US Open celebrates 50th anniversary with new logo

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Can you believe the US Open is 50 already?

The U.S. National Championships became the US Open in 1968, and opened its doors to professional players for the first time.

To celebrate the anniversary, USTA is hosting a slate of fan events and programs designed to both celebrate the past and look toward the future.

One of the most visible initiatives is the introduction of its new logo, created by graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Be sure to look out for the logo in the US Open 2018’s advertising campaigns.

The US Open will run from August 27 through September 9.

The full schedule of 50th anniversary events will be released later this summer.


Queens College to offer free tax prep assistance

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From now until April 17, Queens College will offer free income tax preparation services to the general public through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Free services will be offered to people making $54,000 or less, people with disabilities and filers with limited English-speaking proficiency.

Consultations will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

Schedule an appoint at or by phone at 718-997-2980.


QCDD Annual Legislative Breakfast

On March 9th at 8:30 am, join the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities for their annual legislative breakfast in the Queens College Student Union Building at 152-45 Melbourne Avenue.

Meet local legislators, hear speakers discuss issues pertaining to the needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, join the letter writing campaign and have your voice be heard.

Last year was a critical year for advocacy for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in both OPWDD and Education Programs. This year support for DSP’s continues to be a priority. Please join in advocating for phase 2 of last year’s very successful #bfair2DirectCare campaign.

Breakfast will be served. Spanish and Mandarin translators will be available at specific tables.

For further information contact Toni Martinez or Mary Knox at the Heaven’s Hands Community Services, Inc at or



MacNeil Park Seawall repairs now underway


The long-awaited reconstruction of the MacNeil Park seawall in College Point is finally underway.

Earlier this week, Councilman Paul Vallone, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Parks Department announced that the $5.2 million construction project is slated to be done by next August.

Pols say this is a great win for the neighborhood, whose dream of a vibrant park with waterfront access is on the horizon.

“A vibrant waterfront esplanade will become a reality at MacNeil Park once this vitally important seawall repair project is completed,” Katz said.


TONIGHT: Public Advocate celebrates Lunar New Year

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Public Advocate Letitia James is hosting her Lunar New Year celebration tonight at Flushing Library, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The honorees this year are former City Comptroller John Liu, Minsun Kim, president of the Korean American Association of Greater New York, and Lois Lee, director of the Chinese-American Planning Council’s Queens Early Childhood Center.

RSVP at or 212-669-4968.


An Evening of Fine Food at Terrace on the Park

On Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30-9:30pm Join the Queens Center for Progress in honoring the “Chefs of the Year”.

An Evening of Fine Food provides an informal networking setting for people from the Queens Business community to socialize as they sample the gourmet delicacies provided by Queens’ restaurants and chefs. The event benefits over 2,200 individuals challenged by mild to severe developmental disabilities.

This year’s “Chefs of the Year” are Scott Molina, President, Resorts World Casino, New York City; Jennifer McGroarty, Principal, legal/Compliance, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.; Maria Odysseos, Vice President/District Manager, Investors Bank.

Queens Centers for Progress has provided programs and services to people with developmental disabilities for sixty -seven years. Created in 1950 as United Cerebral Palsy of Queens, the organization changed its name in 2001 to reflect the wide variety of developmental disabilities served by our programs.

Tickets are available for $135.  Call 718-380-3000 x 325 or visit for more information.