Queens Botanical Garden has finally reopened

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Starting on July 21, the Queens Botanical Garden is reopening with limited open hours.

QBG is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Free hours are Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m.

All visitors must wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from others to remain in the garden.

Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at multiple points throughout the harden. High-touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day.

For more information on admission pricing, open hours, and other facts about reopening, go to their website here.

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Flushing Town Hall gets donation of 5,000 face masks

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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.”

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Vallone: $20 million in funding coming to NE Queens

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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.

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Queens College valedictorian wins doctoral scholarship

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Queens College’s valedictorian for the class of 2020 has earned a doctoral scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Vallaire Wallace, a resident of Oakland Gardens, will pursue a doctorate in English at UVA on a full scholarship.

Wallace majored in English and minored in Drama and Theatre at Queens College. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts.

As valedictorian, she would have addressed this year’s graduates and their families at the May commencement. However, the ceremony did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wallace focused her undergraduate studies on 20th century African-American literature and the Harlem Renaissance. She plans to pursue the topic in her doctoral studies.

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Northeast Queens to host drive-in movie series

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Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Screen shot via Google Maps

This summer, residents of northeast Queens will have a chance to attend a series of drive-in movies.

The events will offer families a chance to enjoy the warmer months while being safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first screened movie will be “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on June 19th at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

Co-sponsors of the event include Councilman Paul Vallone, Cord Meyer Development, Queens Chamber of Commerce and Movies in the Moonlight.

Families interested in attending must register here.

Space is limited to first come, first serve. Pre-registered families can enter the main lot in front of Stop & Shop at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m.

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Queens Botanical Garden: Black Lives Matter

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On Blackout Tuesday, Queens Botanical Garden made a statement that they believe goes without saying: Black Lives Matter.

But given the recent events surrounding the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black Americans, it has become more important than ever to make that statement.

Here’s QBG’s full statement:

“Queens Botanical Garden stands in solidarity with the Black community. We also acknowledge the fear, pain, and emotional labor that Black communities endure every day. We stand with you.

We must also continue to educate ourselves, hold ourselves and each other accountable, and keep discussions open and active about systemic racism. We are committed to critically examine our practices to ensure the Garden is an inclusive space for everyone.

There is no turning back, only forward. We cannot perpetuate the past, only do better in the long road ahead.”

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Flushing pol to recognize leaders for Women’s History Month

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Tonight, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblyman Ron Kim is hosting an event to recognize eight community leaders.

Each honoree will receive the “Unsung Shero Award” in recognition of their contributions in service to their neighbors and communities.

“The recipients are positive role models who have demonstrated leadership, shown compassion and inspired others through their commitment to furthering justice and equality,” Kim wrote.

The event takes place at Flushing Public Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, starting at 6 p.m.

To RSVP, email tony@ronkim.com.

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