66 THE QUEENS COURIER • OCTOBER 8, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com Enjoying fall at the LIC FLEA & FOOD s people making a buzz BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAFF email@example.com @QueensCourier Put on your coats and head to the LIC Flea & Food for a weekend fi lled with family activities and endless fun. This weekend visitors will be able to once again enjoy Oktoberfest at the popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. Fall beers will be offered from all seven breweries found at the All Queens Beer Garden. Visitors will also be able to take home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch courtesy of J&L Farms and enjoy music, great fall eats and shopping. There will be live jazz music with Dandy Wellington and His Band on Sunday, all sponsored by car2go. Also, just a neighborhood next door, the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be celebrating its fi nal night from 6 to 11 p.m. Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, great food, shopping and the all Photo via Instagram/@licfl ea Queens Beer Garden all in the backlot of the beloved Kaufman Astoria Studios. For updates follow on Facebook.com/ LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @ LICFlea on Twitter. Check out this vendor the next time you visit the LIC Flea & Food NYC Photo Unique Allison Hope is a writer by day and photographer by sunset. Most importantly, she’s a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. She fi nds beauty in those little moments between dawn and dusk, and the way that nature emerges in the concrete jungle to quiet the constant hum of millions of people going about their business. Her photography refl ects western Queens and the views along the East River in a timeless way. Ten percent of all revenue from her photography sales goes to charity to help Syrian and other refugees (The Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which is a family who rescues refugees at sea). Life’s WORC 2015 McCarthy Foundation Golf Outing In Memory of Krystie Karl-Steiger Plandome Country Club • Oct. 5, 2015 Seated: Bruce Steiger; Rick Karl; Pat McCarthy, foundation president; honoree Tina Moreno, The Family Center for Autism. Standing: Matthew Zebatto, asst. exec. dir., Life’s WORC; honoree Edward Nitkewicz, advocate for special needs children; John Beyer, chairman, Autism Speaks, L.I. chapter; Dan Ryan, Notorious Pink. Obituary Maria Crifasi, devoted family member, business woman, and friend to many Maria Crifasi, 92, died on Saturday, Sept. 26, with her three sons, Vincenzo, Salvatore and Joseph, by her side. Crifasi was born on Aug. 25, 1923, in a small town in Sicily, Italy, outside Palermo. The oldest of six children, she was known for taking care of her younger siblings. Many of them considered her more a mother than a sister. She and her husband, Jack Crifasi, decided to move to the U.S. in the early 1950s. Due to strict immigration requirements, they were forced to spend three years in Venezuela before being given safe passage to the United States. Her fi rst child, Vincenzo Crifasi, was born in Venezuela. She had two more sons, Salvatore and Joseph, who were born in Brooklyn. From Sicily, to Venezuela, to Knickerbocker Avenue, Crifasi was fi nally in the country that she would call home. Crifasi always had a knack for business. Operating a fruit store and butcher shop on Knickerbocker Avenue, selling pots and pans, and investing in real estate all came naturally to her. She and her husband bought their fi rst building, an eight-family property on Stockholm Street, only a few years after arriving in this country. She was able to convince the owner of the building to hold the mortgage, and Maria was able to get the downpayment by taking a cash advance from a local bank. An innovator and risktaker from the beginning, she eventually would guide many other family members and friends to buy properties for themselves. In 1969, Maria and her family moved from Brooklyn to Middle Village. Her eldest son, Vincenzo, became a civil engineer. Maria encouraged her middle son, Salvatore Crifasi, to get his real estate license at the age of 19. Maria was urged to obtain her license by a few local brokers, but instead guided Salvatore. Joseph, her youngest son, would follow in the same direction. In her later years, Maria enjoyed calling her friends and family every day, often spending eight to 12 hours on the phone. She would send hundreds of holiday cards to all of her contacts. She and her husband would attend “dinner dances” at the local senior centers almost weekly. She and her husband frequently traveled, visiting her home country, Italy, which she loved very much, and many other places in the U.S. and abroad. After her husband, Jack, passed away in 2009 she would still keep in touch with her friends and family and reminisce about the “old days.” Crifasi will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. A beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, she knew how to love her family and always showed it.
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