Flushing Town Hall gets donation of 5,000 face masks

Masks Donation

Flushing Town Hall has received a donation of 5,000 face masks from Pauline Huang, a longtime friend and supporter of the organization.

Huang worked with the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of North America and the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of New York to secure the masks from abroad.

The donation was delivered to the building on July 7.

Huang serves as president of United Custom Service. She also consults with the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, is an ambassador for Queens Botanical Garden. and is the board chair at MuseConnect.

“I’ve had a relationship with Flushing Town Hall since back in 2010 when I helped host a fundraising event for the Hall,” Huang said. “It’s a historic, beautiful facility for the people and residents in Queens.

“I love this place; its culture and atmosphere are so unique,” she added. “You cannot find a replacement for this Town Hall.”


Vallone: $20 million in funding coming to NE Queens


Councilman Paul Vallone announced that $20 million in the recently-passed city budget will come back to Northeast Queens.

Out of that funding, nearly $5 million will be for upgrades at local schools. Every school in the district will receive a minimum of $50,000 to fund technology upgrades, Vallone said.

Another $10 million has been allocated for improving parks in his district, including $5 million for pathway renovations at Joe Michael’s Mile and $3.4 million to complete the waterfront, esplanade and seawall repairs at MacNeil Park.

Other projects include $674,000 in classroom renovations at JHS 194,  $500,000 year-round Reading Garden at Auburndale Library, $1 million in playground renovations to PS 194 and more.

A capital investment of $820,000 is coming to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, which will allow them to add 10 additional beds to the fourth floor.

Finally, over $1 million has been secured to support nonprofits like the Bayside Village BID, Commonpoint Queens, the Alley Pond Environmental Center and others.


Parts of northeast Queens to get aerial larviciding

Via NYC Health Department

Via NYC Health Department

The Health Department is conducting aerial larviciding treatment to parts of northeast and southeast Queens to reduce mosquito activity and reduce the risk of West Nile virus on Friday, July 10 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The helicopter is treating only non-residential areas, the agency said.

To date, no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this season.

Still, during the summer months, mosquitos can breed in any still water that has been standing for more than five days.

With hot and wet weather conditions, the targeted areas can be home to a rise in mosquito populations.

Here are the areas that will be sprayed:

  • Alley Pond Park (Marsh areas inside Alley Pond Park – areas bounded by Douglaston Parkway and 240th Street to the east; Northern Boulevard to the north; Cross Island Parkway and East Hampton Boulevard to the west; and Grand Central Parkway to the south)
  • Linden Hill/College Point (Marsh areas bounded by Whitestone Expressway to the east; 20th Avenue to the north; 130th Avenue and Ulmer Street to the west; and Ulmer Street and 28th Street to the south)
  • Kissena Park (Marsh areas bounded by 164th Street to the east; Oak Avenue and Rose Avenue to the north; and Kissena Boulevard to the west; and  Booth Memorial Avenue to the south)

Check out outdoor dining on Bell Boulevard

40th Avenue Outdoor Dining

Bell Boulevard in Bayside has been chosen as a business corridor to participate in the city’s new “Open Streets: Restaurants” program.

The initiative combined Open Streets, which closes roads to traffic, with Open Restaurants, which allows for outdoor dining, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Bayside Village BID will facilitate the street closures. Bell Boulevard between 39th Avenue and 41st Avenue, as well as 41st Avenue between Bell Boulevard and 214th Place, will be closed on Friday evenings, Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.

The expanded outdoor seating will last until Labor Day.

For those asking about emergency vehicle access, an emergency clear lane will be maintained down the middle of the street.

“Between our customers and our restaurant owners, it’s hard to tell who’s happier!” said Christine Silletti, executive director of the Bayside Village BID. “It was important to support all of our small businesses, so we discussed the options as a community, as well as block by block, in order to come up with a plan.”


Koo details victories for district in city budget

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File photo

Tuesday night’s contentious budget vote focused mainly on defunding the NYPD by $1 billion, but as many elected officials note, significant funding is coming back to their districts.

The City Council voted 37 to 12 in favor of the $88 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021.

Councilwoman Peter Koo, who voted ‘yes’ on the budget, said $30 million in budget victories was secured for his district.

“Once again, every school in my district has received funding so our children will have the best facilities available when they return to school,” Koo said.

“Securing these critical resources for our community will directly improve many of our neighborhood amenities and the overall quality of life in our communities.”

Here is a breakdown of funding coming to District 20:

  • New community center for South Asian Council for Social Services ($1.15 million)
  • Hospital equipment for Flushing Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens ($922,000)
  • New playground equipment and ballfields at Kissena Corridor Park ($3.2 million for equipment, $2.775 million for fields)
  • Library upgrades at Flushing Library, Queensboro Hill Library ($2.554 million)
  • Tech and gym upgrades at schools ($3.109 million)
  • Discretionary funding for 84 community-based organizations ($710,000)

Meet Queensborough Community College’s new president

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After 16 years at Hostos Community College, including stints as provost and vice president, Dr. Christine Mangino has been appointed the new president of Queensborough Community College.

CUNY’s Board of Trustees appointed Mangino to the post effective August 17.

A first-generation college student, Dr. Mangino championed the mission of community colleges after her experience as a student at Nassau Community College.

She later earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Hofstra University, as well as a doctoral degree in instructional leadership at St. John’s University.

In her five years as provost at Hostos, she increased three-year graduation rates by nearly 15 percent. She also boosted the number of faculty of color by six percent.


Man charged with attempted kidnapping in Flushing


A 32-year-old Long Island man has been charged with attempted kidnapping and other crimes, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

According to the DA, the defendant, identified as Pete Haughton, allegedly dragged a 7-year-old girl from her bed and out the front door of her Flushing home in a “brazen abduction attempt.”

The girl was luckily saved when family members heard her cries for helped and stopped the suspect.

“If not for her loved ones hearing her screams and acting to save her, this could have had a truly tragic outcome,” Katz said. “The defendant was quickly apprehended and the girl is safe with her family.”

Haughton was charged with burglary, attempted kidnapping, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.