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Food pantry opens in Jamaica Avenue justice center

Food pantry opens in Jamaica Avenue justice center

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
New York City Department of Probation in conjunction with the Food Bank of New York City celebrated the opening of NeOn Nutrition Kitchen at its Jamaica Avenue Center. NeOn Nutrition Kitchen (Jamaica NeON) is the NYC Department of Probations’ in house food pantry. Staff noticed that clients were food insecure and, as a result, were trying to help fill those needs independently. With a clientele that is 85% male, solving food insecurity issues isn’t as simple as sending individuals to the local pantry. The stigma surrounding such in community visits is higher for males who, unlike women, overcome any personal stigma as they are fulfilling their roles as primary caregivers. Clients can visit the pantry while they are at the center visiting for other reasons. Parole officers can ass
Back-to-school fashions rock Jamaica Avenue runway

Back-to-school fashions rock Jamaica Avenue runway

News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Who knew school could look so good? The Ave, that’s who! Jamaica Avenue has long been the place where students shopped for trendy gear for the upcoming school year. On Saturday, August 29, the Jamaica Center BID collaborated with the 165th Street BID to host its second annualBack to School Fashion Event. An event which showcased the offerings from its business district along with young designer Tyyann of Pinky Sez, latest collection. What a show! The 165th Street mall was transformed into a scene from NY fashion week, with the red carpet positioned just outside the Coliseum Mall and chairs lining the runway. Fashions took to the runaway worn by tots and teens with sass, class and all modes of cuteness. Divas and dudes wore attire in the freshest of pairings for back to scho
RX for Obesity, Coupons Included

RX for Obesity, Coupons Included

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News
Let the healing begin! The Far Rock Urban Agro-Educational Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of “The Healing Garden”, Far Rockaway’s Farmers Market. The garden provides fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs to low-income neighborhoods.    This year, they will be providing an estimated 20-000lbs of food to area pantries. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control reported that two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.  In addition, low income neighborhoods have a generational cycle of diseases including diabetes and hypertension. “There is a legacy that needs to be broken with family after family suffering from diabetes.  We want to give families the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at low costs,” said Dr. Melony Samuels, Founder and Execut
This house is open for education

This house is open for education

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Wine and Cheese.  Up and coming virtuosos.  Symphony Orchestra performances. These were what community  educators were exposed to when Joe’s Music Center and Performing Arts Inc. held an open house at its Farmers Boulevard location. Community educators were invited to a tour of the facilities, which includes classrooms and the music store.  Then they were treated to an intimate evening of musical performances.    Young talent from the school was the featured       performers.  They were dressed to impress as they took part in the showcase. Justin Springer exhibited his melodious vocal talent in a moving rendition of ‘The Greatest Love of All’.  Six year old pianist prodigy Bailey Timmons    tickled the ivories.  Although Bailey stumbled a bit during her performance, she displa
Hip hop meets elegance at annual fashion event

Hip hop meets elegance at annual fashion event

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
The Jamaica Collections, Downtown Jamaica’s annual fashion event, featured top notch designers, delicious cuisine all with refined style in its annual fashion, food and fun event.  Four designers brilliantly engaged the runaway to showcase their designs on Saturday, June 6th. The evening began with red carpet photos and food tastings.  In keeping with the fashion theme, attendees were dressed in their fashionable best! There were neon colors, matching handbags, floppy hats, sequins, shorts, graphic tees all ready for their red carpet debut.  Food tastings included crisp, fresh bites of classics turn delicacies of shrimp, black rice and salsa.  The food was as elegantly displayed as the attendees and just as likely to appear in red carpet photos.  But it was the designers and fash
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
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