The Civic Scene

August, 2014

The Civic Scene

Do not send money to people who call you up asking for it

The latest scam is an attempt by crooks who call you and attempt to get you to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card and then have you call them back with the number on the back so they can access the money. Comment.
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Community roundtables will tackle airplane noise issues

After years of pressuring for the formation of community roundtables to discuss airplane noise over residential neighborhoods, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has authorized the formation of such groups. Meetings were recently held in a large hanger at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics adjacent to LaGuardia Airport. Comments (2).

July, 2014

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City should not grant variance for religious school in CB 8

A community facility desiring to legalize building violations and add another floor was just turned down by Community Board 8. The community facility is the Sephardic Congregation, on 72nd Avenue between Main and 141st streets, at 141-41 72nd Ave. Comments (1).
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Boro high school students impress with their accomplishments

Valedictorians achieve the highest grades in a graduating class, and they are often active students. Comment.

June, 2014

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Charters must accept problem students like public schools

Regretfully, many schools are considered failures due to conditions beyond the control of teachers and administrators. Comment.

May, 2014

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Queens Civic Congress honors four leaders at luncheon

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization of more than 100 civic associations in Queens, had its ninth biennial luncheon at Antun’s Caterers in Queens Village. Civic, co-op and tenant association leaders are the unpaid volunteers who work to maintain the quality of life in Queens communities. Comment.

April, 2014

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Queen Civic Congress wages battle against illegal apts.

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic and co-op associations in Queens. The goal of the QCC is to maintain the quality of life for Queens residents. While it supports the general idea of providing more affordable housing, it opposes the proposals which would legalize the currently illegal basement/cellar apartments which some people build. Comment.
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Queens Civic Congress opposes development on parkland

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic associations, co-ops and other groups. The aim of QCC is to protect the quality of life for Queens residents. When necessary, it works with other groups in other counties in New York City and state. Richard Hellenbrecht is the its president. Comment.

March, 2014

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City should be tougher when punishing urban developers

A few weeks ago, Administrative Law Judge Michelle Manzione, after a city Environmental Control Board hearing, found the tenant of Klein Farm guilty of having several trees cut down and the 100-year-old circular driveway paved over. Comments (4).
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DOE reverses course on District 26’s valued G&T program

People buy a house or a co-op or rent in a neighborhood for several reasons, one of which is the quality of the education system. District 26 has a fine gifted and talented program, which attracts many middle-class families and makes it the top district in the city. To enter the program, young children at age 4 have to pass a test and be evaluated. Comments (6).

February, 2014

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CB 8 will decide on how to properly hold farmers markets

A few weeks ago, the Community Board 8 Parks Committee held a meeting to evaluate a proposal to have a farmers market in Cunningham Park. The proposal grew from a meeting of the Holliswood Civic Association, where a Jon Klar, recycling outreach coordinator associated with GrowNYC, spoke about farmers markets. The civic, on the south border of Cunningham Park, brought the idea to the committee. Comment.

January, 2014

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Developers ruin neighborhoods’ inherent nature

Four years ago, a developer bought a lot on Union Turnpike near the old St. Joseph’s Hospital with a zoning of R3-2, which permits houses or low-rise attached houses. Wanting to make more money by building higher, the builder proposed a zoning change so a four-floor building as tall as 40 feet with apartments above and stores below could be built. Civic association leaders, always wary of zoning changes, higher buildings and increased traffic and congestion, opposed this proposal. Comment.
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Boro salon treats youth to makeovers at holiday season

Larry Mattola, owner of LP & Co. Hair Design in Fresh Meadows, has been opening his salon on a Sunday prior to the holiday season to provide beauty treatments to developmentally disabled children and young adults for 30 years. Now, additional establishments such as Concept E Salon, LULU’S Bakery, Salon Visentin and Chazzam Entertainment are involved in doing something nice for others during the holidays. Comment.
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