Council Member Vallone Announces Fourth Annual Independence Day Celebration


Bayside Council member Vallone has announced that the Fourth Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show & Concert will be hosted by the Bayside Historical Society and is set for Wednesday, June 27th. It will take place at Fort Totten and festivities will begin at 5 p.m.

Musical performances will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and vending trucks with many options of food and beverages will be present. At exactly 9:15 p.m. the fifteen minute fireworks show by Grucci will be launched from a barge on Little Neck Bay.

Parking will be available at the Little Bay Parking Lot, underneath the Throgs Neck Bridge and along Bell Boulevard west of Fort Totten with additional parking at the Clearview Golf Course (starting at 5pm). Because of the large number of people coming, walking, biking, or public transportation is encouraged.

Shuttle buses provided by Vallo Transportation will bring guests to and from offsite locations starting at 6p.m.

No alcohol will be permitted at this event. Bags will be checked before entering the park.

“There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with a fireworks show and concert in Fort Totten. For a fourth straight year, residents in Northeast Queens won’t have to travel far to enjoy world class fireworks with friends, family and neighbors,” said Council Member Vallone. “These types of family events really bring the community together in celebration and I thank everybody who has worked tirelessly to organize the event, as well as everybody who will be working and volunteering on June 27th to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.”




Ben’s Best Deli to close on June 30th

Photo courtesy of Michael Perlman, Rego-Forest Preservation Council

The longtime owner of Ben’s Best Delicatessen at 96-40 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park has announced that the eatery will be closing.
Ben’s Best opened in 1945 by Benjamin Parker and was purchased by his son Jay Parker in 1984. It is currently one of 12 kosher delis left in the borough.
Jay is open “to continue the business through other hands,” according to Michael Perlman, chair of Rego-Forest Preservation Council.
Ben’s Best scored a Zagat excellent rating of 4.3 and has been featured on numerous shows and movies such as “The Comedian” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Israeli President Shimon Peres, actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, Senator Jacob Javits, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Mayor Ed Koch, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani have all eaten at the establishment.
Currently, the deli is scheduled to close for good on June 30th.

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Forest Hills Concert Street Closures

Due to the concerts at Forest Hills Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights, the 112th precinct have announced the street closures in the area. According to the 112th Precinct Community Council, they include:

Burns Street at Continental Avenue
Tennis Place at Dartmouth Street
Burns Street from the West Side Parking Lot
Burns Street at Ascan Avenue
Continental Avenue at Exeter/Slocum Crescent

All traffic from Continental Avenue is directed to only go left onto Exeter Street. No traffic is allowed to go Right onto Slocum Crescent.

Belle & Sebastian will be performing on Friday at 6 p.m. while Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats perform on Saturday at 6 p.m.


Senior job fair held at Kew Gardens Community Center

On May 25, Queens Community House and Senator Joe Addabbo hosted their fourth annual Senior Job Fair at the Kew Gardens Community Center. The job fair was exclusively offered for adults aged 55 and over and provided career resources and contacts in a wide variety of employment fields. More than 100 people attended and spoke with representatives from 15 organizations including New York Life Insurance Company, the Department for the Aging and the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center.

“Our older generations have so much to offer in the workforce,” says Kew Gardens Community Center Director Rachel Epstein. “Hiring managers have to look past the stereotypes that surround older employees and look at the facts. They are reliable, motivated, and often outperform their younger colleagues.”


Intuitive Eating Workshop: How to eat chocolate and still achieve your health goals

Aigner Chocolates and Diana’s Nutrition & Wellness Tips have teamed up to educate you on how to build healthy relationships with chocolate or any other favorite food, while still achieving your health goals.

– Do you love chocolate, but often go through cycles of restricting and overeating?

– When you emotionally eat, you crave chocolate?

– Do you want to find a balance way of eating?


On Monday, June 25th, at Aigner Chocolates in Forest Hills (103-02 Metropolitan Ave.), you will learn about ‘Intuitive Eating’, an approach developed to help get off the dieting roller coaster of: restricting and overeating, feeling deprived and then out of control, and yo-yoing between weight loss and weight gain.

This workshop is for you, if:

– You want to learn how to trust yourself around all foods, even those considered “off limits”
– You want to be able to incorporate all kinds of pleasurable foods without guilt, shame or regret
– You struggle with emotional eating and want to learn how to better cope with stress and emotions
– You want to feel confident with your food choices
– You want to trust your body when it tells you it’s hungry and listen to it when it’s full

RSVP Here.

This workshop will be lead by registered dietitian and eating psychology coach Diana Alberti.

This workshop will include a mindful chocolate eating experience (you get to try Aigner Chocolates!).

An open discuss what dieting mentality is and how it is sabotaging your health and goals. And you will learn the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating.

Join them at the beautiful Aigner Chocolates in Forest Hills one of the oldest chocolate shops in NYC. Aigner Chocolates are handmade daily, following traditional recipes since 1930.

Chocolate tasting is included with admission ticket.


Immigrants Enrich Our Forest Hills Economy & Society


Immigrants are entrepreneurs who create jobs. The average immigrant-owned business in Forest Hills hires 11 employees, these businesses would account for between 3.7 million and 5.2 million jobs in the formal economy.


Undocumented immigrants pay an average of $11.64 billion in state and local taxes a year. On average, an undocumented individual has about 8% of their income go to taxes. Moreover, all immigrants—regardless of status—will contribute approximately $80,000 more in taxes than government services used over


Without the contributions of immigrants going into the system, it is estimated that full benefits would not be able to be paid out beyond the year 2037. Immigration lawyers and law makers in influential states like New York understand this reality and spend much time lobbying for immigrant right.


DACA recipients—people who came to the United States at a young age and applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—paid a $465 fee with their applications, meaning that the program has not cost taxpayers a single cent. Since the program began in 2012, more than 750,000 individuals have had their applications for DACA approved—and the U.S. economy has benefited. The cost of ending the DACA program would eliminate at least $433.4 billion from the GDP over the course of year.


Studies have confirmed that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans and they are associated with lower crime rates.

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