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WEEKEND EVENTS
Sunday, September 18 at 11 a.m. Idlewild Park (Springfield Lane and 147th Avenue): Birding; our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City; wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age; call 718-846-2731.

Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. Brookville Park: Scavenger Hunt; we connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world; Urban Park Rangers encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere; call 718-846-2731.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
7 p.m. Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center: Seniors Tango Dance Event; join us for a free night of dancing and music; call 718-263-1163.

7 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image: My Own Private Idaho Film Screening; directed by Gus Van Sant; River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves are star-crossed lovers in this freewheeling adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV; call 718-777-6888.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
11 a.m. 113-50 Farmers Boulevard (St. Albans): Eat Well, Live Well; health and wellness fair with live performances, dance fitness and fun activities for all

9 a.m. Citi Field (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park): Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament; sponsored by the New York Mets, Major League Baseball, City of New York Parks and Recreation and the Wheelchair Sports Federation; come see or play in this wheelchair softball tournament; call 917-519-2622.

11 a.m. Ridgewood Library: Family Storytime; join us for family storytime; visit www.queenslibrary.org.

12 p.m. King Manor Museum (Rufus King Park): Hands-on-History; get a chance to learn how to write with a quill pen; learn about King Rufus and the Constitution with fun activities, stories, and more; call 718-206-0545.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot: Recycling Event; bring electronics, shred paper, donate clothes, recycle carpeting, dishes, silverware or other household items; event sponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblymember Mike Miller.

MONDAY, SEPT. 19
3 p.m. Ridgewood Library: Best Out of School Time (BOOST); aims to enhance the academic and social skills of children ages six to 14 by providing homework assistance and materials in an enriching after-school environment; join us after school for an assortment of fun and educational activities for children and teens; visit www.queenslibrary.org.

7 p.m. Ridgewood Library: Back to School Library Orientation; join us in the Meeting Room for an introduction to library services; visit www.queenslibrary.org.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20
7 p.m. Juniper Valley Park: Adult Track Workout; join us for an intense track workout two nights a week; no registration required; this event repeats every week on Tuesday and Thursday until November 10; call 718-263-1163.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21
10 a.m. Ridgewood Library: Mother Goose Time; songs, bounces and rhymes for babies ages 6-17 months with their caregiver; in Auditorium; visit www.queenslibrary.org.

1 p.m. Howard Beach Library: Toddler Time; lots of stories and fun for children ages 12-36 months with caregivers; we’ll all read and color pictures together; visit www.queenslibrary.org.

8 p.m. The Secret Theatre : Ghosts; be prepared to put your modern ideals to the test and you moral choices into perspective; visit www.secrettheatre.com or call 718-392-0722.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
4 p.m. Ridgewood Library: Book-Making Workshop; participants will learn the basics of creative writing story illustrations and book making; this program is limited to 15 participants so space is limited; preregistration is required; for children and teens; visit www.queenslibrary.org.

SAVE THE DATE
September 24 at 10 a.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: Walking Tour (Fort Tilden); discover the hidden history and natural wonders of the fort on this ranger-led walking tour; call 718-318-4300.

September 24 at 4 p.m. Rapper’s Row Queens Bridge and Hollis Hip Hop Tour; Take a guided tour through midtown Manhattan and Queens with a view inside the beginning of the second decade of hip hop pinpointing when the music business began to accept it as a genuine art form; visit www.zerve.com/hiphoplook/BKQB.

September 24 at 4 p.m. The Chocolate Factory Theater: Heather Olson Shy Show Off; Heather Olson explores the relationship between internal emotional landscapes and external presentation, the ability of abstract movement and structure in this live show; call 212-352-3101.

Saturday, September 24 from 12-6 p.m. C & B Books Distribution at Jamaica Harvest Room (90-40 160th Street, Jamaica): Queens Book & Health Fair; the admission to this event is free and open to the public; for any further information, call 718-591-4525.

Saturday, September 24 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Flushing House (38-20 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY): Flushing House Flea Market; the flea market will be held in the Large Game Room on the ground floor of Flushing House; a variety of goods will be sold, including jewelry, arts and crafts, collectibles, new and gently used clothing, lots of white elephant items, etc.; admission is free; call 347-532-3025.
Saturday, September 24 at 9:30 a.m. 167-24 118th Avenue (Jamaica): Annual New Hope 5K Run/Walk for Healthy Communities; races include a USATF-certified 5K beginning at 9:30 a.m. and a 1K Fun Run for kids 12 years and under at 10:30 a.m.; free t-shirts for the first 60 registered; awards for top runners in all age categories and top three walkers overall; all children will receive ribbons. Fees are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 years and under (free for kids under 6); event day registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; visit www.active.com and search for “New Hope 5K”; call 201-669-8450.

September 27-October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; The pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose super heroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.

World Construction can fix your hurricane damage


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At M.H. World Construction, New Yorkers can pick and choose from a variety of services such as waterproofing and brickwork, all for affordable prices.
“We really just wanted to make it easy for the customer,” said owner Michael Halevy. “We’re easy to work with and the customer always gets good prices.”
Located at 7224 Avenue M in Brooklyn, the family-owned business has been serving all five boroughs for the past 30 years. Services offered include roofing, cement work, tile work, exterior finish, pressure cleaning for buildings, fences, sidewalks and driveways and even hurricane recovery.
“We do a lot of different things to help the customer,” said Halevy, who was inspired to start his own business when he used to work with his father. “We always give the best quality construction work.”
World Construction even offers special services such as skylights, full service construction needs, and a 24-hour emergency service for those who may encounter a problem when they least expect it.
Halevy said reliability and trust are two main components to his business’ success, adding that the work done by his company exceeds customers’ expectations.
“The work we do is not only done on time and within the customer’s budget, but we make sure it is built to last and that ultimately in the end the customer really does get what they pay for.”
Halevy said he is hoping to “expand the business as big as possible” into more states, particularly regions in Louisiana where hurricane recovery plays a huge factor. In addition to the Big Apple, M.H. World Construction also serves Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida.
Interested individuals can call for a free estimate and take advantage of M.H. World Construction’s current promotion of $60 gutter cleanings. For more information, visit mhworldconstruction.com or call 718-251-5575.

- Alexa Mae Asperin

$19 million to lend at Alma Bank


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Alma Bank has had an extraordinary growth in its four years of serving the community as a start-up bank. On September 20, it will formally announce that it has met all the conditions set by the U.S. Treasury Department and has received $19 million from the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) to offer loans for commercial and industrial purposes.
The bank qualified to receive the small business lending and expects to have loans ready to offer for buying or expanding a business. Kirk Karabelas, chairperson of Alma Bank’s board, said, “We believe in small business. Our largest shareholder, Steve Valiotis, is a visionary. He himself came from Greece to America with very limited means. Now, several decades later, he is a billionaire.”
Shareholders started the bank with a $50 million dollar capitalization. Today, its assets have grown to $720 million and are expected to reach over $1.5 billion by 2014.
Being a part of the community and believing in the power of small business, even in today’s economy, is the basis for the bank’s lending. Now, having been selected to offer more loans, the bank is ready to help other people follow their dreams. After all, Steve Valiotis is a 21st century Horatio Alger. Perhaps they will help many people to achieve that kind of success.
For more information about the loans or other Banking needs, call 718-267-ALMA.
The SBLF is a $30 billion fund that encourages lending to small businesses by providing Tier 1 capital to qualified community banks. It was established as part of the Small Business Jobs Act that President Barack Obama signed into law.
The program will promote local economic growth and job creation while enabling banks to better extend credit to community customers by maximizing the incentives that the fund provides.
Under the Jobs Act, loans up to $10 million to businesses with up to $50 million in annual revenue qualify for small business lending, and include commercial and industrial loans and loans secured by owner-occupied nonfarm, nonresidential real estate.
Alma Bank has been an active small business lender in the New York metropolitan area that it serves since its inception in September, 2007.
Alma Bank operates 10 branches in New York and New Jersey and has a plan for further expansion in the next five years. For more information, visit www.almabank.com.

Bob Turner sworn into office


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Two days after defeating David Weprin in a special election for Anthony Weiner’s former Congressional seat, Bob Turner was sworn in today on the floor of the House of Representative.
Turner, who represents the Ninth Congressional District covering parts of Queens and Brooklyn, took the oath of office shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
In a heavily Democratic district, Turner, a Republican, defeated Weprin by eight percentage points. This is the first elected office held for the 70-year-old former media executive.
His time in office may be short as the ninth district faces possible elimination next year as part of census-mandated congressional redistricting.

High School Gridiron Roundup


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In the John Adams Spartans first game since moving up to the Championship Division, the Spartans lost by a score of 44-14 at the hands of the Brooklyn Technical Engineers (1-0). The Spartans had a total of 288 yards, 60 more than the Engineers, but it wasn’t enough. Senior quarterback Daniel Perez completed 10 out of 21 passes for 103 yards and an interception. Junior running back Antoine Arnold led the team in rushing with 76 yards on 10 attempts and a touchdown. Senior Shane Hubbard had 64 rushing yards on four attempts and Senior Devven Baker added 24 yards of his own with a touchdown. On the defensive side, Senior Brandon Berrios led the team with 13 tackles. Next up for the Spartans will be the Susan Wagner Falcons (0-1).

The Bayside Commodores (1-0) shut out the Automotive High School Pistons (0-1) by a score of 30-0. The Commodores dominated on both sides of the ball. On the offensive side of the ball, the Commodores had a total of 303 yards with all but six coming on the ground. Senior Timothy Capers led the team with 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Senior Richard Vaughan had 111 yards on the ground with one touchdown. Junior George Wallace had a touchdown as well. On the defensive side the Commodores allowed a total of 45 yards. Next up for the Commodores will be the Mott Haven Educational Campus Mavericks (0-1).

The August Martin High School Falcons (1-0) beat the Lafayette Educational Complex Patriots (0-1) by a score of 28-13. The Falcons had a total of 369 yards. In the air, Senior Ricky Dunbar completed three out of six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, while adding 15 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Senior Roger Cox led the team in rushing with 110 yards on 14 attempts. Senior Kelechi Ezeigwe had 83 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Senior Clinton Westmoreland Jr. added 70 yards of his own with one touchdown. Next up for August Martin will be the Tilden Educational Campus Blue Devils (1-0).

What’s happening this week


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EDITOR’S PICKS

Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. Hugh P. Kirwan Performing Arts Center at Christ the King High School: The Midtown Men; four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys; Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, And Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 1960s; call 718-423-8394 or visit www.jesentertainment.com for ticket information.

September 17-November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limted editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.

WEEKEND EVENTS

Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury: Dick Fox’s Fall Doo Wop Extravaganza; various artist such as The Duprees, Jay Siegel and the Tokens, Willie Winfield and the Harptones will perform their classic hits; tickets available at www.livenation.com, the Westbury box office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Saturday, September 17 from 6-7 p.m. Yegam Art Space: The Secret of Yin and Yang; a lecture by Mark K. Setton, Ph.D; “Yin” and “Yang” are two of the most famous concepts of East Asian philosophy. They are originally mentioned in the Book of Changes as the two great complementary principles of the cosmos. The question is, how are Yin and Yang relevant to daily life and the pursuit of happiness? Call 718-279-7083 or visit www.gammeeok.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

2 p.m. Auburndale Library: Arnie Gruber; Arnie Gruber performs the music made great by Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, and Paul Anka; enjoy classic hits like Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, Sweet Caroline, Hello Again, Diana, My Way and more; call 718-352-2027.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

September 17-November 27 Nassau County Museum of Art: Francisco Goya, Los Caprichos; this exhibition features an early first edition of Los Caprichos, a set of 80 etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes that was published in 1799; the museum is offering several programs that will serve to enhance the viewer’s appreciation of the exhibition; call 516-484-9337 or visit www.nassaumuseum.org for exhibit information.

3 p.m. Broadway Library: Classical and Popular International Songs with Galina Gergel and Eduard Nisimov; enjoy an evening of arias from operas and operettas, hits from famous American musicals and popular Russian, Ukrainian, Italian and Hebrew songs; call 718-721-2462.

3 p.m. Langston Hughes Library: UnFramed (A Dramatic Performance with Iyaba Ibo Mandingo); meet the painter, poet, husband, father, son, and undocumented immigrant from Antigua ; using canvas, paint, poetry, prose, and song, Iyaba tells us a story and shares his rage, determination, and hope while he paints his self-portrait and struggles to redefine and rediscover his humanity; call 718-651-1100.

11 a.m. Central Library: Discovery Day Street Fair; celebrate with us as we explore the wonders of science; check out Queens Library’s brand-new Children’s Library Discovery Center at our exciting street fair!; Dazzle your senses, amaze your mind, and play with possibilities; activities for all ages; call 718-990-0700.

2 p.m. Central Library: Eid Concert and Bengali Fashion Show Expo 2011; Bengali celebration of EID with popular music and fashions through the ages from the times of the Mughal Empire to the present; special guest appearance by winner of the Hillside Honda Star Search 2010 Khairul Alam Sabuj; call 718-990-0700.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

6:30 p.m. Queensborough Hall: Domestic Violence and Reproductive Rights; hosted by the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of the National Organization for Women; call 718-843-7978.

6:30 p.m. Flushing Library: Lessons In Estate Planning; examines estate planning lessons learned from William Shakespeare; we’ll look at King Lear and The Merchant of Venice as two examples of wills and planning one’s estate; call 718-661-1200.

11 a.m. Sunnyside Library: The Social Worker Is In; in English and Spanish; a social worker will answer questions for older adults and caregivers about obtaining long term care, applying for benefits and entitlements, and information about community services available to support you and\or the person you are helping; there will be information about homecare, respite, counseling, support groups, adult day care and more; call 718-784-3033.

2 p.m. Long Island City Library: Financial Empowerment Center; come talk to a financial counselor and learn how to work with your credit, debt, household budget, and money management; call 646-810-4050 ext. 112 to register.

6 p.m. Astoria Library: Ah-Choo: Asthma Triggers in the Home; learn about environmental triggers that may affect people with asthma; this workshop will help identify possible asthma triggers around the home and provide safer solutions to manage certain asthma triggers such as pests, dust collection, and indoor air pollution around the home; call 718-278-2220.

6 p.m. Sunnyside Library: Healthy Living and the Built Environment; learn how the built environment and the human-made structures in your community impact your health and what you can do; call 718-784-3033.

6 p.m. East Flushing Library: Arnie Gruber; enjoy this jazzy tribute of the greatest hits popularized by Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, and others featuring Arnie Gruber; call 718-357-6643.

6:30 p.m. Middle Village Library: Vocalist Wendy Kimball; vocalist Wendy Kimball and Mark Toback on keyboard recreate some of MGM’s most memorable musical moments and share some backstage tidbits about the making of these timeless classic films; call 718-326-1390.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

1:30 p.m. Kew Gardens Hills Library: Musical Tribute; a musical tribute to the brilliant collaboration between Richard Rodgers and lyricists Oscar Hammerstein and Lorenz Hart; call 718-261-6654.

2:30 p.m. Maspeth Library: Pop Classics with Arnie Gruber; singer/pianist Arnie Gruber performs popular songs made famous by artists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, and others; this concert will feature the songs That’s All, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, The Summer Wind, The Very Thought of You, and more; call 718-639-5228.

1 p.m. Arverne Library: Cancer Action Council Meeting; improve the health of your neighbors in Far Rockaway and Arverne; join us at our next Far Rockaway/Arverne Joint CAC meeting!; call 718-990-5197.

6 p.m. Flushing Library: The College Financial Aid Process in Mandarin Chinese; you will learn about the aid formula, how colleges count your money, how to determine your eligibility for aid, and the composition of financial aid awards and case studies; call 718-661-1200.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

6 p.m. Flushing Library: Tax Workshop Series Presented by the Internal Revenue Service; this free 3-part tax series is designed to provide vital tax information to those contemplating starting a new business as well as those established entrepreneurs, freelancers, and independent contractors about their tax filing, paying, and operating requirements and responsibilities; call 718-661-1200.

6 p.m. The Queens Center for the Performing Arts: CenterStage; scholarships for study in music and dance at CenterStage will be awarded to talented children in Queens; call 718-321-8496 for auditioning information.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

6 p.m. Samuel Field Y: Dance, Zumba and Fitness Class for Cancer Survivors; on-going fitness class for cancer survivors led by nurse, Zumba instructor and cancer fitness specialist Beth Levine; call 516-987-7524 or visit www.fitnesspcancer.com for additional weekday dates.

SAVE THE DATE

Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. Riccardo’s in Astoria: The Reality TV Murders; enjoy an evening of dinner, murder and mystery presented by The Killing Kompany; call 718-721-7777.

Monday, October 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Maximus Spa and Salon: Zumbathon for Breast Cancer; limited registration, advanced registration recommended; contact Beth Levine at 516-987-7524 or Jen at Maximus at 516-333-3511.

Tuesday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Third Tuesday Movie Matinees (Growing up Queens: A Study of Childhood in Our Unique Borough); Queens Historical Society is please to present our newest event series, Third Tuesday Movie Matinees, featuring movies evoking childhood and celebrating memories of growing up in New York; call 718-939-0647.

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Interview with the Author (Joe Lunievicz); join QHS for the latest installment in our Interview with the Author series featuring Joe Lunievicz; his new book Open Wounds follows the story of a young man growing up in Queens during the World War II era; call 718- 939-0647.

September 27 to October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; The pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose superheroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.

Saturday, September 24 from 12-6 p.m. C & B Books Distribution at Jamaica Harvest Room (90-40 160th Street, Jamaica): Queens Book & Health Fair; the admission to this event is free and open to the public; for any further information, call 718-591-4525.

Sunday, September 25 Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach): Ninth Annual March of Dimes Bikers for Babies; individual riders, as well as motorcycle clubs, will hit the road to support March of Dimes and help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives; to pre-register and create your personalized webpage, please go to www.bikersforbabies.org, click on ‘event locations’ and scroll down to ‘Dee Snider’s 9th Annual Bikers for Babies’ at the ‘Nickersons Beach’ location.

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News Briefs


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Rachel’s Challenge Assembly
FLUSHING – In the legacy of Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 2009, on September 23, all students and staff at the East-West School of International Studies will spend the morning learning about ways to reduce bullying and school violence by promoting tolerance and compassion through a series of specific challenges.
The evening assembly which open to the public will be held on the 1st Floor of the East-West Auditorium on 46-21 Colden Street from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 16 to Julia Cheng, the Community Associate, by calling (718) 353-0009 or emailing jcheng@ewsis.org.

Lose for Good campaign
BAYSIDE – Queens Weight Watchers employees donated 1,093 pounds of food to the City Harvest food bank on Monday, September 12, equivalent to the group’s total weight loss in the Weight Watchers Bay Terrace Store.
The fourth annual Lose for Good campaign was a program that fought hunger on local, regional and global levels. Local residents Marianne Barfield, who lost 102 pounds, and Vince Girdiana, who lost 146 pounds, shared their personal stories of how their weight loss was a big win for the needy in the community.
From now through October 15, as members and online subscribers lose weight, Weight Watchers will donate up to one million dollars to two hunger fighting charities: Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

New York Lottery Awards
ELMHURST – The New York Lottery announced on September, 6, Elizabeth Almansa won $10,000 on the Lottery’s Cashword Doubler instant game. Almansa’s winning ticket was purchased at Superior Deli on 98-02 Astoria Boulevard.
The New York Lottery contributes over $3 billion in fiscal year 2010-2011 to help support education in New York State. Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.

State Senator Peralta Sponsor Job Fair
CORONA – Some 50 employers will be accepting resumes and talking to job seekers on September 22 at a job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose R. Peralta and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.
Some of the employers that will be on hand include Time Warner Cable, the Council for Airport Opportunities, AFLAC, Macy’s, PSCH Inc., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a variety of city and state agencies.
The fair will be held at the Elmcor Recreation Center, located on 107-20 Northern Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about the job fair, call Senator Peralta’s office at 718-205-3881.

Health and safety fair
FLUSHING – The Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association will hold the annual Flushing Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Herald Mission Center located at 156-03 Horace Harding Expressway. Free health screenings will be provided by New York Hospital Queens and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Both NYPD officials from the 109th Precinct and FDNY officials from the fire safety education unit will be on hand. All are welcome to attend.

Scouts honor 9/11 First Responders
AUBURNDALE – The Station Road Civic Association of Auburndale invited the Cub Scouts from Pack 49, of Sacred Heart School in Bayside to be part of a flag ceremony memorial service honoring 9/11 fallen heroes at Plautt Triangle Park. Names of all the First Responders were read. The event was attended by Councilmember Dan Halloran and State Assemblymember Rory I. Lancman.

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
CITYWIDE – Councilmember Daniel Dromm recently joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn in marking National Sickle Cell Awareness Month by honoring Dr. Thomas Moulton and the South/Central Bronx Sickle Cell Disease and Hemoglobinopathy Cooperative for their work on this issue.
“Sickle cell disease is a debilitating condition that affects many New Yorkers, especially African Americans and African immigrants,” said Dromm. “Through the efforts of these honorees, treatment of sickle cell disease has become better and more comprehensive, resulting in a dramatic increase in the average lifespan of patients.”
On average, 1,000 infants are born yearly in the U.S. with sickle cell disease and almost 22 percent of those babies are born in New York State. Of those infants born in New York State almost 74 percent are born in New York City.

Davis provides unique customer service


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At Davis Wealth Management, New Yorkers have been receiving insight and assistance with all things financial since 2006.
“Our top priority is making sure our clients are very well taken care of and receive the utmost care and attention they need when making important decisions,” said owner George Davis, who has been in the business for 10 years.
Located at 34-19 Broadway, Suite 2 in Astoria, the financial planning firm offers individuals and small businesses advisory services and also specializes in comprehensive retirement planning and other alternative investments. Davis added that his firm also covers other client insurance needs such as life insurance, health insurance, annuities and long-term care. Additionally, as a Certified Wealth Strategist, Davis works with clients to help “create, grow, preserve and protect their wealth by providing objective advice and solutions.”
When asked what sets Davis Wealth Management apart from other similar firms, Davis said clients can feel at ease knowing they are in good hands, especially during rough economic times.
“We give personalized service to everyone,” he said. “All clients have my cell phone number and know how to get a hold of me and we get back to them usually in two hours or less.”
Davis further added that unlike other bigger firms where one must call a 1-800 number before speaking to someone, everyone at his firm makes sure all clients are a priority.
“I take pride in knowing all my clients, family and their personal situation,” Davis said.
Davis Wealth Management is an independent, full-service financial firm not affiliated with any banks or parent company, which Davis said makes them completely flexible to providing their clients with proper solutions.
“Our approach is to first figure out what the client needs, then we figure out what product is best in the market to provide them with that solution,” Davis said.
Interested individuals are offered a complimentary first consultation that acts as a two-way interview.
“We sit down and get to know the client’s situation and see if it’s a good fit for us,” he said. “Then they interview me to see what I’m about and see if they can work with me and I see if I can help them.”
For more information, call 718-721-2111 or visit daviswm.com.

- Alexa Mae Asperin

Simanowitz takes 27th District seat


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The Democrats prevail again.
Michael Simanowitz trounced his Republican opponent, Marco DeSena, in the state Assembly race for the vacant seat once held by political mainstay Nettie Mayersohn.
The Associated Press reported that Michael Simanowitz captured 76 percent of the vote in the 27th Assembly District that encompasses College Point, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Electchester, Pomonok, Briarwood, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill.
“It was the culmination of a very long journey and it was really gratifying seeing the numbers that came in,” Simanowitz said.
DeSena wasn’t discouraged about his efforts to gain the seat, but knew in the end that the Democratic campaign was too much for his one-man show to handle.
“I wish Simanowitz the best. We tried our hardest, met some great people in a great district, but the registration proved too much to overcome,” he said. DeSena captured about 24 percent of the vote with 91 of 97 precincts reporting.
Simanowitz, a Queens native, was Mayersohn’s chief of staff for 15 years. The Queens College graduate also was an active member of the 107th Precinct Auxiliary Unit and served as commanding officer of the unit for the past nine years.
DeSena, a College Point resident, is a communications consultant and adjunct professor at Baruch College. He went to high school at St. Francis Preparatory School and received his bachelor’s in public affairs from Baruch. DeSena also worked for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2007 and 2008.
Mayersohn, 87, had held the 27th District seat since 1982. She announced in March that she was going to retire from the position to be with her family.
The candidates campaigned for weeks throughout the district, making appearances at debates and forums, trying to garner grassroots support.
Simanowitz and DeSena had different agendas, but both were deeply interested in creating jobs for their constituents and helping small businesses. DeSena solely ran his campaign and preached the need for less government and influence in Albany. Simanowitz, on the other hand, was handpicked by the Democratic Party and had their support throughout his entire campaign.
The new assemblymember hopes to hit the ground running and to work for his constituents. He wants to get out and meet more of them before his duties in Albany begin.
“We have a few months before the legislation session starts, I want to get out and meet as many constituents as possible.”

Police Blotter


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Robbery Pattern

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the following suspects who are wanted in connection with 10 robberies that occurred in Brooklyn and Queens.
The Queens incidents are as follows:
• On Friday, August 26, a male suspect entered the Metro PCS located at 25-09 Astoria Boulevard, in the confines of the 114th Precinct, displayed a firearm and took an unknown amount of cash before fleeing.
• On Tuesday, September 6, two male suspects entered the Metro PCS located at 1085 Beach 21 Street, in the 101st Precinct, displayed a firearm and again took an unknown amount of cash before fleeing.
• That same day, on Tuesday, two male suspects and one female suspect entered theMetro PCS located at 158-06 Cross Bay Boulevard, within the 106th Precinct, flashed a gun and took an unknown amount of cash before fleeing.
There were no injuries sustained as a result of these incidents.
The two suspects are described as male blacks, 20 to 25 years old, 6’0” to 6’1”. The female suspect is described as black, 18 to 23 years old, 5’3” and 110 pounds.
Anyone with information in regards to the incidents or the identities of the perps is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

109th Precinct
Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace

Shooting at Bland Houses
According to a police source, two men, both in possession of weapons, were arrested following a shooting at the James A. Bland Houses in Flushing on Saturday, September 10.
The source said that a man was shot in the leg. One of the perps, according to the source, was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
Assemblymember Grace Meng arrived on scene immediately after the shooting. After meeting with the visibly-shaken residents, Meng vowed to work closely with the 109th Precinct, her colleagues in government, clergy and most importantly the residents at the James A. Bland Houses to ensure that safety is a priority in their neighborhood.
“It was heartbreaking to hear the long-time residents and young people tell me that they are afraid to live there,” said Meng. “As a community, we must all work together to proactively make certain that our children and young adults can grow up safely, have the proper training to attend school, and get jobs. A bright future and a safe community is everyone’s duty and responsibility.”

111th Precinct
Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows

Teen allegedly drove drunk
According to the District Attorney, Richard F. Sanchez was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk in Bayside.
The teen had a 15-year-old girl in the car with him on September 1 when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and slammed into several parked cars near 32nd Avenue and 205th Street.
Officers reportedly found an open liquor bottle in the car.
Sanchez, who was arraigned and released on his own reconnaissance, is charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, leaving the scene without reporting/personal injury, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain motor vehicles.

Is union death grip on employers here weakening


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Whether it’s the Verizon strike, the Central Park Boathouse or Tavern on the Green, unions wield almost unchecked power in New York. There is some recent good news for New York when it comes to the seeming death grip the unions hold on employers’ throats here. However, there is also some bad news, as is usually the case.
The good news is that union membership is down, to 22.9 percent of the total city workforce from 24.6 percent in January 2009. Despite this, union representation in NY is still the highest of any state in the country and almost double the national average of 11.9 percent.
Some might hypothesize that the floundering economy is the culprit, but this is part of a larger trend where jobs have been decreasing in states with powerful unions and growing in states where unions are less influential. Yes, jobs have been lost, but many are just being relocated to where they can grow without the heavy-handed interference of Big Labor.
If not for the large number of unionized government employees, union representation in NY would be almost non-existent. It is taxpayer dollars, not free enterprise, bolstering the power of unions here. In fact, only 13 percent of the private sector workforce in unionized, while 70 percent of the public sector employees are paying union dues.
Furthermore, a worker rights organization called Workplace Choice just rated the fifty states on how friendly local laws are to workers as opposed to Big Labor, and the results were hardly surprising, but still troubling. New York ranked the worst state in the union for workers’ rights and the state most favorable to big Labor.
In New York, there are no provisions for a worker to opt out of joining a union. There are no paycheck protection laws and no provisions to protect the secret ballot. In fact, card check is dangerously close to becoming the standard, which would essentially provide Big Labor with unlimited power to institute a hostile takeover of any workplace they target.
All of this spells disaster for New York workers in the long run. If this trend continues, any non-service related job that can be done somewhere else will be somewhere else.
Meanwhile, our city and state budget are at crises levels and major cuts are needed, but the unions can’t allow a desperately needed downsizing of unionized government workers or they will begin to experience a downsizing of their unchecked power. Eventually this will come to a head, and which way it goes will determine nothing less than the future of our city and state.

Robert Hornak is a Queens-based political consultant, blogger, and an active member of the Queens Republican Party.

Furry and frightful – send us your Halloween pix!


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School is back in session and the temperature will soon begin to drop as the leaves change color.
And with fall comes Halloween – the day of the year everyone can become someone else. Everyone has a favorite costume from childhood, whether it was a cowboy, Ninja Turtle or princess.
The Queens Courier wants you to send in pictures of kids in their favorite costume. You can submit photos of your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or yourself as a child ready to go trick-or-treating.
Visit www.queenscourier.com to upload your Halloween photo, email them to brennison@queenscourier.com or mail them to The Courier at 38-15 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY 11361.

Nassau bus going private


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I’ve been reading a lot about Nassau County’s new bus plan which is going to effect not only those who live in Nassau county but also those who commute into Nassau for employment.
On January 1, 2012 Nassau is set to turn over the Long Island Bus, which serves 100,000 daily riders to a company named Lombard, an Illinois- based Veolia Transdev. It had been operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for the last 40 years but Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano pulled out of the deal with the MTA.
Now an agreement was reached not to cut service or raise fares for one year.
I travel on the Queens Q46 from Glen Oaks Village and transfer to the Nassua N25 to Great Neck. I pay $29 a week on a weekly unlimited MetroCard. However, as of January 1, the Nassau bus will be a private concern and will not accept a MetroCards. I will be forced to purchase a weekly card at about another $29 from this bus company. This brings the cost to $58 a week and that is a 100 percent increase in fares to all us commuters from Queens and the MTA.
I hope Edward Mangano and Lombard comes up with a card that accepts transfers from the two counties. If they don’t, I’m calling for a boycott of Queens commuters not to buy any goods or sevices from Nassau County until a fare deal is agreed upon.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

They’re Baaack!


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Armed with summer tans, new, stocked backpacks, the best footwear fashions of their generation and big smiles, kids – over 1.2 million of them – made their way back to school.
The first day of classes, Thursday, September 8, also marked the arrival of six new schools in Queens which will bring some relief to the omnipresent problem of overcrowded classrooms.
The only truly new school — read that “more seats” — is the Academy of the City Charter School in Long Island City. The other five schools are replacements operating out of buildings occupied by struggling schools the city has targeted for phasing out.
Absent was the confusion of past years — school buses picked up kids at the usual corners and took them back again after 3 p.m. Many school safety issues have been resolved by local politicians working with Community Boards and parents organizations to ensure the student body is safe on the way to and from and on school grounds. We remind those of our readers without children that they must readjust the way they operate their motor vehicles near our borough’s school buildings too. You must reduce your speed and focus on the road and sidewalks especially if children are present.
Do not attempt to pass school buses that are stopped with flashing lights.
Follow the directions of the school crossing guards whenever they are present.
Have patience and do not blow your horns in and around schools while they are in session.
If children walk home from school past your house be sure to take an extra look or two as you back slowly out of your driveways.
Parents with children should make an extra effort to get involved with the PTAs at their kids’ schools. They should not just pull up, drop their children off in the middle of the street and drive away. Park your car legally and walk you child to school, especially in the rain.
Parents should search their children’s backpacks for letters, flyers, notes, announcements, surveys and the like from school officials.
We want to remind high school coaches to be sure to contact our Sports Editor Steve Mosco at smosco@queenscourier.com so we can cover your team and players. You can call him at 718-224-5863, Ext 225.
Principals and senior administrators please note that we plan to continue saluting our borough’s “Best and the Brightest” — our valedictorians and salutatorians — again this year in June. We will be reaching out to you for their names and photographs beginning in January 2012.

Bye-bye CNN


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CNN should be ashamed, airing an extremely opinionated, political, anti-American program the night before 9/11. I’m not sure this was the appropriate time to give people like Valerie Plame, Cindy Sheehan and others a political platform. To include them in a program celebrating the brave men and women of 9/11 is an insult to the memories of the true heroes of September 11.
dShame on you, CNN — I will not be watching you in the future.

Michael Chimenti
Oakland Gerdens