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.

Queens Botanical Garden welcomes new Board of Trustees members


Left to right: Susan Lacerte, Edward M. Ip, Ari I. Jonisch, MD, Li Li, Raymond D. Jasen, Neil Fleischman

The Queens Botanical Garden’s Board of Trustees has welcomed four new members.

Edward M. Ip is the founder and chief executive officer of POS.com, a financial technology startup that presents solutions for retail, health care and hospitality industries.

Ip, who live in Long Island City, is also active in Mensa, the Entrepreneur Organization of NY, American Cancer Society, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York Lions Club and Taste of Tribeca.

Raymond D. Jasen is a partner-in-charge of tax at KPMG’s New York Financial Services business unit, covering multiple offices and nearly 500 tax professionals.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Jasen is also a board member of Flushing Town Hall. He lives in Great Neck, and goes to the garden almost every Sunday to read and relax on the bench he adopted in honor of his grandparents.

Dr. Ari I. Jonisch is president of Main Street Radiology and the CEO of Radiology Associates of Main Street. He also serves as chairman of the Department of Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, as well as clinical assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College.

After receiving his BS in biology at Binghamton University and his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Jonisch completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital Radiology. He has four children and lives in Harrison, New York.

Li Li is the branch manager of Dime Community Bank on Main Street in Flushing. She has over 19 years of experience in retail and commercial banking, having worked previously at HSBC, Sovereign Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank and others.

Li graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in management, and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese and English. She lives in College Point and has two children.

The QBG board also announced the following new officer roles:

  • Neil Flesichman, regional director of Tricore, will serve as QBG Board Chair
  • Michelle Stoddart, director of PR and community development at Resorts World Casino NYC, will be QBG Vice Chair
  • Edward Potter, senior property manager at Stillman Management, will be the new QBG Treasurer
  • Ming-der Chang, administrative director at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, will be QBG Secretary.

The Queens Botanical Garden has a board of 15 members.

Douglaston Library to be closed from February 22 to March 16

The Douglaston/Little Neck branch of the Queens Public Library will temporarily close on Saturday, February 22 for an interior maintenance project, library officials said.

It’s expected to reopen on Monday, March 16. The library is located at 149-01 Northern Boulevard.

Mobile library service will be provided on Thursdays, beginning on February 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Full library service is available at nearby locations in Bayside (214-20 Northern Boulevard) North Hills (57-04 Marathon Parkway), and Glen Oaks (256-04 Union Turnpike).

Meng introduces resolution for Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year was observed across the city on Saturday, but Flushing Congresswoman Grace Meng wants the House of Representatives to recognize the cultural and historical significance of the holiday.

Earlier this week, she introduced a House resolution, which now has 68 original co-sponsors.

“Lunar New Year is the most significant time of the year for the Asian American community,” she said. “Given its enormous increase in popularity, and the fact that Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States, I believe it is time for the House to formally appreciate this annual observance.”

The resolution not only recognizes the holiday, but also details the history and customs of Lunar New Year.

Meng shared a video of some of her own “Queens traditions” on Twitter.

Goldfish Swim School to open location at Tangram

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A leading swim school franchise with nearly 100 locations nationwide is expanding to Tangram.

Goldfish Swim School has committed to an approximately 8,000-square-foot indoor space at the Flushing mega-development, developers announced earlier this week.

The facility is slated to open by spring 2021.

Goldfish Swim School will have a 75-foot, three-lane pool with a viewing area for parents, as well as a snack bar.

The school teaches more than 130,000 children, ranging from infants to 12 year olds, per week across the country.

In addition to offering swim sessions, Goldfish will also host birthday parties with a special party package that includes invitations, two hours of private access to the facility, certified lifeguards, cupcakes and beverages, balloons and more.

The Tangram location is expected to accommodate more than 3,000 kids and parents each week.

Queens College Choral Society to perform “Carmina Burana”


At Queens College’s 79th annual Winter Concert on December 14 at 8 p.m., the QC Choral Society will perform the celebrated cantana “Carmina Burana.”

The performance will take place in the Colden Auditorium.

Based on medieval texts, “Carmina Burana” is one of the most popular choral works of all time. Its opening chorus, “O Fortuna,” has permeated pop culture as background music for movies such as “The Doors,” “The Messenger,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Excalibur.”

The performance will feature pianists Max Midroit and Sarang Kim, percussion students from the Aaron Copland School of Music, professional soloists Stefanie Izzo (soprano), Sungwon Jin (tenor) and Sidney Outlaw (baritone).

James John, a professor of conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music and music director of the choral society, will conduct.

For more details, including ticket information, see here.

Nancy Shannon joins Queens Botanical Garden board

Portrait of Nancy Shannon.  Photographed on April, 3, 2019 at 4 Irving Place

Portrait of Nancy Shannon. Photographed on April, 3, 2019 at 4 Irving Place

Queens Botanical Garden’s Board of Trustees has welcomed a new member.

Nancy Shannon, the vice president of human resources at Con Edison, joined the board this month.

A Queens resident, Shannon has over 30 years of managerial and leadership experience in human resources, environment, health and safety and customer operations.

She will play a big role in helping QBG advance its mission during her three-year term.

“The QBG is one of our city’s treasures because of its wonderful educational programs and dedicated environmental stewardship,” Shannon said. “I am honored, delighted and eager to help carry on such great work.”