Dr. Sheldon Schwartz celebrated his 101st birthday at his Holliswood home last week with a citation from Councilman Barry Grodenchik.
Schwartz was chief of the Clinic of Arthritis and Rheumatism at Bellevue Hospital for more than 30 years. He became the first chair of rheumatology at Long Island Jewish Hospital.
He then helped build Hillcrest General Hospital and was chief of medicine there for another 25 years.
Born in Brooklyn, Schwartz played football at Richmond High School. He later graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He enrolled at NYU School of Medicine, and later became a professor of clinical medicine and fellow of the Academy of Internal Medicine.
“From building a hospital to winning sports trophies to play a mean game of bridge, Dr. Schwartz teaches us that living life fully is key to a long and bountiful life,” Grodenchik said. “He is a pillar of the medical field, his family and our community.”
A recent clean-up effort in Howard Beach and Broad Channel swept up trash-ridden areas along, underneath and adjacent to the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge.
The effort, through Wildcat Service Corporation, was funded by Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Wildcat provides job opportunities and resources for New Yorkers to become more economically independent. It has helped thousands of unemployed New Yorkers find jobs, build careers and receive training since its inception in 1972.
Ulrich said his office has received several complaints about trash and debris along the Addabbo Bridge, which is why he enlisted the help of Wildcat for a clean-up effort.
“The Addabbo Bridge serves as the gateway to both Howard Beach and Broad Channel,” he said, “so it is important this area remains clean.
Acting Borough President Sharon Lee is looking for a dedicated parent volunteer to fill a vacant positions on Community Education Council District 29.
Lee is accepting applications from education-minded individuals until Friday, August 7.
CEC 29, which includes Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, St. Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Hollis and Rosedale, is responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies and providing input to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.
Each CEC oversees elementary and middle schools in their respective community school district. There are seven community school districts in Queens.
CEC members meet for public meetings every month, and visit schools to see what their educational needs are. They also review the district’s educational programs, approve zoning lines, and submit a capital plan to the chancellor after holding public hearings.
The CEC membership application is available online here and can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced that six Catholic Schools will close permanently on August 31.
Among them are Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park and Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach.
The diocese said the “devastating effects” of COVID-19 on enrollment and finances made it “impossible” for them to reopening this upcoming school year.
All six schools already saw a decline in enrollment over the last five years, but the registration totals for this year were “significantly down,” the diocese said.
Affected students and families will receive help to transfer to nearby Catholic academies. The Diocese of Brooklyn, through the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust, will provide a one-time grant of $500 for each child from a closed school enrolling in a new Catholic academy in Brooklyn or Queens.
“This is an incredibly sad day for our Catholic community to have to close these schools, but the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic is insurmountable,” said Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools.
“The difficult decisions come after the intense analysis of the financial picture of each academy.”
Tuesday night’s contentious budget vote focused mainly on defunding the NYPD by $1 billion, but as many elected officials note, significant funding is coming back to their districts.
The City Council voted 37 to 12 in favor of the $88 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021.
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams said in a statement that while the budget is imperfect and many cuts to city programs were painful, the budget preserves many services for young people, older adults, small businesses, victims of domestic violence and more.
“The Council started from zero dollars in key funding and worked to secure programs that are vital to our communities without financial assistance from the federal government or the state,” Adams said.
“After so much pain, our communities should know that their needs and priorities are being met by the city even during the worst financial crisis.”
Within the $88 billion budget, here is the breakdown of wins for Southeast Queens, according to Adams:
Youth and teen services: $231,000
Senior services: $320,000
Free legal services: 106,400
Arts and culture: $210,500
Human and economic development: $351,500
Education services: $587,900
In terms of capital budget victories, these are within District 28:
Thomas White Affordable Housing: $2.5 million
Renovations to Maurice Fitzgerald Playground: $850,000