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Auburndale woman dies after collision on Clearview Expressway

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

An Auburndale woman was killed Friday afternoon after she crashed into a tow truck on the Clearview Expressway.

Ingrid Arcuik, 51, was driving northbound on the roadway when her sedan veered to the right and struck the rear of a heavy duty Peterbilt tow truck, which was parked on the shoulder, cops said.

Police arrived on the scene at about 12:35 p.m. and found Arcuik unconscious. EMS declared her dead at the scene.

The tow truck driver was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital in stable condition. There were no arrests, according to officials.



New supermarket, retail coming to LIC

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Rendering Courtesy Winick Realty Group LLC

Long Island City retail is on the rise.

Winick Realty Group announced 12,919 square feet of retail space at the newly-built Gantry Park Landing luxury residential building has been fully leased. The space will be home to three new tenants expected to open in the fall. 

“Long Island City has truly emerged as a home for young families and the three new tenants we have brought to the building will go a long way to meet the demands of this currently underserved market,” said Winick Realty Group broker Hal Shapiro.

The largest tenant, which will occupy 7,590 square feet, is Urban Market. The full-service market provides gourmet cheese, fresh meat and seafood, prepared foods, and more. 

The second retail tenant, Beans, Grapes and Leaves, will use 1,059 square feet to offer upscale coffee, tea and wine. 

North Shore-LIJ Health System, the final tenant, will build a new 4,270-square-foot urgent care concept to the building.



Republican BP candidate Arcabascio outlines plans if elected

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio, Republican candidate for Borough President, said he has been painted as a Republican “one percenter” throughout his campaign.

“I drive a Honda, my parents are immigrants. Who is this one percent you’re talking about,” he asked.

Arcabascio, a project manager for North Shore-LIJ Health System, will face off against Melinda Katz on Tuesday, November 5.

Over the months leading up to the general election, Arcabascio has been going to community board meetings, civic meetings and more.

“You have to talk to people. You have to let them know who you are and that you’re not just a name on the ballot,” he said.

Although he does not have political experience, he said his small business background, healthcare work, management experience and knowledge of his would-be constituents create a recipe for success.

Arcabascio talked to The Courier about many current, pressing issues in the borough. Regarding education, he said he is against co-locations, not a fan of charter schools and an advocate for building new schools.

School and neighborhood safety were also a concern. Arcabascio mentioned P.S. 232 in Lindenwood, and said speed bumps need to be put in around the school’s busy area.

“What you need is somebody to say, ‘I want a speed bump there before something happens, because when something happens, I’m holding you responsible,’” he said.

He also hopes to revamp health care in the borough, and believes his experience at North Shore-LIJ will help him do so. For his staff, if elected, he would hope to appoint a Democrat as his Deputy Borough President.

For small businesses, he hopes to provide incentives for them to survive the fated first year, such as using Borough Hall to expedite city permits and applications.

“If we don’t get businesses open, they don’t hire people, they don’t get sales, we don’t collect taxes,” he said. “It’s a vicious cycle. Our job is to make them survive.”

He is for a soccer stadium in the borough, but not in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park. He also pledged to “work four years” to eliminate the toll going into the Rockaways.

“We need a change in this office,” he said. “Unfortunately, when you look at it, it’s been 20 years of malaise in Queens.”



Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center: Where your loved ones are cared for like family

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


The road to recovery is never easy no matter what the injury, but at Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center “bringing people back to normal mobility” is the motto — and the mission.

An affiliated organization of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Regal Heights offers both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation, and received a five-stars rating in Overall Quality and Quality Measures by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

It is also a teaching facility with education programs for staff and students, and community outreach initiatives that include intergenerational programs with local schools, blood drives and health fairs.

With its unique programs, dedicated and talented staff and overall compassion for its patients, the Jackson Heights facility has been a leader in rehabilitation since it opened in 2000.

“While at Regal, my aunt received excellent care from all the staff and was always treated kindly and with respect. It is because of the fine care [the] staff gave her that she is currently able to be at home,” said Joanne C.

“The rehabilitation center looks more like a fine hotel than a rehabilitation center. Most of the centers I visited should aspire to meet the standards attained at the Regal Heights center. All the public areas were clean, odorless, and furnished in good taste. The food was better than I expected and was served by pleasant personnel in clean, bright and cheery dining rooms. I commend the entire staff for their attention, care and in general their high status of professionalism,” said Joseph S, who was a patient at the facility.

The family of one patient was so impressed with the care their father received while at Regal Heights, that they personally wrote a letter thanking the facility and its staff.

Their father, who came into the facility following knee surgery, was immediately impressed with its professional staff, cleanliness and equipment.

His rehab experience was mentally and physically positive, and he was even impressed by its food service, which made sure to adhere to his strict, vegetarian Hindu diet and diabetic needs.

“Our father was very comfortable and pleased during his entire stay at your facility. We visited him daily and saw his remarkable recovery each and every day. He was always in a happy mood and always had something good to say about each day’s experiences,” the letter read.

Regal Heights’s innovative rehabilitation programs helps its patients solve any problems that come up during rehab, often shortening the recovery time.

An excellent example of its creative and cutting edge rehabilitation techniques is Neuromuscular Taping.

It can be used for a wide range of applications, including follow-up treatment of injuries, reducing inflammation, corrections of posture and treatment of overuse symptoms.

Neuromuscular Taping has advantages over conventional taping methods because it stresses mobility rather than immobilization, while protecting muscles from overexertion.

The Regal Heights 10-day perfect joint program also helps with post-surgery rehabilitation. For those who have had hip or knee replacement at any age, it includes functional, electrical stimulation, closed chain exercises, and progressive gait training.

But rehabilitation isn’t just for joints.

Regal Heights’s pulmonary rehabilitation program, “Breath For Life,” is for patients with ongoing breath issues, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma and sarcoidosis.

Opened in May, the Regal Heights Snoezelen Room (pronounced SNOO-zuh-len) provides multisensory stimulation for residents who are extremely agitated and with advanced dementia and includes soothing music, aromatherapy, a wall of fiber-optic strands lit in multiple colors, a foam fountain, and recliners where patients can relax while touching a variety of textures.

The unique name comes from its Dutch roots, where it was developed by two therapists in the 1970s.

Currently in use throughout Europe, Regal Heights brought the innovative room to Queens to help with its dementia patients.

Additionally, Regal Heights provides programs in wound care, pain management, bariatric care, hospice and much more.

But its programs would not be successful without the care Regal Heights gives to its patient and its qualified staff.

“Where your loved ones are cared for like family,” is a Regal Heights motto.

The facility offers rehabilitation therapies seven days a week as well as 24-hour skilled nursing care.

It also provides the ideal environment for healing with its cozy lobby, meeting areas, well-stocked libraries with free Internet and full-service beauty salon.

Outside, the environment is just as pleasing.

There is not only a landscaped terrace and gardens, but also fantastic views of the New York City skyline and bridges.

The heart of Regal Heights is its staff of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, rehabilitation therapists, licensed social workers, registered dietitians, therapeutic recreation leaders, psychologists and other health care specialists.

Looking at just a few of its staff members, it’s easy to see that they are well-trained in a variety of fields, and contribute to Regal Heights’ excellent reputation.

Chief Operating Officer Kevin Place brings 20 years of experience and a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration to his position. He is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Public Accountant.

Thomas Younghans also has over 20 years experience and holds Master’s degrees in business administration and social work, and is a nursing home administrator. He has experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as with long-term, managed and home care

Dr. Ahmed Ramadan, director of rehabilitation services, who has a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and more than 20 years of experience in health care, helped develop Regal Heights’ Perfect Joint Program.

Dr. Stephanie DeJesus, a member of the American Medical Directors Association, specializes in wound care and has developed protocols that address and promote wound-healing. With over 15 years experience as a medical director, she has brought innovative and inter-disciplinary approaches to caring for the residents at Regal Heights.

Director of nursing services, Norrele Silvero, has 20 years experience in health care, with expertise in quality care, continuing education, infection control, and risk management. She is also a member of the National Association of Directors of Nursing.

Rowena Gaspar, assistant director of nursing, has over 15 years experience in long-term care settings and has expertise in infection control and wound care.

Finally, Estela Divino, director of social service at Regal Heights, was recently recognized for her decades of work, and will be receiving the Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Award. Those who win this award are recognized as having established, operated or expanded programs that benefit the older adult population, have a track record of advocacy and secured funding for senior programs.

In addition to bringing people back to normal mobility, Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has another motto: C.A.R.E. or Caring Attention delivered with Respect and Excellence. And it makes sure to follow both every day.

Regal Heights is located at 70-05 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, 718-662-5100, www.regalheightsrehab.com.

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

On Sunday, November 13, a new law went into effect that bans smoking in outdoor areas of ticketing, boarding and platforms on stations operated by the MTA. This law was passed by the State Legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2011.

Everyone has the right to breathe clean air, and this legislation is good public health policy that protects New Yorkers from secondhand smoke. The North Shore LIJ Health System, Queens Smoke Free Partnership, Senator Toby Stavisky and Senator Andrew Lanza applaud this initiative.

There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Just 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of blood clots and lead to more frequent asthma attacks in children. Secondhand smoke contains more than 250 chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic. Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances and poisons as smokers. Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke.

Now that the law is in full effect, we would like to encourage Queens and Staten Island residents to quit smoking. Did you know that the Rockaways has the highest percentage of smokers (22 percent), followed closely by northwest Queens (20 percent), northeast Queens (18 percent) and central Queens (17 percent)? Staten Island residents have a smoking rate of 17 percent, while the New York City resident rate is 14 percent.

Protect yourself and those you love by helping someone quit smoking today. Why not? It’s free. Call the New York Smokers’ Quitline at 866-NY-QUITS (697-8487) or visit nysmokefree.com.

If you would like more information on cessation or smoke free outdoor policies, please call the Queens Smoke Partnership at 718-213-1550or visit www.nycsmokefree.org/Queens.



Nancy Copperman, MS,RD,CDN                                                                                        Director of Public Health Initiatives                                                                                        North Shore LIJ Health System

Senator, 24th District

 Toby Ann Stavisky                                                                                                               Senator, 16th District