Resorts World to have major gaming expansion

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Resorts World Casino will install 1,000 new video lottery terminals (VLTs), according to Ozone Park Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.

Goldfeder said the 2016 state budget, which passed last Friday in Albany, includes language authorizing the State Gaming Commission to license new VLTs at the casino. By adding 1,000 new terminals to the 5,000 already at Resorts World, the facility’s gaming capacity will increase by almost 20 percent.

“The revenues generated at Aqueduct provide hundreds of millions in funding for our local schools, and drive economic development throughout Queens,” Goldfeder said. “The addition of 1,000 new gaming slots is a major victory for our families that will ensure the casino and the racetrack’s success for years to come.”

No deadline was given for the installation of the VLTs, but the budget gives incentives to add new slots as soon as possible, Goldfeder said.

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Updated info on the Tattoo Expo coming this weekend

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Do you love checking out the art of tattoos?

Well, from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, Resorts World Casino will be hosting the United Ink No Limits Tattoo Expo! Join tons of music, art and tattoo lovers as they check out international artists from places such as Russia, Italy, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom. Besides artists, visitors can mingle with reality TV stars. tattoo collectors, tattoo models and more. There will be 250 booths featuring 400 of the world’s best tattoo artists. You can also get tattooed and pierced on the spot — only if you’re interested, of course.

Entertainment will feature Skindicate Suspension, erotic art by Filipa Silva and performances by burlesque dancer Raquel Reed. Visitors can sign up for numerous tattoo contests as well as contests such as the “Ms. Vixen Pin-Up Contest” and the “Beard and Mustache Contest.”

Additionally, following Friday and Saturday’s activities, there will be after parties at Bar 360 at Resorts World Casino.

Friday, April 1
11pm – 2am
Tattoo Convention After Party with:
DJ GOZZI and live performance by KID AND PLAY AT 11:30PM
Bar 360- Resort World Casino

Saturday, April 2
11pm – 2am
Tattoo Convention After Party with:
DJ SKRIBBLE and live performance by DJ AREO AND TOMMY LEE
Bar 360- Resort World Casino

Proceeds from entering any artwork or buying from the United Ink Art Gallery will go towards either the Michael’s HOPE charity for heroin and opiate prevention or the Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York.

For more information and directions to the United Ink No Limits Tattoo Festival, please visit http://www.newyorktattooshow.com call 631-584-3858 or email  booking@newyorktattooshow.com. Advance Tickets may be purchased via etix.com or at the Resorts World Casino Gift Shop and above price is all inclusive!

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Pols host Women’s History Month event in Hollis

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Middle school students at the Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis wrote letters to prominent women of color in government, including First Lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The event was hosted by Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman for Women’s History Month, which is celebrated annually in March.

The students researched the impact of these women on a multitude of issues and thanked them for their service.

They also wrote letters addressed to White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice, State Senator Andrea-Stewart Cousins, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and New York State NAACP President Hazel Dukes.

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Resorts World Casino hosts Tattoo Expo

Resorts World Tattoo Expo

From April 1 to 3, Resorts World is hosting the United Ink No Limits Tattoo Expo. The weekend event will bring international artists from Russia, Portugal, Italy and other parts of the world for a convening of the 400 best tattoo artists.

Open to the public ages 18 and older, the expo will allow attendees to even get a tattoo on the spot. Those who already have tattoos can enter contests to win a variety of prizes. Here is a list of artists expected to attend.

The cost is $25 for adults, and a weekend pass is $55. For more information, visit http://www.newyorktattooshow.com.

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Ozone Park students attend celebration of women in engineering

NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC)

Students from High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in Ozone Park attended Monday’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC)’s “Introduce a Girl to Architecture, Engineering and Construction” Day in Long Island City.

The daylong program was designed to spark interests in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, architecture, math) fields among women. According to the National Science Foundation, women make up only 34 percent of workers in those fields.

“These young women will be the inventors and entrepreneurs of the future,” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora. “Our goal is to expose them to the world of the built environment and the tools and framework to not only understands how things work, but also how best to make them work to the benefit of our society.”

The students learned to use an architect’s scale to create blueprints, translated blueprints to models and constructed scale models of theBrooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center. They also observed the interior designs of public buildings in the city.

The 20 participants also listened to a panel of four women who hold positions in architecture and engineering. Lee Llambelis, DDC’s deputy commissioner for community partnerships and STEAM initiatives, said educating girls in those professions will put them on a path to success.

“STEAM careers are the jobs of the future and young men need to be prepared if they are to succeed and compete in the 21st century global economy,” she said.

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U.S. Customs seize cocaine inside package at JFK

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at JFK Airport seized seven pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $126,000, on February 23.

They found the cocaine inside a package at an express cargo facility. Officers became suspicious of the package because of its weight, and after conducting a probe, they discovered a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, director of CBP’s New York field operations.

There have been no arrests so far and the investigation is ongoing.

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The Phagwah Parade will return this year

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After canceling the first parade in 27 years in 2015, it seems like the Phagwah Parade is back on.

The spring parade is known for its colorful powders that are sprinkled upon people. The holiday celebrates the triumph of good over evil in the Hindu religion.

Last year, there was a feud regarding the control of an organization in the parade as well as the occurrence of two parade organizers filing for the same permit for the parade. The result was the 106th Precinct’s then Commanding Officer Jeffrey Schiff only approving one of the organizers. Still, feuds continue and the parade never happened.

Herman Singh of the Arya Spiritual Center, Inc. — whose permit for the parade had also been rejected for 2016 parade — launched a lawsuit claiming Schiff was on the side of his “rival” Romeo Hitlall of The Federation of Hindu Mandirs. Schiff, who recently moved to the 105th Precinct, claimed Hitlall’s application was approved because he applied on behalf of the “consistent” applicant of The Federation of Hindu Mandirs.

However, this year, Judge Allan Weiss told the parade organizers that they must work together.

This year’s parade will be on Sunday, March 26, and will take off from Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street. The parade is a big occasion for the borough’s West Indian population, but especially for those living in nearby Richmond Hill and Ozone Park.

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St. Albans vets receive Valentine’s Day cards

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo visited St. Albans VA Medical Center to deliver cards made by 3rd grade students at P.S. 88 in Ridgewood.

“Any time we get a chance to do something nice for our veterans, it’s important that we seize that opportunity,” Addabbo said. “Those who have served bravely to protect our country and our way of life deserve the utmost respect and appreciation, and we must pass that onto our children, as well.”

The visit was part of the Valentines for Vets program. Addabbo is currently the ranking member of the senate committee on veterans, homeland security and military affairs.

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South Jamaica street named for former Knicks player

Mayor de Blasio, center, joined Anthony Mason Jr., second from the right and Herb Williams, right, a former Knicks player and coach.
Mayor de Blasio, center, joined Anthony Mason Jr., second from the right and Herb Williams, right, a former Knicks player and coach.

Anthony Mason was a fearsome force on the court, helping lead the New York Knicks to the 1994 NBA Finals.

He played 13 seasons in the NBA, including five for the Knicks. His accolades include a Sixth Man of the Year Award and one NBA All-Star selection.

Now, his name and memory will be honored with a street co-naming in the neighborhood where he grew up.

Among the 42 streets being co-named this year is “Anthony Mason Way,” which will be 147th Street between 123rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard.

Councilman Ruben Wills, who led the proposal, said Mason will be remembered not only for his tenacity in professional basketball, but also for his winning ways as a high school basketball player for Springfield Gardens High School.

“This South Jamaica raised Springfield Educational Campus PSAL Champion rose from near obscurity to earn acclaim as one of the most fearsome but talented power forwards of his NBA playing career,” Wills said in a statement.

Mason passed away about a year ago from a heart attack.

His son, Anthony Mason Jr., thanked the councilman for honoring his father.

“There are two things my father had endless love and immense pride for; one was his family and the other, New York City, his home,” Mason Jr. said. “I believe the signing of this bill for Anthony Mason Way satisfies both of those things, and will ensure his legacy.”

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Customs at JFK seizes more than 1,000 hoverboards

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 1,378 hoverboards with “counterfeit or potentially dangerous batteries” in December 2015.

According to the agency, if the hoverboards, which were made in China, were genuine, the total estimated retail value from the manufacturers would be about $447,000.

“CBP officers and import specialists are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis,” said Robert E. Perez, director of CBP’s New York field operations.  “The interception of these potentially dangerous hoverboards is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP officers and import specialists daily.”

If you are aware of any person or company infringing upon a trademark or copyright, report the suspected violation at e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

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