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CVS stores to stop selling tobacco products by October


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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CVS customers will soon need to turn to another drugstore chain for their supply of cigarettes.

The company announced Wednesday it will stop selling tobacco products at all of its CVS/pharmacy locations by Oct. 1.

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark.”Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

CVS is the first major national pharmacy chain to remove tobacco products from its shelves.

The company estimates that it will lose approximately $2 billion in revenues annually because of the move.

“This decision more closely aligns the company with its patients, clients and health care providers to improve health outcomes while controlling costs and positions the company for continued growth,”  CVS said.

It will also launch a national smoking cessation program this spring, which will include information and treatment on smoking cessation at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic along with online resources, CVS said. It will additionally offer comprehensive programs for CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management plan members to help them to quit smoking.

 

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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 Realty.

There was much controversy in February in the neighborhood over the possible replacement of the supermarket with a CVS. Many residents opposed the change. The area has several pharmacies, including one across the street from the supermarket.

The previous lease on the market would have expired in four years, but store owner David Mandell felt pressured to leave the property.

“A woman called me offering me $400,000 to leave,” Mandell said. He added later that another local owner was willing to throw in an additional $100,000 to the offer.

Resistance to the new CVS came mainly with the welfare of elderly residents in mind.

“Where are the old people going to shop,” asked Pat Medbedeff, a local resident. “There’s Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS – how many drug stores do you need?”

Now, it seems the neighborhood has a new lease on life.

“I commend both parties for being able to come to an arrangement that is beneficial not only for them, but for this neighborhood,” said Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz. “If not for the active nature of this community, there is no doubt Key Food would have been lost when its lease expired in a few years.”

Residents and employees alike were delighted to hear the good news.

“[The new lease] means a great deal to me,” said Paul Piagneri, a Key Food employee. “It means I get to serve the neighborhood like I have been for the last eight years.”

Tom Henderson, who has been living in the area for almost 40 years, was glad to hear that seniors would not be inconvenienced by a change in businesses.

“The welfare of seniors has got to be a main concern,” said Henderson.

 

Rally to keep Key Food in Flushing


| dbeltran@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by David Beltran

Some Flushing residents have one thing to say to a local landlord: keep our Key Food.

At a rally on Wednesday, February 8, they joined elected officials, including Senator Toby Stavisky, Councilmember James Gennaro and Assemblymembers Michael Simanowitz and Rory Lancman, along with Key Food owner David Mandell to protest plans of replacing the supermarket with a CVS pharmacy.

Lancman, who lives in the area, said this is the supermarket that he and locals go to and replacing with it with a CVS would be an enormous inconvenience.

“I won’t be going to shop at CVS,” said Lancman. “All of our Rite Aid and Eckerd needs are satisfied. The landlord needs to think about what the community needs.”

Mandell and his brother have owned the store at 164-05 69th Avenue since 2004. The current lease with landlord Vita Realty ends in four years, but according to Mandell, the landlord is putting pressure on him to leave soon.

“This morning a woman called me offering $400,000 to leave,” said Mandell. He added that another local owner was willing to throw in an additional $100,000 to the offer.

Mandell, though, said that he wants to stay in the neighborhood and is willing to pay more rent and even remodel the store. However, he added that banks love CVS because it’s a publicly-traded company and having a CVS increases the land value from around $8 million to $10 million.

Residents at the rally expressed concern about changing to a CVS pharmacy, pointing out the number of drug stores already in the area, including a neighborhood pharmacy across the street from Key Food.

“Where are the old people going to shop?” said Pat Medbedeff, a local resident. “There’s Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS — how many drug stores do you need?”

Alex Jacob, who has lived in the area for 60 years, said replacing Key Food with a CVS would inconvenience senior citizens by making them have to walk farther.

“I have nothing to buy at CVS,” said Jacob. “I pack up my cart and buy at least $150 worth of food here once a week. It’s definitely a thorn in our side.”

“There’s a place for big box companies,” said Simanowitz. “This is not the place.”

Gennaro too had a message for the landlord.

“Landlord beware,” he said. “You’ve got to understand what this community is about. They want this supermarket.”

Attempts to reach the landlord were unsuccessful as of press time.

Two Queens men charged in Connecticut pharmacy thefts


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Two Queens men charged in Connecticut pharmacy thefts

Two New York men were charged by Westport police Monday night with stealing $5,000 in merchandise from pharmacies here and area communities. The men, accompanied by an underage girl, were taken into custody shortly after 8 p.m. Monday when workers at the CVS on Post Road East called police to report that a man had fled after shoplifting merchandise. One of the men, Jeffrey L. Vaughn, 26, of Jamaica, and the girl were found in a car nearby with goods from the CVS as well as other area pharmacies, police said. The merchandise included teeth whitener, hair regrowth treatment, razor blades and allergy medicines, police said. Read More: Westport News

Mitt Romney selects Queens councilmember to lead campaign here

Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich has been named the New York City chairman for Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The New York GOP primary will be held on April 24, 2012. First elected in 2009 at age 24, Ulrich was the youngest serving member of the Council and serves as Minority Whip of the Republican delegation. He is a former president of the Our Neighbors Civic Association of Ozone Park, and was active with the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach, Jamaica Rotary and the 102nd Police Precinct Community Council.  Read More: Staten Island Live

Students rally against bullying at P.S. 11

The students of P.S. 11 are urging kids across the city to “give peace a chance.” Parents, faculty and all 1,300 children from the school, located at 54-25 Skillman Avenue in Woodside, united on November 22 for a peace march and anti-violence rally. The parade was in protest to the increase in bullying and violence that has become a perpetual problem plaguing schools. Students carried hand-made signs and photos and chanted cheers calling for peace. Read More: Queens Courier

Queens woman tries to stiff cabbie after ride to Poconos

A New York City woman is in jail after trying to bilk a car service out of a big bill. State police in Swiftwater said Riley Radha, 42, of Flushing, hired the Big Q Car Service in New York City to take her from Queens to Paradise Stream Resort in Marshalls Creek. The driver accepted $30 up front and Radha promised to pay the remainder of the bill upon her local arrival. However, police said Radha was unable to pay the remaining $320 when she got there around 7 a.m. Sunday, and was charged with theft of services. Unable to post bail, she was taken to Monroe County Correctional Facility. Read More: Pocono Record

Jackson Heights Straphangers Sickened By Droppings-Covered Subway Station

City Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Jackson Heights residents have raised a stink for a long time about the pigeon waste that falls down from the beams of the Roosevelt Avenue/Jackson Heights subway station, but Dromm says he has a tough time getting the MTA to regularly clean it. Read More: NY1

Help The Queens Courier play Santa

To kick off the season of giving, The Queens Courier will be collecting items to be donated to the South Queens Boys and Girls Club (SQBGC) for our annual holiday gift drive. Founded in 1957, SQBGC strives to help young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during critical periods of growth. The group’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from at-risk and disadvantaged circumstances. Donations can be dropped off at The Courier’s office, located at 38-15 Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Read More: Queens Courier

Parts Of Far Rockaway Nursing Home Are Without Power For Nine Days And Counting

One day after a Bronx nursing home resident died due to a faulty cable, Lisa McDivitt reports how a nursing facility in Far Rockaway marked day nine of a power outage of their own. Read More: NY1

Local Airports Confiscate Dangerous Weapons Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Transportation Security Administration officials showed off some dangerous weapons confiscated at area airports over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Port Authority police arrested a man bound for the Dominican Republic on Saturday after screeners at John F. Kennedy International Airport found a combination brass knuckles and knife in his checked bag. They also nabbed a man who they say was headed to Germany from Newark Liberty International Airport with a set of brass knuckles in his carry-on bag. On Sunday, authorities took a man into custody after they say he tried to carry a butterfly knife on board a plane at LaGuardia Airport. Read More: NY1