Over the weekend, State Senator Leroy Comrie hosted a prom wear giveaway for high school students in southeast Queens.
The event was in collaboration with community members, local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
“Prom is an important milestone for high school students, but the costs associated with it can be high,” Comrie said. “No young man or woman should ever feel like they cannot experience it simply because it is too expensive.”
The high schoolers were given the opportunity to choose from new and gently-used dresses and suits, all of which were donated by local businesses or community members.
They were also treated to haircuts from local barbers and stylists.
A 48-year-old Jamaica Hills resident has died as a result of a two-crash collision on the service road by Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica.
Police say that on Monday, at approximately 5:48 a.m., cops found the car crash at Grand Central Parkway and 164th Street.
A preliminary investigation found that a 2009 Nissan Sentra, operated by a 51-year-old man that carried a 48-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman, were traveling northbound when it was struck by a 2012 Scion SUV traveling westbound on Grand Central Parkway.
The Scion was driven by a 36-year-old woman, who sustained minor injuries to her neck and back. She was taken to North Shore Manhasset Hospital in stable condition.
The 51-year-old driver was injured in his chest and taken to Queens General Hospital. He is in stable condition.
The 59-year-old passenger suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to Jamaica Hospital. She’s in stable condition.
But 48-year-old Wazeda Banu, who suffered chest pain, was taken to Queens General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead 0on arrival.
The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident.
Elected officials in eastern Queens celebrated John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday last week with students from PS 46.
The group celebrated at John F. Kennedy Circle, the only street in the city named after the 35th American president.
“Today we commemorate the centennial of the birth of John F. Kennedy. Given today’s political climate, we must remember and celebrate JFK’s spirit of inclusion and his contributions to our country and the world at large,” said Councilman Barry Grodenchik.
Assemblyman David Weprin said JFK inspired millions to get involved and fulfill their civic duties.
“In 2017, with millions of Americans marching for civil rights, equal opportunity and justice, President Kennedy’s message resonates more than ever,” Weprin said.
“We saw the worst happen in 2012, and we’re still recovering five years later,”Amato said. “I appreciate NYC Emergency Management for their hard work to plan for the next time around, by launching this year-round education program and hopefully changing how we think about preparation and evacuation. I encourage everyone to Know Your Zone and to take advantage of NYC Emergency Management’s other great resources, so that you and your family are as secure as possible during hurricane season.”
Police are investigating a crash on Sunday, May 7 that eventually killed an 89-year-old man from Howard Beach.
Authorities say at about 12:48 a.m., 89-year-old Robert Falk was struck by a car near Cross Bay Boulevard and 160th Avenue.
EMS responded to the scene and took Falk to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a week later.
Upon further investigation by the NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad, Falk was crossing Cross Bay Boulevard when a 2012 Honda Pilot, driven by a 39-year-old man, made a left turn and hit Falk with the front bumper area.
The driver remained at the scene. There are no arrests, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Resorts World Casino New York City announced a $50,000 grant to the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) to fund their StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a competition which aims to support entrepreneurship in Queens.
The partnership was announced at QEDC’s Queens Taste 2017, a fundraiser held at the New York Hall of Science in Corona.
“Resorts World Casino New York City is honored to join QEDC to support small business owners in Queens,” said Michelle Stoddart, director of PR and community development at Resorts World Casino New York City. “The StartUP! Business Plan Competition will enable local entrepreneurs to access new tools and resources to continue to innovate in the booming Queens economy.”
Participants in the entrepreneurship competition will attend training classes and then submit a business plan to be judged by a panel for a chance to win funding for their business.
Contestants can compete in one of three categories: community, food-based, or innovation. Eligible businesses must be startups currently based in Queens and winners can receive a grant of up to $10,000.
The competition begins in August and ends in March.