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THE WOODSIDE HERALD

SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 79, NO. 20

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

QUEENS TASTE by Peter McKenna

The young woman in the blue dress took the fork from her mouth and savored the morsel she had just consumed. After a second, she said to her friend, “Oh my God…you have to try this.” That sentiment was undoubtedly repeated many times by the throng of food lovers who jammed Queen’s Taste 2013 on Tuesday evening, held at Caesars Club at spectacular Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. What exactly is Queen’s Taste? Imagine that you live in Queens and have a passion for fine dining. You could try a different restaurant every few weeks, wasting time and money on the worst of them, or you could attend the annual Queens Taste and let the restaurants come to you. Chefs from dozens of the finest dining places in Queens prepare their best dishes and serve them at Queens Taste. All you have to do is bring an appetite. “I come here to find one or two restaurants that will provide the level of cuisine and service I want,” said Queens resident Mark Cullen. “It gives you the means to try before you buy; it’s a selection

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Murder Police OfficersStay Behind Bars For Life process that you can’t find anywhere else.” Mr. Cullen, a demanding consumer, said each of the dishes he sampled met his standards. “Everything was well above average,” he said. He was particularly intrigued by the pulled-pork with mac and cheese served-up by Bourbon Street. “When I go back for seconds,” he said, “I know I’ve found a winner.” He also raved about the hard cider offered by Angry Orchard. “It was the best hard cider I have ever had,” he said. “It had an apple taste that did not knock you over, it was light and delicious.” Other food lovers applauded the meatballs, shrimp and Ravioli with Red Peppers prepared by the chefs at Sacramone’s Restaurant. “Our dishes have been in the family for a hundred years and we are very proud of them,” said a representative from the restaurant. As the evening wore on, the word passed that the Chicken Scarpariello at Pine Restaurant of Queens was particularly savory, and there were raves for the Pasta Bruschetta served by Magna Ristorante and the Flank Steak offered by Austin’s Steak and Ale House.

There was a note of competition to the evening as judges gave awards for the best appetizer, entre and dessert. McClure Pickles won the best appetizer award, best entre was a tie between Pine and Ottomanelli, and best dessert went to Take a Break & I’ll Beak. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was delighted with the best entre award given to Ottomanelli. “They make absolutely the best burger you can get anywhere,” he said. “Such beef…” The event is sponsored by the Queens Economic Development Corporation and proceeds are used to support the organization’s efforts to attract jobs to the borough. “This night every year is about food, but is also about community,” said Seth Bornstein. “The QEDC works hard to bring life to this borough.” An example of the good work done by the corporation came near the end of the evening, when three winners of the Seventh Annual Queens StartUP Business Plan Competition were announced. The winners received $10,000 from Citi Foundation to help start their businesses. (continued on pages 4 & 5)

Bill Closes Loophole In NYS Law That Can Let Killers Go Free Violent criminals who murder police officers and other law enforcement officials will have no other choice than to spend their lives in prison with no possibility of parole under legislation (S.4409) recently introduced by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens). “While those who take the lives of police officers are supposed to be sentenced to life without parole in New York’s prison system, a loophole in the law makes it possible that these coldblooded killers could wind up back on the streets in as little as 20 years,” said Addabbo. “While the chances of this happening are relatively small, I think we owe it to the families and friends of murdered law enforcement officials to make sure that their killers stay where they belong: behind bars for their entire lives.” Discussing the need for his legislation, Addabbo pointed to the fact that the four men who gunned down 22-year-old New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne in 1988 while he was guarding a Queens witness in a drug case came

up for parole last November. “Officer Byrne’s family should never have been subjected to that,” said Addabbo. “Those heartless killers brutally shot this brave young officer five times in the head at close range while he was only trying to do his sworn duty. They don’t deserve a chance to regain their freedom and Officer Byrne’s loved ones shouldn’t have been forced to relive such a horrible, life-altering crime.” Addabbo explained that the loophole in the law was created after the New York State Court of Appeals struck down the state’s existing capital punishment (death penalty) statute in 2004, finding it unconstitutional and thus unenforceable. Specifically, the old law contained language regarding instructions that could be given to a jury if it became deadlocked and could not agree on either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. The Court found a potential for coercion in the language since the jury would be informed that, in the case of deadlock, the trial judge would be empowered to sentence the defendant to as little as 20 years to life or as much as life in prison without parole. (continued on page 4)

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Doughboy Dilemma Happiness & Outrage About Doughboy Park Colors Doughboy Park has recently been the topic of controversy concerning its new paint job. Resident and volunteer, Edgar Cartagena spent his own money ($33) and chose a lime green color to repaint the graffitied park. While Cartagena was trying to match the Hunter Green of the Parks Department flag, many feel that he missed the mark and made it look like a kids playground. What is clearly missed here is that these were volunteers that took their own time and money and dedicated it to improv-

ing their community. Many people have no trouble walking by trash on the sidewalk without picking it up. But we make a huge deal about a paint color when a hard working person takes their hard earned money from their pocket and time from their families, to make our community a prettier place. After all, these volunteers, some of them Veterans, even claimed to have contacted the Parks Dept. about the paint beforehand and it was left up to them. The Parks Department now has plans to repaint the park in time for the parks 90th anniversary.

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AN EYE ON GUTHRIE BY DEBRA S. GUTHRIE, M.D.

Dr. Guthrie, I am comfortable walking around blurry. I don’t feel the need for correction. Is that OK? During my almost 26 year career in Ophthalmology I have had patients that are 20/20 thinking that there vision is not good enough and at the other end of the spectrum patients with 20/100 feeling that they see perfectly well. Of importance is what one’s daily life is all about. Of course if your occupation is all about driving good vision is important for navigating and for the safety of those around you. Our computer oriented society puts unusual demands on vision. It is very important to have proper correction to minimize eyestrain when working hours in front of the computer. For those that are casual readers it may not be necessary to need “perfect” vision. At office visits with my patients I am always asking what do you daily, what needs may you have for reading, driving, watching TV, sports, etc. Good seeing vision may be different for us all, but what isn’t different is making sure you get annual comprehensive eye exams with your Ophthalmologist. It’s important to be checked for glaucoma, macula degeneration, cataracts, dry eyes, and diabetic retinal exams. Making sure the eye is healthy helps maintain good vision. No pair of spectacles, contact lenses, laser vision correction can help a person who has already lost vision from glaucoma or diabetes get it back. As we cruise through 2013 make sure to get a comprehensive eye exam. Enjoy the Spring!

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PAGE 4 (continued from front page) Patrice Lee, a Queens businesswoman, between bites of beef, spoke about the efforts of the group to stimulate business in Queens. “I took the QEDC’s course on writing a business proposal years ago, and it helped me enor-

mously,” she said. “This group does a lot of good.” On his way out the door, Mark Cullen grabbed a chocolate made by Little Bird Chocolates. “He savored the sweetness for a second and then he said…”Oh my God…you have got to try this.”

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Queens Taste

Photo Credit: Sue Baldock

Darren Shlisky and David Levi Melinda Katz, CM Van Bramer, Rob MacKay (QEDC)

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Winners of the Best Entrée Ottomanelli’s & Pine and Best Appetizer, McCLure’s Pickles (continued from front page)

This might lead some jurors to recommend the death penalty, even if they didn’t believe it was right, simply to avoid having the killer eventually released on parole. “Although the New York State Legislature never acted to re-impose the death penalty, the state did adopt a new law in 2005, known as the Crimes Against Police Officers Act, to recognize the heinous nature of offenses committed against law enforcement officers,” Addabbo explained. Part of this law created the new crime of aggravated murder – deemed to occur when a person intentionally kills a police officer, peace officer or an employee of the Department of Correctional Services. The only sentence which can be imposed under this 2005 law for the crime To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772

of aggravated murder is life imprisonment without parole. However, the earlier crime of murder in the first degree, the charge brought against those who intentionally killed law enforcement officers prior to the enactment of the 2005 Crimes Against Police Officers Act, remained on the books following the Court of Appeals ruling on the death penalty statute. As such, state law technically continues to provide for prosecutorial discretion in allowing those who murder law enforcement officers to be eligible for parole – in direct contradiction to the intent of the 2005 legislation. “My bill would address this problem with the law and make it clear that, under any circumstances, those who murder police officers go to prison and stay in prison,” said Addabbo. “I hope that my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly will join with me in ensuring that justice is done when guardians of the public trust and safety – our law enforcement officials – tragically lose their lives at the hands of vicious, violent, unrepentant killers.”


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Padraigh Connolly and James Dolan of The Dog & Duck

Adrian Bordoni, Executive Director WOTM

Ramiro, de Mole Winner of Best Dessert, Take A Break & I’ll Bake!

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Commercial Cycling Safety Law Education On May 14th, CM Van Bramer sponsored an interactive Commercial Cycling Safety workshop at Sunnyside Community Services to educate businesses about the new safety laws. Van Bramer’s Commercial Cycling Safety legislation, which took effect on April 23rd, seeks to increase the safety of commercial cyclists throughout the City by having them wear a retro-reflective jacket, vest, or other apparel while riding on behalf of a business. Businesses who participated in the workshop received free accessories for their commercial cyclists. The new law is part of my efforts to make New York City’s streets safer for all pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists who share the roads.

Seawall Project Breaks Ground

CM Van Bramer, Dorothy Lewandowski (Queens Parks Commissioner), Elizabeth McQueen (Founder of Friends of Queensbridge Park), Veronica White (NYC Parks Commissioner), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, QBP Helen Marshall, Bishop Mitchell Taylor and Senator Michael Gianaris.

On May 10th, CM Van Bramer was joined by Speaker Christine Quinn, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, State Senator Michael Gianaris, representatives from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, local residents and the Friends of Queensbridge Park to break ground on the restoration and improvement of the Queensbridge Park Seawall CM Van Bramer helped secure the final $3.65 million in funding needed to initiate the project which is scheduled to be finished by the summer of 2014. This project will be managed by NYC EDC and includes the reconstruction of the seawall using rip-rap revetment. Rip-rap, made up of large rocks, will be used to protect the shoreline by absorbing and deflecting waves while lessening the effects of erosion. The project will also create a 6-foot wide waterfront promenade with benches and plantings, and a small wharf at its northern end. I am proud to join the local residents of Queensbridge to kick-off the beginning of a project that will begin the process of restoring this Western Queens park back to its original state, said Van Bramer. This project has been a top priority for me during my time in office and it is an honor to have secured the final $3.6 million of funding needed to jump-start the process of reconnecting park goers to the East River waterfront. A year from now, when the project is complete, thousands of families and local residents will be able to celebrate its completion and enjoy sweeping views of the New York City skyline together right here in Queensbridge.

The Joint Was Jumping

by Rob MacKay

Sunnyside Reformed Church offered a different kind of spiritual experience last Saturday. Carol Sudhalter and her multi-piece Astoria Jazz Band filled the

Skillman Avenue house of worship with beautiful music as part of a tribute concert to three musical legends from Queens: Louis Armstrong (Corona house is now a museum); Dizzy Gillespie (buried in Flushing Cemetery); and one-

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time Jamaica resident George Walker Big Nick Nicholas. Enhanced by funding from the Queens Council on the Arts, the concert got people dancing in the aisles, tapping their feet in the pews and closing their eyes to relax.


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Commissioner Visits Sunnyside Chamber by Luke Adams

Kick off your summer at the Sunnyside Gardens Park’ s Memorial Day Fair. Attendees of all ages, will enjoy Carnival games including Pluck a Duck, Bean Bag Throw, Ring Toss and Goldfish Bowl Ping Pong Ball Toss. Rides will include Bouncy Castles, a 4 Sided Rock Climbing Wall, and an Obstacle Course. There will also be Face Painting, a Kiddie Nail Salon, and a Temporary Tattoo Parlor. Crafts will include Sand Art, Spin Art, Kite Making and Decorating Foam Crowns. Food and drink will be available for purchase, including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy, desserts, soft drinks, wine and beer and more. Admission is free (Rides/Activities/Refreshments not included.)

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On Tuesday May 14 the Sunnyside Chamber held their monthly business luncheon at Dazies Restaurant on Queens Blvd. Guest speaker Commissioner Robert Walsh was greeted like a hometown boy at the luncheon, as many attendees vividly remembered when he came to the aid of local business owners during the 2006 blackout. Walsh also helped Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce start a BID, better known as Sunnyside Shines, to Sunnyside, which today is one of 67 BIDs in NYC. |When Walsh said he would be leaving office when his term was up, everyone expressed their disappointment, one person stated Walsh was like a Guardian Angel to the Sunnyside business Area! Walsh stated even after leaving office he “will be coming back to Sunnyside, after all their is only one Dazies Restaurant!”

Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair Saturday, May 25th, 12 – 5PM (Rain Date Sunday, May 26)

Plaque Attack

Lily Gavin, VP Chamber. Commissioner Robert Walsh, Swain Weiner, Chamber President

(L-R): Oguzhan Turan, Luke Adams and Feyzullah Turan Photo Credit: Patricia Dorfman

Lily Gavin (VP Sunnyside Chamber), Joseph Conley (Chairman CB2), Sophia Ganosis (Queens Chamber), Commissioner Robert Walsh, Swain Weiner (Sunnyside Chamber President), Gerard Thornton (Queens Chamber) and Bruce Bendell (Sunnyside & Queens Chamber).

Feyzullah Turan, a member of the Torbali, Turkey Chamber of Commerce, was visiting NYC and brought an award from their Chamber President Behcet Cinar, a replica of local historic statuary, in a gesture of good will for Mr. Adams. Adams helped introduce his son to elected officials a few years ago. Turan is the father of Oguzhan Turan, VP of the Turkish Cultural Society, and his father and family met Luke when Luke attended an annual TCC Noah’s Pudding Event in 2009. Mr. Adams had prepared a gift for Oguzhan, a photo of him and his daughter, not knowing that Oguzhan was bringing his father with him. So Luke gave the gift instead to Turan the elder, framed, he reports, in Ireland’s bone china “Royal Tara.” Feyzullah, who has seven grandchildren including the toddler in the photo, laughed and said that he prefers them to his four children, like most grandparents. He invited Luke Adams to Turkey, and hopes that the Torbali Chamber, boasting 2664 members, can become a “sister” chamber to Queens Chamber. Luke Adams is currently marketing director of the Sunnyside Chamber, and a former President.

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