SBS Commissioner to speak at QC Business Forum

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Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop will be the guest speaker at Queens College’s Business Forum Breakfast on Friday, June 15.

His speech will address economic sustainability and mobility for small businesses in the borough.

The forum will run from 8 to 10 a.m. at the fourth floor of the Student Union. Of course, it includes a hearty breakfast!

The event is free and open to the public.


DACA clinic coming to Flushing on 6/27


As part of the borough president’s “Know Your Rights Week: Immigrants,” the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing is hosting a clinic for DACA.

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields undocumented young people from deportation. Right now, the Obama-era policy is stuck in legal limbo, and in need of a legislative fix.

That puts many DACA recipients and other undocumented immigrants in a state of confusion. Minkwon is offering free and safe legal services on a case-by-case basis to help residents figure out their own path forward.

Make an appointment and drop by Minkwon Center, located at 136-19 41st Avenue, on Wednesday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And the following day, from 4 to 9 p.m., legal and social services organizations are hosting an Immigration Resource Fair at Queens Center Mall. Stop by for assistance there as well.


Red Baraat performing at Flushing Town Hall Friday

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Head to Flushing Town Hall this Friday for a presentation of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts: Red Baraat at 8 p.m.
This Brooklyn-based band combines rock, jazz and funk with scorching bhangra for a pulse-quickening experience.
Online RSVP for this free performance of Red Baraat is closed but Flushing Town Hall will have a stand-by line at the door. If they have any tickets not picked up by 7:15 p.m., they will give those tickets to people on the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis.
Red Baraat will be releasing a new album, Sound The People, on June 29.


Check out JHS 189’s brand new playground

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Students and community members near JHS 189 in Flushing finally have their new playground.

The state-of-the-art, $1 million green space will serve 36,000 residents within a 10-minute walk. It includes an artificial turf field, running track, green roof gazebo, outdoor classroom, garden, bleachers, benches and a handball wall.

Green features include bioswales, trees and garden areas that will absorb 700,000 gallons of stormwater per year.

The park is open to the community after school hours and on the weekends.


TODAY: Asian American heritage celebration at Townsend Harris HS

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Assemblywoman Rozic at last year’s AAPI Heritage Month celebration

This afternoon, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is hosting her sixth annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration at Townsend Harris High School.

This year, the following community leaders will be honored:

  • Gabriel Hisugan, Asian Americans for Equality
  • Bright Limm, Korean Americans for Political Advancement
  • Julie Ae Kim, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Dr. Raj Bhayani, Hindu Center Temple

The celebration will include a discussion between Assemblywoman Rozic and Mrs. World 2018 and attorney Alice Lee Giannetta. Both are alumni of Townsend Harris HS.

It will also feature student performances and an award cermeony.

The event will run from noon t0 1:30 p.m. at Townsend Harris HS (149-11 Melbourne Avenue).