Backpack and school supplies giveaways, health fairs, Caribbean Festivals, Outdoor concerts and Friends and Family events had residents enjoying the outdoors these final weeks of summer. Music can be heard filtering through the streets while bouncy houses frame the landscape with the sounds of children’s laughter. Residents will not let summer go without a good fight. With the weather complying with warm days and unusually cooler nights, it has been easier to enjoy neighborhood parks. Rochdale Village's Friends & Family Day Saturday, August 20 was Rochdale Village’s annual Friends and Family Day. Residents took to its vast manicured lawns of the Village for food, fun and fellowship. The DJ was spinning the tunes, a bouncy house and rock wall for the
On August 17, 2017 St Johns University was the site of a debate for the candidates for Queens Councilmatic positions. Regardless of party affiliation, all candidates were invited. The participant for Council District # 27 was Mr. Anthony Rivers and the candidates that participated for Council District # 28 were Adrienne Adams, Hattie Powell and Richard David. Each of these candidates represented themselves well in their minute long introduction by giving the audience a little of their background and some indication of why they were a candidate for city council. The format of the program consisted of a series of questions that each panelist had two minutes to answer, followed by a brief question(s) from the audience, followed by a series of lightning rod questi...
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On Tuesday, August 15 the Queens County Young Democrats’ (QCYD) Caucus of Color hosted a rally against hate and bigotry. The rally was in response to the recent events in Charlottesville VA at which one person was killed. The Charlottesville rally was organized by White Nationalist. The rally was the brainchild of one of QCYD’s newest members, Kemar Newman. A member of QCYD for just two months, the young immigrant and veteran was affected by the events in Charlottesville. With two young daughters, Kemar was fearful of the country they would inherit. It motivated him to take the initiative to gather individuals together in a show of unity. “You are the change,” he said. The rally was held at Rufus King Park under an overcast sky. It s
Former City Council Member Ruben Wills was sentenced on August 10, 2017 to two to six years in prison. He was ordered to pay restitution of approximately $33,000 and fined $5,000. Wills was indicted by Attorney General Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapaoli in a corruption scheme that involved a non-profit and campaign funds. Will has maintained his innocence during and after the trial. Wills’ defense was that his bookkeeping was careless. “I have not lied to my community and I maintain my innocence,” posted former Council Member Ruben Wills on Facebook after he was tried and convicted. The former council member was reported as crying after his sentencing. Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last
It was to no one’s surprise, Community Board Chair Adrienne Adams announced her candidacy to replace Ruben Wills. Adams, although a latecomer to the race, has some front runner status based on her recent run for NYS Senator last year. That bid was unsuccessful, however, many believed the true intent of the candidate was to test the waters with an eye for this City Council seat. She joins an election race already in progress featuring activist Richard David and attorney Hettie Powell. Powell has been running for the seat since coming in third in the 2013 election against Wills. Adams entry into the race puts Powell at a disadvantage. They must go head to head for the same votes and most residents will be hesitant to reject the Party’s candidate. But this is where the election gets intere
The Health Department will be spraying pesticide on Tuesday night, Aug. 8 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The spraying is to ward against the West Nile Virus by removing mosquitoes from the area. The spraying includes the area bonded by the following boundaries. The Van Wyck Expressway; on the north by Linden Boulevard, 204th Street and Murdock Avenue to the north; on the east by 221st Street, 118th Avenue, 234th Street, 135th Avenue, Hook Creek Boulevard and 249th Street; and on the south by 147th Avenue, 225th Street, the Long Island Rail Road, 137th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard.
National Night Out was celebrated in grand style at parks across the five boroughs. Police and community gathered together to share food, fun and festivities on the annual night that brings the two together in a stand against crime. Mayor Bill deBlasio and NYPD Commissioner O'Neill visited the 103rd Precinct's event in Rufus King Park. Here is a photo gallery of the 113th Precinct's National Night Out in Baisley Pond Park. " order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]
So you make a killer oxtail stew and you want to be in the food business. Then the Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space is for you. Jamaica FEASTS is a free incubator program for aspiring food entrepreneurs. It entails 12 weekly classes on how to open your own food business. Topics include, but are not limited to, licensing, fees, menu planning, banking, human resources and real estate. Expert guest speakers from the food business community including lawyers and QuickBooks professionals will help guide participants. Halfway through the program, participants are assessed by their presentation of a business plan, elevator pitch, operational plan along with planned next steps to ensure they are advancing successful through the program....
“I have not lied to my community and I maintain my innocence,” posted former Council Member Ruben Wills on Facebook after he was tried and convicted for stealing more than $30,000 in taxpayer’s money. The jury found Wills guilty of one count of a scheme to defraud, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of filing a false instrument. Wills was acquitted on the single charge of filing false business records. Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last four years (Shirley Huntley, Malcolm Smith, William Scarborough). He is due to be sentenced and faces jail time. In his post-conviction postings, Wills cited his case as payback for not cooperating with the Attorney General’s office in its purs
On Monday, July 17, Mayor deBlasio revealed the location for the future 116th Precinct. The precinct will be located at 242-40 North Conduit Avenue, adjacent to the 115th Satellite precinct. The space which is currently allocated as a parking lot. The new precinct will assume over half of the 105th Precinct’s territory, which is currently the fifth largest precinct in the city. The specific borders of the precinct will be determined at a later date. The future precinct, which was years in the making, is still years from becoming a reality. “We’re still some years away from flipping on the lights and answering radio-runs in the new 1-16 and the borders of the precinct won’t be solidified until we get closer to completion,” said Commi