New York Chinese Chorus Benefit Concert

On March 25th at 3:30 pm The New York Chinese Chorus will perform a benefit concert in the Lefrak Concert Hall 153-49 Reeves Ave.
The New York Chinese Chorus, founded in ’09 with support from NYC Councilman Peter Koo, promotes Chinese folk music and cultural exchange through musical performance. Their repertoire includes popular Chinese folk songs, ancient tunes, and modern Mandarin pop songs.
Conducted by Dr. Shuang Guo, the Chorus was awarded the Gold Award at the 2016 Hakka International Chorus Competition as well as the Silver Prize at the 2014 New York Chinese Chorus Music Competition. They have performed at prominent venues, including Citi Field, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York City Hall, and the United Nations.
Proceeds will benefit Selfhelp Community Services which provides over 5,000 Chinese elders with vital services including financial assistance, affordable housing, and services for homebound seniors.
Tickets start at $30. For tickets please visit,

Jamaica students winners of congressional app contest

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Two local high school standouts have won their local congressional app contest, and will present their app on Capitol Hill in April.

Jashua Veerasammy and Arun Budhoo, juniors at Thomas Edison High school in Jamaica, were chosen among 15 students who competed in Congresswoman Grace Meng’s district.

The 16-year-olds created an app called “VIVID,” which seeks to help people become motivated and confident in fitness and health by going to the gym.

They submitted a video about their app, which can be viewed here.

Veerasammy and Budhoo will now showcase VIVID to members of Congress and the tech community in April, during a reception called #HouseOfCode. Their app will be eligible to be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Oh, and the high school students were awarded $250 in Amazon web credits and a $100 gift card from Southwest Airlines. Not bad!

“We first entered the contest for fun, then got serious about creating an app that could make a difference in people’s lives,” Veerasammy and Budhoo said. “We brainstormed ideas for many hours, put our creativity to the test, and came up with an app to help people be fit and health.”

US Open celebrates 50th anniversary with new logo

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Can you believe the US Open is 50 already?

The U.S. National Championships became the US Open in 1968, and opened its doors to professional players for the first time.

To celebrate the anniversary, USTA is hosting a slate of fan events and programs designed to both celebrate the past and look toward the future.

One of the most visible initiatives is the introduction of its new logo, created by graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Be sure to look out for the logo in the US Open 2018’s advertising campaigns.

The US Open will run from August 27 through September 9.

The full schedule of 50th anniversary events will be released later this summer.

Queens College to offer free tax prep assistance

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From now until April 17, Queens College will offer free income tax preparation services to the general public through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Free services will be offered to people making $54,000 or less, people with disabilities and filers with limited English-speaking proficiency.

Consultations will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

Schedule an appoint at or by phone at 718-997-2980.

QCDD Annual Legislative Breakfast

On March 9th at 8:30 am, join the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities for their annual legislative breakfast in the Queens College Student Union Building at 152-45 Melbourne Avenue.

Meet local legislators, hear speakers discuss issues pertaining to the needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, join the letter writing campaign and have your voice be heard.

Last year was a critical year for advocacy for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in both OPWDD and Education Programs. This year support for DSP’s continues to be a priority. Please join in advocating for phase 2 of last year’s very successful #bfair2DirectCare campaign.

Breakfast will be served. Spanish and Mandarin translators will be available at specific tables.

For further information contact Toni Martinez or Mary Knox at the Heaven’s Hands Community Services, Inc at or


MacNeil Park Seawall repairs now underway


The long-awaited reconstruction of the MacNeil Park seawall in College Point is finally underway.

Earlier this week, Councilman Paul Vallone, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Parks Department announced that the $5.2 million construction project is slated to be done by next August.

Pols say this is a great win for the neighborhood, whose dream of a vibrant park with waterfront access is on the horizon.

“A vibrant waterfront esplanade will become a reality at MacNeil Park once this vitally important seawall repair project is completed,” Katz said.

TONIGHT: Public Advocate celebrates Lunar New Year

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Public Advocate Letitia James is hosting her Lunar New Year celebration tonight at Flushing Library, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The honorees this year are former City Comptroller John Liu, Minsun Kim, president of the Korean American Association of Greater New York, and Lois Lee, director of the Chinese-American Planning Council’s Queens Early Childhood Center.

RSVP at or 212-669-4968.