Miller allocates funding for cultural institutions

Councilman I. Daneek Miller announced that his council district has secured more than $700,00 for cultural programming for youth, seniors and other residents.

“Southeast Queens has a rich cultural history and I am proud to be able to play a role in ensuing it continues to thrive,” he said. “The cultural institutions in our community play a vital part in the quality of life we all enjoy as they continue to teach, entertain and enrich residents of all ages.”

Through the Council’s Coalition of Theaters of Color initiative, local groups like the Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Afrikan Poetry Theatre and the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre all received additional funding.

Other institutions that received funding include:

  • A Better Jamaica
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
  • Arts at Henson Parks
  • CUNY Creative Arts
  • Cultural Collaborative Jamaica
  • Queensborough College Performing Arts Center
  • Marquis Studios
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Creative Jazz Organization, Inc.
  • Braata Productions
  • JazzMobile, Inc.
  • King Manor Museum
  • Onipa Abusia Temple, Inc.
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City Hall comes to Queens

Mayor de Blasio is bringing City Hall to Queens next month.

De Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz announced that the administration will run the city from Borough Hall for a week, starting on July 17.

They will host a cabinet meeting, resource fairs, town halls and other events focused on Queens.

“In Queens, we will continue focusing city resources on the borough’s most pressing needs,” de Blasio said.

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South Queens leader appointed to NYRA

George Russo

Local community leader George Russo was appointed to the New York Racing Association Board of Directors today.

Russo’s appointment was recommended by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and confirmed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

The appointment gives South Queens residents a voice on the Board that oversees thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major racetracks, Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

Russo graduated from St. John’s University in Queens in 1979 and  obtained his law degree from New York Law School in 1982.  He served as Assistant District Attorney for Queens County from 1983 to 1985. Since 1985, Russo has been in private practice, specializing in real estate law, foreclosure, immigration law, and more.  From 1983 through 1989, he served on the Community School Board for District 27, including a stint as President from 1985 – 1986.  He has served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens since 2001, serving as President from 2007 to 2014.  He helped found and has served as co-President of the Intra-Community Civic Association since 2010.

“This is a true honor,” Russo said.  “The Aqueduct is a vital piece of Queens’s economy, just as Belmont is for Long Island and Saratoga Springs is for the Capital District.  It’s not a simple operation, but it’s a community institution and it’s one for which we need real caring and oversight.  There are many things to gain from a strong partnership between NYRA and our communities, and I’m proud to be one of 17 directors tasked with making that happen.  I’d like to thank Stacey, Speaker Heastie and the Assembly for their confidence, and I’m excited to get started.”

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Police warn residents of rim thefts

The NYPD 106th Precinct is warning residents to be on the lookout for thieves stealing the rims off of cars.

In a message on the NYPD 106th Precinct Community Council Facebook Page, they are warning owners of Honda’s, Nissan’s, Mercedes, and Toyota’s that their vehicles are being targeted.

Steps to protect include: wheel locks, motion sensor devices, alarms and surveillance cameras. Residents are also encouraged to park in well-lit, non-isolated areas if possible.

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Resorts World Casino NYC Announces June Promotions & Entertainment!

Come kick off your summer at Resorts World Casino New York City (RWCNYC) for a chance to win! This June, RWCNYC will be offering a variety of exciting promotions and entertainment.

June entertainment will include a series of exciting events throughout the month at RWCNYC’s very own Bar 360. Bar 360 will feature live performances by The Trammps on Friday, June 23 at 10:30 p.m., and Double Exposure on Friday, June 30 at 10:30 p.m. This month’s Jazz Sunday series will feature a performance by Veronica Nunn presented by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning on June 25 from 4-7 p.m. at Bar 360.

Over the month of June, RWCNYC will feature several promotions including an Early Bird Bonus, Monday Madness, GR 50+ Club, Earn & Get Scratch Off, Flag Day Getaway, IGT Fast Hit Progressive Promotion, Starry Saturday, Thank You Thursday, Father’s Day Earn & Get, Spielo Sphinx 3D Earn & Get and Bimini Bound:

·         Early Bird Bonus – Guests who earn 50 points while playing any game will be able to redeem a voucher for $15 in free play every Friday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. If points are earned consecutively, guests will receive a $5 increment on their free play up to $45.

·         Monday Madness – Guests who earn 80 points will receive $20 free play from 6 p.m. – midnight every Monday in June.

·         GR 50+ Club – Every Tuesday in June, guests 50+ years or older who earn 50 points will receive $15 in free play from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. If they earn 50 points between 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. they will receive a voucher for a $10 food voucher.

·         Earn & Get Scratch Off Promotion – First 800 guests who earn 50 points & print out a voucher will receive a free scratch off between 12 p.m. –  3 p.m. every Wednesday in June.

·         Flag Day Gift Giveaway – The first 1,000 guests who earn 50 points and print out a voucher will receive a free gift between 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on June 8 and 22.

·         IGT Fast Hit Progressive Promotion – The first 1,000 guests who earn 50 points can print out a voucher starting at 4 p.m. for a Peel & Win ticket. Starting at 6 p.m., guests who earned 50 points can print out an entry for the 8 p.m. drawing. Five lucky winners will have the chance to win between $500 – $3000 in cash on June 9.

·         Starry Saturday – Guests who earn 100 points will receive $25 free play from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. every Saturday in June.

·         Thank You Thursday – Guests who earn 2,000 points between June 1-14 can print out a voucher valid at RWNY gift shop or Lai Hing Jewelry from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. on June 15 and 29.

·         Father’s Day Earn & Get Promotion – First 1,000 guests to earn 50 points and print out a voucher will receive a free gift between 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on June 18. Guests earning 100 points will receive $20 free play from 4-8 p.m.

·         Spielo Sphinx 3D Earn & Get – The first 1,000 guests to earn 50 points will earn $15 free play valid on Spielo machines only.

·         Bimini Bound – Guests who earn 700 tier points on any day between June 1 – 30 may redeem a voucher for a chance to win a free trip to Resorts World Bimini. The Bimini Bound Package includes: a $1,500 value trip per person either 3 weekend nights (Thursday – Saturday) or 4 weekday nights (Sunday – Wednesday). Flights are direct from Newark to Bimini. Hotel and Breakfast is included as well as $100 Free Play per trip per person.

Resorts World Casino New York City is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica.

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Chirlane McCray to host community conversation in Jamaica

The First Lady is coming to Jamaica.

No, we’re not talking about Melania Trump, who is settling down in Washington D.C. We mean Chirlane McCray, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s partner, who is also called FLONYC.

McCray is hosting her third of five “Community Conversations in Queens” Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Queens Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd.)

What will she talk about? Of course, her signature initiative, ThriveNYC. It’s the city’s comprehensive mental health plan she’s been touting with Deputy Mayor Richard Buery.

FLONYC will also talk about HealingNYC, the de Blasio administration’s plan to address the growing opioid crisis.

She’ll be joined by Buery, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Herminia Palacio, Councilman I. Daneek Miller and Councilman Donovan Richards.

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105th Precinct busts four after finding loaded gun

The marijuana and loaded firearm recovered from the search.

A group of four individuals were busted for having a loaded firearm in their car in Cambria Heights last night by the NYPD 105th precinct’s midnight conditions team, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff.

According to Schiff, the area near 117-24 231st Street, where the four perpetrators where arrested has suffered from a rash of robberies and a number of shots fired that ended in property damage.

Schiff said his officers came upon marijuana smoke emanating from the vehicle prior to the search, which yielded the loaded gun.

“Two of the perpetrators have prior arrests for murder and other firearm possessions,” Schiff said. “One would tend to believe given the aforementioned set of facts that they were likely planning on doing something nefarious and we were able to stop them before they did so.”

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Summer SAT Prep in Jamaica sponsored by Zara Realty

America Sevashram Sangha Inc. is hosting its 2017 Summer  SAT prep session, located at 153-14 90th Avenue in Jamaica. The  sessions are Monday through Thursday, starting July 10th,  from 6-8 p.m. and concludes Friday, August 18th.

America Sevashram Sangha Inc. is a registered religious, educational, social and tax exempt organization that is managed by Hindu monks and local volunteers, that serves the residents of Jamaica, Queens. The organization also offers GED prep and computer courses.

The session will have NYC certified teachers and air conditioned classrooms. The price of the session is $200 and special discounts are offered to the students of Richmond Hill High School.

America Sevashram Sangha Inc.’s SAT prep sessions are sponsored by ZARA Realty. The philanthropic real estate company works closely with Richmond Hill High School to improve the education for kids in the school. RHHS is one of 12 schools to receive 46 computers, purchased through a $125,000 donation from ZARA.

SAT Prep seats are limited. For more information, call Indranie at 718-598-3097, Naresh at 347-649-5303, or Ashram at 718-523-7515.

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Resorts World celebrates Father’s Day with exhibit

Resorts World Casino is honoring Father’s Day this year with a new photography exhibit at its Red Wall Gallery.

The exhibit will feature photos of fatherhood by the Southeast Queens Camera Club. It will be on display from June 2 to 29.

A private reception for the local artists will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bar 360.

“We are privileged to to have this unique opportunity to express our pride and honor for the man in each of our lives we call Dad, especially this month being Father’s Day month,” said Ronald Moore, president of the Southeast Queens Camera Club.

“We hope everyone enjoys our Ode to Dad exhibit.”

During the year, SEQCC offers educational programs and activities, as well as lectures by distinguished photographers to build skill levels.

Now in their 12th season, the club is exploring new partnerships with local organizations to display their work.

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QueensYoung Dems to host movie night

Next Wednesday, the Queens County Young Democrats and the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club are teaming up to host a movie night.

The event will be at the Guy R. Brewer Clubhouse at 197-09 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans. Doors open at 7 p.m. on June 14 and the movie starts at 8 p.m.

Attendees can choose between four great movies about race in America: “Selma,” “13th,” “Barry,” or “The Butler.”

Shuttle cars will be run from the Jamaica LIRR station at 7 p.m. For more information, email queensyoungdems@gmail.com

RSVP on Facebook here.

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