Recent News & Events at City View Pharmacy

WATCH the Holiday Toy Drive interview on NY1.comHarry Xidias interviewed by NY1 News about 11th Annual Holiday Toy Drive at City View Pharmacy in Astoria, NYC 11102

TOY DRIVE 2016: Harry interviewed by reporter Shanna Fuld from NY1 News."


WATCH the Food Drive interview on NY1.comHarry Xidias interviewed by NY1 News about 11th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive 2016

FOOD DRIVE 2016: Harry interviewed by reporter Shanna Fuld from NY1 News."

Harry Xidias honored by Queens Borough President's Office, March 2016
services at City View Pharmacy in Astoria, NYC 11102 food drive at City View Pharmacy in Astoria, NYC 11102
mammogram screening program at City View Pharmacy in Astoria, NYC 11102wellness programs at City View Pharmacy in Astoria, NYC 11102 services at City View Pharmacy in Astoria, NYC 11102

Harry Xidias awarded "Citation of Honor" by Queens Borough President, May 2016. From left: NY State Senator Michael Gianaris, NY Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, City View Pharmacy's Harry Xidias, RPh and NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides

City View Pharmacy Joins AHF Pharmacy


New partnership with national non-profit will allow established NYC pharmacy to expand services

New York, NY - July 24, 2017 -- AHF Pharmacy, a non-profit pharmacy owned and operated by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), announces today that it has acquired City View Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy based in Astoria, Queens. Harry Xidias, an owner of City View Pharmacy, will continue in his role as Supervising Pharmacist and City View Pharmacy’s current employees will become AHF Pharmacy staff.

Established in 2006 by Harry Xidias, RPh and his business partner and wife Angie Xidias, City View Pharmacy, located at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard, will retain its name and current six-day operating schedule. Harry and his staff of pharmacists bring over 40 combined years expertise in the specialty pharmacy field, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C treatment, to patients throughout the five boroughs of New York City through City View's free delivery service.

"Harry and Angie Xidias and AHF are extremely happy to announce that City View Pharmacy is joining the AHF Pharmacy family,” said AHF Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Carruthers. “Harry will remain as the pharmacy’s manager to ensure that the same great services City View Pharmacy has provided for the past 11 years will continue. AHF looks forward to working with City View to empower the pharmacy to expand its services in the New York region and benefit even more patients in the years to come."

Harry Xidias, RPh, added, “It has always been City View Pharmacy’s mission to provide highest quality, compassionate care to our patients and find ways to give back to the community. This new partnership with AHF is exciting for us because our missions are so closely aligned. Expanding our services through AHF will be a new way to give back and a win-win for all those we serve.”

AHF Pharmacy is a full-service facility staffed with pharmacists who specialize in HIV/AIDS treatment (as well as general pharmacy services) that provide clients with access to the additional specialists, medications and services they need to be as healthy as possible. Revenues generated from AHF Pharmacy help contribute to caring for AHF patients around the world and 96 cents of every dollar earned at the pharmacy supports AHF’s global and national HIV/AIDS services, including treatment, testing, and advocacy.

With the addition of City View, AHF will now have 4 pharmacies in the New York region and 43 in the United States. AHF Pharmacy also offers nationwide medication delivery.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 765,000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us: @aidshealthcare


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City View Pharmacy's Free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park Begins


Astoria, NY – May 25, 2017 -- City View Pharmacy's "Free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park" will meet Wednesdays at 7pm, from June 7, 2017 through August 30, 2017.

The free yoga program, which was conceived by City View Pharmacy's General Manager Angie Xidias, is now in its sixth year and continues to draw new and returning participants. Ms Xidias, who considers herself a yoga beginner, says, "For me, the best aspect of this program is that it gives anyone the opportunity to try yoga for free and without any commitment or investment other than their time. Everyone is welcome, and all you need to get started is a large towel and the comfortable pants and shirt you already own. Then you follow the instructor's lead. I hope our Neighbors who haven't tried yoga but are curious about it will come out to the park and give it a try. It's very important for our well-being to take some time out of our very hectic lives and find a way to get some downtime in for yourself. Yoga is known to promote overall health and wellness, so that's why we are bringing this experience to our community."

The group meets in Astoria Park, in the grassy area between the RFK Bridge and the pool. (Enter a the parking lot and proceed along the path toward the river and to the right.) All are welcome. Classes are taught by professional yoga instructors from Yoga Agora of Astoria. Class will cancel due to inclement weather, so check for notifications posted on the City View Pharmacy facebook page. Participants should wear comfortable exercise-appropriate clothing and bring a large towel or yoga mat. Participants are asked to sign up prior to class at http://www.cityviewpharmacy.com, by phone at 718-545-2550, or in person at City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, NY 11102.

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Free Spring Walking Club Begins Again at City View Pharmacy!

March 31, 2017 - ASTORIA, N.Y. -- City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ will once again present the Free Spring Walking Club, open to all members of the community.

City View Pharmacy General Manager Angie Xidias said, "It's our 5th year hosting the Free Spring Walking Club for the community, which is very exciting for me. We created the program because we not only want our Neighbors to exercise in the fresh air, but also socialize, which many medical studies have shown plays an important part in health and wellness. Walking is a wellness activity that is easy, fun and almost anyone can enjoy at any age."

The Free Spring Walking Club will meet at City View Pharmacy (located at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard between 23rd and Crescent Streets) and proceed to the Astoria Park Running Track. Walks will take place each Thursday morning at 10:15am from April 20 – May 25, 2017, weather permitting. The Walk will cancel due to rain or other inclement weather, so check the City View Pharmacy facebook page for last minute cancellations. The Walk is at your own pace. All interested walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and to bring family, friends and Neighbors!



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11th Annual "Holiday Toy Drive" Begins at City View Pharmacy

City View Pharmacy will host their 11th Annual Holiday Toy Drive now through December 20, 2016.

All toys donated will benefit The Blue Child Project, founded by a former NYC police officer whose "elves" collect and deliver holiday toys to hospitalized children in New York City at Christmas.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says the annual toy drive is now a neighborhood tradition and reveals something about the community.

According to Mr. Xidias, "A holiday toy brings happiness to a sick child, but for the family that is struggling to care for them, it means even more. It reminds them that people care, and in this case, complete strangers care and are willing to help. That's not the kind of message we see in the headlines these days, but in communities like ours it's still true, and we're very happy to remind people of that hopeful message during the holiday season."

New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. (between 23rd and Crescent Streets) now through December 20, 2016.

WATCH the Toy Drive interview on NY1 NEWS

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City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program presents Free/No Cost* Mammogram Event

Astoria, NY – September 19, 2016. City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ will host its 4th annual Free Mammogram/Breast Cancer Screening Event at City View Pharmacy on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, says, "City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ offers programs that empower our Neighbors to take control of their health. We know for many women, work and family obligations can get in the way of their annual mammogram screening. Mammograms save lives, so we want to encourage women to make time for their health. We have seen that by hosting this event on a Saturday we can reach many women at a time that's convenient for them, and also that promoting the event is a reminder for ALL women in the area to schedule their annual mammogram."

To be eligible for a screening, women must be:

1) a NYC resident;

2) age 40 or older WITH health insurance; OR age 50 or older WITHOUT health insurance;

3) and have not had a mammogram in the past year.

Screenings take place inside The American Italian Cancer Foundation's Mobile Mammogram Unit which will be located outside City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, NY.

Women can register for an appointment by calling City View Pharmacy at 718-545-2550 OR they may sign up online at http://www.cityviewpharmacy.com. Appointments are limited, and given on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

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City View Pharmacy's Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive runs now through November 22nd, and periodic updates will be posted on the pharmacy's facebook page at facebook.com/City-View-Pharmacy-157740562373.

This year, food drive donors are encouraged to take a selfie with an item from their food donation and post it to facebook with the tag #CityViewFoodDrive to build awareness of the work of local food banks and encourage others to donate.

Canned food items and other non-perishable foods may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets. Please check expiration dates and be sure all packaging is labeled and in good condition.

According to City Harvest, the most needed food items are:
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables and proteins (for example, tuna, beans, etc.)
  • peanut butter (in plastic jars)
  • mac and cheese (packaged)
  • and hot and cold cereals (packaged, family-sized).

 

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City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ presents Free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park


May 23, 2016- ASTORIA, N.Y. -- City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ will once again present free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park for the community, Wednesdays at 7pm, from June 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016.

City View Pharmacy's free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park will meet Wednesdays at 7pm at Astoria Park in Astoria, NY. (Enter at the parking lot and proceed toward the river. The group meets in the grassy area to the right of the path.)

Yoga instruction will be provided once again by Yoga Agora of Astoria. Beginners are welcome. The class will cancel due to inclement weather. Notifications will be posted on City View Pharmacy's facebook page. Participants should wear comfortable exercise-appropriate clothing and bring a large towel or yoga mat.

Participants are asked to sign up prior to each session on the store's web site, cityviewpharmacy.com, by phone at 718-545-2550 or in person at City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, NY.


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HARRY XIDIAS, RPh HONORED by QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, MARCH 11, 2016


City View Pharmacy Owner/Supervising Pharmacist was presented with a Citation of Honor from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz's office Friday evening for service to the community at the annual Greek Independence Day celebration at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, NY.




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"10th Annual Holiday Toy Drive" Begins at City View Pharmacy


Astoria, NY – December 2, 2015. Now through December 21st, City View Pharmacy will host their 10th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. This year all donated toys will benefit The Blue Child Project, which collects and delivers toys to sick children in New York City hospitals on Christmas.


Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says the annual toy drive started small in 2006, and it's hard to believe that ten years have passed.


"As City View Pharmacy looks forward to our 10th anniversary next month, I'm thrilled to say our Holiday Toy Drive has grown along with us. When we heard about The Blue Child Project, we were touched. It was started by a small group of friends who decided to go into hospitals in NYC's poorest neighborhoods and give really sick kids a chance to experience the magic of Christmas on Christmas day. At City View Pharmacy, we know how important it is to put a smile on a patient's face when they're not feeling well, so it feels like a natural fit for us to support the Blue Child Project's misison," Mr. Xidias said.


New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets, now through Monday, December 21, 2015.




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10th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins at City View Pharmacy

Astoria, NY – November 2, 2015. City View Pharmacy hosts its 10th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit City Harvest.


Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy said the food drive started small and has grown into a meaningful tradition.


"When we opened City View Pharmacy in January 2006, we were the 'new kids on the block' -- and so thankful just to be here. Later that year, at Thanksgiving time, hosting a small food drive seemed like a nice way to pay it forward. Now, ten years later, our annual food drive has become something of a neighborhood tradition. Before we even set out the boxes, our employees and Neighbors ask when they can bring their canned food in. It's really humbling to see how generous people in our community are," Ms. Xidias said.


City View Pharmacy's Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive runs now through November 25th, and periodic updates will be posted on the pharmacy's facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/City-View-Pharmacy-157740562373


Canned food items and other non-perishable foods may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets. Please check expiration dates and be sure all packaging is labeled and in good condition.


According to City Harvest, the most needed food items are:

  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • mac and cheese (packaged)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)



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City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ Presents Free / No Cost* Mammograms
ASTORIA, N.Y. - Aug. 21, 2015 - City View Pharmacy is once again partnering with the American Italian Cancer Foundation to provide free, life-saving mammogram screenings as a part of CITY VIEW PHARMACY'S COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROGRAM™. Appointments will be taken through October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the screening event will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Testing takes place inside the AICF's Mobile Mammogram Unit parked outside City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, NY.

The screenings are provided by the American Italian Cancer Foundation at no cost to participants. To be eligible, women must be:
  • 1) a NYC resident;
  • 2) age 40 or older WITH health insurance; OR age 50 or older WITHOUT health insurance;
  • 3) and have not had a mammogram in the past year.


Women can register for an appointment by calling City View Pharmacy at 718-545-2550 OR sign up online at cityviewpharmacy.com. Appointments are limited and given on a "first-come, first-served" basis, so those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, says, "City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ was created because we feel strongly that good health is about more than just taking your medication. So we're excited to host the American Italian Cancer Foundation for the third straight year. These mammograms save lives, so we're reminding women, who are often busy taking care of others, not to take their own health for granted. The event has been hugely successful as women in the community are now asking us when they can come for a screening -- even before we announce the event."

City View Pharmacy is an independent community pharmacy serving the New York City area with free delivery service and offering special expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and oncology treatment. Past City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ events have included the free Spring Walking Club and free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park, as well as ongoing free blood pressure testing and free diabetes testing available every day at the Pharmacy.

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City View Pharmacy Now Accepting OTC Network Card

ASTORIA, N.Y. - Aug. 31, 2015 - City View Pharmacy now accepts the OTC Network Card. The OTC Network Card Program was designed to allow Medicare beneficiaries more convenient access to their over-the-counter benefits by using a debit-like card to purchase eligible items. The card is automatically re-loaded on a monthly basis, in accordance with the terms of the individual's coverage.

"We're excited to help our Medicare patients access these benefits using their OTC Card at City View Pharmacy. It's an easy way for seniors to lower their out-of-pocket costs health care costs," said Harry Xidias, Owner and Supervising Pharmacist of City View Pharmacy.

OTC Card members should consult the OTC card issuer for specific rules and limitations of the card's use and a list of covered items.

City View Pharmacy is located in Astoria, New York, accepts all major health insurance plans and serves patients in the five boroughs of New York City, parts of lower Westchester County and Nassau County, through its free delivery service.

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City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ presents Free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park
City View Pharmacy presents free yoga program for the community.
May 27, 2015 - ASTORIA, N.Y. -- City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ will once again present free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park for the community, Wednesdays at 7pm, from June 3, 2015 through August 26, 2015.
Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, said, "We are excited to begin our 4th year of free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park. At City View Pharmacy, we strongly believe in giving back to the community, and our yoga classes are one way to accomplish this. Practicing yoga has been shown to offer many great benefits for the body and mind, and our classes are open to beginners, so we invite everyone to try it. And it's a great way to enjoy being outside in the fresh air."
City View Pharmacy's free Summer Yoga in Astoria Park will meet Wednesdays at 7pm at Astoria Park in Astoria, NY. (Enter at the parking lot and proceed toward the river. The group meets in the grassy area to the right of the path.)
Yoga instruction will be provided once again by Yoga Agora of Astoria. Beginners are welcome. The class will cancel due to inclement weather. Notifications will be posted on City View Pharmacy's facebook page. Participants should wear comfortable exercise-appropriate clothing and bring a large towel or yoga mat.
Participants are asked to sign up prior to each session at the store's web site, cityviewpharmacy.com, by phone at 718-545-2550 or in person at City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, NY.

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City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ presents Free Spring Walking Club
City View Pharmacy promotes wellness in the community with the annual Free Spring Walking Club, Thursday evenings in May.
April 29, 2015 - ASTORIA, N.Y. -- City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program will once again present the Free Spring Walking Club, open to all members of the community to promote exercise and wellness. The Walking Club will meet at the Astoria Park Running Track in front of the "Field House" at 6:30pm every Thursday in May.
The Walk is at your own pace. All interested walkers are encouraged to join the group and bring family, friends, and neighbors. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
(The Walk will cancel due to forecasted rain or inclement weather and updates will be posted on the City View Pharmacy facebook page prior to the event, so members are encouraged to check the page before heading out to the track.)

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Annual Mother's Day Fundraiser At City View Pharmacy

City View Pharmacy will host their annual May fundraising effort to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of Mother's Day.
April 29, 2015 - ASTORIA, N.Y. -- The fundraiser gives store patrons the opportunity to make a $1 "pin-up" donation at the register to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to fund treatment and research for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. City View Pharmacy will match "pin-up" dollars collected at the store, and will donate one additional dollar for each Mother's Day gift purchased at the store.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says "May is the season of Mother's Day, so for us, that's the perfect time to give thanks for our healthy kids, and give hope to those kids who need it most with this fundraiser. St. Jude provides that hope, and shares their research freely, which saves children's lives all around the world!"

City View Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy serving the New York City area and offering special expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and oncology treatment. City View Pharmacy is also a member of the Astoria Cancer Action Council, which promotes cancer awareness in the Astoria/Long Island City community.

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IT'S OFFICIAL! City View Pharmacy's own Harry Xidias, RPh was featured in Nancy Ruhling's "Astoria Characters" column in the Huffington Post.




CITY VIEW PHARMACY'S COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROGRAM™ presents FREE / NO COST* MAMMOGRAMS

Astoria, NY - September 25, 2014. City View Pharmacy will partner with the American Italian Cancer Foundation once again to bring free, life-saving mammogram screenings to women in the community as a part of CITY VIEW PHARMACY'S COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROGRAM™. Appointments will be taken throughout October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the event will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

To participate in this program, women must make an appointment by calling City View Pharmacy at 718-545-2550 OR sign up online at cityviewpharmacy.com. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis, so those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

The screenings are provided by the American Italian Cancer Foundation at no cost to participants. To be eleigible, women must be:
  • 1) a NYC resident;
  • 2) age 40 or older WITH health insurance; OR age 50 or older WITHOUT health insurance;
  • 3) and have not had a mammogram in the past year.


Testing will take place inside the AICF's Mobile Mammogram Unit parked outside City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, between 23rd and Crescent Streets.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, says, "City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program™ is thrilled to host the American Italian Cancer Foundation for our second breast cancer screening event. This event reaches women in our community who may not have the opportunity to be screened otherwise. Women often have childcare and work scheduling issues that get in the way of their own health care needs, so by having the event on a Saturday, we believe more women will be able to be screened. In fact, last year our event was fully booked, so we know there is a great need for breast cancer screening in our community! "

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City View Pharmacy's Community Wellness Program presents "free Summer Yoga in the Park", starting June 4th

Astoria, NY - June 2, 2014. City View Pharmacy presents free Summer Yoga in the Park for the community.
Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, said, "This will be our third year presenting free Summer Yoga in the Park. We believe in creating wellness programs like this because good health requires more than just visiting your doctor or taking your medications. Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits, as well as the social benefits of being part of a group, getting out and connecting with others."
City View Pharmacy's free Summer Yoga in the Park will meet Wednesdays at 7pm, June 4th through August 27, 2014, in Astoria Park, Astoria, NY. (Enter through the parking lot and proceed toward the river. The group will meet in the grassy area to the right.)
Instruction is by Yoga Agora of Astoria. Beginners are welcome. The class will cancel due to inclement weather. Notifications will be posted on the pharmacy's facebook page. Participants should wear comfortable exercise-appropriate clothing and bring a large towel or yoga mat. Participants are asked to sign up prior to each session at the store's web site, cityviewpharmacy.com, by phone at 718-545-2550 or in person at City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, NY.

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CONGRATULATIONS, HARRY!
"Harry Xidias, RPh, of City View Pharmacy, to be Honored By Powhatan-Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club"

We are very proud to announce that Harry Xidias, RPh, Owner/Supervising Pharmacist of City View Pharmacy, will be one of four community members honored by the Powhatan-Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club on May 8th at their Annual Dinner Dance.

The other honorees are:

  • Sue Yacka, Communications Manager, NYC Anti-Violence Project
  • Frank Proscia, M.D. President, Doctors Council SEIU
  • and Wafa Abboud, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Human First.
 

We congratulate them on this achievement and thank them for their dedication to the diverse needs of our vibrant community.

For those interested in purchasing tickets to attend the event or purchasing a congratulatory ad in the event Journal, contact Mary Anne Kelly of the Powhatan-Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club as soon as possible for more information at 718-274-4675.

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"2nd Annual Spring Walking Club, a free Community Wellness Program, at City View Pharmacy"

Astoria, NY - April 9, 2014.

City View Pharmacy will once again host a free Spring Walking Club for all interested members of the community.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, said the pharmacy's energy and focus remains on improving the overall health of the community and therefore will bring back the Spring program for all to participate in. Last year’s Free Spring Walking Club was very successful in bringing neighbors together for both exercise and socialization, two very important aspects of wellness.

"As a health care business, we understand the importance of supporting and reinvesting in the community we serve, so I am very excited to offer this FREE COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROGRAM. It's been an especially long winter -- so our Spring Walking Club can play an important part in getting us back outside and moving again! This is an easy exercise program for all ages to participate in, at their own pace, so we hope the community will come out take advantage of it."

The Spring Walking Club will meet Wednesdays, from April 23 to May 28, weather permitting. The group will start their walk at 7pm at City View Pharmacy, located at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard, between 23rd and Crescent Street. Registered walkers will receive one free City View Pharmacy pedometer to monitor their progress, while supplies last.


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ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER Begins at CITY VIEW PHARMACY

Astoria, NY - March 21, 2014. City View Pharmacy will host their annual spring fundraising effort to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The fundraiser gives store patrons the opportunity to make a $1 "pin-up" donation at the register to fund treatment and research for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says he can't think of an easier, more direct way to support children's health on a global scale than by supporting St. Jude's. "When you consider that St. Jude's breakthroughs are shared freely with other medical institutions, you can see how your donation not only save lives here, but continues to save children's lives around the world."

The promotion will run through April 20th and City View Pharmacy will match the first 1,000 "pin-up" dollars collected at the store. All proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

City View Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy serving the New York City area and offering special expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and oncology treatment. City View Pharmacy is also a member of the Western Queens Cancer Action Council, which promotes cancer awareness in the Western Queens community.


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"8th Annual Holiday Toy Drive" underway at City View Pharmacy

Astoria, NY - December 2, 2013. From now through December 17th, City View Pharmacy will host their 8th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. This year all donated toys will benefit the Family Center of NYC, which provides services to families affected by serious illness, crisis and loss.

To donate, bring a new, unwrapped toy to City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Blvd. (between 23rd and Crescent Streets).

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says the toy drive started when the pharmacy opened with just a few toys in a cardboard box and has become more successful each year, in spite of recent economic ups and downs.

"Every year we run the toy drive and every year our neighbors generously respond to the call. This year all the toys we collect will benefit the children of the Family Center, many of whom have a family member with HIV or other serious illness. Their family's resources and energy may be drained from managing their health, so bringing the kids happiness through a toy is a very direct way to help them enjoy the holidays," Mr. Xidias said.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets or, alternately, online donations may be made through a link at City View Pharmacy's web site, www.cityviewpharmacy.com.


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Continuing the Tradition of Giving: 8th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Astoria, NY - November 11, 2013   City View Pharmacy is sponsoring its 8th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit City Harvest.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, recognizes the importance of neighbors helping those most in need. "As a community-based business, we feel a sense of responsibility and using our store as a drop-off location for City Harvest is a natural, easy decision for us."

"Local food banks are still very low since Hurricane Sandy hit and the news that more New Yokers will depend on the food banks in the coming months concerns us. Those who CAN help may not know how. The food drive makes it easy for anyone who has even one extra can of food in their pantry to help by bringing it down to the pharmacy by the 26th, in time for Thanksgiving."

The Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive runs through November 26th. Canned food items and other non-perishable foods may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets.

According to City Harvest, the most needed food items are:

  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • canned proteins (i.e. tuna or salmon)
  • macaroni and cheese
  • peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)


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SPECIAL COMMUNITY WELLNESS EVENT: FREE/NO COST* MAMMOGRAMS at CITY VIEW PHARMACY

Astoria, NY - October 7, 2013   City View Pharmacy will host a special Community Wellness Event on November 2, 2013 offering Free Mammograms to eligible women in the community.

The event is sponsored by the American Italian Cancer Foundation and the mammograms will be provided at no cost to participants. To be eleigible, women must be NYC residents who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Women WITH health insurance must be age 40 or older and women WITHOUT health insurance must be age 50 and older. Testing will take place inside the Mobile Mammogram Unit parked outside City View Pharmacy at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, between 23rd and Crescent Streets.

To participate in this program, women must sign up by October 18th to get an appointment by calling City View Pharmacy at 718-545-2550.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says, "We discovered the American Italian Cancer Foundation through our participation in the Queens Library Cancer Action Council and are thrilled to host them at City View. This event is a great fit in continuing our very successful Community Wellness Programs because it not only brings free mammograms to women in our community, but also helps raise awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

City View Pharmacy is an independent community pharmacy serving the New York City area with free delivery service and offering special expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and oncology treatment. Past Community Wellness Programs have included the free Spring Walking Club and free Summer Yoga in the Park, as well as ongoing free blood pressure testing and free diabetes testing every day at the Pharmacy.

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City View Pharmacy Combats Mail Order Trend by Expanding Free Delivery Service to Westchester & Long Island

Astoria, NY Jun. 20, 2013   City View Pharmacy Owner/Supervising Pharmacist, Harry Xidias, said the expansion of City View Pharmacy's service area is one way to combat the insurance business trend requiring chronically ill patients to use a mail away, or "warehouse", pharmacy.

"When patients are battling a chronic disease every day, they don't need to battle their insurance company too, and get their medications from basically a warehouse that has no connection to their treatment. That model just won't work for many patients, especially those with complex conditions like HIV and HCV, " Mr. Xidias said. "These patients need easy and reliable access to their medications, a pharmacist with expertise in a particular disease state AND a pharmacist who gets to know them and wants to work closely with their physician to keep their treatment on track. That's why patients and providers call on City View Pharmacy... and they want to stay with us."

Recently legislation was passed in New York to protect most patients from the warehouse pharmacy trend so that patients may fill prescriptions at brick-and-mortar pharmacies without penalty. But, particularly in cases of prescriptions they label "specialty drugs" for the chronically ill, insurance companies have been slow to inform their members and/or comply with the law. So slow, in fact, that earlier this month New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman got involved by fielding complaints from unhappy patients and contacting insurance companies directly.

"Access to high quality pharmacy care is critical to quality of life, so we're very excited to expand free delivery outside New York City and serve Westchester County and Long Island," Mr. Xidias said. "Patients with chronic conditions need options. Our plan is to keep doing what we do best, putting patients first, and go the extra mile for those who need it most."


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City View Pharmacy's free summer Wellness Program, "Yoga in the Park", begins Wednesday, June 5th

Astoria, NY June 3, 2013   City View Pharmacy is hosting a free Summer Yoga Program for adults in the community.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, said, "We're excited to continue our Wellness Program by offering free Yoga in the Park. City View Pharmacy's free Spring Walking Club Wellness Program ended last week, so this offers a new outdoor activity for summer. We want people to remember that good health requires more than just visiting your doctor or taking your medications. Yoga is good for the body and mind. Plus, there's a great social aspect: we enjoying catching up with our neighbors, as well as meeting new ones."

City View Pharmacy's free Yoga in the Park will meet Wednesdays at 7pm, June 5 through August 28, 2013, in Astoria Park, Astoria. (Enter through the parking lot and proceed toward the river and to the right.) Instruction will be provided by Nick and Juan from Yoga Agora of Astoria. Participants should wear comfortable exercise-appropriate clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Adults are invited to sign at up any time prior to each session at the store's web site, by phone to 718-545-2550 or in person at City View Pharmacy.


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ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY FUNDRAISER at CITY VIEW PHARMACY

Astoria, NY - May 10, 2013   City View Pharmacy will host their annual spring fundraising effort to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The fundraiser gives store patrons the opportunity to make a $1 "pin-up" donation at the register to fund treatment and research for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The promotion will run through June 15th and City View Pharmacy will match the first 1,000 "pin-up" dollars collected at the store. City View will also donate a dollar for each Mother's Day gift or gift basket purchased at the store. All proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says this benefit for St. Jude's has become an annual tradition. "Each spring we look forward to supporting St. Jude's with this fundraiser because of the amazing work they do for sick children. Mother's Day seems like the perfect time to start because we are reminded of just how fortunate we are to have healthy kids. We want to reach out to help those families who are not so fortunate and are struggling with these terrible conditions," Mr. Xidias said.

City View Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy serving the New York City area and offering special expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and oncology treatment. City View Pharmacy is also a member of the Astoria Cancer Action Council, which promotes cancer awareness in the Astoria/Long Island City community.


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City View Pharmacy's free Spring Walking Club continues!

Astoria, NY April 2, 2013   City View Pharmacy is sponsoring a free Spring Walking Club for all interested members of the community.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy, said the goal of the Spring Walking Club is to get people out for some exercise and companionship in the fresh air after what for many has been a long, cold winter.

"I am so excited to start City View Pharmacy's Walking Club now that Spring weather is around the corner. I feel we have a responsibility to our comunity to provide all around good health care to our neighbors. Keeping healthy is a total package, it's not just about visiting your doctor or making sure you take your medication. Exercise is a very important part of keeping yourself healthy. Our Walking Club is an easy exerices program that anyone, young or old, can do and we can't wait to get started."

The Walking Club will meet Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm April 2, 2013 through May 30, 2013. The group will start their walk at City View Pharmacy, located at 23-07 Astoria Boulevard, between 23rd and Crescent Street.

All are invited to sign at up any time to join the FREE Walking Club at the store's web site or in person at the store. Registered walkers will receive a free City View Pharmacy pedometer to monitor their progress.


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7th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at City View Pharmacy

Astoria, NY - November 2, 2012. City View Pharmacy is sponsoring its 7th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit City Harvest.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, said this year's food drive is especially important, due to Hurricane Sandy. "After seeing the devastation right here in NYC, we're reminded that simply having food to eat and a roof over your head is a blessing. Many of our neighbors have lost everything. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, if you're fortunate enough to have an extra can of food in your pantry, please consider donating it to those who do not," Mr. Xidias said.

The food drive runs through November 21st. Canned food items and other non-perishable foods may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets. According to City Harvest, the most needed food items are non-perishable foods that do not need power to prepare (for example, peanut butter, canned fruit, family-size boxes of cereal.) No glass jars, please, except for baby food.


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"Art for a Cause" Closing Reception at City View Pharmacy, Friday, October 15, 2010 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Astoria, NY - October 8, 2012.The "Art for a Cause" art exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Greek Division will end at City View Pharmacy next week. A closing reception will take place on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The reception is open to the public. Any unsold paintings will remain on sale until the end of the reception.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy and a longtime friend of the artist, Ms. Lena Medina, said the idea came to her to do an art show at the pharmacy because she is a believer in the healing power of art. "There is a healing power to art. It inspires us in so many ways. With this show, we can bring that healing power to our community. Lena is a beautiful, peaceful spirit and it comes out in the art she creates. Using the pharmacy as a platform, we are able to bring this art exhibit to our community, support a local artist, and help seriously ill children with our commission, too. It's a win for everyone and I am excited for this opportunity to bring it all together," Ms. Xidias said.

City View Pharmacy is a family-owned, independent pharmacy serving New York City. City View Pharmacy is also an active member of the Astoria Cancer Action Council, which promotes cancer awareness in the Astoria/Long Island City community.


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"Art for a Cause" at City View Pharmacy

Astoria, NY - May 27, 2010. City View Pharmacy will host "Art for a Cause", a fine art exhibit benefiting the Ronald Mc Donald House Greek Division.

The exhibit will feature abstract paintings by local artist Lena Medina with a gallery-style opening to take place at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Boulevard, in Astoria on Thursday, June 3rd from 6pm-7pm. The show will be open to the public and the artist will be on hand at the opening to discuss her work and answer questions. The paintings are reasonably priced, from $125 and up, with 10% of the sale price of each work donated to Ronald Mc Donald House Greek Division, the Greek-American community's fundraising arm of the Ronald McDonald House in NYC. The show will run through October 15th with paintings on view in the pharmacy daily during regular business hours.

Angie Xidias, General Manager of City View Pharmacy and a longtime friend of the artist, said the idea came to her to do an art show at the pharmacy because she is a believer in the healing power of art. "There is a healing power to art. It inspires us in so many ways. With this show, we can bring that healing power to our community. Lena is a beautiful, peaceful spirit and it comes out in the art she creates. Using the pharmacy as a platform, we are able to bring this art exhibit to the community, support a local artist, and help seriously ill children with our commission. It's a win for everyone and I am excited for this opportunity to bring it all together," Ms. Xidias said.

City View Pharmacy is family-owned, independent pharmacy serving the New York City area. City View Pharmacy is also an active member of the Astoria Cancer Action Council, which promotes cancer awareness in the Astoria/Long Island City community.


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"6th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive" at City View Pharmacy

Astoria, NY - November 4, 2011. City View Pharmacy is sponsoring its 6th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit City Harvest.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says the food drive started small and has become more successful each year, in spite of hard economic times in the area.

"Food prices keep rising. People need help. City View Pharmacy is happy to lend a hand by collecting food for City Harvest. We have run this food drive for the last five years and every year we collect more food. We are touched by the generosity of the community," Mr. Xidias said, noting that last year over 200 pounds of food were collected in the three week long drive.

The promotion runs through November 22nd. Canned food items and other non-perishable foods may be dropped off at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd. between 23rd and Crescent Streets. According to City Harvest, the most needed food items are: canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter (plastic jars), mac and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereals (packaged, family-sized). No glass jars please except for baby food.


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"Give Thanks, Give Hope" at City View Pharmacy

Astoria, NY - April 8, 2010. City View Pharmacy will host a fundraising effort benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The effort entitled "Give Thanks, Give Hope" benefiting St. Jude's is conducted through retailers and gives store patrons the opportunity to make a $1 "pin-up" donation at the register to fund treatment and research for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Harry Xidias, Pharmacist/Owner of City View Pharmacy, says this benefit for St. Jude's is close to his heart.

"In our own family, we have both loved ones who lost their battle with cancer as well as loved ones who beat the odds. When you add in friends and neighbors from the Pharmacy, you begin to realize that cancer touches everyone's life in some way. So it's only natural to want to fund research and treatment, especially for kids, as St. Jude's does so well," Mr. Xidias said.

The promotion will run through the end of April and City View Pharmacy will match the first 1,000 "pin-up" dollars collected at the store. All proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

City View Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy serving the New York City area and offering special expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and oncology treatment. City View Pharmacy is also an active member of the Astoria Cancer Action Council, which promotes cancer awareness in the Astoria/Long Island City community.


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