Whitestone street to be co-named for WWII veteran

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It’s official: 156th Street between 14th Avenue and Cryders Lane in Whitestone will officially be co-named “CPL. John McHugh Way.”

McHugh, born on March 6, 1924, was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the First Infantry Division in World War II.

He fought in the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

He would later receive the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the European Theater of Operations Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations and more.

McHugh was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in 2014, and was honored at the Little Neck – Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.

He passed away on July 21, 2019 at the age of 95.

He lived in Whitestone for over 25 years, which makes the street co-naming a fitting tribute.

The official ceremony for the co-naming will take place in the spring.


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.


Tour six historic Queens houses during #HollyTour2019

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Here’s your chance to visit six Flushing landmarks all in one day.

Sunday, December 8 is #HollyTour2019, when the doors for these historic sites will be open to the public: Bowne House, Flushing Town Hall, Quaker Meeting House, Kingsland Homestead, Lewis Latimer House Museum and Voelker Orth House.

There will be family-friend activities, performances, displays and refreshments throughout the tour from 1 to 5 p.m.

All-inclusive tickets are $15 in advance, but $20 at the door. Children under 12 years old can attend for $5 each.

The tour is organized by the Queens Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.queenshistoricalsociety.org or contact Jeran Halfpap at 718-939-0647 ext. 14 or at jeranh@queenshistoricalsociety.org.


Kim, AREAA host Thanksgiving turkey giveaway

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On Tuesday, November 26, Assemblyman Ron Kim is teaming up with the New York East Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) and Flushing Town Hall for a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.

The event will be held at the Garden of Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard at 1 p.m.

All those who are interested in receiving a free turkey and live in Flushing can pick up a voucher ticket at Assemblyman Kim’s office, located at 136-20 28th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AREAA sponsored 275 turkeys this year. The giveaway is limited to one turkey per family.

The priority will be given to local residents, especially those living in Flushing.


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.