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October, 2017

The Civic Scene

Many civic associations concerned about homeless shelters in their neighborhoods

For years many civic leaders have been concerned when homeless people are placed in local hotels. Not only are civic associations and co-ops disturbed by the very high rents paid to house the homeless, but also because some of them are emotionally ill or addicts and wander around the streets disrupting the community. Comment

September, 2017

The Civic Scene

Bioswales plan is shortsighted

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales or rain gardens, as the city calls them. He repeated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt out of city installed bioswales at the curb in front of their homes. Comments (2)

August, 2017

The Civic Scene

Utopia Estates’ association tackles bioswales

The June 2017 issue of the Utopia News contained a message from the association president about bioswales or rain gardens. Due to a New York State requirement that more rainwater be absorbed into the ground, New York City is digging areas on the sidewalks which would absorb rainwater. Green lines indicate the proposed size of the bioswale. Comment
The Civic Scene

Nine new BSA laws will help neighborhoods

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is a five-member city agency, appointed by the mayor, whose purpose is to pass or reject variances to the zoning laws in a location when an owner wants to weaken the zoning and build more than the zoning permits. Comments (1)

July, 2017

The Civic Scene

Rikers debate becomes forum for civic leaders to complain

Last month at the Queens County Farm Museum, the Queens Civic Congress hosted a debate on the issue of closing Rikers Island. Supporters spoke for closing it, while opponents were for keeping it open. Comment
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Avella, civic groups winning battle to save parkland

Parkland is one of the amenities which make our Queens quality of life so special. Queens civic leaders applauded the recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals that said private developers can not take 30 acres of parking lot next to Citi Field to build a mega-mall and recreation center. Comment

June, 2017

The Civic Scene

High schools finish year strong

Hillcrest High School held its first Science Fair under the supervision of Pre-Med Small Learning Community Director Nelcia Skobelsky, featuring submissions by the Health Science Nursing Small Learning Community, Software Engineering students, and Pre-Med students who had performed NASA, STEM, and hydroponics research. Comment
The Civic Scene

Trucks snarling traffic at Cunningham Park

In its April newsletter, the West Cunningham Park Civic Association has complained that tractor trailers coming off the Clearview Expressway are creating traffic jams at 73rd Avenue along Cunningham Park. Comment

April, 2017

The Civic Scene

Tips for thwarting burglars and thieves

The following information was printed in a previous Community Board 8 newsletter. It is designed to give you information to help you prevent thieves and burglars from stealing from you. I have added a few of my ideas. Comments (1)

March, 2017

The Civic Scene

NE Queens residents leery about bioswales’ unintended consequences

Last year the city Department of Environmental Protection painted green letters on the sidewalks of houses in Queens. Comments (4)

February, 2017

The Civic Scene

Mayflower briefs Fresh Meadows civics on hotel planned for their turf

Since a permit was given to build a hotel at 186th Street and 64th Avenue in Fresh Meadows about three years ago, there has been no contact with the owners of the hotel. Comments (1)

January, 2017

The Civic Scene

What to do when the inevitable storms come

Did you know that snow or ice must be removed from the sidewalk within four hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the previous evening? Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Hevesi plan could help tenants living on the edge

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi has been visiting civic associations and community boards to explain his Home Stability Support Program, which he thinks would help solve the homeless problem in New York State. Currently there are 60,000 people in homeless shelters every night. To solve this problem New York City is putting homeless families in regular neighborhood hotels, which are not the answer, so neighborhood people are demonstrating against this policy. Comment

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