Pol calls for early mosquito spraying in south Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Greenfield

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is encouraging the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to step up efforts to combat West Nile virus in southern Queens.

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De Blasio bans Styrofoam citywide


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Just one day after he lifted the ban on cell phones in city schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his administration’s newest “no” — a ban on single-use Styrofoam products such as “packing peanuts,” coffee cups and clamshell containers that some local residents seem to be getting behind.

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Undercover operation busts eight Queens stores for selling alcohol to minors


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An undercover investigation has busted eight Queens stores, mostly near high schools and colleges, for allegedly selling alcohol to minors.

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Mayor de Blasio reveals details of Vision Zero plan to put end to traffic fatalities


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The success of Vision Zero is in the hands of the city’s pedestrians and drivers, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Pols call for Northern Boulevard to be included in mayor’s Vision Zero initiative


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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer gathered with other elected officials and traffic safety advocates Thursday to call for Northern Blvd. to be added as one of the 50 locations in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative.

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Corona immunization clinic set to close once again


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It’s déjà-vu for two major immunization walk-in clinics as the city renews its plans to close the sites by the end of the month, according to union leaders.

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2013: The year in photos


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As we bid adieu to 2013, The Queens Courier brings you a look at the year that was . . . from the selection of a new Pope to the downfall of our elected officials, to tragedy, controversy and everything in between. And as we look ahead to 2014, we wish our new legislators luck and the best year for our readers.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Cloudy. Highs in the low 40s with temperatures nearly steady overnight. Tuesday night: Periods of rain. Rain becoming heavy at times overnight. Low around 40. E winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected. EVENT OF THE DAY: Classical Music Concert […]

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Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers


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While a bill that would regulate the number of mobile street vendors still sits in the state Senate, businesses remain frustrated as they continue to battle to keep their customers. For the past few years, businesses said they have seen mobile street vendors growing to a point where pedestrians can find a handful on one […]

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City agrees to reduce restaurant fines


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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal to reduce restaurant fines that may make the grade with owners. The City Council and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) said the joint agreement will reduce fines generated by violations of the city’s inspection system by $10 million per year. “Restaurant letter grading was […]

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John Liu wants to legalize marijuana in NYC


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City Comptroller John Liu is proposing legalizing marijuana in the city to generate more than $400 million in annual revenue. “Regulating marijuana would keep thousands of New Yorkers out of the criminal justice system, offer relief to those suffering from a wide range of painful medical conditions, and make our streets safer by sapping the […]

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Concern over closure of Corona immunization clinic


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A move to close two major immunization walk-in clinics has left community members looking for answers. The City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced it will shutter the Corona Health Center, located at 34-33 Junction Boulevard, and the Tremont Health Center in the Bronx by the end of the month. Together with community […]

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West Nile spraying in Queens this week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of James Gathany/CDC

On Monday, August 5 there will be West Nile spraying in parts of Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease. The spraying will take place between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed until Tuesday, […]

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Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Bellerose residents say they live in a forgotten land when it comes to the city’s efforts to eliminate mosquitoes. “You can’t go outside. You can’t make it from your car to your front door,” said Maria Donza. The bloodsuckers are keeping residents on house arrest and even alert indoors, said Donza, who added she sits […]

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