Margaret Finnerty described her job as School District 27’s family advocate as a juggling act.
“You have to cover parents’ meetings and attend community education council meetings once a month,” she said. “There’s a lot going on throughout the district.”
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
The clock is ticking and soon the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy Drive will be over. Won’t you please contribute before the deadline on Monday, Dec. 22?
This year, the Chronicle is collecting gifts for children in four Queens city homeless shelters and a safe house in Eastern Queens for victims of domestic violence.
Santa Claus came to town.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club on Sunday hosted a free photo session with jolly old St. Nick at Almonte’s Key Food Supermarket, located at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd.
Santa Claus, portrayed by Giancario Iannaucci, poses with children at Key Food with elves Bobby LoCascio and Stephen Sirgiovanni. Jodie Stalh makes an appearance as a polar bear.
In an effort to help families affected by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes, the city’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens.
“Since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress,” Amy Peterson, director of the mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, which oversees the Build it Back program, said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “And we expect the onboarding of new construction firms — who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods — will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery.”
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said last Wednesday that the 106th Precinct has seen crime drop by 7 percent year-to-date, following a 5-percent decline in crime over the last month.
“The men and women of the 106th are doing are great job here, including transit officers,” Schiff, the commanding officer of the precinct, said at the monthly meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council.
Community Board 8 last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of 74th Avenue between Utopia Parkway and 175th Street to Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way, honoring the former pastor of Holy Family R.C. Church, who died in March 2013.
The renaming proposal must be approved by the City Council and the mayor to become official.
Santa and his helpers are greeted by Key Food owner Frank Almonte, right, and Queens Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate, third from right.
Gincarlo Iannaucci suited up as jolly old St. Nick and was assisted by elves Stephen Sirgiovanni and Bob LoCascio. Jodie Stalh dressed up as a polar bear for the event.
Santa Claus came to town. The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club on Sunday hosted a free photo session with jolly old St. Nick at Almonte’s Key Food Supermarket, located at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd. “It was a very succesful event and we all look forward to next year when it will be bigger and better,” said Tommy Savoca, a spokesman for the club. Dozens of children lined up for their chance to take a picture with Santa, and were given a free gift bag courtesy of Key Food. The West Hamilton Beach Fire Department drove Santa to the event, and security was provided by the Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol Unit.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
Melissa Herlitz, a planner with the city Planning Department, updates Community Board 10 members on the Resilient Neighborhoods study for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach. The study seeks to stop flooding in the two communities.
The study area for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach.
Bobby LoCascio, far left, and members of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club stand outside of his home 30 years ago at an annual event where children received free gifts and took pictures with Santa. The club will be reviving the event at Key Food on Sunday.
Residents and visitors driving into Howard Beach will now see a new welcome sign, following an initiative started over the summer by the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association. The group proposed to raise money to revamp the sign, but American Legion Post 1404 stepped in and paid for the entire cost.
“They were so generous and donated the entire sign. It was a very pleasant surprise,” said civic President Joanna Ariola.
More than 100 motorcycle enthusiasts revved up their engines in Forest Park on Sunday for a good cause.
The bikers were taking part in the inaugural Toy Run sponsored by Howard Beach-based nonprofit New York Families for Autistic Children.