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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
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
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