National Night Out for the 106th Precinct

National Night Out Against Crime is back in Ozone Park!

On Tuesday, August 6, the 106th Precinct Community Council will host the annual event at the Addabbo Playground part of Tudor Park from 6 to 9 p.m.

This event is designed to introduce members of the NYPD precincts to community members, and foster better police-community relations.

There will be fun activities for children and adults, giveaways, free refreshments, music and more!


Free seminar on the Child Victims Act

Assemblyman David I. Weprin and the Zero Abuse Project are hosting a free seminar entitled “Courageous Conversations, Critical Choices: What New York’s Child Victims Act Means for Queens” on Tuesday July 30 at 3:30 p.m.

The seminar will inform community members about the changes to the statute of limitations requirements for child sexual abuse in New York under the recently enacted Child Victims Act (CVA).

The Zero Abuse Project’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Dion, will guide a conversation with leading child welfare advocates, clinicians and sexual abuse prevention experts, including NY Loves Kids and the Queens District Attorney’s Office, about the new opportunities under the CVA for survivors of sexual abuse to seek justice against their abusers and the institutions who covered for them.

The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens is located at 110-04 Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill.


Street named after SE Queens civic leader

If you’re passing through Saint Albans, you might look up and see a sign that says “Cardinal S. Sandiford Way.”

That street sign is on the corner of Anderson Road and Sidway Place, and it’s named after a revered former civic leader who passed in 2013.

Cardinal Sandiford lived to be 84 years old, surviving a life-threatening eye infection in 2010 before passing away three yeas later.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and civil service division director of the now-defunct Local 144 SEIU, and later rose to the rank of vice president.

Local 144 later merged in 1998 with the leading health care workers union, 1199SEIU.

Sandiford also served as the president of he Octagon Neighborhood Association, a board member of the Robert Couche Senior Citizen Center, and 14 years as a member of Queens Community Board 12, where he chaired the influential Land Use Committee.

As land use chair, he fought for the preservation of residential communities, and was deeply involved in some of the projects that affected southeast Queens.

His family joined Councilman I. Daneek Miller on July 21 to unveil the street sign named after him, which will forever honor his legacy of service to his community.


Holliswood man celebrates centennial birthday

A community member celebrated his 100th birthday with a proclamation from Assemblyman David Weprin.

Dr. Sheldon Schwartz turned 100 yesterday, and was recognized at the JASA Holliswood Senior Center last week.

Schwartz was born at his home in East New York on July 21, 1919. He played football at Richmond Hill High School and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and NYU School of Medicine.

After his schooling, Schwartz became a doctor, serving as the chief of the Clinic of Arthritis and Rheumatism at Bellevue Hospital.

He was also the chief of medicine at Hillcrest General Hospital and the first chairman of rheumatology at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Today, Schwartz and his wife Marlene Walder are members of the JASA Holliswood Senior Center, and attend the Young Israel of Holliswood every week.


Health Department to conduct aerial larviciding

Mosquito season is back, and the Health Department is stepping up its pesticide treatment in local marshes.

The Health Department is conducting a second aerial larviciding treatment to marshes and wetland areas throughout the city from Wednesday, July 17 to Friday, July 19, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In case of bad weather, application would be delayed to Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

The helicopter will treat only non-residential areas.

To date, no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this season, according to the Health Department.

The agency will use environmentally-friendly and EPA-approved “VectoLex® FG,” which contains naturally occurring bacteria and kills young mosquitos before they grow into adults.

The most effective way to control mosquitos, the department notes, is to eliminate standing water.

Here are the Queens areas that will be part of the aerial larviciding:

  • Alley Pond Park – Alley Creek
  • Linden Hill/College Point – Abandoned Flushing Airport
  • Edgemere, Somerville – Dubos Point and Edgemere Park
  • Brookville Park
  • Kissena Park

Pols throw first pitch at softball league All-Star Game

Under the hot summer sun on July 13, Assemblyman Mike Miller, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Queens Parks Commissioner Michael Dockett threw out the first pitch at the 8th annual American Softball League’s All-Star Game.

The game took place at Vito Locascio Field in Ozone Park.

The league teaches players who have developmental challenges how to play softball. They practice three times a week.

“American Softball League provides a fun and great learning environment for adults with disabilities to learn the game,” Miller says. “I look forward to throwing the first pitch again and seeing the continued progress the players have made.”


Resorts World Casino hosts New York Music Expo

Event organizers are billing this as the music industry’s event of the season.

Resorts World Casino NYC is hosting the New York Music Expo on Saturday, July 13 from noon to 8 p.m.

The first annual expo and summer music festival will feature live performances, seminars, exhibits on equipment and much more.

The expo is the perfect opportunity for networking. It will be a hub for recording artists, DJs, writers, producers, managers, booking agents and even nightclub owners.

Interactive workshops and panels will include discussions on artist management, how to make it in the industry without a label, social media and branding, and how to get signed onto a label.

Moderators include Bartel from 103.5 KTU, Michael Pericoloso from Drai’s Beach Club, and Hollywood Hamilton from iHeartRadio.

The following record labels are confirmed to attend: RocNation, Hot 97, Communion Music, MTV, Revolt, EDM Sauce, Sony Entertainment, Spotify and Atlantic records.

Enjoy live performances from Eva Shaw (in collaboration with AfroJack), DJ Dramos from Z100, George Anthony featuring George Lamond, Jes, Mikey P, Gozzi and New Ordinance.

Get your tickets here! (Guests must be 18 years or older to attend).


Enter the $1 million slot tournament at Resorts World Casino

You could be the next lucky millionaire!

This summer, Resorts World Casino NYC is having a slot tournament in two phases.

The grand prize winner will win an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and the chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Everi TournEvent of Champions.

The first phase will take place every Wednesday from June through August. Players  who earn 200 points will receive one entry to the tournament.

The top 50 scores on each Wednesday will be notified via email that they will advance to the $1 Million New York Qualifier Tournament on August 24th.

All participants, excluding the top 10 places, will receive $20 free play.

Phase II will be on August 24th, when all qualified players will be invited to play in the New York qualifiers.

Remember that the grand prize winner will win a trip to Vegas in October, including flights, hotels and more!


Bartlett Dairy receives City Council approval

Last week, the City Council overwhelmingly approved the ULURP application for Bartlett Dairy to develop a new permanent home for milk distribution inside the JFK North Site.

Bartlett is a family-owned MWBE business that can now build a 54,000-square-foot dairy distribution center on one of the largest city-owned manufacturing properties.

The company has distributed dairy and dry goods since 1968. They employ about 500 people across three locations in Jamaica, Rochester and Newark.

Their largest contracts include the city’s Department of Education, Starbucks and the Archdiocese of New York.

The JFK North Site will now be Bartlett’s New York headquarters.

In celebrating the rezoning, Thomas Malave Jr., president of Bartlett Dairy, announced that they will also establish a scholarship fun for local graduating high school students.

Call that a win for everyone!


Rockapulco Gold Music Festival this Saturday

The Rockapulco Gold Music Festival is taking place this Saturday in Rockaway Park.

Listen to six hours worth of great bands including Wine with Sue, Fools Night Out, 3 Sheets to the Wind, Squid and Grey Trippers. Doors open at 3 p.m. and there will also be tons of beer, DJing and dancing.

The event will be located in Rockaway Gliders Studio at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park.

Tickets for the Rockapulco Gold Music Festival are $30 and you can register here. You must be 21 and over to attend!