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Sailors decry boats sinking into creek

No chance to look off the port bow for two Howard Beach boats, because they’re slowly sinking into Hawtree Creek.The 50- and 30-foot boats, both belonging to a Bayview Avenue resident, have slowly been listing into the creek after they lost their sea legs about a week ago. Although still tied to the dock, both are just about halfway underwater.

Thursday 03/26/2015
Illegal conversions persist in W’haven
Posted: March 26, 2015

For more than three years, the city Department of Buildings knew that people were living in illegally converted residences at 91-21 90 St.

The landlord of the home lived in an illegal cellar apartment, according to city records dating back to December 2011.

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Tenant set fire in Woodhaven: FDNY
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Woodhaven resident Luis Lopez was arrested for public lewdness and harassment on March 15, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Queens Chronicle.

Three days later he allegedly got into a dispute with his landlord at 91-21 90 St. and was told to vacate the premises. Lopez then allegedly blocked the door to his landlord’s illegal cellar apartment and set fire to the house at around 8:11 p.m. The landlord and her boyfriend escaped the house, according to the authorities.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
Art show has truly deep meanings
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

While art therapy long has been used as a valuable tool in treating patients with psychiatric disorders, the professionals at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center two years ago thought they could improve on that success.

They started to display their patients’ work, first for the staff and then for the whole community.

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NYLCV issues Council environmental ratings
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm

The New York League of Conservation Voters has published its environmental scorecard for the City Council for 2014, and seems pleased overall with members from Queens.

Eight members of the Queens delegation got perfect scores of 100 percent based on their sponsorship or support of nine environmental bills introduced before the council last year.

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Blood, urine samples are left unattended
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

A bag of urine and blood samples was left unattended outside a Howard Beach lab last Wednesday and dozens of people who went there may now need to go back for retesting.

The Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol posted on its Facebook page early March 12 that it had found a bag of samples in the parking lot of Quest Diagnostic’s Lindenwood center, located at 82-29 153 Ave.

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Rikers plan enough to change ‘culture’?
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Stopping the trickle of contraband from visitors to inmates is at the heart of Mayor de Blasio and Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte’s new plan for improving Rikers Island.

After months of review, de Blasio unveiled an “anti-violence agenda” last Thursday meant to steer Rikers Island toward a safer environment for both inmates and correction officers. The institution has come under scrutiny in recent months for its solitary confinement practices, reports of alleged overcrowding and officer-on-inmate violence and neglect. But last year, 71 percent of all violent incidents there were inmate on inmate, according to the Mayor’s Office.

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Pipeline opposition knows no borders
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Lynn Meyer lives in Bayside, about 40 miles away from where a proposed controversial liquefied natural gas terminal could be placed off New York’s shore.

Despite the fact that Meyer is far removed from the facility’s proposed physical location, she said its potential effects could reach her and those beyond New York.

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Delay eyed on electronic prescription mandate
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Anyone concerned over a new state law that will require prescribers to issue prescriptions electronically directly to a pharmacy may not have to worry about it for a while, with indications that the March 27 effective date may be pushed back for a year.

As of late last week, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a member of the Senate Committee on Aging, said, “That’s what we’re hearing up in Albany,” indicating that efforts are being made “to address those who would have to comply,” such as physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists, podiatrists and pharmacists.

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Liberia’s president visits York College
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

“Determine what you want to be and go for it with everything you’ve got. Don’t get distracted by obstacles. If you stay focused, usually you’ll achieve,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf advised young women at a special Women’s History Month event at York College on March 11.

Liberia’s Iron Lady had been speaking on international politics and her achievements thus far, but it was when she was asked to give advice to up-and-coming women striving for greatness that she really showed excitement.

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