Author Archives: Philip Hertling

Army pays tribute at Fort Totten to those lost


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THE COURIER/Photo Phil Hertling

They gathered to pay tribute to those who stood — and fell — defending our freedom. Soldiers of the United States Army Reserve gathered at Fort Totten’s annual September 11 memorial on Saturday morning, September 8, to remember six first responders lost in the terror attacks. “Those of us who wear the uniform, for generations, […]

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‘Practice Makes Perfect’ for LIC High School grad


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Karim Abouelnaga believes so strongly that “practice makes perfect” he named the non-profit he created just that. Abouelnaga, 20, a senior at Cornell University and graduate of Long Island City High School, created an intensive summer education program for elementary school children. The pilot program kicked off last summer in Long Island City, where he […]

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DOB puts kibosh on 12-story hotel in Fresh Meadows


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A plan to build a hotel in Fresh Meadows was turned down by the city after the developer failed to comply with the building code and zoning regulations, officials said. The Department of Buildings (DOB) on July 31 rejected Mayflower Business Group’s proposal to put up a 12-story lodging house at 61-27 186th Street for […]

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Workers’ compensation rates reduced for first time since 2008


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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York state employers will see a reduction in workers’ compensation premium rates for the first time in four years. Policyholders will see a decrease of 1.2 percent, the first reduction since 2008. The rate reduction is a result of efforts by the governor’s administration over the past […]

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Budgeting initiative gives Queens residents a say


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Some Queens residents will soon have another say in where their tax dollars go. The city’s second year “participatory budgeting” initiative will allow eight City Council districts — including three in Queens — to choose which physical infrastructure projects they will fund in their neighborhoods this year. The $10 million budget, officials said, is completely […]

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City boot program hits south Queens


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The Smart Boot program, which locks up the cars of ticket scofflaws, hit southern Queens last Monday after being launched in Brooklyn six weeks ago. Paylock, a parking enforcement company, has city authorization to place a yellow wheel lock on the cars of parking/traffic violators with more than $350 in unpaid fines. The no-bid pilot […]

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Recording studio showcases talent


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Ears and Gears Studio in Astoria is a new hotbed for rock musicians and fans across New York City. Over the summer, the studio’s doors were open to the public for a live performance series that kicked off on June 30. Devyn Rush, a contestant on “American Idol” Season 10, performed on opening night —a […]

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Kids shine at S.T.A.R.S.


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Sarah Kaye recalls many fond memories from her time as a kid with Frances Scarantino, president and founder of S.T.A.R.S. “The program gave me so much,” said Kaye. “It kept me off the streets.” Kaye, 27, is now one of the most active volunteers at the Striving to Achieve & Reach Success (S.T.A.R.S.) youth center, […]

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Big dreams coming to life for Bayside young violinist


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THE COURIER/Photo by Phil Hertling

Yut Chia, a violinist who earns a living performing on subway platforms, has seen many of his dreams turn to reality over the last few weeks. The 19-year-old is now a second violinist for the Manhattan Symphonie and has gained recognition from a few of his childhood idols. Chia, born in Colombia, grew up in […]

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Bayside BID holds election, 1 position still undecided


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Lyle Sclair, new executive director of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID), will look to bring variety to Bell Boulevard over the next several months. The BID held a meeting on Monday to discuss Sclair’s future plans of “branding” the already popular area. “It’s a place to conduct business,” Sclair said. Sclair along with […]

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Discounts will help you discover Queens’ ‘Real Culture/Authentic Flavor’


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Now you can experience the “Real Culture/Authentic Flavor” of Queens. Local officials, along with the Queens Tourism Council, launched the first ever “Real Culture/Authentic Flavor” summer promotion program, designed to highlight Queens activities and attractions for locals and tourists. “There’s a lot to do here in America’s most diverse county,” said Borough President Helen Marshall. […]

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