Ridgewood Savings Bank is offering two avenues to help aspiring homeowners attain their goals: a website featuring important tools and mortgage information, along with a series of in-person Homebuyers’ Seminars to demystify the process.
The recently launched site, joyofhomeownership.com, delivers on the promise of its name with a fun but seriously informative host of videos, FAQs, easy-to-use calculators, and interactive tools. The site is tablet and mobile-friendly, and includes options for asking questions to a local mortgage consultant or signing up for a workshop.
At the Homebuyers’ Seminars, which Ridgewood has sponsored for the past 15 years, an array of experts will bring participants through the home-buying steps to clarify what can be an intimidating process. Bank representatives, mortgage consultants, and an architect and attorney will shed light on important topics such as the initial cost analysis, criteria for choosing the right home, and the do’s and don’ts of mortgage applications.
The complimentary Spring Homebuyers’ Seminars will be held at the following Ridgewood branches:
• Tuesday, May 5: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Grand Avenue branch – 74-25 Grand Ave. Elmhurst; (718) 457-4200
• Tuesday, May 19: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Astoria branch – 43-14 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria; (718) 274-5400.
Three Queensborough students in the Biological Sciences and Geology Department won first and second place awards for their scientific posters at the Sigma Xi 2015 Northeastern Regional Research Conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut on April 18.
A total of 16 Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) students in Queensborough’s Biology, Chemistry and Physics Departments participated in the conference, along with more than 300 faculty and students from across the region with 104 presentations.
Queensborough students Ricky Shao and Bharti Kumari each won first place in the Life Sciences and Genomics Categories, respectively. Mr. Shao’s research presentation was Screening a Saccharomyces cerevisiae genomic library to determine copper induced cell death pathways. Ms. Kumari’s presentation was Uncovering the genes involved in copper induced cell death pathways by screening Saccharomyces cerevisiae Genomic library. Brunilda Estrada won second place in the Genomics Category for her work on Meta-analysis of Rhomboid proteases in 30 Streptomycete Genomes.
Additional Queensborough students who presented their outstanding scientific research:
Maria Anaya; Jean Carlos Arache; Shovaine Singh; Irene Sun; Farah Gedeon; Mercedes Polanco; Haseeb Shah; Silvia Salamone; Hyo Jung Shin; Brian Um; Udya Dewanamuni; Rahel Steffen and Maria Villa.