Rozic to host annual AAPI Heritage Month celebration

2017 AAPI Heritage Month Flyer -- English

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is hosting her fifth annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration on Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m.

The event will be at Selfhelp Community Services’s K7 Building Community Room, located at 137-39 45th Avenue.

The following AAPI leaders will be honored:

  • Syed A. Bukhari, executive board member, Muslim Center of New York
  • Katy Chiang, president, Kissena Democratic Club
  • Judith J. Chin, Board of Regents, New York Supreme Court 11th Judicial District
  • Yolanda Dela Cruz Gallagher, board member, Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association
  • Bomsinae Kim, executive director, Korean American Family Service Center
  • Dr. Devbala Ramanathan, president, Dropadi Jigyasu Ashram

The celebration includes cultural performances and an award ceremony for the community leaders.

To RSVP, contact Marilla Li at



UNESCO recognizes Flushing Chamber’s rock opera presentation


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce last week for their cross-cultural presentation of Porphyra’s rock opera “Anna and Vladimir, the Love that Rocked the World.”

The award was given at the announcement of Porphyra’s Queens debut performance on Friday, June 2nd at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 3rd at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The performance will be at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard.

The performance is based on the real life romance between 10th century Byzantine princess Anna Porphyrogenita and Grand Price Vladimir of Kiev. It features Green folk music, belly dancing and theater performances.

“The Chamber is pleased to present this wonderful cross-cultural performance of Anna & Vladimir,” said Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “We hope this collaboration with Porphyra will strengthen our relationship between the Greek community and the many New Yorkers from around the world who now live and work in Flushing.”

Tickets are available online at

Porphyra is also currently accepting amateur musicians from the community interested in performing. For more information, contact Mike Savvas at


Meng speaks at Jefferson Democratic Club

May 2017

Congresswoman Meng, center, with State Committeman Matthew Silverstein, District Leader Carol Gresser, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Jefferson Democratic Club President David Fischer.

Congresswoman Grace Meng spoke to the Jefferson Democratic Club last week at the Clearview Park Golf Course Clubhouse in Bayside.

Meng spoke about her new role as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and the efforts they’re taking to win back seats for Congress.

She also discussed President Trump’s attempts to “hinder an independent investigation” of his campaign’s ties to Russia.

Finally, she gave more details about her legislation regarding menstrual equity.


Traffic changes made at PS 184


After years of requests for traffic changes by PS 184 in Whitestone, the school community finally got what it needed.

Councilman Paul Vallone announced this week that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has converted 21st Road to a westbound one-way street and 21st Avenue to an eastbound one-way street.

Villain said the changes will improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion during dismissals.

The conversions have already been implemented. The new one-way streets come with new signage to inform drivers of the changes.

“These improvements will go a long way towards increasing the safety for all  the students, parents and teachers of PS 184,” Vallone said. “The safety of our kids always comes first.”

Anna Dimilta, principal of PS 184, said the conversions were long-awaited.

“We have already begun to see the improved traffic conditions at entry and dismissal,” she said. “This change ensures a safer traffic pattern around the school.”


Fran Drescher honored at Queens College gala


Queens College honored one of its most famous alumni last week at its annual gala.

Fran Drescher, an Emmy-nominated actress, author and cancer-awareness advocate, was recognized with the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Begun in 1990 to honor alumni whose professional success and dedication to philanthropy and public service embody the college’s motto – discuss ut serviamus, or we learn so that we may serve – the gala also serves as the college’s main fundraising event.

The gala also honored philanthropist Muriel Sapir Greenblatt andactivist Evelyn M. Starch. Alumna Juliet Papa, a radio reporter with 1010 WINS, emceed the event.


Auburndale student wins Women’s History Month Art Contest

Women's History Month Contest 2017

Last Friday, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein announced the winner of his annual Women’s History Month Art Contest, where students are asked to draw a picture of a photo they admire.

The winner this year is 6th grader Tiffany Zheng from IS 25 Adrien Block School in Auburndale. Zheng drew a portrait of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license.

Zheng received a gift card from Amazon. Her portrait of Bessie Coleman will appear on the cover of next year’s contest brochure.

“Nearly 250 students from schools in Queens participated in my Women’s History Month Art Contest,” Braunstein said, “and I was extremely impressed with their talented drawings.”