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This Weekend at Queens Library

This weekend, Queens Library wants you to enjoy a special family performance by Queens Theatre; learn about Chinese folk songs and culture with musician Yixuan Pang; join us for a film screening and discussion with filmmaker Elliot Storey; celebrate the amazing work of manga artists; see the last film in the Hobbit trilogy; and learn more ...

Open Budget Hearing

Queens Library invites the community to its open budget hearing. Please join us to learn about our funding priorities and contribute to the discussion.

You are invited to review the proposed budget priorities here. Public comments are encouraged. Speakers may sign up upon arrival and will have an opportunity to speak on a ...

31 Books for Women's History Month!

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, Queens Library is posting pictures of noteworthy books by women authors to our social media sites every day!

These 31 books include literary classics, memoirs, children’s books and more.

You can see our choices by checking out our social media sites, including ...

Learn How to Code and Become a Tech Leader!

Have you ever wanted a career in the growing tech field but don't have the skills you need?

Join us at Flushing on Wednesday, April 1 and the Central Library on Thursday, April 2 to find out how to apply for a great learning opportunity and a full scholarship!

Coalition for Queens (C4Q) is a local nonprofit ...

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Queens Library's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center proudly presents “America is a Dream… A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Please join us to learn about the struggle for civil rights and enjoy this all-day blend of speakers, film, dramatic presentation and live music on Saturday, April 4, ...

Invest in Libraries! Invest in New Yorkers!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library have come together to let Mayor De Blasio and the New York City Council know that NYC’s libraries need more funding to stay open more hours and address our capital needs.

We Need You to add your voice to ...

Teen Battle of the Bands

Many bands will enter but only one will be chosen as the winner of  the first ever Teen Battle of the Bands. Come and watch local teen bands battle.   Join us at the Flushing branch on April 7, 5-7 PM.  For FREE tickets and more information, click here.

Charles Turner Jazz Trio Concert

"Charles Turner is the real deal, a rising star with mad skills and a voice to match!" -- Brent Black, CriticalJazz.com. 

Charles has thrilled audiences around the world having performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain and Russia and most recently Jazz At Lincoln Center in Doha Qatar, and now Queens Central ...

Help Us Find the Next Queens Poet Laureate!

The search is on! Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens College and Queens Library are partnering together to find the next Queens Poet Laureate, who will be charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout our borough.

Queens Library is happy to join the Poet Laureate partnership for the first time this year, and ...

Need Help With the NYPD Exam?

Are you interested in the NYPD Police Officer Entrance Examination? The NYPD Recruitment Section is offering a free tutorial program at the Central Library for all applicants who are interested in taking the exam.

Police Officer instructors will offer applicants helpful test-taking skills and strategies so you can achieve your ...

Mar
30
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Homework help is available Mondays through Thursdays, except holidays, for children in grades K-6.


Mar
30
5:00PM

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6:45PM

Monday Movie Night

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Feel free to bring your own popcorn!


Mar
30
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Monday Movie Night

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Feel free to bring your own popcorn!


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Mar
31
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Tax Preparation Assistance

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

IRS-trained counselors will help you complete your 2014 personal income tax return. Bring a copy of your 2013 income tax return(s), all W-2, 1099 and other forms and documents for 2014; unemployment compensation statements; SSA-1099 if you received Social Security benefits; a photo ID for every person listed on the return; and Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents.


Apr
1
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Play and learn with your child in this five-session workshop for toddlers ages 18-36 months, with caregivers. Enjoy educational toys and puzzles and a simple craft activity, and receive valuable information from childcare specialists. Preregistration for the series is required. Please contact the librarian to register, beginning February 23.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
1
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Computers for Beginners

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

Learn the basics, including how to surf the Internet and open an email account. Participants must possess a valid Queens Library card.


Apr
1
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Senior Theater Acting Repertory

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Calling all older adults! Bring out your acting skills and perform theatrical works at the library with a great group of people!

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lego Building Club

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 1-6 get creative and have fun building with Legos.


Apr
2
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Meditation Club

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Experienced or beginner, join the club and share breathing exercises and meditation techniques that may help to reduce stress.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
3
4:30PM

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5:30PM

One-on-One Computer Help

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Learn or improve your computer skills at sessions tailored to your individual needs.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
6
12:30PM

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7:30PM

AARP Smart Driver Course

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

This course, offered by AARP, is open to anyone with a driver's license. The fee is $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers, payable by check or money order only. Preregistration is required in person at the library.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Play Picture Bingo

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-10 play the fun and simple game of Picture Bingo.


Apr
9
3:30PM

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5:15PM

Family Movie Event

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children and their caregivers can enjoy the family-friendly, animated adventure "The BoxTrolls" (rated PG).


Apr
10
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Picture Book Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5, with caregivers, enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and circles games. Preregistration for the series is required. Please contact the librarian to preregister.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Board Game Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

It's Friday afternoon and time to relax with some board games for children in grades 3-6.


Apr
16
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Book Discussion Goup

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

The Book Discussion Group meets on the third Thursday of every month. Pick up a copy of this month's selection at the Circulation Desk and join us!

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
16
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Earth Day Craft

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-10 are invited to work on a craft to celebrate Earth Day. Preregistration is required. Please contact the librarian to preregister.


Apr
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Advisory Group

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Teens in grades 7-12, this is YOUR time! We will have a different activity every month: crafts, Wii, movies and more. We will also discuss your ideas on how to improve the library. :-) Bring your friends!

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Rainforest Butterflies with Steve Fratello

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Steve Fratello provides a glimpse into the tremendous beauty and variety of the butterfly world, and the natural world in general, using displays of tropical rainforest butterflies collected during expeditions to Peru, Costa Rica and Guyana. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Apr
23
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Chair Yoga with Irene Failenbogen

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Irene Failenbogen will teach you the techniques and exercises that participants can practice while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Apr
28
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Make a Cloud Wind Puppet

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-10 will create and decorate a simple wind puppet in the shape of a cloud. Preregistration is required in person or by telephone. Please contact the librarian beginning March 30.


May
1
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Picture Book Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5, with parent or caregiver, enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and circle games. Preregistration for the series is required. Please contact the librarian, in person or by telephone, beginning March 30th, to preregister.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
1
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Board Game Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-6 enjoy a variety of fun board games.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Zumba Exercise for Adults

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Ciara Sandoval teaches dance movements to keep you fit in this aerobic exercise class for adults. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes, and bring a bottle of water. Preregistration is required for each session.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
6
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Story and Activity Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 2 through 3 1/2 years, with caregivers, enjoy simple stories, songs, rhymes and coloring or craft activities. Preregistration for the series is required. Please contact the librarian, beginning April 6, to register.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
8
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Mother's Day Craft Program

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-10 create a craft for Mother's Day. Preregistration is required. Please contact the librarian, in person or by telephone, to register, beginning April 6th.


May
11
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Job Readiness Workshops: Resumes and Cover Letters

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make them the best that they can be! This workshop will cover different types of resumes; how to get started on one; what to include and exclude; and tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Bellerose Community Library has:

  • 7 public computers
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Bellerose Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Bellerose Community Library include:

  • Extensive musical CD collection
  • Collections of Hindi magazines, Videos, CDs, and DVDs

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Bright Beginnings
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-3860
Cross Island YMCA ECC
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-0505
Cross Island YMCA After-school –PS186
252-12 72nd Avenue
Queens NY , 11426
phone: (718)479-0505
Cross Island YMCA A.S. Glen Oaks Campus
74-30 Common Wealth Blvd
Glen Oaks NY , 11426
phone: (718) 465-1665
Kashet PS/Young Israel/NHP
264-15 77 Avenue
Queens NY ,
Life-Line Center Child Development
80-09 Winchester Blvd.
Queens NY ,
Our Little Angel Day Care Preschool
86-29 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , phone: (718)347-7377
So Big Pre-School Nursery
4 Belmont Avenue
Floral Park NY , phone: (516) 352-1173
St. Gregory The Great Roman Catholic Church
87 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , phone: (516) 437-8753
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
6 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose Village NY , phone: (516) 354-6866
Star’s Day Care
246-46 86th Avenue
Bellerose NY ,
 

Community Board
Community Board 13Q
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)464-9700
fax: (718)264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association BCCA
P.O. Box 260225
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (516) 859-1169
Creedmoor Civic Association
PO Box 260143
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 464-3369
Bellerose Hillside Civic Association
80-20 242 Street
Bellerose NY , 11426
Bellerose Business District Development Corporation
50 Superior Road
Bellerose Village NY , 11001
Cill Cais Players
242nd Street & 88th Street
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-0025
Cross Island YMCA
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-0505
Queens Village/Hollis/Bellerose Volunteer Ambulance
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-2424
Green Meadows Farm
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11428
phone: (718) 470-0224
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11004
Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Prince Post 6478
242-37 Braddock Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-9662
ESL Classes for Parents
248-05 86 Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
Beacon Program at MS 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 347-3279
Natural Occurring Retirement Community Without Walls
58-20 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck NY , 11362
phone: (718) 225-6750
  

Fire Department
Engine 251
254-20 Union Turnpike
Queens NY , 11004
Engine 313 Ladder 164
44-01 244 Street
Queens NY , 11363
 

Local Hospitals
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park
270-05 76th Avenue
Queens NY , 11040
phone: (718) 470-7100
Schneider Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Avenue
Queens NY , 11040
Zucker Hillside Hospital
75-59 263rd Street
Queens NY , 11004
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
38-15 Bell Blvd.
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718)224-5863
Gothem Gazette|
299 Broadway, Suite 700
NY NY , 10007
phone: (212) 227-0342
Queens Chronicle
62-33 Woodhaven Blvd
NY , 11421
phone: (718) 441-1411
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expressway
NY , 11365-1527
phone: (718) 357-7400
Times Ledger
41-02 Bell Blvd. Suite 2
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
fax: (718) 229-7177
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Breininger ParkCreedmoor Farm Park
Braddock Avenue & 240th Street
NY ,
Creedmoor Farm Park
Little Neck Parkway & Commonwealth Blvd
NY ,
Douglaston Golf Club
63-20 Marathon Parkway
Douglaston NY , 11362
phone: (718)224-6566
  

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
  

Post Office
Bellerose Post Office
237-15 Braddock Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Glen Oaks Post Office
256-29 Union Turnpike
Glen Oaks NY , 11004-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Floral Park Post Office
35 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park NY , 11001-9998

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Gregory The Great School (K-8)
244-44 87th Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426-0114
phone: (718) 343-5053
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 018 Winchester (K-5)
86-35 235 Court
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-4167
PS-IS 208 (K-7)
74-30 Commonwealth Blvd.|
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718)468-6420
PS-IS 266 (K-8)
74-10 Commonwealth Blvd
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920
PS 133 Queens School (PreK-5)
248-05 86th Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4016
PS 191-Mayflower School
85-15 258 Street
Floral Park NY , 11001
phone: (718) 831-4032
PS 186 Castlewood
252-12 72nd Avenue|
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4024

Public High Schools
Queens High School of Teaching (Q566)
74-20 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718)736-7100
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 186 Castlewood
252-12 72nd Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4024
PS-IS 266 (K-8)
74-10 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920
 

Senior Centers
St Gregory The Great Community Counseling Service Center
88-19 Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 343-5938
St. Gregory The Golden Age Leisure Club
87 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-7079 or (718) 347-3908
Service Now for Adult Persons, Inc
80-45 Winchester Blvd. CBU 29 Building 4
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 786-7110

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Mark Weprin
MWeprin@Council.NYC.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Barbara M. Clark
Clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 504, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Bellerose traces its roots back to 1906, when a Massachusetts real estate developer named Helen M. Marsh purchased 77 acres of gladiola fields in Long Island for $155,000. Ms. Marsh dreamed of developing a model community which contained modestly priced homes. In the Panic of 1907, the mortgage on one of the properties was called and Ms. Marsh pledged $50,000 of her own securities to prevent foreclosure.

Construction on the first home began in 1910. Ms. Marsh lived in this home while supervising construction on the remaining properties. She worked with an architect to lay out streets and houses around circular flower bed islands. During a drought, she was known to drive around the neighborhood watering the plants and in the wintertime, she also went from home to home to keep the furnaces burning.

Transportation was already provided by the Long Island Railroad at the nearby Floral Park and Trolley service along Jericho Turnpike. In 1911, Ms. Marsh convinced the LIRR to build a station in Bellerose.

In 1917, the property owners ratified the name of “Bellerose”. According to some sources, the name derives from the Rose farm that was found south of the area and their daughter “Belle”. Ms. Marsh always replied that she chose the name merely because it sounded “euphonious”.

Today, there are three communities with the name Bellerose —the Queens section of Bellerose, and the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and Bellerose Terrace, which are both part of Nassau County. Bellerose, Queens, is bordered by Little Neck Parkway on the East, Grand Central Parkway on the West, the Creedmoor State Hospital grounds on the north and Braddock and Jamaica Avenues on the south. Bellerose Queens is known for the state-run Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and the New York City-owned, but privately operated Queens County Farm Museum.

In recent years, Bellerose continues to grow and thrive. According to the 2000 census, the population was 18,687 comprised of Irish, Italian, German, Polish, Scottish, Hispanic, Asian Indians, Filipino and Chinese. One example of the diversity of Bellerose can be seen from the different Southeast Asian shops and grocery stores that have opened around the community.

The Bellerose Library opened its doors on February 27, 1978 with Ms. Jean Dickerson as the Branch Library Manager, a small staff, 20,000 books and various periodicals on order. The idea of opening a branch library in Bellerose was conceived in 1975 and accomplished through the work of local community leaders and civic leaders, including then-State Senator Frank Padavan, Councilman Matt Troy, Jr. and Borough President Donald R. Manes.