SUNY College at Oneonta

The following local residents are among the 85 students who are being honored by SUNY College at Oneonta as “The Best and Brightest” students for the fall 2009 semester.

Jordan Aily, a Business Economics major from Douglaston; Nickeema Cox, a Psychology major from Far Rockaway; Ezinne Nwaogu, a Communication Studies major from Jamaica and Curtis Walker, a Meteorology major from Corona.

St. Michael Academy

After a 10 week extensive search by the pastor, Father Myles P. Murphy, with the assistance and advice of the Education Department of the Archdiocese of New York as well as its administrative staff, Saint Michael Academy is happy to announce that Dr. Felipe J. Gorostiza, Ph.D., was hired as principal for the school. The Saint Michael Academy is a Catholic high school for girls, located in the heart of New York City and founded by the Sisters of the Presentation.

Excelsior College

The following local students have graduated from Excelsior College.

Esther S. Lauer of Far Rockaway earned a Bachelor of Science and Kuldip Singh of Flushing earned an Associate in Science, Computer Software.

Assemblymember Mark S. Weprin visited P.S. 213, The Carl Ullman School in Oakland Gardens, to help install the newly elected members of the student government. Assemblymember Weprin told the young leaders that their responsibility is to represent the interests of their fellow classmates, who elected them. He also said that those who ran for office are likely to excel in the future, even if they did not win this time.

Assemblymember Mark S. Weprin (front, right) joins Principal Bruce Baronoff (front, left) and the newly installed student government members at P.S. 213.


Steve Boccia is the new General Sales Manager at Star Hyundai in Bayside. With the Star Automotive Group for two years, Boccia said that Hyundai’s brand-new showroom is set to become the benchmark store for the Queens area. With a lot of new products and great deals – including 0 percent financing – visit Star Hyundai at 201-16 Northern Boulevard in Bayside, call 888-876-9672 or go to starhyundai.com.

THE QUEENS COURIER/Photo by Tonia N. Cimino

Steve Boccia, General Sales Manager, at Bayside’s Star Hyundai.

Fidelis Care, the largest government programs-based health insurance company in New York State, announced the appointment of Dionis Uribe as Marketing Sales Supervisor. Based in Fidelis Care’s Greater New York Regional Office in Rego Park, Queens, Uribe will be responsible for managing productivity and quality for the facilitated enroller staff serving Brooklyn. He will also develop and maintain relationships with key external partners, including providers and city agencies. Uribe brings 14 years of sales and marketing experience, including nine years in the health care industry.

Marketing Sales Supervisor Uribe Dionis


Scottrade, a leading branch-supported online investing firm, is opening a new branch office in Auburndale on Monday, December 14. The new office, at 194-10 Northern Boulevard in the Gardena Place Shopping Center, will be managed by Anthony Morea. “The associates can help both English and Chinese-speaking customers learn more about Scottrade’s tools and services that enable them to make their own investment decisions,” said Morea. Scottrade’s new branch office in Oakland Gardens will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 718-631-1980. After-hours support is available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Scottrade Branch Manager Anthony Morea

Schneider Children’s Hospital recently celebrated the opening of a new pediatric ambulatory chemotherapy unit that features 13 treatment bays, each equipped with a television that provides access to video games. The spaciousness of the new unit enhances patient’s comfort and privacy.

Cutting the ribbon on the new chemo unit were, from left to right Kevin McGeachy, the hospital’s deputy executive director; Fredrick Bierman, M.D., chairman of pediatrics; Jeffrey Lipton, M.D., chief of pediatric hematology/oncology; Arthur Klein, M.D., the hospital’s executive director and chief of staff, and senior vice president of children’s services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System; and Philip Lanzkowsky, M.D., the hospital’s long-time executive director who initiated the construction of the new unit.


The Queensborough Community College friends and students engaged over 600 individual donors for the Third Annual Walk To Aspire, held Wednesday, November 18 on the college track. Two dozen teams, comprised of students, faculty and administrators, with names such as Nuts and Volts from the Department of Electrical Computer and Engineering Technology, The Literati from the English Department, and Team Pulse from the Nursing Department, organized bake sales, auctions, flea markets, parties and raffles, raising more than $22,000. The first prize of $1,000, for the team who raised the most money, went to the Sunshine Team (Basic Skills Department), led by Weier Ye, instructor, Basic Educational Skills, who raised more than $3,500 from 152 individual donors

At the first prize ceremony were (left to right) Yang Bi; David Bekerman; Arun Natarajan; professor Weier Ye; Rosemary Sullivan Zins, vice president for Institutional Advancement; professor Rochelle Salins; professor Ellen Donnelly; and Peter Marchitello, lecturer/athletic director, Health, Physical Education and Dance.


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