LIC/ASTORIA JOURNAL: "New Makerspace Opens at Variety Boys & Girls Club"
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Creative Queens residents now have a new local space to let out their inner maker.

Last Tuesday, the Variety Boys and Girls Club and IONYC officially unveiled their new makerspace, equipped with electronics, power and woodworking tools, and 3D-printing technology.

The collaboration started when two local tech entrepreneurs, Joe Kim and Louis Cooper, decided they wanted a regular space for their projects. They founded IONYC, a community of creative people and “makers,” which Kim described as individuals who make things out tools and scrap materials using technology. 

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LIC/ASTORIA JOURNAL: "Astoria Characters Day Celebrates Local Residents"
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On Sunday, more than 100 “Astoria characters” and their supporters filled the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens for an event to celebrate their stories.

Journalist Nancy Ruhling's column, “Astoria Characters,” appears in this newspaper, and is also published on The Huffington Post website. It tells the stories of everyday people, their struggles, triumphs and successes.

She has written approximately 416 profiles of Astoria’s residents and small businesses over eight years.

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LIC/ASTORIA JOURNAL: "Variety Boys & Girls Club Honors Club Alumnus"
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Last Tuesday, the Variety Boys and Girls Club honored prominent Club Alum Milko Campusano at a cocktail style reception benefiting the children of the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens. 

The intimate fifty person event was held at the Microsoft Office in Times Square, Manhattan.

Variety's Executive Director, Matt Troy, opened up the night by sharing the exciting new programs that the Club is now offering. "We're really expanding our programs at our Club and at new program sites," he exclaimed to the attendees.

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LIC/ASTORIA JOURNAL: "Variety Honors Longtime Astoria Houses Leader"
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To kick off a new series honoring local community heroes, the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens recognized longtime Astoria Houses leader Claudia Coger last Thursday.

In addition to leading the tenants' association, Coger has advocated for the Astoria community for decades. Her son, now 65 years old, used to attend the after-school programs at Variety, where he was once awarded “Boy of the Year.”

“I’m a little emotional,” Coger said after she accepted the honor. “It’s been a long journey. I’ve seen many, many changes come to Astoria.”

Coger’s record of community activism ranges from fighting for voting and civil rights to gender equality. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. down the National Mall during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.


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