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Thomson Avenue Safety Improvements Before


On July 27th, Council Member J nbvimmy Van Bramer was joined by over 50 Sunnyside residents to demand the Metropolitan Transit Authority lower the level of earpiercing construction at the East Side Access Project’s construction site in the neighborhood. Residents of Sunnyside are suffering from

on-going and deafening noise pollution caused by the East Side Access Project and also claim industrial drilling is causing structural damage to their historic properties and residences. “This is not a game,” said Van Bramer. “The MTA is in direct violation of the rules and guidelines that they are legally ob-

ligated to work under. We should not have to suffer as a result of earsplitting construction that is occurring on the weekends and after hours in the dead of night. The MTA cannot ask Sunnysiders to ‘just suck it up’ until 2019 when this project is slated to be completed. (continued on page 7)

Commemorating A Life Taken Too Soon

On July 29th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by Queens DOT Commissioner Dalila Hall, Gail Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College, Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, as well as students and faculty from the various local colleges and high schools to announce the installation of traffic safety improvements along Thomson Avenue. (continued on page 7)

Fun Evening At Chamber Business Card Exchange

On July 27th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined Louis Rispoli’s husband Danyal Lawson as well as their family, friends and local residents to honor the late Woodside resident who was brutally murdered last year. Photo Right: CM Van Bramer is joined by Lou Rispoli’s husband Danyal Lawson and Christina ODonnell, Mr. Rispoli’s niece. (continued on page 5) (continued on page 4) Lily Gavin (Sunnyside Chamber VP and owner of Dazies Restaurant) with her long time friend, Sidetracks Bernard Reilly and Queens Chamber Sophia Ganosis (Chief of Operations). by Luke Adams

On Monday July 29th. Sidetracks Restaurant was the hosts a Business Card Exchange held by the Sunnyside and Queens Chambers of Commerce. It is always a sign of success when Lily Gavin from the Sunnyside Chamber and Sophia Ganosis from the Queens Chamber get together. In addition, the host of the evening, Sidetracks own Bernard Reilly, saw to it that everything from the service and food and down to the smallest detail went off without a hitch along with fine wine supplied in thanks to Lowery Liquors. To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772



Free Training Course For Home-Improvement Contractors Seeking License The Queens Economic Development Corporation is ready to offer its highly successful Home Improvement Contractor Training course for free in Far Rockaway in August, thanks to the Small Business Administration and The Pinkerton Foundation, through the Queens Library Foundation. QEDC will provide an instructor who has worked with many small construction businesses to lead workshops that prepare contractors to pass the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs licensing exam. There is a limit of 25 people per workshop, and classes will be offered on Aug. 17, 18 and 25 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Queens Library. This HICT program is aimed at those who were affected by October 2012’s Superstorm Sandy; who are working as home improvement contractors without a license; or who have a serious desire to start a contracting business. Due to generous funding provided by the Small Business Administration and The Pinkerton Foundation through the Queens Library Foundation, the workshop sessions — which usually cost $200 each — will be free. Additionally, qualified graduates will be reimbursed up to $200 of the $475 licensing fee that each aspiring contractor must pay to DCA. The lessons will be accompanied by oneon-one business advisory services, such as consultations on permits and licensing, business development, procurement and access to capital. To register, go to or call Michael Gillen at 718-263-0546. This is the last time this training will be offered free of charge.



Street Renamed For Deceased Activist

Kimberly Rivera, Bibiana Parecki (Board Member LACCQ), Nayibe Nunez Berger (President, LACCQ), Edna White (Board Member LACCQ), Council Member Daniel Dromm, Dr. Elsa Gladys Cifuentes Aranzazu (Consul General of Colombia), State Senator Jose Peralta and Sandy Moya.

On Saturday, July 27th, Council Member Daniel Dromm (D- Elmhurst, Jackson Heights) unveiled a street sign co-naming 77th Street and Broadway in Elmhurst “Guillermo Vasquez Corner”. Mr. Vasquez was a prominent HIV/AIDS activist in the LGBT and Colombian communities in Queens until his death from AIDS related complications in 1996 at the age of 42. The co-naming event was co-sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens.

Former Intern Of Congressman Gets Congressional Job Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, congratulated Crystal Price on her new job as a staff assistant for Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13). Born and raised in New York, Crystal is the daughter of Daniel and Terri Price. Crystal lived in both Queens and Bronx growing up. When Crystal entered high school, she decided to pursue her passion for music and attend Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan for their Vocal Music and Musical Theatre Program. After graduating from Talent Unlimited, Crystal changed tracks and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in Political Science. Crystal took a break from school to work on the congressional campaign for Brad Schneider in Chicago, Illinois during the 2012 election cycle. Once the campaign was over, she returned to New York and interned in Congressman Crowley’s Bronx office before moving to Washington D.C. to Rep. Crowley applauds intern and fellow New Yorker, Crystal Price, on her new job as finish school. Crystal has been interning in Congressman a staff assistant in Congressman Tim Ryan’s Crowley’s Washington D.C. office since May 2013. Crystal’s (OH-13) office. first day on the job is July 29, 2013.

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Pigeon Mitigation Systems Installed Along 7 Train Line On July 30th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by residents from Sunnyside and Woodside, local business owners and representatives from the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District to announce the installation of stateof-the-art pigeon mitigation systems along the 7 train stops of 46th Street-Bliss, 52nd Street – Lincoln Avenue, and 61st Street – Woodside. For decades New Yorkers along the 7 Line have been plagued by pigeons pooping on them from overhead as they ride to and from their destinations daily. “Today we have officially kicked off our war on pigeon poop within the 26th District,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “Pigeon poop isn’t a joke. It is something that is terribly disgusting. It makes our neighborhood look unattractive and it is also a health hazard. The process of installing state-of-the-art pigeon mitigation systems is well underway and once fully implemented will help deter droppings from hitting commuters who use these train stations every single day.” The overwhelming mess created by pigeons has presented health hazards to many local residents as well as caused the station entrances and surrounding areas to look unsightly due to the amount of droppings. Council Member Van Bramer has allocated $250,000 in funding to install deterrent systems in response to local concerns and help begin the process of beautifying the areas around these 7 train stations. These new systems will attack the pigeon “poop” problem with a 3-pronged approach: · Add thin wiring and netting in surrounding areas around station entrances · Install nylon spikes and angled edges to ledges · Install ultrasonic devices, which emit hawk “aggressive” sounds to deter. These systems can be set to emit either or both sounds of predatory birds, pigeon distress calls and sonar waves inaudible to human ears “On behalf of Sunnyside’s local businesses and property owners, I want to thank Council Member Van Bramer for his leadership to transform these areas under the elevated 7 train into inviting spaces for pedestrians,” said Rachel Thieme, Executive Director of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District. “I believe that making these areas into intentional public spaces will contribute so much to the livability of this neighborhood and will only enhance the local business environment. Sunnyside Shines is pleased to work with Council Member Van Bramer on a variety of initiatives that beautify the Sunnyside neighborhood. Deterring pigeons from these areas will make a huge impact on the cleanliness of the spaces under the train, and will be a huge step forward to transform these spaces into true public places for pedestrians.”


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Business Card Exchange

Lowery’s owner Anthony Lodati, chairman of the Business Card Exchanges, put this event together making all the arrangements right down to the selection of wines that he donated to the Chamber. In the course of the evening over 75 business people exchanged business cards and made new contacts. It was a successful evening thanks to the two Chambers working hand to hand to keep Queens Businesses going strong!

Optical Computer Genius Jun Medina, Bernard Reilly, Francis Schmidt, Ona Whitman, Chamber President Swain Weiner and Tom DiMisa Jr.

Physical Therapist Dr. Regie Tiu, Sophia Ganosis and Jorge LeCourt.

Tom Cogan, Architect Laura Heim, Bernard Reilly and Peter Wing

Lily Gavin with Michael, Tony and Lena Tang (UPS)

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A Life Taken Too Soon Several Woodside residents and who Mr. Rispoli mentored performed several songs at the memorial street co-naming ceremony which took place at John Downing Square, one of Lou’s favorite neighborhood spots, located at the intersection of 51st Street and 43rd Avenue in Woodside. Family members and neighbors also shared fond memories of Mr. Rispoli about his work in the community and advocacy within the LGBT community. Mr. Rispoli was a gay rights activist and an avid supporter of music and the arts who was killed in the same community where he lived for over 30 years. Mr. Rispoli, also enjoyed being a mentor to young musicians throughout New York City while serving as an administrator at the Greenwich House Music School, cooked and cared for friends with AIDS and HIV as a volunteer with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and encouraged people in their careers in the arts. Before his life was taken away Mr. Rispoli celebrated a year of legal marriage with his partner of over 31 years. It has been nearly a since Lou’s death and there are still several suspects on the loose and wanted in connection with the murder of Lou. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE PROBATE CITATION File No. 2013-2242 SURROGATE’S COURT - QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: John Michael Frayler, Joseph Boylan a/k/a Joseph S. Boylan if living and if dead to his heirs at law, next of kin and distributes whose names and places of residence are unknown and if he died subsequent to the decedent herein, to his executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose name and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of BERNADETTE LEDESMA, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained and the Public Administrator, Queens A petition having been duly filed by Marian Curran, 88-54 Winchester Blvd., Bellerose Manor, New York 11427, YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on 22 nd day of August 2013 at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of BERNADETTE LEDESMA, lately domiciled at 221-67 Braddock Avenue, Queens Village, New York 11427 admitting to probate a Will dated December 21, 2012 a copy of which is attached, as the Will BERNADETTE LEDESMA deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [X ] Letters Testamentary issue to : MARIAN CURRAN

(State any further relief requested) Dated JUN 27, 2013 (Seal) HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Margaret M. Gribbon, Chief Clerk, Anthony T. Scotto, Esq Attorney for Petitioner, 1225 Franklin Avenue, Ste. 325 Garden City, New York 11530 Address of Attorney 516-222-2080 Telephone Number [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not Object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] 7/12/13, 7/19/13, 7/26/13, 8/2/13 File No.: 2012-3505 CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Donna Heun, Keith B. McGill, Kenneth C. McGill, Sharon Minasian, Barbara Bosco, Kathleen Gauthier, Rosemary Tempesta, Paul Neuhedel, Art Neuhedel, AmyNeuhedel Kenhedd, Barbara Neuhedel Wakely, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of LESTER GRIMM, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of LESTER GRIMM, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 2055 Gates Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385, 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 LESTER GRIMM, 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 5th day of September, 2013 at 9:30 o clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $7,531.83 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(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 12th day of July, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation 7/19/13, 7/26/13, 8/2/13, 8/9/13 PROBATE CITATION File No. 2012-5004/B SURROGATE S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Vaino Siirasto, Loisukatu 21, 53600 Lappeenranta FINLAND; The heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of IRJA SOINTU ZIMBARDO a/k/a IRJA ZIMBARDO, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors,

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administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence; P.A. of the County of Queens; A petition having been duly filed by RALPH J. ZIMBARDO, who is domiciled at 20 Church Street, Greenwich, CT 06830. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate s Court, QUEENS County, at 8811 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on September 12, 2013,at 9:30 a.m. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of IRJA SOINTU ZIMBARDO a/k/a IRJA ZIMBARDO lately domiciled at 52-40 39th Drive, Apt. 6L, Woodside, New York admitting to probate a Will dated June 19, 1985, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of IRJA SOINTU ZIMBARDO a/k/a IRJA ZIMBARDO, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [ X ] Letters Testamentary issue to: Ralph J. Zimbardo Dated, Attested and Sealed JULY 25, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk Jean Kearns, Esq.Attorney for Petitioner, 718-805-4168 Telephone Number, 104-02 86th Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 Address of Attorney [NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.]P5 (10/96) 8/2/13, 8/9/13, 8/16/13, 8/23/13

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Thomson Avenue Safety Improvements “By working with the DOT we were able to install concrete safety improvements which are already taking effect and being implemented here on Thomson Avenue in Long Island City,” said Van Bramer. “No New Yorker should feel their life is in jeopardy when they are walking along the sidewalks of our City streets. I want to thank DOT for listening to our recommendations and taking the necessary steps toward making Thomson Avenue safer for the tens of thousands of students, local residents and motorists who use this busy corridor every single day.” In March, 16-year-old Applied Communications High School student, Tenzin Drudak, was killed when a vehicle heading eastbound along Thomson Avenue jumped the curb and struck him. Prior to the installation of safety improvements there was a significant gap between pedestrian barriers that were in place at northeast corner of the intersection at Thomson and Skillman Avenues which allowed the vehicle to pedestrians gain access to the curb and strike the young teenager down. Immediately following the incident CM Van Bramer met with DOT and began working with the agency to reevaluate the hazardous traffic conditions along Thomson Avenue and begin discussing implementing safety improvements. At the press conference Van Bramer and Queens Commissioner (continued from front page)

MTA Noise The residents of Sunnyside deserve better. I will continue to fight to ensure that the MTA abides by the rules and regulations they are supposed to follow in order to maintain the quality of life we once had before this construction began.” Several weeks ago, the MTA did not give local residents 24hours’ notice of construction and also conducted drilling at 1, 2 and 3 in the morning. After prolonged periods of drilling and excessive noise pollution plaguing the neighborhood local families and seniors contacted the Council Member’s office to express their concerns. Residents of Sunnyside Towers, which is just across the street, also

THE WOODSIDE HERALD Hall highlighted recently implemented safety treatments designed to make the street safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. “The safety measures implemented on 30th Street between Skillman Avenue and Thomson Avenue are first steps towards addressing safety concerns around the vicinity of LaGuardia Community College. Council Member Van Bramer was truly a leader and advocate in ensuring that these first steps are being implemented. The College looks forward to continue working closely with the NYC Department of Transportation, local community leaders, and our traffic consultants in finding the best safety measures for our campus community,” said Gail O. Mellow The project, which was requested and supported by Cm Van Bramer and LaGuardia Community College, included short-term improvements implemented in April such as signal re-timings in the area, the installation of pedestrian countdown signals at Thomson and Skillman avenues, 30th St., 30th Pl., 31st St. and 31st Place and additional signs and upgraded markings at Thomson Avenue and Van Dam Street. To expand pedestrian safety benefits, the agency redesigned Thomson and Skillman avenues by closing the slip ramp and implementing an eastbound left-turn ban from Thomson Avenue to Skillman Avenue. Granite blocks, plastic bollards and six planters maintained by the college now delineate the 550 square feet of newly dedicated pedestrian space, which better accommodates the heavy foot traffic seen at this intersec-

tion. To protect the high volumes of student pedestrians crossing 30th Street, the agency also installed signage and plastic bollards to restrict left turns from westbound Thomson Avenue to southbound 30th Street. To further protect the pedestrians crossing 30th Street, plastic bollards also have been added to discourage the dangerous and illegal “Z” turns that vehicles had been observed making from southbound Skillman Avenue to southbound 30th Street. “We applaud Council Member Van Bramer and the Department of Transportation for making Thomson Avenue safer. In March our city lost a young man walking to school at the hands of a speeding driver. This weekend at least three other New Yorkers were walking and lost their lives in traffic crashes. Unfortunately, these crashes are not random; fortunately, they are preventable. The leadership of people like Council Member Van Bramer to make our roads safe is what we should all expect from all of our elected officials,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives

spoke about a recent incident when families and children were evacuated from the buildings pool because of violent vibrations beneath the foundation. Residents feared the foundation beneath the pool would eventually crack and cause a lifethreatening situation to swimmers. Sunnyside residents who live across the street from the construction site also claim that as a result of vibrations caused by pile-drivers and industrial drilling their residences are experiencing fractures to their walls and ceilings. After meeting with the MTA, Van Bramer requested that sound monitors be placed around the neighborhood to ensure work is within permissible City guidelines for noise produced at construction sites. The MTA complied and con-

ducted Street Noise Monitoring Test. Before the test was undertaken the MTA stated that the noise produced at the site complies with City guidelines for construction. However a recent noise report provided to Van Bramer’s office by the MTA identified several instances, which occurred just last week, when noise levels exceeded over 100 decibels, which are well over the approved guidelines. According to the results of the Street Noise Monitoring report, noise levels exceeded guidelines over 15 times between 7:30am and 6:18pm on July 13th. The East Side Access Project is the largest transportation project currently under construction in the country. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

Sunnyside Gardens Park Presents....

Shakespeare In The Park Friday (8/2) and Friday (8/9) August 2nd: “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. (Hip to Hip Theatre Company, led by Sunnysiders Jason and Joy Marrt) August 9th: “Love’s Labor’s Lost” at 8 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public. New this year: Hip to Hip will present a 30-minute program for children, “Kids & the Classics,” at 7:30, ahead of the performances at 8. The program will consist of theater games and a fun introduction to the plays. Performances will run about 1 hour, 30 minutes, without intermission. We will have wine & beer, soda, water and light snacks for sale. Bring your own blankets or chairs to sit on, as the performances will be on the lawn.

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Summer Strolls Kicks Off The Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, July 27, was a successful kick-off to the Sunnyside Summer Strolls event series. Held under the Sunnyside Arch on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue, the Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair drew more than 500 children for a fun-filled day of arts, crafts, face painting and music. Organized by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, the Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair featured free tables of craft activities in the street. This year’s event also featured crafts and giveaways by some of Sunnyside’s small businesses, including South Pole, Bing’s Hallmark, Pink Icing Bake Shop, TD Bank, Dime Bank, the Sunnyside Ballet Studio and the soon-to-open 4Squared Flavors. In addition to crafts, children were entertained by two performances by Tyrone Barnett of the Music for Aardvarks class. Music for Aardvarks is a music class for babies and toddlers based out of the Sunnyside Ballet Studio. The next two events in the Sunnyside Summer Strolls series take place on August 3 and August 10. August 3rd is the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert and August 10th is a day of Arts and Performance. All events take place on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. The event series a part of Weekend Walks, an initiative of the New York City Department of Transportation, which creates temporary pedestrian streets at 23 locations in all five boroughs. More information about Sunnyside Summer Strolls can be found at Photos by Joe Gurrado

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