Here’s your chance to get involved with the most local level of New York City government.
Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to serve on their local community boards.
CBs play an important advisory role on land use and zoning, safety, parks, libraries and other neighborhood concerns.
The membership application is available online
The deadline for applications to be completed, signed and notarized is Friday, February 8.
An appointed two-year term of service begins on April 1. Each member serves a two-year term.
In 2018, New York City passed a proposition to create term limits for community boards. Read about the proposal
The Jamaica House of the Week is a beautiful property in a great location.
The high ranch has three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a living room/dining room and a kitchen. The basement is full and finished. There’s also a private driveway.
The property is listed by
Carollo Real Estate for $475,000.
Not only is Queens Library for everyone, but its Wi-Fi service is, too.
Starting December 17, visitors to any Queens Library branch don’t need a library card or PIN to access the free Wi-Fi.
Users can now connect freely to “QBPL_WIRELESS.”
According to Queens Library, it removed the sign-in requirement to “fulfill its mission of providing easy access to information and improve the user experience, while also working to close the digital divide.”
In Fiscal Year 2018, more than 3 million people used the Queens Library’s Internet service, the library reported.
Feel like doing something a bit more active this holiday season? Why not join a run?
The Rockapulco Santa Run in Rockaway Park will take place on Saturday, December 15 beginning at 11 a.m. The race is a 5K and starts on the Boardwalk @ 102nd Street.
Enjoy the race with friends, family and loved ones.
To enter the race,
visit the event’s website.
Based on the holiday classic “The Nutcracker,” the “New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut” takes a cast of lively characters on a journey through memories of NYC to explore themes of loss and recovery.
The East Village Dance Project worked with local Jamaica students from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) to create “The Shell-Shocked.”
The production will take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets range from $5 to $10. Visit the
Eventbrite website to buy tickets.
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons
This holiday season, consider donating a gift to children and families in need.
From now until December 20, Queens Borough Hall is hosting a holiday toy drive. They are accepting new toys, board games and even toiletries.
All donations are anonymous and not tax-deductible.
At the end of the toy drive, the items will be distributed to community-based organizations serving the needy in Queens, including the borough’s homeless shelters.
Drop off the toys in the lobby of Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard.
Ever wondered what it’s like to have a meal with Santa Claus?
Wonder no more! On Sunday, December 9, from 8 to 10 a.m., enjoy a family breakfast at Applebee’s and a special visit from Santa.
All tickets are $15 per guest, and can only be purchased in advance. Tickets are valid only at participating restaurants.
100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
Ask your server for more details.
Join Cultural Collaborative Jamaica and Friends of Rufus King Park this weekend to celebrate the holiday season.
On December 8, at Grace Episcopal Church, there will be children’s holiday workshops from 2 to 5 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, a visit from Santa, gifts and refreshments.
Children must be registered for the free event by December 5.
Later that night, join the Community Tree Lighting event at 6 p.m. at Rufus King Park, located at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street.
Enjoy the holidays!
Tonight, elected officials from southeast Queens, along with business organizations, transit advocacy groups and others, are hosting a forum on congestion pricing.
The event will be at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center (172-17 Linden Blvd), starting at 7 p.m.
Hear from all sides of the debate about how to best curb congestion in the city, while also funding the necessary fixes to mass transit.
Although there have been intense discussions on this topic, motorists and transit riders in eastern and southeast Queens need to be heard as well.
Attend the forum and learn more about how this policy can affect your commute.
For the fourth year, State Senator Leroy Comrie is hosting a turkey giveaway before Thanksgiving.
The giveaway is in conjunction with local businesses and nonprofits. The frozen turkey will be given to local families in need.
Please note that there’s a limit of one per household, and it’s subject to availability.
Recipients must live in the 14th Senate District.