Street named after 17-year-old scholar-athlete killed in 2017 fire

Last weekend, community members and elected officials unveiled the new street sign for Melody Anne-Simone Edwards Way.

The sign at 118th Avenue and Springfield Gardens in Cambria Heights commemorates one of the lives lost on a Sunday afternoon two years ago when a four-alarm fire took the lives of five people between the ages of 2 and 21 years old.

Among the victims was 17-year-old Melody Anne-Simone Edwards, an Arista National Honor Society member, track and volleyball star and to-be graduate at Queens High School of Teaching.

She was visiting the home of her friend, Jada Foxworth, who also died in the fire.

Melody’s family established a $1,000 scholarship in her name for graduating high school students who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism.

They also plan to create a foundation called #E4M – Everything for Melody – to foster a spirit of community service.

Others who died in the tragic incident include Jada’s sister, 20-year-old Destiny Dones, and cousins Rayshawn Matthews, 10, and Chayce Lipford, 2.

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Shred It ‘N Forget It Day!

This Saturday, bring your unwanted paper, documents and electronics to Resorts World Casino NYC.

In collaboration with Royal Waste Services, RWC is hosting the third annual Shred It ‘N Forget It Day from noon to 6 p.m at Parking Lot B1.

Resorts World Casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard.

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Yu Ya to perform at Resorts World Casino

Taiwanese singer Yu Ya will perform at Resorts World Casino NYC this weekend.

She will host a meet and greet on Friday, May 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at RW Prime.

The concert is slated for Saturday, May 11 from 9 to 11 p.m. at RWC’s Central Park space.

Ya is well-loved among Chinese fans all over the world four decades after she made her debut in the 70s.

She is expected to sing a medley of hit songs, including “Almost No Conscience,” “Unforgettable Love,” “No Sunset,” and “The Past is Only Memories.”

Purchase your tickets now for the event here.

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Get advice on expanding your business to a global market

Join the Queens Chamber of Commerce to meet with experts and get their insight on how to take your business to the next level.
There will be complimentary admission, open to all, and light refreshments will be provided. Register here!

The event will take place on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Harvest Room, which is located at 90-40 160th Street in Jamaica.

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Results for District 28’s participatory budgeting

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Last week, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams unveiled the winning proposals for the district’s first participatory budgeting cycle.

In total, Adams allocated $1.353 million for the seven top vote-getters.

Here are the winning projects:

  • Technology upgrades for PS 48, PS 55, PS 161, MS 72 and MS 332 ($175,000)
  • Bathroom renovations at PS 40, PS 45 and PS 80 ($400,000)
  • Water fountains with bottle refill at JHS 226 and PS 55 ($48,000)
  • Five real-time rider information at bus stops ($200,000)
  • Technology upgrades for Baisley and Rochdale libraries ($160,000)
  • Technology upgrades for Lefferts and South Ozone Park libraries ($170,000)
  • Renovation of student lounge at Richmond Hill High School ($200,000)

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Street to be co-named after Corrections Officer Jonathan Narain

On Sunday, May 5th at 2 p.m., local elected officials will host a street co-naming ceremony for Jonathan Narain.

The southeast corner of 107th Avenue and 111th Street in South Ozone Park will be renamed after the fallen corrections officer.

Expected attendees include Council members Adrienne Adams, I. Daneek Miller and Donovan Richards, Assembly members David Weprin and Michelle Titus, Borough President Melinda Katz and Corrections Commissioner Cynthia Brann.

The event will honor the contributions of Narain, an active member of the community.

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Celebrate International Jazz Day at Resorts World Casino

Resorts World Casino is celebrating International Jazz Day throughout the casino from noon to 6 p.m.

Festivities include live music, dancing and drink specials. You’ll even see a life-sized cut-out of jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

From 3 to 6 p.m., Masahiro Sakuma’s jazz trio will be playing live at Bar 360. There will also be a jazz-themed happy hour special called “The Bee’s Knees.”

The event is open to the public, so stop by!

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South Ozone Park Library will shut down on May 3rd for 8 weeks

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Queens Library officials say the South Ozone Park branch of the Queens Public Library will shut down for eight weeks starting on Friday, May 3rd at 2 p.m.

The library will undergo a roof replacement project during this time.

During the temporary closure, a mobile library service will be provided on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting on May 9th.

Customers can also visit nearby library branches in Ozone Park, Lefferts and South Jamaica.

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TUESDAY: Charter Revision Commission comes to Jamaica

On Tuesday,  April 30, at 6 p.m. the Charter Revision Commission is coming to the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

The commission will hold a public hearing to solicit feedback on its Preliminary Staff Report.

This is important because changes to the charter will affect public life, such as elections, public finance, community boards and more.

Learn more about the commission and its report here.

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Apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

From April 29 to May 31, Borough President Melinda Katz, along with Queens Public Library and Queens College, are accepting applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate.

What does the position do, you ask? According to Brough Hall, the poet laureate, an unpaid role, is “charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.”

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate should be a “talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.”

Applications for the position will be available here starting April 29. The deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31.

To apply, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages of your poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why you want to be the next Queens Poet Laureate.

Applicants must also submit a one or two page resume focused on poetry-related work, along with public readings, grants, fellowships or awards.

Once selected, the poet laureate will serve for a three-year term.

Here are the past Queens Poet Laureates: Maria Lisella (2015-2018), Paolo Javier (2010-2014), Julio Marzan (2007-2010), Ishle Yi Park (2004-2007), Hal Sirowitz (2001-2004) and Stephen Stepanchev (1997-2001).

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier
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