Fashion lessons available in St. Alban’s

Want to learn more about fashion? Why not attend some fashion lessons at the Queens Center of the Arts?
Whether you’re looking for “drop-in” or monthly classes, or a specific sewing project, you can learn a lot from the Design & Sewing Lessons. Some things you’ll learn is how to turn an idea into a professionally finished piece.
Those 14 years and older will have classes on subjects such as sewing for fun, how to start a business or how to complete a portfolio to apply to an art school.
Pre-registration is required and classes range from $40 to $150. Once registered, you will receive an email with the supplies list.
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Queens Center of the Arts is located at 198-20 Linden Blvd. in St. Alban’s.


Naturalization clinic in Jamaica on June 26

As part of the borough president’s “Know Your Rights Week: Immigrants,” Queens Legal Services is hosting a Naturalization Clinic at 89-00 Supthin Boulevard on Tuesday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come with questions and documents regarding naturalization and the citizenship process. Attorneys will be on hand to provide free and safe services for all immigrants.

Schedule an appointment in advance at 917-661-4500. Interpretation services are available in English, Spanish and Korean.

Later that Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m., legal and social services organizations are hosting an Immigration Resource Fair at Queens Center Mall. Stop by for assistance there as well.


Richard David launches campaign for district leader

Community Board member and activist Richard S. David has declared his candidacy for Democratic District Leader in the 31st Assembly District Part B.
“I’m pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for District Leader. This is a great opportunity to grow the Democratic Party in the community by connecting residents and activists with a process they have felt locked out of for decades,” said Richard. “I am energized and excited. I have learned a lot since the last election and I am not going to give up fighting for my neighbors.”
The position, which is currently vacant, was previously held by Council Member Ruben Wills, and covers neighborhoods such as South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill. The current co-District Leader is Assembly Member Michele Titus.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Richard David as co-chair of the Democratic Party in the district,” said Assembly Member Michele Titus. “I look forward to working collaboratively for the betterment of our community and our party.”
In 2017, Richard ran for the City Council in District 28 and came in second with almost 3,000 votes. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University.
Within the community, Richard has been active in many organizations including serving as a Community Board Member for over 10 years. He is also a co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, the largest organization providing services to Guyanese, Trinidadians and all working class New Yorkers.
Richard was previously a Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation where he oversaw the construction of cultural facilities, senior centers and other vital community spaces. He was also an Executive Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs overseeing a City-wide program to lower the cost of public transportation by increasing the use of a Federal tax deduction.
He is currently a Chief of Staff at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.
A launch event is planned for June 23, 2018 with several elected officials, organizations, community leaders and residents expected to be in attendance.


Friends of Forest Park urge for NCOs like those present at Resorts World Casino

Photo credit: NYPD

At a recent Queens Borough Board meeting, representatives from Patrol Borough Queens South announced that there weren’t plans for Forest Park to have a Neighborhood Coordination Officer (NCO).

NCOs serve as liaisons between the police and the community, in addition to fighting crime, problem solving, following up on previous incidents and attending community meetings.

“It was upsetting to us because Forest Park is such an important part of the 102nd Precinct,” said MK Moore, president of Friends of Forest Park. “In the last year, we have worked very closely with the 102nd Precinct to get some heavy enforcement in the park, and we’ve seen the benefit of that with the park becoming more family-friendly.”

After the announcement, Moore wrote to Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, to consider adding an NCO to Forest Park.

Though the NCO program is usually based in neighborhoods, Resorts World Casino and Aqueduct Race Track in the 106th Precinct were given a pair of NCOs last year. Moore argued that if the casino can get the officers, Forest Park should too.

“The casino got NCOs, and they have more money than God over there,” he said. “We need our own NCO at Forest Park.”

For the full story, visit the Leader-Observer’s website.


QCP artists showcase work at Resorts World exhibit

Participants and residents at Queens Center for Progress, one of the largest nonprofit agencies in Queens, are the artists behind a new art exhibit at Resorts World Casino New York City.
The exhibit will feature more than thirty paintings and drawings created by people with developmental disabilities from June 1 through July 31.
“People who create art love to show their work to their friends. Having an opportunity to showcase your talent for the community brings the experience to another level,” said Ed Weiss, QCP’s Director of Adult Services. “The individuals supported by QCP will take great pride in providing their community enjoyment through their art.”
With a special grant from the local Elk’s Club (lodge 878 Brooklyn-Queensborough), all of the pieces in the exhibit have been framed and are ready to welcome Resorts Worlds guests.
The art exhibit has the potential to be viewed by more than 10,000 visitors a day, as the Red Wall Art Gallery is located in a prime viewing area in the complex. The artwork will be on display for the public at the Times Square and Fifth Avenue levels.
Resorts World created the gallery in 2012 to showcase work by aspiring and local artists.


OLPHCA to host musical comedy

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy’s theater program is hosting a musical comedy school fundraiser on Thursday, June 7th.
The show, entitled “12 Months A Year,” will begin at 7 p.m. at the school. The address for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy is 111-10 115th Street in South Ozone Park. The suggested ticket price is $10 per adult.


New surveillance cameras coming to SE Queens

Southeast Queens residents can feel a little safer after a local politician’s latest $1.1 million investment.

Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman announced that 30 state-of-the-art Argus surveillance cameras have been installed throughout District 29, which includes parts of Jamaica, St. Albans, Laurelton and Rosedale.

“These cameras will help enhance public safety by giving the NYPD the ability to monitor hot spots and will act as a deterrent to crime,” Hyndman says.

Argus cameras are typically put atop lam posts and feature a large white fox with the NYPD shield. They monitor public areas and help deter crime.

The locations of the cameras were determined based on community input, crime data and other factors.


Queens Young Dems to meet at Sangria’s

The Queens County Young Democrats is hosting its next meeting at Sangria Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Jamaica.

It’s located at 95-41 Sutphin Boulevard, and will run on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Guests include Hersh Parekh, director of downstate regional affairs for Governor Cuomo, Dermot Smyth, Queens political action coordinator for the UFT, and Jamal Wilkerson, chief of staff for Councilwoman Adrienne Adams.

RSVP on their Facebook event page here.


Free e-waste recycling event coming to SE Quens

Local elected officials are working with the Lower East Side Ecology Center for a free electronic waste recycling event.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, drop off the approved items at First United Methodist Church of Jamaica’s parking lot, located at 87th Road and 162nd Street:

  • Working and non-working computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards
  • Mouse
  • Cables
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
  • Phones
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Cell phones
  • PDAs

Remember that it is illegal now to dispose e-waste in landfills, regular trash or waste-to-energy facilities. Avoid the fines and ensure e-waste is disposed of responsibly!