Enter in Senator Gianaris’s Earth Day poster contest

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Help celebrate our world this Earth Day by participating in State Senator Michael Gianaris’s Earth Day poster contest.

Submissions to the contest, meant to raise awareness on environmental issues, can be made on Gianaris’s website here: www.gianaris.nysenate.gov.

The deadline is April 17, 2019.

“Protecting our environment for the next generation is critical, and it’s best to involve them in raising awareness,” Gianaris says. “The New York State Senate is proud to take a stand against climate change and I want the young people of western Queens to dive into these challenges firsthand and learn about building a more sustainable future.”

The theme for the poster contest is “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

All participants will receive a certificate signed by the state senator. Posters will be posted online.

7 train beam crashes through car windshield

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This is a scary scene to behold.

On Thursday afternoon, a wooden beam or other debris from the 7 train came crashing down onto the road below at Roosevelt Avenue and 65th Street.

The beam pierced through the windshield of a car.

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The photos were taken by witnesses, and shared by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who shared a statement posted below:

This is horrifying. Thankfully the driver was not injured, but someone could have been killed. There must be an investigation into how something this dangerous could happen. [The] MTA must answer for our crumbling subway infrastructure before a tragedy occurs.”

Attending this upcoming women’s empowerment event in Woodside

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On Wednesday afternoon, join Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and women’s advocacy groups for a women’s empowerment info session at the Woodside Library.

Partnering organizations include Girls for Gender Equity, Her Justice, Legal Momentum, Womankind and Voces Latinas.

The event will provide information about services and resources offered by these community groups.

For more information, contact Barnwell’s office at 718-651-3185.

Borough president’s Lunar New Year celebration & photo contest

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On Wednesday, February 27, Queens Borough Hall is celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Borough President Melinda Katz also announced a photo contest, with the winners being displayed at the celebration.

This year’s photo contest theme is “New Year and Me.” Entrants’ photo must be submitted with their entry by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 14.

Contest winners will be notified by February 19.

Contest rules and entry forms can be found online here.

The February 27 celebration is free and open to the public. RSVP here or call 718-286-2661.

Join the Sunnyside bike lane litter clean-up this Saturday

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In an effort to clean up the litter on the bike lanes at Skillman and 43rd avenues, a group of volunteers is organizing an event on Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at Lou Lodati Playground, located at 41-15 Skillman Avenue, to kick off the clean-up.

According to the cyclists, stretches of the protected bike lane have been hit with trash, particularly near the rail yards.

Yellow vests will be donated by Transportation Alternatives. Cleaning supplies like gloves, trash bags, trash barrels, brooms, shovels and rakes are being donated by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate, courtesy of the organizers of this event.

The Department of Sanitation will pick up the full trash bags at the intersection of Skillman and 43rd avenues, near 33rd Street, at about 1:30 p.m.

Travel advisory issued for tonight, Wednesday

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With a wintry mix of snow and rain expected in the next few days, the city is issuing a travel advisory for commuters.

Light snow is already coming down today, which will transition into rain in the afternoon.

The temperatures are expected to plummet Tuesday night, causing for a messy commute.

The cold could produce spots of black ice on the road.

“We advise New Yorkers to take mass transit where possible, exercise caution and allow for extra travel time,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. “Frigid temperatures will also return. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to go outdoors, limit your time and bundle up.”

Temperatures are expected to go back to the 40s by Sunday, and even 50 on Monday.

Showcase your work at the District 13 Art Gallery Initiative

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Are you an artist living in Corona, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst Woodside or Astoria?

If yes, then this is your chance to showcase your artwork for the district.

State Senator Jessica Ramos announced today her District 13 Art Gallery initiative, which invites constituents to submit pieces to be shown in Ramos’s district office for a two-week rotation.

“District 13 is the most diverse district in the country,” Ramos says. “The walls of our community office should be filled with our culture and perspectives.”

Photos of the artwork must be sent by January 20 to artforstatesenatorjessicaramos@gmail.com.

Submit, along with the piece, your name, neighborhood and a short bio.

Participants will be announced on January 28 both by email and on Twitter.

Sunnyside Shines creates Business Community Disaster Program

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After the devastating fire that destroyed six Sunnyside businesses along Queens Boulevard in December, Sunnyside Shines is creating a new “Business Community Disaster Program.”

The program can be activated by the BID’s board of directors’ executive committee in response to events that significantly impact the businesses in the neighborhood.

The Sunnyside Shines Fire Relief Fund, which raised money to respond to the fire, is the program’s first activation.

As of December 27, the relief fund raised more than $150,000 to provide emergency short-term relief.

Queens LGBT activist passes away

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Queens has lost a longtime LGBT rights activist just before the new year.

Larry Lombardi, 83, passed away over the weekend in his own bed.

An active member of the Queens Center for Gay Seniors in Jackson Heights, Lombardi served as the treasurer for the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens. He also helped organize the annual Queens Pride parade.

A memorial service will be held in January.

In a statement, Councilman Daniel Dromm said he spent time with Lombardi last week.

“Larry was an amazing human being and he will be sorely missed by all who were lucky to know him. Larry spent at least the last 26 years of his life fighting for the rights of LGBT people in Queens and beyond. He was a progressive fighter who took to the streets to fight for the things he believed in. He was active in LGBT causes until the very end.”

Help the Sunnyside Fire Relief Fund reach its goal

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In the aftermath of the massive fire that ripped through six stores on Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside neighbors are standing up for their community.

Sunnyside business leaders have organized a GoFundMe campaign, the Sunnyside Fire Relief Fund, to raise money for the business owners and employees who have been affected.

In less than a week, the campaign has raised more than $86,000.

Cash donations from a fundraiser last night totaled $15,778. Other large donations came from Amin Siad, Fresh & Save Supermarkets ($2,000), Sunnyside Ballet Nutcracker Collection ($793) and Dazies Restaurant ($500).

You can help the campaign reach its goal of $100,000 by contributing to the online fundraiser, linked above.