Fire safety education campaign launched at LeFrak City following fatal New Year’s Eve blaze


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

A new campaign has been launched at LeFrak City to help educate residents to prevent a tragedy like the New Year’s Eve fire, which killed three people, from occurring again.

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New Year’s Eve cooking accident caused deadly fire at LeFrak City: officials


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Screenshot via YouTube/Orest Petrychyn

An accident involving an unattended New Year’s Eve soup left three people dead in a fire that swept through a ninth floor apartment in a Lefrak City tower and sent flames shooting from the balcony, officials said.

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P.S. 46′s Lunar New Year show celebrates diversity


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THE COURIER/Photo and videos by Melissa Chan

About 125 students at P.S. 46 in Bayside took the stage Tuesday to perform Chinese and Korean dances and songs, as well as the traditional lion dance and martial arts, during the school’s ninth annual Lunar New Year assembly.

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Lunar New Year events in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

The Year of the Horse is galloping in with an array of exciting cultural festivities, including Flushing’s annual Lunar New Year parade.

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Federal, state and city officials: ‘Make Lunar New Year an official school holiday’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

State lawmakers have strengthened a renewed push to make Lunar New Year an official school holiday, garnering support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The City Council plans to introduce two resolutions, calling for schools to close and metered parking to be suspended.

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Parents welcome city’s first New Year’s baby at Elmhurst Hospital


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Photo Courtesy of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Parents Metok Dolma and Choegyal Dorjee welcomed their new baby daughter, Tenzin Choetso, one second after midnight on New Year’s Day at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

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Pols: Lunar New Year should be school holiday


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Photo courtesy of State Senator Daniel Squadron's Office

Flushing and Chinatown lawmakers are still pushing to get the city to recognize Lunar New Year as an official school holiday. “It’s time we show the proper respect to the Asian-American community,” said State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. “Lunar New Year is a time when families, from near and far, come together to celebrate.” Absence […]

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Ring in a healthier new year’s diet


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Maintaining a healthy diet is a popular New Year’s resolution for many of us, but for the nearly 400,000 Americans with kidney failure, eating right is actually critical to well-being and survival. Without healthy kidneys, dialysis patients depend on regular treatments to remove waste products from their blood. And for those treatments to be effective, […]

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