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L.I.C. Children Trot Along Aoife, winner of girls’ race crossing the finish line

by Sue Baldock

Thanksgiving was welcomed into Sunnyside by over a hundred tots and adults at this year’s YMCA Turkey Trot. Started last year by Executive Director, Ebony Young, the tradition continued with fun, prizes, trotting and even Tom Turkey! Starting with Zumba-like stretches, the racers got their hearts pumping and toes tapping. Then came the races; first the little ones (4 and under) ran gleefully down 32nd Street to the Y’s parking lot. Event Director Jonathan Imperial had the runners progressively stretched their legs farther, culminating in a double lap around the entire block to the cheers of all the bystanders. A great time was had by all! For membership information, stop by the YMCA at 32nd & Queens Blvd or visit them at

Jonathan Dunn running with Liam

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Sunnyside Chamber Welcomes In Holiday Season

Lily Gavin (Dazies Restaurant) Swain Weiner (Chamber President), Council Member Van Bramer, Santa, Sen. Gianaris, Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Marie Konekco by Sue Baldock

Sunnyside and Woodside officially welcomed the season on November 27th (a day before NYC, I might add) with the holiday lighting at Sabba Family Park at the triangle between Roosevelt Avenue and Queens Blvd. It didn’t matter that the weatherman called for snow, or that he actually delivered cold rain, Sunnysiders and Woodsiders alike came out to enjoy the festivities.

“On the heels of Thanksgiving, the 30th annual lighting in Sabba Family Park was beautiful” smiled Swain Weiner, Chamber President; as Lily Gavin of Dazies Italian Restaurant, beamed. “I’m so excited by the turnout. It really makes a difference when we share peace and love throughout the neighborhood.” (continued on page 4) To Advertise E-mail or call 718-729-3772





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Adan Olivares, a biology major at LaGuardia Community College who has been conducting research he hopes may help lead to a breakthrough in the cure for Alzheimer’s, won two best poster presentations at two prestigious collegiate competitions for his important work. Most recently, he won best poster presentation in the neuroscience category at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), a nation-wide competition that received 1,815 abstracts. In the neuroscience category, Adan was competing against some 200 undergraduates from such colleges as Columbia University, Stonybrook University, Hunter College and Queens College. And at the 45th Annual Metropolitan Association of Colleges and Universities Biologists (MACUB), where 119 graduates and undergraduates made presentations, Adan came home with the top prize. The research that has received high praise from judges at both competitions looks at how the High Mobility Group Box1 (MHGB1) affects the function of microglia—the macrophages of our brain system—in removing beta amyloid, a protein that is associated with Alzheimer’s. After only three months of examining the role of MHGB1 on the functions of microglia, Adan and his mentor, Dr. Maria Entezari, found that if there is a high concentration of

MHGB1 in the brain, microglia is unable to move toward the amyloid protein and remove them. “That is the problem,” he said. “If they can inhibit this protein, they can then do their function and move toward those plaques and remove them.” To his surprise, Adan and his mentor also discovered that microglia also releases MHGB1. “Who would have thought these good cells also release this harmful protein,” he said. For the 25-year-old researcher, the work has opened up a whole new world for him. “The work is fascinating,” said Adan whose eyes light up when he talks about culturing cells, watching the migration of cells and taking pictures under the microscope. “And I want to continue with my research.” For Adan, who enrolled at LaGuardia in 2010 with the goal of earning an associate degree in biology as the first step toward a career as a physician’s assistant, research was not in the plan. That all changed when a professor who was impressed with his lab work in her biology class encouraged him to participate in the college’s NIH-Bridges to the Baccalaureate, a program that provides minority students with the opportunity to engage in challenging hands-on, faculty-supervised research in the fields of biology, chemistry, behavioral sciences mathematics and bioengineering. With that little push, Adan teamed up last summer with Dr. Entezari and

together they began their research. “It was difficult at first, but with the help and encouragement of Dr. Entezari I quickly discovered I had a passion for research.” Within three months they came up with the findings Adan presented at the conferences. At the conferences, Adan’s commitment to research was reinforced. “I got to talk to so many different people who are involved in different research—cancer, environmental remediation,” he said. “They are all interested in curing something or finding a solution to something.” It was also at the ABRCMS conference that he received words of encouragement from one of the judges who was impressed with his research. “She told me to continue my education in biology and my research and maybe in 10 years I would be one of the judges.” Adan is continuing his work with Dr. Entezari, and when he graduates next summer he said he is looking at many options. There is the program at Queens College where he can pursue a bachelor’s degree while doing research; or the Hunter College program where you can work toward a bachelor’s, masters and Ph.D., all the time conducting research. “The experience has changed my whole mindset in terms of what I want to do,” said Adan.

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HELP A STRESSED CHILD HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), announced that in the spirit of the Christmas season, he’s asking residents of Queens to donate new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to so many children in South Queens neighborhoods whose families have lost so much and who have been under such stress in past weeks, after missing school or being displaced from their homes following Superstorm Sandy. Urged Addabbo, “Between November 29 and December 20, please drop off only new, unwrapped toys at either of my two district offices: 159-53 102nd Street, Howard Beach, or 66-85 73rd Street, Middle Village (off Metropolitan Avenue). Your gift will make a big difference and be a big help for these children so they can remember this holiday season as a happy one, after all the stress and sadness they have endured this autumn.”

Fundraiser To Support A Local Friend Margaret DeBona and her children Anthony and Carolyn lost their home and prized possessions in the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

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Chamber Welcomes Holiday Season This year came in twos. Sunnyside and Woodside each asked Santa to send an elf and we were serenaded by two choruses! As the YMCA singers, led by Annabel Batista, Advisor to the Teen Program, gave us holiday cheer, Father Dowd noted that “the lights at this time of year are a reminder of God’s love like a beacon on a dark and dreary night”. Lisa DeSpain, Director of Performing Arts at LaGuardia Community College where a new vocal major is just starting, was also on hand to lead her students in celebration. “I look forward to this event every year” commented Councilmember Jimmy van Bramer. “Regardless of the weather,

no matter how cold it is, it warms my heart to see the community come out as everyone joins in the true spirit of the season.” The merrymakers then moved to a warmer location and had a wonderful dinner at Dazies. Ending the evening with a rousing serenade from the LaGuardia carolers, we couldn’t help but remember all the good brought to the community by Joe, Buster and now Sherilyn Sabba who attended with her 9month old son Brody (the 4th generation of Sabba’s) and her husband Rob. No matter what your religion, ‘tis the season and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sherilyn Sabba and husband Rob, hold their son, Brody, 4th generation Sabba

Joe Conley (CB2) Father Brian Dowd

Sunnyside Drum Corps., lead by Tony Lana

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LIC Children Trot Along

Photo Credit: Oscar Ocoro

Julian, 3rd place winner, Sebastian, 1st place winner and Liam 2nd place winner of boys’ race

Photo Credit: Oscar Ocoro

Saoirse, 2nd place winner of girls’ race

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Scouts Start The Year Strong

First Class Scout Christopher Flores prepares a map in advance of beginning one of the orienteering courses. Scout Eduardo Avila Jr. looks on as part of his training.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 390 stand in with Monsignor Steven Ferrari during the Feast of Saint Teresa Event at the Church on October 6th. The Scouts assisted with serving refreshments at the event. by Peter A. Ross

It was a busy start of the season for your local Boy Scout Troop 390. The month of September saw the beginning of the programming year and the Troop’s first meeting for returning Scouts on the seventh. The following week the Troop hosted an Open House meeting in the auditorium of St. Teresa RC Church, which is home base for the unit, where a number of prospective new members stopped by to check out the mock campsites, learn how to tie some basic knots and learn what Scouting is all about firsthand from those who are involved. September 21st saw the first of four Awards/Parents Nights scheduled for the year where information on upcoming program events was disseminated and more importantly the Scouts were recognized for their efforts over the summer. Fifty merit badges were presented to thirteen boys, the vast majority for work accomplished and completed at the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation’s Camp Aquehonga during August 5 th through the 18th. Highlight awards this round went to Rennie Santana and Jose Reyes who both completed the Camping section/segment of the National Outdoor Awards. Jose actually was awarded the honor with a gold device signifying additional camping experience at recognized Boy Scout/ Troop events above the minimum required (totaling greater than 50 nights). Leon Hou, Xavier Morales and Rennie Santana also completed requirements for the local Jack Kohler Camper Award which is named after the longtime Queens Council Camping Committee Chairman and camping advocate. The month was rounded out on September 29th and 30th with both a training and a testing day hike regarding local plant identification for the novice Scouts. October 6th saw St. Teresa’s Parish celebrate the annual Feast of its patron saint, St. Teresa, and once again the Scouts of Troop 390 were there to assist in the event, mixing iced tea and lemonade and serving cakes and treats to the celebrants after the Mass and procession. The next weekend (10/13) saw another

highlight on the Troop’s calendarthe 12th Annual Queens Borough Scout Orienteering Event in Forest Park (Queens). The event, which is held annually on a Saturday in early October and is open to all Scouts, was adeptly hosted by Pathfinder District’s resident orienteering experts Troop 17 of Elmhurst, Queens. Led and directed as always by adult Scouters Ralph DeFalco and JeanPierre LeDour and assisted this year by Troop 17 Scouts Adolfo Gonzalez, Julian Bellesteros, Christian Ventura and Mahir Chowdhury courses were set-up for both ‘white’ and ‘yellow’ level competitors. Each course had 10 control points and ran a distance of 2.0 and 2.7 kilometers respectively. Prior to the start of the orienteering courses themselves training sessions were conducted in Basic Compass skills including direction, compass parts, use and bearings and in basic orienteering including map symbols, terminology/nomenclature, orienteering mechanics, safety, types of courses, declination and using a map and compass together. From there participants took part in one or both of the courses. In total approximately 50 to 75 Scouts and Scouters participated in the event from Troops 144, 588, 469, 390, 17, 96, 233, 263, 119, 327, and 105, Pack 67, and Crew 96. Woodside’s own Troop 390 brought the numbers this year with 15 Scouts and 2 adults participating and fielding at least six teams in each course. It was a great day to be in the outdoors and the park and even better considering the knowledge learned. Units from the Pathfinder, Tomahawk and Founders Districts would like to thank Troop 17 for once again hosting this event which for some may the only time they get the true taste and understanding of what orienteering is all about and the skills that are involved (not to mention the time, effort and expertise needed to properly set-up a course). For Troop 390 this is just the beginning. Upcoming events will include a Historical walking hike through northern Manhattan to learn about events and persons related to the Revolutionary War, an event commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, an overnight camping trip to Al-

pine, NJ, volunteering at the NYC Marathon, and marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade. If any of this sounds like something you would like to take part in and you are a boy aged 10.5 to 17 years old then stop by one of the Troop’s meetings which are held Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the auditorium of Saint Teresa RC Church (50th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets). For more information contact Scoutmaster Eduardo Avila at (646) 808-4665. For those boys ages 6 to 10 years old visit Cub Pack 390, the Troop’s brother group, which also meets on Friday nights in the Church auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. For additional details on the Cub Scout program call Cubmaster Marvin Jeffcoat (347) 841-4335.

Troop 17 adult leaders Jean-Pierre LeDour (left) and Ralph DeFalco (center) with Troop 390 Tenderfoot Scout Leon Hou who assisted with removal of the control point flag markers at the end of the Orienteering Event.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 144 from Saint Albans, Queens (Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans) pose for a photo after completing their orienteering courses during the 12th Annual Queens Borough Orienteering Event in Forest Park.

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Andrés Dorado PLAINVIEW, New York. Andrés Dorado 83 of Woodside, New York passed away on Sunday, November 18th at Somerset Gardens surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 11, 1929 in Havana, Cuba. Andrés married Helen Fourquet on September 9, 1956 in Queens, New York and she lives in Plainview, New York. They raised two children in Woodside, New York where they lived for 43 years. In addition to his loving wife, Helen he is survived by his two daughters Helen (Vince) Alessi of Long Beach and Rosemarie (Frank) Misciagno of Massapequa Park and four grandchildren, Andrea Alessi, Vinny Alessi, John Misciagno and Michelle Misciagno.

PROBATE CITATION FILE NO. 2010-2649 SURROGATE’S COURT-QUEENS COUNTYCITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: John Joseph Perez, Christopher Perez, Alison Niederberger, Jaxon Perez, Bessie Jane Perez, Theresa Jolynn Perez Heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Frances Gwiazdzinski, deceased, if living and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees, and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained with due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by Anne M. Serles who is domiciled at 1201 Oxford Avenue, Richland Washington 99352 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on January 24 th, 2013 at 9:30

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LEGAL NOTICE • AM of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Frances Gwiazdzinski, deceased lately domiciled at 64-15 58 th Road, Maspeth, New York 11378 admitting to probate a will dated August 8 th 1974, (a codicil dated), as the will of Frances Gwiazdzinski deceased, relating to real and personal property and directing that Letters of Administration c.t.a. issue to Anne M. Serles Dated Attested and Sealed Nov 21,2012 HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon Chief Clerk Attorney for the Petitioner Barbara Pryor PC, Address of Attorney 6549 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, New York 11378 Telephone number 718894-0297 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. 11/30/12, 12/7/12, 12/14/ 12, 12/21/12





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Letters To The Editor The following letters are the opinions of its author and not necessarily those of the Woodside Herald.

Food Pantry Thank You! Dear Editor, I would like to thank STOP N SHOP for selling turkeys before Thanksgiving at 59 cents a lb. if you spent $25. Sadly, the other markets were far from affordable for many families. The food pantry at St. Raphaels could only give $10 Foodtown gift card to it’s clients, one couldn’t bring home a chicken from Foodtown for that price. The pantry at St.Teresa’s would only give turkeys to families with 3 or more people which sadly left many widows and elderly people who now live alone going home with a can of chicken and a sleeve of crackers & a can or 2 of the same old veggies they get weekly, but the well dressed man with his Yankee gear and sunglasses got a nice big turkey and probably one at every food pantry in the area, a volunteer claims he is 1st on line at every pantry every week, some people know how to play the game and work the charity systems to their advantage leaving the truly needed with scraps as they walk off with all the better donated items by getting there earlier than others.

Dear Editor, In St. Raphaels newsletter 2 weeks ago there was a picture of a truck load of food donated to the food pantry, yet none of this food was given out to clients (that I could see) - just the same old rice and beans. Is that quality stuff only for the people who work the pantry and are clients as well? I also never see any of the donated stuff left in the basket at Sunday masses given out, unless it’s for favorite clients not the women who come in with hungry kids to feed.

Donna Danburi, Sunnyside

Traci Madgai, Sunnyside

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT! Saturday Dec. 8th @ 7 PM Sunnyside Reformed Church, 4803 Skillman Ave. (Corner 48th & Skillman) Featuring ‘O Sole Trio’ with David Shenton, Giuseppe Spoletino and Erin Sheilds in a FREE Show of Jazz, Holiday Tunes and Opera for the whole family! Free refreshments at intermission. Donations gratefully accepted but not required. For Info call (718) 426-5997

Meet The Lenders: Business Networking Event Western Queens business professionals looking to network, chat with financial experts and learn about new loan products might want to attend a free event at the Sterling National Bank branch in Long Island City. Various banking professionals will be at the 30-30 47th Ave. bank from 5:30 pm until 8 pm on Thursday, Dec. 6, to discuss ways in which an individual can grow his/her business. Plus, refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but registration is required. Contact Sonia Gordon at 718-383-6012 or for more information.

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