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Star of Queens: Betty Scott
Star of Queens: Betty Scott
People Gregory Giaconelli 7/16/2012 at 8:43AM

Betty Scott, President, Friends of Pomonok Library Community Involvement: Betty Scott is the president of the Friends of Pomonok Library (FPL), where she is always trying to bring in new ideas for fundraising and to set new, attainable goals. Scott, along with Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz and support from Camille T. Barrett and Jennifer Manley, from The Central [...]

Star of Queens: John Watusi Branch
Star of Queens: John Watusi Branch
Stars Samuel Lieberman 7/06/2012 at 8:26AM

John Watusi Branch Co-founder Afrikan Poetry Theater Inc. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: John Watusi Branch is the co-founder of the Afrikan Poetry Theater, which is celebrating 36 years this fall. The Theater is not just poetry. It has readings and workshops as well as children’s workshops, storytelling, drum making, mask making, and a weekly jazz series. The [...]

Star of Queens: John Rochelle
Star of Queens: John Rochelle
News Paola Anteri 6/29/2012 at 10:56AM

John Rochelle Co-founder Patient AirLift Services (PALS) Community Involvement: John Rochelle is one of the co-founders and vice chair of Patient AirLift Services (PALS), which provides free air transportation for patients based on their need for medical assistance. Rochelle is one of the many pilots who volunteers without any compensation and all of the aircraft [...]

Star of Queens: Susan Cerezo
Star of Queens: Susan Cerezo
Stars Billy Rennison 6/25/2012 at 8:25AM

Susan Cerezo Queens Ambassador for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, NYC Chapter Community Board 11 Member   Community Involvement: Susan Cerezo joined Community Board 11 in 2011. As a member, she assists in assessing the needs of the district, which adds to the long list of volunteer work she has done in Queens over the last [...]

Star of Queens: Alexander Blenkinsopp
Star of Queens: Alexander Blenkinsopp
People Billy Rennison 6/11/2012 at 5:12PM

Alexander Blenkinsopp Director of Communications, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Member, Community Board 9 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Alex Blenkinsopp is the director of communications for the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) and serves on Community Board 9. “I’ve always cared a lot about Woodhaven and about Queens,” he said. “When I joined the WRBA in 2009, I [...]

Dee Richard, community newspaper icon, dead at 86
Dee Richard, community newspaper icon, dead at 86
News Queens Courier Staff 5/23/2012 at 12:03PM

Dee Richard, longtime columnist for the TimesLedger Newspapers, died Tuesday afternoon, May 22 in her Beechhurst home. Richard was widely known for her “Dishing with Dee” column. Her last column and photo page were submitted on Monday, the newspaper wrote. “When she wrote something it was the truth,” said her husband, James Darmos. She succumbed [...]

Star of Queens: Giovanna Ambroselli – Teacher’s Aide St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf
Star of Queens: Giovanna Ambroselli – Teacher’s Aide St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf
Stars Queens Courier Staff 5/14/2012 at 11:46AM

Volunteer Work: Giovanna Ambroselli not only volunteers as a teacher’s aide at St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf, but she also volunteers at St. Francis Hospital as a nurse assistant. At St. Joseph’s she assists the teacher in controlling and communicating with the children. She helps to provide them with fun activities. At St. Francis [...]

Star of Queens: Marva Dudley, president of the Parsons Beacon advisory board
Star of Queens: Marva Dudley, president of the Parsons Beacon advisory board
News Toni Cimino 4/12/2012 at 11:29AM

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Marva Dudley started with the Parsons Beacon program, under the auspices of the Child Center of New York, when her own daughter, now in ninth grade, joined the summer and basketball programs there in sixth grade. “I started having a more active role,” said Dudley, explaining that she first joined the Advisory Board, [...]

Vincent James Marciari
Obituaries Queens Courier Staff 3/14/2012 at 6:47AM

Vincent James Marciari passed away on Sunday, March 4. He was born in Kew Gardens and spent nearly all of his 92 years there. He was the youngest of eight children born to Dominic and Rose Marciari, who arrived in the United States at the turn of the 20th century from Calabria, Italy. “Vincent’s generosity, [...]

Elizabeth Delaney, stepdaughter of Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, passed away
Obituaries Michael Pantelidis 3/13/2012 at 4:10PM

Elizabeth Delaney, daughter of Angela DenDekker and stepdaughter of Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, passed away on Sunday, March 11. She was 27. Arrangements were handled by the Edward Lynch Funeral Home in Long Island City. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in East Elmhurst. In lieu of flowers, the family has [...]