Focus On Queens, May 15

GIRLS SCOUTS HELP AUTISTIC KIDS: Sophia Weigel, Anna Baldassare, Stephanie Pietrzak, Alyssa Procanyn and Alyssa Gonzalez of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4611 of Middle Village recently volunteered at Heartshare Cuomo First Step Preschool, a school for autistic children, in Richmond Hill. The troop also helped the school raise more than $900 by assembling autism awareness bracelets. The money will be used to purchase new sensory toys for the children.

GIRLS SCOUTS HELP AUTISTIC KIDS:
Sophia Weigel, Anna Baldassare, Stephanie Pietrzak, Alyssa Procanyn and Alyssa Gonzalez of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4611 of Middle Village recently volunteered at Heartshare Cuomo First Step Preschool, a school for autistic children, in Richmond Hill. The troop also helped the school raise more than $900 by assembling autism awareness bracelets. The money will be used to purchase new sensory toys for the children.

Dr. Payal Doctor, the faculty advisor of the Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at LaGuardia Community College, was honored by the PTK Honor Society for her significant contributions to the growth of the LaGuardia chapter and its student members.

Martin Luther School, located at 60-02 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, will administer its entrance exam to students in grades 5-9 interested in either middle school or high school admission for September, at 8:30 a.m. on May 17.
A parents’ information meeting will be held during the exam and tours of the facilities will be given. For information, call the admissions secretary at (718) 894-4000.

The Concert Choir and Chorus at Martin Luther School will again sing the National Anthem at Citi Field before the May 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Binghamton University. They include:
Astoria: Alexander Tan, Maria Platis, Dimitri Michaloutsos, Gilat Mandelbaum, Connor Kinslow, Frankie Chung.
Corona: ChanDan Qu, Michael Roman, Anabel Tejada, Imran Mahmood, Disi Chen.
East Elmhurst: Kenneth Chan, Florian Santos, Khasim Lockhart, Stephanie Izquieta.
Glendale: Cynthia Vlad, Lisa Wadolowski, Jessica Schabowski, Kasey Brenner, Daniel Fernandez, Eugene Cullivan, Jordan Betsch, Andreea Birtan.
Jackson Heights: Amanda Fong, Weimin Wang, Emely Vargas, Ian Amann-Rao, Anna Kristina Madrazo.
Long Island City: Raymond Wu, Antara Afrin.
Maspeth: Cheng Lin, Katarzyna Zanko, Joseph Smallwood, Hannah McFadden, Karina Hain, Kenneth Barretto.
Middle Village: Maura Meehan, Shannon Neville, Priscilla Zhao, Jean Krebs, Michelle Haro.
Ridgewood: Alicia Kam, Brian Rivera, Xiao Liu, Nora Le, Yafen Huang, Joseph Estevez, Dallas Alberti.
Sunnyside: John Lee, Yuval Shafir, Ingrid Campoverde.
Woodside: Jason Chen, Dale Gao, Rasheequr Rahman, Deep Prajapati, Zsuzsanna Orban, Tasfia Nayem, Sophie Lin, Yasmine Karma, Anne El-Shafei, Louis Diab, Sohyun Park.

Air Force Airman Gary Puthan 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.
Puthan is the son of Malka Puthan of Rego Park and the nephew of Gregory Shlemas of Sunnyside.

Loucia Papaseraphim of Astoria was one of 42 SUNY New Paltz students selected for inclusion to Who’s Who Among Students, a nationally-recognized award program for college students.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. will host a job fair for individuals aged 50 and older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at the Queens Community House, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. For information, call Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at (718) 738-1111.

The Central Queens YM&YWHA holds a caregiver support group, which provides assistance in dealing with difficult times while also creating a chance to meet others in similar situations.
Call Lisa Elhyani in the Adult Department at (718) 268-5011, Ext. 621 for more information and to schedule an initial appointment.

Upcoming events at the Kew Gardens Community Center include:

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Assemblyman Mike Miller recently presented Student of the Month certificates to students of the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy. Students honored include: Daisy Leigh Hutson, Shaila Mohan-Deodat, Katherine Reyes, Erin Balcarcel, Robert Badillo, Alexander Khan, Melanie Millan, Sheila Moriera, Wendy Bermejo.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH:
Assemblyman Mike Miller recently presented Student of the Month certificates to students of the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy. Students honored include: Daisy Leigh Hutson, Shaila Mohan-Deodat, Katherine Reyes, Erin Balcarcel, Robert Badillo, Alexander Khan, Melanie Millan, Sheila Moriera, Wendy Bermejo.

Bullying with Dr. Herbert Gingold, 1:30 p.m. May 15.
The Challenges of Retirement, 1 p.m. May 16.
Living in Europe During WWII with author Katherine Kreisz, 11 a.m. May 20.
Salute to Veterans, noon May 27.
The Kew Gardens Community Center is located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, Kew Gardens.

Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Binghamton University. They include:
Arverne: Sonya Robinson.
Belle Harbor: Tammie Schneider.
Breezy Point: Shannon Mackay.
Forest Hills: Rachel Blaifeder, Daniel Greenberg, Taimur Hamid, Jesse Heller, Aiden Hernandez, Alex Jaloza, Karoline Kaon, Jordan Knight, Nicholas Kumelowski, Max Lin, David Oestreicher, Samantha Steiner, Jonathan Zhou, Ten-Young Guh, Dusan Stanojevic.
Kew Gardens: Oluwashola Gbemi, Hyojun Kim.
Kew Garden Hills: Stefanie Goldberg-Asher.
Ozone Park: Tahseen Afghani, Anna Chan, Ryan Gyanchand, Geoffrey Yip, Henry Liang.
Rego Park: Alan Chajet, Brendan Ho, Lauren Lewandowski, Joanna Pjetri.
Richmond Hill: Anira Bonilla.
Woodhaven: Dominique Adames, Naim Ahmed, Bonnie Li, Kevin Ou, Annie Wong, Alexis Cai, Thomas Huzji, James Turturo.

Nadia D. Misir of South Ozone Park received the Erwin G. Palmer Award during the Honors Convocation at SUNY Oswego.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz will sponsor a bike helmet fitting and distribution event from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 18 at McDonald Park on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-07 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills.