2009-06-10 E-Edition

Some Bill Collectors Accessing Seniors’ S.S. Benefits



Under pressure from activists seeking to protect senior citizens’ Social Security benefits from bill collectors, the Obama administration has promised action to close a loophole in existing law which leaves seniors’ bank accounts vulnerable. According to a recent Associated Press report, lawmakers in Congress from both parties for years have been pressuring the Treasury Department to close the loophole in […]

Gennaro Provides Free Legal Help For Seniors



During a press conference at Hillcrest Senior Center in Jamaica, City Councilmember James F. Gennaro announced he is funding free legal services for seniors. The legal help will be provided by the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) at the Hillcrest and Pomonok senior centers two days a week through the end of June. The program will focus on issues of […]

NYC Deserves ‘Safest City’ Ranking



As usually happens about this time of year, last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation, known familiarly by its initials of FBI, released its latest “Crime in the United States”, the preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2008. The figures are encouraging: statistics for 2008, the latest available, indicate that for the third year in a row and the fourth year […]

Letters to the Editor



Parking Is Big Problem To The Editor: Why has development in recent years seem to overlook the desperate need for parking here in Queens? Absolutely no thought is given for the need to park our cars when a developer builds a shopping mall, a church or a day care center. I am having such difficulty finding parking in my area […]

Charles J. Vallone Scholarships Awarded To 25 Area Students



An estimated 3.2 million young people will turn 18 years old in 2009, making them the largest group of high school seniors ever. At the same time, job losses have reached 822,282 so far this year, more than twice as many as last year. Unemployment is expected to break 9 percent nationally soon. Despite the gloomy economic outlook, 25 graduating […]

Sears Calls For ‘Vendor Free Zone’ In Jackson Heights



City Councilmember Helen Sears wants to make the quality of life for her fellow Jackson Heights residents as pleasant as possible. One way to achieve this goal, she says, is to create an area totally free of food vendors whose carts now crowd sidewalks and generally block access to streets. Sears (D- Jackson Heights) says she is “fighting for the […]

Public Meeting Regarding 64th Street Cleanup Site Set



Assemblymember Michael DenDekker (D- Jackson Heights) has announced that the public is invited to a meeting being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m., at P.S. 152, 33-52 62nd St. At this meeting, the planned investigation of the contamination of a site located at 33-32 64th St., Woodside, will […]

Become A Volunteer



New York Cares offers hundreds of ways for Queens residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects. Becoming a New York Cares volunteer is easy. Simply attend a one-time orientation, and then choose from more than 900 citywide projects offered each month. Orientation for new volunteers will be held in Queens at the following locations during […]

Vernon Boulevard Bar Draws Residents’ Wrath At Board 2



The line of Long Island City residents who sought the microphone at the June meeting of Community Board 2 to denounce Lounge 47, a bar/restaurant at 47-10 Vernon Blvd., was a long one. Residents in the establishment’s immediate vicinity told the meeting that Lounge 47 might be setting a new standard for intolerability, mainly because it has a back yard […]