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Residents of the Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses much of the west, central and northeast sections of the borough, had the chance last week to meet one-on-one with Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) at the Bayside Library during the congresswoman’s fourth “Congress on Your Corner” event.
Those who took advantage of the opportunity discussed issues ranging from lack of jobs and affordable healthcare to overcrowded classrooms and uneven sidewalks.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is full of borough staples including the Hall of Science, the Unisphere and the Queens Zoo. But while much of the park hasn’t seen an update in many years, the Queens Museum, however, is coming out with the big guns.
The museum that has been described as struggling or fighting to stay alive has completed a massive remodeling and expansion. Museum representatives are saying that this redesign is in no way a last resort to save the Queens Museum.
Lynne Serpe, one of several candidates looking to take the District 22 City Council seat being vacated by Peter Vallone Jr. in January, says residents are in need of a change.
“Democracy is about choice,” she said. “This is the first time in a long time that the seat is completely open. For me, this election really gives the voters the opportunity to move forward and move forward in a way that is sustainable.”
The Museum of Moving Image, The Soundtrack Series - Music Video Edition, Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30-11 p.m., 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Features stories of music videos of Morrisey, Beyonce, etc. Contact: Dana Rossi, email@example.com, (917) 232-1931, $12.
In what seems to some to be a never-ending fight, parents of schoolchildren in IS 59 in Springfield Gardens are once again preparing to fend off the co-location of another school in their Ridgedale Street building.
This time the Department of Education is proposing to establish a Success Academy charter school in the building next September.
(NewsUSA) - Faced with critics who thought he was crazy, Walt Disney mortgaged his house and sold a one-third stake to the ABC TV network to raise the $17 million he needed to build Disneyland.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact (718) 937-6317, or go to www.dorsky.org.
Department of Education representatives got an icy reception last Thursday from a crowd of more than 100 when they came to Jamaica to discuss co-locating schools next year in MS 72 and PS 40.
The DOE is pushing to locate a new middle school — MS 332, inside the existing MS 72 for the 2014-15 school year. Plans also call for a new PS 312 to be co-located inside of PS 40.
A mini-world from the streets of Rio de Janeiro is springing up at Queens College.
A seven-artist group from Vila Pereira da Silva, one of the many favelas, poor communities made up of shanties built with scraps of wood and found metal, which dot Rio de Janeiro, is creating the Morrinho Project for the first time in New York City. There are rows upon rows of painted paver blocks outside the library and science building representing the artists’ homes in the sprawling South American country.
Theater Time Productions, “A Murder is Announced,” Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217 St., Sept. 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 & 29 at 3 p.m., $16, $14 seniors and students. Sept. 20: dessert after party. Reservations recommended. Contact: (347) 358-8102, theatretime.org.
World Maker Faire New York 2013, a festival celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, sustainability and food, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$35. Contact: Karlee Vincent, (707) 263-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Queens civic activist and his colleagues have succeeded in their efforts to preserve a historical mural on a soon to be demolished campus building at the New York City College of Technology.
“That’s very, very good news,” said the activist, longtime City Tech professor and Juniper Park Civic Association President Robert Holden. “We were able to gain a victory by saving a valuable piece of artwork in the mosaic.”
With just days to go before the primaries for citywide offices, the Council of Senior Centers and Services last Thursday posted online a detailed questionnaire it gave to the candidates, along with their answers.
The CSCS, which says it is the leading advocate for senior services, posted the questions and answers on its website, cscs-ny.org. To see them, click on the candidate questionnaire link under the “News Alerts and Advocacy” tab.
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45th Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., opens Sept. 8, through November 17. Contact (718) 937-6317, or go to www.dorsky.org.
Seven candidates vying to represent their home neighborhood of Astoria in the City Council voiced their thoughts on the topic of schools during a forum hosted by Zone 126, an Astoria Houses group focused on education, on Tuesday night.
Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas, Community Board 1 member and small business owner; Costa Constantinides, deputy chief of staff to City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows); John Ciafone, a lawyer; Danielle De Stefano, a volleyball coach at Monsignor McClancy High School and avid volunteer; Gerald Kann, a writer and teacher; Daniel Peterson, an administrator at a commercial real estate firm; and Lynn Serpe, an environmental consultant for various organizations including the Queens Library, have all thrown their hats into the ring and spoke on Tuesday.
Existing programs to connect the needy with the nutritious food they need can — and must — be used more creatively for the foreseeable future, according to Democrats running for the City Council in the 27th District.
Attorney Joan Flowers, Community Board 13 member Gregory Mays, transit union leader Daneek Miller and Sondra Peeden all spoke at a forum sponsored by Food Bank for New York City.
Six months after winning a hotly contested race to temporarily fill the District 31 City Council seat vacated by his former boss, Donovan Richards presented his first state of the district report Tuesday night before an audience of over 100 constituents and fellow elected officials at the Queens Church of the Firstborn in Laurelton.
“When I was sworn in I promised this community that I would fight relentlessly to ensure government works for us. We have done just that,” Richards said.
Lawmakers call for hearing on NYPD IG, stop-and-frisk bills
July 2013 marks the 49th anniversary of federal support for public transportation.
The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments, which continues benefiting many Americans today. On July 10, 1964 he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law. This has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation.
Millions of Americans, including many residing in Queens County today, on a daily basis utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single-occupancy vehicles. Most are funded with your tax dollars thanks to President Johnson.
Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a local or express bus, commuter van, ferry, light rail, commuter rail or subway.
Fortunately we have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its various operating agencies, including New York City Transit subway and bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, Staten Island Rapid Transit Authority and MTA Bus. There are also New Jersey Transit and Port Authority-Trans Hudson trains and the Staten Island Ferry.
MTA MetroCards provide free transfers between the subway and bus. This has eliminated the old two-fare zones, making public transportation an even better bargain. Purchasing a monthly LIRR or MTA pass reduces the cost per ride and provides virtually unlimited trips.
Elected officials and government employees can turn in their taxpayer-funded vehicles and join the rest of us by using public transportation to get around. In many cases, employers can offer transit checks which help subsidize a portion of the costs. Utilize this and reap the benefits. It supports a cleaner environment. Or join a car or van pool to share the costs of commuting.
The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical office, library, etc., is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood. Economically successful communities are not 100 percent dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility. Seniors, students and low- and middle-income people need these transportation alternatives. Investment in public transportation contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.
Strong libraries = strong communities. Library lovers across Queens spoke up to support library funding and I am so pleased to announce that the proposed budget cut was restored. Your library will remain open five or more days a week.
We thank our elected officials, including the entire New York City Council, led by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, as well as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, for prioritizing public libraries this year. We want to recognize Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr., chairman of the Finance Committee; Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, chairman of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee; Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie; and Councilman Vincent Gentile, chairman of the Select Committee on Libraries, for their outstanding leadership, as well as the entire Queens delegation to the City Council. We also owe our gratitude to our many stalwart library champions, including Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.
I also want to thank all the Friends of the Library and library advocates around the borough who signed the petitions, held rallies, wrote postcards and made their voices heard. Without your energy, the future might not look as bright.
And the future does look bright. Queens Library is open to provide all those essential community services you rely on: computers and Wi-Fi, books and movies, homework help, job search assistance, consumer health information, classes, music, intelligent conversation and simply a great place to visit.
Our newest offerings include downloadable e-magazines and downloadable audiobooks. The new library in Glen Oaks is already serving the community. A new library in North Flushing will open this summer. Your Queens Library is working hard to enrich your life.
“Bridging the Gap”—Long Island City Artists will be on display at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., through Sunday, July 14. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. $5, members, students and Long Island City artists free. Visit flushingtownhall.org.