Focus On Queens, May 22

FBE PascalAir Force Airman 1st Class Amanda R. Pascal (left) 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.
She is the daughter of Yvette Pascal of Floral Park and Eduardo Pascal of Flushing.

Our Lady of Fatima Church in Jackson Heights will present a defensive driving course sponsored by the National Safety Council from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 7. Cost is $45. For information or to register, call (631) 360-9720.

Ridgewood Democratic Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. May 30 at 60-70 Putnam Ave., Ridgewood. Guest speaker will be Alex Beauchamp, northeast region director, Food & Water Watch.

Gina-Maria Arena of Glendale and Jina Zablan of Maspeth, students at Hofstra University, were inducted into Phi Kappa Beta.

Aryenth Mejia of Maspeth received a Student Award for Academic Excellence from Farmingdale State College.

Frederick Antoine of Middle Village received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business during spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

FINANCE LESSONS: U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez served as an inspiring special guest as Ridgewood Savings Bank presented personal finance and savings lessons to students at I.S. 77 in Ridgewood. Pictured (from left) are I.S. 77 Principal Joseph Miller; Velázquez; and Ridgewood Savings Bank Vice President Thomas M. Ritter.

FINANCE LESSONS:
U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez served as an inspiring special guest as Ridgewood Savings Bank presented personal finance and savings lessons to students at I.S. 77 in Ridgewood. Pictured (from left) are I.S. 77 Principal Joseph Miller; Velázquez; and Ridgewood Savings Bank Vice President Thomas M. Ritter.

Shrisha Maskey of Woodside was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

Local students received degrees during spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at SUNY Fredonia. They include:
Jackson Heights: Kelsey O’Callaghan, Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies – international studies.
Woodside: Eric Cadena, Bachelor of Science degree in business administration – marketing.

Jamie Caroccio of East Elmhurst received the James Ligon Price III Memorial Award in Poetry and the Writing Prizes (Spanish) during the Moving-Up Day ceremony at Saint Lawrence University in Canton.

Hafid El Hachmi of Astoria received a degree during spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M university in College Station, Texas.

Harleen Gill of East Elmhurst presented original undergraduate research during Undegraduate Research Day at Hofstra University.

Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. They include:
Jackson Heights: Bryan Palacio.
Ridgewood: Paula Baginska, Agnieszka Czaja.

HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION: Maspeth High School recently held its inaugural National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for its chapter, Societas Nationalis Honoris Scholae Maspethis. Students inducted include Ymani Bethea, Alexa Kava, Janinna Ramos, Johannah Gepte, Krsysztof Kropiewnicki, Amy Lin, Iris Chen, Lulu Zhou, Kinju Sherpa, Diego Ruiz, Sadia Rahman, Jia Chen, Juliana Maia, Karen Lopez, Kezia Diaz and Sarah de Rop. The groups advisors are Jaclyn Reyes and Riyad Baksh.

HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION:
Maspeth High School recently held its inaugural National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for its chapter, Societas Nationalis Honoris Scholae Maspethis. Students inducted include Ymani Bethea, Alexa Kava, Janinna Ramos, Johannah Gepte, Krsysztof Kropiewnicki, Amy Lin, Iris Chen, Lulu Zhou, Kinju Sherpa, Diego Ruiz, Sadia Rahman, Jia Chen, Juliana Maia, Karen Lopez, Kezia Diaz and Sarah de Rop. The groups advisors are Jaclyn Reyes and Riyad Baksh.

Queens Library is now offering Treehouse, a free online portal to help teach tech skills at your own pace. The library will offer orientation sessions 3 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m. June 6 and 3 p.m. June 30 at the Flushing branch, 41-17 Main St., Flushing. The Central Branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, will also offer orientation sessions at 2 p.m. May 31 and 10 a.m. June 12.
For information, call (718) 990-0700 or visit www.queenslibrary.org.

The Queens Tobacco Control Coalition recently completed its one year National Leadership Academy for the Public Health fellowship, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has now entered its alumni status. The four member cohort, whose mission is to reduce youth exposure to the marketing, promotion and sale of tobacco products in Queens County and to focus on increasing the number of smokefree multiple housing units in Queens County.The team is comprised of Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CDN, housing the QTCC Team Leader, who is the Corporate Director of Public Health Initiatives, Office of Community  and Public Health North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System; Isabel Rodriguez, MPH, Borough Coordinator, Queens Smoke-Free Partnership; Sean Robin, Director of Housing Initiatives at the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Phil Konigsberg, a smoke-free community advocate.

Music for Autism, the Samuel Field YM & YWHA and the Central Queens Y will present an interactive concert for individuals with autism and their families, 1 p.m. June 1 at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
The concert will feature Altius Winds, a group of New York-based musicians. The event is free. To RSVP to the event, call (877) 863-7473.

Richmond Hill Historical Society will hold an open meeting, “A Tribute to Our Richmond Hill War Veterans,” 7:30 p.m. May 23 at the Msgr. Murray Auditorium, 111-02 86th Ave., Richmond Hill.
Local veterans will give an informal presentation, including: Anton Dietrich, WWII vet; Jack Schaefer, Korean War vet; Walter Cooper, Vietnam War vet; and Louis Guiliani, Desert Storm and Gulf War vet.
Admission is free. For information, call (718) 704-9317 or email richmond.hill.historical@gmail.com.