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Bayside Business Association re-elects members, talks 2015 outlook

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Photos by Anthony Giudice

The Bayside Business Association (BBA) re-elected its slate of executive members and outlined its agenda for the next 12 months during the group’s annual membership and elections meeting on Friday at the Bayside Diner.

The meeting, run by BBA President Judith Limpert, kicked off with extensive networking between members and non-members of the board. Limpert then gave an overview of the BBA’s role in the community, and focused on how the BBA could be more involved in Bayside to better the businesses of the area.

“Now our focus is all Bayside,” said Limpert. “Our goal is to bring business and help the businesses in Bayside. It is not to bring in outsiders to compete with Bayside, that’s not what we want to do.”

Since its creation in 1997, the BBA has assisted with the overall planning and oversight of commercial and economic programs in Bayside; aided in developing a model shopping district that enables small businesses to compete in the marketplace; educated businesses to support their growth; and provided local businesses a voice in the community by joining forces with government agencies.

It has also been involved with many beautification projects that have benefited both businesses and the community, including street cleanings, tree plantings, holiday lighting and graffiti removal.

“We try very, very hard to give you a bang for your buck and make a community impact,” Limpert said. “We do a lot of seminars, we do a lot of business partnerships that benefit you as a member.”

The BBA is also involved in many fundraising events throughout the year that promote local businesses in Bayside and help the BBA pay for the many services it provides. One such event is the Taste of Bayside, which raised $3,800 last year, an annual golf outing and a day at the races event.

“Fundraisers are very community orientated and that’s why we love doing them,” Limpert said.

Councilman Paul Vallone was also in attendance and gave the BBA a quick insight into what his office is planning for in the coming year to help improve Bayside.

Councilman Paul Vallone

One of Vallone’s focuses is helping veterans.

“Of the $75 billion budget … the budget last year for veterans was $400,000,” Vallone said. “We have 200,000 veterans — that’s two dollars per veteran.”

Vallone also hopes to bring another high school into Bayside. With a shortage of high schools, both public and private, in the Bayside area, Vallone feels that students who go through the grammar school system in the community should have an opportunity to continue their education in Bayside.

“I am cautious,” Vallone said. “You always want the least impact to the community, but the greatest growth for our kids.”

Vice President Annie Tom announced that membership increased this year, but the organization has higher aspirations in 2015.

“In 2014, we added 20 new members,” Tom said. “Our 2015 plan is to get 50 new members. At one time we had over 200 members, and our plan in the near future is actually to get back to that level.”

Some of the benefits of being a member include admission to seminars featuring current topics of interest for business, such as how to use social media to grow their business; online advertising on the BBA website with a link to their business; networking opportunities; and helpful workshops.

“We need to reach out to our members, as well as the community, to let them know the value of being a BBA member,” Tom said.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Wednesday: Cloudy with occasional rain during the afternoon. High 43. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Wednesday night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 31. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Bayside Business Association presents – Grow Your Business with Social Media

Enjoy a fun workshop on social media, email marketing, and ask questions on how to grow your business with social media. A highly interactive workshop not to be missed. Light refreshments will be served. Starts at 5 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Restaurant data: Rats really like Upper East Side and Queens Village

New York City Health Department numbers show many restaurants on the Upper East Side, surprisingly, have been cited for rat control problems. Read more: Fox New York

Shovel shuffle: Proposed NYC law would charge lazy homeowners for clearing snow

Don’t feel like shoveling your sidewalk? Under a proposed law, New York City would shovel it for you — and then stick you with a $250 bill. Read more: New York Daily News

This is New York City’s second-snowiest February

Another quick-moving winter storm dumped a mix of rain and light, fluffy snow on the tri-state area Tuesday, securing this month’s place as New York City’s second-snowiest February on record. Read more: NBC New York

NY eighth-graders’ math scores trail peers in Japan, Russia

New York students trail their counterparts in several Asian countries and Russia on math tests — and their competitiveness on science exams is even worse. Read more: New York Post

Milk could go up 60 cents a gallon

Dairy analysts estimate store milk prices could go up 60 cents in March, reaching their highest ever. Read more: NBC News

New benches let Bayside shoppers take a load off

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Photo by Anthony O'Reilly

Relax and kick up your feet, Bayside.

Assisted by funding from former State Senator Frank Padavan and donations from the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Bayside Business Association installed 14 new benches along Bell Boulevard, the first phase of a multi-layer beautification initiative.

“It’s always been a dream and a vision of people shopping on Bell Boulevard to sit and talk to neighbors,” said Judith Limpert, president of the Bayside Business Association. “It’s a very communal feeling and benches are hopefully going to foster that feeling.”

The $1 million project, spanning Bell Boulevard from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue, will also include new street lamps and improved sidewalks.

Alex Cosentini, 21, of Bayside, believes the benches will add a wonderful aesthetic to the neighborhood.
“It’s the small little things sometimes,” said Cosentini. “You don’t always have to do big things. Anything to help improve the quality of life.”

-Additional reporting by Anthony O’Reilly




Students’ posters aim to erase graffiti

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THE COURIER/Photos by Michael Pantelidis

Senator Tony Avella is aiming to erase any thoughts of vandalism from the minds of the students in his district – and paint them a clear anti-graffiti picture.

The senator joined representatives from the Bayside Business Association (BBA) and students from across northeast Queens on December 15 for his first annual Anti-Graffiti Poster Contest.

“Graffiti is a problem we need to address,” said Avella. “There’s enforcement, there’s corrective action like painting over it and washing it off, but there’s also education. Getting to the kids when they’re in school to let them know graffiti is bad is one of the best ways to eliminate it over time, and having kids tell their fellow peers that graffiti is bad is the best way to do this. So getting the word out by students talking to students is a big thing, and hopefully it will lead to a reduction of graffiti in the future.”

Beginning in September, Avella’s contest encouraged students to create artwork against graffiti. The competition was available to students of all ages, providing a wide spectrum of artistic interpretations. Winners and runners-up were chosen from three categories: elementary, middle and high school. Lauren Lashley, who finished first in the high school division, says her work was inspired by personal experiences.

“[I was motivated by] the terrible graffiti signs I would find outside my house,” said the 17-year-old senior at Martin Van Buren High School, whose poster idea came to her in a dream. “It really bothered me, and I knew people that lived nearby and they were so frustrated about it.”

All 550 participants received merit certificates for entering the contest, and Avella will attempt to place the posters in prominent positions throughout his district.

Due to a donation from the BBA, winners also received $100, with a second place finish earning students $50.

“We always give to everything that we can in Bayside, and what better cause than to give to children and to foster their imaginations,” said Judith Limpert, president of the BBA. “Anti-graffiti is important because it affects everybody. It’s a blight on the peace and tranquility of a neighborhood. We are trying to do anything we can to get the children to realize not to do it because it’s not conducive to a nice place to live.”

The elementary school winners – Lauren and Meagan Lovett and Nicole Kardum – based their poster on the environmental hazards of graffiti. Despite their hard work, the fourth graders at P.S. 162 refuse to be selfish with their prize money.

“We would like to donate [our winnings] to breast cancer [foundations],” said Kardum. “We don’t want to keep the money. We want to do something good with it.”

Bayside kicks off holiday season

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THE COURIER/Photos by Michael Pantelidis

Bayside residents and community leaders rang in the holiday season by lighting up the neighborhood.

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) and Bayside Business Association (BBA) hosted their annual Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremony on November 29 at the BBA headquarters, located at 41-16 Bell Boulevard.

“This marks the start of the holiday season for Bayside,” said Judith Limpert, president of the BBA. “It is a beautiful village atmosphere here. I think today we are all way too dispersed and focused on things that aren’t relevant. Community and family are very important. We also hope to get people to understand that Bayside has a beautiful shopping strip. They should come here first, because they can probably get everything they need for their holiday shopping. The point of this event is to attract Baysiders to come out.”

Holiday lights were also recently installed by the Bayside BID above all the blocks of Bell Boulevard.

“This event only comes once a year, and it really is the beginning of the holiday season and the biggest season for businesses and restaurants here on Bell Boulevard,” said Gregg Sullivan, executive director of the Bayside BID. “Events like this and our street lights really improve business enormously and highlight Bayside.”

The neighborhood organizations were joined at the event by Councilmember Dan Halloran, Assemblymember Edward Braunstein, Father Brosnan from Sacred Heart Church, Father Byrnes from All Saints Episcopal Church and of course, Santa Claus.

“The celebration of light over darkness is what these holidays are all about,” said Halloran. “These lights symbolize that.”

During the ceremony, visitors were serenaded with Christmas carols, and children had the opportunity to tell Santa what gifts they wanted waiting for them under their tree this year. After the lighting, attendees were invited out of the cold and inside the BBA headquarters for hot chocolate and snacks.

“This is a wonderful event for [my goddaughter] to see the tree with all of this nice lighting,” said Rose Lynch, a Bayside resident for 45 years, who brought her goddaughter, Ashley, to the lighting ceremony. “It is a nice introduction to the holidays with spirit. I think this is a cute idea to come and meet Santa in a unique way, which is individual and small. It is delightful.”