Support the Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens this Christmas

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens currently sponsor over 160 programs and services for children and youth, adults and seniors, those who are struggling with mentally illnessand the isolated. 

This Holiday season, help your neighbors by giving generously to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens through the special collection at your parish on Christmas Day, or go to to donate online. Your gift provides help and hope to thousands of your neighbors in need.


Could the ferry expand to Citi Field Marina or Fort Totten?

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Northeast Queens could soon receive a new mode of transport if this idea follows through.

Councilman Paul Vallone announced that he has received word that EDC will study the possibility of expanding NYC Ferry service to Citi Field Marina and Fort Totten.

The two possible spots were among 3,000 responses to a public survey about potential new locations.

The feasibility study will examine factors like water depths, population density, existing access to transit and travel time comparisons.

In 2014, Vallone, along with Peter Koo and former Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, asked EDC to conduct a pilot program for a ferry between Manhattan and Citi Field and Fort Totten.

Vallone has also previously suggested a ferry to Willets Point.

What do you think of this idea? Would it enhance your commute to work? Let us know in the comments below.


Winners for this year’s Halloween Essay & Drawing Contest

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Nearly 200 students from the district participated in Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s annual Halloween Essay and Drawing Contest.

But there could only be four winners. All of them received a gift card, while all participants got a New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit.

Here are your 2018 winners:

  • 2nd grade: Augustina He, from PS 115 The James J. Ambrose School in Floral Park
  • 3rd grade: Annette Mary Ajai from PS 115 The James J. Ambrose School in Floral Park
  • 4th grade: Lucas Jin from PS 209 The Clearview Gardens School in Whitestone
  • 5th grade: Kyle Qu from PS 221 The North Hills School in Little Neck.

Congratulations to all of the winners!


Rest in peace, Don Capalbi

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Don Capalbi at a community event in 2016

On Monday, Congresswoman Grace Meng announced that longtime staffer and Queensboro Hill civic leader Don Capalbi passed away. He was 73 years old.

Capalbi died at a local hospice facility after being hospitalized at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Last month, he sustained a head injury from a fall.

The civic leader served as a community liaison to Meng going back to her days as a member of the Assembly. He represented her at community board and other local meetings.

Capalbi grew up in Astoria and lived in Flushing.

“A member of our family has passed away and we are devastated by this terrible loss,” Meng said in a statement. “Don worked tirelessly for the people of our congressional district. He was an invaluable part of my team providing me with information and advice about community issues.”

“He was a great human being; a wonderful and special person who was selfless and full of life, and one of the kindest, friendliest and gentlest people I’ve ever known,” she added. “He touched and impacted so many lives and was loved, admired and respected by all with whom he worked.”

Rest in peace, Don.


More trash pickups coming to parts of NE Queens


Many commercial corridors in northeast Queens will see an increase in trash collection pick-up days, a local councilman announced.

The Department of Sanitation will increase corner basket collection in these commercial and residential areas:

  • Marathon Parkway from Northern Boulevard to 61st Avenue
  • Nassau Boulevard from Little Neck Parkway to Horace Harding Expressway
  • Horace Harding Expressway from Marathon Parkway to Douglaston Parkway
  • Springfield Boulevard from Jamaica Avenue to Francis Lewis Boulevard
  • Francis Lewis Boulevard from Hollis Avenue to Jamaica Avenue
  • Union Turnpike from Utopia Parkway to Francis Lewis Boulevard
  • Cloverdale Boulevard from Hoxie Drive to 56th Avenue
  • 56th Avenue from Springfield Boulevard to Cloverdale Boulevard
  • Springfield Boulevard from Horace Harding Expressway to 56th Avenue
  • Springfield Boulevard from Horace Harding to 86th Avenue
  • Horace Harding Expressway from 220th Street to 224th Street
  • Horace Harding Expressway from Springfield Boulevard to Bell Boulevard
  • Bell Boulevard from 73rd Avenue to 75th Place
  • 73rd Avenue from Bell Boulevard to 214th Place
  • Union Turnpike from Springfield Boulevard to Clearview Expressway
  • Douglaston Parkway from 61st Avenue to 65th Avenue