Over 100 donors participate in annual blood drive

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We’d like to give thanks where thanks are due!

Last week, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein sponsored his 8th annual summer blood drive at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

More than 100 people gave blood during a crucial time.

“Due to COVID-19, hospitals in New York are in urgent need of blood donations,” he said. “Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of over 100 northeast Queens residents who participated in our blood drive, more than 300 lives will be saved.


Annual blood drive set for Thursday, August 6

Blood Drive 2020

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein’s 8th annual summer blood drive is set to take place on Thursday, August 6 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, located at 212-51 26th Avenue.

The event is hosted in conjunction with the New York Blood Center.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for blood donors,” Braunstein said. “Each blood donation saves up to three lives, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Donations are by appointment only. Donors must:

  • Wear a mask or face covering and have your temperature taken
  • Must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19
  • Not donate if you have had a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Not donate if you are currently on self-quarantine

To sign up for donations, click here, or contact Braunstein’s office by phone at 718-357-3588 or by email at braunsteine@nyassembly.gov.


BBA’s Day at the Races has been postponed

Ed Probst, president of the BBA, speaking at a meeting last year.

Ed Probst, president of the BBA, speaking at a meeting last year.

The Bayside Business Association has announced that its annual Day at the Races, originally scheduled for June 25, has been postponed this year due to COVID-19.

“We are working to find a creative, virtual alternative that we can participate in,” the BBA said in a message to members.

BBA will share more information as it becomes available. We will share any updates as well.


Northeast Queens to host drive-in movie series

Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Screen shot via Google Maps

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.


Politicians to host Memorial Day observance on Monday

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A group of northeast Queens elected officials are hosting a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 25 at noon.

The event will be conducted on Zoom and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Watch the proceedings here.

Participants include:

  • State Senator John Liu
  • Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman
  • Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal
  • Assemblywoman Nily Rozic
  • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
  • Assemblyman David Weprin
  • Councilman Barry Grodenchik
  • Councilman Peter Koo
  • Councilman I. Daneek Miller
  • Councilman Paul Vallone
  • Congressman Gregory Meeks
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng

Bayside Business Association cancels some events

Ed Probst, president of the BBA, speaking at a meeting last year.

Ed Probst, president of the BBA, speaking at a meeting last year.

In light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bayside Business Association has canceled its Bayside St. Patrick’s Day march, originally scheduled for March 28.

Additionally, BBA’s in-person Annual Meeting Breakfast, set for March 25, has been converted into a virtual event.

“The BBA wants to do our part to practice safe social distancing in an effort to combat this disease,” said Ed Probst, president of the BBA, in a message to supporters. “We look forward to restoring normalcy in the near future and seeing you at a future event.

“If we’ve learned anything over the past years, it’s that our country and particularly New Yorkers are very resilient,” he added. “We will get through this together.”


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.