Flushing Times

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Fresh Meadows

CB 8 fears closing of boro hospitals

Community Board 8 members unanimously passed a resolution last week against shuttering St. John’s Queens Hospital in Elmhurst and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica at the end of February, saying the closings would overburden other area medical centers. Comment
Fresh Meadows

72nd Drive named for rabbi

Family and friends of Rabbi Avraham Schechter said the late community activist has a place in the hearts of a countless number of residents throughout his former Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood, and now the name of the longtime civic leader who died in 2006 has an even more permanent home in the area. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Sikhs raise $7,000 for Singh campaign

Members of the Sikh community rallied behind Bellerose resident Swaranjit Singh Sunday evening, bolstering his City Council campaign coffers with $7,000 and another $5,000 in committed monies at a fund−raiser held at Richmond Hill’s Royal India Palace, a restaurant. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Minor fire damages Queens Village apartment

Four people were taken to Queens Hospital Center after sustaining minor injuries in a fire that severely damaged one apartment in the second section of the Hilltop Cooperative in Queens Village Monday afternoon, fire officials and residents said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

DOB must become more accountable for its actions

After the debacle over not stopping the use of poorly welded cranes which led to the deaths of two workers last year, city Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster resigned and was replaced by Robert LiMandri. During a meeting of the Queens Civic Congress last year, civic leaders spoke favorably of LiMandri. Comment
Flushing Times

Afghanistan vice consul beat wife in Flushing: DA

An Afghan diplomat was arrested and charged Friday with allegedly beating his wife repeatedly over a 15−hour period in their Flushing home earlier this month, the Queens district attorney. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Fresh Meadows

Fort Totten Tram may not need new tank

A new tram at Fort Totten that will be introduced later this spring will have greater fuel capacity, which could likely head off the construction of a natural gas station at the Bayside park’s site, City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Flushing’s Animal Haven to close its doors in March

Dismal fund−raising prospects are forcing Flushing’s Animal Haven, a no−kill shelter for cats and dogs, to close its doors in March, leaving the nonprofit’s employees scrambling to find homes for the 60 remaining cats, according to one of the group’s executives. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Documentary with Gennaro premieres

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) joined the likes of Larry David, co−creator of “Seinfeld,” and actress Julia Roberts and appeared in the documentary “Fuel,” which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and had its city premier last week at the Gerald Lynch Theater in Manhattan. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Queens can learn from Manhattan how to landmark areas

Several e−mails and the bulletin of the Historic Districts Council told of many inappropriate developments stopped in Manhattan this past year. The message to the outer boroughs is that if preservation−minded people can stop developers from destroying historic property in Manhattan, then it can be done in Queens. Many civic leaders have attended meetings sponsored by the preservation−minded HDC and Queens Civic Congress in Queens the past two years. Comment

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