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West Nile spraying in Queens this week


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Courtesy of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

With summer in the city comes humidity, mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile Virus.

To help fight the spread of the virus, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will apply larvicide by helicopter to locations throughout Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island beginning today.

The locales are marshy, non-residential areas that are natural breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

In Queens, areas of Alley Pond Park, College Point and Edgemere will be targeted.

Last year, the city saw 11 cases of West Nile, five in Queens.

A Queens woman passed away in March from what the family said was complications from West Nile. The city’s health department is investigating the report.

To help reduce the number of mosquitoes breeding on residents’ property, the health department said to eliminate standing water, clean your gutters and clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and keep them empty or covered when not in use.

The marsh areas inside Alley Pond Park, the abandoned Flushing airport bounded by the Whitestone Expressway to the east, 20th Avenue to the north, 130th Avenue and Ulmer Street to the west and Ulmer Street and 28th Street to the south and Dubos Point and Edgemere Park bounded by Norton Basin to the east, Mott Point to the north, Grass Hassock Channel to the west and Beach 65th Street, De Costa Avenue and Almeda Avenue to the south.

The spraying began today at 6 a.m. and will last until 7 p.m.  The schedule will be repeated tomorrow and Wednesday.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Queens man gunned down in home

A 21-year-old man was found fatally shot in the head inside his Jamaica home at about 11:30 a.m. today, cops and his family said. The man’s fiancee discovered his body. She had the couple’s 1-year-old son with her at the time. Read more: [New York Post]

Devils even series with rout of Rangers in heated Game 4

The Eastern Conference finals between the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils finally got ugly — real ugly. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was sucker punched in the third period by former teammate Mike Rupp. Coaches Peter DeBoer of New Jersey and John Tortorella of New York screamed at each other after the incident. And Read more: [ESPN]

High-tech manufacturing plant to open in Long Island City this summer

The golden age of New York City manufacturing may long be over, but that isn’t stopping one enterprising company from setting up shop in western Queens. Shapeways, which uses a high-tech 3D printing system to manufacture products cheaply, plans to open a factory in Long Island City this summer. The facility could eventually employ up to 80 workers, company officials said. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens native crafts kids book on coping with culinary challenges 

It’s Snow White and the seven food substitutions. Queens native Letizia Barbetta recently published a children’s book about debilitating food alergies and how it impacts kids — a subject near and dear to the mom of three. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens cemetery claims Mom’s Day crackdown on water in flower vases is unfair

A Queens cemetery operator said city Health Department inspectors unfairly slapped him with a $1,200 standing water violation during the Mother’s Day rush. “This is an attack on motherhood!” said an outraged Dan Austin Sr., president of All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens Armed Robber At Large

Police in Queens were looking Monday for a suspect in an armed robbery in Hollis. Investigators say the suspect seen above walked into a Dunkin Donuts store on Hillside Avenue and 202nd Street in Hollis on Friday. Read more: [NY1]

Health Department Announces New York City’s Favorite Baby Names from 2010


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In 2010 in New York City Isabella and Jayden held fast as the most popular baby names for the second year in a row. The Health Department’s latest annual tally of New York City birth certificates shows that Isabella was the most popular name for baby girls born in 2010, with nearly 600 Isabellas added to the Big Apple last year. Jayden kept the top spot for boys with more than 800 newborn boys named Jayden.

From 2009 to 2010, the number of babies born in New York City dipped slightly, down 1.6% from 126,774 to 124,791 (64,076 boys and 60,715 girls). Brooklyn saw the greatest number of babies born last year with 41,469 births. Queens came is second with 26,955 births followed by 21,258 babies born in the Bronx, 19,646 in Manhattan and 5,580 on Staten Island. There are almost as many babies born on Staten Island (5,580) as there are babies born to New York State residents who live outside of New York City (5,719).

MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES NEW YORK CITY, 2010
Rank Girls Boys
1 Isabella Jayden
2 Sophia Ethan
3 Olivia Daniel
4 Emily Jacob
5 Madison David
6 Mia Justin
7 Emma Michael
8 Leah Matthew
9 Sarah Joseph
10 Chloe Joshua
NYC Total Births 60,715 64,076

Nine of the top 10 girls’ names for 2010 were holdovers from 2009, with Ashley falling to number 13 and Chloe joining the list, up from 11 to number 10. Among boys, Jacob and Joseph made it into the top 10 after getting bumped off two years ago. Jacob came back strong, listing in the 4th place slot as most popular in 2010 while Michael’s rank fell further to 7th place 4th place in 2009. Michael had been the top boy’s name during the 1980’s through early 2000’s.

Most Popular Baby Names by Race/Ethnicity

Preferences for baby names vary broadly across racial and ethnic groups. Isabella remained the most popular female name for Hispanic families, while Madison remained a favorite with black parents. Sophia is still number one for Asian girls. Esther is the new favorite for white families. Among boys, most Hispanic and black families again opted for the ever-popular Jayden. Asian families swapped Ryan for Ethan and white families favored Joseph.

A detailed list of the most popular baby names for 2010, broken down by race/ethnicity and sex, is available on the Health Department’s Vital Statistics Web page.

Star Power

New Yorkers continue to be inspired by movie, music, sports and fashion icons as they search for the perfect name. Last year’s big draws included common actress names such as Sofia (#16) and Angelina (#28), popular singer names like Usher (#155) and Mariah (#99), and athlete names namely Eli (#49) and Carmelo (#168). Suri (#136) and Jayden (#1) – names chosen by celebrity parents Katie Holmes and Will Smith – were also popular.

Biblical Names

Religious figures were an even bigger source of inspiration. Holy names for girls included Leah (#8), Sarah (#9), Esther (#15) Rachel (#18) and Chana and Miriam (tied for #34), while Daniel (#3), Jacob (#4), David (#5), Matthew (#8), Joseph (#9), Joshua (#10),  Noah (#20) and Elijah (#21) were often bestowed upon boys.

Geographic Names

Big cities and states were also popular baby names. Charlotte (#33) and Brooklyn (#138) were on the 2010 list. Austin (#109), Georgia (#136), Phoenix (#146), and Virginia (#151) also made the cut. Some parents selected international monikers like Paris (#125) and London (#164).

Top Ten Names by Race/Ethnicity

GIRLS

Rank

Hispanic

Black

White

Asian & Pacific Islander

1

Isabella

Madison

Esther

Sophia

2

Mia

Kayla

Olivia

Chloe

3

Emily

Nevaeh

Leah

Emily

4

Sophia

London

Sophia

Olivia

5

Ashley

Makayla

Emma

Isabella

6

Camila

Jada

Rachel

Fiona

7

Madison

Taylor

Isabella

Sarah

8

Brianna

Chloe

Sarah

Angelina

9

Gabriella

Brianna

Chana

Angela

10

Samantha

Gabrielle

Ava/Chaya

Jasmine

BOYS

Rank

Hispanic

Black

White

Asian & Pacific Islander

1

Jayden

Jayden

Joseph

Ethan

2

Justin

Joshua

David

Ryan

3

Angel

Elijah

Jacob

Justin

4

Jacob

Jeremiah

Michael

Eric

5

Christopher

Ethan

Daniel

Lucas

6

Alexander

Aiden

Moshe

Kevin

7

Daniel

Justin

Benjamin

Jason

8

Ethan

Michael

Matthew

Daniel

9

Anthony

Christian

Alexander

Jayden

10

Brandon/Joshua

Tyler

Jack/Samuel

Matthew

Keeping Babies Safe and Healthy

Whatever their names, babies do best when they’re nurtured by healthy parents in secure surroundings. Here are some recommendations to a healthy pregnancy and healthy child.

Plan Your Pregnancy

  • Use birth control until you are ready to get pregnant. Many safe and effective methods are available. Call 311 to find out where you can go for free or low-cost birth control. 
  • Make sure to see your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant and seek regular care as soon as you think you are pregnant. Regular prenatal care early in pregnancy can help prevent complications.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – and don’t smoke, misuse drugs or drink. Alcohol and other drugs cause miscarriages, birth defects and other serious problems.
  • If you smoke or use drugs or alcohol, quit now to protect your baby. Your health care provider can recommend programs to help you quit.
  • To prevent birth defects that affect the brain, take a daily multi-vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid if you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant.

After Your Baby Is Born

  • Breastfeed your baby unless you are HIV-positive. Breastfeeding offers many health benefits for both mothers and babies. If you can, you should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life.
  • Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and accidental suffocation by providing a safe sleep surface for napping and sleeping. Babies should sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm surface without pillows, toys or loose blankets.
  • Make sure your child is tested for lead poisoning at one and two years of age, as the law requires.
  • Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Keep a record, and take it with you whenever you go to the doctor or clinic.
  • Make sure your home has properly-installed window guards. The law requires your building owner to install them in any unit that houses a child younger than 11.
  • It is normal to feel a mix of emotions after childbirth, including joy, anxiety and sadness. Some women experience mild depression a few days after delivery. These “baby blues” usually subside within a few weeks. If they persist or worsen, you should seek help from a health care provider or call 1-800-LIFENET.
  • If your partner, or anyone, is hurting you or your children, call 311 and ask for the City’s confidential Domestic Violence Hotline. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide immediate help.

The Health Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates. Each year, the list of most popular baby names is published in the agency’s Vital Statistics information. For more information on baby names or on NYC’s births and pregnancies, visit the Vital Statistics link on the Health Department’s website. New Yorkers can also visit www.nyc.gov for information on obtaining a birth certificate. 

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/13/2011: Sheehan taken into custody


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The Round Up

Barbara Sheehan taken into custody on gun conviction

Barbara Sheehan may have dodged a bullet (pun very much intended) by beating the murder charge, but she couldn’t get around the gun charge. Yesterday afternoon Sheehan reported to Queens Supreme Court where she was taken into custody for criminal gun possession, a charge in which she faces 2 ½ to 15 years in prison. Sheehan’s defense team says they are filing an appeal for the charge. Read more: Queens Courier

 

 

Police looking for men suspected in Queens burglaries

Two men in their 20′s are suspected in 5 separate incidents, dating back to August 14, when the pair allegedly broke into a Checkers at 83-45 Parsons Blvd. and took an unknown amount of cash. To add insult to injury the pair returned a month later and robbed the same Checkers and got away with cash and a 2002 Ford van. Read more: CBS News

 

New York City teens protest New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy

Hundreds of teens from all 5 boroughs held a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday. The protestors were making a statement about the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy. Many of the protestors say that they have been stopped by the NYPD upwards of 20 times due to their ethnicity and that the policy allows for racial profiling to run rampant. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Ex-Narcotics officer admits guilt in Elmhurst coke sale

Ex-Detective Stephen Anderson admitted in Brooklyn Supreme Court this week that he had given another undercover officer 2 bags of cocaine in January 2008. The cocaine wasn’t for the undercover’s personal use but was instead used to frame 4 Elmhurst men on drug sale charges. Read more: New York Post

 

Health Department fines frustrate Queens restaurant owners

While the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) officials are cleaning up restaurants throughout the city, restaurant owners are claiming their wallets are being cleaned out at the same time. The grading system is intended to bolster aptitude toward being as clean as possible, but many restaurant owners believe that the frequency of inspections and number of fines received are becoming increasingly unfair. Read More: Queens Courier