Charles Kaiser hosts discussion of new French Resistance and WWII book

unnamed Join New York Times and Wall Street Journal journalist Charles Kaiser for a discussion of his new book centering around the French Resistance and World War II on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

The book, The Cost of Courage: The True Story of One Family in the French Resistance, follows the true story of Andre Boulloche and his sisters in Northern France who fought throughout the end of war, even though a few of them were sent to concentration camps. After decades of keeping quiet about the war, Kasier has helped the family break their silence. Their story is truly remarkable and tells of great sacrifice.

The event will be at the Central Queens YM & YWHA, at 67-09 108 Street in Forest Hills at 1:30 p.m. All events are open to the general public, with an $8 donation requested.


Hundreds take to Metropolitan Ave. for annual Memorial Day parade

Families, elected officials and organizations from around the community descended on Metropolitan Ave. today to celebrate the community’s veterans at the Forest Hills Kiwanis Club and American Legion-organized Memorial Day Parade.

Classic cars took to the road, dancers young and old from Jorday Rivera’ Dance Studio performed their well-rehearsed routine, and locals from around the area enjoyed perfect weather and the chance to say thank you to area heroes.

“It’s always great to see the pride Forest hHills has for their veterans, and to remember those who lost their lives protecting us,” said Borough President Melinda Katz.”This is my home, so I’ve bee doing this parade for I don’t know how many years. It’s a real community parade.”

Chester Fox, a Forest Hills WW2 veteran, said he had taken part in the very first Forest Hills parade decades ago.

“This is tremendous compared to what we had when we first started the parade,” he said. “Back then, we would go down to the school yard at PS 144 after the parade and they would have coffee and cake and buns, and the kids would play games.”

Check out extended coverage and many more pictures from the parade in this week’s issue, going up online on Wednesday.


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Musica Reginae kicks off the Queens New Music Festival

Head to the Church-in-the-Gardens this Wednesday evening for the kick-off of the 2015 Queens New Music Festival with young virtuoso group “Face the Music.”

Hosted by Musica Reginae Productions, the group will be joined by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet as a special guest.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at 50 Ascan Ave. — concert-goers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

Tickets are $25 for adults and can be purchased here. Student tickets are $15.


‘ISIS’ nails changes its name due to pressure from residents

The ISIS crisis was put to rest… in Forest Hills, that is.img_0676

The owner of nail salon “Isis Nails” changed the name after it drew harassment from people who thought the shop was connected
to the infamous Islamic State terror group.

Charlene Tse decided to rename her business “Bess Nails and Spa” after she received unrelenting phone calls and visits from folks who thought her salon in Forest Hills was a cover for waging jihad.


Photo: Roy Renna

“Before we changed the name, we had a lot of people taking pics and coming to harass me,” she told a local newspaper. “They said, ‘You have no shame! Don’t you know what happened, they cut off people’s heads!’”

Tse has since changed the name to “Bess Nails and Spa,” and it will cost her an estimated $7,000 to change the name of her


Forest Hills Kiwanis, American Legion host Memorial Day Parade kick-off party

The Forest Hills Kiwanis Club and the American Legion Continental Post 1424 hosted the kick off party for the annual Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade at the American Legion on Metropolitan Ave. tonight.

Over chicken wings and pasta, local community members and elected officials spoke about the continued importance of celebrating veterans. Attendees also feted Roland Meier, president of the West Side Tennis Club, who was named the Grand Marshall of the event.

Meier said he was informed of his nomination while he was on vacation in Mexico. His reaction?

“I almost fell out of my chair and spilled my margarita,” he said.

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

City Council Member Eric Ulrich

City Council Member Eric Ulrich

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Parade Grand Marshall Roland Meier















Workshop on Woodhaven Blvd. SBS on Thursday, 4/23

The DOT and MTA are hosting the second community workshop tomorrow night (April 23) on the planned select bus service (SBS) which will run along Woodhaven Blvd. Tomorrow’s workshop will focus on the portion of Woodhaven which runs from Queens Blvd. to Union Turnpike, and will take place at Queens Metropolitan High School (91-30 Metropolitan Ave.) from 6-8 p.m.

Click here for a round-up of the first workshop, which took place last week at PS 306 in Woodhaven.

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