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,...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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