Teen who delivered his baby brother to be honored in Queens Village

Council Member Adrienne Adams will honor the heroic efforts of a local 14-year-old Boy Scout, Fabril Desroches, tomorrow night. Desroches, a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 263 Queens, delivered his baby brother.

He will be honored by Adams, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 263 Queens, Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School and local community leaders. The event will take place on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at the New Covenant Church, 206-14 100th Avenue in Queens Village.


City of Science event to take over Jamaica

On Sunday, November 3, the World Science Festival will hold its free City of Science event at York College in Jamaica.

This larger-than-life, hands-on, and interactive STEM event is open to the public and geared toward families, students of all grades, and the community. With an expected attendance of over 2,500, attendees will experience mind-bending exhibits from the World Science Festival and partner organizations.

Designed to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math, CITY OF SCIENCE unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.

The event will be the third time that the World Science Festival has visited Queens.

The City of Science event is free but RSVP here. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at York College’s Health/Physical Education Complex at 160-02 Liberty Avenue.


Fall Festival at Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park

NYC Parks is hosting a free fall festival for residents on Saturday, October 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Park (aka Tudor Park).

Activities include field games, free pumpkins, pumpkin decorations, arts & crafts, Halloween-themed activities, face painting with Agostino Arts, live animals, inflatables and much more!

No need for tickets, just show up and have a great time!


Local residents honored for hair donation to cancer patients

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams and Community Board 9 honored three local sisters who donated their hair to help make wigs for cancer patients.

Safia Mohamed, 8, Saudia Mohamed, 12, and Stacey Sanichara, 26, got their hair cut free of charge at Aracelis Unisex Salon in Richmond Hill.

They then donated the hair to Erna Blackman, the co-founder of Butterflies By Blaq, a nonprofit that provides free hair replacements for children who experience hair loss due to cancer treatment.

“I am so impressed that these young women would choose to give up something so personal, especially for people they don’t really know,” Adams says.

“Sadly, many children suffer hair loss as they fiercely battle against cancer or those dealing with the effects of Alopecia,” said CB9 Chair Kenichi Wilson. “Receiving a wig made with real hair can boost a child’s confidence and help increase their self-esteem as they deal with these diseases.”


Donovan Richards expected to announce bid for Queens borough president

Councilman Donovan Richards speaks before the Queens Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

Southeast Queens Councilman Donovan Richards will likely make official his run for Queens borough president tomorrow afternoon.

Richards will be joined by his family and former Borough President Claire Shulman at noon on Wednesday, October 2 at the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to “make an announcement about the future of Queens.”

When he throws his hat in the ring, he will join a crowded field that includes Jimmy Van Bramer, Costa Constantinides, Paul Vallone, Elizabeth Crowley, Alicia Hyndman and more.

Though Borough President Melinda Katz is term-limited in 2021, Katz, the Democratic candidate for Queens district attorney, is expected to win that race easily in November.

Her victory would then trigger a special election for the borough presidency early next year, likely in February.

Richards, who was first elected to the City Council in March 2013, represents parts of southeast Queens and the Rockaways.

He currently chairs the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety, and was previously the chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection and chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises.

Some of his accomplishments include securing $1.5 billion for sewer infrastructure in southeast Queens, $288 million in investment for the Far Rockaway rezoning, and $70 million for the creation of the 116th Precinct in Rosedale.

Prior to being elected, Richards served as the chief of staff to former City Councilman James Sanders Jr., who was elected to the State Senate in 2013, triggering a special election.

Richards won that special election by less than 1 percent, but went on to handily defeat other Democrats in the primary.

He won the general election in 2013 over Republican Scherie Murray, who is now taking on Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the House of Representatives.

Richards ran unopposed in 2017.


King Manor hosts Constitution and Cocktails

The King Manor Museum in Jamaica recently celebrated the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.

The night’s honorees were Congressman Gregory Meeks and Andrea S. Ogle, the VP of the Assigned Counsel Association of Queens Family Court & Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association.

Ogle and Meeks’ wife, Marie, reflected on the importance of the Constitution and upholding its values.

For more on the night, stay tuned for the next issue of the Leader Observer.


DOT begins to pave, mill parts of Cross Bay Boulevard

The Department of Transportation has begun milling and paving parts of Cross Bay Boulevard from Howard Beach to Broad Channel.

Starting on September 9, the city will resurface the 10 miles from 156th Avenue to 165th Avenue.

Then it will repave the area from the Joe Addabbo Bridge to West 5th Road in Broad Channel, starting the week of September 23.

The repaving will include fresh high-visibility crosswalks and other markings.

The project was made possible with $2.125 million in funding from Councilman Eric Ulrich.

It’s the first time these sections of Cross Bay Boulevard will be resurfaced in more than 20 years.

The project is expected to be completed in October, weather permitting.


Teresa Carpio, Vivian Fang Liu come to Resorts World Casino

Image courtesy of Resorts World Casino NYC website

Renowned performers Teresa Carpio and Vivian Fang Liu are set to perform at Resorts World Casino’s Central Park on Saturday, September 14 from 9 to 11 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Carpio is a world-famous Cantopop singer Hong Kong English pop singer, actress and singing teacher who has 25 albums to date.

She’s known for hits including “If,” “I Still Remember That Time,” “Suyaki,” “Why Give Up,” and “True Love.”

Liu, meawhile, is a classical music pianist, singer, songwriter and teacher with training from Columbia University.

She has performed at sites including Carnegie Hall, Citi Field, Gracie Mansion and more.

Liu is known for her role as a judge on the Youth Talent Competition of New York on Sinovision TV and TVB’s Supernova National Singing Competition.

You can purchase tickets for the event here.

This event is for attendees age 18 and over.