Archive for April, 2010

Clothing Drop Box

People are always looking for places to unload clothing they no longer wear or, more often, that no longer fit them or their kids. All the better if you can see it go someplace where will do some good.

There is now a used clothing drop box in the parking lot of the Central Queens Y. This is on 108 Street, between 68th Road and Avenue, currently in a sea of dropped magnolia petals.

Note that USagain is a for-profit company that resells what is in the box. You can check their Web site, which looks okay, and I could not find anything negative about it online. I am trusting/hoping that the Y did its due diligence to make sure this is legit.

April 13, 2010 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Cuts, Cuts, and More Cuts

Next Community Board meeting will be on April 14, at 7:45, held at 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd, Suite 202.

The 2011 Budget and Charter revision is coming up, and each community board will be faced with decisions about what to cut, including aspects of itself–which will drastically affect all of us. You probably won’t make it, which is precisely why you should send this letter that has been circulating around the neighborhood. I’ve done the typing for you, so all you need to do is sign and bring it with you to the board meeting tomorrow night OR mail it in to: CB6, 73-05 Yellowstone Boulevard, FoHi 11375.

Honorable Michael Bloomberg

Mayor–City of New York
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
I hope this letter finds you well.
I have been a member of the Forest Hills/Rego Park Community for [FILL IN] years and have watched first hand the importance of Community Board 6. The Community Board deals with a variety of issues, including but not limited to: land use and zoning matters and quality of life concerns in the community.
With the concept of budget cuts and charter revision in the near future, I strongly feel that the Community Boards are a major part of our local government processes and it would be devastating to our communities if their role is diminished. Please ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,

You can send this same letter to–

Christine Quinn, Speaker–New York City Council, City Hall, New Y0rk, NY 10007

April 13, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Some Things Won’t Die

More of this is resurfacing, but at least this time, it won’t be in our neck of the woods.

These are just a few of the points her lawyers have raised to call Dr. Borukhova’s trial “fundamentally unfair” and argue that a “fiercely partisan” judge, State Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Hanophy, fostered a “toxic atmosphere” in the Queens courtroom. The defense includes Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor who has represented O. J. Simpson and Patricia Hearst. He is “of counsel” on Dr. Borukhova’s fiery 126-page appeal, filed by the law firm of Nathan Z. Dershowitz, his brother.

Once prosecutors submit their response, due on May 21, Alan Dershowitz plans to deploy his flashy oratory in arguments in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, in Brooklyn. That all but ensures that the case of Dr. Borukhova and her cousin, Mikhail Mallayev — which embroiled the close-knit Bukharian Jewish community where she and her husband, Daniel Malakov, a dentist, had been a proud example of immigrant success — will go another round in the spotlight.

April 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Recession Reaction

You know that a small cup of coffee at Starbucks on Continental is $1.63 now, right? This is down from $1.90 (really, $2, if you routinely tipped with the dime). So glad they finally figured out that if people are thinking more these days about how they spend their less-money, sooner or later they are going to give some thought to their daily caffeine expenditure. Don’t know how long this will last–the baristas seem similarly clueless on this–but I can say that an a.m. visit is definitely more doable at this price.

But it won’t be for the food. Once Starbucks posted calorie/fat counts, that was the end of even an occasional bout of indulgence. And apparently, I am not the only one who is thinking this way. I’m still safe at Martha’s, though, which is not obligated to post nutrition info about its products, so there are still no calories or fat in their cappuccino muffins.

April 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm 1 comment

QCH at Risk

I received a notice about this today:

The Queens Community House, a non-profit organization that serves youths, families and seniors in the borough has teamed up with All the Way Live Foundation, a California-based non-profit that recruits at-risk youths off the street, to present the first ever East Coast vs. West Coast B-Boy Break Dancing Battle, on Saturday, April 10 at the Queens Community House (QCH) in Forest Hills.

“Queens Community House has had a break dancing program for over 10 years now and one of our dancer’s who is affiliated with All the Way Live connected us,” said Mike Zevon, assistant director for youth services at QCH. “The Executive Director for All the Way Live, Sergio Suarez, and myself have been working together to help raise awareness to the tremendous budget cuts that threaten both our programs on each coast of the United States. QCH is at risk of losing 100 percent of their youth services in Forest Hills due to the budget cuts.”

If you can lend your support to the Queens Community House on April 10, you will truly be thinking globally, acting locally, in that our contributions to the world do start in our own neighborhood.

Full article here.

April 6, 2010 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

I’m Back

I’ve been gone for almost 9 months, but every few days am reminded of things I would want to post about, had I the time and energy. It’s a yick feeling, knowing you want to do something but then being held back by, essentially, the components of so much inertia in this world. After a while, these excuses don’t quite hold up.

So here’s to one more try, and a reach-out for people to support this blog by sending tips, rumors, concerns, and outrages, as well as those nice moments that make this neighborhood unique in so many ways. And really it is, and I’ll keep coming back to that point over the next few weeks.

April 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm 1 comment


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