Community Board 6 and Congressman Bob Turner’s office announced that they will kick off 2012 in new digs as the board closed out formal business for the year last week.
The Dec. 14 meeting, held at the Kew Gardens Community Center, was the last one of the year for the board.
Chairman Joseph Hennessy announced that the board had just moved its offices into a new location at 104-01 Metropolitan Ave.
“It’s an exciting time for the board,” he said.
Among other amenities, the new storefront location is handicapped accessible, he said. An open house, to which the public will be invited, is tentatively scheduled for sometime in January.
The rest of the agenda consisted of greetings from several invited guests, as well as follow-up reports on ongoing business.
Former Assembly member Audrey Pheffer, appointed in May as county clerk and clerk of the Supreme Court for Queens county, discussed the importance of jury service, which she called the “cornerstone” of the city’s judicial system.
Pheffer explained to the board and a sparsely-represented public that jury duty is no longer the demanding exercise it was years ago.
Unlike in years past, when jury duty was often a two-week commitment, the majority of individuals who report now usually serve only one or two days, Pheffer said, unless they are selected to sit on a jury panel. And, Pheffer pointed out, the waiting rooms are now air-conditioned and equipped for computers, so those serving can pass the time productively.
Still, she explained, nearly two out of three individuals who are sent jury-qualifying questionnaires never respond.
She cited a recent mailing to 15,000 potential jurors.
“If we get 5,000 back, it’s a good mailing,” she said. “When you get your jury questionnaire, fill it out.”
Congressman Bob Turner was expected to address the board, but, according to a representative, he had been detained on business in Washington.
Speaking on Turner’s behalf, his district director, Bob Capano, said that the freshman congressman understands the important role community boards play, serving as the eyes and ears of communities.
“We’ll be looking to you for guidance and advice,” Capano said. “We will try to help on any matters we can. No matter will be too small.”
Capano also announced that a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Turner’s new Queens district office at 82-20A Eliot Ave. in Middle Village was to take place on Sunday, Dec. 18.
At the meeting, the board also approved applications for five new and seven renewed liquor licenses for area dining establishments.
New permits in Rego Park were approved for to Tandoor & Co., at 95-24 Queens Blvd, and two Rego Park establishments for whom no business name was available, one at 90-17 63 Dr. and another at 91-12/14 63 Dr.
New Forest Hills approvals were approved for Healthy Delights at 73-01 Yellowstone Blvd.; and Metro Gourmet Deli & Grill at 100-01 Metropolitan Ave.
Renewals in Forest Hills were granted to Thai Boulevard, formerly Swaddee, at 118-16 Queens Blvd.; Austin House Restaurant at 72-04 Austin St.; East Ocean Palace at 113-09 Queens Blvd.; and Family Restaurant at 110-80 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.
Rego Park renewals include Victoria at 91-33 63 Dr.; Tung Shing House at 97-45 Queens Blvd.; and Eilat at 97-23 64 Rd.
The board approved applications for an enclosed sidewalk cafe at Barosa, of 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, with 10 tables and 40 seats. It also approved an unenclosed sidewalk cafe with 15 tables and 30 seats at European Cafe at 70-53 Austin St. in Forest Hills.