Actress Drew Barrymore Gifts Forest Hills Nurse A Full Home Renovation

LIJ Forest Hills nurse receives surprise home makeover from 'The Drew Barrymore Show' – QNS.com

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — Drew Barrymore recognized a Forest Hills nurse manager for doing good in Queens by gifting her a dream home renovation.

Victoria Osei, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital, received a special dream home makeover on the “The Drew Barrymore Show” last month for her community service in Long Island and Queens.

Osei, a resident of Uniondale, came home to a newly renovated kitchen, along with a living room and dining room upgrade, designed by Barrymore on Nov. 5.

“Sometimes I look at it and say, ‘Is this real? What did I do to deserve all of this?’” Osei said. “My kitchen was so tiny — it was a living room and dining room all together, but it’s divided by walls and closets. It has been transformed into this beautiful space with new appliances, and I am truly grateful and humbled by it.”

Osei wasn’t told she was receiving the home makeover until she was in the live audience of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” which she attended with her two daughters.

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Where’s The Pond??!! Ever Wonder How Fresh Pond Road Got It’s Name?

Fresh Pond Road between Madison Street & The M Train Station in Ridgewood, Queens--nYc early 1940s-ish. | Queens nyc, Street, Ridgewood

Whenever you drive, walk or ride the infamously slow Q58 bus along Fresh Pond Road, there’s always two questions that come to mind. The first is: Why the heck is there so much traffic on this little roadway?

We can’t answer that one, but we can answer the second question: Why do they call it Fresh Pond Road when there isn’t anything close to resembling a fresh pond nearby?

Believe it or not, there were fresh ponds in the vicinity of Fresh Pond Road at one point in time. They were drained and developed centuries ago into the residential and commercial areas that we know of today.

More than that, however, Fresh Pond Road is one of the most important and historic roadways in all of Queens County. Its roots date back to a time before colonists even arrived on our shores some 400 years ago. Continue Reading ›