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Jackson Height community leaders to be recognized Saturday

Oct. 13, 2017 By Tara Law

Community members who work to improve Jackson Heights will be recognized for their efforts this Saturday.

The Jackson Heights Beautification Group, a civic organization dedicated to enhancing the neighborhood, will host its Good Neighbor Awards Bash. The event honors businesses, residents and groups that work with children, maintain gardens, improve apartment buildings, beautify storefronts or otherwise benefit the community.

According to Len Maniace, president of the Jackson Heights beautification group, many of the honorees this year, including the Friends of Diversity Plaza and SUKHI New York, contributed to a surge of cultural events in Diversity Plaza.

“Thanks to the efforts of local residents, the plaza has become a place to view the presidential debates and to take in arts and culture,” Maniace said. Today the pedestrian thoroughfare has become like a town square.”

This year, the event will recognize Eirik Davey-Gislason and Shekar Krishnan of the Friends of Diversity Plaza; Agha Saleh Muhammed of SUKHI New York; Juan Valencia of the Jackson Heights Community Chorus; Brigitte Guillermo, Lori Longbotham of the JH-Crew dog park; Susan Phillips; Alina Molina; John Osorio and Laura Osorio of J&C Delicious; Abby Drucker; Lisa Mesulam; James Pigman; Elena Waldman; and Sonya Gropman.

The awards will take place tomorrow, October 14, at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center. Tickets are $60 in advance, $75 at the door. Funds raised from ticket sales will go toward the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Dinner will be served by Jackson Heights Italian restaurant Armando’s. The event will be accompanied by live music by Queens vocalist Bethany Wild.




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