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On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Queens Chamber of Commerce sponsored her second annual Queens Day with Business and Civic leaders and the Queens BP Melinda Katz with her team descended to Albany to meet with State legislators on important issues, the most important being funding their initiatives.

Prominent among organizations that join in the legislative pilgrimage included the EMU Health team led by their CEO himself Daniel Lowy, the Floating Hospital team included their Executive Director Hannah Stein, Cynthia Davis Director of Outreach and Brian DiPaolo -Director of Institutional Advancement and the When In Need Foundation was represented by their Dir. of Media Dr. George Onuorah.

From Left: Beata Puchacz from EMU Health, Dr. George Onuorah Director of Media When In Need Foundation, Cynthia Davis Director of Outreach at Floating Hospital,Tom Grech Executive Director Queens Chamber of Commerce and Michael Bazan from Floating Hospital
Dr. George Onuorah WIN Foundation, NYS senator James Sanders Jr, Beata Puchacz EMU Health and Daniel J. Lowy CEO & Principal EMU Health

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Small Business Saturday 2018 Business Networking Event at Starbucks

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Baisley Gardens ” Tales from the Lobbies”

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Hundreds of children in and around the Baisley Gardens community came out for Baisley Gardens LP’s  2nd Annual Spootacular “Tales from the Lobbies” Halloween event.

The tenants of Baisley transformed the lobbies into a Halloween ghost house filled with spiderwebs, pumpkins, skulls, candy, ghost sounds and much more.

 

 

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Southeast Queens Community Gathers to Commemorate Beloved Barber at Street Co-Naming Ceremony

In June, the City Council passed Local Law 139, which included the proposal by Council Member I. Daneek Miller (D-Hollis) to co-name the street corner at 99th Avenue and Hollis Avenue in memoriam to the famed Strictly Skillz barbershop co-owner and master barber, who was gunned down last year in a botched robbery attempt.

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September 18, 2018Hollis, NY – Last Sunday, local representatives and community members joined the family of the late Zanu Glenroy Simpson to unveil the street sign for Zanu G. Simpson Way.

 

In June, the City Council passed Local Law 139, which included the proposal by Council Member I. Daneek Miller (D-Hollis) to co-name the street corner at 99th Avenue and Hollis Avenue in memoriam to the famed Strictly Skillz barbershop co-owner and master barber, who was gunned down last year in a botched robbery attempt.

 

His parents’ pursuit of the American Dream brought Mr. Simpson to Hollis from his family’s home in Hanover, Jamaica, one year following his birth. The principles they instilled in him were the driving force for all of Zanu’s achievements; first as as a star athlete in football and basketball with the Springfield Rifles, then later at Bayside High School where he was selected for the New York City Coaches Association All-City Football Team.

 

Mr. Simpson hung up his jersey after high school to learn the trade of barbering under his brother and Strictly Skillz founder Sam “Sneed” Simpson, and went on to become a master at the trade with a clientele that included celebrities like hip-hop artists Mobb Deep, Meek Mills, Bow Wow, and NBA All-Star Kevin Durant.

 

Affectionately known in the community as Z Da Great, Zanu was especially adored for the charitable works he performed, including the free haircuts he offered to neighborhood kids and annual back-to-school giveaway at Peters Field that he and his brother organized.

 

“I offer my condolences to the family of Zanu Simpson,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “A street naming is symbolic of a neighborhood’s identity and tells future generations its story. The dedication of Zanu G. Simpson Way will reflect that Z was a man of initiative who never lost his humility despite his success, and gave unsparingly to his community.”

 

“I thank Councilman Miller for his efforts in providing this street co-naming,” said brother Sam ‘Sneed’ Simpson. “Zanu was truly genuine, and losing him was devastating to our family. Though my baby brother, best friend, and co-worker is gone, Zanu’s death will not be in vain. I will honor his legacy by continuing the work we did together, including Z Da Great Day at Peters Field. This is just the beginning.”

 

“Zanu Simpson was a successful, beloved community member with a network of friends, family, and customers that stretched far beyond Southeast Queens,” said Senator Leroy Comrie. “His death shook so many and reminded us of the terrible toll that gun violence takes on communities of color. I commend Council Member Miller for his efforts to rename the street outside of Strictly Skillz in memory of Zanu.”

 

“In renaming this street after Zanu G. Simpson, we memorialize him as a beloved community leader, a successful barber, and generous neighbor,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks. “This street will serve as a reminder to us all of the cost of senseless violence, and will allow us to honor Mr. Simpson as it stands at the center of the community he so loved and served. Our thoughts continue to be with his family and loved ones.”

 

“We celebrate and honor Zanu G. Simpson,” said Assemblyman Clyde Vanel. “He was a gem in this neighborhood and a community leader. May his legacy live on.”

 

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