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Hillary Clinton visits Queens for campaign fundraiser

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Victoria Schneps-Yunis

Updated 3:22 p.m.

Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared at Terrace on the Park Monday afternoon for a lucrative fundraiser in her honor.

Rep. Joe Crowley, leader of the Queens County Democratic Party, and Rep. Grace Meng held the $2,700-per-plate campaign luncheon in support of Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

It was the second of three fundraisers held for Clinton in the New York City area; earlier in the afternoon, she stopped by a Manhattan function held by former New York State first lady Silda Wall Spitzer. Following her appearance at the venue inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Clinton headed off to a private fundraiser at the home of Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs.

All told, the “Hillary for America” campaign reportedly raised $275,000 at the Queens fundraiser. According to the New York Daily News, Clinton is rumored to be planning an official campaign launch later this month on Roosevelt Island.

Former President Bill Clinton was not with candidate Clinton at Monday’s event.

Prominent Democrats from across Queens joined Crowley and Meng at the Clinton fundraiser, including Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, former Borough President Claire Shulman and former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.

Polls point to Hillary Clinton as the prohibitive front-runner in the 2016 Democratic race. Two rivals, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, have already declared their candidacies for the Democratic nomination.


‘Top Women’ honored during award and networking event

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Allen Ngai

Terrace on the Park shined bright Thursday night as 50 talented women, who have each seen success in their careers, were honored at The Queens Courier’s 2015 Top Women In Business Networking Award Dinner.

The celebration, which saw close to 800 people attend, opened up with an expo and cocktail hour. During this time, honorees and guests were able to mingle, network and exchange business information with leaders from all different fields.

During this year’s event, six women, who were previously Top Women in Business honorees, were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their hard work and achievements.

“We are so grateful to be able to see that they are continuing to climb the ladder of success and be a role model for everyone in this room,” said Victoria Schneps, publisher of The Queens Courier.

Hall of Fame inductees included Connie Delaige, affirmative action coordinator, JFK & LGA Airports; Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, president, York College; Pat Thompson, customer service/public relations manager, Bombardier; Mayra DiRico, senior vice president and director of retail banking, Astoria Bank; Georgiana Reese-Benatti, director of community relations, New York Community Bank; and Patricia Naylor Thomas, president, Thomas Coaching Company Inc.

“Most of my roots are in Queens and to me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is just thrilling, and I actually am very honored to be amongst all these very diverse women that have in each way made a difference in the borough and in New York,” said Hall of Fame inductee Mayra DiRico.

Fellow Hall of Famer Pat Thompson also said she was honored and surprised to have been selected to receive the distinguished award.

“I’m very honored. I have a lot of respect for Vicki and what she has done to give women this exposure,” Thompson said. “It’s just a very fulfilling experience to be among people of such diverse occupations, and the networking is so valuable.”

The night began with Natalia Segura singing the National Anthem and a moment of silence for Jack Friedman, the Queens Chamber of Commerce executive director who passed away in April at age 55.

All the honorees of the night received their awards from emcee Alison Morris, FOX 5 business reporter, and Miss New York 2014 Jillian Tapper.

This year, The Courier also bestowed a Special Award to Main Street Radiology — which has two locations in Bayside, one in Flushing and a newly opened office in Jackson Heights — as a top women’s imaging center of Queens.

Honoree Andrea Tsoukalas, attorney at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP, was honored for her 15 years in the field and for her concentration in zoning, land use, environmental and municipal law matters.

“I feel really privileged and humble to be among these women,” Tsoukalas said. “In my work, it’s really a man’s world so it’s wonderful to see the revolution. We’re breaking through the field.”

During the networking portion of the night, the expo also featured various vendors and businesses, which sold products and shared information on their services.

One of the vendors was Investors Bank, which along with spreading the word of their services was also present to support Honoree Maria Odysseos, market manager of the Astoria branch of Investors Bank.

“We’re very proud of her. She’s an extraordinary woman and it’s a well-deserved honor for her,” said Charoula Ioannou, branch manager for the Bayside Investors Bank location. “She’s our top woman in business.”

The event also raised $3,300 for the nonprofit organization Dress for Success.

This year’s honorees were Wafa Abboud, Human First, Inc.; Stephanie Barry, Rapid Realty; Dr. Mahdis A. Behzadi, Office of Dr. Behzadi; Rochelle S. Berliner, Law Of¬fice of Rochelle S. Berliner; Debra J. Brennessel, MD, Queens Hospital Center; Stella Castriota, Giorgio’s Salon & Spa; Laura Copersino, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Valerie D’Amico, Valiance International Corp.; Ilana Davidov, Davidov Law Group, P.C.; Patricia Dunphy, Rockrose Development Corp.; Maria A. D’urso, RN, MSN, New York Hospital Queens; Janet Elias, Alley Pond School; Sharon Etwaroo, Edible Arrangements Fresh Meadows; Flo Federman, Nussbaum Yates Berg Klein & Wolpow, LLP; Luz Ford, New York Life Insurance Company; Tamara Gavrielof, Signature Bank; Victoria Grappone, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank; Heather Harrison, Farrell Fritz; Patricia Hull, RN, MSN, Parker Jewish Institute For Health Care & Rehabilitation; Vasundhara Kalasapudi, India Home; Malikka Karteron, B’Above Worldwide Institute; Penelope Kokkinides, Centerlight Healthcare; Margaret Leacock, People’s United Bank; Janice Li, Crystal Window & Door Systems; Rebecca Lipscomb, Hirani Group; Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde, First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica; Angelena Lucheux, Tailormade for You Skincare; Nora Martins, Davidoff, Hutcher and Citron LLP; Karen Mitchell, True Hair Company; Ef¬fie Neo¬fitidis, Flushing Bank; Maria A. Odysseos, Investors Bank; Andrea Ormeno, Queens Economic Development Corporation; Eileen Parenti, Renaissance Home Health Care; Alexandria Perotti, Holt Construction Corp.; Robyn Rosenblum, MD, New York Hospital Queens; Miriam Ruiz, The Federal Savings Bank; Dr. Kerry Rut, The Woman’s Health Pavilion; Chanelle Small, DDS, Midtown Endodontics; Dr. Renee Spiegel, Elmhurst Hospital Center; Star Young, Women to Women by Julia; Patricia Stein, Liberty National Title Agency; Avni Thakore, MD, MS, FACC, AdvantageCare Physicians; Andrea Tsoukalas, Esq., Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP; Margaret Ventimiglia, Insignia Renovations, Inc.; Dr. Lihong Wei, Queens Medical Associates; Connie Delaige, JFK & LGA Airports; Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, York College; Pat Thompson, Bombardier; Mayra DiRico, Astoria Bank; Georgiana Reese-Benatti, New York Community Bank; and Patricia Naylor Thomas, Thomas Coaching Company Inc.

Sponsors for the event were Investors Bank, Astoria Bank, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Dale Carnegie Training, Flushing Bank, AdvantageCare Physicians, New York Hospital Queens, India Home, AgeWell New York, The City University of New York, People’s United Bank, Daily News, Queens Medical Associates, Crystal Window & Door Systems, LTD., Rockrose Development Corp., Main Street Radiology, Elmhurst Hospital Center, National Grid, conEdison, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, and New York Community Bank.


Port Authority director, BP Melinda Katz, industry leaders to headline first QNS Real Estate Conference

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will be the keynote speaker at the first QNS Real Estate Conference on Feb. 26.

As head of the bi-state agency that oversees the borough’s airports, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy, Foye is positioned to speak about the major transformation coming to the airports, including the proposed LaGuardia AirTrain, which Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced.

Foye, who was deputy secretary for economic development for Cuomo, headlines speakers from key firms in the real estate industry who will attend the networking event, which Star Network and The Queens Courier are hosting in association with the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). Real estate website PropertyShark, Flushing Bank, Mattone Group and Meridian Capital Group are sponsoring the symposium.

“This event is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the latest trends and investment information in Queens from the top people in our industry,” said Jamie McShane, REBNY senior vice president for communications. “Queens is becoming increasingly important as we have seen projects from Astoria Cove to Hallets Point, and projects at Queens Plaza South and the LIC waterfront, as well as Willets Point. And the members of the REBNY are very involved with a growing number of exciting projects in Queens, our largest borough and the most ethnically diverse county in America.”

Borough President Melinda Katz, who branded Queens the “World’s Borough,” will deliver the opening remarks at the event, which will take place at Terrace on the Park at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and begin at 8 a.m.

Following Katz’s opening comments and Foye’s keynote speech, members of the real estate industry from top firms will break into three panel discussions.

The panels will focus on different themes of the real estate industry in the borough, such as why big investments are being made in Queens, experiences in the borough from real estate companies, and expert perspectives on developments in Ridgewood and nearby Bushwick.

“The Queens market has huge opportunity and this event will shed light on the power of the Queens real estate market,” said Josh Schneps, co-publisher of The Queens Courier. “Our goal is to inform people and network. This event is a perfect platform to do so for the industry. We hope people interested in the Queens market will attend and hopefully make investments in the borough.”


More than 600 come out to honor 2015 Rising Stars

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo and Allen Ngai

The stars were shining at Terrace on the Park on the night of Jan. 29 as more than 40 top young professionals from around the borough were celebrated at The Queens Courier’s 2015 Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event.

During the event, attendees networked with people in various fields, including Karlee Perez, a professional wrestler who used to perform in the WWE and now has a role in a Spanish wrestling show called “Lucha Underground.”

The ceremony was attended by 600 people, a record high for the annual event. Rising Stars is held every year to honor individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership skills not only in their chosen fields, but also in their community.

“This number shows that we continue to grow as a community,” said Josh Schneps, co-publisher of The Queens Courier, to a room of hundreds of people in Terrace on the Park’s dining room. “And I’m very happy to see you all here celebrating the strength of Queens.”

With the help of Perez, Schneps presented awards for outstanding performance to the night’s honorees. Along with Queens Courier publisher and CEO Victoria Schneps, the trio emceed the glamorous event.

“I flew in today just to come here to this exciting event,” Perez said, explaining that she was in the middle of shooting her new show in California. “I didn’t know what to expect. It’s great to be around such a diverse group.”

During the night, the Courier publishers emphasized that, with so many people, the opportunity for networking strengthened the allure of the event. But the night was also about celebrating people’s desire to strengthen Queens neighborhoods.

Also attending the event was Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who presented the Citation of Honor to Rising Star Ryan Marzullo, Director of Corporate Real Estate NY for Delta Airlines.

Honoree Jennifer Smith’s employer, Investors Bank, is looking to expand into Queens by helping nonprofit organizations that are trying to improve communities throughout the borough.

“Queens is it,” Smith said, adding that she feels Queens is exciting and that Investors is looking forward to expanding in the borough this year.

She continued, “We look for local grassroots organizations and we want to work with organizations that directly benefit communities in Queens.”

A raffle event was also held that night to raise money for two charities. Through the contribution of hundreds of participants, The Queens Courier managed to raise $3,500 to be split between Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities and A-T Children’s project.

This year’s event sponsors were The Mattone Group, Marquis Maintenance LLC, Flushing Bank, Parker Jewish Health Care & Rehabilitation, Elmhurst Hospital Center, NYCB Family of Banks, Investors Bank, Con Edison, National Grid, Delta Air Lines, Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Daily News.

The honorees were: Jessica Akde-Elmazi, Sante Antonelli, Stephanie Belanich, Lissa M. Benton, Jacqueline Javier Burns, Nicole Castriota, Scottie Celestin, Martin Charles, Sal Joseph Crifasi, Dr. Joan Curcio, Tommy DiMisa, Sara Anne Fingerman,James Galleshaw, Jessica Garcia, Jason Hilliard, Daniel Hochler, Ken Holiday, Benjamin D. Malkin, M.D., Stefan Malliet, Ryan Marzullo, Kim Matthews, Carl J. Mattone, Dr. Uchechukwu Megwalu, Marc Michalic, Brian Miller, Jessie A. Molina, Massiel Mordan, Sonia Mylonas, Steven Palladino, Karlee Leilani Perez, Jan Quibir, John Ross Rizzo, M.D., Kareem Saviñon, Lyle Sclair, Monisha Singla, Natalie Serse and Jennifer L. Smith



The Queens Courier/El Correo hosts first Latino Stars event

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Corazon Aguirre

Some of the best of New York’s Latino community came out to Queens on the evening of Oct. 16 to celebrate the first Latino Stars Awards & Networking Event, which honored prominent Latino New Yorkers.

“We’ve contributed more than just food and music, right?” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said during the opening ceremony as hundreds of guests took their seats. “We’ve contributed to science, politics and so much more.”

The event, held at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, began at 6 p.m. with a business expo and networking opportunities. It was followed by dinner and an awards ceremony, and concluded with a charity raffle benefiting the nonprofit organization Life’s WORC and Family Center for Autism, helping children and adults with disabilities.

Courier publisher and CEO Victoria Schneps hosted the event alongside two emcees from Fox 5, traffic reporter Ines Rosales and meteorologist Mike Woods. She welcomed Borough President Melinda Katz.

“It’s great to see the Latino community united,” said Thatiana Diaz, who held the title of Miss Dominican Republic U.S. 2013. “When I see all of these great people together in one place it inspires me to make a difference and be like them.”

Photo by Corazon Aguirre

Among those who were honored were Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president; Geraldo Rivera, a prominent author, attorney and TV anchor; Diana Reyna, deputy borough president of Brooklyn; state Senator Jose Peralta; and City Council member Julissa Ferraras.

Along with Mariachi bands and traditional Spanish dance performances, the event also featured the singing group, Voz a Voz.

The Latin Billboard and Latin Grammy nominee artists began their musical journey in the Dominican Republic in 2005. They released their first album “En Presencia del Futuro” under the record label UBO and later moved to New York City.

In 2007, the group went on a nationwide tour of the U.S. and were nominated in the Latin Billboard awards for Best Pop Album and Group/Duo of the Year. They were also later nominated in the Latin Grammy awards.


Top-charting group to perform at Latino Stars event

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of KPA Ethnic Talent Management- Production

Latin Grammy-nominated pop-vocal group Voz a Voz is coming to Queens.

Voz a Voz will be performing at the Latino Stars Awards & Networking Event, which honors prominent Latin New Yorkers, at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Oct. 16.

The Latin Billboard and Latin Grammy nominee group began their musical journey in the Dominican Republic in 2005. They released their first album “En Presencia del Futuro” under the record label UBO and later moved to New York City.

In 2007, the group went on a nationwide tour of the U.S. and were nominated in the Latin Billboard awards for Best Pop Album and Group/Duo of the Year. They were also later nominated in the Latin Grammy awards. They were also invited to participate in the recording of the American national anthem in Spanish, alongside Wyclef Jean, Shakira and Pitbull, among others.

New York native Ronny Mercedes joined the group in 2009. Voz a Voz is currently charting at number three on the U.S. Billboard Latin charts and are number one in Mexico.

Voz a Voz recently launched their latest album, “Destiny,” under Sony Music/Luz Record-Golden Pen. The album includes their 2011 hit single “I Swear” and other songs such as “Un Dia Mas (Loca)” and “El Mejor Perfume.”

Mercedes is currently on a tour in Europe but he will perform together with the group at the Latino Stars event.

The Latin Stars event will begin at 6 p.m. with a business expo with networking opportunities. It will be followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. The event will conclude with a charity raffle benefiting the nonprofit organization Hispanics Across America.

Among those expected to attend the event are Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president; City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Geraldo Rivera, a prominent author, attorney and TV anchor; Ms. Republica Dominicana U.S. 2013 Thatiana Diaz; and Ines Rosales, FOX 5’s traffic reporter.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Fernando Mateo, founder of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, and Stella Mateo, founder of SheRides, a car service app.


2014 Kings of Queens event honors some of borough’s best

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The great men of Queens convened at Terrace on the Park where they were crowned as kings during The Queens Courier’s seventh annual “Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event.”

It was a night of revelry worthy of royalty.

Thirty-nine Kings of Queens were honored on Sept. 18 for their continual financial, medical or cultural contributions.

Courier publisher and CEO Victoria Schneps hosted the event alongside two emcees from Fox 5 News, anchor Antwan Lewis and reporter Teresa Priolo.

“We’re going to have fun and we’re going to meet great people,” Schneps said. “And that is what this evening is all about — networking and meeting great people.”

The Queens Courier also raised $3,500 to be donated to the charities New York Families for Autistic Children and Independence Residences Inc.

The “Kings” were first led to the VIP room where they conversed with one another and partook in the traditional group photo where all honorees donned their crowns and red robes. They later participated in a networking event, where they met with vendors from businesses like Charles Schwab, Flushing Bank and Broadway Stages.

Councilman Paul Vallone and his family, including former Speaker Peter F. Vallone Sr., former Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., Perry Vallone and Joseph Vallone, received the “Men of Honor” awards. The current councilman said his family members were very honored to have received it.

“I think what is happening in Queens is this growth as a county, which is quite amazing because of all these years we had separate neighborhoods,” the councilman said. “Now all of a sudden there is a focus beyond your ZIP code and it’s a progression. Queens is becoming that worldwide hub for people to say, ‘We want to go to Queens and that’s where the future is.’”

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Max Kupferberg, a philanthropist and retired chairman of the board of KEPCO Inc., a business dedicated to manufacturing electronic power materials for military and commercial needs.

But what made this year’s Kings of Queens event particularly special was that eight exceptional men were inducted into the first ever Hall of Fame. They included Joseph M. Mattone, Sr., chairman and CEO, Mattone Group; John R. Buran, president and CEO, Flushing Bank; Michael Dowling, president and CEO, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; Joseph R. Ficalora, president and CEO, NYCB Family of Banks; Michael Meyer, president, F&T Group; Peter M. Meyer, market president New York City, TD Bank; Al Pennisi, attorney, president, Queens Chamber of Commerce; and Hal G. Rosenbluth, president, Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The complete list of Queens of Kings honorees also includes Michael Albarella, VP, market manager, People’s United Bank; Kevin Alexander, president and CEO, Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation; Phil Andrews, president, L.I. African American Chamber of Commerce; Jugal Agarwal, CFO, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services; Andrew Baumann, president and CEO, NY Families For Autistic Children; Peter Bonet, SVP relationship manager, Citibank; John J. Ciafone, attorney at law, The Law Office of John J. Ciafone; Tom Clarke, president/CFO, Clarke Restaurant Group; Raymond J. DeNatale, IRI executive director, Independence Residences Inc.; Dr. Arthur Flug, executive director The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College; Dr. Conn Foley, senior vice president, Parker Jewish Institute; Peter Frantzis, manager, TD Bank; Robert Gaskin, principal, RCGA Architects – Interior Designers; Dan Hendrick, vice president, New York League of Conservation Voters; Dr. Viren Jhaveri, director, Prestige Dental Care; Father Walter Jenkins, president, Holy Cross High School; Sushil Kumar, president, Trinity Tax & Financial Solutions Inc.; Leon Y. Lee, president/chairman of the board, Long Island Business Institute, Rob MacKay, director of public relations, Queens Economic Development Corp.; Alfred Magliano CLF senior partner, New York Life Insurance Company; Steven L. Mendelsohn, M.D., CEO, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology; Albert Perna, founder, Perna Foundation For Kids; Juan (Rick) Rosa, executive VP and managing director, Douglas Elliman; Dennis Weinstein, director of advertising, Touro College; and Christopher Woods, director of DBE Preconstruction Services, McKissack & McKissack.


Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next Friday.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: A view of the skyline from Terrace On The Park

Queens with manhattan Skyline

12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards draws nearly 1,000

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Allen Ngai

This year The Queens Courier’s 12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards & Networking event at Terrace on the Park broke records as close to 1,000 people came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the leading women of the Queens business world.

The Tuesday night celebration opened up with an expo and cocktail hour. During this time guests were able to mingle, network and exchange business information with leaders from all different fields.


Although the night highlighted the work of over 30 women, one man stood out from the crowd. Greg Kelly, co-anchor of Fox 5 “Good Day New York,” was honored as “Man of the Year” for his countless years of success in journalism.

Honored with the award for “Woman of the Year,” Borough President Melinda Katz, who is the third woman to fill the borough president’s seat in Queens, congratulated the rest of the honorees for everything they do and accomplish.

Man of the Year and Fox TV host Greg Kelly with Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President (Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)

“If you look around this room you see women who run hospitals, you see women who run colleges, you see women that help thousands of people every single day as part of their nonprofits,” Katz said. “To honor them today is only an extremely small thing that we can do for these great, outstanding women.”

All the honorees of the night received their awards from Kelly and Ms. New York United States 2013 Stephanie Jill Chernick.

Greg Kelly with Stephanie Jill Chernick, Ms.New York United States 2013 (Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo)

This year, The Courier bestowed other special honors, including “Lifetime Achievement” to Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, Dean/Medical Director, Elmhurst Hospital; and “Leadership in Education” to Dr. Sharon DeVivo, President-Elect, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.

The 12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards also presented “Hall of Fame” awards to Domenique Camacho Moran, Partner, Farrel Fritz, P.C.; Annete Vallone-Rocchio, President, Landrum School of Performing Arts and Precious Moments Nursery School & Day Care Center; Stefanie F. Handsman, First Senior Vice President, Head of Treasure Services, Bank Leumi; Linda Spiegel, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center/CenterLight Health System; and Maureen Buglino, Vice President for Community and Emergency Medicine, New York Hospital Queens.

“I feel very honored to be recognized as a woman in business,” said “Hall of Fame” honoree Vallone-Rocchio, who started her business at 18 years old. “This event is a great opportunity to network and mingle with other like-minded women.”

Honoree Marsha Goldberg, principal of P.S. 46, was honored for her 12 years of dedication to the Bayside school and her overall 42 years of work in the public education system. Under her guidance, P.S. 46 has been recognized as one of New York City’s best schools as it consistently received an overall “A” rating on the Department of Education Progress Report.

“I am so honored to have been chosen,” Goldberg said. “I don’t think of myself as a business woman, I think of myself as an educator. I see it as a labor of love. I think it is great that women are being recognized as leaders.”

During the network portion of the night, the expo also featured various vendors and businesses which sold products and shared information on their services.

“It has been a great opportunity so far, we’re really excited to be here,” said Olivier Guerin, Manhasset Branch Manager for Charles Schwab, which provides full-service  brokerage service for investing in various instruments, helping all clients reach a financial goal. Every May Schwab focuses the spotlight on Financial Life Planning for Women, with special workshops at different retail branches.

This year’s honorees were: Sharon DeVivo President, Vaughn College; Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, Dean/Medical Director, Elmhurst Hospital; Gina Battagliola, Project Manager, JFK International Air Terminal; Kimberly Benn, Advertising Account Executive, DeSales Media Group; Clara Berg, Service Specialist, YAI Services; Marizen Bernales, RN/CEO, Atlantic Dialysis; Dr. Sabra Brock, Interim Dean, Touro Grad School of Business; Tracy Capune, Vice President, Kaufman Astoria Studios; Laurie Dorf, Assistant Vice Principal& ED, Queens College; Rosa A. Figueroa, Director of Small Business Development, LaGuardia Community College; Marsha Goldberg, Principal, Public School 46; Eve Cho Guillergan, Attorney, Eve Guillergan PLLC; Pam Horowitz, Director of Home Care, Parker Jewish Institute; Kimberly Kuchera, CEO, KJR Aviation; Missy Lawrence, Vice President Marketing, Resorts World Casino; Nora Constance Marino, Esq.,Queens County Commission, NYC Taxi& Limousine Commission and TV Legal Commentator; MaryAnn McAleer, Director of Development, Queens Centers for Progress; Janine Michel, Executive Director, Christ the King Continuing Education; Carole Nussbaum, Principal, Public School 203, Erica Oleske, Development Officer, Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn & Queens; Luisa Otero, Life Coach/Author, No Nonsense Coaching; Stephanie Ovadia, Attorney/Radio Host; Heather Palmer, 2nd Vice President, Queens County Savings Bank; Michelle Rosa Patruno, Regional Sales Manager/Senior Loans Specialist, Vanguard Funding; Sarah BJ Song, Chairman of Korean, American Family Services; Donna Tucker, Chief of Staff, Regional Alliance; Tiki Vanderbilt, Partner, NY Life Insurance Company; Denise Ward, College Interim Vice President & Executive Director, Queensborough Community; Carrie White, Classified Sales Manager, Desales Media Group; Mary Zias, Store Manager, TD Bank; Maureen Buglino, R.N. Vice President for Community Medicine & Emergency Medicine, New York Presbyterian; Stefanie Handsman, Head of Treasury Services Division, Bank Leumi; Dominique Camacho Moran, Attorney Labor and Practice, Farrell and Fritz; Linda Spiegel, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Annette Vallone, Owner and Director, Landrum School of Performing Arts and Precious Moments Nursery School & Day Care Center.

This year’s sponsors included Atlantic Dialysis, Center For Wealth Preservation, Citibank, Cord Meyer Development/Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Dale Carnegie, Delta Air Lines, New York Daily News, DeSales Media Group/The Tablet, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Flushing Bank, Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York Life, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, Queens County Savings Bank, TD Bank, Terrace on the Park, Touro College, Vanguard Funding, and Vaughn College.

The evening’s celebration also raised $3,5000, with all proceeds going to charity.



First Girls World Expo coming to Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Attention all preteens and teens!

The Queens Courier will host its first Girls World Expo on Sunday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Terrace On The Park, 111th St., Flushing.

This interactive event for girls, ages 11 to 18, will include a variety of activities, such as workshops, demonstrations and seminars.

There will also be displays covering a range of topics, including colleges, careers, developing a healthy body image, bullying, nutrition, self-defense, relationships, self-esteem and staying safe online.

Attendees will additionally hear success stories from creative female leaders from all walks of life, and listen to mentors and experts addressing topics relating to careers and college.

One of those speakers will be Miss New York. Renowned coach Monica Holmes will also be doing sports evaluations for athletes of all levels.

The event offers even more for attendees.

It will feature a runway fashion show with models of all sizes; a “Bright Ideas” middle school and high school science fair; a career and college fair; an art show with dancers and live music; and a vendor marketplace with booths of clothing, jewelry, books, art and salon items.

Evah Doheny, 7, from Binghamton, New York, whose first release is called, “Put Your Hands Up,” will be performing at the Expo. She also dances and acts, has three New York State karate titles.

A Girls of Merit Brunch will honor 15 local girls for their excellence and outstanding work in the community.

To order brunch tickets, click here.


Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event postponed to Feb. 27

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Queens Courier’s Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event , scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Terrace on the Park, has been postponed due to the weather.

The event will now take place on Thursday, Feb. 27  from 5 to 8 p.m. at Terrace on the Park.

All tickets will be honored at that time.

Questions or comments should be directed to Maria Romero at 718-224-5863, ext 226 or mromero@queenscourier.com.







PHOTOS: 2013 Kings of Queens honored

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Honoring the top businessmen in the borough for their outstanding leadership in business and their contributions to the community, the 2013 Kings of Queens: A Champions Breakfast Awards & Networking Event was held at Terrace on the Park Thursday. In addition to the honorees, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was also in attendance.

“This room represents to me everything I think is great about New York,” Lhota said addressing the crowd.

The event was emceed by Fox 5 News anchor Steve Lacy and reporter Kerry Drew.



Terrace on the Park lease to be up for bid

| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Terrace on the Park operators want to upgrade the facility and are looking to get a new lease on the popular and historic Flushing Meadows-Corona Park catering hall to do so.

Their contract with the city’s Parks Department expires next March, officials said.

The department has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 52-11 111th Street site.

“While the current concessionaire has invested more than $8 million in capital improvements, exceeding the requirements of their license agreement, it is clear that additional infrastructure investments are needed,” a Parks spokesperson said.

George Makkos, co-owner of Terrace on the Park, said they have invested $12 million so far to better the catering hall.

But the 100,000-square-foot building needs “millions” of dollars more in capital improvements which cannot be done under the looming lease expiration date, Makkos said.

“Given the size and complexity of the building, the money that we will need to spend will never be recovered in the time, in the lease that we have left,” he said.

Makkos said he and co-owner Jimmy Kaloidis want to retain and upgrade the catering hall.

“We’re trying to extend the lease for a new term so we can spend what’s needed and a lot more to bring the building to a state which is sufficient so it can compete in the wedding and corporate banquet business as it should,” he said.

The city must launch a procedural public bidding process.

“It’s a huge building. Everything becomes a big deal,” Makkos said. “A simple remodeling could cost a million dollars.”

The proposal process is competitive but open to any entities, including the current concessionaire, the Parks Department said.

Terrace on the Park was built for the 1964 World’s Fair and has been a catering hall for nearly 50 years.

The current contract was scheduled to expire in March 2020 but was amended to expire in March 2014, officials said.

A Parks Department spokesperson said the change is not related to any development proposals at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.




The Courier celebrates the Kings of Queens

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The Queens Courier’s fifth annual “Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event” was celebrated at Terrace on the Park, honoring dozens of notable businessmen and special honoree Steve Lacy, Fox 5 news anchor.

“[This event] brings people and their businesses together. I’m honored to be honored,” said Mortimer A. Lawrence of the Lawrence Law Group, LLC New York, one of this year’s “Kings.”

The breakfast, held Thursday, November 15, was attended by 400 people and served as a networking opportunity.

“What’s great about this event is that we bring together the leaders of our community. We’re so proud of the unique people that we can recognize,” said Courier publisher Victoria Schneps.

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Different vendors were able to set up tables in the Terrace on the Park expo room and share their information.

“We’re looking to expand,” said Roger Flores of RNC, a telecommunications business within Queens. “We’re a local business and we are here today to let people know what services we have to offer.”

Vendors from businesses such as RCN, to restaurants, to airlines all attended the networking event, hoping to mingle with other local companies and gain contacts.

“It’s the networking, the opportunity to meet other businesses,” said George McKirdy, a bake shop owner in Astoria. “We wanted to get in touch with some of the other businesses in Queens.”

Sponsors of the event included: TD Bank, Delta Airlines, Flushing Bank, CUNY, Con Edison, Sandwire, Melrose Credit Union, Queens Library, Daily News, Crystal Window & Door Systems and Queens County Savings Bank.

The Courier does a number of events that link businesses and communities,” said Richard Mazda, an honoree. “I appreciate getting the word out about The Secret Theatre.”

Other honorees included John Antzoulis, TD Bank; Sal Bacarella, president, Garden Works; Gerard X Brogan Jr., MD, medical director, Forest Hills Hospital; John Careddu,  New York Community Bank; Don Cato, Co-Director, Queens World Film Festival;  Sam Chang, chair, McSam Hotel Group; Dr. Michel Cohen, founder, Tribeca Pediatrics; Brother Leonard Conway, principal, St. Francis Prep; Michael Davidov, attorney, Davidov Law Group, PC; Jack Friedman, executive director, Queens Chamber of Commerce; Carl Goodman, executive director, Museum of Moving Image; Paul Goodman, CEO, NY Waterway; Kirk Haltaufderhyde, 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research; Dr. Gerard McNeil, associate professor, York College; Alan Kaufman, CEO, Melrose Credit Union; Mortimer A. Lawrence, Esq, The Lawrence Law Group, LLC; Dr.  Adam Lublin, co-owner, Dynamic Dental; Douglas MacLaury, Mattone Group; Hossam Abdel Maksoud, Founder & Chief Executive, Maksoud Pharm, Inc.; Eric S. Martinez, JD, CPA, audit partner, Grassi & Co; Richard Mazda, founding artistic director, The Secret Theatre; John A. Messer, VP/counsel, DC Solar Solutions; Vincent Riso, The Briarwood Organization; John E. Roe, Sr., chair of the board of Flushing Financial; Hal Rosenbluth, president, Kaufman Astoria Studios; Frank Russo, owner, Russo’s on the Bay; Edward Sadowsky, trustee, Queens Library; George Schmidt, president, Eastern American Data Voice; John Venaziano, General Manager, Douglaston Club; Mathew Xenakis, president, Woodhaven BID; Daniel Zausner, COO, National Tennis Center.

Following an hour-and-a-half of networking, this years’ “Kings” proceeded into the ballroom, donning red robes and crowns, and were greeted by rounds of applause. Videos of each honoree sharing their “keys to success” played while breakfast was served.

Hearing community leaders speak about their business tactics in the past and plans for the future was inspiring, said Steve Lacy, Fox 5 news anchor and also the MC and honoree at the event.

“It’s the people and the sense of community that I’m really impressed with,” he added.

At each Courier event, all proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to charity. This year, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the roughly $3,000 raised will go to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

Sick teen gets dream ‘Sweet Fifteen’ birthday party

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Sweet Sixteen came early for a teen transplant patient, who got the gift of a “Sweet Fifteen” party from one of Queens’ most recognizable event venues, Terrace on the Park.

Linda Shohatee, who is living at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, got a break from doctors and nurses as she partied down on Friday, September 21 with friends and family.

“I’ve never seen her dance like that. I’ve never seen her smile so much,” said Linda’s father, Gamal Shohatee.

Shohatee was one of the first children to have the rare and difficult transplant of her small intestines nearly 12 years ago. However, for the past two years, she has suffered numerous potentially fatal complications.

Terrace on the Park first got wind of Shohatee’s condition from a letter submitted by Kathleen Capitulo, registered nurse and the pro bono advocate for Shohatee.

“[Linda’s] dream has been to have a big ‘Sweet Fifteen’ birthday party,” wrote Capitulo.

Terrace on the Park jumped on the opportunity, and Shohatee celebrated her 15th birthday at a “Bollywood to Hollywood” themed celebration.

“There is no way we could pay them back,” said Shohatee’s father of Terrace on the Park. “Linda is very happy.”