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BLISSVILLE HOMELESS SHELTER “I’m proud to stand with the Blissville Civic Association on the steps of City Hall to demand that this administration rethink their decision to site this shelter which places an undue burden on Blissville,” said New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “I have, and the people of Blissville have compassion and empathy for those who are experiencing homelessness but the undue burden being placed on this neighborhood is creating profound difficulties. Blissville has seen the opening of two shelters within just a few blocks of each other in recent months and now this administration is seeking to open a third just one block away from the second. It is unfair and unwise to continue to site shelters in a small, isolated area that is lacking many basic services. The administration should realize that they have made a mistake and pull back from this plan.”

–Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer “I stand with the Blissville Civic Association, the neighborhood of Blissville, and the residents of Long Island City and western Queens, and demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Department of Homeless Services take a step back and develop a plan that actually helps the homeless, rather than warehousing them in hotels. The use of hotels as shelters is inappropriate. Hotel rooms cannot serve as functional living spaces. Hotel rooms do not provide adequate space or services for families with children, are frequently located far from basic amenities and mass transit, and are not suitable for long term use. The use of the City View Hotel and now the Fairfield Inn to house the homeless will greatly hurt our Blissville community without providing long-term solutions. Queens, and in particular western Queens, has seen the Maspeth Holiday Inn, the Verve Hotel in Dutch Kills, the former Best Western Hotel in Sunnyside and now City View and the Fairfield Inn turned into homeless shelters over the past few years. Our community has always done our share, having been the location for the Borden avenue men’s shelter in Long Island City for many years. Our community worked with the providers to help our veterans who were homeless. There has been oversaturation of our western Queens Neighborhoods, often times without adequate notice, and we have had enough.”

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LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 4 Quick Questions with Dr. Lancea Q: What is the best toothbrush? A: “Oral B with soft bristles. Oral-B is the best brush in the world...because they have the best design, all the time they do research...they get all the food out...they are very resistant.” Q: What is the best diet for your teeth? A: “Mediterranean diet, I think, is the best for everything...for all your body, not just your teeth.” Q: What is your favorite food? A: “My wife’s cooking is the best. Whatever she cooks, I love.” (n.b. smart man!) Q: What is your #1 piece of dental advice? A: “See the dentist every 6 months.” Affordable Dental Arts provides the following services: cleaning, fillings, digital x-rays, cosmetic crowns & bridges, root canals, extractions, total & partial dentures, implants, sealants & fluoridation for children. Accepting most insurance providers, major credit cards, and PayPal, Dental Arts is open 4 days a week, from Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm. You can learn more by visiting Call 718-786-7100 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.

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WELCOMES NEW MEMBER Woodside Kiwanis installed /swore in a new member Amanda Chase last Wednesday, May 9th. Amanda’s father is a member in California. We welcome her and will put her to work soon when she is assigned a committee. We look forward to letting her find her own path to community service. Welcome Amanda.

Above Photo: From left to right: Carol Masiello Lt. Gov. from Queens West Division (doing the honors), Amanda Chase and Richard Belli (president)

CASINO TRIP THIS SUNDAY! Sunnyside- Woodside Lions Club is planning another fun filled day at SANDS Casino in Bethlehem PA. Casino fun/ gambling (6 hours at the Sands), Outlet shopping within the casino complex For tickets and further information, contact Gemma 718-697-3575 To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772

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On Saturday, Council Member Van Bramer attended the Sunnyside Woodside Kiwanis Club Street Fair on Greenpoint Avenue.

On Wednesday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a package of anti-sexual harassment laws including a bill from the Council Member. “This issue must be taken seriously, and as lawmakers we must do all that we can to ensure that adequate training and resources are provided in the workplace,” said an Bramer. “Now signed into law, the bill that I introduced will change the practices of thousands of organizations and companies. This new law requires that organizations seeking to do business with or receive funding from the city provide details of their practices, policies and procedures as they relate to preventing and addressing sexual harassment. I am proud of this bill and I will continue to fight for legislation that expands protections against sexual harassment and assault for all New Yorkers.”

Council Member Van Bramer met with seniors from Woodside Big Six NORC, Sunnyside Community Services, Jacob Riis Queensbridge, Ravenswood HANAC, and India Home at City Hall to discuss advocacy for resources for seniors.

CM Van Bramer participated in a walkthrough of Northern Boulevard along with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Assemblymember Den Dekker and CM Francisco Moya. The group discussed ways to improve pedestrian safety on the corridor.


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CM Van Bramer and his mother attended the Woodside Senior Center Mother’s Day Celebration at Riccardo’s By The Bridge, an event he funds annually. The Council Member announced new board members, congratulated honorees and danced with seniors.



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IT’S IN QUEENS There’s a great mix of classic and modern in the borough this week. Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Dorothy and Toto are around. Ditto for completely new music, dance, poetry mashups, theater, and sculpture.

MAY 18, THE WIZARD OF OZ, 7PM CinemaLIC kicks off its fifth season screening outdoor movies on a 30-foot inflatable screen with this classic. Free. Hunter’s Point South Park , vicinity of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.

MAY 18-19, TAKE ROOT, 8PM New dances which introduce ideas of entropy and disorder with Brush/McGrath and Brynne Billingsley & Artists. $15 in advance. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.

MAY 19, THE OSCAR, 1PM “The Oscar” is Tony Bennett’s first movie. Hear about his early days in Astoria and then watch him on the big screen. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.

MAY 20, FERTILE GROUND, 7PM A showcase for new and evolving work plus a post-performance discussion with wine. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.

QUEENS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, UNTIL MAY 20 This seventh annual festival features Queens College New Music Group, RAM Players, Bowers-Fader Duo, Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo, The New Music for Strings Festival, and The Resurgam Quartet. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.

LIC ARTS OPEN, UNTIL MAY 20 Throughout the week, Astoria and LIC venues of varying sizes fill halls with every conceivable form of art work. On the final two days, from noon to 6 pm, artists open the doors to their studios and welcome the public. Free. 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

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LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE File No.: 2016-4432/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: James Arnold, Franklin Arnold, Estate of Brenda Izbicki, Soleil S. Lee, Mikal Amin Lee, Waylon Arnold, Rebecca Smith, Jonathan I. Champion, Dollie Hoosier, My-Huong Candy Shine, Samuel M. Arnold, David Arnold, Jr., Dwonnda Arnold, Dwarrick Arnold, Rolanda Arnold, Shawn Arnold, Shawnette Arnold, Gary L. Coleman, Pamela Buford, Lynette Smith, Cheryl V. White, Trevor A. Shaw, Darius Shaw, Chester B. White, Patricia Powis, Esq, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees,

legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Annie Smith aka Annie Talton, 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. Robert Johnson, if living and if dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if they died subsequent to the decedent herein, to their executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Annie Smith aka Annie Talton, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 110-48 213th Street, Queens Village, NY 11429, 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 Annie Smith aka Annie Talton, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate 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 12th day of July, 2018 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 $21,162.67 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 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(3); 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 1st day of May, 2018 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Jim Lim Becker Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite 200, Lake Success, New York 11042 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not

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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 5/11/18, 5/ 18/18, 5/25/18, 6/1/18 Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on February 14, 2018, bearing Index Number NC000054-18/QU a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Aliza (Last) Pervin My present name is (First) Chandona (Middle) Rani (Last) Biswas AKA Chandona R Biswas My present address is 34-31 64 th Street, 2 nd Floor, Woodside, NY 11377 My place of birth is Bangladesh My date of birth is October 15, 1984

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On Wednesday, May 9, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced the winners of this year’s Participatory Budgeting program at Jack’s Fire Department in Sunnyside. Originally, the Council Member committed $1 million to winning projects, but because of the high turnout and close results, he decided to allocate more than 1.5 million additional dollars – with a funding total of $2,579,000. After months of discussion and engagement throughout the 26th District, community volunteers, in partnership with city agencies, developed, refined, and selected15 projects from hundreds for the ballot. Community members 11 and older voted online and in person from April 7 – 15.

This year’s Participatory Budgeting cycle set many records with: - 7,100 votes; nearly 2,000 more than last year - Record number of meetings to determine which projects made the ballot - Record number of voting sites (over 30)

There was a twist at the event when, after the five winners were announced, the Council Member surprised the crowd with a bonus winner. “It was really important to me to be able to fund this project,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “This is the first time city-wide that a shelter has had a project on the ballot, we had meetings there early in the process and it was also a voting site – also city-wide firsts. It’s really important to me to ensure that our veterans receive the respect that they deserve and are able to live with dignity.”

WINNING PROJECTS: - Tech Upgrades for Schools P.S. 112Q, P.S. 150Q, P.S. 12Q, P.S. 166Q, I.S. 125. Laptop carts, desktop computers and interactive boards upgrades $500,000...4785 Votes - Children’s Room/Auditorium Renovation Woodside Library repairing and upgrading the children’s room and auditorium with technology to meet the needs of our growing community. $500,000...2159 Votes - Gymnasium Renovations P.S. 111Q and P.S. 112Q Replacing wall padding, floors, benches and ceiling repairs $900,000...2147 Votes

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- Bus Time Countdown Clocks throughout District Fund the placement of electronic bus countdown clocks at stops throughout District 26 to help riders plan waiting time. $300,000...1921 Votes - Street Trees throughout District Plant new trees with welded steel guards. Trees clean the air, reduce storm runoff and provide shelter for wildlife. $300,000...1807 Votes SURPRISE/BONUS WINNER: - Tech Upgrades Borden Avenue Veterans Shelter Technology upgrades will include new computers, network infrastructure upgrades and a new facility-wide paging system. $79,000 “It’s so great to be with the community at the reveal and to celebrate with the winners of this record breaking Participatory Budgeting year,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “More than 7,100 people in our community, a record number, made their voices heard and determined how we will spend more than $2.5 million. This is a truly democratic process that funds important projects that improve quality of life in our neighborhood. I’m proud to be able to fund improvements to our neighborhood through this program and look forward to watching the winning projects come to life.”


NY City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, New York State Senator Mike Gianaris, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, and representatives from the offices of Congressman Joe Crowley and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan were on hand to help honor Sunnyside Community Services’ volunteers at their annual celebration on April 26, 2018. The latest data shows that nearly 63 million Americans volunteer annually, providing almost 8 billion hours of time. According to Czarinna Andres, Director, Volunteer Services and Community Relations at Sunnyside Community Services, almost 500 people volunteered at Sunnyside Community Services last year. “We have wonderful volunteers providing assistance throughout our range of programs, which enables us to do more with limited resources,” said Andres. “We would not be able serve more than 14,000 New Yorkers each year without the help of our generous volunteers.” Among the hundreds of volunteers serving at SCS, Sunnyside Community Services recognizes several “Volunteers of the Year”


for their exceptional service to the agency, and the community it serves. After serving as a combat engineer and spending 25 years in management, Jairo Bernal decided to retire. But that didn’t mean slowing down. Jairo is a regular volunteer at the SCS Center for Active Older Adults, welcoming and assisting members at reception, and helping with onsite blood pressure screenings, which keeps members on top of their medical information between doctor visits. For his service, Bernal was recognized as the SCS Abe Vilensky Volunteer of the Year for Service to the Center for Active Older Adults: Francisco Mena volunteers in SCS’ Social Adult Day program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Francisco’s reliability, sensitivity to the special needs of the members, and his ability to provide Spanish translations for staff, families and members helped him to win the SCS Adult Day Services Volunteer of the Year Award. Abdur Chowdhry is a passionate advo-

cate about healthy and independent aging. He has volunteered more than 1,200 hours since joining SCS in late 2016. He jumps in to do whatever needs to be done, and still attends classes, such as the SCS English as a Second Language class, in his ‘free time.” For his dedication and energy, Abdur was awarded the SCS Administrative Support Volunteer of the Year Award. Patricia Shubert has been instrumental in supporting the unique intergenerational programs SCS offers to older adults and local youth. Shubert helps organizing events and leads the team of seniors in devising creative programming. She also finds time to help the SC pre-Kindergarten programs as well. For her service, Shubert was awarded the SCS Youth and Family Services Volunteer of the Year Award. Emily Vertosick has volunteered as a Friendly Visitor at SCS since 2014, visiting Alice, age 65, every week, and almost never missed day. In addition to providing companionship, she helps Alice with small chores around the house such as using the computer

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or reading mail. Emily also walks Akira, Alice’s retired service dog, allowing Alice to keep her at home. As an example of the beautiful friendships that can bloom in volunteer service, and for her commitment and dedication, Emily was awarded the SCS Friendly Visiting Volunteer of the Year. Since it was formed last year, Jennifer Silverman and Shyvonne Noboa have tirelessly co-chaired Sunnyside Community Services’ Advocacy Committee, determined to make a real difference in the community. For their focus on defending the rights of all New Yorkers, Jennifer and Shyvonne were awarded the first SCS Gert McDonald Advocate of the Year Award, named in memory and honor of Gert McDonald, a long-time SCS member and legendary local activist. Eileen Auld, Gert’s daughter, presented the award to Jennifer and Shyvonne, appluading the Committee’s efforts in setting up voter registration drives, phone banks for urgent issues, participation at marches and rallies, and defending the rights of SCS’s diverse population and all New Yorkers.

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