December, 2011


Tidings of Comfort and Joy

The Queens publishing family wishes our readers a holiday season filled with joy and hope. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Flight 1225 nonstop to Santa’s shop

Patients from Cohen Children’s Medical Center took off from LaGuardia Airport and landed at the North Pole Saturday, where they met Santa Claus and received gifts to brighten their day. Comment.

Fight against secondhand smoking

Fresh air is a precious commodity and a right for all New Yorkers, but many multi-unit dwellings are not smoke-free environments. Comments (6).
Far Rockaway

St. John’s hospital fails to meet blood work standards: State

The state has ordered St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway to stop its services related to blood work after the medical center’s lab failed to meet New York state health standards. Comments (1).

Take care of seniors’ eyesight

As you are well aware, the U.S. economy is experiencing a major downturn. Often when faced with tough economic times, our senior communities on fixed incomes hurt the most when their health care falls by the wayside. During our current financial crisis, I want to make sure their eye health is not neglected. Comment.

CB 5 sponsors blood drive

In its continuing effort to meet the ongoing shortage of blood, particularly during the holiday season, Community Board 5 is sponsoring a Blood Drive Dec. 29. The NY Blood Center Mobile Bus will be parked in front of its board office at 61-23 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale. Comment.

Crowley wants Cuomo to consider hospital access in Queens, Bronx

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month requesting they “start a conversation” on how to address Queens’ and the Bronx’s diminishing health care access following the establishment of a work group to deal with Brooklyn hospitals. Comment.
Long Island City

Bloomy slams Sebelius on Plan B decision

Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for making the morning-after pill unavailable to women younger than 17 at a LaGuardia Community College event Monday morning. Comment.
New Hyde Park

New Hyde Park welcomes$300M Katz Women’s Hospital

North Shore-LIJ’s new 10-story New Hyde Park building may look more like a hotel than a hospital, but the health system’s officials proudly boast that the 300,000-square-foot glass tower will provide the best care possible. Comment.

Miller hosts free mammography event

State Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) will be providing free mammograms to qualified women in the area. Comment.

Martial arts experts grow mustaches to KO cancer

A mustache has always signified something about the man wearing it, whether it be machismo, an ironic appreciation of 1970s styling or — ever since the ’stache-twirling villains of vaudeville — one’s nefarious character. Comment.

New Women’s Support Group

The Queens Counseling Services is announcing the formation of a free women’s support group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, at 43-43 Bowne St. in Flushing. Comment.

Ex-Maspeth firefighter beats cancer at North Shore

Patients at the Monter Cancer Center who complete their treatment and are declared cancer-free will now be ringing a bell signifying the milestone after a firefighters’ cancer support group donated the bell last week. Comment.

MediSys names Levine to Flushing Hosp. post

The parent company of Jamaica and Flushing hospitals announced last week that it is reorganizing administrators at both medical facilities. Comment.

November, 2011

St. Albans

Queens Hospital fills hospital closings gap

A representative from Queens Hospital Center paid a visit to Community Board 12 during its monthly meeting last week to reassure the southeast Queens community that it does have viable health care options in its backyards. Comment.

Corona shop sold uninspected poultry to groceries: Feds

A Corona halal slaughterhouse has been barred from selling uninspected poultry after it was found to have been marketing its wares to supermarkets and groceries in Queens instead of to individuals, U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said last week. Comment.

Blood drive held at Whitestone Volunteer Community Ambulance

A blood drive for New York Hospital Queens was held at the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance Saturday. Comment.

Tourette center to close

A unique resource for people living with Tourette syndrome and their families is planning to close its doors in Bayside early next year, leaving the community searching for alternatives to the counseling services it has provided for nearly three decades. Comment.

LIC medical center expands to SE Queens

Help is on its way to southeast Queens. where medical experts say there is a huge void when it comes to women’s health issues. Comment.

October, 2011


Mayor touts an apple a day - literally

Commuters at the Steinway Street stop of the E, M and R trains could have picked up more than the morning paper on their way into and out of the Astoria subway station Monday. Comment.
Middle Village

West Nile virus kills 60-yr-old Queens man: City

A 60-year-old man recently died from West Nile virus in Queens, which city tests indicated is home to the most mosquitoes that carry the virus in all of the five boroughs, and the city is currently testing a woman who might be from Middle Village for the virus. Comment.

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East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst center touts hearing aids

In a presentation at East Elmhurst’s Lexington Hearing and Speech Center last week, audiologist Solange Anderson spoke about the recent advances in hearing aid technology, saying that even those who suffer from mild hearing loss can benefit from an aid. Comment.

Qns. College shines light on domestic violence

At the start of her relationship with her partner, Hope was emotionally abused and did not consider herself a victim until the abuse became physical. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Ambulance saves one of its own

Ted Rabinowitz has performed CPR and saved lives as part of the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps for more than three decades. But he never imagined his quick-thinking colleagues would end up saving his own after a heart attack earlier this year. Comments (5).

SQUISH mulls over Huntley’s health care plan

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced a new plan last week she hopes will solve the health crisis that has been gripping southeast Queens for years, but health advocates want to make sure the proposal has enough meat on its bones to make a change. Comment.

Residents need more West Nile info

I read with great interest the article “West Nile sickens Whitestone senior” in the Sept. 22-28 Whitestone Times. The story said that “Whitestone has been sprayed for mosquitoes five times this year, the latest taking place last week, according to the DOH.” Comment.

Torture victims land at Elmhurst

A surprising number of the immigrants in Queens have been tortured by oppressive regimes or police forces abroad, but a organization at Elmhurst Hospital Center that was honored by lawmakers Friday helps those victims put their lives back together. Comment.

September, 2011


Sickle Cell sufferers march to put disease in spotlight

About 60 people marched from York College to Roy Wilkins Park Sunday to bring attention to a disease they say does not get the attention it deserves. Comment.

Whitestone senior contracts West Nile

An elderly Whitestone man became the latest victim in the borough of the West Nile Virus and even though he is expected to make a full recovery, his family and borough leaders are demanding action to prevent it from happening again. Comment.

Centenarians fill Ozanam Hall

At Ozanam Hall in Bayside, there is a select group of people who have earned their way into one of the nursing home’s more exclusive clubs. While the average age of the more than 400 residents hovers somewhere around a spry 90, Ozanam is home to 18 people 100 or older, and that number looks like it is only going to get bigger. Comment.
New Hyde Park

North Shore doctors save life of infant in the womb

A Long Island family returned to North Shore University Hospital last week to thank doctors for saving their infant son’s life — before he was even born. Comment.

New Astoria medical center offers cross-disciplinary care

In response to three hospitals closing in Queens in the last three years, a new medical center in Astoria seeks not only to bring back more primary care but also enhanced eye care. Comment.

Bloomy in LIC praises decline in city smoking

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-smoking policies have been criticized as draconian, he declared them a success on a visit to the city Department of Health in Long Island City, saying the number of adult smokers is at an all-time low of 14 percent. Comment.
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