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November, 2018

Thanksgiving and the holidays, with all of their festivity and collective cheeriness, are right around the corner. For many victims of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), however, this season can often be painful and isolating. Comment
Over the weekend, three teens from Queens who attend The Preparatory Academy for Writers in Springfield Gardens participated in the Youth Leadership Summit, an NYC Smoke-Free program by Public Health Solutions, one of the largest public health non-profits in the city. Comments (1)

Jamaica probation program leads students to a better future through art

The Animation Project, an initiative that helps at-risk youth channel their struggles through digital art, has arrived in Jamaica. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans event helps homeowners get much-needed property tax relief

State Sen. Leroy Comrie hosted a tax exemption enrollment event last week with help from representatives of the city’s Department of Finance last week at Marjory Baptist Church in St. Albans. Comment

October, 2018

During Tuesday’s press conference in front of Gino’s Pizzeria in Howard Beach, City Councilman Eric Ulrich announced that he’s allocated over $150,000 toward Department of Sanitation initiatives so that more than 60 routes in his district have better cleanup services. Comment
Jamaica Hills

American Red Cross offers aid to those displaced as a result of Jamaica Hills fire

The American Red Cross is reaching out to anyone who needs assistance if they were temporarily displaced from their homes as a result of a fire that took place in Jamaica Hills last week. Comment

Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral pushes for end of gun violence at town hall

Emotions ran high Monday night at Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in St. Albans as congregants and community leaders cried during a performance art piece that was held at the church to kick-start a town hall centered on speaking out against gun violence. Comments (1)

Girls sign up to join Pack 13 Cub Scouts in Elmhurst

As a part of its Family Scouting Program, Cub Scout Pack 13 in Elmhurst has admitted girls to its group earlier this year so that families wanting to be more active in the explorers group for kids would not have to choose between spending time with their sons or daughters. Comments (1)

Queens constituents, elected officials offer suggestions on how to improve tax system

York College was the site of a tax reform public hearing last week, where elected officials and residents of all different types of property were able to address concerns about the current tax system and make suggestions. Comments (2)
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in conjunction with the mayor’s office, Borough President Melinda Katz has set up a public workshop entitled “Surviving Partner Violence & Abuse” scheduled for Oct. 12 at the Queens Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens. Comments (3)
The New York City Commission on Property Tax Reform is making its way to York College Wednesday to get ideas from Queens constituents on how to make taxes more fair, straightforward and transparent, according to the mayor’s office. Comments (3)
College Point

Briarwood, Poppenhusen libraries split $50,000 grant for new programming

Two Queens Library branches will evenly split a $50,000 grant that was provided by state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing), according a spokesman from Rosenthal’s office. Comment

September, 2018

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway Library’s $33M renovation project begins

The Far Rockaway branch of Queens Library will be closed down and prepped for construction Friday, as a $33 million state-of-the-art replacement building that will be double the size of the original facility begins construction, according to a spokeswoman for Queens Library. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Dromm honors hero cop who saved toddler’s life

A rookie cop at the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights became a local hero this summer when his quick action saved the life of a toddler. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill gets first-ever farmer’s market

Richmond Hill residents were welcomed to their first-ever farmer’s market last week. Comments (1)

Miller announces Muslim Empowerment Initiative

At the Islamic Circle of North America in Jamaica, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) announced their collaboration with the New York Immigration Coalition last week to allocate $250,000 as a placeholder for a future Muslim Empowerment Initiative for fiscal year 2019. Comments (3)

August, 2018

It was a fun-filled day last week in Jamaica at Zara Realty’s second annual backpack giveaway. Comments (2)

July, 2018

Springfield Gardens

Volunteers build new playground for Merrick Academy students

At Merrick Academy, a charter school in Springfield Gardens, a playground was built in six hours by more than 200 volunteers from the non-profit KaBoom!, Delta Airlines’ employees, parents and teachers from the school. Comments (3)

South Asian Council for Social Services received $700K grant

The South Asian Council for Social Services has received a $700,000 grant from the OneCity Health Innovation Fund to have the ability to implement the Culturally Responsive Collaborative of Queens project. Comment

June, 2018


From prisoner to CEO: Queens native heads nonprofit organization

John Valverde, of Woodside, was incarcerated at the age of 20 for manslaughter after killing a man who had allegedly raped his girlfriend. Valverde spent 16 years in prison. Now, he is the CEO of YouthBuild USA, a nonprofit organization, and has been awarded the Brian S. Fischer Achievement Award from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison. Comments (1)

Astoria-based nonprofit launches ‘Learning for Life’ fund-raiser

To help more immigrant students assimilate in the United States while maintaining their cultural identity and become successful in school, the Center for the Integration of New Americans is expanding its Astoria-based elementary after-school program for foreign and refugee children by launching a “Learning for Life” fund-raiser. Comments (1)

May, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 will march in Monday’s Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade with their former leader, Michael O’Kane — still slowed by knee surgery — riding along in a camouflage Camaro. This year the organization will pay a special tribute to former service members from Queens who died alone and sometimes homeless. Comment
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet receives $900,000 to fund new initiatives

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) announced the results of the participatory budget vote for projects in his district last week at the Campus Magnet Complex to more than 200 students in Cambria Heights. Comment
Bayside ►Video

Annual St. Mary’s walk raises $92,000 for pediatric charity

More than 500 people throughout New York came out to support the 13th annual “Big Hearts Walk for St. Mary’s Kids” Sunday morning at Crocheron Park in Bayside. Comment

April, 2018

Students from St. John’s Prep in Astoria and St. Leo’s Catholic Academy in Corona donated their time and efforts to brighten the Easter holiday for children living in two shelters for homeless families Sunday. Comment

March, 2018

Jackson Heights

Breast cancer survivor will run 5K at Yankee Stadium to raise funds for research

Jackson Heights resident Evelyn Gomez will celebrate her seventh anniversary of being free from breast cancer by running her fifth 5K marathon at Yankee Stadium April 15. Comment

February, 2018


‘Fine Food’ festival returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens Centers for Progress will hold its 24th annual “Evening of Fine Food” Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

‘Black Panther’ actor screens film for 200 Jamaica kids

More than 200 kids will get the chance to go to a screening of the “Black Panther” film Tuesday at the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, thanks to the contributions of Jamaica actor Shomari, who stars in the superhero flick. Comment

Katz recommends approval of 116th Precinct site

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz recommended approving last week the rezoning and site selection of the NYPD’s new 116th Precinct station house. Comments (2)
Long Island City

New multi-service LGBT center opens in Long Island City

The Queens LGBT community gathered last week with elected officials to celebrate a new safe space in Long Island City that will offer health and educational services. The LGBT Network, a nonprofit organization now in its 25th year, cut the ribbon on its first full-service LGBT community center in the borough. The Q-Center, as it is called, is located at 37-18 Northern Blvd. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Seniors learn self-defense in free class

Senior citizens in Kew Garden Hills got free self-defense lessons. Comments (1)

Jamaica holds domestic violence prevention event

After a rise in domestic violence cases in the city in recent years, elected officials and activists hosted a #PutTheNailInIt event to “put the nail in domestic violence” last Friday. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Queens Village youth competes for Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen

Competing in Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen on April 7 in upstate New York will be Queens Village resident Cayla Kumar, the local titleholder of Miss Bronx’s Outstanding Teen, which represents downstate New York. Comments (4)

January, 2018

South Jamaica

Police Summit heads to South Jamaica

South Jamaica

Police Summit heads to South Jamaica

The last leg of the five-borough “Still We Rise NYC Human Justice Summit” will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the New Jerusalem Worship Center, 122-05 Smith St. on the corner of Baisley Boulevard in South Jamaica. Comments (18)

Community proposals sought for fund-raising dinner

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its third annual Queens SOUP fund-raising event. Comment

Legal Hand event provides a helping hand to immigrants

The second annual Sanctuary for All event, an occasion meant to empower and protect immigrants with social and legal services, was held last week at Legal Hand Jamaica, 149-13 Jamaica Ave. Comment

Money from state brings meaningful change to LGBT Community Center: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said his effort to have Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center funded by the 2017 budget was a success, with $100,000 providing for immigrant and career coaching programs through the organization. Comment



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