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(BPT) - Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it’s not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites.
Borough President Melinda Katz ended the Ash Wednesday distribution of ashes at Borough Hall last week.
Borough President Melinda Katz’s rescinding of the giving of ashes on Ash Wednesday at Borough Hall for Catholic employees last week has sparked a constitutional debate among both clergy and educators over why she ended the practice.
Former Borough President Helen Marshall allowed the Rev. Michael Ross of the Corrections Department to distribute ashes in Borough Hall.
A 48-year-old Jamaica man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning near his home on 173rd Street.
Police said Mohamed Hamwi was found by officers responding to a 911 call at about 12:15 a.m. at the corner of 173rd Street and 105th Avenue. He had been shot once in the head and once in the torso in what may have been a botched robbery attempt.
There is more to Legos than little yellow men with square bodies living in a world of tiny blocks.
The toy that invites young minds to imagine and create is the medium of choice for artist Sean Kenney.
The Department of Homeless Services has extended invitations to area elected officials for a meeting later this month regarding the proposed Glendale homeless shelter.
A 125-family shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. has been a thorn in the side of politicians, Community Board 5 and area residents over the last year, and DHS has confirmed the elected officials opposed to the project will be able to speak their mind in a conference with agency commissioner Gilbert Taylor.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras speaks about the Willets Point plan to Community Board 4, as Chairman Louis Walker looks on.
Maspeth animal lovers have reported appalling conditions at the Fresh Pond Pet Shop — dirty water in tanks, animals lying in their own feces, often going long periods of time without food or water, puppies kept in the hot sun — to the 104th Precinct.
Their complaints may have gotten results.
In a City Council in which the majority of members in good standing qualify as mediocre, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) stands at the head of the class.
It will be remembered she was a prime mover in the farce that not only resulted in approving a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field without park alienation approval and without a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, but to add insult to injury, approval of a raid by multibillionaires the Mets, Related Companies and Sterling Equities on the city treasury, to the tune of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, to wit: the giveaway of Willets Point property that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, for $1 — that is right, $1 — a subsidy of $99 million and a tax break of close to $50 million.
In what is world-class gall, Ms. Ferreras recently patted herself on the back, claiming she was the cause of the creation of a $15.5 million fund toward relocation assistance to the Willets Point small businesses being evicted. In the face of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars she delivere
d to her billionaire constituents, the $15.5 million she is so proud of is akin to the tip one gives the youngster who delivers your groceries (“Business owners still hoping to be heard,” March 6, multiple editions). Ms. Ferreras, in my opinion, needs a refresher course in mathematics and her abandonment of the little people and small business.
Until the public wakes up and drives out of office people who parade as responsible legislators when in fact they act as lobbyists for real estate moguls, it will be the same old, same old.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, email@example.com.
The most successful season in the history of York College Men’s Basketball came to an end on Saturday, with the Cardinals losing in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
York, finishing the year 22-8, fell to defending national champion Amherst of Massachusetts, 63-51.
The intersection of Kissena Boulevard and Melbourne Avenue is problematic with a college, high school and elementary school all nearby. Community Board 8 lists it as one of the most dangerous in its area.
A traffic accident Saturday at 164th Street and Booth Memorial Avenue. There were no injuries.
Community Board 8 reports six dangerous intersections in its area that have been given to the Borough President’s Office for inclusion in a boroughwide list for the mayor.
It’s part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities in 10 years throughout the city. Each community board has been asked to submit at least four dangerous corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes.
Four years ago, Benjamin Cardozo High School freshman Francisco Williams promised longtime coach Ron Naclerio that he would win him his first city championship since 1999.
In Williams’ final game as a member of the Judges, on the biggest stage in New York City basketball, he fulfilled that promise.
There are reports that the MTA delayed a marketing campaign for Long Island City it promised after business owners complained subway construction would cut into revenue.
“The Long Island City community is hurting as a result of the 22 weekends of closures on the seven line,” Van Bramer wrote in a statement. “The least that the MTA could do is work actively with the community on the promises that they have made.”
A 20-year-old man who lives in a group home in South Ozone Park went missing after visiting his mother in Astoria, the second time he has disappeared in a year.
Christopher Hill was last seen on Sunday at approximately 2:45 p.m. at 34-01 Broadway in Astoria, while on a home visit with his mother.
The School Construction Authority will build a new public school in the Centreville section of Ozone Park.
The new 504-seat K-5 school will be constructed at Albert Road and Huron Street and will serve children in the Centreville area who are currently zoned for PS 63 across Cross Bay Boulevard or PS 146 in Howard Beach. The SCA has bought the land for the school and the building is now in the design phase.
It is now common for drivers to slow down when traveling along a busy corridor, bracing themselves for the thuds and bumps that result from the almost inescapable potholes.
Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has drafted a bill that would require potholes to be filled within five days after a report is filed with 311.
Saturday was a great day in Queens high school sports history, as the Francis Lewis Patriots and the Cardozo Judges won the Public School Athletic League girls and boys basketball championships, respectively, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Cardozo game was a nail-biter as it wasn’t decided until the Judges’ Rashond Salnave hit two foul shots with less than three seconds left on the clock [see separate stories in some editions or at qchron.com].
Both teams were the de facto visitors as they played against two Brooklyn high schools, South Shore and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Dave Diamante, the stentorian-voiced Brooklyn Nets public address announcer, admitted to me that he tried to put a little more enthusiasm into announcing Brooklyn baskets than those made by Queens players.
“Tax the rich. Tax the rich.” The mayor makes it sound like a punishment. We hear that his pre-K proposal is dead, but just in case he tries to resuscitate it, here are reasons not to. It’s not a money issue, but a behavior problem.
Most 4-year-olds are too immature to be separated from mommy or a familiar family member. On Court TV programs, there have been numerous cases where a parent sues a daycare school or personal care provider for negligence because the child fell down and sustained a bump to the forehead, wandered off or was pushed by an aggressive child, resulting in a bloody nose. The Department of Education would also be subject to lawsuits for similar incidents.
But let’s sort out responsibility. A parent is legally responsible for a child’s care from birth to age 18. The DOE is responsible for providing free education to those age 5 to 18. It should not be in the babysitting business — kindergarten is young enough.
There is a policy that I would like to see changed: school hours. Eight a.m. to 3 p.m. is hard on parents, children, teachers and custodians. It’s all early-morning rush hour. Better hours would be 9 am. to 4 p.m. Everyone would benefit.
Finally, a comment about the snowy February day when the mayor didn’t order schools closed because his crystal ball wasn’t working. He could have postponed that day to Monday, Feb. 17, a holiday, and figured out later a substitute day in spring or early summer in order to comply with the 180 days required.
Often, it’s better to be practical than political.
Robert LoScalzo speaks out against parts of the Willets Point plan at Community Board 4 after Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras presented the latest on the matter.
The state-backed committee tasked with coming up with more than $18 million in recovery plans after Hurricane Sandy in Howard Beach presented its proposals to the public on Tuesday in the next step toward making those ideas a reality.
Armed with nine plans, including flood remediation, establishing relief centers and funding resiliency programs, the committee, part of the statewide New York Rising program, allowed members of the public to vote for their favorite ideas at a six-hour open house at Russo’s on The Bay.
Police announced on Tuesday the arrest of a registered sex offender for allegedly trying to lure a 12-year-old girl in Astoria into his vehicle on March 5.
Houshang Hakimi, who the NYPD says is homeless, was charged with acting in a manner injurious to the welfare of a child less than 17 years old and failing to register a change of address as a sex offender.