Community Service

January, 2013


109th Council honors its citizen academy grads

The 109th Precinct Community Council held its year-end dinner party earlier this month and honored one of its own along with some of the city’s Bravest. Comment

December, 2012

I Sit and Look Out

Help given to Sandy victims embodies spirit of the season

For many years, I had a habit of doing two things during December. One was to walk up Fifth Avenue, from my office near Union Square, to gawk at the wonderful holiday windows. Comments (2)

LIC pantry loses big donor

Bishop Mitchell Taylor thanked City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) for delivering extra food to his pantry near Queensbridge Houses for the holidays at a news conference last week and said major food rescue group City Harvest was no longer serving the center. Comment
St. Albans

Sandy families fight to stay afloat in hotels

Families displaced by Superstorm Sandy — scattered throughout hotels across the city — attended state Assemblyman William Scarborough’s (D-Jamaica) annual holiday party in St. Albans last week, and while the children enjoyed food and games, parents wore weary expressions and told of the hardships they continue to endure almost two months after being forced from their homes. Comment
St. Albans

Community Board 12 chooses Adams as its new chairwoman

Community Board 12 elected Education Committee head Adrienne Adams as its new chairwoman during last month’s meeting in St. Albans. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights gets graffiti fix

For three years now, Sunnyside and its surrounding neighborhoods have benefited from an anti-graffiti removal program, and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced last Thursday he is bringing the same one to Jackson Heights. Comment
The Civic Scene

Briarwood’s Susil Singh, 74, worked tirelessly to help others

In Queens, Harbachan Singh is a well-known civic activist from Community Board 8, the Saul Weprin Democratic Club, the Queens Civic Congress and the Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, but his wife Susil H. Singh was an active civil and community servant in her own right. Comment
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills’ activists elect new leadership

The Dutch Kills Civic Association, a decades-old citizen’s group dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Astoria/Long Island City community, will be losing its two main leaders at the end of the year. Comment

Scarborough holds annual toy drive

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) will host a kids holiday party and toy give-away to make Christmas merry for hundreds of foster care and shelter children. Comment
College Point

College Point biz gives back

A College Point dry cleaner has joined shops nationwide in offering to spruce up business suits for unemployed individuals preparing for a job interview — and he has already helped one job-seeker land a new gig. Comment

Checking Charities

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has brought out the best in us. In addition to the first responders, the National Guard, a host of government organizations and hundreds of volunteers have helped their neighbors any way they could. Comment
South Ozone Park

Aid gives his heart to cook for victims

While most hurricane helpers who donated time and energy to storm aid received accolades for their hard work, Doug Scarlett ended up with heart attack symptoms and a night in the emergency room. Comment

Sanitation workers deserve respect

As the wife of one of the city’s unsung heroes, I would like to thank you for printing an article that praises the efforts put forth by this department. Comment
St. Albans

SE Qns. unity group to hold first meeting

A coalition of community members dedicated to unifying the needs and resources of southeast Queens is all set to hold its first town hall meeting to do just that. Comment
Breezy Point

State AG examines charity spending post-Sandy

New York state’s attorney general is gathering information from nonprofits helping with hurricane relief efforts in order to disclose to the public how their donations are being spent. Comment

Bellerose comes together

A Bellerose man said he was inspired after seeing how his street came together in the wake of disaster when Hurricane Sandy swept through the borough, knocking down trees and power lines. Comment

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold goods drive

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or game to one of our three locations. Comment
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst helps neighbors

In what has become a regular Thanksgiving tradition in northwestern Queens, several elected officials gave frozen turkeys to needy neighborhood families last week, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) set aside some for Far Rockaway. Comment

November, 2012


Boro residents requests donations

Given the devastation Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter wreaked upon city residents, the community of Park Lane North in Forest Hills is contributing aid by way of rallied support and donations of clothing and food from residents and outside contributors. Comment

On Thanksgiving, Thanks

Since that day when Hurricane Sandy tore up homes and toppled trees and water from the tide-flooded homes, we have been in awe of the volunteers who came to help in the Rockaways and other devastated areas of Queens. Comment

Queens store helps hurricane victims

I would like to mention that the Bayside Milk Farm donated a minimum of 20 cases of nonperishable food and water. An off-duty fireman picked the donation up and donated it to the Rockaways and Breezy Point. Comment
The Civic Scene

Pat Dolan honored for civic work with street renaming

A year ago, Pat Dolan died after being hit by a car while crossing Hillside Avenue while heading to a transportation meeting at Community Board 8. The irony is the bus stop had been moved more than a block away from CB 8 because it had been in front of stores. A traffic light now stands where the bus now stops. I call it “Pat Dolan’s traffic light.” Comment
Far Rockaway

Bill Clinton makes stop in Rockaway Park West

A former president of the United States and hundreds of volunteers from the Clinton Global Initiative descended on the Rockaways Sunday to help dig out an unlucky park that has fallen victim to calamity twice since opening earlier this year. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Volunteers scour Rockaways

In the dark stairwell of a powerless high-rise apartment in the Rockaways, three storm relief volunteers started the long climb up nine flights of stairs. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts street renamed for Blessed Sacrament’s McCarthy

Sister Mary Patrick McCarthy never wavered in her commitment to the youth of Jackson Heights even as the neighborhood changed drastically throughout her four-decade tenure as principal of Blessed Sacrament School, friends and family said at a street renaming last weekend. Comment
Howard Beach

Church helps storm victims

As Howard Beach residents cleaned up after unwelcome guest Hurricane Sandy, they were comforted by the relief efforts of one church right in their own backyard. Comment

Mets players pitch in at Sandy food drive

With Thanksgiving looming, Queens’ Major League Baseball team stepped up to the plate for Hurricane Sandy victims throughout the borough. Comment

Storm shows New Yorkers’ soft side

As New Yorkers, our day-to-day lives are full of honking cars, bumps on the sidewalk and a litany of curse words. It’s enough to make someone jaded. Every so often, something happens that wakes us out of our mundane routines. It shakes us to the core, threatens the fabric of our city, but we always emerge from it stronger. Comment

Big Heart of Queens

Except for a day or two without electricity, the northern half of Queens suffered relatively little from Hurricane Sandy, but for two weeks people from Long Island City to Bayside have been doing what they could to help families in Belle Harbor and other communities devastated by winds, floods and fire. Comment
Far Rockaway

Occupy Sandy spearheads Rockaway med center

A team of grassroots organizers and volunteer doctors, nurses and social workers have pooled efforts to provide much-needed medical care in the Rockaways since Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, setting up a makeshift medical center along one of the main strips and canvassing homes to assess people’s needs. Comments (3)

All Saints’ celebrates 120 years in Bayside with events, Sandy relief drive

There were dirt roads, horse-drawn carriages and farmland in Bayside when All Saints’ Episcopal Church became part of the community in 1892, so to celebrate the group’s 120th year, members gathered for a special dinner-dance and service last week. Comments (1)

Bayside helps Sandy victims

Thousands of Queens residents were left without power, supplies and shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, while some of their borough neighbors just miles away saw as little as some siding removed from their homes. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Pat Dolan’s legacy immortalized on street sign

Even in death, Queens civic activist Pat Dolan seemed to exercise her influence over the group of elected officials gathered at her street renaming ceremony in Kew Gardens Hills Friday. Comment
Floral Park

Floral Park neighbors decorate trees for Army vet

Stephanie Sanchez-Riffle, of Floral Park, has not seen her husband for 10 months since he embarked on his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan. Comment

Lancman, Rozic to sponsor supplies drive for Sandy victims

A northeast Queens Assemblyman announced he would help sponsor a Hillcrest food drive so storm victims could stock up, officials said. Comment

October, 2012


Garden club shares some love of green

Before every meeting of the Douglaston Garden Club, members are given the option of attending a morning workshop to beautify the community while sharing their love for the craft. Comment
Forest Hills

Agency for young models has auditions in Forest Hills

Young women leave Shortstack modeling with the ability to pound the runway, but it starts with walking the auditorium stage at JHS 190 in Forest Hills. Comment

Cassagnol named district manager of CB 4

Christian Cassagnol, a longtime member of Community Board 4, has been named the board’s new district manager. Comment
South Jamaica

Erica Ford’s LIFE Camp celebrates 10th anniversary

Erica Ford celebrated the 10th anniversary of her anti-violence group LIFE Camp with a barbecue at her new South Jamaica office Monday, where community members shared not only stories of loss but ones of inspiration and healing. Comment

United Black Men of Qns to award 15 scholarships

Taking a break from his biology studies at Penn State University, 18-year-old Clinton Aiyedun said he would not be the young man he is today were it not for his mentors at the United Black Men of Queens. Comment

New street name honors Woodside civic founder

The Woodside neighborhood honored one of its fiercest advocates at a street renaming Sunday. Comment

Relatives of George Gibbons praise plan for street renaming

The beloved Maspeth bar owner killed by a wrong-way driver close to a year ago might soon have his name immortalized on the street where he grew up. Comment

Choe honored at Flushing breakfast

The Concerned African Americans of Flushing (CAAF) held their 21st-annual breakfast at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in downtown Flushing. Comment

September, 2012

Little Neck

John Vincent Costanza, 93

John Vincent Costanza, a former Little Neck resident involved in area civic and cultural groups and politics, died May 11. He was 93. Comment

Legacy of fiery Flushing activist lives on in annual award

The late Flushing firebrand Rose Kryzak was a tireless advocate for senior citizens in New York, possessing enough pluck even in her twilight years to travel to Albany to admonish a sitting governor, and in November three women are set receive an award in her honor for carrying on the tradition. Comment

Avella tour remembers 9/11 heroes

The mood was somber as state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) fastened a red, white and blue wreath onto a quiet Whitestone street sign alongside the mother of a fallen U.S. Army private during his journey Monday to 24 intersections renamed for Sept. 11 heroes in northeast Queens, Comments (2)

Queens resident worthy of award

On behalf of my friends and neighbors in Briarwood, I would like to nominate Xu Sheng Wang as the 2012 Merchant of the Year in view of her remarkable business contributions to the Briarwood community. Comment

Civic cleanup nearly undone by city project

It is not often that a civic group regrets cleaning up a playground, but it almost happened in Whitestone this month. Comments (30)
Kew Gardens

Officials pitch lotto game to fund boro’s nonprofits

Elected officials are hoping they found a jackpot solution to funding some of the borough’s foundering community programs. Comment

Nonprofits need funds from lottery

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced Senate Bills S.7276 and S.7335, which will create a new lottery scratch-off game, whose proceeds would be dedicated to a new community grant fund. According to the senator, this fund will benefit community groups administering educational, recreational, cultural, senior or veterans programs and those groups providing volunteer ambulance services in our state. Comment

August, 2012


Young volunteers receive awards for community service

Albert Ju, a student at the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, spent his summer giving back by volunteering at the YWCA of Queens. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Ex-CB 3 District Manager Mary Sarro dies at 85

Anna Maria “Mary” Sarro, former district manager of Community Board 3, died Monday morning from cancer in her Jackson Heights home. She was 85. Comment

Joe Hellmann’s plaque unveiled in Douglaston

Community leaders and residents of Douglaston overlooked the pouring rain last week to celebrate the unveiling of a ceremonial plaque in honor of late area activist Joseph Hellmann. The ceremony was a precursor to an ongoing project on the property to construct an overlook by next year. Comment

Show support for your local nonprofits

State money has dried up to support nonprofits that educate and enlighten residents all over New York. This is the third year that state money, which is taxpayer money, has been unavailable to enable many valuable organizations to function effectively. Comment

Flushing volunteers awarded for community service

Several beaming teenagers and young adults accepted certificate awards from city Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) at the YWCA of Queens on Friday for volunteering a substantial amount of their time to the community over the summer. Comment
South Jamaica

Activists march against guns

The parents of slain southeast Queens youth marched alongside anti-violence activists, including hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, in South Jamaica Sunday to call for an end to the gun violence that has long plagued the area and intensified over the summer. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Students honored by Weprin in Oakland Gardens

The NYC Council Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation program at PS 46 in Oakland Gardens concluded their program with a visit from city Councilman Mark Weprin. Comment
Middle Village

Crowd answers call for Middle Village community cleanup

Middle Village activist Richie Polgar rolled up to the intersection of 73rd Place and 69th Avenue in Middle Village on his bike before anyone else had arrived, and as other volunteers started to appear, he threw on a pair of working gloves and got right to work. Comment

Kathryn M. Caplan, 85

Kathryn M. “Kit” Caplan, a former Douglaston resident, died in West Orange, N.J., July 22, 2012. She was 85. Comment

A Wealthy Man

Nino Lercara is a wealthy man. Comment
South Jamaica

Liu’s interns lend a hand at Sean Bell community center

Summer interns from City Comptroller John Liu’s office brightened smiles on a rainy day last week when they stopped by South Jamaica to donate some much-appreciated sports equipment to the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro hires Doe Fund for Union Tnpk cleanup

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) thought Union Turnpike was in pretty bad shape. People were complaining about litter on the streets and garbage cans were overflowing, so he decided to allocate $30,000 to keep the commercial heart of Fresh Meadows looking clean. Comment

Civic and pupils beautify blocks

On June 22, students at Flushing’s PS 242 closed out the school year by teaming up with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association for a Love Your Block event under a grant received by the MLCA from the Citizens Committee of New York City. Comment

CB 11 to unveil symbolic plaque for late activist

A dedication ceremony has been planned to honor late Douglaston activist Joseph Hellmann at a local piece of property, Community Board 11 said last week. Comment
The Civic Scene

Diamond honored for three decades of community service

On June 12, Bernie Diamond was honored at a dinner at Hillcrest Jewish Center for his 35 years of service as a member of Community Board 8. Comments by people at the dinner and my conversation with Bernie have developed a picture of a man who has devoted his life to community service. Comment

Good Samaritan returns thousands to woman who dropped envelope in Whitestone

A Flushing woman was shocked when she lost an envelope containing nearly $3,000 last month, but she was even more surprised when it was returned to her without a dollar missing. Comment

Astorian requesting old iPods for Alzheimer’s patients

An Astoria musician who has two parents with Alzheimer’s disease is holding a citywide drive to collect iPods. Caregivers have used the MP3 players as therapeutic tools to spur the memories of those with dementia. Comments (1)

Douglaston civic wants to create park

The Doug Bay Manor Civic Association gathered last Thursday to discuss several issues, including turning a nearby piece of land into a park, making the local Long Island Rail Road station more accessible and preserving the community’s character. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Families share memories of lost loved ones

One still-grieving woman lamented it was the group no one wants to belong to. Comment

July, 2012


Astoria a resilient and caring area

In June I was lucky enough to attend events that exemplify what is best about our country and, specifically, community. Comment

Happy Birthday, Frank

In Queens there is no one we have disagreed with more frequently or vigorously than Bayside activist Frank Skala. Comments (1)

Nonprofit’s grants to help Astoria kids

Zone 126, a nonprofit designed to better the educational opportunities of children living in Astoria Houses, gave 14 grants to individuals last week for small-scale programs that will allow young people to participate in fun trips, learning experiences and events. Comment

Jamaica street co-named for local hero

He was everyone’s hero. Comment

Civic leader eyes Miller’s Assembly seat

He went from presidential honoree to a campaign hopeful in a matter of days. Comment

Civic steps in to spruce up Whitestone Walgreens

The result of a bizarre act of vandalism was finally cleaned up in Whitestone, ending an eyesore’s reign over 14th Avenue. Comments (118)
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks heroes honored

Lifeguard and life saver Emily Harms said she returns to Glen Oaks every year so she can watch over the Royal Ranch pool, but never in her six summers working there has she been tested with such urgency. Comment
Flushing Times

Become a volunteer with training at Briarwood

New York Cares, a city volunteer program, is offering Queens residents ways to get involved in their community through rewarding projects. Comment
Kew Gardens

Non-profit group helps youth get beyond criminal past

Looking back on his earlier years, 17-year-old Waverly Nall said living with his single mother in Brooklyn forced him to grow up quickly, and he would skip school, smoke marijuana and get into fights regularly. Comments (1)

Stanley Peyser, 87

Stanley Peyser, a longtime Bayside resident, died Tuesday in Plainview, N.Y. He was 87. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bayside golf benefit to boost local kids

After teeing off for the first time last year, a group of Bay Terrace residents will once again rally in support of neighbors, past and present. Comment

June, 2012

Forest Hills

Girl Scouts glow in Queens

The Girl Scouts of America does far more than provide the snack-crazed masses with their fix of Thin Mints — the 100-year-old organization also provides young women with the tools needed to prosper in this challenging world. Comments (1)
College Point

Company sends volunteers to spruce up Poppenhusen Institute

About 60 workers from Display Techologies, based in College Point, spent several hours planting flowers, painting fences and making repairs to the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point. Comments (12)

Jamaica’s hungry urged to apply for food stamps

Many of the hungry in southeast Queens are not aware of the food programs available to the community, and those who are aware often find it difficult to determine which program is right for them. Comments (2)

CB 7 blasts USTA for Open fax paux

Community Board 7 took the United States Tennis Association to task, gave the thumbs up for a zoning change to help a College Point landscaping business and shot down a one-way street proposal at its Monday night meeting. Comment

My volunteer son was a hero of 9/11

I have sent letters to every public official I can think of, including the president of the United States, but no one has reached out to help me. Comment

Precincts tackle crime at monthly COMET meeting

Residents welcomed two special guests at the Communities of Maspeth & Elmhurst Together’s last meeting before summer break Monday. Comments (1)

Flushing Rabbi honors all faiths in boro that has many

Next month a Catholic organization is giving out a National Peacemaker Award to a Queens rabbi who might have seemed like an odd pick when he was hired from Nebraska to take the helm of the Free Synagogue of Flushing in 2008. Comment

Whitestone WWII vet retains flower power even at 90

Red poppies are sold by veterans to commemorate all the soldiers who have died since World War I, and at 90 years old Whitestone resident Jack Lombardi has been pedaling the flowers for about half his life. Comments (2)

Flushing BID bags 820,000 pounds of trash per year

Last year sanitation teams hired by a downtown Flushing business improvement district collected 32,850 bags of garbage, the executive director told the BID’s annual meeting last week. Comment

Gossip Queen of Queens

On May 22, TimesLedger Newspapers lost a member of the family. Delores “Dee” Richard, who worked as a photographer and columnist for our newspapers for a decade, died after a brief illness. Comment

May, 2012


Dee Richard, Queens columnist, dies at 86

Dolores “Dee” Richard was a versatile, multifaceted woman of the arts: an illustrator, a photographer and a journalist with a deep interest in the people and political machinations of the city and borough she loved. She died May 22 in her Beechhurst home at the age of 86, following a brief illness. Comment

A borough remembers its intrepid reporter

Jimmy Darmos Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens women win Foster Parents of the Year

One lost her mother at the age of 13, the other followed the example set by her mom. Comments (1)

Corner bears name of LIC leader

The unveiling of “Bishop Moses Taylor Way” in Queensbridge Sunday served not only as an honor to the memory of a neighborhood religious and community leader, but also his legacy. Comment

Funeral arrangements planned for Dee Richard

Tributes poured in for Dee Richard, the boroughh’s legendary political columnist. who died Tueusday afternoon at her Beechhurst home after a brief illness. She was 86. Comments (19)
Bayside Hills

Adeline Jardula, 90

Adeline Melone Jardula, who lived in Bayside Hills from 1960-78, died May 16 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn. She was 90. Comment
Rego Park

Koslowitz rips train line at CB6

Community Board 6 convened for its monthly meeting last week with two topics dominating the majority of the conversation: the possible revival of the Rockaway line of the Long Island Rail Road and a planned four-story development on 102nd Street in Rego Park. Comments (3)

Crowley slams senior cuts

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) blasted a House Republican proposal to cut the Social Services Block Grant, saying the plan could mean senior centers in the city and across the country could be forced to close. Comment

Boro street renamed for cop

The men and women who died as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, live on in the memories of their loved ones — and on the streets they called home. Comment
Community Service

McDonald’s sponsors healthy eating initiative in boro

McDonald’s is offering community groups in Queens the opportunity to apply for funding for projects promoting responsible eating choices. Comment

April, 2012

Queens Village

Clark calls on community for annual clean-up

Spring cleaning does not have to stay indoors now that a Queens state assemblywoman is giving residents a chance to beautify their neighborhoods. Comment

Street rename honors Woodsider

As a youngster, Alejandro Nino made friends playing stickball outside his home on 49th Street in Woodside, and an indelible mark he left behind can be seen there today. Comments (2)
Springfield Gardens

Tidy Cats saves blighted house on 184th Street

They are calling it the best-looking boarded-up house in Queens. Comment

NYPD holds B-ball game for nonviolence

In southeast Queens, conflicts between teenagers often turn deadly, but a basketball game at York College Saturday was designed to spread the message all over the city that violence is not the only option. Comment
Douglas Manor

Center for Women gala to honor Queens leaders

When asked how someone could benefit from attending next weekend’s 25th anniversary gala luncheon hosted by the Center for Women of New York, Ann Jawin said there was plenty to offer. Comment

Late activist has park view named for him

The site of what almost became a nine-story apartment building on Douglaston Parkway will morph into a scenic overlook at Old Oak Pond, all in the name of the late activist Joe Hellmann. Comment

Woodside nonprofit plans gala in order to help children

Woodside’s The Child Center of NY will be holding a $550-a-plate fund-raiser gala April 18 at Gustavino’s in Manhattan. Comment

March, 2012


Free Whitestone ambulance service needs funds

In a city where an ambulance ride could cost more than $1,000, a Whitestone volunteer ambulance group offers emergency transport at no cost, but the free ride might not last. Comments (1)

ERDA pushes tax prep for public housing use

Bishop Mitchell Taylor and City Council members came together in Queensbridge last week to urge public housing residents to take advantage of the East River Development Alliance’s free tax preparation sites. Comment
New Hyde Park

Girl Scouts welcome newest members at North Shore-LIJ

They’re the newest members of the Girl Scouts and all they had to do was be born in the right place at the right time. Comment

109th cops honored for halting burglary

Officers from the 109th Precinct are assigned to a specific unit, but the March Cops of the Month proved that the city’s Finest put their titles aside when confronted with a crime. Comments (2)
Rochdale Village

Police circulate tips to ID gang members

As gang violence in southeast Queens grows, a member of the NYPD’s gang division visited the 113th Precinct Monday evening to educate the precinct’s community council on how to identify gang members. Comment
College Point

College Pt. Civic head passes reins to Rocco

The College Point Civic Association recently swore in its new president, Andrew Rocco, and the neighborhood’s newest big cheese is not short on plans to improve the area. Comment

Sacred Heart alumns help out orphans

These teens loved books so much that they decided to share over 1,500 of them with orphans in the Philippines. Chris Wren and Maggie Cash looked to their former Bayside school to help collect books for “Reading Rocks the World,” a donation campaign they helped start. Comment
St. Albans

113th Pct. hears youths’ concerns at council forum

Most of the adults at the 113th Precinct Community Council’s youth forum last week had never heard of “the cinnamon challenge,” so they were dumbfounded when Sgt. Jo-Ann Gonzalez explained the YouTube meme popular among kids. Comment

Fairway shoppers donate to Midwest tornado relief

Douglaston’s Fairway Market is looking to its shoppers to help aid those affected by a recent string of tornados in the Midwest and South. Comment

TimesLedger reporter will be greatly missed

The media depends on good reporters and a fair, just democracy requires journalism that is vigilant, honest and objective. Comment
The Civic Scene

Beep honors local heroes at State of the Boro address

After telling of all the accomplishments that took place this past year in Queens, Borough President Helen Marshall honored a number of residents and government workers who performed great achievements and improved the quality of life in the borough. Comment

Queens seniors learn cane-fu techniques for self-defense

When Robert Waltzer instructed a group of seniors to grab their partners and get ready to practice the footwork he had just taught them, he was not giving foxtrot lessons. Comments (1)

Jax Hts BID touts new look

City Small Businesses Services Commissioner Robert Walsh said the 82nd Street Business Improvement District has a new name and a new sanitation contract as part of the ongoing campaign to turn the organization, and the business strip it serves, around. Comment

February, 2012

Kew Gardens Hills

Plaque of late Pat Dolan unveiled

As a 105-pound bronze plaque featuring the likeness of late civic leader Pat Dolan was unveiled at the Kew Gardens Hills Library, elected officials and community leaders remembered her at the institution that is on schedule to expand in two years due in large part to Dolan’s efforts. Comment

Corona community activist Caminiti, 100, dies

Anthony “Tony” Caminiti, a former community board member and an activist in Corona, recently died at the age of 100, Borough President Helen Marshall said Tuesday. Comment

Club is not seeking new president

With all due respect, Dee Richards’ Feb. 9-15 headline is incorrect. Comment

Politics not behind Lions Club elections

Generally I look forward to reading your articles, but found your Feb. 9-15 article entitled “Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club looking for new president” misrepresentative of the club and its procedures. Comment

Community Board 4 chooses new leaders

While Community Board 4 has not yet hired a new district manager to replace Richard Italiano, who died of a heart attack last month, the board voted to name Louis Walker its chairman at its monthly meeting last week. Comment
Community Service

Turner nominates two boro groups for EPA award

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) nominated two borough civic groups — CURES and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers — last Thursday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Environmental Quality Award. Comment

Emergency responders assist with flipped Jeep

A Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned, trapping its driver at the corner of 150th Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park Monday morning. The extricated driver was examined in an ambulance. Comment

January, 2012

South Ozone Park

Boro senior center offers many services

The United Hindu Senior Center at 118-09 Sutter Ave. in South Ozone Park offers free vegetarian lunches, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. Comment
Community Service

Volunteers needed at boro Police Athletic League Centers

The Police Athletic League is looking for volunteers to continue its mission of serving New York City’s young people by donating their time and talents to help serve Queens youngsters at PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone and Far Rockaway Beacon in Arverne-Far Rockaway, PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica and PS 214 in Flushing. Comment

Boro groups act to save parade

The veterans organizations that fund the annual Whitestone Memorial Day Parade have fallen on hard times, but community organizations are doing their part to make sure a staple of the neighborhood lives on. Comments (40)

Corona remembers CB 4 leader

More than 140 people attended the funeral Monday of Richard Italiano, the district manager and late chairman of Community Board 4, who friends and officials described as a gentle man dedicated to his community. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Gennaro wants to rename street ‘Pat Dolan Way’

Two months after borough civic leader Patricia Dolan was fatally struck by a car, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) wants to pay tribute to the late head of the Queens Civic Congress by renaming a street in her honor. Comment

Richard Italiano, CB 4 district manager, dies

Richard Italiano, the district manager and former chairman of Community Board 4, has died, Borough President Helen Marshall announced in a statement Thursday. Comments (2)

Keen officers stop burglary crew in 109th

The 109th Precinct Community Council gave out several awards last week to officers with excellent gut instincts as well as community members who took care of residents and animals alike. Comment
Flushing Times

Samaritan Village, Outreach team up

Two of the borough’s longest-running centers for substance abuse victims are now joining forces to help a larger group of patients. Comments (1)

Whitestoners honor Brennan at funeral

Whitestone’s Gene Brennan received befitting honors at his funeral last month. Comments (1)

Welcome City Harvest

Every day tons of food are wasted in the city. Fortunately, there is an organization that wants to do something about that. Comment


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