Saturday, May 28, 2016

NOAA's 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook









Weekly Construction Schedule (Tuesday May 31st - Friday June 3rd)

Good morning,

[Below] please find the Weekly Construction Bulletin for the Broad Channel Reconstruction project. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me.

Have a great holiday weekend,
 
Fern Weinreich
Community Construction Liaison
Broad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182A
Field Office Number:  646-300-4351
Cell Number: 516-361-8822


NWS - Air Quality Alert issued for area


Event:Air Quality Alert
Alert:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 11 PM SATURDAY... 
 
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS 
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... 
RICHMOND...KINGS...QUEENS...NEW YORK...BRONX... 
WESCHESTER...ROCKLAND...ORANGE...PUTNAM. 

AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN AN 
AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF OZONE. THE AIR 
QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE 
LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE.  THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE, 
THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN. 
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF 
HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS OUTDOOR 
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS.  PEOPLE 
WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF ELEVATED LEVELS OF 
POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY 
PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER 
CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN. 
A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK 
RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. 
THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5.
Instructions:
Target Area:
Bronx
Kings (Brooklyn)
New York (Manhattan)
Northern Queens
Northern Westchester
Orange
Putnam
Richmond (Staten Is.)
Rockland
Southern Queens
Southern Westchester

Times Ledger Article Re: Anne Forde



Anne Forde: College Point teacher makes science and math more exciting

Times Ledeger Article Re: Dan Mundy



Dan Mundy: Fire chief monitors Jamaica Bay ecology

News from Assemblyman Goldfeder

May 27, 2016
In This Issue
Honoring the Fallen
Ain't No Party
Tracking Access-A-Ride
Safe Crossing
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Office Locations

  Howard Beach   
162-38 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414718-641-8755

Rockaway Beach
95-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
 718-945-9550 

Albany
LOB 542
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4292
Quick Links
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Dear Neighbor, 
 
This Memorial Day, we come together as friends and family to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and its freedoms. May we never forget these brave service members and their courageous actions.

This weekend also marks the start of another beach season. While there is still so much work left to do in our recovery from Sandy, we can take pride in knowing that everything we've accomplished is because of our ability to stick together.

Whether you're at the beach or a BBQ, let's all take this weekend to look out for one another, help those in need, and ensure a safe and healthy holiday for all.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
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VIDEO: Keeping Party Boats at Bay  
In response to concerns about party boats blasting loud music at all hours of the night and preventing families from enjoying a quiet night at home, I've called on the city to take steps to fight this nuisance and do a better job regulating boat operators. You won't find a community more in tune with life on the water than right here in southern Queens and Rockaway, but that doesn't mean our families should have to feel like they're in the club every time one of these boats passes by.
Ensuring Independence for Seniors 
Southern Queens and Rockaway has one of the largest senior populations in the entire city and many depend on services like Access-A-Ride to get around. Sadly, this program is plagued by delays, cancelled trips and, in some cases, fraud. That's why I support recommendations by city Comptroller Scott Stringer to root out bad operators and install GPS tracking to increase driver accountability. Our seniors deserve the services that will help them lead healthy, independent lives. 
Goldfeder Chanel View College March School CVSR Beach Channel
Safe Crossing at Beach Channel 
Proud to announce that in response to my letter, the NYPD has agreed to post a crossing guard in front of the Beach Channel Educational Campus to better protect students. The new guard will be placed at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 101st Street to ensure students remain safe on their way to and from school. Huge credit to Captain Holmes of the 100th Precinct for approving this request and continuing to keep our families safe!
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693


Friday, May 27, 2016

NWS issues Air Quality Alert for Friday, May 27th

Event:Air Quality Alert
Alert:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 11 PM EDT FRIDAY... 
 
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS 
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... 
RICHMOND...KINGS...QUEENS...NEW YORK...BRONX... 
WESTCHESTER...ROCKLAND...ORANGE...PUTNAM, IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 11 PM EDT FRIDAY. 
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN 
AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF GROUND LEVEL 
OZONE. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY 
TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER 
THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN. 
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT 
OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS 
OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH 
EFFECTS. 

PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF 
ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH 
PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. 
THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL 
PHYSICIAN.
 
A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK 
RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. THE TOLL 
FREE NUMBER IS 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5.
Instructions:
Target Area:
Bronx
Kings (Brooklyn)
New York (Manhattan)
Northern Queens
Northern Westchester
Orange
Putnam
Richmond (Staten Is.)
Rockland
Southern Queens
Southern Westchester

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


   ADDABBO: 2016 VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY 

MARKS SENATE  PASSAGE OF BILLS RELEVANT TO
     FORMER MILITARY MEMBERS



Queens, NY (May 26, 2016): 




At the recent 2016 NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of
Fame induction ceremony in Albany, which was followed by the Senate passage
of several bills of importance to former military members, NYS Senator
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. was proud to honor United States Army veteran Eugene
“Gene” Burch, a Forest Hills resident and long-time American Legion Post
#1424 leader and member in Queens.



“Gene served our nation with honor and bravery during the Vietnam War, and

is an integral member of our community who has worked hard on behalf of
local veterans through the American Legion and has contributed in many
other ways to our local quality of life through his affiliation with the
Forest Hills Community and Civic Association, United Cerebral Palsy of
Queens, and the Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce,” said Addabbo, who serves
as the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland
Security and Military Affairs.  “I am proud to have Gene as a constituent,
and it was a privilege to name him to the 2016 NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of
Fame.”



After the Senate approved a resolution officially honoring this year’s 63

Veterans’ Hall of Fame inductees from all areas of New York State, who were
each chosen by their local senator, several pieces of legislation were
passed to assist veterans with a variety of educational, financial and
health issues.



“We have an obligation to our veterans – regardless of their age, length of

service, and where and when they served – to ensure they are able access
decent health care, afford their homes, expand their educational horizons,
and otherwise participate fully in our society upon their return from
active duty,” said Addabbo.  “I am gratified that both the Senate and
Assembly recently passed the public employee veterans’ pension buyback
legislation I co-sponsor for the third time, and I am hopeful the Governor
will finally approve it. But as we wait for action on this vital
initiative, we are also working on other proposals to improve the lives of
our former members of the military.”



The following bills were approved by the Senate with Addabbo’s support

following the Veterans’ Hall of Fame ceremonies on May 24th:


S.3408 would enable honorably discharged veterans who are returning from

active service and who were unable, for whatever reason, to earn a high
school diploma to be awarded a diploma based on the knowledge and
experience they gained in the military.  The bill is very similar to
legislation sponsored by Addabbo in past years.



S.2263 would provide veterans who were honorably discharged to audit

college courses free of charge, on a space-available basis, at State
University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY)
institutions.



S.2245 would allow school districts throughout the State, or the City

Council in New York City, to adopt local laws providing veterans who bought
their homes using “eligible funds” with a partial exemption from school
taxes.  Eligible funds include pension, bonus and insurance monies.



S.1200 would increase annuities provided by the State to veterans and their

surviving spouses who are receiving Veterans Administration pension
benefits from $1299 to $1500 to reflect a cost of living adjustment.



S.6577 would create a personal income tax check-off to allow state

residents to contribute to a new Veterans’ Home Assistance Fund to support
New York’s five skilled nursing facilities for former military members,
including the nursing home at St. Albans.



S.3137 would require the State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to offer more

information on its website about health care options for veterans. In
addition, it would mandate that hospitals ask patients about their veteran
status and provide them with information about health care benefits and
programs if they are former servicemen and women.



The latter bill, S.3137, has been approved by both the Senate and Assembly

and will be sent to the Governor for final action.  The other proposals are
under review by various committees in the State Assembly that address
specific policy and fiscal issues.



                                    

Janet K. Kash
Albany Communications Director
Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
613 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY  12247

Broad Channel Remembers - Memorial Day 2012




Broad Channel...
Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

Broad Channel's Garden Center (Rockaway Times)



Garden Center Grows in Broad Channel

NEWS
TYPOGRAPHY

 Now that spring is in its prime, it’s safe to plant your garden for the season! Luckily, a garden center has been growing in Broad Channel for the past year, which offers everything you need. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a first-timer looking to give it a try, Lisena Garden Center & Nursery can offer expert advice, plus the products and plants you need to create your dream garden.
The Lisena family knows landscaping. After all, they’ve been in the business for more than 40 years. Lisena Landscaping started in 1975 by Giuseppe Lisena, who had arrived from Italy just three years earlier, and the business has remained in the family since. Lisena Landscaping’s headquarters are located Ozone Park. The full-service company, owned by Freddy Lisena, offers landscape design, installation and maintenance. In April 2015, Lisena planted a seed in Broad Channel with its first retail space.
At Lisena Garden Center, located at 125 Crossbay Boulevard by the Broad Channel Athletic Club, you’ll find whatever it is you need to plant your garden or spruce up your backyard. The Garden Center offers a wide range of live plant materials including flowering annuals and perennials, shrubs, trees, fruits, vegetables, herbs, plus organic fertilizers, soils and mulches, gardening tools, synthetic grass and things like pumpkins for the fall and Christmas trees in the winter. They also offer design consultations with designer Margaret Fox-Johnson, who works with clients in store or on-site to help develop a perfect garden plan. Most importantly, Lisena Garden Center offers great customer service. “We pride ourselves on the customer service aspect. We really try to make the center a place where people can visit and we can provide as much information as needed on picking out plants, caring for them and how certain items will work in their landscape,” Manager Fernando Morales, said. “We know there’s a lot of other nearby places that people can go to get plants, even at supermarkets, but they’re not showing the care and attention that we are and we offer high quality products.”
Even though Lisena Garden Center may be new to Broad Channel, Lisena’s presence is not. Lisena helped redo the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s field for the first time in 2002. They then came back to expand and tune up the area in 2006. At the end of 2014, the BCAC once again reached out to Lisena to inquire about services for field maintenance. “That got us here looking at this area. Someone had tried to do a garden center at this location before, so the location was already gated off, so we figured why don’t we give this a shot?” Morales said. “Retail was something we thought about doing in the future. We didn’t realize it would happen this soon with the opportunity at the BCAC, but we took it and we’re seeing where it takes us.”
Since it opened, Lisena Garden Center has not only served the community, but it has also given back to it through various beautification projects. “For the second year in a row, I planted the ‘Welcome to Broad Channel’ sign by the bridge,” Morales said, adding that Lisena donated the material and service for this project. They also beautified the center median in front of the BCAC on Crossbay Boulevard. “When you’re coming from the north, this is the entrance to the town, so we want to make it as pretty as possible,” Morales said. Lisena has also teamed up with the Broad Channel Beautification Committee and has donated products that were used along other medians on the boulevard. Morales said that Sophia Skeans of the Rockaway Artists Alliance also reached out to them. Lisena helped fix up the area around the T7 building in Fort Tilden and provided centerpieces and party favors at the RAA’s annual gala and will be working with the RAA on future projects. “We donate our time and material just to help the whole community bounce back and get it going,” he said. “We’re not just here setting up shop. We never had much of a presence here since we work more northward, so we’re trying to get out there and meet new people and show them that we do care about the community. It’s important to take pride in where you live and work.”
Morales says business has been good for the first year. “It’s good and getting better. It makes me happy to see customers returning and saying that everything they bought last year did well. We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work and it’s good to hear good feedback so we can keep improving,” he said. Morales says there are plans to engage in even more projects in the future, such as a garden project with the BCAC’s summer camp and they’re open to working with other community groups as well. Recently a Farmer’s Market has come to the area, which complements the garden center. The Farmer’s Market offers produce, baked goods, honey and more and will set up near the BCAC and Lisena every Saturday.
Lisena Garden Center is located right by the BCAC. Parking is available in the lot. They’re open from spring until Christmastime. The current spring hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call 718-607-5413 or check out lisenaland.net for more info.