Borough president announces appointments to community board

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced her appointments of individuals to serve on Queens’ 14 Community Boards this week.

On May 31, the 339 appointees, 76 of which are first time members who have demonstrated a commitment to serving community needs, began their two-year terms, which will run until March 31, 2022.

The office received 595 applications, including 252 from applicants who had never served on a community board. More than 340 were from those who were reapplying at the end of their 2020 term.

Citing “extraordinary circumstances” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee announced in late March that community board members whose terms end on March 31 would continue for an additional 60 days.

Here are Borough President Lee’s appointments for the 2020-2022 term for Community Board 9, which serves Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Kew Gardens:

  • Inderpaul Ahluwalia
  • Sherry Algredo
  • Dilraj Batchu
  • Julio Batista
  • Dulal Bhattacharjee
  • Kamal Bhuiyan
  • Latchman Budhau
  • Daniel Chu
  • Marylin Costodo
  • Sandra Datnarain
  • Stephen Esposito
  • Charterine Feeney
  • Laraine Fletcher
  • Joseph Iaboni
  • Kemanad Kishore
  • Raquel Olivares
  • Regina Santoro
  • Jarnail Singh
  • Mohinder Singh
  • Sursattie Singh
  • Alexandria Sumpter-Delves
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Pet food giveaway in Forest Park tomorrow

The Queens Pet Pantry is hosting a free pet food giveaway tomorrow, June 3, for community pet owners impacted by COVID-19.

Food will be available at the George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell Parking Lot in Forest Park starting at 10:30 a.m. until supplies last.

RSVP by calling (212)-956-1299

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Neir’s Tavern is looking for two bartenders

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Historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven is hiring!

The 190-year-old pub posted on its Facebook page that it’s seeking two part-time, experienced bartenders to join its team.

The bar pays a prevailing wage for bartenders, plus tips. They will join a team including two cooks.

If you’re interested, email or send a message on their Facebook page.

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Support Woodhaven’s restaurants during COVID-19 pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is deeply hurting small businesses, residents can still play a meaningful role in supporting local restaurants and food establishments.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District (BID) has released a helpful guide to Woodhaven restaurants that are open for business – for either takeout or delivery.

So while you’re stuck inside quarantine, consider ordering from these restaurants to support them during this difficult time!

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Sanders holds virtual community forum on COVID-19

Tomorrow, Senator James Sanders Jr. is a hosting a live, interactive, virtual town hall on Facebook at 12 p.m.

The topic of conversation will be the novel coronavirus outbreak. Senator Sanders will be providing updates, as well as answering constituent questions and addressing their concerns.

To access the live stream, visit

Call (718)-523-3069 for more information.

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“Who Killed Malcolm X?” episode screening this weekend

New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. will host a free screening of an episode of the new Netflix docuseries, “Who Killed Malcolm X?” this Saturday, March 14.

The episode will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the show’s directors, Rachel Dretzin and Phil Bertelsen, as well as a key figure in the series, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad. 

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance has said that he will re-open the case and into the assassination of Malcolm X, and this weekend’s event at The Black Spectrum Theatre (117-01 Baisley Blvd.) follows recent news from Senator Sanders regarding the criminal justice system.

During his remarks at the 55th Annual Commemoration of Malcolm X on Feb. 24, announced two pieces of legislation he introduced to the state legislature that will promote truth and justice for unsolved civil rights crimes, further preserving the legacy of Malcolm X.

Both of the bills are modeled on current federal law.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

You Must RSVP to attend. Please call 718-523-3069 or 718-327-7017 and speak to a staffer. Do NOT leave a message.

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Spring Forward 5 & 10 mile run on March 8, registration open

Queens Distance Runners and the Woodhaven BID are sponsoring are inviting residents to welcome Spring with five and ten mile runs through Forest Park on March 8.

Starting from the Woodhaven Boulevard side, runners will pass by Victory Field Track, heading through the hills of Forest Park Drive.

The course continues to Metropolitan Avenue, making a turnaround back toward Woodhaven Boulevard, completing one 2.5-mile loop of the race.

For more information, and to register for a run, visit

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No-cost mammograms coming to Ozone Park

A mobile bus providing no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams is coming to the neighborhood.

Councilman Eric Ulrich is teaming up with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation to bring the bus to Ozone Park on Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It has been more than a decade since Ulrich first brought the initiative to his district in 2009. His Ozone Park district office is located at 93-06 101st Avenue.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Women aged 40-79 with health insurance
  • Women aged 50-79 without health insurance
  • Currently living in New York City
  • No mammogram in the past 12 months

No-pays are required, and deductibles are waived. Uninsured patients are also welcomed.

To schedule an appointment, call the American-Italian Cancer Foundation at 1-877-628-9090.

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Comptroller to host Woodhaven stakeholders roundtable

Comptroller Scott Stringer is hosting a Woodhaven Roundtable tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Woodhaven Manor, located at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue.

The event will be an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns and issues in the neighborhood.

Community board members, local businesses and civic leaders have all been invited to the meeting.

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Free jazz concert at Neir’s Tavern this Saturday

Courtesy of Newtown Historical Society

In honor of Black History Month, the Newtown Historical Society is hosting a free jazz concert at Neir’s Tavern this Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event will feature the Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quartet. You can learn more about the quartet here. They’re expected to play original compositions, as well as classics that we all know and love.

The concert has no cover. And you can enjoy brunch at Neir’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while enjoying some great tunes.

You won’t want to miss this great, free event this weekend!

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