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December, 2017


Corona human trafficking survivor honored with national award

A Corona woman who survived a harrowing ordeal at the hands of human traffickers was honored with a prestigious national award for her international advocacy on behalf of other women trapped in the world of sex slavery. Shandra Woworuntu, 41, was named the 2017 L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth National Honoree at a star-studded ceremony at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel last week for founding the Astoria-based Mentari USA, a non-profit which has helped hundreds of victims reintegrate into society by offering them resources, education and mentoring. Comment

Hyndman fears attack could hurt boro Bengalis

Terrorism, education and mental patients were some of the issues on the agenda for the last Community Board 13 meeting of 2017 Monday night in Bellerose. Comments (1)

Bayside activist raises winter lodging funds for two homeless companions

A GoFundMe page to provide winter housing for a homeless companions living near Fort Totten has gathered over $3,000 in a $5,000 goal in the first three days since its launch by Bayside activist Gregg Sullivan. Comments (1)

Whitestone community rallies to help family of ill baby

The Whitestone community has pulled together to help the family of a sick newborn. Comment

Mayor discusses new library, outdoor classroom at Briarwood town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a town meeting at MS 217 in Briarwood last week where he updated the community on issues such as street repaving and a new library. Moderating the event was Councilman Rory Lancman (D- Hillcrest). Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Belle Harbor boy dies in fire caused by smoking: FDNY

A young boy was the fatal victim of a fire that occurred Sunday morning in Belle Harbor, according to police. Comments (1)

Elmhurst-based City Mission honored by Coalition for the Homeless

When the city converted the Pan American hotel into a shelter for homeless families in June 2014 without any dialogue with the Elmhurst community, homeowners and other residents were outraged and racially charged rallies and town hall meeting ensued as the Asian community was roiled. Lester Lin, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, was shocked to hear racial epithets being hurled at the mostly black and Hispanic residents of the shelter. Comments (2)

November, 2017


Former bully becomes child advocate

Jamaica resident Keba Cairo wasn’t always an author or child advocate. In fact, she was a self-professed former bully growing up. Comment

Whitestone senior center celebrates Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, a Whitestone nursing home hosted a “Veterans Helping Veterans” event Wednesday, sending care packages and letters of encouragement to active service members. Comment

Young men receive free suits and ties in Jamaica

Several young men received free suits and lessons on standard knots for ties at a pop-up shop organized by 100 Suits For 100 Men in Jamaica in front of Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas on 159th Street last week. Comments (3)

Queens man starts petition to restore RKO Keith’s theater

A Queens man has started an online petition in the hopes of restoring Flushing’s famous RKO Keith’s theater. Comments (1)

Flushing’s Ultimate Champions raise $15,000 for hurricane victims

A Flushing-based Taekwondo group has raised $15,000 for victims of recent natural disasters. Comment
Broad Channel

Volunteers plant 18,000 trees to replenish Jamaica Bay after Hurricane Sandy

Over the course of two weeks, 600 volunteers planted 18,000 salt-tolerant and flood-tolerant trees and shrubs at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The last tree was rooted in the ground Oct. 29, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

October, 2017


Library fines wiped out for teens and under in Queens

Avid readers under the age of 17 can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to borrowing books at their favorite libraries in Queens, Brooklyn and New York. Comment

Queens DA’s office helps clear summons with Second Chance Warrant Forgiveness Program

The Allen Lawyers Guild teamed up with the Queens district attorney’s office to sponsor the Second Chance Warrant Forgiveness Program Saturday at Jamaica’s Greater Allan A.M.E Cathedral. Comment
Broad Channel

Mayor touts ‘steady progress’ for Build It Back initiative

Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City five years ago Oct. 29, 2012 and as that anniversary approached Mayor Bill de Blasio released a report Monday on the progress of his Build It Back initiative. Comment

Resorts World helps with hurricane relief

Mayor Bill de Blasio, charter schools, the NYPD and Resorts World Casino New York City are continuing to do what they can to support Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this week as many citizens try to rebuild after the devastation of three hurricanes over the course of three months. Comment

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk comes to Corona Sunday

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is holding its walk Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The walk attracts thousands of local breast cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and corporate and community members who make donations supporting cancer research and patient services offered throughout Queens. Comment

Low-level offenders get warrant forgiveness

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday that his office is co-sponsoring “Second Chance, the first-ever summons warrant forgiveness event in the borough, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comment

September, 2017


CWNY walkathon raises money for renovations

The Center for the Women of New York held its 9th annual walkathon at Fort Totten Park Saturday, raising funds for operations and services and the renovation of the group’s new headquarters at Fort Totten. Comment
Community Board 13 is hosting its inaugural Healthy Community Day at Queens Village Veterans Plaza Saturday. Comment

Vietnam War veteran and Sept. 11 hero honored with Woodside street co-naming

Lifelong Woodside resident Jimmy Lanza was remembered Saturday as a real American hero and larger-than-life figure, despite standing just 5-foot-4 inches tall, as the corner of 31st Avenue and 54th Street was co-named in his honor. Comments (1)

August, 2017

Rebuilding Together NYC and volunteers from insurance company Lloyd’s America helped in fixing a Jamaica resident’s home last week. Comment
The Civic Scene

Nine new BSA laws will help neighborhoods

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is a five-member city agency, appointed by the mayor, whose purpose is to pass or reject variances to the zoning laws in a location when an owner wants to weaken the zoning and build more than the zoning permits. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Miller secures over $5 million in capital projects budget for 2018

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) secured over $5 million for technology, 11 schools, parks and a hospital in the capital projects budget for 2018. Comments (4)
South Ozone Park

American Cancer Society of Queens holds breakfast event

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Queens held a breakfast Tuesday at Resorts World in South Ozone Park to kick off preparations for its annual Queens walk. Comment
Springfield Gardens

116th Precinct slowly on its way to southeast Queens

Several elected officials met with southeast Queens block associations and St. Clare’s Academy for a town hall briefing last week at Birch Early Childhood Center in Springfield Gardens to discuss the new 116th Precinct. Comment
During the last two winters, Sunnyside resident Regina Shandley and members of the United Forties civic association have volunteered to collect socks for residents of homeless shelters that operate at hotels in Woodside. The sock drives started after a woman at the Metro Hotel on Queens Boulevard told Shandley that most of the residents there had only one pair of socks for the entire winter. Comments (3)

Mayor reveals new study to combat flooding in southeast Queens

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s week-long blitz of Queens, his administration announced a new feasibility study for a groundwater drainage project in the southeast region of the borough. Comments (1)

Our Lady of the Snows flourishing

Aug. 5 is the ninth anniversary of the main church building at Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park. Comments (7)

July, 2017

Long Island City

SchoolFood to serve over 7.5 million free meals in all five boroughs throughout the summer

Free breakfast and lunch is being served to kids 18-and-under at thousands of select sites in all five boroughs, as part of the city Department of Education’s Summer Meals program called SchoolFood. Comments (1)

Muslim legal summit on rights held in Astoria

Muslim community leaders gathered in Astoria for a legal conference featuring some of the country’s top civil rights lawyers. The Muslim Legal Fund of America hosted the Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference all-day Saturday at the IBN SINA Center at 46-01 20th Ave. Topics discussed ranged from the travel ban, immigrant rights and mosque operations. Comments (2)

Police, Safe Horizon target homelessness

The 102nd Precinct and Safe Horizon, an agency that helps victims of violence, has created a new program called the Crime Victims Assistance Program. Comment

Helping Hands

Amid the grim statistics on the city’s ballooning homeless population, there are moments that speak to the arc of the human spirit and the resilience of young people left on the margins. Comment

Flushing cyclist gears up for PMC race in Boston

Flushing cyclist Hoyin Tong will ride up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge this August. Comment

E-waste event set for Flushing residents

Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) teamed up with the city Department of Sanitation and the Lower East Side Ecology Center to host an e-waste event where residents can drop off unwanted electronics. Comment
Ozone Park

Homeless get a boon: Ozone Park drop-in center opens

Ozone Park’s highly debated drop-in center has opened. Comment

June, 2017

Officers of the 103rd Precinct held a neighborhood community meeting Tuesday on unlicensed mechanics, abandoned cars and prostitution. Comments (1)

Kim, Urban Upground celebrate successful 2017 tax season

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and staffers from Urban Unbound celebrated the conclusion of a successful 2017 partnership in providing free tax services for his constituents. Comment

State, local officials gather to honor community leader

For Seymour Schwartz, a retired pharmaceutical executive who devoted his entire life to the betterment of society, it was like an episode of “This is your life,” the old TV reality-documentary show from 1952 to 1961 where the host would take the guest through a retrospective of their lives with surprise appearances by colleagues. Comment
The Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Jamaica will be participating in a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program Saturday. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Philanthropist’s grant lifts spirits at Songs of Love

For so many years, Songs of Love has been putting smiles on kids’ faces with uplifting personalized songs recorded just for them. Comments (1)

Woodside honors Jimmy Lanza on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is always a solemn occasion for Woodside residents as the 11377 zip code lost more men in combat during the Vietnam War than any other zip code in the country. Comment

2017 Queens SOUP winner Tinker Lab awarded $1,000

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce awarded $1,000 to the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum for its Tinker Lab, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math education program for local children , Comment

May, 2017

Queens Village

Blind Queens Village man honored for his service

One of the outstanding employees at Alphapointe NY, a Brooklyn company that hires the blind, is Yuet Yuen Chao,84, who is also known as Charlie. Comments (1)

Jamaica Ball set for Saturday

“Party with a Purpose,” is the name of the sixth annual Jamaica Ball, which will usher in the 10th anniversary celebration of the cultural non-profit A Better Jamaica. Comment
Jamaica Hills ►Video

Chapin Nursing Home honors 14 seniors who are 99 and older

Chapin Nursing Home will be inducting 14 seniors during its second Annual Century Club celebration. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Queens Community House hosts annual Youth Leadership Conference

Queens Community House is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year. Registration is underway for the 18th annual Youth Leadership Conference set for Saturday, May 20. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

FDNY holds town hall on fire safety measures

A town hall for fire safety awareness was held last week at the Campus Magnet High School, just two blocks from Melody Edwards’ wake at Mount Moriah AME Church in Cambria Heights hours earlier. Comment
St. Albans

A special Mother’s Day thanks to HelpUSA

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, some moms are beginning to celebrate their resiliency thanks to the guidance of HELP USA, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that aids individuals in transitional housing. Comments (1)
Community Service

Six ‘Women of Distinction’ recognized by CWNY

Trailblazers were honored Saturday Douglaston Manor by the Center for the Women of New York during the non-profit’s 30th anniversary celebration. Comments (2)

District Council 9 painters help Tourette’s Association in Bayside add new flair

Volunteers from painters union District Council 9 and IUPAT Painters & Allied Trades were in Bayside on Earth Day, April 22, to add a much-needed fresh coat of paint to Tourette Association of America’s headquarters. Comment
South Jamaica

113th Precinct to give out suits and dresses for prom Saturday

Five lucky seniors from the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in South Jamaica are slated to receive suits and dresses for their senior high school prom Saturday . Comment
Queens community projects were able to network and compete for funding at Queens SOUP Saturday afternoon. Comment

Crowley, Barnwell attend Maspeth Earth Day recycling event

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank held its semi-annual recycling fair for Earth Day Saturday. Comments (1)

April, 2017


Girl Scout troop from LIC homeless shelter honored at City Hall

The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 were honored by the City Council Tuesday for making history as the first troop in New York City history exclusively for homeless girls. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) presented each of the girls with a proclamation to celebrate their founding last month. Comments (1)

Girl Scout Promise

There are miracles after all, and one just happened in Queens. Comment
Comitato Festa Di Maria SS Del Romitello De Borgetto is more than just a mouthful. The East Elmhurst social club, founded in 1979 by Steve Giambrone, 81, has been a slice of home for him and other Sicilians in the neighborhood who came to the United States from Borgetto, a mountain town about a half-hour drive south of Palermo. Comments (1)
Long Island City

City’s first Girl Scout troop for homeless girls established in Long Island City shelter

The lives of 22 girls living in a Long Island City shelter for homeless families have improved dramatically thanks to a collaborative effort by several concerned adults. Comments (1)

Queens businesses help send medical supplies to aid Venezuelan protesters

Queens business owners are coming together to send aid to Venezuelans injured during violent protest amid the economic crisis gripping the South American country. Comments (1)

Korean Center to run PSA’s for National Crime Victims Week

The Korean American Family Service Center will use radio to reach out to victims of crime during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Comments (1)

Yeshiva hosts E-Waste recycling event in Flushing

Flushing residents got a chance to turn in their old electronics to be recycled. Comment

Kew Gardens uses bowls to fight hunger

For the fifth consecutive year those who dine from full bowls in Kew Gardens can spend an evening helping those whose daily bread is less certain. Comments (1)

March, 2017


Whitestone basketball league holds fundrasier for first-grader with leukemia

The Whitestone community is coming together in support of a young Whitestone girl with leukemia at an annual basketball league game. Comments (2)
NYPD Officer Michael Hance, who gained notoriety not just for his contributions to the 9/11 cleanup at Ground Zero, but for becoming an Internet sensation by dancing in the Manhattan Pride Parade in 2015, died on Sunday. He was 44. Comments (1)

‘Frank Skala Way’ to honor the life of local activist

The name of the late Frank Skala will be emblazoned over Bell Boulevard and 40th Avenue this summer pending City Council approval. Comments (1)
Community Service

Guardians Association awards scholarships at annual dinner

The Guardians Association held its 43rd annual awards and dinner dance at Antun’s in Queens Village last Friday to honor students as well as officers and civilians who have made a great impact on their communities. Comment

January, 2017


Queens Library rolls out community survey

Seeking to provide better services and programs at its 62 community libraries that draw 11.2 million visitors a year, Queens Library launched a community survey in 9 languages last week. The survey is part of a sweeping five- year planning initiative that will guide the library for the next five years, and enhance and align its services and programs with the needs of the most internationally diverse corner of the world. Comments (4)

Ridgewood Savings Bank employees offer aid to non-profits

Ridegwood Savings Bank employees volunteered 2,400 hours and collectively raised over $67,000 to donate to various charities throughout the city over the course of 2016. Comment

Better Tomorrow CEO heads for greener pastures

The head of a nonprofit youth-support organization with programs in Jamaica and Mott Haven is leaving the organization. Comment
New York City is holding its own Women’s March this Saturday. Comments (13)



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