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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
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
Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway 2014

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Four days before Thanksgiving!  It was the perfect day to give away free turkeys.  Not only was the weather cooperating, after that artic blast, but the turkeys were frozen which means there is enough time for the turkeys to thaw, be seasoned and made ready for the Holiday Dinner. The giveaway was sponsored by Councilman I. Daneek Miller.  Folks had been lining up since 10A that morning and their wait paid off.  There was a turkey for everyone!  They had about 300 13-15 pound turkeys to donate and each person had their own plans for the turkey. Barbara Moore is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her grandchildren. William Hallow and Samia are going to fry their turkey. Verna Simmons is going to have her daughter cook it. Edward Blalock is having his lady cook it. NYPD Commun

Playground Upgrade @ IS 59

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After six long years the playground at Intermediate School 59 is finally finished and the school held it’s ribbon cutting ceremony despite the inclement weather on Wednesday October 22. The process for the new playground started six years ago under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  It was part of the “Schoolyard-to Playgrounds” initiative based on the PlaNYC 2030 mission to provide greater access to parks across New York City.  This initiative aims to convert underutilized schoolyards into vibrant community playgrounds. The plans for the school were drawn up back in 2008 with input from the then IS 59 students, but the project was stalled along the way due to bureaucratic issues within the New York City Department of Education. IS 59 Principal Carlton Gordon, reached out to  Community

Rockaway Ferry Discontinued, Elected Try to Soften the Blow

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
Its official. Ferry service to and from the Peninsula has been discontinued.   A joint statement was issued by elected officials which service the area.  It reads, "We are extremely disappointed at the decision to discontinue ferry service to the Rockaways. We will continue to fight for a ferry that the Rockaways deserves and need to connect the peninsula to lower Manhattan."  It is signed by Congressman Gregory Meeks, Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Joe Addabbo, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, AssemblyWoman Michelle Titus and Councilman Eric Ulrich. The statement goes on to address another pressing issue in the Rockaways, homeless shelters. It reads, "We are however very thankful that Mayor De Blasio has decided to withdraw plans to place a hom

Council Member Miller Requests Moratorium on Van Approvals

Categories, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Led by New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, representatives from the offices of Assembly Member Bill Scarborough and Council Member Donovan Richards, along with Adrienne Adams of Community Board 12, Harbachan Singh of the Queens Civic Congress, President Mark Henry from ATU Local 1056, and Dustin Jones of Disabled in Action called today for the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to reform the safety and legal standards of the commuter van industry, along with improving enforcement of the existing rules and regulations that govern the vans. The press conference began at 6pm across from the Jamaica Bus Terminal on the intersection of Archer Ave and Parsons Blvd in Queens. On Sunday, September 14th, an illegal commuter van engaged the NYPD in a high speed chase that left a 2...

Independence and Freedom

In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
                                                                      Independence and Freedom Recently, I came across a newspaper from another community.  In it I found that there was not one act of violence or crime reported, no discussion of poor academic achievement, inadequate housing, political unawareness or uncertainty.  There were at least three pages of fund raisers for children’s camps and programs with not a hint of a BBQ or cookout event.  Its features section highlighted the accomplishments of their people locally and abroad.  There was no effort to hide the fact that the newspaper promoted the history, culture, religion and heritage of its people.  Advertisements and financial support of the newspaper were widely evident throughout. Examining this newspaper led

Rebuilding Rockaway East

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Rebuilding Rockway East The birds are coming back.  So are the frogs and salamanders. On Wednesday, May 21, residents of the Peninsula gathered for a community update:  ‘Arverne East and the Future of Rockaway.’ The meeting was an opportunity for the developer, architect and elected officials to present their vision for the rebuilding of the area. The planned design is thoughtful and progressive. The space includes recreational, living, commercial, entertaining and educational spaces.  There will also be plenty of open spaces for passive recreation.  The plan calls for relocating the current school, so students can be dropped off in a quiet location and the creation of the vocational school which will tackle progressive trades like solar energy.  Fifty acres have been set aside as a natur

Planting a Seed, Growing a Community

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
 Planting a Seed, Growing a Community Worm manure is high in protein. That is but one of the interesting facts learned on recent visit to the Healthy Initia-tives Farm in Far Rockaway. The farm is part of RDRC’s (Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation) healthy finances/healthy food initiatives made possi-ble by a grant from New York Community Trust.  The program wants to strengthen finan-cial stability and increase the food options available to residents of the Peninsula. It’s a novel idea whose time has more than come. When Superstorm Sandy hit, the Penin-sula discovered how vulnerable they were to a healthy food supply. "We realized how unprepared this com-munity was," said Kevin Alexander, Presi-dent and CEO of RDRC. 90% of food on the Peninsula come from el
Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community

Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community

Central Brooklyn, Neighborhoods
Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community Raise your hand if you know pain.  Every hand went up in response. It was the request made at ‘Code Blue: A Call for Community Healing’, a free program of speakers, panels and intervention for dealing with mental health issues.  The forum was held at St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church in East New York Brooklyn. That such a forum was held at a predominately Black church in Brooklyn was significant as the issue of mental health continues to be a taboo subject in the Black community, as well as in their churches.  “It is the pink elephant in the room,” said the church’s Senior Pastor Brawley in the opening remarks.  “Many come to church and shout, but are crying on the inside,” he went on to say.  The church ven