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Gaining ground on Southeast flooding

The city’s attack on chronic flooding in Southeast Queens has reached into two more neighborhoods with the start of a two-year, $24 million contract for projects in Hollis and Queens Village.The projects are a continuation of a $1.9 billion program promised by Mayor de Blasio shortly after he took office in 2014.

Thursday 08/22/2019
Laurelton cop ninth NYPD suicide in ’19
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:12 pm

“How did this happen?”

A Facebook friend of veteran NYPD Officer Robert Echeverria posted the question on his page after the officer from Laurelton on Aug. 14 became the ninth member of the NYPD to take his own life this year.

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Homicide charge in butt augmentation
Posted: August 22, 2019

A 38-year-old woman has been extradited from London to face homicide charges after a Queens County grand jury indicted her in 2016. Donna Francis — whom authorities said is not a doctor — allegedly performed a butt enhancement procedure on a Maryland woman, causing her death in May 2015.

Francis’ last known New York address was on Huxley Street in Rosedale.

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MidVille prostate screenings
Posted: August 22, 2019

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. will be hosting a free screening in Middle Village.

On Sat., Sept. 14, medical professionals from the Integrated Medical Foundation will be at Addabbo’s office at 66-85 73 Place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. giving free PSA blood tests to men who register for the event.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
Queens mosquitoes to get sprayed by city
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:46 am

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is conducting its third adulticide treatment of the season tonight, spraying pesticides that affect mosquitoes to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray in sections of Queens on Thursday, Aug. 15, between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. The dispersal will take place in Auburndale, Corona, Flushing and Kew Gardens Hills.

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State EDC approves Isles’ Belmont site
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:55 am

The state last week advanced the puck for the New York Islanders in the team’s effort to have a new arena in Belmont Park for their 2021-22 season.

The Empire State Development Corp. formally approved plans for New York Arena Partners to construct a professional hockey and concert venue on the racetrack grounds, along with a hotel and, across the street, a shopping village.

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Working out can lower odds of depression
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Getting some exercise can improve not only people’s physical health but their mental health as well.

One recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that “low physical activity is associated with a greater incidence of common mental health disorders.”

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Thursday 08/08/2019
Hollis is hammered by summer storm
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 12:08 pm

The July thunderstorms that temporarily shut Queens’ airports and knocked out power for more than 50,000 in Queens and Brooklyn also left more than two feet of water in the intersection of 183rd Street and 90th Avenue in Hollis.

But Sahedeo Bhagwandin, who has lived at the intersection for 15 years, says flooding doesn’t take a super cell.

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Astoria pols call for more subway nets
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Elected officials from Astoria are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to place safety netting beneath the entire length of the elevated N/W subway tracks after a worker’s flashlight nearly struck a pedestrian last week.

Speaking Monday at the intersection of 31st Street and 23rd Avenue, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) said the age of the infrastructure and a spate of objects falling this year from elevated subways require netting as a safety precaution.

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Pols: Make chopper program permanent
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 12:14 pm

Helicopter noise has been an extreme quality-of-life issue in recent years for Whitestone residents. Summer is the worst time, with choppers constantly going between Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Relief has come this year, in the form of a Federal Aviation Administration pilot program directing air traffic away from northeast Queens. Overall, it’s cut down helicopter and seaplane traffic there by up to 50 percent.

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