Protestors return to scene of scary incident in Whitestone

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A handful of protestors returned to the overpass at 160th Street and Cross Island Parkway on Wednesday afternoon, the day after a crazed man jumped out of his SUV with knives strapped to his arm and threatened them.

He eventually drove off, but did a U-turn and then drove up on the sidewalk as panicked protestors scattered.

This was after a Whitestone man – identified as Anthony Abicca by dozens of Twitter users – on Monday ripped down Black Lives Matter signs from the overpass while admitting that he was a racist.

Overnight, residents were caught on video clearing the overpass of other protest signs and stuffing them in trashcans.

On Wednesday afternoon, drivers honked in support of the protestors who returned to the site.

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Queens Botanical Garden: Black Lives Matter

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On Blackout Tuesday, Queens Botanical Garden made a statement that they believe goes without saying: Black Lives Matter.

But given the recent events surrounding the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black Americans, it has become more important than ever to make that statement.

Here’s QBG’s full statement:

“Queens Botanical Garden stands in solidarity with the Black community. We also acknowledge the fear, pain, and emotional labor that Black communities endure every day. We stand with you.

We must also continue to educate ourselves, hold ourselves and each other accountable, and keep discussions open and active about systemic racism. We are committed to critically examine our practices to ensure the Garden is an inclusive space for everyone.

There is no turning back, only forward. We cannot perpetuate the past, only do better in the long road ahead.”

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Kim, local organizations distribute PPE in Flushing

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Assemblyman Ron Kim, former Assemblywoman Ellen Young and more than 20 small businesses and nonprofits teamed up to hand out more than 60,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) today at Flushing Library.

The PPE was donated by GuangXi Overseas Chinese Kind Foundation, American Guanxi Federal Association and the American Chinese Asean Chamber of Commerce.

“With the pending reopening of local small businesses and nonprofit organizations serving the Flushing community, it is very important that they get the necessary PPE for their workers and staff,” Kim said.

Local businesses can also text 646-879-3728 with their names and address to request protective masks.

Organizations that participated in the distribution event included:

  • CPC NanShan Senior Center
  • Flushing Senior Day Care
  • Taiwan Center Senior Center
  • Nanoom House
  • Qingdao Restaurant
  • Malaysian United Group
  • Holly Civic Association/Evergreen Community Garden
  • Hindu Temple Society of North America
  • Ok Ryan Restaurant
  • BAPS Swaminarayan Temple
  • Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple
  • Eagle Senior Daycare Center
  • Evergreen Senior Center
  • Bland Houses Resident Association
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Rozic officiates socially-distanced wedding

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Who says you can’t get married during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Last week, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic officiated a socially-distanced wedding ceremony for Tony Jin and Yunyi Bao at Fort Totten Park in Bayside.

The constituents’s original wedding was cancelled due to the pandemic, so they reached out to the Fresh Meadows lawmaker to officiate through Project Cupid, which allows for remote weddings during the pandemic.

 

“Even the coronavirus cannot stop Cupid,” Rozic says. “Even during the hardest of times, I was honored to spread a little joy and hope for this Queens couple.”

Learn more about Project Cupid here.

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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
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Queens College summer session offers 650 courses

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Having made the transition from classroom learning to all-online classes, Queens College is still enrolling students for its summer session.

The college is offering more than 650 online courses in four different sessions between June 1 and August 6.

The classes are open to students earning degree credits as well as adult learners working toward professional credentials.

Students may earn a total of 15 credits over the four sessions. Summer Session students will have access to the virtual library and live technical support.

Registration is open at qc.cuny.edu/summer.

Students have until June 27 to enroll in summer courses.

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Upcoming webinars for building owners, managers and brokers

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This upcoming week, Councilman Peter Koo is teaming up with the Real Estate Board of New York, Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Flushing BID to host a series of four multi-lingual webinars for building owners, managers and real estate brokers.

The webinars will be split into two parts, both translated into Korean and Chinese. They are:

  • Navigating COVID-19 Relief for Building Owners & Managers
  • Relief for Real Estate Brokers & Agents during COVID-19

Here’s the schedule of webinars:

  • Part 1 – Building owners and managers in English/ Korean/ 한국어/ 韓文(Wednesday, 5/20 at 2 p.m.)

  • Part 2 – Real estate Agents and Brokers in English/ Korean/ 한국어/ 韓文(Wednesday, 5/20 at 3:30 p.m.)

  • Part 1 – Building owners and managers in English/ Chinese/ 중국어/ 中文(Friday, 5/22 at 11 a.m.)

  • Part 2 – Real estate Agents and Brokers in English/ Chinese/ 중국어/ 中文 (Friday, 5/22 at 12:30 p.m.)

To register for the webinars in advance, please fill out this form.

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