What Free Tuition Really Means

What Free Tuition Really Means

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by KAREN CLEMENTS editor@thecommunitiesofcolor.com New York State has introduced the Excelsior Scholarship, a Tuition Free Degree Program. The program promises New York residents with family household gross incomes (as filed on your 2015 federal tax returns) of under $100K free tuition at a SUNY (State University of New York) or CUNY (City University of New York) institutions. The program is slated to begin in the 2017-18 academic year. Recipients can receive up to $5,500 toward their tuition costs which does not include grants from TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Pell (a US government subsidy) or other scholarships. Eligible students must be enrolled in 30 credits over the course of the academic year which equates to enrolling in at least 12 credits per term or four classes (class...
Annual Fashion Event Returns to Downtown Jamaica – June 9

Annual Fashion Event Returns to Downtown Jamaica – June 9

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
The weather is finally breaking and spring has arrived signaling that it is time for Downtown Jamaica’s annual fashion event “Jamaica Just My Style”. The event is a mixer cocktail party, a glimpse into fashion trends and a rockin’ good concert all rolled into one.  It is the annual fashion, dining and entertainment event which celebrates Downtown Jamaica.  Hosted by the Jamaica BID (Business Improvement District), the annual event is a means of showcasing the fashions available in Downtown Jamaica along with its other fun, fabulous and fantastic offerings.  Every year the annual fashion event has something stupendous to offer.  Last year, seniors rocked the runaway.  In prior years men’s fashions stole the show (and a couple of hearts) and each and every year de

And the Money Goes to…Participatory Budget Winners for Spring 2017

Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Council Member I. Daneek Miller announced the winners for District 27's Participatory Budgeting projects! They are: Laptops for Classroom Learning (5 schools): $50,000 towards laptops for the Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance and Information Technology, PS/IS 268, PS 176, PS 140, PS 95 ($250,000) Bus Countdown Clocks/Real Time Information: Countdown clocks will be placed along the Q2, Q3, Q4, Q27, and Q110 routes ($270,000) NYPD Safety Cameras: Cameras will be installed in St. Albans and Jamaica ($150,000) Laptops for Classroom Learning (4 schools):  $50,000 towards laptops for PS 118, PS 134, PS 37 and the Emerson School ($200,000) Security Cameras for School Safety: PS 36 will receive security cameras around the perimeter of the building...

Too Far Down: The Rockaway Ferry

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, NYC Ferry, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
by TODD MULLER What Does Rockaway Ferry Mean for Far Rockaway???? Is Far Rockaway thrilled about the Rockaway Ferry service which set sail on Monday, May 1, from Beach 108th Street, stopping in Sunset Park, then landing in Wall Street?   Correspondent TOod Muller asked commuters and employees near the Rockaway/Mott Av A station this week, the consensus was: Not really. The commuters we spoke with waiting for the A train at the Far on Monday morning had more questions than answers, from “Where is it?” to “How much does it cost?” to “Where does it go?” Far Rockaway resident Beth Navarette travels to Manhattan every weekday. When asked if she thought that the ferry would have any effect on her, she replied, “Probably not.” “Getting to the ferry is a pain,” she added, “I would just

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

Women Wage War

Editorials, Opinions
By: Scherie Murray Almost one century ago, when the 19th Amendment was certified, it granted women the right to vote. Today, women are librarians, NFL coaches, Army Rangers, and in Congress, 104 women hold seats. Women are even running for President. Those are visible milestones, and it's worth celebrating. However, the fight has just begun for women. As many begin to reflect on women's history, women of the future are already making their next move. On the heels of a historic and powerful march on Washington, it is clear that women have something to say to President Trump. Over the last month women have proven that they are ready for action. They are stepping up in their local communities, even showing up at town hall meetings to make sure that their voices are heard. Notwithstanding, t...

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