Kim, local organizations distribute PPE in Flushing

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Assemblyman Ron Kim, former Assemblywoman Ellen Young and more than 20 small businesses and nonprofits teamed up to hand out more than 60,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) today at Flushing Library.

The PPE was donated by GuangXi Overseas Chinese Kind Foundation, American Guanxi Federal Association and the American Chinese Asean Chamber of Commerce.

“With the pending reopening of local small businesses and nonprofit organizations serving the Flushing community, it is very important that they get the necessary PPE for their workers and staff,” Kim said.

Local businesses can also text 646-879-3728 with their names and address to request protective masks.

Organizations that participated in the distribution event included:

  • CPC NanShan Senior Center
  • Flushing Senior Day Care
  • Taiwan Center Senior Center
  • Nanoom House
  • Qingdao Restaurant
  • Malaysian United Group
  • Holly Civic Association/Evergreen Community Garden
  • Hindu Temple Society of North America
  • Ok Ryan Restaurant
  • BAPS Swaminarayan Temple
  • Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple
  • Eagle Senior Daycare Center
  • Evergreen Senior Center
  • Bland Houses Resident Association

Rozic officiates socially-distanced wedding

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Who says you can’t get married during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Last week, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic officiated a socially-distanced wedding ceremony for Tony Jin and Yunyi Bao at Fort Totten Park in Bayside.

The constituents’s original wedding was cancelled due to the pandemic, so they reached out to the Fresh Meadows lawmaker to officiate through Project Cupid, which allows for remote weddings during the pandemic.


“Even the coronavirus cannot stop Cupid,” Rozic says. “Even during the hardest of times, I was honored to spread a little joy and hope for this Queens couple.”

Learn more about Project Cupid here.

Politicians to host Memorial Day observance on Monday

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A group of northeast Queens elected officials are hosting a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 25 at noon.

The event will be conducted on Zoom and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Watch the proceedings here.

Participants include:

  • State Senator John Liu
  • Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman
  • Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal
  • Assemblywoman Nily Rozic
  • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
  • Assemblyman David Weprin
  • Councilman Barry Grodenchik
  • Councilman Peter Koo
  • Councilman I. Daneek Miller
  • Councilman Paul Vallone
  • Congressman Gregory Meeks
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng

Queens College summer session offers 650 courses

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Having made the transition from classroom learning to all-online classes, Queens College is still enrolling students for its summer session.

The college is offering more than 650 online courses in four different sessions between June 1 and August 6.

The classes are open to students earning degree credits as well as adult learners working toward professional credentials.

Students may earn a total of 15 credits over the four sessions. Summer Session students will have access to the virtual library and live technical support.

Registration is open at

Students have until June 27 to enroll in summer courses.

Upcoming webinars for building owners, managers and brokers

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This upcoming week, Councilman Peter Koo is teaming up with the Real Estate Board of New York, Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Flushing BID to host a series of four multi-lingual webinars for building owners, managers and real estate brokers.

The webinars will be split into two parts, both translated into Korean and Chinese. They are:

  • Navigating COVID-19 Relief for Building Owners & Managers
  • Relief for Real Estate Brokers & Agents during COVID-19

Here’s the schedule of webinars:

  • Part 1 – Building owners and managers in English/ Korean/ 한국어/ 韓文(Wednesday, 5/20 at 2 p.m.)

  • Part 2 – Real estate Agents and Brokers in English/ Korean/ 한국어/ 韓文(Wednesday, 5/20 at 3:30 p.m.)

  • Part 1 – Building owners and managers in English/ Chinese/ 중국어/ 中文(Friday, 5/22 at 11 a.m.)

  • Part 2 – Real estate Agents and Brokers in English/ Chinese/ 중국어/ 中文 (Friday, 5/22 at 12:30 p.m.)

To register for the webinars in advance, please fill out this form.

Whitestone native appointed Bishop of Paterson, NJ

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The next Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, is a pastor who grew up in Whitestone.

On April 15, Pope Francis announced that Reverend Kevin Sweeney, pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sunset Park, will begin his minister in Paterson later this year.

Sweeney, 50, grew up in St. Luke’s parish in Whitestone. He attended Cathedral Prep from 1984 to 1988, and was a star on the school’s baseball team. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

After graduation, Sweeney entered the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston and studied at St. John’s University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

He later received his master of divinity in theology from the Seminary of Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

Sweeney was ordained a priest of the Brooklyn Diocese in 1997, serving at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica and Our Lady of Sorrow in Corona. He was appointed as pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in 2010.