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Neighborhood Chat / MLK Mitzvah Day of Service
« Last post by fodoherty on January 13, 2021, 07:10:25 PM »
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-mlk-jr-mitzvah-day-of-service-2021-registration-134373275083?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2NgjEqx4tEWyCD9o93orjTrRazMFcTY-4Y2yGAI5IcrS3gHU-lQuk3IYk

A day of service, education, and social justice in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam.
About this Event
Join Us for a Day Full of Inspiration & Action
MLK Jr. Day honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings of justice through the principles of nonviolence.

Mitzvah Day is held in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world by reaching out to others in their hour of need and enriching their lives and the community as a whole.

This year we will have a special remembrance of John Lewis.

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. A special thank you to the Folk Music Society of New York for letting us use their Zoom account.
Schedule
Usually community members, social justice and service organizations, and elected officials gather in person in Jackson Heights for MLK Jr. Mitzvah Day, but because of the coronavirus that is not possible this year. In an attempt to virtually recreate the experience of past years, the event will be split into 3 sections:

11am: Welcome and a coronavirus update from Dr. Karinn Glover.
11:30am: Workshops in Zoom break-out rooms.
12:30pm: Wrap up and special remembrance of John Lewis.
A full schedule is below the Workshop Descriptions.

Workshop Descriptions
Please sign up on the registration page for the workshop that interests you the most (you will be able to change your mind during the event).

Service Providers and Social Justice Groups
Find out about the organizations and people who are available to help you and the community with much needed services. Learn about groups who are working for Tikkun Olam, making the world and our community a better place.
There will also be a handout with contact information.
Food Insecurity
It's easy to see the effects COVID-19 has had on our way of life in Queens. What's less visible is the number of people who are now worrying about having enough to eat. Job loss and other economic crises associated with COVID-19 have created more food insecurity right in our neighborhood.
Our panel will discuss the growing need, the local organizations stepping up to help, and possible solutions to this severe issue.
Panelists:
Kathryn Garcia- Former COVID Food Czar
Silvia Garces - Co-Chair of Lion's Share food Pantry @ St Mark's Church
Nuala O'Doherty Naranjo - Community Leader and Founding Member of COVID Care Neighbor Network
Social and Political Concerns of Jackson Heights and Surrounding Communities
What are the major concerns and issues that face your community and are important to you?
Hosted by Shekar Krishnan and co-host Maurice Clayton
Intro to Race and Racism for Parents: Becoming More Comfortable Talking about Race and Resources and Information for Supporting Your and Your Children's Racial Consciousness
Learn foundational knowledge about the history of race and racism and gain tools for doing internal self-reflection on your own racial and ethnic identity as a parent. The session will conclude with resource recommendations and booklists for Anti-racist parents and their school-age students.
There will be a list of children’s books on racism provided by Karen Wellington.
Facilitator: Jeremy Chan-Kraushar, Director of Implicit Bias and Culturally Responsive Education, New York City Department of Education
Full Schedule
11am: Welcome

Welcome and introductions of workshops.
Coronavirus update from Dr. Karinn Glover, including information about the vaccines and other current information.
11:30am: Workshop Breakout Rooms

12:30pm: Wrap Up & Special Remembrance of John Lewis

Come together to share insights from the workshops.
A memorial remembrance of those in our community who passed away due to Covid.
Special Remembrance of John Lewis.
Video tribute
“We Shall Overcome” sung by members of the Folk Music Society of New York — Clarice Kjerulff, Don Wade, Leslie Berman, and Marie Mularczyk. and Don Wade.
Closing Statements
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Participants
Kehillat Tikvah; A Jewish Community of Hope; The Folk Music Society of New York; New Visions Democratic Club; Lion’s Share Food Pantry from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; Brooklyn Queens chapter of National Organization for Women; Malkhut; elected officials, and many more.

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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Therapist/Psychologist
« Last post by idahomie on January 13, 2021, 06:11:32 PM »
Hi JH,

I would suggest you look at the "Lighthouse" directory of LGBTQ+ doctors and therapists. Both my partner and I have found therapists/doctors on there with great success.

The URL is: https://www.lighthouse.lgbt/

Good luck, and take care.
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Neighborhood Chat / Therapist/Psychologist
« Last post by JH1978 on January 13, 2021, 04:11:48 PM »
Hello

I'm trying to find a LGBT friendly psychologist for my young adult son.  Any recommendations are appreciated.

Thank you and stay safe
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Northern 79th Superfresh Grocery
« Last post by JA on January 13, 2021, 01:43:40 PM »
I don't understand how people can still be complaining about the supposed lack of good grocery stores in the 80s. We have amazing green grocers, great butchers like Boina Roja, a bodega on every other corner for basics, the natural market on 84, and Mi Tierra.
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Neighborhood Chat / Contacting Jessica Ramos
« Last post by carrefour_ny on January 13, 2021, 11:40:26 AM »
Has anyone ever had success contacting Jessica Ramos's office? I've written to her office twice about important matters, asking specific questions, and didn't even get an acknowledgement, even when I followed up. I really do not appreciate the lack of responsiveness of local representatives.

This is one of the many things I really value about Danny Dromm -- his staff responds to constituents.
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1 bedrooms available, 31st Ave at 34th St, starting at $1,500 - 1 month free
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Citifield to become 24/7 mega vaccination site
« Last post by Shelby2 on January 12, 2021, 12:46:51 PM »
People I know have been posting on FB that they have made vaccination appointments--at least one of them is not a healthcare worker or essential worker but must be qualified under the new rules by being 65+. I tried to find an appointment but the online system is telling me "no available appointments within 50 miles of your zip code." Has anyone in this area succeeded at getting an appointment under the new rules? This message actually seemed to apply even to healthcare workers. The person I know who said she got an appointment is in Manhattan.

My sister got an appointment for her MIL (age around 80) at the Javits Center in Manhattan. She mentioned that she had some trouble achieving this, but didn't say what kind of trouble.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Citifield to become 24/7 mega vaccination site
« Last post by ljr on January 12, 2021, 12:17:15 PM »
People I know have been posting on FB that they have made vaccination appointments--at least one of them is not a healthcare worker or essential worker but must be qualified under the new rules by being 65+. I tried to find an appointment but the online system is telling me "no available appointments within 50 miles of your zip code." Has anyone in this area succeeded at getting an appointment under the new rules? This message actually seemed to apply even to healthcare workers. The person I know who said she got an appointment is in Manhattan.
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Neighborhood Chat / Citifield to become 24/7 mega vaccination site
« Last post by Shelby2 on January 12, 2021, 11:55:24 AM »
This seems like good news for our area. It should make getting to a vaccination location easier since it's pretty close by. Hoping the vaccination distribution goes smoothly. It seems off to a bit of a rocky start.

https://www.amny.com/news/queens-citi-field-to-become-24-7-covid-19-vaccination-hub/

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Citi Field will become a 24/7 mega COVID-19 vaccination site during his daily press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The site will be run inside the stadium, located at 41 Seaver Way, by NYC Health + Hospitals, and will have a capacity to administer 5,000 to 7,000 vaccines a day. It will open in the week of Jan. 25, according to the mayor.

“This is going to be fantastic. This is going to help so many people get vaccinated,” de Blasio said, praising the Mets for stepping up and helping the people of Queens and New York City as a whole. “We welcome Queens residents. We welcome all New Yorkers. We even welcome Yankees fans. There is no discrimination.”
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Restaurants & Food / Re: El Toum
« Last post by Jeffsayyes on January 12, 2021, 06:13:24 AM »
falafel was as good as any ive had. ..
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