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2 THE QUEENS COURIER • FEBRUARY 9, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM BLACK HISTORY MONTH Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) Celebration 2017 Feb. 1, 2017–May 30, 2017 Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm FREE The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents The Genius of Geoffrey Holder A Lincoln Center Boro-Linc Program At JCAL Miller Gallery 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY In this exhibition, Geoffrey Holder a choreographer, designer, director, and actor, who was born and raised in Trinidad, is honored for his career in dance and theater, his Tony Award-winning work as director and costume designer for The WIZ, and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem. To schedule a school group visit, contact Supported By Ntew York City Councilman Rory Lancman District 24 New York City Councilman I. Daneek Miller District 27 New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. District 31 Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 7pm FREE Trapped—a stage reading Curated by Karl Williams, Adjunct Professor - BMCC At JPAC, 153–10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY Amba Chevannes, professor, lecturer, screen writer and playwright, has taught across the Caribbean and adjudicating playwriting festivals in Jamaica W.I. Ms. Chevannes brings her work, presented in Europe and North and South America, to JPAC. Her stories take us into the hidden spaces of our societies and invite us, through laughter and tears, to face our own humanity. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 4pm THE WIZ General Admission: $15–Seniors/Students $10 At JPAC, 153–10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY The Wiz—the Off-Broadway smash hit musical LIVE at JPAC for ONLY ONE SHOW—a special Black History Month Presentation for the entire family! So, Ease On Down while tickets last! Get tickets online at Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 6pm HAPI : The Role of Economics in the Development of Civilization A Documentary film on Commerce and Empire At JPAC, 153–10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY From systemic poverty, disenfranchisement, and the decline of entrepreneurship, to group economics, social networking and independent startup, HAPI addresses the many complex problems that affect the African Diaspora as well as innovative solutions for successful competition in the global economy. Directed by Taaqiy Grant. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 7:30pm United African Dance Troupe General Admission: $15–$25 PRICELESS! Directed by Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson United African Dance Troupe presents the 9th annual Black History Cultural Gala at JPAC that celebrates history, African dance and music and our Cultural Worriors. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) receives ongoing operating support from the Mayor's Office and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Programmatic support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Queens Delegation of the New York City Council and NYC Councilman I. Daneek Miller. Corporate support from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Resort World Casino New York and many individuals and volunteers. 161–04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432

FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM FEBRUARY 9, 2017 • THE QUEENS COURIER 3 Coffee chain coming to former diner site in Little Neck BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI @smont76 Whitestone works to help young girl battling brain tumor BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI @smont76 Whitestone is “United for Sofia.” Sofia Rabello, a sixth-grade student at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. “Sofia loves arts & crafts,” wrote her mother, Dione Rabello. “She can’t wait to be back home playing with her friends. She was admitted into the hospital with a brain tumor and is going through many tests to determine treatment.” While insurance is covering most of the treatment, Rabello also wrote, the family is caring for Sofia fulltime and has had to stop working. In an effort to reach out for financial assistance for Sofia’s treatment, Rabello launched a crowdfunding campaign. To help spread the word, family friend Lina Lodico took to the We Love Whitestone civic association Facebook group to inform the community about the family’s situation. The response was immediate. In mere days, the online campaign has collected an astounding $28,980 out of its $50,000 goal and has been shared 2,100 times on social media platforms. “The Whitestone community has been amazing, as usual,” said Alfredo The new Bean & Bean location on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck. A coffeehouse is preparing to move into the former site of a popular diner in Little Neck. Bean & Bean Coffee has posted signage at 252-29 Northern Blvd., which is the previous home of the Scobee Diner. The new Little Neck location is listed on the Bean & Bean company website as “coming soon.” Bean & Bean has currently has two locations in the Chelsea and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan. The organic coffeehouse offers a variety of hot, iced and specialty coffee and tea-based beverages, as well as small bites to eat. The Scobee Diner officially closed in 2010 after the restaurant owners failed to reach an agreement to purchase the property from the landowners. Shortly after, the lot, located at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Little Neck Parkway, was redeveloped into a two-story commercial building by its new owner, Lion Bee Equities. In 2014, the new owners also received permission from Community Board 11 and the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to move the site’s parking lot from the Sofia Rabello Centola, president of the civic association. “Checks and donations have been pouring in, and within a 24-hour period, the donations have doubled.” On Lodico’s Facebook post, members began to offer both financial and emotional support to the family. In order to make donating possible for those who did not wish to go through the website, Centola offered the civic association’s post office box as a place for interested parties to send their donations to the family. The checks Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS front of the space to the back, which they argued would improve safety and decrease traffic around the location. Signage posted at the location also indicated that space on the second floor is still available for rent. Photo via YouCaring/Dione Rabello will be personally delivered to the family by Lodico. Those interested in donating can do so through the online crowdfunding campaign AT or by sending a check made out to Dione Rabello to We Love Whitestone, P.O. Box 29, Whitestone, NY 11357. “We Love Whitestone is very proud of our members and our community at large,” Centola said. “We always step up and help our neighbors, and this is one more shining example.” Weddings cost more in Queens: report If you’re a couple in Queens looking to tie the knot in the “World’s Borough,” you’d better be ready to spend some big money for that special day. The 2016 Real Weddings Study from The Knot reported that it costs an average of $59,027 to get married in the outer boroughs of New York City — placing fifth on the list of the most expensive places to wed in the country. The report found that wedding festivities in Queens cost $23,698 more than the national average, which clocks in at $35,329. There is some good news for couples looking to host their big day in Queens: it is still substantially cheaper to wed in the outer boroughs than it is in Manhattan or Long Island. In 2016, the average wedding held in Long Island cost $67,831, and in Manhattan, a remarkable $78,464. Suzanne Monteverdi Nail salon scam clipped in Flushing The operator of a Flushing beauty school allegedly offered prospective nail salon workers and stylists a shortcut in securing state licenses, and it cost them dearly, prosecutors announced. Yuk Fung Lam Chan, 54, of 58th Avenue in Flushing, who operates the New Century Beauty Center located at 135-27 40th Rd., is accused of duping aspiring salon workers out of thousands of dollars by selling them fake state license applications over a three-year period. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the charges filed against Chan were the result of a lengthy investigation that his office conducted at the request of the owners of the Grace International Beauty School (GIBS), located at 136-31 41st Ave. The inquiry revealed that Chan allegedly charged individuals between $1,300 and $2,000 to provide them with completed training certificates as part of their application for state cosmetology licenses. Prosecutors said she used the ID code for GIBS on the applications and signed each of them with the name of the GIBS director. Chan was charged with multiple counts including grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing, scheme to defraud, identity theft and criminal impersonation. She faces up to four years behind bars if convicted; her next court date is Tuesday, Feb. 14. Robert Pozarycki Wing Fest comes to LIC A food festival will give residents the opportunity to try one meal from Queens eateries in a variety of ways: wings. Time Out New York’s Wing Fest will take place on Feb. 25 at Studio Square NYC, located at 35-33 36th St. Several local restaurants will be serving their take on wings including Austin’s Ale House, Munch, Mokja Korean Eatery, The Brewery Bar and Kitchen and more. In addition to a tasting from each restaurant, Bronx Brewery and Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey will be on site to serve “D.E.W. & a Brew” boilermakers to wash down the wings. There are two sessions to choose from: the first will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and you can purchase them at Angela Matua