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Holden urges Mayor Adams and DOE to fully utilize school facilities for after-school programs
Holden urges Mayor Adams and DOE to fully utilize school facilities for after-school programs

Feb. 28, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Council Member Robert Holden, co-signed by 36 of his council colleagues, penned a letter to Mayor Eric Adams last week calling on the Department of Education to open up its school facilities for after-school and recreational purposes.

The letter, sent Feb. 20, calls on Adams and New York City Department of Education Chancellor David Banks to open school facilities for after-school and recreational programs for children to help revitalize communities and the city’s youth, especially after the mental and physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We believe that the city has a responsibility to address this loss and provide opportunities for our children and parents to reconnect, engage in physical activities, and enjoy community spaces safely,” the letter reads.

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Firefighter injured battling 2-alarm house fire in Forest Hills early Wednesday morning: FDNY

The FDNY battled a fast-moving two-alarm house fire in Forest Hills early Wednesday morning that injured one firefighter. The blaze broke out in a two-story private home at 114 Walnut St., a block north of Forest Park at 2:34 a.m. Arriving units found heavy fire conditions throughout the basement, first and second floors. Firefighters were hampered by an SUV parked illegally in front of a fire hydrant at the location.

The FDNY transmitted a second alarm, bringing 25 units and 106 firefighters and EMS personnel to the scene. Nearby residents said the building had been undergoing construction in recent weeks and firefighters were evacuated from the rooftop due to sagging conditions towards the rear of the home. Firefighters could be seen through a second-story window pulling down ceilings after flames breached the cockloft, the area between the roof and ceiling.

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: felony assaults across the borough on the rise, burglaries down slightly in northern Queens

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of felony assaults across Queens increased during the 28-day period from Jan. 22 through Feb. 18, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Tuesday. At the same time, the number of reported burglaries experienced a slight but noticeable drop in northern Queens.

Maspeth man faces life in prison for 2020 fatal stabbing in Dutch Kills: DA

A Maspeth man who was caught by transit cops vaping inside a Brooklyn subway station in January is facing as much as 75 years to life in prison for stabbing a Dutch Kills man to death four years ago.

Luis Hernandez, 36, of 56th Street, was arraigned Tuesday in Queens Supreme Court on a seven-count indictment charging him with murder, gang assault and other crimes in the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man and the attempted murder of two others in Astoria in 2020.