Focus On Queens, Dec. 26

Lisa Stein of Glen Oaks was one of 12 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K/ Greismer chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Shannan Ferry of Little Neck, a broadcast journalism major in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, was recently awarded a $1,000 Presidents Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

YEAR END MASS: Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn Paul Sanchez delivers the homily during a celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Cross High School in Flushing earlier this month.

YEAR END MASS: Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn Paul Sanchez delivers the homily during a celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Cross High School in Flushing earlier this month.

Natalie Rebeyev of Flushing was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society, Rebeyev is a biology major at Syracuse University.

Local students will study abroad in Australia and New Zealand for the winter session at the University of Delaware. They include:
Nicole Garrity of Bellerose will study in Australia and Hawaii.
Alyssa Gruber of Whitestone will study in Australia and New Zealand.
Kara Hammond of Little Neck will study abroad in Brazil.

VFW Post 4787, located at 19-12 149th St., Whitestone, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. Jan. 13. All those who served in the military overseas are welcome to attend.
The Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its monthly meeting at the same location at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

Flushing Camera Club has announced its January slate of meetings:
Jan. 8: Competition No. 5 with judge Ken Bausert.
Jan. 15: Richard DeDalto, “Focus Stacking.”
Jan. 29: John Bruno, “Photographing Performances,” exploring tools, techniques and strategies.
For information, call (718) 749-0643 or visit www.flushingcameraclub.org.

National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Sloman Auditorium of Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. The topic will be ending the criminalization of mental illness.

Jacqueline Paredes of Jackson Heights recently participated in the Bates College Fall Semester Abroad program, studying is St. Petersburg, Russia. Bard College is located in Lewiston, Maine.
Paredes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angel Paredes of Jackson Heights.

Lacey Garnett of Corona, a senior at Berkeley College, was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team for women’s cross country. Garnett has been a member of the team since its inaugural season in 2010.

HOLIDAY LIGHTINGS: Officials gathered at Forest Parkway Plaza for the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting ceremony earlier this month. Pictured (from left) are Paul Rudolph, Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.; Santa and Mrs. Claus, Maria Thomson, executive director of GWDC/WBID; Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Leilani Blira-Koessler of Assemblyman Mike Millers office.

HOLIDAY LIGHTINGS: Officials gathered at Forest Parkway Plaza for the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting ceremony earlier this month. Pictured (from left) are Paul Rudolph, Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.; Santa and Mrs. Claus, Maria Thomson, executive director of GWDC/WBID; Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Leilani Blira-Koessler of Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office.

Saleh Alghamdi III of Woodside was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa. Alghamdi is an engineering major.

Geng Lin of Woodside received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in animation during fall 2013 commencement ceremonies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

The Queens-based Hip-to-Hip Theatre Company recently announced that Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Sidibe made her acting debut in the 2009 film, “Precious,” and can currently be seen on the third season of the cable TV show “American Horror Story.”

Queens Community for Cultural Judaism will present “The Two-State Solution – Illusion?” a dialogue discussion at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the UUCQ building, on Ash Avenue at the corner of 149th Street, Flushing. Free for first-time attendees, $5 for others. For information, call (718) 380-5362.

Municipal Credit Union has begun accepting applications for its 2014 scholarships. The credit union will award $ 66,000 in scholarship grants in 2014: eight memorial scholarship grants of $5,000 each and 13 grants of $2,000 each.
Eligibility for the MCU scholarships is open to an MCU member, a child or a grandchild of a member in good standing. Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, letters of recommendation, and an essay expressing personal goals.
Applications are available at MCU’s Queens branches at 134-66 Springfield Blvd. in Springfield Gardens, and 90-15 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, on MCU’s website, www.nymcu.org, and also at any MCU branch. The deadline for completed applications to be submitted is Jan. 31, 2014.

Derrick Garcia and Nancy Coulverson, both of South Ozone Park, were named to the honor roll for the fall 2013 semester at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.
Coulverson received honors, while Garcia received high honors.

Eric Levy-Najjar of Forest Hills received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in service design during fall 2013 commencement ceremonies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

The Central Queens YM & YWHA will offer its winter 2014 series of Tai Chi classes beginning Jan. 6-7 with two classes.
A series of 14 classes for senior adults begin Jan. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Cost is $56 for CQY members and $105 for the general public ages 65 and older.
A series of 14 classes for adults begins Jan. 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $168 for members and $210 for the general public.
The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills. For information, call Robin Budnetz at (718) 268-5011, Ext. 5011 or email rbudnetz@cqy.org.

Upcoming events at the Rego Park Jewish Center include:
“New” Psalms Discussion Group, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4. With Noreen Daniel and Charles Lehat. No charge.
Parashat & Haftarat Club, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11. With Rabbu Samuel Waidenbaum.
Celebrate Tu B’Shevat (Birthday of the Trees), 12:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
Sunday at the Movies, “the Boys from Brazil,” 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
The Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. For information, call (718) 459-1000.

Gabriella Basile of Forest Hills will study abroad in Australia and New Zealand for the winter session at the University of Delaware.