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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.