If you’ve got a desire to go see a good movie sometime this summer but want to avoid those ticket prices, the Queens Library is the place for you.
Throughout the rest of July, the library is offering free screenings of films of all kinds at the Central Library and several of its branches. Just be aware that policy says popcorn, soda and other snacks are not allowed.
Last week President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive action to address the country’s immigration system after House Speaker John Boehner stated that the House would not vote on it this year. President Obama recently described the increasing influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally as an “urgent humanitarian issue” and announced the establishment of an interagency group to manage this issue. Although the initiative will provide some relief to the thousands of migrant children currently living in the United States, it ultimately only serves as a Band-Aid solution to a deeply rooted problem that must be solved on both sides of the border. Latin America and the United States must strengthen bilateral cooperation to decrease the number of minors attempting the dangerous journey across the border.
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, the number of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the country continues to worsen every year. In the last nine months alone, 47,000 minors have been detained after entering the U.S. illegally without the company of a parent or relative. This is almost twice as many as last year. Projections put the number of unaccompanied minors at over 100,000 in 2015.
The hundreds of Elmhurst residents incensed over the Pan Am hotel transforming into a homeless shelter seemingly overnight three weeks ago will get a chance to ask questions of those operating the building next week.
On Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m., there will be a public meeting regarding the shelter at BPO Elks Lodge #878 at 82-20 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst.
Many brought heated words and emotions to a public meeting condemning proposed changes to the specialized high school admissions policy at the Flushing Library on Sunday. They support the existing system, under which a student’s score on a single multiple choice test determines his or her ranking and acceptance into one of the eight elite schools.
Two bills, at least one motivated by the desire to address the racial disparity between the students at these schools and the city’s overall population by changing the admissions criteria, were introduced in the state legislative session that just ended. Neither passed, but they could be brought up again in the next session.
The Quilter’s Showcase, NYC Parks “Arts, Culture & Fun” series, world-renowned, award-winning quilters display their cultural & creative works in an interactive showcase, Roy Wilkins Recreational Center’s Garden, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info: (718) 276-8686 or RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noora Ferdoucy just wants her dad to come home.
“My family cannot move forward without my father,” she said at a rally held at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on Monday. “He provided for us, took care of us and most importantly, he is my dad. He was there for me every day and I love him.”
Despite the controversy about potentially cancer-causing PCB contamination at hundreds of public schools, attendance was scant at a hearing last Thursday in Queens on the city’s plan to remove the material from hundreds of city schools by the end of 2016.
Meetings were held in every borough over the past week and a half to discuss the issue. While attendance was lacking in Queens and the Bronx, meetings in Staten Island and Brooklyn were slated for this week.
After months of rumors, Community Board 5 discussions and angry statements from elected officials, it was finally time for the Glendale community to speak up regarding the proposed homeless shelter planned for 78-16 Cooper Ave.
And its collective voice was loud and clear.
The word “titan” conjures visions of enormous strength and size. So it seems appropriate that the five-year-old Titan Theatre Company is gradually building itself up into one of the borough’s predominant performance groups.
Its latest production, William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” an intimate family drama about an aging king as well as an explosive political commentary, will open at what is often referred to as the borough’s premier performance space, Queens Theatre.
An epidemic of apathy, perhaps complicated by cowardice, is wasting us like a flesh-eating disease.
Two hundred fifty UPS personnel in Queens were recently fired almost on the spot after they took a few minutes off to protest the insensitive termination of a colleague. Assuming this action was a contractual violation, there no doubt were remedies far short of such draconian action by management. The sackings were not about the rule of law but rather about the raw exercise of unbridled executive power. That’s what the traditional beneficially adversarial (though not necessarily antagonistic) relationship between bosses and workers has degenerated into these days.
To the credit of management, it subsequently reinstated the workers and imposed 10-day suspensions on them instead of leaving them to twist in the wind, as originally intended. Whether UPS mitigated the penalty because of pressure or a sudden flash of enlightened decency doesn’t matter. It did the right thing, though I suspect begrudgingly.
Whether we are union members or not, we should feel outraged at the breakdown that prompted the original slaughter. No doubt the rash and severe action first taken by UPS will be slavishly imitated by management elsewhere.
When UPS fired the workers, there should have been a deafening public outcry from all segments of society. Maybe the sympathizing workers deserved some disciplinary action, maybe not. They could have been docked or censured. But to obliterate their livelihood is like imposing capital punishment for putting your recyclables out on the wrong day.
In another case, a sanitation worker, with an unblemished history, on one occasion this past dark winter slipped up and reluctantly accepted a $20 expression of thanks from a resident who had insisted on showing her appreciation for extraordinary thoughtfulness. He was axed.
Whether allowed by labor law or forbidden by the apparently anachronistic common law of decency, is this heartless penalty another illustration of American “exceptionalism”?
In Europe, masses would have taken to the streets in sacramental indignation. Over here, not a peep and hardly a ripple. Incitement to riot is not the answer. But a wee dose of responsible civil unrest may be prudent. Let there at least be protest by all right-minded New Yorkers.
Although elements of the media have established in many people’s minds an artificial demarcation between union workers and other aspiring middle-class residents’ interests, those interests apply to us all and should unite, not split us.
No matter what party or wing you belong to, if you possess the spiritual values that all faiths teach us and which most people profess to share, you will be angry and hurt by the unjust treatment of ordinary folks in the workplace.
And the abuse of power will be replicated all across this city and indeed the nation if the backbone of our country, wage-earning workers, doesn’t rise up resoundingly though within the law, to re-assert the unspoken, unwritten agreement that we are all human beings who deserve fairness and, now and then, compassion even beyond the mandates and protections of technical contracts.
Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded
In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.
When the former consul general of Israel in New York, Alon Pinkas, speaks at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills on April 27, he will mark a return to a scene of his youth.
It was in Forest Hills, in fact, where he developed a love for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. “That’s what happens when you spend some years of your childhood surrounded by Mets and Jets fans,” he explained with, one would think, tongue planted firmly in cheek.