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District Scouting Alive And Well In Queens

Call For Restoration Of Emergency Unemployment Benefits by Peter Ross

Boy Scouting in Western Queens this Fall season has been busy, much to the enjoyment of the Scouts in our borough. After representatives of Pathfinder District took part in the LaGuardia Airport Kids Day Event at the end of April, the Greater New York Councils held their biggest

event in almost a decade right here in Staten Island. The “Big Apple Jambo” event, a local version of the National Scout Jamboree held at the new Summit Betchel Reserve in West Virginia, was hosted at the Council’s own Camp Pouch on Columbus Day weekend, October 11th through 14th, in a rare three-night, three-

day overnight event. Almost two years in the making, over 800 Boy Scouts spent the weekend with an additional 750 Cub Scouts visiting on Sunday afternoon to participate in all the festivities the professional Scouting staff, volunteers and outside agencies had to offer. (continued on page 5)

Tour Of Area Surrounding PS 152 In Woodside After Tragic Death

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY12) called for a restoration of emergency unemployment benefits that have expired for 110,000 New Yorkers and 1.3 million nationwide. She was joined by Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Organizing for Action New York, representatives from New York labor unions and area residents affected by the expiration of benefits. “Right now, for every job opening in the country there are nearly 3 people looking for a job,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Even if every one of these jobs is filled tomorrow,

there would still be far too many left without a job. The right way to reduce reliance on unemployment insurance is to create jobs – not cut benefits. These are hardworking Americans who have fallen on hard times and they need our support. “Cutting this emergency support is not only cruel and callous, it’s also foolish. Federal unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost our economy and create the very jobs we’re hoping these people will fill, according to most economists. (continued on page 5)

Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

On January 7th, CM Van Bramer toured the surrounding area of PS 152 in Woodside to develop permanent solutions in an effort to protect the safety of local school children and pedestri-

ans. The tour follows the tragic death of 8-year-old Noshat Nahian who was killed by an unlicensed truck driver making a left turn at 61st Street and Northern Boulevard. Van Bramer organized the tour in

an effort to develop long-term solutions to address the concerns that local parents have with vehicular traffic driving recklessly through the residential neighborhood. (continued on page 5)

In his first press conference in the Blue Room, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the appointments of six administration officials at a press conference in the City Hall Blue Room on Monday, January 6th, 2014. Bill Chong will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development; Marco Carríon will lead the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit; Mindy Tarlow becomes the Director of the Office of Operations; Peter Ragone will serve as a Senior Advisor; Max Sevilla with lead the administration’s Federal Legislative Affairs office and Sherif Soliman will lead State Legislative Affairs.

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An Astoria staging and production company has just purchased a 9,700 square-foot property in Woodside for a reported $2.15 million. Video Concepts — which also offers creative, interactive media and event planning services — bought the two-story warehouse at 34-39 56th St. from Il Nuraghe, which had been renting the property to marble manufacturer Eurocraft Stone. Built in 1969, the venue features 24-foot ceilings, two drive-in doors, a 1,200 SF mezzanine level and eight parking spaces. Video Concepts, which is roughly 20 years old, used to operate at a self-owned, 4,400 square-foot space at 18-25 26th Rd. in Astoria. Vincent Lopez of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates was the broker for Video Concepts and Il Nuraghe, in the transaction.

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Stolen catalytic converters are sold to scrap yards for around $100 to $150, but the cost to your business could be much bigger. There’s the hassle of a vehicle that can’t be safely driven, as well as the expense of having it towed to a local repair shop and getting the part replaced.

What Do Thieves Look For? Catalytic converter thefts typically happen to vehicles that are parked for prolonged periods in large lots, such as shopping centers, mass transit commuter lots or company parking lots. Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as trucks, pick-ups and SUVs, are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the catalytic converter can be stolen in less than a minute.

Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft To combat catalytic converter thefts, a number of states have passed laws tightening the restrictions on metal scrap dealers. In many cases, dealers are required to verify the seller’s identity with a photo ID and maintain complete records of sellers for 5 years.

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Since 1975, all vehicles produced in the United States must have a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust system. The catalytic converter is an emissions-control device that contains precious metals that act as catalysts. When hot exhaust enters the converter, a chemical reaction occurs that renders toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, into less harmful emissions. With the price of precious metals skyrocketing, thieves are helping themselves to catalytic converters that contain enough platinum, palladium or rhodium to make it worth the risk to cut it from the underbelly of your vehicle. You might become aware that your catalytic converter has been stolen when your vehicle starts with a gravelly roar.

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To prevent catalytic converter theft, use common sense and follow these tips: -Always park in well-lighted areas -At shopping centers and other similar parking lots, park close to the entrance of the building or near the access road where there’s a lot of traffic -If you own or work at a business or factory, park within a fenced area that’s busy during the day and secured at night -Engrave your license plate number on the converter to make it traceable -Purchase a vehicle security system and make sure it’s set to trigger with just the slightest motion -Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a hardened steel welded to the frame -Examine the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at your local auto parts store or online To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772


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District Scouting Alive And Well In Queens

Activity offerings included paddle and row boating and fishing at the camp’s lake and waterfront, guided hikes, mountain biking, field sports, a merit badge and handicrafts midway, various climbing walls (two of which came courtesy of NYPD and the Brooklyn Boulders), archery, atalatyl and tomahawk ranges, a Lego robotics demonstration, monkey rope bridge, sumo suit wrestling, rescue toss, various Scout Skills, GPS and cooking sessions, the FDNY Mobile Fire Safety Experience truck and apparatus, a cornstalk maze, carnival games, fitness trail/COPE course and a plethora of other events and entertainment including visits and demos by the Spiderman Broadway Show Interactive Experience, Mr. Met, Scooter “the Holy” Cow, and the Brooklyn Nets Knight. On Saturday night the campers took part in a traditional campfire program and on Sunday night they got to view “The Really Big Show” a full-fledged stage production set up right on the Camp-O-Ree field. As part of the festivities about a dozen Scouts were selected and transported to Manhattan on Sunday morning to appear on the Fox and Friends Weekend show where they taught the show’s hosts various Scout skills live on the air.

Scout leader and event volunteer Roy Rosenthal teaches Stevan Ross the proper way to nock an Atlatl dart onto the throwing board at the Atlatl Range set up during the Big Apple Jambo.

Of course Sunnyside’s own Troop 390 could not be left out of this and their contingent (Chris M., Sean L., Daniel L., Hongying H.) lead by Senior Patrol Leader Rennie S. had the opportunity to show their expertise in putting up a dome tent. Nice job gentlemen! In all it was a fully enjoyable weekend, heavy on fun and light on work (even the food was catered) and kudos go out to the over 200 people and the multitude of community and governmental organizations which helped make this event, one of the largest interactive youth events in the city, a successful one. All await the next one which hopefully will be held in the next several years. From the outdoors we switch to the indoors, Whitestone Lanes in Flushing to be exact, where the Queens Council Bowl-AThon was held on November 16th. Over 200 Boy and Cub Scouts took over half the venue and threw their best curves, hooks and straight balls in an attempt to have fun and raise funds for their local units. After a hard day of kegling the boys and their families enjoyed pizza, pretzels and soft drinks to regain their spent strength. In December one of the highlight events on the Pathfinder District schedule, the annual Wint-E-Ree, was held at GNYC Camp Alpine in Bergen, New Jersey. Re-scheduled from March due to the blizzard earlier in the year, the boys braved the elements during the “Klondike Derby” and participated in mock ice rescues and first aid, map skills, tracking, orienteering and the ever-present sledge race. Troop 390 made a strong finish at this annual event with the “Black Dragons” coming in third in the overall competition with two first place, three second place and 2 third place event finishes. Congratulations go out to “Divide and Conquer” from Troop 327 (first place) and the “Dragons” from Troop 45 (second place) who rounded out the top three. Thanks go out to Pathfinder Activities Coordinator Tom Reilly and his staff who organized the weekend. All of these activities occurred around each units own planned activities and several District Training sessions and the local Order of the Arrow Lodge’s (Kinecoying # 640) Brotherhood Induction and Ordeal Weekend. With all this going on the only question

is- when will you join Boy Scouting? For more information or to find a Troop near you visit www.beascout.org or call Field Director Joseph Schiltz at 212-651-2827 or Christina Jean-Baptiste at 212-651-2927. Photo Front: Boy Scout Troop 390 members rest a moment in between events at the GNYC Big Apple Jambo. Photo Right:“Bridgewalkers” Anthony A., Kevin F. and Bladimir R. stop momentarily to take in the view from the George Washington Bridge on their hike home from Alpine Scout Camp and the Wint-E-Ree event. (continued from front page)

Tour Of Area Surrounding PS 152 In Woodside After Tragic Death

Boy Scout Troop 390 members proudly display their event ribbons at the conclusion of the 2013 Pathfinder District “Klondike Derby” Wint-E-Ree overnight camping trip. The “Black Dragon” patrol came in third overall in the competition just points from second place.

Scouts fall in for closing ceremonies at the Pathfinder District 2013 Wint-E-Ree.

Neighborhood parents, heads of the 108th and 114th Precinct as well as representatives of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education also attended tour. Following the tragic death of the PS 152 student, Van Bramer helped secure additional traffic safety officers for Northern Boulevard to provide local children with additional protection while crossing the busy corridor. Photo Front: Council Member Van Bramer is joined by Captain of the 108th Precinct Brian Hennessy, Deputy Inspector of the 114th Precinct Kevin Maloney and Principal Vincent Vitolo. (continued from front page)

Call For Restoration Of Emergency Unemployment Benefits

Congress must take immediate action to restore these benefits.” “Unfortunately, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives shamefully ended unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans, including 127,100 New Yorkers, who are currently looking for work,” said Congressman Nadler. “Extending unemployment insurance is the right thing to do for our hard working families and it is the right thing to do for our nation’s economy. It is uncon-

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scionable that Republicans continue to block its extension.” New York State will continue to provide up to 26 weeks of state-funded unemployment insurance, but the federal program, which had been providing an additional 47 weeks of coverage, has expired. Extending emergency unemployment benefits through the end of 2014 will lead to an estimated 200,000 jobs and a fifth of a point of additional economic growth. The unemployment rate in New York City is still 8.6 percent.


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Edward Jones Financial Advisor Hosts Presentation:

Building Your Investment Income Foundation

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Vincent Renda of Sunnyside is hosting a free presentation titled Building Your Investment Income Foundation at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at St. Sebastian’s Parish Center located at 39-63 57th St. in Woodside. The presentation will include strategies to help investors create a stream of income they can use for those expected, and unexpected, life events during retirement. The presentation is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Jennifer Storck at 718-361-1306. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. Headquartered in St. Louis, Edward Jones ranked No. 8 overall in FORTUNE magazine’s 2013 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking. Visit our website at www.edwardjones.com and our recruiting website at www.careers.edwardjones.com. Follow us on Twitter @EdwardJones. Member SIPC. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse Edward Jones products or services.

It’s In Western Queens! Neither snow, nor sleet, nor ridiculously cold temperatures can stop Queens from being a hot bed of enrichment, entertainment and fun. This week the borough smiles warmly at Mother Nature with plenty of live music, movies galore, an MLK recognition event, polar bears, Japanese art and a fiesta based on recycling electronic waste. Here’s the rundown....

Jan. 9, D.B. Rielly, 9pm Award-winning singer/songwriter D.B. Rielly performs a wide range of Americana music, spanning several genres, including Roots, Blues and Country. He promises an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.” Free. Winegasm, 31-86 37th St., Astoria,

Jan. 10, Little Feet and Old Moon, 7pm In Little Feet, director Alexandre Rockwell’s children star as siblings who are barely cared for by their widowed father who dresses in an animal suit for a living and collapses drunk at night. When a pet goldfish dies, they set off to find a new mate for the fish. Rockwell and his children will be at screening. The short Old Moon, directed by a student of Rockwell and filmed in Puerto Rico, shows first, and a reception follows. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.

Jan. 11, Irish Music Concert, 7:30pm Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler, who were nominated as Top Duo by the Irish Music Association, perform with Donie Carroll, a singer/songwriter, and John Nolan, a button accordion maestro (1982 All Ireland Champion). $22/$11, seniors, students and unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC.

Jan. 11, Rohmer in Paris, 2pm; The Inner Jungle, 4:15pm; and Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, 7pm. Director Richard Misek’s Rohmer in Paris is an ode to the Nouvelle Vague master Eric Rohmer and his beloved Paris. In director Juan Barrero’s autobiographical film The Inner Jungle, he returns from the Galapagos Islands to find his girlfriend is pregnant. The film expresses the combination of terror and amazement surrounding romance and pregnancy. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is set in director Denis Côté’s native northern Québéc. It follows a pair of lesbian lovers and ex-cellmates after their release from prison. MMI, 3601 35th Ave., Astoria.

Jan. 12, Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, 3pm Noguchi Museum’s Amy Hau and former Assistant Director Alexandra Snyder May discuss the new exhibit, which includes works given by Sotokichi Katsuizumi, a Japanese businessman and Chinese painting collector who introduced Isamu Noguchi to the Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi. Free with admission. NM, 901 33rd Rd., LIC.

Jan. 12, Visitors, 2 pm; The Quispe Girls, 5pm; The Summer of Flying Fish, 8pm Visitors consists of 74 black-and-white shots, taking viewers to the moon and back, while examining the human species and a gorilla from the Bronx Zoo. In the remote Chilean mountains in 1974, three goat-herding sisters survive after the death of a fourth sister in The Quispe Girls. Chilean documentarian Marcela Said’s debut feature The Summer of Flying Fish is coming-of-age story in the expansive terrains of southern Chile near Patagonia, as bright-eyed teenager Manena vacations with her family in their summer lake house, meets new friends, and finds her first love. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com. The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions.

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