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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013

VOL. 79, NO. 51

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Santa Sails In Early For Local Homeless Kids

Rallying For Traffic Safety On 49th Avenue Story & Photos by Patricia Dorfman

Snow and Saint Nicholas floated in from the sky on the same December 14 afternoon, for the 108 Precinct Police Community Council Santa/Gift event for 166 children, newborns to age 12, who are currently living locally at the Metro Residence Shel-

ter for homeless families. Event space was provided by Sunnyside Community Services. In lieu of the usual general monthly public meeting, every December a holiday party is thrown for needy kids by the 108 Board, which includes civilians, who are elected and volunteer, and 108

police officers. The privacy of the gift recipients is respected at their request, so generally, no media photographs are taken. President Diane Ballek said, “We have been doing this awhile now and we have learned what children want and don’t want. (continued on page 4)

On December 16th, Long Island City residents joined CM Van Bramer to call on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a crosswalk and additional signage along 49th Avenue. For over a year, Van Bramer has advocated for safety improvements at the Long Island City intersection. DOT has yet to implement safety improvements that would protect the lives of local residents. “It is the Department of Transportation’s responsibility to maintain the safety of our City’s pedestrians,” said Van Bramer. “The residents who live at the intersection of 49th Avenue and 11th Street in Long Island City have been ignored by DOT for far too long. There are a variety of solutions that can be implemented immediately to make this heavily trafficked intersection safer. (continued on page 7)

A Very UNITED Holiday Party

Last week, The United Forties Civic Association, Inc. (UFCA) held their annual holiday meeting/ party with a nice turnout of community people and elected officials in attendance. Many gifts were donated by local businesses in Sunnyside and Woodside for the door and raffle prizes along with gifts brought in by members and participants for needy children. This yearly tradition truly unites our community.

Photo Credit: Joe Gurrado

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013 Story & Photos by Patricia Dorfman

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We gave out clothing gift certificates and restaurant coupons to the older children, a shopping bag of toys to the tweens, and stuffed animals to the youngest.” Ballek continued, “The outpouring of support we got this year

was a holiday miracle.” Donors included Ira Greenberg, Esq., P.J. Horgan’s, Edward Lynch Funeral Home, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Roserock Development,

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Welcome Home Real Estate, White Castle, and the Woodside Herald. Good Stuff of LIC donated all the stuffed toys, and candy canes were courtesy of Terri Adams of Hunters Point

Community Development. Don McCallian, 108 Treasurer, said, “The children are so wellbehaved and grateful for a gift. They wait patiently for a turn to meet Santa. Their parents seemed very pleased to be invited.”

The arrival of the guests were slowed by the snowy weather, but family after family made their way with their children in strollers, snow boots and expectant expressions. The polar bear’s share of preparation work was done by Diane Ballek, and Eddie Cadiz who, with Ballek, is on the staff of Assemblywoman Nolan. The two planned, shopped, wrapped, and coordinated all gifts so no child was forgotten. Cadiz took individual child/ Santa photos he will print and Diane will deliver for each family, and Cadiz acted as an energetic Master of Elves. Waiting in line, a girl of eleven earnestly explained to a six-year-old boy that normally Santa comes December 24 at night, but that he “must have found a route” to get their presents there by December 14. The party each year includes children of all denominations, who all seem to embrace the celebration as an American one, which all are free to enjoy. Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Corrado was assigned the task of locating and lining up Santa To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772

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Queens Economy Is Cranking

Hurricane Sandy and the latest recession were hard on Queens, but the borough’s economy has bounced back strongly, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said at a press conference at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City on Dec. 13. In 2012, private sector employment reached 486,160 jobs, the highest level on record, DiNapoli informed, citing his office’s newly released study, An Economic Snapshot of Queens. The borough has the highest level of employment among the boroughs outside of Manhattan and accounted for 15.1 percent of all private sector jobs in the city. From 2010 to 2012, employment in the private sector grew by 6.6 percent, a faster rate than any other borough. The report, which is available on the State Comptroller’s website, also reports that health care/social assistance is the largest employment sector in Queens, followed by transportation and warehousing and retail trade. Meanwhile, JFK and LaGuardia airports contribute more than $40 billion in regional economic impact. Passenger traffic has increased at both airports, with JFK handling 49.3 million passengers in 2012 (55 percent higher than in 2003), a reflection of increased tourism to New York City. Film and television production have continued to grow in the borough, the report also reveals. Silvercup Studios is now the biggest studio space in the city with 410,000 square feet of space and 19 soundstages. Kaufman Astoria Studios, which dates from the early years of film, now boasts seven soundstages as well as the city’s only outdoor movie set. DiNapoli also informed that Queens had 44,070 business establishments in 2011, an in-

• LEGAL NOTICE PROBATE CITATION File No. 2013-651 SURROGATE’S COURT - QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: The heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of DOROTHY E. SHEA a/ k/Dorothy E. Danninger 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. Public Administrator of the County of Queens Attorney General of NYS A petition having been duly filed by Christine

crease of 4,650 since 2003. Small businesses predominate in the borough. In 2011, more than two-thirds of businesses in the borough had fewer than five employees and more than 80 percent had fewer than ten employees. The retail sector accounted for the highest number of businesses (7,269) in Queens in 2011. In 2012, the unemployment rate in the borough averaged 8.3 percent, compared to 9.2 percent citywide. In the first eight months of 2013, the unemployment rate in Queens dropped to an average of 7.8 percent. The population of Queens grew by 20 percent over the past three decades, faster than the citywide growth rate of 17 percent, reaching 2.3 million in 2012. Queens is the most diverse large county in the nation with no single dominant ethnic group. Immigrants from more than 120 countries contribute to the borough’s diversity and constitute 48 percent of its residents. “First of all, I’d like to thank Comptroller DiNapoli for this extensive, detailed and extremely helpful report,” stated Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “It is a treasure trove of important information about Queens. And speaking of the world’s most diverse borough, I’m proud that the study confirms the strength of our economy. Superstorm Sandy was devastating, but we have rebounded quite well, setting a record for private sector jobs. The aviation, film, retail, real estate and hospitality industries are booming in Queens, and we hope to have a tremendous summer as we hold various celebrations throughout the borough to mark the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.”

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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli (speaking) (from left) Council Member Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Borough President-elect Melinda Katz, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein, Council Member-elect Costa Constantinides, and Council Member Karen Koslowitz. Photo Credit: Rob MacKay

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An 11-story, full-service, luxury hotel with 224 rooms, banquet facilities, a conference center, a rooftop lounge and a grand ballroom accommodating up to 300 guests is coming to Long Island City. At a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 10, officials announced plans to build a Crowne Plaza at 25-10 42nd Rd. According to the company’s analysis, the project will create more than 1,400 total jobs.

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Building Revamp Project On Rise In Jackson Heights

The 82nd Street Partnership celebrated the restoration of 82-01 Roosevelt Ave. on Dec. 17. The Jackson Heights-based Business Improvement District helped rehab the historic building with a $50,000 Neighborhood Challenge award from the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The Partnership used the grant to offer property owners and merchants free design assistance and a matching construction grant as part of a larger effort to enhance local quality of life, preserve retail diversity, and improve business conditions by restoring building facades and enhancing the district’s sense of place. By year’s end, the Partnership will have restored seven ground floor storefronts and three upper floor facades at three different properties on 82nd Street between 37th and Roosevelt avenues. In photo, SBS Commissioner Robert Walsh, Partnership Executive Director Seth Taylor and Community Board 3 District Manager Giovanna Reid stand with representatives from Council Member Julissa Ferreras’ office, Jackson Heights Beautification Group members and local storeowners, such as John Rapp. (continued from front page)

Traffic Safety On 49th Avenue I do not understand why DOT has chosen not to take action. Now is the time to act. Not after a tragedy occurs.” Two large residential units are located at the intersection of 11th Street and 49th Avenue, adjacent to the off ramp of the Pulaski Bridge. According to residents, the heavily trafficked intersection continues to suffer from an alarming number of vehicular collisions. The Council Member also requested DOT conduct a traffic study of the intersection in an effort to develop a long term solution that would reduce vehicles speeding between the large housing units. In November of 2012 the Council Member’s office contacted DOT requesting that the agency implement safety measures to prevent illegal access to 11th Street as well as speeding along 49th Avenue. DOT responded in January of this year stating: “In the past few years, there have been several safety improvements made to this location…” During the press conference, lo-

cal residents and families from the L Haus and Hunters View spoke about their experiences crossing the hazardous intersection on a daily basis. Many residents have young children and fear for their lives each time they cross 49th Avenue as they dodge speeding vehicles traveling down the residential corridor. “The residents of LHaus Condominium have been requesting the New York City Department of Transportation to provide traffic signage at 49th Avenue and 11th Street,” said Greg Smith, President of LHaus Board of Managers. “Vehicles are allowed to speed, without stopping, coming off the Pulaski Bridge onto 49th Avenue. This creates an extremely dangerous intersection due to the lack of clear crosswalk markings and stop signs or signals. As a building with 123 units with over 40 young children, it is imperative for this matter to be addressed immediately. We need a crosswalk as well as proper signage before we see anyone hurt.”

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A Very UNITED Holiday Party

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