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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7 line is ‘endless nightmare’ for western Queens community


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials, community leaders and residents gathered Wednesday morning underneath the elevated 7 train at the 40th Street station in Sunnyside to rally against the MTA and the deteriorating service of the subway line.

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Community Board 9 chooses Lisa Gomes as new district manager, angering BP Melinda Katz


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Members of Community Board 9 selected Lisa Gomes to fill the long-vacant post of district manager — a move that Borough President Melinda Katz blasted as an attempt by the board to “steamroll this important decision” before new members join the board.

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Hybrid batteries stolen from 12 cars in 108th Precinct


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Photo via Flickr Creative Commons/Shoreline

According to the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, since November expensive hybrid batteries have been stolen out of the trunks of 12 hybrid Toyota Camrys in the area.

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Community Board 5 nixes Ridgewood street fair’s permit


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After hearing complaints from Ridgewood residents, Community Board 5 recommended Wednesday night that the city deny a street fair application for this summer’s Fresh Pond Road Street Festival.

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Op-ed: Councilwoman Koslowitz opposes term limits for community board members


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

When I nominate an individual to the borough president to be appointed or reappointed to a community board, I am looking for an individual whose presence on the board will enhance the work of the board as a whole. Those individuals, whose professional background or community activism will “add value” to the board, are the people who I want to appoint and retain.

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Brooklyn artist reveals interactive public art project on Sunnyside billboard


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Photos courtesy of Margeaux Walter

Keep calm and look up, Sunnyside. That’s the message behind one artist’s new interactive project hitting the skies of the western Queens neighborhood.

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Community demands improvements at Elmhurst LIRR overpass


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Elmhurst residents and their elected officials are demanding that the city clean and maintain a pedestrian bridge above Long Island Rail Road tracks that they say is deteriorating, dirty and often dangerous.

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Star of Queens: Vedesh Persaud, vice chairperson of the board of directors, Indo-Caribbean Alliance


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Vedesh Persaud started volunteering at the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) for “selfish” reasons, he said. Four years ago, he needed something to take his mind off the stress of his 24/7 job at John F. Kennedy Airport. Once he got involved, however, that changed.

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Flushing community criticizes modern look of planned building


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Renderings courtesy of Raymond Architecture

Great Wall Supermarket, on Northern Boulevard and Leavitt Street, will be replaced next year by a glass-clad, 11-story building after the supermarket’s owners decided to not renew the lease, according to city records.

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New 108th Precinct commanding officer wants to ‘harden’ community against crimes


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The new top cop at the 108th Precinct wants to enlist the public in the battle against crime as he steps into a new job he said he feels lucky to have landed.

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