“GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK”: BILLY OCEAN & MICHAEL BOLTON COMING TO JAMAICA’S ROY WILKINS PARK JUNE 28TH

Billy Ocean coming to Jamaica’s Roy Wilkins Park, June 28th for the annual Groovin’ in the Park series.

Groovin2015Continuing the annual “Groovin’ in the Park” Series,  June 28th at Roy Wilkins Park will have Billy Ocean & Michael Bolton. Also on the bill will be Lt Stitchie, Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Capleton and Luciano and others.

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From Queens Courier:

Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean to perform in Jamaica this June

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Kadellar/Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Kadellar/Wikimedia Commons
Jamaica residents won’t have to imagine living without Michael Bolton this summer.

The Grammy Award-winning singer is taking the stage on June 28, along with Billy Ocean and a long lineup of other musicians, for the Groovin’ In The Park Concert being held at Roy Wilkins Park, located at the intersection of Merrick and Baisley boulevards.

The family-friendly event, presented by The Door Restaurant in Jamaica, is a daylong celebration of reggae rhythm and blues.

Bolton and Ocean, who won a Grammy in 1985, will join other bands and artists including Cocoa Tea, Luciano, Capleton, Morgan Heritage and Lieutenant Stitchie.

Gates for the annual summer concert, which was started in 2011, open at 11 a.m., three hours prior to the performance.

Previous performers to take the stage at Groovin’ In The Park include Gladys Knight, Jimmy Cliff, Boyz II Men, Patti LaBelle and more.

Tickets are available here and are $49.99 for early general admission and $149.99 for VIP tickets. Children 12  and under receive free admission.

Tickets can also be purchased at The Door Restaurant at 163-07 Baisley Blvd.; The Smokehouse Restaurant at 200-05 Linden Blvd.; VP Records at 170-21 Jamaica Ave.; and Silver Krust at 1695 President St.

 

COUNCILMAN MILLER: JUST COME CLEAN ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH MAN BUSTED CLAIMING TO BE YOUR SON

What the hell is it with politicians and not just Jamaica’s slew of assholes, but all, why can’t they just answer a damn question, why must there always be some encrypted coded answer.

A 35 year old man, Jamel Miller, was driving his unlicensed red Yamaha ATV and rear-ended another vehicle at Merrick and Foch Boulevards on last Sunday evening, and then ran off (which by the way, this is becoming a major problem on Merrick Blvd with these ATV as I saw several plus unlicensed motorbikes all over Merrick a few Sundays ago driving recklessly). He also allegedly resisted arrest when police caught up to him and was slapped with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest charges — plus 10 traffic law violations. Jamal Miller claimed he was Councilman Miller’s son (which Miller’s office stated he is not), yet Councilman Miller after two days of questioning refused to say the exact nature of their relationship. The Councilman said he did not know him at all, yet he had the same address as the Councilman at one point.

Damn, just answering the fucking question. You do shit like this it means you are hiding something. If you are hiding something, then you are a questionable public servant. As Mark Twain once said “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

JUST COME CLEAN MILLER.

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The Daily News:

Queens man falsely claims Councilman I. Daneek Miller is his dad in face of arrest

While a spokeswoman for Councilman I. Daneek Miller denied Jamel Miller is his son, she did not comment further on the nature of their relationship. Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News – While a spokeswoman for Councilman I. Daneek Miller denied Jamel Miller is his son, she did not comment further on the nature of their relationship.

A 35-year-old Queens man told cops he was the son of a city councilman when he was busted on a slew of charges, including resisting arrest, after hitting a car with his ATV, the Daily News has learned.

It turns out there’s some connection, although Councilman I. Daneek Miller is not suspect Jamel Miller’s dad. But after two days of questions, the politician’s spokesman refused to clearly identify the relationship.

Spokesman Ali Rasoulinejad at one point said the pol doesn’t even know who Jamel Miller is — despite the two appearing to have had the same address at one point.

A source, however, said the suspect apparently was adopted some years ago by someone close to Miller.

“The councilman doesn’t have a comment on it,” the spokesman said. “That’s not his son. The councilman has the greatest respect for our law enforcement officers.”

The suspect was seen driving his unlicensed red Yamaha ATV and rear-ending another vehicle at Merrick and Foch Boulevards on Sunday evening, and then running off, police said.

He also allegedly resisted arrest when police caught up to him and was slapped with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest charges — plus 10 traffic law violations.

“Call Councilman Miller,” the suspect told officers, according to a police source. “He’s my dad.”

Jamel Miller could not be reached for comment.

In April, the councilman’s 31-year-old son, Coron Miller, was busted in a road rage attack.

“I will stab you,” he told another driver during the fight on a Jamaica street, according to court papers.

Coron Miller faces charges of assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, menacing and harassment following the attack, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

ROCHDALE VILLAGE RESIDENTS SAY “NO” TO DUMPING DRUG REHAB IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT ASSEMBLY MEMBER VIVIAN COOK IS A NO SHOW TO THE MEETING

Huntley, Cook & little Pookie. "I told you bitches not to be so greedy, now my ass is going to the dog pound."

Huntley, Cook & little Pookie. “I told you bitches not to be so greedy, now my ass is going to the dog pound.”

Another reason to dislike lazy, incompetent Assembly Member Vivian Cook. Rochdale Village residents could not really get an answer about a possible drug rehab getting dumped into their community and the no shows to this town hall meeting on this subject were the Representatives from the Faith Mission Crisis Center and the Holy Unity Baptist Church (where the rehab would be re-located from the current Van Wyck location), along with Assembly-member Vivian Cook, who were invited to the special forum to explain the proposal, but failed to attend. Why would a elected official NOT show up on such an important meeting and she is the elected who serves that area and peoples. Sounds fishy, questionable and knowing Cook, there is money for her in this somewhere. The whole damn thing sounds questionable.

At least one of the few Jamaica elected officials who seems to care showed up to say “we are going to have to draw the line on this one.”

Way too much crap is being dumped into the Greater Jamaica neighborhoods as one resident, Lisa Hamlin, at the meeting stated (and that many in Jamaica feel), “This community needs something other than Popeyes, another church, churches are necessary but we need something to bring up the community,”. “We need something in the community for the younger children to do something other than go to jail, get arrested, possibly get shot.” WHY isn’t things to help improve the community put in place but all the things that bring down the community get the go-ahead. Leaders are to blame on that one, spineless, cowardly, useless and crooked Jamaica leaders.

We  need more people like Hamlin speaking out about what is going on in The Greater Jamaica community and start hold many of these useless and corrupt politicians accountable.

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From Queens Courier:

More questions than answers on proposed Rochdale Village rehab center

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua -Rochdale Village residents gathered for a town hall meeting to discuss a proposed rehab center in the community.

BY ANGELA MATUA

Frustrations boiled over in Rochdale Village Thursday night as residents couldn’t get any answers about a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that may be relocating to the community.

Representatives from the Faith Mission Crisis Center and the Holy Unity Baptist Church, along with Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, were invited to the special forum to explain the proposal, but failed to attend.

State Sen. James Sanders Jr. was the lone scheduled speaker to appear at the housing cooperative’s grand ballroom Thursday. Sanders said he appreciates the work the rehabilitation center is doing but that “we are going to have to draw the line on this one.”

The crisis center is currently located at 114-40 Van Wyck Expwy. and is looking at possibly moving to the Holy Unity Baptist Church at 167-10 137th Ave. The relocated center would be a 30-day short-term residential program with 60 beds, according to Rochdale Village Community Relations Committee member Hettie Powell.

Last week, representatives from the crisis center conducted a walk-through of the church facilities but have not been in touch with the church since then, according to Powell.

According to Community Relations Committee co-chair Talib Bey, a director of the Faith Mission Crisis Center was scheduled to attend the event but was told by his board members not to.

Attendees lined up to express their anger over this proposed rehabilitation center and the disorganization on the part of the committee board.

Resident Rodney Reid said the board should have met with the directors of Faith Mission Crisis Center before coming to the community. He was unhappy with the way the community was informed about this crisis center, he said.

“I got this information from social media on a Facebook page,” Reid said. “It wasn’t like we got this information from our public officials that there was a possibility that this was coming into play, so I think it’s disingenuous to say that we were informed by our public official.”

Lisa Hamlin, one of the younger residents to attend the meeting, said the church should be converted to a space for the children in the community.

“This community needs something other than Popeyes, another church, churches are necessary but we need something to bring up the community,” Hamlin said. “We need something in the community for the younger children to do something other than go to jail, get arrested, possibly get shot.”

Maurice Lacey, executive director of Faith Mission Crisis Center, told The Courier in a phone interview that he was invited to the meeting at 10 p.m., the night before the meeting. He claimed he also heard that the church was negotiating a sale with another organization.

“There are no contracts signed,” Lacey said. “From my understanding, another organization is getting the property.”

He said the entire situation was “sad” and poorly planned by the organizers.

At the end of the meeting, Powell told residents that she had a conversation with Bishop Richard Moore of Holy Unity on Wednesday, and that Moore was under the impression the center was only an alcohol rehabilitation center.

Moore allegedly is in the process of working out a deal with another church to move in and share the services with the congregation that already exists there.

The Courier reached out to the church both through phone and email for comment, but neither was in service.

BAD BEHAVIOR BY ELMHURST STARBUCKS MANAGER CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Wow, seems like something that would take place in Jamaica, that is if we had a Starbucks.

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“On 5/12/2015, 86-51 Broadway, Starbucks store in Elmhurst, manager Melissa seems to have the anger management issues.

She took my order of one Frappuccino and one special straw. I didn’t hear her coworker asking my name to put it on cup at first because I was opening my reward app on my phone to pay, then Melissa started to shout at me saying hey helloooo with a very bad attitude. The only thing I said to her is “sorry I didn’t hear you but you don’t have to yell.” And till now, I haven’t figured out which word aggravated her. Then she took the scanner away as I was trying to pay then told me to leave and never go back. I was trying to ask other employees who I can speak to. She thought I am leaving with the straw on my hand (I picked it up before everything happened), she said I am stealing the straw.

Really?! Accuse me of stealing! And you say call the police to get me out of the store?! I felt so bad for what happened, especially since there was nobody I could report her to because she is the manager. I am glad that other customers in the store saw how I was treated and told her “you need get fired”. Then she switched the target and started to argue with them. I thank this customer who took this video and sent it to me.

I have filed a compliant with customer service. I hope the district manager will take this seriously. This is such a terrible experience.”

Ruby Chen

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Amazing that in this day and age of phone camera’s, videos, Youtube, Facebook, you think companies would hire much better people.

 

OVERGROWN JAMAICA WASTELAND FOR DECADES TURNED INTO COMMUNITY GARDEN BUT WHAT THE HELL TOOK SO LONG

The big question WHY WHY WHY did it take decades for this change. A big blame goes to Jamaica’s corrupt, useless and lazy politicians like Comrie, Cook, Scarborough, Wills and Meeks to name a few who have done jack shit and just sat and watched this community fall into chaos.

But even a bigger question, why did you constantly vote these fuckheads into office and why do you still continue to this day to put these assholes in office and NOT hold them accountable. You get the government you show up for.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Overgrown Queens Wasteland Transformed into Vibrant Garden

 Locals will grow tomatoes, eggplants and other vegetables in their newly renovated garden.

Residents Transform Neglected Lot in Jamaica into Community Garden

QUEENS — An overgrown lot which for decades has been home to little more than weeds and trash is now being transformed into a vegetable garden which will serve Jamaica residents.

The lot at South Jamaica Houses, near 159th Street and 107th Avenue, was initially used as a garden when the housing was built there in the 1950s.

But over the years it fell into disrepair, as local residents said they had no tools or resources to maintain it. Only a small portion of the space was utilized by a group of dedicated self-taught gardeners.

But now, after New York Restoration Project, a non-profit working on reviving gardens and parks, teamed up with South Jamaica Houses residents, garden beds filled with soil and compost replaced overgrown grass and garbage and will soon be crammed with tomatoes, collard greens, cabbage, carrots and eggplants, residents said.

 “This space used to be just an overgrown lot where we could only use a small portion of it for gardening,” said Marian Dolphus, 84.

“But after we’re done here, we’ll have double the gardening space and a whole new area to have community events like children’s birthday parties.”

The New York City Housing Authority worked with the group of residents to fill out an application for a New York Restoration Project grant which provided materials and helped locals revive the garden.

Trissamae Johnson, 69, who moved to New York from Honolulu in 1991, named her plot “Hawaiian Kitchen Garden.”

“I was raised in Hawaii on a farm,” she said, adding that growing her own vegetables allows her to control what goes into her food. Vegetables from the garden, she said, are also fresh and “you can get more nutrients out of them.”

She was also excited that local children will get a chance to learn about gardening.

“The kids should know more about vegetables, how they grow and where they come from,” she said.

The garden is one of several projects that NYRP has recently worked on with NYCHA residents in under-resourced neighborhoods, the organization said. The group also created community gardens at Marcy and Amsterdam houses.

NYRP said they hope the project will have a positive impact on the neighborhood, which is sometimes called “a food desert” because access to healthy food is scarce.

“Agriculture in the city is very hot right now,” noted Jason Sheets of NYRP. “People want to grow their own produce and know where it’s coming from.”

ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS POSE EVEN MORE ISSUES WITH UNCOVERED LOADS

The fact is that trucks driving on residential (non-truck routes) streets is ILLEGAL, period. But with a huge lack of enforcement in Jamaica and other areas from the Mayor to Department of Transportation this is has become a major problem, even with the Mayors pet project, Vision Zero.

Not only dO these trucks pose a safety issue being on residential streets with pedestrians, the pollution, noise and the destroying of streets and curbs create more issues. Now add the dangerous factor that many of these large trucks carry loads uncovered or half covered.  A neighbor in my building on 170th Street was hit by a brick, while getting out of her parked car, that flew off one of these trucks when it hit a bump in the street a few months back.

But yet, The Mayor, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (who has been COMPLETELY SILENT), Department of Transportation and our own elected officials are staying silent on this issue here in Jamaica and doing absolutely nothing about this.

In the meantime, every day one of our local “leaders” are caught up in some corruption or crooked shady scheme as opposed to doing what they were elected, serve the community well and be the voice of the people.Trucks5.15.15 008Trucks5.15.15 009