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Thousands come to 24th annual Dragon Boat Festival


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Dragons invaded Flushing Meadows Lake this weekend. But instead of fire and wings, these dragons had paddlers and beating war drums.

The 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival began on Saturday morning with thousands of people coming to the lake to watch 197 teams compete in boat races.

“There are people here today from all over the world coming to Queens for this wonderful event,” Borough President Melinda Katz said. “When you go back home, wherever that may be, tell your friends and family to come back next year and spend a lot of money in Queens.”

The race is a Chinese tradition that goes back thousands of years and the Flushing Meadows Corona Park dragon boat race was just one of many races being held across the world.

In the crowd, Dennis Liu, 23, and his fellow paddlers watched the stage as Katz and other politicians talked about the race.

“I love this sport,” Liu said. “It’s all about camaraderie and the rush of the race.”

Liu, who is a member of the team MAD, has been practicing with his 22-member team for the whole summer. Many teams represent companies through corporate sponsorships or, in the case of Katz’s Thunder Cats, represent politicians. But Liu’s team is just a group of high school friends who enjoy the sport and come back every year.

“I think we have a really good chance of winning,” Liu said as he and his teammates began their workout stretch.

Twenty-five teams won first place, with cash prizes that ranged from $500 to $1,500.

 

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Rep. Meng works to bring family members of teen crash victims to US


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Photo by Vic Nicastro

Family members of the two teens killed last month in a tragic car crash are working with Congressmember Grace Meng to fly from China to Queens to grieve.

Meng is trying to secure visas for Jiahao Liang’s mother and sister and Jennifer Gao’s grandmother and aunt.

The two died Feb. 18, when their car swerved off the Long Island Expressway, near Kissena Boulevard, and wrapped around a tree.

Their relatives await a March 11 interview from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Meng said she intervened with the American Consulate in China after a friend of both families reached out to her for help.

“The death of these two teenagers is a terrible and horrible tragedy, and our hearts go out to their family and friends,” she said. “We will assist them with whatever needs they may have during this difficult time.”

Liang, 19, of Flushing, who drove the car and his passenger Gao, 16, of Oakland Gardens, were cremated about two weeks ago, Meng said.

 

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Queens man charged with selling defense goods to China


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A Queens man was arrested after he allegedly shipped military-grade items to China and Taiwan illegally, according to the FBI.

Mark Henry, 49, was arrested and charged on December 6 with shipping defense goods with military applications to customers in Asia from his New York City export company without the required licenses. He is accused of sending military-grade material used as a protective coating for rocket nozzles and microwave amplifiers, which have military uses in addition to commercial uses, the FBI said.

“Preventing the illegal export of sensitive U.S origin commodities that enhance the military capabilities of foreign nations is our top priority. We are constantly striving to maintain the technological advantage of U.S fighting forces,” said DOC Special Agent in Charge Sidney Simon.

Henry is charged with conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act, a violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and an attempt to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

If found guilty he faces up to 45 years in prison.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/15/2011: Tibetans in Queens mourn recent spate of self-immolations


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Mayor Bloomberg Announces City Will Have Record Number of Hotel Rooms

Overlooking Manhattan, on the Queens side of the East River, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city will reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by year’s end – a clear message that people still love New York. The mayor made the announcement on the rooftop of the newly opened Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, where he was joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta and Z NYC owner Henry Zilberman. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Assemblyman Goldfeder Launches Petition To Make Cross Bay Bridge Free

A Queens official is renewing efforts to make the Cross Bay Bridge free of charge. State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder has launched an online petition for residents of the Rockaways and Broad Channel to sign. He’s urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Governor Andrew Cuomo to put an end to the toll on the only intraborough bridge in the city. Read More: NY1

 

Tibetans in Queens mourn recent spate of self-immolations in their homeland 

About 50 Tibetans packed a small basement on 73rd St. in Jackson Heights on a recent Monday and set up a makeshift altar. A portrait of the Dalai Lama and Snow Lion flag of Tibet flanked an image of Buddha. Then the mantra of the Sangcho Monlam, a prayer for the dead, filled the room, normally a Burmese center. They were mourning two Tibetans — a nun and a monk — who set themselves ablaze to protest China’s rule. Read More: Daily News

 

Workers put finishing touches on first Fairway Market ready to debut in Queens

Hundreds of workers are putting the finishing touches on the borough’s first Fairway Market set to open on Wednesday. The Daily News got a sneak peek at the new Douglaston store — the largest in New York City — with owner Howie Glickberg as he personally inspected all the aisles on Monday. Read More: Daily News

 

PS 69 and IS 145 in congested Jackson Heights set to open playgrounds for public use 

A congested community in western Queens that fought long and hard for more parks is about to get a little more open space. The city is transforming two Jackson Heights schoolyards into student-designed playgrounds that will be open to the public after school and on weekends. Community leaders were also optimistic that the city will soon hammer out a deal to buy land from a nearby private school to expand Travers Park. Read More: Daily News

Nations must work together to maintain peace


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The recent story in the news regarding the possibility of Israel taking military action against Iran does not bode well for the international community.

If Israel chooses this course of action, it could have very dire consequences for the entire Middle East, and also the rest of the world.

While no one wants to see Iran become a nuclear armed nation, all non-military efforts need to be exerted to have Iran not build a nuclear arsenal. The United States, Russia, China, Great Britian and France need to work together, along with Israel, to diffuse this potentially dangerous situation. Israel certainly has a right to defend itself against possible attack, as do all nations.

We need to work together along with the United Nations to bring a nonmilitary resolution to this mounting crisis.

 

 John Amato

Fresh Meadows

China’s first lady visits Forest Hills Library


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Photo courtesy of Queens Library Left to right: Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching, Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante and Hwai-Min Wood, manager of the Forest Hills Library.

Patrons of the Forest Hills Library received a once-in-a-lifetime lesson on Chinese culture on October 13.

The first lady of the Republic of China, Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching, visited the library, located at 108-19 71st Avenue, to present a donation of 10 children’s picture books. The books, which are written in Chinese, were contributed with the purpose of encouraging young Americans to learn more about the traditions of China.

Along with her gift, Madame Ma entertained children with tales about the Chinese Zodiac and educated them in the art of creating an origami mouse – the first of the 12 animals of the Zodiac.

A group of elementary school students from the southern Taiwanese county of Pingtung who are traveling with the first lady regaled visitors with a musical performance, which included ancient melodies from the Paiwan aboriginal tribe.

“Queens Library was honored to welcome Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching and her guests,” said Joanne King, the associate director of communications for Queens Library. “Queens has more than 195,000 people whose first language is Chinese and who have strong cultural ties to their homeland. It is our mission to provide them with reading material in their own language, and to provide our English-speaking library users with a greater understanding of the great art, culture and economy of China. Library users in Queens will make good use of this generous gift, and we are so appreciative.”

Queens’ Morning Roundup: 10/19/2011 – Robbers get tips from ‘The Town’


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Queens Robbers get tips from ‘The Town’

Police say a prolific burglary crew in New York City took cues from the bank heist drama “The Town.” Police say the burglars splashed bleach on ATMs and cash drawers to try to destroy DNA evidence. An NYPD spokesperson said Tuesday that the suspects told detectives they’d watched the bad guys in the Ben Affleck-directed film do the same thing. The real bandits are suspected in 62 burglaries at delis, discount stores and pizzerias in Brooklyn and Queens. Police say they made off with $217,000. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

 

Mayor Bloomberg targeted in trial’s closing arguments

An attorney for the Queens political operative accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg called New York City’s billionaire chief executive arrogant and duplicitous during closing arguments Tuesday. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

 

China’s first lady visits Forest Hills Library

The first lady of the Republic of China, Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching, visited the library, located at 108-19 71st Avenue, to present a donation of 10 children’s picture books. The books, which are written in Chinese, were contributed with the purpose of encouraging young Americans to learn more about the traditions of China. Read More: Queens Courier

 

 

Network with the ‘movers and shakers’ at Kings of Queens

Don’t delay. Get your tickets for the 4th Annual Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event. The event – which recognizes Queens’ most influential men in business – will take place Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It will feature a morning of networking with top professionals and an expo with the area’s leading businesses. Read More: Queens Courier  Get Your Tickets: Kings of Queens

 

 

Police question possible suspect in Queens sexual assault

Police said on Tuesday they were talking to a possible suspect in connection with a number of attempted sexual assaults in Queens. Five women and a 12-year-old girl have been groped in Sunnyside and Woodside since mid-September by a man who rides up on a bicycle. The latest attack happened Sunday night in Laurelton. Read More: NY1