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Students interested in pursuing college may apply to Borough President Donovan Richards’ African American Heritage Scholarship starting Monday.

The form for the $1,000 scholarship must be completed by Jan. 10, 2022 at 5 p.m. at ScholarshipApp and applicants must send their high school transcripts by email to or by fax to (718) 286-3134, according to Richards’ office.

In honor of Italian Heritage Month, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, fourth from left, last Thursday celebrated the contributions of Italian Americans.

The event at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center honored George Russo, right, a longtime Queens attorney and small business owner, as well as a member of Community Board 10 and member of the Queens Library Board of Trustees.

The city may soon be in possession of the long-neglected Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in Fresh Meadows.

A spokesperson for the Queens Borough President’s Office told the Chronicle that the private owner of the landmarked graveyard has agreed to sell the 69-65 182 St. property to the city.


Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, a Level-1 Trauma Center, received $589,000 in new equipment on Aug. 27, two years after Borough President Donovan Richards, who was born at the facility 38 years ago, pledged to make an investment while campaigning for his current position. 

“I was born here,” said Richards “and a year ago we announced $11 million toward healthcare institutions around the borough and we really did look at every request that every hospital gave us — and Jamaica Hospital, I’m happy to say that we fully funded your request today.”

John Choe was hit with a double whammy July 20: He finished his District 20 City Council race in third place and five of his Community Board 7 colleagues voted to boot him from the panel.

The special committee had been formed June 14 to investigate five charges of misconduct against Choe: using his stance as a board member to solicit campaign funding via email to his colleagues; creating an unauthorized CB 7 Facebook page to promote the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce; eluding board voting by abstaining or leaving meetings early; defaming his colleagues by accusing them of being corrupt; and admitting during public testimony that his own vote could be bought.


The city Board of Elections released another update for ranked-choice voting eliminations July 6. The update solidified the winners of various…

The fourth Queens International Children’s Festival will be held this weekend at the Jamaica Performance Arts Center’s lawn, according to the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, the art center presenting the event.

The two-day family friendly event was paused from last year, but following CDC-approved guidelines and safety protocols, the fest will be able to go on by allowing 150 people who RSVP at a time within JPAC’s lawn at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. on June 12 and June 13 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.