Air Force Reserve Airman Kalah Simmons graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Simmons is the granddaughter of Sarah Simmons of St. Albans.
The New York Army National Guard has announced the promotion of members in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. They include:
Shivanand Supersad of Richmond Hill, serving with the 133rd Quartermaster Support Company, is promoted to specialist.
Patryk Jaskowski of Woodhaven, serving with the 442nd Military Police Company, is promoted to private.
Ryan Robertshall of Arverne, serving with the Company A, 1-69th Infantry, is promoted to private first class.
Olexa Makuch of Forest Hills, serving with the Company A, 1-69th Infantry, is promoted to specialist.
Shakeem Delancey of Far Rockaway, serving with Company B, 1-69th Infantry, is promoted to private first class.
Golam Priam of Ozone Park, serving with Company C, 1-69th Infantry, is promoted to private first class.
Upcoming events sponsored by the Richmond Hill Historical Society include:
Christmas Caroling, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in front of HCJ Church, 86th Ave. and 111th Street. Vintage Victorian hats and dress are welcome.
Richmond Hill Historical Society Open Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Leonard Center. Topic will be “Forgotten Queens – Shedding Light on the Current Identity of Queens.”
The Queens Library branch in Howard Beach will close at the end of business on Dec. 13 for approximately one week to upgrade to RFID-powered self service check-in and check-out.
The Ozone Park Civic Association will host pictures with Santa Claus at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Ozone Howard Little League Hall, 97-14 135th Dr., Ozone Park. Everyone who attends will receive a free gift.
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside has unveiled the Season of Possibilities campaign to celebrate and support the young children of St. Mary’s. Through the end of the year, supporters will participate in a range of fundraising to show their commitment to providing care to New York’s Children.
For information, visit www.stmaryskidsday.org or call (718) 281-8529.
Newtown Literary reminds children and youth interested in writing that there is still time to enter the Queens Young Authors & Poets contest. The contest welcomes prose and poetry submissions from students in grades 3-12 until Dec. 20.
For information and submission requirements, visit www.newtownliterary.org/qyap or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Rafat S. Maraj graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Maraj is the son of Rashada Rekha of Rockaway Park.
Upcoming events at the Rego Park Jewish Center include:
Parashat and Haftarat Club, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21, with Rabbi Samuel Waldenbaum, Rabbi Romiel Daniel and Charles Lehat.
Sunday at the Movies, “The Counterfeiters,” 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
The Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. For information, call (718) 459-1000.
Laxmi Baral of Kew Gardens will graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Queens Community House will host a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Forest Hills Community Center, 108-25 62nd Drive, Forest Hills. The bazaar will feature a wide selection of Christmas and holiday decorations, with all proceeds going to support Queens Community House.
QCH staff will also be collection new, unwrapped toys on site for children ages 7-11 in the Pomonok after-school program.
Jonathan Martin of Ridgewood, a student at Union College in Schenectady, is spending his winter break studying in New Zealand, focusing on electric power development and environmental management.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) recently announced the winners of his Halloween Essay & Drawing Contest for students in grades 2-5. The winners are:
Second Grade: Kevin Lin, PS 21 Flushing.
Third Grade: Abigail Stein, PS 221, Little Neck.
Fourth Grade: Ilana Kuliyev, PS 169, Bayside.
Fifth Grade, Joyce Zheng, PS 32, Flushing.
“Congratulations to all of the winners. Nearly 300 students from schools in Queens participated in my Halloween Essay & Drawing Contest and I was very impressed with their extremely creative and artistic entries,” Braunstein said.
Three Queens teachers have been announced as recipients of the fifth annual Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. The recipients include:
Thomas Sangiorgi, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing.
YS Kim, Francis Lewis High School, Fresh Meadows.
Dorina Cheregi, Newcomers High School, Long Island City.