Op-Ed: Simple measures for park safety


| oped@queenscourier.com

Late last week, the NYPD revealed that the suspect being sought in the late August attack of a 69-year old jogger in Forest Park is allegedly responsible for five previous attacks in and around the 538-acre park. Police presence has been increased with a temporary command center being set up at the intersection of Myrtle […]

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Final redistricting lines released


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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The final district lines that will go before the City Council were released on Monday, February 4, with moderate changes to the map that was released just two months ago. The new maps were released two days before the Districting Commission was to vote on the lines and discuss the changes district-by-district and borough-by-borough. Several […]

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Residents fight against redistricting division


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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In their last attempt before the maps went to the City Council for votes, residents told the New York City Redistricting Commission changes had to be made to keep neighborhoods such as South Ozone Park and Woodhaven in one piece. “This isn’t about which district we end up with, this isn’t about which representative we […]

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Woodhaven on redistricting: Send lines back to the drawing board


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Woodhaven Residents Block Association

The newest set of proposed city council district lines, set to take effect next year, have some Woodhaven residents upset that they might once again be split into two districts. The Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA) has taken a stand against the proposed redistricting lines, saying they would split up the neighborhood and exhaust and […]

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Package thief wanted in Woodhaven


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the WRBA

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) is seeking the public’s help in catching a one-armed thief who stole a package off a resident’s porch near 94th Street and 86th Avenue. About two minutes after a UPS package was left on the porch, a silver minivan pulled over across the street, said the WRBA. After about seven minutes, […]

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Op Ed: Reclaiming our streets


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ED WENDELL A recent tour of Woodhaven found that just over 50 percent of mailboxes, both the blue and green variety, were covered in graffiti vandalism. Highly visible vandalism in a community does a couple of things. First, it contributes to a sense that the community is not secure. It tells anyone passing through […]

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FBI busts drug ring operated out of Woodhaven den


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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Twenty alleged members of a drug trafficking organization, centralized in Woodhaven, have been indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin. The ring, called the Perez Organization, FBI officials believe, operated out of a location on 87th Avenue and 78th Street and oversaw distribution networks existing in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as a storage facility […]

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Woodhaven opposed to redistricting, traffic changes


| ecamhi@queenscourier.com

Woodhaven residents continued to show solidarity against recent rezoning and redistricting issues within their community. During the Woodhaven Residents Block Association’s (WRBA) monthly town hall meeting, Ed Wendell, president of the civic group, urged residents to attend Community Board 9’s (CB 9) upcoming meeting to vote on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) much criticized traffic […]

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Residents opposed to Woodhaven street changes


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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The city’s plan to change the direction of two streets in Woodhaven is heading down a one-way road to opposition. While the project is only in its proposal stage, plans to convert 84th Street from one-way northbound to one-way southbound from Liberty to Atlantic Avenues and turn 89th Avenue from a two-way to a one-way […]

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City budget passed; Teachers, firehouses spared


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The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a budget agreement on June 24 that would save teachers’ jobs and avert the closure of four fire companies in Queens. “We’re overjoyed that a budget agreement was reached. We feel like we dodged a bullet,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. […]

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Teachers, firehouses spared in budget


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The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a budget agreement on June 24 that would save teachers’ jobs and avert the closure of four fire companies in Queens. “We’re overjoyed that a budget agreement was reached. We feel like we dodged a bullet,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. […]

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Weekend graffiti clean-up scheduled


| tcimino@queenscourier.com

South Queens is set for a spring cleaning of sorts. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA), working with Assemblymember Mike Miller, will be hitting the streets this coming Saturday, April 30, from noon until 4 p.m. to paint over graffiti-vandalized mailboxes, light poles, utility boxes and more. The WRBA said that a recent tour of […]

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Weekend graffiti clean-up scheduled


| tcimino@queenscourier.com

South Queens is set for a spring cleaning of sorts. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA), working with Assemblymember Mike Miller, will be hitting the streets this coming Saturday, April 30, from noon until 4 p.m. to paint over graffiti-vandalized mailboxes, light poles, utility boxes and more. The WRBA said that a recent tour of […]

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