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One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
One of the victims of Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse from Woodside who reportedly had only come to the United States this year.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four victims killed in the accident, which also injured dozens as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The cause is under investigation.
(NAPSI)—Forget your weekly soccer games, car pools and homework. Instead, imagine you’re not yet 13 and you’ve already lived in three countries, shifting languages and cultures, even changing your name. Now you’re ready to step inside the pages of Life with an Accent to join Frank Levy on his gripping journey from Berlin in the 1930s to the Middle East and then to America in 1946. The story is a compelling tale of what it is like to leave one world behind and begin again.
Sister Maura Clarke, while serving as a missionary in Central America, wrote the following:
“There are so many deaths everywhere that it is incredible. It has become an ordinary daily happening. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I am at peace here.”
Medicare’s open enrollment period began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. To help alleviate any confusion seniors may have with the new insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the AARP has posted a detailed question-and-answer article, written by Marsha Mercer, on its website. Excerpts are below.
To read the full article, go online to aarp.org, click on “Medicare & Medicaid News” in the left column and then, when the new page opens, click on “Medicare Open Enrollment Q&A,” which is in the center of the page under “In the Spotlight.”
While thousands of people lined up in schools, churches and synagogues to cast their votes for city offices and state proposals, another group stood huddled together in Jackson Heights to conduct an election of their own.
The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights conducted a mock election complete with mock voting booths, ballots, poll workers and ballot boxes in Diversity Plaza.
Flags of 22 different nations fly on the awning of the Family Food Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Dr. in Rego Park. Old Glory is not one of them.
And that is something Vietnam War veteran George Gardner, 66, of Rego Park finds “ridiculous” — though many passersby and even store employees have never even noticed the lack of the Stars and Stripes.
Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is urging the United States Department of Homeland Security to end the practice of placing immigrant detainees in solitary confinement — an act he says does not coincide with the charges these people face in most cases.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detention is supposed to be a civil, nonpunitive measure to ensure a detainee attends immigration court hearings and complies with court orders.
Republican Alex Blishteyn, a Russian immigrant, is hoping he will be voted in as councilman in the 24th District, while his Democratic opponent, Rory Lancman, is ready to go from state to city office.
The two will face off on Tuesday for the seat now held by Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who is being term-limited out of office.
A small bit of Forest Hills history is in the making as the neighborhood’s first gay bar in decades plans to open its doors next weekend.
Pride Restaurant Lounge and Bar, located at 70-15 Austin St. in Forest Hills, is primed to welcome patrons for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 26, thus making it Forest Hills’ first chic restaurant and nightspot geared toward the LGBT community.
Peak immigration from Italy to the United States died down three-quarters of a century ago, but generations later their influence is still obvious in America, especially in southern Queens.
Try buying fish from Brothers in Howard Beach in the days before Christmas Eve, when many Italian-Americans still practice the old-world tradition of serving seven fishes on the night Jesus was born. Attend a banquet at Russo’s on the Bay or Villa Russo in Richmond Hill, whose Il Palazzo banquet hall is a throwback to a town square in any rural village in Italy.
In a world where terrorists attack the innocent in the name of either religion or a political cause, there is something perversely refreshing about the Somali pirates who have become infamous for taking over ships and kidnaping crew members. It's just business to them and a profitable one at that, according to the new film “Captain Phillips.”
On the other hand, while the marauders may not have anything personal against their victims, they can be as bloodthirsty as the most hateful member of al-Qaeda if they don’t get the ransom that they are demanding.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s pending landslide victory is picking up speed in the mayoral race and threatens to bury Republican Joseph Lhota 71 to 21 percent among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Oct. 3. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion had 2 percent.
There was a small gender gap and a larger racial gap: White voters support de Blasio 55 to 40 percent while black voters back the Democrat 90 to 6 percent, with Hispanic support at 79 to 10 percent, the poll found.
Obama had been calling for action, or as he put it, “a shot across the bow” in Syria because Assad apparently has used poison gas on civilians and this is a violation of international law.
Wasn’t burning down churches and murdering thousands of Christian Copts in Egypt by the same “rebels” we now support also a violation of international law? Why, as a Christian, did Obama have nothing to say about that? Nor did the media see fit to comment on what is the oldest Christian community in the world now being wiped out by the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. And when Iranian citizens rose up, Obama made no effort to help them.
Assad, like all dictators, is a monster, but this monster at least protected religious freedom. If our government is now supporting al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood fighting Assad, who exactly are our national security agencies protecting us from?
Why also did Obama seek the OK of Congress to interfere in Syria? He didn’t ask them for it when he ousted Qaddafi or Mubarak, and they were allies of the United States. There has in fact been nothing Obama has done in five years in office where he has sought the input of Congress.
The MO of this administration has been to bypass the Congress or ram through bills on Friday nights and holidays before anyone gets a chance to read them. That’s how Obamacare passed.
What happened to immigration reform? Anybody know? The running of guns by the Justice Department to Mexico in Fast and Furious? Anybody care? The IRS harassing political opponents? The NSA’s invasion of every citizens privacy? Is everyone aware that big businesses are exempt from Obamacare, as are the unions? All the Congress members who rammed Obamacare down everybody’s throats are also exempt.
Syria is no threat to the U.S. Syria is a diversion. It’s the red flag to the bull. It keeps the public’s minds off all the above mentioned catastrophes that will affect them and their children all their lives, while they nonsensically fritter away their time and energy, discussing and thinking about — where was that again? Oh, yes, Syria.
A little bit of spray paint and a little bit of peekaboo will make an appearance in Jackson Heights this Friday.
Artists Rica Takashima and Carlos Amador will create and display their works at the second annual Viva la Comida Festival on 82nd Street off of Roosevelt Avenue.
In New York City many soft drinks have come and gone over the last 100 years, but one major player had been located right here in our Borough of Queens.
It wasn’t Coca-Cola, which until 1935 had dominated the market. In 1936, Pepsi, which was growing in popularity after introducing a 12-ounce bottle, built a plant at 47-51 33 St. in Long Island City. It was such a success and grew so quickly it was relocated to 46-00 5 St., overlooking the East River. Pepsi executives worked out of offices in upstate Purchase, but the production and bottling were here up until 1999.
Earlier this month Jackson Heights nonprofit New Immigrant Community Empowerment launched the borough’s only organized construction workers’ center.
So far about 50 immigrants have signed up and about 40 different work orders have been placed — though NICE only accepted half of those placements after a safety inspection and baseline wage negotiations were not satisfactory, which is the main point of the center.
In the race for public advocate, Reshma Saujani says she’s the candidate of the underserved, the downtrodden, those who don’t have a strong voice in the political process already.
They may be immigrants, legal or not. They may be women who still face glass ceilings. They may be small business owners, taxed by the city both through actual taxes and excessive fines. They may be young residents of minority communities who do not believe the police are the good guys.
I thought the story on the front page of your Aug. 1 Western Queens edition was deplorable, as it showed protesters trying to influence the government to pass the legislation creating a path to citizenship for about 11 million (or more) immigrants living in the United States illegally (“The elephant in the room / Inside and out: two views on immigration”).
Doesn’t anyone understand what the word “illegal” means? It’s “contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.” How can illegal aliens demand anything? What about foreigners who want to become American citizens and do everything required of them to become citizens legally? Why would anyone want to go through the process of applying for citizenship when they can come here illegally and get the same benefits?
Most of these 11 million illegal aliens (if not all) are receiving free benefits paid for by the tax dollars of American citizens. They receive free food, free prescriptions, free doctor and hospital visits, free eyeglasses, free hearing aids, etc. And all of it is paid for with my tax dollars and the tax dollars of all American citizens.
I am 84 years old and worked at the same job for over 40 years and always paid taxes and I continue to pay taxes. These illegal aliens are receiving free benefits paid for with my tax dollars and since they are undocumented, most do not pay income taxes. What are they giving to this country? Nothing! And yet they are taking everything they can — for free. And they have the audacity to make demands and expect to receive more benefits than American citizens.
I have to pay for my food, prescriptions and doctor/hospital visits. I was told recently that I needed a hearing aid and it would cost $4,000. And yet, an illegal alien can get a hearing aid and pay nothing for it. My taxes will be used to pay for that hearing aid. Where is the justice in that?
Something must be done about this travesty of justice, as this country is suffering from its financial position. What would happen if 10 million more aliens wanted to come here illegally? Should we also allow them to do so and automatically make them legal American citizens? When is it going to stop? Illegal aliens want to change this country to be like their own and yet they do not want to stay in their own countries.
The politicians know what is going on but are afraid to say or do anything about it. Such a shame.
A federal court has ruled that a Rosedale man who spent four years incarcerated and facing deportation has in fact been a United States citizen since his parents took their oaths in 1994.
The Daily News reports that Gerald Nwozuzu, 36, was a baby when his parents came from his native Nigeria.
A day after a Flushing woman was killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called for the city to end its Million Trees NYC program and focus on inspection and maintenance.
At a Monday press conference, Avella, who is running for borough president, said he is furious with the city’s goal of planting a million trees by 2017 “while there is a clear failure to properly maintain the trees that are currently planted throughout the city.”
Natalia Mendez stood outside the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, where several Congress members were speaking inside, holding a sign saying “Bring my son Marco home.” Marco Saavedra, one of those in the group known as the Dream 9, is being detained after trying to cross the Mexico-United States border without legal papers in an act protesting the 1.7 million deportations carried out by the Obama administration. PhotoS by josey bartlett
On July 25, Ohr Natan — a community outreach center at 98-12 66 Ave. in Rego Park — celebrated its 27th anniversary.
But while most groups would propose toasts and reminisce about the good times, the Jewish center is faced with a possible, indeed probable, dilemma.
As members of the Senate and the House, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), spoke about immigrants and their family’s ancestry inside the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, immigration activists who were not permitted inside chanted outside about giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Saturday was the last stop on the Becoming America Congressional Pilgrimage, led by The Faith and Politics Institute.