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Taste of Bayside
BAYSIDE – Take a bite out of Bayside’s local cuisine at the Taste of Bayside event, presented by the Bayside Business Association.
It will be held on Wednesday, January 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Adria Hotel and Conference Center at 220-33 Northern Boulevard.
Attendees can sample foods from restaurants including Bourbon Street, Cascarino’s, Papazzio, Strawberry’s Sports Grill and Tequila Sunrise. One can also sip on concoctions from the Brooklyn Brewery and Manhattan Beer.
Tickets can be purchased at tastequeens.com or by calling 718-261-3517. Advanced tickets are $40 each. Discounts are available for multiple purchases. Tickets at the door are $45 each.

Remembering Throgs Neck
BAYSIDE – The Bayside Historical Society (BHS) is asking the community to help chronicle the history of the Throgs Neck Bridge and Clearview Expressway, now a half century old.
The bridge opened January 11, 1961. The society will introduce an exhibit detailing the history of these structures, and calls on anyone who remembers or was affected by the construction to contribute to their documentary.
“This community was greatly impacted,” said Alison McKay, BHS archivist, “particularly with regard to the Clearview. In fact, there were some 400 homes that had to be moved or razed to make way for it. However, this is not to say all were negatively affected. In one case, for example, the project enabled Bayside High School to secure land for what is today the Bayside Athletic Field.”
Those interested should call 718-352-1548.

Semi-snow Day?
BOROWIDE – In light of the recent snowstorm, not serious enough to close schools, but enough to prompt caution in motorists, Councilmember Mark Weprin proposed the idea for a “semi-snow day.” He proposed that parents who cannot leave their children at home alone can take them to school, where teachers would not cover new material. For parents that have no need to leave home, students can stay in, without being penalized.
“There are fewer drivers on the roads, fewer students who feel that they are wasting their time in school and a lot of families who can enjoy a snow day together,” said Weprin. “I think it’s worth a try.”

Bayside Hills Civic to meet
BAYSIDE HILLS – The Bayside Hills Civic Association will host a general meeting on Tuesday, January 25. Representatives from several local elected officials will attend to address the issue of the community being called Flushing and Oakland Gardens, and not Bayside Hills.
A member of the mayor’s community affairs unit will present an update on the PlaNYC, the city’s initiative to promote ecological sustainability.
The association also asks for attendees to bring non-perishable food for their food drive.
The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the Colonial Church on Bell Boulevard, where Luke Place and 216th Street converge.

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