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.

Laser hair removal spot to come to 47th Avenue

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This vacant storefront at the corner of 47th Avenue and 47th Street appears to finally have a tenant.

Sunnysiders will know this was a family-owned deli until the shop closed a few years ago.

Just today, workers were seen putting up the sign for Miss Laser, a laser hair removal spot.

The promises to give no razor bumps, no ingrown hairs and the ability to never shave again. The first deal is any three small areas for $99. Is that a bargain I hear?

The store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Get a free consultation at 718-472-3000, or visit misslaserny.com.

Check out the Bliss Plaza Holiday Market this weekend

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Every Saturday and Sunday until December 16, Bliss Plaza will be host to a pop-up holiday market.

Done in collaboration with the Queens Night Market, the holiday market includes over 30 rotating vendors each day.

Items on sale include 3D-printed jewelry, fine ceramics, artisanal candles, handmade swaddlers and other gifts.

The market runs from noon to 6 p.m.

Find a full list of the vendors on the Sunnyside Shines website here.

Donate to the holiday food drive

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For the 9th year, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting the annual holiday food drive to collect food for the hungry in our community.

Please donate non-perishable items including: canned meets, canned soup, canned veggies, canned or dried fruit, infant formula, peanut butter and other dried goods like pasta, rice and grains.

Drop them off at the following locations:

  • Van Bramer’s office: 47-01 Queens Blvd. #205
  • Court Square Library: 25-01 Jackson Ave.
  • Sunnyside Library: 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.
  • Broadway Library: 40-20 Broadway
  • LIC Library: 37-44 21st St.
  • Woodside Library: 54-22 Skillman Ave.

The drive will continue until December 19.

Sunnyside’s state senator is now the deputy majority leader

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Michael Gianaris is moving on up!

At the start of the next legislative session in Albany, Sunnyside’s state senator will have the title of deputy majority leader, the second-highest role in the chamber.

He will be the deputy behind Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

His responsibilities include crafting policy in the State Senate and managing the legislative agenda on the floor.

We knew this would happen, given that Gianaris was deputy minority leader when the Democrats were in minority.

But now that they have taken over leadership of the chamber, Queens’s own will have a forceful voice in the state capital.

Crowley joins U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission

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He may be leaving Congress soon, but Joe Crowley has another important job to do.

The outgoing congressman announced that he was sworn into the United States Semiquincentennial Commission on November 16.

The commission is planning the observances and activities for the United States’ 250th anniversary of independence in 2026.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where both the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted.

The commission will submit a plan to celebrate the 250th anniversary to the president to be approved.

The group is made up of 16 citizens, eight members of Congress and nine federal government officials.

PHOTOS: Sunnyside kicks off holiday season

The annual Sunnyside holiday lighting ceremony took place earlier this week to much fanfare.

Dozens of community members braved the cold (they were aided by hot chocolate from White Castle) to enjoy local dancing and musical performances.

After hearing a few words from local officials, Sunnyside Shines officially turned on the holiday lights on Queens Boulevard to everyone’s delight.

The event was capped off with a performance by the Sunnyside Youth Drum Corps.

See a recap of all that Sunnyside Shines is doing this holiday season here.

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