Emerald Isle hosts free citizenship classes

Citizenship-Class-flyer-July-2017The Emerald Isle Immigration Center is hosting free citizenship classes at their Woodside office at 59-26 Woodside Avenue.

Registration for the classes are on Saturday, July 8th and July 15th starting at 10 a.m.

The classes are on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

As part of the class requirements, students must show proof of a citizenship application and have a valid green card or proof of green card renewal.

For more information, contact Emerald Isle at 646-545-7214 or coordinator@eiic.org.

NYPD cars surround white van on Greenpoint Avenue


Five police cars stopped a white van at the corner of 47th Street and Greenpoint Avenue on Wednesday morning around 11:30 a.m.

Officers could be seen talking to an older man, wearing a yellow polo shirt and white pants, inside a police car. He was not handcuffed.

It was unclear what the police stop was about.

Police appeared to look through the van for half an hour. No one was arrested at the scene.

The incident stopped traffic along 47th Street, with cars honking in the background.

By noon, most of the police cars had cleared out, but officers were still combing through the nondescript white van.

Did you see the incident unfold and have any more information? Let us know in the comment section below.

Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams in Woodside


Assemblyman Brian Barnwell is teaming up with local elected officials to bring the American Italian Cancer Foundation’s mobile care clinic to Woodside.

The van will be parked at the corner of 32nd Avenue and 51st Street on Friday, July 7th from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

You can get a free mammogram and clinic breast exam. No co-pays required and deductibles are waived.

Uninsured patients are welcomed.

City Hall comes to Queens

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Mayor de Blasio is bringing City Hall to Queens next month.

De Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz announced that the administration will run the city from Borough Hall for a week, starting on July 17.

They will host a cabinet meeting, resource fairs, town halls and other events focused on Queens.

“In Queens, we will continue focusing city resources on the borough’s most pressing needs,” de Blasio said.

Sunnyside Gardens in the storm


Yesterday’s stop-and-go thunderstorm caused all sorts of headaches for New Yorkers. Sunnyside was no different.

If you drove through Sunnyside Gardens yesterday afternoon, you may have seen a tree falling down to cause a traffic pileup. Residents ran through the street seeking shelter from the torrential downpour.

Right under the elevated Long Island Rail Road track near Barnett Avenue, a reporter caught this photo of the severe flooding. Cars proceeded through the area with caution as the rain came down in fits and starts.

What was your experience with yesterday’s thunderstorm? Let us know in the comments below.

New trash cans installed in western Queens


When you walk through Sunnyside and Woodside, you’ll see more green and less garbage.

Thanks to a $59,000 allocation from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, 108 new trash bins have been added to the area, including 32 in Woodside, 27 in Sunnyside, 34 in LIC and 15 in Dutch Kills.

“It will be easier than ever to throw trash in a bin rather than on the ground,” Van Bramer said, “keeping our streets clean for all.”

You can find the new trash bins on Queens Boulevard, Broadway, Northern Boulevard, Skillman Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue, Woodside Avenue and other major commercial corridors.

Woodside on the Move hosts walk-in immigration clinic


Do you have questions about your immigration status or fears about potential deportation?

What about if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents come knocking on your door?

Woodside on the Move is providing some free immigration legal help. Angela Antonio Torregoza, an immigration attorney from CUNY Law School, is hosting a walk-in immigration counseling clinic for the community.

Angela will be at Woodside on the Move on Thursday, June 15 and Monday, June 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Drop by if you have any immigration concerns to ask Angela!

Thalia Spanish Theatre’s free outdoor festivals

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Thalia Spanish Theatre has already kicked off its 23rd annual free outdoors festival, all taking place this summer.

Each free performance, at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside, take place on Sundays at 1 p.m.. Here are some of its upcoming performances:

  • June 18 – Afro-Puerto Rican Dance and Drum with Bombazo Dance Company
  • June 25 – Potpourri de Zarzuelas and Boleros – Latino romantic songs and Spanish Operettas

For more information, visit www.thaliatheatre.og.

Aspiring VFW Post commander inducted to Veteran’s Hall of Fame


A Queens veteran and Jackson Heights resident has been inducted to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

Luz M. Fernandez-Aviles, a Gulf War vet, was honored for her service by State Senator Jose Peralta. Fernandez-Aviles joined the Army Reserve in July 1988 and was honorably discharged in February 1997.

She was deployed to Saudi Arabia with her unit, the 142nd Transportation Det. Forscom Fc, in August 1990 for about eight months. She worked as a 77F Petroleum Supple Specialist.

Fernandez-Aviles has received an Army Commendation Medal (May 1991) a Certificate of Achievement (April and June 1991), an Army Achievement Medal (June 1993), a NYS Assembly Citation (June 2008) and a NYS Senate Liberty Award (June 2008).

“It means a lot to me to know that my service to this great country has been recognized,” she said. “I am truly grateful for this honor.”

Fernandez-Aviles continues serving veterans now at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2813 in Woodside, where she hopes to become a post commander.

Woodside Library a finalist for citywide award

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Queens Library at Woodside is among the 10 finalists competing in this year’s NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, often called the “Oscar of Libraries.”

The top five libraries that win the honor receive a $20,000 prize, while the remaining finalists will get $10,000 apiece.

This year, 24,000 New Yorkers nominated their favorite branches and what they mean to their lives. Three Queens libraries are among the finalists.

Bob, a neighborhood customer, said he once saw another patron in a wheelchair in tears because the elevator was out of order and she couldn’t get to her second-floor Korean class.

“When the staff found this out, they immediately discussed it with the Korean teacher and suggested to move the class to the ground floor,” he said. “It shows that the staff there really care for their patrons.”

Woodside Library has $7.2 million in capital needs.