Federal funding for Flushing Bay channel dredging


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Image via Google Maps

Looking to make it easier for ships and barges to navigate, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dredge the main channel leading into Flushing Bay beginning this fall, Representatives Joe Crowley and Grace Meng announced Thursday.

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Rep. Jeffries wants investigation into FEMA flood insurance scandal


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is calling upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s inspector general to investigate potential fraud in the insurance claims process for people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Op-ed: Let’s practice cancer prevention each and every day


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY DR. WAYNE KYE

What do you do to prevent cancer? February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and a great time to make or renew your commitment to put your health first. Take time to visit your health care professional and discuss your family and personal health history and which cancer screenings are right for you. Screening can detect cancer early, when it is most treatable, and in some cases stop cancer before it starts.

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Powerful partying


| vschneps@queenscourier.com

Charles and Daphne Chan, Tracy and Seth Kupferberg, Deidre Major,
Councilman Peter Koo, Tony Major, Congresswoman Grace Meng and Claire Schulman

I feel like I’ve been hit by lightning! If any of you have been watching Geraldo Rivera on Monday nights on “Celebrity Apprentice,” you know he is raising serious money for his favorite cause — Life’s WORC. I’m thrilled to tell you it is the organization I founded 44 years ago to help my first-born […]

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City renews express bus service plans between Jamaica and Flushing after nod from mayor


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Despite calls from community members and politicians in neighborhoods like Kew Gardens Hills, the transformation of the Q44 and Q25 into a Select Bus Service (SBS) line is set to begin as early as this fall, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, but no official schedule has been announced.

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Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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Funeral, wake for fallen NYPD officer held in Glendale as the world watched


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The eyes of the nation were on Glendale this weekend as its streets were lined with more than 20,000 police officers in uniform for the wake and funeral of slain police officer Rafael Ramos, who was gunned down with his partner while on duty in Brooklyn on Dec. 20.

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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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