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STORY: EXCLUSIVE: The ‘World’s Fare’ in Flushing brings Queens
cuisine from around the world
SUMMARY: “The World’s Fare” will take place on April 28 and 29 and
will re-imagine the iconic 1964 event and brings food, drink, art and
music from over 100 countries to the “World’s Borough.”
REACH: 32,325 people (as of 2/12/18)
Don’t let the fl u run Queens down
Th e horrifi c fl u season gripping the country took another tragic turn on
Monday, when city health offi cials announced that a 5-year-old Brooklyn
child died from the virus.
Th is came less than a week aft er an 8-year-old Queens girl succumbed to
complications of infl uenza. She had been complaining of breathing diffi culty,
but died while under care at a local hospital.
Hundreds of New Yorkers die from the fl u every year, and the particular
strains circulating this year are proving more virulent than in years past.
It’s incumbent on every Queens resident to do their part not only to protect
themselves, but also protect others from contracting the fl u.
It’s not too late to get the fl u shot, which is available at pharmacies near
you. Th e vaccine won’t guarantee that you won’t come down with the fl u,
but it will help your body cope with the symptoms and recover from them
Hygiene is critical. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer aft er touching
anything other people might use, from door knobs to handles on the subway
trains. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or into the crook of your elbow if a tissue
More importantly, if you or your loved ones are suff ering from fl u-like
symptoms, visit a doctor — but avoid going to school or work if you or your
child are sick. Doing otherwise only puts other people at risk of becoming
infected. For those concerned about missing a day’s pay, the city’s Paid Sick
Leave law requires companies to allow you paid time off in order to care for
your loved ones.
Please keep all this in mind this fl u season; it’s not ending anytime soon.
Let’s take care of Queens by taking care of ourselves fi rst.
Early voting fi nally on the way?
“Why do we make it so hard to vote in this state? It is impossible.”
Th at was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s remark on Monday regarding his
2019 state budget, which includes his commitment to funding early voting
in the Empire State.
Th is is a great fi rst step by the governor toward fi nally making New York an
easier state by which its residents can exercise their right to vote. Right now, if
you know you won’t be around on Election Day to cast your ballot, you must
get an absentee ballot ahead of time and present the Board of Elections with
a good reason why you can’t cast your vote in person.
Early voting is in place in dozens of states across the country, and makes
it much more convenient for people to participate in our democracy. Giving
residents up to 12 days to cast their ballots eliminates any excuse for voters
to stay away from the polls.
Th e state Legislature should follow the governor’s lead and pass an early
voting law immediately.