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Special Delivery To Bread Of Life Food Pantry On December 20th, CM Van Bramer delivered food collected from his 3rd Annual Holiday Food Drive to Bread of Life Food Pantry in Queensbridge. The food items collected during Van Bramer’s annual drive will help address the urgent need for food at pantries in the district. During 2012, Bread of Life Food Pantry has experienced a significant drop-off in the number of food items being delivered to their location. At the same time, the pantries face a decrease in support from state and federal governments as the cost of food increases. The food items were received by Reverend Bishop Mitchell Taylor of Center of Hope International, which coordinates Bread of Life Food Pantry, and Dorothy Williams a coordinator at the site. The Queensbridge food pantry has also seen an increase in the number of individuals coming forward for donations. This year, the Food Bank of New York City reported 50 percent of Queens pantries were running out of food, or particular types of food required to produce adequate pantry bags over the past 12 months. 76 percent of food pantries in the borough also reported an increase in visitors. Later in the day, the Council Member also dropped off food items to Hour Children’s food pantry in Ravenswood.

CM Van Bramer joined by Bishop Taylor and Ms. Williams.

CM Van Bramer hands out a bag of food to a local Queensbridge resident.

Gun Violence Prevention Press Conference Response to Newtown, CT Shooting Senator Gianaris spoke at a gun violence prevention press conference, hosted by Assembly Members Michelle Schimel and Brian Kavanagh, to show broad support for the need to immediately pass more sensible gun laws. In August Senator Gianaris introduced five sensible gun laws of his own which, if passed, would make New York the nation’s toughest state on guns. His package of bills include: Limit the purchase of a firearm to one per month; Establish a universal back-

ground check for all gun sales; Require prospective purchasers to obtain a firearm safety certificate; Impose a 10-day waiting period to the sale of a firearm in order to give law enforcement officials enough time to perform a thorough background check of the prospective owner; Close several gaps in the regulation of firearms and sale of ammunition, including mandating dealers to report all firearm and ammunition sales within 24 hours to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Records of all sales must be kept on file by the

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state for at least ten years. “How many atrocities are needed before we stand up and take action against the gun culture plaguing our nation? Newtown is only the latest of such avoidable horrors to visit our nation. The sensible gun proposals put forth today, which would make New York State the nations toughest on guns, are the kinds of measures that must be passed to save the lives of innocent people. I join my colleagues in calling for immediate action on these proposals to make us safer from gun violence and keep such senseless, heartbreaking tragedies from repeating themselves time and again,” said the Senator.

CB2 Regular Monthly Meeting Thursday, January 3rd @ 7p SCS Speakers: Presentation by Shahir Erfan LGA VP of Admin. to discuss the Center C Facade Project Presentation by Joe Raskin on MTA’s proposed new bus route.

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Gianaris Elected As Deputy Leader Senate Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that Senator Michael N. Gianaris will serve as the new Deputy Conference Leader. Senator Gianaris, from Astoria, Queens, represents the 12th Senate District and successfully led the Senate Democrats’ election efforts during the 2012 elections. Senator Gianaris will also remain Chairperson of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. “Senator Michael Gianaris is an incredible public servant, and I am pleased that he will serve as the Deputy Conference Leader for the Senate Democrats,” Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “During the past election, Senator Gianaris led our conference to victories throughout New York State and helped ensure that Democratic Senators were elected despite daunting odds. I look forward to having Senator Gianaris as part of my leadership team.” “I am honored to be chosen by Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to

serve as her Deputy,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “There is much work to be done to advance the progressive goals the people of our state demand. I am excited to be a part of Senator Stewart-Cousins’s team and look forward to working in partnership with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals.” Deputy Leader Gianaris was elected to represent the residents of western Queens in the State Assembly in 2000 and was elected to the State Senate in 2010. During his time in office, Senator Gianaris has been a leading advocate in reforming state government and advancing progressive issues. Under Democratic Leader StewartCousins’s leadership, the Democratic Conference will continue to advance progressive issues such as enacting common sense gun laws, raising the minimum wage, standing up for women’s health, helping small businesses, and providing real mandate relief for local communities.

Arbor Day Contest The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting submissions for the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. Fifth grade students, especially in science and art, are encouraged to design an original poster depicting the 2013 contest theme, Trees Are Terrific in All Shapes and Sizes. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, “Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the essential role trees play in our environment. By participating in the annual Arbor Day poster contest, students learn about trees and how they promote a healthy, balanced ecosystem.” School contest winners will be eligible

to compete at the regional level. Regional winners will then compete for the state title. The final winner’s artwork will be replicated as the official 2013 New York State Arbor Day bookmark distributed statewide. The winner will also receive an invitation to the NYS Arbor Day event in Albany in April, and a tree will be planted in the winner’s name at his/her school. For more information about the Arbor Day Poster Contest for fifth grade students, including contest rules, submission application and a list of DEC regional offices, visit DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/education. Entries are being accepted at DEC regional offices until January 17, 2013.

College Students Had Top Score In NYS Math Competition A team of LaGuardia Community College students solved a series of complex mathematical problems that added up to the top scores in the team and individual categories of the Fall 2012 New York State Mathematics Association for Two Year Colleges Math League Contest (NYSMATYC). Yifei Shen, who competed against 663 number crunchers in the one-hour, 20question exam that tested the students’ creative thinking and mathematical insight, received the highest score in the individual rankings. In the team contest, Yifei’s and his

four teammates—Seung Hwan Oh, Qing Sheng Chen, Jason Fontaine and Ye Ji Lee—had combined scores that beat out the 30 community college teams. “This is wonderful news indeed for the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Department and LaGuardia,” said Dr. Kamal Hajallie, chair of the department, who added that this was the first time LaGuardia students competed in this statewide competition. “It goes to show that with proper guidance and support, our students can compete with the best of them and come out on top. The department is proud of the achievement of the students and mentors.” (continued on page 6)

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A Very UNITED Holiday Party On December 12th, the United Forties Civic Association, Inc. (UFCA) held their annual holiday meeting/ party with a nice number of community people in attendance. There was a report from the 108th Precinct, a visit from CM Van Bramer to wish everyone a happy holiday, and numerous representatives from other elected officials offices in attendance. As usual, Pres. Donald McCallian did an amazing job, along with the other members of UFCA. Many gifts were donated by local businesses in Sunnyside and Woodside for the door and raffle prizes and so many people won terrific gifts. Many wonderful gifts were brought by members and participants for needy children in the area, which was presented on Saturday, December 14th at the 108 children’s party. Be sure to check back in an upcoming edition of Woodside Herald for the next UFCA meeting.

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Your Town, Your Paper • LEGAL NOTICE File No.: 2012-279/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Frederick Gallehr, Patricia Gallehr, Robert Gerhardt, Michael Griffiths, Daniel Griffiths, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Brian Griffiths, 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 Brian Griffiths, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 135-18 78th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11367, 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 Brian Griffiths, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate

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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 February, 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 $8,175.06 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

LEGAL NOTICE • 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 17 day of December, 2012 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 12/28/ 12, 1/4/13, 1/11/13, 1/18/13

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College Students Had Top Score In NYS Math Competition To prepare the students for the contests, math faculty volunteered to hold weekly practice sessions. “This was a true department-centric event,” said Dr. Reem Jaafar, a mathematics professor. “Everyone did their part to get our students ready for the competition.” And they did. Yifei said the informal faculty sessions helped him to prepare for the “extremely difficult” problems. In describing the competition, the contest winner said the one-hour time limit made the problems much more challenging. “Since you had only three minutes to complete each complex problem, you not only had to have a solid mathematical understanding, you had to be fast,” said Yifei. “You did not have time to think about what principles to apply. You immediately had to know how to tackle the problem.” The fall contest, which was held on LaGuardia on November 9, was the first leg of a two-part competition that will stage the second round in the spring. At the final competition the fall-spring scores will be added up and one college will be announced the victor. Founded in 1967, NYSMATYC is a professional association devoted to the unique problems of teaching math at the freshmansophomore college level. It has a membership of over 350 institutions representing more than 50 of the state’s community colleges. Photo On Page 4: The LaGuardia Community College team members, front row, left, Seung Hwan Oh, Yifei Shen and Ye Ji Lee. Back row, left, Qing Sheng Chen and Jason Fontaine.

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College Student Hurdles Over Barriers To Become Student Of The Year As LaGuardia Community College student Freda Raitelu reflects upon the last two years of her life she still finds it hard to believe how it has changed so dramatically. In that short time, the 32-yearold single mother enrolled at LaGuardia as a liberal arts major; joined its Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; became an executive member of the Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC), the student arm of LaGuardia’s Honors Program; and was elected the 201213 student representative on the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) executive board. And to top it off she was the first community college student to receive the 2012 national Student of the Year Award from the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the association of honors programs at two-and four-year colleges across the country. “My whole life has turned up-side down,” an exhilarated Freda exclaimed. But before this period, the scholar and campus leader who lives in Ridgewood described her life as stuck. At the age of 16 she became pregnant and had to drop out of high school. And five years later she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, a condition that sentenced her to 10 years of dialysis. While spending over 13 hours a week attached to a dialysis machine, Freda tried to pursue a college degree after earning a GED, but the physical and mental effects of dialysis took its toll and she was forced to drop out. “I had always wished to pursue education, so despite my illness I went for it, but it was impossible,” she said. Then on December 30, 2010 at 9:27 a.m. Freda received a phone call that she had been waiting for over 10 years—there was a match for a kidney transplant. While recovering from surgery, Freda said she realized that she had a second chance at life. “The opportunity to reconfigure an identity outside of my illness was mine for the taking,” she said. Two months after the surgery she enrolled in LaGuardia and happily immersed herself in the academic experience. Despite a heavy

academic schedule that includes demanding Honors Courses, Freda maintains a 3.862 GPA. “I fell in love with education and really embraced it,” she said. With her solid academic credentials she joined the College’s honor society, PTK, and became a key executive member of the HSAC, a student-led collective fo-

cused on enriching LaGuardia students’ college experience by promoting academic, civic engagement and scholarship opportunities. As a member of the HSAC, Freda leadership skills blossomed. Along with her peers on the 20member committee, she assisted in freshmen outreach activities, organized workshops that provided students with information on transfer and scholarship opportunities, and built strong peer-to-peer networks. One event she is especially proud of was a mock vice presidential debate where she played the role of Vice President Joe Biden. During the well-attended event, the issues of education, immigration and universal healthcare were covered during the lively exchange. Freda also counsels students who come to the HSAC office seeking academic advisement and support. “I find it really extraordinary to be part of a committee that functions to inspire all students to aim high, stay informed and be proactive in their academic pursuits,” she said. She also helped spearhead events encouraging students to take advantage of the Honors Program, which offers small, rigorous classes, faculty mentoring, and scholarly and networking activi-

ties. “The Honors Program provides students with the ability to see beyond what they can see as regular students,” said Freda. “We try to convince students, many of whom are intimidated by Honors classes, that they should take on greater academic challenges.” “Freda is one of HSAC’s guiding voices and clearly understands the mission of the Honors Program to provide students with academic, leadership and civic engagement opportunities meant to cultivate thoughtful and engaged citizens and future leaders,” said Dr. Karlyn Koh, English professor and the Honors Program director. Her commitment to the Honors Program extended to the regional community when she was elected to the NRHC’s executive board. And last month the NCHC, a professional association of undergraduate Honors programs, presented Freda with its 2012 Student of the Year Award for her stellar academic record and her contributions to her college community, especially through her service on the HSAC. The award comes with a $1,000 gift. “Freda has turned her life around over a very short period of time; she has overcome formidable life adversities and has earned every achievement she has accumulated so far,” stated Dr. Koh in her letter of recommendation to the NCHC. “Her determination and will to succeed are palpable, and are even more compelling because of her capacity and desire to inspire her peers and give back to the program, the College and wider communities.” Freda will continue to be an active member of HSAC until she collects her diploma in the spring of 2013 and goes on to pursue a degree in education or public administration at one of the colleges on her dream list: Sarah Lawrence, Columbia, NYU, Smith and City College. And after that? “I still want to become an educator on some level, but I also see myself in 20 years opening a non-profit in an urban community, where I can help young people cultivate their goals and dreams and help bring them into fruition.” said Freda. “It happened to me and I am so grateful.

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The Road to Recovery- Scouts in Action- Part II by Peter A. Ross th

On Monday November 26 it was the members of Tomahawk District that lent yet another helping hand to those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Knowing that many did not have house, home, or possessions with which to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as they would have traditionally, the leadership of Tomahawk District of the Boy Scouts Queens Council, under the guiding hand of Assistant Cubmaster Thomas Curry (Pack 237 and Troops 237 and 282) and a host of volunteers, planned and held a Thanksgiving Dinner event for the displaced families and friends of Scouts from the Rockaways, Broad Channel and other areas in the District affected by Hurricane Sandy. Seven Scout units (Troops and Packs) totaling 123 Cub Scouts, 51 Boys Scouts, and 71 adult leaders lost their meeting places and equipment, homes or suffered severe damage to the same and are unable to meet currently, their personal situations notwithstanding. Many of the volunteers at the Dinner event have opened up their meeting spaces and nights to those units and members who have lost theirs but on this night it was about food, fun, fellowship and a night away from the devastation for at least a few hours with hopes of a small return to normalcy. Held at the Parish

Center of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) Roman Catholic Church located at 101-41 91st Street in Ozone Park, Queens approximately 126 guests arrived around seven o’clock to find rows of tables lined up and a full array of food set up buffet/ cafeteria style with a slew of smiling volunteers waiting to serve them. After some short opening remarks and announcements came the benediction and opening meal prayer, recitation of the Boy and Cub Scout Oath and Law after which it was onto the eating. Following the main course was a bevy of desserts from cakes to cookies and pastries complete with tea and coffee. In true Scout fashion a number of people hung back to assist with clean up of the hall leaving “No Trace” as they are taught in their training but most importantly the guests and fellow Scouters went home content and with hardier spirits to deal with their remaining recovery efforts. A special thank you goes out ALL the volunteers who assisted with the planning, food preparation, setup, serving and clean-up at the event especially Jim Bleakney, Troops 588 and 105, the Tomahawk District volunteer leadership, Nativity BVM Church for providing the venue for this event and others to follow, Suanhacky Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, the Red

It’s In Western Queens! The circus is coming to town. Squirm Burpee, that is. This troupe combines high-skill acts with Vaudeville comedy routines and other zany slapstick antics. And among other activities, Queens will host the wide array of unique New Year’s Eve parties that one would expect in the world’s most diverse borough.

Here’s the rundown on upcoming events: Dec. 30th, Snow White & the Huntsman @ 2p Part of the Central Library Sunday Movies series, this flick tells the PG13 story of an evil queen who sets out to destroy a young girl who is the only fairer person in the land. Free. Queens Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica

Dec. 31st, NYE Radio Personality Reina, 7p–1a Party with pop sensation Reina, who broke through in 1998 with “Find Another Woman,” which reached number 2 on the Billboard chart for dance music/club play. In 2004, Reina (aka Lori Gold) twice made top 10 on Billboard’s dance chart with “If I Close My Eyes” and “Forgive.” Dinner and open bar. $125. Renaissance Event Hall, 27-34 21st St., Astoria, 917.468.3651

Dec. 31st, Skyline Princess Gala Dinner Cruise, 8p–2a The Skyline Princess sails through NYC Harbor. Free parking at the marina and DJ entertainment. Rain or shine. Reservations are required. Adult package (ages 13+, 21+): open bar, buffet, soda, juice, coffee, tea, water, $200. Child package (ages 0-12): buffet, tea, water, soda, juice, $155. Premium adult package includes private tables, $240. Premium child package: $195. World’s Fair Marina Pier 1, Flushing, 718.446.1100,

Dec. 31st, The Strand Smokehouse’s NYE Bash, 8p–12p The new Astoria meat Mecca will host an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve bash featuring open bar and open kitchen with live country rock and bluegrass music. Expect pitchers of locally brewed craft beer, whiskey poured straight from the barrels that they age in and carafes of wine on tap. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway, Astoria, 718.440.3231.

Dec. 31st, NYE Bash in the Garden, 8p–2:30a Complimentary party favors and DJ Enzo spinning live. $15. Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Long Island City, 718.383.1001

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Cross (for assistance and supplying several emergency hot food supply containers which was part of the mainstay of the meal), and the Corona Volunteer Ambulance Corps and its members who it is said have run their “rigs” to the ground in doing everything they have been asked and can otherwise in assisting various groups and volunteers since the storm. There is a lot more to do be done, much re-building to be accomplished, lessons to be learned and decisions to be made as to how to move forward from here and how to minimize the effects of a future storm as was seen with Hurricane Sandy. What cannot be minimized, though, is how we all come together as neighbors to “Do our best” and to “Do our duty”, precepts Scouts know very well, along with being prepared and doing a good turn daily. Congratulations to the Troops and Packs noted above and their community partners for not just professing but living these ideals.

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Rockaway and Broad Channel residents await their turn at the buffet table as the event volunteers prepare to serve them.

Scouts line up for the delicious vittles to be had during the Tomahawk District Hurricane Sandy Thanksgiving Dinner for displaced residents.

Lucky Locals Nicole Pearl of Woodside won $10,000 in the Powerball drawing held on September 19th. Pearl, purchased the winning ticket at the Kamlesh at 25-01 Jackson Ave - Citicrp Sq in Long Island City. Giovanni Delgado of Astoria won $17,461 in the Take Five drawing held on September 27th. Delgado, purchased the winning ticket at the Nancy & David Deli Grocery at 30-36 14th St in Long Island City. Maria De Sousa of Manhattan won $10,000 in the Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash! scratch-off game. De Sousa’s winning ticket was purchased at the D K News & Lotto at 40-02 69th St in Woodside. Juan Yanes of Sunnyside won $10,000 in the Mega Millions drawing on November 2nd. Yanes’s winning ticket was purchased at the Vhm Enterprise at 48-17 43rd Ave #b in Sunnyside. Tashi Gurung of Woodside won $10,000 in the Mega Millions drawing on November 16th. Gurung’s winning ticket was purchased at the Akota Grocery & Halal Meat at 40-04 73rd St in Woodside. Lucille Chasen of Woodside won $32,308 in the Take Five drawing on November 8th. Chasen’s winning ticket was purchased at the New Rockline News at 60-19 Roosevelt Ave in Woodside. Md Masud of Woodside won $10,000 in the Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash! scratch-off game. Masud’s winning ticket was purchased at the D K News & Lotto at 40-02 69th Street in Woodside.

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In Memory of Dr. Vishwa Agarwall Dear Editor, My daughter Susan and I were saddened to read in the Woodside Herald 11/16 edition, of the passing of Dr. Agarwall. Like the article said Dr. Agarwall was a very kind and caring, compassionate human being. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Mrs. Agarwall and family, and Gail his long time office assistant. Dr. Agarwall will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Lucille Fink-Planz

Gun Violence Open Letter To Mayor Bloomberg, You have campaigned against cigarettes, transfat, large sugary drinks, etc. Why not campaign against gun violence in movies and TV, which influences our culture? Movies and TV made in NYC. Film companies using our streets must get a permit from the City. The City’s permission should explicitly forbid the use of guns in these movies and TV. That should help change the culture of violence. Al Volpe, Woodside

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