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It’s time for the Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative.
Also be sure to say whether you are an amateur or professional photographer.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will host another public forum on the plans for the old Rockaway Beach rail line, which runs along 98th Street, abutting dozens of neighborhood homes.
The forum will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public, but only Woodhaven residents will be permitted to speak.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
“Come to the cabaret,” Liza Minnelli famously sang. And now, courtesy of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, cabaret is coming to you — for one night only, though the engagement could be the start of something big.
“We hope the cabaret will take off,” leading to other bookings in the future, said Martha Stein, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the event.
A horrific car accident, allegedly caused by a driver impaired by alcohol, killed one man and injured two others in Howard Beach very early on Saturday morning.
The accident happened at the intersection of 159th Avenue and 98th Street at around 1 a.m. According to police, a 2006 Ford sedan operated by James Celauro, 23, of Ozone Park, was traveling southbound on 98th Street, entered the intersection and struck a 2001 Saturn, operated by James Sinisi, 38, of Glendale, who was killed.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
Public hearings and community input are lacking in the rollout of the QueensWay project, a proposed public greenway that will transform the former railroad-consisting of the 3.5 miles from Rego Park and Forest Hills down to Ozone Park.
There are grave concerns advocates for and against this project must take into consideration before the final draft is put up for a vote before the City Council. Feasibility studies must address the social, economic and environmental impact this project will have on all surrounding communities.
Woodhaven residents, especially those who live in the area of the line that runs parallel to 98th street in Woodhaven, are expectedly concerned about their continued safety and quality of life. The crime issue in Woodhaven and Ozone Park will only be aggravated, even if proposals to build gates and closure of the entrances are implemented, further overwhelming our precincts. These communities do not have a Civilian Observation Patrol, like G-COP in Glendale. We should respect and address the concerns of the 120 households who signed the petition to stop the project, which constitutes an overwhelming majority of homeowners living there.
Decisions must take into consideration the impact the project will have on the livelihoods and families of small business owners that occupy space below and adjacent to the train tracks. Many have been here for decades.
We need to know the effect the plan will have on PS 65, the Raymond York Elementary School and MS 137, America’s School of Heroes, and other area schools.
Many small business owners in the Aqueduct Flea market were forced to close due to Resorts World’s expansion, and it would be harsh to uproot and destroy others in our area — again. Moreover, any proposal must guarantee jobs and contracts to residents in the impacted communities.
We should also consider whether the MTA got it right, when its 20-year plan recommended that the rail line from Atlantic Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard should be left as is and eventually be used as a connection for an express line into Manhattan.
Proponents of the QueensWay who compare it to Manhattan’s High Line must research whether continuous sponsorship and maintenance is a realistic expectation, given the economic constraints, and the comparative paucity of large corporations and tourism in this area to offset such costs. None of us want to be saddled with a proverbial “pie in the sky.”
Susannah Drake of dlandstudio, one of the firms working on the QueensWay feasibility study, presents information at the first workshop in Woodhaven on Nov. 12.Photo by domenick rafter
A resident uses a sticker to identify an area of concern along the proposed QueensWay route at the Woodhaven workshop.
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
The letters to Santa Claus from youngsters at homeless shelters in Queens are pouring in and we need your help in making their dreams come true.
This year, the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual toy drive is helping children living in two city shelters: The Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst. We are also donating gifts to Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Nineteen people, including six Queens residents, have been arrested as a result of a 3-year investigation into rings that allegedly made, imported and sold counterfeit designer clothing, watches and cigarettes.
At a joint press conference on Nov. 20, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and James Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, said four trademark-counterfeiting rings operating from self-storage facilities in Queens and Brooklyn imported items from China and sold them in 21 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, generating about $10 million in gross revenue per year.
The holidays and all the special occasions they bring are fast approaching, and you want to look your absolute best for all the festivities. But sometimes just wearing a new outfit, suit or sparkly piece of jewelry doesn’t cut it when you look in the mirror. Sometimes, you need a bit more to really make yourself shine! That’s where Dolce Aesthetics NY in Glendale can help.
Dolce owner Jennifer DiLandro knows how you feel, and she has the experience and knowledge that can transform the way you look by erasing years of lines from your face without surgery. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and spent many years as a surgical nurse beside some of New York’s top cosmetic surgeons, where her desire to work with dermal fillers was born.
Police officers Jose Cotto and Vianka Schuman were honored Tuesday as the 102nd Precinct’s Cops of the Month for their work in apprehending a thief who stole an iPhone.
On Monday, Oct. 28 at about 11 a.m., a woman had her iPhone stolen on a J train at the 85th Street-Forest Parkway station in Woodhaven.
Illegally-parked trucks have been an ongoing concern throughout the communities served by the 102nd Precinct, and the precinct’s executive officer Matt Hanrahan told the community council Tuesday night that the police have been cracking down.
“This past Saturday night, we did a heavy tow operation,” Hanrahan said. “Three vehicles were towed, two tractor-trailers and a box truck, in the Atlantic Avenue-Woodhaven Boulevard vicinity. We also issued 20 summonses.”
Nineteen years and counting. Yes, it’s that time of year again for the Queens Chronicle’s annual toy drive for displaced children in the borough.
So while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, don’t forget about these youngsters who might not get any presents if not for your generosity.
John Lawless of Woodhaven, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, salutes the American flag as it is raised over the Grosjean clock tower Friday.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.
Community Board 9’s internal issues came to a dramatic climax Tuesday night when the board voted not to remove one of its longtime members, leading another to resign and walk out of the meeting, and two others to follow him.
Sam Esposito had been in hot water with the board’s leadership over emails he sent that were considered anti-Semitic by at least three other members. Those members, Wallace Bock, Evelyn Baron and Jan Fenster, had called for Esposito to be expelled from the community board.