Star of Queens: Edward Chung, board member, Community Board 8; member, Board of Directors of the Jamaica Estates Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Edward Chung

Community Service: Edward Chung says he is a strong believer in doing everything he can to keep civic organizations in touch with homeowners. Chung is on the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Estates Association and was inducted this year as a board member of Community Board 8. He said he is the go-to man […]

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Star of Queens: Maria DeInnocentiis, Utopia State Civic Association, Order Sons of Italy in America, Community Board 8


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Maria DeInnocentiis

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Maria DeInnocentiis has dedicated her life to the service of others. She is the chair of the Utopia State Civic Association, the treasurer of the Order Sons of Italy in America and the chair and treasurer of Community Board 8, among other posts. “I work hard to support my community,” she said. “I […]

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Community Board 8 picks new District Manager


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Marie Adam-Ovide, an aide to City Councilmember David Weprin, has been selected as the new District Manager of Community Board 8 (CB 8). Adam-Ovide, who has worked for Weprin since the Councilmember took office in 2002 and now serves as his Director of Constituent Services, was accepted in a unanimous vote by CB 8 on […]

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Kew Gardens Hills synagogues experience growing pains


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Photo courtesy Nicholas Strini/PropertyShark

The large and expanding Jewish community in Kew Gardens Hills has fueled the need for synagogue expansions, according to religious leaders, but some are depending on special permits which aren’t always easy to obtain.

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Board votes against Kew Gardens Hills synagogue expansion


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Community Board 8 denied support for Sephardic Congregation’s variance application to add a third floor on its Kew Gardens Hills building, and members blasted the temple’s leadership for the 15 Department of Buildings violations it has.

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Kew Gardens Hills residents fight against synagogue expansion


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Sephardic Congregation plans to add another floor and expand its school, but residents nearby are fighting against it.

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Fresh Meadows residents, pols worry about sinking street


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The middle of 179th Street between Union Turnpike and 75th Avenue has sunk a few inches after underground support for the roadway collapsed, which residents have been complaining about since last May.

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Cheap Shots on the rocks: SLA to vote on liquor license


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The New York State Liquor Authority will vote next Tuesday to either cut off a problematic college bar in Queens or let the drinks keep flowing.

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EXCLUSIVE: Officials tweak contentious T Building plan


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A controversial plan to turn the historic T Building into a housing unit for mental and chronic health patients has slightly changed, but it is still on the table, The Courier has learned.

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Cheap Shots bar near St. John’s University may soon go dry


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Cheap Shots, a problematic bar near St. John’s University, is facing its last call after a local community board voted against renewing its liquor license.

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Community board OKs rezone for part of Union Turnpike


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Renderings courtesy of Richard Lobel

A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike. The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote. “It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 24


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the candidates in City Council District 24 (Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens […]

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