Ozone Park tree lighting set for this Saturday

The Ozone Park Residents Block Association will celebrate its second annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 7.

The event is in conjunction with the Ozone Park Kiwanis, the Southwest Queens Rotary, the Living Word Church, Tibbs Construction, State Senator Joe Addabbo, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Assemblyman Mike Miller.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at Living World Christian Fellowship Church (132-05 Crossbay Blvd).

This will be Ozone Park’s biggest lighting event to date, complete with shows from local dance troupes, pictures with Santa, toys, free hot dogs, pretzels, hot chocolate and other surprises.

The Christmas tree will be lit around 7-7:15 p.m.


Frank M. Charles Memorial Park is renovated

Photo courtesy of JBRPC

A beloved park in Old Howard Beach has recently completed a much-needed renovation project.

The entrance, central pathway and handball court at Frank M. Charles Memorial Park have all been redone, thanks to funding from Councilman Eric Ulrich in partnership with the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), the Charles Park Conservation Society, Wildcat and National Park Service.

The councilman allocated $45,000 for a number of improvements at the park. Work began this summer with the removal of 15,000 square feet of turf along the park’s central pathway.

The space was transformed into a landscape with 9,000 new plantings, including new perennials.

Photo courtesy of JBRPC

Two patios were installed near the entrance of the park to allow better access to pollinator gardens.

The basketball courts also received new nets, and the handball court was rehabilitated and painted.

More improvements are expected in the spring as part of the multi-phase project. Expect more plantings, beautification of the former horseshoe court and infrastructure improvements to plumbing systems.


Ulrich to host 2nd annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Councilman Eric Ulrich is hosting his second annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Thursday, November 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Villa Russo, located at 101-12 Lefferts Boulevard.

The free event is held under this mantra: No one should be alone on Thanksgiving.

The councilman started the tradition last Thanksgiving after hearing from several residents who had nowhere to go on that day. More than 60 constituents joined Ulrich last year for dinner at Arabella’s Castle in Ozone Park.

“While the holidays are usually happy occasions for many of us, they can be sad or lonely days for others,” he says. “There are people in our community who suffer from depression, or have nowhere to go on Thursday. I want them to spend Thanksgiving with me.”

Ulrich, who is anticipating a large turnout, picked Villa Russo for this year’s dinner. The venue’s owners generously provided the space at no cost.

Additionally, several local businesses pledged to donate catered food for the event.

The event will provide transportation for seniors and people with disabilities upon request by calling Ulrich’s office no later than Tuesday, November 26.

Volunteers are needed for the day of to help with transportation, setting up and cleaning the venue.

To volunteer, contact Marjorie Coello at 718-738-1084 or at mcoello@council.nyc.gov.

RSVP is strongly encouraged for the dinner.


Resorts World celebrates eight years in Queens

On October 28, Resorts World Casino NYC held its 8th Annual Anniversary Drawing to mark the opening of the casino in 2011.

All RWC NYC members were awarded one free entry into the drawing, with guests who earned 88 points on any day between October 1st and October 28h earning an additional entry.

Eight winners were announced at Bar 360, winning between $1,000 and $50,000. The drawings totaled $88,000.

“Resorts World Casino New York City is proud to provide an unparalleled gaming and entertainment experience in Queens,” said Michelle Stoddart, director of PR and community development.

“As we stand eight years strong, we are very grateful to have guests who have been gaming with us since the very beginning.”


Resorts World Casino leads Queens Chamber’s new committee

Resorts World Casino has taken an even more active role within the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Michelle Stoddart, RWC’s director of public relations and community relations, is the founding co-chair of the chamber’s newest member committee: Arts and Entertainment.

Along with Jayson Simba from Festival of Cinema NYC, Stoddart will lead the committee whose goal is to make Queens the premiere destination for arts and entertainment in the city.

Other members of the committee include the Queens World Film Festival and the New York Mets.

Stay tuned to learn more about the chamber’s Arts and Entertainment Committee, and how you can get involved to promote the most diverse borough in New York City.


South Ozone Park Library celebrates reopening

Photo credit: John McCarten/NYC Council

On Friday, the South Ozone Park branch of Queens Public Library reopened for the community.

The library was closed for a $579,000 roof replacement project.

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams joined Queens Public Library CEO and President Dennis Walcott for a special story time with local students, as well as free giveawas.

“Public libraries are community spaces where residents of all ages can expand their horizons,” Adams says. “The community has eagerly anticipated the reopening of the South Ozone Park Library and I could think of no better way to celebrate than sitting down with local youths for storytime.”


OATH “Resource” Initiative coming to Central Library

Queens Central Library. Screen shot courtesy of Google Maps

On Wednesday afternoon, Councilman I. Daneek Miller and leaders from the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) are announcing a new OATH Resource Initiative at Queens Central Library.

The initiative will bring information and resources to Queens residents and small business owners at the library.

OATH staff will be able to provide numerous answers and resources about city-issued summonses, property and name searches for outstanding summonses, and more.

The initiative will be announced at the library on Wednesday, October 23 at 3:30 p.m.


NYPD Boxing returns to Resorts World Casino NYC

On Thursday, October 24, NYPD Boxing will be hosted once again at Resorts World Casino NYC.

This Halloween-themed event celebrates the retirement of NYPD Lieutenant Dave Siev, who was an active member of the Cops & Kids Boxing Program.

Proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the initiative.

The following precincts and organizations will be represented in the ring:

  • 73rd Precinct
  • 32nd Precinct
  • 60th Precinct
  • 13th Precinct
  • 1 Police Plaza
  • 114th Precinct
  • 110th Precinct
  • NYC Department of Corrections
  • NYC Department of Sanitation
  • Port Authority police
  • JFK Police

Ticket price is $20 to $25, but it’s $40 cash at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the first fight is at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Teen who delivered his baby brother to be honored in Queens Village

Council Member Adrienne Adams will honor the heroic efforts of a local 14-year-old Boy Scout, Fabril Desroches, tomorrow night. Desroches, a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 263 Queens, delivered his baby brother.

He will be honored by Adams, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 263 Queens, Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School and local community leaders. The event will take place on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at the New Covenant Church, 206-14 100th Avenue in Queens Village.


City of Science event to take over Jamaica

On Sunday, November 3, the World Science Festival will hold its free City of Science event at York College in Jamaica.

This larger-than-life, hands-on, and interactive STEM event is open to the public and geared toward families, students of all grades, and the community. With an expected attendance of over 2,500, attendees will experience mind-bending exhibits from the World Science Festival and partner organizations.

Designed to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math, CITY OF SCIENCE unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.

The event will be the third time that the World Science Festival has visited Queens.

The City of Science event is free but RSVP here. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at York College’s Health/Physical Education Complex at 160-02 Liberty Avenue.