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The Life and Legacy of Helen Marshall, The Queen of Queens

Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
It was at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center that residents, elected officials, civic leaders, friends and family convened for a celebration of the life and legacy of the Honorable Helen Marie Marshall. Marshall is best known as Queens’ first Black Borough President, having served over a decade in the position from 2002 to 2013. However, it was her long history as a public servant which included service in the NYC Council and New York State Assembly, several civic accomplishments and for being one of the original founders of the Langston Hughes Community Library which were highlighted for the tribute. Assembly Member Jeff Aubry and Andrew Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako) were the designated Co-Masters of Ceremony. Aubry represented her long elected official service while Baako, former Exec.

Easter 2017 Egg Hunts

Categories, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Happy Easter! To celebrate, there are several Easter Egg hunts for the children.  Below is a listing of events.  Enjoy!   SATURDAY, APRIL 15 A Kids Easter Eggstravaganza Games, Hunting, Funny Bunny, Food & Drinks Roy Wilkins Recreation Center 177-01 Baisley Blvd, 2PM   Easter Egg Hunt New Jerusalem Worship Center 122-05 Smith Street (Cnr. Baisley Blvd), 12-3PM   Easter Egg Hunt & Party Games, treats, prizes, music & Food. 107-51 Guy R. Brewer Blvd 12-2:30   Easter Egg Hunt  Thousands of eggs, story time, Arts & Crafts with BAM Entertainment, a DJ and more.   Fort Green Park, Brooklyn 11AM-2PM     SUNDAY, APRIL 16 During Easter Service, Sunday Sch...
Students from local High School attend live TEDx event

Students from local High School attend live TEDx event

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
The internet came alive for a group of local high school students as they attended a TEDx event at Adelphi University. TED is a nonprofit organization whose tagline proclaims “Ideas worth spreading”. Their talks, of 18 minutes or less, gather today’s thinkers and doers on various subjects. The internet has been a popular vehicle for the talks as a quick link connects a user to a YouTube video. TEDx, is a program of local, self-organized events for a TED like experience. The benefit of locally targeted events is the theme can reflect more of the community and the speakers are recruited from the community. The theme for the TEDx March 31st event was health. Talks were focused on a variety of topics surrounding medical and mental health issues. Tedx is the extension of the Ted Talks br
Voting Links for Million Dollar Participatory Budget Week Cycle 6

Voting Links for Million Dollar Participatory Budget Week Cycle 6

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Participatory Budget Time!  It’s time to vote on how to spend your tax dollars!  Millions are up for grabs. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a voting process in which residents get to vote on how discretionary funds which are allocated to their Council member should be used.  Participatory Budgeting, Cycle 6, vote week is March 25th to April 2nd.  Council Districts 27 and 31, which are represented by Council Members Miller and Richards respectively, are the area districts open for participation.    A number of initiatives are vying for your vote including security cameras for schools, audio/visual school auditorium upgrades, NYPD Safety Camera, area park upgrades and more.  Look for community representatives out and about reminding residents to vo

Richard David Announces City Council Bid

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Richard David announced his candidacy for NYC Council District 28 on Valentine’s Day. The seat is currently held by Council Member Ruben Wills. David is the former Vice President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. He also was the Executive Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and a member of Community Board 9. Davis is a resident of Richmond Hills and deeply rooted in that area of the District. Richmond Hills is the area of the District where Sikh temples exists alongside Mosques. The stretch of Liberty Avenue in the district is known to many as “Little Guyana” due to its large population of Indo-Caribbean residents. David is the co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance which does outreach and community events in South Queens. Despite his deep roots in Rich

Peninsula Residents Share Concerns At Town Hall

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by Todd Muller   “Devastated” was the most used word at the Town Hall meeting held by United States Representative Gregory Meeks at the Rockaway Peninsula YMCA on Monday night, March 13. In reaction to the actions of the Trump Administration, folks from Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and Jamaica shared their fears that “devastated” would soon describe their whole lives: their health, their wealth, their shelter, their loved ones, the very ground on which they stand. While this kind of dire language can be typical at Town Halls, some of which have been pandemonium lately, even Representative Meeks, who did what he could to allay his constituents’ fear and anxiety, seemed daunted. “It’s rough,” he testified in his opening remarks. The me

Congressman Updates Community Leaders on Trumps First Months Actions

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Within the first month of his Presidency, Donald Trump’s executive orders have halted the travel of immigrants, prompted angry protests and stirred fears and concerns about health care across America.  Republican congressional leaders have been facing outrage and anger from their constituents in contentious town halls on their return home.  Congressman Gregory Meeks (Democrat), in his return from DC, held a series of immigration and health care town halls during the first week of March.  In addition, he held an update meeting for community leaders and clergy.  “There are so many things going on, I don’t know where to start,” said the Congressman.  “Every day I wake up, seems to be something else.”  The Congressman had a robust list of update items
Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Why should Republican Representatives take all the heat?  In recent weeks, Republican Congressional Representatives have been hosting town halls that have become heated.  Voters who put President Trump in office are now concerned about the changes he has been making and how it will affect their lives.  There is particular concern surrounding immigrants, travel bans and the affordable health care act. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-5th District) will be hosting a series of town halls and update meetings throughout his District.  Topics include overall updates from Congress and  immigration.   See below for a listing of the upcoming forums and when Congressman Gregory Meeks. will be stopping by your area.  Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:30PM until ...

It’s all about the money and our share of it

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer invited Southeast Queens residents to a town hall.  “It is your night to ask questions,” he said to those who were gathered.  It was an evening in which the answers to most questions were “My office will get back to you”.  This was not necessarily because the Comptroller did not have an answer per se, but more so due to the fact that questions were wide ranging and may not have applied directly to the function of the Comptroller’s office. The financial topic the Comptroller was most asked about that evening was Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) participation.  Glenn Greenidge, Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, proposed support for M/WBE by means of receiving bids for city contracts and

Technology…Empowering Today’s Entrepreneurs

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
“This is an exciting time to start and run a business,” said Tony Rodoni, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales at Salesforce. “Businesses need less capital, and using technology, [they] can make their business look bigger.” Salesforce is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management and web marketing products. The company teamed up with Best for NYC and other NYC business organizations for a Small Business Basecamp. The Basecamp was a one day pop-up event. Business owners and entrepreneurs were able to receive one on one advice on growing their business and attend workshops and panel discussions geared towards business success. They heard from business leaders, mix, mingled, networked and receive a first hand look on how today’s technology can h