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Party leader meets with Queens County Young Democrats
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 18, 2014 | 68 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Congressman Joe Crowley and members of the QCYD at Donovan’s Pub last week.
Congressman Joe Crowley and members of the QCYD at Donovan’s Pub last week.
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The next generation of Queens Democrats met with county party head Congressman Joe Crowley at Donovan’s Pub in Woodside last week. Nearly 50 members of the Queens County Young Democrats (QCYD), a group of 16 to 36-year-old political activists, came out to ask questions of the current vice chair of the Democratic Caucus in Washington. “Our future is bright because of organizations like QCYD,” Crowley said. “I applaud their commitment to making positive change in our communities and I am proud to support their ongoing effort to inspire civic participation and our newest generation of difference makers through the power of democracy.” QYDC president Hersh Parekh stressed the importance of his group taking part in opportunities like meeting with political leaders such as Crowley to further the movement and grow involvement among the young. “We were honored to host Congressman Crowley and give our members the opportunity to meet and speak with him,” Parekh said. “This fosters growth and helps members learn first-hand the importance of public service.”
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Crawlers swarm Grand St. in search of Easter eggs
by Chase Collum
Apr 17, 2014 | 74 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Capturing the spirit of the season, Table Hopping NY teamed up with the Grand Street BID to host an Easter-themed pub crawl through six featured bars. Table Hopping NY Founder Jordan Khammar, who was helping his crew hand out wristbands and collect eggshells from a corner booth at Huckleberry Bar on Saturday, said he reached out to the BID with the idea for an egg hunt/bar crawl after hosting another successful holiday crawl in Brooklyn last year. “We had worked with the Atlantic Avenue BID on a Halloween crawl, and we thought it was a fun idea so we decided to work with another BID because they’re really fun to work with and they know a lot of places in local communities,” Khammar said. “We really try to work with local businesses over chain restaurants.” Participating bars included Burnside, Williams & Bailey, Dar 525, Huckleberry Bar, Bushwick Country Club and LP ‘N Harmony. Distributed among the bars were 100 Easter eggs with a variety of treats inside. “Some of them have candy, but we also have eggs with giveaways at the bar with gift cards, free drinks, and food and things like that at each one of the participating bars,” said Lies’l Hill, a Table Hopping NY rep. Natalia Paez, who commuted to the event from the East Village, was one of many who crossed borough lines to partake in the crawl. “I got an email from Table Hopping – I’m not even sure how I got signed up for their email – but I was scrolling through and I saw an Easter egg hunt, and thought it seemed interesting, something different,” Paez said. “We found some eggs, but unfortunately no free drinks yet.” Manhattanite Corinne Fish was joined by several college and high school friends from around the city. “We’ve gotten chocolate,” Fish said, “and it’s fun to go check out the bars in the neighborhood.” Khammar said Table Hopping NY’s next Brooklyn event will be a collaboration with the Bronx Baking Company at Smorgasburg, where they will be giving away free pretzels through a promo code for every person who signs up for the Table Hopping app.
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Stop & Shop donates kosher food for Passover
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 17, 2014 | 90 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Borough President Melinda Katz joins a number of elected officials, members of  JCC, community activists and others at the Stop & Shop in Forest Hills last week.
Borough President Melinda Katz joins a number of elected officials, members of JCC, community activists and others at the Stop & Shop in Forest Hills last week.
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Queens JCC president Warren Hecht.
Queens JCC president Warren Hecht.
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Stop & Shop’s Arlene Putterman hands out candy to Yoav Babakhonv’s children.
Stop & Shop’s Arlene Putterman hands out candy to Yoav Babakhonv’s children.
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Food pantries operated by the Queens Jewish Community Council (JCC) have seen a rise in dependent families, and have reported limited supplies in the last several years as a result. In response to a nearly 5 percent spike in Jewish poverty since 2004, up to nearly 19 percent of the city's Jewish population, Stop & Shop in Forest Hills announced it would donate 1,000 pounds of kosher food to JCC to feed numerous families in need. Arlene Putterman, manager of Public and Community Relations for Stop & Shop’s New York Metro division, announced the donation last week alongside numerous rabbis and local elected officials at the store, located at 89-89 Union Turnpike. “Unfortunately for many, this Passover will be a very difficult holiday,” Putterman said. “The economy has claimed many jobs and many families are in need of help.” Following JCC reports that one in five Jewish households live below the poverty level, Stop & Shop once again put together a care package for the organization, including matzo, gefilte fish, canned tuna, coffee and Passover cookies. “We hope this will make a difference for Passover in the community,” she said. “We hope those who receive this will be able to enjoy their holiday so they can have a ‘zissen Pesach,’ a sweet and happy Passover.” Borough President Melinda Katz and dozens of local City Council members attended the event. Katz said there is only so much the city can do without help from local civic groups during the holiday season. “Government officials can only do so much, and whether the budget is good or at a deficit, we all rely on organizations like the Queens JCC that we know are going to be out there gathering food for folks and taking care of people who simply need an extra hand,” said Katz. Yoav Babakhonv said he would not be able to feed his family of seven children this Passover without the help of Stop & Shop and JCC. “Thank you for being the cause of so much help for all these people who could use it, and there are plenty in Queens,” he said. “It is a merit to the community, to all of Queens and to all of mankind.” JCC president Warren Hecht said the group's pantry has been handing out food from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. leading up to the holiday, and have since run out of food. “We gave out that food and now everything is gone,” Hecht said. “A lot of people talk about what they want to do with the poverty every year, but Stop & Shop doesn’t just do the talk, they do the walk.”
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