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Ambulance corps to shut down: civic

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is planning to shut down its operations almost two years after its next-door neighbor’s building collapsed, according to area civic leaders.Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, announced the news last Saturday at the civic’s monthly meeting.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Howard Beach woman walks again
Posted: January 22, 2015

When Gabby D’Angelo first entered Dr. Robert Costiera’s physical therapy office in Howard Beach last January, she did so in a wheelchair with the hope of walking again.

“I hadn’t seen a case like hers in years,” Costiera, the owner of Ortho Flex Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, said. “I knew it was going to be a challenge.”

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Ulrich bill seeks annual DEP report
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) today, Jan. 22, will introduce a new bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to give an annual report on the city’s drainage infrastructure — a proposal inspired by the mass flooding in Lindenwood last year after a DEP facility malfunctioned during a downpour.

“Many residents paid a huge price last April when the city’s infrastructure failed to do its job,” Ulrich said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “This bill will monitor critical water drainage systems in flood prone areas to help prevent against malfunctions and keep our communities safe in the event of severe rainfall.”

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Vision Zero coming to Queens Blvd. in 2015
Posted: January 22, 2015

The de Blasio administration last week was calling Vision Zero a success in its first year, calling 2014 the safest year for pedestrians in New York City history.

And the mayor and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said Queens Boulevard will now come under study in the coming months for safety improvements of its own.

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New cameras, new hopes at city houses
Posted: January 22, 2015

Residents in the Beach 41st Street Houses in the Rockaways have for years been told to be patient and wait for the installation of security cameras. Last Friday, the wait was over.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said that while previous attempts to get the security cameras put in would be stalled for years, the Beach 41st system is an encouraging sign, coming as it does on the heels of recent installations in the Hammels and Ocean Bay developments.

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St. Mary’s program targets home care
Posted: January 22, 2015

A nearly $1 million state grant to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside is allowing healthcare workers to reach out to homebound patients to prevent costly hospitalizations.

Although the grant was received last August, the hospital waited until all the details were worked out before officially announcing the project last week.

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MillionTreesNYC close to hitting goal
Posted: January 22, 2015

MillionTreesNYC, the initiative that aims to plant that many across the city in a 10-year period, is well on its way to achieving its goal, representatives from the Department of Parks and Recreation said at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s monthly meeting on Saturday.

The project, which was kicked off in 2007 by then-Mayor Bloomberg and entertainer Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, has already led to the planting of an estimated 938,000 trees in the five boroughs, Parks representatives said.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
EQA launches White House petition on JFK
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 11:17 am

If at first you don’t succeed, ask President Obama.

That’s what the Eastern Queens Alliance is doing in the wake of a federal court ruling in December that turned down the group’s request for in-depth environmental studies of a plan to relocate a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Initiative aims for a healthier Corona
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 11:17 am

A new program has cleared some Corona streets of trash, while bringing employment to formerly homeless individuals.

Cleanup NYC, a $3.5 million City Council initiative that jump-starts street-cleaning programs around the city, began about a month ago in the area, with Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) allocating $70,000 to District 21.

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Four hookah bars in Queens busted
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 11:17 am

After results of a city Department of Health investigation were released last Wednesday, some Queens hookah bars may be in hot water.

The department’s undercover inspection of cafes that offer hookah smoking — which uses a water pipe with a flexible tube that draws in smoke from a substance called shisha — found that 13 establishments violate the city’s Smoke-Free Air Act.

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