The parish of the Holy Family Church in Fresh Meadows is facing opposition to its plans to rent space on the roof of its school to a cellular phone company to install phone antennas.
Parents are concerned the low-level electromagnetic frequencies emitted by the antennas could have potentially harmful long-term health effects on children and adults.
Monsignor Joseph Stafford, the pastor who runs the Holy Family Church on Utopia Parkway between 74th and 75th avenues, recently put on hold plans that would allow the Nextel cellular phone company to put up the antennas until the dispute is resolved, according to a church bulletin.
The proposed deal between Holy Family Church and Nextel would net the church $14,000 a year in space rental fees.
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