Fundraising push for Queensboro Hill VFW

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Here’s your chance to support a local organization supporting veterans in the community.

This week, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic announced a new fundraising campaign to support Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3427 in Queensboro Hill.

Commander Raymond Ramos, who has led the post since 2016, launched a GoFundMe to secure funds to replace the site’s plumbing system.

Since 2015, the VFW has been plagued with electrical and plumbing issues following a series of fines levied by DOB. Little progress has been made.

After a boiler was shut off in 2017, Post 3427 has operated without heat or hot water.

Altogether, Commander Ramos is seeking to raise $15,000.

To help in their support, visit their online fundraiser here.


Don’t approve Total Wine and More in College Point: pol

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A Queens state senator has called on the State Liquor Authority to reject an application from Total Wine and Liquors, a wine and liquor superstore, to open a new retail location in College Point.

State Senator Mike Gianaris wrote a letter to SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley opposing the application because of the “untold harm” it would do to small businesses across the borough, he wrote.

“Total Wine would be a total disaster for small businesses in western Queens,” Gianaris says. “I stand with small business owners to fight for a stronger community and against further intrusions from anti-competitive businesses that prey on small businesses.”

Queens has more than 350 locally-owned liquor stores, according to the senator’s office.

Gianaris said he heard from small business owners expressing their “dissatisfaction” with the proposed superstore.

The retailer reportedly applied for a license in Hartsdale, Westchester County, but was also denied by the SLA.

Gianaris hopes the SLA be “equally wise” to reject this location.


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.


Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park to host third annual gala

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The Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a public-private partnership, is hosting its third annual fundraiser gala at the Unisphere on Wednesday, September 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening will gather community members, park advocates and civic leaders for a night of drinks, light fare and music by DJ David Paul.

Individual tickets are $50.

You can also be a sponsor of the event. To learn more, visit or call 718-760-6865.


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.

Injury Law 102: What To Do If Hit By A Drunk Driver

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There is no shortage of bars in Flushing, NY and along with that comes the risk of car accidents due to drunk driving. Every day in the United States, 29 innocent people lose their lives due to drunk driving. Drunk drivers can easily miss a traffic light, change lanes erratically, or fail to notice that you have stopped. They can make these traffic errors at dangerously high speeds, resulting in serious injury or even death to you or your family.

If you’ve been in an accident with a drunk driver, and that driver has injured you, the actions you take can make a big difference in a later court case. Here are three things you can do to help solidify a potential court case if you are injured by a drunk driver.

Take video and ask for witness phone numbers

Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you may have been knocked unconscious or whisked to the emergency room right away. If not however, taking video of the drunk driver’s state at the time of the accident, and getting witness phone numbers can help solidify a case if you need to seek damages for your injuries.

A video can prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that the person who hit you was obviously drunk, and may show other details not visible to a court in a paper trail. Witnesses are also a great way to confirm the behavior of a drunk individual.

Obey doctor’s orders

The emergency room will likely be your first stop after a severe injury. The major job of the emergency room is to stabilize you. After the emergency is over, you’ll need to seek farther medical care with a specialist or primary doctor. Your emergency room doctors will most likely recommend this once you are ready to be released.

Actually obeying this recommendation is important so that you can leave a paper trail as evidence of your injury. Even if you feel the pain of a hurt neck for the rest of your life, there isn’t much proof of it if you haven’t been to physical therapy or even a primary care check up after the accident.

Hire a great personal injury attorney

Drunk drivers need to be held accountable for their actions. The unfortunate truth is that even when a drunk driver is obviously in the wrong, his attorney and insurance company will be working just as hard to prove he is innocent.

That’s why hiring a local car accident attorney is important. Your attorney can help you choose an action plan, and give you the best possible chance of getting your medical bills paid, and that you get the full amount due to you.

Drunk driving is dangerous, and frequently deadly. Even if someone drinks a fairly small amount of alcohol and tries to drive home, it can be deadly. Protecting yourself is important, and so is making sure the person who made such a poor decision is held accountable for that choice.

If you’re injured, follow these tips to help protect yourself and your family.



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.