Kids celebrate end of summer with PAL Play Streets
by Jess Berry
Aug 23, 2014 | 9 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kids from all over Queens met at Harvey Park in Whitestone last Thursday for games, music and food at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Queens Borough Celebration Day. All summer, PAL has been hosting Play Streets, a program that closes off over 100 city streets throughout the boroughs to provide children with safe and supervised places to play. The program, according to PAL’s Director of Field Operations Richard Guevara, began in 1914 and provides an education component that teaches kids about topics such as saying no to drugs, how to be safe on the Internet and how to communicate, in addition to the “non-stop recreation.” “For over 100 years we’ve been doing this program,” Guevara said. “Way back when, those commissioners had the foresight to say, ‘Find me idle youth and vacant lots and do a constructive program.’” Since its inception, the program has been successful, with each site seeing as many as 200 kids throughout the summer, he said. The Queens Borough Celebration Day commemorated the culmination of summer and the program, which officially ends on Aug. 22. Kids played sports, danced to music and ate free icees. “These kids don’t get to go out on trips throughout the summer, because they’re situated on the street location where the program takes place,” Guevara explained. “And so this is our way of letting them know that it’s okay. You’re hanging out with kids from around Queens, coming together just to celebrate the summer and the program before we move on and get ready for school.”
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Stavisky challenger makes case for his campaign
by Chase Collum
Aug 22, 2014 | 234 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even as a heated campaign rages in District 11 between State Senator Tony Avella and challenger John Liu next door, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky may also have a real race on her hands in the 16th State Senate District. Democrat S.J. Jung announced his candidacy in May, and has maintained a steady presence on the campaign trail ever since, promoting himself as a candidate who can represent a new chapter in the story of the 16th District, which he feels needs new vigor. “I don’t think I am running against anybody. I am running with my own policy priorities and my own record,” Jung said just before joining a small crowd of supporters in the U-Haul parking lot along the Flushing River. At the event, Jung focused on environmental issues tied to Flushing’s waterways and the secretive move to host homeless families at the Pan Am Hotel in Elmhurst. “I have talked with many voters in the past several months and what I see and hear is that there is a strong desire for new blood,” Jung said. “That our district is waiting for more vibrant leadership who can push forward with many different projects.” Jung said he believes in expanding green and open spaces along the Flushing River. He pointed to Brooklyn Bridge Park as an example of what can be done when a community comes together around the revitalization of an industrial waterfront, and said he hopes that one day the Flushing River will be the home to such a park. “In order to revitalize our waterfront, the first step is to find ways to manage the combined sewage overflow,” Jung said. “The second step is to clean up the polluted river. Then we can move forward.” He also said that he believes it is crucial to go back to the drawing board on the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Boulevard, which thanks to odd boundary lines is also part of the 16th District, which is primarily centered on Flushing and part of Forest Hills. “As I made myself very clear at the rallies and hearing, it is unacceptable for our government to convert the Pan Am Hotel into a shelter without a public review process,” Jung said. “Our residents in Elmhurst are rightfully demanding a transparent review process.”
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Adams recognizes FDNY and EMS workers for rescue
by Andrew Shilling
Aug 22, 2014 | 86 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Borough President Eric Adams was joined by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Deputy Commissioner Thomas Turner to honor rescue workers at Borough Hall.
Borough President Eric Adams was joined by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Deputy Commissioner Thomas Turner to honor rescue workers at Borough Hall.
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Borough President Eric Adams recognized the firefighters and emergency workers who rescued three children from a burning Brooklyn apartment back at the inaugural Hero of the Month awards ceremony held at Borough Hall. Emergency workers from Engine 225, Ladder 107, Battalion 39 and EMS stations 39 and 58 joined Adams at 209 Joralemon St. to accept the award. They included Justin Tallett, 27, who had been on the job for just two months. Rescue workers got the call at 11 a.m. on July 29 of a fire on the fourth floor of an eight-story building at 1308 Lauren Ave. in East New York. Once there, they realized there were three children stuck inside an apartment on the floor. “Three beautiful children will continue because of what these folks did,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. “For our members, there’s nothing more rewarding than saving lives. When those lives are children’s lives, that’s just at the top of the list.”
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