This morning, local community leaders Jeremy Bucaria, Mike Scala, Torey Schnupp and others distributed 60 bagels and four boxes of coffee to essential workers at the Lindenwood Shopping Center in Howard Beach.
Bucaria, a local activist who coordinated the event, said he wanted to show gratitude to people serving the community.
“I wanted to show my children the importance of celebrating local heroes and volunteering to serve others,” he said.
The bagels and coffee were donated by All American Bagel, located at 82-41 153rd Avenue.
The group greeted staff with cheers and signs thanking them for their service.
“These workers are beyond essential,” Scala said. “They can’t work from home like some of us.
“They’re out here everyday making sure we have everything we need. Today was about giving a little something back to them.”
Richard David, a candidate for State Assembly in District 31 in southeast Queens, has picked up an endorsement from Congressman Gregory Meeks.
David, a local activist and district leader, is seeking the Democratic nomination against five other candidates.
The seat was vacated by former Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, who was elected a civil court judge this year. Titus served in the Assembly since 2002.
Meeks, who chairs the Queens County Democratic Party, formerly held the Assembly seat in District 31.
David has also been endorsed by the Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Stonewall Democratic Club, Muslim Democratic Club, National Association of Social Workers PAC, US Cricket Umpires Association, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, New American Voters Association and the Queens Democratic Party.
Last week, Retro Fitness donated over $3,000 worth of products to frontline health care workers at Jamaica Hospital.
In response to the pandemic, the gym franchise has frozen all memberships, offered free daily workouts and helped the elderly with grocery shopping. It also decided to give back to the community.
Working with Europe Sports Products, Retro Fitness donated more than 230 cases of protein drinks, snacks and energy drinks, including brands like Muscle Milk, American Body Builder, Optimum Nutrition and Cytosport.
The products were isolate for four days prior to delivery and sprayed with disinfectant to ensure they were sanitized.
The Retro Fitness area manager and franchise owner say they were inspired after losing two members of their own club communities.
“At Retro Fitness, we are dedicated to our communities, especially those affected where our franchisees and members live and work, and stand in solidarity with those on the front lines keeping us safe” said Andrew Alfano, CEO of Retro Fitness.
Last week, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams hosted a forum for small businesses and minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) at Resorts World Casino NYC.
The panelists included SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Jonnel Doris, director of the Mayor’s Office for MWBEs, QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte, Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Grech and Dr. Simone Lord of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce.
The event focused on networking and resources for the small business community, particularly MWBEs.
“Small businesses and M/WBEs are the backbone of our community,” Adams said, “and our thriving economy so it is important to understand the challenges these business owners face and help provide the resources that allow them to thrive.”
Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office is organizing a food drive to support local pantries and families in need.
During the Lenten season, his office will collect donations for the food pantry at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church in Ozone Park, as well as the pantry at St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church in Rockaway and Broad Channel.
These are the food items needed at the churches’ food pantries:
Chili with beans
Corn beef hash
Chicken noodle soup
Beef ravioli sauce
Spaghetti and meatballs
Macaroni and beef
Macaroni and cheese (boxes)
The canned/non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at Ulrich’s district office at 93-06 101st Avenue (Ozone Park), or the Rockaway Park district office at 114-12 Beach Channel Drive, Suite 1.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.