Meng speaks at Jefferson Democratic Club

May 2017

Congresswoman Meng, center, with State Committeman Matthew Silverstein, District Leader Carol Gresser, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Jefferson Democratic Club President David Fischer.

Congresswoman Grace Meng spoke to the Jefferson Democratic Club last week at the Clearview Park Golf Course Clubhouse in Bayside.

Meng spoke about her new role as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and the efforts they’re taking to win back seats for Congress.

She also discussed President Trump’s attempts to “hinder an independent investigation” of his campaign’s ties to Russia.

Finally, she gave more details about her legislation regarding menstrual equity.

Traffic changes made at PS 184


After years of requests for traffic changes by PS 184 in Whitestone, the school community finally got what it needed.

Councilman Paul Vallone announced this week that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has converted 21st Road to a westbound one-way street and 21st Avenue to an eastbound one-way street.

Villain said the changes will improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion during dismissals.

The conversions have already been implemented. The new one-way streets come with new signage to inform drivers of the changes.

“These improvements will go a long way towards increasing the safety for all  the students, parents and teachers of PS 184,” Vallone said. “The safety of our kids always comes first.”

Anna Dimilta, principal of PS 184, said the conversions were long-awaited.

“We have already begun to see the improved traffic conditions at entry and dismissal,” she said. “This change ensures a safer traffic pattern around the school.”

Fran Drescher honored at Queens College gala


Queens College honored one of its most famous alumni last week at its annual gala.

Fran Drescher, an Emmy-nominated actress, author and cancer-awareness advocate, was recognized with the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Begun in 1990 to honor alumni whose professional success and dedication to philanthropy and public service embody the college’s motto – discuss ut serviamus, or we learn so that we may serve – the gala also serves as the college’s main fundraising event.

The gala also honored philanthropist Muriel Sapir Greenblatt andactivist Evelyn M. Starch. Alumna Juliet Papa, a radio reporter with 1010 WINS, emceed the event.

Auburndale student wins Women’s History Month Art Contest

Women's History Month Contest 2017

Last Friday, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein announced the winner of his annual Women’s History Month Art Contest, where students are asked to draw a picture of a photo they admire.

The winner this year is 6th grader Tiffany Zheng from IS 25 Adrien Block School in Auburndale. Zheng drew a portrait of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license.

Zheng received a gift card from Amazon. Her portrait of Bessie Coleman will appear on the cover of next year’s contest brochure.

“Nearly 250 students from schools in Queens participated in my Women’s History Month Art Contest,” Braunstein said, “and I was extremely impressed with their talented drawings.”

Cesar Milan LIVE! @ Kupferberg Center for the Arts

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Cesar Millan, host of the long-running “Dog Whisperer” series will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their beloved canines in his exciting live show that has delighted audiences all over the world this Saturday, May 6th at 8pm at Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Joined by his famous four-legged friends, Junior and Benson, Cesar will share his training secrets in his funny and entertaining way. Audiences will then have the opportunity to see Cesar in action as he demonstrates his incredible training techniques with multiple dogs from local rescues, live on stage!

From his years of experience, Cesar will show that for a transformation to take place in a dog, the real transformation quite often needs to take place in their human companion first. You’ll be amazed and inspired by the simplicity with which Cesar’s Way can bring harmony and balance into your and your dog’s lives.

Tickets run from $39-$79, and can be purchased through the Kupferberg Center for the Arts Box Office –

This event is proudly sponsored by North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Please donate to NSAL.  Together we can continue to make a difference.

Kupferberg Center for the Arts is located on the Queens College Campus at 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing.  718-793-8080

Queens College hosts Asian American Heritage Month

Queens College APA Month

The Asian/Asian American Center at Queens College is hosting its “Honoring Our Heritage” event for Asian American Heritage Month, which is celebrated nationally every May.

The celebration, which begins at 12:15 p.m. at the Patio Room, will present five scholarships to Queens College students.

The keynote speaker is Elizabeth OuYang, Esq., former executive director of the Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA)-NY.

The speech, “Race, Equality, & Asian Americans in Higher Education” will be followed by a discussion with professors Madhulika Khandelwal, Nathalis Wamba and Alpana Bhattacharya.

To RSVP, contact the Asian/Asian American Center at 718-997-3050 or email

Rozic meets the Mets

2017-05-01 Rozic Meets '86 Mets at City Hall

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic was among the many elected officials who met the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets last week at City Hall.

The celebration was held for Dwight “Doc” Gooden, former pitcher for the Mets, who helped the 1986 team clinch the club’s second World Series win.

Mayor de Blasio presented a key to the city to Gooden, who missed the celebration decades ago.

After the ceremony, Rozic met with Gooden, former right fielder Darryl Strawberry and former catcher Barry Lyons.

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