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BWG teams compete in Memorial Day tournaments


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Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee

Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams competed in several Memorial Day tournaments over the holiday weekend with great success.

U8 Blue played some great soccer in Commack. They were able to compete against older players and finished second place. U8 Blue won games against Boca Soccer and Dutch Soccer, tied New York Stars and lost to Long Island United.

The U10 Royals went undefeated in Massapequa and won first place in that tournament. They played some very close games but were able to win each one of them. On their way to first place, they defeated Massapequa, Port Washington, Garden City and Port Soccer.

The U10 Girls finished in second place in Massapequa with a record of three wins and one loss.

The 2002 Blue team played in the U13 top division tournament. They were victorious against Eastern FC, Long Island United and Massapequa. However, the kids lost 1-0 against West Islip, to take home second place honors.

On the academy side, it was a great weekend for BWG. All three teams shut out Seacoast United from New Hampshire. U14 won 3-0; U16 won 4-0; and U18 won 5-0. U16 is at the top of their division, while U18 moved closer to a playoff spot with the big win.

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MTA Memorial Day weekend service changes


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The MTA will make the following service changes for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to the transit agency.

New York City Subway

On Monday, May 25, the city’s subway system will operate on a Sunday schedule. Customers are reminded to use the A, C, D or Q instead of the B and the J instead of the Z. Express service is not available on the 6 and 7. In addition, on Sundays, some subway routes are shortened. The following diversions are in effect on Memorial Day through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26:

• Manhattan-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St. Bronx-bound 1 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.
• Brooklyn-bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St. Bronx-bound 2 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.
• 34 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.
• Brooklyn-bound 46 trains skip 103 St.
• Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.
• 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and Bowling Green in both directions. 6 service is extended to Bowling Green.
• Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.
• Manhattan-bound AC trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.
• Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.
• Brooklyn-bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.
• E trains run local in both directions between Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Av in Queens.
• Brooklyn-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Roosevelt Av to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech. F trains run local in both directions from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.
• Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St.
• Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.
• Brooklyn-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St. R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road will provide 10 additional early-afternoon train trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 22. The LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday and on a holiday schedule on Memorial Day.

For more details, click here.

Metro-North Railroad

On Friday, May 22, Metro-North will provide 17 extra trains departing Grand Central between 1 and 4 p.m., and one extra departure from Hoboken Terminal on Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line. On Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, a Sunday schedule will be in effect on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines, and a weekend schedule will be in effect on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines.

For more details, click here.

Staten Island Railway

MTA Staten Island Railway will operate its Early Departure Get Away schedule on Friday, May 22. This schedule means extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. The Early Departure Get Away service plan on SIR is also available on Wednesday, July 3.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all scheduled maintenance work beginning 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, May 26.

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Woodhaven Memorial Trees to be decorated in Forest Park


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Photo courtesy Project Woodhaven

Woodhaven is doing its part to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country during World War I, just in time for Memorial Day.

For the first time in over 70 years, the Memorial Trees in Forest Park will be decorated with red, white and blue bows thanks to a joint effort by Project Woodhaven, American Legion Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.

“In the process of research with the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society, we found old news clippings about the Memorial Trees in Forest Park,” said Ed Wendell of Project Woodhaven. “We did some further research and pieced together the story of how after World War I people all over were looking for ways to commemorate those who died. In Woodhaven, they come up with the idea of planting trees for those who died from Woodhaven.”

In 1919, 53 trees were planted, with 17 more added in later years to bring the total to 70 trees.

In the years after the trees were planted, the women of the American Legion would adorn them with patriotic bows, and the families of the fallen soldiers would visit the trees in remembrance of their lost loved ones.

As time marched on, this tradition was slowly forgotten, but the 53 original trees remain in Forest Park.

To celebrate the revival of this once-forgotten tradition, the 53 trees will be reintroduced to the community during a reception on Thursday at Oak Ridge in Forest Park from 5 to 8 p.m.

During the reception, there will be a slideshow about this piece of Woodhaven’s forgotten history where guests will learn about the young men who died during the war and about Woodhaven during the WWI era. Light refreshments will be served.

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Your guide to Memorial Day parades and vigils in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

The sacrifices of American soldiers will be celebrated across Queens in the days to come at various Memorial Day parades and vigils.

Among the celebrations are the following events, scheduled to take place rain or shine:

Woodhaven
Residents of Woodhaven will hold an early tribute to America’s fallen troops with a ceremony on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. The vigil, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, will take place at Forest Parkway Plaza, located at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway.

The program includes patriotic music, a color guard, laying of wreaths and remarks from local elected officials and veterans.

College Point
The College Point Citizens for Memorial Day Inc. will begin their parade on at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at the intersection of 28th Avenue and College Point Boulevard. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is set to appear along with other local officials, and veteran Louis A. DiAgostino will be honored as the grand marshal.

Marching bands, drill teams and dance groups will all be performing at the event, and military servicemen and women will march in the festivities. The College Point Citizens for Memorial Day are accepting donations to offset parade costs. For more information contact parade chairman Rev. Adam Crabtree at 718-640-8840.

Forest Hills
The Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade hosted by the American Legion and the Forest Hills Kiwanis Club will take place on Sunday at noon. The parade starts from Metropolitan and Ascan avenues and will head westward down Metropolitan Avenue to Trotting Course Lane. From there, the parade will turn right and stop at the landmarked Remsen Cemetery between Trotting Course Lane and Alderton Street.

This year’s grand marshal will be Roland Meier, president of the West Side Tennis Club. Members of ROTC, band, and local civic and children’s organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will march in the parade. Organizers of the parade will hold a ceremony at Remsen Cemetery to honor veterans.

Maspeth
The United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth will honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice during their 31st Memorial Day Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Grand marshals James Desio, retired US Army WWII veteran, and William Aronowicz, retired U.S. Marine Corp. WWII veteran, will lead the procession, beginning at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park, located at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue. At 2 p.m., there will be a memorial service for the deceased veterans of WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Middle Village
The St. Margaret Catholic War Veterans Post 1172 will honor those who died for the nation on Monday, May 25, with a special Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Church, located at the corner of Juniper Valley Road and 80th Street.

Then, at 11 a.m., post members and residents will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Middle Village Veterans Triangle, located at the corner of Gray and 77th streets near 66th Road. The ceremony will include prayers, a military salute and the playing of taps.

Glendale/Ridgewood
The Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale, a committee made up of delegates from six veteran organizations, will honor the more than 1.14 million men and women of the U.S. armed forces who died in defense of the country during the 77th Memorial Day parade Monday.

At 11 a.m., the parade will begin at the Glendale War Memorial, located at Myrtle and Cooper Avenues, with a short memorial service to honor the war dead of Glendale. They will then march down Myrtle Avenue westbound to the Ridgewood War Memorial, located at Myrtle and Cypress Avenues, where there will be another short memorial service to honor the war dead of Ridgewood.

Howard Beach
The Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade will honor Vietnam War veterans, including the Howard Beach residents lost at war since the neighborhood’s founding.

There will be a memorial day Mass before the parade at Our Lady of Grace at 101st Street on Monday at 9:30 a.m. At 10:15 a.m., there will be a brief ceremony on top of Hawtree-Ramblersville Bridge and the parade will officially commence at Coleman’s Square at 11 a.m. The parade will stop at the Vietnam War Memorial, located at 99th Street and 157th Avenue and then head to the World War II Memorial at Assembly of God Church at 158-31 99th St. They will then march to St. Barnabas Church at 159-19 58th St. before marching back to Coleman Square.

Laurelton
The Laurelton Lions Club will present the 26th Annual Laurelton Memorial Day Parade, featuring The Queens Area Pathfinders Marching Band and The Black and Gold Marching Elite Band, on Monday starting at 9 a.m. The parade begins at Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards, and will end at the Veterans Memorial Triangle at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue.

Sponsors for this year’s parade include the Laurelton Lions Club, American Legion Benjamin Moore Post 1946, Garden Club of Laurelton, Federated Blocks of Laurelton and Concerned Citizens of Laurelton in Conjunction with Col. Edward O. Gourdin VFW POST 5298.

Whitestone
The Whitestone Memorial Day Parade will honor veterans and public servants from the community on Monday, May 25. The event will begin at noon at Whitestone Memorial Park at 149th Street and 15th Drive with a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the parade will commence and follow a rectangular route around the neighborhood back to Whitestone Memorial Park. Jim Dunn, a veteran from The American Legion in Whitestone, will serve as the grand marshal.

The parade will feature classic cars, elected officials, children from local sports leagues, and it will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Whitestone’s Engine 295/Ladder 144 of the FDNY. For additional, information or to volunteer call Devon O’Connor, parade chairman, at 718-757-8546.

Woodside/Sunnyside
This year the St. Sebastian’s War Veterans will host the Woodside Memorial Day Parade to honor fellow veterans on Monday starting at 11 a.m. Parade participants will get together at the St. Sebastian’s School yard located at the corner of Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and John V. Daniels Jr. Post No 2813 in Sunnyside will host a Memorial Day event to honor veterans on Monday at 11 a.m. The event will be held at John Vincent Daniels Square, located on Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street. During the ceremony, a wreath will be placed at the flagpole in the middle of the park.

Little Neck/Douglaston
This year’s Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Monday, pays special tribute to Vietnam War veterans. Dr. Loree Sutton, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs, will serve as grand marshal of the march sponsored by the Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Association.

The march begins in Great Neck from the corner of Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard, then proceeds west on the boulevard to the yard of St. Anastasia’s Church, located near Northern Boulevard and 245th Street.

College Point to celebrate Memorial Day with 11-year-old Poppy Queen


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Photo courtesy of the Feehan family

This year’s Memorial Day Parade in College Point has a pretty Poppy Queen with a patriotic heritage.

Julia Elizabeth Feehan, a fifth-grader at a local Catholic school, is a talented young performance artist who enjoys acting, singing and dancing, and both her paternal and maternal grandfathers served in the U.S. Army.

“I enjoy the spotlight sometimes so it’s nice to do that and honor the soldiers at the same time,” Feehan said.

Her paternal grandfather, William Feehan, was a veteran of the Korean War who served from 1951 to 1953. He spent his professional years after 1959 as a New York City firefighter until he lost his life as a first deputy fire commissioner responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Feehan’s maternal grandfather, Bob Fetonte, served in the U.S. Army in 1961 and was honorably discharged.

Julia’s father, John, was also involved in public service, serving as a corpsman in the Army Reserve from 1999 to 2003 with Fleet Hospital in Fort Dix. He is now a chief in the FDNY.

The grand marshal of the parade will be Army veteran Louis A. Di Agostino. Di Agostino was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart after serving in the Korean War, and he will be leading the way for marching bands, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the First Reformed Church, among other youth groups and service organizations.

The parade is set to start at 2 p.m. on May 24.

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Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day march to honor Vietnam vets


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Vietnam War veterans and the city’s top veterans’ advocate will be recognized in a special way during the 85th Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.

Regarded as the largest Memorial Day march in the country, the parade will feature as many as a dozen bands including the West Point marching band from the U.S. Military Academy. This year’s march will place additional emphasis on Vietnam War veterans, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of American involvement in the conflict. More than 58,200 American soldiers died in the decade-long war.

“We felt it was long past time to specially honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice there and those who bear the memory of their fallen brothers and sisters,” said Douglas Montgomery, who co-chairs the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Association.

Leading this year’s march as grand marshal will be Dr. Loree Sutton, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, who also is a retired Army brigadier general. Sutton served as the command surgeon for the Multinational Force in Iraq and was previously deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt. She earned various military honors including the Bronze Star Medal, the Presidential Service Badge (White House Fellow) and the Legion of Merit.

The association will also honor Douglaston resident Carl F. Mattone, president of Mattone Group LLC, as its man of the year. Along with developing numerous large-scale projects throughout Queens, Mattone contributes to his alma mater, Holy Cross High School, and various charitable organizations including the Queens Library Foundation, the Italian Charities of America, the Order of Sons of Italy, the American Cancer Society, the Queens Museum of Art and the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program at College Point’s P.S. 129.

Lidia Bastianich, the Emmy-winning host of her own PBS cooking show and Douglas Manor resident, will also be recognized as the association’s woman of the year. Bastianich opened her first restaurant in Forest Hills, and over the years expanded her culinary empire across the country. Like Mattone, she is active in a host of charitable causes, providing support to the Bowery Mission, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Global Orphan Project, the Italian American Committee on Education and the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

The association will also recognize Jerry Vilbig with its community service award. Vilbig served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and is presently vice commander of American Legion Post 103 in Douglaston, which sponsored the first Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. He is an active member of the Udall’s Cove Preservation Society board of directors.

Scheduled to take place rain or shine, the march steps off at 2 p.m. on May 25 in Great Neck from the corner of Northern Boulevard and Jayson Avenue. Participants will head west along Northern Boulevard to the yard of St. Anastasia’s Church, located near Northern Boulevard and 245th Street.

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PHOTOS: Queens marks Memorial Day 2014


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Photos by Queens Courier staff

Memorial Day was marked all around Queens County with parades and commemorations honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers.

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade held its 87th annual march on Monday, May 26. The event was marked with more than 2,000 marchers and spectators converging on Northern Boulevard, according to the parade’s sponsor, the American Legion Post #103.
Maria Giuffre sat on the curb with her dog, Rosie, and her kids as the parade started.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. (Photo by Dominick Totino Photography)

“We came early to get good seats because we’re very lucky to have this parade,” she said. “I like to watch all of the bands and get a taste of the local flavor of this area.”
Giuffre’s son, Michael, held an American flag in his hand and tried to stay cool by hiding in the shade under a tree.

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“I like all the old cars,” he said. “They’re really cool and different.”

Among the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Charles Schumer and Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined the ranks to celebrate Memorial Day.

Maspeth Memorial Day Parade

Parades were also held in Maspeth, College Point and Whitestone throughout the weekend and Monday. In College Point, Vietnam veteran Tom Lee recalled people he’d lost over the years during the parade on Sunday.

“Memorial Day has always been meaningful because you always think about all the guys who didn’t come home,” said Lee, who was a private first class during the war. “When you think about Vietnam, there were 58,000 who didn’t come home. I came home so it’s very meaningful.”

College Point Memorial Day Parade

Photo courtesy of Borough President Melinda Katz’s office 

Lee watched as surviving veterans like himself made their way down College Point Boulevard. It was his favorite part of the parade.

“We’re lucky we’re still here not only for surviving the war but being survivors in life,” Lee said.

In Maspeth, the Frank Kowalinski Polish Legion Post #4 sponsored a parade that ran along Grand Avenue. Mike Falco, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth, handed out American flags to people watching the parade. The club is made up of volunteers and every year a group of 10 or 12 members are amidst the throngs, passing out American flags.

Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade (Photo by Dominick Totino Photography)

During the 82nd Whitestone parade, Joseph Pantano thought about his fellow soldiers with whom he fought during the Korean War and WWII.

“They’re all gone now,” Pantano said. “The last reunion I went to there were only six of us left that I know of from the original battalion.”

Whitestone Memorial Day Parade

Additional reporting by Paulina Tam 

 

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Memorial Day 2014 parades and events in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The following Memorial Day parades and other related events will take place in the borough.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 24

Sunnyside Gardens Park Annual Memorial Day Fair
12 p.m.
Sunnyside Gardens Park (48-21 39th Avenue)

 

SUNDAY, MAY 25

Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade
12 p.m.
Metropoiltan and Ascan avenues

Maspeth Memorial Day Parade
1 p.m.
Begins at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park 72nd Street and Grand Avenue

College Point Memorial Day Parade
2 p.m.
28th Avenue and College Point Boulevard

 

MONDAY, MAY 26

Laurelton Memorial Day Parade
9 a.m.
Francis Lewis & Merrick Boulevard to the Veterans Memorial Triangle

Broadway Astoria Festival
11 a.m.
Broadway Merchants & Professions, along Broadway from Steinway to Crescent St.

Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
Coleman Square

Glendale and Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
Ridgewood Memorial Triangle, Myrtle and Cypress avenues

Woodside Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
St. Sebastian’s Schoolyard, Woodside Ave and 57th St.

Whitestone Memorial Day Parade
12 p.m.
149th Street and 15th Drive

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
2 p.m.
Northern Boulevard between Jayson Avenue and 245th Street

PHOTOS: Memorial Day parades in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER

Check out our photos from the Memorial Day parades held in Queens this holiday weekend. Click on the links below to see the photo gallery for each parade.

MORE PHOTOS: Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade 

(Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)

MORE PHOTOS: Maspeth Memorial Day Parade

MORE PHOTOS: College Point Memorial Day Parade

MORE PHOTOS: Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade

(Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)


MORE PHOTOS: Glendale and Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade

(Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)

MORE PHOTOS: Whitestone Memorial Day Parade


MORE PHOTOS: Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

MORE PHOTOS: Laurelton Memorial Day Parade

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear. High of 75. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Monday night: Clear. Low of 57. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NE after midnight.

New York beaches open on Memorial Day despite Hurricane Sandy scars

Not all the repairs are finished, not all the sand is replaced and not every nearby business has recovered. Read more: ABC New York/AP

New York City launches nation’s largest bike share

New York City’s long-awaited and much-hyped bicycle-sharing program is finally set to begin. Read more: ABC New York

Suspect in Queens man’s kidnapping: “I made a mistake”

A man charged in the brazen abduction and brutal captivity of a Queens businessman says he “made a mistake” but he’s “not acriminal.” Read more: NBC New York

Poll: New Yorkers want more surveillance cameras

The NYPD’s eyes in the sky may be unpopular with some civil rights groups, but a recent poll found New Yorkers overwhelmingly would like to see an expansion of the number of surveillance cameras. Read more: CBS New York 

City set to collect $550 million in parking tickets this year: Report

Parking tickets may be the bane of New Yorkers’ existence, but for companies with large delivery fleets, the fines are just the cost of doing business. Read more: New York Daily News 

NY officials urge preparation for hurricane season

State officials are urging New York residents to prepare for hurricane season. Read more: NBC New York

 

Benefits for veterans


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The U.S. Department  of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of benefits to our Nations Veterans and their families. In order to receive VA benefits certain criteria must be met. A veteran must have been honorably discharged and had at least one day of active service.

  • Burial in a National Cemetery- Veterans, their spouses, and dependant children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery at no cost to the family. This includes a marker for the grave and a concrete grave liner for the casket. Please note if a veteran is not buried in a national cemetery, the veteran’s family could be eligible for a plot allowance reimbursement of up to $300 dollars. Please contact the VA when applying for this benefit.
  • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses- A burial allowance may be paid to help offset expenses of the veteran’s funeral and burial. The allowance is payable to someone who died with a service connected disability, were in receipt of compensation, or received a pension/ retired pay. The family of a deceased veteran may also receive partial reimbursement if they died in a VA facility. Please note the family must apply for this benefit with the VA to be reimbursed.  The forms required are: 1. 21-530, Application for burial allowance; 2. DD214- Military proof of service form; 3. One certified copy of a death certificate; and 4. Copies of funeral/burial bills.
  • Headstone or Marker– The VA provides a headstone or marker for veterans buried in any cemetery worldwide.
  • Flag- An American Flag is provided to drape the casket or accompany the urn of an eligible veteran. The flag is presented to the veteran’s next of kin upon burial.
  • Presidential Memorial Certificates- Family and other loved ones may request these personalized certificates. You or your funeral director must obtain VA Form 40-0247 to apply for these certificates.
  • Military Forces Honor Guard- New York State in July of 1999 established a program where honorable discharged veterans are eligible for Funeral Honors. This is of no cost to families and funeral directors. If desired please inform your funeral director at the time of arrangements.

The above information is a brief description of Veterans benefits. The VA has a wide range of additional information. You can contact them at 800-827-1000 or go to their website www.va.gov  for further questions. Walker Funeral Home has the applications, pamphlets and other forms available if you need to apply for any of the above benefits. We can also assist you if you have any further questions.

BY PAUL RUDOLPH, JR.
Walker Funeral Home

 

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Memorial Day parades and events in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

The following Memorial Day parades and other related events will take place in the borough.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Sunnyside Gardens Park Annual Memorial Day Fair
11 a.m.
Sunnyside Gardens Park (48-21 39th Avenue)

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26

Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade
12 p.m.
Metropolitan and Ascan avenues

Maspeth Memorial Day Parade
1 p.m.
Grand Avenue and 72nd Street

College Point Memorial Day Parade
2 p.m.
28th Avenue and College Point Boulevard

 

MONDAY, MAY 27

Laurelton Memorial Day Parade
9 a.m.
Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards

Broadway Astoria Festival
11 a.m.
Along Broadway from Steinway to Crescent Street

Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
Coleman Square

Glendale and Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
Glendale Memorial Triangle, located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 70th Street

Woodside Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m.
58th Street and Woodside Avenue, St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church

Whitestone Memorial Day Parade
12 p.m.
149th Street and 15th Road

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
2 p.m.
Northern Boulevard and Jayson Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: Irish Music Concert in Sergeant Collins Park 

Visit Sergeant Collins Park for a concert of Spirited Irish Music with a Global Twist. Admission free, all welcome. Jigs, reels and more. Catch the Celtic Spirit! Fiddle-guitar duo Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga with Tim Alworth on percussion.

[Click here for more info or submit your events]

State DOE slams Jamaica HS in report 

The New York State Department of Education is out with a scathing report on Jamaica High School. The report says two special education teachers are uncertified, there are no honors or SAT prep courses, and science and math classes have been cut. Read more: [NY1] 

Refurbished Forest Park Carousel enjoys a summer rebirth as crowds rediscover ‘jewel’  

The historic Forest Park Carousel, reopened after years of being shuttered, is rebuilding its audience this summer. It has hosted almost 15,000 rides since Memorial Day and long-time residents are rediscovering it every day. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Veteran sushi chef Taka Terashita sets up shop in the Rockaways

Taka Terashita rolls with the punches. When the chef lost his job in March, Terashita decided to take his sushi skills to the newest food frontier, Rockaway Beach. Surf Sushi in the Beach 96th St. concession area was the first location for Rockapulco Eats, a Daily News summer series that analyzes the deluge of finer food that has taken the boardwalk by storm. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

City Correction Department to battle Rikers Island violence with body scanners 

The latest in high-tech body scanners are not for passengers boarding an airplane. But for inmates locked up on Rikers Island and in other city correctional facilities– Prisoners who may try to sneak a blade or other weapons past correction officers. Read more: [NY1] 

Bad call by ex-pol 

In a move that was amazingly foolish and incredibly brazen, a former Queens lawmaker now under indictment on federal bribery charges called an FBI informant at the center of his corruption case — only minutes after he was released on $1 million bail — in a possible attempt to obstruct justice, stunned officials said yesterday. Read more: [New York Post] 

The good, the better and the bad in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE GOOD . . .

Queens came out in force on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those heroes who have fought – and continue to fight – for the freedoms we enjoy.

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed out, freedom is not, in fact, free, and the men and women in uniform – from our Armed Services to the NYPD and FDNY – fight every day to preserve and protect our liberties.

So it is with great pride that we say “thank you,” and are glad to have seen the patriotic displays this Memorial Day.

But let us also remember the other 364 days in the year in which to be grateful for our veterans.

 

THE BETTER . . .

Score one for the community coming together.

It was a long-fought and hard-won battle, but a Flushing Key Food will NOT be replaced by yet another pharmacy.

We say congratulations because, by coming together, the community was able to affect change.

Residents opposed the change, especially since the area has several pharmacies, including one across the street from the supermarket, but the store owner felt pressured to leave the property.

Rallies ensued, and the owner, politicians and even the locals sent a clear message – “keep our Key Food.”

We’re glad to say their message has been received.

 

THE BAD . . .

Seniors deserve respect.

The Friendship Center of the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults (JSPOA) is just one of many facing cuts as part of the city’s budget for the 2013 Fiscal Year, which, if not restored, will phase out programs for members — many of whom are mentally and physically weak.

But aside from the visible benefits to seniors, these centers also serve as a “home away from home” for many.

Programs offered help to keep members active and healthy. Often, the meals provided are the only source of nutrition for these people.

And the benefits seniors receive through socializing at the centers are immeasurable. Most would otherwise face very lonely days.

So we implore the mayor – look beyond the numbers to the HUMAN aspect.

Look at the REAL costs of these dollar-saving measures, and, as one senior aptly pointed out, “[Don’t forget you’re] going to be old one day.”

 

Queens celebrates Memorial Day


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Thousands of Queens residents lined the streets this weekend to celebrate the troops past and present who have fought to protect the country.  Check out the photos from every parade.

Click here to see all the pictures from the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Day Parade.

Click here to see all the pictures from the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade.

Click here to see all the pictures from the Little Neck Memorial Day Parade.

Click here to see all the pictures from the Laurelton Memorial Day Parade.

Click here to see all the pictures from the Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade.

Click here to see all the pictures from the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade.