Author Archives: Ruben Muniz

Forest Hills firehouse named landmark


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THE COURIER/photos by Sana Karim-Noori

The “Pride of the Hills” is now the pride of the city. Engine 305 and Ladder 151 in Forest Hills, located at 111-02 Queens Boulevard, was one of six landmarks named by the city recently. The firehouse, whose motto is “Pride of the Hills,” has been in operation since 1924 and is one of the […]

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Residents concerned over new natural gas pipelines


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A massive, new natural gas pipeline that may be coming to the tri-state area has many of the region’s residents up in arms. At the most recent Community Board 11 meeting, it was revealed that Spectra Energy, a Houston-based gas and electric giant, is proposing to build 16 miles of new pipeline and five miles […]

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Returning soldiers seek employment at veteran job fair


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THE COURIER/photo by Ruben Muniz

Veterans recently suited up, got their game face on and sprung into action. A job fair for military veterans was held at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale on Friday, June 8. Over 90 companies and organizations were in attendance as well as State Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblymember Mike Miller. “Veterans have a […]

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Queens College students present solar energy research project


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Flushing may soon be getting a little more sun. A class of graduates and undergraduates from Queens College presented a research project on the benefits of a potential plan to allow Flushing to rely on solar energy. The main focus of the 14-week-long study was to educate merchants, schools, landlords and homeowners on the benefits […]

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Flushing Key Food may close its doors


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As some doors stay open, others close. The Key Food on Parsons and Willets Point boulevards may be closing, just weeks after another Key Food store was saved by its patrons’ protests. According to employees, the supermarket, located at 25-03 Parsons Boulevard in Flushing (in the Lindenview Shopping Center) may be closing soon, and residents […]

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Court rules in favor of St. Mary’s construction


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The chronicle of controversial construction at St. Mary’s added an additional chapter to its touchy tale. On May 31, the New York State First Division Appellate Court voted three to two in opposition of the Weeks Woodlands Association’s appeal to block expansion at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. The heated litigation has been ongoing for […]

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Politicians push to grade MTA subway stations


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subway

If the city council has its way, you may soon know how clean – or dirty – your subway is. Councilmembers have proposed a plan to rate all 468 subway stations in New York City, similar to the grading system used for the city’s restaurants. The MTA, however, has publicly rejected the plan to grade a system […]

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Federal health survey checks up on Queens


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Queens has begun its checkup. The borough was tapped back in March to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which studies trends throughout the country — including hypertension, diabetes and obesity. The survey began at Queens Hospital Center on May 1 in a group of interconnected trailers equipped with state-of-the-art medical […]

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Flushing Key Food gets new lease


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Key Food

Their pleas did not fall on deaf ears. Several months ago Flushing residents protested the possible replacement of their local Key Food supermarket by a drug store. On Monday, May 22, they got their wish: a nine-year lease agreement was reached by the Key Food on 164th Street and 69th Avenue and its landlord, Vita […]

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Queens Center job fair draws 1,400


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Photo Courtesy of the Borough President’s office

More than 1,000 eager job seekers flooded the Queens Center Mall last week. At the mall’s third job fair on Thursday, May 17, employers like Citibank, Resorts World and the United States Tennis Association were among the 25 recruiters in attendance in search of new employees. Borough President Helen Marshall also stopped by to socialize […]

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