Star of Queens: Mitch Karpp, program director, Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Mitch Karpp is the program director of Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills. He joined the Y family in 1984 as a camper before becoming the teen director in 1994, and finally moved up to his current post in 2010.

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Star of Queens: Marlene Smith-Sotillo, president and CEO, Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International


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Marlene Smith-Sotillo is the president and CEO of the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International based out of Jamaica. She engages the community with educational outreach workshops, health fairs and support group development to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.

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Star of Queens: John Spagnuolo, president of the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach was founded in 1962 and offers guidance to community youth through projects such as the Key Club and the Builders Club. John Spagnuolo has been a member for three years and was elected president in October.

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Star of Queens: Harold Rutgers, contributor, Jewelers For Children


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Harold Rutgers is associated with Jewelers For Children. It is a nonprofit organization that donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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Star of Queens: Jack Fried


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Star of Queens: Jack Fried President,  111th Precinct Community Council COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The 111th Precinct Community Council is made up of neighborhood residents. As president, Jack Fried leads the Council at its regular meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Meeting topics include giving a rundown of crime statistics, discussing local issues […]

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Star of Queens: Kevin Alexander


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Star of Queens: Kevin Alexander Executive Director, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Kevin Alexander is executive director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), which is working throughout the Rockaways to rebuild and improve the quality of life for the peninsula. “You’d never expect the number of people that come out […]

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Star of Queens: Bob Widdows


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Star of Queens: Bob Widdows President, East Coast Car Association COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Bob Widdows became president of the East Coast Car Association (ECCA) after Eddie Walter, the organization’s founder, passed away in 2007. Widdows says the ECCA currently has around nine members who work together to organize car shows and cruise nights, which are held every […]

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Star of Queens: Paula Snider


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Star of Queens: Paula Snider Tutor with Sunnyside Community Services After School Program COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Whether it’s math, writing or reading, Paula Snider helps elementary school students with their homework after school. She says she usually ends each session by reading the kids a story. PERSONAL: Born and raised in the Bronx, Snider attended college […]

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Star of Queens: Tyler D. Cassell


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Star of Queens: Tyler D. Cassell President, North Flushing Civic Homeowners Association COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The North Flushing Civic Homeowners Association represents the needs of homeowners in a 90-block area between Union Street and Murray Street. Tyler D. Cassell said the organization was started around 15 years ago to combat overbuilding in the community. “When a problem arises […]

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Star of Queens: Gemma Cullen


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Gemma Cullen Volunteer at Sunnyside Community Services COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Gemma Cullen does secretarial work in the Social Services department at Sunnyside Community Services, a social service agency providing assistance to those in need through programs for senior citizens, home care or afterschool programs, among others. PERSONAL: Cullen was born and raised in Sunnyside. After retiring […]

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Star of Queens: Katie Ellman


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Katie Ellman President, Green Shores NYC COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Green Shores NYC is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community organization that works to improve and maintain the East River waterfront in Queens. As president, Katie Ellman leads a team of volunteers in their mission to sustain the waterfront by advocating for safe public parks, green spaces, street trees […]

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