Nonnas 1977 Announces Battle of the Bands

Calling all rock bands! 

Nonnas 1977, a classic rock themed pizzeria with locations in Astoria and Bayside, just announced that they will be hosting a “battle of the bands” competition on their social media platforms.

The winning band will receive a $100 NONNAS 1977 gift card, a custom pie named after them, a feature story in the local Queens Ledger Newspaper, and a chance to perform live in front of fans at NONNAS’ Astoria location on Astoria Boulevard later this month.

To enter, bands are required to post a one-minute video performance on their Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok feed and tag @nonnas1977 Pizzeria and use the hashtag @nonnas1977bandwars. Bands can rock out to an original or cover classic rock song. If the band does not have a social media page, the performance can be submitted by emailing

NONNAS 1977 will select the top 4 bands, post each band’s performance on their Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok feeds, and NONNAS 1977’s fans will vote by commenting on their favorite performance.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, June 16th and voting will start on Friday, June 18th on all NONNAS 1977 social media platforms of Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok. 

“We are as just passionate about rock and roll music as we are about making great pizza,” said NONNAS 1977 co-owner Leon Leandrou. 

That fact is evident as soon as you walk into NONNAS 1977. 

The pizzeria names each of their pies after famous classic rock song such as “Proud Mary” or “Roxanne”. There is classic rock memorabilia on the walls, and classic rock playing on the speakers, making the NONNAS 1977 experience a rocking one.

You can follow NONNAS 1977’s “Battle of The Bands” competition on their social media accounts.

Push for Better Maternal Care at Elmhurst

Three federal elected officials were at Elmhurst Hospital last week to push for funding for  modern, safe, and equitable maternal health care experience for surrounding working class and immigrant communities.

“We know that maternal mortality is disproportionately higher amongst women of color,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This funding would be able to be used to provide more modern, safe and equitable maternal healthcare to the surrounding communities. It will also allow the hospital to provide families with more space and more privacy during delivery which will not only help control the spread of infection but also help new parents recover, bond with their baby, learn to breastfeed and care for their newborns.”

Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Grace Meng recently submitted a joint funding request for $3 million to pay for the improvements.

“We need to do better, we need to have a better and stronger infrastructure than we did before the pandemic started.” Meng said.

At the height of the pandemic, Elmhurst was one of the hardest-hit communities in the country. Elmhurst Hospital struggled to keep up with the demand. 

“This hospital is one of the only places in the world where a person’s income does not determine their quality of care,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “This hospital is one of the only places in the world that says, ‘I don’t need to see your insurance right now. I don’t need to see your papers right now. You’re a human being and we’re going to give you the best quality of care no matter what.’”

Beacon Eldercare to Host Virtual Estate Planning Seminar Via Zoom

Join this FREE Zoom seminar, hosted by Beacon Eldercare and ALJ Law, ti find out how to help your loved one live in their home longer and safer in an environment that they love.

Beacon Eldercare, located at 69-23 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, has been helping families throughout New York City to find the best practices and solutions to healthcare needs for decades. Now, through the use of the conference call app Zoom, Beacon Eldercare CEO Yvonne Murphy and Andrew Jaloza, of the Estate Planning & Elder Law Group, will share their vast knowledge during their free upcoming virtual informational seminar. 

“We want to be able to communicate with families who need our help and we’ve found that we’re able to do that by utilizing social media and meeting technology,” said Beacon Eldercare’s founder and CEO, Yvonne Murphy. “It’s important that families start a dialogue about estate planning and elder care early.”

Murphy and Jaloza are hoping that the virtual open forum gives more people the opportunity to get their estate planning and elder care questions answered. As an added bonus, four attendees will be picked at random to receive $50 gift cards from local businesses. 

Click here to enter the FREE Zoom seminar on Thursday, June 17th at 7pm

Yvonne Murphy has more than 20 years of experience with long term care, health care, housing options, consulting and supporting families who are caring for elderly loved ones. Ms. Murphy is known to be the “champion of innovative and diverse care plans for those with special needs.” She is the Founder and CEO of Beacon Eldercare, a New York licensed home care agency, and Beacon Geriatric Consulting Agency, the consulting arm of the agency. Ms. Murphy received her first Masters’ Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and continued her graduate studies to acquire a second Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College. 

Andrew L. Jaloza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Columbia University for his undergraduate studies and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1987. Andrew has been an admitted attorney practicing in the state of New York since 1988. For over 26 years, he has assisted countless families in the areas Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Business Law.

“This virtual seminar is an excellent opportunity for those with questions about estate planning and eldercare to connect with two professionals with extensive experience in those areas,” Jaloza said. “We’re looking forward to having productive and informative conversations, and also giving away some fun prizes.” 

Click here to enter the FREE Zoom seminar on Thursday, June 17th at 7pm

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