guests attended the massive gathering at Antun’s of Queens Village.

The Lynch family who have operated the Edward D.Lynch Funeral home since 1931 were mentioned by Father Dowd for their long support, including new apparel for the choir.

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