138 donors participated in annual blood drive

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You can call it a success!

A record-breaking 138 people participated in Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s annual summer blood drive on August 8 at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

Even the assemblyman stopped by to donate blood.

“Thanks to their generosity, hundreds of lives will be saved,” he says.

The New York Blood Center provided a voucher for a free pair of New York Mets tickets to all of the donors. Cord Meyer Development provided the venue (Bay Terrace Shopping Center), while Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers gave vouchers for free pints of soup to the first 100 donors.

Finally, Stop & Shop of Bay Terrace donated pastries, water and ice as well.


Flushing commuter vans return to original location

Now that construction of One Flushing is complete, you can catch your commuter vans back in their original spot.

The Department of Transportation announced today that the Downtown Flushing commuter vans have returned to 41st Avenue and Main Street, their original location.

In 2017, the DOT worked with Councilman Koo to locate their stop temporarily on Sanford Avenue due to the construction of One Flushing, which was completed earlier this year.

“Commuter vans offer a great alternative to the city’s more traditional modes of transportation,” Koo says, “and offer competitive prices and convenience in the busy downtown Flushing transportation hub.”


Bayside Business Association to host Virtual Networking Event

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The Bayside Business Association is going full digital at its next event.

On Wednesday, August 7, at 10 a.m., BBA will host its first virtual networking event. That means members can participate from the comfort of their home or office.

The event is powered by Treble, one of the business association’s newest partners. You can register for the event here.

When signing up, use promo code BAY2019 to get signed up at the premium level for free, exclusively for the BBA network.

BBA also encourages participants to complete a Treble profile in advance to maximize the value of the event.

Here’s a description of Treble, courtesy of BBA:

Treble is a business networking platform that helps you generate new business opportunities and advances your career. It unlocks the power of your existing, trusted network through the posting of Wishes that lets your network know exactly what you are looking for and gives your contacts the ability to respond in kind.

Bay Terrace has a new sign

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Last week, Councilman Paul Vallone joined Cord Meyer Development and the Bay Terrace Community Alliance to unveil a new community welcome sign.

The sign sits on the corner of Bell Boulevard and 26th Avenue.

“The Welcome to Bay Terrace sign will serve as the official gateway to Bay Terrace,” says Matt Silverstein from the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, “welcoming people to our community.

BTCA is celebrating 20 years of civic activism this year.


Three street co-namings coming to northeast Queens

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Last week, the City Council approved legislation to co-name streets across New York City in honor of community leaders and beloved individuals.

In Councilman Paul Vallone’s northeast Queens district, three intersections will be co-named. Here’s a breakdown of each one:

The intersection of 130th Street and 23rd Avenue in College Point will soon be called “Joe Femenia Way” in honor of the late civic leader in College Point.

In Whitestone, Utopia Parkway and 16th Avenue will become “Madeline Sershen Way” in tribute to the 17-year-old whose life was cut short after being hit by a car.

Her death was the catalyst for mandatory vision retesting for drivers. It led the State senate to require a written exam upon renewal of a driver’s license.

Finally, in Bayside, Northern Boulevard between 207th Street and Clearview Expressway northbound will be co-named “CW5 Howard C. Haider Way.”

It will honor the late Chief Haider, who served in the New York Army National Guard from 1963 until 2003.

The official ceremonies for the street co-namings will take place later this year. Vallone’s office will coordinator with the Department of Transportation and each of the families.


Whitestone intersection gets its stop sign

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After more than a decade of local advocacy, a dangerous intersection in Whitestone finally received an all-way stop sign.

The new traffic control at 163rd Street and 24th Road is a relief to Councilman Paul Vallone, who has been advocating for it since 2014.

According to Vallone, residents Cyrille Kousiaris and Salvatore Cippo circulated a petition and submitted it to DOT back in 2013.

Last December, Cippo reached out to Vallone to report a series of recent car collisions at the intersection.

Without the all-way stop, there would have been six continuous blocks along 163rd Street without a stop sign.

“In 2007, I moved to a corner house in Whitestone, and soon after I started to see accidents due to speeding on 163rd Street and poor visibility on the adjacent road,” Cippo said in a statement. “In the last 12 years, Cyrille has lost two new cars to accidents and my house was hit by a car.

“A new stop sign was installed on July 15, saving someone from injury or possible death,” he added.


Roadway Resurfacing Schedule

The following streets will be undergoing milling and paving. Plan your commute accordingly.

Monday, July 22

  • Briarwood – 67 Ave (164 St to 173 St)
  • Briarwood – 78 Ave (162 St to Parsons Blvd)

Tuesday, July 23

  • Briarwood – 78 Ave (162 St to Parsons Blvd)

Wednesday, July 24

  • Flushing – 77 Rd (Main St to 153 St)
  • Briarwood – 176 St (Union Tpke to 75 Ave)

Thursday, July 25

  • Flushing – 77 Rd (Main St to 153 St)
  • Briarwood – 72 Ave (164 St to Aguliar Ave)

Friday, July 26

  • Flushing – 72 Rd (Kissena Blvd to Maint St)