Apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

From April 29 to May 31, Borough President Melinda Katz, along with Queens Public Library and Queens College, are accepting applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate.

What does the position do, you ask? According to Brough Hall, the poet laureate, an unpaid role, is “charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.”

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate should be a “talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.”

Applications for the position will be available here starting April 29. The deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31.

To apply, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages of your poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why you want to be the next Queens Poet Laureate.

Applicants must also submit a one or two page resume focused on poetry-related work, along with public readings, grants, fellowships or awards.

Once selected, the poet laureate will serve for a three-year term.

Here are the past Queens Poet Laureates: Maria Lisella (2015-2018), Paolo Javier (2010-2014), Julio Marzan (2007-2010), Ishle Yi Park (2004-2007), Hal Sirowitz (2001-2004) and Stephen Stepanchev (1997-2001).

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier

Attend Easter Festival at Juniper Valley Park


Before gathering around the table for a lovely family meal, celebrate Easter at Juniper Valley Park. Join NYC Parks, Council Member Donovan Richards and Council Member Robert Holden for the 2019 Easter Festival!

Enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn, music, and a nature educator.

This event is free and features an egg hunt, complete with giveaways.

Enter at Juniper Valley Park on 80th St. and Juniper Blvd. North. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BP makes 2019-2021 appointments to CB5

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Community board members are appointed for two-year terms by either the borough president or the council member for the district.

Earlier this month, Borough President Melinda Katz announced her appointments to all 14 Queens community boards.

Here are the BP’s appointments for the 2019-2021 term for Community Board 5, which serves Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood:

  • Vincent Arcuri Jr.
  • Walter Clayton
  • Brian Dooley
  • Jerome Drake
  • Sarah Feldman
  • Steven Fiedler
  • Mohan Gyawali-Chhetri
  • Paul Kerzner
  • Maryann Lattanzio
  • Edward Lettau
  • Mike Liendo
  • Patricia Maltezos
  • Katherine Masi
  • Donald Robert Passantino
  • Kenneth Rehberger
  • Theodore Renz
  • Lee Rottenberg
  • Walter Sanchez
  • Carmen Santana
  • Connie Santos
  • Catherine Sumsky
  • Meghan Tadio
  • Gyanal Thapa
  • Barbara Toscano
  • Patrick Trinchese
  • Michaeline Von Drathen
  • Crystal Wolfe
  • Maryanna Zero
  • Nan Zhang

The next CB5 meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

Italian group donates scholarship funds to Christ the King

Italian Amer Art Scholarship

From left to right: CK Principal Geri Martinez, CK President Michael Michel, Chairman of Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York Tony DiPiazza, CK Chairman Serphin Maltese, Associazione Culturale Italiana Board of Directors members Frank DiPiazza, Joe Nastasi, Maurizio Troia and Tony Mule.

Late last month, officers from the Italian-American organization, Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York, visited Christ the King High School.

The group donated $5,500 from a local comedy show for art scholarships for CTK students.

The scholarship will be called the “Constance DelVecchio Maltese Art Scholarship,” named after the late wife of CTK Chairman Serphin Maltese.

The late Maltese was a renowned artist whose achievements included the award-winning “Age of Discovery Navigators” portrait series.

She was knighted by the Republic of Italy and given the title “Cavaliere” for her artistic achievements, which enhanced Italian-American heritage.

CB5 approves revised Rentar Plaza proposal


After revising their proposal to add new loading docks to Rentar Plaza, Rentar Development Corporation received the support of Community Board 5 earlier this week.

CB5 voted 27 to 3 in favor of the application, which will move forward in the approval process.

According to the Land Use Committee, Rentar “went back to the drawing board” to accommodate community concerns about traffic and safety. They moved the new loading docks inside the current property instead.

The corporation is looking to attract tenants to replace Kmart and Toys R Us, both of which filed for bankruptcy in these tough times for retail.

Their retail spots total 190,000 square feet.

Read more about Rentar Plaza’s application here.