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PAGE 6                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                      THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021


              2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns  to                                    John Catsimatidis And Others Bringing
                      Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aug. 7                                                   Back Pro Baseball to SI
             To celebrate the Year of the Ox
        and NYC’s Summer of Recovery,
        the 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat
        Festival in New York will return
        to  Flushing  Meadows  Corona
        Park in Queens on Saturday, Aug.
        7.  This  is  the  Oldest,  Largest,
        Most  Traditional  Dragon  Boat
        Festival in the United States.
             Due to the Covid pandemic,
        HKDBFNY did not take place in
        2020, but organizers plan to re-
        start the 30-year tradition with a
        scaled-down, one day event while
        following all current New York
        State safety protocols in 2021.
             HKDBFNY, whose sponsors   Temple, and tales by professional  norms.)
        include HSBC, will feature invi-  storyteller  Jonathan  Kruk.  As       Admission is free, and activi-
        tational races at Flushing Mead-  this is New York State’s largest  ties will proceed from 9 am to 4
        ows Corona Park’s Meadow Lake.   multi-cultural  festival,  the  fun  pm, rain or shine. (An opening
        The colorful contestant boats will   will  include  a  Caribbean  steel  ceremony is set for noon.)
        have a dragon head at the front   drum performance from the CA-       Only fully vaccinated attend-
        and dragon tail at the rear. Crew   SYM Steel Orchestra and other  ees/racers ─ or those with proof
        members  --  paddlers,  a  drum-  non-Asian presentations.  of a negative Covid test within
        mer, and a steering person – will        At other spots, sponsors and  72 hours of the event ─ will be
        power them through the water.  community-based  organiza-  admitted. A vaccine team will
             On the nearby shore, a stage   tions will staff booths to provide  be on hand to administer Covid
        will  host  a  cultural  program   giveaways and interact with the  shots to those who wish them.   Margo Catsimatidis (right) is expected to be throwing out
        with live music by the Chinese   public. (Food trucks will operate  Plus, Northwell Health will pro-  the  first  pitch  at  Wednesday’s  Brooklyn  Cyclones  game.
        Music Ensemble of New York,   in lieu of the traditional interna-  vide information related to Covid  John Catsimatidis wife, Margo, is expected to throw out the
        martial arts by New York Shaolin   tional food court to respect safety  recovery and other health issues.  first pitch at a Brooklyn Cyclones game in Coney Island.
                                                                                                Margo Catsimatidis will be getting some tips on the field
         Meng Urges Queens Families to Check Their Bank Accounts                                from legendary Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden and ’69 Mets
                                                                                                players Art Shamsky and Ed Kranepool. The Cyclones are
           And Mailboxes For Expanded Child Tax Credit Payments                                 owned by the New York Mets. John and Margo Catsimatidis
                                                                                                own  Ocean  Drive  Towers  apartments  in  Coney  Island.
             U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-
        Queens) urged families in Queens                                                            (Continued from page 1)  revamp the park.
        and throughout New York to check                                                                                     There  will  be  a  contest  in  the
        for the expanded Child Tax Credit                                                       glomerate.                   Staten Island community to name
        payments that will start hitting                                                             A bid to restore America’s  the new team, which we’re told
        their bank accounts and mailboxes                                                       Pastime to the borough, Major  will be unaffiliated with any Ma-
        today.                                                                                  League Baseball acquired a fran-  jor League Baseball team.
                  This  expanded  Child  Tax                                                    chise in the independent Atlantic       The new owners plan to use the
        Credit, which is the largest-ever                                                       League, which currently includes  park, which has stunning, sweep-
        Child Tax Credit, was recently                                                          eight  teams  from  the  eastern  ing views of Lower Manhattan
        established  by  Congressional                                                          United States, including the Long  and the harbor, for concerts as well
        Democrats and President Biden as                                                        Island Ducks; and, now they are  as baseball.
        part of the American Rescue Plan                                                        set to hand it off to the invest-       Last year Major League Base-
        – the COVID-19 relief package                                                           ment group, which will operate  ball took over the Minor Leagues
        that Meng helped to pass through                                                        the team.                    and imposed a rule saying that
        Congress in March. It will provide                                                           The city will continue to own  each Major League team could
        advanced monthly payments of up                                                         the stadium and lease it to the team  only have four farm teams in the
        to $300 per month per child begin-                                                      owners, looks as though the new
        ning today through December.                                                            group of investors have plans to   (Continued on page 9)
             “As the mother of two young
        boys, I know how important this
        historic relief is to hard working  I’m pleased to have helped make       About 38,500 households in the
        families across Queens and New  the American Rescue Plan a real-  district could get an average total
        York  City,”  said  Meng.  “Many  ity with Democrats and President  benefit of $2,400.
        need help with paying for impor-  Biden.”                            Additional  details  on  the
        tant expenses and continue to feel       Approximately 82% of children  expanded Child Tax Credit are
        the impact of the COVID-19 pan-  in  Meng’s  sixth  congressional  below.
        demic, and this tax credit will put  district could benefit from this       How Much Is the Child Tax
        money in their hands right now. It  expanded and improved Child Tax
        will assist millions of families, and  Credit — 120,500 children.   (Continued on page 9)
          Assemblyman Edward Braunstein Announces Bayside
                                Urgent Need Blood Drive

                  Assemblyman  Edward  C.
        Braunstein (D-Bayside) is spon-
        soring his 9th Annual Summer
        Blood Drive, in conjunction with
        the New York Blood Center. This
        urgent-need blood drive will take
        place on Thursday, August 5, 2021
        from 1-7 p.m. at the Bay Terrace
        Shopping Center at 212-51 26th
        Avenue (formerly American Eagle
        Outfitters).
             “The New York Blood Center
        recently announced an urgent need
        for blood donations,” said Assem-
        blyman Edward Braunstein. “Do-
        nating blood is safe and saves up to
        three lives. I hope that you will take
        the time to share this lifesaving gift   Assemblyman  Braunstein  is  pictured  at  his  office’s  8th
                                     Annual  Summer  Blood  Drive  with  Michele  McCaffrey,
                                     New  York  Blood  Center  Account  Manager,  and  Arlex
             (Continued on page 9)   Castano,  New  York  Blood  Center  Donor  Specialist.
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