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The consequences of September selflessness

When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.

Thursday 09/11/2014
Cleanups on the way to Eastern Queens
Posted: September 11, 2014

A new line item in the city budget will allow for added trash cleanups and beautification at major intersections and commercial strips in Eastern Queens.

Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) on Monday announced the allocation of more than $72,000 that will pay for workers in programs run by The Doe Fund and The Horticultural Society of New York.

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Ozone Park block is in cockroach hell
Posted: September 11, 2014

For residents of 134th Avenue in Ozone Park, this summer has been “like a horror movie.”

Going back to May, several residents living on a three-block stretch between Cross Bay Boulevard and 96th Street say they have been plagued by a swarm of cockroaches.

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Soldier’s memorial to be cleaned, remodeled
Posted: September 11, 2014

On Jan. 31, 1968, Private First Class Richard Gilley, of Maspeth, was killed in action on a Vietnam battlefield three weeks shy of his 21st birthday.

Almost 50 years after his death, a memorial dedicated in his name sits unkempt and dirty next to the former American Legion post at 776 Fairview Ave., underneath the Forest Avenue station along the M train line, in Ridgewood.

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Additional services for Ridgewood plaza
Posted: September 11, 2014

The pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 71st and Myrtle avenues in Ridgewood is under new management, in a way.

The Horticultural Society of New York and the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, announced at a press conference last Friday that the Ridgewood plaza has become the seventh space in Queens to be selected for the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, a Horticultural Society project aimed at helping preserve and sustain pedestrian spaces throughout the city.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Ridgewood Reservoir to be reclassified?
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Activists fighting for the reclassification of the Ridgewood Reservoir shouldn’t uncork the champagne just yet, but they may have scored a victory this week.

The Parks Department will apply to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a redesignation of the reservoir, within Highland Park on the Glendale-Brooklyn border, from a Class C “high hazard” dam to a Class A “low hazard” dam, according to agency spokesman Zach Feder.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Flocking to see the flocks at Gateway
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 11:51 am

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.

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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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