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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Star of Queens: Xavier Arthur


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Star of Queens: Xavier Arthur Mentor at Forest Dale Inc.’s Fathering Initiative and Co-parenting Class COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: An alumnus of Forestdale Inc. himself, Arthur gives back to the program by mentoring parents currently enrolled in the Fathering Initiative and Co-Parenting Class, where he gives advice based on his previous experience. Whether it’s conflicts between parents […]

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Star of Queens: Connie Arroyo


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Connie Arroyo Volunteer, Astoria Park Alliance COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Connie Arroyo contributes to the Astoria Park Alliance by attending monthly meetings and helping out with activities including cleaning up the beach along Shore Boulevard and helping organize the Astoria Shore Fest. The Fest was started four years ago and takes place over three Sundays in August and […]

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Star of Queens: Tatiana Grobelkiewicz


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Star of Queens: Tatiana Grobelkiewicz Volunteer, Heavenly Angels Animal rescue in Ozone Park COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Tatiana Grobelkiewicz’s duties at the shelter consist of walking the dogs, cleaning the cages, assisting customers and helping out at events that the shelter participates in. She also gets to exercise her passion for photography by taking photos of the […]

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Star of Queens: Ron Coen


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Star of Queens: Ron Coen President, Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps serves the neighborhoods of Forest Hills and Rego Park. As president, Ron Coen says it’s all about increasing availability to the community. He places a particular importance on ensuring people who are new to the neighborhoods the […]

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Star of Queens: Andrew Rocco


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Andrew Rocco President of College Point Civic/Taxpayers Association COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: According to its website, the purpose of the College Point Civic/Taxpayers Association is to “improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.” Rocco contributes to this effort by helping to handle issues addressed at Community Board 7 meetings. Among these include advocating for small business […]

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Star of Queens: Edward Babor


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Edward Babor Member, Community Board 1 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Edward Babor has been a member of Community Board 1 for 10 years. He is also a board member of the Astoria Civic Association and has served as president of the Taminent Regular Democratic Club for the past 15 years. He sits on the board at the […]

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