The Maspeth Chamber of Commerce’s Business Card Exchange is tonight (11/16) at Peggy Dempseys

Tonight is the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce’s annual business card exchange. From 6 to 8pm, Maspeth business professionals will converge on Peggy Dempsey’s Bar and Restaurant at 64-14 Flushing Avenue to eat, drink, network, and have fun.

“The Maspeth Chamber’s business card exchange event is a great way for Maspeth business professionals to meet and promote each other’s businesses,” said Joe Papavero of Papavero Funeral Home and Treasurer of the MCC.

There is a $20 donation fee, and Peggy Dempsey’s will offer a buffet style dinner to all in attendance.

Dave Daraio, the Chair of the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce added that, “This fun event is a great way to network and meet other Maspeth residents & professionals who care about our neighborhood”.

“The collaboration of local businesses at this event and all Maspeth Chamber events is vital to the strength of Maspeth’s business landscape,” added John Sanchez, the Director of Marketing at the Queens Ledger Newspaper.

This is a unique opportunity for Queens business owners to promote their trade while having a great meal with like-minded individuals.

For more information contact Joseph A. Papavero at (718) 651 3535.



Life-Size BQX Prototype Unveiled

Today, November 13th, the prototype of a new potential method of transportation connecting Brooklyn and Queens was revealed. The model BQX was unveiled at the New Lab technology space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The line would run 14 miles along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park.

Executive Director of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, Ya-Ting Liu advocated for the new line saying, “…now is the moment to move forward with this transformative project to connect hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, including over 40,000 public housing residents, to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation along the route.”  

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams believes this train will solve the lack of interconnectedness between the two areas. “Everyone is on board, for the most part, with the concept that we need better transportation from waterfront to inland.”

Despite these benefits, some concerns among residents still exist. The fact that the train would not be connected to the MTA and would therefore require its own fare was one of the concerns. The project could be completed as early as 2024.

Maspeth resident Rhona McCaughey signs letter of intent to play college ball

Msgr. McClancy student athlete Rhona McCaughey, from Maspeth, was the center of attention Wednesday at a college signing ceremony. Rhona, who plays basketball at McClancy signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Concordia College. She played CYO ball at St. Adalberts in Maspeth under coach Lou Pagnotta.

“McClancy felt like home when I first visited the school at its open house,” she said Wednesday. “I made a great decision and they supported me through my time here.”

Maspeth hoops star signs letter of intent to play for Concordia College next year.

Maspeth hoops star signs letter of intent to play for Concordia College next year.

She fondly recalled her 28-point effort in the Rose Catholic Tournament last year against Summit Academy.

“The top priority for our athletes is to excel in the classroom,” said McClancy’s director of admissions Nick Melito, as he introduced the athletes with their family to the crowd of 100 at the event. “Not only do these two role models excel in school but they make us proud on the court and field,” he said.


Looks Like Holden Wins Maspeth, Middle Village Council Seat

In an epic turnaround, after getting only 36% of the votes in the September Democratic Primary Election in the 30th Council District, it appears civic activist Robert Holden has turned the tables on incumbent Council member Elizabeth Crowley, as the board of elections has their count at 10,221 votes for Holden and 10,088 votes for Crowley by late Tuesday evening. A source close to the board of elections reported to us that there are 400 to 500 absentee ballots not yet counted, but he noted that it appears Holden was the one who focused on an absentee ballot program, not Crowley.

Holden obviously hit a nerve for voters while campaigning on a platform charging Crowley was corrupt, Maspeth kids need to have priority to get into Maspeth High School and stopping Mayor deBlasio from destroying the district. The Mayor wants to use hotels to house homeless and wants to close Rikers Island, eventually putting jails in our neighborhoods. Holden was out front in the protest at the Maspeth Holiday Inn as it was being used as a homeless shelter, blaming Crowley for not doing enough to protect the neighborhood from the mayor’s homelesss plan. Late in the campaign it was noted that Holden had a hefty social media campaign, targeted digital text messaging and hyper-targeted mailings to get his message across.

After that September democratic primary race, the Queens Republican Party took their ballot designee off the November ballot and replaced him with Holden, who got 8,457 votes on that line. Holden also received more than 1400 votes on the Conservative line and 140 votes o the ‘Dump deBlasio line.

If the numbers hold as they are now, Holden, a lifelong democrat, and president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, will be that rare breed of true civic activist – turned politician, a good sign for helping protect the character of the neighborhood in a city which is turning more centralized by the minute.

While down-zoning, getting more police in the 104th precinct and enforcing traffic laws are on the top of Holden’s to-do list his first real decision might be his political party affiliation.

Distinguished Martin Luther School alum, David Daraio, reflects on his high school experience

unnamedMeet David Daraio, MLS class of ‘94, and current Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Maspeth Federal Savings

David is a Maspeth native and has lived here for 30 years. A successful and passionate MLS grad, he stays in touch with fellow alums on social media and gets together with others regularly. David went from Teller to Senior Vice President & COO starting just 3 weeks after graduating from MLS and while starting college. He visits MLS often and enthusiastically participates in MLS Career Day.


Q: What’s your favorite MLS memory, David?

David: “How the teachers cared about every student and the 1:1 help they gave when they saw a student start to veer off track. The teachers always cared about every student’s progress – always.”

Q: Did you have a favorite teacher?

David: “Definitely Mr. Schultz – creator of the Chess Tournament that he did annually. We had a lot of good times.” [David won several times; the last year he only played the winner instead of going through the whole tournament.]

Q: How about sports at MLS?

David: “I always had a good time with intramural sports” [His class was good at hockey and, in his last year, they started an intramural basketball team]. “Even though we weren’t great, we had a good run at
the faculty,” he quickly added.

Q: Why did you choose MLS, David?

David: “Because of MLS’s small size. The personal touch and bonds of friendship that faculty and students experience, because it’s small and everyone knows each other. This can’t be replicated in other schools. The students’ experience is full because they don’t get lost in the crowd.”

Q: Advice for current MLS students?

David: “High School is some of the most exciting years of your life – a springboard to college and building toward a career, so take every opportunity MLS offers – soak it in!” David said he had a good time at
Martin Luther School, but “I learned a lot. MLS gave me a good sense of what my next steps would be after MLS, ” he emphasized.

Q: Now how about some advice for MLS students applying to college?

David: “Finding what you want to do as a career isn’t easy, so stay flexible. The school gave me good advice and I followed it, because I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to take at first. Looking back, I
wish I stayed flexible in college in picking my major. Make sure the college you choose fits your choice of major.”

Q: Anything else you want to add for a family looking for a new school?

David: “I recommend MLS because the personal touch students and parents get from the staff is better than anywhere else. The small classes enable the faculty to develop each individual student’s skill set

Q: Any parting thoughts?

David: “I am proud to be an MLS Alum. Even though there have been a lot of great changes over the years – some of the most special and amazing things about MLS have stayed the same,” he fondly added.

$3 Beers at O’Neill’s from Long Trail Brewing Co.

IMG_9566Tonight (Thursday, November 2), the Long Trail Brewing Co. is hosting an event at O’Neill’s in Maspeth.

$3 cans of Long Trail Ale will be available all night, as football fans watch the NY Jets vs. the Buffalo Bills. Patrons also have a chance to win a #longtrailgating camp chair as well.

Billy Hofmann, local CYO referee and coach from St. Stanislaus’ Ozone Park Parish, is the Regional Sales Manager for Long Trail Ale.

Hofmann has been in the brewing business since 1995. Today, he continues to be an ambassador for Long Trail Ale by bringing their signature beer to Maspeth and Queens alike.

Join us at O’Neils at 64-21 53rd Drive at 8 pm to watch the New York Jets vs. The Buffalo Bills!

Billy Hofmann

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