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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022                                THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 9


           Radon, a Radioactive Gas And The 2nd Leading Cause of                                Award-Winning Broadway Stars Celebrate
            Lung Cancer, is Detected at High Levels in More Than                                  Black History Month in Flushing Town
                                  10% of New York Homes                                                   Hall’s Black History Trilogy


        During Radon Action Month in       According to the Lung As-  3.   The only way to detect radon   (Continued from page 7)  usual tropes.
        January, the American Lung As-  sociation’s State of Lung Cancer  in your home is to test the air.                        The Trilogy concludes with a
        sociation urges everyone to test  Report, an estimated 13.9% of  EPA urges anyone with radon        This February, Flushing  soulful homage to Gospel featur-
        for radon                    New York radon test results equal  levels above 4 picoCuries per   Town Hall celebrates Black His-  ing award-winning Broadway vet-
                                     or exceed the EPA Action level  liter (pCi/L) take action to fix   tory Month with the return of its  eran Tina Fabrique on Thursday,
             January is National Radon Ac-  of 4 pCi/L. Nationally, 21.8% of  their homes. Both the EPA and   Black History Trilogy, a three-  February 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM in
        tion Month, an annual observance  homes are at or above the action  the American Lung Association   part series featuring outstanding  The Power & The Glory - Music
        that focuses on increasing the  level.                     recommend that mitigation be   performers paying tribute to  of the Black Church.
        public’s awareness of the health       “Radon in homes is more  considered if levels are greater   influential African-American mu-       Gospel, a form of spiritual
        risk from radon, which is the sec-  common than you think. In fact,  than 2 pCi/L. After high levels   sicians, entertainers, and musical  music that remains a staple of
        ond leading cause of lung cancer.   at least 1 in 15 homes in the U.S.  are detected, a radon mitigation   traditions.  African-American life today, is
        During January and throughout  have elevated levels of radon and  system should be installed by a        The Trilogy kicks off with  rooted in the solo and responsive
        the year, the American Lung As-  this is something that shouldn’t  radon professional.    Third Stone from the Sun - A Trib-  church singing of the African-
        sociation is encouraging radon  be taken lightly. Exposure to ra-  4.   Radon testing should always   ute to Jimi Hendrix on February  American South. Gospel origi-
        testing for everyone, including  don is the second leading cause of  be done when you buy a home   12, 2022 at 7 PM, showcasing Jimi  nated from Black spirituals, slave
        homeowners, renters, real estate  lung cancer in the United States,”  and after building a new home.   Hendrix’s most popular songs.  songs, and white hymnody, and it
        agents, building managers and  said Albert Rizzo, M.D., chief  Many states now require radon   Although his mainstream career  emerged in tandem with ragtime,
        school administrators.       medical officer for the American  results (if known) to be disclosed   spanned only four years, Jimi  blues, and jazz.
             Radon is a naturally occurring  Lung Association. “The good  during a real estate transaction.   Hendrix (1942-1970) is widely       In her Trilogy performance,
        radioactive gas emitted from the  news is that it is easy to test for  Some states require testing in   regarded as one of the most in-  Tina Fabrique (star of Ragtime,
        ground that is odorless, taste-  radon. Do-it-yourself test kits are  priority buildings like schools   fluential electric guitarists in the  Bring in da’ Noise, Bring in da’
        less and colorless. It can enter a  simple to use and inexpensive.”  and daycares.      history of popular music and one  Funk, The Wiz, Bubbling Brown
        home through cracks in walls,       Here are 5 important things to  5.   When high levels of radon   of the most celebrated musicians  Sugar, and Gospel at Colonus)
        basement floors, foundations  know about radon:            are detected, professional radon   of the 20th century.   will bring the power and glory
        and other openings. Radon can  1.   Radon-related lung cancers  mitigation should be a priority.        Jimy Bleu, the longest-running  of Gospel to Flushing Town Hall
        be present at high levels inside  are responsible for an estimated  Do-it-yourself radon mitigation   and most authentic of tribute art-  in a rousing, soul-affirming per-
        homes, schools and other build-  21,000 deaths annually in the  is typically not an effective long-  ists, will recreate the musical ge-  formance.
        ings.  Radon gas is measured in  United States.            term solution. Some state health   nius of Jimi Hendrix on Flushing       In-person tickets for each
        picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air.  2.   Smoking and radon exposure  departments offer financial as-  Town Hall’s stage alongside Moby  Trilogy performance are $15/$12
        The EPA recommends taking ac-  can separately increase the risk  sistance or low interest loans for   Medina on bass guitar and Ted  Members. Those unable to attend
        tion to reduce radon if the result  of lung cancer. If you smoke, ex-  radon mitigation.  Edwards on drums. When Jimy  in person can view the livestream
        is 4.0 pCi/L or greater aiming to  posure to both tobacco and radon       Learn more about radon test-  Bleu is not rocking out on stage,  for free at https://www.youtube.
        get your radon level to the lowest  enhances the risk of lung cancer  ing and mitigation at www.Lung.  he gives lectures as a “Hendrix  com/flushingtownhall/live. Dona-
        level possible.              even further                  org/Radon.                   historian” on radio, TV, and at  tions are encouraged. For tickets
                                                                                                colleges throughout the country  and more information, visit www.
        Queens Botanical Garden Announces Evie Hantzopoulos as                                  about Hendrix’s wide-ranging  FlushingTownHall.org  or  call
                                                                                                impact on music, politics, fashion,  (718) 463-7700 x222.
                                  New Executive Director                                        and art.                          COVID Policy: In adherence

            (Continued from page 6)   Botanical Garden on the cutting       About Queens Botanical Gar-       On Sunday, February 20 at 7:00  with NYC’s Covid policy for
                                                                                                PM, the Black History Trilogy  performance venues, Flushing
                                      edge of what it means to be an  den - Queens Botanical Garden   continues with a presentation of  Town Hall will require all visitors
        full potential – as a place where   urban botanical garden in today’s  is an urban oasis where people,   The Black King of Vaudeville -  ages 5 and up, performers, and
        people of all backgrounds and   world.”                    plants, and cultures are celebrated   Remembering Bert Williams in  staff to show proof of vaccina-
        abilities can appreciate and learn        In fall 2022, QBG will begin  through inspiring gardens, in-  Song featuring Tony-nominated  tion. Masks will be required at
        about the environment, engage   construction on its new Education  novative educational programs   actor Larry Marshall celebrat-  all times for everyone. For more
        in the arts, experience innovative   Center. With an innovative de-  and real-world applications of   ing  the  life  and music  of Bert  details on Flushing Town Hall’s
        programming, celebrate culture,   sign, four classrooms, a teaching  environmental stewardship. QBG   Williams. Larry Marshall is best  Covid-safety measures and vac-
        build community, and make their   kitchen, an education solarium, a  is located on property owned by   known for his starring roles in  cine requirements, please visit:
        own lasting connections.”     green roof, and space for indoor  the City of New York, and its   Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and  https://www.flushingtownhall.
             “The Board of Trustees is   and outdoor programming, the  operation is made possible in part   Porgy & Bess.    org/covid-safety.
        thrilled to announce Evie Hantzo-  Education Center and its sur-  by public funds provided through        Bert Williams (1874-1922) was       Flushing Town Hall is acces-
        poulos as QBG’s next Executive   rounding landscapes will allow  the New York City Department of   one of the pre-eminent entertain-  sible by car, bus, train and foot –
        Director,” said Raymond Jasen,   for increased visitation to the  Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough   ers of the Vaudeville era and one  located a short distance from the
        QBG Board Chair. “Evie’s proven   Garden and create exciting new  President, the New York City   of the most popular comedians  7 train - at 137-35 Northern Blvd.,
        leadership and commitment to   educational opportunities. The  Council, State elected officials,   of his time. Throughout his three  in Flushing, Queens. Access for
        Queens are the perfect fit for our   building is scheduled to open in  the New York State Department   decades-long career, in an age  wheelchair users and individuals
        Garden. As we prepare to break   late 2024.                of Parks, Recreation and Historic   and industry rife with racism, he  with limited mobility is available.
        ground on our Education Center        “The Garden is an exceptional  Preservation, along with corpo-  became the first Black American  For more information:
        later this year, we are confident   place and the new Education  rate, foundation, and individual   to pioneer leading roles, both on  www.flushingtownhall.org
        that Evie will be the right person   Center is a game changer,” said  supporters. For more information,   Broadway and in the 1914 film  (718) 463-7700 x222
        to lead our organization into this   Hantzopoulos. “I can’t wait to  visit www.queensbotanical.org or   Darktown Jubilee, pushing back  137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing,
        exciting new era and keep Queens   get started.”           call (718) 886-3800.         racial barriers and subverting the  NY 11354
           Alicia Monson and Weini Kelati Will Battle Again at                                  Riders Alliance Statement on Governor
                                   114th Millrose Games                                           Hochul’s Executive Budget Proposal

           (Continued from page 4)   includes four additional NCAA  in American history. Three addi-
                                     champions. Whittni Orton will be  tional Olympians will also toe the        Riders  Alliance  Policy  &  sible public transit services.”
        first Millrose Games was a pivotal  a contender after winning the 2021  line: Portuguese mile record hold-  Communications Director Dan-       “When the budget is done,
        moment in my running career, and  NCAA cross country title, and the  er Marta Pen Freitas, fourth-place   ny Pearlstein said:  riders need $250 million to stop
        I’ve enjoyed returning and feeling  former BYU Cougar is looking  finisher in the Tokyo Olympics’        “Transit riders’ needs should  fare hikes, $250 million for
        the amazing energy at The Ar-  to jumpstart her post-collegiate  3000m steeplechase and Africa   be front and center of Governor  buses and trains to run every
        mory. I’m excited to compete and  career. Her teammate Courtney  Games champion Mekides Abebe   Hochul’s efforts to fight climate  six minutes on most lines, and
        watch some of the loaded fields.”  Wayment Smith won the 3000m  of Ethiopia, and Canadian 5000m   change and  rebuild infrastruc-  renewed commitments to a fully
             Kelati finished second behind  and anchored the victorious DMR  runner Julie-Anne Staehli.  ture. Riders need state leaders  accessible subway by 2034 and
        Monson in San Diego, following  at the 2021 NCAA indoor cham-       Other athletes set to compete   to provide essential support for  congestion pricing  as  soon  as
        an extremely impressive 2021 sea-  pionships.              include European indoor cham-  affordable, frequent, and acces-  possible.”
        son where she became the USATF       Dani Jones was a three-time  pion Amy-Eloise Markovc of
        Road 5k champion. The former  NCAA champion at the University  Great Britain, Australian Olympic
        New Mexico Lobo won two  of Colorado and is one of the fast-  steeplechaser Amy Cashin, and
        NCAA championships and was a  est collegiate 1500m runners in re-  two fifth placers at the most recent
        13-time All-American during her  cent history. Elly Henes, formerly  Olympic Trials in Allie Buchalski
        college career. The Eritrean-born  of North Carolina State, recently  and Helen Schlachtenhaufen.
        Kelati recently earned her U.S.  turned professional after winning       The Millrose Games is the most
        citizenship, making her a major  the 2021 NCAA outdoor 5000m.  storied event in indoor track and
        factor on the national scene for       Another major contender will  field. Stay tuned over the coming
        years to come.               be 5000m Tokyo Olympian Ra-   weeks as more athletes are an-
             Monson and Kelati will be chal-  chel Schneider. In 2021, Schneider
        lenged by a formidable group that  also became the fifth-fastest miler   (Continued on page 10)
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