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PAGE 4                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                              THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017


                                                                                                Crowley on the Trump Administration’s
                      Whirl With Merle                                                              Inadequate Supplemental Disaster

                                                                                                                Funding Request
                                                                                                         House Democratic Caucus  of the economies, homes, and in-
           SECRET SUPPER FOR SPRING STSOCIAL SOCIETY                                            Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY)  frastructure devastated by recent
                                                                                                issued the following statement on  natural  disasters.  We  owe  our
               by Merle Exit         tions that include books…not nec-       Karaoke became the topic for  the inadequate supplemental disas-  fellow Americans so much more.
                                     essarily to be read.  We are given a  Scene 3 while Fall squash and  ter funding request from President  “The federal government’s com-
             Socializing can become boring   menu of “A Play in Five Courses,”  mushrooms were being served by  Trump’s White House:  mitment  to  these  communities
        doing the “same old thing.”  Once   the  first  being  Arcade  Bakery  the choreographed waitstaff.   A       “The people of Puerto Rico, the  must be long-term and compre-
        a year, the Spring St Social Society   Sourdough, Scene 1: Crying.  bowl of squash and separate bowl  U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida,  hensive. The plan put forward by
        accepts new members to its club        Above the seating area there is  of mushrooms were placed to serve  and California are still suffering,  President Trump falls far short of
        to experience four seasonal dining   white clothing hanging as if out to  four people.    and  this  supplemental  disaster  that goal. I encourage the admin-
        events along with cabarets, salons   dry.  I wasn’t exactly sure of why,       Scene 4: Subway had the entrée  funding request from President  istration to reevaluate its request to
        and original theatre such as Secret   but they seemed to be clothing of  of chicken pot pie while Scene  Trump is wholly inadequate to ad-  ensure that impacted Americans
        Supper: The Musical.         chefs...lots of white undergarments,  5: Snow gave us our dessert of  dress their needs. This meager plan  are given the support needed to
             You don’t get the information   too.   High atop at the far end sat  Tarte Tatin.  Snow was the clinch  would not allow for the rebuilding  truly recover.”
        on the locale of the event until the   the group of musicians.  Music,  to the idea that it was an outdoors
            Photo by Michael Shain
        morning of it…other than it being   composed by Alex Thrailkill and  scenario.  Chef Daniel Eddy set up   SACRED MUSIC SOCIETY of Our
        in Manhattan.  It was co-founders   Jeanna Phillips, Evan Johnston  the menu and recipes of which the
        Patrick Janelle and Amy Virginia   claimed the synthesizer and electric  food might be categorized as a take   Lady Queen of Martyrs Performs
        Buchanan’s first attempt in incor-  bass, while Michael Hunter took on  on Novelle Cuisine, characterized   “MESSIAH” and Christmas Favorites
        porating a full-scale musical and   the violin and acoustic guitar, Ada  by lighter, more delicate and savory
        dining production.  Judging by   Westfall on drums and Karaoke  dishes with an increased emphasis   (Continued from page 3)  the “Many
        the attendees, myself included, the   Bradshaw…no Karaoke Bradshaw  on presentation.  Wine was served                Moods of Christmas,” a suite of
        entire extravaganza was a huge   is not the name of another musician.   throughout the dinner.         The concert includes highlights  your favorite carols of the season
        success.                          Actors were seated along the       Let’s get to the show itself begin-  from  the  Christmas  portion  of  arranged  byRobert  Shaw  and
             The event was created in a   sides of the area: Nikki Pettus;  ning with the music.  I loved it.  It  Handel’s “Messiah.” The perfor-  orchestrated by the incomparable
        “space” vs. a restaurant, set up   Audrey Hailes, AmmaTattenbaum-  was upbeat but not overwhelming.   mance features Geraldine McMil-  Robert Russel Bennett!
        with a bar area on one end where   Fine; Molly Mcaddo; Preston Mar-  Actors were always in character,  lian, soprano, Dory Schultz, tenor       The concert is a much anticipat-
        the  first  gathering  took  place.    tin; and RonaldPeet.  They sang  delivered well and quite talented  and Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone  ed event at the church as parishio-
        Specially made gin drinks were   and talked about their experiences  in their vocal abilities.  Although  with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble  ners and friends begin their prepa-
        prepared, one of which was a very   of socializing each maintaining  you might not have ever heard of  of Queens.    rations for the Christmas season.
        tasty gimlet.  As people socialized,   their own character while we, the  them, Niesler chose a very talented       The second half of the concert  It is an annual tradition that brings
        waitstaff came along with two dif-  audience sympathized.    cast and an extremely courteous  features beloved Christmas songs  the whole community together as
        ferent canapes:  a shot glass with        Scene 2: Cold, the topic, might  waitstaff were obviously a part of  of the season: Leroy Anderson’s  the entire audience celebrates with
        a piece of halibut and avocado in   have been the perfect name for  the show. Kudos goes to the play-  perennially popular “Sleigh Ride,”  their favorite Christmas carols
        lemon juice; a cheesy cheese puff.     the  evening  as  well….no  heat!  wright T. Adamson whose book  Noël Nouvelet, a hauntingly beau-  with the chorus and full orchestra!
        Actors walked about as if they were   Were we supposed to feel as if we  combines humor into the social-  tifultraditional  French  Carol,       The concert is performed in the
        just part of the group.   Lights focus   were eating al fresco abutting an  izing experience.  The show, for  arranged by John Rutter, Randol  church, located on Ascan Avenue
        on one actor who begins to speak   apartment building?  However, the  me, had reminiscence of “Spring  Bass’ brilliant “Gloria”, and “Joy  and Queens Boulevard. Tickets
        and sing.                    email sent told us to bundle in lay-  Awakening.”    I  classify  Secret  to  the  World”  arranged  by  the  are $30 general admission and $10
             Patrick and Amy introduce the   ers.  Raw Scallop was the course.   Supper: The Musical as a well-  inimitable  MackWilberg!  Also  for children 12 and under accom-
        evening as we are escorted to the   The scallop was thinly sliced, acid  executed  Off-Broadway  show  featured is “Gesù Bambino” of  panied by an adult. For additional
        dining area, elegantly created with   to “cook” and served in a scallop  combined with fine dining.  www.  Pietro Yon, the wonderfullycharm-  information, please call Our Lady
        white clothed tables and decora-  shell.                   ssssociety.com               ing “Little Drummer Boy”, the  Queen of Martyrs Rectory at 718-
                                                                                                traditional “O Holy Night” and  268-6251.
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                 NYC Council Passes Williams’ Data Privacy Bill                                          Queens’Finest

             The New York City Council       This bill works in conjunc-  utilized to unjust ends.In conjunc-
        passed a bill from Council Mem-  tion  with  a  bill  from  Speaker   tion with Speaker Mark-Viverito’s
        ber  Jumaane  D.  Williams  that  Melissa Mark-Viverito,  Int. No.   bill, this will provide much needed   Italian Restaurant
        would provide additional protec-  1557, which requires the review   protections for New Yorkers in
        tions to secure personal data col-  of how every City agency’s cur-  this digital age.”
        lected by city agencies.     rent data collection, retention, and        “In the age of data breaches,
             The bill, Intro. 1588-A , requires  disclosure policies and practices.   hacks  and  identity  theft,  New
        City employees and contractors to  A newly established Chief Privacy   Yorkers deserve the highest per-
        protect identifying information-  Officer and interagency commit-  sonal data privacy standards from
        such  as  contact  information,  tee will then review those reports   City government.” said Council
        sexual orientation, religion, and  and develop new, detailed proto-  Member Carlos Menchaca. “The
        immigration status-by limiting  cols for minimizing the collec-  establishment of a Chief Privacy
        its  collection,  disclosure,  and  tion and disclosure of identifying   Officer and a complete review
        retention.It also establishes the  information and protecting this   of City agency data practices are
        position of privacy officer within  information citywide.    the right steps to ensure sensitive,
        each agency who will review and            “For  years,  it  has  become   personal information is either not
        approve the collection, disclosure,  increasingly clear that the per-  collected, not retained, or used
        and retention of identifying in-  sonal data of citizens needs to be   only when absolutely necessary.”
        formation to ensure such actions  emphatically and unequivocally        “In this digital age, respect-
        further the purpose or mission of  protected.” said Council Member   ing  and  valuing  New  Yorkers’
        such agency and protect identify-  Jumaane  D  Williams.  “In  this   privacy is essential and we as the
        ing information from unauthor-  time, this is a public safety is-  City’s  legislative  body  will  do
        ized disclosure.             sue, and people are looking to   everything in our power to ensure
             The City has already taken steps  New York City to lead the way.   they are protected. Introduction   Park Side Restaurant
        in  the  past  to  protect  personal  The city has already stood strong   1557-A and Introduction 1588-A
        information on the technological  in that defense technologically,   would require the creation of a   About Park Side Restaurant - An Italian Landmark in the
        front,  requiring  that  informa-  taking steps to protect data from   Chief Privacy Officer and actions   heart of Corona, Queens, Park Side Restaurant is truly a
        tion is erased from old computer  being accessed by hackers and   to guarantee our City’s residents   destination that is worth the trip. After one visit, you will
        before they are disposed of and  other bad actors.  But in this time,   personal information will not be   be sure to be back again and again for one the city’s Best
        with various protections in place  it’s important that we recognize   compromised.  I  thank  Council   Italian restaurants. Bring your appetite and enjoy authentic
        to keep data secure from thieves  those bad actors can come from   Member Jumaane Williams for   and always delicious dishes using the freshest ingredients
        and hackers, but this bill creates  anywhere, and these bills provide   his bill and his work to protect   and attention to detail served by our professional staff.
        protections against possible mis-  a safeguard against New Yorker’s   all New Yorkers,” said Speaker   Park Side is also happy to host your next function with
        use by other entities.       private data being accessed and   Melissa Mark-Viverito.     our private dining area and flexible banquet packages.
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