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On grieving, orange is the new black

On grieving, orange is the new black

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Monday, June 22, Queens held a dual vigil and lighting ceremony at the Queens Museum. It was a vigil of solidarity for the victims of the Charleston church massacre and a lighting to support New York State’s gun violence awareness month.  The façade of the museum was illuminated in orange, the official color of gun violence awareness month. “To send a clear message that those in Queens want to make sure that we are heard throughout the world that gun violence will not be tolerated.  And we need to get them off the streets.  People kill people, but get them out of folks’ hands.  That is such an important message here today,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The event was sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and District Attorney Richard Brown. BP Ka
Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey hosted a Public Information Workshop Open House for the John F. Kennedy International Airport Title 14 Code of the Federal Regulation Part 150 Study. Important because Southeast Queens residents have been banging the drum of noise impact for some time with little results. This is the first time the airport, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is performing such a study. The purpose of the study is to determine existing and future noise conditions. The study will examine air space efficiency and “look to see the kinds of noise exposure each aircraft is making,” said Steve Alverson, who is part of the technical team carrying out the study. “What of these things are making the mo
News organization wants votes for funding

News organization wants votes for funding

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Clements Communications Inc., home of Communities of Color News, is one of the businesses vying for one of 20 Mission Main Street Grants being offered by Chase Bank. Chase is offering over $20 million in grants to small businesses in its grants program.  These types of giveaways are crucial to small businesses as for-profit businesses are not eligible for government grants or programs. Most often businesses fail in their early years due to a lack of capital to invest and grow.  Small businesses are a key economic driver because they provide jobs for over half of the US’ private workforce. The Communities of Color News organization has been well received by its readership and has made itself a go-to source for information, especially during the many crucial elections in its primary ar
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

Categories, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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

In Depth Reporting
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