Upcoming “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Coming to Bayside…Start Your Team NOW!

Picture 2At the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, people carry flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer’s – a disease that currently has no cure.  But what if one day there was a flower for Alzheimer’s first survivor?  What if there were millions of them?   Help make that beautiful day happen by joining us for the world’s largest fundraiser to fight the disease.

This year, the Queens walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th at Little Bay Park, 100 Totten Avenue, Bayside.

Help us end Alzheimer’s.  Join the fight for the first survivor!

Go to www.alz.org/nyc to start your own team and help us fight!  The end of Alzheimer’s starts with YOU!

Flushing Fantastic website is now live


We hope everyone on the Interwebs know that Flushing is fantastic.

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce has partnered with AAFE and local elected officials to launch the website for Flushing Fantastic, a marketing campaign to promote small businesses in the area.

The website (www.flushingfantastic.nyc) is now live. On it, you can plan out events with an itinerary, watch an online documentary series, check out local promotions and visit the events calendar.

The $1.55 million campaign, which will include workshops for small business owners on strategies like social media, was funded by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS).

To learn more about Flushing Fantastic, read this article here.

Guardians of Flushing Bay host all-day waterfront event

Photo courtesy/Guardians of Flushing Bay Facebook

Photo courtesy/Guardians of Flushing Bay Facebook

The Guardians of Flushing Bay and Riverkeeper are hosting an all-day event on the Flushing Bay waterfront this weekend. Check out the description the group sent us:

Come join us as we celebrate the waterfront and say goodbye to a great summer. The day will include a shoreline clean up along the western side of the promenade. This area, from the Worlds Fair Marina Restaurant to LaGuardia Airport, does not get much attention and is strewn with litter.

After the cleanup, the group will provide lunch by the Candelas at The Worlds Fair Marina Pier.

During lunch, they will be raffling off local prizes, such as a cruise on the Skyline Process.

The event will end with a Dragon Boat 101 session and a tour along the bay.

RSVP for free here and for more information, see their Facebook event.

Women’s rights activist Martha Baker passes away

2017-09-18 Rozic Statement on the Passing of Activist Martha BakerWomen’s rights activist Martha Baker, a Fresh Meadows native, passed away over the weekend.

Baker, a lifelong advocate for women and girls, was a leading member of the New York Paid Family Leave Coalition. She was a founding board member of Eleanor’s Legacy, an organization named after Eleanor Roosevelt that helps elect Democratic women candidates into public office.

She was also the former CEO of the Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), where she was appointed to the city’s Department of Education Steering committee to Restructure Career Technical Education. In 2007, Baker coordinated a conference focused on integrating women into the building and construction trades.

Prior to that, Baker worked as the deputy director of operations at the New York State Workers Compensation Board and served in the David Dinkins administration as executive director of the Commission on the Status of Women. She coordinated a yearlong study on sexual harassment and wrote about preventing harassment on college campuses and in the workplace.

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio named Baker to the Board of Trustees of Queens Public Library.

She is a recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Leadership Award.

“I am devastated by the passing of Martha Baker, a fearless trailblazer who helped elevate women of all ages in Queens and across the state through her fierce activism and politics,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. “I am honored to have had her as a mentor both personally and professionally, and to have witnessed all that she accomplished, from advancing paid family leave to advocating for greater inclusion of women in technical career fields.”

“My heart goes out to the Baker family during this difficult time,” she added. “May they find comfort in knowing she has created a legacy of inspiration and perseverance that has and will continue to shape so many who aspire to become leaders in their own communities.”

Kim meets with orphaned students from South Korea


Assemblyman Ron Kim met with a dozen orphaned middle school and high school students from South Korea in his office last week.

The students were visiting the U.S. for a Leadership Training Conference planned by Goahead Mission, a nonprofit promoting the welfare of parentless children.

The Reverend Sang-Cho Rey, president of Goahead Mission, wanted the students to meet a Korean American elected official during their trip.

“As Americans, we believe that everyone, no matter what your background is or where you came from, deserves a fair chance at success and happiness in life,” Kim said. “Almost all of the children who came to my office today grew up with parents, and yet they’ve worked their hardest to reach their full potential.”

“I am proud of them for how far they have come in life, and I know the hard work and grit they have shown will lead to even greater achievements in the years to come.”

Flushing LIRR station’s elevators under construction

Flushing-Main Street LIRR Photo

If you notice construction and cranes near the Flushing-Main Street LIRR station, it’s because they’re building the elevators at the location.

The elevators will make the station ADA-accessible, and are part of the facility’s $24.6 million overhaul.

Last months, crews completed the steel structure that will house the westbound elevator, and this week, construction will begin on the eastbound side.

LIRR has also begun constructing the new ticket office in the station’s westbound plaza. Other upgrades include platform lighting, electrical and communications lines, new stairs and platform extensions.

“Plans to rehabilitate the Flushing-Main Street LIRR station have been in the works for many years and it’s something for which I’ve long advocated,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng.

The station overhaul is set to be completed by early 2018.

Bayside Senior Center gets new American flag


A new American flag was presented to the members of the Bayside Senior Center, just in time for their special 9/11 ceremony.

Councilman Barry Grodenchik and Congresswoman Grace Meng gave the facility the new flag after the old flag was stolen back in May.

Meng and Grodenchik teamed up to arrange for a new flag to be flown over the the U.S. Capitol in honor of the senior center.

“The theft of this flag was terrible and shame on the thief who stole it,” Meng said. “I’m pleased to have been able to replace it with a brand new flag so that the stars and stripes can proudly fly again over the Bayside Senior Center.”

“As we remember the fallen heroes of 9/11, Old Glory flies once again at the Bayside Senior Center, Grodenchik added.