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Flocking to see the flocks at Gateway

It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... actually, yes, it is a bird.Approximately 125 birders from across the tri-state area came out to enjoy the day-long annual Shorebird Festival at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near Broad Channel last Saturday.

Thursday 08/21/2014
Judge rules with city in Willets Point case
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:42 am

After an uphill battle, the petitioners of the Willets West lawsuit have not prevailed.

Justice Manuel Mendez ruled Monday that, despite claims of land use violations, the city and the Queens Development Group can move forward with their plans to build a shopping mall and entertainment center on parkland.

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Casino offers kids a chance to play
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:42 am

An often-forgotten park on the shores of Jamaica Bay that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy is getting a fix up, thanks in part to a big donation from Resorts World Casino New York City.

The gaming facility, located about a mile away from the park, announced it will donate $40,000 to reconstructing the Hamilton Beach Playground in Hamilton Park. The playground, located on federal land between the A train subway tracks and Hawtree Creek, across from Charles Park, was devastated in Sandy and has not been repaired since.

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New group does clean sweep at Merrick, 109
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:42 am

Though he is still just 22, Christopher Peguero of St. Albans has been building a resume of community service projects.

And with litter and dumped trash creating eyesores in many communities in Southeast Queens, forming the South East Queens Clean Up Group probably just came naturally to him.

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Future of Klein farm remains murky
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:42 am

Area civic leaders remain concerned about the future of the Klein farm property in Fresh Meadows following its recent sale to a convicted felon who illegally tore down trees on the protected site.

Ziming Shen of Manhattan, who runs a preschool on the historic Klein property at 194-15 73 Ave., remains under house arrest for stealing funds designated for poor children’s lunches from his chain of Red Apple preschools.

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Woodhaven fuming over building ruling
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:41 am

It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.

The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.

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PA officials have riled-up roundtable
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:42 am

Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the leadership of Queens Quiet Skies challenged the Port Authority to allow a democratic vote and refused to move forward and establish the divided roundtable.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:42 am

Plan to shift Rikers cases to Queens DA is criticized by many

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Arborcide in Bayside riles the community
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:57 am

Following the controversial felling of five trees on 48th Avenue near 211th Street in Bayside Hills last month — an act many see as angering arborcide — State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a press conference last Thursday to address the issue.

Standing beside the remnants of 30-year-old trees on what is now a much sunnier sidewalk, Avella called the situation “a very significant quality of life issue for the community.”

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Cuomo signs bay dredging law
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:55 am

Gov. Cuomo has signed into law legislation that seeks to prevent toxic materials from being placed in Jamaica Bay to fill pits dredged for construction.

The law, sponsored by state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), was written in response to issues with filling borrow pits in Jamaica Bay — locations where soil was dredged to be used in other construction projects. The pits were later filled with material dredged from other projects, mostly from New York Harbor, but were not tested to make sure no toxic materials were in the soil. The new law would prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection from granting permits to fill the borrow pits unless the soil being placed there is tested for toxic substances.

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