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Twenty years ago Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist started “do it.”
Supposedly he was having drinks with two artists, Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, in Paris when the idea of the ultimate “work in progress” show was birthed.
For many who live around Jamaica Bay, life has been separated into two eras: before Hurricane Sandy and after.
The significance of last October’s storm on the history of the bay and its surrounding communities was clear during the premiere of the trailer for “Jamaica Bay Lives,” a documentary produced by Dan Hendrick, vice president for external affairs at the League of Conservation Voters and an author who penned a book about Jamaica Bay. The trailer premiered Sunday inside the PS 1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach.
On a Saturday afternoon at Kissena Corridor Park, Field 10 plays host to a good old American softball game. On one side is the Mets and their opponents are the Yankees. There are pre-game stretches and the Star-Spangled Banner.
But you won’t see David Wright or A-Rod wielding a bat. Instead of high-paid athletes, Randy Novick is giving an opportunity to developmentally disabled adults to put on an exciting game of America’s pastime.
JHS 202 and Robert Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology cut the ribbon on the new library in their Ozone Park school building last Friday.
The postmodern study hall features globe-shaped light fixtures, tables for group study and colorful bookshelves, though much of the tech-savvy school’s students read electronically.
Pat McCabe, left, representing state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.; Lorraine Grillo, president and CEO of the School Construction Authority; Councilman Eric Ulrich; Maryann Maltese, representing Assemblyman Mike Miller; and Monica Gutierrez, SCA community relations manager, break ground at the site of PS 316 Tuesday.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn,Queens) came to the May meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance, in the Fairfield Arms Co-op, to meet some of his new constituents.
Jeffries told the audience that he was concerned with resolving any issues that residents had with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding Hurricane Sandy.
City officials broke ground Tuesday for a new K through 5 school in Ozone Park that is being constructed on the site of a former Catholic school.
The new school, called PS 316, is located at 90-07 101 Ave and will serve 444 students from the Ozone Park community and is currently slated to open in September 2014. It will feature reading and speech resource rooms, a library, guidance room and a medical suite. Two of the 20 classrooms in the school will be dedicated to District 75 students.
The race for the 19th Council District has a set candidate for the Republican Party. Well, it had one up until Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested on corruption charges in April.
The incumbent has since announced he will not seek re-election, leaving the door open for a fresh-faced Republican to enter a field that is seemingly growing in number by the week.
Rose Guida, a chairwoman of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 14.
A Richmond Hill resident for most of her life, Guida attended PS 108 and John Adams High School. She has been involved in a number of charities. She has also been an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, volunteering for numerous church events. She joined the RHSCA in 1974.
Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was arrested last month on accusations that he took part in a scheme to bribe Republican officials in order to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) onto the mayoral ballot as a Republican, announced Wednesday that he will not run for a second term.
Halloran, who was first elected in 2009, was arrested April 2, along with Smith and Vince Tabone, former vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party, for an alleged plot to solicit bribes to acquire a Wilson Pakula for Smith, a Democrat, in order for him to get a place on the GOP primary ballot for mayor. He was indicted late last month.
The ornate marble building on Beach Channel Drive, just east of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, looks like a ruin you’d find in some ancient city in Europe. But in reality, it’s representative of a more recent era.
The Greek-revival structure at 90-01 Beach Channel Drive once was a courthouse until Queens unified its court system in the 1970s.
The Richmond Hill South Civic Association presented a shower of honors on Tuesday to Michael Matarazzo, who has owned his Liberty 1 Hour Photo shop at 115-07 Liberty Ave. for 24 years.
A Richmond Hill native, Matarazzo is known for his involvement in the Liberty Avenue Development Corp. and for helping organize the Liberty Avenue street fairs. He has also donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as New York Families for Autistic Children. He also takes graduation pictures for Ms. Marie’s Children’s Hour and the St. Mary Gate of Heaven pre-Kindergarten program.
You can judge a person’s character by the company they keep “Defending the chairman”(Serphin R. Maltese, Frank Padavan and Michael J. Abel, Letters, April 18) concerning current Queens County Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa.
The indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone are just the latest chapter in the spiraling decline over the past three decades of the once-relevant Queens County GOP.
One way of judging the health of any political party is looking at the number of candidates who qualify for ballot status on their line.
Up until the 1980s, the GOP routinely qualified candidates for all Congressional, state Senate, Assembly and City Council seats.
After the 1982 reapportionment, Democrats eliminated the districts of Queens GOP Assembly members Rosemary Gunning, John LoPresto, John Flack, Al DelliBovi and John Esposito. Sen.Padavan voted for this plan as it protected both his and the late Sen. Martin Knorr’sown gerrymandered districts.
In 2012, there wereno GOP candidates on the ballot for one of six Congressional, three of seven state Senate and 13 out of 18 state Assembly races in the general election. Watch how many Democratic City Council members will geta free pass with no GOP opponent this year.
After being elected in 1972, Padavan listed Republican-Conservative affiliations on his headquarters’ storefront. In the 1990s the Padavan and Assemblyman Doug Prescott team proudly campaigned as your local Republican/Conservative team. But Republican and Tea Party activists in 2010 were disappointed by Padavan’s campaign headquarters. There was no literature, bumper stickers, posters or lawn signs for his fellow GOP running mates.
A party’s ticket is only strong when all the candidates, from top to bottom, work as a team. Republicans are in trouble when they are afraid to identify party affiliations and campaign on their own. Other Republicans were confused with Padavan’s standard campaign theme, “Nobody Cares Like Frank,” when he obviously didn’t care about them. Both Padavan andMaltese failed for decades to build a Republican brand name when they ran from it. No wonder Maltese lost in 2008 and Padavan lost in 2010.
Queens Republicans are on the way to political extinction like the dinosaurs of old! How disappointing that voters will have to look elsewhere for any alternatives to the Queens County Democratic Party machine monopoly.
The failure to build a viable Queens GOP is the inheritance the lastunderdog Republican City Council member,Eric Ulrich,has to live with.
Middle Village native Craig Caruana wants the Republican Party to take back the 30th District City Council seat and said he’s the man for the job when he announced his candidacy in front of the Little League clubhouse in Glendale on Monday.
“We are lacking leadership in this district,” Caruana said in front of family, friends and supporters. “What we need is someone who will take responsibility for what happens in Queens.”
With the help of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), center, The Doe Fund has been tapped to restore and clean up Charles Park and Hamilton Beach Park, two areas residents have long complained were in need of a cleaning, especially after Hurricane Sandy.
The Doe Fund, which helps formerly homeless and incarcerated men through transitional employment and other services, expects to dedicate nine individuals to complete the work. Over the winter, The Doe Fund assisted with cleaning a stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard between Howard Beach and Broad Channel near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) now knows how his constituents want city money spent in their district. Through the participatory budgeting process, residents voted on which projects would receive $1 million from the city.
There were 1,116 votes cast and six projects will be funded. The winning projects were: Emergency equipment for the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps.; a new roof for the Queens County Farm Museum; a technology upgrade for Martin Van Buren High School; security cameras for three locations in the district and, at Cunningham Park, picnic area enhancements and a new music stage.
The new headquarters for New York Families for Autistic Children made the news long before its ribbon cutting on Sunday.
The sparkling new building, complete with giant jigsaw puzzle pieces — the symbol of autism advocacy — played a big role in a video shot by a news crew filmed from a motel across the street during Hurricane Sandy.
The last two weeks have provided a steady list of reasons to be cynical about government as a whole, and the doling out of taxpayer funding in particular. But running on parallel tracks has been an attempt at opening up the decision-making process to three Queens lawmakers’ constituents.
Councilmen Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) were three of eight city legislators to enroll in Participatory Budgeting, which allows constituents to vote on the allocation of up to $1 million in discretionary funding.
“With Courage Shall We Fight.”
That line is from a poem written by Holocaust survivor and Nazi resistance fighter Frances Berger, whose two sons Ralph Berger and Albert Berger were the guest speakers at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center’s annual Holocaust memorial service on Sunday.
Councilman Eric Ulrich said he was not surprised by the indictment of Queens GOP Deputy Vince Tabone in the alleged scheme to help state Sen. Malcolm Smith get the GOP nomination for mayor, but he was disappointed to hear of Councilman Dan Halloran’s involvement.
It might be laughable if it weren’t so serious — Republican operative Vince Tabone of Bayside was “less skilled at conducting a patdown than he was at conducting a shakedown.” That’s how the FBI described the GOP apparatchik’s failed attempt to find the wire an undercover agent was wearing when he handed Tabone a wad of cash as part of an alleged bribery scheme.
But it is serious. Deadly serious. The case unveiled Tuesday against Tabone, Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Hollis, Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone and three other alleged conspirators does indeed, as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “demonstrate, once again, that a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government.”
Officially the chairman of the Queens Republican Party is Phil Ragusa. But if what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says is true, that may come as a surprise to the borough party’s Deputy Chairman Vince Tabone, who was one of six people indicted in the scheme centered on state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).
Councilman Eric Ulrich covered in bipartisan purple powder.
Mayor Bloomberg, joined by Comptroller John Liu, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Councilman Eric Ulrich at PS 207 in Howard Beach in November. Last week, Bloomberg announced the city’s plan for $1.77 billion in federal hurricane aid.
When the city first proposed the massive sewer replacement project for the Centreville section of Ozone Park, the councilman who currently represents the neighborhood wasn’t even born yet.
Now, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the Department of Design and Construction are saying the work will finally begin one year from now.