Valentines for Vets is back

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Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or Single’s Awareness Day, or Galentine’s Day, you can always participate in the 22nd annual Valentines for Vets gift drive.

Every year, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein from Bayside and the Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza sponsor this event.

They are collecting donations of cars, candy (sugar-free is a plus), playing cards, puzzles, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, new clothing items, robes, slippers and socks for the hospitalized and disabled veterans at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans and the St. Albans VA Community Living Center.

The deadline for donations is Monday, February 11.

Drop off the donations at one of these locations:

  • Braunstein’s office; 213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238
  • Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza: 213-38 40th Avenue
  • Community Board 11: 46-21 Little Neck Parkway

No Wi-Fi sign-in requirement at Queens Library locations

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Starting December 17, visitors to any Queens Library branch don’t need a library card or PIN to access the free Wi-Fi.

Users can now connect freely to “QBPL_WIRELESS.”

According to Queens Library, it removed the sign-in requirement to “fulfill its mission of providing easy access to information and improve the user experience, while also working to close the digital divide.”

In Fiscal Year 2018, more than 3 million people used the Queens Library’s Internet service, the library reported.



Support the Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens this Christmas

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens currently sponsor over 160 programs and services for children and youth, adults and seniors, those who are struggling with mentally illnessand the isolated. 

This Holiday season, help your neighbors by giving generously to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens through the special collection at your parish on Christmas Day, or go to to donate online. Your gift provides help and hope to thousands of your neighbors in need.


Could the ferry expand to Citi Field Marina or Fort Totten?

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Northeast Queens could soon receive a new mode of transport if this idea follows through.

Councilman Paul Vallone announced that he has received word that EDC will study the possibility of expanding NYC Ferry service to Citi Field Marina and Fort Totten.

The two possible spots were among 3,000 responses to a public survey about potential new locations.

The feasibility study will examine factors like water depths, population density, existing access to transit and travel time comparisons.

In 2014, Vallone, along with Peter Koo and former Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, asked EDC to conduct a pilot program for a ferry between Manhattan and Citi Field and Fort Totten.

Vallone has also previously suggested a ferry to Willets Point.

What do you think of this idea? Would it enhance your commute to work? Let us know in the comments below.