Flushing Chamber to present marketing workshop for local buinesses


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On Wednesday, November 20, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce will host a mobile marketing workshop called “5 Easy Ways to Use Your Phone for Marketing.”

The workshop for local business owners will take place at Kenvic Training Center, located at 36-57 Main Street, 2nd floor, from noon to 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration required here.

The workshop will be led by Giovanna Sun, a marketing expert with a decade of experience as a Google-certified search engine optimization (SEO) and paid search strategist.

Sun co-founded Sosokan Technology and is a minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE)-certified entrepreneur. Sun’s expertise includes digital media planning and buying, graphic design, project management, brand identity and social media.

At the end of the workshop, small business owners will understand how to use their phones for mobile app promotions, photography, videos and social media.

The workshop is organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber as part of its Flushing Fantastic digital marketing campaign, funded by the Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood 360° program.


Historian David Blight to speak at Flushing Library


On Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m., historian David W. Blight will host an author talk at Flushing Library.

He will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.”

The event is in partnership with the Lewis Latimer House Museum.

Blight is expected to discuss what prompted him to pursue the story of Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery and became one of the leading orators, writers and abolitionists of his time.

The conversation will shed light on Douglass’ involvement to free George Latimer, the father of inventor and Flushing resident Lewis Latimer, who was arrested after he escaped slavery.

Queens Public Library CEO Dennis Walcott will introduce Blight, while Hugh Price, the great nephew of Lewis Latimer, will give opening remarks.

Get your free tickets to this event here.


AAFE hosts free classes at new digital learning lab

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Asian Americans for Equality is offering a series of free classes at its new digital learning lab in Flushing.

The sessions will be conducted in Mandarin, and are designed for people interested in developing their computer and internet skills.

The lab was opened earlier this month with 30 laptop computers and a curriculum designed with Queens Public Library. The lab was funded through a Spectrum Digital Education grant.

The classes run on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. at 35-34 Union Street.

Here is the remaining class schedule for November:

  • Friday, November 8: Intro to Microsoft Word
  • Tuesday, November 12: Intro to Microsoft Excel
  • Friday, November 15: Intro to PowerPoint
  • Tuesday, November 19: Intro to the Internet Part 1
  • Friday, November 22: Intro to the Internet Part 2

Those interested in attending should call 718-961-2833 to make a reservation.


Rep. Grace Meng hosts town hall on November 2

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On Saturday, November 2, Congresswoman Grace Meng will host a town hall in partnership with One Queens Indivisible.

The event will take place inside the Benjamin Rosenthal Library at Queens College (65-30 Kissena Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s open to the public.

“I am excited to hold this upcoming town hall meeting and I encourage my constituents to attend,” Meng says. “I look forward to talking about my work in Congress and discussing the issues that concern the residents of the sixth congressional district.”

Free parking will be available at fields 5, 6 and 14. Attendees are suggested to enter at gate 3, located at Reeves Avenue and 153rd Street.

Those planning to attend must RSVP here. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Bayside Business Association to host another virtual networking event

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It was so successful the first time, they’re doing it again!

The Bayside Business Association is hosting another virtual networking event, this time on Wednesday, September 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants can collaborate with business leaders, meet with potential business partners and achieve their business goals – all within the comfort of their homes.

Register for the event here.

Then use this link to join the conversation online.


Health Department to conduct adulticide treatment on Thursday


On Thursday, August 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, the Health Department is conducting another adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens, including Fresh Meadows, Hollis Hills and Holliswood.

In case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed back to Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, August 27.

The Health Department says it will use very low concentrations of the insecticides Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard®.

The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.

People will respiratory conditions may also be affected, health officials say.

To stay safe during spraying, residents are being asked to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

And while it is unnecessary, residents can close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, health officials say residents should wash their skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water as well.

To reduce exposure to mosquitos, here are some tips courtesy of the Health Department:

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers.

138 donors participated in annual blood drive

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You can call it a success!

A record-breaking 138 people participated in Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s annual summer blood drive on August 8 at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

Even the assemblyman stopped by to donate blood.

“Thanks to their generosity, hundreds of lives will be saved,” he says.

The New York Blood Center provided a voucher for a free pair of New York Mets tickets to all of the donors. Cord Meyer Development provided the venue (Bay Terrace Shopping Center), while Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers gave vouchers for free pints of soup to the first 100 donors.

Finally, Stop & Shop of Bay Terrace donated pastries, water and ice as well.