West Hamilton Beach fire crew gets new ambulances to replace ones lost during Sandy


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Over a year after Sandy, two shiny new ambulances pulled up to the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department to replace the ones the storm took away. “Things like this bring back a positive morale,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who got a ride in one of the new rigs after they were delivered on […]

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Queens Courier Persons of the Year honoree: West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

With 2012 behind us, The Queens Courier is paying tribute to the first responders — those men and women who put their lives on the line every day, and who braved Sandy’s wrath to save, and help rebuild, lives. They have earned our respect and admiration, and a debt of gratitude. Here is one of their stories… […]

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West Hamilton Beach vols need some help


| tcimino@queenscourier.com

The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department (WHBVFD) needs help – stat. Despite a successful fundraiser on Thursday, February 3 – at which $15,000 was raised – the department is in desperate need of one – possibly two – ambulances. New Chief Joseph M. Vasquez Aldana told The Courier that on February 1 the WHBVFD’s […]

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West Hamilton Beach Chief celebrates 30 years


| nbrown@queenscourier.com

When Jonah Cohen first joined the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Firefighters (WHBVF), he wasn’t sure how long it would last. “I didn’t realize how long I’d be staying, and I certainly never expected to be chief,” he said. But Cohen, the 55-year-old Department Chief, celebrated his 30th anniversary with the WHBVF on Thursday, October 4, […]

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Street name mishaps in Hamilton Beach cause serious problems for residents


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

Hamilton Beach — where the streets have two names. While it sounds like a U2 spoof, the dually-named streets make it difficult for people to find addresses but more importantly, cause serious problems for first-responders heading toward emergency scenes.

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Lewd graffiti scrawled on Hamilton Beach footbridge


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Graffiti is nothing new for Hamilton Beach residents. But residents are alarmed over new racist slurs and sexually suggestive images scrawled on a graffiti-covered footbridge connecting the small neighborhood to Howard Beach.

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Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach honors past and present members


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Vicki Schneps

In a tribute to its members, the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach held its 52nd annual dinner dance and honored past and present members. The well-attended event honored Queens County Clerk and Rockaway resident Audrey Pheffer; former Howard Beach resident and successful construction management owner Frank Sciame; and the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach’s immediate past president Edward Tudisco.

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$50 million to protect Howard Beach from storms


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Howard Beach homes will now be protected, starting at the coast. Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay will undergo a multi-million dollar resiliency project that Governor Andrew Cuomo said will better protect homes and businesses from destructive storms. “Like several other communities located by the water, Howard Beach suffered incredible damage from storm surges during Sandy,” […]

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Historic Howard Beach


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Benny Patti

Famous for its waterways, Howard Beach has been known since the early 1900s as the “Venice of Long Island.” The land that makes up the neighborhood today was originally settled by the Canarsie and Rockaway Native Americans, and later attracted English settlers for its fishing sites — particularly by Hawtree Creek and Jamaica Bay. William […]

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