Tribute Park in Rockaway Park, hosts a 9/11 memorial event this morning. Photo by Richard Santaga, Friends of Tribute Park via nyc.gov

Memorials Around Queens Honor 9/11 Victims This Week

Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.

Here are a few events taking place this week:

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The flag that draped Captain William Harry Thompson’s body when he was taken from ground zero and his official shield and the jewelry that was recovered with him. Photo courtesy of Joseph Baccellieri

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex or the Beaver Street training academy heard that two planes had collided with the World Trade Center towers and sprang into action.

More than twenty officers ran into the building to rescue victims of the attack on Sept. 11, 2011. Three didn’t make it out.

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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Catalina Cruz and advocates for more women in office rallied in Diversity Plaza Sunday. Photo courtesy of Amplify Her.

Jackson Heights Event ‘Amplifies’ Voices of Women Running For Office

With just a few left before Thursday’s primary election, women candidates from Queens joined more than 100 supporters at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday to demonstrate their support for progressive women running for office.

The event was hosted by Amplify Her, an organization created to address women’s underrepresentation in the New York City’s elected offices.

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The National Weather Service of New York inflated a weather balloon to test atmospheric data related to Hurricane Florence. Photo by NWS New York.

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued For Southern Queens

Yesterday, the National Weather Service for New York issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for southern Queens until 1 p.m. today.

The NWS said tides were expected to reach one and half feet to two and a half feet higher than the normal level.

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Margery Koveleski shows a picture of her family when they moved from New York City to Ohio, during an interview in the showroom of their store Design Sleep in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. It was initially a challenge for the Koveleskis’ children to be the new, mixed-race kids in an area less diverse than Queens. And Michael struggled to find work in the shaky post-9/11 economy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

‘Wake-up call’: 9/11 prompted some to move away to new lives

On 9/11, Stephen Feuerman saw the World Trade Center aflame through the window of his Empire State Building office and watched, transfixed, as a second fireball burst from the twin towers.

He ran through the 78th floor urging everyone to get out, thinking their skyscraper could be next. With transit hubs shut down, he couldn’t get home to his family in suburban Westchester for hours. Among the dead were someone he knew from college and people he recognized from his commuter train.

Feuerman had always seen himself as a New Yorker, but “everything changed that day,” he says.

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Court officer brass hold the street sign designating 29th Street and 21st Avenue in Astoria “Lt. Theodore Leoutsakos Way.” // Photo courtesy of NYSUCS

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

By David Brand Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex and the Beaver Street

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Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Chair Cesar Perales. // Photo courtesy of nyc.gov

Charter Revision Commission Chair Talks CB Term Limits

In addition to deciding who will serve on the state Supreme Court bench, in the state legislature and at the governor’s mansion, Queens residents face three other choices when they head to the polls in November.

The Mayoral Charter Revision Commission voted last week to include three ballot questions that would limit campaign contributions in city elections, establish an agency tasked with civic engagement and impose term limits on community board members.

Two days after the decision, Commission Chair Cesar Perales, the former New York secretary of state, spoke with the Eagle about the process for deciding on the ballot questions and the community response to the proposals.

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Emily Wexler, a singer and keyboardist, performs in "It Can Happen Here." // Photo courtesy of Judith Sloan

Queens Dramatist Asks Provocative Questions In New Play

By Clarissa Sosin When Queens-based playwright Judith Sloan finished reading Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” she knew she

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Pedestrian safety advocates say Northern Boulevard is the borough’s new “Boulevard of Death.”// Google Maps

Death and Injury Persist On Queens’ Most Dangerous Streets

Despite the many successes of the New York City’s Vision Zero initiative, preventable deaths and injuries continue to plague Queens’ streets.

A few in particular stand out.

At least 32 have been injured or killed on Northern Boulevard and 22 more have been injured or killed on Jamaica Avenue, according to city data on traffic accidents.

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The West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the natural areas that Stringer believes will be threatened by the pipeline.// AP photo

Stringer Questions Notion That Pipeline Will Help Gas-Thirsty City Meet Environmental Goals

A $1 billion natural gas pipeline that would cut across 23 miles of lower New York Bay has pitted those with environmental concerns against the Williams Company, which says the new pipeline would provide much needed natural gas capacity to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday voiced his opposition to the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline.

“The 23-mile pipeline would extend from New Jersey, along the Staten Island coast, past Coney Island and into the Rockaways,” Stringer said in a statement. “Allowing the construction of the pipeline risks damage to many of New York’s most precious habitats and natural assets, including New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay, and the Rockaway’s many beaches.”

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