National Alliance on Metal Illness (NAMI) Queens/Nassau is looking for volunteers to take mental illness out of the shadows by joining the NAMIWalks 2010 Planning Committee. Meetings will be held monthly, beginning on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sloman Auditorium of NS-LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital and will focus on planning for the May 16 walk. Participants will generate ideas for growing and promoting the walk and will chair and serve on committees such as sponsorship development, team building, food, entertainment and speakers. For information on NAMI, support and education groups and NAMIWalks visit www.namiqn.org or call NAMI Queens/Nassau at 718-347-7284.


The 2009 Legislative and Major Donor Reception was a huge success at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) on Friday, October 2. The event, in its 7th year, acknowledges many of those who have made generous contributions to the RMH-LI mission.

Long Island High School for the Arts senior Olivia Ashley Reed performed a rousing rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” to begin the short program, which was emceed by newly appointed RMH-LI director of development Matthew Campo.

Photo Courtesy of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

At the reception were (left to right) RMH-LI director of development Matt Campo, RMH-LI executive director Joanne Reda and Councilmember David Weprin.

More than 300 walkers and runners hit Jones Beach’s boardwalk recently to raise funds for research, education and awareness of brain aneurysms as North Shore University Hospital joined the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation for Long Island’s First Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk. Supporters included doctors, nurses and staff members of the Brain Aneurysm Center and the North Shore-LIJ Health System; KJOY, of the Long Island Radio Group, as well as brain aneurysm survivors, their families and friends. Neurosurgeon Dr. David Chalif, co-director of the Brain Aneurysm Center, said the more than $45,000 raised from the event will help to increase awareness and research to prevent the tragedy of brain aneurysms.

Photo Courtesy of North Shore University Hospital

More than 300 walkers and runners turned out at Jones Beach to support Long Island’s first Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk.


Allstate Insurance Company announced that Waqas Durrani, Associate Counsel for Allstate, has been appointed Regional Counsel for Allstate’s New York Region. In his new role, Durrani’s responsibilities will include working to proactively advocate the company’s interests in state legislative and regulatory venues, serving as the New York Region’s primary liaison with the New York State Insurance Department and the New York State Legislature.


Photo Courtesy The Jefferson Democratic Club of Flushing, Inc.

State Assemblymember Ann-Margaret Carrozza welcomed Kevin Kim to The Jefferson Democratic Club meeting on Friday, October 1 and endorsed him for his race for the City Council seat in the 19th District. Attending were (left to right): Joe Bechtold, District Leader; Kevin Kim, Democratic candidate for the City Council, 19th District; Ann-Margaret Carrozza, New York State Assemblymember and David Fischer, President of The Jefferson Democratic Club of Flushing, Inc.


Sinai Chapels, a family-owned funeral home serving the Jewish community for over three generations, has made a generous donation to The Kupferberg Yiddish Cinema at the new Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives at Queensborough Community College.

“Through our new Community Service Initiative, we’re extremely pleased to help support the Kupferberg Holocaust Center,” said Michael Resnick, President of Sinai Chapels in Fresh Meadows.

The Kupferberg Yiddish Cinema, which begins this fall, will feature “Der Purimshpeiler-The Jester”, “Yidl Mitn Fidel” and “Mamele-The Little Girl Who Found Happiness among Her Pots and Pans.”


Stuart Suna of Silvercup Studios in Long Island City and actress Sharon Stone were at the Hamptons International Film Festival recently.


Councilmember Jim Gennaro visited with members of Thomas Edison High Schools MOUSE Squad on October 2. The councilmember presented the squad with a City Proclamation and individual citations to its graduates. MOUSE Squad, which completed its ninth year of operation with more than 150 sites in the city’s schools, prepares students to establish and manage technical support help desks in their schools and communities. Joining the councilmember and MOUSE Squad members are (from left) Assistant Principal Moses Ojeda and Principal Anthony Barbetta.

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owners Evan Kanarek, Nickesh Pawa and Sharon Zen with the Regional Champion award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. Kanarek owns the Allstate agency located at 179-18 Union Turnpike in Flushing; Pawa owns the Allstate agency located at 44-29 College Point Boulevard in Flushing; and Zen owns the Allstate agency located at 188-01 Northern Boulevard in Flushing.

The Boyd Agency, located at 222-09 Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village, has been designated a Premier Service Agency for 2009. This designation is being presented to Allstate Agent Garland Boyd for his commitment to putting the customer at the center of his agency’s work. The Premier Service Agency designation is awarded to agents who have consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience.

Prisilla Pan of Flushing, NY, celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Long Island Children’s Museum’s (LICM) “Celebrate Central America” Festival recently. Children were able to experience Central American legends performed by Teatro IATI in the LICM Theater, music, food, and traditional crafts like the sorpresas seen here. Cultural programming is offered at LICM throughout the year.


Thomas W. Galante, CEO, Queens Library; Jamila Payne, Director of Business Services, Queens Economic Development Corporation and Rei Perez, Citi’s Vice President, Community Relations-Queens announced the 2010 StartUP! Business Plan Competition at Queens Library at Central. The competition is in its fourth successful year. It provides cash prizes for the best business plans for new and early stage businesses based in Queens. Nine winners will receive cash awards totaling $24,000, underwritten by the Citi Foundation. First prize is $12,000. Mandatory orientation sessions will be held during November. For additional information, or to register call 718-263-0546 or go to www.queensny.org.

QEDC Board member Seth Bornstein; QEDC Director of Business Services, Jamila Payne; Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante and Rei Perez of Citi announce the 2010 StartUP! Business Plan Competition (left to right).


University of New Haven

The following students graduated from the University of New Haven on August 22, 2009:

Sha Sun of Flushing received a Master of Business Administration and Anicia Wood of Rosedale NY received a Master of Business Administration.