Adoption Event at Petco

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On Sunday, March 18 from 12 PM – 4 PM the Animal Care Centers of NYC will be at the Forest Hills Petco, 91-11 Metropolitan Avenue.

The ACC will be at Petco with great cats and dogs available for adoption! ACC adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian.

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Harvey Raffle at Aigner Chocolates


The 2018 Harvey Raffle has begun at Aigner Chocolates! For $1, customers can purchase a raffle ticket to win the largest bunny available at the shop. Harvey stands at 3 feet tall and is over 23 pounds of chocolate. The winner will be announced on Easter Sunday.

The proceeds of the raffle will be matched and donated to Forestdale Inc, a local organization that provides aid to foster children.

Head over to Aigner Chocolates at 103-02 Metropolitan Avenue to enter today!


ReelAbilities Film Festival returns to Forest Hills


The ReelAbilities Film Festival returns on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12.
The festival, which focuses on outstanding documentary and feature films about people with disabilities and their families, kicks off on Sunday at t​he Central Queens Y at 10 a.m. with a documentary, Perfect​ly Normal​ for Me, about an unusual school in Queens that features a dance program for children with physical and developmental challenges.
At 1:00 p.m., the festival will feature an afternoon of short films on mental illness and other issues, including an Oscar-winning film on mental illness and art, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405.

​On Monday, March 12 at 12:30 ​p.m., the festival will screen Scaffolding, Israel’s entry for the Academy Awards for narrative films. This Israeli narrative film focuses on a young man with learning disabilities and his troubled relationship with his father.

The films will be screened on Sunday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and on Monday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m., at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th Street in Forest Hills. All films are open to the general public for free, but a voluntary donation is requested. Tickets and more information are available online at or 718.268.5011 ext 151 or

The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th Street in Forest Hills.


8 mold prevention tips from your local SERVPRO

With heavy snow comes water, and with excess water, comes mold and mildew. If you own a home, you may want to take these mold prevention tips in to consideration.

Here are 8 mold prevention tips from the experts at  SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Kew Gardens. SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after water damage, and in removing mold and mildew from your home or business.

“The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is moisture control,” said owner, Eddie Lopez, a resident of Forest Hills.


Here are 8 ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.


mold-in-jackosnville-house-624x4681. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can’t mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Does the basement flood? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak?

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can’t grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours.

3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn’t invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area.

4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints.  

5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You’ll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home.

6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn’t sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

7. Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

8. Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

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SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Kew Gardens covers Forest Hills, Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and surrounding areas of Queens.

You can reach SERVPRO of Forest Hills-Kew Gardens at 718.381.3702. Emergency service available.


QCH expands ESOL program


Forest Hills-based nonprofit Queens Community House has expanded the reach of its English for Speakers of Other Languages program by adding free classes through the its Beacon Program at P.S. 149 in Jackson Heights. The course is designed to meet the needs of students at all levels, and former students have reported feeling more confident at work, in their children’s schools and in doctor’s offices. “We teach English that our participants can use as soon as they leave the classroom,” said Bino Realuyo, QCH’s Director of Adult Education.