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Bayside school carnival helps McDonald House
BY JENNA BAGCAL
A Bayside Catholic school is holding
its second annual community carnival
and fundraiser next week in collaboration
with a nonprofi t children’s charity.
From June 21 through June 23, Our
Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Academy will host three days of food,
rides, music, games and attractions, following
the success of last year’s festivities.
On Th ursday, June 20, the OLBSCA
invites the school community to an exclusive
carnival opening and ribbon cutting
in the school parking lot. Parents and children
who attend the school can purchase
$20 bracelets prior to the grand opening
for unlimited access to rides.
Th ose interested in purchasing a bracelet
for the June 20 ribbon cutting can do
so June 17 to 20 from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. in
front of the auditorium doors. Parents and
students can also purchase bracelets aft er
school from June 17 to 19 from 2:30 to
3:15 p.m. in front of the rotunda.
Th is year, the school’s Academy Parent
Association teamed up with the Ronald
McDonald House of Long Island, a nonprofi
t charity focused on keeping families
and sick children close together while
providing them with essential resources.
APA President Christine Lucchese said
that carnival attendees can donate various
gift cards or cash donations to Ronald
McDonald House families.
Th e president said that a family member
of a student in their community works
closely with the nonprofi t. She expressed
an interest in doing a collaboration
between the school and the organization.
“Th is is a no brainer,” Lucchese said.
“Helping families in need is something
that’s close to my heart. Th eir whole concept
is just helping children in need and
keeping their families together. So even
when you go to their establishment,
when you walk in, you feel like you’re at
Some of the children from OLBSCA
volunteered at the Ronald McDonald
House and Lucchese said that people who
volunteer tend to go back and donate
more of their time.
“We’ve always supported them. Th e
school does dress downs during the year,
the kids will pay $1 or more and we
donate the money back to the Ronald
McDonald House,” added APA Vice
President Elizabeth Giangreco. “We like
that it focuses on keeping families together.
It’s a charity that focuses on family and
children and it’s teaching our kids that
we like to give back to people who really
Lucchese shared that the carnival is a
way to show inclusivity toward all people
in Queens and to get people in the borough
While there is no set donation amount,
the APA suggests donating gift cards to
places like Target, Costco, BJ’s or dine-out
restaurants. General Visa or American
Express gift cards are also acceptable as
are cash donations.
Anyone who wishes to make advance
donations can drop off gift cards or cash
at the OLBS rectory.
Th e parent association will also donate
nearly $2,000 to the Ronald McDonald
House, which the school community
raised at reach out concert in May.
Th e carnival will be in the OLBSCA
parking lot at 35th Avenue and 203rd
Street. Festivities will run during the following
dates and times:
• Friday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Saturday, June 22 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sunday, June 23 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information contact 718-229-
4434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flushing purse snatcher
loses battle over bag
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Police need the public’s assistance
in fi nding a robber who unsuccessfully
tried stealing a woman’s purse in
Flushing last week.
On Sunday, June 2, at around 9 p.m.,
an unidentifi ed man snatched a 26-yearold
woman’s purse off of her arm in
front of a Macy’s on Roosevelt Avenue.
Police from the 109th Precinct reported
that the suspect then fl ed westbound on
According to authorities, the victim’s
25-year-old male friend allegedly chased
aft er the suspect and recovered the purse
during a brief scuffl e. Cops said that the suspect
fl ed eastbound on Roosevelt Avenue.
Police describe the suspect as a dark
complexioned male between 20 and 25
years old and is approximately 5 feet,
10 inches. He was last seen wearing a
dark-colored hooded sweater, a white
shirt, blue jeans and red sneakers.
Anyone with information in regard
to the identity of this male is asked to
call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
888-57-PISTA (74782). All calls are kept
Join cops for Wellness Walk in Flushing park
BY JACOB KAYE
Walk or run, it’s your choice, but you
can do it in the name of wellness later this
month inside Flushing Meadows-Corona
Park with your local police offi cers.
On Saturday, June 22, the NYPD’s Patrol
Borough Queens North and the 111th
Precinct will host the third annual 5K
Walk/Run for Wellness in the borough’s
Th e race, which will start and end at
the foot of Meadow Lake Bridge inside
the park, is free and open to all who register.
Free kids’ entertainment, refreshments,
raffl es and giveaways will be available
to participants and those not inclined
Registration will open at 9 a.m. and the
race will begin an hour later.
Th ere are several ways participants
can register before the day of the event.
Registration forms can be fi lled out and
submitted to community aff airs offi cers
at the 104th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 111th,
112th, 114th or 115th Precincts, emailed
to email@example.com or john.erdman@
nypd.org or faxed to 718-520-0895.
Groups are encouraged to register together.
Free parking will also be available.
Photo from Google Maps, inset courtesy of NYPD
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Paul VanDerWerf
Photo courtesy of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy