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UNDER THE 7 TRAIN Street Beat Brass

Two local organizations, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District and ReCreate Queens are kicking off a new performance series in Sunnyside’s Bliss Plaza this month. The performance series, “Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza” brings free performances to this new public space in the neighborhood with a diverse lineup of performers. “Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza” will bring a new performance to Bliss Plaza on the third Thursday of each month, from June – October, 2015. Each performance will take place from 6:30pm-7:30pm. (continued on page 4)


FAIR by Ana Morton

Sunnyside Gardens Park, opened its doors Sunday to over 1,600 of its neighbors from Sunnyside, Woodside and beyond for its annual Memorial Day event. Veterans from the community opened the event by raising the American flag and were followed by a rousing performance from Sunnyside Drum Corps. (continued on page 5)


Thurs, June 18th @ 7PM All Are Welcome! St. Teresa’s Parish Center, Woodside 44th Street, Off 50th Avenue To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772

GRAVES, ENCLAVE CAVES! by Patricia Dorfman

Thirty mountain-goat-like attendees of all ages braved the welltended but uneven terrain of the historic First Calvary Cemetery last month on a Saturday with photographer blogger guide Mitch Waxman, on the first of three tours offered by The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. We call these tours “Graves, Enclave and Cave” because our next tour will be the historic Sunnyside Gardens enclave, and last of the last will be East Access, the largest underground civic project in the world, going on right under our feet. First Calvary is the oldest section of the four-part cemetery, spanning many neighborhoods of Queens as well as Sunnyside. (continued on page 8)



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One of the most overcrowded schools in Queens—the most overcrowded Borough of NYC, is the Thomas J McCann Woodside Intermediate School IS 125. “There is a critical need for a new middle school in our district beyond the planned improvements for IS 125. The problem in building a new middle school is finding a willing seller of land for a school. Community Board 2 continues to look for development opportunities to build a new middle school,” stated former Chairman of CB2 and current Chairman for the Department of Transportation Joe Conley. IS 125, located at 46-02 47th Ave in Woodside and was built in 1926, making it the oldest Public School building in the district. In 1992, a small building was constructed as an addition to alleviate overcrowding in the school. The smaller building was intended to be a temporary building with a planned use of up to but not exceeding 10 years. Portable classrooms were added in 1998 as the student population continued growing in the school play yard area in


an attempt to alleviate the worsening overcrowding problem. Sixteen years after the “temporary fix” they are no closer to finding a permanent solution for these students. Fifth grade students who attend classes in these portable classrooms have to walk back and forth from the portable classrooms at least 5 times a day in all types of inclement weather to have access to the gym, auditorium, cafeteria and other classes in the main building. After 16 years of promises to make improvements to IS 125 and remove the classroom trailers, plans were announced for new construction of a new addition to IS 125 in June 2014. The principal and staff worked with neighboring schools to relocate students in order to make way for new construction, which was delayed and according to the School Construction Authority, the contract bidding process will begin this June and the actual construction work is anticipated for the Fall of 2015. In 2014 the capacity of IS 125 is 1,400 students. The registration in 2014 was 1,756, 125% over capacity. They’re capped for all

grades, 5th grade through 8th grade. This Middle School is in violation of the NYS Supreme Court order prohibiting over-sized classes. The cafeteria has so many students they are practically serving lunch all day. The lunchroom has a capacity of 500 students. In order to serve all the students they have to divide that into 4 lunch periods. The first lunch period begins at 11 am with the last lunch period at 2 pm. The school day finishes at 2:45 pm. In a recent report in an article with the Daily News, findings said nearly 500,000 kids attend overcrowded schools, and the worst overcrowding is in Queens where schools are at 105% capacity. With such an increase in residential developments in this area, as well as rapid population growth in housing from one-person apartments to multi-families, the addition to this middle school is long overdue. “Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and Maspeth are great places to live and raise a family. The improvements to IS 125 will make our community even better,” said Conley.

Jackson Heights Post Office After Renamed After Late LGBT Rights Advocates Jeanne & Jules Manford

Rep. Joe Crowley is joined by State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Council Member Dromm, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and advocates.

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On the Eve of LGBT Pride Month, Crowley, Dromm, Advocates Push to Honor Queens Pride Parade’s Original Grand Marshal with Post Office Renaming Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, was joined by openly gay NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm, NYS Senator Jose Peralta, NYS Assembly Members Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker, and advocates, to announce legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford - the late Queens residents and national heroes who fought for the advancement of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Jeanne, who alongside her husband Jules formed Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) after their openly gay son Morty was beaten for protesting news coverage of the gay rights movement in 1972, served as the original grand marshal of the Queens LGBT Pride Parade which Dromm founded in 1993.

“Through their unconditional love for their openly gay son, Jeanne and Jules Manford helped change the hearts and minds of so many people in Queens and throughout the City of New York,” said Rep. Crowley. “Together, they showed great courage and forged a path in the struggle for equality. Today, their incredible legacy is evident more than ever as their spirits live on through the countless families they touched and through our own LGBT pride parade, which brings our family, friends and neighbors together to celebrate our diversity. Each year, as our communities march along 37th Avenue and pause at the post office to reflect on the sacrifices made, Jeanne and Jules’ names will remind us of how far we’ve come and how much we have left to accomplish in our pursuit of equality and justice.” “My mother and father’s love and acceptance of their son’s homosexuality became a guiding light for parents and friends struggling with the unhappy social mores of the time,” said daughter, Suzanne

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Manford Swan. “They were both born and lived their entire lives in Queens. They loved it there and loved all Queens had to offer. They would be so pleased to have this post office named after them.” The Manfords formed PFLAG to promote the rights, health, and well-being of LGBT persons, as well as their families and friends. Today, the organization has expanded to include more than 350 chapters and over 200,000 members in all 50 states. It has become a positive and influential voice calling for an end to discrimination and the attainment of equality. In May 2014, on the eve of LGBT Pride Month, Crowley announced the introduction of a House resolution honoring the life and work of Jeanne Manford, who passed away on January 8, 2013, at the age of 92. Crowley will march in the 2015 Queens Pride Parade on Sunday, June 7. Now in its 23rd year, the parade is a testament to the broad diversity of the Queens community.

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IDNYC CARD ENROLLMENT CENTER OPEN For Limited Time, By Appointment Only Due to tremendous demand for the IDNYC card, Borough President Melinda Katz announced Queens Borough Hall will serve as an IDNYC Pop Up Enrollment Center from June 2 - 16. All New York City residents age 14 and older are qualified to apply for an IDNYC card, regardless of immigration status. “From the ‘World’s Borough’ of 2.3 million residents of over 130 languages, we are pleased to offer Borough Hall as a temporary satellite location to help address the tremendous demand for IDNYC,” said Borough President KATZ. “The IDNYC program has proven itself as an effective tool to ensure equal access to municipal services – from benefits at the culturals to parents visiting their kids at school – and we can’t register New Yorkers fast enough.” The IDNYC card is an accessible and secure document that enables residents to access City services and grant admission to City buildings, such as schools. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at select financial institutions. An IDNYC card can also be used at all branches of all three of New York

City’s public library systems and be used to obtain discounts and other benefits at museums and cultural institutions, entertainment venues, pharmacies and fitness centers. All IDNYC applicants can make an appointment at Queens Borough Hall or at any other IDNYC Enrollment Center. Appointments can be made either by calling 311 or online at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/ card/make-an-appointment.page. Applicants are required to present proof of identity and residency in New York City. Many types of documents are accepted, all of which are listed at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/ card/documentation.page. Upon submitting an application, the IDNYC Card will be sent to the resident via regular mail. The City will protect the confidentiality of all IDNYC card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by applicable federal and state law, and in accordance with Local Law 35. In addition, the City will not ask applicants for information about their immigration status for purposes of obtaining the card. Queens Borough Hall is located at 12055 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. It is adjacent to the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway station on the E and F lines.

Increasing Transparency Of FDNY Hiring Process Mayor de Blasio signed into law - Intro. 742-A, in relation to the community engagement process in the Percent for Art law. Intro. 742-A, increases public notice for Percent for Art projects by requiring the Department of Cultural Affairs to present on works of art for the Percent for Art program at a public meeting, such as a community board meeting in the affected district. The Department must also post advance notice of the public meeting and the intent to include works of art in a Percent for Art Project on the DCLA website. This bill was passed by the City Council on May 14. In his remarks, the Mayor thanked the bill’s sponsors, Council Members Van Bramer and Cumbo. “The arts have the power to change the face of our city and beautify the world around us,” said Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs. “Under my public art bill the Department of Cultural Affairs will be required to go into the community and engage residents with proposals for public works of art. I thank Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and the Administration for working with us to increase community engagement in the City’s Percent for Art program. These are meaningful changes that will increase transparency and more thoroughly engage the public.”

CB2 Land Use Monthly Meeting by Crystal Wolfe

On Wednesday, May 27th the Community Board 2 Land Use Committee Meeting commenced at 7 pm at 43-22 50TH Street on 2nd floor in Woodside with Lisa Deller as Chairperson of the Land Use Committee. The meeting was mainly composed of restaurants petitioning to allow outdoor or additional outdoor tables and seating for their sidewalk cafes. Donato’s Pizzeria Restaurant on 50-22 39th Avenue in Woodside with its sidewalk café of 7 tables and 28 seats were simply seeking a renewal of this contract. The Bella Via Restaurant, located at 4746 Vernon Blvd in LIC with a sidewalk café composed of 17 tables and 36 seats was also seeking a renewal. There were new applications for Bareburger located at 4819 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City for 20 tables and 40 seats. Pat O’Brien, Chairman of the CB2 voiced some concerns about the sidewalk café being there, such as operating hours being within the legal range of opening late enough in the day and closing early enough in the evening to not disturb nearby residents but said as long as his concerns were answered he would want to support the small businesses and

their requests. The Riverview, located at 201 50th Avenue, LIC requested 12 tables and 48 seats. The Station LIC located at 1037 Jackson Avenue, LIC was petitioning for a sidewalk café with 16 tables and 32 seats. The most difficult renewal/modification application was for the Dog and Duck who wanted to expand on their sidewalk café with 10 tables and 28 seats at 4520 Skillman Ave, Sunnyside where there have already been multiple complaints of noise. O’Brien stated, “We’re more likely to comply or compromise with the desires of restaurants that choose to expand their sidewalk cafes the right way by bringing it to the board.” An application for the Bright Horizons Children’s Center, who has been mainly based out of Manhattan, is seeking a zoning text amendment to operate an approximately 8,200 gross sq ft on a portion of the ground floor of a 21-story mixed use building located at 1 Gotham Center, the project site as a child’s day care. The members of the CB2 Board also discussed the application for the Zoning Quality and Affordability Text Amendment and new residential developments being planned for the area. (continued on page 7) To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772




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The event series was planned to bring free, family activities into the community and enliven the neighborhood’s newest public space: Bliss Plaza, located under the elevated 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street. The new series will provide a public venue for professional Queens-based musicians and performers, delighting commuters with free concerts and inaugurating the plaza as a new venue for culture and performance, while also highlighting the vital role artists play in the community. ReCreate Queens curated the series, first by launching a public call for performing artists in March which received over 50 submissions.

McManus Irish Dance

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The new performance series received initial funding from Queens Council on the Arts and a crowdfunding campaign, which raised money from community members. “We are really looking forward to programming this great new public space,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines. “Bringing arts programming to Bliss Plaza helps create a more dynamic place and generates foot traffic and activity in the neighborhood, which benefits businesses, residents and visitors alike.”

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(continued from front page) All day long the park was filled with smiles and laughter as fairgoers enjoyed carnival games and rides, balloon animals, face painting, and bouncy houses. The barbecue grills dished out hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and vegetarian options throughout the day while Italian ices and cold beverages helped fairgoers deal with the high temperatures. Music filled the air with sets by Lucky Tones and Richard Younger. Elmhurst magician Rogue, recently featured on America’s Got Talent, wowed the crowd with an amazing show. LIC Japanese cultural orga-

nization, Resobox, captivated the audience with a traditional Japanese sword fighting performance. Woodside FDNY came out to teach the community about fire safety, surprising the children when the fire truck made an appearance. The local chapters of the Boys and Girls Scouts of America showed their “Scout Spirit” by volunteering their time. The Big Apple Circus provided an amazing hula-hoop performer throughout the event while children gathered around to give it a try. Local businesses were generous enough to donate fantastic raffle prizes for dinners, drinks, baby clothes, music lessons, spa

services and many others. Tania Mohammad, one of the fair’s cochairs said “We were really worried what impact the date change and rainy forecast would have on the fair, but despite the slow start we had a steady stream of people at the door, and everyone seems to be having a great time!” At the end of the event co-chairs (Ana Morton, Tania Mohammed, Amanda Akyol, and Thomas Ryan) were thrilled the event was a HUGE success. Sunnyside Gardens Park thanks the sponsors, local business, and especially the Sunnyside and Woodside community for their overwhelming support.

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It’s In Western


Queens! A global family reunion will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday — and everybody on the planet is invited. In the same place on the following day, a huge World’s Fair anniversary celebration will offer everything from classic cars to live music. Other activities include experimental dance, foreign films, a bike parade, racetrack art, tree-counting, and even scissor crafts. Here’s the rundown...

June 6, Carol Sudhalter & the Astoria Big Band, 7pm Seen at the announcement during Queens Taste 2015 at the New York Hall of Science are the following (from left): Sante Antonelli from QEDC; Edward Odom from Citi, Patricia Ornst from Delta; Esta-Joy Sydell from Esta-Joy’s Kitchen; Karen Domingo-Moran from Kidspire; Ricardi Calixte from QEDC; Amy Saekow from Tisana; Seth Bornstein from QEDC; and Tara Lannen-Stanton from Queens Library.

The Queens Economic Development Corporation — with funding from the Citi Foundation — announced the winners of the ninth annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a five-month challenge-and-instruction course, during Queens Taste 2015 on May 12. The winners were awarded $10,000 each to jumpstart their businesses. Esta-Joy Sydell, who operates Esta-Joy’s Kitchen, took top honors in the “Food-Based” category. This gourmet baking company specializes in old-fashioned, streuseltopped, fresh fruit Buckle Cakes. Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, these preservative-free delights come in transparent, ecofriendly packaging. Flavors include Blueberry Peach, Hudson Valley Apple, Hudson Valley Apple Cranberry, Hudson Valley Rhubarb, Mixed Berry, Nectarine, New Jersey Blueberry, and Peach. In the “Community” category, Karen Domingo-Moran and her Kidspire LLC were the winners. Through summer and weekend workshops and in-school residen-

cies, Kidspire offers educational enrichment that inspires young minds to visualize, draw, and construct through architecture and design. Students from kindergarten through the eighth grade engage in projects focusing on creative thinking, problem solving, and 3D construction while developing their spatial reasoning skills. Kidspire takes place at various elementary public schools in the borough now, but DomingoMoran hopes to expand to other locations and eventually create a learning center. Amy Saekow and her healthproducts company, Tisana LLC, prevailed in the “Innovation” category. Tisana offers seasonal herbal elixirs and tonics made from organic flowers, roots, leaves, berries, and mushrooms. With almost no calories, these beverages are based on traditional, time-tested plant combinations known to enhance health. Saekow also donates 5 percent of Tisana’s gross profits to the Brooklyn Food Coalition and Eyes to Burma.

Over the course of this year’s StartUP!, about 350 participants received technical assistance and training on such business topics as pricing, marketing, and tax filing, while also enjoying access to entrepreneurial resources at Queens Central Library in Jamaica. Then, more than 35 teams submitted business plans to selected judges, who determined the winners. “We are pleased to once again support the ninth annual StartUp! competition with a grant from the Citi Foundation,” said Eileen Auld, NY Tri State Market Director, Citi Community Development. “Competitions such as StartUp! foster and encourage innovation among entrepreneurs, who as a result can potentially create jobs in communities where they are needed moste.” “Announcing the winners of the StartUP! competition is a highlight of my year,” said QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “I salute all the participants for allowing us to help them become entrepreneurs.”

Jazz the way it used to be with a multi-piece group. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, (718) 426-5997.

June 6, LIC Forum: The Beatles 1965, 1pm Local historian Dee Anne Gorman takes a trip back to the Shea Stadium concert that the Beatles gave in 1965. The movie Help! screens afterward. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC.

June 6, LIC Bike Parade Workshop, 11am - 5pm Prior to the parade, learn how to repair and decorate a bike. Plus, get free helmets and fittings. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

June 6, Mary Courtney & Morning Star, 7:30pm Courtney has a beautiful voice with depth and clarity of tone. John Redmond is a great Irish box player. Donie Ryan has a deft and lyrical touch on tenor banjo. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC.

June 7, Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, 7pm Fertile Ground is a monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists. This show features Alexandra Pinel, Another River, Dawn Kinstle Dance Ensemble, Kitty Clark, Peggy Florin, and Tadashi Project. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.

June 7, In the Crosswind, 2pm; The Gambler, 4pm; In the Basement, 7pm Crosswind recounts a woman’s true-life tale of survival amid Stalin’s ethnic cleansing of the Baltic region. Gambler is about a paramedic who starts taking bets on whether his patients live or die. Basement is a documentary that visits the basements of middle-class Austrians. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

June 9, Things That Go Bang! 6pm The Little Orchestra Society presents the beloved LOS Lolli-Pops characters Bang the Lion and Buzz the Bee, who tap out symphonies with everyday kitchen items like pots, pans, and spoons to the tick-tock of the kitchen clock. IS 10 Horace Greeley Middle School, 45-11 31st 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.


States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to answer, judgment will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Trial is desired in the County of Queens. The basis of venue designated above is that the real property, which is the subject matter of this action, is located in the County of Queens, New York. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of Honorable Kevin J. Kerrigan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on the 17th day of May, 2015, in Jamaica, New York and to be duly entered in the Queens County Clerk’s Office, in Jamaica, New York. The Nature of this action pertains to a note and mortgage held by Plaintiff on real property owned by the above named defendants as specified in the complaint filed in this action. The above named defendants have failed to comply with the terms and provisions of the said mortgage and said instruments secured by said mortgage, by failing and omitting to pay the balance due and owing and the Plaintiff has commenced a foreclosure action. Plaintiff is seeking a judgment foreclosing its mortgage against the real property

and premises which situates in the Fourth Ward of the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York and is commonly known as 235-33 148th Avenue, Rosedale, NY 11422 and all other relief as to the Court may seem just and equitable. DATED: May 12, 2015 SCHILLER & KNAPP, LLP BY: WILLIAM B. SCHILLER, ESQ. Attorneys for Plaintiff 950 New Loudon Road Latham, New York 12110 Telephone: (518) 786-9069 141538. 6/5/15, 6/12/15, 6/19/15, 6/ 26/15

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 23, 2015, bearing Index Number NC000189-15/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) SOFIA (Middle) MARYAM (Last) HATEM-AVILA My present name is (First) SOFIA (Middle) MARYAM (Last) HATEMMOHAMED (infant) My present address is 56-23 ROOSEVELT AVENUE, 1 ST FL, Woodside, NY 11377 My place of birth is QUEENS, NY My date of birth is February 06, 2015

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 14, 2015, bearing Index Number NC000288-15/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) TENZIN (Middle) TASHI (Last) BARU My present name is (First) BARU (Middle) TENZIN (Last) TASHI AKA BARU T TASHI (infant) My present address is 3947 64 TH ST, APT 2R, Woodside, NY 11377 My place of birth is INDIA My date of birth is December 25, 2003 Assume the name of (First) LOOMO (Middle) TSOKEY (Last) BARU My present name is (First) BARU (Middle) LUMO (Last) TSOKEY AKA BARU L TSOKEY (infant) My present address is 3947 64 TH ST, APT 2R, Woodside, NY 11377 My place of birth is INDIA My date of birth is April 22, 2005 Assume the name of (First) OGYEN (Middle) DORJEE (Last) BARU My present name is (First) OGYEN (Last) DORJEE (infant) My present address is 3947 64 TH ST., APT 2R, Woodside, NY 11377 My place of birth is QUEENS, NY My date of birth is October 03, 2010

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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAY 20, 2015, bearing Index Number NC000312-15/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) MARIA (Last) LISITSYNA My present name is (First) MARIA (Middle) EVGENIEVNA (Last) LISITSYNA AKA MARIA LISITSYNA AKA MASHA LISITSYNA My present address is 47-48 43 RD STREET, APT 3F, Woodside, NY 11377 My place of birth is KYRGYZSTAN My date of birth is March 08, 1978

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Local Kiwanis Club To Give Away Funds

Giving Love To People With Cancer

The Kiwanis Club of Woodside is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Program. The award is open to all graduating high school seniors who live in the 11377 zip code and/or members of the William Cullen Bryant High School Key Club, regardless of residence. To apply, a student must submit a final high school transcript showing grades for all years, and a copy of SAT scores. Selected candidates will then be called for an interview. To request an application, contact 516-431-0100 or pcynamon@gmail.com.

by Curt Faden LCSW-R ACSW School Social Worker

The PS 199Q Community Awareness Program is comprised of 9 committee members (1 School Social Worker & 9 students) who explore the needs of those in our community whose life circumstances are challenged and filled with discord, and might benefit from the compassion of others. At the same time, this program aims to teach our students the importance of empathy and skills for organizing projects and activities. The committee members encourage PS 199Q and PS 110Q students and educators to participate in various outreach events in hopes of bringing comfort, solace, and encouragement to others who face their daily grind with varying obstacles. The PS 199Q Community Awareness Program includes the follow committee members (Student’s names followed by Grade): Afra Haque (3), Isaac Choi (4), Brenda Peralta (4), Maria Mattei (4), Niharika Ojha (4), Mikael Vasquez (4), Ryan Rodriguez (5), Arslan Abbasi (5) and the School Social Worker, Curt Faden, LCSW-R ACSW Our first project this year was: The PS 199Q & PS 110Q Gift Drive for the Homeless. Our success was realized, thanks to the kindness and generous contributions made by the PS 199Q & PS 110Q Communities. We collected over 500 wrapped presents from students, our students’ families, and educators. Gifts were donated to several facilities supporting the homeless. The purpose of our current project is to lift the spirits and inspire people with cancer in our community who are battling this dreadful disease in various stages. The PS 199Q Community Awareness Program is aiming to provide supports to this group without asking for monetary or material donations from our communities. Instead, our committee members have decided to promote The PS 199Q & PS 110Q Sharing through Get Well & Inspirational Cards for People with Cancer cause. PS 199Q Community Awareness Program is addressing school classes and assemblies, making PA announcements, presenting our ambitions to various educators and classes in PS 199Q and PS 110Q, and distributing materials for making cards. We are also

(R-L) Mikael Vasquez and Niharika Ojha - 4th grade

(L-R) Maria Mattei and Brenda Peralta - 4th grade

Afra Haque (3rd), Ryan Rodriguez (5th), Brenda Peralta (4th), Wilfredo Reynaud (4th), Isaac Choi (4th), Mr Curt Faden (PS 199Q Social Worker), Ms Alison Colchamiro (PS 199Q Guidance Counselor) and Ms Allison Alexis (PS 110Q School Aide & Cancer survivor).

reaching out to agencies within our community who support people with the challenges of facing cancer and obtaining names (or initials) of cancer patients. Furthermore, we are compiling soothing, thoughtful, meaningful, and heart felt images, as well as supportive words and phrases. Materials for creating cards have been distributed to over 55 classes as well as 100+ educators in the PS 199Q and PS 110Q communities. Participants are creating get well and inspirational cards for many determined, courageous and brave cancer patients. PS 199Q Community Awareness Program committee members are truly overwhelmed by the feedback, inspiration and supports from the PS 199Q & PS 110Q administrators (Mr. Anthony Inzerillo – PS 199Q Principal, and MS Karyna Tejeda – PS 110Q Principal), educators and students. The PS 199Q & PS 110Q Sharing through Get Well & Inspirational Cards for People with Cancer cause has already generated over 1,500 get well and inspirational cards that have in turn, been wrapped in stacks of 25 cards, each wrapped with ribbons and tags for specific individuals and sent to various facilities or individuals’ homes. As the PS 199Q Community Awareness Program has undertaken this cause into our hearts, we have been joined by a Nurse

Clinical Specialist, a cancer survivor, and a School Guidance Counselor who have all helped prepare stacks upon stacks of cards collected from the generous outpouring of contributions from the PS 199Q and PS 110Q communities. To add to our experience, the PS 199Q Community Awareness Program is looking forward visiting The Queens Hospital Center on June 10, 2015 in order to meet with Ms. Elsie Furr - Senior Associate Director / Queens Cancer Center, and additional staff members within their facility who are helping cancer patients persevere, heal through treatments, and build their self-determination to live.

CB2 Land Use (continued from page 2) Decisions for these businesses will be at the next CB2 Meeting on June 4th, to be voted on by all members of the board. Most of the restaurants with outdoor seating are only open during April-September, or for as long as the weather is fine enough to encourage people to sit outside. As O’Brien said at the meeting, “We want to reach a consensus for these restaurants as soon as possible so that they can open or increase their sidewalk cafes and get more revenue to stay in businesses during these months where the weather is good.”

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The first annual Walk/Run Mile Marathon to raise funds for the Coalition for the Homeless was a smashing success. On a gorgeous, bright Sunday morning on May 31, 2015 at the corner of 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue in front of the Lou Lodati Park, well over 500 people showed up to the race to support the cause to end the epidemic of homelessness in NYC and this country. Chairman of the CB2 Board Pat O’Brien, Senator Mike Gianaris, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and his environmental guru husband Dan Hendrick with several members of his staff and family, Leonor White, the main event organizer and a representative for the Coalition of the Homeless all participated in the event and began the race with speeches to inspire the crowd. “Thank you for coming out to support this cause. It is an important cause to raise awareness for,” said White. Christian Amez, another of the main organizers of the event thanked the volunteers and all the people who had rallied to show their support and announced that this would be an annual run to end homelessness. “We couldn’t have put on this amazing event without all of your support.” Christian Murray, of the Sunnyside Post and one of the main sponsors stated, “When I found out about this event I knew I had to help out. The small businesses here and the community have really helped to support this great cause.” Van Bramer said, “This is a beautiful day and a beautiful turn out. Some people have a stigma against the homeless, but in this neighborhood we run to the homeless. The beautiful families racing for the homeless are no different than the homeless families staying

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Some markers are spacious enough to live in and some are the size dinner plates. The cemetery itself does a service for NYC, absorbing millions of gallons of water, which would otherwise burden our streets and and streets. There is a large ornate stone chapel, consecrated by “Dagger John” Archbishop John Hughes, where mass is regularly celebrated.

Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but includes other faiths (My husband, Catholic and I, Jewish, own a plot there.) The 69th Regiment, the so-called “Fighting Irish” are memorialized there, among other military gravesites. Waxman shared fascinating details about the cemetery and Queens history for two hours, the final home of mayors and governors and felons, until we all staggered gratefully into Bantry Bay Publick House nearby for lunch. The reasonable fee of $20, including lunch, was possible because of funds granted

for the tours from a NY State grant from Catherine Nolan. We saw the gravestone of “The Abbott,” a horse buried in the Scannell plot. Waxman, tongue in cheek, while affirming that while there is purporedly no Mafia in the United States, he pointed out one attractive and sizable crypt of an Italian American felon, interred midcentury in which we could see the weekly cut fresh flowers visible from the window. Most startling to all is the juxtaposition of skyscrapers and highways with evidence

Photo Above:Council Member Van Bramer is joined by members of his family and office: Syd Foskew, Kim Van Bramer Foskew, Dan Hendrick, Elizabeth Marcum, Dawn Van Bramer, Elana Ehrenberg, Christopher Sperazza and Jason Banrey.

in the shelters on Queens Blvd. They are no less beautiful. Some people here know that my own family was homeless when I was a child. I want to thank my mother, sisters, my husband Dan, and this wonderful community for supporting this cause.” Senator Mike Gianaris spoke saying, “At a time when we have a real problem of homelessness, we have a community that cares— even the dogs care!” he joked about the dogs racing in the marathon with their owners. Pat O’Brien didn’t jump on the stage as Van Bramer had commented how gracefully and effortlessly White leapt

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up and down on the stage to announce the speakers. O’Brien said good-humoredly, “I’m not going to try to climb up on that stage but this is a worthy cause. Good luck and have fun!” The pounding heat and sunshine only cheered people forward along with the crowd of well-wishers. Even the police force that’d closed down the roads used for the race, cheered for the people as they went by with encouraging mantras like, “You can do it! You’re almost there!” Some of the participating restaurant sponsors also contributed their support by featuring special menu items in their

restaurants that day for those who ran in the race and wore a T-shirt promoting the event. Much of the people racing were families, with mothers and fathers pushing strollers of babies and small children and dogs running alongside them. “I came all the way from a small town in Upstate NY hours away for this event,” said one of competitors. “Because it is such a worthy cause.” In the three states of California, Florida and New York, 44% of the homeless are Veterans. There are at least 2.5 million children in America that are homeless at some point each year according to the National Center for Family Homelessness. 1out of every 30 children in America are homeless. The number is based on the Department of Education’s most recent count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented the approximate number of homeless pre-school children not counted by the DOE. The

Interesting highlights of the tour were the small Alsop family section, which comprised the original small cemetery and 115 acres, purchased by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1845. The Alsop markers are the same brownstone as NYC’s residences and are crumbling. Now the four sections of Calvary comprise 365 acres and are the resting place for over 1,750,000. The cemetery is Roman Catholic and owned by

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speaker from the Coalition of the Homeless said, “There’s a hidden crisis for families here. Many of these people are working but cannot afford housing. We have a grassroots effort to help. There have been some victories but we need affordable housing.” “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do,” Helen Keller said. The first annual Sunnyside Walk/ Run Mile to end homelessness had well over 500 participants, 19 sponsors, and raised $10,500 for the Coalition of the Homeless by coming together as a community that cares, and at the end of the day we are stronger together and can accomplish more as community than we ever could as individuals. “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success,” said Henry Ford. Photo Credit: Patricia Dorfman

of more rural Queens. The ground-based monuments a lot of terrain in a city so usually focused on change and commerce. Calvary is still active, still holding burials, and has become a de facto gift to all from the Roman Catholic Church in Western Queens giving us all more sky and air and a reminder to revere the dead and our history. If you wish to get on the waitng list the next tour for a repeat of the Calvary Tour, call Manny Gomez at 718-909-4806 or email me at SunnysideChamberofCommerce @gmail.com.

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