Healthcare Town Hall at Townsend Harris HS


The Queens Solidarity Coalition is organizing a health care town hall at Townsend Harris High School on Sunday, April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The panel will feature policy experts, providers, hospital executives and advocates to discuss the state of healthcare in the borough.

Congresswoman Grace Meng will participate in Sunday’s meeting.

Greater Flushing Chamber is hiring


The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is looking for a Communications Associate who can commit to working a minimum of 20 hours a week.

The associate will contribute to projects like developing and implementing a community outreach strategy, coordinating peacemaking initiatives that bring people together and managing volunteers.

See more of the job’s responsibilities and qualifications here.

Associates are unpaid, but may be able to get college credits. Monthly MetroCards will be provided.

To apply, send resumes to with the subject “Community Organizer.”

Queens Pythons continue winning streak with win over RENS

IMG_6909The 11u Queens Pythons AAU basketball team has made their mark early in this year’s AAU basketball circuit by winning 4 out of 5 tournaments.

Most recently they beat the RENS, a top ranked team, at the St. Robert’s Invitational tournament.

They won the AAU Super Qualifier in Brewster, the AAU Empire State Zero Gravity, the March Madness Tournament at Variety B&G Club, and lost in the finals at the AAU Real Skillz tournament.

“We are 1 team, 1 family, 1 mission,” said Junior Oliviera, head of the Queens Pythons program.

The 11u Queens Pythons team consists of:

The Pythons are participating in Heroes Basketball League, which starts the first week of May. You can watch them play at Crowley Park (Elmhurst) or Frontera Park (Maspeth) on weekdays for the next 8 weeks.

If you want to see what the Pythons are up to, here is their Instagram Page.


Queens College announces 2017 commencement speaker

Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng will be the main speaker at Queens College’s 93rd commencement ceremony, the school announced earlier today.

The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 26 at a.m. on the college’s quad. During the ceremony, Queens College President Felix Matos Rodríguez will award Meng, the Queens College President’s Medal in recognition of her service to the borough.

“It is my great pleasure to announce Grace Meng as this year’s commencement speaker. She is a Queens native who embodies so many of the aspirational qualities that Queens College hopes to inspire in our students,” said Matos Rodríguez. “We first came to know Congresswoman Meng when she represented the 22nd Assembly District—which encompasses Queens College—for two terms in the New York State Assembly. She was a consistent and powerful advocate for the college.”


Fatal crash on Whitestone Expressway


An early Tuesday morning collision on the Whitestone Expressway has left one man dead and another in the hospital.

Police say that at about 7 a.m., authorities found a 50-year-old man unconscious and another 51-year-old man with neck and back pain near Exit 14.

EMS responded to the scene and took both men to Booth Memorial Hospital (now called New York Presbyterian-Queens). The 50-year-old man was pronounced dead.

The 51-year-old victim was listed in in stable condition.

After a brief investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad, police say the 50-year-old man, driving a 2011 red Ford truck, lost consciousness and sideswiped a 2013 white Audi sedan driven by a 34-year-old man.

The Ford truck then rear-ended a 2007 white Chevy truck, driven by the 51-year-0ld victim.

The 34-year-old Audi driver was not hospitalized.

There are no arrests at the time. The investigation is ongoing.

Pols host affordable housing panel

2017-04-17 Rozic Leads Senior Affordable Housing Panel in Flushing

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic joined State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Councilman Peter Koo at a panel on affordable housing yesterday at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Innovative Senior Center.

The elected officials were joined by representatives from the Department for the Aging (DFTA), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York City Housing Agency and Selfhelp Housing.

They discussed affordable housing options available for seniors and how to navigate them.

New junior high to open in College Point

Screen shot via Google Maps
Screen shot via Google Maps

Councilman Paul Vallone and the Department of Education (DOE) announced today that students living in College Point will finally have their own middle school.

The new 507-seat junior high school is expected to open with a new class of 6th graders in 2018.

The school will be located at the former St. Fidelis School at 124-06 14th Avenue.

“This long awaited middle school is a huge win for the students and parents of College Point who have asked for this for years,” Vallone said. “This new school is a critical investment in our children’s educational future.”

Vallone is asking all residents attend the next meeting of the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 25 next month on May 3rd to learn more about this school. It will be at 7 p.m. at 30-48 Linden Place in Flushing.

“As we approach its official opening in 2018, our office will ensure the community and DOE are engaged along every step of the way,” Vallone added, “to establish the best possible school for the students throughout College Point.”

Dime Bank & Queens Chamber of Commerce host community networking event

FullSizeRenderLast week, Dime Bank and the Queens Chamber of Commerce brought local Queens businesses together by hosting a networking event at Dime’s Whitestone location.

Leaders of local Queens businesses talked about what they do, why they do, and how they positively affect the Queens business scene.

“Dime Bank is proud to serve Queens, and we strive to promotes economic growth in the Queens business community,” said DIME’s Glen Oaks branch manager,  Charisma Vega

Pictured left to right: Charisma Vega & Konstantina Foukas.

“We thank DIME Community Bank for bringing Queens businesses together as this event. We are elated to have them as a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce,” said Chamber Executive Director Tom Grech, who, with a new publishing partner, has just revamped the Chamber’s Magazine, ‘This Is Queensborough’, with a goal of bringing attention to Queens business news and spurring economic growth in Queens.

DIME’s Whitestone branch manager, Konstantina Foukas spoke about DIME’s ability to help local businesses. “Whether you need an exceptional account for your growing business, or your established business requires a checking account with more benefits, Dime has solutions for all types of businesses, that will save you time, and help your business grow,” said Foukas.

Charisma Vega can be reached at DIME’s Glen Oaks location | (718) 343-1698 | 253-15 Union Tpke, Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Konstantina Foukas can be reached at DIME’s Whitestone location | (718) 746-6500 | 24-44 Francis Lewis Blvd, Whitestone, NY 11357

Long Island woman arrested for Spa Castle incident

614-17 109 pct Assault 2-26-17 (3)Police arrested a Long Island woman in connection to an incident that occurred at Spa Castle in February.

Authorities say 24-year-old Areli McMillian, from East Patchogue in Long Island, left Spa Castle on February 26 without paying.

When a 21-year-old employee approached McMillian’s car, she hit him with the vehicle.

EMS took the employee to a local hospital, where he received treatment for bruising and other pains.

After an investigation, police on Sunday arrested McMillian for assault charges, petit larcency and leaving the scene of an accident.