Dr. Carson brings soft tone to Al Sharpton Convention

Dr. Carson brings soft tone to Al Sharpton Convention

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He was every bit as sweet and kind as any speaker that day. He wasn’t the anti-Black, anti-Obama, homophobic seen recently in the media. He was Dr. Ben Carson, our doctor. The shining example of Black excellence and an up-from-poverty example. Yes he wants to be the next President. Judging from the speech he gave at this year’s National Action Network Convention, whose conventioneers are largely African American, Dr. Carson would continue the model of Black leadership exemplified by President Barack Obama. Of course, as a Republican candidate, his mandate would be against the current Democratic President’s policies. k.clements, clements communications inc. The Affordable Care Act was one such policy that he is against. Like so many before and since the good doctor, he has a b
Residents receive gift as they learn to prepare for disasters

Residents receive gift as they learn to prepare for disasters

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Did you know that New York is more likely to fall victim to a disaster than Washington DC or other similarly large states combined? Superstorm Sandy hit many neighborhoods in the area hard with week long power outages, MTA transit outages, road closures and severe flooding. This gave residents firsthand knowledge on the near and present danger of disasters. It is no wonder that so many residents came out for the Governors Citizen Preparedness Training Program held on Thursday, April 9. The program imparted knowledge to residents on how to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster. At the end of the session, residents were gifted a ‘go bag’, with disaster essentials. Although the freebie at the end of the forum was a huge plus, the real takeaway was how much residents learned about
Cambria Heights fights against Crown Heights like changes

Cambria Heights fights against Crown Heights like changes

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Cambria heights residents packed the Alpha Phi Alpha senior center on a warm, late evening to speak out against the proposed four story Community Facility. The facility would be a combination synagogue, Elementary school and Kollell (an institute for married men to study of the Talmud full time) that developers hope to erect in the neighborhood. The Ohel Chanda Lubavitch is seeking a zoning variance to expand its facility to better accommodate visitors. The facility will grow from its present two story house structure to a four story building, including basement, dorm residence synagogue and all around retreat. The structure would connect the single family homes creating one large building. Its facility currently sits adjacent to the gravesite of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,...
Talk and solutions for policing and community relations

Talk and solutions for policing and community relations

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The former chief was part of a distinguished panel set upon taking a comprehensive look at New York’s law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Former Chief Banks, who recently retired from his appointment as the top uniformed position in the NYPD, was joined by panelist Ernest Owens, Major, Commanding Officer, Queens Country Supreme Court-Civil Term and Norman Seabrook, President, NYC Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association. The esteemed panelists, who all have long resumes in law enforcement, lent wise counsel and insight to the discussion. Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James was guest speaker and set the tone with her opening remarks. “We can no longer in good faith see what happened to these two men as isolated incidents. There is an urgent need for poli
Why It Will Take You Longer to Travel on 147th Avenue

Why It Will Take You Longer to Travel on 147th Avenue

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
  Traffic was backed up for five blocks on 147th Avenue as it moved to and from Brookville Boulevard. Motorists’ tempers flared as traffic snarled with no visible reason for the hold up. The cause of the hold up? A new traffic light was installed at 147th Avenue and 232nd Street. The location where Brookville Park is separated by 147th Avenue and the baseball playing field lies on the other side of the street. These blocks have been problematic for children and adults making their way to the baseball diamond. Alec McFarlane was hit by a car there when he was seven years old. “Thankfully, he is all right,” said his mother. Alec took an inaugural walk across the avenue with Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Donovan Richards. The new traffic light is a slow a
Ladies provide Link for an arts education

Ladies provide Link for an arts education

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
While there is much talk these days of a STEM education (one that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics), many already know that an arts education is a necessary component to successful children. “The arts are central to who we are as a people and they are central to the success of our kids. It is necessary for these young people to succeed that we promote the arts,” said President Barack Obama. Ladies from the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc., in conjunction with community partner Joe’s Music Center & Performing Arts Inc., joined forces to open the doors to an arts educations for 2nd and 3rd graders of P.S 116, with gifts of instruments, musical recorders. The Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead Recorder Program gifted two classes, 50 students, with recorder

Short Changed on Education

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Whether it is stepping up a grade, graduating or having a degree presented to you, all these steps are important because Education is crucial. In short and crude terms: the dumber one is, the poorer one is destined to be. Thomas Piketty in his book ‘Capital in the 21st Century, names education as the main force in favor of great equality of wealth. High literacy and an increasing and skilled workforce are the key elements to achieving growth and equity. Sixty years post the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown versus the Board of Education (BOE), which focused on the issue of separate and unequal, the topic of education remains complex. It is what many people believe is the next civil rights issue as people of color continue to lag be-hind in the education system designed for all. T

Crossroads: Threats Against Global and Local Communities

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They say communities of color are a crisis people. They gather around little, distracting issues and fail to examine the most critical ones. They do not set an agenda nor do they tackle the most pressing and immediate concerns. Communities of color march in unity against police brutality but not against their staggeringly high unemployment numbers. They are outraged when individuals in leadership roles express racists’ attitudes and opinion, yet do not put in the work necessary to hold leaders responsible. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Travyon Martin, Ray Rice are not the issue. The issue is how did those situations evolve and how did these people become poster men for death and abuse? As more and more of these distracting situations come to light, the more important issues like the upcomi

What the Republican Win in the Midterm Election Means to You

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Post Election Day 2014, the headlines screamed how the Democrats were sent packing by voters. It was a beating not only seen on a National level, but for New York State as well.  Nationally, the Republican Party gained majority control of Congress. They won an additional seven seats in the House and two seats in the Senate. Moreover, these seats were not merely won but were flipped from Democrat to Republican. New York State won the honor of flipping three Congressional seats from Democrat to Republican. More than any other state. On a state level, the New York Legislature is now officially controlled by the majority Republicans. Three Senate seats turned from Democrat to Republican. Jeff Klein is quoted as saying that there is no longer a need for the IDC (Independent Democratic Commi
Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
It was the Prom Impact day at Highland Church. The event was a collaboration of church, community and NYPD. Officer Tanya Dunhaney of the 113th Precinct’s Community Affairs Dept donated 60 dresses after reaching out to the people in her precinct. Top Cop Chief Philip Banks made a visit to the event to cheer the girls on. Several officers from the nearby 107th precinct also stopped by to take part in the happy event. Girls not only received free dresses, but shoes, accessories, hair styling and makeup tips to recreate their look for that special day. This prom expo also included healthy eating and self es-teem information. Photos clockwise: Chief Banks and Margret Pomah; girls display their dresses; The event was conceived in the mind of the church’s youth ministry led by Eliana Hamilton w