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Bone marrow donor drive to help toddler with rare disease


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Delete Blood Cancer

An FDNY firefighter and his wife are looking for a bone marrow donor to save their son.

Two-year-old Owen Hogan was diagnosed in April with severe aplastic anemia. The rare disease causes a deficiency in blood cells and can impair the body’s ability to fight infections.

The New Hyde Park toddler, who loves trains and playground swings, needs a bone marrow transplant to live.

“It’s pretty rough, and that’s putting it nicely,” said his father, Tim Hogan. “It’s the most difficult thing we’ve ever dealt with. We had the world at our feet and all of a sudden it came crashing down.”

Tim, who works out of Engine Company 216 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, said he and his wife, Kathleen, noticed bruising on Owen’s body and learned of the tragic diagnosis during a trip to the doctor.

Owen has undergone months of failed immunosuppressive therapy to try to get his body to produce adequate blood cells. He gets platelets transfusions every week, his father said.

“His body is just not cooperating,” Tim said.

If Owen finds a perfectly matched donor, he has a survival chance of up to 90 percent, his family said. An imperfectly matched donor drops Owen’s chances down to 40 percent.

“As of now, we know there is no available match for Owen but we remain hopeful that in spreading the word, the registry will continue to grow and a match for Owen will be found,” Tim said.

According to Delete Blood Cancer, a nonprofit that is part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, only four out of 10 patients looking for a donor get a transplant.

The family has held a handful of donor drives throughout Queens and Long Island in search of Owen’s potential hero.

An upcoming drive will take place Saturday, November 9 at the Floral Park Village Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Floral Park Village Hall is located at 1 Floral Boulevard.

Donors between the ages of 18 and 55 will have to register and have their DNA tested with a simple cheek swab.

To join the blood marrow registry or sign up for a free at-home swab kit, visit deletebloodcancer.org.

“I’m hopeful,” Tim said. “I’m optimistic that we’re going to find the best possible match. It’s a race against time.”

 

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63-year-old found dead in New Hyde Park fire


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

FDNY officials are investigating a Tuesday morning residential fire after they discovered a man dead inside the burned home.

The fire broke out around 8:15 a.m. at 76-37 268th Street in New Hyde Park, according to police.

After firefighters put out the blaze, they found a 63-year-old man in the attic with severe burns throughout his body. The victim was taken to North Shore LIJ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The fire marshal will determine the cause of the blaze.

 

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Parker Jewish weathers Superstorm Sandy


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Throughout Sandy and its aftermath, the residents, patients and staff of the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation remained safe and comfortable, and programs and services went on as scheduled.

“The dedication of Parker’s staff, combined with years of careful emergency planning and preparedness drills [empowered] Parker, literally, to weather the storm,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, President and CEO.

Outside of the New Hyde Park facility, Parker also responded to requests for assistance in areas of New York City and Nassau County, and cared for evacuees from Brooklyn’s Shore View Nursing Home, Far Rockaway’s St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and Long Beach’s Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Aside from patient care, Parker also published and disseminated regular information bulletins and established a 24-hour hotline to update the surrounding communities on services related to the storm. Also, similar to Hurricane Irene, Parker’s medical transportation division, Lakeville Ambulette Transportation, LLC, and its staff provided key assistance to many displaced by the storm.

Additionally, Parker’s gift shop became an official Community Voting Center to facilitate voting for the November presidential elections, not only for its own residents and patients, but also for evacuees who were being cared for at Parker, and for community residents whose polling locations were impacted by the storm.

What to do this weekend in Queens


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Starting at 9 a.m., Church on the  Hill, located at 167-07 35th Avenue, Flushing, will be holding an auction. Items will include collectibles, artwork,  jewelry, antiques, furs, furniture, household items, linens, new and vintage items and more. Door prizes,  lunch, refreshments and take-out will  also be available. Admission is free. For more information, visit churchonthehill.org.

Starting at noon, Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, will be holding a Kids Walk-in Workshop. Families are invited to bring their children so that they can enjoy playing and crafting in the Step Back in Time Room, a space dedicated to the young and curious. Admission is $3 per child and free for parents and guardians accompanying children. For more information, call 718-352-1548 or visit baysidehistorical.org.

York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, presents “Black Wall Street,” a play set in 1921 about a small community in Tulsa, Oklahoma inhabited by African Americans, Native Americans and Jews, all fleeing oppression and living and doing business with each other harmoniously. The play begins when the more influential members of the community gather to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their success, when outside forces threaten to tear down everything they’ve built. Shows start at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Matthew Katz at 718-262-3750 or mkatz@york.cuny.edu, or visit http://www.yorkpac.com.

At 6 p.m., Holy Cross Elementary School, located at 12-01 150th Street, Whitestone, will be holding its 2012 Frenz for a Cause Zumbathon. Zumba instructor Cryss Fitness, along with others, will be leading a 90-minute Zumba class to raise money for the Thoracic Research Fund at Sloane Kettering. For more information, contact Crystal Varellas at 718-629-7762 or cryss.fitness@me.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

At 9:30 a.m., Temple Tikvah, located at 3315 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, will be holding a blood drive for the new year, sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Tikvah. For more information, call 516-746-1120.

At 1 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210th Street and 35th Avenue, Bayside, presents Music
for the Christmas Season. The performance will feature Angelus Choir and guest soloists and is directed by Izabela Grajner-Partyka. All are welcome. Free will contribution. For more information, call 718-229-1663 or visit stjosaphatbayside.org.

ONGOING THRU SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

Beginning at noon, Queens Museum of Art, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” a show that features more than 400 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, videos and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe, and the United States. “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe and North America, and explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined. Admission is $5 adults, $2.50 students and senior citizens, and free for children under seven.

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Lottery hopefuls line up in Queens for $550M Powerball


| mmott@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Mott

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is a record $550 million dollars, and all over Queens people have been lining up to buy a ticket.

“I’m hoping to win,” said Gerry from New Hyde Park. “Every so often when there’s a big one I buy each of them. I buy Powerball, Mega Millions, all of them. I plan on setting up my kids up for their futures.”

The Powerball jackpot was raised yesterday to $500 million dollars, and again today to $550 million.

In response, lines for local lotto vendors have been longer than normal.

“I work at 7-11. A lot of people have been coming in to buy Powerball, about five times more than usual” said Gary from Bayside. “We will probably sell more tickets today. I already bought mine.”

With so many people buying tickets, the odds for winning the Powerball jackpot are extremely low.

The Multi-State Lottery Association reports the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175,223,510. However, the overall odds of winning any prize are one in 31.85. With this in mind, it makes sense that so many people keep playing.

In fact, there have been four groups of Powerball jackpot winners in New York State alone since 2010.

Whatever the odds, they aren’t keeping lottery hopefuls from dreaming about what they would do if they won the big $550 million prize.

“We are buying and redeeming Powerball tickets because it’s the biggest Powerball in history. There’s always a line at the store, but it’s generally not this big of a line. If we win we will donate some of the money to charity,” Chris and Melanie from Bayside.

Debbie and her two children from Flushing have other plans. “When I win I’m going to quit my job and do nothing.” According to daughter Julia “We’re going to eat out every night so mom won’t have to cook.” Son Michael says “When mom wins I’m going to buy a private jet.”

 

Dynamic Events: Handling every detail with care


| skarim@queenscourier.com

Dynamic Events, a full-service event planning group offering both on and off premise catering and party planning services, is striving to handle each client’s preference with care.

Keith Senzer and Robert Kanowitz, the two principal owners of the newly-opened New Hyde Park venue, decided to share the success of their Syosset Kosher Catering Hall with clients looking for something a bit more low-key and clubby.

“We decided rather than compete with this type of clientele, we would rather be able to accommodate them; so we decided to open a venue that would cater to their needs,” said Senzer.

Senzer and Kanowitz’s jobs consist of a variety of things.

“We handle just about everything-from booking parties, to organizing and planning them, menu development, and just the standard business practices needed to run a successful operation,” said Senzer.

Their Hillside Lounge serves as a venue for all occasions, including bar/bat mitzvahs, communions, sweet sixteens, weddings, corporate events, as well as intimate family gatherings.

“Much of this business is word of mouth, but we first need to get people in the door so they have something to rave about,” said Senzer.

While the business is still rather new, Senzer and Kanowitz are planning ahead.

“Our business plans are in the works, but we felt we needed focus first on getting this operation running seamlessly before we take on more,” Senzer said. “I am a true believer that slow and steady wins the race and if you perfect one thing at a time, you will achieve greater success than trying to perfect a bunch of things at once.”

With more than 50 years of experience in handling catering with expertise, Dynamic Events serves to handle every detail, so clients can enjoy their affairs.

“In the future, we would like Dynamic Events to mature into not only the Hillside Lounge location, but off-premise catering and full service party planning as well,” said Senzer.

Dynamic Events is located at 33-15 Hillside Avenue. To learn more, call 516-294-0900, or visit www.dynamiceventsny.com.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 73. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT of the DAY: First Fridays, Summer in the Garden

The Noguchi Museum continues its summer practice of extending hours and offering free admission on the first Friday of the month. Visitors can explore the galleries and enjoy a cash bar in the outdoor sculpture garden. This Friday will feature Center of Attention, an extended conversation around a single work in the collection at 6 pm, followed at 7 pm by the film “My Playground,” a documentary about movement, tricking, freerunning, and parkour –a sport in which participants go from one city to another as quickly and efficiently as possible. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Some Queens residents call on city to spray for West Nile Virus

Residents of eastern Queens are calling on the city to take a more active role in combating West Nile Virus in their neighborhoods. Read more: CBS New York

Queens gas station attendant beats drunk man to death for vandalizing cash machine

There was another killing at a New York City gas station on Thursday, but this time the victim was a drunk who made the mistake of tangling with an attendant who boxes and idolizes Rocky Balboa. Read more: New York Daily News

Vacant lot in Queens used as a trash heap

A massive mound of garbage that looks like it belongs in a landfill fills a residential lot in Jamaica, Queens. “It’s just a dumping ground. The rats have increased, the rodents,” says neighbor Crystal Bonds. Read more: NY1

Undrafted Queens product Machado signs with Rockets

Scott Machado, the former Iona College point guard who went undrafted despite leading the nation in assists, agreed to a partially guaranteed, three-year contract for the league minimum with the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, he told The Post. Read more: New York Post

FDNY adds nine Names to 9/11 Memorial Wall

The Fire Department added nine names Thursday to the memorial wall for deaths related to World Trade Center illnesses. Read more: NY1

Obama makes case for 2nd Term: ‘Harder’ path to ‘better place’

President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term on Thursday night, making a forceful argument that he had rescued the economy from disaster and ushered in a recovery that would be imperiled by a return to Republican stewardship. Read more: New York Times

Market milestone: Stocks return to late 2007 level

he last time the stock market was this high, the Great Recession had just started, and stocks were pointed toward a headlong descent. Read more: AP

Eastern Queens joining together to be less divided


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Eastern Queens is uniting in a fight to make district lines dividing the community disappear.

A group of civic associations, local leaders and concerned residents from Glen Oaks, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Bellerose and Queens Village have joined forces to form Eastern Queens United, a coalition demanding their neighborhoods be rejoined in the same congressional and assembly districts.

“We need district lines that will unite us, not divide us,” said Bob Friedrich, president of Glen Oaks Village. “Regardless of color, nationality, religion or cultural identity, we all care about our families, our schools, our jobs, our safety and our community. This is the glue of commonality that keeps us together.”

Eastern Queens United is urging the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) to undo what the group calls the “gerrymandering” of the neighborhoods between Assembly Districts 24,26 and 33 and unite the area into a single district. The coalition also wants the division of the community between Congressional Districts 5 and 6 to be resolved. The neighborhoods are currently united in a single state Senate and city council district.

“We are a single ‘community of interest’ that needs to stay united in all legislative districts,” said Ali Najmi, an attorney, lead organizer and counsel to Eastern Queens United. “LATFOR must not divide us.”

To gather supporters for their cause, Eastern Queens United is planning a community meeting and rally in the near future.

The group argues that the dividing lines are detrimental to the community, separating residents and preventing them from improving the standard of living in the neighborhoods.

“For those of us on the front lines fighting for quality-of-life issues, reduced property taxes and other issues that affect us every day, we know how important these district lines are,” said Angela Augugliaro, president of Queens Colony Civic Association. “We have a unique community that can only have its interest served if we are united within the same legislative districts.”

LATFOR will make recommendations to the New York State Legislature regarding district lines early next year, after which its proposal must be voted upon and approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The neighborhoods were separated roughly 10 years ago, and Friedrich says if the group is unable to foster change, the communities will remain divided for another decade. “We want to make sure they don’t do to us what they did 10 years ago,” he said. “These lines were drawn for political considerations only, and not for what is best for the community. District lines run right through some communities, which is confusing and detrimental to the neighborhood. We will not accept district lines that slice and dice us as if we are on some legislative committee’s chopping block.”

Temple Tikvah to hold annual Holiday Fair, blood drive


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New Hyde Park’s Temple Tikvah will be holding its annual Holiday Fair on Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A variety of reasonably priced items for children and adults will be available to purchase. Handcrafted jewelry, toys, books and gift items for Hanukkah and other occasions are some of the many highlights of the temple fair, which borders the tip of Nassau and Queens at 3315 Hillside Avenue. For more information, call 516-746-1120.

Temple Tikvah is also asking people to consider giving blood so that they can “help have a safe and adequate supply of blood in emergency rooms and hospitals.”

The Temple, located at 3315 Hillside Avenue, will be holding the blood drive on January 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 516-746-1120.

Parker fosters ‘Connections’


| ecamhi@queenscourier.com

The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park is on a mission to unite members of its management with residents.

To fulfill this mission, the nursing home has established a new program, called “Parker Connections,” the goal of which is to cultivate communication between staff and residents through joint recreational activities.

“Parker Connections” was founded and initiated by Parker’s Vice President of Administration, Christopher Ferreri, who said this about the program:

“Managers volunteer their time and ideas to assist in resident programming, increasing the number of resident activities and fostering positive interactions between management, staff and our residents.”

Ferreri conceived the program after completing his 2011 fellowship at LeadingAge’s “Leadership Academy,” a national not-for-profit organization for senior care professionals.

“Parker Connections” has already generated considerable interest, bringing together about 20 executive managers with residents through shared activities including poker, walking and current events clubs, as well as pet and music appreciation groups. These new clubs are in addition to Parker’s existing lineup of therapeutic and recreational activities.

New club ideas are always welcomed, especially from residents, according to Ferreri. One idea in the works is to create a compilation of stories from the residents’ lives.

“Their generation has such rich history that we thought it would be a good idea to memorialize it and share it with others,” he said.

Parker’s President and CEO, Michael N. Rosenblut, praised the “Parker Connections” program.

“To meet the new and unprecedented challenges presented by the maturing baby boomer generation, aging services must be fully committed to growth through learning, thoroughly-engaged leadership, and cost-effective practices that foster varied, dynamic environments,” he said.

The “Parker Connections” program will complement the existing “ParkerCare Hotline,” which provides residents and their families with 24-hour telephone access to senior management.

Another benefit of “Parker Connections,” according to Ferreri, is enhanced communication between management and its lines staff, as both participate side by side in activities with residents.

“It helps foster and benefit the overall culture of the organization,” Ferreri said.