Boulevard Alp, a Medicaid-funded assisted living community in Queens and Brooklyn, will host its annual Queens Toy Drive this coming weekend as part of its annual give-back to the community. Boulevard Alp will drop off toys collected at a local children’s hospital in time for the holidays. The group’s Queens site is located at 71-61 159th St. in Fresh Meadows. For more information, call (718) 969-7500.
Fresh Meadows’ Willie Pan—who attends Virginia Tech—was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Only 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.
Bayside’s Amanda Ruggieri was one of a select few SUNY New Paltz students to be honored when the college recently saluted exemplary graduates-to-be at the Outstanding Graduates ceremony on Dec. 14. The event paid tribute to select undergraduate and graduate students who performed at an exceptional level in the classroom.
Assemblyman Brian Barnwell recently honored the winners of his district’s First Annual Science Fair Competition. Natalie Cinnamo and Nicole Gudja (pictured with the assemblyman) took first place for their “Diving Into the Depths of Algae” project, while Ahad Ali, Rodney Castro, Arman Chowdhury and Jason Gomez came in second with their “Milk, the Future of Plastic” project. Amanda Emini and Tristen Czapp took third for their Red-Eared Slider Feeding Behavior” project. The judges for the event hailed from St. John’s University, New York Hall of Science and Maspeth Town Hall.