New residents to The Alexander of Rego Park should familiarize themselves with the activities of Community Board Six, a municipal body of representatives with a primary mission to advise elected officials and government agencies on matters affecting the social welfare of the community. Board Members are your neighbors – people that live, work, own a business, or have some other significant interest in Rego Park, and its’ neighbor, Forest Hills.
A District Manager is responsible for running the District Office, which has two primary functions; to process citizen complaints and requests for services, and to provide administrative support for the Community Board. There are no fees for any services provided, which might include specific issues relating to;
Aging / Social Services
Parks and Recreation
Planning and Zoning
Street Activity Permit
Transportation (streets, highways & bridges)
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The District Office is prepared to take complaints and requests for service from any constituent of the district. From that point the Community Board monitors and works toward improving service delivery in the district. Calls such as these provide the Community Board with important indicators of the levels of resources that might be most needed in the district.
CB 6, in its advisory capacity, sponsors public meetings where topical issues involving the projects, programs and policies that affect the community will be presented, discussed and at times debated in an open forum. These meetings are open to the general public; however, only board members can vote on a specific issue at a meeting.
You’ve made the right choice by moving to Rego Park . . . you’ve made the smart choice to move to The Alexander . . . now make an important choice to have a voice in your community by becoming involved with the workings of your Community Board.
Community Board Six meets the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August, in room 202 at Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, New York 11415.
Community Board Six District Office
104-01 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, New York 11375
Time to grab your honey and head out for a date night at one of the many local restaurants participating in Queens Restaurant Week now through October 23rd, although some owners have agreed to extend the promotion until the end of the month. Most establishments will offer a three-course, prix fixe dinner for $28.00 and lunch for $14.00, with individual owners choosing to offer their special menu only on weekdays, weekends or both. Since reservations are required, we suggest you question their policy on this promotion at that time.
If you want to stay within the confines of Rego Park, the following restaurants are participating in Queens Restaurant Week;
62-29 Woodhaven Boulevard
Rego Park, New York 11374
96-40 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, New York 11374
Cuisine: Kosher Deli
Special: Dinner $28 from Monday – Thursday.
BLACK SEA FISH & GRILL
95-36 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, New York 11374
Special: Lunch $14 and Dinner $28. Includes weekends (dinner only on weekends).
63-68 Austin Street
Rego Park, New York 11374
If you want to venture into other Queens neighborhoods there are more than one hundred restaurants to choose from, including such favorites as Zenon Taverna in Astoria (Greek), Glendale’s Shiro of Japan (Hibachi/Sushi), La Fusta in Elmhurst (Argentinean), Vivaldi Ristorante in Bayside (Italian/ Mediterranean ) and La Baraka (French) in Little Neck.
For a complete listing of restaurants, log on to; http://www.itsinqueens.com/dq/RestaurantWeek/restaurants/
For more information, call Rob MacKay at 718-219-6243
Update to our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer post on September 1, 2015 . . .
Can you believe? For the first time since 2006, the Mets are on their way to the playoffs! According to the MLB calendar, this could mean a home game at Citi Field on October 18th, causing terrible traffic and major parking issues for partcipants in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that same day. The Queens walk is being rescheduled to Sunday, November 8th at 10:00am to avoid this potential problem.
That means great news for you. You now have added time to recruit additional team members, increase your fundraising efforts, and plan a memorable day with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. You might also be thrilled to learn the registered 491 teams and 1,609 participants have raised $134,523.36 to date. That’s just as Amazin’ as our Mets!
Remember, the walk has no registration fee and no fund-raising minimum. This event will take place rain or shine.
Lace up your kicks and walk for an Amazin’ cause. See you at the finish line!
To register, or for more information, contact Michele Becker at QueensNYStrides@cancer.org or 800-227-2345. All participants must park in the Making Strides Parking lot located at Citi Field. The first 1,000 parking spaces will be free to participants. GPS address for the parking lot: 38-72 126th Street Corona, NY 11368
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Queens Walk
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
October 18, 2015
Rain or shine
Newtown Literary Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping support and promote new and emerging writers living in Queens, New York. Their bi-annual journal, Newton Literary, is a publication dedicated to these writers and their work, illustrating the diversity of Queens as their inspiration to fill the pages with equally diverse stories, experiences and voices.
In 2014, they developed the first Queens Young Authors and Poets contest, inviting students in grades 3 through 12 to submit their stories, and poetry for consideration. Hundred of young writers from all over the borough submitted entries and a tradition was born.
“At a time when schools are focused on writing for standardized tests, this contest encourages young writers to pursue and improve their creative writing skills,” said Tim Fredrick, editor of the journal and president of Newtown Literary Alliance.
Queens Young Authors and Poets is readying its second writing competition for children in grades 3 through 12, and there is no entry fee. Winners in six categories (poetry and prose writers from third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade) will have their work published along with professional writers in the journal’s next issue in the spring and will participate in the awards ceremony in June 2016. The organizers are also hoping to award the winners with gift bags that will include high-quality journals and pens, as well as books.
This experience provides invaluable opportunities for children to write, get recognition for their writing, and add to their school and scholarship applications. So, if you know a budding author who has a passion to write, why not encourage him/her to submit a story or a poem?
As of, Thursday, October 1st, the group is accepting submissions for the 2016 Queens Young Authors and Poets contest. For more information contact Tim Fredrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of Luck!
Rego Park parents of school-age children are invited to voice their opinions about their child’s education to a panel consisting of highly selected teachers, administrators, parent activists, union leaders, school board leaders and education reformers, thanks to the recently launched Common Core Task Force implemented by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. This action was taken after he made a September 3rd statement that he thought the State Education Department’s implementation of the Common Core had been deeply flawed, and that the program was not working.
The New York State teachers union, whose vice-president Catalina R. Fortino is on the committee, issued this statement:
“The task force’s mission to address parents’ and teachers’ valid concerns is fundamental to moving forward. Without question, Common Core implementation was botched. Without question, tests and evaluations must not be a punitive system of ‘gotcha.’ Clearly, an overhaul is needed. We welcome the opportunity to continue to work to resolve these issues through the governor’s task force. We will be unyielding in our efforts to achieve meaningful reforms. Is this a breakthrough? That will only be determined when meaningful reforms are made to this broken system.”
The governor said he wants the Task Force to conduct its process as transparently as possible and to solicit and consider input from regional advisory councils comprised of parents, teachers and educators across the state. Their findings are to completed at the end of the year.
The governor’s office released this information about the Task Force charge and its participants;
- Review and reform the Common Core State Standards;
2. Review New York State’s curriculum guidance and resources;
3. Develop a process to ensure tests fit curricula and standards;
4. Examine the impact of the current moratorium on recording Common Core test scores on student records, and make a recommendation as to whether it should be extended;
5. Examine how the State and local districts can reduce both the quantity and duration of student tests, and develop a plan whereby districts include parents in reviewing local tests being administered to analyze those tests’ purpose and usefulness; and
6. Review the quality of the tests to ensure competence and professionalism from the private company creating and supplying the tests.
Richard Parsons, who chaired the New NY Education Reform Commission in 2014, will lead the Common Core Task Force. Other committee members are;
Heather Buskirk, Mohawk Valley Master Teacher; Science Teacher at Johnstown High School
Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone
Carol L. Conklin-Spillane, Principal, Sleepy Hollow High
MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of the New York State Education Department
Constance Evelyn, Superintendent, Valley Stream School District
Catalina R. Fortino, Vice President, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
Kishayna Hazlewood, 3rd Grade Teacher at P.S. 156 in Brooklyn
Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association
Senator Carl Marcellino, Chair of the Senate Education Committee
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee
Samuel Radford III, President, District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo
Carrie Remis, Rochester Area Parent & Founder of the Parent Power Project
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO
Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)
A website has been launched to encourage your participation by allowing visitors to submit comments and recommendations to the Task Force. Log on to; https://www.ny.gov/programs-common core-task-force and let your voice be heard. This site will also provide the educational credentials of each member of the panel.
Thanks for speaking up!