The listed local students have been recognized by their colleges or universities for the following achievements:


Morrisville State College
Ryan Crabill of Forest Hills – Equine Science and Management.
Daniel Zukowski of Maspeth – Automotive Technology.
Marcus Figaro of Rosedale – Automotive Technology.

York College of Pennsylvania
Desire James of Saint Albans – BA in Political Science.

Gettysburg College
Philip Censoprano of Middle Village – Bachelors degree

Springfield College
Caitlin MacDonald of Floral Park – BS in movement and sports studies

PRESIDENT’S LIST (Fall Semester)

SUNY Canton
Phara Bernadin-Felix of Queens Village; Constantina DeLuca of Flushing; Brittney L. Johnson of Springfield Gardens and Victoria E. Lynch of Howard Beach

Morrisville State College
Marcus Figaro of Rosedale

University of the Southwest
Nikoloas Konstantakos of East Elmhurst

SUNY Geneseo
Natalia Bagnowska from Flushing; Mateusz Zukowski from Maspeth and Stephanie Halvax from Middle Village

DEAN’S LIST (Fall Semester)

Lycoming College
Matthew Siracusa of New Hyde Park; Eddie Aung of Sunnyside; Azem A. Dobrodoli of Queens Village; Lauren Outen of Arverne and Terome S. Parham of Rosedale.
University of Charleston
Angela Petrizzo of Oakland Gardens

Quinnipiac University
Kevin Cash of Bayside; Danielle DelGrosso and Stephanie Fava of Howard Beach; Cristina Di Re and Katerina Johnson of Flushing; Rachel Durante, Ariel Fishbain, Stephanie Reime and Vinod Singh of New Hyde Park; Lauren Gately, Corey Lewis and Gina Peluso of Floral Park; Jamie Hannigan of Forest Hills; Nicole Hirsh of Fresh Meadows; Patricia Jawor of Richmond Hill; Chelsea Lopez, Marta Parys and Rose Schaeffer of Oakland Gardens; David Losinno and Jenna Patterson of Middle Village; Mary-Kate Martinez of Bellerose; Tiffany Martin of Rosedale; Kevin Miller of Floral Park; Lauren Ottulich of Douglaston; Elizabeth Pinzon of South Floral Park; Lisa Powell of Jamaica; Stephanie Reime of New Hyde Park; Latia Rowland of Saint Albans; Syed Salim of Jamaica; Greg Vann of Belle Harbor and Elizabeth Vargas of College Point.

Western New England College
Peter A. Pascarelli of Astoria
Morrisville State College
Tracy Picardo of Long Island City; Veronica Yuqui of Sunnyside; Merkis Cabrera of East Elmhurst; Nicole Williams of Queens; Oladipo Famuyiwa of Queens Village; Dwight Cox of Jamaica; Bismark Appiah of Arverne and James Smyth of Breezy Point.

Providence College
Sheila Bambrick, Nicholas Koste Jennifer Nicastro and Katarina Stelzer of Floral Park; Thomas Brennan of New Hyde Park; Gabriella Carbone of Bellerose and Brian Wren of Bayside.

Messiah College
John Ripollone of Jackson Heights

Keene State College
Noah Jacob Houck and Madison Anne McHugh of New Hyde Park and Ashley Marie Larcheveque of Rockaway Beach’

Dean College
Lindsey Wong of Whitestone

Davenport University
Colleen Frick of Ridgewood


Gardner-Webb University
Ashlei Catherine Alexander of Springfield Gardens.


Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation.
Specialist Jesus Aquino from Corona; Sergeant 1st Class Carl Robinson from Ridgewood; Specialist Kara McNaughton from Cambria Heights; Sergeant Marcos Rivera from Ozone Park; Specialist Pablo Rivera from South Ozone Park and Sergeant 1st Class Junior Alexander from Rosedale.


Flushing Bank recently announced the opening of its newest full-service bank branch for Brooklyn residents where it introduced its special brand of neighborhood banking that has, “a small bank feel, but with big business products and services.” The new bank branch is located in Williamsburg at 217 Havermeyer Street.

Photo Courtesy of Kent Hanson
Celebrating the branch opening were (froml eft to right) John R. Buran, president and chief executive officer of Flushing Financial Corporation, Nydia Velazquez, New York’s 12th Congressional District, Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President and Maria Grasso, chief operating officer of Flushing Financial Corporation.


Amalgamated Bank has announced that it has appointed Daniel A. Greene, a veteran banker with extensive experience in the New York area market, to the position of Executive Vice President and Director of its Commercial Banking Division.
Located at 275 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, the Commercial Banking Division serves organizations in the New York Metro area as well as in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada, and Pasadena, California.

Daniel A. Greene


Professor Steve Briody entertained everyone and provided some great practical tips and information at the free Guitar Clinic hosted by Five Towns College on Sunday January 16. Professor Briody hosts the new web site, “learnintwo.com” which provides free lessons and information for all those guitar enthusiasts from beginners to experienced players. Professor Briody studied jazz guitar with legend Jack Wilkins and is a busy musician in the NY area in addition to being a private instructor at Five Towns College.

Five Town College Professor Steve Briody gives a few guitar tips.

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 180 Met Council volunteers helped by aiding poverty in the city. Each year, MLK Day encourages people across the country to come together to serve their neighbors and communities. Those loyal to Met Council’s mission find it especially rewarding to work on this day of service. If you like to give back, have fun, and meet new people, Met Council volunteer program has a spot for you. Met Council has volunteer opportunities for all ages and interests, and has enabled hundreds of dedicated individuals to help people where they need it most. To learn more, contact Volunteer Services at 212-453-9619 or [email protected].

A Met Council volunteer sorts clothing, which will allow clients to shop in an organized environment.

Met Council volunteers package self-help devices for homebound seniors across the city. Packages will allow these clients to stay safe and independent in their homes.


Ronald Fatoullah & Associates is pleased to announce that Yan Lian Kuang-Maoga, Esq. has joined the firm as counsel. Lian is a graduate of the CUNY School of Law’s elder law clinic, and the clinic’s first Borchard Foundation Fellow. The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging fellowship is a prominent nation-wide award, given only to two individuals who are committed to working on law and Aging issues. Lian speaks the Chinese dialects of Cantonese, Mandarin and Taishanese, and has been working with the senior population since 1999 assisting Chinese elders.


The Clinton Democratic Club kicked off the New Year with City Comptroller John C. Liu, Assemblymembers Rory Lancman and Ed Braunstein. Comptroller Liu came as a proud neighbor, friend, and original member of The Clinton Democratic Club. The common theme for the night on Wednesday, January 19 was the looming budgetary crisis on the state and city level. The club also announced it raised about 150 toys this past Christmas season for the FreeMAT organization, which helps children of local troops overseas. To ring in the New Year, members were treated to a special performance from The Clinton Club Singers’ renditions of “Auld Lang Syne” and “Halo.” The Clinton Democratic Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday. February 16 at 7 p.m. at the law offices of Vallone & Vallone, located at 25-59 Francis Lewis Boulevard.

State Committee Member John Dorsa, Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, District Leader and First Vice Chair of the Queens County Democratic Committee Mary Ann Dorsa, Assemblymember Rory Lancman, City Comptroller John C. Liu, Former Speaker of the City Council Peter F. Vallone, Sr., President Paul Vallone, and Vice Chair of Community Board 7 Chuck Apelian (from left to right).

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