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Nine liquor licenses head CB 4’s agenda

Last meeting before summer includes crime statistics update

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am

At its monthly meeting before breaking for the summer on Tuesday night, Community Board 4 offered an agenda filled with presentations from various committees and community groups.

No fewer than five new and four renewal applications for liquor licenses were addressed by the Public Safety Committee, prompting chairwoman Lucy Schilero to say, “We need to take more action” to prevent the district from becoming overwhelmed by the number of establishments serving liquor.”

She would like to see an expansion on the 500-foot rule that says no license for on-premises liquor consumption may be granted for any premises within that distance of three or more existing premises licensed and operating with an on-premises liquor license.

The board voted to approve new licenses for 12 Corazones Restaurant Bar Corp., 86-22 Roosevelt Ave., and Taqueria Juarez Restaurant Inc., 91-09 43 Ave., as well as renewals for the Little Chinantla Restaurant Corp., 96-06 43 Ave.;Nuevo Tacos Al Suadero, Inc., 97-22 Roosevelt Ave. and Diskal Inc. known as the Georgia Diner, 86-55 Queens Blvd.

It also approved a corporate change for Red Lobster Hospitality LLC at 88-01 Queens Blvd.

The board denied an application for Twins Billiards Coffee Corp., 108-45 Corona Ave. and for a renewal application for Winners Bar Inc., 82-67 Broadway.

In addition, Rung Chareon Sub Inc. at 81-10 Broadway rescinded its application for a new license and a new application for 7951 Albion LLC at 79-51 Albion Ave. is pending, as the board awaits completion of necessary paperwork.

Community board members also fielded applications for three street activity permits. Two were approved: the Christian Fair that is scheduled for June 14 on 48th Avenue between Corona Avenue and 90th Street, and the South Asian Mela, set for the same date on 73rd Street between Roosevelt and 41st avenues.

Denied was Sheba’s Multicultural Event, scheduled to take place on 73rd Street between Roosevelt and 41st avenues on May 25. According to the board’s District Manager Christian Cassagnol, the application was denied because the applicant “chose to not show up” and failed to provide the necessary petition. In effect, he said, she pulled her own application.

A report from Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson of the 110th Precinct indicated that overall crime in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is down 28 percent this year to date.

According to Leyson, during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations on May 4, no crimes were reported anywhere within or around the park.

He offered words of caution against ongoing Green Dot card scams that bilk victims out of thousands of dollars through fake telephone threats. Leyson also urged those in attendance to practice care when conducting electronic transactions in bank vestibules, where illegally-placed hidden cameras can lead to stolen identities.

A presentation by representatives of EmblemHealth, a health and wellness company that also sells insurance, focused on the various products and services the company offers, including the family caregiving program.

Tamar Ogburn, a company event planner, cautioned those in attendance who serve as caregivers to take care of themselves to avoid becoming the care receivers in the process.

She indicated that programs are available on diabetes, meditation and other health-related subjects. Regarding insurance, she reminded the audience that “knowledge is power.”

EmblemHealth is offering its fourth annual Spring Community Fair, offering free job resources, dental, vision and health screenings and a blood drive, along with carnival games, music and raffles. This event will take place at The Rock Church, 57-02 Hoffman Dr. in Elmhurst on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Representatives of several elected officials were on hand to announce upcoming events.

One program, a free forum titled, “Caregiving: A Labor of Love,” will take place at Elmhurst Hospital Center, 79-01 Broadway on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required. If interested, call(877) 926-8300.

In other announcements, the community board is holding a Green Team park clean-up event at William F. Moore Park, 51 Avenue and 108th Street on Saturday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to join parks officials and members of the board to “make a difference in your neighborhood.” To participate, RSVP no later than May 27 by calling (718) 760-3141.

QCB4’s Youth Committee announced that it is holding a Town Hall Meeting with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina at PS/IS 128, located at 69-10 65 Drive in Middle Village on Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Welcome to the discussion.