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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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.
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.
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).