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THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2023                                   THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 9

            Resorts World New York City Honors                                                       New Temporary Exhibit
                    Women’s History Month .  .  .                                                Unveiled at Local Queens . . .

            (Continued from page 7)   to feature creators from NYC and  and we’re excited to give these   (Continued from page 7)  •    Epirus has an area of 3551
                                      my new home of Philadelphia  women a place to display their                            square miles, and borders Albania
             The exhibit, “Center Stage:  who are deeply dedicated to their  meaningful and creative works.”  wonderful display.”    to the north.
        The Power of Women Artists  art careers and have demonstrat-       Rush Philanthropic Arts Foun-       Museum Director Vicki Kantlis,  •    The liberation of Ioannina,
        in New York and Philadelphia,”  ed having unique artistic voices  dation has partnered with Phil-  “The hard work was worth it. Our  capitol city of the region, is com-
        was curated by Danny Simmons,  perfected over years working in  adelphia-based women-owned  new limited time exhibit is a suc-  memorated the 21st of February.
        who grew up in Jamaica, Queens,  their art studios, pushing limits  gallery and resource center 1040  cess and was a wonderful opening  •    Founded in 2003, the museum
        and along with his brothers,  and creating beautiful works of  Creative to help pull this show to-  for hosting the delegates of the  was renovated and officially re-
        music mogul Russell Simmons,  art.”                        gether. Two of the artists featured  Pan Epirotic Association amongst  opened in 2022.
        and hip-hop legend Joseph “Rev       “Women are so often seen  in  the  exhibit,  Pauline  McCall  many others.”     •    The museum permanent collec-
        Run” Simmons, co-founded the  as the subject of artwork, rather  and Marcy Morris, are founding       Museum Curator Peter S. Giak-  tion includes traditional costumes
        Rush Arts Gallery. Danny is also  than the creative force behind  members of 1040. Our other ex-  oumis, “After researching for 7.5  from the various regions of Epi-
        the founder and VP of the Rush  it,” said Michelle Stoddart, Vice  hibiting artists are Kate Fauvell,  years and completing my book  rus, Greece.
        Philanthropic Arts Foundation.  President of Community Devel-  Lusmerlin, Ellen Tiberino, Char-  three years ago, I find myself in       About The Heritage Museum of
             “This powerful exhibit high-  opment, Resorts World New York  lotte Mouqin, Wanda Payne and  the unique position of being able  Epirus in Astoria, NY: Located in
        lights the importance of women  City. “We could think of no bet-  Sheena Vaughan.       to further the historical goals of  the heart of the Greek community
        artists in the cultural landscape,”  ter time than Women’s History       “Center Stage: The Power of  the Heritage Museum of Epirus  of Queens, the Heritage Museum
        said Danny Simmons, Founder  Month to give these artists the  Women Artists in New York and  in Astoria. The temporary exhibit  of Epirus is the only museum in
        and Vice President, Rush Philan-  recognition they deserve. Danny  Philadelphia” will be on display  is the culmination of hard work  New York City devoted to pre-
        thropic Arts Foundation. “I am  has launched the careers of some  at the casino’s famed Red Wall  and I am very proud of that. I  serving Greek heritage. Under the
        honored to have the opportunity  of the world’s top artists today  Art Gallery through June 16.  hope all our visitors to the exhibit  auspices of the Society of Epirotes
                                                                                                leave with a better understanding  Anagenesis and Ladies Auxiliary
           Queens Chamber Of Commerce Hosts                                                     and appreciation for the history  “Souliotissai”, the museum spe-
                                                                                                and dedication of the wonders of  cifically focuses on the culture
              Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon                                                 learning and cultural awareness  and traditions of Epirus, a region
                                                                                                that this museum and exhibit  located at the Northwest corner
                                                                                                represent.”                  of Greece.  https://anagenesisny.
            (Continued from page 6)  member Vickie Paladino, Coun-  Administrative Officer Jennifer   •    Epirus is a province in the  org/heritage-museum-of-epirus/
                                     cilmember James Gennaro , and  O’Sullivan on their well-deserved   northwestern corner of Greece.  about-the-museum/
        Football Club (NYCFC) is proud  Councilmember Robert Holden.  recognition, and the Queens
        of our longstanding work in the        “I’m  proud  to be here to  Chamber of Commerce for host-
        Queens community creating free  celebrate the wearing of the  ing a successful St. Patrick’s Day   CM Linda Lee Hosts
        soccer programming, building  green – and the earning of it,”  Luncheon.”
        community soccer pitches, and  said New York City Mayor Eric       “The Queens Chamber is a   Neighborhood Forum . . .
        investing almost $800 million  Adams. “Irish immigrants came  leader and partner in lifting up
        to build the first soccer-specific  here for the American dream, and  the immigrant-owned small busi-
        stadium. We look forward to ex-  on Saint Patrick’s Day we honor  nesses that comprise Queens, one   (Continued from page 6)  Center for putting together an
        panding on that work by continu-  everything they have done for our  of the most ethnically diverse                  engaging presentation.”
        ing our relationship with impact-  city and our communities. My ad-  urban areas in the world,” said  tee on Mental Health, Disabilities,       “The rise in hate crimes isn’t
        ful local organizations like the  ministration reflects the diversity  Kevin D. Kim, Commissioner of  and  Addictions.  “These  senti-  just  alarming,  it’s  dishearten-
        Queens Chamber of Commerce.”  of this city, and we are proud that  the NYC Department of Small  ments have no place anywhere  ing and discouraging, and we’re
             “Irish immigrants and Irish-  a proud Irish-American and the  Business Services. “The contri-  in our City - let alone Queens,  grateful for the partnership and
        Americans helped build New  first woman to lead the FDNY,  butions  of Irish  Americans  to  where our great diversity of faith  support of Council Member Lee
        York City from its start and  Laura Kavanagh, is being rec-  our economy, culture, and infra-  and culture gives us the moniker  and Speaker Adams to help us
        continue to make amazing contri-  ognized at today’s luncheon. Lá  structure can be felt throughout  of the ‘World’s Borough’. I believe  educate and advocate within
        butions to our business commu-  Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!”  the city each and every day. I am  that the best policies are curated  our communities,” said Danielle
        nity everyday,” said Tom Grech,       “The Queens Chamber of  proud to join with the Chamber  from the ground up, so I am proud  Ellman, CEO of Commonpoint
        President and CEO, Queens  Commerce once again hosted  in honoring the historic leader-  to work collaboratively with ex-  Queens. “Forums like these - as
        Chamber of Commerce. “These  a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day  ship  of  Commissioner  Laura  perts and community members  well as opportunities for col-
        contributions ensure Queens is  Luncheon that recognized the  Kavanagh, who  helps  to keep  to create initiatives that will keep  laboration - are key to bringing
        a beautiful, thriving, safe place  many contributions made by the  our businesses operating safely  our neighborhoods safe. I thank  our community closer together
        to live, work, and play. We are  Irish American community in  each day.”                Speaker Adams, Senator Stavisky,  to combat ignorance, racism, and
        grateful to be able to honor two  Queens,” said Queens Borough       “Irish-American have made  Assembly Member Braunstein,  hate and provide a safer place for
        extraordinary Irish-American  President Donovan Richards Jr.  some truly incredible contribu-  Commonpoint Queens, and the  all of our neighbors.”
        Women, Fire Commissioner  “’The World’s Borough’ would  tions to this country, and espe-  Simon Wiesenthal Center for their       “At a time of surging anti-
        Laura Kavanagh and Jennifer  not be the special place it is today  cially to this borough,” Council-  partnership in this community  Semitism and hate in our city, the
        O’Sullivan, and thank them for  without the hard work and dedica-  woman Joann Ariola said. “To-  forum as we combat hate crimes  Simon Wiesenthal Center is proud
        all they have done for Queens.”  tion of our Irish American resi-  day, we have a chance to honor  and create safer communities.”  to partner with both Speaker Ad-
             The luncheon featured a  dents. I wish them and everyone  all those sons and daughters of the       “The Council has not sat back  ams and Councilmember Lee to
        Presentation of Colors by the  in Queens a Happy St. Patrick’s  Emerald Isle who have made their  in the face of increased hate,”  bring a powerful program on hate
        2nd Battalion 25th Marines, led  Day and extend my heartfelt  mark on our communities, and we  said Speaker Adrienne Adams.  crime prevention to the local com-
        by Color Sergeant Ibarra; the  congratulations to the Chamber’s  recognize two in particular for the  “Instead, we have been a leader in  munity. We need to do all we can
        National Anthem, sung by Scar-  distinguished honorees.”   work they’ve done to better New  taking proactive steps to address  to ensure that our communities
        lett Levin; a benediction from       “The annual Queens Chamber  York City.”            hate within our communities. The  are SAFE, and well-equipped with
        Reverend Monsignor Alfred P.  St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon repre-       About the Queens Chamber of  Council has  allocated  funding  the necessary skills and resources
        LoPinto, President and CEO of  sents an opportunity to celebrate  Commerce: - The Queens Cham-  to invest in local programs like  to combat hate in all of its forms.
        Catholic Charities of Brooklyn  and uplift the contributions of our  ber of Commerce is  the  oldest  Sunday’s hate crime prevention  Today was a critical step in that
        & Queens; a performance by the  Irish American community,” said  and largest business association  community forum. Community  process. We commend Speaker
        FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and  City Council Speaker Adrienne  in Queens, representing more  safety is achieved through a com-  Adams and Councilmember Lee
        Drums; and remarks by Mayor  Adams. “Irish Americans have  than 1,400 businesses and more  prehensive approach that engages  for their incredible leadership,”
        Eric Adams, Queens Borough  shaped New York into the city  than 150,000 Queens-based em-  New Yorkers, and I thank Council  said Michael D. Cohen, Eastern
        President Donovan Richards,  it is today, and it is important to  ployees. Its mission is to foster  Member Linda Lee and the Simon  Director of the Simon Wiesenthal
        FDNY Commissioner Kavanagh,  continue highlighting their indel-  connections, educate for success,  Wiesenthal Center for their part-  Center.
        O’Sullivan and Queens Chamber  ible impact. I congratulate Fire  develop/implement programs and  nership to combat hate so that all       The event included presenta-
        Board Chair Howard Graf. Also  Commissioner Laura Kavanagh  advocate for members’ interests.  our communities remain safe.”  tions from the Simon Wiesenthal
        in  attendance were  Council-  and NYCFC Chief Legal and              “In recent years, New York  Center’s Associate Director of
                                                                                                City has seen a disturbing uptick  Research, Emily Thompson, who
            Assemblywoman Nily Rozic Appointed to The New York                                  in hate crimes, and we must con-  provided an in-depth analysis of
               State Assembly’s Budget Committee For Education                                  tinue working together to reverse  Digital Terrorism and Hate across
                                                                                                this unacceptable trend,” said  social media online, how seeing
            (Continued from page 4)       The Assembly’s State Fiscal  since the formula was created   Assembly Member Ed Braunstein.  hate and propaganda online can
                                     Year 2023-24 Budget proposal  in 2007. The Assembly’s budget   “It is incumbent on every one of us  affect the minds of young people,
        semblywoman Rozic will focus  would provide $34.3 billion in  would  also  eliminate  the  gov-  to speak up when we witness any  and measures to prevent this harm
        on fully funding schools, school  funding to General Support for  ernor’s proposals to remove the   form of hate, whether observed  from occurring. This presentation
        based health centers, and ex-  Public  Schools,  an  increase  of  regional charter cap in New York   in our neighborhoods or seen in  was followed by the Simon Wi-
        panded Teacher Centers. She will  $3 billion or 9.7 percent, over  City and to reissue the authoriza-  our digital communities. I want  esenthal Center’s Director of Re-
        also advocate for early college  the 2022-23 school year. The As-  tion of “zombie” charters.  to thank Council Member Lee  search, Rich Eaton, who detailed
        program funding and support for  sembly’s proposed spending plan       The proposal also includes   for spearheading this event and  trends in hate crime reporting
        nonpublic schools for STEM and  includes $2.6 billion to fully fund                     Commonpoint Queens for hosting,
        art instruction.             Foundation Aid for the first time                          as well as the Simon Wiesenthal   (Continued on page 10)
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