Author Archives: Alana Manning

Queens Courier Happenings


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ATTENTION: WANT A LISTING ON THIS PAGE?  Go to the “Events Calendar” section of our web site, www.queenscourier.com/news/regional/courier, and click on “Submit your event” to let us know about your happening. We select from reader submissions to list on our happenings page.   EDITOR’S PICK Wednesday, December 28, 11 a.m. Pomonok Library: “Wimpy” Wednesday!; Celebrate […]

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What’s Happening In Queens


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EDITOR’S PICK WEEKEND EVENTS CHINESE OPERA Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Flushing Library: Kunqu Society Presents a Chinese Opera; The Kunqu Society will present this special performance  in honor of the 10th anniversary of Kunqu’s designation as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and […]

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Southern Queens Happenings


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EDITOR’S PICK   ‘Monsters & Heroes’ Photo courtesy of www.worldofblackheroes.com  Thursday, December 1 at 4 p.m. Ridgewood Library: Monsters and Heroes: A Comic Book Workshop; In this three-week program, participants will learn about monsters and heroes from all over the world and why they are so important. Pro cartoonist Ivan Velez will help students create […]

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Bikers with big hearts


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alana Manning. Thousands of bikers and onlookers gathered to donate to Jamaica’s Bernard Fineson Developmental Center during the annual Independent Bikers Toys for Tots toy run.

Motorcyclists got revved up for a good cause at the 31st Annual Independent Bikers Toys for Tots (IBTFT) toy run, which left from Forest Park and ended at the Creedmoor Center on Sunday, November 6. Thousands of bikers and onlookers gathered to donate to Jamaica’s Bernard Fineson Developmental Center, which provides a wide variety of […]

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Star of Queens: Randy Mcneil


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Star of Queens Randy Mcneil

Community Involvement: Randy Mcneil has been working with the Howard Beach Memorial Services and the American Legion for the development of two memorials in Frank M. Charles Park in Howard Beach. The first has been completed – the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The second, dedicated to Frank M. Charles himself, who was killed in action […]

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“With Over Two Pieces of Luggage” play comes to Astoria


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The Greek Cultural Center in Astoria is putting on the play “With Over Two Pieces of Luggage” to bring to light some of the psychological and mental “luggage” that immigrants carry upon arriving to New York. The play, which is running now, features English supertitles and will continue until December 11, with performances on Fridays […]

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Daughter of missing Elmhurst woman demands answers


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A press conference was held on Wednesday, November 2 at the house where Elmhurst resident Lian Fang Feng was last seen nearly 10 years ago. Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Jena Liang, daughter of Feng, and attorney Stewart Pollak held the conference to demand answers from the NYPD for a botched investigation of the missing woman. “It […]

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LaGuardia Community College Student Photo Exhibition


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The men and women who make up Long Island City’s small businesses are the focus of LaGuardia Community College’s student photo exhibition, “Long Island City Works.” Over 100 faces, including photographer Tony Vaccaro, were captured by the school’s commercial photography students. “The exhibition is a way for the college to recognize the workers of Long […]

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Fair focuses on where the jobs are — and how to get them


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Ann Jawin, founder of the Center for the Women of New York (CWNY), and President Rhoda Plotkin are inviting women to the 24th annual “World of Working Women Conference and Job Fair” on November 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Flushing’s Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, where the theme […]

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Flushing’s future includes cleaning up Brownfields


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The Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corporation (FWCLDC) introduced the community to its new initiative – the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program. The program is a community-driven economic project that will revitalize so-called ‘brownfields’ – any property which would have complications with redevelopment or reuse because of the potential presence of contamination. The program would promote […]

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Making Strides, raising funds, giving hope


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“Hey, Soul Sister,” the smash hit by Train, was blasting through speakers as walkers gathered in the field at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The song was fitting as hundreds of survivors who had never met all became, in a way, “soul sisters,” rallying for […]

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Make-A-Wish Foundation marks 9,000th wish in Queens


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Photo Courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Little Neck resident Tyler Cacioppo had a ball last week as the Make-A-Wish foundation granted him his wish to play with his favorite soccer team, the New York Red Bulls. Cacioppo marked their 9,000th wish in the Metro New York area. Cacioppo is an active 12-year-old with Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease […]

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Star of Queens: Mike Bilski


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East Coast Car Association – Toys for Tots Community Involvement: Since 2008, Mike Bilski has worked with the , a club dedicated to helping the children of St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. He is also involved in numerous other organizations, including the Middle Village Veterans Day Parade Committee, the Edward R. Miller VFW Post 7336 and […]

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Long Island City DOG RUN fetches upgrades


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Tails are wagging as renovations are underway at the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. Major improvements are being made to enhance the look and safety of the dog run. Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer partnered with the New York State Department of Parks and Dog Owner […]

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St. John’s toy drive teaches life lessons


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There was a local celebrity trotting around St. John’s University last week – one who has a golden complexion, lots of fur, and four legs. It was Hooper, the beloved dog of Professor Jane Paley and the face of the annual Hooper’s Toy Drive, which is organized by Paley’s public relations campaign class. Professor Jane […]

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