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Center for the Women of NY returns to Fort Totten

| mchan@queenscourier.com

A women’s resource center has been given the green light to come back to Bayside.

The Center for the Women of New York (CWNY) received approval and funding from the state’s Dormitory Authority to go through with a project to renovate the exterior of a historic Fort Totten building and refurbish its first floor.

The 207 Totten Avenue site will be CWNY’s new home by next year, officials said. The walk-in resource center for women will have a cultural and conference center and offer career, legal and financial support services.

“I’m thrilled,” said CWNY president Ann Jawin. “We’ve been waiting a long time. It’s good to know we’re finally on the main track.”

The Center for the Women of New York, founded in 1987, is a volunteer-based nonprofit.

Its Fort Totten operations were suspended in 2002 when CWNY was pushed out by a city Fire Department facility.

CWNY has been operating in Kew Gardens in a donated classroom space at Queens Borough Hall since then, but Jawin said the space is too small to be completely efficient.

The organization went from a 12,000-square-foot location to a tiny office, she said.

“Here I’m extremely limited in what I can do,” Jawin said. “I had a wonderful operation going there. It was very successful. I should not have been forced to leave.”

The state approval comes after a decade of legal battles and ongoing talks to return to Fort Totten.

Officials are completing designs of the new 10,000-square-foot space and expect to bid out the first phase of the project later this year. They hope to secure more funding.

The project received a unanimous approval by Community Board 7 last February.



Working Women Conference empowers women

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

The Center for the Women of New York continued its empowering work at the World of Working Women conference.

The conference, in its 25th year, was held at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel on Friday, October 26 with roughly 100 women in attendance.

“Thinking outside of the box for women, that’s what it’s all about,” said Allison Mastropieri, a center employee. “We try to open women up to new ideas.”

About 30 exhibitors came from different organizations citywide to take questions and give information to attendees. Businesses and organizations such as Ameriprise, Con Edison, Delta New York, the Department of Labor and Queens Library were among the many represented.

A panel also spoke about women’s place in the work force and about non-traditional jobs for women.

“There are different career paths, not just what you would associate women with,” said Mastropieri.

The panel, moderated by TimesLedger Newspapers editor Roz Liston, included notable community figures such as Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, Queens Courier publisher Victoria Schneps, attorney Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Carol Conslato of Con Edison, and attorney Amber Trizinsky of Outten & Golden law firm.

Following the panel, several workshops were held, including “The Resume: your one-shot opportunity to make an impression.”

Charles Gilmore of the Queens Library headed the resume workshop, and enjoyed coming out to work with attendees and answering their many questions.

“The resume is the first impression people get,” said Gilmore. “An impressive resume can crack the glass ceiling.”

Several other helpful workshops took place, including “Planning for Your Financial Security” and “Getting Back Into the Workforce,” which Mastropieri said women sometimes have a difficult time with.

“There’s a lot of competition out there today,” said Gilmore. “You have to stand out.”

For anyone looking for advice or more information, call 718-793-0672 or visit cwny.org.

Club to give away 100 trees

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy Bayside - Whitestone Lions Club

A breath of fresh air is on its way to northeast Queens.

The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club held its monthly meeting at the law office of Vallone & Vallone to discuss several community service opportunities, including the upcoming visit to the St. Albans Community Living Center to deliver the handmade knitted scarves, sweaters, and hats to the veterans.

The Lions also are planning an upcoming tree replanting and give-away of 100 trees to community residents on April 28. Last fall, the community suffered from the tornado that destroyed many beloved trees. In response, the Lions Club applied to the NYC Million Trees Program and was distinguished with the honor of being named as a host to distribute 100 eight-foot trees.

“It’s going to be another big project, but well worth the sweat and effort,” said Lions President Paul Vallone.

Many green-thumbed members were quick to volunteer a range of helpful contributions, including trucks to transport the trees, horticultural knowledge, and temporary storage while a large community-centered event is in the making to celebrate the achievement.

Ann Jawin, founder of the Center For The Women of New York, a non-profit women’s help and empowerment group, came to inform the members about her service organization, but ended up mentioning how impressed she was with all of the community members banding together to get the tree planting project off its feet.

“We work with any group that helps women because it’s all for the community,” said Jawin.

The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club will meet Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the law offices of Vallone & Vallone. Everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 718-428-7285