Elementary to shoot in Sunnyside this week


We found this sign posted at the corner of 47th Street and 48th Avenue in Sunnyside.

It appears the CBS show “Elementary” is shooting on these streets on Thursday starting at 6 a.m.

Of course, “Elementary” is one of the shows that has a set down in Long Island City and regularly films throughout the city, especially Queens.

But if you’re around at 6 a.m. on Thursday, you might want to check it out (and make sure you don’t park there!)

Emergency Preparedness and Prevention event at Sunnyside Library


Queens Library at Sunnyside is teaming up with NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for a free event about emergency preparedness and prevention.

Residents are invited to learn about strategies every household should be aware of, such as how to prepare a “go bag” in the event of a weather or disaster-related emergency.

Dr. Stuart Kessler, chief of emergency medicine, will also lead a discussion on common household accidents and injuries.

The event takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Education officials announce new sepsis prevention curriculum materials

From left to right: Regent Judith Chin, Orlaith Staunton, PS 150 Principal Carmen Parache, Ciaran Staunton, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, NYS Chancellor Betty Rosa.

State education officials joined Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention last week at PS 150 to announce that sample K-12 grade curriculum on sepsis prevention is now available for educators.

Sepsis is an extreme response to infection, and is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Officials say it claims more American lives than AIDS, breast and prostate cancers and stroke combined.

“We are providing schools with tools to teach our children about the dangers of sepsis and how they can prevent it,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “This curriculum provides guidance for health teachers to engage students on this important topic. Sepsis prevention education can truly save lives.”

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Sepsis is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and it can be easily prevented.

“It is so important that our young people learn at an early age how to protect themselves from this often-deadly disease,” Elia said. “I urge our educators across the state to use this Sepsis prevention curriculum as a guide to talk to children about the dangers of Sepsis.

Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton started the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention after their son died from Sepsis in April 2012. When Rory got a cut from a fall in school, a deadly toxin entered his body, the family says, leading to his death.

“Rory lives in our hearts every day and we are very proud of the many lives that have been saved in his name,” the Staunton family said.

Woodside honors 9/11 heroes


Woodside veterans turned out on September 11 to remember those who lost their lives 16 years ago.

The event featured singing, music, a candlelight ceremony and flowers for each of the 34 Woodsiders who died on that day.

“This community is always remembering,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “We’re grateful to every single person who has worn the uniform and all those serving right now.”

Organics brown bins coming to Sunnyside, Woodside in October

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The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is expanding its curbside organics collection service to include parts of Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn this fall.

In October, residents of Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside should expect to receive their “brown bins.” DSNY will begin collecting organics starting the week of October 30.

DSNY will collect it once per week on Recycling Day.

Residents are asked to leave their food scraps and yard waste inside the brown bins for recycling. Organics also includes soiled papers like towels and napkins.

The collected material is taken to regional facilities, where it’s turned into compost. It’s then taken to greening groups, urban farmers, community gardens and street tree stewards.

To read more about the NYC Organics collection program, see here.

Pols tour new school buildings


Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and Community Board 2 Chair Denise Keehan-Smith toured new facilities at PS 11 in Woodside and PS 125 in Sunnyside last week.

The new buildings are set to open for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

The 350-seat, $92 million PS 11 annex in Woodside and the $84 million annex to PS 125 in Sunnyside replaced old facilities. They will now include brand new classrooms, technology, libraries, dace studios and cafeterias.

“Together, these projects bring nearly 1,000 new seats to alleviate overcrowding and represent a nearly $200 million investment in our children, which is an investment in the future of our community,” Van Bramer said.


9/11 Commemoration at Doughboy Park


The Doughboy Park Patriots and Woodside on the Move are hosting its annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance.

This is the seventh year they will honor the fallen in Woodside.

“It will be a night of healing and music,” an organizer says. Veterans, public officials, the 108th Precinct, Ladder 163 and Rescue 4 are all expected to attend.

The service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sunnyside student named Presidential Scholar in the Arts


Sunnyside resident Aaron Greenberg was selected as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Greenberg is one of 161 high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.

Presidential Scholars were honored in Washington, D.C. in June. The 20 Scholars in Arts performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Greenberg performed “Nigel’s Lament” from the Broadway play “Something Rotten!”

“I commend Aaron’s hard work, celebrate his talent, and look forward to seeing him excel in the future,” said Congressman Joe Crowley. “To be selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar is a prestigious honor. It is a distinct honor to see a student from Queens be celebrated so early on in his career.”

Greenberg graduated this year from LaGuardia High School. He performed in plays like “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Gypsy.”

The Sunnyside resident will begin training to be a professional actor at Purchase College’s Conservatory of Theater Arts.

City to investigate Sunnyside condo lobby


After rallies and reports about the Sunnyside condo lobby filled with hateful imagery, Nazi posters, swastikas, Confederate flags and Trump stickers, the city is stepping in.

City agencies hosted a “Day of Action” today at the 46th Street station/Bliss Plaza. Officials handed out flyers reminding residents about their rights.

The New York City Human Rights Commission announced they are investigating the condo for allegations of tenant harassment and intimidation.

“We will not let tenants in Sunnyside or across the five boroughs be intimidated or threatened for speaking out against hatred,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The commission has the power to fine violators with civil penalties of up to $250,000 for violations of the law. They can also award compensatory damages to victims, including for emotional distress.

If you or someone know believes they are the victim of discrimination or harassment, call the commission at 718-722-3131. Reports can be filed anonymously.

Peralta, volunteers distribute backpacks and school supplies


State Senator Jose Peralta partnered with local organizations and volunteers to distribute nearly 3,300 backpacks with school supplies during his annual Back to School Giveaway.

More than 20 local orgs, including Woodside on the Move, and sponsors provided services and information at the event at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona.

“Education is a basic pillar of society, and providing the critical learning tools to local schoolchildren is vital to ensure they face the challenges of the new academic year in a positive way,” Peralta said. “This is why initiatives like this are crucial in order for kids to have the proper school supplies and tools.”