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Spring Home Special: Must Have Renovation Tips

HELPFUL TIPS FOR HOME FENCING So you want to try a new fence around your property, but you aren’t sure where to begin.  There are myriad styles and materials to consider — along with the height, placement, and, of course, your budget. The first thing to decide is what your real purpose is and to prioritize your needs:  defining borders, protecting your pets, or adding privacy are all likely reasons for installing a new fence.  In most cases, multiple purposes … Continue reading

Borough Leader Jack Friedman Dies at 55

Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and long-time borough advocate and civic leader, died last Thursday. He was 55. According to published reports, the married father of two suffered from diabetes. “Having lived in Queens his entire life, Jack had an intimate knowledge and history, combined with his experience as a small business owner, which allowed him to help countless entrepreneurs. His love of Queens came out in everything that he did and was evident with … Continue reading

Upper Hand

So you want to learn how to play Holdem poker, or understand how the good ones get so good?  We may not be Phil Ivey, but we do have a few pointers for you. Poker began in the 1800’s, and at the turn of the next century, Texas Holdem (or Hold ‘em) was incarnated.  Whether you call it Texas Holdem or just plain Holdem, it’s the same game – whereby each player is dealt two hold cards face down, and … Continue reading

Online Poker: A Brief History

In 2007, the height of the hold ‘em poker craze, the FBI’s cybercrime fraud unit warned Americans to stay away from online poker.  The year prior had yielded nearly 9,000 players participating with a buy-in of $10,000 in the World Series of Poker Hold ‘Em main event — the first prize being approximately $12 million dollars. Free online poker has been played since as early as the late 1990s, and has remained a compelling way for people to learn how … Continue reading

Liquor Store Owner Charged with Tax Fraud

An eagle-eyed, faithful Forum reader this week called to alert us to a mistake we made with a picture in a story (“Liquor Store Owner Charged with Tax Fraud,” April 9, 2015) in last Thursday’s edition. This is the image that should have been attached to the article. The Forum regrets the error, and thanks our readers for their diligence. Forum Photo by Michael V. Cusenza.

Fire Marshals Arrest Suspect in 4-Alarm Woodhaven Blaze

City fire marshals on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with a four-alarm fire in Woodhaven on Wednesday night that destroyed eight homes and injured five civilians. Luis Lopez, 30, a tenant at 91-21 90th St., was awaiting arraignment on Friday afternoon, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Investigators indicated that shortly after a dispute involving Lopez in which he was given in an ultimatum to vacate the premises at 91-21, the landlord and another occupant smelled smoke. The fire … Continue reading


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Report Reveals FAA System Vulnerable to Cyber Terror: Schumer

The senior senator from New York on Sunday urged the Federal Aviation Administration to immediately implement a series of expert- recommended cyber security upgrades to national airspace computer systems after a report released last week suggests significant security weaknesses within the FAA’s air traffic control systems. In a letter addressed to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked the agency to “take swift and immediate action” to rectify the weaknesses exposed in the Government Accountability Office report, … Continue reading

Katz Taps New Deputy Borough President

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday announced the appointment of Melva Miller as Deputy Borough President, effective immediately. Miller succeeds Leroy Comrie, who left Borough Hall in January to begin his first term as state senator for the 14th District. Katz made the announcement at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast at St. John’s University. She cited Miller’s background in tackling borough business issues as one of the main reasons why she tapped her for the deputy post. … Continue reading

Addabbo: Need Alternative E-Waste Disposal Methods

Following the announcement last week that New York City will be implementing a ban on curbside disposal of electronics waste as of January 2015, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. has penned a letter to the Department of Sanitation requesting more drop-off locations for old equipment. The ban is the third and final phase of the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act law, governing annual statewide recycling starting in 2011.  The law covers electronic items including but not limited to: … Continue reading

Guide Helps Connect Immigrant Kids & Families to City Services

While comprehensive immigration reform remains a hot-button political issue, the city last week unveiled a new resource to help recently arrived immigrant children and their families connect to government and nonprofit services. Designed by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, this guide provides information about health insurance and access to care, mental-health clinics, school enrollment, food pantries, homelessness prevention, legal services and more. It will be distributed widely for use by city agencies, schools, nonprofit organizations, and immigrant children and … Continue reading

Queens DA Honors Two Prosecutors With Weinstein Award

  Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (c.) named Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Speck and Kanella Georgopoulos as the dual recipients of the Queens District Attorney’s 23rd Annual Hal Miller Weinstein Memorial Award. The award is presented to a member of the District Attorney’s first-year class who most exemplifies and embodies the exceptional spirit, boundless enthusiasm and deep commitment to public service as did the late Assistant District Attorney Hal Miller Weinstein, a first-year prosecutor who tragically died in April 1992 … Continue reading

Broad Channel Community Leader Honored with Special Gift

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) last week recognized the community service of Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy, Jr. Goldfeder presented Mundy with a framed copy of the Jamaica Bay Protection Bill, together with the initial 2012 press release announcing the legislation and the pen used by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law earlier this year. Goldfeder consulted Mundy during the research and drafting of the new law, which prevents the dumping of toxic chemicals into … Continue reading

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … Continue reading

Queens Museum Names New Executive Director

After an exhaustive national search, the Queens Museum Board of Trustees last week named Laura Raicovich as the borough cultural institution’s new president and executive director. Raicovich, 41, replaces long-time museum head Tom Finkelpearl, who earlier this year was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the commissioner for the city Department of Cultural Affairs. She will assume her new position on Jan. 1, 2015. “Laura has spent the past two decades strengthening arts institutions, realizing the visions of artists, … Continue reading