MK Vision helps battle digital eye strain in schools

Most of us are on our phones, tablets, and computers 24/7, but most of us don’t know that being exposed to a screen’s “Blue Light” for long periods of time can cause serious eye problems.

If your eyes are uncomfortable, red, irritated, fatigued, watery, blurry, or get headaches often, you may be suffering from “Digital Eye Strain,” and “Blue Light” may be the cause of it.

So, what an you do to protect your eyes? Crizal Prevencia Lenses.

Crizal Prevencia no-glare coating can block UV light and help protect your eyes from reflections, smudges, scratches, dust, water, and harmful Blue-Violet light in everyday surroundings including sunlight, indoor lighting, and most digital screens.

MK Vision Center in Forest Hills is offering special back-to-school pricing for all students (with valid student ID). Starting August 15th, students can enjoy 50% OFF Crizal Prevencia Coating Upgrade, PLUS a FREE pencil case.

You can also help relieve your “Digital Eye Strain” by forming good habits such as blink more often, take a 20-20-20 break, or limit the amount of your screen time. Or, you can wear computer glasses that can effectively block the harmful blue light.
You can drop by at MK Vision Center, or book an appointment to learn more about the Blue Light Block lenses and the Blue Light Block coating. Their professional eyewear consultants will answer your questions and give you suggestions on how to choose the right Blue Light Block solution.

MK Vision Center is located at 107-29 71st Ave in Forest Hills. You can reach them at (718) 575-8288.



Volunteer at MacDonald Park this weekend



Looking to volunteer your time this weekend? The Friends of MacDonald Park will be hosting a cleanup day and they need your help!
Volunteers are needed for Midsummer Volunteer Day, which will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those who attend will care for trees, trim shrubs and water park grounds. Gloves, tools and refreshments will be provided for all.

Service credit will be given to students who participate.

MacDonald Park is located at 87-20 Queens Boulevard, near Yellowstone Boulevard. The event will be held rain or shine.


The WSTC to Hold Tennis Exhibition


The West Side Tennis Club is a well-known facility throughout the Forest Hills community. For over a hundred years now, the establishment has fostered athletes from all over the borough. The Club has been a neighborhood staple to fans of tennis and music alike. The stadium reopened it’s doors for concerts in 2013 featuring big names such as Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Unbeknownst to many in the community, the folks at the the West Side Tennis Club have gathered an incredible collection of tennis regalia. The WSTC Foundation plans to preserve and showcase their extensive archives within the coming years. Once established, the archive will include tennis reference books, photos, and equipment from years past. The foundation’s first step towards showcasing the impact tennis has had on the Forest Hills community, is to feature an exhibition of rackets through the ages as soon as Sunday, August 20th.

Shortly after, the West Side Tennis Club will be celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary on August 25th with the a Tennis Party fundraiser. The Club has made great strides to preserve the history of Forest Hills through hard work and dedication to local athletes. For more information, please contact The West Side Tennis Club at (718) 268-2300.



Don’t miss the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

If you are looking for some entertainment, head over to the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema.

While the event isn’t happening in Forest Hills, check out the historic Kew Gardens Cinemas and a wide array of independent films. Forest Hills resident, Louie Cortes, even directed a movie that will be screened this Saturday. The flick centers around six people in their 20s on Halloween night.

The festival began this past weekend and will run until Sunday, August 13. There are a number of various thematic blocks.

Check out the full lineup and ticket information here. Learn more about the festival at Forest Hills Times including festival highlights.


Celebrate Night Out Against Crime this evening

Detective Gigi Redzematovic of the 112th Precinct talks to the crowd

Detective Gigi Redzematovic of the 112th Precinct talks to the crowd  last year

Get to know your community and the officers from the 112th Precinct a tad better by stopping by the annual Night Out Against Crime.
Taking place TODAY from 6 pm, there are tons of activities for the whole family.

The 112th Precinct Community Council meeting stated that this year’s festivities include a DJ, free food and representatives from the DOT and the NYS comptroller’s office.

Night Out Against Crime happens all over the borough, city and country in an effort to bridge the gap between police and the community. This is also an opportunity to learn about neighborhood safety. This year’s event is happening at MacDonald Park.


Man wanted for July 24th burglary on Queens Blvd.

1933-17 Burglary 112 pct 07-24-17 picThe police are looking for a man who broke into a space early morning on Monday, July 24.
The man entered the space, located at 113-25 Queens Boulevard, through an unlocked window around 2:05 a.m. After searching the space, he left without taking any property, police said. The address suggests that it could be one of the second floor offices above the Sam Ash store.
Video surveillance, seen below, captured the man. He is described as Hispanic, 25-30 years of age, 5’8″ and 180 lbs. He was wearing a t-shirt, jeans and dark sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Jazz Thursdays returning in August


Jazz Thursdays are back in Forest Hills!

The two-part series returns on August 10 with a tribute to Ray Charles by Wayne Homes. Spanglish Fly will return on August 17th. Both concerts being at 7 pm and run until 9:30 pm. The concerts take place on 70th Road between Austin Street & Queens Blvd. and will happen rain or shine!

While watching the show, the Forest Hills Chamber recommends having a meal or drink at one of the restaurants on “Restaurant Row” as most have outdoor café seating.

Will you be attending this year’s Jazz Thursdays?