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Sometimes even a fur coat is not enough to allow a dog to cope with icy winter weather.
So on Saturday, the ASPCA and New York Cares joined forces with the NYPD to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a pilot program with the aim of helping dog owners keep their pets just a little bit warmer in the winter.
Re “Jamaica to get new community garden,” by Stephanie Santana, Feb. 20, multiple editions:
I would like to give an update on the status of the lot at 117-02 Merrick Blvd., which is across from Roy Wilkins Southern Queens Park.
After we coordinated with the City Parks Department and Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (the owner of the property), the pile of woodchips in the lot were cleaned up a short time ago. It took some time to get to the bottom of this ordeal as some initial complaints contained misinformation.
In the future, I would urge residents to reach out to us at (718) 776-3700 with similar issues of concern. You can also feel free to stop by the office at 172-12 Linden Blvd. We can only make a positive impact on our community if we channel our concerns into productive outlets.
I am confident that the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, a reputable not-for-profit, will put this space to good use. BQLT in fact has also done work with the Merrick Marsden Neighbors Association on the community garden just down the road at 118-18 Merrick Blvd.
Remember, it is the sum of the parts which makes our community great. I look forward to working with all of our constituents in achieving our goals.
The owners of a vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard got all the permits they need and will begin construction on a strip mall soon.
Dave Koptiev of Platinum Realty said all the permits the company needed from the city have been finalized. He estimated the strip mall will be completed in eight months.
Juniper Valley Park was known as the treacherous “Great Swamp” in the 19th century. It was made up of underground streams and quicksand, and only useful for raccoon and possum hunting and mining peat, the dark vegetable matter formed by partial decay of plants in wet ground.
Many developers believed dirt is dirt and land is land. However, any geologist will quickly tell you this is not always true.
Eyesores and community terrors were the main topics of discussion at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting, with positive news being delivered by authorities on both fronts.
As an angry JPCA President Bob Holden held up an image of a graffiti-covered commercial box truck illegally parked in the driveway of a residential building, Department of Buildings Queens Community Liaison Ken Lazar reported to the crowd of around 60 people that the agency is continuing to issue summonses to the owners of such properties.
Community Board 11 voted Monday to recommend that the city Board of Standards and Appeals disapprove the plan of a new owner to finish developing four attached brick houses on 47th Avenue off 198th Street in Auburndale, despite a longstanding effort to resolve what residents and board members have regarded for years as a potentially dangerous eyesore.
The site has access on 47th Avenue but uses a 198th Street address due to the configuration of the houses.
A proposal by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) to put the historic Quaker Meeting House and Bowne House under federal jurisdiction has received mixed reviews here.
Her legislation would make the two historic sites part of the National Park Service, and last week the plan was supported by the Department of the Interior, the agency that oversees federal parkland.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Feb. 27 that the cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death could not be determined.
NYPD Chief Philip Banks III last week was named as the 13th recipient of the William Tucker Garvin Award, an honor given out every year by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The award is presented during Black History Month to an individual of African-American heritage in recognition of outstanding public service.
The Parks Committee chairman at Community Board 12 said last week the future of a proposed state-of-the-art skate park for the Laurelton Playground now is in the hands of the residents who would benefit from it.
Speaking at CB 12’s regular meeting on Feb. 19, Greg Mays said the public soon would have access to petitions, both paper and online, that will ask the city Department of Parks and Recreation to commit to the project.
Kathryn Mallon, the head of the city’s problem-plagued Hurricane Sandy recovery program, Build it Back, abruptly resigned last week.
Mayor de Blasio announced his choice for commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday.
Emily Lloyd, the administrator of Prospect Park and president of the Prospect Park Alliance, will lead the agency. She also headed the DEP from 2005 to 2009.
It’s February and the city has been socked for weeks by snow, ice and frigid temperatures in the most miserable winter many can remember. At City Hall, a new mayor from a political party that has not held the city’s top office in 20 years has just taken the reins of power, and his honeymoon period when he should be unveiling his ambitious agenda is instead frozen over by the icy weather.
But this is not 2014. Instead it’s 1994 and that new mayor is Rudy Giuliani.
An early-morning fire on Monday injured four New York City firefighters and destroyed a South Ozone Park church.
The fire at the Deliverance Tabernacle Church on Sutter Avenue broke out in the basement just after 3 a.m. according to a statement issued by the FDNY.
Dust off the old 10-speed Huffy; bike lanes are coming to Ridgewood this year.
After years of surveying and studying by the Department of City Planning and unanimous support from Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee, CB 5 voted 29-5 in favor of the implementation of 9.5 miles of bike routes throughout Ridgewood at it’s Feb. 12 meeting.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation has its way, there won't be a single mute swan left in the State of New York by 2025.
If state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Whitestone) has his way, the birds just might be able to stay here unmolested.
A family enjoyed playing on the ice at Bowne Park Lake last Saturday. A Parks Department vehicle, in rear, emptied garbage cans and did other maintenance work.
Like most city parks these days, Bowne in Flushing is snow covered and its lake frozen, but burst pipes in a Parks Department maintenance building may have affected cleanup there following the recent storms.
Bags of garbage had been spotted in the park and cans thrown onto the lake. But the Parks Department said Monday that mobile crews clean up Bowne five days a week, with the only snafu the flooded building.
Steve Zahn, regional natural resources supervisor for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Venetia Lannon, DEC’s New York City regional director, speak to Community Board 10 last Thursday.
(An open letter to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance)
I am publishing my letter in the newspaper, because I have been unable to actually speak with anyone at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance regarding an adjustment they made to the Earned Income Credit (EIC) on my 2012 income tax.
A little history: First, I tried to respond online at http://www.tax.ny.gov/, but the Document Locator Number they provided didn’t work. Then, I called their office, but the line is always ‘fast busy.’ So, then I mailed them a copy of my EIC worksheet and a letter explaining how I filled it out. Five months later, I got a written response. However, they don’t seem to understand the situation, which doesn’t surprise me considering that I had the same exact problem with NYS on my 2009 taxes.
And I couldn’t contact them back then, either! But state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. had someone from the department call me. After a lot of obfuscation on their part, they finally admitted an error in calculating my 2009 EIC.
Now, it is possible I’ve made a mistake on my 2012 EIC; however, it’s unlikely as I used FreeFile to do my federal forms and the IRS had no quibble with it.
Call me crazy, but, it really shouldn’t be this difficult to contact the tax department and I think it’d be a lot easier for all concerned if the state tax people actually knew how to fill out the federal worksheets.