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

Rockaway Ferry Discontinued, Elected Try to Soften the Blow

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
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

Council Member Miller Requests Moratorium on Van Approvals

Categories, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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...

‘Tish’ Dishes Action at Town Hall

Title: 'Tish' Dishes Action At Town Hall On, Tuesday, June 17th, Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James had a town hall with the leadership of Southeast Queens to hear its current concerns and to update the group on current initiatives from her office. The Advocate came with a check list of items her office was addressing which included increasing the budget of the office, addressing issues of housing and inequities, dealing with area flooding and initiatives related to education. The Public Advocates office had suffered from deep budget cuts by previous leadership to the point that it became an amount lower than the budge of all the Borough Presidents.  As a citywide office, Advocate James does not believe that allows the office to provide the services individuals require. “How do I

Odd Politics in SEQ

Odd Politics in SEQ   Recently, there were two major events in Southeast Queens politics: the mistrial declared in the trial of NY State Senator Malcolm Smith and the Op-Ed by political reporter Errol Louis slamming Southeast Queens politicians. Senator Smith's trial was declared a mistrial due to the need to translate the several hours of audio tapes placed into evidence. Guilt or innocence has not been declared. The trial is set to restart in the New Year, after the election for his seat has been decided. Up until now, the trial has produced no bombshells but it was interesting to receive validation for one way in which some elected officials exchange favors, through donations to election campaigns.  Senator Smith was heard saying on tapes that in return for a favor he wanted to r

Independence and Freedom

In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
                                                                      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

Rebuilding Rockaway East

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Rebuilding Rockway East The birds are coming back.  So are the frogs and salamanders. On Wednesday, May 21, residents of the Peninsula gathered for a community update:  ‘Arverne East and the Future of Rockaway.’ The meeting was an opportunity for the developer, architect and elected officials to present their vision for the rebuilding of the area. The planned design is thoughtful and progressive. The space includes recreational, living, commercial, entertaining and educational spaces.  There will also be plenty of open spaces for passive recreation.  The plan calls for relocating the current school, so students can be dropped off in a quiet location and the creation of the vocational school which will tackle progressive trades like solar energy.  Fifty acres have been set aside as a natur

Planting a Seed, Growing a Community

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
 Planting a Seed, Growing a Community Worm manure is high in protein. That is but one of the interesting facts learned on recent visit to the Healthy Initia-tives Farm in Far Rockaway. The farm is part of RDRC’s (Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation) healthy finances/healthy food initiatives made possi-ble by a grant from New York Community Trust.  The program wants to strengthen finan-cial stability and increase the food options available to residents of the Peninsula. It’s a novel idea whose time has more than come. When Superstorm Sandy hit, the Penin-sula discovered how vulnerable they were to a healthy food supply. "We realized how unprepared this com-munity was," said Kevin Alexander, Presi-dent and CEO of RDRC. 90% of food on the Peninsula come from el

Its Time for National Action: Information for Action

In Depth Reporting
It's Time for National Action: Information for Action   The extraordinary number of press representation at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Annual Convention was enough to cause one to pause. One would think their presence would produce more stories and information. Instead, the number of stories about the content of the various panels was minimal. The amount of shock value stories: those that focus on using the race card and blasting the GOP were those that hit mainstream media. The highlights from these articles dealt with Sharpton as an FBI informant. A day before the conference began, an old news story about Sharpton’s involve-ment with the FBI surfaced. The story put a negative spotlight on Shartpon’s credibility as some stories suggested that he was a drug deale