New law permits schools to close for more religious and cultural holidays


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Photo via UrbanUrban_ru/Flickr

For decades, the city closed schools for Christian and Jewish holidays but other religions’ holidays — like Eid al-Fitr and Diwali — didn’t receive the same benefit. But the passage of a new law backed by elected officials in Flushing is changing that.

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Local pol fights to gain national recognition of Flushing’s ties to religious freedom


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THE COURIER/File Photo

Congress passed a bill that would require the federal government to maintain sites like the John Bowne House in Flushing that are associated with the 1657 signing of the Flushing Remonstrance, the document recognized as the forerunner of religious freedom in America.

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Rep. Meng joins the fight to clean up Flushing Creek


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Rep. Grace Meng has put out the call to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help come up with a plan to stop more than 2 billion gallons of untreated sewage from flowing into Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay every year — more sewage overflow than any other waterway in New York City has to handle.

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Bayside small businesses praised by feds


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Photo courtesy of the borough president's office

With more small businesses than big box stores on Bell Boulevard, the commercial strip was the perfect destination for the head of the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) when she made the trip to New York last week.

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Outrage after DMV dismisses tickets against driver who killed toddler in Flushing


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The Department of Motor Vehicles has dropped two tickets against the driver who fatally struck a 3-year-old girl in Flushing last year, angering the toddler’s father and others.

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Conservancy group pushes local pols to fund meditation garden in Kissena Corridor Park


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Illustrations courtesy of the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy

The Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy is trying to turn a section of the Flushing park that’s overgrown with weeds into a meditation garden. But a lack of money is keeping the group from attaining tranquility.

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House bill looks at Flushing’s connection to religious freedom


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File Photo

There’s more than just tennis and the World’s Fair in Queens. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng wants to add the roots of American religious freedom to Queens’ list of accomplishments.

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Local politicians urge city to delay Ridgewood Reservoir plans


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A plan to alter the Ridgewood Reservoir is being challenged by several local politicians, citing that these “changes will significantly harm the natural and largely undisturbed habitats of the animals that currently live there.”

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Local congress members endorse John Liu in state Senate race


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In his bid to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella, former City Comptroller John Liu picked up another round of support from local congressional members. Liu received endorsements from congress members Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks and Joseph Crowley.

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