In a 2016 photo, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew leaves a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Community House Honors ex-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew, who has deep roots in Queens, is returning to his home borough next month to pick up an award from a leading community organization.

The Queens Community House will present Lew, a Forest Hills natice, with an award at its Strengthening Neighborhoods Inspiring Change Gala set to take place at the Museum of The Moving Image in Astoria on Oct. 23.

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Maker Faire 2012 featured a fiery volcano. Photo by Jennifer Morrow.

World Maker Faire Coming to Flushing Meadows

The East Coast’s largest celebration of invention, creativity and curiosity is making its way to Queens later this month, bringing the “Maker Movement” within walking distance of the No. 7 train.

The New York Hall of Science, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, will host The World Maker Faire on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, featuring everything from an exhibit on sustainable architecture to a live presentation hosted by Adam Savage, the former host of “Mythbusters,” as well as other special events that are sure to delight the borough’s tech heads.

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Eric Allen, president of the Association of Surrogates and Supreme Court Reporters, addresses a class of Plaza College Court Reporting students. // Photo courtesy of Plaza College

New Plaza College Class Begins Quest For 225 Words

Classes began at Plaza College in Forest Hills on Monday and for a crop of first-year students, that meant encountering a new and potentially lucrative device: the stenotype machine.

As many current court reporters near retirement, court reporting has become an in-demand job. As such, even new court reporters fresh out of training programs can earn close to six-figure salaries.

But first, students  must attain a writing rate of 225-words per minute on the 22-key stenotype machine, a tool that differs significantly from a typical QWERTY keyboard.

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Vireo Health in Elmhurst. // Google Maps photo

Unions Take a Hit — With Help From A Queens Weed Dispensary

A Queens medical marijuana dispensary is sweetening the pot for current and former union members.

Vireo Health of New York, the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Queens, will extend discounts to more than 2.5 million members and retirees of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW.

Starting on Labor Day, qualifying union members past and present will get $25 off their first purchase and a 10 percent discount on each subsequent purchase from any of Vireo’s four dispensaries — including the shop located on Queens Boulevard next to the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst.

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Croatian fans at the now defunct Scorpio Bar in Astoria during the 2014 World Cup // Eagle Photo by David Brand

5 Spots to Watch the World Cup Final in Queens

By Jonathan Sperling For one fleeting month every four years, the World Cup captivates the entire globe — and then

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