Fresh Meadows, Auburndale libraries reopened with limited services

Fresh Meadows Library. Screen shot via Google Maps.

Fresh Meadows Library. Screen shot via Google Maps.

Queens Public Library reopened seven additional branches across the borough on Monday. Those branches are:

  • Arverne Library
  • Auburndale Library
  • Forest Hills Library
  • Fresh Meadows Library
  • Hillcrest Library
  • Langston Hughes Library
  • Sunnyside Library

The reopened branches offer limited “to-go” service six days a week.

With the seven reopenings, QPL now has 22 locations across Queens open to the public for pickups in a designated area of each building.

The branches will also accept returns at their exterior return machines.

The hours for each reopened branch are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (closed between 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning); 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday; 12 to 7 p.m. on Thursday (closed between 3 to 4 p.m. for cleaning).

All staff and visitors are required to wear a mask and practical physical distancing. Hand sanitizer is available at all open branches.

At this time, there is no on-site public programs, browsing, meeting room availability, seating, public computers or in-person reference service.

In addition, there will be no fines or fees on any library materials checked out this year until January 4, 2021 at the earliest.

Join Flushing Town Hall’s celebration of the Harvest Moon Festival

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In celebration of the Harvest Moon Festival, Flushing Town Hall is hosting a virtual program with Korean folk music, shadow theater storytelling and a play reading.

The event will highlight stories of the Asian and Asian American experience.

The festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrates the time when the moon is brightest, and offers an opportunity to gather with family and give thanks for the harvest.

The psychedelic Korean folk group Coreyah will perform virtually on September 29 at 7 p.m.

Spica Wobbe’s “Hand in Hand” storytelling through shadow theater will be from September 30 to October 15.

A play reading of Marcus Yi’s “Lucky 88” will conclude the festival on October 4.

Watch on Flushing Town Hall’s YouTube page here.

Queens Chamber to distribute PPE in Bayside

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On Friday, October 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Queens Chamber of Commerce is distributing personal protective equipment for businesses in Bayside.

The free PPE distribution will take place outside of Mad for Chicken, located at 39-02 Bell Boulevard.

The event is part of the chamber’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Outreach initiative. Congresswoman Grace Meng, the Bayside Business Association and the Bayside Village BID will also be there.

Local business owners can drop by and pick up a bag of PPE, including face masks, face shields, digital thermometers and information from the city and state.

Queens College leads CUNY in MWBE vendor hiring

Surinder Virk handles procurement, property and fleet management for the college

Surinder Virk handles procurement, property and fleet management for the college

Queens College was recognized by CUNY for having the highest percentage of minority and women-owned business enterprises hired as vendors across the city university system.

Since the initiative was announced in 2019 by CUNY Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, the former president of Queens College, the university’s engagement with MWBEs shot up to 52.7 percent, up from 35.72 in 2018.

In recognition of those efforts, Queens College was awarded the CUNY MWBE Participation Award.

“Our core mission of educating students takes place in the classroom,” said QC President Frank Wu, “and what we do as an institution as a member of the larger community also impacts our students and faculty in the example of set.”

Recent projects and services around campus that use MWBE vendors include the campus Wi-Fi network installation, maintenance of HVAC systems, office and custodial supplies, and promotional items.

Flushing’s Finest virtual guide takes to the neighborhood’s best places

Image courtesy of Queens Together

Image courtesy of Queens Together

Queens Together, a restaurant advocacy group formed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, has launched a new digital food guide along with Queens foodie and author Joe DiStefano.

Called “Flushing’s Finest,” the guide takes viewers to the 20 best attractions in downtown Flushing, from restaurants to historic institutions.

Some of the places explored are Joe’s Steam Rice Roll, Maxi’s Noodle, Tianjin Dumpling House and the Old Quaker Meeting House.

Flushing’s Finest will be available online on Friday at 10 a.m. starting at $20.

The proceeds will go toward Queens Together’s mission of supporting local restaurants and combating food insecurity.

Read more about the digital guide in this week’s Queens Examiner.

How To Choose The Best Local Divorce Lawyer

When you are preparing to go through a divorce it can be a very difficult and emotional time. Hopefully, it is not something you will have to ever go through more than just one time. That is why choosing the best local divorce attorney is so important. You will want to find someone who is an advocate for you and who knows how to end the process as quickly and easily as possible.

Here step by step guide to choosing the best divorce lawyer.

Figure out your options

Figuring out your options is the best place to start. There are different types of divorces in New York, like contested, uncontested, and mediation. You will want to know what options you think will be the best type of divorce to pursue. Then contact and discuss these options with your potential lawyer. Their job is to advocate for you and knowing your options from the start is a great way to see if they are offering you the best advice.

Do you need a large firm or a small firm?

This can greatly depend on your specific marriage and lifestyle. But generally speaking, going with a big out of area law firm is not the best way to go in divorces. When you work with a specialized divorce lawyer they will be more familiar with the local legal code, and what possibilities there are for your marriage.

Ask for Recommendations

Do you know anyone else that went through a divorce? First-hand recommendations are usually very accurate in the legal industry. If you do not know anyone, then you can rely on a second great option, the internet. Check out different ranking websites, and even Google. Here you can read reviews, see star ratings for different lawyers in your areas.

Know your situation

You want to make sure your divorce lawyer has the same goals and values as you.

  • Will your divorce require alimony?
  • How about child support?
  • What assets are there to divide?

These are all things that can shape the process of divorce. The end goal should be for both parties to hopefully leave feeling like they were treated fairly. If there are children involved you want to make sure the law protects the security and interest of your children as well.

As you proceed with the divorce discuss the options and plan of action with your lawyer. One of the biggest benefits is having an expert advocate on your side. The sooner the divorce is finalized, the sooner you can begin to feel at peace and move on with your life.


To get a free local consultation on what divorce options are best suited for you, contact one of the highly-rated local divorce attorneys:

Aronov Esq Contested Divorce Lawyer 98-14 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374 (718) 206-2050 https://divorcelawyernys.com/

The Student Visa Options To Study in New York

Studying in Queens and New York City is the dream of students from around the world. We have some of the best universities in the country and a large number of international students that choose to study in our schools. By the first step to being able to study legally in New York requires a Student Visa. We have created a guide to the student visa options that are available to international students.

What is a student visa?

A student visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that allows foreign nationals to legally come and study in the United States. They do not require a naturalization or immigration process and are valid for a certain time period and for a specific type of studying in institutions of learning. When applying for any visa it is advisable to work with one of the experienced student visa lawyers in Queens.

What requirements are necessary to study on a student visa?

  • Must have a valid passport with at least 6 months past the expected competition date
  • Must be admitted to an approved educational institute (SEVP or SEVIS)
  • Must have the intention ONLY to study
  • Must be able to prove funds sufficient for the costs of living and studying for the duration of the program

What types of Student Visas are available in the USA?

Essentially there are 3 types of student visas in the United States. In order of the most common to the least common, they are F-1, M-1, J-1 student visas. To decide which student visa would be best for you, ask one of the local immigration attorneys.

F-1 Visa

The F-1 Visa is the most common and is intended for college and university students. It is typically valid for as long as you are enrolled as a student in an approved university or college, even just to study English. F-1 visa holders are permitted to work on campus at their institution for up to 20 hours per week. Upon completing their program of study they can remain in the US for up to 60 days before leaving or obtaining another visa.

M-1 Visa

The M-1 student visa is intended for students who are studying in trade, vocational, or technical training school. Many community college students can also obtain an M student visa, but an international student who holds an M visa is not permitted to work, either on-campus or off-campus. They can remain in the US for up to 30 days upon the program’s completion.

J-1 Visa

J-1 Student Visa is another kind of student visa that can include student exchange programs, Au Pairs, camp counselors, teachers, and other types of student or professional training programs outside of a traditional classroom. They can remain in the US for up to 30 days post-program completion. This student visa type is less common.

There are also options to admit dependents of each type of visa who would be admitted under a visa called  F-2, M-2, or J-2 which would fall under similar guidelines and application process as the primary student visa holder.


 

Don’t try to navigate the student visa process on your own, you have the support of one of the top-rated immigration lawyers in Queens:

Slatus & Slatus Immigration Law Firm of Queens 75-27 141st Pl, Flushing, NY 11367 (718) 269-3882 https://immigrationlawyerny.org/