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October, 2018

U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Little Neck) is checking an agenda item off the list by announcing a change to the North Shore helicopter route that sees aircraft flying low over northeast Queens and has been a topic for activists for years. Comment

Holliswood Center’s new orthopedics program gets rave review

Carolyn Augustus, a victim of a car accident a few blocks away from her house in St. Albans, is expecting to return home this week thanks to the care of staff at Holliswood Center’s new “In-House Orthopedics” program in Hollis. Comment

August, 2018


Queens Hospital Center to upgrade pediatric waiting room

Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica announced it will receive upwards of $25,000 toward upgrading its pediatric waiting room. Comment

Constantinides bill designed to clean up city’s water towers

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection, introduced legislation to protect residents from unsanitary water supplies coming from buildings with storage tanks kept in poor shape by landlords and building managers. Comment

Meng warns chemicals in food may harm kids

Following a July report from the American Academy of Pediatrics citing chemicals in processed food, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to address the threat food additives pose to infants and children. Comments (2)

Bay Terrace blood drive helps curb seasonal shortage

More than 150 donors signed up for the Bayside Community Summer Blood Drive, sponsored by state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), to help offset a seasonal blood shortage affecting the New York area. Comment

Flushing Hospital recognized for breastfeeding initiatives

After receiving its official Baby-Friendly USA designation, Flushing Hospital Medical Center celebrated National Breastfeeding Week Tuesday by educating members of the community about the importance of breastfeeding and demonstrating proper techniques to new or expectant mothers. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Alliance for Positive Change launches Summer of Testing campaign

Diane Delph-Tinglin was 23 years old when she was diagnosed with HIV in 2009. After feeling distraught about her diagnosis, she found her purpose and passion in life was to help educate others about HIV and the importance of testing through The Alliance for Positive Change. Comments (2)

Phase one of emergency room expansion complete at Queens Hospital Center

Phase one of a $2.5 million emergency room expansion project at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica has been completed as demand for care rises following the closure of several hospitals in the borough. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital cuts ribbon on new cardiovascular suite

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Richmond Hill held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for its new state-of-the-art Thomas Santucci Jr., MD Cardiovascular Interventional Suite to treat members of the surrounding community and air travelers at JFK. Comments (1)

July, 2018


North Shore doctor saves life of Bayside Holocaust survivor

One Holocaust survivor just might be immortal. Comments (1)

Armed guards OK at hospitals

I was just reading that Northwell Health Hospitals is arming officers to protect staff, patients, families and all who visit these facilities. Comments (5)

Whitestone resident cycles to raise funds for cancer research

Jennifer Boucher isn’t an experienced cyclist, but this will be her 14th summer participating in the Pan Mass Challenge on Aug. 4-5 to help fund-raise for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Comments (1)

Federal judge says anti-abortion protesters did not harass patients at Jamaica clinic

A federal judge ruled in favor of 13 anti-abortion protesters last Friday who have harassed and allegedly threatened patients shielded by their escorts entering Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, where women are provided health-care services, including constitutionally protected abortion services. Comments (4)

More health food offerings boost bodega sales in city

When customers walk into a corner store, commonly known as a bodega in New York City, they may not know where to look to find healthy food and snacks that are scattered among unhealthy options for purchase. Comments (1)

Flushing Greenmarket launches third season at Maple Playground

To increase health and wellness in the Flushing community and provide opportunities to learn about better nutrition and environmental practices, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with GrowNYC and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), launched the third season of the Flushing Greenmarket last week. Comments (1)

June, 2018

Before the grand opening of Curaleaf’s Forest Hills dispensary later this summer, there will be two free “Cannabis 101” educational seminars to provide Queens patients and community members with important information about the state Department of Health’s medical cannabis program and benefits of medical marijuana. Comments (1)

New York Blood Center needs donors to curb state-wide shortage

A blood shortage across the state has prompted the New York Blood Center to call on donors in multiple counties to volunteer throughout the months of June and July. Comments (1)
The Fortune Society, a Long Island City-based non-profit that has helped formerly incarcerated citizens reintegrate into the community since 1967, has launched a new program to prevent people released from Rikers Island from relapsing into substance abuse. Comment

Former Flushing resident asks for help to save her son’s life

There isn’t anything Lisa Largue wouldn’t do for her twin teenage boys — especially since one of them is in dire need of a kidney donor. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Borough’s second medical marijuana dispensary set to open in Forest Hills

The borough will be getting its second medical marijuana facility in early summer. Comments (3)

May, 2018

New Yorkers struggling with infertility would be guaranteed coverage by their health insurance plans for in-vitro fertilization under a bill sponsored by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), which passed the Assembly May 15. Comments (2)

Eat these healthy foods at your Memorial Day barbecues

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Comment

Study: Queens County is one of the top five healthiest places in New York

Financial Technology Company SmartAsset released its second annual life insurance study on America’s healthiest places and Queens County made the list, ranking fifth in the state of New York. Comment

Highland Care Center debuts upgraded facility

The Highland Care Center, a rehabilitation center in Jamaica, planned a grand reopening this Thursday to showcase its new state-of-the-art rehab gym and renovated facility. Comment

NewYork-Presbyterian brings mobile stroke treatment units to Queens

NewYork-Presbyterian is expanding its mobile stroke treatment units to Queens and Brooklyn. Comment

Mount Sinai Queens celebrates opening of $180 million Pavilion

While half a dozen of the borough’s hospitals closed in the last decade, one was plotting its expansion. Comment

How you can stay comfortable this allergy season

Allergy sufferers and asthmatics have a lot to worry about this spring, despite the prolonged cool weather, but there are ways to find comfort this allergy season, according to Dr. Lisa Roth, an allergist and immunologist at Jamaica Hospital in Richmond Hill. Comment

April, 2018

Richmond Hill

Katz declares April 20 “Life Day in Queens”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz declared April 20 “Life Day in Queens” at a flag raising ceremony attended by nearly 70 people last Friday to help raise awareness about organ donations for National Donate Life Month. Comments (2)

Activist fights for rights of disabled women

Big Bird encounters a delivery man with many boxes for 456 Sesame Street. He said someone is moving to Sesame Street. Excitedly, Big Bird runs to tell Maria in the Mail It Shop, where he meets Mrs. Rosen and her daughter Emily. Emily talks briefly about her condition and leaves with Big Bird for a tour. Comments (1)

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica lacking healthy food options: Report

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica were identified as food swamps in a report from Public Health Solutions, one of the largest public health nonprofits in New York City dedicated to helping families through research in order to help them thrive. Comments (2)

Koo bill would ban smoking on DOT, Parks Department sidewalks

A new bill will make it illegal to smoke while walking on city sidewalks. Comments (4)

March, 2018


Community rallies to support Flushing girl battling rare cancer

Friends and family are rallying to support a Flushing family whose 2-year-old daughter faces a rare form of cancer. Comment

Celebrate spring with healthier eating habits

With three crippling nor’easters battering the East Coast in quick succession, we’ve all been looking forward to March 20, first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom. Comment
Queens Hospital Center is expecting over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment from a capital projects request it made to Borough President Melinda Katz and members of the Queens City Council delegation. The hospital wants to use the money to better service its growing patient population and their needs. Comment

Praise for the Zucker Hillside Hospital

I would like to praise the Zucker Hillside Hospital for all they do in the mental health field to help the many in need. Comments (1)

February, 2018


Triplets born early brought home after long stay at Jamaica clinic

Manjinder Singh went to the hospital with his partner Navdeep Kaur so that they could prepare for a scheduled Caesarian on Jan. 16, for a trio of girls, but the triplets decided to come a day early, according to hospital spokesman Cleon Edwards. Comments (1)
St. Albans

March of Dimes to host health forum for expectant mothers

The Clergy United for Community Empowerment, in collaboration with the March of Dimes, is hosting a health forum for expectant mothers March 2 at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 172-17 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans. Comment

After young girl’s death, Peralta urges residents to get flu shots

The city’s health department confirmed that an 8-year-old LeFrak City girl’s death last week was flu related, but it was unclear if Amely Baez had received a flu shot. Comment

Legal injection centers not the answer to opioid crisis

The opioid crisis is inflicting all of our communities at an alarming rate. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point group demands youth recreation center from developers

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City continues with 22,000 residential units either being constructed or in the planning phase, but none include plans for something the neighborhood has been desperate for: a recreation center for the thousands of teens and young adults who will enter the community as a result. The Hunters Point Civic Association is hoping to change that. Comments (1)

January, 2018


NYC Legionnaires cases spiked 65 percent in 2017: Report

In 2017, New York state had a record number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease, more than any other state in the country per capita, according to the Allegiance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease. Comment
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