Focus On Queens, Dec. 19

MERIT BADGE: Assemblyman Mike Miller (left) and Councilman Eric Ulrich (right) recently participated in a merit badge fair at Nativity BVM Church in Ozone Park. They are pictured with Joseph Campisi Jr.

MERIT BADGE: Assemblyman Mike Miller (left) and Councilman Eric Ulrich (right) recently participated in a merit badge fair at Nativity BVM Church in Ozone Park. They are pictured with Joseph Campisi Jr.

The New York Army National Guard has announced the reenlistment of members in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.
Staff Sergeant Alberto Espinar of Ozone Park has reenlisted to continue service with the 442nd Military Police Company.
Sergeant Neissandria Perez of Richmond Hill has reenlisted to continue service with the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment.
Staff Sergeant Christopher Sperandio of Kew Gardens Hills has reenlisted to continue service with the Battery B, 1-258th Field Artillery.
Staff Sergeant Leonardo Diaz of Richmond Hill has reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Signal Battalion.

Daniela Surdo of Far Rockaway, a student at SUNY New Paltz, took part in the school’s business investment competition.

THANKING SUPPORTERS:  Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of a new Indian restaurant, Richi Rich Palace, in Richmond Hill. Katz took time to thank supporters in the banquet hall. Pictured (from left) are Assemblyman David Weprin, Jarnail Singh, Richi Rich Palace; Katz and community organizer and media personality Amit Parasnath.

THANKING SUPPORTERS: Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of a new Indian restaurant, Richi Rich Palace, in Richmond Hill. Katz took time to thank supporters in the banquet hall. Pictured (from left) are Assemblyman David Weprin, Jarnail Singh, Richi Rich Palace; Katz and community organizer and media personality Amit Parasnath.

Resorts World Casino New York City will host a NY Cares Coat Drive near the coat check area on the Times Square level through Jan. 31.

The Central Queens YM & YWHA will hold a dance and martial arts open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 5. The afternoon will feature select classes available on Sundays, including creative movement, breakdance, dance dynamics/flamenco & Spanish dance and capoeira.
For information or to register, visit www.cqy.org/openhouse.
The Central Queens Y will also offer classes in Israeli and International dance, from 1:15-2:45 p.m. beginning Jan. 7. To register, visit www.cqy.org/registration.

The Dept. of Education will hold information sessions in Queens for kindergarten enrollment at the following times:
Jan. 7: JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck, 85-05 144th St., Jamaica, 9-10:30 a.m.
Jan. 16: Forest Hills High School, 67-01 110th St., Forest Hills, 5:30-7 p.m.
For information, contact ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov or call (718) 935-2009.

The Briarwood Action Network is sponsoring a drive to collect food, diapers and toys for the benefit of the Briarwood Family Residence. Collection boxes have been placed in several residential apartment buildings and in the Key Food Supermarket at 138-37 Queens Blvd., and the HSBC located at 137-61 Queens Blvd.
For information, visit www.briarwoodactionnetwork.com.

NEW OFFICERS: The Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association has announced its new slate of officers for 2014. Pictured (from left) are Giedra Kregzdys, vice president; Martin Colberg, president; and Stephen Forte, treasurer.

NEW OFFICERS: The Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association has announced its new slate of officers for 2014. Pictured (from left) are Giedra Kregzdys, vice president; Martin Colberg, president; and Stephen Forte, treasurer.

The Community Singers of Queens will start rehearsals for its May concert on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165th St., Flushing. New members are welcome.
For information, call (718) 658-1021.

Enigma Book Shop, located at 33-17 Crescent St., Long Island City, is collecting new toys for the holiday season to distribute to a local agency. Toys will be collected through Dec. 29.

SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center, located at 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Bldg. 4, Queens Village, has announced a new Bagel Brunch and book discussion group. The group will discuss “Defending Jacob” by William Landay at 10 a.m. Dec. 24.
For information or directions, call Marian at (718) 454-2100.

Marianne Mullarkey of Rego Park received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree during fall 2013 commencement ceremonies at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Samuel Jenkins of Queens Village participated in the annual Capital One Bank Campus Entrepreneurship Challenge.