Author Archives: Erica Camhi

Kids connect with space through videoconference


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THE COURIER/Photo by Erica Camhi

The One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center is training the astronauts of tomorrow, one fifth-grader at a time. Since the NASA Videoconferencing Technology Program was implemented in 2007, Richmond Hill students have connected to space stations, learned technology and science, and most recently, participated in a videoconference with NASA rocket scientist Tom Benson. While Benson […]

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Woodhaven opposed to redistricting, traffic changes


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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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St. John’s students ‘warm hearts’ at Parker Jewish Institute


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THE COURIER/Photo by Erica Camhi

Back in 2009, college sophomore Colleen Turner bought her mom the simple gift of a blanket during an extended hospital stay for multiple sclerosis treatment. Turner wanted the blanket to evoke for her mom a sense of home — even if she couldn’t be there. The gesture generated so much interest on the hospital wing […]

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Parker fosters ‘Connections’


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The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park is on a mission to unite members of its management with residents. To fulfill this mission, the nursing home has established a new program, called “Parker Connections,” the goal of which is to cultivate communication between staff and residents through joint recreational […]

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Delta Air Lines to expand presence at LaGuardia Airport


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Delta Air Lines will be expanding its presence at LaGuardia Airport as a result of a deal with US Airways. The deal will also beget a $117 million renovation project at LaGuardia, which Delta says will greatly expand and enhance service for travelers while creating new jobs for Queens and New York area residents. Under […]

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Residents complain about trucks, conduct


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THE COURIER/Photo by Erica Camhi. Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon (center) and Community Council President Maria Thomson (left) presented Heriberto Rodriguez with the Cop of the Month award.

At the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, October 18, officer Heriberto Rodriguez received the Cop of the Month award for his successful pursuit and arrest of two teen burglars in Richmond Hill. Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, presented Rodriguez with the award. DeLeon said burglary is the second highest crime in the […]

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102nd Precinct Council Meeting


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At the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, October 18, officer Heriberto Rodriguez received the Cop of the Month award for his successful pursuit and arrest of two teen burglars in Richmond Hill. Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, presented Rodriguez with the award. DeLeon said burglary is the second highest crime in the […]

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Assemblymembers address 111th Precinct


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“For the first time in five years, people think that New York is headed in the right direction.” That’s the word from Assemblymember Edward Braunstein, who spoke at the 111th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, October 4. Both Braunstein and Assemblymember David Weprin discussed various hot-button policy issues as well as bills they have […]

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Maspeth Bypass Plan goes into effect


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The old adage “keep on trucking” doesn’t apply to Maspeth anymore. The much-anticipated Maspeth Truck Bypass plan, passed in July, went into effect on Saturday, October 1, meaning trucks will now travel to and from the Long Island Expressway without using central avenues in the residential community. Community activist and local business owner Tony Nunziato, […]

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Artist’s plight after cleaning up blight


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After textile designer/artist Paola Belotti transformed a graffiti-laden wall in a Maspeth alleyway into a giant Tuscan mural last August, she not only elevated a “wall of shame” to a “wall of fame,” she brought a sense of peace and beauty to many of the local residents. The mural was born through a happy accident […]

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Runners raise funds for Forest Park


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Runners — both avid and amateur — came from all areas of Queens to compete in this year’s 5K race in Forest Park. About 172 people raced on Sunday, October 2 to raise money for Forest Park Trust, Inc., which provides Forest Park with free educational, recreational and cultural events. Joining the runners were scores […]

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