Former Council Member Ruben Wills Sentenced to Prison

Neighborhoods, News, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
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
DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

Community Events, Health/Wellness, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
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.

So You Want to Open A Food Business

Business/Entrepreneurship, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
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....
Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

Business/Entrepreneurship, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
On a beautiful, hot and sunny day in front of the historic façade of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winning projects selected for the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  In August 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Downtown Jamaica was the winner of the $10 million DRI, a plan that looks to transform local neighborhoods into the next generation of communities.   The winner was selected as part of a competitive process by the state’s Economic Development Council.  The projects that will be funded under the grant include a space for businesses, pedestrian plazas, infrastructure upgrades, support for dining options, increased broadband width and employment supports.  Greater Jamaic

‘Central Park Five’ documentary screens to community youths

Community Events, Neighborhoods, News, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
[This article was originally published in 2013.  As renewed interest in the 'Central Park Five' story emerges, this article is being reposted.] It is one movie that you are happy to know the outcome. ‘The Central Park Five’, is a documentary that examines the 1989 case of five Black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a White woman in Central Park.  The movie is currently being screened throughout Southeast Queens to audiences, both young and old.  Recently, the documentary was screened at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. At the Ross Center, seventh and eight grade students from the nearby Eagle Academy comprised a large portion of the guests who had come out.  While the case of the Central Park Jo

Community Fights Against Alcohol at Parks Events

Community Events, Economic Development, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
Days prior to the R&B concert event ‘Groovin’ in the Park’, civic leaders, residents, elected official representatives and Southern Queens Parks Association (SQPA) board members met with representatives from the Parks Department to discuss authorizing alcohol as part of the event. The community’s position was clear.  No alcohol.  Although NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver’s presence was requested, Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski was the designated representing official.  She was apologetic about another appointment she had that would mean leaving the meeting early.  The issue at hand was whether the promoter would be able to add alcohol to the event slated to take place in three days.  Alcohol would be in the form of four two ounce

Hip Hop Pioneers at St. Albans Library

Community Events, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
MC Davy Jay, DJ Divine, DJ Casino, Livio G… These names may not be household names, but they represents artists one who paved the way for the likes of Jay Z, Kayne West and Kendrick Lamar.  They are just a few of the Queens Hip Hop Pioneers featured in a photo exhibit curated by Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, VJ Ralph McDaniels.  On Thursday, June 15 the St. Albans branch of the Queens Library hosted an opening day reception to welcome the exhibit to its new temporary home.  McDaniels, Video Music Box’s VJ is a legend in his own right and was inducted into the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture for his work.  McDaniels’ has been documenting the story of Queens Hip Hop for the Library.  That has included past conversations wi
First Lady McCray Hosts Conversation on Mental Illness

First Lady McCray Hosts Conversation on Mental Illness

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
How are you feeling?  Are you or a loved one depressed or anxious?  Would you know what to do or where to go for help? First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a community conversation on the subject of mental illness and the Thrive NYC program.  The goal was to connect individuals, and their loved ones, to services which help those affected by the disease.  Thrive NYC is a collection of programs which offer help and support.  One phone call to 888-NYC-WELL can start the process.  Assistance is not just a phone call away, but many of the Thrive NYC programs are proactive and reach out to connect with those who might be most in need.  The ‘Respect for All’ program which extends care to students and their families is currently located in over 130 schools

Candidate Anthony Rivers “Southeast Queens Has Been Overlooked”

Neighborhoods, News, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
Election season has officially begun when individuals find themselves bombarded by folks outside of supermarkets, events and stores asking for signatures as residents go about their errands.  Petitioning for the right to be on the ballot is what these important annoyances are about.  It is an important first steps for candidates to get themselves on the ballot for the upcoming Primary and subsequent election. Residents were introduced to candidate Anthony Rivers at the civic meeting a week before petitioning began.  Rivers is running for City Council District 27 which covers the areas of Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, Queens Village, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens.  “What happened in Harlem is about to land on us,” he said to shouts of agreement from reside
Delta Ladies Support Gun Violence Awareness

Delta Ladies Support Gun Violence Awareness

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by Roslin Spigner   Members of the Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., canvassed the streets of Queens distributing flyers in orange tees on National Gun Violence Day June 2, 2017.  Wearing the color orange in June is more than just a bold fashion statement.   This vibrant color that demands to be seen is the color used to represent National Gun Violence Awareness Month. There are millions of Americans who want to end gun violence in America. As a tribute to those who lost their lives or were victims of senseless gun violence, the color orange is worn to demand being seen and heard.    The ladies delivered a powerful message to the community: Please help us to keep our communities safe. Please help us to keep our nation safe. Get in...