Global Cuisine of Queens set for Wednesday

Poster from last year

The 14th annual Global Cuisine of Queens tasting event is set for Wednesday, October 18th at 6 p.m.

The event is an annual collaboration between Resorts World Casino NYC and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens.

It celebrates the diversity of the borough, its people and its cultures. More than 30 restaurants, caterers, bakeries and wineries from throughout the city will participate.

Attendees can sample appetizers, desserts and specialty drinks.

The event will also feature a two-hour NYPD and FDNY chili cook-off.

Global Cuisine of Queens benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens and its programs, which help at-risk youth become leaders in their communities.

Here’s a list of the participating vendors:

  • Alicia’s Bakery
  • Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill
  • Amagansett Wine & Spirits
  • New York  Bakery Bites
  • Blig Alice Brewing Co.
  • Good Juice
  • Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
  • Paramount Coffee
  • Cascon Cheesecake Corp.
  • Pepplish Provisions, LLC
  • De Mole
  • Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
  • Flying Belgium Brewery
  • Ray Cooney of Firehouse Kitchen
  • La Gringa
  • Russo’s on the Bay
  • Dexter Wines & Spirits
  • RW Prime Steakhouse
  • Dumpling Galaxy
  • Schmidt’s Candy
  • Essentia Water
  • Empire Merchants
  • Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
  • Singlecut Beersmiths
  • F. Ottomanelli Burgers & Belgian Fries
  • Thai Rock
  • Historic Neir’s Tavern
  • The LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
  • Isa’s Cake
  • The Pie Shoppe
  • La Vigna Restaurant
  • Tropical Isle
  • Little Bird Curious Confections
  • Villa Russo
  • Little Pleasures, Inc.
  • London Lennie’s

Free E-Waste recycling event this weekend

State Senator Leroy Comrie is teaming up with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to host an all-day free electronics waste collection event in St. Albans this Saturday.

In January 2015, the final phase of the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act took effect, making it illegal for people to dispose of electronics in solid waste management facilities, or to place it curbside for collection.

Those who fail to comply may face fines.

To address that issue, organizations like Lower East Side Ecology Center are hosting e-waste collection events for residents to drop off their computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones and audio/visual equipment.

The event will be at St. Alban Episcopal Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Local Queens immigration attorney offering consultations to friends/relatives in Bangalore & Mumbai

The Banad Law Offices, P.C is a full service law firm focusing primarily on legal matters involving Immigration and Nationality Law with an emphasis on Family-Based Immigration, Removal/Deportation Proceedings, Non-Immigrant Visas and Consular Processing.

Attorney Dev Banad Viswanath will be working out of his Bangalore and Mumbai offices in India from October 3rd through the 25th

“If you have any friends or relatives in Bangalore, Mumbai, or the surrounding area who may want to schedule a consultation with me, call 718-766-8606 ,” said Banad.

“In addition, we do represent employers and other entities in sponsoring aliens to come to the United States to perform some duty,” says Banad, who has offices in Queens and Manhattan as well as overseas.

Queens Office:  186-09 Union Turnpike, 2nd Floor Fresh Meadows, NY 11366


The local Indian number are as follows:  Bangalore (080-3089-3291) and Mumbai (022-2640-1140.

Banad Immigration Overseas India Offices

Bangalore Office: 84 M.G. Road, The Barton Centre, Suite # 510, 5th Floor Bangalore, 560001, India

US-India Tel Line- 1-718-766-8606

Local Office Tel Line -080-3089-3291

Office Fax Line- 080-3089-3293

Banad Immigration Overseas Mumbai Office

Bldg No 60 , Ground floor , Flat no 2682, Gandhi Nagar, Ahead of MIG cricket club, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051.

US-India Tel Line- 001-718-766-8606

Local Office Tel # 022-2673-0893   |   2nd Tel # 022-2640-1140


Southeast Queens to host town hall on Con-Con

Elected officials in southeast Queens are hosting a forum about the upcoming vote on a New York State Constitution Convention.

On November 7th, Election Day, New York voters will decide whether or not to have a “Con-Con,” a once-in-20-years opportunity to open up the New York State Constitution and implement changes.

“It is important to educate our communities on what a constitutional convention is and how it could affect their lives in New York State,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. “Many New Yorkers may not be aware of this important ballot referendum and the impact this may have on key issues affecting their employment, pensions and their families.”

The forum will feature a panel from leaders in labor, law and academia, who will discuss what’s at stake.

Labor unions have banded together to strongly oppose the Con-Con, fearing that strong labor protections will be stripped away. Some good government and progressive groups are in favor, believing it’s a chance to enact important state reforms that would not otherwise pass the Republican-controlled State Senate.

The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Ross-Johnson Family Life Center in Jamaica.


Addabbo, Resorts World Casino to host job fair

State Senator Joseph Addabbo is teaming up with Resorts World Casino New York City for his annual job fair on Friday, October 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 120 different employers will be represented at the job fair, including private companies, government agencies, nonprofits, retailers and others.

Job seekers should bring resumes and take advantage of every opportunity to speak directly with companies and organizations.

“One of the best parts of my job as an elected official is helping my unemployed constituents find jobs and providing others with the opportunity to check out different work opportunities,” Addabbo said.

The job fair is free and open to the public.


Health center named after Matilda Raffa Cuomo

Photo courtesy/Brightpoint Health

A Jamaica clinic will be renovated and renamed after the former first lady of New York, and mother of the current governor, Matilda Raffa Cuomo.

Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit healthcare provider, decided to honor Cuomo’s legacy of charitable and humanitarian efforts. She helped found the organization.

The health center will offer integrated behavioral health and primary care services to address mental health and substance abuse issues. The clinic currently serves over 60,000 patients and clients.

The expanded center includes an additional 3,000 square feet.

“My mother has dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate and uplifting New Yorkers in need, and I applaud the renaming of this facility to honor her long career of service,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to hold office hours at Borough Hall

Screen shot via Google Maps

Beginning this Friday, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will hold monthly office hours inside Queens Borough Hall.

City officials will begin to provide residents easier access to information and services for the Queens immigrant community.

“Nearly half of our borough’s 2.3 million people were born abroad, and their many contributions to our community are a source of strength and a vital part of the Queens identity,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “More immigrants and more DACA-eligible immigrants call Queens home than any other borough, and in this increasingly uncertain climate, we want immigrant families to know that New York has their backs.”

The upcoming deadline for enrollment renewals for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program is on October 5.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, approximately 28,000 DACA-eligible immigrants live in Queens.

The MOIA team will be in Borough Hall the last Friday of every month. Residents can meet with representatives one-on-one between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

“In the world’s borough, where nearly half of all residents are immigrants, holding monthly office hours at Queens Borough Hall will allow MOIA to be even more accessible to Queens residents,” said Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner for MOIA. “Immigration status should not be a barrier to accessing resources, and through our legal services programs, IDNYC, access to Know Your Rights forums, among other resources, Mayor de Blasio’s administration is working every day to make New York City a more inclusive city for all.”


Need SAT Prep? Richmond Hill Tutoring Open House this Saturday

With kids back in school, the time to focus on the SATs is here. And getting into college and can be a tough competition.
There are a bunch of options for SAT Prep but Richmond Hill Tutoring offers a wonderful opportunity to bring SAT scores higher than you expected. Instructors at Richmond Hill Tutoring are Ivy League level. With the full program of coursework, homework and practice tests, SAT scores have increased by 200 points.
Stop by Richmond Hill Tutoring’s Open House on Saturday, September 16th, from 10 am-Noon, to check out the programming.
Richmond Hill Tutoring is located at 113-18 Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill.


Resorts World Casino offers new September events

Take advantage of new promotions and events this September at Resorts World Casino New York City.

These are some of the happenings this month.

  • Latin Tuesdays: Salsa lessons at 8:30 p.m., live performances from Tipica 72 on September 19 and Ray Villegas on September 26, both 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Tribute Wednesdays: Anyway You Want It band tribute on September 13, Killer Joe tribute on September 20 and Drive brand tribute on September 27, all from 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Throwback Thursdays: Ninedeez Nite on September 14, Guilty Pleasures on September 21 and White Wedding on September 28.
  • Friday Night Live: Live performances until 11:30 p.m., followed by a DJ and dancers until 2 a.m.
  • Saturday Nights: Bar 360 transforms into a club, with a DJ performing from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Other events include the Moon Festival Concert at 9 p.m. on September 30th, featuring a performance by Pierre Ngo Ka Nin.


Adrienne Adams wins Democratic primary for City Council


City Council candidate and Community Board 12 chair Adrienne Adams emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for City Council.

Adams, backed by county leaders, collected 3,341 votes, representing 38.81 percent, according to the Board of Elections.

Two other candidates, Richard David and Hettie Powell, took home 2,763 votes (32 percent) and 2,483 votes (28 percent), respectively.

All three were vying for the seat vacated by former Councilman Ruben Wills, who was found guilty of public corruption and kicked out of the City Council.

The 28th Council District includes parts of Richmond Hill, Rochdale, South Ozone Park and Jamaica.

Now the race goes to the general election, where the Democratic candidate is almost guaranteed a victory because Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district.

That will likely make Adrienne Adams your next City Council member.