Veterans Memorial at JVD Park gets a wash


The Veterans Memorial at John Vincent Daniels Park in Woodside was cleaned up earlier this week, thanks to the effort of Fedcap and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

The monument is dedicated to a Woodside native who lost his life in the final days of World War I in 1918. The memorial had been defaced over the weekend.

“The defamation of a monument to those who have served our country is a disgrace that I will not accept,” Van Bramer said. “The minute a constituent reached out to my office and alerted me to the situation, I made sure this monument was cleaned and restored as quickly as possible.”

Senator Peralta’s constituent case record

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Have you ever wondered what elected officials do to help the community and constituents they serve?

Well, at least one local politician has revealed the number of constituents cases they have taken up since taking office.

State Senator Jose Peralta’s office touted that they have received more than 9,500 cases since 2011. Last year, they took up 1,792 cases, the most they’ve ever done.

That’s even more than 2012, when they handled 1,753 cases. Their office attributed the rise due to the beginning of the DACA program.

According to the senator, problems relating to housing, quality of life and immigration were at the top of his constituents’ minds.

Here are number of cases by year:

  • 2011: 1,055
  • 2012: 1,753
  • 2013: 950
  • 2014: 1,356
  • 2014: 1,229
  • 2016: 1,396
  • 2017: 1,792

We expect 2018 to follow this trend as well!


Fulbright winners complete prestigious program


A Sunnyside resident was among the Fulbright Award winners who have completed their year-long program abroad.

Sunnysider Chelsea Raymond met with Congressman Joseph Crowley last week, who congratulated her and other Fulbright winners for completing their prestigious program. They were given certificates of Congressional recognition.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright program sponsors Americans complete teaching or research in other countries. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between countries.

Raymond studied sport psychology in Scotland with a focus in self-efficacy among underserved youth.

Woodside Library closed today and tomorrow

A quick note for all of our library users.

Queens Library branches, for the most part, are reopening today after most were closed on Thursday because of the blizzard.

Woodside Library is one of the few exceptions. It’s closed today and tomorrow, January 6, for emergency maintenance.

Hopefully, with warmer weather coming after the weekend, all branches will resume back to normal.

City Council bill requires Parks to clean equipment after pesticide sprays

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Hooray for cleaner parks!

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s bill, passed by the City Council, will require Parks to clean playground equipment in city parks within 24 hours after any city agency sprays pesticides.

Van Bramer says he came up with the idea after several constituents complained about sludge left over after pesticide spraying at many playgrounds in his district.

“Cleaning our city’s playgrounds after the application of pesticides is a common-sense policy that will protect public health and quality of life for children and families throughout New York City,” he says.

Have lunch with Santa this Saturday


This Saturday, December 23, from 11 am to 3 pm, join the Ecuadorian American Ayazamana Cultural Center and enjoy a free lunch. The best part? You and your family will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus. Kids will also receive goodie bags and there will be able arts & crafts available for them as well. The event is completely free.

The Ecuadorian American Ayazamana Cultural Center is located at 45-23 47 Street.

Sunnyside building was under fire


A residential building in Sunnyside appeared to be struck with fire on Monday afternoon.

We spotted (and heard) a few firetrucks on the corner of 48th Avenue and 48th Street.

The Twitter account FDNYalerts tweeted at 4:11 p.m. that there was a fire on the top floor of 48-12 48th Street.

Sixteen minutes later, at 4:27 p.m., the account posted that the multiple dwelling fire was “under control.”

We’re waiting to hear more information about the injuries and cause of the fire. We certainly hope everyone is okay.

Town Hall on 43rd/Skillman Ave Redesign


The Department of Transportation is rethinking the design of 43rd Avenue and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, and they want your input.

DOT is hosting a town hall on Thursday with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. The event will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pitch in your ideas to make the avenues safer pedestrian crossings. Protected bike lanes are also being considered.

The event is free and open to all.

Scenes from Skillman Ave Holiday Lights Festival

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office
Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office

The 8th annual Skillman Avenue Holiday Lights Festival and Tree Lighting was a smashing success.

More than 1,000 community members from Sunnyside and Woodside attended the celebration between 46th Street and 52nd Street.

Co-sponsors for this year’s festivals include: The Skillman Project, Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Sunnyside Post, and the Titan Theatre Company.