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School Sisters of Notre Dame Holding Raffle

The School Sisters of Notre Dame in Woodhaven are holding a raffle to benefit the group, which provides a variety of free resources to residents – including GED and English language classes. Tickets are $2 each, and the winning prizes are $100 Metro cards. Tickets may be purchased as the SSND Educational Center, located at 87-04 88th Ave. The SSND have for years been lauded by area leaders for being a vital part of the community. The organization, which launched its Educational Center … Continue reading

Missing Report Could Affect Tobacco Control Funding: Hevesi

An independent evaluation of the state’s tobacco control program was supposed to be in by Sept. 1, but state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is still waiting. The lawmaker, who serves as chairman of the Oversight, Analysis and Investigations Committee, recently fired off a letter to the state Department of Health asking why the agency has yet to follow state law and submit an independent evaluation report of the program. The last report was issued in 2012, and even that … Continue reading

American Legion Holds Raffle to Benefit Wounded Warriors

The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a raffle to benefit “Operation Comfort Warriors,” or military men and women who have been wounded while serving their country. Tickets are $20 each, and only 150 tickets will be sold. The first prize is $1,000, the second prize is $350, and the third place winner will take home $150. To purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Farley at The American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven is also looking for help to send a box of goods … Continue reading

Charity Celebrates Queens Hospital Volunteers

Project Sunshine, a nonprofit working with more than 15,000 volunteers throughout the city, is honoring the men and women who have poured their efforts into brightening the lives of children at hospitals in Queens. The group celebrates “Project Sunshine Month” in April, during which it raises awareness and support for the organization through a series of events and programs. It also recognizes its volunteers during “Project Sunshine Week,” which falls from April 22 through April 29 and culminates with the … Continue reading

Council Reps Look to Refresh Jewish Caucus

Three Queens lawmakers were named to the City Council’s Jewish Caucus as its newest chair set out to revitalize its influence in government. Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) was elected chair of the caucus in March and laid out a roadmap to readiness focusing on issues of social service, education, and poverty throughout the city. Council members Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) were the three borough lawmakers tapped to help make up the … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Read! Goldfeder Announces Summer Reading Challenge

As the weather gets warmer – well, other than this week – and students’ thoughts turn to summer vacation, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is encouraging South Queens youngsters to keep learning even when they don’t have to go to class. Goldfeder this week announced his annual Summer Reading Challenge, which he said helps to keep students’ minds active and encourage academic activity outside of school walls. Children who participate in the program will be awarded an Excellence in Reading … Continue reading

Food Pantries Seeking Animal Food Donations

Food pantries across Queens, and the city, have experienced a spike in the number of people reaching out to them for help in recent years – but it’s not just people who need help with hunger. The Calvary Mission Food Pantry in Richmond Hill, as well as the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry just across the Queens border in Brooklyn, are in need of cat and dog food donations. Individuals working at both pantries have said that many people will seek food for their beloved animals, but they often have to turn them away because … Continue reading

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 10 Years Behind Bars for String of Queens Break-ins

A Brooklyn man is about to spend 10 years of his life behind bars for breaking into nearly a dozen homes in Forest Hills, Ridgewood, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, and Howard Beach, and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cameras, computer equipment, and other items, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Mario Girau, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property last month and was sentenced last Thursday. “This defendant is … Continue reading

How Would You Make Woodhaven and Cross Bay Blvds. Safer?

The city Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are hosting a public workshop on Wednesday, April 23 to discuss improving bus service, traffic flow, and safety along Woodhaven and Cross BayBoulevards. All are welcome to attend, and participants will have the opportunity to share transportation experiences and needs, learn about transit improvements taking place this year, and discuss plans to implement what is known as “select bus service.” The meeting will be held April 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at … Continue reading

To Explore Queens, Resident Launches Kickstarter for Storytelling Website

Growing up in Richmond Hill and Flushing, Amy Wu has long been a proud resident of the borough that she said can often get the shaft by individuals who denounce it as a “suburb of Manhattan” – or an “outer borough that isn’t Brooklyn,” as she states on the Kickstarter website she launched last week to raise money for a project that aims to explore Queens through interviews, photos, and a resource directory. Originally thought of for a graduate school … Continue reading

Getting a Glimpse of Maspeth High’s Einsteins

Maspeth High School will host its first ever science fair on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and first, second, and third prizes will given out. The school, which opened in 2011 and began in its current location at 54-40 74th St. in September 2012, has boasted a number of recent firsts, along with the science fair. School officials announced just last week that Maspeth HighSchool Green Club member Thomas Farrell was selected as one of 15 winners – from 1,200 entries – for the … Continue reading

Jamaica Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Young Girls in S. Ozone Pk.

A Jamaica man pleaded guilty last week to having sexual contact with two 7-year-old girls in South Ozone Park last year, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Lee Samuel, 26, who had been held without bail since his arrest last May, pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court to touching one girl on the butt as she was tying her shoe and to engaging in a sexual act with another young girl, according to the DA. “The defendant has admitted to … Continue reading

District 24 Seeks Answers to Corona’s Long Overcrowded Classrooms

Concerned parents in Queens will hear a potential fix to overcrowding in Corona schools at this month’s Community Education Council 24 meeting. It is an old issue for the volunteer members of the parent organization, which advises on schools in Corona, Glendale, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle  Village and Ridgewood. But the April 28 meeting at PS 19 on Roosevelt Avenue will be the first in which Education Department officials will pitch this particular fix, which will create a new zone for … Continue reading

Assemblyman Fighting to Deport Suspected Nazi in Queens

An assemblyman from Brooklyn called out the city Department of Transportation for not displaying ads his office paid to place on city bus stop shelters calling for the deportation of a Queens man suspected of Nazi war crimes. Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) signed off on a contract back in February to place ads on bus shelters calling for Jakiw Palij, 91, to leave the country. Hikind, a son of Holocaust survivors himself, rallied outside the man’s home in Jackson Heights … Continue reading

A Tree Grows in Broad Channel: City agrees to replace greenery destroyed by Sandy

Following a year and a half of battling with everything from insurance companies to Build it Back, Broad Channel residents received some good news this week: the city has agreed to permit the Parks Department to immediately begin replanting trees destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The decision comes in response to a letter sent by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) last month, when he urged the city Department of Design and Construction to give the go-ahead to replace the greenery that … Continue reading