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Monday, June 25, 2018

Jackson Heights

No. 7 train lead paint to be remediated with two-year, $45 million plan

In two years time, residents living under the elevated track of the No. 7 train may no longer have to worry about lead particles imperiling their own health and the well-being of their families. Comment

Braunstein’s bill to curb gun violence passes Assembly

A Bayside assemblyman’s bill passed again this week to eliminate gun violence and help ensure the safety of individuals. Comment
The Fortune Society, a Long Island City-based non-profit that has helped formerly incarcerated citizens reintegrate into the community since 1967, has launched a new program to prevent people released from Rikers Island from relapsing into substance abuse. Comment
The East Elmhurst Library, which is undergoing an expansion, closed its doors Saturday for the second phase of construction of the $8.9 million project, which is expected to be completed this fall, according to a library spokeswoman. Comment

Sunday, June 24, 2018


After 35 years, MovieWorld will officially close July 3

A staple of the Douglaston community will be closing down next month. Comment
Far Rockaway

Meeks faces off against two challengers in Democratic Primary

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is facing two very different challengers in the June 26 Democratic Primary for the 5th Congressional District, which comprises parts of both of Queens and Nassau County. Comment

Maria Grasso honored at Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) recognized Maria A. Grasso for her commitment to Queens and the Flushing community at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala last week at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. Comment
Flushing Town Hall has a celebration planned to honor jazz legend Jimmy Heath’s Queens Jazz Orchestra. Comment
The Civic Scene

We should celebrate our high schools’ many accomplishments

College adviser Nicole Caruso has announced that the Hillcrest High School’s class of 2018 earned over $2 million in institutional and private scholarships, including full scholarships to NYU and Howard University. Overall, she says that 93 percent of the graduating seniors applied to CUNY, SUNY or private schools. Comment

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Flushing World Fair showcases best neighborhood has to offer

Marty Markowitz, the vice president of borough promotion and engagement at NYC & Co., kicked off the first day of the Flushing World Fair last Friday at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel — located at 135-20 39th Ave. Comment
A series of free informational “Know Your Rights” workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants were announced last week and scheduled to run from June 25 to June 29 in five of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens, delivering advice from Borough President Melinda Katz’s Immigration Task Force. Comments (3)

Velázquez bill would create panel to monitor disasters

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill last week with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that would create a panel reminiscent of the one assembled in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept.11, 2001 to review the death toll and federal response in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Comment

City provides $6.5 million for complete renovation of Woodside Library

The Woodside Library will be receiving a multimillion-dollar renovation with funding allocated by the City Council in its recently passed 2019 budget. The branch, located at 54-22 Skillman Ave., has not undergone any significant capital renovation in more than 20 years. Comment
Forest Hills

Poesie Café offers more than just food in Forest Hills

There’s a new café on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills with a French name of Poesie, where the style of cooking is not about the cream sauces. Instead, owner Alexandra Rodionova, an entrepreneur from Russia, is offering “healthy food.” The small bistro with both indoor and outdoor seating has an atmosphere that encourages relaxation. Bistro tables and chairs line the outside along with two Adirondack lounge chairs facing the street. Comment

Specialized test prep program a real success

As city and state leaders prepare to take up the challenge of evaluating and possibly changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools, it is essential they consider the great strides already being made from the ground up to expand access to these excellent institutions. Comment

Friday, June 22, 2018


Mayor announces new marijuana enforcement policy will begin in September

Starting in September, the majority of New Yorkers caught smoking marijuana in public will be issued criminal summonses instead of being arrested, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Tuesday. According to NYPD projections, the new policy will likely reduce overall marijuana arrests in New York City by nearly 10,000 per year based on 2017 arrest records and patterns. Comments (5)

Maloney faces congressional primary challenge

Suraj Patel, an attorney and professor, is challenging 25-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and hopes to protect immigrants from the policies of the Trump administration and uplift the science community to take on climate change. Comments (1)

Vallone secures $20 million budget for District 19

The Bayside councilman has delivered what he calls a record-breaking budget once again. Comments (1)
Long Island City

New York Public Lawyers for Interest to provide free legal services to immigrants in Queens

The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in partnership with Catholic Migration Services reopened their immigration hotline this month to help eligible immigrants receive assistance with their naturalization applications, said Annamaria Santamaria, program associate of Pro Bono Programs at NYLPI. Comments (2)

Astoria man sentenced in fatal park shooting

An Astoria man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Monday for the murder of his friend, who moved from Italy to Astoria only to be conned by the defendant and then shot and killed in Astoria Park in January 2015, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
A Bronx resident who pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges for drag racing on the Nassau Expressway in Queens will go to jail for six months, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Photos: Jiu-Jitsu fever at York College

At York College, the KASAI’s “The Elite Grappling Championships,” a day-long series of amateur jiu-jitsu matches, showed off the world’s oldest form of hand-to-hand combat. In case you missed it, here’s a look at the scene. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Hip to Hip Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to Queens

William Shakespeare died some 400 years ago, but his plays are more popular than ever – he’s the most produced playwright in America, by far. And unlike all contemporary works, no royalties are due and no permission is required to make any changes in the texts. Comment

Queens will support its immigrants

President Trump’s immigration policy is dehumanizing individuals, ripping children from the arms of their parents and tearing families apart. Comments (6)
High Heat

Mets should extend deGrom, not trade him

If you’re a Mets fan, you’ve surely heard the rumors that the team may listen to trade offers for starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. Rather than look to trade him, the Mets should look to extend their ace and make him the face of the franchise for years to come. Comment


Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.

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