Community Board 14

Far Rockaway residents still receiving Verizon bills despite no service since Sandy
Far Rockaway residents still receiving Verizon bills despite no service since Sandy
South Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 12:36PM

It’s been five months since 77-year-old Arquilla Heard has been able to make a phone call. Since Sandy, the Far Rockaway resident — and many of her neighbors in the Ocean Bay Houses — have had no cell phone service from Verizon. Heard has received monthly phone bills since the storm, some reaching nearly $200. [...]

Kayaking could bring tourism, revenue to Jamaica Bay
Kayaking could bring tourism, revenue to Jamaica Bay
South Terence M. Cullen 3/05/2013 at 11:39AM

Jamaica Bay has been many things. It was a fishing haven. It was the site of a deadly plane crash. And it was the catalyst for some of Sandy’s devastation. But soon, the bay might attract more tourism when the region needs it the most. Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr said the Parks Department [...]

Borough President Marshall fights mayor’s budget cuts
Borough President Marshall fights mayor’s budget cuts
News Maggie Hayes 2/28/2013 at 11:49AM

Borough President Helen Marshall made her mark during her final budget hearing, seeking millions of dollars in funding. Marshall, who is term-limited out, will battle for $1.6 million for senior centers and various programs across the borough. This discretionary funding was eliminated under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed $70.1 billion budget for the fiscal year 2014. [...]

Doe Fund cleans up Broad Channel
Doe Fund cleans up Broad Channel
South Terence M. Cullen 2/19/2013 at 10:39AM

Broad Channel is seeing blue. Nine workers from the Doe Fund, dubbed “the men in blue,” will help clean up a two-mile stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, as the island still continues to recover nearly four months after Sandy hit. The cleanup effort, which officially began on Friday, February 15, will run [...]

New policy forces mentally ill out of adult homes
New policy forces mentally ill out of adult homes
News Melissa Chan 2/15/2013 at 9:34AM

Adult homes in Queens are now forced to evict hundreds of mentally ill residents and shut out new entrants under a new state policy. Privately run adult homes in the state, including nine in Queens and nearly 50 in the city, will have to cut their mental health population down to 25 percent, according to [...]

Star of Queens: Dolores Orr
Star of Queens: Dolores Orr
News Maggie Hayes 1/07/2013 at 8:14AM

Star of Queens: Dolores Orr, Community Board 14 Chair  INVOLVEMENT: As chair of Community Board 14, Dolores Orr oversees happenings all over the Rockaway peninsula. She works with the community board staff and city agencies to address quality of life issues, such as zoning problems, economic development and, most recently, post-Sandy clean up. Orr is also [...]

Rockaway Courthouse to be revitalized
News Melissa Chan 1/31/2012 at 1:09PM

The former Rockaway Courthouse — saved from its longtime sentence of stagnancy — has been given a second life. The limestone and marble courthouse, located at 90-01 Beach Channel Drive, was originally constructed in 1932. But for the last 20 years, the building has remained vacant. Now, the city is seeking interested buyers to reactivate [...]

Cross Bay toll could be no more
Cross Bay toll could be no more
News Melissa Chan 1/23/2012 at 5:25PM

Rockaway residents may soon find their burdens lighter — at least while trekking across the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. Under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal, a discount program could see Rockaway and Broad Channel residents reimbursed for their travels. Rockaway motorists with an E-Z Pass currently pay $1.19 each time they drive along the [...]