Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars expire at the end of March

flex-for-specs-2017-homepage-banner Did you know that you can use your Flexible  Spending Account (FSA) dollars on all  prescription eyewear products such as  eyeglasses, sunglasses, progressives, contact  lenses, and eye exams?

Well, thanks to MK  Vision Center on Continental Avenue, now you do!


Just make sure that you spend your FSA dollars before 3/31/2017.

You can make an eye exam appointment on their website, or call them at (718) 575-8288.

Want to use your FSA dollars on specs? Here are some best selling styles for you. If you fall in love with a pair, head to MK Vision Center, located at 107-29 71st Avenue in Forest Hills.


IMG_8953_grande A Flexible Spending Account is a special  account you put money into that you use to pay  for certain out-of-pocket health care costs. You  don’t pay taxes on this money. This means  you’ll save an amount equal to the taxes you  would have paid on the money you set aside.  Learn more about Flexible Spending Account  on HealthCare.gov.


Purim Carnivals to be held on Sunday, March 12


Celebrate Purim with these family-friendly events!

The Forest Hills Central Y and Salazar Entertainment will be hosting a Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 3:30 pm. There will be bounce castles, carnival games, face paint, balloon twisting, a magic show, glatt kosher food and lots of fun!
The Central Y is located at 67-09 108th Street.


The Forest Hills Jewish Center will also host a Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12. From 11:30 am to 2 pm, there will be games, prizes, inflatables, professional face painting, balloon twisting and more. While admission is free, you can purchase tickets for games and activities at the entrance.
The Forest Hills Jewish Center is located at 106-06 Queens Blvd.

Are there any more Purim events occurring in the neighborhood? Let the community know in the comment section!


Robbery pattern established in Forest Hills area

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On Tuesday, February 28, a 53-year-old woman was attacked and robbed in Forest Hills.

According to police, the suspect stepped out of a blue four-door sedan and approached the woman around 5:45 p.m. He then struck the woman’s head from behind with a blunt object. The woman fell to the ground unconscious in front of 70-47 Harrow Street. When she awoke, her purse was stolen. The purse contained 4 debit cards, 2 credit cards and $51 in cash.

244-17 112 Pct Robbery(1) The woman was taken to Forest Hills Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Police believe that the incident is part of a robbery pattern. Around 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, an 82-year-old woman was also hit on the head with a blunt object which knocked her to the ground. The victim sustained similar injuries, lacerations to the back of her head. Her purse was also stolen.

Anther victim, a 63-year-old woman, was approached by a man on the corner of 65th Avenue and 99th Street on Wednesday, January 18 around 8:20 p.m. The suspect pulled out a knife and then punched the woman in the face before removing her purse, which contained an iPhone and credit. The suspect then fled the scene on foot going towards 102nd Street. The victim suffered bruising to the face.

The suspect is described as a 6’0″ black male with a medium build and a dark colored sweatshirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) 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 by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


Queens Stands Together Rally Photos

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Rally organizers Mohammed Naeem and Ethan Felder

Hundreds of people gathered at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills on Sunday to stand against the national rhetoric targeting various groups.
“To our neighbors living in fear, we stand with you today, we will protect you tomorrow and we will protect you forever,” said Ethan Felder, one of the organizers of the Queens Stands Together Rally.
The labor lawyer and Community Board 6 member called the rally a duty of civic engagement and involvement. He organized the event with local activists Edwin Wong, Peter Beadle, Prameet Kumar, Mark Laster, Mohammed Naeem, Alexa Weitzman and Mazeda Uddin.
After sharing the story of her own family’s escape to America from Poland, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz said that she wakes up every morning thinking she has had a bad dream.
“My message to Donald Trump is you are not my president and you will never be my president,” Koslowitz said. “It has nothing to do with Democrats and Republicans, this president is not fit to be our president.”

For the full story, visit the ForestHillsTimes.com.


Did you attend the rally? If so, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.


Forest Hills Stadium entering long-term contract with Tiebreaker Productions


The West Side Tennis Club made a decision which positively impacts generations to come when they saved the Forest Hills Stadium a half decade ago.

The concerts have been a wonderful thing for the community and now the club and the community face a crossroads on its future. Apparently, the club is about to sign a 16-year a deal with concerts and there will be a informational meeting next Tuesday for club members.

The contract gives Tiebreaker, LLC the exclusive rights to hold concerts and other events in the venue.

Forest Hills Stadium, which has hosted a handful of performers each summer over the past few years, will most likely see a substantial increase in concerts and events over the course of the year.

Forest Hills Stadium has undoubtedly caused Forest Hills to become a destination spot. More restaurants and shops in the area are receiving business because of the people who visit the neighborhood as part of the concert-going experience.

But the increase in concerts and events could be a negative for locals. At a town hall meeting with concert promoters last year, local residents voiced concerns over security among other things. The long-term contract extension could also limit the venue and potentially create issues further down the line.

Currently, there are 8 performers slated to perform at the venue with the list not being set in stone quite yet. Performers this year include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The xx, My Morning Jacket, The Chainsmokers and John Mellencamp.

The Board will host an informational meeting for club members about the agreement at the West Side Tennis Club on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.


Forest Park honors Maspeth Federal’s Palermo

16864169_10155069851326340_7659547665891132096_n Mike Palermo, Vice President & Mortgage Officer at  Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, was honored at a  New York City Department of Parks & Recreation  event for his years of leadership and dedication to the  Forest Park Trust, Inc.

Palermo has been a board member of the Forest Park  Trust for over a decade, and has been president for  the past 5 years. The Forest Park Trust orchestrates programs in the park, including the famous concerts at the bandshell throughout the summer.


Kew Forest Boys Repeat as PSAA Junior Varsity Basketball Champs

Championship Pic 2017 (2) The Kew-Forest School Boys Junior Varsity  Basketball Team made history on  Thursday.

With their 86-44 victory over Evangel, the  Jaguars locked up their second consecutive  PSAA Boys Junior Varsity Championship.


This is the first time (girls or boys) that Kew-Forest has won consecutive PSAA Junior Varsity Basketball Championships in the history of Kew Forest School.


Starting Five 2017 Three players scored in double figures for  Kew-Forest (PSAA 16-0, Overall 19-2), led  by Jonathan Daniels (34 points), Nino  Radoncic (added 30 points – 13 assists for  the Jaguars who never trailed) and Tyler  Coley (added 10 points).

Alex Pena chipped in with 7 points and  Lambert Shell with 5 points. The team has  won 13 straight games this season and won  17 straight PSAA games during last season’s  2015-16 run for the title. The Jaguars ended  with a perfect season in the PSAA 16-0.

“This is the most talented group of players we’re going to see for a long time and that we’ve seen for a long time at our school and for them to be so unselfish and willing to share with each other, that’s a coach’s dream,” said Head Coach John Della Marco

Achievements of Junior Varsity Boys Team (two years) 2015 – 2017
PSAA Junior Varsity Boys Championship 2017
PSAA Junior Varsity Boys Championship 2016
First Junior Varsity Boys PSAA Title @ Kew Forest – PSAA 2015-16
Two PSAA Junior Varsity Boys East Conference Championships 2015-17
Two PSAA Junior Varsity Boys East Division Championships 2015-17
Winner of Martin Luther Tournament – 2016
Winner of Jim Dilg Tournament – 2015
Overall Record – 39 – 7 WINNING PCT . 847
Overall PSAA Record – 29 – 1 WINNING PCT . 966
Overall Season Record PSAA Most Wins – 16 – 0 (2016-17) – WINNING PCT .1000
Overall Regular Season Record PSAA Most Wins – 13 – 0 (2016-17) – WINNING PCT .1000
Overall Most Wins Season 20 (2015-16)
Winning Streak 17 straight games in the 2015-17 seasons in the PSAA
Winning Streak 13 straight games in the 2016-17 season in the PSAA
Starting Five – Record Breakers
Jonathan Daniels scored 1,003 total points (2015-17)
Alex Pena total steals 160 (2015-17)
Nino Radoncic total assists 141 (2016-17)
Tyler Coley total blocks 53 (2016-17)
Starting Five – PSAA Junior Varsity Boys Individual Awards
Jonathan Daniels – PSAA League MVP (2016, 2017)
Jonathan Daniels – PSAA Championship Game MVP (2017)
Alex Pena – PSAA Championship Game MVP (2016)
Nino Radoncic – PSAA All Conference (2017)
Lambert Shell – PSAA All Conference (2017)
Alex Pena – PSAA All Division (2016, 2017)
Lambert Shell – PSAA All Division (2016)
Tyler Coley – PSAA All Division (2017)