JCAL Presents: Pete The Cat

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On Saturday, April 14th at 2pm the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (153-10 Jamaica Avenue) will present Pete the Cat!

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Join Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

Tickets are $5-$10. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, https://goo.gl/18SUDk.


Zombie properties info session next week

Next week, joined local elected officials and the NYC departments of buildings, health, sanitation and housing for an info session on zombie properties.

Learn about the process to board up an abandoned home that become not just eyesores, but safety hazards for the community.

Southeast Queens, hit hard by the financial crisis, is home to many of these sites.

The session will be at the Hollis Avenue Congregational Church in Queens Village on Wednesday, April 11.


Join W.O.R.K.S Little League this Saturday at the Opening Day Parade!

Join W.O.R.K.S Little League this Saturday at the Opening Day Parade! RAIN OR SHINE.

We will be lining up at P.S 60 located at 9102 88th Avenue in the school yard at 9am.
We will walk along Jamaica Avenue, up Forest Parkway Drive, into the park to the Bandshell.

W.O.R.K.S. Little League (Formerly Rich-Haven Little League) has been serving the communities of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven since 1958. In the year 2002 we merged with Ozone Wakefield Little League. We now serve Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park.

The philosophy and goal of Little League Baseball is to teach good citizenship, build character, and team work through the game of baseball. These are all tools required to be successful in life.

W.O.R.K.S. Little league has over 700 Volunteer Members that consist of players, coaches, managers, umpires etc.

W.O.R.K.S. Little League was the first Little League in NYC to have a Challenger Division. W.O.R.K.S. Little League can truly say that they serve ALL children.

For more information visit: http://www.eteamz.com/works/


Matzah bread to be delivered to seniors

Though it didn’t make it on time for Passover Seder, the matzah bread is not going to waste.

Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP) in Queens Village was donated boxes of matzah this week. The donation from State Senator Tony Avella came late, but it was put to good use.

SNAP will deliver the matzah to homebound seniors enrolled in Meals on Wheels.


Easter Egg Hunt at Laurelton Park West

Bring the whole family out this weekend to join the Easter Egg Hunt with Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman at Laurelton Park West.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday. There will be food and giveaways at the egg hunt!

For more information contact 718-723-5412.


Women’s Power Networking Breakfast

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On Tuesday, March 27 at 8:30 AM the Queens Women’s Business Center will be having a networking breakfast at the Harvest Room, 90-04 160th Street

The topic for discussion at the meeting will be, “Growing your Business with Technology and Accounting Softwares”.

This workshop will focus on how to scale up businesses using technology and accounting software. The QWBC will provide attendees with recommendations on cost-effective software for their current business operations. Additionally, there will be opportunities to learn about how to integrate new technology, how to engage customers, and enhance employee productivity.

Aron Kurlander, Director of Business Services for GJDC, will review financing assistance options for small businesses.

As always, there will be  opportunities to network and plenty of free food!

For ticket information please visit, https://goo.gl/4ATDQa. 


Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium highlights key issues

Photo courtesy State Senator Leroy Comrie’s office

In honor of Women’s History Month, more than 175 people across southeast Queens attended the 2nd annual Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium in Jamaica.

Through presentations, workshops and health screenings, the event sought to provide health and wellness education for the community.

Healthfirst, the Healthcare Education Project and York College were among the organizations and schools in attendance. Participants discussed women’s health issues, including mental health, cervical cancer, endometriosis and obesity.

“Women play such a pivotal role in our society, but we never pause to take care of our health,” said Marcelle Dinnall, healthcare advocate with HEP. “I strongly believe that preventive health extends our life expectancy.”

Attendees were screened for hypertension and were taught how to perform self-breast exams from York College nursing students. They concluded the event with a Shape Up NYC exercise.


Resorts World Casino opens “A Queens View” exhibit

Resorts World Casino is celebrating Queens with its “A Queens View” exhibit that features photographs from the Southeast Queens Camera Club.

The exhibit is on display at RWC NYC’s Red Wall Gallery until March 31.

The Southeast Queens Camera Club was founded in 2005 and is in its 13th season. It offers educational programs and lectures by distinguished photographers.

Last June, Resorts World also featured the club’s “An Ode to Dad” Father’s Day exhibit.


SE Queens pols to MTA: Restore the original Freedom Ticket

Southeast Queens’s elected officials want the MTA to revise its Freedom Ticket proposal to allow for better commutes for transit-starved residents.

Under the MTA’s new Freedom Ticket proposal, riders from six stations (Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, St. Albans, Hollis and Queens Village) would be able to get to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn on the LIRR using a $6.50 ticket. They would then be able to transfer to any subway or bus without paying again.

The current one-way peak weekday cost for that ride on the LIRR is $10.25.

But local elected officials say the MTA’s plan is not enough. Their original proposal called for the Freedom Ticket to drop off riders at Penn Station in Manhattan, where so many residents work. They say by taking riders into Brooklyn, the MTA would essentially be adding another half-hour of subway rides to their commutes.

The letter was signed by Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Assemblyman I. Daneek Miller and State Senator James Sanders.

The next MTA board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.