Friday, August 3, 2018

Get Up To Date On The $10 Billion Dollar Upgrade Of JFK For Jobs & Business Opportunities

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Can Big Investment In JFK Airport Also Translate Into Community Improvements?


By Danielle Douglas

Knowledge is Power

Many of you may have attended the Port Authority JFK Redevelopment meeting that took place on Wednesday, July 18th at the Robert Ross Family Center. If not, here is a synopsis of the information that was provided to the attendees. 

At this time, the Port Authority has selected two companies, Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw to do the engineering and master planning. Another organization, HNTB, has been selected to provided Program and Project Management.

All of these organizations are mandated to have a 30% utilization goal of Minority/Woman Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).

In addition, the PA Board has entered an Agreement with Aero JFK for construction of a new state-of-the-art cargo handling facility. The Board has authorized taxiway upgrades to allow larger cargo planes north side access.

The Port Authority is also having active discussions with the terminal operators (Terminal 1 Group, Delta Air Lines, JFK International Air Terminal, JetBlue Airways, British Airways, and American Airlines) in regards to redevelopment projects. They also will have a 30% utilization goal of MWBEs.

What does this all mean for you? 

The Port Authority's objective is to:

Maximize Economic Opportunities by providing opportunities for MWBEs, having a local business preference for contract opportunities, building the capacity of MWBEs through training, providing jobs for local residents, and developing the community.

Opportunities for MWBEs

For MWBEs, there will be a focus on Professional Services such as Engineering, Architecture, Financial, and Legal alongside Construction.

If a business is not yet certified, there will be certification workshops in the community for businesses who would like to get MWBE certified.  

There will be an opportunity to utilize Local Business Preferences throughout the different phases of the redevelopment. There will be a need for professional services, support services, and other ancillary needs in the Construction Phase. And in the Operating Phase, there will be opportunities for retail concessions, support services, and etc. 

In addition, there will be regular events to connect local  businesses with developers and contractors for contract opportunities.

To assist in the capacity building and training of MWBEs , there will be Mentoring programs to connect growing MWBEs and local businesses to established firms as well as connecting businesses to existing  NY State and PANYNJ programs, and providing assistance with access to capital.

Jobs for Local Residents

Quarterly job fairs will take place with a preference for local hiring. The Port Authority will also partner with the Council for Airport Opportunity to explore partnerships with local community base organizations, and provide a path for Apprenticeships and Scholarships.

Mitigation of Environment Impacts will be recognized by being sensitive to longstanding environmental concerns during construction, utilizing LEED certified terminals and green construction methods, improving roadways to reduce traffic congestion, and installing noise/vibration methods as needed during construction.

In addition, JFK will remain slot-controlled, runway capacity will not be added, environmental reviews will be done for each project to develop strategies to mitigate any potential environment impacts.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center Open House

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The SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center invites one and all to an open house. Come learn about the tuition free quality academic and career training programs.
The academic programs include:

– English as a second language
– Basic education/jump start
– High school equivalency prep
– Pathways-to-college

Career training programs include:
– Home health aide
– Secure guard registration training
– Learning Microsoft Word basics
– Certified professional coder/biller

Computer technology training include:
– Advanced technology training and information networking
– ATTAIN Microsoft Office Specialist
– ATTAIN Microsoft IT Certication (MTA) Exams

The Queens EOC is the largest TASC testing site in the country!

Donnie Simpson Celebrates 50-Year Career With New Memoir

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Washington, DC -- The Oracle Group International announces the publication of THROUGH THESE EYES: An Iconic Memoir of Life, Love and The Man Behind the Music (13th & Joan; Hardcover; On Sale: January 30, 2019; $25.99; ISBN 978-1- 7326464-6-9) by award-winning, influencer, humanitarian, and legend Donnie Simpson.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New 18-Inch Black Dolls Build Confidence, Self-Awareness and Entrepreneurs

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Sicklerville, NJ -- www.BrainsandBeautyDolls.com is a new Black-owned company creating dolls to empower little girls all over the world.

The company prides itself on designing unique dolls that will make a difference in children's lives. Their mission is giving a gift that will build character, confidence, self-awareness and the power to reach your full potential. By feeding the mind with empowering phrases and playing with toys that represent who you are.


The creator Niya Dorsey, came up with Brains and Beauty Dolls while talking to her daughter. As a child, Niya did not have any dolls that truly represented her or encouraged her to follow her dreams. Niya wanted a doll that would not just teach her daughter to be a good mom but encourage her to believe in herself and to achieve her goals.

At that moment, Niya decided to create a doll that would represent and empower her daughter and girls all over the world. As she researched and spoke to other moms, dads, grandparents etc. She found out she wasn’t alone. Children that hear positive affirmations and have positive role models tend to be aware of who they are. They are usually confident, strong, and follow their dreams. 


Diversity Issues at the State University of New York (SUNY)

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New York -- Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked the State University of New York (SUNY) to reexamine its existing diversity plans to ensure these plans are furthering New York's goals of diversity and inclusion.

He requested SUNY to prepare a report due by August 15, 2018 outlining how it will expand and increase diversity representation on its campuses.


In September 2015, the SUNY Board of Trustee passed a new "sweeping" diversity and inclusion policy. The hallmark of the policy was that there would be a chief diversity officer appointed on all 64 campuses that reported directly to the campus president or provost. However, three years later not all campuses have complied with the policy.



Book, From the Cotton Fields to Becoming a Millionaire

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 Nationwide  -- The Road from Money, The Journey to Find Why by Sylvester Boyd Jr.  is based on true stories told to him by several family members raised in Money, Mississippi from 1925 to 1937.

He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era; including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.  




Beauty of Black Female Entrepreneurs Highlighted in Adult Coloring Book

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Raleigh, NC  -- North Carolina mover and shaker Latoya Nicole is a mental health professional, entrepreneur, and the brains behind 24 Shades of Business: A Coloring Book for the Black Entrepreneur's Soul as quoted in Curly Nikki.

The book features images of beautiful, boss women who are bloggers, doctors, makeup artists, teachers, yoga instructors, etc.

It also contains mazes and motivational quotes. Since the book’s release it has been a number one new release, an Amazon best seller and has just reached a major milestone of being stocked in Barnes & Noble bookstores! The book is great therapy for Black women, especially entrepreneurs! 


Rep your brand!

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You’re invited to take part in the festivities! Join us as we kick-off the Summer Solstice with an event meant to celebrate the entrepreneur in you! Get ready for a night networking, entertainment, and a platform to share all it is, that you do!

It’s very simple bring your business cards and hand them out!




Denny’s is Hiring!

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Denny’s is hiring! Put on your professional attire and bring your resume if you’d like a job. Walk-in interviews available. E-mail your resume to smote.dennysny@gmail.com.
 


Classic (Martial Arts) Film Fridays: “Enter the Dragon”

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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Family Movies in the Park: “Southside With You”

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This brilliant little gem of a film chronicles the summer of 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago’s South Side.

Family Movies in the Park – Community Karaoke Night

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We haven’t been rained out of any of the planned movie nights in Brookville Park, but we can’t show Black Panther until August so we doing community karaoke early. Grab your voice and come on out!




Classic (Martial Arts) Film Fridays: “Ip Man”

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Ip Man is a movie starring Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, and Siu-Wong Fan. During the Japanese invasion of 1937.

when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip
Writers: Edmond Wong (screenplay), Tai-lee Chan (as Tai-Li Chan)
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan



Family Movies in the Park: “Get Out”

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A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
 
 

New York State Senator James Sanders, Jr.’s Mobile Office & Pop-Up Flea Market

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Come share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with New York State Senator James Sanders. While there, enjoy a pop-up flea market.
 
 

Family Movies in the Park: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance’s search for the missing Luke Skywalker.
 
 

Classic (Martial Arts) Film Fridays: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

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A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
 
 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Family Movies in the Park: “The Lion King”

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A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.




Family Movies in the Park: “The Bourne Ultimatum”

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Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
 
 
 


A Summer Evening Of Afro-Cuban Passion And Heat With Jazz Saxophonist Román Filiú

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New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, and composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists. Among his many collaborations, Román has played in Chucho Valdés´ Irakere.

Queens Underground Poets Showcase

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You may know what’s going on above ground, but do you know what’s going on on the underground poetry scene?  Here’s your chance to come up to speed. Don’t miss the Queens Underground Poets Showcase.   




Community Family Fest & Parade 2018

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The Linden Seventh Day Adventist Church invites you to their Community Family Fest & Parade 2018. 

New York State Senator James Sanders Jr.’s Mobile Office

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New York State Senator James Sanders Jr.’s is pleased to invite one and all to his mobile office. Come share your ideas, thoughts, concerns, suggestions and solutions with your State Senator.
 
 

New York State Senator Leroy Comrie’s Community School Supplies Drive

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New York State Senator Leroy Comrie is pleased to present the fourth annual Community School Supplies Drive. Let’s prepare our children for a successful 2018-2019 school year!

The Voice of the Violin: Gil Morgenstern, Violin: Reiko Uchida, Piano

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Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to expanding the traditional classical music concert experience through his Reflections Series International.

Family Movies in the Park: “Black Panther”

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T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.


JAMS Festival 2018

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Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival is a two day celebration that highlights the multicultural fabric of the Borough of Queens and provides a vehicle for tourism and economic development for downtown Jamaica and the surrounding areas.


Advocate for Black Women Empowerment Launches Three Products

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Beaumont, TX  -- The Be Your Own Person Movement created by Army veteran Muria Nisbett moves toward women’s empowerment.
 
 

Black Abolitionist, Open Letter to the Queen of England

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 Nationwide -- Venita Benitez, a self-proclaimed abolitionist and genealogist, is appealing to the Queen of England to support an upcoming historical event.
 
 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Chic Clic & a Gentleman Pop Up Shop

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Come join us for a day of family fun and entertainment!  Shop, eat, drink, and dance with local vendors. Raffles, Prizes and Givaways!

This will be a unique shopping experience with premium quality goods from local artisans and entrepreneurs.  We will have vendors of all kinds at this event. From jewelry, clothing, accessories, handcrafted items, paintings, natural hair, bath & body products, mink lashes & hair extensions, Henna artist and much more! Come out and support small businesses.

This is a Family Friendly Event. Kids 12 and under are free. With a bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn and more!