Breast cancer screening van comes to Queens

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Assemblyman Michael DenDekker’s office is hosting a mobile mammography van to conduct free breast cancer screenings on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jackson Heights Shopping Center.

The van, administered by Mount Sinai Hospital, will offer free mammograms to women over the age of 40.

The service is available to anyone over the age of 50, regardless of whether or not they have insurance.

Only women who have not had a mammogram within the past year will be eligible for the service.

Anyone seeking a breast cancer screening must pre-register with Mount Sinai Hospital by calling (844) EZMAMMO or (844) 396-2666.

You will be asked to leave a message, and after you leave a message, a staff member from Mount Sinai Hospital will return your call.

Pantry at St. Mary’s of Winfield receives funding

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Screen shot via Google Maps

The food pantry at St. Mary’s of Winfield is one of 10 food pantries that have received funding this budget cycle.

Councilman Bob Holden’s office announced that the Woodside church was one of 10 recipients of a $95,595 allocation.

The funding will go toward boosting the food pantries that serve families in need.

“Many people fall on hard times in this city,” Holden says, “and a little bit of food from their local pantry can make a huge difference in their lives.”

Mammogram bus heads to Woodside

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On Wednesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mammogram Bus is coming to Woodside.

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center will host the bus, which will provide no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams.

No co-pays are required, and deductibles are waived. Uninsured patients are also welcomed.

The van will be at 59-26 Woodside Avenue.

For an appointment, call 646-545-7214 or 1-877-628-9090.

Woodside on the Move gets $200K in city budget

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Woodside on the Move won big in the latest city budget.

The city allocated $191,730 to the organization, of which nearly $152,000 will go specifically toward the group’s efforts to assist tenants and residents with housing-related issues.

WOTM’s services include after-school programs, summer camp for youth, tenant advocacy, case management, adult computer classes, immigration counseling, free tax services, monthly legal clinics and cultural programming.

“Woodside on the Move is an indispensable resource for our Woodside community,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in a statement. “This allocation will help fund essential programming for youth and families, ranging from summer camp and cultural performances to tech training and housing assistance.”

MTA to install netting at 61st St-Woodside station

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Months after debris rained down on Woodside residents from the elevated subway track, the MTA is taking action to prevent further incidents.

On Saturday, MTA New York City Transit announced a new pilot program to test the feasibility of netting to capture debris while still allowing regular inspections.

The 61 St-Woodside station on the 7 line was chosen as one of four sites for the netting “due to a history of loose debris and higher elevations.”

As the MTA noted, the Woodside station, which opened in 1917, runs above Roosevelt Avenue, a main thoroughfare in Queens. It’s also a connection to the Long Island Rail Road.

“Owing to its age and exposure to weather conditions year-round, this location is particularly susceptible to deterioration that may cause debris to periodically fall from the structure,” the MTA says.

Case in point: on February 21, a beam crashed through a car windshield below the 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue and 65th Street. The driver was not hurt.

On Marc 6, more debris rained down at 62nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, striking a moving car. Again, no one was injured.

This led to elected officials calling for immediate action from the MTA.

According to the MTA, a $2 million contract for the netting on the 7 line, as well as the Jamaica J/Z lines, was already awarded on July 5 to FOS.

Let’s hope the netting works to protect the people below.

CEC 24 meeting slated for July 23

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The next meeting of Community Education Council for District 24 will be on July 23 at the Mosaic Pre-K Center at 50-15 44th Street in Woodside. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

In addition to a report by CEC 24 president Lucy Accardo and Superintendent Madelene Taub-Chan, the council will discuss the district’s plan for its integration grant.

They will also talk about the CEC’s budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information, contact CEC 24’s office at 718-361-3560 ext. 1092.

Citi Bike is coming to Sunnyside

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Over the next five years, Queens residents will see more Citi Bikes on the street.

The de Blasio administration and Lyft announced on July 16 that Citi Bike will expand its boundaries further into the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

Sunnyside, Maspeth, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Corona will be part of the expansion through 2023.

This third phase of Citi Bike’s NYC expansion represents a $100 million investment.

To date, Citi Bike has had more than 81 million rides taken across more than 13,000 bikes at nearly 800 stations.

Annual memberships are $169 for 365 days of unlimited 45-minutes rides.

NYCHA residents or New Yorkers who receive SNAP benefits can access Citi Bike for $5 a month through the Reduced Fare Bike Share program.

Citi Bike is now available in the Lyft app, where customers can find station information and unlock bikes.

To learn more, visit www.citibikenyc.com.

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Queensboro Dance Festival in Sunnyside Friday

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The Queensboro Dance Festival is coming to Skillman Avenue and 41st Street in Sunnyside.

Dance into the summer solstice with performances, yoga sun salutations, mini dance workshops, and a silent disco at sundown!

Dance company line up:
Spaces of Fontana
Flamenco Latino
Cole Collective
Karla Florez

The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Torsney/Lou Lodati Playground, located at 41-15 Skillman Avenue.

Check out Sunnyside’s outdoor movie night

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Got any plans tomorrow night (Friday, June 14)? If not, you’re in luck. You can catch a free movie in Sunnyside!

At 7 p.m. in Noonan Park, there will be an outdoor screening of “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

Here’s the movie’s plot: When Kermit the Frog and friends start a stage act, they decide to take the show from their college town to Broadway. However, once the Muppets wind up in New York City, they have difficulty finding financial support for the production, instead running into cheats like Murray Plotsky (Dabney Coleman). Unable to stage the show, the group splits up, and they all take different jobs around the country. Just as Kermit thinks he has finally found a backer, an accident gives him amnesia.

If you’d like to further explore the Muppets, head over to the Museum of the Moving Image to check out the permanent Jim Henson exhibit.

Noonan Park is located at 47th Ave & Greenpoint Ave, btwn 42nd & 43rd Streets, in Sunnyside.